Water activity

Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

From £9.38 per person

Enjoy a one hour traditional Douro rabelo boat tour, on a breath-taking stretch of the Douro river, between vineyards in wonderful terraces.

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Duration 1 hour
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English, Portuguese
Audio guide included
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, German
Wheelchair accessible


  • Sail on a traditional Douro river boat
  • Enjoy the quietness of the valley
  • Admire the UNESCO world heritage site
Full description
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.
  • Rabelo boat tour
  • Downloadable audioguide app in five different languages on your smartphone (available on Play Store and Apple Store)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Magnifico Douro Pier, in Pinhão, near the iron bridge, in front of the Vintage House Hotel garden gate. Enter by the bridge.

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    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 134 reviews

    Review summary

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    A nice short ride on the river

    This is a good tour, but I simply did not know that the 'audio guide' was in the form of an app which needed to be downloaded. My American guests did not have access to wifi on the boat, so I asked a staff person to tell us about what we were seeing as we did not have the app. I will know for future reference. It could have been better, but that may be my fault.

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    14 October 2019

    A pleasant moment in a magnificent environment. Too bad the Rabelo is not powered by an electric motor to preserve our nature. Do not expect a guided tour but only a simple visit since the guide was nonexistent along the journey. I would have appreciated some comments and / or stories considering the place where we were!

    26 September 2019

    One hour is just right

    Ana was the guide and was very informative about the local vineyards and various types of grapes grown in the region. The perspective from the river looking up on the vineyards is very different from seeing it from the mountain top roads. One hour is long enough so you have time to go to the vineyards and start drinking wine!

    7 August 2019

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    Product ID: 162504