Magical Douro

16 Days Tour

This three-centre holiday travels up the Douro Valley, allowing us to explore its furthest regions towards the Spanish frontier.

Those who have seen the Douro Valley in travelogues will know how beautiful and unspoilt the central and upper reaches of the valley are, with deep valleys and plateaus interspersed with ancient villages and castles that bear witness to struggles over the centuries.

Our journey takes us on one of the world’s most spectacular railway lines, as we follow the great Douro River from its estuary, where the ancient city of Porto is situated, through the famous Port wine vineyards and into the upper reaches of Portugal, where the river forms the border with Spain.

The holiday offers easy walking in this attractive region, particularly noted for its wine production.

Porto, situated on the Douro River, is the capital of the north and the second largest city in Portugal. It is now a World Heritage Site and has been the centre of the port wine trade for years.

We will have time to explore this intriguing city where historic buildings and magnificent churches rub shoulders with picturesque old quarters.

Leaving Porto we travel up the Douro Valley by train to Pocinho and then continue by road to Miranda do Douro, where we spend five further nights.

Miranda Do Douro is a charming medieval town, and from here our walks pass through villages where people still follow an ancient way of life, still speaking the ancient Mirandese language, that has survived through the centuries.

From Miranda we travel by road and train to Régua.

Known as the ‘Capital of the Douro’ because of its role in the port industry, we will be able to see how port is made and afterwards, taste it for ourselves. Our walks will take us through the distinctive landscape of vineyards which provide the grapes.

Train journey up the Douro Valley crossing stunning landscapes

To see how Port wine is made and taste it

Porto's old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of historic buildings and outstanding monuments as well as quaint medieval streets.

Highlights of this wonderful city include the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, one of the greatest baroque structures in Europe and Guimarães, the birth of the nation

Comfortable en-suite accommodation.
Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.
The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.

The tour includes

Airport transfers.

En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels, beautifully located.

Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.

All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.

Services of a dedicated leader.

Please note:

The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.

A wait at the airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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