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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: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

2. Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

Board the original boats used to transport the Port Wine barrels from the Douro Region to Gaia and Porto. The boats have been adapted with the most modern navigation equipment to transport passengers with maximum comfort. Enjoy a journey that stretches from the historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, upstream to Freixo and then downstream toward the mouth of the Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the rich and breathtaking landscape while you learn the history of the 6 bridges that unite Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto. Discover other points of interest in these two cities. 

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

3. 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.

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.

Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

5. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

In a healthful balance between Port tradition and new technologies, you will discover Douro region and Port wine – from “terroir” to the wine grapes, from the categories up to the aromas, trough our recently interactive museum, with personalized and intuitive access. In the guided visits to Cálem caves you will learn about the Douro Demarcated Region, know how the Port is produced and stay abreast of all the details of the history of this House. The cellars themselves remain active and visitable. It is there that you will learn more about the unique characteristics of each type of Port, even next to the barrels where they grow old, protected from light and heat. Then, you will be invited to a Cálem wine tasting: a white Port and a Tawny Port. With one of your guides, you will have the possibility to learn some more Port secrets and taste our wines.

Full-Day Douro Wine Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

6. 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.

Pinhão: Douro River Boat Cruise with Glass of Wine

7. 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 Card with Transportation (1, 2, 3 or 4 Days)

8. Porto Card with Transportation (1, 2, 3 or 4 Days)

See the sights of Porto at your own pace with a Porto Card plus transportation, valid for 1, 2, 3, or 4 days. Enjoy up to 150 discounts and benefits, such as free entrance to 6 city museums, 20% off cruises on the Douro River, and a 2-for-1 port wine tasting at Espaco Porto Cruz. The Porto Card is your key to the city, offering price reductions at shows, theme centers, tourist excursions in Porto and north Portugal, restaurants, wine shops, and fashion shops. Created to provide easy access to the city’s sights, the add-on transport offer will help you save money and spend less time searching for spare cash. The following is a short list of some of the benefits you can enjoy: • Free Metro Do Porto (all lines) • Free Bus STCP (all lines) • Free Train CP Porto (Urbanos Valongo, Trofa, Espinho) • 50% of at Real Companhia Velha Port Wine Cellars • Casa Do Infante-Museu (free entry) • Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro (free entry) • Casa-Museu Marta Ortigão Sampaio (free entry) • Museu Romântico (free entry) • Museu Do Papel-Moeda (free entry) • Museu Do Vinho Do Porto (free entry) • Up to 50% off at the Casa Da Música • 25% off at the Tower + Exhibition Igreja E Torre Dos Clérigos • 50% off at the Museu Da Farmácia Do Porto • 50% off at the Museu Da Misericórdia Do Porto • 50% off at the Museu De Arte Sacra E Arqueologia • 50% off at the Museu Militar Do Porto • 50% off at the Museu Nacional Da Imprensa • 50% off at the Museu Nacional Soares Dos Reis • 50% off at the Museu Das Marionetas • 50% off at the Museu Dos Transportes E Comunicações • 50% off at the Teatro Nacional São João • 35% off at the Catedral (cloisters) • 35% off at the World Of Discoveries, Interactive Museum & Theme Park • 35% off at Paço Episcopal • 30% off at Sea Life Porto • 25% off at the Igreja Monumento S. Francisco • 25% off at the Zoo Santo Inácio (individual tickets only) • 25% off at the Palácio Da Bolsa • 20% off at the Museu De Arte Contemporânea De Serralves • 10% off on Tour FC Porto Museum + Stadium

Porto: Bridges Cruise with Optional Wine Cellar Tour

9. Porto: Bridges Cruise with Optional Wine Cellar Tour

Admire the old city of Porto, with its typical houses and the hustle and bustle of the Ribeira population on a sightseeing cruise along the Douro. Take in the views of the Ponte da Arrábida that connects the two river banks. Embark on a sightseeing cruise across the Douro River and admire the scenic riverbank. Take advantage of the “Bridges Cruise” application for commentary available in 16 languages. You can choose a combined tour of the Cruzeiro das Pontes and a wine cellar with a tasting of different wines.

Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Douro River

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 25,988 reviews

Our guide Filipe, it was his first day and well done. Support on time. The visits to the vineyards, the 1 hour boat trip were a very nice memory. The meal was good but frugal, the place is not good at all

Great tour! Each winery was interesting and informative, lunch was delish and tasting each wine was so much fun!! Every guide was knowledgeable and the boat tour was the cherry on top! Def recommend !

Amazing experience with a lovely guide! The food was delicious and of course the wine— would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the valley

A very interesting, pleasant and recommended route to do in Porto.

Very nice region but maybe too much Port tasted :-)