Wine, Walks & Tapas from Madrid via Ribera de Duero to Porto

A unique, authentic tour between the two emblematic cities of Madrid and Porto heading down river through the Duero valley, walking and discovering beautiful landscapes and visiting great wineries….

Day 1
¡Bienvenidos a España!

Arrival in  Madrid and meeting at our hotel in the town centre.   

Day 2
In Madrid

In the morning we go for an orientation tour on foot through the heart of Madrid; the afternoon is free for you to explore Madrid on your own, e.g. paying a visit to the stunning Prado or Reina Sofia museums. 

Day 3
La Pedriza and Segovia (3 hrs walking)

In the morning we will walk along the Manzanares canyon which is located high up in the La Pedriza area in the Sierras of Madrid. Later we continue driving to Segovia for our overnight stop. In the afternoon there will be time to explore the old town with its famous Roman aqueduct and the Alcazar.   

Day 4
Duraton Canyon (3 hrs walking)

We drive to the spectacular canyon lands of the river Duraton. A spectacular walk takes us along the river before reaching the medieval town of Sepulveda for our lunch stop. After-wards  we drive to Peñafiel – right in the heart of Ribera de Duero’s wine region. In the afternoon there’s some wine tasting in one of Spain’s most innovative bodegas. 

Day 5
Free day in Peñafiel

Free day in lovely Peñafiel with time to stroll through the medieval town centre, walk up to the castle for a visit of the wine museum or for visiting another bodega in the area.   

Day 6
El Toro wine region and Zamora

In the morning we drive to El Toro, another top notch wine producing region on the river Duero. We stop for wine tasting in beautiful Toro village before continuing to Zamora with time for lunch and a stroll through this surprising medieval gemstone. In the afternoon we drive to our base for the next three days – a medieval hilltop village overlooking the river Duero on the Portuguese border and right in heart of Arribes National Park.   

Day 7
In Fermoselle (3 hrs walking)

In the morning we have a walk through the surrounding area allowing great views across the river Duero. In the afternoon there will be free time to relax before we go for some wine tasting in a local bodega – dug into one of the aproximately 900 granite bodega-caves dating back to ancient times when wine was produced on a large scale in this area.  

Day 8
Miranda do Douro and boat trip on the river (4 hrs walking)

In the morning we drive towards Miranda do Douro in Portugal. After a walk in the surrounding area and a visit of this town with a distinct Portuguese feel we take a boat to  spend some time on the river, seeing the spectacular canyons from inside.   

Day 9
Train ride through the Douro valley (1 ½ hrs walking)

In the morning we drive by bus to the Portuguese village of Pocinhos and then go on a   train ride along the Douro valley, enjoying fabulous views.  In Peso de Regua we transfer up to the beautiful Renaissance & Baroque village of Lamego. In the afternoon there is time to check out the historical centre and the famous church of Nossa Senhora de Remedios and  to go for a walk into the surrounding countryside. 

Day 10
Mateus Palace on way to Porto

In the afternoon we drive to Vila Real and visit the famous Mateus Palace before we continue on the bus to Porto. In the afternoon we explore the old town on an orientation walk and finish off with some wine tasting in the famous Sandeman bodega. 

Day 11
In Porto

Free day for exploring more of Porto, e.g. for an optional boat trip on the river Duero. 

Day 12
¡Adeus Portugal!

Até logo and flight home 

Tour facts

Grading: moderate
Recommended airports: Madrid (In) + Porto (out)
Highlights: Madrid, Rio Duraton gorge, Segovia, wine route along Rio Duero, Peñafiel and Protos winery, Toro wine tasting, Zamora, boat trip into Duero canyon, railway journey in Portugal along vineyards and river Douro, Porto, visit to famous port wine producer.

Season: May – October


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