Northern Portugal family escape

Regions

North

Starting Point

Porto

Best time to travel

All year

Recommended Length

3 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

Family Getaway

Activity Level **

3/5

This adventure getaway will take you to the Northern parts of Portugal, where you will base yourself in the vibrant city of Porto to enjoy the historic charme and the vibrant atmosphere of this busy town. From here, you set off to explore the beautiful UNESCO listed wine cultivating Douro Valley along the Douro River on a historic train ride and you will venture off to Portugal's only National Park Peneda-Geres for a family adventure day out.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and discover the heritage of the UNESCO listed city of Porto
✓ explore the UNESCO listed Douro Valley on a historic train ride along the river banks
✓ learn about Porto's delicious traditions and the famous port wine on a culinary walking tour
✓ canyoning adventure in the beautiful Peneda-Geres National Park

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival and transfer to the hotel - overnight in Porto
Day 2 - Porto food and walking tour - free time in Porto - overnight in Porto
Day 3 - Douro Valley train tour - overnight in Porto
Day 4 - Peneda-Geres Adventure tour - overnight in Porto
Day 5 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO PORTUGAL
Welcome to Porto. After your arrival, you will transfer to your hotel in the city center and you will have the rest of the day to explore the busy alleys in the old quarter and venture along the banks of the river Douro.
Overnight in Porto.

DAY 2 - CULINARY WALKING TOUR OF PORTO
You will have the day to explore Porto and it's highlights, parts of it on a guided walking tour, which let's you discover the city's rich culinary heritage. While the port wine of Porto is world known, there are many more secret culinary gems to discover and the many tastings included will also keep the smallest visitors busy and happy. Get to taste the real Porto and learn about its history, architecture, culture and cuisine.
The rest of the day is free to spend at one of the many city beaches, explore the historic Ribeira quarter or take a boat tour on the Douro river!
Overnight in Porto.

DAY 3 - TRAVELING THE DOURO VALLEY ON A HISTORCI STEAM TRAIN
Today you will venture off a trip to the beautiful Douro valley, where vineyards and quintas seam the banks of the Douro river. Your trip will be made extra special as you will be traveling parts of the journey on a historical steam train, which will take you from Pinhao to Regua and Tua in the heart of the valley. Enjoy the old-world atmosphere on the train while traveling through the UNESCO listed valley along the riverbeds, idyllic hills covered with vineyards and picturesque small villages.
Overnight in Porto.

DAY 4 - ADVENTURE DAY IN THE PENEDA-GERES NATIONAL PARK
Peneda-Geres in the North of Portugal is the only national park in Portugal and today's tour will take you into the heart of the National Park to explore it's beautiful nature, culture and to dive into some small adventure too! You can choose from different adventures, depending on your adventure level and also the age of your children, so from canyoning along crystal clear mountain river beds, stand up paddling on the reservoir or exploring the park off-road on a 4x4 super jeep, you will be amazed by the wonderful nature with glittering waterfalls, lush forests, tempting rock pools fed by mountains streams and wonderful views across the green landscape.
Overnight in Porto.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE
You will leave beautiful Porto today and make your way home.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, quintas and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
Thanks to its mild climate, Portugal is a great destination all year round. March to May is a great season for outdoor activities or sight-seeing. It is not too hot yet, but temperatures can already be nice and warm, especially on the Algarve or in Portugal's southeast. Nature is in full bloom and forests are lush and green at this time of the year. While average daily temperatures in Lisbon are around 18 degrees, it can be cooler in central and northern Portugal.
Summer in Portugal comes with high temperatures and a lot of sun. While Lisbon has an average of 28 degrees over the summer months, temperatures can rise over 40 degrees in northern and central Portugal between June and August and also easily reach around 35 degrees on the Algarve, though a fresh breeze from the Atlantic makes it feel less hot. The Algarve is perfect for a beach holiday, though the water temperatures hardly go over 22 degrees. Generally the waters around Portugal stay cool with not more than 20 degrees. The summer months in Portugal are full of festivities, which take place in every part of the country.
September and October are again perfect for outdoor and cultural activities as the days are still warm and mostly dry. November until February are the months with the most rain over the year, especially in northern Portugal and there can be snow in the mountains. Temperatures would still reach around 15 degrees on the Algarve and would rarely drop below 10 degrees in Lisbon.

How to travel
Portugal has three major airports - Porto in the north, Lisbon in central west Portugal and Faro on the Algarve in the south. While Faro is much more frequented with charter and holiday flights from other countries in Europe, Porto and Lisbon offer a well developed network of scheduled flights to destinations all over Europe and overseas as well. With a volume of more than 20 million passengers a year (2018), Lisbon is by far the busiest airport in Portugal. Porto and Lisbon airport are well connected to the city centers by subway.
The easiest way to get around Portugal is by car. As it is a rather small country, distances are never far, for example you can travel from Lisbon to Porto or Faro in less than three hours and from Lisbon to Evora in less than 2 hours. There is a dense network of modern motorways linking the major centers, especially in central and Northern Portugal, which are operated through a tolling system. Apart from the motorway connecting Lisbon to the Algarve and the A22 along the Algarve coast, Alentejo is mainly characterized by national and regional roads.
Further, Portugal has a well developed rail network, connecting every corner of Portugal. The high speed Alfa Pendula connects Braga in the north with Faro in the south and stops in Porto and Lisbon on the way. The bigger cities can be reached by ”Intercidades” and the regional trains link to the more remote areas. Further, the ”urbanos” connect the commuter zones in Porto and Lisbon with the city.
The ”Linha do Douro” follows along the Douro river, passing 26 tunnels, 30 bridges and one of the most scenic landscapes in Portugal. Parts of the route are classified as UNESCO world heritage. The journey takes you along vineyards, quintas, small villages and through stations decorated with blue azulejos.
The “Linha do Algarve” runs along the Algarve coastline, offering panoramic views over the sea and the hinterland while connecting Lagos with Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

Travelling with children
Kids are king in Portugal! Family friendly hotels, great beaches, a large choice of activities and a lot of sun turn Portugal into a great destination to enjoy with the whole family. The varied scenery offers plenty of choice for kid-friendly outdoor activities like cycling, swimming, surfing, climbing or canyoning and the rich historic heritage with medieval castles, grand palaces and traditional villages allows for exciting discoveries.
Many hotels in Portugal are very focused on families and offer many extra services and facilities, ranging from kid friendly menus, babysitting service or activity programs for kids. Alternatively, farms cater for families looking for a more rural escape in the countryside.

What to bring
Depending where and when you travel, there are several things you should make sure that end up in your suitcase before setting off.
As summer is generally warm, if not even hot in Portugal, light summer clothes will be a must, including shorts, t-shirts and light summer shoes. Make sure to bring swim gear and the necessary protection against the sun, including lotion, sun glasses and a sun hat, though all of the items are of course widely available in Portugal at reasonably good prices. Due to the breeze, evenings spent at the sea can feel a bit chilly, so don’t forget a light sweater or cardigan. If you are travelling to the more continental mountain areas, a warm jumper will keep you warm in case you experience a colder evening or two. The terrain is fairly dry over the summer months, so solid shoes for hiking tours will work fine, though proper hiking shoes or boots will give you extra stability and grip when hiking in some of the rocky areas.
Winters are not cold in Portugal, but prepare for rainy days, so bring a waterproof coat or rain jacket. Solid shoes are perfect for exploring towns and cities and, if you are planning on hiking or walking in nature, hiking shoes or boots are highly recommended for this time of year. Also pack a few sweaters and cardigans for the colder evenings. Temperatures in central and eastern Portugal tend to be lower than along the coast. The sun can still be strong, especially in the mountain areas, so it is always a good idea to bring sun lotion, sun glasses and a hat.
To catch Portugal in all it’s historic and natural beauty, you should of course not forget to bring a camera. A small backpack or bag will be perfect for storing your valuables while out exploring.

 

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting Portugal, please follow the link below.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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