Douro valley by train

Take a train in Porto city to the very heart of the Douro Valley before exploring picturesque slopes and valleys of this World Heritage landscape on foot. You will make daily hikes to different vineyards and taste some of the best wines of the Golden Valley!

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5 days / 4 nights
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Highlights

  • Porto City Tour with our local representative upon arrival
  • Train ride from Porto City to the heart of the Douro Valley
  • Lovely station of Pinhão with painted tile panels
  • Local wineries
  • Boat trip on the Douro River
  • Hike along hillside villages and terraces
  • Walk through vineyards and visit an olive oil lagar and a small family Quinta
  • Douro wine estates
  • Magnificent views

 

Itinerary

Make your way from Porto into the very heart of the Douro Valley by train before exploring the picturesque slopes and valleys of this World Heritage landscape on foot.

Follow unpaved roads and footpaths as you walk from vineyard to vineyard, watching some of the year-round activity involved in tending the vines and terraces. 

Relax after each day's walk while tasting some of the best wines of the Golden Valley. 

DAY 1 Arrival in Porto City

Welcome to Portugal!

Our local representative will meet you at your hotel for a briefing and take you for a city tour.

You will spent the first night in vibrant Porto City.

DAY 2 From Porto to the heart of the Douro Valley

This morning you will take the train from Porto to the small riverside village of Pinhão (about 3 hours), at the heart of the Douro Valley. Arrive at the lovely train station, decorated with painted tile panels, portraying Douro wine production. After check-in take a walk along the Douro River to contemplate its calm waters and to reach one of the local wineries for a first Port wine tasting. After the tasting, you can take a boat trip along the river.

Overnight in Pinhão, breakfast included

DAY 3 The Golden Valley

The first walk will take you to the hillside villages of São Cristovão do Douro and Provosende, while walking through the incredible terraces. Hiking down to Pinhão, the views of the surrounding vineyards and of the Douro River more than compensate your efforts.

Walk approx. 16 km I  Overnight in Pinhão

DAY 4 The Douro slopes

Spend the day walking through vineyards, stopping for a visit to an olive oil lagar and a small family Quinta (wine estate) on the eastern slopes of the Pinhão Valley. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Douro River and end the day at one of the Douro wine estates.

Walk approx. 9 km I Overnight in Pinhão

DAY 5 Return to Porto by train

After a short getaway at the Douro Valley, a visit to the Port wine cellars in Porto city make the perfect ending to a fantastic trip.

Pricing and options

The price for this sample itinerary, VAT included, and based on an occupancy of 2 persons in a double room, is 695 EUR per person. There are different prices when you are 3, 4 or more persons.

This price is indicative and subject to availability. It can vary according to personal wishes, extra services, changes in the itinerary, amount of participants, accommodation (camping, bungalow, rural house, hotel, B&B), low or high season, extra nights and so on. Only the confirmed price on your definite order form is valid. Please contact YŪGEN tours to request a personalized itinerary and quote according to your personal wishes. 

Included:

  • Welcome meeting and briefing by our local representative
  • Half day guided tour of Porto City
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Roadbook
  • Topographic map and Wikiloc pre-programmed tracks
  • Train tickets from and to Porto
  • Boat tour in Pinhão 
  • 3 wine tastings in Pinhão 
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Lunch on day 3
  • 24/7 emergency support by our local partner

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch and dinners, except for lunch on day 3
  • Any personal expenses, museum entrance fees, additional wine tours or tastings not described as included
  •  Everything not mentioned as "included" 

Possible options:

Our tours in Northern Portugal are very flexible and can be customized in any way. Examples which you can use as inspiration are:

Optional guided walking tours (English speaking guide) in:

  • Peneda-Gerês mountain villages (Amarela mountain)
  • the Peneda granite mountain
  • exploring the Wolf territory in Sistelo (includes local products tasting)
  • shepherd for one day in Sistelo (includes local products tasting)

Optional activities:

  • Horse-riding in Gerês full day (for experienced riders)
  • Horse-riding in Gerês 2 hours 
  • Biking in Northern Portugal
  • Hiking in Northern Portugal
  • All activities offered from Viana (please check our description of Viana do Castelo on the country page for all possible water and land activities)

Other services on request:

  • mountain picnics (picnic box or catering)

Optional extensions in Northern Portugal:

  • extra nights
  • extensions in Peneda-Geres National Park
  • extension at the beach in Viana do Castelo or surroundings (please check our description of Viana for all possible activities)
  • extension in Porto City

Rental Car

Contact us first to check availability for this tour on the dates of your choice. Only after receiving our confirmation for your desired travel dates, book your rental car in Northern Portugal. You can do this directly with our preferred supplier, Sunny Cars:

Please contact YŪGEN tours in order to create your personalized adventure in Northern Portugal. 

Important information

Best time to travel

This tour is available from March to October. Best time to travel is spring and September as the weather is normally excellent. During summer months it may get hot and crowdy, especially in August.

Travel insurance

  • It is aways recommend to take out a travel insurance, covering for cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation. Always check the specific conditions and coverage of your insurance policy, especially when participating in more adventurous activities.
  • YŪGEN tours does not provide travel insurance.

Medical Precautions

  • Check with your local immunization authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician.
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION website for up to date information www.who.int

Travel documentation

  • If you do not have the Belgian nationality, you should inquire at the embassy in your country. The following is valid for people with Belgian nationality:
  • A valid Belgian identity card or an international passport. 
  • A visa is not required.
  • Children need their own identity card. Within the Schengen Zone it is recommended to bring a copy of the passport of the parent which does not accompany the other parent and the minor during the trip, as well as a document of consent of the non-traveling parent. This can prevent delays.
  • Belgian citizens should consult the website of the Federal government for all travel related advise: diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/Diensten/Op_reis_in_het_buitenland/reisadviezen/portugal

Flights

  • Flights are not included in the price of the tour. You are free to choose your flight dates, route, price and airline company if you wish to fly to Portugal.
  • If you opt for flights with a stopover or transfer in the United States of America, please note that you must complete a VISA WAIVER. You can do this up to a minimum of 72 hours before arrival, and this on the website of ESTA (link is external). The permission is valid for 2 years and costs approximately 14 USD per person.
  • Before booking your flights, please contact YŪGEN tours first to check if our local partners are not fully booked on the desired dates.
  • The closest international airport to our suggested trips is Porto's Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport.

Drive and self-drive tours

If you do not have the Belgian nationality, you should inquire in your country of nationality. Travelers from the Netherlands can consult the website of ANWB. The following is valid for people with Belgian nationality:

  • Your identity card and drivers license should be sufficient. In case of renting a car, do check the specific regulations of the rental company. Often a credit card is required to be able to rent a car and you need to be in possession of a drivers license during a certain amount of time already and/or a minimum age may apply.
  • More information on driving in Portugal and regulations can be found here: www.vab.be/nl/info-en-diensten/wegeninfo/europa/portugal
  • Please note that there are several toll roads in Portugal. Rental companies offer different solutions. On some highways you can pay in cash, but some are fully electronic and you need a special device to use them. Car rental companies can provide the device against an additional cost. Dutch speaking travelers can consult https://www.vab.be/nl/info-en-diensten/wegeninfo/europa/portugal. In case of renting a car always consult the car rental company.
  • Several car rental companies are present at Porto Airport. Cars can also be rented in Viana do Castelo, according to availability.

Feel free to contact YŪGEN tours for more information and assistance. We will be more than happy to assist.