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Walking Vacation Walking Portugal's Douro River Valley​

Activity Level: Easy / Moderate  |  Daily Mileage: 4 - 8 mi  |  Daily Walking: 2 - 4 hr
Pre-trip Extension:
Porto · 2 nights $295

Post-trip Extension:
Lisbon · 2 nights $295
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Sleepy and unspoiled.
 
Layered with history. At once earthy and elegant. Alive with tradition. Portugal is a place that demands intimacy, and walking with VBT through the Douro River Valley is the best way to achieve it. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its ancient winemaking heritage, but also for its historic castles, religious pilgrimage sites, archaeological wonders, and medieval villages. We explore from Porto to Lisbon on foot, by van, and train; with stays at gracious manor homes, farm houses, and stone inns that exemplify Portuguese hospitality at its best.

What's Included

Walking Tour Only - without Air

  • 6 nights in a 17th-century family manor home, 18th-century vineyard farmhouse and medieval stone houses
  • 12 meals - 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Air Package Plus 

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in a 17th-century family manor home, 18th-century vineyard farmhouse, medieval stone houses, and a 4-star city hotel
  • 14 meals — 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Porto • 2 nights for $295 Post-trip: Lisbon • 2 nights for $295 

Both Vacations Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT walking poles
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • On-tour vehicle support
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception and dinner hosted by Count Calheiros
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount

Cultural Highlights

  • Tread take your place in a centuries-old tradition by walking along the “Way of St. James”
  • Harvest Learn some tricks of the trade in a Portuguese cooking class
  • Discover the art of wine-making at a beautiful wine estate
  • Thrill spectacular breathtaking train ride along the Douro River
  • Explore epochs of history, from the Paleolithic to medieval and Roman and eras
  • Relax at unique and elegant manor houses
  • Savor local culture through its traditional cuisine  

What to Expect

This tour features a combination of paved roads and easy terrain, mixed with moderate hills, uneven footpaths and vineyards. On rainy days, the footpaths and vineyards can often be wet and muddy. Ideal for enthusiastic beginners and experienced walkers.
  • Activity Level: Easy/Mod
  • Daily Mileage: 4 - 8 miles
  • Daily Walking Time: 2 - 4 hours
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