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Walking Vacation Walking Portugal's Douro River Valley​

Activity Level: Easy / Moderate  |  Daily Mileage: 4 - 8 mi  |  Daily Walking: 2 - 4 hr
Pre-trip Extension:
Porto · 2 nights $295

Post-trip Extension:
Lisbon · 2 nights $295
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Pre-Trip Extension - Porto

2 nights for only $295

  • Two nights at the Pestana Porto
  • Daily full breakfast
  • City information
  • Airport transfers
Porto Tours Porto is the cultural heart of northern Portugal, and a walker’s delight. Its advantageous location along the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean has proved to be quite important for trade through the centuries From Roman times, continuing with the Moors in the 11th century, to the crusaders en route to the Holy Land, Porto has almost always been a vital trading port. Porto also took advantage of the wealth created by Portugal’s maritime discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries. When the spice trade died, the city continued to prosper by exporting wine from the nearby Douro River Valley wine region. Throughout Porto you will discover vestiges from the wealth that flowed into this city in the grandeur of church interiors, and its grand public and private buildings.

Your Porto hotel, the Pestana Porto, is ideally located on the banks of the Douro River in the heart of the historic district. It is actually built within the walls of 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings, all of which comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Enjoy your Porto hotel’s location on the Praca da Ribeira next to the quayside of the Cais da Estiva. The wonderful outdoor cafés that line the riverfront invite you to sit for hours. From here you may also choose to take a Douro river cruise and view the city from a more interesting angle.

Available only with the Air Inclusive Package.

Single Supplement: $195

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. for Portugal

Depart the U.S. bound for Portugal. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed in your flight itinerary and airline tickets.

Day 2 - Arrive in Porto, Portugal and transfer to Porto hotel

Upon arrival at Porto's International Airport, proceed through immigration, claim your luggage, and clear customs. If your luggage is delayed, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please note: Also make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. He or she will help you transfer to your Porto city center hotel in the city center. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

VBT provides you with City Information included in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Porto during your stay. You have the rest of the day to relax or begin your exploration of the city.

Day 3 - Independent exploration of Porto

Continue your independent exploration of Porto today. Your hotel, the Pestana Porto, is ideally located on the banks of the Douro River in the heart of the historic district. It is actually built within the walls of 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings, all of which comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The advantage of your hotel's location on the Placa da Ribeira next to the quayside of the Cais da Estiva. Its wonderful outdoor cafés that line the riverfront invite you to sit for hours. From here you may also choose to take a Douro river cruise and view the city from a more interesting angle.

Day 4 - Independent exploration of Porto

Continue your independent exploration of Porto today. VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day. 
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