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Wine and Walks of the Minho and Douro

Starts: Mainz, Germany
Finishes: Mainz, Germany

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Walking Tour

Overview

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This walking holiday in the Minho and the Douro Valley, two of the most famous and stunning wine growing regions of Portugal, is ideal for those who enjoy good food, culture, wine and, of course, fantastic day walks. Arriving into Porto we head north to riverside Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal. From here we will wander along the beaches of Minho's wild Atlantic Coast, explore the historic streets of Viana do Castelo and walk a short section of the Portuguese Way. As we transfer east towards the Douro, well enjoy a long lunch and sample some delicious Vinho Verde at a family run quinta in Guimaeres and visit the baroque Casa de Mateus and its gardens. In the Douro we will be based at a stunning 4* Pousada in the hillside town of Alijo, from where we have 3 days on foot to explore the magnificent vineyards and terraces that blanket the hillsides, transformed by over 2000 years of wine making.

This is the birthplace of port and, ably accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, as we walk we will begin to discover its story, from the cultivation of the terraces, the grape harvests, fermentation and bottling process and its ultimate journey to the cellars of Porto. As a special treat one of our walks concludes at a riverside quinta owned by one of our guides, where we enjoy a delicious picnic lunch with a range of accompanying wine before taking a Rabelo boat trip downriver to Pinhao, famous for its railway station decorated in hand painted blue tiles. We end our journey in Porto where we have a morning sightseeing on foot in the historic centre, before crossing the Douro to end our journey fittingly amongst the world famous port cellars of Vila Nova do Gaia.

Highlights

    • Walk the Minhos Atlantic Coast, the Portuguese Way and stay in historic Ponte de Lima
    • Visit the Mateus Palace and enjoy a Rabelo boat ride down the Douro River to Pinhao
    • 3 stunning day walks amongst the vineyards and terraces of the Douro Valley
    • Sample delicious wines from the Minho and Douro at family run quintas
    • Sightseeing in Porto, including a port tasting in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 161210
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Mainz, Germany
Finishes: Mainz, Germany
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional tour leader in the Minho
  • A professional tour leader in the Douro
  • Single timed transfer on arrival
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • All activities/excursions/entrance fees mentioned except where specified as ‘optional’

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,700 ($212/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Portugal Porto, Ponte De Lima, Carreco, Vila Praia De Ancora, Guimaraes, Mateus Palace, Pinhao, Alijo
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