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 The North Experience

7 Days – Peneda-Gerês National Park | Douro Valley | Porto

Explore Northern Portugal like no one!

We invite you to visit the North of Portugal by hiking in Portugal’s  only

National Park, wine tasting in the first demarcated wine region in the World

and walking on the unique Porto’s streets and Ribeira quay by the Douro River.

 

Peneda-Gerês National Park

The Peneda-Gerês National Park is a vast territory with very different regions. From Barroso to Alto Minho the landscape changes a lot, as well as the culture and the people. Discover the different regions of the national park, the villages with their typical granaries, old castles, religious sanctuaries, find about the traditional ways of living and go through old trails used by shepherds. Explore wild rivers and natural waterfalls and, if the weather allows, swim across and dive into its incredible natural lagoons deep in the mountains and always in the company of a local guide.

 

 

Douro valley and wine region

The Douro, the most ancient wine region, doesn’t need presentations. The Douro River cuts through the bottom of the valley with its sides full of vines to give us an amazing scenario. It also gives us unique wines and amazing people to greet us. Explore the river on a traditional boat and visit renowned wineries on this amazing UNESCO’s World Heritage site.

 

 

The city of Porto

Porto with its very rich culture and monuments is at the top of anyone’s bucket list when visiting Portugal. The Douro River carved an astonishing canyon shaped valley with the city on one side and Porto’s famous wine cellars on the other, providing a breath taking landscape. Stunning sights from the top to the waterfront at the Ribeira quay. Taste the local exquisite cuisine such as “tripas à moda do Porto” or “Francesinha”. Come meet its delightful people and their incredible stories.

Duration: 7 days
Tour type:  Small Groups
Activity: Hiking, Wine tasting and UNESCO World Heritage sites visiting 
Guided: Yes
Nº of People: Minimum 2
Location: Peneda-Gerês National Park; Douro Valley; Porto
Departures:
May 22nd to 28th, 2022
June 5th to 11th, 2022
September 18th to 24th, 2022
October 2nd to 8th, 2022

What to bring:
Comfortable clothes and footwear;
Sun screen & beach towel (summer);
Hat;
Rain clothes;


Price per person:
 1.360€ (double room)
1.740€ (single room)

Daily Program (suggested)

Day 01 - Arrival
Transfer from the airport or other places in north of Portugal to Peneda-Gerês (optional from Lisbon)

Dinner: hotel

Accomodation: hotel*** in Gerês

 

Day 02 - First day at Peneda-Gerês National Park: Pitões das Júnias

Hike in the mountains near the village

Lunch: Packed lunch

Dinner: hotel

Accomodation: hotel*** in Gerês

Highlights:

  • Village of Pitões de Junias – One of the highest village in Portugal

  • Monastery of Saint Mary of Júnias from the 9th century

  • Observation of wild goats

  • Walk along the border (1330m altitude)

  • Oak forest

  • Mountain meadows and grazing areas

  • Massive granite formations

Technical data:

  • Distance: 8,5 km (5,3 mi)

  • Elevation gain: 360 m (1181 ft)

  • Degree of difficulty: moderate

Day 03 - Second day at Peneda-Gerês National Park: Gerês

Hike in the mountains to the Teixeira valley

Lunch: packed lunch

Dinner: hotel

Accomodation: hotel*** in Gerês

Highlights:

  • Mountain meadows and grazing areas

  • Ancestral shelters for shepherds

  • Arado waterfall

  • Arado river

  • Teixeira glacial valley

  • Rock formations

  • Natural landscape of the national park

Technical data:

  • Distance: 10 km (6,3 mi)

  • Elevation gain: 477 m (1565 ft)

  • Degree of difficulty: moderate

Day 04 - Third day at Peneda-Gerês National Park: Peneda

Hike in the Peneda mountain range

Lunch: packed lunch

Dinner: hotel

Accomodation: hotel*** in Gerês

Highlights:

  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peneda (Nossa Senhora da Peneda) - construction started from the 18th century and ending in 1875

  • Viewpoint over the valley and the sanctuary of Peneda

  • Fraga da Meadinha (climbing rock formation)

  • Peneda hydroelectric power station

  • Valley and forest of Lamas de Mouro

  • Granaries of Soajo locally called as “Espigueiros”

  • Ruins of Castro Laboreiro Castle from the 13th century

  • Native breed of dogs from Portugal - Dog of Castro Laboreiro

  • Laboreiro river

Technical data:

  • Distance: 11 km (6,9 mi)

  • Elevation gain: 557 m (1827 ft)

  • Degree of difficulty: moderate

Day 05 - Douro Valley and transfer to Porto

Visit one Quinta (vineyard and winery estate), which includes Hiking in the vineyard and wine tasting

Transfer to Porto

Lunch: Local Restaurant or Pic nic lunch

Dinner: not included

Accomodation: hotel**** in Porto

Highlights:

  • Viewpoint of S. Leonardo da Galafura

  • Douro valley and wine region - UNESCO’s World Heritage

  • Local winery visit

  • Town of Pinhão

  • Town of Régua

  • Pinhão rail station

  • Boat trip on Douro river 

  • Viewpoint Casal de Loivos

Technical data:

  • Distance: 5 km (3 mi)

  • Elevation: 80 m (262 ft)

  • Degree of difficulty: easy

Day 06 - Porto

Visit to city of Porto - UNESCO’s World Heritage

Free day at Porto - guided walking tour - Optional

Accomodation: hotel**** in Porto

Suggested points of interest:

  • Several viewpoint from the city to the Douro river

  • Clérigos tower

  • São Bento Rail Station

  • Ribeira quay

  • Downtown

  • D. Luís I bridge

  • World famous port wine cellars in  Vila Nova de Gaia (on other side of the river)

  • Boats on Douro river

Day 07 - Departure / End of our services

 Included

  • Transfers (except day 07)

  • Accommodation (B&B)

  • Local English and french-speaking guide

  • 4 packed lunches and 5 dinners​

  • Water

  • Personal accident insurance

  • All fees and taxes

Extra options

Not Included

  • Lunch at Porto (day 06)

  • Dinners at Porto (days 05 and 06)

  • Personal expenses

  • Gratuities

  • ​Transfer from / and to Lisbon or other place

  • Last day transfer to the airport or other place

  • Accommodation in single room

  • Extra night in Porto

  • Guided walking tour in Porto

  • Fado dinner in Porto

      Departure dates             Status                          Notes
              22/05/2022                       Available                                     --
              05/06/2022                      Available                                     --
              18/09/2022                       Available                                     --
              02/10/2022                       Available                                     --