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Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

1. Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

Enjoy a traditional “6 Bridges Cruise” along the River Douro and follow in the footsteps of the old wine merchants that transported wine from the valley to the wine cellars. Board the boat at Ribeira Quay and sail for 50 minutes along the river. Admire the beautiful landscapes and buildings of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia from the water. Known as "Rabelo Boats," in reference to the old boats that transported wine from the Douro Valley, the cruise is the perfect chance to learn more about the historic bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn more about their construction and curiosities, and upon arrival at the last bridge, see the Foz do Douro where the river pours into the ocean.

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Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Cruise and Lunch

2. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Cruise and Lunch

Start your full-day tour in the center of Porto where your guide will introduce you to the rich history of the city and share some intriguing anecdotes with you. Travel in style in a comfortable minivan to Peso da Régua, in Northern Portugal for a short coffee break.  Next, head to the first winery stop on the itinerary. Discover and taste the region's famous wines while admiring the panoramic views of the vineyards that weave across the landscape. Around midday, you’ll move on to a restaurant for a delicious local Portuguese lunch. Choose from fish, meat, and vegetarian options. Continue your journey to the second vineyard where you will learn about the various stages of winemaking from a vineyard specialist and get to try out some of Douro’s finest Porto wine. As a special treat, stop at the Pinhão Railway Station, whose walls are beautifully decorated with blue glazed mosaic tiles depicting sceneries of the Douro Valley and its history of port wine production. Before returning to Porto, take a scenic 1-hour river cruise along the Douro River, where you can mingle with the other guests you've met along the tour. On your route back to Porto your minivan will stop at an amazing viewpoint where you can take beautiful pictures of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Full-Day Douro Wine Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

3. Full-Day Douro Wine Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

Admire the beauty of the Douro Valley on a full-day tour from Porto. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle, enjoy views of the picturesque landscapes along the route, learning about the region's rich culture from your local guide. Once there, visit 2 beautiful Douro Valley wine estates. Learn about the production of port wine, walk through the vineyards, and later taste the local wines. Continue to the village of Pinhão, where you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant with traditional Portuguese food and DOC Douro wine. At the 18th-century railway station in Pinhão, marvel at the Portuguese tiles that depict the beauty of the Douro Valley. Take a 1-hour river cruise on a typical rabelo boat used in the past to transport wine along the river.

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Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

4. Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

Explore the picturesque and historic city of Porto at your leisure with a ticket that gives you access to 2 sightseeing bus tours for 2 days. You can hop on and hop off at any stop in the city, taking in attractions such as the Avenida dos Aliados and the neighborhoods of Santa Catarina and Batalha. Located in the north of Portugal, the city of Porto has a rich history that dates to the Roman occupation of Iberia. This is a notable port city, situated on the estuary of the Douro River, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. You can also hop off the bus in the city’s oldest district, Ribeira, to enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch in a quaint café nestled along the city’s medieval walls and discover Porto’s famous wines. Your ticket gives you access to the cellars of Cales Calém, where top quality port wines have been produced since 1859. You can also sample some of the goods, including white, dry and ruby ports. Once you have seen Porto on dry land, you can take the Douro River Cruise to see it from the water. This is included as part of your tour package and gives you a chance to admire the city from a comfortable river cruiser as you drift down the Douro under 6 of the city’s bridges.

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From Porto: Douro Valley w/ Boat Tour, Wine Tasting & Lunch

5. From Porto: Douro Valley w/ Boat Tour, Wine Tasting & Lunch

Get out of Porto and into Portugal's gorgeous wine country. Take in views from the window of your luxury vehicle, visit vineyards and taste their wines, embark on a boat cruise, and more on this all-inclusive trip. Take advantage of a morning pickup in a comfortable luxury vehicle. Begin your tour with a stop at a viewpoint to enjoy the views across Porto. Then, sit back and relax as your vehicle hits the road for the Douro Valley. Enjoy an excursion which includes a visit to different 2 wine estates, with the opportunity to taste some of the different types of wine which are produced there. You'll also experience a typical (and delicious) Portuguese meal. Partake as well in a relaxing ride onboard a Rabelo boat on the Douro River. Your excursion also includes being taken by your driver to what the BBC called one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the world.

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Porto: 3-Hour Port Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

6. Porto: 3-Hour Port Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

Explore the history of port wine on a 3-hour walking tour of Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn about the vineyards and wineries of the Douro Valley and enjoy 10 different port wine tastings with professional commentaries.  Start with a guided tour of an old wine cellar. Sample 3 port wines from their collection and learn about the culture and philosophy of port wine drinking. Continue to the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal to enjoy 4 more tastings. End by sampling 4 more ports produced by the biggest exporter of wines from the Douro Valley, with sales of 10 million bottles in over 50 countries worldwide!

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Douro Valley: Wine Tour with Lunch, Tastings & River Cruise

7. Douro Valley: Wine Tour with Lunch, Tastings & River Cruise

Begin your tour in Porto and learn about the region's history and wine while driving to the Douro valley. Take a coffee break in the historic town of Amarante on the way. Here, admire the impressive Church and Convent of São Gonçalo or taste some of the pastries at one of the iconic pastry shops. Arrive at Sabrosa, the birthplace of Fernão de Magalhães (Magellan), the first man to circumnavigate the world. Next, enjoy a guided tour of a family-owned wine estate. Learn about and try 3 of the estate's wines. Enjoy a lunch paired with Douro wine (red and white) while overlooking the vineyards. After lunch, drive to Pinhão, with a photo stop at São Cristovão Viewpoint. Enjoy extraordinary panoramic views of the Douro valleys. Admire the meeting of the Pinhão River with the waters of the Douro River before embarking on a cruise at Pinhão.  In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of a famous wine estate (Quinta da Roeda – Croft/Taylor’s group or Quinta São Luiz – Kopke/Burmester group). Learn about its history and wine-making processes. Next, taste 3 of their wines. Then return to Porto by one of the world's most scenic roads, the N222.

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From Porto: Douro Valley Full-Day Wine Trip with Lunch

8. From Porto: Douro Valley Full-Day Wine Trip with Lunch

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up in an 8-seat minivan from your accommodation in Porto before exploring the stunning Douro Valley. Visit local wineries, savor wines and delicacies, learning about the wine making process, before cruising down the Douro River on a river cruise. Begin your tour with a visit to the Croft Vineyards and learn about the entire winemaking process from your guide. End your visit with a port wine tasting accompanied by a careful selection of Portuguese cheeses. Then head towards the village of Pinhão, where you will embark on a 1-hour boat trip with delicacies onboard. Relax as you float down the calm waters of the Douro River and admire the landscape of the valley. Afterward, sit down for lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. Choose between meat, fish, and vegetarian menus. After lunch, visit the winery of a small table wine producer. Learn about the differences between premium wines, and the techniques used to produce them during a private guided tour. End your visit with a tasting of olive oils made by the same producer. As you return to Porto, you’ll enjoy panoramic views along a scenic road.

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Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

9. Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

Navigate a unique river, in the heart of the oldest demarcated wine region of the world which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll start this adventure from Pinhao, pass under the Eiffel iron bridge going upstream to the Tua area where you will turn around to make the return journey. Along the way, see hills of terraced vineyards with no national roads or traffic in sight. Although you will do the same stretch up and down, it will appear different, as it is seen from two different points of view, and also because there is so much to see in this stunning region of the world. The traditional Rabelo boats have open and closed areas, so navigation can be comfortably be made in all kinds of weather, all year long.

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Douro Valley: 3 Vineyards Tour with Lunch

10. Douro Valley: 3 Vineyards Tour with Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel in the morning, you will travel in an air-conditioned minivan towards Sabrosa, the wonderful wine region, where you will stop for a quick coffee before venturing into the mountains. After arriving to the first family owned vineyard, it will be time to have the first wine experience. This small-size producer will engage you in a guided tour of it's facilities and a taste of their port and DOC wines, all of excellent and recognized quality.  Proceeding on your journey, prepare to have a delicious lunch at the second vineyard where you can try the local specialties accompanied with their own wine. This setting will also allow you to contemplate the majestic landscapes formed around you. After lunch, it's time to visit their facilities and taste their ports. The tour will then stop by a corporate brand vineyard, visiting their beautiful facilities and enjoying their wonderful Ports and beautiful views.  You will then drive alongside the river, where recently the National Highway 222 was considered the best road in the world for those who enjoy driving, offering breathtaking views. After a whole day strolling through the winding roads of the Douro Valley, relax on the trip back to your hotel to which you'll arrive to in the early evening.

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What people are saying about Douro Valley

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11,052 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with our guide, Milena, who has a fine grasp of the English language and a charming and outgoing personality. The day is well-thought out with welcome stops along the way to take in the beauty and to stretch your legs. The two visits to the Porto makers were informative and entertaining. Lunch was nice and the boat ride at the end was a nice change in perspective.

Paulo was amazing with our group and our kiddos in particular. The tour was on time, the group was perfect and Paulo was perfect with a mix of knowledge and history. I highly recommend this tour to anyone in Porto for a couple of days!

We had a wonderful trip to the Duoro Valley. Milena was an excellent guide and we enjoyed both vineyards - Marrocos and Tedo - as well as the restaurant and the boat cruise.

The best tour I've attended. Excellent and interesting guides, delicious wine, hearty and mouth-watering lunch. Recommends!

Excellent trip! The food and wine was amazing. Really fun thing to do to see the Douro Valley!