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From Porto: Douro Region Private Food and Wine Day Tour

1. From Porto: Douro Region Private Food and Wine Day Tour

Discover the wines and foods of the Duoro region on a private day tour with a local guide. Enjoy wine and port-tasting at a vineyard, visit a traditional restaurant in Régua, and enjoy a stunning view of the valley. Begin your day with a pickup at your Porto hotel and head to Régua with your private guide. As you drive, hear about the region's history and culture. In Régua, tour a hidden and family-run winery to learn about the varieties of grapes and how they become wine. Visit the wine warehouse before enjoying a private tasting of 7 types of wine and port. Next, stop at a local restaurant in Régua for a delicious lunch (not included in the tour price). Once you've finished eating, travel to the other side of the valley to reach Pinhão. Visit a smaller family-run winery to enjoy a second wine tasting, accompanied by honey and olive oil. As you drink, play with Jaloto, the winery dog, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley. Continue to Amarante, a cozy city with winding streets. Stop at António's traditional tasca to taste local products, including bread, cheese, ham, chorizo, olives, and “vinho verde,” António's own wine. < Return to Porto through the beautiful scenery of the Douro Valley with your private guide. Note: If you would like to change the afternoon tasting for a rabelo boat cruise of 1 hour leaving from Pinhão is available upon request.

From Porto: Guided Douro Valley Wine Tasting with Lunch

2. From Porto: Guided Douro Valley Wine Tasting with Lunch

Visit The Douro Valley with a multilingual guide. See a World Heritage site, and visit one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Traverse unique landscapes and try delicious wine, olive oils, and a local lunch. Meet your guide in Porto, then travel by van to the Douro Valley. First, ample the amazing treats from the valley: almonds, its traditional bread, and its delicious honey, all paired with Douro's red, white, and rosé wines. Then, head to the Pinhão train station, where you can see the history of Douro's wine industry in the typical blue and white Portuguese tiles. Visit the Olive Oil Museum, or go for an optional boat tour for an additional price. Next, visit a family-owned winery with access to an exclusive lunch menu paired with white, red, and Port wines. After lunch, try a Port wine tasting of several different vintages. Finally, visit Amarante for a treat before heading back to Porto and concluding your tour.

From Porto: Douro Valley Private Tour

3. From Porto: Douro Valley Private Tour

On this tour, you will visit four locations in the Douro Valley. First stop is Amarante. Stroll through the historic center, walk through the old streets, see the typical houses and the history that the city counts, with the river and the bridge. For those who like to appreciate the ancient architecture, in Amarante, mainly in the historical center, there are numerous examples of the Romanesque and still many buildings of the Middle Ages along S. Gonçalo bridge. Enjoy some of the most touristic points of the city such as the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo and the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum. Next stop is Vila Real where the masterpiece will be the Palace of Mateus, known for the Mateus Rose wine, a baroque mansion from the 18th century, considered to be one of the most elegant mansions in Europe and is attributed to the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni. The palace is surrounded by a fantasist garden, with some formations and line of hedges, carved statues and a harmonious walk of cypresses. You will then head to the Pinhao Train Station, one of the most beautiful places in the Douro region. The station was built in the nineteenth century, its tiles representing the landscape and the life of the people in this region, with images of Port wine production from the harvest, the peculiar tread of the grapes with the feet, and the transport of wine in rabelos boats. You will then visit a local winery where you will be shown the different aspects of winemaking and also taste some of the best wines in the world.

Douro Valley Wine Road Trip, 2 Vineyards Lunch River Cruise

4. Douro Valley Wine Road Trip, 2 Vineyards Lunch River Cruise

Immerse yourself in the picturesque vineyards, terraced hillsides, and meandering Douro River. Discover the secrets of winemaking as you visit traditional wine estates and taste the region’s exquisite Port wines. Marvel at the charming villages and historical landmarks that dot the landscape. Join us and create memories that will last a lifetime in this unforgettable journey. Experience Luxury in the Douro Valley: Indulge in a truly exclusive journey through the breathtaking Douro Valley. Our meticulously crafted tours offer an unrivaled level of sophistication and comfort. Step into our luxurious Mercedes Benz 320 Class S, where elegance and style meet seamless comfort, enhancing your every moment. Embark on a mesmerizing one-hour river cruise aboard a private yacht, allowing you to immerse yourself in the splendor of the Douro River and its enchanting surroundings. Marvel at the picturesque landscapes from a unique perspective, creating memories that will last a lifetime. As you savor this extraordinary adventure, we ensure a culinary delight with a delightful lunch, tantalizing your taste buds with exquisite flavors and local delicacies. Indulge in a remarkable culinary experience, perfectly complementing your journey through the Douro Valley. To enrich your experience further, we offer an exclusive workshop at a vineyard with a royal heritage. Founded by the Portuguese Royal Family for Prince Peter IV, this vineyard presents a unique opportunity to learn about the art of winemaking. Immerse yourself in the world of wine tourism and gain a qualification certificate as a connoisseur of wine tourism. Join us on this unforgettable expedition, where luxury, exclusivity, and elegance converge to create an extraordinary journey through the Douro Valley. Discover the true essence of this enchanting region, leaving with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for its beauty and culture.

Douro Valley: Full-Day Private Tour from Porto

5. Douro Valley: Full-Day Private Tour from Porto

On this this tour you get the opportunity to have an overview of Amarante, Lamego, and Régua, three fabulous cities in the Douro Valley. The Douro Valley region is known for its unique landscape where the river is beautifully flanked by green mountains on both sides, forming an interesting “V” shape. Not only do these mountains flank the river but they also serve a very important purpose: they provide the soil where the wine vines are cultivated in terraces, making this sight even more fantastic. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other things to see in the valley including its rich culture, history, gastronomy, and traditions. Amarante has become very important in history after Saint Gonçalo´s arrival between 1187 and 1259. He settled here after his pilgrimage through Rome and Jerusalem, making this city an important religious sight in Portugal. Visit the convent and church as well as its beautiful bridge and historical center. The city of Régua is the center of the Douro Valley and an established wine region since 1756. During this tour, have lunch in a relaxing and inviting environment while enjoying the scenery of the Bagaúste Dam. For lunch you may select from a course of fish or meat, starters, beverage, dessert, and coffee. End your day with a visit to Quinta do Tedo, where you will learn about the process of production of the famous Port wine and enjoy a tasting of some of the wines produced in the winery.

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Afonzo was the quintessential host and guide on our private trip from Porto through the Douro Valley. As a Porto resident, he was a wealth of knowledge for the region. As we are not interested in big tours, we were amazed. Afonzo took us to family farms / vineyards, small villages, restaurants that we would probably have not found on our own. We spent a 12 hour day of quality time together. Not to mention, this guy is hilarious! He has a great sense of humor and we all hit it off perfectly. Thank you, Afonzo, for a great experience. Best wishes, John and Steve.

Joele was our guide for the day - couldn’t have asked for better, he was fantastic! Magnificent scenery, an abundance of quality wine and food and awesome travel companions make for a memorable day. I recommend the Douro Valley Winery tour to any wine lover - it was the best day trip I did while I was on holiday in Portugal.

Alex was a great tour guide and a an excellent driver. He answered all of our questions and we had lots of fun. I loved all the wines we tasted, especially the ones we had at breakfast. I would go again on this tour, so I recommend it.

Outstanding experience. The perfect end to our vacation.