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The Douro Valley

Three centres – Oporto, Miranda and Regua

Follow the path of the Douro River as it meanders through an enchanting landscape of ever changing colour. Relax on one of the world’s great train journeys as you look out over terraced vineyards carefully folded into verdant hillsides. Walk through gently rolling meadows and lush green valleys bursting with springtime almond blossom and the sweet smell of grapes ripening in the midday sun. We follow the Great Douro River from its estuary in the ancient city of Oporto, through the famous Port wine vineyards and into the upper reaches of Portugal, where the river forms the border with Spain.

 

We begin our journey in Oporto, where we explore the historic buildings and magnificent churches that comfortably rub shoulders with the picturesque old quarters and squares. You will have the opportunity to take an optional excursion while in Oporto, perhaps to Braga, founded over 2,000 years ago; the fascinating medieval town centre of Guimaraes or the beautiful coastal town of Vila Conde. Leaving the coast, we travel by train along the Douro Valley as far as Pocinho and continue by road to the charming medieval town of Miranda do Douro. Sitting high above a magnificent gorge of the Rio Douro our walks from Miranda do Douro pass through villages where people follow a traditional way of life and still speak the Mirandese dialect that has survived the centuries.

 

From Miranda we again travel by road and train, to Regua, to walk through a distinctive landscape of vineyards. We’ll also be able to see how Port is made, and taste it too! During our stay here we visit the magnificent old town of Lamego, which is rich in charm, history and culture. We return to Oporto, by train, for our final night.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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  • Accommodation

    Oporto (3), Miranda do Douro (5), Regua (5) and Oporto (1) in comfortable tourist class hotels.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Return flights, airport transfers.
    • En suite accommodation.
    • Half board meals with breakfasts taken in the hotel and dinners in local restaurants. 
    • All local transport costs.
     

     


  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • Travelling beside the Douro River on one of the world’s most spectacular railway lines. 
    • Beautiful scenic walking and very good port and cuisine.
    • Portugal's second city of Oporto
    • Optional visits to Braga, Guimaraes or Vila Conde
       

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights Gatwick-Oporto (c2hrs 10mins), TAP Portugal.
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways. 

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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