The Douro Riverside Walking Holiday

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The Douro Riverside Walking Holiday

Distance: 46 km

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Meals: Breakfasts

Accomodation: Hotels and country cottages

Price: From 1.217€ per person

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Do you want to know the north of Portugal as you walk around extensive vineyards and revel in the aroma of the vegetation surrounding the Douro River? On your hiking route through The Douro Riverside, you can do it.

You will tour multiple wine terraces during the daily hikes and also on the train journey from Porto to Pinhao that you will take on your own during one of your days. You will pass through a lot of small places that will transport you to another time in the history of Portugal because its culture of that time is still very ingrained nowadays.

In Santiago Ways, we want to be part of this adventure and help you enjoy your trip while you find picturesque villages, beautiful bell towers and panoramic views of huge, globally recognized vineyards that will leave their mark on you. Back in Porto, you’ll have a transfer on a Douro River cruise, which will allow you to rest while enjoying this amazing experience.

Your adventure begins and ends in Porto, where we suggest you get to know its churches and its stone alleys; delight in the exquisite cuisine that characterizes it while watching a sunset over the Douro River like a Portuguese local and, of course, visit its wine cellars

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

We’re glad you’ve got this far. Now, we just need to know how you want us to help you prepare your trip. We’re waiting for you! Leave us your details and we will send you a quote tailored to your requirements.

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    Arrival in Porto

    To start your hiking trail, you will have the first day to complete a self-guided tour around the entire city of Porto. We recommend you to know the old town, its cathedral, its squares and, of course, some of its typical restaurants on the banks of the Douro River where the views will delight you.

    Overnight: Porto


    Hiking in Porto and arrival in Pinhão

    Before leaving Porto, we suggest that you take a walk through its historic centre, enjoy a Belém pastry, visit the Lello Bookshop, then cross the Don Luis I Bridge and, of course, get to know the Porto-Sao Bento train station characterized by its tiled decoration.

    Then you will take a train on your own to the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where for just over two hours you will have panoramic views of vineyards and charming Portuguese landscapes.

    Once you arrive in Pinhao, you will need to take a transfer to reach the second accommodation point on your hiking trail.

    Length: Free Walk

    Overnight: Pinhão


    From Pinhão to Sabrosa

    For your third day on this trip, you will walk towards Sabrosa, where you will enjoy the best views and, if you want to, the best wine from the Upper Douro. Wine production there has been part of its daily life for thousands of years.

    As a curious fact, we would tell you that this was the first area of the world declared as a wine region and its traditions are preserved, because the grapes are still crushed in a traditional way.

    As you walk, you will get to know a great diversity of villages and wineries that will confirm the reason why Portuguese wine is so famous.

    Length: 13 km

    Overnight: Sabrosa


    From Sabrosa to Alijó

    For today, your walk will surprise you with the ancient customs and traditions in some of the villages that you will cross. Some, where the wood oven is still the most used, is an example of this.

    At the beginning of this fourth day, you will cross the first vineyards on your hike before arriving at the River Pinhao. You will then pass through a village called Favaios, where we suggest you stop to experience one of the vineyards with the greatest international recognition: Quinta do Portal.

    Your destination for today will be Alijó, in the heart of the Upper Douro region.

    Length: 13 km

    Overnight: Alijó


    From Alijó to Vale Mendiz

    As we had told you previously, your days will all be marked by some vineyards. Today, we recommend to you that you include in your walk a stop to taste the Quinta da Avessada wine, whose fame surpasses 100 years and where you can also enjoy an interactive museum to deepen your knowledge of the world of wines.

    Once you follow your route to Vale Mendiz, you can continue to enjoy vineyards and small towns that cross your path together with the steep slopes that you cross and that seem to be part of the river because of its proximity.

    Length: 16,5 km

    Overnight: Vale Mendiz


    From Vale Mendiz to Pinhão

    Today, the Douro River will take over your day. The breath-taking views you'll have as you walk to Pinhao will make all the effort of these walking days worthwhile. There will also be vineyards and mountains along the way, which seem to be framed landscapes; one more reason to understand why the Douro Valley has been declared a World Heritage Site.

    Length: 8 km

    Overnight: Pinhão


    Cruise across the Douro River to Porto

    Welcome to your last day of this trip through northern Portugal. Today, we will transfer you to Regua, from where you will take the cruise that will take you all day towards Porto. There, you will enjoy lunch and good wine that are included as part of the experience.

    While travelling, hundreds of vineyards and plantations will surround you as you sail. Some of the hamlets are so small and old that they look like ancient cities, as, in some of them, you can see just their church and a castle.

    Once in Porto, remember to visit what you weren't able to visit on your first day. And, of course, say goodbye to Portugal with a good dinner on the banks of the Douro River.

    Length: Free Walk

    Overnight: Porto


    Return from Porto

    Today you will have a transfer included to Porto Airport, from where you will take your flight back to your home city.*

    *Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the places on the hiking route along The Douro Riverside.

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    General information 

    All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort. 

    Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.


    When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.

    All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

    Individual rooms

    Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

    Where am I going to stay?

    All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:

    Accomodation in Teatro Hotel - Porto

    Alojamiento en Oporto

    Accomodation in Quinta de la Rosa - Pinhão

    Alojamiento en Pinhao

    Accomodation in Casa dos Barros - Sabrosa

    Alojamiento en Sabrosa

    Accomodation in Pousada de Barão de Forrester - Alijó

    Alojamiento en Alijo

    Accomodation in Rural Hotel Quinta do Silval  - Vale Mendiz

    Alojamiento en Vale Mendiz

    Included services

    Accommodation in hotels and country cottages.

    Rooms with private bathroom.

    Meal plan of your choice.

    Complete itinerary of your trekking route in The Douro Riverside.

    24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

    Cruise along the Douro River.

    Transfer on the 7th day before the cruise.

    Lunch on the 7th day during the cruise.

    Baggage transfers, except the 7th day.

    Transfers to and from Porto Airport.


    Additional services

    Additional single room: to consult.

    Extra night (breakfast included): to consult.

    Travel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    Cancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    This route can only be completed during the months of May, June, September and October.

    This walking holiday is suitable for solo travellers.

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