Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

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Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

12 Days Starting in Madrid and ending in Porto

Visiting:

Madrid

,

Segovia

,

Peñafiel, Spain

,

Fermoselle

,

Fornillos

,

Lamego

,

Porto

,

Tuscany

,

Douro Valley

,

London

,

Mateus Palace

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Low, Medium, Easy

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

MWW

Group size:

4 - 16

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$2420

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Tour Overview

Ideal for those who enjoy wine, culture and countryside walks this fascinating journey from Madrid to Porto ventures through the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and the Douro winelands of Portugal. Sample regional vintages, explore national parks and stay in beautiful medieval towns. Segovia - UNESCO World Heritage city and walks in nearby Guadarrama National Park Douro Valley - Train ride snaking through the beautiful natural scenery of northern Portugal Porto - UNESCO World Heritage riverside city famous for its port wine

Highlights

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    Segovia - UNESCO World Heritage city and walks in nearby Guadarrama National Park

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    Douro Valley - Train ride snaking through the beautiful natural scenery of northern Portugal

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    Porto - UNESCO World Heritage riverside city famous for its port wine

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icon Day 1: Join trip in Madrid

Location:

  Madrid


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Arrive in Madrid, the Capital of Spain home to elegant boulevards, manicured parks, cultural museums and fantastic markets.
For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Madrid at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (Mad) which is around 20 minutes' drive from the hotel. Should you miss the meeting, your leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.
If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to explore the city, wandering the back streets in search of tucked away tapas bars. There vast 19th century El Retiro Park is good place for a leisurely walk, past rose gardens and statues to the boating lake.

icon Day 2: Walking tour of Madrid

Location:

  Madrid


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we head out for an orientation walk of Spain's busy capital city and the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin. Located on the Manzanares River, Madrid has its share of historic sights, great architecture, nightlife, fine dining, culture and shopping. We begin walking along the Gran Via to Plaza Espana, the heart of the city featuring a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, continuing to the striking Templo Devod, an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and rebuilt block by block here. We walk through Madrid's most historic neighbourhood, Barrio de los Austrias, making a stop for coffee near the impressive Palacio Real. Our next stop is the Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid's gourmet market bursting with stalls, a great place to sample some regional specialities. From here we head into the centre of the city to Plaza Mayor, a large square framed by slate roofed red-brick buildings. This morning's walk finishes with one of the best views over Madrid from the terrace at the Circulo de Bellas Artes. The afternoon is left free to enjoy this lively capital.

icon Day 3: Walk in Guadarrama National Park; explore Segovia

Location:

  Segovia


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we leave Madrid behind as we head north to Segovia. After an hour and and a quarter we arrive at the village of Manzanares el Real, and the start of our walk into the Guaderrama National Park. This area of natural beauty is best known for the unusual granite rock formations of La Pedriza. Vegetation is sparse, however for rock-climbers it is a haven, as well as being a breeding colony for Griffon Vultures, which with a bit of luck we will spot on our walk. We continue by road for another hour until we reach the stunning UNESCO world heritage historic city of Segovia, with its huge 1st century Roman Aqueduct and Disney-like Alcazar Fortress. We have free time to explore on arrival.

Today's 10 kilometre walk is expected to take around three hours with 300 metres of ascent and descent.

icon Day 4: Walk through canyon lands of Duraton River valley; drive to Penafiel

Location:

  Peñafiel, Spain


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Late morning we drive around forty-five minutes to the spectacular limestone canyon lands of Duraton River Natural Park, and take a walk along the gorge to the charming medieval town of Sepulveda. We continue on to Penafiel, right it in the heart of the Ribera de Deuro wine region. The Ribera de Deuro is one of several recognized wine producing regions along the Douro River. The region produces red wine from the Tempranillo grape.

To note that during spring time (May departures) the standard walk will be closed due to Griffon Vulture breeding time instead there will be some free time in Segovia in the morning before driving to the river Duraton. From here we will take a shorter (five kilometre) walk along the river to Sepulveda.

Today's 12 kilometre walk is expected to take around three hours with 100 metres of ascent and descent.

icon Day 5: Free morning in Penafiel; wine tasting in afternoon

Location:

  Peñafiel, Spain


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning has been left free in Penafiel for time to stroll through the medieval town centre with its square once used for bullfights or walk up to the Penafiel Castle. The land under the town is full of excavated caves traditionally used to store wine. You will be able to spot the chimney vents that dot the landscape. In the afternoon we enjoy a wine tasting at the Protos Bodega, one of Spain's most innovative wineries.

icon Day 6: Wine tasting in El Toro; visit the city of Zamora

Location:

  Fermoselle


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we drive around an hour and a half hour to El Toro in the province of Zamora, another top notch wine producing region on the Douro River. We will stop for wine tasting in the village, before continuing on to the city of Zamora for lunchtime. This delightful city is a real architectural gem and home to the most Romanesque churches in Europe. In the afternoon we will continue on the Portuguese border, to our home for the next three nights - the medieval hilltop village of Fermoselle, right in the heart of the Arribes del Duero Natural Park. Fermoselle dates back to pre-Roman times and with its own micro-climate, a landscape similar to that of Tuscany in Italy, its narrow cobbled streets, rustic stone houses and, most importantly, delicious wines - it is a very pleasant place to stay!

icon Day 7: Walk in Arribes del Duero Natural Park; wine tasting in Fermoselle

Location:

  Fermoselle


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we head into the Arribes del Duero Natural Park for a walk through its spectacular countryside. This afternoon we have a wine tasting in a local bodega, dug into the rock - one of around 900 granite bodega caves dating back to ancient times when wine production was large scale business in the area.

Today's 11 kilometre walk is expected to take around three hours with 250 metres of ascent and descent.

icon Day 8: Walk to Fornillos; visit Miranda do Douro

Location:

  Fornillos


Accommodation:

  Hotel


After breakfast we walk from the village through woodland and oak forest to the small village of Fornillos, where we have the opportunity to try local farmhouse cheese. We then drive to Miranda do Douro in Portugal for a walk around the historic centre.There is the option to take an hour boat trip into the spectacular gorge of the Duero River. Afterwards we drive back to Fermoselle.

Today's 15 kilometre walk is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours with 150 metres of ascent and descent.

icon Day 9: Local train along Douro Valley; walk in Lamego village surrounds

Location:

  Lamego


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today we drive two hours into Portugal, to the village of Pocinhos, from where we board the local train for the hour and a half hour journey along the Douro Valley to Peso da Regua. A short taxi ride uphill then brings us to the beautiful Renaissance and Baroque village of Lamego. We have time to walk around the historic centre and the option to see the famous Nossa Senhora de Remdios church, before taking a short walk in the surrounding area before dinnertime. Tonight we stay in a beautiful hotel with it's own orchard and vineyard. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, small spa, and terrace restaurant with modern, spacious and light rooms.

Today's urban walk is expected to take around one-and-a-half hours with 150 metres of ascent and descent.

icon Day 10: Visit Vila Real; walking tour and wine tasting in Porto

Location:

  Porto


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today we drive to Porto via Vila Real, a hilltop town above the confluence of the Corgo and Cabril rivers with a pleasant historical centre. This afternoon in Porto we take an orientation walk in the town centre and enjoy a wine tasting.

icon Day 11: Free day in Porto

Location:

  Porto


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today has been left free to enjoy this lovely riverside city and its sights. Porto is Portugal's second largest city after Lisbon, and offers visitors a range of architectural and cultural attractions, such as the Palacio da Bolsa, with its spectacular Alhambra-like interior, a charismatic medieval quarter and the monumental central avenue, Avenida do Aliados.

icon Day 12: Trip ends Porto

Location:

  Porto


The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Porto.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Porto at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) a 20 minutes' drive from the hotel.

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

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    Accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Country Entry Visas

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

Why Book this Tour

Ideal for those who enjoy wine, culture and easy countryside walks this journey from Madrid to Porto ventures deep into wine country in both Spain and Portugal, getting off the beaten track whilst showcasing a less visited part of Europe.

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What is the maximum group size?

16

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

No

Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

Yes

Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

Yes

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

    I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

    Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

    What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

    Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

    Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

Truly, our guides Esther and Marcel were excellent. If you receive any negative feedback from any members of our trip about them (specifically, from Maggie Martin), disregard it completely. Our guides ....more

Truly, our guides Esther and Marcel were excellent.

If you receive any negative feedback from any members of our trip about them (specifically, from Maggie Martin), disregard it completely.

Our guides were exceptional throughout, and we are so grateful that we were paired up with them throughout the trip.

If there is any way for you to recognize them individually for their efforts, we absolutely endorse you to do so.

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Bryan

15-Jul-2019

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

Marcel provided written daily itineraries for us which were really helpful.

Marcel provided written daily itineraries for us which were really helpful.


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Aileen

22-Sep-2019

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

It was a veryod holiday and lived up to expectations well.

It was a veryod holiday and lived up to expectations well.


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Susan

30-Jun-2018

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

All in all a very enjoyable trip. Our group of 16 (Australian, American, Canadian, English and Scottish) allt along well and we were lucky to have Danny as our tour ....more

All in all a very enjoyable trip.

Our group of 16 (Australian, American, Canadian, English and Scottish) allt along well and we were lucky to have Danny as our tour leader.

No early starts, the walking component was as described (fairly easy), the winery and bodega visits all different but very interesting, and the scenery superb.

A relaxing but very enjoyable trip.

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Neville

27-Jun-2018

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

A well planned mixture of walking and wine-tasting.od to compare large wineries with 'one woman' outfits. Some beautiful walks, some members of the group found them a bit hard but ....more

A well planned mixture of walking and wine-tasting.

od to compare large wineries with 'one woman' outfits.

Some beautiful walks, some members of the group found them a bit hard but I thought your descriptions were very fair.

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Andrew

06-Mar-2019

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Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

12 Days Starting in Madrid and ending in Porto

Visiting:

Madrid

,

Segovia

,

Peñafiel, Spain

,

Fermoselle

,

Fornillos

,

Lamego

,

Porto

,

Tuscany

,

Douro Valley

,

London

,

Mateus Palace

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Low, Medium, Easy

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

MWW

Group size:

4 - 16

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$2420

$2311 (USD)

tourhub discount: $109


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  • A visual storyteller and avid explorer. l have travelled to over 170 countries and territories on all 7 continents (and lived in 12) l believe the world is changed by our example and not our opinion.

Abruzzo

Italy

What do you love most about Abruzzo?

"This area is among the most beautiful in Italy for admiring foliage. We are on the border between Lazio and Abruzzo and here it's possible to admire Autumn in its maximum power."

About Our

  • Content Creator and Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    19 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

  • Dream Destination:

    New Zealand

  • About them:
  • I am a software developer, content creator and traveller. I am constantly looking for adventures, living my life and sharing the sensations it gives me every day.

Alicante

Spain

What do you love most about Alicante?

"Alicante is the perfect size; the city centre with bars, restaurants and shops is only a few minutes walk from the amazing beach and waterfront where you can sunbathe, swim and relax!"

Any must-dos for first-time visitors to Alicante?

"Be sure to climb the historic Santa Barbara Castle above the town centre for panoramic views. Take some drinks and enjoy the sunset for a true Alicante experience!"

Favourite time of year to visit Alicante

"Spring or Autumn are both great times to visit, the weather is warm and sunny. There are also fewer tourists about so you can better enjoy the beaches and bars."

What else can I see in the area?

"The whole coastline north and south of Alicante is stunning, with sandy beaches and amazing rock formations, or you can take a day trip on the ferry to the heavenly island of Tabarca!"

Favourite way to spend a day in Alicante?

"Head to the beach and play some volleyball at the free public nets, jump in the sea to cool off between games and then stroll to a local bar for tapas and a jug of tinto de verano in the evening."

About Our

  • Hospitality & Tourism Specialist
  • Countries Visited:

    26 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Spain

  • Dream Destination:

    Croatia

  • About them:
  • Originally from New Zealand, I am a travel and tourism specialist always looking to explore new places and live new experiences.

Portugal

What do you love most about Portugal?

"There's always something new to explore in the Algarve area, hidden beaches, natural arches, caves and more"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Waking up early to go surfing will make your day!"

@iamjenn.y 's Top Tips

"Visit Playa Falesia, it's such a unique beach!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Portugal is such a small country, you can do day trips to nearly anywhere! For example, spend a day in Porto and do a port wine tasting!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Strolling around the narrow streets of Lisboa"

About Our

  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    26 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Mexico

  • Dream Destination:

    Brazil

  • About them:
  • Travelling is my biggest passion as I love to get in touch with new cultures and languages. Photography is my second biggest passion so I capture landscapes & people

Morocco

Must pack items for Morocco

"Warm clothes as it gets really cold in the desert at night as well as up in the High Atlas Mountains"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Aït Benhaddou is one of the most stunning places I've ever seen! A city completely built out of clay!"

What do you love most about Morocco?

"I love all the crafts and art that people sell on the streets"

@iamjenn.y 's Top Tips

"Spend at least one night in the Sahara Desert – it will be incredible and you even get to see the Milky Way!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Exploring the streets of Marrakesh "

About Our

  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    26 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Mexico

  • Dream Destination:

    Brazil

  • About them:
  • Travelling is my biggest passion as I love to get in touch with new cultures and languages. Photography is my second biggest passion so I capture landscapes & people