The Douro River flows through often steep channels for around 200km from the Spanish border in the east across the north of Portugal to the coastal city of Porto. The valley is home to the first demarcated wine region in the world, established in 1756 when the Port industry developed. Famous port wine estates or 'Quintas' such as Taylors, Warre and many others can be found in the steeply terraced hills which typify the region. The Douro Valley is surprisingly unspoilt with endearing historical towns, breathtaking mountain scenery and people that are so welcoming you will never want to leave. Staying in a beautifully restored Manor house, the balance of impressive scenery and the rich cultural heritage of the region provide a unique and stunning walking holiday with the opportunity to also experience one of the great rail journeys of Europe from Porto to Pinhão.
DAY 1 Travel by train from Porto to the Douro valley and the village of Pinhão in the heart of the port producing area, overnight manor house DAY 2/3 Walk through the vineyards and ridges of the Pinhão valley (4-5 hrs) DAY 4 Walk past the famous Quintas (3-4hrs) DAY 5 Transfer to train station for train to Porto, trip concludes
High season is during Apr to Sep and a supplement applies.
*4 breakfasts, 4 dinners with wine & port *4 nights in a manor house on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *transfer to and from walks where stated (note that the train journey from Porto to Pinhão and return is not included, allow EUR 25) *information pack including route notes & maps *emergency hotline