Porto: Douro River Sailing Boat Tour
- Small group
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 2.5 hours
per group up to 4
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We arrived at the boat to find our table had been allocated in a good forward position. Our waiter was very friendly and looked after us well. There was a lot of back ground noise so the overhead loud speaker announcements were difficult if not impossible to understand. The breakfast served was quite basic but lunch was more than enough. The trip was through beautiful scenery and was very interesting. We left the boat at Pinhao where we caught the tourist train back to Porto arriving at about 21.00hrs. Quite a long day, but worth it.
It was a wonderful way to see the country from a different perspective. There are no guarantees that your group will mesh but ours did and we were able to make amazing new friends. One word of caution check your transportation, we had ours confirmed until the night before and then were told we were outside their boundary for pick up and ended up having to taxi. Then we were told that time for reimbursement would be 8-10 days. Just a heads up
Unlike other cruises that promise 50 min and only deliver 30 min of trip, this one was simply gorgeous. I loved every explanation given in 4 different languages and also the wonderful views. At the beginning of the trip they promise that the views from the boat are unlike any other view, and it's 100% true. Thank you for a fantastic experience.
The boat cruise was good but there were some noisy customers which prevented us from hearing the full tour. I believe that the tour guide should request customers to be quiet during the tour so that everyone can hear the recorded commentary. In addition, the volume of could have been louder.
The crew/service were friendly and very helpful. Please note that if your trip is facilitated by Barcadouro ( board in Gaia) then there is a boat change at Peso da Regua, no free time in Pinhao but a visit to a local Winery. Also the return is by bus which was quick and comfortable.