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Douro Valley Guided Walking Holiday

Landscape of the Douro river regionin Portugal -  Vineyards
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 3

The Douro valley in Northern Portugal is an area well-known for its eye-catching vine-covered slopes stretching on terraces as far as the eye can see. The base for our guided walks here is the peaceful town of Peso da Régua which is backed by the Serra do Marão Mountains and overlooks the wide valley of the River Douro. The development of the port industry fuelled the growth of the town; its riverside location made it the perfect place from which locally produced wines could be collected ready for transportation down river to Vila Nova de Gaia. During the week you can enjoy a great mix of walks with river views, follow trails between sleepy villages and through vineyards. There are also longer routes in the mountain landscape of the Serra do Marão. A trip to the Douro Valley wouldn't be complete without a visit to a local quinta and vineyard to sample the famous port. There is also the opportunity to cruise on the river or wind along the banks by rail to the magnificent UNESCO listed city of Porto on your free day.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of the UNESCO listed Alto Douro wine region
  • Soak up the Portuguese culture in the traditional streets of Porto
  • Cruise along the meandering Douro and return on the scenic ‘Linha do Douro’ railway
  • Walk in the mountain landscape of the Serra do Marão
  • Visit a local vineyard, learn about making port and enjoy a tasting

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Hotel Vila Galé Collection Douro

This 4-star hotel is part of the exclusive 'Collection' range of Vila Galé hotels. The hotel is located across the Douro River facing the town of Peso da Regua in the Douro region of North Portugal. The hotel takes full advantage of its riverside setting and there is a large public terrace with seating to watch the river boats pass by. It is surrounded by the vineyards of many famous port names you will recognise, such as Taylors and Sanderson. Access to the town's facilities is via a footbridge just a short walk away. With contemporary styling throughout the building and modern spacious rooms this is a perfect, relaxing base to return to after each day's walking.  

Rooms

All the 38 en-suite bedrooms are spacious and all face the river. They have telephone, TV, hairdryer, room safe, mini-bar and complimentary toiletries. All the Vila Galé hotels provide a hospitality tray on request from reception which includes all the items required to make a cup of tea or coffee.

Facilities

The hotel has an indoor pool, a Spa and an outdoor jacuzzi.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Hotel Vila Galé Collection Douro are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal. The breakfast is a self-service buffet and in the evening there is a 3-course served meal. The hotel is able to cater for most dietary needs.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening. Your leaders will talk about the area and the choice of walks for the next day and will advise you of any activity you may want to join after dinner. Alternatively, you may choose to relax and socialise with your fellow walkers in the hotel lounge/bar.

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Getting to Hotel Vila Galé Collection Douro

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 3 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

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