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Portugal's Douro River Cruise Walking & Hiking Tour

Stunning Salamanca to Vibrant Porto

  • Hike and walk in the rolling Douro Valley amid terraced vineyards cascading to the river below
  • Find bliss in a bottle—rich aromatic port, lifeblood of the Douro wine region
  • Discover historic riches in Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, brimming with architectural and cultural gems
  • Relish stunning landscapes on foot in off-the-beaten-path areas of northern Portugal
  • Journey through two incredible countries and extend your stay on both ends of your trip in Salamanca and Lisbon

Oh, the wondrous places your feet will take you in this region so rich in beauty and charm. Ancient Spanish trails, Portuguese city streets, World Heritage terraced vineyards and glorious river gorges. Then walk aboard your floating hotel, sit back and sip a glass of port as you watch old-world Europe drift slowly by.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Meet at the World Heritage site of Salamanca and journey near the border of Spain and Portugal  Hike through the Arribes del Duero Natural Park along historic railway lines in the Spanish highlands Take in breathtaking views as you descend into the Douro Valley and cross into Portugal on foot, where our ship awaits. (Overnight Vega Terrón, Spain)

Day 2 Hike to the fortified hilltop village of Castelo Rodrigo and stroll its historic streets, sampling the local produce  Experience the Douro lock system's feat of engineering as you sail through with a front-row, top-deck view. (Overnight Pinhão, Portugal)

Day 3 Gaze at the lovely azulejos in Pinhão, a mecca for wine lovers  Vineyards open up to reveal glorious riverside scenery  Take in the magnificent panorama from a vista point  Descend into the Torto Valley, lush with orange, apple and cork trees. (Overnight Peso da Régua)

Day 4 Follow in the footsteps of one of Portugal's most prolific writers as you hike the stunning granite landscape that inspired Miguel Torga  Relax during an afternoon cruise on the Douro. (Overnight Caldas de Aregos)

Day 5 Hike across the Aboboreira mountain range, an absolute hidden gem  Be awed by historic water mills, stone villages and enormous rock formations. (Overnight Bitetos or Entre-os-Rios)

Day 6 Walk along the intriguing wooden walkways of Passadiços do Paiva to admire the rugged Paiva River gorge  Jump in for a refreshing swim at a river beach  Let the scent of eucalyptus, rosemary and fennel envelop you on the Rota dos Aromas. (Overnight Porto)

Days 7-8 Discover Porto on a private guided walking tour  The charming World Heritage city of Porto will intoxicate you with its splendid architecture and vibrant culture  Enjoy gorgeous vistas from our ship before heading ashore for an unforgettable farewell dinner. (Overnight Porto)

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.

On this incredible trip, you'll cruise, walk and discover all the things we love about northern Portugal's Douro River Valley. You'll feel like you've been transported to old-world Europe as you hike amid gorges and granite peaks of rugged natural parks and sunny farmland shaped by generations of hardy farmers. You'll discover port wine vineyards, churches clad in gleaming azulejo tiles, and hillside villages that look like they've jumped right out of a painting. We're so excited to introduce you to one of our favorite places to explore off the beaten track!
Michael Bernhard- Regional Coordinator - Europe

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations, Group Size & Meals

The AmaWaterways ship is your floating luxury hotel, letting you visit new cities or countries without having to unpack and pack up your bags! We've limited our Backroads group size to 30, but just like any hotel, we'll be sharing the ship with other guests. These 106-passenger ships are custom-designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing with other guests. Two dinners are in unique onshore dining venues, featuring local cuisine and wines. The remaining dinners are prepared by the ship's classically trained chefs and are served on board in the ship's dining rooms.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways' captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.
$6,198 - $8,598
pp dbl. occ.
(+$3,100 to $4,300 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.

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The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4* 100 6 200 8 500
2 3* 300 4* 600
3 4* 1600 6 1800 11 1900
4 6* 500 7 600 8 600
5 4* 1500 7* 1600 9* 1700
6 5 1500 7 1600 9 1700
7 Porto Guided Walking Tour (2.5 Hours)
8 Disembarkation in Porto, transfer to Lisbon
 

Note: The terrain on this trip varies from relatively level to rolling hills with some steeper climbs and descents on dirt paths, cobblestones, wooden walkways and occasionally, stairs. We will likely encounter sections of uneven footing in the form of rocks, roots and possibly mud.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Portugal

We Reinvented the River Cruise

Backroads pioneered the active river trip, partnering with AmaWaterways, the leader in river cruising, to create a new kind of travel experience featuring biking and walking explorations from an elegant floating hotel. Read more about this ideal way to discover the heart of a region.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Douro River trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Spain and Portugal, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

The Best Leaders in Portugal

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Portugal, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

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