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Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

From US$ 14.70 per person

Follow in the footsteps of the wine merchants of Portugal on a classic “Six Bridges” cruise of Porto. Sail down the River Douro along the route of the “Rabello Boats” that served the area.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Take a panoramic cruise down the River Douro
  • Follow the route of the old rabello boats
  • Learn more about the bridges of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Enjoy fantastic views of the Foz do Douro
Full description

Enjoy a traditional “6 Bridges Cruise” along the River Douro and follow in the footsteps of the old wine merchants that transported wine from the valley to the wine cellars. Board the boat at Ribeira Quay and sail along the sparkling Douro river. Admire the beautiful landscapes and red-roofed buildings of the towns of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia from the water.

Let the old-fashioned charm of the Rabelo Boat (old wine transport ship) transport you back in time. Listen as your guide tells you about the historic bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, as your boat glides under them.

Learn more about their construction and curiosities, and upon arrival at the last bridge, see the sandy beaches of the seafront area Foz do Douro where the river pours into the ocean.

Includes
  • 50-minute cruise along the River Douro on the day you have selected
  • Guide
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Date

Meeting point

The cruise departs from both the Cais da Ribeira or Cais de Estiva (at Porto River Side) or or Vila Nova de Gaia. Look for the Douro Acima or Tomaz Do Douro (Douro Cruises) boats. Your ticket can be used for the 6 Bridges Cruise offered by either operator.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The cruise operates hourly
  • This cruise is not guided
  • Minimum and maximum passenger numbers apply
  • Changes to your tour are subject to availability. To change your tour, please call the local tour operator
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 1413 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Safety
    4.2/5

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Cruise of around 1 hour on the Douro River. We were picked up immediately, for the 11:30 am departure. The explanations are short and quick but in several languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. Meet at the Ribeira quay, superb landscapes with a view of the Ribeira district and Vila Nova de Gaia. Well worth a look.

September 27, 2022

We had a wonderful day in the extraordinary Douro valley. Our guide created a great atmosphere in the group. It was very relaxed but we learned a lot and she has whetted my appetite to learn a lot more about Porto and Portugal. We enjoyed every minute of our day and would highly recommend this tour.

September 27, 2022

Nice boat trip, after buying tickets online, we first had to go to a ticket desk to send an email to the company and then receive printed tickets. Then you can line up for the boat. We didn't know that and were already standing in line, first going to the ticket desk and closing again at the back.

August 22, 2022

Product ID: 64873