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When it comes to drinking in the Douro Valley’s panoramas, moderation isn’t an option.

The contours of golden grape arbors twist and bend toward the distant river below and sun-kissed heavens above. It’s a place to pause mid-hike—flanked by silvery olive trees and whitewashed quintas—and admire the beauty of inland Portugal. Of course, the fact that you’re admiring it in the third-oldest controlled wine region (a UNESCO World Heritage site) helps. And the glass of port waiting for you at the trail’s end? Even better. But you won’t just remember the scenery: each day on this Douro Valley tour brings its own surprises. From friendly locals in the fortress town of Marialva to a walk through history on the ancient Caminho de Santiago to a relaxing float on a rabelo boat, Portugal’s gifts pour out freely.

Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims as you hike a section of the famous “Way of St. James.”
  • Cruise down the picturesque Douro River aboard a private barco rabelo, a boat traditionally used to carry wine casks.
  • Explore high mountain valleys and tiny farming hamlets forgotten by time.
  • Visit Moorish villages including the birthplace of explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
  • Tread across the elegant stone arches of an expansive 2,000-year-old Roman bridge in Ponte de Lima.

Positive Impact

Country Walkers is proud to support Wine to Water with a donation on behalf of each guest on this tour. Wine to Water is an international organization providing access to clean drinking water and emergency supplies in water-challenged regions. We believe in giving back to the places that have enriched the lives of our guests. We’re committed to identifying and supporting sustainable initiatives in a variety of areas including education, world health, economic equality, safe drinking water, the environment, and the preservation of cultural traditions.

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Thu, Sep 12 to Sat, Sep 21 - 2024

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Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first night aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Porto right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Camino de Santiago: Ponte de Lima to Paço de Calheiros; 2.5 – 5 miles, easy to moderate, 1,003-ft. elevation gain

After enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel your Country Walkers guide meets you at the Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. The tour begins with a short drive to Ponte de Lima.

This morning, join your guides for a brief orientation before a short drive to the Minho—one of three regions you will visit in Portugal. In the heart of the Minho region, drive along the Lima River to the attractive riverside town of Ponte de Lima, named after its Roman Bridge. Here you will have lunch before lacing up your walking shoes and tracing a Portuguese segment of the religious route Caminho de Santiago that leads to the town of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Your walk today begins with a crossing of the legendary Ponte de Lima. Seven of the original Roman arches remain on this elegant bridge.

After crossing the bridge, begin your journey through a farming landscape. Pilgrims from around the world have been walking this “Way of St. James” for more than a millennium to arrive at Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where many believe St. James is buried. Soon, pastures give way to huge vineyards surrounding beautiful manor houses. One of them is a Paço, a small country palace used as a rest stop for the king during his travels through the countryside.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is the Paço de Calheiros, which has been owned and operated by the family of Count Calheiros since medieval times. The present-day family home was built in the 17th century. Its stalwart structures and three-foot granite wall have stood the test of time. You may stroll the grounds which offer breathtaking views of the Lima Valley. If the day is clear, you may also glimpse the Atlantic Ocean.

In the evening, get to know your host, Count Calheiros, at a welcome reception followed by a sumptuous dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Parque Nacional da Peneda- Gerês & Caminho da Fé; 3 – 4 miles, easy to moderate

Today, explore the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês in the northern Minho region. With its forested valleys and mountain pastures, this is Portugal’s only national park. The little mountain villages in the park appear lost in time but have adapted to the new world of tourism with well-marked footpaths linking them together. There will be time to learn about the unique grain storages known as espigueiros. Made of wood or granite, these structures have a clever design that keeps animals away from harvested grains.

Your trail will descend into the valley between the granite peaks of Peneda-Gerês National Park, arriving in the ancient village of Soajo. The Romans paved the road using large stones, and for centuries it has been walked by pilgrims from Peneda to Soajo which is why it is known as the Caminho da Fé, the Way of Faith. It is also known as the Caminho do Pão, the Way of Bread. The inhabitants of this valley have made their living by moving their livestock up and down the mountains with the change of seasons. As you walk past aqueducts used for irrigating fields and powering flour mills, you may even see the indigenous Cachena milk cows or the wild Garrano horses.

Nearing the village of Soajo, with its dramatic backdrop of the Serra do Soajo Mountains, you walk under a grape arbor past small, terraced gardens and vineyards. Winding your way through the village and past its ancient granite houses, you will soon arrive at the communal granary and its granite espigueiros.

En route back to Paço de Calheiros, your shuttle will stop for guests who wish to take an optional walk that ends at the hotel. On this walk, you cross scenic rolling hills on your way to the estate. From a distance, the Paço’s beautiful architecture is strikingly majestic. As you amble downhill to your lodgings, a landmark chestnut grove comes into view, letting you know your destination is close.

Back at the manor house, you may opt to venture out and explore the forests that surround Paço de Calheiros on well-kept trails, join a walk through the Count’s gardens, or relax by the swimming pool. This evening, shuttle into nearby Ponte de Lima for dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Guimarães; Provesende to Pinhão; 2.5 – 4 miles, easy to moderate

After your visit to Guimarães, you venture to the county of Sabrosa, the birthplace of the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan.  Your destination and the start of today’s walk is the charming village of Provesende, dating to the Moorish era. Following a brief exploration of the town and its Baroque church, we follow paths downhill through vineyards, keeping the Douro River in sight.  In 1756, the Douro Valley and Portugal’s wine regions became the first controlled and demarcated winemaking region in the world. It’s all thanks to the Marquis de Pombal, who planted granite pillars in 1756 to define the boundary of the land that produced the finest port. Today, the entire valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This magnificent landscape continues to inspire poets, painters, and photographers to this day.

The walk ends at your accommodation for the next two nights in the heart of the wine region in the town of Pinhão. You’ll stay at a historical hotel set on the banks of the Douro River, with spectacular views of the Douro River Valley. Just steps away, you’ll find shops and restaurants in the small town of Pinhão.

This evening, enjoy dinner at your lovely hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Vineyard Walk to Ferrão train station; 3 – 4 miles, easy to moderate

Fueled by a satisfying breakfast, you shuttle to nearby vineyards with sweeping views of the Douro River Valley. Walking through paths of some of the most famous vineyards of the region, we will arrive at the small riverfront Ferrão train station. Here, we will embark on a short scenic train ride along the banks of the river back to Pinhão, whose famous train station boasts 3,500 hand-painted Portuguese tiles. You conclude today’s special walk in lovely vineyards, where you will enjoy a splendid picnic before sampling some of the vineyard’s renowned wines. After lunch, it is just a short drive back to your hotel.

In the afternoon, spend time at your leisure exploring the town of Pinhão and its train station where the “Wine House” museum is located. Then, relax poolside at the hotel and enjoy the river views and its slow-passing boats. Later, dine at one of the restaurants in Pinhão or in the hotel’s dining room.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Rota das Aldeias Históricas to Marialva; 2 miles, moderate

This morning, you embark on a wooden sailing ship similar in style to the bygone rabelos that carried wine up and down the Douro River to other regions. Relax and watch the scenery glide by as your privately chartered boat cruises the Douro River. For lunch, enjoy a delectable picnic on board the rabelo. One of the highlights of your cruise will be passing through the Douro’s Ferrão lock before disembarking in Ferradosa. From here, you may choose to shuttle to your lodgings or you may opt to walk a short distance on the Rota das Aldeias Históricas – a historical trail of more than 300 miles connecting 12 small villages. Your destination is in Marialva, a haunting medieval village carved into a rocky cliff.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening and dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Loop walk from Casas do Côro; 2.5 – 5 miles, easy to moderate, 703-ft. elevation gain

Begin your morning with a delicious breakfast and time at your leisure; perhaps you’ll take a stroll between stone walls, through vineyards, and past fruit trees and cultivated fields.

After lunch, venture out to explore Marialva and its castle. Though its origin dates back to the sixth century BC, it was not officially granted a town charter until 1179. This medieval hillside village seems carved from the craggy slopes, making it easy to see why it once served as an important military fortress. Wandering these streets on old, stone-paved roads makes for an intriguing, otherworldly experience, and you’ll want to leave no corner ignored. Venture up to the medieval castle for a guided tour, where you’ll learn more about Marialva’s past.

As you wander the historical streets of Marialva, past stone buildings, and daunting battlements, you’ll understand why this medieval town once served as an important military fortress. Take a guided tour of the castle ruins and return for your farewell dinner.

This evening’s farewell dinner is sure to please, featuring family recipes passed down over generations to your hotel’s owner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A morning bus journey takes you to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, approximately four hours away. Arrive in Lisbon at midday at your centrally located hotel; you will have the remainder of the afternoon to explore the historical capital of Portugal.

We provide detailed city information to help you plan your day.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast, complimentary transportation will be provided to Lisbon’s international airport (approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sat, Sep 14 to Fri, Sep 20 - 2024

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Camino de Santiago: Ponte de Lima to Paço de Calheiros; 2.5 – 5 miles, easy to moderate, 1,003-ft. elevation gain

Your Country Walkers guides will meet you at the Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel in Porto at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. The tour begins with a short drive to Ponte de Lima.

This morning, join your guides for a brief orientation before a short drive to the Minho—one of three regions you will visit in Portugal. In the heart of the Minho region, drive along the Lima River to the attractive riverside town of Ponte de Lima, named after its Roman Bridge. Here you will have lunch before lacing up your walking shoes and tracing a Portuguese segment of the religious route Camino de Santiago that leads to the town of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Your walk today begins with a crossing of the legendary Ponte de Lima. Seven of the original Roman arches remain on this elegant bridge.

After crossing the bridge, begin your journey through a farming landscape. Pilgrims from around the world have been walking this “Way of St. James” for more than a millennium to arrive at Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where many believe St. James is buried. Soon, pastures give way to huge vineyards surrounding beautiful manor houses. One of them is a Paço, a small country palace used as a rest stop for the king during his travels through the countryside.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is the Paço de Calheiros, which has been owned and operated by the family of Count Calheiros since medieval times. The present-day family home was built in the 17th century. Its stalwart structures and three-foot granite wall have stood the test of time. You may stroll the grounds which offer breathtaking views of the Lima Valley. If the day is clear you may also glimpse the Atlantic Ocean.

In the evening, get to know your host, Count Calheiros, at a welcome reception followed by a sumptuous dinner.

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Parque Nacional da Peneda- Gerês & Caminho da Fé; 3 – 4 miles, easy to moderate

Today, explore the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês in the northern Minho region. With its forested valleys and mountain pastures, this is Portugal’s only national park. The little mountain villages in the park appear lost in time but have adapted to the new world of tourism with well-marked footpaths linking them together. There will be time to learn about the unique grain storages known as espigueiros. Made of wood or granite, these structures have a clever design that keeps animals away from harvested grains.

Your trail will descend into the valley between the granite peaks of Peneda-Gerês National Park, arriving in the ancient village of Soajo. The Romans paved the road using large stones, and for centuries it has been walked by pilgrims from Peneda to Soajo which is why it is known as the Caminho da Fé, the Way of Faith. It is also known as the Caminho do Pão, the Way of Bread. The inhabitants of this valley have made their living by moving their livestock up and down the mountains with the change of seasons. As you walk past aqueducts used for irrigating fields and powering flour mills, you may even see the indigenous Cachena milk cows or the wild Garrano horses.

Nearing the village of Soajo, with its dramatic backdrop of the Serra do Soajo Mountains, you walk under a grape arbor past small, terraced gardens and vineyards. Winding your way through the village and past its ancient granite houses, you will soon arrive at the communal granary and its granite espigueiros.

En route back to Paço de Calheiros, your shuttle will stop for guests who wish to take an optional walk that ends at the hotel. On this walk, you cross scenic rolling hills on your way to the estate. From a distance, the Paço’s beautiful architecture is strikingly majestic. As you amble downhill to your lodgings, a landmark chestnut grove comes into view, letting you know your destination is close.

Back at the manor house, you may opt to venture out and explore the forests that surround Paço de Calheiros on well-kept trails, join a walk through the Count’s gardens, or relax by the swimming pool. This evening, shuttle into nearby Ponte de Lima for dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Guimarães; Provesende to Pinhão; 2.5 – 4 miles, easy to moderate

After your visit to Guimarães, you venture to the county of Sabrosa, the birthplace of the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan.  Your destination and the start of today’s walk is the charming village of Provesende, dating to the Moorish era. Following a brief exploration of the town and its Baroque church, we follow paths downhill through vineyards, keeping the Douro River in sight.  In 1756, the Douro Valley and Portugal’s wine regions became the first controlled and demarcated winemaking region in the world. It’s all thanks to the Marquis de Pombal, who planted granite pillars in 1756 to define the boundary of the land that produced the finest port. Today, the entire valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This magnificent landscape continues to inspire poets, painters, and photographers to this day.

The walk ends at your accommodation for the next two nights in the heart of the wine region in the town of Pinhão. You’ll stay at a historical hotel set on the banks of the Douro River, with spectacular views of the Douro River Valley. Just steps away, you’ll find shops and restaurants in the small town of Pinhão.

This evening, enjoy dinner at your lovely hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Vineyard Walk to Ferrão train station; 3 – 4 miles, easy to moderate

Fueled by a satisfying breakfast, you shuttle to nearby vineyards with sweeping views of the Douro River Valley. Walking through paths of some of the most famous vineyards of the region, we will arrive at the small riverfront Ferrão train station. Here, we will embark on a short scenic train ride along the banks of the river back to Pinhão, whose famous train station boasts 3,500 hand-painted Portuguese tiles. You conclude today’s special walk in lovely vineyards, where you will enjoy a splendid picnic before sampling some of the vineyard’s renowned wines. After lunch, it is just a short drive back to your hotel.

In the afternoon, spend time at your leisure exploring the town of Pinhão and its train station where the “Wine House” museum is located. Then, relax poolside at the hotel and enjoy the river views and its slow-passing boats. Later, dine at one of the restaurants in Pinhão or in the hotel’s dining room.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Rota das Aldeias Históricas to Marialva; 2 miles, moderate

This morning, you embark on a wooden sailing ship similar in style to the bygone rabelos that carried wine up and down the Douro River to other regions. Relax and watch the scenery glide by as your privately chartered boat cruises the Douro River. For lunch, enjoy a delectable picnic on board the rabelo. One of the highlights of your cruise will be passing through the Douro’s Ferrão lock before disembarking in Ferradosa. From here, you may choose to shuttle to your lodgings or you may opt to walk a short distance on the Rota das Aldeias Históricas – a historical trail of more than 300 miles connecting 12 small villages. Your destination is in Marialva, a haunting medieval village carved into a rocky cliff.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening and dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Loop walk from Casas do Côro; 2.5 – 5 miles, easy to moderate, 703-ft. elevation gain

Begin your morning with a delicious breakfast and time at your leisure; perhaps you’ll take a stroll between stone walls, through vineyards, and past fruit trees and cultivated fields.

After lunch, venture out to explore Marialva and its castle. Though its origin dates back to the sixth century BC, it was not officially granted a town charter until 1179. This medieval hillside village seems carved from the craggy slopes, making it easy to see why it once served as an important military fortress. Wandering these streets on old, stone-paved roads makes for an intriguing, otherworldly experience, and you’ll want to leave no corner ignored. Venture up to the medieval castle for a guided tour, where you’ll learn more about Marialva’s past.

As you wander the historical streets of Marialva, past stone buildings, and daunting battlements, you’ll understand why this medieval town once served as an important military fortress. Take a guided tour of the castle ruins and return for your farewell dinner.

This evening’s farewell dinner is sure to please, featuring family recipes passed down over generations to your hotel’s owner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you’ll shuttle (approximately four hours) to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Your tour concludes at the hotel in Lisbon at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

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2024

2024 Pre-Trip Extension - Porto

  • Two nights at the Pestana Vintage Porto
  • Airport car service for arrival
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

2 Nights From $345
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $295

Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first night aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Porto right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel

Constructed on a part of Porto’s medieval city wall, Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel is a charming 5-star property located in Praça da Ribeira square. Forming part of a block of townhouses dating from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, this magnificent building is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Its privileged location affords beautiful views of the Douro River. You can enjoy Portuguese and international cuisine at the casual RIB Restaurant. Have a drink at Bar Heritage, and relax after a festive day in Porto. Rooms include air conditioning and WiFi, and are in a classic NON river-view category; however, at check-in time, you may ask about upgrading for an additional cost to a river-view room. Upgrades are only available at time of check-in and are subject to availability at that moment. They cannot be pre-reserved prior to your arrival. Upgrade costs vary and are only quoted at check-in time.
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Pathways Of Portugal: Walking The Douro Valley
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2024

2024 Post-Trip Extension - Lisbon

  • Two nights at the 138 Liberdade Hotel
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

2 Nights From $395
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $345

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast, complimentary transportation will be provided to Lisbon’s international airport (approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight.

138 Liberdade Hotel

This five-star hotel is ideally located on Lisbon’s main boulevard, Avenida da Liberdade, in the center of this historical city. Leisure travelers will find a myriad of ways to occupy themselves thanks to the hotel’s convenient location close to Rossio Square and the Baixa District. After a day of exploring, enjoy spacious, air conditioned guest rooms with luxurious amenities. The hotel has an outside terrace for morning coffee or afternoon cocktails and the signature restaurant serves Portuguese specialties throughout the day. A 24-hour fitness center equipped with free weights and cardiovascular equipment is open seven days a week.
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Our trip had a good bit of rain and still it was wonderful! Our leaders, Luis and David, were very friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible. They always made it work for us. Even with the rain, the places we toured were very pretty and often ones we would never have found on our own. Similarly, the accommodations were all special. As is usually the case, the people make the trip. Our leaders and our peers really made the trip special.

H Nusbaum, New York, NY

Pathways Of Portugal: Walking The Douro Valley

What a wonderful trip! Portugal was wonderful, the guides were also great, and the group of travelers were all so very nice! So many surprises, the places where we stayed were incredible, and the food was very good! Visiting Portugal brought back the realization of that culture’s historical importance as colonizers of so many places around the world in the days of the conquistadors. Such a rich heritage!

, New Hampshire

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