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.
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
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
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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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Price information

£2349To£2449including UK flights
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From £1999 - £2099 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £450 - £500.
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled 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. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Well, it was certainly not exciting. The countryside was very nice.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I'm guessing the local tour company made a killing on it.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An absolute rip off. This trip was billed as being 'premium' and cost twice as much as my previous walking week in Madeira with another operator but was
nothing like as good: badly organised and in unattractive hotels.

Read the operator's response here:

We would like to thank Josephine for her feedback, although we sincerely regret that she did not enjoy her tour in Portugal and that it did not meet her expectations. We usually receive very positive feedback for this tour; however, we are genuinely sorry that Josephine's experience was not of the standard we would expect our customers to have.

Our customer services team are currently looking into this with the product manager and our local team, and will be in touch soon to provide a detailed response to the concerns that have been raised.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

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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Local community:
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.

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