Portugal: Walking & Wine

Resort: Portugal: Walking & Wine
Operator: Exodus
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1649.00

Overview


A perfect introduction to Porto and the UNESCO Douro wine region

 

Portuguese wine is the result of traditions introduced by ancient
civilizations; the Basto and Douro regions remain two of the main
wine-producing regions of Portugal, complete with wonderful landscapes and a
rich history to discover. This walking tour takes us from the atmospheric
city of Porto, through the UNESCO World Heritage Douro Valley, where famous
port wine is produced and on to the Terras de Basto, home of Portugals
young vinho verde wine. With leisurely walks, wine tastings and
cultural visits throughout, this tour is the perfect introduction to the
country that once dominated world trade routes.

Highlights

* Discover ancient wine cellars
* Walk through quiet countryside
* Explore vibrant Porto
* Visit rural Portugal

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Porto;transfer to Hotel Douro Scala in the Douro Valley.

Fly to Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its old
architectural and landscape value. Those on the group flight will be
transferredto Hotel Douro Scala in Mesao Frio (approx. 1.5 hrs drive),
making a quick stop in Porto city centre to pick up any group members who may
be already in the city. Full joining instructions will be provided prior
departure but the transfer usually leaves Porto city centre between 4 and 5pm
and will will reach the start hotel before dinner.

Day 2
Morning private transfer to Cinfaes; nature walk in the Bestanca Valley;
transfer back to Mesao Frio.

After breakfast, we will transfer toCinfes (approx. 1 hour)via a scenic
road that follows the Douro River for our walk in the Bestanca Valley. Within
the valley is Portugal’s hidden gem, the Bestanca River, with plenty of
waterfalls, a medieval stone bridge and villages that have retained the
beauty of their rural location. There are many walking paths in the valley,
allowing us to combine several different routes, but the highlight is the
walking trail of ‘Vilar de Mouros’, which passes through the medieval bridge
of Covelas and Biodiversity Stations. Return to Mesao Frio in the afternoon
and enjoy some free time at the hotel’s pool or spa.

Day 3
Drive to Quinta do Tedo winery for short walk and wine tasting; visit Douro
museum and transfer to hotel in Regua.

We start the day with a short transfer (30 mins)to Quinta de Tedo, a winery
farm from the 18th Century in the heart of the Douro region. We will have a
guided tour of the winery grounds, following a walking trail that
offersbeautiful views of theDouro and Tedo river, vineyards and olive
groves andplenty of opportunities for some bird watching. After lunch and
an included wine tasting at the winery we transfer tothe town of Regua,
where we visit the interesting Douro Museum, an ideal place to learn about
the history, culture and identity of the UNESCO World Heritage Douro wine
region. In the afternoon we transfer back to our hotel.

Day 4
Walk along the Corgo river; visit Baroque Casa de Mateus en route to Mondim
de Basto.

This morning we transfer (approx. 40 mins) from the hotel to the start of
today’s walk in Povoao, drivingthrough the beautiful roads along the
north slope of the Douro Valley and itsside affluents.The Corgo walking
trail is located on the heart of the Douro wine region and here we willbe
walking most of the time along terraced vineyards with unique views ofthe
Corgo river. We end the walk at Quinta do Vallado winery where we have the
chance to enjoy another wine tasting experience (optional). In the afternoon
we transfer to Vila Real (20 mins) tovisit Casa de Mateus, a palace set in
beautiful gardens considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque
architecture in Portugal. Later we continue by bus through the Alvao Natural
Park, stopping to take in the views of the 200m high Fisgas do Ermelo, one of
the largest waterfalls in Europe. We stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in
Mandim de Basto, where we can enjoy a stunning infinity pool and views.

Day 5
Walk through a traditional winery farm Quinta das Escomoeiras in the green
wine region and taste organically produced ‘Vinho Verde’.

Our walk today takes us through Quinta das Escomoeiras, a traditional winery
in the green wine region set on the banks of the Tamega River. Here we are
greeted with uninterrupted views of the forest-covered mountains of the
Terras de Basto region. We will explore the woodlands above the river and
return to Lourido and the Quinta’s welcome Adega via the Ecopista, a former
railway track which is now a walking and cycling route. We finish our walking
with wine tasting, to appreciate the organic ‘Vinho Verde’ or green wine.

Day 6
Walk by the famous Levada do Piscaredo aqueduct to the centre of Mondim de
Basto village; visit the Senhora da Graca shrine.

This morningtransfer by minivan (10mins) to Levada do Piscaredo, a waterway
dating back to the 13th Century where we will start our walk. These rural
constructions were indispensable for the irrigation of the fields of the
Terras de Basto region, due to water scarcity in the past. We follow the
waterway to the center of Mondim de Basto village. In the afternoonwe visit
one of the main shrines to the Virgin Mary found in northern Portugal: the
Senhora da Graca, also known as Chapel of Monte Farinha. The chapel is
perched in front of granite mountain range at almost 1000m high.

Day 7
Transfer to Porto; visit the historic town and the famous Porto wine cellars
for wine tasting; optional boat tour and overnight in Porto.

In the morning we travel back to the vibrant of Porto. After a guided visit
of the historic centre and Port wine cellars (wine tasting included), the
rest of the day is free for further individual sightseeing or optional
actvities, such as a boat ride along the Douro river; overnight at Hotel Vila
Gal.

Day 8
Fly to London.

Transfer to the airport and fly to London.

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