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From Porto: Douro Valley w/ Boat Tour, Wine Tasting & Lunch

1. From Porto: Douro Valley w/ Boat Tour, Wine Tasting & Lunch

Get out of Porto and into Portugal's gorgeous wine country. Take in views from the window of your vehicle, visit vineyards and taste their wines, embark on a boat cruise, and more on this all-inclusive trip. Take advantage of a morning pickup by choosing that option during booking. Begin your tour with a stop at a viewpoint to enjoy the views. Then, sit back and relax as your vehicle hits the road for the Douro Valley. Enjoy an excursion which includes a visit to different 2 visits to two distinct places, with the opportunity to taste some of the different types of wine which are produced there. You'll also experience a typical (and delicious) Portuguese meal. Partake as well in a relaxing ride along the Douro River. Your excursion also includes being taken by your driver to what the BBC called one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the world.

Porto: Walking and Wine Tasting Tour with Snacks

2. Porto: Walking and Wine Tasting Tour with Snacks

Experience the wines of Portugal with a local guide on a wine tasting tour of Porto. Journey through the most famous Portuguese wines, starting at Port Wine Cellar. Sample two different port wines at this historic venue. Then, go to two typical wine houses in the city. Try a green wine along with a selection of cheeses and smoked meats as a complement to your tastings. Get the chance to try some wines from the Douro Valley wine region at one, served alongside some Portuguese snacks (vegetarian options available). Benefit from a complete and wide experience of one of Portugal's most famous products and learn more about the grapes, varieties, and wine-making process. Get tips on how to taste wine and much more. Head back to Gaia city to visit the cellar and come back to Porto to go to the bars/restaurants for the rest of the tasting. This way, you'll have the opportunity to see the best viewpoints of both cities.

Douro Valley: Tour with Wine Tastings, Cruise, and Lunch

3. Douro Valley: Tour with Wine Tastings, Cruise, and Lunch

Gain some insight into the Douro Valley's history and landscapes. Take a guided tour of the city of Amarante, known as the city of love, sweets, and art. Be amazed by the breathtaking view from one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the entire Douro region, the viewpoint of São Leonardo da Galafura. The Douro Valley is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. It is also classified as a World Heritage Site. There are many other things to discover in the valley, including its rich culture, history, cuisine, and traditions. This region is known for its unique landscape, where the river is beautifully flanked by green mountains on both sides, forming an interesting V shape. These mountains not only flank the river but also serve a very important purpose: they are the soil where the vineyards are cultivated in terraces, making this view even more fantastic. For lunch, experience a 3-course traditional Douro meal (comprised of an appetizer, the main course, and a dessert) paired with local Douro wines. After lunch, enjoy a 1-hour panoramic river cruise from Pinhão, and fall in love with all the landscape and vineyards that surround you. Then is time for a visit with a local guide to a renowned winery (Quinta da Roêda, Taylor’s/Croft brands or Quinta São Luiz, Kopke/Calém brands), where you will learn about the production process of the famous Port wine and also enjoy a tasting of 3 different wines produced at the winery. After a day in good company, head back to Porto.

Full-Day Douro Wine Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

4. 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 along the route, learning about the region's rich culture from your local guide. Once there, visit 2 beautiful Douro Valley wine estates. Learn about the production of port wine, walk through the vineyards, and later taste the local 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.

Porto: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

5. Porto: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Porto's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics Pastel de Nata and more, and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food.  See Street Art by MrDheo and visit Galerias Palladium and Chapel of Souls (Capela das Almas) plus other remarkable spots in between food stops and learn about their history from your knowledgeable guide. 

Porto: Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Grandma's Recipe

6. Porto: Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Grandma's Recipe

Experience authentic Portuguese cuisine during this baking class in a cozy Porto home. Gather in the kitchen and learn how to prepare pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) following a local grandma's recipe. End your experience at the table with drinks and fresh pastries.  Get welcomed into your host’s home and start by learning about your host and their family. After getting acquainted, roll up your sleeves and get ready to bake everything from scratch. Enjoy working in a calm space with lots of natural light and get everything you’ll need for a fun baking time. Following a recipe that has belonged to your host’s grandmother for years, learn how to create pasteis de nata with lots of love, time, and care. Everybody will get to help, taking turns and learning fun facts about the pastry.  The class ends in the best way possible: together at the table with some coffee, tea, orange juice, and the freshest batch of homemade pasteis de nata you’ve ever had.

Porto 4.5-Hour Pub Crawl

7. Porto 4.5-Hour Pub Crawl

Porto’s number 1 nightlife event is back stronger than ever! Join a group of travelers from all over the world and spend 4.5 hours at the city’s top bars. Head out to some of the most popular spots in town. You'll be visiting 3 bars frequented by locals and also 1 nightclub. Enjoy 5 free drinks and learn how to say cheers in 10 different languages. Dance like there’s no tomorrow as you make new friends! If you can’t dance, maybe you’ll find someone to teach you a few moves.

From Porto: Douro River Cruise to Régua with Lunch

8. From Porto: Douro River Cruise to Régua with Lunch

Embark on a day trip to Régua and relax on a cruise along the Douro from Porto. Enjoy a delicious onboard breakfast before admiring the Carrapatelo Dam, and Crestuma-Lever Dam with an audio guide. You will also explore the town of Régua after savoring an authentic lunch on the boat.  Meet your guide at the Estiva quay in Porto, then board a boat heading to Régua, known worldwide as the capital of "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 of 35 meters). Tuck into lunch served onboard and learn about the history of the region with commentary from your audio guides, available in four different languages. Hop off the boat and explore Régua at your own pace. After enjoying some free time, make your way back to Porto by bus, arriving in the evening. 

Porto: Douro Valley Wine Tour and Boat Cruise with Lunch

9. Porto: Douro Valley Wine Tour and Boat Cruise with Lunch

Visit the unparalleled Douro Valley, the first denominated wine region in the world and a world heritage site by UNESCO. Start at the meeting point in Porto and embark on a scenic drive around the valley. Make a short stop at a viewpoint and then visit the first winery of the day. Try some red and white wines, olive oil, and other products. Pair everything with local bread, jelly, cheeses, and hams. Take a short walk through the vineyard, and learn about the work being done during the season, such as pruning, grafting, and harvesting. Then, stop in Pinhão for a typical Portuguese lunch at a local tavern with 2 dishes, meat and fish, and as well great options for vegans and vegetarians. After lunch, take a mini-cruise in a typical boat along the astonishing Douro Valley, with all the scenic views of the Porto Wine vineyards, terraces and wineries as a background. The journey will continue through National 222, a road with more stunning views. Stop at the 2nd winery to learn about the famous Port wine of the region, with tastings. Finally, return to Porto in the late afternoon.

3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner

10. 3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner

Discover the unique music style known as 'Fado' (a Portuguese word meaning destiny or fate) on this night tour in Porto. See sights like Clérigos Church and the charming Ribeira district. Savor a traditional Portuguese dinner while enjoying a 'Fado' show in a local restaurant.  Choose from a tour with hotel pickup in Porto or a tour with a centrally-located meeting point. See Porto’s city hall, the Clérigos Church and Tower, the Sao Bento Railway Station, the Dom Luís Bridge, and Ribeira as they are illuminated at night. Stop by a traditional restaurant in the city center to enjoy a dinner featuring Portuguese cuisine and to experience a 'Fado' show. Feel the thrill of this musical style that UNESCO has placed on the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. After dinner your guide will pick you up at the restaurant and drive you back to the meeting point location or to your hotel (if selected).

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We had a great time on this tour. We went on this tour during the off-peak season which helped us feel unrushed and able to fully experience the tour. We had 20 people on our tour. The event description is not accurate when it says you’ll be in a smaller group. There were lengthy drives (1.5 hours) at the beginning and the end of the tour but everything in between was short. Milena did a great job making sure we stopped for the toilet when we could. We were not rushed during any point of the tour and had plenty of time at each stop to take pictures, learn about the ports and wines and shop for what we liked. Lunch was very filling and included 3 entrée options (meat, fish and vegetarian), soup, dessert and never-ending table wine. Milena did a great job keeping us on schedule as well as being very knowledgeable. It’s not easy to heard a bunch of drunk adults into a van. She was friendly, outgoing and professional; everything we could have wanted in a tour guide.

This was the best part of our trip to Portugal! Our tour guide was Ivo and he was fantastic. I loved all of the information he gave us on the ride there and throughout the tour. He is from the Valley so he was able to give us local insight that I loved. The wine tastings, lunch, winery tour, and boat ride could not have been better. The views were absolutely breathtaking and stunning. This was a 10/10 and we couldn’t be happier with it. Thank you Ivo!

We had a great time in the beautiful Douro Valley with our guide Dennis and our fellow travellers. The pick up was on time, the tours informative (and generous with the Port!), the lunch was delicious/high quality and the vehicle safe and comfortable.

We're not port wine drinkers but this trip was still a must do to see Duoro Valley region. Everything was very organized and our guide Paulo was very knowledgeable. W

Very good trip. Enjoyed the boat trip with lovely views. The two wineries complimented each other well. Guide provided lots of interesting facts too.