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Portugal by Train

The scenic rail routes of northern Portugal. This holiday takes you to World Heritage Cities and UNESCO sites, small colourful towns, interesting museums and on a cruise along the magnificent Douro.


  • Portugal

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Oct

  • Guided Adagio Holidays

Tour codes: 52800


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Guided Adagio Holidays

This holiday includes an active sightseeing programme with unchallenging walks, either city tours or strolls on relatively easy terrain in the surrounding countryside. If in a mountainous area, the walks will be amongst the hills rather than up and down them. Local guides, winery visits, traditional villages and time to pause and watch the locals going about their lives are likely to feature.


Holiday Highlights

  • Travel through Porto and its surrounding areas by rail on both modern and legendary trains and lines
  • Visit famous train and tram museums
  • Explore the medieval centre of Viana do Castelo
  • Capture the colourful houses, brightly painted gondolas and relaxing canals of Aveiro
  • Discover the iconic scenery of the Douro Valley

Nowhere does “faded grandeur” like Porto and this feeling is accentuated by the mix of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, which adds to the city’s romantic atmosphere. Built into the banks of the Douro River, where the river joins the Atlantic Ocean, the city is maze of medieval alleys, old world shops, cobbled streets and baroque monuments.

The history of the railroad in Portugal is very rich and none more so than the north of the country. From the trams of Porto, funiculars, narrow gauge tracks and the meandering track through the iconic Douro Valley, which was built to transport the barrels of port wine, this holiday takes you to World Heritage cities and UNESCO sites, small colourful towns, interesting museums and on a leisurely cruise along the magnificent Douro. 

This is a busy programme with some early starts and late finishes, making for some longer days. However, our programme is designed to see as much as possible! This is a holiday for train enthusiasts, with much of our walking programme centred around city and town sightseeing, museum and monument visits.

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Porto with Portugal TAP
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners in local restaurants with wine included
  • All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers
  • Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary Tips
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1





We arrive into Porto and make the short journey by coach to our central hotel. There is time for an orientation walk before dinner at a local restaurant.

Transfer Time = 30 minutes

Day 2



Breakfast & Dinner


Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, train schedule changes or changes beyond our control. 

Today we enjoy a visit of Porto’s old town seeing the Lello Bookshop, the Torre dos Clérigos, and the formidable cathedral. There are numerous cafes and restaurants to choose for lunch and then we make a visit to the Tram Car Museum, which is housed in an old thermoelectric power station and has a fascinating collection of trams, trailers and vehicles

Day 3



Breakfast & Dinner


Taking a more modern style train today, we travel to Coimbra, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. The city perched above Portugal’s longest river, the Mondego River, we walk alongside the river and for those that wish, take a gentle climb up to the university, perched on the hill, offering wonderful views.

Day 4



Breakfast & Dinner


We walk from our hotel to Sao Bento train station, which in itself is a lovely place to visit, even if you aren’t taking a train! We have time to see the wonderful mosaics, before we board our train. We travel on the Minho line, which connects Porto to Vigo in Spain, to Viana do Castelo, travelling through fertile farmlands.

Day 5



Breakfast & Dinner


Our destination today is Macinhata, which we reach on the iconic Linha do Vouga, the last surviving metre gauge railway line in Portugal. In Macinhata we have time to explore the National Railway Museum. For those who wish to explore more before heading back to the hotel, we can make an optional stop in Aveiro, known as the Venice of North Portugal, where we discover canals with their brightly painted “gondolas”, and colourful houses. Our journeys today takes us on 3 different types of trains.

Day 6



Breakfast & Dinner


We take the Guimarães spur of the Minho line today, which was opened as a narrow gauge line in 1884 and recently converted to Iberian gauge. After a visit to the Lousado Train Museum, which houses a splendid collection of historical rolling stock, we arrive in the city of Guimarães, regarded as the birthplace of Portugal.

Day 7



Breakfast & Dinner


Today is dedicated to the world’s most iconic scenery. It will be an earlier start today as we travel along the Douro Valley. We take a cruise along the river as far as Regua. Steep terraces of vineyards climb up from the banks with vegetation and dramatic cliffs on all sides. In Regua we enjoy a stroll among the vineyards, with a tasting, before boarding the train to return to Porto. 

Travelling along the Douro by boat and train offers superb river and countryside views. The Douro line was opened in 1887 primarily dedicated to transporting port wine and took 12 years to build.

Day 8

Final day



Enjoy a relaxed morning with a leisurely breakfast before saying goodbye and heading to the airport for the return flight back to the UK. If there is time then perhaps join a walk along the Atlantic coast with your group leader, ending back in the old town with time for lunch, before heading to the airport.

From (GBP)£1,595

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Oct 2020 - 29th Oct 2020 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

We fly from London Gatwick to Porto airport and return with TAP. The flight takes approximately 2 ½ hours. 

We include a coach transfer from Porto to the Hotel Moov Porto Centro, which takes approximately 30 minutes. During the week we’ll travel on foot, train, tram, funicular and boat. 


Accommodation information

Below is a summary of the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Moov Porto Centro

Porto oozes charm. The old town appears to “tumble down” towards the river with splashes of colour on the buildings dotting the hillside. The historical architecture sites are mixed between the contemporary offerings, colourful mosaics adorn buildings and the main train station and the restaurants offer fragrant, mouth-watering cuisine. The wines are also in a class of their own with the vino verde and of course, port wines. The city has all the facilities you would expect. There are several grocery shops, bakeries, banks, post office and ATM’s. Porto has plenty of bars and restaurants too. 

Housed in the former Águia D’ouro cinema, with its Belle Epoque façade, the Hotel Moov Porto Centro is in the heart of the city and offers easy access to all the sights and the Sao Bento train station. The hotel is minimalist in style and gives a nod to its former use in its décor. This hotel has been selected for its great location as it is close to the train station, ideal for our rail itinerary. 

Rooms are contemporary and minimalist in design with either a double bed or twin beds pushed together. Rooms are all en suite (with shower only), air conditioning, sound proofing, TV and hairdryer. Safety deposit boxes are available for use in reception (small charge applied locally).

PLEASE NOTE: The twin beds cannot be pulled apart. Sole occupancy rooms will be accommodated in double or twin bedded rooms for sole use.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. 

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Country Currency

The currency in Portugal is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.


We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We fly from London Gatwick to Porto airport and return with TAP. The flight takes approximately 2 ½ hours. Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. 

We include a coach transfer from Porto to the Hotel Moov Porto Centro, which takes approximately 30 minutes. During the week we’ll travel on foot, train, tram, funicular and boat. 

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Porto, we assume that unless you advise us otherwise, you will meet and leave the group at the hotel. If this is not your intention, and you wish to join the group airport transfer, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.


Breakfast is taken at the hotel each morning, in either the breakfast room or if the weather is nice, in the internal courtyard and we will dine at local restaurants each evening. Our restaurant choices vary from traditional home-cooked dishes to more modern fare. 

We will walk to the local restaurants each evening, usually between a 10-25 minute walk. Local restaurants can be simple but allow us to enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional Portuguese restaurant along with local diners and the Portuguese hospitality. Portuguese dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients, and usually consist of soup, meat or fish, vegetables and potatoes. Portugal is famous for its fresh fish and usually it is caught, cooked and eaten the same day! Dinners include wine and water. 

Lunches are not included. We may choose to picnic or our day may allow for a stop at a local restaurant. Your Adagio leader will give you more information at the daily briefings

Footwear & Kit List


Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

The Lonely Planet Pocket Guide to Porto and the Pocket Rough Guide to Porto are a good accompaniment to this holiday. 

You may find the following websites useful in preparation for your visit: Tourist Portuguese Office website and the Visit Porto and the North Website

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.


It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 2000m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 


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Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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