Douro Valley & Vineyards Walking Holiday

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1 March 2024 – 31 October 2024
A self guided walking holiday through the valleys, vineyards and exquisite landscapes of the Douro
8 nights
from £1195
Explore the valleys, vineyards and exquisite landscapes of the Douro river

This is an 8 night, self-guided walking route through an astonishingly beautiful, UNESCO World Heritage landscape in the Douro Valley. A paradise of vineyards and traditional villages, on this trip you’ll make your way from Porto walking into the very heart of the Douro region, exploring the picturesque slopes and valleys that make this area famous. 

The adventure begins with a scenic train journey through the Douro valley from Porto to Pinhão, with views of the once-treacherous river that was used as the main route for transporting barrels of the region’s celebrated port wine.

In this thriving hub of production, museums such as the Bread and Wine Museum in Favaios offer an intimate appreciation of local traditions and winemaking. Wine is a year-round passion here, and you’re sure to spot growers at work, tending vines and terraces. You’ll end your week back in the vibrant city of Porto. Whatever your interests – boat tours, medieval architecture, port cellar tours, fine dining, the magical interiors of the famed Libraria Lello bookstore – you’ll find the perfect conclusion to your holiday in Porto.

On a Collett’s village-to-village holiday, you do the walking – and we take care of all the rest. Our comprehensive maps and route notes make for effortless navigation, while your baggage is transported daily to the next carefully-selected overnight stop. Each evening you’ll be welcomed into the comfort of traditional accommodation, in charmed surroundings. You decide your dates, and we’ll ensure everything else is organised to perfection.

At a glance


01 March – 31 October 2024
(You can start any day)


£1195 (March & April)
Single Supplement – £365


Expect to walk for 4 to 7 hours each day, with 60m – 625m ascent and 140m – 570m descent each day.

What’s Included

8 Nights B&B at handpicked 3* & 4* hotels and country houses
Private Transfers from Porto Airport to your Porto hotel (on Day 1), and from your Porto hotel to Porto train station (on Day 2)
Packed Lunches (on Days 3-7)
Dinner in Vilarinho (on nights 3 & 4)
Holiday Pack with comprehensive route notes, maps & more
App access with trail information for use one a smartphone
Baggage Transfers from hotel to hotel (Days 3-7) & to Pinhao train station (Day 8)
24/7 telephone support from our local partner in Portugal

Please note that tourist taxes, where applicable, are not included and should be paid locally.

Optional Extras

Wine tasting in Pinhão – £25 per person
River Cruise between Porto & Regua (on Day 2 or Day 8) – £110 per person each way
Private Transfer between Pinhão & Porto – £245 (2-3 people) £330 (4-7 people)
Extra Night in Porto – 4* hotel from £95 per person (double occupancy)


Porto is the best airport to fly into.  On arrival at Porto Airport a private transfer (included) will be waiting to take you to your first hotel.


Porto, Portugal

Day 1 - Arrive in Porto

On arrival at Porto Airport a private transfer (included) will take you to your hotel – where your Walk Pack will be waiting. If you have free time in Porto, you may wish to explore the city. The riverside Ribeira district is colourful and lively, with lots of bars and restaurants amid the characterful buildings. Enjoy the sunset from the top level of the Dom Luís I bridge over the majestic Douro River.where your Walk Pack will be waiting at reception. 

Accommodation: 4* Hotel, Porto

Douro Valley - Portugal

Day 2 - Travel to Douro Valley

Today you travel to the heart of the Douro Valley and you can choose between taking the train (approx. 2.5 hours) or spending most of the day on a river cruise all the way from Porto.

If travelling by train, a private taxi pick you up at your hotel and take you to the station. Enjoy the river views all the way to the small riverside village of Pinhão, where the train station is decorated with painted tile panels depicting Douro wine production. Once there, you can take a boat upstream (optional, paid locally) for a different perspective of the valley.

Should you decide to travel by boat, as well as the views, you’ll have the experience of going through two locks that are a feat of engineering which has transformed the Douro River and enabled boats to travel safely between Porto and the wine region.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel, Pinhão
Meals: Breakfast

Sessão fotográfica Turismo Casal de Loivos

Day 3 - Pinhão to Vilarinho de São Romão

Route Statistics – 9.5km, 4 – 6 hours walking, 585m ascent / 140m descent

Today you’ll explore the western slopes of the Pinhão Valley. As you climb to the hillside villages of São Cristovão do Douro and Provosende, you’ll be rewarded with tranquil views of the area’s surrounding vineyards. At the end of your journey today you’ll find a warm welcome and home-cooked meal at an historic country house. 

Accommodation: Casa Rural, Vilarinho de São Romão
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner


Day 4 - Circular walk via Pinhão River

Route Statistics – 13 km, 4 – 6 hours walking, 515m ascent / 520m descent

With Vilarinho de São Romão as your base, today’s circular route is full of varied landscapes and splendid views. The route winds down to the Pinhão River through small villages, wine estates and vineyard hillsides. 

Relax at a riverside picnic spot before making your way uphill to Celeirós, a small village that’s known for its table wine and is home to some of the older estates of the Douro valley. It’s well worth a stop at the family-run boutique winery Quinta do Portal before returning to the comfort of your accommodation. 

Accommodation: Casa Rural, Vilarinho de São Romão
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner 

Heart and Soul of Douro (PGW) (4)

Day 5 - Vilarinho de São Romão to Alijó

Route Statistics – 16 km, 5 – 7 hours walking, 625m ascent / 570m descent

Enjoy views across the valley on your way towards the sun-kissed village of Sabrosa. You’ll follow an ancient road to Favaios as you wind your way through vineyard terraces to the river. On the ascent the landscape yields to grapevines and olive groves, offering a fresh, charming landscape.

In Favaios, taste traditional wood-oven baked bread and moscatel wine at the Bread and Wine Museum before continuing to Alijó, a town that proudly displays its prehistoric past. This is your base for the next two nights, and it has much to offer, including ruins from Roman settlement and a lush climate that supports an exciting range of flora and fauna. Explore the town or relax by the pool before having dinner onsite or in a nearby restaurant.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel, Alijó
Meals: Breakfast & packed lunch 

Heart and Soul of Douro (PGW) (25)

Day 6 - Circular walk via São Mamede de Ribatua

Route Statistics – 15 km, 5 – 7 hours walking, 369m ascent / descent

Today you’ll travel a circular route from Alijó that undulates through a vibrant patchwork of vineyards and fields towards the ancient village of São Mamede de Ribatua. At the top you’ll find spectacular views of the surrounding rock-strewn mountains and the glittering lake below. Return to Alijó via a different path, or take a taxi back for a more relaxing afternoon in the village.  

Accommodation: 3* hotel, Alijó
Meals: Breakfast & packed lunch 

Heart and Soul of Douro (PGW) (18)

Day 7 - Alijó to Casal de Loivos

Route Statistics – 14 km, 4 – 6 hours walking, 220m ascent / 400m descent

Today is spent walking through the Douro valley’s heritage-protected vineyards, a route that offers lots of opportunity to call in at wine estates for tours and tasting sessions. As you reach the ridge at the top of the eastern slopes of the Pinhão Valley, you’ll be able to look back at the terraced hills and villages you explored earlier in the week. The path to tonight’s base – a 17th-century country house – enjoys magnificent views of the Douro river.

Accommodation: Casal de Loivos (with pool)
Meals: Breakfast and packed Lunch 

Heart and Soul of Douro (PGW) (10)

Day 8 - Casal de Loivos to Pinhão

Route Statistics – 6 km, 2 – 3 hours walking, 59m ascent / 391m descent

Today’s short, glorious walk down to Pinhão leaves ample time for a final winery tour and tasting session. Consider having lunch in the village or a picnic in the vineyards, before taking the train or river cruise back to Porto (not included) for a night in a stylish modern hotel in the heart of the city.

In Porto, you can explore the city’s historical monuments and revitalised areas, such as Rua das Flores and the riverside Ribeira district. If you have time, cross the river and visit Vila Nova de Gaia, to experience the sights and smells of the port cellars there. 

Alternatively, if necessary due to flight schedules, you can shorten this trip by one night by removing the final night in Porto (£90 reduction per person). You can then either make your own way to the airport, by train and taxi, or pre-book a private taxi transfer direct to Porto Airport from Pinhão (£245 per taxi (2-3 people), £330 per taxi (4-7 people). Equally of course, you can also add extra nights if you want more time to explore this vibrant city.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel, Porto
Meals: Breakfast

Douro Valley in Portugal

Day 9 - Departure

Independent onward travel, or we can organise extra nights in Porto to extend your stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Need to Knows

Trusted local partner – please note that this holiday is organised and delivered in collaboration with a trusted local partner based in Portugal.

Group size – the minimum number for this holiday is two, due to safety reasons.

Terrain – on this route, most of the walks are off-road on rugged terrain, with little shade. A reasonable level of fitness is essential. 

Maximum altitude – the maximum altitude on this trip is 696m above sea level.

Booking Conditions – be sure to read our full terms and conditions here before booking.

At Your Own Risk – please read the important notes here.

Travel Advice – check your government’s travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice here.

Passport & Visa –  any questions should be directed to the relevant embassy of your destination country; find out more here. It is your responsibility to be in possession of a full passport, valid for your chosen destination.

Travel Insurance – having adequate and valid travel insurance is a condition of booking with us. Details of our insurance partner, Campbell Irvine, are here.

Health Information – You should carry either an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)  Neither is an alternative to adequate travel insurance. For more information visit and

ABTA – Independent travel advice and help is always available from ABTA by calling 020 3117 0599 or visiting

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