Paddling Portugal’s river by day; vineyard estates by night

Emma’s pick: The sun glints on the glassy surface of the Douro River as you dip your paddle, gliding through northern Portugal’s historic Port wine district. Raptors glide overhead as we wind our way between rugged mountains terraced with ancient vineyards. Tranquil days on the river give way to festive evenings at centuries-old quintas, the wine estates of the Douro Valley.

Within these hospitable mansions and inns, we enjoy an inside encounter with contemporary rural life in Portugal through romantic wine country, and visit three World Heritage Sites en route.

Does this sound like your kind of trip?

Departing in June or September for 9 days from $7775* and limited to 12 guests, call, email or drop in to see Emma about this paddling odyssey savouring the best in traditional European ambience and cuisine.

(Photo courtesy of Natural Habitat Adventures. *T&Cs apply, price may vary as based on USD.)