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

1. 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 vehicle 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 vehicle 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

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. 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.

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

3. 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 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 by choosing that option during booking. Begin your tour with a stop at a viewpoint to enjoy the views. 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

4. 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 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 Porto at the end of your tour.

Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

5. 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

6. 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.

From Porto Douro River Cruise to Régua With Lunch

7. From Porto Douro River Cruise to Régua With Lunch

Meet your guide at the Estiva quay in Oporto, then board a boat heading to Régua, known worldwide as the capital of the Vine and Wine. Enjoy some breakfast on board while sailing through the Douro waters, admiring the breathtaking valley.  Go through the Crestuma-Lever Dam (height of 14 meters) and the Carrapatelo Dam (height 35 meters). Appreciate the lunch served onboard and get to know the history behind the region while listening to your audioguides in four different languages.  Get off the boat and visit Régua at your own pace. After enjoying some free time, you will head back to Oporto, arriving at 7:15pm. This route will be made by train if there is availability by the CP (Railroad Company).

Pinhão: Quinta do Bomfim Visit and Tasting

8. Pinhão: Quinta do Bomfim Visit and Tasting

Owned by the Symington family for five generations, Quinta do Bomfim features a winery, old wine cellar, and vineyard in the heart of the Upper Douro Valley. Visit the on-site museum and tour the grounds before choosing from a variety of family-made ports and wines to taste on the terrace. The tour begins in a small museum that tells the story of the property, the family, and the wines. A collection of early 20th century photographs of the Douro and documents highlight the history of the Quinta and the region. Afterward, choose between three vineyard walks, all of which offer excellent views of the surrounding mountain vineyards, some with dry stone terraces built by hand in the 18th and 19th centuries. Along the way, visit the old lodge built in 1896, one of the most significant structures in the Douro Valley. This vast vat and barrel cellar, with its complex roof structure, has been used for over 100 years to hold the ports from each harvest at the estate before they are taken downriver to Vila Nova de Gaia for further maturing. During the harvest, visitors can see the grapes being received at the winery and port being made in the lagares (troughs). At other times of the year, a short film is shown of the winery in operation and traditional treading at other Symington family vineyards. Later, choose from four wine tasting options: a Douro DOC tasting, port tasting, premium vintage tasting, or Dow's Old Tawnies tasting. Each offers a different collection of wines to taste. Head to the terrace and enjoy your tasting surrounded by scenic views of the Douro River and surrounding vineyards. Quinta do Bomfim is the birthplace of two of the 21st century’s most famous ports: First, Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port is the only vintage port made this century to have been awarded a perfect 100 points by the Wine Spectator. Secondly, Dow’s 2011 Vintage Port was nominated the “N°1 Wine in the World” in 2014 by the same influential publication.

Douro Valley W/2 wineries, 1h Boat Cruise and Lunch

9. Douro Valley W/2 wineries, 1h Boat Cruise and 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 being 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, and as well great options for vegans and vegetarians. After lunch, take a mini-cruise in a typical boat along the astonishing Douro Valley, 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 famous Port wine of the region, with tastings. Finally, return to Porto in the late afternoon.

Douro Valley: Full Day Tour w/ Wine Tasting & River Cruise

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Douro Valley

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10,563 reviews

Our tour was on August 22, 2022. Our guide Tania was fun, she didn't burden us by talking all day. She made an excellent recommendation for gelato . She shared selected nuggets of information at selected intervals on the bus ride. Our driver Hamoush really is a DRIVER, he's got SKILLS . He got us there and back in one piece. A lovely restaurant 'The River' had been selected for lunch and it was very good. The 2nd winery we were taken to CROFT was situated on beautifully kept grounds which made for some GREAT photo's. The boat cruise down the Douro River was nice but too crowded and therefore very HOT and it was already a very hot day. The vessel was partly covered as well which didn't allow for air flow which is why it was very hot specially if you didn't get a seat in the open air part of the boat but other than that stunning views from the boat. All in all a great day in the Douro Valley. Would do it again. Thank you Tania and Hamoush.

I highly recommend the experience with this tour to see the beauty of Douro Valley and port wine tasting. Ivo was our tour guide and he was fabulous. He made our drive very entertaining by including humor; he spoke great English, was knowledgeable and gave very interesting explanations of Douro Valley/port wine. The drive felt very safe and the views are amazing. Lunch was delicious and the boat ride was very refreshing even on a hot day. Without a doubt, I will choose this tour again and request Ivo as my guide!

What a lovely day. You can’t not visit Douro Valley. Weather was perfect. Not too hot. Plenty to drink. I think lunch was good for my choice although my vegetarian friend got a single asparagus in her pasta so she wasn’t impressed. Great conversation throughout the day from Ivo. Highly recommend

Meeting up with the guide was a pretty easy process. And it was a beautiful day for a very enjoyable relaxing cruise . Very good experience, I would recommend this. Going through the dam was interesting.

Loved the tour. Paulo was an excellent guide. Explained things very well and kept us entertained.