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.
Arrival to Amarante
Transfer by road from Porto airport to Amarante.
Ecovia do Tamega: Canedo – Cruz de Baixo
This is a beautiful and scenic walk along a paved Ecovia, once one of the most spectacular narrow gauge railway lines in the country. The route passes through isolated villages, field systems and vineyards and offers breathtaking views over the Tamega River.
We pass through the attractive small town of Celorico de Basto where those wishing for an easier day can finish the walk.
S. Salvador do Monte and the Tamega River
We begin at the lovely small stone church of S. Salvador do Monte and descend on quiet lanes and wooded tracks to the edge of the River Tamega.
A riverside path then leads along the grassy margins of the river Tamega before arriving at the S. Gonçalo Bridge in Amarante.
This walk is specially designed to arrive back in Amarante in time for a late lunch and provide more time to explore this fascinating town.
Transfer day to Aveiro via Passadiços do Paiva
A big and full day in every way. Spectacular journey down the Tamega Valley & across the Douro River.
We then travel into the mountains to walk the famous Passadiços do Paiva. This 8km stretch of wooden boardwalks gives access to an otherwise inaccessible section of the glorious Paiva river cascading between crags and frothing over rocks as it navigates through some of the most beautiful and rugged scenery in the north.
After our walk, we have a well-deserved break in a café before continuing our journey to our next centre, Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal.
Today we meet the Vouga River. We shadow this gentle river as it meanders to Sernada do Vouga surrounded by woodland and rolling hills.
Sernada do Vouga where we finish our walk is an old railway junction and a stop on Portugal´s only remaining narrow gauge railway line.
We return to Sernada do Vouga and continue to follow the river as it quietly flows through a rich open valley.
Little villages enrich our walk, farmers tend their fields and trees offer shade as we accompany the river Vouga towards the sea.
Salreu nature circuit /boat trip Ria de Aveiro
The Rio Vouga now forms the grand estuary of the Ria de Aveiro.
This massive area of wetlands has been a haven for thousands of years for animals, birds and people alike.
Our walk is designed to appreciate and understand the importance of this natural habitat.
But, of course, the only way to finish our week is to take a boat ride through this stunning watery landscape.
A fitting climax to our exploration of northern Portugal’s hidden rivers
Transfer from hotel to Porto airport.