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

1. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch & Cruise

Acquaint your taste buds with the gastronomy and wine of the Douro region on this relaxing day trip from Porto. Sit down to an authentic Portuguese lunch and enjoy the countryside at two local wineries and on a river cruise. Delight your sense as you try regional wines and olive oils. Take advantage of an option to be picked up from Porto and sit back and relax on the drive to a winery that is nestled in the countryside of the Douro valley. Alternatively, meet your tour group in Porto and depart together on your wine and food-tasting tour. First, savor lunch with typical dishes of the region. Sample some of the wines from the winery. Marvel at the scenery during a panoramic cruise on the Douro River, then stop at a second renowned winery for another guided tasting. Before leaving, try local port wine, table wines, and olive oils that are local to the area. Return to Porto at the end of your tour to either your hotel or the same spot as the group meeting point.

Porto: Douro Valley w/2 small wineries, lunch and 1h cruise

2. Porto: Douro Valley w/2 small wineries, lunch and 1h cruise

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.

From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

3. From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

Discover the beauty of the Paiva river and gorge on as you hike along the Paiva Walkways and experience the thrill of crossing the 516 Arouca suspension bridge on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Porto. Indulge in some local fare with the included lunch at a restaurant.  Starting from Porto, you be picked up in an air-conditioned van and relax on the drive through the Portuguese countryside. Enjoy a short rest stop in Arouca where you have the chance to know more about this town. It is included a traditional local sweets tasting. Please note that by booking with Detours you are directly contributing to a local development association. Reach Areinho and enter the Paiva Walkways and start your journey by climbing a stairway of around 300 steps and reach the incredible 516 Arouca bridge which is at an elevation of about 175 meters above the Paiva River. Learn about local culture from your guide along the way. Admire views of the Aguieira Waterfall and Paiva River as you cross this stunning bridge. Continue your journey following the path of Paiva Walkways as it follows the flow of the river. Walk at your own pace, take in the lush vegetation, and try to spot wildlife like birds.  Relax at Vau beach mid-way through the hike and carry on all the way to Espiunca, where our hiking ends. From Espiunca travel to a restaurant in Alvarenga where you can try “Arouquesa” DPO beef along with the famous " vinho verde" (other non-meat options available). End your day with a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Porto.

Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

4. Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

After meeting your tour guide in the morning, you will be transported to Penacova and provided with the kayaking equipment and some instructions. Then, set off from the Carvoeira dam on a kayaking tour with a total length of 18 km (11 miles).  You'll be kayaking through the natural Mondego river valley, surrounded by extensive forests. As you travel downriver, you will pass by the small villages of Ronqueira, Rebordosa, Louredo, Foz do Caneiro and Casal. This part of the river is full of small beaches where you can stop for a picnic or go to go for a swim. On the river beach of Palheiros, you'll find a small bar where you can buy an ice cream or a cold beer. The river usually has a light current, which makes the kayaking easy and accessible to all ages. Finish in Torres do Mondego, after 3-4 hours of kayaking and breaks along the way. Expect to arrive between 15.00 and 17.00 pm.

Lamego: Quinta da Portela de Baixo Winery Tour and Tasting

5. Lamego: Quinta da Portela de Baixo Winery Tour and Tasting

Enjoy a unique winery experience in the Portuguese countryside at Quinta da Portela de Baixo winery in Lamego. Try some wines that were produced at the winery and have the option of taking a walking tour through the two farms. Meet your host and make your way to the Wine Cellar Museum. Walk through exhibits which chronicle 200-years of wine-making history. Learn about how the wine-making process has evolved over time. Take in views of the foothills and vineyards at the winery. Savor a tasting of a sparkling wine, three port wines, and a DOC Douro white and red wine. Pair your wine with bôla (Portuguese pastry), olive oil, cheese, and jam. Have the option taking a tour through the two farms before ending your experience.

Douro Valley: Winery Tour at Quinta do Tedo and Tastings

6. 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: 516 Arouca Bridge and Paiva Walkways Guided Tour

7. From Porto: 516 Arouca Bridge and Paiva Walkways Guided Tour

Join a guided trip to the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge and Paiva Walkways from Porto. Discover one of the most impressive wild river gorges in the north of Portugal. Join a certified local guide in crossing the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge 175 meters above River Paiva. Start your adventure from Porto with comfortable transportation to the Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark and a safety briefing. Set off on the Paiva Walkways, an 8.7 km wooden walkway built along the cliffs of the Paiva River Gorge. Begin the hike through old village paths. Then, prepare for the most exciting 516 meters of your life on the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge, one of the longest suspension pedestrian bridges in the world. Be suspended by Tibetan-style steel cables in the sky, 175 meters above River Paiva and Aguieiras Waterfall. Feel as though you’re walking in the air, immersing yourself in an imposing landscape of wild and stunning nature. If you want a more laid-back experience, be transferred to the other side of the bridge by a 4x4. Moving on, along the Paiva Walkways, stop at scenic viewpoints to snap photos. See the famous zig-zag staircases, riparian forests, waterfalls, and cliffs of the gorge. Halfway through, take a break at Vau River Beach and restore your energy with some traditional snacks, juice, and fresh fruits. On hot days, take a dip in the river. From here to the end of the trail, get closer to the river. Feel the strength of the rapids through their roaring sounds. After the hike, be driven to the mountain area of Arouca. Finally, treat yourself to a traditional Arouquesa roasted veal in a typical restaurant (included in the option "With Lunch"). For dessert, taste some ancient conventual pastry, next to its origin, the Santa Maria de Arouca Monastery.

Alvarenga: Paiva Walkways and 516 Arouca Bridge Guided Tour

8. Alvarenga: Paiva Walkways and 516 Arouca Bridge Guided Tour

Pedestrian route through the 8 Km that make up the award-winning Paiva walkways, complemented by the adventurous cross of the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, 516 Arouca. The 516 Arouca bridge is the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world and is located in Arouca, in the Aveiro district, Portugal. With 516 meters in length and an elevation of 175 meters, it connects the banks of the Paiva River. While crossing the bridge, you will have a breathtaking view over Garganta do Paiva and Cascata das Aguieiras, both sites of the UNESCO Arouca Geopark territory. 516 Arouca Bridge is located in Arouca, next to the famous Passadiços do Paiva. Along the way, you will be able to interpret the main points of geological interest, such as the Paiva Gorge, the Aguieiras waterfall, the beautiful river beach of Vau, the Gola do Salto or the Espiunca fault, without forgetting the aspects of biodiversity. In the latter case, hopefully, you might even see otters.

Porto: Douro Valley Excellence Tour, Cruise, Lunch & Winery

9. Porto: Douro Valley Excellence Tour, Cruise, Lunch & Winery

Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Porto city center and taken to the Douro Valley. Relax during the trip in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle, with a guide who will be happy to tell you all about the region. Have the opportunity to visit the Douro's most emblematic viewpoints to take some photos and keep them as souvenirs. Discover a century-old, family-run winery that still produces its wines by hand, with tastings of high-quality wines (Port and Doc) and olive oil, accompanied by local snacks. Indulge in a premium lunch in a renowned restaurant, with delicious dishes from the Douro region and incredible views. Enjoy the charm of the Pinhão vineyards from the water on a river cruise. Travel between Pinhão and Peso da Régua on the N222, considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Return to your accommodation in Porto city center with unforgettable memories.

From Porto: SUP Paiva River Tour with Transfer

10. From Porto: SUP Paiva River Tour with Transfer

See the Ilha dos Amores at the start. Learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding so you can enjoy your experience. You will learn how to deal with different types of sceneries and how you need to react if you fall from the board. We Paddle from Douro river to the Paiva river, consider one of the cleanest and beautifull rivers in Portugal. There you can see on the side of the river a small Waterfall. The tour will take arround 3 hours, were you will be amazed by the natural beauty. Take your family and friends and enjoy a wonderful day paddling.

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Tiago was a wonderful guide-- really personable and easy to chat with-- one of the best guides we've had in our years of traveling around the world! He gave us a very in-depth explanation of the sites around the Douro Valley, the port wine-making process, and his own experience growing up in the Douro Valley as a child. It was wonderful to learn so much from someone who has deep family roots in the Valley. My husband, our 17-year old daughter, and I shared a van with another family of 5. Everyone got along well, especially because Tiago kept a nice conversational pace and included everyone in the conversation--our daughter enjoyed the tour as much as we did. Tiago listened to things we were interested in and offered suggestions of other things to see around Porto to enhance our stay. He kept a nice pace for the day and we never felt rushed.

We had a wonderful experience at Quinta da Portela de Baixo -- it was one of the highlights of our 2 week trip around Portugal. We were stuck on New Year's Day with our previously booked tour being canceled last minute, and had low hopes for finding a replacement on short notice. Knowing that we'd likely be out of luck elsewhere, they ran a tour just for us. The wine and snacks fantastic (and plentiful), and our guide was lovely. We would highly reccomend this tour for anyone visiting the Duoro.

The trip to the Duoro valley was great. Our guide Brehim was very friendly and told us a lot about the region. I especially liked visiting the small winery and the river cruise.

Excellent tour, pleasant day out tasting thr local cuisines & the scenery was stunning.

It was a phenomenal day! I recommend this experience as a day trip from Porto.