Cultural & Gastronomic Portugal

Cultural & Gastronomic Portugal

Explore the highlights of northern Portugal’s gastronomy and culture on this fascinating tour. Walk through green valleys and oak forests, along ancient mountain trails in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, visit historical cities and villages and discover the stunning vineyards and architecture in the Douro Valley. A combination of easy country hikes, cultural walking tours and guided visits.

Day 1 Porto - Peneda-Geres National Park

Arrival into Porto airport where you are met by your private driver who will take you to the eastern part of Peneda-Gerês National Park. You’ll be warmly welcomed at a renovated rural cottage in a small complex of former farm buildings in the Montalegre district, where you will stay for the first 3 nights. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 2 Peneda-Geres National Park

After breakfast, enjoy a one-day guided driving tour through wolf territory where you will discover old villages and castles, wolf traps, local traditions, waterfalls, oak forests, wild horses as well as other the National Park's other treasures. Lunch. Return to your accommodation and enjoy a typical Tras-os-Montes region dinner. Overnight.

Day 3 Peneda-Geres National Park

Breakfast. Today, head off on a fantastic self-guided walking tour of the local area. A 19 km circular trail passes through many interesting places such as old pastoral paths and villages. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight.

Day 4 Peneda-Geres National Park - Vila Real - Peso da Régua

Breakfast. An interesting day as your private driver takes you to visit the Pedras Salgadas water-bottling factory followed by lunch at a local restuarant in Vila Real. After lunch, explore the famous 18th century Baroque style Mateus Palace on a guided tour of the winery, gardens and grand family home. After the tour, your driver will take you to the Douro Valley where you will be spending the next two nights in a delightful wine hotel near Peso da Régua. Overnight.

Day 5 Peso da Régua - Valenca do Douro - Peso da Régua

After breakfast your driver will take you to Valença do Douro to start a 6km guided walking trail through the vineyards and stunning landscapes. As you walk, you’ll learn about the terroir and techniques used to cultivate the vines that contribute to fine port wines and table wines. These terraced vineyards have created a cultural landscape of extraordinary beauty, now classified as World Heritage. Enjoy a well-earned traditional lunch at Quinta do Seixo wine estate with views across the vineyards; some of its vines are over 100 years old. The estate uses advanced technology to produce top quality wines which you will discover on your tour of the cellars and wine tasting. After admiring the hand painted azulejos of Pinhão’s train station, visit Quinta do Bomfim, one of the Douro Valley’s finest vineyards where you’ll have the opportunity to tour the cellars and taste their port wine. You’ll then head back to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 6 Peso da Régua - Ervedosa do Douro - Pinhao - Porto

Breakfast.This morning’s drive takes you along the N222, voted the World’s Best Driving Road in 2015 due to the glorious undulating scenery around the River Douro. Arrival at the wine-producing village of Ervedosa do Douro, where it is time to start your Vineyards Route walking tour. Walk through an amphitheatre of vine terraces with the River Douro as your backdrop. You’ll encounter several villages with breathtaking views over the river and their curved slopes of terraced vineyards. Enjoy a gourmet picnic at Quinta das Tecedeiras, a port wine producer. After lunch cruise to the riverside village of Pinhão on a traditional Rabelo boat, formerly used to transport barrels of port wine to the cellars in Vila Nova da Gaia. After the boat trip head back to Porto. Overnight.

Day 7 Porto

Breakfast. Another World Heritage site, Porto is a place of extraordinary visual and architectural beauty. Enjoy a guided morning tour of the discovering the cities highlights. Lunch today is in a typical fish restaurant in the fishing village of Afurada where you can watch the catch of the day being grilled in the street. Afternoon free. 
We recommend ending the afternoon at Cálem wine cellars where you can combine two of Portugal’s greatest cultural icons, port wine and fado music. Overnight. 

Breakfast. Another World Heritage site, Porto is a place of extraordinary visual and architectural beauty. Enjoy a guided morning tour of the discovering the cities highlights. Lunch today is in a typical fish restaurant in the fishing village of Afurada where you can watch the catch of the day being grilled in the street. Afternoon free. We recommend ending the afternoon at Cálem wine cellars where you can combine two of Portugal’s greatest cultural icons, port wine and fado music. Overnight. 

Day 8 Porto

Breakfast. Farewell the city as you are transferred to the airport.