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Douro Valley

Steeply terraced vineyards and leisurely boat trips in one of the oldest wine regions of the world.

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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

Visiting the Douro is combining a unique experience between natural beauty and cultural and historical richness without ever forgetting the region's gastronomy. With us, you will have the opportunity to visit two distinct and emblematic places in the Douro. Learn about the wine production process and enjoy tastings of the best wines in the region. Admire century-old vineyards, terraced vineyards and the production methods that make Douro wines unique around the world. Embark with us on a boat trip (lasting 1 hour) along the Douro River, you will be able to enjoy the stunning landscapes, the vineyard slopes and the famous terraces. Moments of relaxation and contemplation while sailing along the calm waters of the river will remain in your memory. Complete this experience, with unique flavors that you won't forget, enjoy a lunch with traditional flavors, served at the table. Create a unique opportunity to explore the region, learn about its history, enjoy stunning landscapes and taste delicious local cuisine. It will be an unforgettable experience.

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

2. 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 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 their fine wines before returning to Porto by one of the world's most scenic roads, the N222.

Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

3. 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.

From Porto: Tastings at 2 Wineries, Chef's Lunch & Boat Tour

4. From Porto: Tastings at 2 Wineries, Chef's Lunch & Boat Tour

Go on a relaxing cruise ( our boats ) in the Douro Valley only for our guests. Hear about the history of the area from your guide in our boat. Enjoy 11 different wine tastings and visit 2 small family winemakers. Dine in style with a traditional lunch with unique regional food paired with several D.O.C. dry wines and Port wine prepared by a Farm-to-Table chef of a Douro family. Begin your tour with a private boat cruise. Relax and sail the Douro Valley for 1 hour, then, taste Douro delicacies and enjoy drinks while you listen to stories about the Douro Valley. After this, visit a small family winery to have an exclusive visit directly with the winemaker, enjoy the wines , taste some Douro snacks and their olive oil. Imagine that you are going to see a wine theater play, where you are going to learn about wine while laughing with a glass in your hand Then in our Famiy Wine Estate eat a delicious Farm-to-Table Chef lunch paired with D.O.C. wines and enjoy some Douro food prepared by the Chef in our propriety. Experience an amazing portuguese meal that will exceed all your expectations. Witness the opening of a Vintage Port Wine by fire, a remarkable event and ancient practice and taste the best of Port wines. We are the only wine experience to hold this unique and exclusive event every day just for our guests. We have several surprises for our day that we won't say here so as not to spoil the surprise, of course. Regarding wines, we will have 11 different tastings. We will taste D.O.C dry wines and several categories of Port wines, also doing an authentic firewater tasting from the Douro Valley. Finally, return to the starting point in Porto downtonw to end the tour. Your smile at the end of the day it will be our double smile, we want to give you a memorable day, an experience of a lifetime...

Porto: Daytime or Sunset Sailboat Cruise on the Douro River

5. Porto: Daytime or Sunset Sailboat Cruise on the Douro River

Begin your sunset adventure at Pontoon C of Douro Marina and continue towards the unforgettable historic area of Ribeira and Gaia. Once there, it's time to discover more about the city of Porto, a task that your crew will be happy to share with you. Toast to the taste of a good Douro wine of your choice and take the opportunity to photograph in a unique setting. Meanwhile, reverse your course and head towards the sea, passing through the protected area of the Douro estuary and the beautiful old mouth of Porto with its unmistakable palm trees. Touch the waves of the sea and experience the magical sensation of immensity that only the sea is capable of making you feel. With any luck, the dolphins might come and greet you. All this with a crew that stands out for its constant attention and focus on the well-being of those who join.

Douro Valley: 2 Wineries, Tastings, Cruise, & Lunch

6. Douro Valley: 2 Wineries, Tastings, Cruise, & 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 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, as well as great options for vegans and vegetarians. After lunch, take a mini-cruise in a typical boat along the astonishing Douro Valley (please select the option with a 1-h boat cruise) 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 region's famous Port wine, with tastings. Finally, we will return to Porto in the late afternoon.

Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

7. Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

Navigate on a unique river, in the heart of the oldest wine demarcated region in the world and also a UNESCO world heritage site. You start from Pinhão, pass under the Eiffel iron bridge going up stream until the Tua area where you turn around and return to Pinhão. Along the way you’ll see hills of terraced vineyards until the river, with no national roads or traffic in sight. Although you do the same stretch up and down, it could very well be a different one, because seeing it in one direction and then on the other creates two completely different points of view and sights. The traditional rabelo boats have open and closed areas, so navigation can be comfortably made in all kinds of weather, all year long. Use our free app (Magnifico Douro - Passeio de Barco) to have geo-localized commentary about what you are seeing at the moment, the wine farms, the wine, the river, and much more. Do not forget to bring your phones.

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

8. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Cruise and Lunch

Our first stop will be at a winery, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the winemaking process from an expert guide. Explore the vineyards, witness the traditional methods used to produce the famous Port wine and taste a variety of their exquisite wines. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the Douro Valley as you stroll through the lush vineyards, overlooking the meandering Douro River. As we continue our Douro Valley tour, a delicious lunch will be served at a charming local. Savor the flavors of traditional Portuguese cuisine, paired perfectly with the local wines, and appreciate the warm hospitality of the region. After a delightful lunch, we will continue our tour to a second visit. Here, you will have the chance to further indulge your senses with more wine tastings and expand your knowledge of the region's winemaking traditions. To enhance your experience and showcase the natural beauty of the Douro Valley, we have planned a one-hour boat trip along the Douro River. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the vineyards, terraced hillsides, and charming villages that dot the landscape. Cruise along the majestic river, witnessing the stunning scenery that has made the region famous worldwide. Throughout the tour, an expert guide will share fascinating insights into the history, culture, and winemaking traditions of the Douro Valley. As we return to Porto, you will have a newfound appreciation for the exceptional wines crafted in this picturesque region, as well as the natural beauty that surrounds them. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to discover the Douro Valley, a true paradise for wine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

From Porto: Douro Valley Small Group Food and Wine Tour

9. From Porto: Douro Valley Small Group Food and Wine Tour

Enjoy this small group tour from Porto to the Douro Valley by van. The Alto Douro Vinhateiro or Alto Douro Wine Region is an area of northeastern Portugal with more than 26,000 hectares classified by UNESCO on December 14, 2001 as a World Heritage Site in the category of cultural landscape, surrounded by mountains that give it particular mesological and climatic characteristics. This region, which is bathed by the River Douro and forms part of the so-called Douro Wine Region, has been producing wine for over 2,000 years, including the world-famous Port wine. Meet your guide at the Meeting Point in Oporto (Hotel pick-up option also available at an extra cost), sit comfortably in the VAN to start the journey to the Douro Valley (about 1h30min). The first pass by will be Régua - the capital of Port wine - where you can enjoy the mountainous hills with the River Douro in the middle. (Depending on the time of day, it may only be a pass by without a stop.) The first visit will be to a big-name estate - Quinta do Seixo - which belongs to Sandeman. Here you'll have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the inside of the winery and learn about the production methods, and you'll have the chance to enjoy the famous port wine. Afterwards, we'll go for lunch at a typical Portuguese restaurant where you can try some Portuguese cuisine (If you have any dietary restrictions, please mention them when booking). Jump back in the van to head for Pinhão. Relax on a 50-minute cruise on a typical Portuguese boat, the Rabelo, where the port wine used to be transported. We'll visit the last local producer, the Olive Oil Museum, where you can enjoy the table wines (red, rosé and white), almonds, honey and olive oil. We'll return to Porto and you'll be dropped off again at the meeting point or at the hotel (depending on the option purchased). Enjoy the natural beauty of the Douro Valley, every season of the year is a beautiful time to visit this region. In spring it's beautiful to see the almond trees in bloom, in autumn the predominant colors of the vineyards are brown and yellow. It's an unforgettable experience!

Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Tour

10. Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Tour

Navigate on a unique river, in the heart of the oldest wine demarcated region in the world and also a UNESCO world heritage site. You start from Pinhão, pass under the Eiffel iron bridge going up stream until the Roncão area where you turn around and return to Pinhão. Along the way you’ll see hills of terraced vineyards until the river, with no national roads or traffic in sight.  Although you do the same stretch up and down, it could very well be a different one, because seeing it in one direction and then on the other creates two completely different points of view and sights.  The traditional rabelo boats have open and closed areas, so navigation can be comfortably made in all kinds of weather, all year long. Use our free app (Magnifico Douro - Passeio de Barco) to have geo-localized commentary about what you are seeing at the moment, the wine farms, the wine, the river, and much more. Do not forget to bring your phones.

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4.6
(13,207 reviews)

I cannot say enough good things about this tour. Our guide, Sergio, was so kind, helpful, knowledgeable, and funny. We especially appreciated his perspective as a local in answering our many questions. Both the wine and food on this tour were excellent—tasty and plentiful! We really had the best day. This tour goes above and beyond to ensure their guests have a wonderful time. HIGHLY recommend!!

This was a fantastic day! Sergio was very informative, knowledgeable & funny. He was an excellent driver & went above and beyond to ensure we had a wonderful experience. The winery lunch was absolutely outstanding. There were 4 in our group & we all agreed it was a highlight of our holiday and would thoroughly recommend this experience. Thank-you Sergio!!!

The views are great. The guide Manuela and driver did a great job and kept us on schedule. The winery had a very good selection on their two wines. The food was ok but the views and grounds made up for it. The port tasting also very good. Enjoyed the Duoro Valley and met my expectations.

Day trip was really fun. The larger group was a nice opportunity to mingle and meet new people. The wine tastings were great and the food was delicious. Just make sure you have a full breakfast before as we were travelling for a few hours before stopping for the first tasting and lunch

The 1 hour boat tour was amazing. The time period was perfect for people with kids. There is a virtual guide in form of the company app. The scenery is magnificent and the ride is very calm. Highly recommended for a short view of the Douro river.