Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and Salamanca (Spain)

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PORTO - REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON - Salamanca - BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO - REGUA - BITETOS - PORTO

DAY 1: PORTO

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Presentation of our hiking program. In the evening, depending on the weather, we'll cruise to the mouth of the Douro River.

DAY 2: PORTO - REGUA

We’ll set out for a guided tour of Porto. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Regua. Enjoy an evening of dancing or a stroll through the city on your own.

DAY 3: REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON

Hikers' Program: Hike through the heart of the Alvão Natural Park. Mountainous scenery, granite statues, deep valleys, and remote villages line our route. (Length 2½ - 3 hours, distance of 7 km (4.5miles), with about 320m (1,050 feet) of elevation gain.)
Non-hikers' Program: Trip to Vila Réal and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Mateus Palace.
The afternoon will be spent sailing through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 4: VEGA DE TERON - Salamanca - BARCA D'ALVA

Join us on a guided tour of Salamanca, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We'll return on board in the end of the afternoon. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

DAY 5: BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA

Hikers' Program: “Vultures' Cliff” This hike begins in a wild mountainous setting with magnificent panoramic views of the Douro River and Spain. Picnic lunch. (Length 3 hours, 8 km (5 miles) with about 530m (1,740 ft) of elevation gain.)
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.
We'll return on board. The afternoon will be spent sailing to Senhora da Ribeira. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner

DAY 6: SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO - REGUA - BITETOS

Hikers' Program: Hike through the vineyards. Discovery of a real paradise where nature has been protected (picnic lunch). (Length 4 hours, 14 km (8.6 miles) with about 500m descent (1,650 ft.))
Non-hikers' Program: “Wines of Porto” excursion with a tasting of Porto wines.
We'll cruise to Bitetos, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.

DAY 7: BITETOS - PORTO

This morning will be spent sailing to Porto.
Hikers' Program: Hike along the banks of the Douro River to its estuary, admiring breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. (Length  2 to 2½ hours, 8 km (5 miles) on flat, level ground)
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Guimaraes, birthplace of Portugal in the 12th century.
Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

DAY 8: PORTO

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. NB: The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Our boats may be moored side by side. Arrival times at ports of call and the order of the excursions can change. Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Transport

Port-to-port cruise, no transfers included.

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Level
The hikes that are proposed during our cruises are 2 to 5 hours walks, implying changes in altitude that range between 150 and 850 meters (500 to 2800 ft) depending on the destination. During the hike, you'll get a chance to see and discover some of the natural and cultural areas on your cruise's program.
The lengths of time indicated for the hikes in the program are given as rough estimates and do not include time taken for breaks.
No athletic training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and well-rested to fully enjoy this cruise.
 

Equipment needed
Backpack

You'll need to bring a backpack (max 30 liters / 1,830 cubic inches) to carry the things you'll need for the hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, bottle of water and sunscreen.
So that you'll be comfortable and enjoy your hike, make sure that you choose a good backpack. We recommend a backpack that is well-made and of the appropriate size, with padded straps, and made of strong fabric that is waterproof. You must carry all materials for your hike yourself, as no porter services are provided.
 

Shoes
Most importantly, you should bring a pair of good-fitting, comfortable shoes. It is best that you use these shoes prior to leaving for your cruise. It is important that you be comfortable in them.
Regardless of the level of difficulty of the hike, your shoes should have a good quality, well sewn-on and non-slip sole for wet or uneven terrain. It is best to choose shoes that provide ankle support and that have shock-absorbing soles to prevent injury to ankles, and back and joint problems.
 

Clothes
You'll be well-prepared for your hike with these essentials:
Undergarments / base layers that are appropriate for the planned hike
Lightweight, quick-drying pants
Warm sweater or fleece jacket
Rain poncho or raincoat
Hat or cap
Thin gloves and a knit cap for the beginning and the end of the season
 

Equipment
Do not forget to bring:
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Small personal first-aid kit (refer to the following paragraph)
Water bottle
Toilet paper
Folding knife
Telescoping hiking poles if you are used to using them
 

First-aid needs
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike.
Even so, you must bring your own first-aid kit, which differs according to the destination, but will at least include:
Plastic strip bandages
“2nd Skin” or similar blister treatment bandages
Pain reliever
If necessary, mosquito repellent
Eye drops
Anti-diarrhea medication, etc.
You should also include any of your personal medication that you require (prescriptions, for example).