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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.

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

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

Explore the stunning beauty of the Douro Valley on a tour to 2 wine estates. Make a quick stop at the town of Amarante and taste regional wines at both wine estates. Sit down to a delicious lunch before sailing through the lush landscapes of the Douro Valley on a river cruise. Begin your tour in Porto and learn about the region's history and wine while driving to the Douro valley. Stop for a coffee break in the historic town of Amarante and admire the town's Church and Convent of São Gonçalo, or purchase some of the pastries at one of the iconic pastry shops. Continue to a wine estate in Sabrosa. Enjoy a guided tour of a family-owned wine estate. Learn about and try 3 of the estate's wines during a guided tasting. Savor a lunch paired with red and white Douro wines while overlooking the vineyards. After lunch, drive to Pinhão, with a photo stop at São Cristovão viewpoint. Take in panoramic views of the Douro valley. See where the Pinhão river joins with the waters of the Douro River before embarking on a cruise at Pinhão.  In the afternoon, take a guided tour of a famous wine estate (Quinta da Roeda – Croft/Taylor’s group or Quinta São Luiz – Kopke/Burmester group). Uncover the history of the vineyard and the secrets if the wine-making processes. Taste 3 of their fine wines before returning to Porto by one of the world's most scenic roads, the N222.

Pinhão: Douro River Boat Cruise with Glass of Wine

3. Pinhão: Douro River Boat Cruise with Glass of Wine

Cruise along the Douro River with a glass of wine in hand on this return boat trip from Pinhão. Take in the beautiful landscapes and ask your guide questions to enrich your knowledge of the valley, river, and wine. Board your boat and take a seat to begin your sightseeing cruise of the Douro River Valley. During your ride enjoy a glass of wine and indulge in its deep flavors.  From the river, appreciate your striking surroundings and get to know the oldest demarcated and regulated wine region in the world. Take a look at the terraces built by nature and sculpted into vineyards that produce the famous Port wine.  During your boat trip, a guide will be available to ask any questions you have regarding the region and its wine.

Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Cruise and Lunch

4. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Cruise and Lunch

Start your full-day tour in the center of Porto where your guide will introduce you to the rich history of the city and share some intriguing anecdotes with you. Travel in style in a comfortable vehicle to Peso da Régua and relax there. Next, head to the first tasting stop on the itinerary. Discover and taste the region's famous wines while admiring the panoramic views of the vineyards that weave across the landscape. Around midday, you’ll move on to a restaurant for a delicious local Portuguese lunch. Choose from fish, meat, and vegetarian options. Continue your journey to the second vineyard visit and enjoy a tasting conducted by an expert in wine. Before returning to Porto, take a scenic 1-hour river cruise along the Douro River, where you can mingle with the other guests you've met along the tour.

Full-Day Douro Wine Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

5. 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: 3 Douro Valley Vineyards Tour with Lunch

6. Porto: 3 Douro Valley Vineyards Tour with Lunch

Discover the tastes of the Douro Valley on this driving tour to three stunning wineries on this day trip from Porto. Admire views of the valley and sample a range of local wines. Savor local flavors with a lunch comprised of regional delicacies. Be picked up from your hotel in the morning and travel in an air-conditioned minivan towards wine region of Sabrosa. Stop for a quick coffee before venturing into the mountains. After arriving at the family-owned vineyard, enjoy a guided tour of the winery's facilities. Savor a hand-picked selection of their fine port and DOC wines. Sit back and relax on a scenic drive to the countryside to the next winery. Sit down to a delicious lunch of local specialties accompanied with wine from the winery. Contemplate the lush rolling landscapes around the vineyard. After lunch, visit their facilities and taste a range of the winery's ports. Continue to a corporate brand vineyard. Walk around their high-quality facilities before tasting their delectable ports while admiring sweeping countryside views. Take a scenic drive National Highway 222 which winds along the river before returning to your accommodation in Porto.

Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

7. 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.

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. 

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

9. 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 before exploring the stunning Douro Valley. Visit local wineries, savor wines and delicacies, learning about the wine making process, before cruising down the Douro River on a river cruise. 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. 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 return to Porto, you’ll enjoy panoramic views along a scenic road.

Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11,132 reviews

really great experience with an awesome guide and driver! We started the day with the river cruise which was cool to see the valley (but honestly a little long). Then we did a tour of a winery where we learned about the wine making process and had a tasting of Port. Next we went to lunch which was AMAZING. We weren't expecting a full service meal, but we had excellent service and a 3 course meal with lots of wine (they kept re-filling our glasses everytime they were empty). After lunch we had another tasting and got to learn a bit more and try a bit more too! Great experience with the perfect amount of learning, tasting, eating, and fun!

Our tour guide, Milena, has a sense of humor. I had a question not related to the tour could not google the answer. Milena did by asking her family. Much appreciated.

Lovely day in the Douro Valley with Jessica and Diego. The day was planned out perfectly and the tasting and lunch at Casa de Barros was certainly the highlight!

Everything was very nice. A compact one day tour to dive into Douro Valley.

Great value and a very fun and well organised day. Highly Recommended!