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Paiva Walkways and Alvarenga Small-Group from Porto

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Paiva Walkways and Alvarenga Small-Group from Porto

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Escape the city in favor of Arouca Geopark, a natural wonderland home to the Paiva Walkways, on a full-day trip from Porto. In a small group limited to 15, you’ll follow a wooden walkway on a 5-mile (8-km) trail alongside the River Paiva. Upgrade  your tour to revitalize with a Portuguese specialty in the small village of Alvarenga, sample pinguça, a local liquor and enjoy a regional lunch. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Full-day trip to Paiva Walkways and Alvarenga village from Porto
  • Escape the city and reconnect with nature in Arouca Geopark
  • Follow a wooden walkway on a 5-mile (8-km) trail alongside the River Paiva
  • Upgrade to feast on a meat-based Portuguese speciality and sample local liquor in Alvarenga
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Typical Regional Lunch (if option selected)
Picnic lunch (if option selected)
Tasting of local liquor "Pinguça" (if option selected)
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Food and drinks, unless specified
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9:00 AM
We can pick up from any location inside Porto! (hotels, hostels, Airbnb's, train stations, etc.)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved (8Km)
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Climbing up and down many stairs is involved
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Detours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Paiva Walkways and Alvarenga Small-Group from Porto?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Paiva Walkways and Alvarenga Small-Group from Porto.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Paiva Walkways and Alvarenga Small-Group from Porto?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Paiva Walkways and Alvarenga Small-Group from Porto.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Paiva Walkways and Alvarenga Small-Group from Porto?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
Easy pleasurable hike
David_Z
, Jun 2022
Our guide was helpful and knowledgeable. Thoroughly dependable tour. We very much enjoyed the day. Lunch was very tasty and we liked the authentic Portuguese venue.
star-3
Bad description
Peter_R
, May 2022
It‘s not clear, if the suspension bridge is part or upgrade or possible on the tour. In the description is nothing, but on the photos. I asked the question via viator, but no answer! But the tour itself was good. I didnt like the long blabla before getting on the bridge.
star-5
Perfect day trip
Pirjo_T
, Apr 2022
Landscapes were beautiful and meal was excellent. The guide was knowledgeable. The group was suitably small. We enjoyed the trip a lot.
star-5
Had a great experience...
Ashpreet_N
, Mar 2022
Had a great experience and Pedro was a great guide! The walk has great views and is definately worth it!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun filled day!
Marie_W
, Feb 2022
We had a fantastic day from start to finish. Our tour guide was so friendly and really made our day. I would highly recommend this trip and would definitely do it again if/when we return. Thanks for everything!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience
Mark_S
, Oct 2021
Amazing walkways, beautiful scenery. Our driver and tour guide Georgio made for a great experience .
star-5
Beautiful landscape
Lisa_H
, Aug 2021
This tour was a great alternative to other city tours. The landscape and walk are amazing. Our tour guide Diogo was patient and informative. Also you should do the suspension bridge. It is not as scary as you think but do note you have to walk across twice. We highly recommend this experience if you want to see a different side of Portugal. But be prepared — it can be long and hot! Dress cool and wear good shoes and a hat.
star-5
Detours paiva walkways.
NicoleA
, Aug 2021
The experience was so amazing and wonderful and so as our tour guide, Rodrigo. He was so in to all the clients, always giving his best to help us to understand the history of the Paiva walkways. Highly recommended!
star-5
Amazing day - The walk to do
GAELLE_R
, Jul 2021
Have a walk Paiva Walkways was a perfect moment in heart of the nature. A face of portugal you must absolutely do, never you will regret. Take the time to see the bridge 516 Arouca, an experience to have. Thanks Diogo for this perfect day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Unique experience and excellent tour guide
Tom_B
, Jun 2021
Rodrigo was an excellent guide and we loved this hidden gem that’s an hour outside Porto. Highly recommend if you like hikes, waterfalls and rivers. The local food was also excellent and the trip includes a short stop in the local town.
star-5
Great experience
Jmcf
, Sep 2020
We had a fabulous day. Our guide Carlos was very informative. Fantastic lunch. It was tougher than we thought but very enjoyable.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Paiva Walkways Tour
Phil D
, Apr 2019
I would like to say that this was one of the best day trips out that me and my wife have had. The views on the Paiva walkway views were spectacular all the way along and were followed by an exceptional traditional Portuguese meal. The guide Diago was excellent from when he first picked us up at our hotel to when he dropped us off at the end of the day. We were very lucky with the weather on the day and this made the day even better.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Though it rained a lot it was still...
Cathy S
, Apr 2018
Though it rained a lot it was still a great day. It is just beautiful and serene and I would highly recommend it though you must be able to climb a lot of stairs. Diogo was a great tour guide, everything ran on schedule, he shared lots of interesting information about the places we passed on the drive, provided snacks and water and the restaurant he picked out for lunch was great.
star-5
This was a wonderful adventure. The...
Richard J
, Apr 2018
This was a wonderful adventure. The weather was not the best. It did everything from sunshine to rain during the walk. The beginning stairs were a bit difficult but as long as you take your time I think most people can make it. The views were stunning and you could feel the power of the river as you traversed the walkway. I was there in early April when the weather can be iffy but felt it was a good time because from what I hear the walkway can be very crowded in the summer. I may have seen 30 or 40 other people while walking the 8.5 km. After the walk our guide took us to a wonderful local bistro to have a locally sourced meal that was outstanding. The whole tour was very professionally done. Well worth the effort to visit Paiva walkway.
star-5
The Paiva Walkways are a very nice...
PB
, Nov 2017
The Paiva Walkways are a very nice break from Porto. A comfortable drive about 1:30 minutes from our hotel. Diogo our guide was very professional and able to accommodate any reasonable requests. He is also very knowledgeable about Portugal and the region. The tour ends with a very pleasant lunch in a small village 15 min. drive from the end of the Walkways.
star-5
The Paiva walkways were wonderful...
Katharina_J
, Sep 2017
The Paiva walkways were wonderful, we can wholeheartedly recommended this tour! There are a lot of beautiful sights alongside the route. Our guide, Diogo, was very helpful. After the tour we enjoyed a delicious full course menu with locally produced meat and liquor. Thanks for the great experience!
star-5
This Walk is not for the lazy. It...
Geoff E
, Sep 2017
This Walk is not for the lazy. It starts with a climb of around 200 steps, then sightly more steps down the other side. I have had both my hips replaced and I still found the walk easy enough - but we walk almost every day at home. We were on the walk with a couple from France and enjoyed the chance to practice a little French language. The views are spectacular and I took around 200 photographs. The lunch was at a quiet mountain village and the food was very good. Our driver was Pedro and he looked after us well. As long as you are not lazy, I would highly recommend this trip.
star-5
We were going to this trip by...
Keith H
, Jul 2017
We were going to this trip by ourselves but then I saw that Viator provided a tour of it, so we decided to have them take us which turned out to be perfect. The guide picked us up at our hotel and we were the only ones to sign up for the tour so we had a private tour. The drive was much further than I was expecting. the guide dropped us off at one end of the walk and said that he was going to drive to the end and walk backwards and meet us somewhere on the path. this turned out to be perfect because if we went ourselves we would have been forced to walk back or take a taxi back to where we started. We found out about the boardwalk along the river by an article in the NY Times in March. It is not in any book that I read and we were the only people not from Portugal on the walk. the walk is a boardwalk that goes along this beautiful river. the guide told us that there was a lunch included. we figured that there will be a small lunch packed for us. it turned out that the guide took us to a small town after the walk and we had a wonderful lunch. the owner of the restaurant was so friendly and we had steak, salad, French Fries and rice. to start we had meat and cheese. When the meal was over the owner came over with some homemade liquor. we tried some but the guide did not. once back in the van my wife and I fell asleep for the ride home. Overall it was a great time and we are so glad that we had the guide.
star-5
The tour was amazing! The view of...
Marisol C
, Jul 2017
The tour was amazing! The view of the river and rapids was spectacular. Diego, our tour guide, was very helpful and took good care of us. The lunch experience was unique. Rita was an amazing host. I will highly recommend it.

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