Heart of the Douro

Make your way from Porto into the very heart of the Douro Valley before exploring the picturesque slopes and valleys of this World Heritage landscape on foot. Follow unpaved roads and footpaths as you walk from village to village, pausing for picnic lunches and visits to local wine estates where you can sample award-winning table, port and moscatel wines.
Museums such as the Bread and Wine Museum in Favaios will give you a greater appreciation of local traditions and wine-production. You’ll also witness some of the yearround activity involved in tending the vines and terraces.
Relax after each day’s walk at carefully selected country houses and hotels where you will receive a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and delicious meals.
End your self-guided Douro walking holiday back in the fascinating historical city of Porto where you can visit the port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia as well as the exploring Porto’s many sights and views.

Day 1 Porto

Arrival in Porto and head to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day at leisure. The formidable Se Cathedral, dominating central Porto is worth a visit and a must to visit is the Cais de Ribeira, the oldest and most picturesque quarter. Overnight.

Day 2 Porto - Pinhao

TRAIN TO PINHAO
Transfer to the train station in Porto where you’ll receive a full briefing about your selfguided walking holiday in the Douro. Take the train from Porto to the small riverside village of Pinhão (2.5 hours) where the train station is decorated with painted tile panels depicting Douro wine production. Walk or take a taxi to Quinta de la Rosa, a working winery with attractive guest rooms, stunning views of the Douro River and an outdoor pool. Stroll around the vineyards, sample their wines or take a boat trip along the river (paid locally). Enjoy tasty local dishes this evening in the onsite restaurant or head into the village for other options.
Overnight.

Day 3 Pinhao - Vilarinho de Sao Romao

LINEAR WALK (10.9 km, +689m)
Explore the western slopes of the Pinhão Valley today as you climb to the hillside villages of São Cristovão do Douro and Provosende. The views of surrounding vineyards more than compensate your efforts. End this journey with a warm welcome and home-cooked meal at Casa de Vilarinho de São Romão.
If weather permits, take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or simply relax in the comfortable guest lounge. Overnight.

Day 4 Vilarinho de Sao Romao - Celeiros - Vilarinho de Sao Romao

CIRCULAR RIVER WALK  (14.2 km, +664m)
With Vilarinho de São Romão as your base, today’s circular route winds down to the Pinhão River via a couple of small villages and wine estates and along the opposite hillsides, through the vineyards, with varied landscapes and splendid views throughout. Relax at a riverside picnic spot before making your way uphill to the village of Celeirós where you can stop to taste the wines at Quinta do Portal before returning to your delightful accommodation. Take a taxi up the hill if you’d prefer an easier day. Overnight.

Day 5 Vilarinho de Sao Romao - Alijo

LINEAR WALK (16.6 km, +690m)
Enjoy views across the valley on your way towards the pretty village of Sabrosa. Follow an ancient road between here and Favaios as you head down through the vineyard terraces to the river. Wend your way uphill again between grape vines and olive groves towards a distinctly different landscape. Taste traditional wood oven-baked bread and moscatel wine in Favaios then continue to the small, historical town of Alijó. Settle into Pousada do Barrão Forrester, your comfortable accommodation for the next two nights. Explore the town or relax by the pool before having dinner at the onsite restaurant or in a nearby restaurant. Overnight.

Day 6 Alijo - São Mamede da Ribatua - Alijo

CIRCULAR WALK (14.9 km, +485m) (or shorter option (8.2 km) with return by taxi)
Today’s walk is a circular route from Alijó that undulates through an ever-changing patchwork of vineyards and fields towards the ancient village of São Mamede da Ribatua with spectacular views of the surrounding rock-strewn mountains. Return to Alijó in the shade of pine forests or take a taxi back for a more relaxing afternoon. Overnight.

Day 7 Alijo - Casal de Loivos

LINEAR WALK (14 km, + 268m)
Spend the day walking through vineyards, perhaps calling in at a wine estate or two for a tour and tasting session before reaching the ridge at the top of the eastern slopes of the Pinhão Valley. Look back at the terraced slopes opposite to identify the villages you walked to earlier in the week. You’ll have magnificent views of the Douro River before reaching the last village of the day. Spend the night in Casa de Casal de Loivos, a 17th century country house with amazing views and a pool. Visit the nearby olive oil museum or unwind on the charming terrace while you wait for dinner to be served onsite. Overnight.

Day 8 Casal de Loivos - Pinhao - Porto

SHORT WALK (6 km, +137m) & TRAIN TO PORTO
Today’s short but glorious walk down to Pinhão leaves you with time for a final winery tour and tasting session (optional, paid locally) overlooking the Douro River. You could have lunch in the village or a picnic in the vineyards before taking the train back to Porto for a night in the heart of the city in a stylish modern hotel. Take some time to explore the city’s historical monuments, revitalised areas such as Rua das Flores and the riverside Ribeira district. If you have time, cross the river and visit at least one of the port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for a visit and tasting. Overnight.

Day 9 Porto

Departure transfer to the airport.