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Regua & The Rio Douro

Follow the path of the Douro River as it meanders through an enchanting landscape of ever changing colours, and sample delicious Portuguese wines as you go!

  • Portugal

  • 7, 9 nights
  • Half board. Most dinners taken in local restaurants with wine included.
  • Food & Wine

    Culture

  • Jun

    Sep

    Oct

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 4

This Grade 4 walking holiday with full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Walking is at the lower end of grade 4 and most days will include full days of walking up for 4 hours and between 3-6 miles of walking. Some days will include 3-4 hours of walking with a chance for sightseeing in the towns you visit. You will be walking along well marked paths, through vineyards, along the valleys and in towns. Expect ascents and descents of up to 650m. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 730m. 

FLEXI-Walking Our walking programme is carefully designed to offer an optional shorter route on many of the walks, giving you the flexibility of walking either the planned route or choosing a shorter distance and catching up with the group later in the day. Please see the itinerary section for more information.

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Flexi Walking: make use of our carefully planned shorter routes on many of the walks.
  • Sample delicious Portuguese wines in a local vineyard.
  • Travel by train from Regua to Pocinho along the River Douro, described as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in Europe.
  • Visit the charming old town of Lamego, full of rich charm, history, and culture.
  • Visit the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios in Lamego.
  • Enjoy local cuisine in the hotel and in local restaurants, with wine included.

Follow the course of the Douro River, known as the Rio Douro in Portuguese, as it gracefully meanders through an enchanting landscape adorned with ever-changing colours. Pass terraced vineyards carefully folded into verdant hillsides, stroll through gently rolling meadows and wander through lush green valley’s bursting with springtime almond blossom and the sweet smell of sun-ripened grapes. This enchanting journey unfolds along the upper reaches of the Douro River in Portugal. 

The Douro valley was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, in celebration of the spectacular beauty the natural scenery, architectural splendor and the industrial heritage associated with the Port producing industry. 

The historic 203-kilometer Douro railway line, originally connecting Oporto to Barca d´Alva on the Spanish frontier, played a crucial role in transporting port wine downstream to the warehouses in Porto. Overcoming the valley's natural obstacles involved constructing 26 tunnels and 30 bridges, resulting in an unforgettable route through truly impressive natural beauty.

You week is based in Peso do Regua, also known as Regua, nestled on the banks of the beautiful Douro River. It has been the centre of the port wine industry for centuries and conveniently rests on the scenic waterfront.

Explore delightful traditional Portuguese towns like Lamego and Pocinho throughout the week. Wander through seas of vineyards, traverse rolling verdant landscapes, meander amid rows of olive trees, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Portugal. The stretch between Régua and the terminus at Pocinho along the side of the River Douro and its port wine terraces has been described as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in Europe.

  • Return flights from London to Porto.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half board with dinners taken in the hotel restaurant and in local restaurants, with wine or soft drinks included.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train.
  • Wine and port tasting at a local winery.
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

26650, 26659

Itinerary & Travel

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Regua

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Porto, take a private transfer to your hotel in Regua. If there is time, your leader may take you on a short orientation of the local area.

Transfer Time = 2 hours

Day 2

Fontelo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Quinta de Santa Eufémia

Quinta de Santa Eufémia is one of the oldest certified wine making region in the world, located on the edge of the river Douro. The Carvalho family came to the Douro in the 17th century and the wine is still aged in oak casks.

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    701m

Your walk starts with panoramic views of the surrounding rolling hills and verdant countryside at the hilltop of Chapel of S. Domingos. Descend through a picturesque sea of vineyards, making your way to Fontelo. Pause and indulge in a delightful break at the Quinta de Santa Eufémia winery, a family-run establishment (now in its 4th generation), where you can taste selection of exquisite port wines. You are in for a treat as the Douro Valley is the oldest wine making region in the world! 

After a relaxing break, the path continues downhill to the shores of the tranquil River Douro. Take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of Portugal and the Douro Valley.

Day 3

Lamego

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Lamego

Lamego is an old picturesque town nestled amongst green hills with an incredible staircase of 686 steps leading up to the impressive Nossa Senhora dos Remédios.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    171/45m

Lamego is an old picturesque town nestled amongst green hills covered with vines and olive trees. Its history can be traced back to before Roman times and has been at the centre of Portuguese history since the implementation of the fledgling kingdom. Legend has it that the first Portuguese Court was held here in 1143. 

Enjoy some free time to explore the town and its many delights. It has an impressive cathedral almost 900 years old, plus a beautiful and interesting museum. Spend some time discovering its many remarkable churches and chapels. An incredible staircase of 686 steps leads you up to the historical chapel that dominates the town, the impressive Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, dating back to the 18th century and is framed by intricate designs and decoration, a true masterpiece!

The walk leads you through little Portuguese villages and traditional vineyards to Regua. Shorter walking options are available throughout today's walk.

Day 4

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day to explore Peso da Regua, maybe take a boat trip along the Douro. Perhaps take a train ride to Porto to explore this fascinating city and return by boat along the Douro. Visit Museum do Douro, a spacious former wine warehouse located on the banks of the scenic Douro River. Your leader will be able to give you some ideas and information.

Day 5

Povoação

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    325/578m

The walk takes you through idyllic Portuguese villages, meandering through vineyards and descending into the fresh green valleys to the tranquil River Corgo. Trace the path of the Corgo line, a narrow-gauge railway that ceased operation in 1989, offering breathtaking views of the Corgo valley, with steep terraced vineyards either side that seem to defy gravity. Take a pause for a leisurely lunch before descending through more vineyards, eventually reaching the old quaint streets of Regua’s upper town.

Day 6

Pocinho

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Pinhão

The Pinhão train station is decorated in tile panels depicting workers in the vineyards, some of regional landmarks and records of the years when it won the annual "Station in Bloom" prize.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    260/370m

Take the train from Régua to Pocinho, the end of the line, and classified as one of the world’s greatest railway journeys. The train runs adjacent along the river itself through some incredibly dramatic scenery, alternating between spectacular gorges & rolling hillsides sculpted into terraced vineyards. Witness the enchanting landscape, catching glimpses of small farms and idyllic hillside villages along the way 

The journey takes you through Pinhão with one of the most beautiful railway stations in the country. It is decorated with tile panels depicting workers in the vineyards, some of regional landmarks and records of the years when it won the annual "Station in Bloom" prize. Follow a circular route up through the vineyards and rolling hills with glorious views of the Douro valley.

Day 7

Armamar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

Explore a scenic circuit through the hills around Armamar, following delightful tracks through vineyards and apple orchards for which the area is justly famous for. Armamar is situated in an area marked by picturesque villages and apple orchards that “paint” the landscape. The town is embraced by vineyard terraces, where the cultivation and production of Douro wines, including the renowned Port Wine, flourish. The trail gracefully winds through several picturesque villages, offering panoramic views of the scenic rolling hills that define the landscape. 

There is a possibility to shorten the walk if you wish at Fontelo.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Bid farewell to the beautiful Rio Douro. A private transfer takes you to Porto Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Jun 2024 - 14th Jun 2024 (7 Nights)

13th Sep 2024 - 20th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

18th Oct 2024 - 25th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

We have return flights from London to Porto Airport . The flight takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. On arrival we will take a private transfer to Peso da Regua which will take approximately 2 hours. Transfers throughout the holiday will be by train, local buses and taxis.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Regua

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Porto, take a private transfer to your hotel in Regua. If there is time, your leader may take you on a short orientation of the local area.

Transfer Time = 2 hours

Day 2

Fontelo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Quinta de Santa Eufémia

Quinta de Santa Eufémia is one of the oldest certified wine making region in the world, located on the edge of the river Douro. The Carvalho family came to the Douro in the 17th century and the wine is still aged in oak casks.

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    701m

Your walk starts with panoramic views of the surrounding rolling hills and verdant countryside at the hilltop of Chapel of S. Domingos. Descend through a picturesque sea of vineyards, making your way to Fontelo. Pause and indulge in a delightful break at the Quinta de Santa Eufémia winery, a family-run establishment (now in its 4th generation), where you can taste selection of exquisite port wines. You are in for a treat as the Douro Valley is the oldest wine making region in the world! 

After a relaxing break, the path continues downhill to the shores of the tranquil River Douro. Take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of Portugal and the Douro Valley.

Day 3

Lamego

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Lamego

Lamego is an old picturesque town nestled amongst green hills with an incredible staircase of 686 steps leading up to the impressive Nossa Senhora dos Remédios.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    171/45m

Lamego is an old picturesque town nestled amongst green hills covered with vines and olive trees. Its history can be traced back to before Roman times and has been at the centre of Portuguese history since the implementation of the fledgling kingdom. Legend has it that the first Portuguese Court was held here in 1143. 

Enjoy some free time to explore the town and its many delights. It has an impressive cathedral almost 900 years old, plus a beautiful and interesting museum. Spend some time discovering its many remarkable churches and chapels. An incredible staircase of 686 steps leads you up to the historical chapel that dominates the town, the impressive Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, dating back to the 18th century and is framed by intricate designs and decoration, a true masterpiece!

The walk leads you through little Portuguese villages and traditional vineyards to Regua. Shorter walking options are available throughout today's walk.

Day 4

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day to explore Peso da Regua, maybe take a boat trip along the Douro. Perhaps take a train ride to Porto to explore this fascinating city and return by boat along the Douro. Visit Museum do Douro, a spacious former wine warehouse located on the banks of the scenic Douro River. Your leader will be able to give you some ideas and information.

Day 5

Povoação

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    325/578m

The walk takes you through idyllic Portuguese villages, meandering through vineyards and descending into the fresh green valleys to the tranquil River Corgo. Trace the path of the Corgo line, a narrow-gauge railway that ceased operation in 1989, offering breathtaking views of the Corgo valley, with steep terraced vineyards either side that seem to defy gravity. Take a pause for a leisurely lunch before descending through more vineyards, eventually reaching the old quaint streets of Regua’s upper town.

Day 6

Pocinho

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Pinhão

The Pinhão train station is decorated in tile panels depicting workers in the vineyards, some of regional landmarks and records of the years when it won the annual "Station in Bloom" prize.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    260/370m

Take the train from Régua to Pocinho, the end of the line, and classified as one of the world’s greatest railway journeys. The train runs adjacent along the river itself through some incredibly dramatic scenery, alternating between spectacular gorges & rolling hillsides sculpted into terraced vineyards. Witness the enchanting landscape, catching glimpses of small farms and idyllic hillside villages along the way 

The journey takes you through Pinhão with one of the most beautiful railway stations in the country. It is decorated with tile panels depicting workers in the vineyards, some of regional landmarks and records of the years when it won the annual "Station in Bloom" prize. Follow a circular route up through the vineyards and rolling hills with glorious views of the Douro valley.

Day 7

Armamar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

Explore a scenic circuit through the hills around Armamar, following delightful tracks through vineyards and apple orchards for which the area is justly famous for. Armamar is situated in an area marked by picturesque villages and apple orchards that “paint” the landscape. The town is embraced by vineyard terraces, where the cultivation and production of Douro wines, including the renowned Port Wine, flourish. The trail gracefully winds through several picturesque villages, offering panoramic views of the scenic rolling hills that define the landscape. 

There is a possibility to shorten the walk if you wish at Fontelo.

Day 8-10

Porto

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Porto

We recommend extending your holiday so you can explore beautiful Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. Be sure to venture down the quieter streets, you may find Porto's quirky half rabbit giant sculpture made of waste, or the tiny hidden bars serving delicious wine and cocktails.

Say goodbye to Regua and transfer with the group to Porto Airport. Bid farewell to your fellow ramblers and leader before starting your independent exploration of this magnificent city. You will be transferred from the airport in Porto to your hotel.  

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is a UNESCO world heritage city. It is famous for its production of Port wine, its medieval historical centre, its ancient buildings and its narrow cobbled streets with rooftop terrace bars. Porto is rich in rail history. The city and the surrounding areas are home to trams, the metro, funicular railways and narrow gauge tracks, linking the city to so many different places in Portugal.

Maybe visit the old town and explore the colourful historic buildings and magnificent churches that comfortably rub shoulders with the picturesque old quarters and squares. Discover the Clerigos Tower and cathedral, amongst other sites. Narrow cobbled streets open onto shady squares and the river front, a nice spot to have lunch or a coffee. There are a number of restaurants along Porto’s streets, many serving both traditional Portuguese food and international dishes.

You will need to arrange your own transportation to Porto airport for your return flight to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Jun 2024 - 16th Jun 2024 (9 Nights)

13th Sep 2024 - 22nd Sep 2024 (9 Nights)

18th Oct 2024 - 27th Oct 2024 (9 Nights)

Travel Details

We have return flights from London to Porto Airport . The flight takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. On arrival we will take a private transfer to Peso da Regua which will take approximately 2 hours. Transfers throughout the holiday will be by train, local buses and taxis.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Regua

Peso do Regua, or Regua as its mostly known as, is located on the banks of the beautiful Douro River. It is a conveniently located town on the scenic waterfront with buildings decorated by vines growing along the terraced slopes and through its cobbled streets. The old town is very quaint and only a short walk uphill, definitely worth a visit! There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. There is also a post office and a bank with ATM’s.

Set right on the banks of the Douro River and with panoramic views of the unspoilt rolling green hills beyond, the Hotel Regua has everything you need for a great stay in the famous wine country and really does have the best location in town. After a days walking, enjoy a cool off in the outdoor pool (open from June - September) or a drink at the bar and lounge.

You'll stay in twin and double bedded rooms. Single rooms are usually double or twin or sole use. Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical ‘Austrian type beds’ which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. Bedrooms are cosy and modern with the following facilities

  • En suite facilities
  • TV
  • Free WIFI
  • Mini Fridge
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Balcony with city or river views. Please note that there is an additional cost for rooms with a river view.

There are no tea or coffee making facilities in the hotel rooms. There is not an in room safe but valuables can be stored at reception.

Hotel Premium Porto Downtown

Porto oozes charm. The old town appears to “tumble down” towards the river with splashes of colour on the buildings dotting the hillside. Historical architecture and contemporary architecture sit well together, traditional tiles adorn buildings, including the main train station and restaurants offer fragrant, mouth-watering cuisine. The wines including Vino Verde and of course, port, are in a class of their own. The city has all the facilities you would expect. There are several grocery shops, bakeries, banks, post office and ATMs. Porto has plenty of bars and restaurants to visit in the evening, and is a city perfect for exploring on foot.

Close to the heart of the city centre is the modern Hotel Premium Porto Downtown, with a beautiful roof top bar area to enjoy the views of Porto. 

Room are modern and include: 

  • En suite facilities with shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • TV

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 walking holiday with full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Walking is at the lower end of grade 4 and most days will include full days of walking up for 4 hours and between 3-6 miles of walking. Some days will include 3-4 hours of walking with a chance for sightseeing in the towns you visit. You will be walking along well marked paths, through vineyards, along the valleys and in towns. Expect ascents and descents of up to 650m. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 730m. 

FLEXI-Walking Our walking programme is carefully designed to offer an optional shorter route on many of the walks, giving you the flexibility of walking either the planned route or choosing a shorter distance and catching up with the group later in the day. Please see the itinerary section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Holiday Type

Local cuisine and wines are an important ingredient in everyone’s plans, and our Food & Wine holidays aim to include dining out at local restaurants where we can, as part of your experiences, as well as delving a little deeper into local delicacies and including visits and tastings at wineries and beer houses, plus we might explore a city on a food tour with stops to visit a market, enjoy a cookery class or follow a tapas or meze trail. On this holiday we include a visit to the Quinta de Santa Eufémia winery, run by the Carvalho family (4th generation) to taste a selection of delicious port wine. We are in for a treat as the Douro Valley is the oldest wine making region in the world!

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Portugal

The currency in Portugal is the euro. We recommend you take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM as credit cards may not be accepted in some towns and rural areas so please ensure you always have cash with you.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Return flights are from London to Porto. On arrival you will take a private transfer to Peso da Regua which will take approximately 2 hours. Transfers throughout the holiday will be by train, local buses and taxis.

If you intend joining and leaving in Portugal, it is assumed, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at the Hotel Regua. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing 5 weeks before departure.

If you decide to extend your holiday in Porto by 2 nights, you will be transferred by private coach back to Porto airport with the group, ready for their departure flight. You will then be transferred from Porto airport to your hotel. You will need to arrange your own itinerary and evening dinners, and your own transportation from the hotel to Porto airport ready for your self check in for your return flight home.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are included in the price of the holiday. Buffet breakfasts are taken in the hotel. Some dinners are taken in the hotel’s restaurant where we can sample the local cuisine cooked with fresh locally sourced ingredients, with incredible panoramic windows displaying views of the vast countryside and the tranquil Douro.

Some dinners are taken in local restaurants to sample the excellent Portuguese cuisine and wines. The local restaurants chosen are usually smaller and family run, serving traditional Portuguese food and used by locals. You'll enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional Portuguese restaurant along with local diners and the Portuguese hospitality. During the quieter winter months, many local restaurants close for the season. Therefore, you may eat in the hotel more and you may eat in the same restaurant more than once as availability of open restaurants could be limited. Portuguese dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients, and usually consist of soup, meat or fish, vegetables and potatoes. Portugal is famous for its seafood and fresh fish and usually it is caught, cooked and eaten the same day!

Vegetarian options are available if we are advised in advance so please contact our Sales & Reservations department. However please be aware that Portuguese food mostly consists of meat and fish. We do make suggestions on what ingredients to consider to produce a well-balanced and tasty meat and fish free meal, however vegetarian and vegan options can sometimes lack protein and carbohydrates. You can, however, guarantee that ingredients will be fresh and locally sourced.

Lunches are not included and these can be taken as picnics or in a local cafe. 

If you decide to extend your stay in Porto by 2 nights at the end of the holiday, then dinners are not included during your extended stay in Porto. The hotel has a restaurant serving Portuguese and Mediterranean dishes. Porto has a number of wonderful restaurants serving international cuisine and both traditional and modern Portuguese dishes so we recommend exploring local restaurants for dinner.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holidays in Portugal. You may find the below websites and books useful. 

‘The Rough Guide to Portugal’ - Mark Ellingham, John Fisher, Graham Kenyon, Mathew Hancock and Jules Brown.

‘Portugal - A Travellers Guide’ - Susan Loundes (Thornton Cox)

‘Blue Guide: Portugal’ - Ian Robertson

Portugal Official Tourism Website

Portugal National Tourist office 

Cruising with Jane McDonald - Series 5 Episode 2 see's Jane cruise along the River Douro

BBC's Getaway Series 10 sees Mairead Ronan and Tommy Bowe visit Porto and cruise along the River Douro. 

Travel Man: 48 Hours in Porto (series 8)

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Portugal

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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