Portugal: Walking & Wine - Premium Adventure

Portugal: Walking & Wine - Premium Adventure

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Portugal: Walking & Wine - Premium Adventure

8 Days Starting in Régua and ending in Porto

Visiting:

Douro

,

Vis

,

Mondim de Basto

,

Como

,

Levada de Vilarinho

,

Porto

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TSYP

Group size:

4 - 16

Age range:

18 to 99

Interests:

From:

$2832 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

Tour Overview

Portugal has been making wine for centuries, with some estimates placing the first planting of vines as far back as 2000 BC. The Basto and Douro regions are perhaps the best known and offer rich landscapes and fascinating history to discerning visitors. Led by one of our expert guides, Lina Ferreira or Ana Carla Moura Parente da Costa, immerse yourself in atmospheric Porto and indulge in a voyage of taste and discovery through the verdant Douro Valley, where the famous Port wines are produced. Venture into the region known as Terras de Basto, home of Portugal’s ‘young’ wine, vinho verde, and stay in handpicked hotels including properties in the heart of the Douro Valley, which boast exceptional views. The perfect combination of leisurely walks and authentic cultural visits provide a memorable introduction to this lush, captivating country, once a dominant trading power in the world.

Highlights

  • Premium 4-star accommodation throughout the trip

  • Discover the region's ancient wine cellars and sample their wines

  • Enjoy walks through terraced vineyards and tranquil countryside

  • Explore vibrant Porto with a guided walking tour

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start at Hotel Douro Scala in Mesão Frio.
Location:

  Douro


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  dinner


We begin our Portuguese adventure in the verdant Douro Valley, birthplace of the world-renowned Port wines. Land-only clients may join the group transfer from Porto airport to Hotel Douro Scala that departs at 3pm (transfer takes approx. 1.5 hours). If you are planning to join this transfer, please contact us prior to departure to request it.
The first trip briefing with our expert guide will take place in the evening, along with a welcome dinner.
Premium accommodation: Hotel Douro Scala (5*)

icon Day 2 : Walk along the Corgo River; visit Baroque-era Casa de Mateus
Location:

  Vis


Meals Included:

  breakfast


This morning we take a private transfer of approx. 40 minutes to the start of today's walk in Povoação, driving along the beautiful roads on the north slope of the Douro Valley and its tributaries. The Corgo walking trail is located in the heart of the Douro wine region and here we will walk along terraced vineyards with unique views of the Corgo River. In the afternoon, we transfer to Vila Real (approx. 20 minutes) to visit Casa de Mateus, a palace set in beautiful gardens that is considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Portugal. After the visit we transfer back to the hotel (approx. 50 minutes).
Premium accommodation: Hotel Douro Scala (5*)

icon Day 3 : Short walk around Quinta do Tedo winery followed by wine tasting; visit Douro Museum
Location:

  Vis


Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch


We start the day with a short transfer (30 minutes) to Quinta de Tedo, an 18th century winery in the centre of the Douro region. We will have a guided tour of the grounds, following a walking trail that offers beautiful views of the Douro and Tedo Rivers, vineyards and olive groves and offers plenty of opportunities for bird watching. After lunch and an included wine tasting at the winery, we take a 20-minute transfer to the town of Regua, where we visit the Douro Museum to learn about the history, culture and identity of the UNESCO World Heritage Douro wine region. In the afternoon we transfer back to our hotel (approx. 20 minutes).
Premium accommodation: Hotel Douro Scala (5*)

icon Day 4 : Maronesa walking trail; transfer to Mondim de Basto
Location:

  Mondim de Basto


Meals Included:

  breakfast, dinner


After breakfast we transfer to the region of Mondim de Basto (approx. 1 hour). On our way, we’ll pass through the Alvão Natural Park, a protected area of land that offers majestic landscapes. This region, set on the mountain of Alvão, marks the transition from the coastal and humid regions to the dry and hot regions of Trás-os-Montes.
We start our walk in Bobal, one of the four villages we’ll pass through today. We’ll find a countryside that reflects the carefully maintained balance in which man and nature coexist. For this balance to be preserved, the Maronesa cow is of the utmost importance. A Portuguese native breed from this region, there are still genes from the ancestral Auroque in its genetics. The fields are cultivated for subsistence farming, with seeds passed down from generation to generation.
After lunch we transfer to our hotel (approx. 30 minutes) and there is free time to enjoy the hotel's amenities or explore nearby, before a group dinner.
Premium accommodation: Água Hotels Mondim de Basto (4*)

icon Day 5 : Walk in the green wine region of Mondim de Basto and taste organically produced vinho verde at Quinta das Escomoeiras
Location:

  Como


Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch


Our walk today takes us to the surroundings of Mondim de Basto in the green wine (vinho verde) region, along the banks of the Cabril River. Here, we are welcomed with uninterrupted views of the forested mountains, side by side with the fertile lands and vineyards of the Terras de Basto region. We finish our walk at the medieval bridge of Vilar Viando, which is still used by pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago.
We will then go to Quinta das Escomoeiras to sample their wines and appreciate the organic vinho verde. In the afternoon on our way back to the hotel, we visit one of northern Portugal's main shrines to the Virgin Mary: the Senhora da Graça, also known as Chapel of Monte Farinha. The chapel is perched in front of a granite mountain range almost 1000m high.
Premium accommodation: Água Hotels Mondim de Basto (4*)

icon Day 6 : Walk via the Levada de Vilarinho; free afternoon.
Location:

  Levada de Vilarinho


Meals Included:

  breakfast


This morning, we transfer by minibus (approx. 20 minutes) to the village of Vilarinho to start our walk along the Levada de Vilarinho, a waterway dating back to the 13th century. These rural constructions were indispensable for the irrigation of the fields of the Terras de Basto region due to water scarcity in the past. After 1.5 miles/2.4 km, we leave the rebuilt waterway and meet the old levada as it enters a forest of oaks and pines, with a stream running alongside.
The afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel amenities and surroundings.
Premium accommodation: Água Hotels Mondim de Basto (4*)

icon Day 7 : Transfer to Porto; visit the historic town and the famous Port wine cellars for wine tasting; optional boat tour.
Location:

  Porto


Meals Included:

  breakfast, dinner


In the morning we return to the vibrant city of Porto (approx. 1 hour 15 mins). After a guided visit of the historic centre and Port wine cellars (wine tasting included), the rest of the day is free for further individual sightseeing or optional activities, such as a boat ride along the Douro River. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.
Premium accommodation: Neya Hotel (4*) or Vila Galé Porto Ribeira (4*)

icon Day 8 : End Porto.
Location:

  Porto


Meals Included:

  breakfast


Our trip ends in Porto in the morning of day 8.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 wine tastings

  • All premium accommodation

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Named tour leader, chosen for their expertise

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Fully Guided

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

  • City tax of EUR 2 to be paid locally in Porto (in cash)

  • Local Taxes

Food

All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 wine tastings are included. Porto and the Douro Valley are known for their excellent wines and the delicious regional cuisine which makes use of the natural resources found here. All meals have strong links with the land and sea, often prepared following old traditional recipes. Local specialities include caldo verde, a cabbage soup that originated here thanks to the fertile green fields. Portugal also prides itself on having some of the best fish in the world, and in this region a lot of the fish comes from the Douro River. The Douro region is also well-known for an endless number of meat dishes, including the famous roasted goat with rice and potatoes, wild boar stew, posta mirandes (veal steak) and cozido à portuguesa (boiled meat, sausages and cabbage). The francesinha is also not to be missed - a multi-layered sandwich comprising cheese, ham, steak and sausage, topped with a fried egg and coated in a spicy tomato sauce. Delicious! Although meat and fish dishes are typically the focal point of Portuguese cuisine, vegetarian and vegan options have become more widely available in recent years, particularly in cosmopolitan cities such as Lisbon and Porto. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance so that we can best accommodate your request. The Douro Valley, birthplace of Port, is one of the oldest and most beautiful historic world wine regions. Wine has been made here for 2000 years. Considering the importance of the Alto Douro Wine Region, in 2001 UNESCO recognised this site as World Heritage. Port wine is a fortified wine produced under particular and unique conditions. It is still produced in the traditional way, during which the fermentation process is stopped by adding spirits distilled from wine, and the blending of wines and aging still play a vital role. Port wines can be red, white or rosé and during the trip there will be plenty of opportunities to try the different varieties. Vinho verde is also an excellent wine produced in this area. Naturally light and fresh, it is fruity, easy to drink, great as an aperitif or served with light meals.

Accommodation

Accommodation on your Portugal: Walking and Wine – Premium Adventure has been selected for its style, location and excellent service. We have chosen unique properties that give a sense of the history and culture of the region, while offering the ultimate comfort and hospitality. The properties vary between departure dates – please see below for more details. Douro Valley, three nights Douro Scala Hotel – April, May and June 2023 departures, and 17 September 2023 Panoramic views of the Douro Valley and vineyards 15th-century main building with original features, with modern and elegant rooms Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, Turkish bath and a billiards room Hotel Régua Douro – 3 September 2023 and 24 September 2023 Riverside property with an outdoor pool, restaurant and games room In the heart of Régua town with local amenities on the doorstep Classically designed, spacious rooms Basto region, three nights Água Hotels Mondim de Basto – 23 April 2023, 7 May 2023, 14 May 2023, 17 September 2023 and 24th September 2023 departures Contemporary feel throughout the hotel Outdoor infinity pool, indoor pool and extensive spa facilities Excellent views of the surrounding mountains and River Tâmega Flag Hotel Celorico Palace - 4 June 2023 and 3 September 2023 departures Located in the municipality of Celorico de Basto Amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a spa with sauna and Jacuzzi Rental bikes are available to explore the surrounding countryside in free time Porto, one night Neya Hotel – all departures Located on the banks of the Douro River A converted convent – many original features preserved during its restoration The Skybar provides views for miles over the city and river Bookings within 30 days are subject to availability and may incur a supplement of approximately £185 / US$295 / 350 Canadian dollars per person.

Check out our Q&As

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

Who is Exodus Travels?

At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

    Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews

Fantastic trip

One of the best trips I’ve done… This trip offered a mix of everything- beautiful scenery, lovely undulating walks through and around glorious countryside, vineyards, llevadas and small villages, wine tastings ....more

One of the best trips I’ve done… This trip offered a mix of everything- beautiful scenery, lovely undulating walks through and around glorious countryside, vineyards, llevadas and small villages, wine tastings at some excellent local vineyards, excellent accommodation and good food.

Lina, our guide for the trip, was one of the very best.

Thoroughly knowledgable and prepared for each day ( and ensuring we were too!) and always thinking about what little things or adjustments might make our days better, as well as being an absolutely lovely person.

A guide can really make or break a trip - and Lina is definitely is the first category! This trip was so good that despite the unusual June weather (so much rain for late June was not typical!) our group still had a really fantastic time.

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May 07, 2023

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May 14, 2023
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May 07, 2023

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Jun 04, 2023

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Sep 03, 2023

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Sep 10, 2023
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Sep 03, 2023

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Sep 10, 2023
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Sep 17, 2023

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Sep 24, 2023
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Sep 17, 2023

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Sep 24, 2023
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Apr 21, 2024

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Portugal: Walking & Wine - Premium Adventure

8 Days Starting in Régua and ending in Porto

Visiting:

Douro

,

Vis

,

Mondim de Basto

,

Como

,

Levada de Vilarinho

,

Porto

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TSYP

Group size:

4 - 16

Age range:

18 to 99

Interests:

From:

$2832 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

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