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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

Get out of Porto and into Portugal's gorgeous wine country. Take in views from the window of your luxury 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 in a comfortable luxury vehicle. Begin your tour with a stop at a viewpoint to enjoy the views across Porto. 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 wine estates, 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 onboard a Rabelo boat on 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: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch & Cruise

2. 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. Be picked up from your accommodation in Porto and sit back and relax on the drive to a winery that is nestled in the countryside of the Douro valley. Savor a 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. Stop at a second renown winery for another guided tasting.  Have the chance to try local port wine, table wines, and olive oil. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour.

Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

3. 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.

Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

4. Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided 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.

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

5. 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 minivan to Peso da Régua, in Northern Portugal for a short coffee break.  Next, head to the first winery 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 where you will learn about the various stages of winemaking from a vineyard specialist and get to try out some of Douro’s finest Porto wine. As a special treat, stop at the Pinhão Railway Station, whose walls are beautifully decorated with blue glazed mosaic tiles depicting sceneries of the Douro Valley and its history of port wine production. 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. On your route back to Porto your minivan will stop at an amazing viewpoint where you can take beautiful pictures of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

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

6. 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

7. 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.

Porto: Douro Valley w/ Winery, Tasting, Boat Cruise & Lunch

8. Porto: Douro Valley w/ Winery, Tasting, Boat Cruise & Lunch

Visit the unparalleled Douro Valley, the first denominated wine region in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. Be accompanied to Pinhão and wineries by a guide and make new Portuguese friends. Make your first stop in the fairy tale village of Pinhão consisting of vineyards that wind down the river. Admire these scenic views on a 1-hour mini-cruise in a Rabelo boat, a wooden boat that used to transport barrels of Port wine from the valley to Porto City. Relax after the boat ride in a typical restaurant in the village. Savor lunch at a wine tavern. The menu will include bread, olives, Port, red and white wine, both meat and fish, dessert, and coffee. For vegetarians and vegans, equally delicious options will be served. Then, visit a winery at one of the most idyllic spots in the valley, right by the N222, one of the most beautiful roads in the world, and between the Tedo and Douro 2 rivers. Sample 3 Ports, 1 Tawny, 1 Rosé, and 1 LBV (Late Bottle Vintage).

Porto: 3 Douro Valley Vineyards Tour with Lunch

9. Porto: 3 Douro Valley Vineyards Tour with Lunch

Discover the tastes of the Douro Valley on this driving tour to three stunning wineries on this day trip from Porto. Admire views of the valley and sample a range of local wines. Savor local flavors with a lunch comprised of regional delicacies. Be picked up from your hotel in the morning and travel in an air-conditioned minivan towards wine region of Sabrosa. Stop for a quick coffee before venturing into the mountains. After arriving at the family-owned vineyard, enjoy a guided tour of the winery's facilities. Savor a hand-picked selection of their fine port and DOC wines. Sit back and relax on a scenic drive to the countryside to th next winery. Sit down to a delicious lunch of local specialties accompanied with wine from the winery. Contemplate the lush rolling landscapes around the vineyard. After lunch, visit their facilities and taste a range of the winery's ports. Continue to a corporate brand vineyard. Walk around their high-quality facilities before tasting their delectable ports while admiring sweeping countryside views. Take a scenic drive National Highway 222 which winds along the river before returning to your accommodation in Porto.

Douro Valley Tour: Three Vineyards, Lunch, and River Cruise

10. Douro Valley Tour: Three Vineyards, Lunch, and River Cruise

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a historical city and 3 wineries of different production or unique size but equal in terms of quality. You will have lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant with plenty of wonderful aromas and flavors from the region. You will see more magnificent landscapes than you will be able to remember, especially from one particular viewing point, which was considered by BBC as one of the most beautiful in the world. Then, relax on a beautiful boat trip, allowing you to relive the time when Porto wine was transported from the Douro region to the city of Porto. 

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4.7 / 5

based on 8,915 reviews

Pick up was prompt. Our guide Joaquim was pleasant , helpful and informative.It was good to see the countryside outside of Porto. There were 8 travellers in the vehicle who all added to a very pleasant day. We enjoyed the wine and port tasting both delivered with knowledge and humour. The scenery along the Douro was amazing.

Diana was our guide and did everything to make the day go smoothly. Introductions to fellow travellers at the start meant that we all mixed very well. She was very knowledgeable and explained what was planned for the day. We had a great time throughout. Wineries were very good, as was lunch.

Highly recommend! Our guide Tito was extremely knowledgeable as well as personable. The overall pace of the day was perfect. Small group size and comfortable transportation. A wonderful way to experience the sights and tastes of the Douro Valley.

This tour was amazing! We took our three young kids with us and Carla was so sweet with them. All the vineyards served some kind of juice and had orange trees to pick. There is also a playground in Pinao where you get on the river cruise.

This is a fun bus tour! We had a great group of people on our bus and that, combined with a super caring tour guide, we had a blast!