Douro Valley
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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.

    It was really fun, the people were nice and we did not have to wakt long. There are 2 boats and one leaves every half hour. I would suggest taking one at 6 like we did, after the boatride we went for a hike to go up on one of the bridges and saw a beautiful sunset. We also had golden hour etc so we were really happy that we took the boat at 6. The people spoke excellent english! There is also a cable car ride by the boats. Wich is a really fun experience aswell!!

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

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

    Your full-day wine tour begins in Porto where your expert guide will teach you about the history of the region and its wine while driving to the Douro valley. On our way, there will be a coffee break in the historic town of Amarante. Here, you can admire the impressive Church and Convent of São Gonçalo or taste some of the amazing pastries at one of the iconic pastry shops. Arrive at Sabrosa, the birthplace of Fernão de Magalhães (Magellan), the great fifteenth-century Portuguese navigator and the first man to circumnavigate the world. Head to a family-owned wine estate, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the property, learn more about the wines and their unique character, and taste 3 of the estate’s wines. The estate is the perfect setting for your lunch. A Complete lunch will be served at the estate, including pairings of Douro wines (red and white), at the terrace overlooking the vi...

    We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, our guide Claudia was informative, interesting and amusing. She was always pointing out places or points of interest on our journey right to the end, making sure that we were Covid safe at all times. The hosts at the two wineries were also very informative and passionate about their product. The lunch provided was tasty and well presented with a beautiful view of the vineyards. The boat trip was a charming restful and relaxing interlude. We had a lovely day and would thoroughly recommend this tour to give you a wider appreciation of Porto and Portugal.

  • Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

    3. 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.

    The audio guide is wonderful although it uses a lot of phone battery. It would be nice to have it also on the return. The views are spectacular and it was good to learn about the different wineries. Be sure to bring your own water as beverages are not provided.

  • Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

    4. Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

    Navigate on a unique river, in the heart of the oldest wine demarcated region in the world and also a UNESCO world heritage site. You start from Pinhão, pass under the Eiffel iron bridge going up stream until the Roncão area where you turn around and return to Pinhão. Along the way you’ll see hills of terraced vineyards until the river, with no national roads or traffic in sight. Although you do the same stretch up and down, it could very well be a different one, because seeing it in one direction and then on the other creates two completely different points of view and sights. The traditional rabelo boats have open and closed areas, so navigation can be comfortably made in all kinds of weather, all year long.

    Peaceful river cruise, a great change from other more active experiences. I actually didn't think I would like it very much, but I did. Definitely recommended.

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

    5. 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

  • Pinhão and Douro Valley Day Cruise from Porto

    6. Pinhão and Douro Valley Day Cruise from Porto

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Porto for the day and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Douro Valley as you cruise along the Douro River to a series of high dams. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Douro Valley and Alijó in the Norte Region of Portugal. Board the boat at Cais da Estiva in the Ribeira of Porto. Then, travel into the Douro Valley passing the vineyards of one of Europe’s earliest demarcated wine regions. Continue past Quintas to the Crestuma-Lever Dam in time for lunch. Sail further along the Douro River to the high Carrapatelo Dam. Cross the “capital of wine” at Régua, and pause by the Barragem Dam at Bagaúste. At approximately 5:00 PM, the boat will arrive at Pinhão, where you will have a visit to a wine estate with tastings of different samples of wine. Return to Porto by bus for an estimated arrival time of 9:00 PM.

    Beautiful day cruise, good food and great service. But it is a long day excursion.

  • From Porto Douro River Cruise to Régua With Lunch

    7. From Porto Douro River Cruise to Régua With Lunch

    Meet at 8:45am at Estiva quay in Oporto and board your boat heading to Régua, known worldwide as the capital of the Vine and Wine. Enjoy some breakfast on board while sailing through the Douro waters, admiring the breathtaking valley.  Go through the Crestuma-Lever Dam (height of 14 meters) and the Carrapatelo Dam (height 35 meters). Appreciate the lunch served onboard and get to know the history behind the region while listening to your audioguides in four different languages.  Get off the boat and visit Régua at your own pace. After enjoying some free time, you will head back to Oporto, arriving at 7:15pm. This route will be made by train if there is availability by the CP (Railroad Company).

    It was a beautiful cruise with fantastic views The one point of criticism was the audio system which was dismal We could not hear what was being said so from that perspective we didn’t get anything out of it

  • From Pinhão: Private Yacht Cruise along the Douro River

    8. From Pinhão: Private Yacht Cruise along the Douro River

    Enjoy a private boat tour along the Douro River. From the boat, you will be able to admire spectacular views of the Douro Valley, its impressive vineyards, and traditional stone walls. If you prefer to go inside the boat, it has a glassed-in lounge, which offers 360-degree views. In addition, the roof can be opened so that you can enjoy the delicious sunshine whilst sheltering from the wind. Sit back and enjoy a glass of Douro or Port wine as you take in the landscapes of the region.

  • Pinhão: Private Rabelo Boat Tour along the River Douro

    9. Pinhão: Private Rabelo Boat Tour along the River Douro

    Starting from Pinhão, pass under the iron bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Continue along the River Douro, admiring hills of terraced vineyards with no cars in sight. Take in the scenic views of the oldest wine region in the world, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you reach the Roncão area, you will turn around and start the return journey to Pinhão. Although you will do the same stretch of the river on the way back, you will have a different point of view of the sights along the way. The traditional Rabelo boats have open and closed areas, so navigation can be comfortably made in all kinds of weather, all year long.

    It goes exactly the same route as the non private tour but I am really glad we did it this way. Got to talk with the captain and sit wherever we wanted. Also a smaller boat so closer to the nature.

  • Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

    10. 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

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What people are saying about Douro Valley

Overall rating

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based on 4,317 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, our guide Claudia was informative, interesting and amusing. She was always pointing out places or points of interest on our journey right to the end, making sure that we were Covid safe at all times. The hosts at the two wineries were also very informative and passionate about their product. The lunch provided was tasty and well presented with a beautiful view of the vineyards. The boat trip was a charming restful and relaxing interlude. We had a lovely day and would thoroughly recommend this tour to give you a wider appreciation of Porto and Portugal.

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

The pickup place was easy to find, in the city centre. The trip by bus was comfortable. The entire trip was nicely organized, we saw many places, never waited in line, etc. Our guide, Marina was absolutely amazing! I will most definitely recommend this type of day trip to my friends

Very nice cruise. Duration of 50 minutes which allows you to see everything. Explanations in Portuguese and English. The best way to see the bridges and take your best shots.

Beautiful day cruise, good food and great service. But it is a long day excursion.