Douro Valley tour​
Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley, Évora and more
Douro Valley tour​
Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley, Évora and more
Douro Valley tour​
Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley, Évora and more
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Douro Valley Tour Detailed Itinerary

Here you can find the Detailed Itinerary of the Douro Valley Tour by Iberactive. 

You can find more information about this tour accessing here.

Day 1 – Landing in Lisbon for the Douro Valley Tour

An Iberactive representative will be waiting for you at the Lisbon airport and will take you to your hotel, where you will have access to your room after 2:00 pm.

Your luggage can be left at the hotel, and your Tour Leader will join you for activities.

We reserved time for morning and afternoon walks in the program.

You will participate in both or just one, depending on your specific flight arrangements. The Tour Leader will organize the day’s schedule for you.

If you feel tired, you can skip the walks and enjoy your time to rest.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in the city center.

Meals included: Lunch and dinner.

Douro Valley Tour Detailed Itinerary - National Tiles Museum, Lisbon
National Tiles Museum, Lisbon

Day 2 – Belém, Tiles Museum, and central Lisbon

The day will start with a van tour of the Belém area, where you can find the Jerónimos Monastery and the custard cakes factory, among many other exciting sites.

After a nice light lunch, your Tour Leader will drive you to the National Tiles Museum, in a different part of town, where you can learn about the Portuguese tile’s heritage.

The afternoon will be spent either with a walk-in in central Lisbon or with other options available.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in the city center.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Douro Valley Tour Detailed Itinerary - Pena Palace, Sintra
Located in the Sintra hills, the Park and Palace of Pena are the fruit of King Ferdinand II’s creative genius

Day 3 – Sintra, the Pena Palace, Cape Roca, and Cascais

This will be a busy day, starting with a guided visit to the Pena Palace, followed by a short walk in Sintra, the Portuguese capital of Romanticism. Lunch can happen in the village or the surroundings.

After lunch, the Douro Valley Tour Leader will take the group for a visit to the westernmost point of Europe mainland, the Roca Cape, and drive to Cascais, where you will have a short urban walk at this gorgeous village by the sea.

Returning to Lisbon is a lovely ride along the sea until the Tejo river mouth.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in the city center.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Douro Valley Tour Detailed Itinerary - street view of Óbidos
Street view of Óbidos, a hilltop medieval village located north of Lisbon

Day 4 – Óbidos, Fátima and the Convent of Christ

It is time to leave Lisbon and head north.

Not too far from Lisbon, Óbidos will be waiting for the group, and a walk in this small medieval village will be the best way to get to know it.

This remarkably well-preserved medieval village served as a wedding gift to queens, and here you can taste the famous sour liquor served in a chocolate cup.

When driving to Knight’s Templar’s monument, the Convent of Christ, the group will stop at Fátima for a short visit or lunch.

Independently of one’s beliefs, Fátima is deeply part of the Portuguese culture, as Portugal is a catholic country.

The Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the headquarters of the Templars Knights and is a fantastic monument to visit.

Overnight: Hotel dos Templários, at Tomar.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Douro Valley Tour Detailed Itinerary - Martialva's castle
Marialva is one of the twelve Historic Villages

Day 5 – Portuguese Jewish heritage at Belmonte and Marialva

This will be a transfer day, although a long ride, worth each minute due to the dramatic change in the landscape.

Belmonte and Marialva are two of twelve villages called “Historical Villages”, full of centuries-old granite houses built long before Portugal was an existing country.

The Jewish heritage of these two villages is worth learning about and quite dear to the locals, some Jewish themselves.

One of the day’s highlights is the group’s lodging place, a village turned into a charming hotel, Casas do Coro at Marialva.

At Marialva, the group will have a guided visit by a local guide. We will visit the castle and talk about the village’s background.

Overnight: Casas do Côro, at Marialva.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Douro Valley Tour Detailed Itinerary - Marialva, Portugal
Douro Valley Tour Detailed Itinerary – Marialva, Portugal

Day 6 – Marialva and Trancoso

This day of the Douro Valley Tour will start with a countryside walk in between farming fields to see fruit trees.

Almond trees, persimmon trees, quince trees, and, naturally, olive trees are among the many trees we can find here.

This trail allows a gorgeous view of Marialva’s castle and creates possibilities for talking with the local farmers.

If possible, a nice lunch with some local folks will delight you, and after that, it will be the perfect time to visit the Trancoso castle, which is not too far from Marialva.

As mentioned earlier, Trancoso is part of the set of twelve “Historical Villages”.

This town is where a reasonably known Portuguese king, D. Dinis, married D. Isabel. This queen later became a saint.

Overnight: Casas do Côro, at Marialva.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Douro Valley Tour Detailed Itinerary - Portwine
Having a Portwine glass during a traditional wooden boat ride on the Douro river, it can get better than this.

Day 7 – Pinhão, the heart of the Douro Valley Tour

During this transfer, olive trees, almond trees, and mountain hills covered with vineyards without end will be the landscape postcard you can expect.

On the way, a stop at a stunning viewpoint will give you the perfect landscape photo opportunity of the Douro Valley.

The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and at the spot, you will quickly understand why.

Pinhao, where we will overnight, is a small village considered the heart of the Douro Valley. Also, here is where excellent Port wine is produced to be later shipped worldwide.

The day will be spent between wine tasting, walks along the river, and a traditional wooden boat ride on the Douro.

Overnight: The Vintage House Hotel, at Pinhão.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Mateus Palace, Portugal
Mateus Palace. You might remember it from the Mateus wine label.

Day 8 – The Mateus Palace and the Minho region

Do you remember a quite famous Portuguese wine called Mateus?

Maybe you do. On its label, there was, and still is, an image of a palace, which is the palace you are visiting today.

It is a 17th-century palace with quite sizable gardens, flowers, fruit trees, and vineyards.

The relationship between the palace and Mateus Rosé wine will be part of the conversation during the guided visit.

From the mountainous vineyards, you will move to greener areas, where rolling hills and dramatic granite mountains are not too far from each other and where the land of the Vinho Verde is, the Minho region.

A 17th-century manor house will serve as the group’s hotel. Depending on his availability, the group can meet Count Calheiros, the owner of this beautiful estate that has already received kings and queens.

Overnight: Paço de Calheiros, at Ponte de Lima.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Geres National Park, Portugal
Walking trail – Geres National Park, Portugal

Day 9 – Gerês National Park

There is only one national park in Portugal, the Peneda Gerês National Park, and it will be the group’s destination on this day.

The Park is composed of two vast areas: Gerês and Peneda.

The group will visit the Peneda, the most remote, less seen, and with more rugged hills.

Places like Lindoso and Soajo will be repeated during the day, and you will be introduced to the old ways of growing and storing corn in these areas.

Impressive stone constructions, called “espigueiros,” were used to store corn since the 18th century and are still in perfect condition.

A short walk in the National Park will give you the right feeling before tasting the local food. Beef baked in wine sauce or a mix of local vegetables are options for your lunch.

During the afternoon, you can spend some leisure time in the manor house, using the swimming pool or walking between the Count’s vineyards.

Overnight: Paço de Calheiros, at Ponte de Lima.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Porto, Portugal
City view of Porto, Portugal

Day 10 – Porto, the Invictus city

After some days away from the busy life of a big city, it is time to visit Porto the Invictus city, and during the guided visit, you will learn why the city is called that way.

In Porto, you will have a rare opportunity for some shopping after a guided walking tour in the most iconic areas.

During this guided walk, you will see churches covered with hand-painted tiles, 18th-century buildings, and the traditional neighborhood called Ribeira and taste some local pastries.

Some traditional dishes are too extreme for foreigners but, who knows, maybe you will like them. You can taste them, and the option will be yours.

Don’t forget your camera because the guided tour will take you to panoramic views of the city.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in Porto city center.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

City view of Porto, Portugal
City view of Porto, Portugal

Day 11 – Casa de Serralves, not only a cultural center

This day of the Douro Valley Tour focuses on two aspects that best describe Porto’s ambiance: trade and culture.

Because of that, a free visit to the contemporary art center of Casa de Serralves and its gardens and a guided visit to the Palácio da Bolsa is a must-do.

The Palácio da Bolsa is the headquarters and property of Associação Comercial do Porto. A neoclassical-style building, whose construction started on the 6th of October 1842.

A visit to Serralves Villa offers a chance to take a trip back in time: to this unique example of Art Deco architecture, built in the 1930s.

The Serralves Museum is the foremost museum for contemporary art in Portugal, uniquely sited on the grounds of the Serralves Estate, which also comprises a Park and a Villa.

The day will end with Fado for dinner. Fado is Portuguese traditional music classified by UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in Porto city center.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Coimbra's University, Portugal
Coimbra’s University is the second oldest university in Europe.

Day 12 – Stopping at Coimbra on the way to Évora

Coimbra is famous for many reasons, but two are probably more famous: the university and its students.

Coimbra’s University is one of the oldest universities in the world. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a town symbol.

One can’t think about Coimbra without thinking about the university. Many of the most prominent Portuguese figures came from this university.

Coimbra’s students are also part of the town’s life and responsible for a different Fado style.

It is a long transfer to Évora, and there will be an opportunity to stop at Conimbriga, a well-preserved Roman site, an old Roman bath.

Upon arriving at Convento do Espinheiro, a guided tour inside the monument/hotel will give you a better idea of the particular place.

Overnight: Convento do Espinheiro, at Évora.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Roman heritage in Évora, Portugal
Roman ruins in Évora, Portugal

Day 13 – Évora and its megalithic monuments

Évora has an impressive medieval heritage as well as a Roman heritage.

In town, after a guided walk to introduce you to the several monuments in Évora and before tasting the local food, you can decide on a free visit to one of the several sites.

After lunch, it will be time for a special visit to the Almendres Cromlech, the Portuguese Stonehenge.

Although not very known, this megalithic site is more than two thousand years older than Stonehenge, can you imagine?

Having some rest and enjoying the lovely Convento do Espinheiro, where the group will be lodged, is also part of the afternoon before leaving for dinner in a local restaurant.

In town, there are several restaurants where the local gastronomy can be tasted.

The gastronomy from Alentejo, the region, is known and very appreciated by most Portuguese people.

You will tell us your opinion later.

Overnight: Convento do Espinheiro, at Évora.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon’s night view

Day 14 – Transfer to Lisbon

It’s time to return to Lisbon but not before visiting the “Cristo Rei” a tall statue of Christ standing in front of Lisbon on the south bank of the River Tejo. From the top, the view over the city is astonishing.

The group will arrive in Lisbon at lunchtime, and you will have some free time for your doings after lunch.

Because the hotel is at the center of Lisbon, you will be within walking distance of many interesting stores, monuments, and exciting sites.

The farewell dinner will be in a restaurant where you will say goodbye to your Douro Valley Tour Leader.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in Lisbon city center.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 15 – Departure

An Iberactive representative will take you to the airport at a scheduled hour, depending on your flight arrangements.

Meals included: Breakfast

Douro Valley Tour Leader’s articles

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Tour Leader

David Monteiro – Tour Leader

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 gears and stop for a sabbatical year.

After that, nothing in my life was the same again. In the meantime, I found a new dream: tourism.

Easier to dream about it than do it, I had to struggle for a few years to move this project ahead.

In 2007, my company’s first brand was created, “Montes e Vales” (meaning “Hills and Valleys”), operating for the Portuguese market and started providing tours for individuals and team-building events for corporations. 

In 2010, to complement the business mentioned above, a few weeks per year, I started guiding walking tours 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 have ever had.

Hope to see you soon,
David Monteiro
david.monteiro@iberactive.com
+351 914 794 553

The Douro Valley Tour in a nutshell

A guided active tour in Portugal by Iberactive.com

Tour dates: select 15 consecutive days, and we will check the availability

If you have your group, independently of its size, please let us know, and we will organize a private tour for you.

Tour Price: (being updated) 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: (being updated)EUR

Accommodations: All the hotels and other accommodations mentioned are considering their availability at reservation time. If the referred hotel is unavailable, the same level or higher hotel/accommodation will be selected. Due to the high demand for Lisbon, the hotel to be used is not referred to, but it will be chosen 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 are not included. To better organize your flights, please consider the Lisbon Airport, landing on tour’s Day 1 and departure from Lisbon Airport on tour’s Day 15.

Meet and greet service included: An Iberactive representative will meet you at the Lisbon Airport on your arrival on tour’s Day 1 and take you to the Lisbon Airport on your departure on Day 15.

Reservation

(being updated)EUR at any time to guarantee your place.
Balance 90 days before the 1st Tour Day.

Cancellation

The cancellation costs are as follows:

  • Up to 90 days before the 1st Tour Day, bank fees are applied to the Reservation payment (*).
  • Between 89 and 60 days before the 1st Tour Day, a 25% charge of the Reservation is incurred.
  • Between 59 and 45 days before the 1st Tour Day, a 50% charge of the Reservation is incurred.
  • Between 44 and 30 days before the 1st Tour Day, a 75% charge of the Reservation is incurred.
  • 29 days or less before the 1st Tour Day, a 100% charge of the Reservation is incurred.
    (*) Note: VISA/Paypal charges us approximately 5% of all received values.

IMPORTANT: Please note that refunds will only be issued to the same account used for the original payment.

Information and reservations

info@iberactive.com +351 914 794 553

Legal information

“Iberactive” is a registered trademark of the Travel Agency Iberhills – Eventos e Viagens, Unipessoal Lda
Rua Tristão da Cunha, 20C – Restelo
1400-349, Lisboa – Portugal
VAT ID number: 513 891 099
Operating with the following licenses: RNAVT: 6246 and RNAAT 338/2016 of the Portuguese Tourism Authorities, Certified as “Turismo de Natureza” by ICNF

Iberactive operation in Portugal

Iberactive operates in Portugal under the name of “Montes e Vales”, means Hills and Valles.

Please check: https://www.montesevales.net/