Self-guided Walking Holiday in Douro Valley
This one week self-guided walking holiday in Douro Valley through the dramatic vine-filled landscape offers spectacular views of the Douro and Pinhão Rivers and Valleys.
Admire the views as you follow unpaved roads and footpaths from village to village, some of which have outstanding architectural features.
Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Make your way from Porto into the very heart of the Douro Valley for this self-guided walking holiday.
Spending a night overlooking the majestic Douro River before exploring the terraced slopes and valleys of this World Heritage landscape.
Museums such as the Bread and Wine Museum in Favaios will give you a greater appreciation of local traditions and wine-production.
Pause for picnic lunches and visit the local wine estates where you can sample award-winning table, port and moscatel wines.
Relax after each day’s walk at carefully selected country house hotels where you will receive a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and delicious meals.
Prices per person in double room:
Low season: 01st March to 30th April | 16th October to 31st October
-In double room occupancy: 990 euros
-Single room supplement: 330 euros
High season: 1st May to 15th October
-In double room occupancy: 1090 euros
-Single room supplement: 390 euros
- 7 nights handpicked accommodation with breakfast
- Dinner on days 2, 3 and 6
- Packed lunches on days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
- GPS device with pre-programmed trails
- Road book with detailed route descriptions and elevation profiles
- 24/7 emergency contact number
- Luggage transfers between accommodations days 2 to 6 and to Pinhão station on day 7
- Private transfer from Porto airport to Campanhã train station or city centre plus briefing on Day 1
- Private transfer from Porto hotel to the airport on Day 8
- Transfers between Porto and your accommodation in the Douro region
- Dinner on days 1, 4, 5 and 7
- Lunch on days 1 and 7
- Winery tours and tastings
- Museum entrance fees and other optional expenses
- Personal expenses and gratuities
From Porto to the Douro Valley by train
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.
Linear walk from Pinhão to Vilarinho de São Romão (10.9km)
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.
Circular walk via Pinhão River (14.2km)
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.
Linear walk from Vilarinho de São Romão to Alijó (16.6)
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.
Circular walk via São Mamede da Ribatua (14.9km)
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.
Linear walk from Alijó to Casal de Loivos (14km)
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.
Walk from Casal de Loivos to Pinhão, then return to Porto by train (6km)
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.
End of our services
After breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the airport.
If you have extra time before you leave, experience any of Porto’s highlights that you didn’t get around to on Day 7.