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 in Porto
Arrive at Porto airport. Transfer by road from Porto airport to our hotel. Orientation walk time permitting.
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.
We also have the chance to taste port in the old Port houses of Vila Nova de Gaia.
Guimarães or Porto
Today we can visit Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal, and a World Heritage site with its perfectly restored medieval centre, the Castle and the Ducal Palace.
Alternatively, we can stay in Porto and have a lovely walk taking in some beautiful parks and gardens, along with leafy quiet lanes.
We go through some picturesque and ancient neighbourhoods and can visit places of interest along the way such as the Museu Romantico, Casa Tait, the Crystal Palace and also the splendid Parque da Cidade.
Porto to Miranda
We leave Porto to take the fabulous train journey along the River Douro valley which is also a World Heritage Site in its entirety.
The journey offers magnificent views and is one of the most famous railway journeys in the world.
At the end of the railway journey, we board a coach for the last part of the journey to Miranda do Douro.
We travel through the wide open landscapes of the remote North East Portugal. Its vast plateaus offer us vistas of almond trees, vineyards and olive orchards.
In its rolling meadows, we see the magnificent cows of this area placidly eating in amongst the sheep and the rare breed of local giant donkeys.
We arrive in Miranda do Douro, a gem of a medieval township, once a frontier post on the edge the dramatic Douro gorge.
Over the next few days, we will spend time exploring the town as well as walking in the surrounding countryside and through the ancient villages in the upper reaches of the upper Douro plateau.
Vale de Mira Walk
A circular walk on undulating lanes and tracks.
A fascinating introduction to the area as we walk through two villages and begin to appreciate the local culture and way of life.
This will be a half day enabling us to have lunch in Miranda and explore the town.
Circular walk on undulating lanes and tracks.
This varied walk explores the valley of the river Fresno, a patchwork of fields, smallholdings and woodland.
We pass through the traditional village of Palancar giving the impression of stepping back hundreds of years.
Vale D’Águia and the Douro Arribas
A linear walk following good dirt tracks and occasional quiet tarmac lanes. We visit S João das Arribas, where a tiny chapel perches high above the River Douro offering dramatic views.
Again we visit traditional villages and, at one point, the site of an ancient Castro (prehistoric settlement).
Senhora do Picão Walk
This is a linear walk, mostly on the flat or with a slight descent.
The walk is on good tracks and passes through a number of quaint villages, as well as the ruins of Nossa Senhora do Picão, where, it is said that the Virgin Mary appeared several times to a little girl, prior to the Fatima apparitions.
The waters of the well here are said to have healing properties.
Miranda to Régua
From Miranda, we travel by road and rail back to Régua giving us the opportunity to admire and enjoy once again the fabulous scenery.
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.
We will visit the ancient town of Lamego with its fine ancient buildings, beautiful churches and magnificent cathedral and, of course, the fantastic stairway leading up to the sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios.
Quinta de S. Domingos Walk
This walk starts at the hilltop Chapel of S. Domingos catching stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
On our way back down we pass through a patchwork of vineyards before we reach the river Douro and the dam.
En route we will have the opportunity to visit a family-owned Port winery where we will learn a lot about the trade and, of course, we’ll taste some fine ports.
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 fledgeling kingdom.
The town’s impressive cathedral is almost 900 years old.
There is a beautiful and very interesting museum as well as many beautiful churches and chapels.
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.
S. Leonardo walk
Our walk starts at the hilltop viewpoint of S Leonardo de Galafura.
From here the vistas over the slopes of vineyards and the blue ribbon of the river Douro at the bottom are awesome.
Our route descends through the vineyards arriving at the riverside village of Covelinhas our mid-way point.
After lunch, we can choose to finish the walk here by taking the train back.
This is a lovely day with great views on the way.
We begin walking down the route of an old railway line with spectacular views over the Corgo valley with terraced vineyards either side that seem to defy gravity.
After lunch, we descend through vineyards and back down through the old streets of Régua’s upper town.
Régua to Porto
Transfer by rail to Porto and free afternoon.
Transfer from hotel to Porto airport.