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Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

1. Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

Board the original boats used to transport the Port Wine barrels from the Douro Region to Gaia and Porto. The boats have been adapted with the most modern navigation equipment to transport passengers with maximum comfort. Enjoy a journey that stretches from the historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, upstream to Freixo and then downstream toward the mouth of the Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the rich and breathtaking landscape while you learn the history of the 6 bridges that unite Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto. Discover other points of interest in these two cities. 

From Porto: Douro Valley w/ Boat Tour, Wine Tasting & Lunch

2. 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

3. 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: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

4. Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

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. Get on board the boat 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. Get to know 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.

Porto Card with Transportation (1, 2, 3 or 4 Days)

5. Porto Card with Transportation (1, 2, 3 or 4 Days)

See the sights of Porto at your own pace with a Porto Card plus transportation, valid for 1, 2, 3, or 4 days. Enjoy up to 150 discounts and benefits, such as free entrance to 7 city museums, 20% off cruises on the Douro River and up to 50% at Port wine tastings. The Porto Card is your key to the city, offering price reductions at shows, theme centers, tourist excursions in Porto and north Portugal, restaurants, wine shops, and fashion shops. The following is a short list of some of the benefits you can enjoy: • Free Metro Do Porto (all lines) • Free Bus STCP (all lines) • Free Train CP Porto (Urban to Paredes, Paramos, Lousado, Vila das Aves) • 50% of at Real Companhia Velha Port Wine Cellars • Casa Do Infante-Museu (free entry)* • Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro (free entry)* • Casa-Museu Marta Ortigão Sampaio (free entry)* • Museu Romântico (free entry)* • Museu Do Papel-Moeda (free entry)** • Museu Do Vinho Do Porto (free entry)* • Up to 50% off at the Casa Da Música • 25% off at the Tower + Exhibition Igreja e Torre dos Clérigos • 50% off at the Museu Da Farmácia Do Porto • 50% off at the Museu Da Misericórdia Do Porto • 50% off at the Museu De Arte Sacra E Arqueologia • 50% off at the Museu Militar Do Porto • 50% off at the Museu Nacional Da Imprensa • 50% off at the Museu Nacional Soares Dos Reis • 50% off at the Museu Das Marionetas • 50% off at the Museu Dos Transportes e Comunicações • 50% off at the Teatro Nacional São João • 35% off at the Catedral (cloisters) • 35% off at the World Of Discoveries, Interactive Museum & Theme Park • 30% off at Sea Life Porto • 25% off at Paço Episcopal • 25% off at the Igreja Monumento S. Francisco • 25% off at the Zoo Santo Inácio (individual tickets only) • 25% off at the Palácio Da Bolsa • 20% off at the Museu De Arte Contemporânea De Serralves • 10% off on Tour FC Porto Museum + Stadium *Closed on Mondays **Closed at the weekend

Porto: Guided City Tour by Tuk-Tuk and Douro River Cruise

6. Porto: Guided City Tour by Tuk-Tuk and Douro River Cruise

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Porto and discover the city's top sights. Choose between a private or shared tour and ride your tuk-tuk past Porto Cathedral in the city's historic center and down Aliados Avenue. Then, see Porto from the Douro river on a relaxing cruise. Begin your electric tuk-tuk tour in the historic city center. As you ride through the city, admire the exterior of some of Porto's most iconic landmarks, including the Sao Bento Train Station, Porto Cathedral, and the Clerigos Tower. Continue down Aliados Avenue and past Lello Bookshop to reach the banks of the Douro river. After admiring the beautiful river, finish your tour with a ride through the Stock Market Palace, passing by Miragaia on your way. After the 50-minute tuk-tuk ride, you can enjoy a ride on a rabelo, a traditional boat that will take you on a cruise on the Douro River. See the six bridges of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia on a 55-minute cruise.

Porto: Bridges Cruise with Optional Wine Cellar Tour

7. Porto: Bridges Cruise with Optional Wine Cellar Tour

Admire the old city of Porto, with its typical houses and the hustle and bustle of the Ribeira population on a sightseeing cruise along the Douro. Take in the views of the Ponte da Arrábida that connects the two river banks. Embark on a sightseeing cruise across the Douro River and admire the scenic riverbank. Take advantage of the “Bridges Cruise” application for commentary available in 16 languages. You can choose a combined tour of the Cruzeiro das Pontes and a wine cellar with a tasting of different wines.

Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Party Boat with Sunset Option

8. Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Party Boat with Sunset Option

Enjoy an exhilarating boat party on the Douro River. Admire the stunning views of Porto while enjoying the festive ambiance with your friends and family. Depart from the picturesque Gaia Quay for an unforgettable experience filled with fun, music, and a unique backdrop. As you step on board, you will be enthralled by a lively atmosphere. While cruising along the waters of the majestic Douro River, get the opportunity to soak in the views of Porto and the famous Porto wine cellars in Gaia. During the tour, choose from a variety of refreshments while soaking in the magnificent scenery of the six bridges. Witness the magical colors of the sky as the sun sets over the river. Throughout the trip, you will get ample opportunities to click pictures of the surroundings. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, stunning views of Porto City and the Gaia wine cellars, and infectious music. Experience an unforgettable tour and unlock the secrets of this remarkable coastal gem.

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

9. 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: Walking and Wine Tasting Tour with Snacks

10. Porto: Walking and Wine Tasting Tour with Snacks

Experience the wines of Portugal with a local guide on a wine tasting tour of Porto. Journey through the most famous Portuguese wines, starting at Port Wine Cellar. Sample two different port wines at this historic venue. Then, go to two typical wine houses in the city. Try a green wine along with a selection of cheeses and smoked meats as a complement to your tastings. Get the chance to try some wines from the Douro Valley wine region at one, served alongside some Portuguese snacks (vegetarian options available). Benefit from a complete and wide experience of one of Portugal's most famous products and learn more about the grapes, varieties, and wine-making process. Get tips on how to taste wine and much more. Head back to Gaia city to visit the cellar and come back to Porto to go to the bars/restaurants for the rest of the tasting. This way, you'll have the opportunity to see the best viewpoints of both cities.

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Amazing tour! Couldn’t recommend enough. We had the coolest guide with us.. Igor! He was so kind and so sweet and knowledgeable. He just did guide us for the tour but the man knows the CITY. Can guide you for 10 other different things you can do, go to or eat at in the city! MUST DO!

Had a fantastic day with Igor and Antonio. They were super friendly and very knowledgeable about wine and the history. It was an awesome day highly recommended!!

Perfect day. Very nice people. Good wine and local food. Excellent transport.

The day was amazing due to the great service from Tanya & Bruno

Entertaining and informative day - very enjoyable!