Paradise Uncorked: Hiking Portugal’s Douro Valley
Discover lovely Portugal by river and by foot in hillside vineyards, in timeless villages, in the warmth of its people — even in a book store said to have inspired author J.K. Rowling.
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Program No. 21157RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Port wine’s birthplace, steeply terraced hillside vineyards, centuries-old footpaths and villages unchanged over time. Sail up Portugal’s Douro Valley in quest of adventure on water and on foot — 125 miles from the coastal city of Porto to Spain and back. Your home on the Douro River is the MS Miguel Torgua, going ashore for daily hikes amid picture-postcard landscapes, welcomed by people as warm the valley sun. Your first and last day in romantic Porto is its own chapter, experiencing a book store that is said to have inspired author J.K. Rowling.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking 3-5 miles at a time over varied terrain. Standing up to one hour; must be able to climb stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike the Ribeira do Mosteiro trail in Douro National Park for panoramic views and to see history come alive.
  • At the Prehistoric Rock Art Site in the Côa Valley, view thousands of animal figures carved over millennia.
  • Walk the ornithology route in Porto’s Local Nature Reserve to see firsthand how an effort to protect birds and the landscape has paid off.
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Rui Lima
Rui Lima is a dynamic group leader with several years of experience in the educational travel industry. He has led gourmet travel programs in Spain, coordinated groups in Portugal, and works as a leader in France and Italy. Rui has a degree in Law as well as a postgraduate degree in group leading. In his free time, he enjoys jogging, hiking, volleyball and chess.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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