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Food

  • All breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. Porto and the Douro valley are known for their excellent wines and the delicious regional cuisine which makes use of the natural resources found here. All meals have strong links with the land and sea, often prepared following old traditional recepies. Local specialities include the caldo verde, a cabbage soup that originated here thanks to the fertile green fields of the region. Portugal also prides itself in having some of the best fish in the world, and in this region a lot of the fish comes from the Douro river. The Douro region is also well-known for an endless number of meat dishes, which include the famous roasted goat with rice and potatoes, wild boar stew, posta mirandes (veal steak) and cozido à portuguesa (boiled meat, sausages and cabbages). There is another dish too, made on the basis of a sandwich, that is a true institution: the francesinha. Please note that vegetarians meals are available on request although options may be limited.

Activities

  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • Accom: premium
  • Culture & Discovery
  • New trip
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Guided Group
  • 1

    Trip begins in historic wine city of Porto.

    The trip begins in the beautiful historic city of Porto, famous for one of the most appreciated wines in the world - Port wine. Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its old architectural and landscape value. Today, depending on the arrival time of the group, we might have some time to visit the Porto Wine Cellars and explore the atmospheric city centre accompanied by the tour leader. Overnight in Hotel Vila Gale or similar.

  • 2

    Morning transfer from Porto to Cinfaes; walk in the Bestanca Valley; transfer to Mesao Frio.

    After breakfast, we will transfer to Cinfaes (approx. 1 hour 30 minutes journey) 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. We then transfer to our 5-star luxury hotel at Mesao Frio (approx. 1 hour journey) via a scenic road that follows the Douro River (7 km, approx. 3hrs and 30 minutes walking).

  • 3

    Visit Quinta do Tedo; walk in the winery grounds and afternoon winetasting.

    Today we explore the Quinta de Tedo, a winery farm from the 18th Century in the heart of the Douro region. After a 40 minute transfer following the Douro River, we are presented with beautiful views of the Douro and Tedo River, terraced vineyards and olive groves. We will have a guided tour of the area, following a walking trail that offers plenty of opportunities for some bird watching. There is time to enjoy wine tasting at a local winery before we return to the hotel. (4 km, approx. 2 hours walking).

  • 4

    Transfer to Régua; visit the Douro museum and on to Vila Real for an optional visit to Casa de Mateus.

    This morning we have an early transfer from Mesao to Regua, where we can visit the Douro Museum; an ideal place for learning about the history, culture and identity of the UNESCO World Heritage Douro wine region. We then transfer to Vila Real via the beautiful roads of the Douro Valley. In Vila Real, we visit Casa de Mateus, a palace set in beautiful gardens considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Portugal. For those who wish, an optional two-hour boat tour in the Douro (with wine tasting included) can be arranged locally.

  • 5

    Walk in the Alvao Natural Park and visit Fisgas do Ermelo waterfall; transfer to Mondim de Basto for overnight.

    Today we lave the Douro Valley and explore the Terras de Basto region on foot. We transfer to the trail head in the Alvao Natural Park (approx. 1 hour journey), home to endangered bird and animal species. Located within the park is the Olo River, a mountain river with several watermills and waterfalls, including the 200m high Fisgas do Ermelo, one of the largest waterfalls in Europe. The walking trail will take us to fantastic viewpoints of the waterfalls and villages and there is also a chance to go for a swim in some of the natural pools along the way. We then transfer to our 4-star hotel in Mandim de Basto, where we can enjoy a stunning infinity pool and views. (12 km, approx. 5 hours walking)

  • 6

    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. (5 km, approx. 2 hours walking).

  • 7

    Visit the Senhora da Graca shrine and walk by the famous Levada do Piscaredo aqueduct onto the centre of Mondim de Basto village.

    This morning we 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. Our walking trail today takes us down old stone paths from the top of the mountain, passing the Chapel of Sao Goncalo, water sources and quarries. The trail then continues by the famous Levada do Piscaredo, a waterway dating back to the 13th Century. 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, where we then take a very short transfer back to our hotel (10km, approx. 3 hours and 30 minutes walking).

  • 8

    Transfer to Porto (approx 1 hr 15 mins); trip ends.

    After breakfast we are transferred back to Porto (1hr15mins), where our trip ends.

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