Crossing the northern reaches of Portugal, you’ll discover a remote, rural beauty unlike anywhere else. Start this self-guided Portugal walking tour in the lush province of Minho, which offers a verdant landscape of soaring slopes and emerald-green terraces. As you hike, your only companions may be proud Garrano ponies and bleating flocks of sheep. In the Douro River Valley, set out on the river on a scenic boat excursion, then wander gentle slopes past lush vineyards and elegant wine estates. Join a local guide on a food-inspired Porto walking tour, where you’ll stop by a lively taberna and perhaps—if you’re hungry enough—try Porto’s iconic francesinha sandwich. Throughout your journey you’ll stay in charming hotels, all splendidly located to experience Portugal at its purest.
Casa da Fecha
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 is equipped with fans rather than air conditioning, and 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. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Flores Village Hotel & Spa
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, including air conditioning and WiFi. Take time to relax in the sauna, Roman bath or hammam. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Hotel da Oliveira
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. Well-appointed rooms include air conditioning and WiFi. The onsite restaurant offers carefully prepared traditional cuisine and the bar is the ideal spot to unwind after a discovery-rich day.
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, un-air-conditioned room with blond-wood floors and French windows that look out across the ravine to the village.
The Vintage House Hotel
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 amenities including air conditioning and WiFi, as well as a balcony overlooking the Douro River.
|16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 3 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps, and use of a handheld GPS unit|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next; there may be an additional charge.)|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Guided visit to Casa de Mateus in Vila Real; winery tour and port tasting at Quinta do Bomfim; winery tour and wine tasting at historic family quinta; Douro River small group boat excursion; guided walking tours of Guimarães and Porto.|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
0 of 4