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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: Tour with Wine Tastings, Cruise, and Lunch

2. 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.

From Porto: Douro River Cruise to Régua with Lunch

3. 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, arriving in the evening. This route will be made by train if there is availability by the CP (Railroad Company).

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.

Douro Valley W/2 wineries, 1h Boat Cruise and Lunch

5. Douro Valley W/2 wineries, 1h Boat Cruise and 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.

Douro Valley Private Full–Day Tour from Porto

6. Douro Valley Private Full–Day Tour from Porto

Discover the lush and stunning landscapes on this day trip from Porto to the Douro Valley. Unlock local flavors with a two port wine samplings and a mouth-watering lunch. Relax on a cruise aboard the  Douro River. In the morning, be picked up from your accommodation in Porto and climb aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle. Cross the older bridge and snap some pictures of the views from the bridge. Enter the Douro Valley and learn about some local history. Have the opportunity to visit two unique locations and enjoy samples of port wine at each stop. See where a variety of different types of wine are produced try some of these delectable wines. Sit down to an amazing typical Portuguese lunch with flavors that you will never forget. Finish your tour with a one-hour boat trip through wine country landscapes before returning to your accommodation in Porto.

Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Vineyard

7. Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Vineyard

Your driver will pick you up in the morning in a comfortable luxury vehicle, seating either 4, 8, or 18 passengers. You’ll begin your 9-hour tour with a stop at a viewpoint in Peso da Régua to enjoy the views of the entire city. Taste the wines of the Douro Valley wine region and admire magnificent views of Régua and its terraced vineyards. Go to an organic winery to sample some of the delicious port wines and then visit Pinhão to admire the hand-painted tiles of the magnificent train station. Stop for lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant and enjoy magnificent views of the area, said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Taste all the best that the Douro Valley has to offer, always with an amazing view.

From Porto: Douro Valley Wine Tasting, Lunch and Boat Cruise

8. From Porto: Douro Valley Wine Tasting, Lunch and Boat Cruise

Tour the beautiful Douro Valley and the charming Portuguese countryside on this relaxing full-day tour from Porto. Spend the morning exploring the wheat hills of the valley, while heading towards the Douro river, enjoying the landscape of the Douro region, the first demarcated region of the world. Continue the tour with a visit to the small town of Pinhão, hidden in the heart of the valley, and then embark on an hour-long boat cruise down the river, enjoying views of the magnificent landscape. Pay a visit to the historical railway station, well known for its 24-tile panels portraying the Douro countryside and harvest, before stopping for a delicious lunch break. After lunch, continue to a family-run wine estate nestled in the gloriously remote countryside, a setting that offers a glimpse into the way of life in Douro. Enjoy a tasting of these award-winning grapes and take in one last spectacular view of the beautiful Portuguese countryside before heading home.

Porto: Authentic Private Douro Valley Tour

9. Porto: Authentic Private Douro Valley Tour

Explore the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a full-day, private tour from Porto. Marvel at the landscapes, learn about the region from your expert guide and savor the valley's famous wines. Meet your guide at your hotel, and then journey to the Douro Valley in your air-conditioned vehicle. Appreciate the scenery as your passionate guide explains the history and culture of the area. Stop in a small rustic village and meet the locals. Then, travel through the heart of the Douro Valley Wine Region to Pinhão, making stops to take some photos at spectacular viewpoints. Visit Pinhão and the local train station, which is decorated with hand-painted tile murals of the town and the surrounding wine region. Then, have lunch in a charming winery or premium restaurant and taste local food rooted in traditional cuisine, but with a modern twist (not included). Walk off some of the calories on a guided tour of the vineyards and visit its ancient lagares or winepresses. Finally, savor a range of Douro wines, including Port in the ruby and tawny categories, before returning to your hotel at around 7 PM.

From Porto: Douro Valley Private Tour

10. From Porto: Douro Valley Private Tour

On this tour, you will visit four locations in the Douro Valley. First stop is Amarante. Stroll through the historic center, walk through the old streets, see the typical houses and the history that the city counts, with the river and the bridge. For those who like to appreciate the ancient architecture, in Amarante, mainly in the historical center, there are numerous examples of the Romanesque and still many buildings of the Middle Ages along S. Gonçalo bridge. Enjoy some of the most touristic points of the city such as the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo and the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum. Next stop is Vila Real where the masterpiece will be the Palace of Mateus, known for the Mateus Rose wine, a baroque mansion from the 18th century, considered to be one of the most elegant mansions in Europe and is attributed to the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni. The palace is surrounded by a fantasist garden, with some formations and line of hedges, carved statues and a harmonious walk of cypresses. You will then head to the Pinhao Train Station, one of the most beautiful places in the Douro region. The station was built in the nineteenth century, its tiles representing the landscape and the life of the people in this region, with images of Port wine production from the harvest, the peculiar tread of the grapes with the feet, and the transport of wine in rabelos boats. You will then visit a local winery where you will be shown the different aspects of winemaking and also taste some of the best wines in the world.

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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.