The only thing sweeter than the Douro views is the glass of port waiting at your riverside inn.
Snaking through the heart of Portugal’s wine country, the Douro shimmers silky smooth in the valley far below. From your lofty perch in Casal de Loivos village, your eyes retrace the route you sailed this morning with affable local skipper Paulo. Gleaming among the grapevines on the opposite bank is his family’s whitewashed quinta. Here, over a traditional Portuguese lunch, he shared his stories, homemade wine, and the secrets of port production. As you preview your afternoon’s walk, new perspectives unfurl. An infinite patchwork of terraced vineyards staggers steeply towards your riverside inn. It’s a view you could savor forever, but you’ve got another tempting evening of tastings ahead on this Self-Guided Portugal walking tour. Heeding the trail’s call, you plunge homeward, down through the vines.
- Trace ancient shepherds’ trails through breathtaking mountain vistas and terraced farmland to traditional stone villages in remote Peneda-Gerês National Park.
- Join an expert guide for a fascinating walk through Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage site of castles and palaces, known as “the birthplace of Portugal.”
- Raise a glass, and salute the terraced beauty of the Douro River Valley as you sample exclusive wines at charming hillside quintas, or wine estates.
- Savor a mouthwatering variety of food in Porto as a local guide shows you around the lively tabernas and acquaints you with traditional Portuguese cuisine.
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 the trails of Peneda-Gerês National Park. This self-catering guesthouse is equipped with fans rather than air conditioning, and evokes the true spirit of rural Portugal, as it is woven so deeply into the fabric of this simple and special place. You will have the three-bedroom, three-bathroom house all 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 preserved as carefully as its exteriors. The garden and courtyard area is 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 historical charms—bare stone walls, exposed beams, and timber flooring—amid luxurious accommodations that have been crafted with fine touches. Well-appointed rooms include air conditioning and WiFi. The on-site 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, historical 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 on-site restaurant serves simple mountain food with 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
The Vintage House Hotel’s tranquil riverside setting in the small town of Pinhão is perfect for exploring the Douro Valley. This heritage property was formerly a 19th-century wine estate and has been beautifully restored to provide all today’s comforts including guest rooms with luxury bedding, air conditioning, and flat-screen televisions. The outdoor gardens, pool, and guest rooms offer panoramic river views. A few steps away is the main street of Pinhão with many shops, restaurants, and a wine museum.
|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.|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
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