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The Douro Valley

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Follow the path of the Douro River as it meanders through an enchanting landscape of ever changing colour, on one of the world’s great train journeys.
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Guided Walking Holidays - The Douro Valley

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. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 

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.

Holiday Highlights

  • Travel beside the Douro River on one of the world’s most spectacular railway lines. 
  • Sample young wines and delicious port.
  • Visit the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios in Lamego.
  • Explore Portugal's second city of Oporto
  • Take optional visits to Braga, Guimaraes or Vila Conde
  • Admire the panoramic views of the Rio Douro and valley
  • Visit the attractive Portuguese town of Lamego
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Gatwick to Oporto (British Airways).
      Airport transfers.
      En suite accommodation.
      Half board meals with breakfasts taken in the hotel and dinners in local restaurants. 
      All local transport costs.


Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    We arrive at Oporto's airport and make the short transfer by private coach into the city. Depending on our arrival time, there may be time for an orientation walk before dinner at a local restaurant.

  2. Day 2

    We start our exploration today with a walking visit of Oporto's old town seeing the Clerigos Tower, and cathedral, amongst other sites. Narrow cobbled streets open onto shady squares and the river front is a nice spot to have lunch or a coffee. A lovely day that will give us a wonderful understanding of Porto.

  3. Day 3

    We'll head to Porto's Sao Bento station this morning to catch our train to Guimaraes. The station is beautifully decorated in blue tiles and is definitely worth a stop before we board the train. Once in the World Heritage city of Guimaraes, we explore the lanes and plazas of the medieval centre.

  4. Day 4

    Porto is situated on the River Douro, at its outlet to the Atlantic Ocean. Taking the tram out to Castelo do Queijo, our walk takes us along the Atlantic coastline to Foz, where we can walk back into the city or take the tram. This afternoon you may want to visit a museum, enjoy a boat trip on the Douro or do some shopping

  5. Day 5

    We leave Oporto today and take the train to Pocinho, where we meet our coach for the last leg of the journey to Miranda do Douro. This train journey provides some of the most beautiful scenery of northern Portugal as much of i follows the river valley as it heads eastwards. We'll catch glimpses of terraces of vineyards of the Port producing region, small farms and villages, on a route that is considered as one of the most picturesque railways in Europe.


  6. Day 6 to 9
    From Mirando do Douro, our walks take us on undulating countryside tracks and offers scenic overlooks of the Douro river. Terraced vineyards that appear to fold into the hillside, rolling meadows as far as you can see and ever changing shades of green accompany us on our walks. Lunchtime picnic spots offer wonderful panoramas. Examples of our walks from Mirando do Douro:

     Malhadas: This is a linear walk, mostly on the flat or with a slight descent. The walk is on good dirt tracks and passes through a number of quaint villages, as well as the ruins of Nossa Senhora do Pico, where, it is said that the Virgin Mary appeared several times to a little girl, prior to the Fatima apparitions. The waters of the well here are said to have healing properties. Ascent/Descent: Mostly flat/ 9 miles (15kms)/5+ hours

    Ifanes: The Ifanes walk is approx. 9 miles long, (15kms) one of our longer walks, however it is easy walking through good undulating or flattish paths. A scenic spot overlooking the Rio Douro, is ideal for our picnic lunch. Ascent: 150 m/ Descent 275/ 9 miles (15kms)/ 6 hours

    Cercio: A circular walk starting at our hotel, with no transport needed, follows undulating lanes and stony dirt tracks. There is an excellent museum in Miranda's main square that is worth visiting when you return. Ascent/descent +/- 150m/7 miles (12kms)/3.5 hours

    Clapper Bridges: A circuit showing us traditional agricultural landscapes and smallholdings as well as some fine examples of extremely ancient and beautiful Clapper bridges. Ascent/Descent +/-150m/8 miles (14kms)/3.5 hours




  7. Day 10

    We take the train again today as we travel to Regua, located in a region famous for its young wine, the Vinho Verde. We arrive in time for lunch followed by an orientation walk and possibly a short boat ride before we get ready for dinner.

  8. Day 11 to 14
    Our walks from Regua take us through vineyards, to small historic villages and past small churches, all with superb views as we go.  Examples of the walks we plan to offer from Regua:

     Fontelo walk: This walk starts at the hilltop Chapel of S. Domingos from where the views of the surrounding countryside are stunning. On our way back down we pass through vineyards, before we reach the river Douro and the dam. This walk offers an excellent cafe and coffee stop en route as well as a wonderful Port estate. Ascent 250 m/Descent 250m/ 7 miles (10kms)/ 5 hours

    Lamego: A lovely day sightseeing in Lamego visiting its many monuments and the impressive sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios with its impressive staurcase. For those who wish, the day can be rounded off with a lovely walk into Regua through the vineyards.

    Povoacao: This walk follows the first part of the Corgo railway line track in the dramatic and stunning Corgo valley before climbing and descending into Regua through wonderful local vineyards. Ascent 210m/Descent 315m/9 miles (14.5kms)/ 5 hours

    Armamar: This walk is a circuit in the hills around Armamar on lovely tracks through vinyards and apple orchards for which the area is justly famous.  Ascent 120m/descent 230m/ 8 miles (11.5kms)/5 hours

  9. Day 15

    Enjoy a relaxing breakfast , some last minute views and time in the Douro Valley before our coach transfers us to Porto airport in time for our flight back to the UK

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Oporto (TAP Portugal)
  • Airport transfers by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Best Western Hotel Inca

We stay at the Best Western Hotel Inca, which is in the centre of Oporto and only a 15 minute walk away from the old town, a World Heritage Site, and its many attractions. Simple clean rooms come with bathroom, air conditioning, mini-bar, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe and telephone. Breakfast has a good range on offer, and in the evenings we will sample excellent Portuguese cuisine in local restaurants. Once back in the hotel there is a bar should you wish to unwind with a drink. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Hotel Regua Douro

Set right on the banks of the Douro River and with panoramic views of the unspoilt rolling green hills beyond (pictured), the Hotel Regua has everything you need for a great stay in the famous wine country. After a days walking, enjoy a cool off in the outdoor pool a drink at the bar and lounge. Plentiful breakfasts are taken in the restaurant that has magnificent views of the river; this hotel really does have the best location in town. Bedrooms come with TVs, en-suite facilities and balconies with city or river views. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Residencial Planalto

The Residencial Planalto is a simple, yet comfortable residence located in the heart of Miranda do Douro, close to the cathedral.

Including satellite TV, all rooms at Residencial Planalto come with a private bathroom and a/c. A breakfast buffet is available in Planalto's lounge every morning, which provides views of the historic centre. For local eateries and bars, guests can take a 5-minute walk to Costanilha Street and the historic centre.

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