Porto Sailing trips & boat tours

Our most recommended Porto Sailing trips & boat tours

Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

1. Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

Board the original boats used to transport the Port Wine barrels from the Douro Region to Gaia and Porto. The boats have been adapted with the most modern navigation equipment to transport passengers with maximum comfort. Enjoy a journey that stretches from the historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, upstream to Freixo and then downstream toward the mouth of the Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the rich and breathtaking landscape while you learn the history of the 6 bridges that unite Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto. Discover other points of interest in these two cities. 

Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto with Cruise

2. Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto with Cruise

Experience the beauty of Aveiro’s channels on a tour aboard a colorful Portuguese gondola on this half-day tour from Porto. Ride along naturally-formed channels that connect to the river and to the sea.  Meet at a centrally-located spot in Porto and board a comfortable van for your transfer to Aveiro. Absorb the culture of this city that was once a fishing village, where residents made their living from the river, the sea, and salt production. Begins at the fish market square, where you’ll have great views of the city center. Head out on an hour-long cruise on a vibrantly-painted, wooden moliceiro boat. Glide thorugh the channels on this traditional, Portuguese vessel.  After the cruise your guide will show you the Costa Nova neighborhood that borders the sea. Admire some of the old traditional houses that are small in size, and painted in bright colors with vertical stripes. Return to Porto by van at the end of your tour. 

Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

3. Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

Travel by water on a unique cruise through the city of Porto and soak in the beautiful views accompanied by a glass of wine. Pass by the famous Ponte da Arrábida, Douro Ecological Reserve, and more during the journey on a sunset or daytime cruise. Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you will begin your round-trip cruise through the beautiful cityscape of Porto. Throughout the trip, you will have the chance to see remarkable places such as Ponte da Arrábida, the old market (Alfandega), the Porto wine cellars, and the beautiful Ponte Luiz I. Turning back at Luiz I bridge, you will sail until the entrance of the Douro River for a sea experience and a lovely view of Foz do Douro and the new cruise terminal. If you want you can also stop close to the Douro Ecological Reserve to enjoy the peace and quietness of this fantastic area. Alternatively, choose the sunset option to enjoy a magnificent boat tour combined with beautiful sunset views from the vantage point of the sea. The tour ends back at the meeting point.

Porto City: Douro River Sailing Tour

4. Porto City: Douro River Sailing Tour

Experience Porto in a whole new way on this 2-hour private Douro River sailing tour. Cruises on the 31-foot classic motor boat depart from Douro Marina and end in the mouth of the Douro River. Take in the famous Ribeira and see the typical houses of Porto from the water. Enjoy spectacular views of Arrábida Bridge and Dom Luís I Bridge. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine or bottled water en route. The tour operator will provide a few rounds of alcoholic drinks, but the supply is limited. The aim is for an elegant, relaxing, peaceful and safe experience for all on board.

From Pinhão: Private Yacht Cruise along the Douro River

5. 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.

Porto: Private Charming Sailboat Tour on the Douro River

6. Porto: Private Charming Sailboat Tour on the Douro River

Embark on a private sailboat tour along the riverside of Porto and Gaia. Pass some of the most appreciated attractions in the cities of Porto and Gaia, such as the Dom Luis Bridge, Crystal Palace Gardens, Porto Cathedral, and Clérigos Tower. Starting at the Douro Marina, meet your certified crew and savor a sparkling or Porto wine as a welcome drink before sailing calmly between the Dom Luis Bridge and the mouth of the Douro River. Simply sit back, relax, and listen to music while admiring the sights from the water.

Porto: Douro Valley Hike and Winery Tour w/ Tasting & Picnic

7. Porto: Douro Valley Hike and Winery Tour w/ Tasting & Picnic

Have a taste of Portugal's culture and landscape with a comprehensive excursion from Porto. Trek through the majestic Douro Valley and reach the village of Pinhão for a winery visit and tasting experience. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature and explore the area with some free time. Walk through the vineyards in Douro Valley toward the traditional Pinhão village. Make a stop along the way to tour a local winery and learn how their wines are made. Enjoy a tasting of 3 wines and a delicious picnic of charcuterie, bread, and cakes, paired with red and white wines. After the picnic, continue on with your hike and reach Pinhão. Explore the town at your own pace or hop on a scenic boat cruise for an extra charge. Relax as you take in the incredible landscapes of Douro Valley from this quaint town.

From Porto: Exclusive Sailboat Cruise 2H

8. From Porto: Exclusive Sailboat Cruise 2H

In this exclusive private tour for two, you'll meet the staff at Douro Marina who will welcome you aboard and tell you a little bit about the boat and the tour itself. A trip between the marina, the riverside and Foz do Douro. During the journey, you will have the opportunity to appreciate an exclusive trip with your friends and family. You will be able to see up close a landmark of the city like the D. Luís I Bridge from a different perspective that only the Douro River can offer.

Porto: Private Yacht down River Douro

9. Porto: Private Yacht down River Douro

Sail on a private yacht and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Start your adventure at Douro Marina in Afurada. Relax and unwind as you cruise down the famous Douro River, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Admire the spectacular views ahead. Jump off the yacht and straight into the turquoise waters, if you like. Feel the sun on your face as you sunbathe in style. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine, water, or espresso as you sail down the river. Explore Porto and Gaia with no traffic, lines, or crowds. Totally customized and fun for your friends and family. Beverages and snacks are available to purchase onboard. Sit back relax and cruise like a VIP on your own private yacht.

Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

10. Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you'll have a pure sailing experience on a race boat while you can watch the magnificent views over Porto and Gaia river areas. Experience the unique feeling of using only the wind to move the boat and the adrenaline of moving on the water.   You can trim the sails, drive the boat, and take care of the functions on board or you can just relax and let the skipper do everything. Depending on the wind conditions, you can have a more extreme experience or you can ask the skipper to slow down and take things more smoothly.

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What people are saying about Porto

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,157 reviews

I expected something harder as it was mentioned in other reviews, however for a hiker is easy, for a beginner might be a bit harder but super doable. Even expecting something more challenging, I have to say I really loved the day and the picnic was the highlight.

This was a great little tour of the area. It was easy to get to and easy to coordinate with other activities. The area near the boats have plenty of food and drink for you. For us it was totally worth it and we're glad we did it.

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Great way to get to know Douro Valley, we thought the hike was not that difficult and we really enjoyed our day with Tito. Thanks to everyone for this awesome day!

Incredible experience. The host were friendly, extremely informative. Can’t wait to go back and see them again. Great people make a huge difference.