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Portugal: Porto, Minho & Douro Valley

Moderate Terrain with Challenging Sections: 4-7 Miles Daily

Portugal: Porto, Minho & Douro Valley Map

The northern reaches of Portugal exude a rural beauty unlike anywhere else. Exploring them by foot is a true privilege. You’ll begin in the spellbinding province of Minho, a rich patchwork of soaring slopes and emerald-green terraces criss-crossed by ancient, rugged shepherd trails that link tiny secluded stone villages. On these contemplative trails, your solitude is part of the adventure as Garrano ponies, Barossã cattle and a shepherd tending his flock may be your only companions. Your pathways then point to the Douro River Valley, where vintners have been producing Portugal’s prized port wines for generations. Traverse gentle downhill slopes past lush vineyards and the elegant wine estates. Pause for a glass or two while taking in breathtaking vistas. And marvel at scenic vine-laden slopes from the celebrated river during a private boat excursion. Along the way, join local guides on informative walks through historic Guimarães, birthplace of Portugal, and Porto, one of Europe’s most authentic cities. This is Portugal at its purest.


Tour Highlights:
  • Trace ancient shepherd trails through breathtaking mountain vistas and terraced farmland to traditional stone villages in remote Peneda-Gerês National Park.
  • Join a local guide for a fascinating walk through Guimarães, birthplace of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Enrich your strolls along the Douro River Valley’s terraced vineyards with wine tastings at charming hillside quintas, or wine estates.
  • Savor a moveable feast in Porto as a local guide shows you around and welcomes you to a mouthwatering trio of eateries for Portuguese cuisine.
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7 days, 8 nights

FROM $3,898 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Peneda-Gerês National Park

Arrive in Portugal’s Peneda-Gerês national park, a remote landscape of forested hills, isolated villages, vineyards, and farms. Stop to admire 19th-century granite corn granaries and walk the rural mountain trails and old shepherd byways of the Path of the Mills.

Accommodation: Casa da Fecha, Parada/Lindoso

A beautifully renovated home with traditional wood furnishings, stone walls, and tiled floors, the Casa da Fecha in the stone village of Parada is the ideal spot from which to explore Peneda-Gerês National Park by foot. This self-catering guesthouse evokes the true spirit of rural Portugal because it is woven so deeply into the fabric of this simple and special place. Though it is a three-bedroom house with three bathrooms, you will have it to yourself so you can fully experience life in an ancient village in your own way. Even the welcoming owner Patricia ensures your privacy as she lives elsewhere in the village.

Day 2

Gavieira to Peneda

Following a pilgrimage route through moderate-to-challenging terrain, you’ll walk along narrow paths, river banks, and emerald-green pastures to an uphill trail through mountain forests. Then descend down a magnificent old granite stairway to the large main square of Peneda.

Accommodation: Peneda Hotel, Peneda

The simple amenities of the rustic and historic Peneda Hotel befit the needs of the pilgrims who converge here to pray at the Sanctuary of Senhora da Peneda. Its peaceful locale and stunning setting alongside a waterfall and over a gushing creek makes it a tranquil haven to conclude an enriching day of walking. The restaurant serves simple mountain food and the option to dine in the clean mountain air on the outdoor terrace. Relax in a spacious room with blond-wood floors and French windows that look out across the ravine to the village.

Day 3

Branda da Aveleira to Sistelo and Guimarães

Walk among stunning agricultural landscapes and rugged mountain vistas, traversing glacial-cut valleys, pristine rivers, and old stone dwellings. From the village of Padrão proceed by foot or taxi to the village of Sistelo. Then transfer to Guimarães, stopping to visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga.

Accommodation: Hotel da Oliveira, Guimarães

Located in the historic center of Guimarães on one of the city’s beautiful praças, or squares, the Hotel da Oliveira is one of the great boutique hotels of the world. It is perfectly located within walking distance of the city’s most iconic site, the Castelo de São Miguel. This restored period pousada, or inn, retains its historic charms—bare stone walls, exposed beams, timber flooring—amidst luxurious accommodations that have been crafted with fine touches. The onsite restaurant offers carefully prepared traditional cuisine and the bar is the ideal spot to unwind after a discovery-rich day.

Day 4

Guimarães

Set out from your hotel on a walking tour of Guimarães, passing the Church of Our Lady of the Olive Tree, the Convent of Santa Clara, the 15th-century Paço dos Duques, or Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, and the Castelo de São Miguel. You will have the afternoon to spend as you please.

Accommodation: Hotel da Oliveira, Guimarães

Located in the historic center of Guimarães on one of the city’s beautiful praças, or squares, the Hotel da Oliveira is one of the great boutique hotels of the world. It is perfectly located within walking distance of the city’s most iconic site, the Castelo de São Miguel. This restored period pousada, or inn, retains its historic charms—bare stone walls, exposed beams, timber flooring—amidst luxurious accommodations that have been crafted with fine touches. The onsite restaurant offers carefully prepared traditional cuisine and the bar is the ideal spot to unwind after a discovery-rich day.

Day 5

Guimarães to Pinhão

Transfer to Vila Real to tour the Casa Mateus Palace, a masterful Baroque manor house surrounded by fine formal gardens. Continue to Provesende in the wine-growing Douro River Valley, where you will walk among terraced vineyards and pause for a winery tour.

Accommodation: Vintage House Hotel, Pinhão

With a tranquil location alongside the legendary Douro River, the Vintage House Hotel offers a gracious and elegant experience. During your stay, you can lounge under the palms by the outdoor pool, enjoy the stunning vista of soft sloping hills and the lilting river from the terrace as you linger over breakfast, and relax in its elegant, airy restaurants under gentle arches. End your days in a sophisticated and spacious room with all the amenities you’ll need for comfort, including a balcony overlooking the Douro River.

Day 6

Casal de Loivos to Pinhão

Embark a scenic boat excursion along the picturesque Douro River, marveling at the sloping river banks from the water. Then join your captain for lunch at his family’s 18th-century quinta. Later, enjoy a leisurely walk among more vineyards if you wish, admiring spectacular views.

Accommodation: Vintage House Hotel, Pinhão

With a tranquil location alongside the legendary Douro River, the Vintage House Hotel offers a gracious and elegant experience. During your stay, you can lounge under the palms by the outdoor pool, enjoy the stunning vista of soft sloping hills and the lilting river from the terrace as you linger over breakfast, and relax in its elegant, airy restaurants under gentle arches. End your days in a sophisticated and spacious room with all the amenities you’ll need for comfort, including a balcony overlooking the Douro River.

Day 7

Pinhão to Porto

Transfer via taxi to Porto, where you will meet a guide for a three-hour food tour and orientation walk of this authentic city. As you explore, you’ll sample the flavors of a city heralded for its cuisine and wine. Enjoy the afternoon to explore on your own.

Accommodation: Flores Village Hotel & Spa, Porto

Situated on the Rua das Flores, or Street of Flowers, on the edge of Porto’s Cathedral district, the Flores Village Hotel & Spa is the ideal spot from which to explore the historic city of Porto. The boutique property, a restored 18th-century manor house, was awarded the 2016 Luxury Hotel & Spa of the Year by Luxury Travel Guide for its lush offerings and exemplary services. Its location on Vitória Hill within the city’s UNESCO World Heritage site ensures that its interiors are historically preserved as carefully as its exteriors. The garden and courtyard are the epitome of outdoor elegance. The plush and beautiful rooms provide all the amenities you’ll need for an enriching stay. Take time to relax in the sauna, Roman bath or hammam.

Day 8

Departure from Porto

After breakfast, you may depart at your leisure.

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2017 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
May 1 - Jun 30 $3,898 $3,898 $3,398 $3,398 $3,398 $820 Not Available for Solo Travelers
Sep 15 - Oct 31 $3,898 $3,898 $3,398 $3,398 $3,398 $820 Not Available for Solo Travelers
This tour is available, on-request, from May 1 through June 30 and September 15 through October 31, 2017 (for best availability, choose a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday start date. Should you choose to start your tour on a Wednesday, your included restaurant lunch on Day 5 will be replaced with a picnic lunch due to the closure of the restaurant on Sundays). Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one arrival transfer from Porto to Parada on Day 1 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate arrival times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

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