~ Prices & practical information week program ~
Full Week Hiking Program.
Three hiking days, one rest day, three hiking days.
Average distance per hiking day: 19 km
The group gathers in Carapito Saturday evening.
Hiking starts on Sunday for 3 days till Tuesday late afternoon.
Wednesday is a day of rest.
Thursday the group continues for 3 more hiking days till Saturday afternoon.
3 Day Hiking Program.
Part 1. Same as first 3 days of the full week, ending Tuesday late afternoon at the Monastery of Santa Maria de Maceira Dão.
Part 2. Starts Thursday morning in Alcafache, ends Saturday late afternoon in Santa Comba Dão.
Daily program* (roughly).
8 am Breakfast
9 am Start of the day’s walk
12:30/13:00 Lunch and resting time
14:30 Continuation of the walk
* In the case of 27+ celcius temperatures we start an hour earlier
Costs Full Caminho:
Between € 790 and € 890*
Costs Half Caminho:
Between € 390 and € 450*
The costs are the sum of:
- Fee for the organization, hiking guide and insurance during the hikes.
- Seven overnight stays from Saturday till Saturday to be booked independently (information provided).
- Three meals a day starting at dinner on Saturday and ending after lunch on the next Saturday to be paid at the various establishments.
- Transfers costs for a few taxi rides during the week.
* The variation in total sum of costs is due to the prices differences between single or double rooms.
Throughout the Dão valley you can stay in simple yet comfortable Bed and Breakfasts or Hotels. Information about where you can book your overnights will be provided.
Meals and food.
Included in the sum of costs are 3 meals per day which include breakfast at the hotel or at a local café, picnic lunch provided by the hotel or bought at a local supermarket and dinner at the hotel or a restaurant in the village. We recommend hikers to additionally bring some of your favorite hiking snacks. Most things are easy to get here and can be replenished in Penalva do Castelo (hiking day 3) or Caregal do Sal (hiking day 5).
Backpack between 30 and 40 ltrs, clothes appropriate for the weather conditions, hat, sunscreen, containers for 1.5 - 2 ltr. water, your favorite hiking snacks.
The walking group will be a maximum of 8 people including the guide.
Trail and terrain.
For the most part the Caminho do Dão is set out on unpaved rural paths and roads. At times these are rougher and more uneven than others and the grade of difficulty varies between easy and moderate. The height differences average about 300m per day.
When setting out the trail the goal was to move through the valley on foot as much as possible. On two days of the trail there are no places to sleep with a group and therefore the choice was made to stay at the best and nearest option possible and use taxi’s to get to and from, resulting in 3 very short taxi rides.
To get to the starting point we will make an effort to help hikers organize a taxi together or make sure you have all the information you need to travel to the nearest public transport stop in Fornos de Algodres and take a taxi from there. From Santa Comba Dão, where the Caminho ends on Saturday, you can travel to your next destination by train or bus.