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Douro Rambler

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4.7 Based on 6 Reviews
  • duration 7 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-16506
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Vilarinho De Sao Romeo, Portugal
  • Ends Porto, Portugal
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • The Gorgeous Douro Valley and its Pinhão tributary
  • Discover the River Douro through little Pinhão. Possibilities for short river cruises
  • Bustling Porto with opportunities for Port Lodges and wine tasting
  • Pretty walks in wine country from a quiet rural 'Casa'
The "Douro Rambler" trip starts from Vilarinho De Sao Romeo and ends in Porto. It is a walking trip that takes 7 days taking you through Porto, Vilarinho and Vilarinho De Sao Romeo in Portugal. "Douro Rambler" is a self-guided private trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Enjoy the Douro Valley's best walks and wines between Porto and Pinhão. Created in 1756 by the government of the Marquis of Pombal, the Douro Wine Region Valley is the oldest demarcated and regulated wine region in the world. The Alto Douro Wine Region is famous not only for its port but also for its more recent high quality table wines. This self-guided, hotel based walking and sightseeing tour starts from the village of Vilarinho de Sao Romeo in the middle of the region, then continues down to the small port-town of Pinhão on the Douro River and finally travelling via train to the great city of Porto for a couple of nights. There are a number of walks that you can do based from our charming and quiet guest house at Vilarinho, before you descend to the Douro for more leisurely activities such as boat rides or wine tasting. A couple of nights in Porto give you the opportunity to ramble around one of the best preserved cities in Western Europe. All activities are optional, the Vilarinho guest house is so peaceful, you might want to spend your time reading on the veranda quaffing the local vinho. Spring and autumn are the ideal time to visit, although there can be great extremes of temperature between the valleys. September and October are best for seeing the harvest, although the exact times vary slightly each year. The most colourful time of year is October to early November when the vines turn, orange, red and purple. Spring can be a quiet time to visit, after the vine pruning, where nature is coming back to life after often surprisingly cold winters.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Arrive Vilarinho de Sao Romeo
  • Day 2 : Circular walk into the valley of the Pinhão River 14.1 km/8.7 miles, 5 h
  • Day 3 : Circular walk to Vilela and Fermentoes 11.3 km/7 miles, 4.5 h
  • Day 4 : Walk (or taxi) to Pinhão 11.5 km/7 miles, 5 h
  • Day 5 : Morning in Pinhao, optional activities afternoon train to Porto
  • Day 6 : Day in Porto, walking tour, wine tasting possibilities
  • Day 7 : Arrangements end after breakfast
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 3 nights accommodation twin share ensuite in a rural pension
  • 1 night accommodation twin share ensuite in a 5 star hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation twin share ensuite in a 4 star hotel
Meals
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Others
  • 1 luggage transfer from Vilarinho to Pinhão
  • Information pack including notes, maps & GPX files
  • Emergency contact
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • 3 dinners, all lunches & beverages
  • Transport to and from the start/finish points
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.7 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 25 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Especially loved staying in Vilarinho. The hospitality, meals and company were fantastic. The Vintage House Hotel...unexpected luxury.
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 11 2018
5 - Excellent
Excellent
This self guided walk involves very scenic walks (world class in that respect), and excellent accommodation, especially at Casa de Vilarinho de Sao Romo and its meals!
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 19 2017
5 - Excellent
Excellent
The walks took us through vineyards, small villages, celtic ruins and forests away from the usual tourist routes. It was an amazing trip into an area of terraced hills which has been man made over the centuries. The weather was... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 12 2017
5 - Excellent
Excellent
We have travelled with Sherpa many times and have always been extremely pleased. The staff are very helpful. We always listen to their suggestions because they always advise whats best for us. Excellent rooms and... Read more
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Douro Rambler tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 06 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 06 December 2022, a deposit of 161 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Douro Rambler tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Douro Rambler tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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