Hidden Rivers of North Portugal

The Tamega, the Paiva & the Vouga
Featuring the world prized Passadiços do Paiva


Hidden Rivers of North Portugal is a Walking Guided Tour featuring three beautiful and remote rivers - the Tamega, the Paiva and the Vouga.

They flow through wild and hidden landscapes and extremely ancient areas of difficult access, which has preserved the diversity of the local fauna and flora.

We use old trails, historic rail routes and the remarkable Passadiços do Paiva which allow access to previously unexplored areas.


MORE INFO Ref. 1600G _ Grade: Moderate 4/8

This one week tour features three of the most beautiful and remote rivers of Northern Portugal - the Tamega, the Paiva and the Vouga.

They flow through wild and hidden landscapes and extremely ancient areas, both in historic and geological terms. The areas are of difficult access and this has preserved the large diversity of the local fauna and flora.

Our tour brings us into closer contact with the hidden secrets of the rivers, and the natural and historical-cultural surroundings.

We use old trails, historic rail routes and newer innovations such as the remarkable Passadiços do Paiva which allow access to previously unexplored areas.

Our two centres, at either end of the tour, anchor the rivers and are intimately connected with them.

Our first centre, Amarante, also known as the princess of the Tamega, is a beautiful town with an amazing combination of tradition, history and nature.

The river Tâmega runs through this town which has a magical fairytale feel to it, with elegant turreted buildings and trees drooping into the river. From Amarante we travel to our second centre, Aveiro.

En route we stop by and walk the extraordinary Passadiços do Paiva. The Passadiços are in the middle of a classified area by the European and Global Geoparks Networks, under the auspices of UNESCO, a remote and wild area of rugged beauty bisected by the fast flowing, “frisky” river Paiva of the cool, clear waters.

Finally, at the end, we come to the Ria of Aveiro where the river Vouga meets the ocean in the wide estuary that has been worked for centuries for fishing, salt collection and seaweed harvesting using the colourful “barcos moliceiros”.

Aveiro has often been called the Portuguese Venice due to its canals and charming bridges. The town itself is famous for its ceramics, many examples of which are visible everywhere. This is truly a sensational tour combining the best of what nature and humankind working in harmony together can create.

Remote rivers of Northern Portugal - the Tamega, the Paiva and the Vouga
Passadiços do Paiva
Historical town of Amarante
Ria of Aveiro where the river Vouga meets the ocean in the wide estuary, known as the Portuguese Venice
Amazing hikes in the nature, following scenic countryside trails
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.
The hospitality and warmth from the local population.
Portugal is known for its gastronomy and wines, and in the Northern Portugal you’ll be delighted with the unpretentious hearty food and a great variety of quality wines.
Comfortable ensuite accommodation.
Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.
The opportunity to walk beyond the intended itinerary and even possibly the grade of this holiday. On some days you may be offered flexible walking options, this will be dependent on local conditions.
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.
The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.

The tour includes

Airport transfers.

En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels, beautifully located.

Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.

All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.

Services of a dedicated leader.

Please note:

The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.

A wait at the airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.

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