walking and wine tour of portugal

“You’ll work a little for your wine tastings on this walking tour of north-west Portugal – albeit via gentle trails that take you through some of the prettiest valleys in Portugal.”

Highlights

Port cellars of Porto | Bestanca River | Winemaking exhibits at Douro Museum | Baroque mansion Casa de Mateus | Fisgas de Ermelo waterfall | Senhora da Graca shrine | Varied wine tastings | River valley, forest, levada and vineyard hikes

Description of walking and wine tour of portugal

The Portuguese have perfected winemaking over thousands of years, fine-tuning the Douro reds, ports and young Vinho Verdes that you’ll taste on this eight-day tour.

You’ll get the chance to speak to some of the top the winemakers in Portugal, too. The 18th-century Quinta do Tedo creates DOCs deep in the Douro Valley. Meanwhile, Quinta das Escomoeiras makes organic wines the traditional way.

An expert guide will show you the landscapes that shape the wines. The little-known Bestanca River surprises with waterfalls and medieval stone bridges. The Douro region is great for bird watching. And Levada do Piscaredo is a 13th-century irrigation system that threads past villages and Catholic shrines.

A couple of nights in Porto top and tail the walking and wine tour, giving you the chance to explore the historic centre – and port cellars.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: walking and wine tour of portugal

Accommodation & meals:
We spend the week in Porto as well in the small towns of Mesao Frio and Mondim Basto, some relatively unknown towns in the Douro Valley; so our guests are providing income to an area that does not usually benefit from tourism. The variety of hotels used aims to provide a service where quality and sustainable environment are always present. They pledge to continuously improve their systems and reduce their impact on the environment, utilising energy efficiency and saving alternatives. Throughout this walking holiday we visit small cafes and restaurants for drinks and food. All the staff employed by the hotels and our local partner are local. Packed lunches are purchased from family-run or small shops so our guests are directly contributing to their sustainability.

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. We do believe in leaving more than just footprints, however; this walking tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like in this rural part of Portugal. On the trips we include some visits to local wineries where the money spent there goes directly to supporting and maintaining these very traditional industries. We also use a local transport company for all transfers needed during the trip and throughout the trip we use a local guide.

Group size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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