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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 which is the region for the popular Vinho Verde wine. 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.



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    14 Jun 2017
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    13 Sep 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    14 Jun 2017 - 28 Jun 2017

    Day 1 - Oporto
    Fly from London Gatwick to Oporto. On arrival transfer by road to our hotel for 3 nights.

    Day 2 - Oporto
    Two days to explore Oporto, which is the ‘capital of the north’ and Portugal’s second city. Take the opportunity to visit further afield to Braga, Guimaraes or Vila Conde on an optional excursion.

    Day 4 - Miranda do Douro
    We leave Oporto taking the train to Pocinho. The rail journey through the Douro Valley is notoriously slow, but it gives the opportunity of making the journey something of a sightseeing excursion. From Pocinho we travel by road to Miranda do Douro for the next 5 nights.

    Day 5 - Miranda do Douro
    We spend time exploring this medieval township, once a frontier post at the top of the Douro gorge, and walking in the surrounding countryside through the villages in the upper reaches of the valley.

    Day 9 - Regua
    From Miranda we travel by road and rail to Regua where we spend 5 nights.

    Day 10 - Regua
    The Douro Valley is famous of course for its wines, especially Vinho Verde, the green wine of northern Portugal, and our walks will pass through several of the steeply sloping vineyards.

    Day 14 - Oporto
    We return by rail from Regua to Oporto where we stay for one further night.

    Day 15 - -
    Transfer to Oporto Airport for return flight to London Gatwick.


  • 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.

    Supplement for single room: £199

     

     


  • 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.
       

  • 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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