The Douro Valley tour will take you to less touristy destinations, and some Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It will surprise you.
Some details were considered while designing the tour:
– the tour is addressed to those who enjoy active vacations;
– its days were planned to allow time to visit several locations;
– tasting the local food, walk a bit, and leaving some room to enjoy downtime.
The Douro Valley Tour starts and ends in Lisbon to make your life easier and less expensive, in what flight connections are concerned.
Besides its name, this tour is more extensive than its name can make you believe.
On developing this tour’s itinerary, it was imperative to include some of the most important Portuguese historical backgrounds related to the Knight’s Templars, the Jewish heritage and its Roman and medieval history.
Some sites such as Óbidos, Sintra, Douro Valley, Coimbra, and Évora were found compulsory to visit as well as the bigger Portuguese cities like Lisbon and Porto.
A few of these places are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and those that have not such classification are not less worthy of your visit.
The lodgings were selected to provide you with a wide variety of accommodations.
All well balanced in between more known locations and off the beaten path places that are quite difficult to be found by yourself.
To better know a country is indispensable to taste its gastronomy and, in the small Portuguese territory, one can find a huge diversity at the dinner table.
A wide variety of tastes, including wine and olive oil, are planned for you to taste in upscale restaurants but also in local small family cafes’ where you will mingle with the locals.
Although the tour is called Douro Valley Tour there are many other places to visit.
Visiting Lisbon and its surroundings with a local guide, get closer to its culture, taste its pastries and learn about the famous Portuguese hand-painted tiles.
Do you know that Óbidos was a wedding gift to queens and the Knights Templars found a safe haven in Portugal?
Let’s get closer to the Jewish heritage in Portugal.
How did an old granite village did became a luxury hotel in the middle of nowhere?
Pinhão is the heart of the Douro Valley and is where an immense quantity of Port wine is produced… let’s taste it.
Do you remember drinking Mateus Rosé? Maybe some years ago, right? Well, the palace that was on the bottle label really exists and you can have a guided visit there.
A 17th-century manor house will be one of your accommodations, a place also used by kings and queens.
Let’s learn why Porto is called the Invictus city.
In Coimbra you will visit one of the oldest universities in the world and in Évora a pre-historic monument, the Almendres Cromlech also called the Portuguese Stonehenge.
Daily walks of the Douro Valley Tour: You will find a tour with a balanced mix of urban walks, guided tours, and some easy unpaved path walks in the countryside. In average, all in all, you can walk 3 to 5 miles per day. Options, for shorter walks or to stay at the hotel, are to be expected. Along the tour, some days are busier than others when you can rest and enjoy the accommodations.
Other activities: guided visits to monuments, wine tastings, traditional wooden boat ride, scenic train ride and opportunities for leisure time.
Meals: all breakfasts are in the hotels, lunches are a balanced mix of small local restaurants or picnics, and dinners are planned to be in the hotel or in local restaurants depending on the specific situation.
Transportation: a fully dedicated van for the tour.
Small groups: from 2 up to 6 people.
In 15 days tour, you have included: 14 overnights, 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, all transfers in the tour, all guided tours of the program and so much more.
A day-by-day program to inform you about the tour, what you will see and the hotels where you are going to be lodged.
Please check the weather forecast for the month of June on the several tour’s locations.
Hello dear guest,
I’m David Monteiro and I will be your Tour Leader.
I was a CPA in Portugal for more than 20 years, having managerial positions in several multinational companies when in 2005 I decided to change gear and stop for a sabbatical year.
After that, nothing was the same again. In the meantime, I found a new dream: tourism.
Easier to dream about it than actually doing it, I had to struggle for a few years to move this project ahead.
In 2007, the first brand was created, “Montes e Vales” (meaning “Hills and Valleys”) started providing tours for individuals and team-building events for corporations. In this context and since the startup, we’ve been intensely providing walking and hiking tours in Portugal and Spain, and providing team-building events for big Portuguese and international companies in Portugal.
In 2010, to complement the above-mentioned business, a few weeks per year, I start guiding walking tour in Portugal and Spain for US-based companies and also providing other kinds of support services to active tours, and the Iberactive brand started.
I’m passionate about History, photography, arts, culture, and gastronomy.
Please call me in case you have any doubt. I’m here to help you make this program one of the best tours you ever had.
Hope to see you soon,
+351 914 794 553
If you have your own group, with 2 or more people, please let us know and we will organize a private tour for you.
Tour Price: 5.500USD per person.
Including: 14 overnights sharing a standard double room, 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, all transfers in the tour, all guided tours of the program and so much more.
Single room supplement: 800USD
Number of participants: this tour will operate with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 participants. In case you have a more numerous group, please let us and the tour will be suited for the specific size.
Accommodations: All the hotels and other accommodations mentioned, are considering their availability at reservation time. In case a referred hotel is not available, a same level or higher hotel/accommodation will be selected. Due to high demand for Lisbon and Porto, the hotels to be used are not going to be referred but they will be selected in between modern 4 stars hotels in the city center.
Breakfast: to be served by the hotel.
Lunches and dinners: The included options, for dishes and wines, are those to be mentioned at the respective time by the Tour Leader.
Flights not included. To better organize your flights, please consider the Lisbon Airport, landing on tour’s Day 1 and departure also from Lisbon Airport at tour’s Day 15.
There will be an Iberactive’s representative to meet you at the Lisbon Airport at your arrival on tour’s Day 1 and to take to the Lisbon Airport at your departure on Day 15.
500USD at any time to guarantee your place.
Balance 90 days before the 1st Tour Day.
The costs of cancellation are as follows:
90 days before 1st Tour Day – 0% of reservation
89-60 days before 1st Tour Day – 25% of reservation
59-45 days before 1st Tour Day – 50% of reservation
44-30 days before 1st Tour Day – 75% of reservation
29 days or less before 1st Tour Day – 100% of reservation
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