At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
From Porto into the Douro Valley
No need to choose between the wine regions of Vinho Verde and Douro—we’ll explore both! Drool over ancient bread ovens, terraced vineyards, stunning riverside hotels, and naturally, a glass or two of port wine. If all this pleasure wears you out, recover with a visit to the spa, a dip in the pool and a picnic aboard a private riverboat.
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Day by Day
Meet your fellow travellers in Porto and drive to the starting point of today's scenic walk. Arrive for lunch on market day in the town of Ponte de Lima where you'll enjoy a Vinho Verde tasting.
Today's journey includes a walk through the only National Park in Portugal dominated by dramatic granite rocks. Arrive to your celebrated hotel, Vidago Palace, where an array of wellness treatments and an elaborate thermal spa greet you.
Consider rising early for an optional yoga class on the property before setting off on foot along the Camino De Santiago route, on the little-travelled Portuguese side. Pause at a surprise picnic spread that includes regional delicacies.
Today's journey starts in Celeiros, travelling past the socalcos (terraced fields) and the Douro River. For lunch, we'll climb aboard a boat and cruise upstream. We'll drop anchor, of course, so that you can swim in the pristine waters!
Start the day with another revitalizing yoga class before walking among the vines in the Baixo Corgo district. Lunch will be on the grounds of an excellent winery. Tonight we draw a triumphant end to our week in Northern Portugal!
After breakfast, your guides will bid you farewell before you head to the Porto airport for your outbound flight. Boa viagem!
Wander terraced vineyards.
Pazo de Vitorino Hotel Rural, Vitorino das Donas
Resting on the bank of the Lima River, Paço de Vitorino is a former family manor from the 16thC turned boutique hotel. Exquisitely detailed, the hotel offers 15 intimate rooms set within the vast bucolic countryside.
Six Senses Douro Valley, Lamego
Six Senses Douro presents a superbly renovated 19th-century manor house set high on a hill overlooking the rolling hills of the valley and the river below. A spa, restaurants, wine library, swimming pools and organic garden are just a few of the many amenities available.
Vidago Palace Hotel, Vidago
Set within the resplendent confines of a natural park, Vidago Palace Hotel is the intersection of venerated luxury and natural beauty. Commissioned during the reign of King Carlos I, the hotel was meant to capitalize on the famous waters of Vidago, once considered a national interest. Today, the thermal spa, elaborate suites, golf course and exceptional hospitality mark it as a standard for the 21st century.
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The walking on this trip is mostly of moderate difficulty, with some easier days, particularly the first and some afternoons. If anything, it is the downhills that will be most challenging—for those with tender joints, the use of two walking sticks is highly recommend. Surfaces are mostly well-trod trails and paths, with a few sections of quiet paved roads or cobblestones.
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation (suite upgrade available, call for details)
- All breakfasts, all lunches and four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- Waist pack with water bottle and holder
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- Detailed maps and route suggestions
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
Walking Poles & Waist Pack
Included with all walking trips are telescoping walking poles and custom-made padded waist packs, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. The walking poles get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, but the waist pack is yours to keep at trip’s end. See Equipment Details
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend more time in Portugal
We absolutely recommend that you arrive in Porto at least a day before your trip begins, as Portugal’s second city has much to offer the visitor, first-timer or otherwise. At the end of your voyage, a short flight or long-ish train ride will get you to Lisbon, one of Europe’s most youthful and dynamic cities. Alternatively, rent a car and head north into Spanish Galicia and the pilgrimage city of Santiago di Compostela.
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