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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.

Porto: Tour and Tasting of 3 Port Wines at Poças Cellar

2. Porto: Tour and Tasting of 3 Port Wines at Poças Cellar

Your wine-tasting tour will start with a guided visit to the aging cellar, where distinguished wines have been maturing for more than 100 years. Here, you’ll get to know what makes Port wine so special and learn all about the place where it’s made, the Douro Valley.  Next, you’ll take a walk to the tasting room, where a harmonized sample of three different Port wines awaits your palate. As you sample the wines, learn about which foods pair well with Port wine and discover unique Port styles you might not have tasted before. Before the experience is over, you'll also have the chance to buy your favorite Port wines in the winery's store to enjoy them in the comfort of your home.

From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

3. From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

Your journey will begin with the Rally de Portugal Shakedown, where you will ride a buggy for a fascinating and delightful 3-hour ride. You will explore every corner of our magnificent mountains. The first stop is a visit to Castromil's gold mines. The next stop will be in the Roman ruins of Castro Mozinho, where you can absorb and understand a little more of the history of Portugal. To top it off, nothing like a visit to the ever surrounding Quintandona Preserved Village, a place where all buildings are in shale.

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Guimarães and Braga from Porto. Pass through the scenic Minho region and explore the historical centers of these two cities. Enjoy a traditional restaurant lunch. Minho is known for having some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Portugal, as well as being one of the richest regions in history. Explore the area and visit the cities of Guimarães and Braga on a full-day trip from Porto. Guimarães is the birthplace of Portugal and of the first Portuguese king. See the medieval castle of Guimarães and spend some time in the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The streets and monuments of Guimarães are so well-preserved that it is easy to imagine the past. Go on to spend the afternoon in Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the cathedral and the historical center. See 2 important sanctuaries, the Sameiro Sanctuary and the Bom Jesus do Monte, before making your way back to Porto.

Porto: Port and Douro Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

5. Porto: Port and Douro Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

Explore the history of port and Douro wine on a guided walking tour of 3 wine houses in Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn about the vineyards and wineries of the Douro Valley and enjoy 10 different port and Douro wine tastings with professional commentaries.  Start with a guided tour of an old wine cellar. Sample 3 port wines from their collection and learn about the culture and philosophy of port wine drinking. Continue to the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal to enjoy 4 more tastings. End your day by sampling 4 more wines produced by a family-owned wine brand of the Douro Valley.

Full-Day Tour from Porto to the Douro Valley

6. Full-Day Tour from Porto to the Douro Valley

On this 9-hour tour you get the opportunity to have an overview of the history and the landscapes of the Douro Valley. The Douro Valley region is known for its unique landscape where the river is beautifully flanked by green mountains on both sides, forming an interesting “V” shape. Not only these mountains flank the river but they also serve a very important purpose: they are the soil where the wine vines are cultivated in terraces, making this sight even more fantastic. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other things to see in the valley including its rich culture, history, gastronomy, and traditions. The Douro Valley is the world oldest demarcated region for wines in the world! It is also listed as a World Heritage site. After lunch, enjoy a 1-hour panoramic cruise in Pinhão. End your day with a visit to Quinta da Roêda, where you will learn about the process of production of the famous Port wine and also enjoy a tasting of some of the wines produced in the winery.

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

7. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a full-day excursion to Gerês National Park. Experience the beauty of this unique landscape thorugh a day of of hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Savor local food with the included traditional Portuguese lunch. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your door in Porto and travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. Reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking over its calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to the van. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, and refill with mouth-watering local cuisine paired with delectable wine. In the afternoon, visit a waterfall and lagoon, where you can swim and relax. Visit the old village of Fafiao, and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle in the countryside. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour.

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: Half-Day Street Art Tour

9. Porto: Half-Day Street Art Tour

Are you into street art, urban art and graffiti? Want to see great pieces by local artists? Would you like to talk about the local scene with a Porto resident? If you said yes to these questions, then you should definitely take this tour.  Walk around the city to see some of the most famous works by local artists like Vhils, Hazul, Costah, Lara Luís, Miguel Januário and Chei Krew among others. Learn about how the local scene developed and its complex relation with City Hall. After seeing the most celebrated pieces, head to some hidden places to discover new works and discover the alternative side of Porto.

Self-Guided Bike to Surf"N"Food Pack

10. Self-Guided Bike to Surf"N"Food Pack

Escape from the city for an energetic adventure of biking and surfing all day while cycling on your way along the Douro River, golden beaches, and the wooded parks of Porto. Depart and ride your rented bike in a self-guided tour to explore interesting places such as the Arrábida bridge, Foz breakwater, cross the river in a small boat, cross the nature park of the Douro estuary and walk through the best beaches in the Porto area. Exchange your bike for a surfboard and catch your waves in the Atlantic in a surf session with a lot of adrenaline.Enjoy an incredible surf session including all the equipment you need, board, suit, and instructor of course. To recover, have a light but substantial meal waiting for you in a cozy restaurant and off the beaten tourism paths. Menu (Option 1 only): Sandwich or Salad, Lemonade, or Beer. The bikes are comfortable and easy to use. A helmet and padlock for your safety are included. You can also count on the knowledge and experience of the team, who will provide a map with recommendation.

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,209 reviews

One of the best guided tours we have been on. The tour guide, Sophia, was very knowledgeable, considerate and entertaining. Sophia’s English was excellent and her anecdotes kept us all amused. The winery tours were very good and food and wine great. The river cruise was a nice way to relax after lunch. The coach driver, Daria, was polite and friendly. Highly recommend this tour.

Great from start to finish, only problem the guides speak very little French from what I saw

We had a wonderful tour. Dyogo, the driver and our tour guide was excellent.

Extremely fun and exhilarating! Guide was amazing and enthusiastic.

A moment of pure pleasure, no words to describe this experience.