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

    1. 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, incl...

    It was great, the bus took a while to arrive but other than that, everything was excellent and I was helped through whatsapp when I needed.

  • Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

    2. 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

    3. 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.

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

    4. 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 Port Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

    5. 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 across the Douro Estuary from Porto. Learn more about the vineyards and wineries of the Douro Valley and enjoy 10 different port wine tastings with professional commentaries.  Start with a visit to an old wine cellar and take a guided tour of the facilities. Sample 3 port wines from their collection and learn more about the culture and philosophy of port wine drinking. Continue to the home of the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal to enjoy 4 more tastings of their different wines.  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!

    Excellent guided tasting experience; the 3 places provided different styles of the "classic 3" for tasting, the guide was engaging but not in-your-face and each winery didn't push their merchandise. We were very happy with the experience, never having tasted port before.

  • 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

  • Porto: 3-Hour Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

    8. 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

  • Pinhão: Quinta do Bomfim Visit and Tasting

    9. Pinhão: Quinta do Bomfim Visit and Tasting

    Owned by the Symington family for five generations, Quinta do Bomfim features a winery, old wine cellar, and vineyard in the heart of the Upper Douro Valley. Visit the on-site museum and tour the grounds before choosing from a variety of family-made ports and wines to taste on the terrace. The tour begins in a small museum that tells the story of the property, the family, and the wines. A collection of early 20th century photographs of the Douro and documents highlight the history of the Quinta and the region. Afterward, choose between three vineyard walks, all of which offer excellent views of the surrounding mountain vineyards, some with dry stone terraces built by hand in the 18th and 19th centuries. Along the way, visit the old lodge built in 1896, one of the most significant structures in the Douro Valley. This vast vat and barrel cellar, with its complex roof structure, has bee...

  • Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch & Cruise

    10. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch & Cruise

    Get acquainted with the nature, gastronomy, and wine of the Douro region on this pleasant and relaxing day trip Enjoy the best that the Douro region has to offer. Savor a unique lunch with typical dishes of the region, marvel at the scenery on the panoramic cruise on the Douro River and enjoy the best wines of 2 renowned wineries. The tour includes tastings of port wine, table wines, and olive oil. The announced wineries may change, depending on availability.

    It was a busy and eventful day, with gorgeous views. Our guide, Sergio, was very knowledgeable and considerate. We learned a lot about wine and wine production, and olive oil was a bonus too! Would for sure recommend this tour.

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What people are saying about Douro Valley

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.