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

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

Explore the stunning beauty of the Douro Valley on a tour to 2 wine estates. Visit 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.

Douro Valley: Full Day Tour w/ Wine Tasting & River Cruise

2. Douro Valley: Full Day Tour w/ Wine Tasting & River Cruise

Begin your 9-hour Douro Valley tour with a drive to Regua, a small village in the Vila Real district. Take in the views and cross the main bridge. Continue to the National 222 and stop along this road to visit a traditional farm, learn about wine production and enjoy a taste of port wine. Continue to Pinhão, a lovely village known for its wine production. Tour winemaking facilities and taste some of the wines. Sit down for a delicious lunch of traditional regional dishes, depending on the option chosen. If lunch is not included in your tour, enjoy some free time to have lunch. After lunch, you can take a scenic river cruise, or visit the train station to admire its tiles depicting wine production and local scenes. Visit a small farm to taste delicious table wines, almonds, olive oil, and honey. Take in the spectacular views on the drive back to Porto.

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

3. 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.

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

4. 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: Régua and Douro Valley Scenic Cruise

5. From Porto: Régua and Douro Valley Scenic Cruise

Escape the hustle and bustle of Porto for the day, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Douro Valley and historic vineyards of the Norte Region of Portugal. Depart Porto at 8:30 AM and travel towards Régua. Upon arrival at Régua, explore one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. Return to Porto along the Douro River, starting from Régua Quay at 11:30 AM. Glide gently past the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley, and experience the purity of nature. Lunch will be served onboard the boat at approximately 12:00 PM. Sail to the Carrapatelo Dam, and continue to the Crestuma-Lever. After crossing the 2 dams, enjoy the serenity of the Douro River as you continue to Porto for an estimated arrival at 6:00 PM.

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

6. 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.

Douro Valley: Winery Tour at Quinta do Tedo and Tastings

7. Douro Valley: Winery Tour at Quinta do Tedo and Tastings

Embark on an adventure to the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, surrounded by terraced vineyards that climb high above the dramatic confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. There lies an 18th-century estate, Quinta do Tedo. Enjoy a full tour of Quinta do Tedo, which includes explanations of the vineyards and the olive orchards. Learn more about Porto and red wine production, foot treading in the lagers, aging in the 18th-century cellars, bottling, and hand-labeling.  At the end of the tour, taste the Quinta do Tedo's Portos and red wines overlooking the Douro River in the renovated 18th-century tasting room. The Quinta’s 100% estate-grown organic grapes come from 37 acres of class "A" vineyards, the highest rating from the Portuguese Instituto do Vinhos do Douro e Porto, comparable to France's Grand Cru.

From Porto: Pinhão and Douro Valley Scenic Boat Tour

8. From Porto: Pinhão and Douro Valley Scenic Boat Tour

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 views of the Douro Valley and Alijó in the Norte Region of Portugal. Sit down to a delicious breakfast and lunch. 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.

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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Felipe was outstanding guide for From Porto Douro River Tour 9 hours. Knowledge expert professionally relevant to being a guide, safe efficient driver, personable, sense of humour. 9 of us in group was perfect size. Best ports, wines, lunch, 1 hour cruise on Douro River, best and different tasting olive oil tasting and honeys. Had the best wine ever not available in Canada but can purchase on site. Amazing products and informative education. In addition Felipe arranged for me to attend 1 hour Fado show in Porto before leaving for my restaurant dinner reservation. Thank you Felipe. We were all so grateful you were our guide.

Anabela was great. She was friendly and gave us a lot of information about what we were seeing. The sites were worth seeing and the members of each winery gave us a great tour with helpful information. Lunch was very good quality and nice. The bus was comfortable and a smooth ride.

The boat was on time and was clean and comfortable. Our guide Paulo was excellent. Very friendly and knowledgeable. He was generous with the port wine and even gave us home made cookies. I highly recommend this tour.

Meeting up with the guide was a pretty easy process. And it was a beautiful day for a very enjoyable relaxing cruise . Very good experience, I would recommend this. Going through the dam was interesting.

Fantastic day out and well worth the cost. So much variety with the tastings and visits. Our guide Andre was excellent and the lunch was sublime. Thoroughly enjoyed it