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The Douro Valley

Follow the path of the Douro River as it meanders through an enchanting landscape of ever changing colour, on one of the world’s great train journeys.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Travel beside the Douro River on one of the world’s most spectacular railway lines.
  • Sample young wines and delicious port.
  • Visit the old town of Lamego, full of rich charm, history and culture.
  • Explore the charming medieval town of Miranda do Douro set high above the magnificent gorge of the Rio Douro.
  • Walk through the distinctive landscape of vineyards in Regua.
  • Visit the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios in Lamego.

Follow the path of the Douro River as it meanders through an enchanting landscape of ever changing colour. Relax on one of the world’s great train journeys as you look out over terraced vineyards carefully folded into verdant hillsides. Walk through gently rolling meadows and lush green valleys bursting with springtime almond blossom and the sweet smell of grapes ripening in the midday sun. We follow the Great Douro River from its estuary in the ancient city of Oporto, through the famous Port wine vineyards and into the upper reaches of Portugal, where the river forms the border with Spain. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

We begin our journey in Oporto, where we explore the historic buildings and magnificent churches that comfortably rub shoulders with the picturesque old quarters and squares. You will have the opportunity to take an optional excursion while in Oporto, perhaps to Braga, founded over 2,000 years ago; the fascinating medieval town centre of Guimaraes or the beautiful coastal town of Vila Conde. Leaving the coast, we travel by train along the Douro Valley as far as Pocinho and continue by road to the charming medieval town of Miranda do Douro. Sitting high above a magnificent gorge of the Rio Douro our walks from Miranda do Douro pass through villages where people follow a traditional way of life and still speak the Mirandese dialect that has survived the centuries.

From Miranda we again travel by road and train, to Regua, to walk through a distinctive landscape of vineyards. We’ll also be able to see how Port is made, and taste it too! During our stay here we visit the magnificent old town of Lamego, which is rich in charm, history and culture.

  • Return flights Gatwick to Oporto (TAP Portugal).
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite accommodation.
  • Half board meals with breakfasts taken in the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

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Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

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