Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain & Portugal (MWW): 11-Nights

Price $3480 $3380 12 Days
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Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain & Portugal (MWW): 11-Nights

$3480 $3380 per person


*Prices are per person in CAD dollars, land only, based on double occupancy. Price shown is the lead in rate for 2024 departures and discounted rate includes the member savings. 

This unique two-country tour provides a fascinating journey from Madrid to Porto through the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and the Douro wine lands of Portugal. Sample regional vintages at local bodegas, explore national parks and river gorges and discover beautiful historic cities and picturesque villages full of culture and charm. Ideal for those who enjoy wine, culture and easy countryside walks, this journey ventures away from popular routes, showcasing a less-visited part of Europe.

Why book this trip? Ideal for those who enjoy wine, culture and easy countryside walks this journey from Madrid to Porto ventures deep into wine country in both Spain and Portugal, getting off the beaten track whilst showcasing a less visited part of Europe.

What’s Included: Meals – Breakfast: 11, Transport – Bus/Boat/Taxi, Accommodation – 10 nights standard hotel/1 night premium hotel, Trip Staff – Explore Tour Leader/Driver(s).

*MEMBER BENEFIT: Book your first Explore trip and save $100 CAD* per person based on double occupancy.*Terms & Conditions: to receive your discount quote promo code TRIPMERCH100 at time of booking. Only applicable to Explore trips of 8 days duration or longer booked via Trip Merchant by first time Explore travellers who are members of participating membership organizations resident in Canada and booking in CA$. Not applicable to polar or Galapagos cruises, or tailor-made trips. **Other restrictions may apply.

Call for assistance: 1-800-481-9739 ext. 1
Mention Promo Code for Savings: TRIPMERCH100

Departure Dates

September 23
October 7
May 18
June 1, 15
September 7, 21
October 5
  • Destination
  • Arrival City
    Madrid, Spain
  • Departure City
    Porto, Portugal
  • Activity Level
    Easy: Suitable for most people in good health, these easy walks are predominantly on good paths, at low altitude and on undemanding terrain. Previous walking or trekking experience is not necessary. Trek details: There are included walks on five days. The walks are between 1.5 to 3 hours and the terrain is gently undulating. We have graded this tour as easy.
  • Passenger Limit
    10-16: Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.
Join tour in Madrid
Join trip at the hotel in Madrid. The rest of the day is free to relax or see some of the city. Please note that the included free of charge airport transfer will depart from Terminal 1 of Madrid airport. If you arrive into other terminals, details of how to make your way to this terminal will be detailed in your final documentation.
Accommodation: Hotel Porcel Ganivet (or similar)
Meals Provided: None
Walking tour of Madrid
This morning we head out for an orientation walk of Spain's busy capital city and the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin. Located on the Manzanares River, Madrid has its share of historic sights, great architecture, nightlife, fine dining, culture and shopping. The afternoon is left free to enjoy this lively capital.
Accommodation: Hotel Porcel Ganivet (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Walk in Guadarrama National Park; explore Segovia
This morning we leave Madrid behind as we head north to Segovia. After an hour and and a quarter we arrive at the village of Manzanares el Real, and the start of our walk into the Guaderrama National Park. This area of natural beauty is best known for the unusual granite rock formations of La Pedriza. Vegetation is sparse, however for rock-climbers it is a haven, as well as being a breeding colony for Griffon Vultures, which with a bit of luck we will spot on our walk. We continue by road for another hour until we reach the stunning UNESCO world heritage historic city of Segovia, with its huge 1st century Roman Aqueduct and Disney-like Alcazar Fortress. We have free time to explore on arrival. (3 hours walking, 10km +/- 300m)
Accommodation: El Corregidor (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Explore Segovia; free afternoon
Today we explore the stunning UNESCO world heritage historic city of Segovia, with its huge 1st century Roman Aqueduct and Disney-like Alcazar Fortress. We'll have an orientation walk with our tour leader followed by free time. The upper old town enriched by ancient walls is centred around the Plaza Major and 16th century Gothic cathedral, from where streets lead to the famed monuments. The magnificent Aqueduct is the defining feature of the city, spanning 17 kilometres and made up of 166 arches. Walking up to the hilltop Alcazar is worth if for the views over the city and rivers and to admire the slate turrets, the beautiful keep and square with four towers.

Accommodation: El Corregidor (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Walk through canyon lands of Duraton River valley; wine tasting afternoon
This morning we drive to the spectacular limestone canyon lands of Duraton River Natural Park, and take a walk along the river to medieval l town of Sepulveda. After a coffee break we continue on to Penafiel, right it in the heart of the Ribera del Duero wine region. The Ribera del Duero is one of several recognized wine producing regions along the Douro River. The region produces red wine from the Tempranillo grape. In the afternoon we enjoy a wine tasting at the Protos Bodega, one of Spain's most innovative wineries. Today's 6 kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours with 150 metres of ascent and descent.

Accommodation: AZZ Penafiel Las Claras (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Wine tasting in El Toro; visit the city of Zamora
This morning we drive around an hour and a half hour to El Toro in the province of Zamora, another top notch wine producing region on the Duero River. We will stop for wine tasting in the village, before continuing on to the city of Zamora for lunchtime. This delightful city is a real architectural gem and home to the most Romanesque churches in Europe. In the afternoon we will continue on the Portuguese border, to our home for the next three nights - the medieval hilltop village of Fermoselle, right in the heart of the Arribes del Duero Natural Park. Fermoselle dates back to pre-Roman times and with its own micro-climate, a landscape similar to that of Tuscany in Italy, its narrow cobbled streets, rustic stone houses and, most importantly, delicious wines - it is a very pleasant place to stay!
Accommodation: Posada Dona Urraca (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Walk in Arribes del Duero Natural Park; wine tasting in Fermoselle
This morning we head into the Arribes del Duero Natural Park for a walk through its spectacular countryside. This afternoon we have a wine tasting in a local bodega, dug into the rock - one of around 900 granite bodega caves dating back to ancient times when wine production was large scale business in the area. (3 hours walking, 10km, +/-250m)
Accommodation: Posada Dona Urraca (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Walk to Fornillos; visit Miranda do Douro
After breakfast we walk from the village through woodland and oak forest to the small village of Fornillos, where we have the opportunity to try local farmhouse cheese. We then drive to Miranda do Douro in Portugal for a walk around the historic centre.There is the option to take an hour and half boat trip into the spectacular gorge of the Duero River. Afterwards we drive back to Fermoselle. (4 hours walking, 12km, +/-150m)
Accommodation: Posada Dona Urraca (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Local train along Douro Valley; walk in Lamego village surrounds
Today we drive two hours into Portugal, to the village of Pocinhos, from where we board the local train for a two and a half hour journey along the Douro Valley to Peso da Regua. A short taxi ride uphill then brings us to the beautiful Renaissance and Baroque village of Lamego. We have time to walk around the historic centre and the option to see the famous Nossa Senhora de Remdios church, before taking a short walk in the surrounding area before dinnertime. (1.5 hours walking, +/-150m)
Accommodation: Hotel Lamego (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Visit Vila Real; walking tour and wine tasting in Porto
Today we drive to Porto via Vila Real, a hilltop town above the confluence of the Corgo and Cabril rivers with a pleasant historical centre. This afternoon in Porto we take an orientation walk in the town centre and enjoy a wine tasting.
Accommodation: Hotel Moov Centro (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Free day in Porto
Today has been left free to enjoy this lovely riverside city and its sights. Porto is Portugal's second largest city after Lisbon, and offers visitors a range of architectural and cultural attractions, such as the Palacio da Bolsa, with its spectacular Alhambra-like interior, a charismatic medieval quarter and the monumental central avenue, Avenida do Aliados.
Accommodation: Hotel Moov Centro (or similar)
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Tour ends Porto
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Porto. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Porto at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) a 20 minutes' drive from the hotel.

Meals Provided: Breakfast
Call for assistance: 1-800-481-9739 ext. 1
Mention Promo Code for Savings: TRIPMERCH100

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