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8 Days Wine and Culinary Vacation in Porto, Portugal

Cultural Portugal Wine Tours

The Northern region of Portugal’s surprise with the beautiful landscapes, mountain, plateaus, valleys and a rich fauna and flora. These regions offer all who visit them a healthy experience of engaging with nature and enjoying idyllic environments. There are so many hidden and undiscovered treasures all over Portugal waiting for you to discover them. Walking in Portugal!

Highlights

  • Fabulous wine tasting
  • Tasting of Portuguese culinary products
  • Multiple guided hiking excursions in Porto and Braga
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6

Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport

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Accommodation

During this vacation, you will stay either in a private or shared room in the Exe Almada Porto during the first five nights and in the Mercure Braga Centro for the remaining two nights.

Hotel Mercure Braga Centro

The Hotel Mercure Braga Centro is a new four-star hotel in Braga located in the center of the city. The spacious and modern rooms offer a high level of comfort with their wide beds and bathrooms with a walk-in shower. All rooms are also equipped with air conditioning, a hairdryer, a minibar, an LCD television, a safe box, a work desk, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee making facilities.

During your stay, you will have cable programming and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant in which you will find a wide variety of dishes on offer. You may also enjoy the hotel's bar, fitness center, and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool on the top floor of the hotel. The hotel also boasts four meeting rooms and a parking lot.

Walking Wine Tours Portugal

Day 1: Oporto Airport

On this day, at the appropriate time, an Eco Trilha representative will be met you at the airport to assist and transfer you to your hotel. There are no activities planned for this day. Overnight in Porto.

Day 2: Porto

Elected Best European Destination 2012 by the European citizens, Porto, is history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries. Walking tours in Porto, visits to the city’s historical centre of world heritage and monuments of Porto. Itinerary: Torre dos Clérigos, Livraria Lello e Irmão, Avenida dos Aliados, Estação de S. Bento, Ponte Luís I, Sé Catedral, Bairro da Sé and Ribeira. Brief presentation of the olive oil sector in Portugal with technical proof of three Portuguese olive oils. Overnight in Porto.

Day 3: Walking in Castelo de Paiva

Your day starts at “Monte São Domingos da Serra”, a place of unique beauty, with a magnificent view over the mouth of both Arda and Douro rivers. After enjoying the view, it is time to start our way until “Fojo” shaft, the first place connected to the mining industry. After a short stop it is time to follow the ancient coal mine line and discover some remains of that time. Along your walk you will be able to see Arda River and discover some wonderful landscapes until we reach the centennial “Pedorido” bridge. Your walk ends at the mines with a small snack. Overnight in Porto.

Difficulty: easy/moderate.

Distance: 5 miles. Duration: 1/2 day.

Day 4: Walking in Gondomar

Your day starts at “Areja”, Lomba with a magnificent view over Douro river. After some information, it is time to start you discovering some of the most beautiful landscapes of the region. The first stop is at “lomba” beach, a place famous for its water sports. After a short break it is time to go through the village of “Lomba” until you reach “Pé de Moura”, where you will be able to see some of the typical boats used to fish. On your way back there will be time to enjoy some wonderful landscapes and a small snack at the end. Overnight in Porto.

Day 5: Walking in Douro

Your challenge for the day is to join us and discover some of the most beautiful treasures the Douro has to offer... After a journey of about one and a half hour the day starts at Samodães, with an excellent view over Douro river and Régua town. It is time to start your descent until the river, going along the vineyards, olive and fig trees.The walk continues until we reach Régua town where you will have lunch. After lunch it is time to go along some of the most beautiful paths of the region until

Pinhão, where you will visit the train station, famous for its tiles. To finish the day you will visit a wine estate and taste the famous port wine. An excellent way to know the Douro region, World Heritage.

Difficulty: easy/moderate.

Distance: 5 miles. Duration: 1 day. Overnight in Porto.

Day 6: Braga and Guimarães

Guided tour in the city of Braga, known as the “Portuguese Rome”, for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country. Founded in Roman times, with the name of Bracara Augusta, this city has over 2000 years of history. You will visit The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro and Bom Jesus. On the afternoon we visit Guimarães. A historic town, exceptionally well-preserved and an authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town. (Optional: visit the museums and monuments). Overnight in Braga.

Day 7: Póvoa de Varzim (Portuguese Way of Santiago)

The last day of the trip, you will have a beautiful walk on the beach. A walk with lesser degree of difficulty, which will serve to appreciate the landscape, learn the fisher community of Póvoa de Varzim and smell the sea air. Overnight in Braga.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport (Oporto Airport)

End of the program. There are no activities planned for this day.

Important information

  • Please note that while Eco Trilha operates successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in the itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
  • Insurance: Eco Trilha recommends that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of having to cancel your holiday for any reason.

Included excursions

This holiday includes numerous visits to places of interest in the cities of Porto and Braga in Portugal.

Location

This holiday will take place in the cities of Porto and Braga, Portugal. The northern region of Portugal surprises with beautiful landscapes, mountains, plateaus, valleys, and a rich fauna and flora. These regions offer all who visit them a healthy experience of engaging with nature and enjoying idyllic environments.

Porto

Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has a historical center classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Located on the northern bank of the Douro river, discovering this city is to find many surprises. Increasingly contemporary and creative, the city of Oporto has a rare beauty which is the fruit of its landscape, the harmony of its lines and its urban structure.

As soon as you start your visit, you will discover the hospitality of its inhabitants, characteristic in the North of the country, and you will feel this entire atmosphere in the streets, in the architecture, in the monuments and in the museums, as well as in its leisure spaces, in its terraces, and in its commercial areas.

Food

One of the joys of Northern Portugal is the warmth of the welcome you’ll receive from your hosts. The food is hearty and wholesome, and we can guarantee that you’ll find it hard to lose weight on this walk.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you may visit some other emblematical places in both cities such as museums and restaurants. Porto has an active nightlife you may also want to engage in or you may swim in the pool and relax. In Braga, you may exercise at the fitness center or play some tennis in the hotel's tennis courts.

What's included

  • 1 olive oil tasting
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 3 lunches or 3 picnics
  • 7 nights in a twin room
  • Breakfast is included every morning in all multi-day tour packages
  • Brief presentation of the olive oil sector in Portugal. Technical proof of three Portuguese olive oils
  • City tour in Porto, Braga, Guimarães and Póvoa de Varzim
  • Transfer and Guide throughout the tours.
  • Transfers: Airport – Hotel – Airport

What's not included

  • Airport taxes, security and fuel
  • Drinks and meals not specified
  • Entrances other than mentioned
  • Flight to and from Portugal
  • Telephone and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Eco Trilha will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
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