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 vessel, going ashore for daily hikes amid picture-postcard landscapes, welcomed by people as warm as 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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Akiles Newiger
Akiles was born in the Basque Country and raised in Germany, and worked as a German teacher in Berlin before moving to Portugal. He loves the mountains as well as the ocean and is passionate about food. He holds a bachelor's degree in language and communication from the University of Marburg, Germany.

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

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