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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.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
From Porto into the Douro Valley
The Douro River flows west from Spain into Portugal, where it has sculpted one of the most dramatically beautiful landscapes in all of Europe. Here, we’ll drool over ancient bread ovens, terraced vineyards, stunning riverside hotels and a Michelin-starred meal. Then, we explore both the Vinho Verde and Douro wine regions in detail, and sip excellent ports at Symington estates while we’re at it. Trust us: long appreciated as a wine producer but overlooked as a destination, the Douro Valley, now graced with a sophisticated cuisine and fine hotels to complement its natural bounty, begs to be discovered.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Oscar Biedma
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Day by Day
Meet your fellow travellers in Porto and drive to your first scenic walk. Tonight you'll enjoy a Vinho Verde tasting on the terrace overlooking the Old Town in Amarante.
Begin the day in Celeiros, where we'll discover the socalcos (terraced fields) and catch a first glimpse of the Douro River. Stop for a gorgeous picnic lunch, taking in the views of almond trees and olive groves that surround.
Explore the quaint town of Pinhão today. Then, board your private river boat where you'll find a spot to anchor and have the opportunity to swim in the pristine waters.
Visit the village of Pomarelhe for an easy morning ramble among the vines. Lunch will be right on the grounds at Quinta da Pacheca cellar. This evening, you are free to pick from the hotel’s many dining options.
Take in the impressive views from the top hill of Santiago de Galafura, then visit Quinta de Murcas winery for a tasting—or, if you prefer, spend the day at the pool. This evening, get ready for a fantastic final night dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, your guides bid you adieus before your transfer to the airport in Porto, from where outbound flight options are numerous.
Wander terraced vineyards.
Casa da Calçada, Amarante
This former nobleman’s palace was expertly converted to a chic 30-room hotel in 2001. The views over Amarante and the Tamega River from the pool and terrace are highlights. Its restaurant, Larga do Paço, has been recognized with a Michelin star for its excellence. View hotel website »
Vintage House, Pinhão
Perched over the right bank of the Douro in picturesque Pinhão, every one of Vintage House’s tasteful rooms boasts a private river-view balcony. Amenities include an outdoor pool, tennis court, and inviting fireplace lounge, the latter a perfect setting for a snifter or two of the best ports that derive from the hills above. View hotel website »
Six Senses, Douro
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. View hotel website »
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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, in great part through vineyards, with a few sections of quiet paved roads or cobblestones.
“I go on a long walk once a week, and I don’t mind a little sweat.”
Rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.Read more on our Activity Levels
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 Sticks & Hip Holsters
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
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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