A2Z Adventures: Douro Valley Nature and Wine 5-Day Short Adventure

About this Tour or Guided Experience

Join A2Z Adventures and travel to Douro Valley, the heart of Port Wine country. The Douro Valley is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered the 7th World Sustainable Tourism Destination by the National Geographic Society. Stay in the unique Quinta Nova Inn, a winery farm where you can taste and observe all of the production steps of one the best Douro wines. Finally, enjoy walking or biking throughout the region’s terraced vineyards and riverside hills.

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do CarmoRural Hotel was established in 2005, and reconstructed from an eighteenth century manor house designed in full harmony with nature and tradition. Hotel visitors are able to engage in the true spirit of the Douro Valley by participating in the property’s farming activities, exploring walking routes, and discovering Quinta Nova’s historical sites. Guests can choose from eleven rooms, all of which offer a panoramic view of vineyards and the Douro river, are decorated in the region’s style, and ensure complete comfort. For those who are weary of driving, it is possible to reach Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo by train from Porto.

Available Activities:

Walking Trails

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo offers walking routes to satisfy all walkers. There are three distinct, clearly labeled routes, which comprise an 8 kilometer (4.97 mile) circuit – the first private circuit in Portugal. Along these tree lined routes you will be able to visit the winery and wine cellar, olive press, patron chapel, and the Nossa Senhora do Carmo Chapel. Guests may also explore the farm’s vegetable garden, chicken coop, stream, and terraces. Equipped with the proper gear and maps, visitors can enjoy this outdoor activity and experience the history and traditions of a traditional Douro quinta – a farm.

Corgo Walking Trail [11 km (7 miles)]

Transportation is available for guests who wish to explore the Corgo Walking Trail in Alvações do Corgo. The drive takes approximately one hour. The Corgo Walking Trail is located in the heart of the Douro wine region. The trail meanders through vineyard terraces, small villages, and offers unique views of the Corgo river.

Granja do Tedo Walking trail [11 km (7 miles)]

Transportation is available for guests to Granja do Tedo. The drive takes approximately one hour. The walking trail begins in one of the most beautiful villages in the Granja do Tedo region – a small village full of legends and traditions, with houses and narrow streets that seem frozen in time. The remarkable landscape inspires every step of the walk along the Granja do Tedo trail.

Mountain Biking Trails & Road Biking Routes

Please contact us for additional information.

GPS Winecaching
Quinta Nova and A2Z Adventures have launched a completely new activity in Portugal called winecaching. Winecaching is similar to geocaching. It involves the discovery of “wine caches” spread throughout the quinta‘s vineyards.

Gastronomy

Guests have the opportunity to learn about the world of Douro olive oil through olive picking and olive oil tasting. Wine tours and tastings are also available. Visitors can learn about the quinta‘s vineyards and underground wine cellar, which was established in 1764.

Grape Vintage Day

During the harvest season, the month of September, guests have the opportunity to harvest grapes with experts, taste the first wine in the cellars, and enjoy a typical vintage lunch. The harvesting experience concludes with Port and Douro wine tasting.

Boating

A true appreciation of the Douro Valley can only be gained through a boat trip along the river. By speedboat one can access small inlets which larger boats cannot, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenery in the most private manner. A tour by speedboat also allows guests to stop and photograph birds in flight, or swim, anywhere along the river. Alternatively, a calmer trip up the river is possible on thebarcos rabelo – traditional Port boats that are exact replicas of the original boats that carried casks of Port wine from Douro quintas to lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Seasons Available

Year-round. Tours begin on Sundays.

Fees (if any)

From € 385 ($502.46) per person. Rate includes: Four nights of accommodation with breakfast, GPS winecaching, mountain bike rental, guided farm visit, mobile phone with 24-hour help line, maps, GPS tracks for walking or mountain biking routes, and insurance.

For More Information, Contact:

Pedro Pedrosa
Largo da Bica, Castelo Novo, 05 6230-160
+351) 275 561 182 · fax +351) 275 561 182