Discover the Douro Wine Region

A 1 week Self-guided Walking Tour through Astonishingly Beautiful World Heritage Landscape and Picturesque Traditional Villages

Discover the Douro Wine Region

Explore from Porto into the very heart of the Douro region and discover the picturesque slopes and stunning valleys of this World Heritage landscape on this self-guided, 1 week, walking holiday.

Follow unpaved roads and local footpaths as you walk from village to village. Stop for picnic lunches and visits to local wine estates where you can sample not only award-winning table wines but also port and moscatel wines.

Museums such as the Bread and Wine Museum in Favaios will give you a greater appreciation of local traditions and understanding of the wine-production. You’ll also be able to see the year-round work that is involved in tending to the vines and terraces.

You will get to relax after each day’s walk at carefully selected country houses and hotels where you will receive a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and delicious meals.

This self-guided walking tour of the Douro Valley ends back in the fascinating historical city of Porto. Here you can visit the port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia as well as the exploring Porto’s many sights and views. 

Day 1 - Arrive in Porto

In-person welcome from our local team and a briefing and transfer to the train station. Take the journey from Porto to the Douro Valley by train.

Accommodation in a 3* Hotel


Day 2 - Pinhão to Vilarinho de São Romão

A nice linear walk from Pinhão to Vilarinho de São Romão (9km | +587m) today to introduce you to the area.
Accommodation in a Country Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner.


Day 3 - Pinhão River 

Today you embark on a circular walk travelling via the Pinhão River (13km | +512m)

Accommodation in a Country Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner


Day 4 – Alijó

A longer walk today as you travel from Vilarinho de São Romão to Alijó (16km | +626m) Accommodation in a 4* Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch


Day 5 – São Mamede da Ribatua

The walk today takes you on a circular route via São Mamede da Ribatua (15km | +369m)

Accommodation in a 4* Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch


Day 6 – Casal de Loivos

It is time to leave Alijó as you walk the route to Casal de Loivos (14km | +233m)

Accommodation in a Country Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch


Day 7 – Pinhão

Today the walk completes our route as we head from Casal de Loivos back to Pinhão (6km | +59m) On arrival, you will catch the train to return to Porto.

Accommodation in a 4* Hotel

Meals: Breakfast


Day 8 – Porto

Depending on the time of your departure flight there may be time to explore the city. Private transfer to Porto airport.

Meals: Breakfast


Departure Dates

This tour can be booked for any departure date between March and October. 

Let us know when you would like to take this tour and we will put all the arrangements in place.


March and April - £1345 per person (based on two people sharing)

May - October - £1455 per person (based on two people sharing)

Single Supplement - £425 March and April

Single Supplement - £475 May - October

Discover the Douro Wine Region Walking Tour

Included in the Discover the Douro Wine Region Tour

  • Private transfer from Porto airport to Porto train station (day 1)
  • In-person welcome briefing
  • Detailed route notes in English
  • App with trail information for use on a smartphone
  • App with trail information for use on a smartphone
  • 7 Nights’ hand-picked accommodation with breakfast
  • 5 Packed lunches during the walks (day 2 to day 6)
  • 2 Dinners with drinks (days 2 and 3)
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations from days 2 to 6 and to Pinhão train station on day 7
  • 24-hour emergency contact number (English-speaking)
  • Private transfer from Porto hotel to the airport (day 8)

Not Included in the Discover the Duoro Wine Region Tour

  • International travel to the start point - contact us for information and flight options
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any visa requirements
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice. Please refer to the COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. 

Visa and Passport Information for UK Passport Holders

Passport validity

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements. 

Your passport must be:

Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)

valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.


You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training. If you are travelling to Portugal and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. To stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Portuguese government’s entry requirements. 

Passport stamping

Check your passport is stamped by the border officer when you enter and exit Portugal as a visitor. You can use the staffed immigration booths or, if you are aged 18 and over, the e-gates designated for UK and some other non-EU nationals. Hand your passport for stamping to the border officer after you have passed through the e-gate. You cannot use the e-gates to exit Portugal if you entered the Schengen area via another member state. Border guards use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, a border officer may presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.

If you are missing entry/exit stamps, you can show evidence of when and where you entered or exited the Schengen area and ask the border officer to add this date and location in your passport. Examples of acceptable evidence include boarding passes and tickets.

Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


There are no longer any COVID-19 vaccination, testing or passenger locator form requirements for entry to mainland Portugal, Madeira and the Azores. If you’re travelling to Portugal via other countries, such as France and Spain , check the entry requirements for those countries before you travel. For general health and vaccination advice, please visit the NaTHNaC website - Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. 

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Our Local tour that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities.

Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. 

What to bring on your walking tour in the Douro Wine Region.


Depending on when you are travelling, lightweight clothing is essential in midsummer however a warmer jumper is advisable for cooler evenings. A good waterproof is essential, and you should consider waterproof trousers in case of poor weather. A hat is essential for sun protection. There is a laundry available in most hotels..


Lightweight trail/walking boots and comfortable shoes/trainers and sandals. 

Luggage while on your tour

Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. 


We recommend sunscreen, a torch, insect repellent and a waterbottle. Binoculars are good for bird and animal spotting. A solar charger for your phone and other electronics is a good idea. 


Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our local guides all receive a fair wage. However, you might want to recognise if your guide has done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.

Tour Kitty

Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your guide may organise a group tips kitty for included activities and meals and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour. Accordingly, you should allow US$ 30 , approx. 18'000 Colones for this. For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.

Local currency in Costa Rica 

Costa Rican Colon (CRC) - for an idea of exchange rates, please see

You can choose to either change your money in advance or on arrival at the airport, where there are both ATMs and Bureau de Change. USD are accepted in some shops and restaurants. We recommend you take some emergency cash in USD as the GBP exchange isn’t very good. Notes should be in good condition otherwise they may not be accepted. 

ATMs can be found in the major towns and cities for cash withdrawals in Colones. Always have some cash back up as they are not always reliable.

Credit card are widely accepted in many shops and restaurants but some may be subject to a service charge.

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch price - £13 / Dinner price - £13 / Beer price - £3 / Water price - £1.3

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