Douro Valley Guided Walking Holiday
A rustic landscape criss-crossed with terraced vineyards
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Enjoy a great mix of walks with river views, trails between sleepy villages, vineyards and 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, as well as a chance to cruise on the river or wind along the banks by rail to the magnificent city of Porto on yoru free day.
Our walks from Peso da Régua offer an incredible variety of walks with plenty of opportunities to sample the local flavours.
- Stunning scenery in this picturesque area of Europe
- Soak up the Portuguese culture in the traditional streets of Porto
- Visit a local vineyard
- Walk in the mountain landscape of the Serra do Marão
- 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
Hotel Vila Galé Collection Douro
This 4-star hotel is part of the exclusive range of the Vila Galé hotel group. This hotel is located across the 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, Sanderson and many more. Access to the town's facilities is via a footbridge a short walk away.
All the 38 ensuite bedrooms are spacious and all face the river. They have telephone, TV, hairdryer, room safe, mini-bar, complimentary toiletries. All the Vila Galé hotels provide a hospitality tray on request from reception which includes all the items required including a kettle to make a cup of tea or coffee. This is subject to availability.
The hotel has an indoor pool, a Spa and an outdoor jacuzzi.
Our holidays at Hotel Vila Galé Collection Douro are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal. The breakfast is an self-service buffet and in the evening there is a 3-course served meal. The hotel is able to cater for most dietary needs.
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.
Douro Valley Guided Walking Holiday
With a choice of two walks each day, we provide you with flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next. You could even choose to explore independently or relax around the resort - it's your holiday after all!
Easier walks: 3 to 6 miles on good but occasionally rough paths and tracks. Up to 1,300 ft of ascent in a day.
Harder walks: 5 to 10 miles on good but occasionally rough paths and tracks. Up to 1,900ft of ascent in a day.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Depending on your arrival time you may have the opportunity to walk across the Douro on the pedestrian bridge and explore Peso da Régua before your evening meal. On the first evening our leaders will explain more about our walks and there will be plenty of time to meet your fellow guests.
Day 2: High above the Douro
Our first day of walks starts with a short transfer to the outskirts of Régua walking along ancient tracks and paths through terraced vineyards, hamlets and villages giving panoramic views of the Douro and Régua. The harder walk climbs to the distinctive white church of Loureiro before passing through woodland to descend to the river bank. The easier walk passes through the lower hamlets closer to the river’s extraordinary terraced sides before reaching the promenade, which we follow back to cross the Douro on the beautifully restored metal bridge, ‘ponte metálica’. There will be an opportunity to explore Régua and the ‘Museu do Douro’, which tells the history of the area.
Easier walk: 6 miles (9.5km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent, and 1,000ft (300m) of descent.
Harder walk: 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,500ft (450m) of ascent, and 2,000ft (600m) of descent.
Day 3: Exploring the ancient villages of the Tarouca Valley
Today we head to the moorland area south of Lamego where the high moorland is dotted with large boulders, and goats and cows graze. The easier walkers start at the hamlet of Parafita before traversing the hillside to wander through the ancient village of Mazes where people live and work much as they did over 50 years ago and the church bells ring to the tune of 'Ave Maria'. The harder walkers start at the hamlet of Ribabelide, at almost 1000m, and make a circuit to the fascinating deserted settlement of Antas before passing through the spectacular narrow gorge of the Rio de Santo and descending to Mazes. Both walks then descend through the pine trees to Lazarim where there is an opportunity to visit the beautiful new museum of masks, carved by artisans for the village’s carnival every Shrove Tuesday.
Easier Walk: 5 miles (8km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent, and 1,600ft (480m) of descent,
Harder Walk: 8 miles (13km) with 1,300ft (390m) of ascent, and 2,400ft (720m) of descent.
Day 4: Mountain panorama from Serra Marão
Our highest point of the holiday is where both walks start, just below Serra do Marão, 4,700ft. On a clear day there are panoramic views in all directions as far as Spain and Galicia. The easier walk descends through tree-covered slopes passing a hilltop chapel, and mountain villages to finish at Fontes. The harder walk follows the ridge along rough tracks and through rocky terrain, ascending two summits, and passing beneath wind farms helping Portugal become self-sufficient in carbon neutral energy. Then we descend through moorland, woods and through hamlets before arriving the village of Carvalho with its grand houses and fertile gardens.
Easier Walk: 6 miles (9.5km) with 200ft (60m) of ascent and 2,400ft (720m) of descent,
Harder Walk: 8 miles (13km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent and 3,600ft (1,080m) of descent.
Day 5: Free Day
Today there are no organised walks, allowing you time to explore the local area or just relax in the hotel.
Day 6: Vistas, villages, vineyards and valleys down to Pinhão
Today we head for the village of Favaios where the vineyards produce Moscatel, a liqueur appreciated for its sweetness and aroma. Before we start walking we have the opportunity for a tasting and look at the landscape of our route from the balcony in the museum of bread and wine. Both parties start their walks in this historic town passing one of the local bakeries where you can see wood-fired ovens and buy bread that’s still warm. The harder walk climbs up to the small chapel of Santa Barbara before following the route the easier walkers have taken down to the village of Vilarinho da Cota, where they will be picked up. As we descend, the dramatic and complex amphitheatres of vineyards open up in front of us clinging to the hillside. The harder walkers continue to the Rio Douro viewpoint ‘Miradouro Casal de Loivos’ before descending to the riverside village of Pinhão’ where we meet the other party.
Easier Walk: 5 miles (8km) with 100ft (30m) of ascent and 700ft (210m) of descent,
Harder Walk: 8 miles (13km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent and 2,300ft (690m) of descent.
Day 7: Villages on the eastern slopes of the Serra do Marão
Today’s walks pass through the woods and mountain villages of the eastern slopes of the Serra do Marão. The harder walk starts in the village of Soutelo passing through woods to arrive at the tiny hamlet of Póvoa da Serra continuing on wide tracks under the dramatic black crags of the Serra do Marão before joining the route of the easier walk. Both routes descend passing chapels and through picturesque hamlets into the valley where corn is grown, and chestnut trees line the track. We arrive at the vineyards and village of Sedielos, and the coach.
Easier Walk: 6 miles (9.5km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent and 1,600ft (480m) of descent.
Harder Walk: 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,800ft (540m) of ascent with 2,200ft (660m) of descent.
Day 8: Departure day
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Gatwick to Porto airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Dates & Prices
|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|23 Jun 2019||DRLCL - Douro Valley Guided Walking - Without Flights||7||£1,049.00||£1,048.00||Book Now|
|23 Jun 2019||
DRLCL - Douro Valley Guided Walking
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £43 per night
- Non member associate fee: £10 per person