Sku: 228899

Enjoy an 8-day package that involves hiking and trekking activities. The tour begins and ends in Porto, Portugal and covers three other destinations within the country. Participants will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will provide expert guidance throughout the tour. The package includes hotel accommodation, meals, transportation, and other essential facilities. Besides hiking and trekking, the tour also offers a unique opportunity to experience Portugal’s renowned wine culture.

Start and end in Porto! With the Hiking & Trekking tour Portugal: Walking & Wine – Premium Adventure, you have a 8 days tour package taking you through Porto, Portugal and 3 other destinations in Portugal. Portugal: Walking & Wine – Premium Adventure includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Additional Information:

Tour Operator: Exodus Travels
Max group size: 18
Age range: 16 to 80
Operated in: English
Tour id: 228899



Portugal has been making wine for centuries, with some estimates placing the first planting of vines as far back as 2000 BCE. The Basto and Douro regions are perhaps the best known and offer rich landscapes and fascinating history to discerning visitors. Led by one of our expert guides, Lina Ferreira or Ana Carla Moura Parente da Costa, immerse yourself in atmospheric Porto and indulge in a voyage of taste and discovery through the verdant Douro Valley, where port wines are produced. Venture into the region known as Terras de Basto, home of Portugal’s young wine, vinho verde, and stay in handpicked hotels including properties in the heart of the Douro Valley, which have exceptional views. The perfect combination of leisurely walks and authentic cultural visits provide a memorable introduction to this lush, captivating country, once a dominant trading power in the world. This trip includes a few of our Citizen Science Departures. These special departures offer you the opportunity to be involved in the collection of freshwater samples during the trip. The environmental DNA information derived from this sample will contribute directly to the eBioAtlas; the world’s largest repository of flora and fauna species data, contributing to the conservation and restoration of biodiversity both locally and globally. To book onto one of these special departures, see the Dates & Prices tab. For more information on these departures and the eBioAtlas, click here.

Day 1: Start at our accommodation in the Douro Valley (dinner)

We begin our Portuguese adventure in the verdant Douro Valley, birthplace of the world-renowned port wines. The first trip briefing with our expert guide will take place in the evening, along with a welcome dinner. Premium accommodation: Hotel Douro Scala or Hotel Régua Douro

Day 2: Walk along the Corgo River; visit baroque-era Casa de Mateus (breakfast)

This morning we take a private transfer of approximately 40 minutes to the start of today’s walk in Povoação, driving along the beautiful roads on the north slope of the Douro Valley and its tributaries. The Corgo walking trail is in the heart of the Douro wine region and here we will walk along terraced vineyards with unique views of the Corgo River. In the afternoon, we transfer to Vila Real (approximately 20 minutes) to visit Casa de Mateus, a palace set in beautiful gardens that is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Portugal. After the visit, we transfer back to the hotel (approximately 50 minutes). Premium accommodation: Hotel Douro Scala or Hotel Régua Douro Ascent: 197ft (60m)

Day 3: Short walk around Quinta do Tedo winery followed by wine tasting; visit Douro Museum (breakfast,lunch)

We start the day with a 30-minute transfer to Quinta de Tedo, an 18th-century winery in the centre of the Douro region. We take a guided tour of the grounds, following a walking trail that offers beautiful views of the Douro and Tedo rivers, vineyards and olive groves and offers plenty of bird-watching opportunities. After lunch and an included wine tasting at the winery, we take a 20-minute transfer to the town of Régua, where we visit the Douro Museum to learn about the history, culture and identity of the Unesco-recognised Douro wine region. In the afternoon, we transfer back to our hotel (approximately 20 minutes). Premium accommodation: Hotel Douro Scala or Hotel Régua Douro Ascent: 295ft (90m)

Day 4: Maronesa walking trail; transfer to Mondim de Basto (breakfast,dinner)

After breakfast, we transfer to the Mondim de Basto region (approximately one hour). On our way, we’ll pass through Alvão Natural Park, a protected area of majestic landscapes. This region on the mountain of Alvão marks the transition from the coastal and humid regions to the dry and hot regions of Trás-os-Montes. We start our walk in Bobal, one of the four villages we’ll pass through today. We’ll find a countryside that reflects the carefully maintained balance in which human beings and nature coexist. For this balance to be preserved, the Maronesa cow is of the utmost importance. A Portuguese native breed from this region, there are still genes from the ancestral Auroque in its genetics. The fields are cultivated for subsistence farming, with seeds passed down from generation to generation. After lunch we transfer to our hotel (approximately 30 minutes) and there is free time to enjoy the hotel amenities or explore nearby, before a group dinner. Premium accommodation: Água Hotels Mondim de Basto or Flag Hotel Celorico Palace Ascent: 827ft (252m)

Day 5: Walk in the green wine region of Mondim de Basto and taste organically produced ‘vinho verde’ at Quinta das Escomoeiras (breakfast,lunch)

Our walk today takes us to the surroundings of Mondim de Basto in the green wine (vinho verde) region, along the banks of the Cabril River. Here, we enjoy uninterrupted views of the forested mountains, side by side with the fertile lands and vineyards of the Terras de Basto region. We finish our walk at the medieval bridge of Vilar Viando, which is still used by pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago. We will then go to Quinta das Escomoeiras to sample their wines and appreciate organic vinho verde. In the afternoon on our way back to the hotel, we visit one of the main shrines in northern Portugal to the Virgin Mary: the Senhora da Graça, also known as Chapel of Monte Farinha. The chapel is perched in front of a granite mountain range almost 3,281ft (1,000m) high. Premium accommodation: Água Hotels Mondim de Basto or Flag Hotel Celorico Palace Ascent: 384ft (117m)

Day 6: Walk via the Levada de Vilarinho; free afternoon (breakfast)

This morning, we transfer by minibus (approximately 20 minutes) to the village of Vilarinho to start our walk along the Levada de Vilarinho, a 13th-century waterway. These rural constructions were indispensable for the irrigation of the fields of the Terras de Basto region due to water scarcity in the past. After 1.5mi (2.4km), we leave the rebuilt waterway and meet the old levada as it enters a forest of oaks and pines, with a stream running alongside. The afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel amenities and surroundings. Premium accommodation: Água Hotels Mondim de Basto or Flag Hotel Celorico Palace Ascent: 794ft (242m)

Day 7: Transfer to Porto; visit the historic town and the famous Port wine cellars for wine tasting; optional boat tour. (breakfast,dinner)

In the morning, we return to vibrant Porto (approximately 1hr 15min). 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 activities, such as a boat ride along the Douro River. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group. Premium accommodation: Neya Hotel

Day 8: End Porto (breakfast)

Our trip ends in Porto in the morning. If you’d like more time in this fascinating city, speak to your sales representative about extending your stay.



Accommodation on your Portugal: Walking and Wine – Premium Adventure has been selected for its style, location and excellent service. We have chosen unique properties that give a sense of the history and culture of the region, while offering the ultimate comfort and hospitality. The properties vary between departure dates – please see below for more details. Douro Valley, three nights Douro Scala Hotel – April, May and June 2023 departures, and 17 September 2023 Panoramic views of the Douro Valley and vineyards 15th-century main building with original features, with modern and elegant rooms Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, Turkish bath and a billiards room Hotel Régua Douro – 3 September 2023 and 24 September 2023 Riverside property with an outdoor pool, restaurant and games room In the heart of Régua town with local amenities on the doorstep Classically designed, spacious rooms Basto region, three nights Água Hotels Mondim de Basto – 23 April 2023, 7 May 2023, 14 May 2023, 17 September 2023 and 24th September 2023 departures Contemporary feel throughout the hotel Outdoor infinity pool, indoor pool and extensive spa facilities Excellent views of the surrounding mountains and River Tâmega Flag Hotel Celorico Palace – June 2023 departures and 3 September 2023 Located in the municipality of Celorico de Basto Amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a spa with sauna and Jacuzzi Rental bikes are available to explore the surrounding countryside in free time Porto, one night Neya Hotel – all departures Located on the banks of the Douro River A converted convent – many original features preserved during its restoration The Skybar provides views for miles over the city and river Bookings within 30 days are subject to availability and may incur a supplement of approximately £185 / US$295 / 350 Canadian dollars per person.


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All breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners and three wine tastings 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 recipes. Local specialities include caldo verde, a cabbage soup that originated here thanks to the fertile green fields. Portugal also has 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, including roasted goat with rice and potatoes, wild boar stew, posta mirandes (veal steak) and cozido à portuguesa (boiled meat, sausages and cabbage). The francesinha is unmissable – a multi-layered sandwich comprising cheese, ham, steak and sausage, topped with a fried egg and coated in a spicy tomato sauce. Although meat and fish dishes are typically the focal point of Portuguese cuisine, vegetarian and vegan options have become more widely available in recent years, particularly in cosmopolitan cities such as Lisbon and Porto. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance so we can best accommodate your request. The Douro Valley, birthplace of port, is one of the oldest and most beautiful wine regions in the world. Considering the importance of the Alto Douro Wine Region, Unesco recognised it as a World Heritage site in 2001. Port is a fortified wine produced under particular and unique conditions. It is still produced in the traditional way, during which the fermentation process is stopped by adding spirits distilled from wine, and the blending of wines and aging still play a vital role. Port wines can be red, white or rosé and during the trip there will be plenty of opportunities to try the different varieties. Vinho verde is also an excellent wine produced in this area. Naturally light and fresh, it is fruity, easy to drink, great as an aperitif or served with light meals.

Additional Services

All listed activities

Tipping for all hotel staff, local staff and drivers

Well-marked trails and paths


Transport from and to the airport is by minibus. Other transport mentioned in the itinerary as an integral part of the guided walks is also included and is by private vehicle.



Flights are not included


Insurance is not included


Other activities and services are not included

Additional Services

— City tax of €2 to be paid in Porto (in cash) — Tip for the tour leader — Travel insurance – information on insurance through Exodus is available here — Single accommodation (available on request) — Visas or vaccinations


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