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Porto & the Douro Valley

Douro Valley - in the heart of rural Portugal
Holiday information
Nights: 4
Grade: 1
Terrain: vineyards, riverbank
Hotels: one 3-star manor house; one 4-star hotel
Meals: breakfast each day, dinner on 2 nights
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We also offer a week-long holiday, Valley of Gold, combining Porto and the Douro Valley.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • rugged walking in richly coloured landscape
  • opportunities for wine-tasting
  • classic rail journey
  • explore UNESCO-designated Porto

The valley of the Rio Douro (‘river of gold’) is striking in its tranquillity – and its rich colours. Fertile hills neatly striped with green vines and silver olive trees are reflected in the mirror-like waters, as are the painted long boats which ply the river, and the region’s tiny, untouched villages of white houses with red roofs. It is here, at the quintas (wineries) dotted across the slopes, that port wine is produced, the late-September harvest bringing a pleasant bustle to the valley, when the workers sing late into the night as they pick the grapes and tread them by foot.

Our third trip with Inntravel - and they just keep getting better! The trip to Graham's was excellent, the train trip really picturesque and the historic houses lovely - particularly Chanceleiros.
     

To set the scene, you begin with two nights in Porto, friendly capital of the port-wine trade, before discovering the timeless landscapes where the wine originates, thus showing the great contrast between the bustle of the historic sea port and the slow, traditional ways of life upriver.

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Portugal
 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
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The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.