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Portugal: Walking & Wine with Madalena Patacho - Premium Adventure

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8 Day Portugal: Walking & Wine with Madalena Patacho - Premium Adventure Itinerary (Exodus)
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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Exodus 8 Day Portugal: Walking & Wine with Madalena Patacho - Premium Adventure. Learn the history of Portugal from grape to bottle on this exclusive gastronomic journey led by award-winning guide Madalena Patacho through the spellbinding city of Porto and the Basto and Douro wine regions. Naturalist by day and passionate oenophile and culinary aficionado by night, Madalena grew up outside of Lisbon in the cultural and historic area of Belém, and while she has spent the last 10 years guiding expeditions across the globe for museums such as the Smithsonian,...read more she always returns to her first love, Portugal. Portugal has been making wine for centuries, with some estimates placing the first planting of vines as far back as 2000 BC. The Basto and Douro regions are perhaps the best known and offer rich landscapes and fascinating history to discerning visitors.

Immerse yourself in atmospheric Porto and indulge in a voyage of taste and discovery through the verdant Douro Valley, where the famous Port wines are produced. Venture into the region known as Terras de Basto, home of Portugal’s ‘young’ wine, vinho verde, and stay in handpicked hotels that boast exceptional views over the valley. The perfect combination of leisurely walks and authentic cultural visits provide a memorable introduction to this lush, captivating country, once a dominant trading power in the world. Madalena Patacho.

Madalena grew up surrounded by Portugal’s maritime history in Belém, where she dreamed about exploring the oceans. Her love for the sea led her to study marine biology and receive a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management, specialising in Ecotourism. After graduating, Madalena moved to Príncipe Island, off the west coast of Africa, and worked with local communities on the implementation of a responsible tourism project.Madalena’s biggest passion is travelling the world and connecting with different cultures, exploring the wilderness, and embracing local experiences. Since graduating, she has traveled to Central & South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Arctic. When she is not on an expedition, she is a naturalist at the aquarium, Oceanário de Lisboa, raising awareness on ocean conservation and biodiversity.


We begin our Portuguese adventure in the verdant Douro Valley, birthplace of the world-renowned Port wines. Land-only clients may join the group transfer from Porto airport to Hotel Douro Scala that departs at 3pm (transfer takes approx. 1.5 hours). If you are planning to join this transfer, please contact us prior to departure to request it. The first trip briefing with Madalena will take place in the evening, along with a welcome dinner. Stay: Hotel Douro Scala (5 stars).

This morning we take a private transfer of approx. 40 minutes to the start of today's walk in Povoação, driving along the beautiful roads along the north slope of the Douro Valley and its tributaries. The Corgo walking trail is located in the heart of the Douro wine region and here we will walk along terraced vineyards with unique views of the Corgo River. In the afternoon we transfer to Vila Real (approx. 20 minutes) to visit Casa de Mateus, a palace set in beautiful gardens that is considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Portugal. After the visit we transfer back to the hotel (approx. 50 minutes). Stay: Hotel Douro Scala (5 stars).

We start the day with a short transfer (30 minutes) to Quinta de Tedo, an 18th century winery in the centre of the Douro region. We will have a guided tour of the grounds, following a walking trail that offers beautiful views of the Douro and Tedo Rivers, vineyards and olive groves and offers plenty of opportunities for bird watching. After lunch and an included wine tasting at the winery, we take a 20-minute transfer to the town of Regua, where we visit the Douro Museum to learn about the history, culture and identity of the UNESCO World Heritage Douro wine region. In the afternoon we transfer back to our hotel (approx. 20 minutes). Stay: Hotel Douro Scala (5 stars).

After breakfast we transfer to the region of Mondim de Basto (approx. 1 hour). On our way, we'll pass through the Alvão Natural Park, a protected area of land that offers majestic landscapes. This region, set on the mountain of Alvão, marks the transition from the coastal and humid regions to the dry and hot regions of Trás-os-Montes. We start our walk in Bobal, one of the four villages we'll pass through today. We'll find a countryside that reflects the carefully-maintained balance in which man and nature coexist. For this balance to be preserved, the Maronesa cow is of the utmost importance.

A Portuguese native breed from this region, there are still genes from the ancestral Auroque in its genetics. The fields are cultivated for subsistence farming, with seeds passed down from generation to generation. After lunch we transfer to our hotel (approx. 30 minutes) and there is free time to enjoy the hotel's amenities or explore nearby, before a group dinner. Stay: Água Hotels Mondim de Basto (4 stars).

Our walk today takes us to the surroundings of Mondim de Basto in the green wine (vinho verde) region, along the banks of the Cabril River. Here we are welcomed with uninterrupted views of the forested mountains, side by side with the fertile lands and vineyards of the Terras de Basto region. We finish our walk at the medieval bridge of Vilar Viando, which is still used by pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago. We will then go to Quinta das Escomoeiras to sample their wines and appreciate the organic green wine.

In the afternoon on our way back to the hotel, we visit one of the northern Portugal's main shrines to the Virgin Mary: the Senhora da Graça, also known as Chapel of Monte Farinha. The chapel is perched in front of a granite mountain range almost 1000m high. Stay: Água Hotels Mondim de Basto (4 stars).

This morning transfer by minibus (10 minutes) to Levada do Piscaredo, a waterway dating back to the 13th century where we start our walk. These rural constructions were indispensable for the irrigation of the fields of the Terras de Basto region due to water scarcity in the past. We follow the waterway to the centre of Mondim de Basto village. The afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel amenities and surroundings. Stay: Água Hotels Mondim de Basto (4 stars).

In the morning we return to the vibrant city of Porto. After a guided visit of the historic centre and Port wine cellars (wine tasting included), the rest of the day is free for further individual sightseeing or optional activities, such as a boat ride along the Douro River. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group and overnight in Porto. Stay: Neya Hotel (4 stars) or Vila Galé Porto Ribeira (4 stars).

Our trip ends in Porto in the morning of day 8.

Trip Inclusions

  • Award winning guide Madalena Patacho
  • Three nights at the premium Hotel Douro Scala, nestled in the heart of the Douro Valley
  • Discover the region's ancient wine cellars and sample their wines
  • Enjoy walks through terraced vineyards and tranquil countryside
  • Explore vibrant Porto with a guided walking tour

  • 3 nights at a 5-star hotel, 4 nights at 4-star hotels
  • 4 full days and 2 half days with gentle walks, 2 free half days
  • Well-marked trails and paths
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus
  • All breakfasts, 3 dinners and 3 wine tastings
  • All premium accommodation
  • Tipping for all hotel staff, local staff and drivers
  • Named tour leader, chosen for their expertise
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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