Portugal: Village Walks & The Douro Valley

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8 Days
Availability : Multiple 2025 Dates
Lisbon
Porto
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Portugal: Village Walks & The Douro Valley

8 Days | Lisbon to Porto

An ideal balance of city and countryside, walk through medieval towns and village hamlets as Portugal steals your heart on this 8-day active discovery. 

8 Days with prices from $5,349 CAD per person

Departure Location

Lisbon, Portugal

End Location

Porto, Portugal

Price Includes

  • Hotels (7 nts)
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterag
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • All included activities

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's & vaccinations, if required
  • International flights

Tour Specialist

  • Lesli Heron
What to Expect

A feast for the senses, savour the regions’ delicious food with fresh, local ingredients and hike along the vineyard and olive grove-laced landscapes of the Douro Valley, with pit stops to sample some of the delicious wines and delicacies of the region. Finish in Porto as a final course to cap off the perfect week. Rich in history and culture, experience Portugal as never before.

 
 
Highlights
  • Hike through the scenic countryside near the Spanish border from the small down of Salvaterra do Extremo
  • Walk on a medieval road from Casteleiros to Sortelha
  • See picturesque terraces drawn in the landscape on the Port Wine Trail
  • Taste wines with a view overlooking the Douro River
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Medelim: Portugal's Countryside

Speckled with charming and picturesque villages, Portugal will transport you into a fairytale from the the coast to the mountains. Dream of village-to-village hikes and delicious food as you head off into the countryside towards the Spanish border. We welcome you to Portugal, and invite you to savour the sights, sounds and flavours of the adventure to come.

Depart Lisbon in the morning toward the border of Spain to a town called Salvaterra do Extremo with a lunch stop on the way at a local restaurant. Start with a tour of the historical town before heading out on our hike with a local guide. Later, drive to the town of Medelim for the night.

Accommodation: Casa Do Cedro (or similar)

Meals included: Lunch | Dinner

Day 2Medelim: Historic Village Hikes

Travel back in time over 1000 years to an era of castles, legends and traditions. Deemed one of Portugal’s 12 Historic Villages, Idanha-a-Velha will connect you to a time of conquerors as you traverse the paths through historic stone walls and castles. On the hike to Monsanto, hear the tales of this region’s fascinating history under fig and olive trees. Just up the road, the natural pools and a small waterfall at Penha Garcia offer the perfect place to conclude today’s adventure.

After breakfast, drive to the start of the hike at Idanha-a-Velha, one of the great historic villages of Portugal. Hike just part of the enormous trail that goes from Gibraltar to the Pyrenees mountains. After lunch, go see the natural pools of Penha Garcia before you head back for a dinner with your group.

Accommodation: Casa Do Cedro (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Manteigas: Hike to a Castle in the Sky

The enchanting Sortelha Castle stands on a crag at an altitude of 760 meters. It looms over the most mysterious of all the historic villages, where you will soon lose yourself in a maze of alleys and lanes as you hike up to the lofty castle. It is a place where time seems to have stood still. The wind whistles round the corners and hardly anyone passes by. This sentiment lingers when you arrive to the town of Belmonte after your hike in Sortelha.

On today’s stunning hike, join your guide and wander along the historic stone path from Casteleiros to Sortelha. Visit the beautiful castle before heading to the grandiose town of Belmonte. In the evening, check into your OMG Stay.

Accommodation: Casa das Penhas Douradas

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Amarante: Explore Serra da Estrela National Park

In Portugal’s biggest National Park, rolling hills are interrupted by giant slabs of granite that protrude out of the ground. Pause to admire the beauty of this stark environment at the Chapel of Santiago before the hike leads you to the beautiful Vale do Rossim Lagoon.

Hike through the Serra da Estrela National Park to the Lagoon of Vale do Rossim. Return for a delicious lunch before heading to Amarante for the night.

Accommodation: Casa das Lérias (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5Amarante: Douro Valley Walk Along the Vineyards

A tapestry of vineyards unfolds as you traverse Douro wine country, Portugal’s most esteemed wine region. With the perfect blend of nature and culture, crossing this picturesque countryside proves worthy of more than just wine tasting as you hike along a valley trail along the river. Soak in the incredible views as you sample some of the specialties of the land.

After breakfast, walk along the valley of the Douro wine region before arriving to a world class vineyard for a 3 course meal with wine pairings. Then head to Casa de Mateus for a tour of the palace and museum before enjoying a free evening.

Accommodation: Casa das Lérias (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6Amarante: Hike to Casal de Loivos

Mesmerizing mazes of vineyards scale the sides of the Pinhão hills. You will weave through historic village streets, beautiful buildings and up through paths draped with green grape vines. This hike allows for an endless panoramic riverscape and gorgeous views of the Douro River.

Spend another day in the Douro wine region with a longer hike through the hills and town of Pinhão. In the afternoon, return to Amarante and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Casa das Lérias (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7Porto: Your OMG Day

Porto is yours to discover today with a choice of two activities. Explore the best of Portugal’s second largest city on an e-bike tour through picturesque neighborhoods, along the coast to where the river meets the sea. Or choose to climb aboard a river cruise followed by a port wine tasting in the historic Vila de Nova Gaia area of the city.

Travel from Amarante to Porto in the morning. Choose between a riverside e-bike tour through Porto or join your CEO on a Douro river cruise and walk through Vila Nova de Gaia to Porto Augusto for a wine tasting. Enjoy a free afternoon before joining your group and CEO for one last dinner together in the evening.

Accommodation: Pousada do Porto Rua das Flores (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8Porto

Today your adventure comes to an end and you can depart at any time.

Meals included: breakfast

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Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value


Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.

1.800.800.7252

travel@lloydstravel.com