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Exploring the Douro Valley (12200G)

Porto
Guided Tour Exploring The Douro Valley (12200G) - Douro
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Description

GUIDED TOUR

The nature, the cities and the wines


One of the world’s oldest demarcated wine regions (since 1756), the Douro Valley showcases steep terrace vineyards carved into mountains, granite bluffs, whitewashed estates, and 18th-century wine cellars. Come for the ports and wines, winding scenic roads, postcard-pretty villages and excellent regional restaurants!

This two-centre holiday offers easy walking while travels up the Douro Valley, allowing us to explore its furthest regions towards the Spanish frontier.

Those who have seen the Douro Valley in travelogues will know how beautiful and unspoilt the central and upper reaches are, with deep valleys and plateaus interspersed with ancient villages and castles that bear witness to struggles over the centuries.We fly into Porto, known as the ‘Capital of the Douro’, where we stay for our first two nights. Situated on the Douro River, is the second largest city in Portugal and now a World Heritage Site.

Our next centre is in Régua. Our journey takes us on one of the world’s most spectacular railway lines, as we follow the great Douro River from its estuary, through the vineyards and into the upper reaches of Portugal, where the river forms the border with Spain.

In Régua we will visit the town and the surrounding vineyards, including tasting excellent Port wines and other wines of the region, and Lamego, a magnificent old town, rich in history and culture and full of charm.

Finally, we return to Porto by boat through breath taking landscapes, as we go down the great Douro River, through the lush green terraced vineyards, a World Heritage Site.

Highlights of this tour:

  • The ports and wines and the excellent regional restaurants
  • The dramatic landscape of the Douro Valley - a by-product of over 2000 years of winemaking, and a World Heritage Site
  • The boat tour on the River Douro
  • The winding scenic roads and the postcard-pretty villages
  • The city of Porto, cool and cosmopolitan, yet full of history and a World Heritage Site
  • The train ride through the Douro Valley landscapes
  • The historical towns
Itinerary

WEEK’S PROGRAM

Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.

We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 am and 9.30am.

On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change before dinner which is usually taken at 7.30pm.

Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day’s program.

Day’s program is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.


DAY 1

Arrival in Porto

Arrive at Porto airport. Transfer by road from Porto airport to our hotel by either bus or taxi. Orientation walk time permitting.


DAY 2

Visit Porto

Visit Porto to explore the town which is the ‘capital of the north’ and Portugal’s second city.

Our walk takes in some of Porto´s most iconic monuments and places such as the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange, S. Bento Station, the Praça da Ribeira and the Port Lodges.

We see some magnificent views from the top of D. Luis I Bridge and the viewpoint of the Serra do Pilar.


DAY 3

Porto to Régua

We leave Porto to take the fabulous train journey along the River Douro valley which is also a World Heritage Site in its entirety.

Régua is the centre of the Douro valley, famous of course for its wines, not just the famous port wine but also many very fine table wines.

Our walks over the next few days will go through this fantastic landscape of steeply sloping and terraced vineyards and olive groves.

Today we’ll taste some fine port wines.


DAY 4

Fontelo Walk

This varied walk explores the Fontelo region, a patchwork of fields, smallholdings and woodland.

En route we will have the opportunity to visit a family owned winery to taste some fine wines and learn a bit more about the wine making.


DAY 5

Free Day

Day off with optional excursion to Mateus Palace with lunch in & Vila Real (not included in the price). The Mateus Palace is a Solar built in the eighteenth century, one of the finest representatives of the Baroque in Portugal. The palace consists of the main house, the gardens, a winery and a chapel.


DAY 6

Lamego Day

Today we will visit this old town that can trace its history back to before Roman times and has been at the centre of Portuguese history since the implementation of the fledgling kingdom.

The town’s impressive cathedral is almost 900 years old. The sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios dominates the town. The stunning staircase of 686 steps leads up to the sanctuary from the wide, shady avenue that bisects the town.

We will spend our day here discovering this town’s many delights.


DAY 7

Régua to Porto

From Régua we take a boat back to Porto giving us the opportunity to admire and enjoy once again the fabulous scenery from a magical perspective.


DAY 8

Departure

Transfer from hotel to Porto airport by bus or taxi
The Hotels
  • Hotel Moov ** (or similar)
Situated in a refurbished Art Deco cinema, Moov Hotel Porto Centro offers modern rooms with free WiFi, and is an excellent base for our tour. The modern, acclimatized rooms are decorated in soft colours and feature black and white photographs. Each has a desk and a private bathroom.

A freshly prepared buffet-style breakfast is served daily. There is an inner courtyard terrace with tables and chairs for relaxing with a coffee. 

  • Hotel Régua D’Ouro**** (or similar)
This hotel is located in Peso da Régua and offers a splendid view over the Douro River and the lush mountainous landscape. Its luxurious facilities include an outdoor pool and massage treatments. Rooms at Hotel Régua Douro feature satellite TV and air conditioning. Each room is simply decorated and equipped with a minibar.
What's Included

Accommodation:
  • 7 nights in a twin room (two and four stars hotels)
  • Single supplement applied in single rooms
Guide:
  • All guided tours
Meals:
  • 7 Dinners taken in local restaurants with drinks included. We are always able to cater for vegetarian or other special diets (Lunches can be bought from local shops)
  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel.
Transport:
  • Tranfers from Porto airport at 12 a.m on first day
  • Tranfers from the Hotel to Porto airport at 12 a.m on last day
  • All land travel (as outlined)
  • Dedicated driver and guide
Not Included
  • Any services not listed as included
  • Flights to and from Portugal 
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments
More Info

The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. You will normally meet the group at the arrival airport at 12 a.m as long as you arrive there no later than the group. Similarly, on the way home you can return to the airport with the group as long as your departure time is no earlier than that of the group.

This guided tour already includes a transfer departing from Porto airport at 12 a.m on arrival and returning to Porto airport at 12 a.m on the last day.

If none of this option suits you, please add to your booking a transfer that does. You can also rent a car.

To this tour we only accept transfers departing from Porto Airport or Porto.

Departure dates:
  • ON REQUEST