Douro Valley
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  • Full-Day Douro Wine Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

    1. 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. Visit 2 Douro Valley wine estates. Learn about the production of port wine, walk through the vineyards and later taste the 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.

    I had an amazing time. We had a great tour operator, we went to several beautiful towns and 2 fabulous wine tastings.

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

    2. 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. 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 r...

    This winery tour of the Douro Valley was MUCH better than expected. Our guide, Hugo, was very informative, caring, and navigated the tricky roads with ease. The whole experience was planned to provide education and enjoyment for all. We walked into a vineyard and learned about the grape vines and varieties, explored vintage grape stomping and processing rooms, and tasted amazing varieties. Lunch was prepared in the most beautiful and idyllic setting. You will not regret booking this tour. Thank you, Hugo! - Bob & Sandy

  • Porto: 3-Hour Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

    3. Porto: 3-Hour Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

    Experience a walking tour through the streets of the historical center of Porto, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the city through its neighborhoods, buildings, and streets on a 3-hour guided trip. Enjoy old palaces, charming churches, and lively neighborhoods. See the famous iron bridge, engineered by Teófilo Seyrig, the Port wine cellars, and the characteristic Rabelo boats lined up along the quay which preserve the memory of old times when they used to transport the wine casks. Your guide will explain how, in the 12th century, the city grew around the construction of the cathedral, and has survived several Moorish and Castilian invasions as well as the French military invasions in the 19th century. Along the way, stroll along Aliados Avenue to the place that served as a backdrop to the first proclamation of the Republic of Portugal.

    Valter was awesome. I feel like I know the whole city, it’s culture and history in our 3 hour tour. Highly recommend

  • Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

    4. Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

    Relax with a pickup from your accommodation. Take in the beautiful scenery on the 1.5 hour trip into the Douro Valley. Learn about the winemaking techniques that have grown with the local communities over the centuries.  Enjoy a morning tasting of Doc and Port wines from a local producer. Enjoy a traditional lunch, celebrating the regional produce and pallet. Afterwards, take a 1-hour boat ride, and admire the surrounding landscapes. Relax by the river with a regionally-flavored cocktail, before returning back to your accommodation.

    João is an exceptional tour guide. He has a deep knowledge of subject matter for his tours; food, history, culture, You ask a question and get ready for a very interesting and factual explanation. I highly recommend any of his excursionS and plan to use him again

  • Douro Valley Wine Tasting from Porto

    5. Douro Valley Wine Tasting from Porto

    Establish an intimacy with Portugal's wine region Douro Valley. Departing from Porto, with no more than eight people, to pass through Peso da Regua where we will break to look upon the Douro River, the life source for the area.  Visiting the villages of Pinhao, where you will embark for a world of Port Wine. You will be given a tour of one of the most delectable wineries in the region, where you will be able to sample a few of the best. Afterwards, you will travel to a traditional Portuguese restaurant which compliments food with local wines. Before returning to Porto, you will visit a village of Casal de Loivos. This village is recognized by BBC Travel as one of the best views in the world. This village also is home to a family-run farm that produces wines with love. You will be able to enjoy wines, cheese and olive oil, all locally produced.

    Maybe because of Corona but we where With just with a small group at the porthouse and tablewine Vineyard. Great views. Especially the lunch was at a beautifull location where I would go back to. Great fibe. Make sure to bring some extra water and have a good breakfast. Not all wine tastings are great. But you will get sufficient types of wine and Port to try.

  • Douro Valley: Full Day Tour w/ Wine Tasting & River Cruise

    6. Douro Valley: Full Day Tour w/ Wine Tasting & River Cruise

    Begin your 9-hour Douro Valley tour with a drive to Regua, a small village in the Vila Real district. Visit a traditional farm, learn about wine production and enjoy a taste of port wine. Continue to Pinhão, a lovely village known for its wine production. Tour winemaking facilities and taste some of the wines. Sit down for a delicious lunch of traditional regional dishes. After lunch, you can take a scenic river cruise (additional cost), or visit the train station to admire its tiles depicting wine production and local scenes. Visit a small farm to taste delicious table wines, almonds, olive oil and honey. Take in the spectacular views on the drive back to Porto.

    Our guide Miguel very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended to go on this tour of the Douro Wine Valley.

  • Porto: Douro Valley Private Boat & Train Tour with Lunch

    7. Porto: Douro Valley Private Boat & Train Tour with Lunch

    After being picked up from your accommodation in Porto or the Douro Valley region, embark on a full-day private guided tour. Begin the tour with a 1.5-hour cruise on a rabelo boat, a traditional Portuguese wooden cargo boat that was used for centuries to transport people and goods along the Douro River. Relive Douro's history as you learn about how wine was transported in wooden barrels, by boat or train, to the cellars of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.  After the boat tour, stop for a lunch at a panoramic restaurant with incredible views over the river. Savor regional dishes from one of the most privileged balconies in the area. When you've finished eating and soaking up the views, embark on a scenic train ride through the valley towards Tua. Arrive at a local vineyard where you will have the opportunity to sample honey, wine, and olive oil. At the end of the tour, you will be filled wi...

    I would have the wine tasting BEFORE the luncheon at the train station restaurant. There is so much food and (average) wine at the luncheon that you are too "full" and sleepy to appreciate the wine tasting.

  • Porto: Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tour

    8. Porto: Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tour

    A perfect trip for wine lovers, don't miss this day trip through the region that gave us Port wine. Leave Porto and head for your first stop in your Douro Valley tour, the town of Amarante. With its traditional streets and buildings made from local granite, here you can explore unique sites and noteworthy monuments, such as the Convent and Church of São Gonçalo, and a beautiful and imposing bridge. If you prefer, you can also visit the municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum. Continue your trip through the city of Régua on your way to Pinhao, with a stop at a viewing point in Mesão Frio. In Régua, admire the beautiful stained glass windows of Casa do Douro - these windows illustrate the history of how barrels of wine were first transported in Rabelo boats down the Douro River. In Pinhão, you'll see the city's famous train station, built in 1879, as well as the Douro Museum where you'l...

    Delightful guide/driver Eduardo took us on a very scenic tour of the Douro stopping at both a medium sized port wine producer & a lovely small family run winery (which wasn't included but was only an additional 5 Euros each) with spectacular views. Very worthwhile & a fun day.

  • Full-Day Tour from Porto to the Douro Valley

    9. Full-Day Tour from Porto to the Douro Valley

    On this 9-hour tour you get the opportunity to have an overview of the history and the landscapes of the Douro Valley. The Douro Valley region is known for its unique landscape where the river is beautifully flanked by green mountains on both sides, forming an interesting “V” shape. Not only these mountains flank the river but they also serve a very important purpose: they are the soil where the wine vines are cultivated in terraces, making this sight even more fantastic. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other things to see in the valley including its rich culture, history, gastronomy, and traditions. The Douro Valley is the world oldest demarcated region for wines in the world! It is also listed as a World Heritage site. After lunch, enjoy a 1-hour panoramic cruise in Pinhão. End your day with a visit to Quinta da Roêda, where you will learn about the process of production of the fa...

    We were a bus full of French and English speakers whom Lolo our guide took care of admirably. He gave us enough information of what we were passing, answered all our questions and made sure to prepare us for each stop. I would NOT have wanted to drive where were did, given the steepness and curves. Claudio our driver was an expert and deserves recognition for his professionalism.

  • Porto City Tour with Lunch, River Cruise & Port Tasting

    10. Porto City Tour with Lunch, River Cruise & Port Tasting

    After pick up from your hotel by an air-conditioned minivan, head to Porto's historical center where you will take a walking tour to see the most iconic and photographed sights in the city. This includes: one of the most recognized libraries of the world, the Nasoni Tower where you can climb 240 steps to the top of the spiral staircase and enjoy impressive views, and the Cathedral, one of the oldest monuments in the city. Then, at lunchtime, get the chance to enjoy the best traditional local cuisine. After, discover the city's magic from the water, on a 50 minute cruise. The tour is conducted in a Rabelo boat, a typically Portuguese boat found on the Douro River. The boats traditionally carried port wine casks from the vineyards at Alto Douro to Vila Nova de Gaia Porto, where the wine was stored and later sold or shipped to other countries. You can't leave Porto without tasting the ne...

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What people are saying about Douro Valley

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This winery tour of the Douro Valley was MUCH better than expected. Our guide, Hugo, was very informative, caring, and navigated the tricky roads with ease. The whole experience was planned to provide education and enjoyment for all. We walked into a vineyard and learned about the grape vines and varieties, explored vintage grape stomping and processing rooms, and tasted amazing varieties. Lunch was prepared in the most beautiful and idyllic setting. You will not regret booking this tour. Thank you, Hugo! - Bob & Sandy

We had a wonderful tour with Manuel. Throughout the trip he had great knowledge on the area and was incredibly friendly throughout the entire trip. Would highly recommend.

The tour was absolutely great and our guide was making sure we had the best experience every minute of it.

The guide was brilliant, valley was fantastiv, wines wery good and weather sunny! We enjoyed!

Really good, everything was perfect. Sheila was a perfect guide. Eric Williamso