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Walking Tour in Douro and Historical Villages

Leisure | Guided | Premium | From 1990.00€
|A2Z FinderPortugalNorth of PortugalDouro Walking Tour in Douro and Historical Villages
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Hike through Port Wine vineyards and stay in luxurious country hotels. Discover the Paleolithic era in the Côa river valley and visit the ancient historical villages.

Hike through Port Wine vineyards and visit Portugal's Historical Villages, with its castles and stone wall houses that have kept the same appearance for centuries. This will be an unforgettable week, spent in a country rich in history and flavors. In the Côa river valley, observe some amazing stone carvings from the Paleolithic era in this UNESCO World Heritage site. The hike down of the famous Calçada de Alpajares, also named the Devil's Trail, is another must of the trip. It will take you to Barca de Alva, with breathtaking views of vineyards planted on terraces along the rolling hills of the Douro River.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Porto - Pinhão
Pick-up at the airport in Porto. Transfer to Pinhão.
Lodging: Quinta Nova de Nª Srª do Carmo
 
Day 02
Harvest day or "Winecaching" in Quinta Nova (6 km / 4 mi)
Today you will spend a very special day in Quinta Nova. You can have fun harvesting grapes (September and October tours), try the winecaching game, try one of the hiking trails in the farm or just relax by the pool. Quinta Nova offers you several options of hiking trails with amazing views of the Douro river and valley. In the harvest season (Sep. 15th to Oct. 15th), you will have the chance to harvest grapes with the specialists, try the first wine in the cellars and have a typical vintage lunch. The harvesting experience will finish with some Port and Douro wine tasting. If you don't feel like harvesting grapes, Quinta Nova and A2Z Adventures have launched a completely new activity in Portugal: Winecaching. It's basically like Geocaching linked to wine and involves the discovery of "wine caches" spread throughout the Quinta among the vineyards.
Lodging: Quinta Nova de Nª Srª do Carmo
 
Day 03
Pinhão - Pocinho - Mêda | Marialva | Longroiva (19 km / 12 mi)
The day will start with a short train ride up to the town of Pocinho on the famous Douro railway road. The Pocinho railway station is worth particular attention. It was built in the late 19th Century, the inside is entirely lined with typical Portuguese tiles. After a short van transfer, you will begin your walk in the village of Mêda. You will walk through an ancient trail still used by the local people that connects this village to the Historical Village of Marialva. Marialva is a medieval walled village that will take you back in time, to when its brave inhabitants fought against the Spanish invaders. Its origins go back to the 6th Century b.C. After a picnic in this beautiful village, you will continue your hike to the village of Longroiva. Your walk will end by Longroiva's castle, a national monument from the 12th Century.
Lodging: Casas do Côro
 
Day 04
Stone Carvings and hike the Côa Valley (14 km/ 9 mi)
Today's hike will take you to the River Côa Valley with amazing views of its river. The Côa valley features various stone carvings from the Paleolithic era and is considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO. In Quinta da Ervamoira, property of Casa Ramos Pinto (a very famous wine producer), you will visit the museum dedicated to the Douro River and the Port wine and where you can also see some interesting Roman artifacts. After lunch, you will visit the Archeological Park, where you will see several stone carvings. A short transfer will get you back to Marialva, one of the most beautiful Portuguese 12th Century Historical Villages.
Lodging: Casas do Côro
Day 05
Marialva - Pocinho | Douro River Railroad and Calçada de Alpajares - Castelo Rodrigo (8 km / 5 mi | 7 km / 4 mi)
After a short transfer to Pocinho you will start the walk in the Douro valley. You will walk along the famous Douro railroad, no longer in use. The walk is always by the river, with breathtaking views of wine vineyards planted on terraces along the hills of the Douro River. Once you reach the Côa river, a boat will take you to Barca d'Alva. Barca d'Alva is located in a natural and protected area, known as International Natural Park of Douro, which is the habitat of several birds of prey. Your hike continues up the famous "Calçada de Alpajares". The path of Alpajares or Devil's Path (Calçada do Diabo), as known locally, was part of a Roman road that crossed the Douro river and the Mosteiro stream. After your walk, a short transfer will take you to the Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo.
Lodging: Casa da Cisterna
Day 06
Faia Brava Natural Reserve (12 km / 8 mi)
Today you will visit "Reserva da Faia Brava" (Faia Brava Natural Reserve). The mission of this reserve is to preserve the natural patrimony of Riba Côa area (meaning Côa river-side). You will start the walk in the small village of Algodres, heading to the Côa Valley. Before your picnic break you will have the chance to stop for some bird watching. The Griffon Vulture and the Bonelli's Eagle are usually around. At the end of the day, a short transfer will take you to the Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo. This village used to be an important place for pilgrims who were going to Santiago de Compostela. The Castle, dated from the 13th Century, was the stage for many battles, whether with Spanish troops, whether with the British ones. Outside Castelo Rodrigo you can see the Santa Maria de Aguiar Convent dated from the 12th Century, (founded between 1165 and 1170), probably as a benign monastery.
Lodging: Casa da Cisterna
day 07
Marofa Pilgrimage Trail and Almeida
After a visit to Castelo Rodrigo you will walk to "Alto da Marofa" – mountain ridge, where the statue of Christ blesses the surrounding lands. It's one of the most important mountains in the area due to its 975 m / 3199 ft high. From the top you can see pretty much all the places where you were during the week – The Douro and Côa river valleys, Marialva and Castelo Rodrigo. On the way to the top you will follow a pilgrimage trail that passes by several little chapels. After arriving at the top of Marofa you will have a short transfer to the Historical Village of Almeida. This village is one of the crown jewels of Portuguese military architecture – the hexagonal shaped walls of Almeida's fortresses were built in the 17th century. Transfer to Porto.
Lodging: Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira
Day 08
Departure
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
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Lodgings

Casas do Côro

Casa da Cisterna

Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira

Quinta Nova de Nª Srª do Carmo

Dates & Prices

From 1990,00€/person  |  Min. 4 participants
 

Option with 1 Walking guide & 1 Driver Guide

Guided: 2160 €  |  Min. 5 participants

Included: 7 accommodations w/ breakfast, 6 dinners, 1 picnic, A2Z Adventures european walking guide, driver guide fluent in English, van support, snacks with fresh fruit during waking days, airport transfers in program days, local transfers, maps and documentation, GPS tracks, museum fees, insurance, A2Z Adventures t-shirt and water bottle.

Not Included: Flights, lunches except 1 picnic, 1 dinner, other not specified in Included.

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Included

7 accommodations with breakfast
5 picnics
6 dinners
1 A2Z driver guide
Van support
Snacks and fresh fruit during walking days
Airport transfers
Local transfers, maps and documentation
GPS device and GPS tracks
Museum fees
Insurance
A2Z t-shirt and water bottle

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