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From Pinhão: Private Yacht Cruise along the Douro River

1. From Pinhão: Private Yacht Cruise along the Douro River

Enjoy a private boat tour along the Douro River. From the boat, you will be able to admire spectacular views of the Douro Valley, its impressive vineyards, and traditional stone walls. If you prefer to go inside the boat, it has a glassed-in lounge, which offers 360-degree views. In addition, the roof can be opened so that you can enjoy the delicious sunshine whilst sheltering from the wind. Sit back and enjoy a glass of Douro or Port wine as you take in the landscapes of the region.

Porto: Authentic Private Douro Valley Tour

2. Porto: Authentic Private Douro Valley Tour

Explore the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a full-day, private tour from Porto. Marvel at the landscapes, learn about the region from your expert guide and savor the valley's famous wines. Meet your guide at your hotel, and then journey to the Douro Valley in your air-conditioned vehicle. Appreciate the scenery as your passionate guide explains the history and culture of the area. Stop in a small rustic village and meet the locals. Then, travel through the heart of the Douro Valley Wine Region to Pinhão, making stops to take some photos at spectacular viewpoints. Visit Pinhão and the local train station, which is decorated with hand-painted tile murals of the town and the surrounding wine region. Then, have lunch in a charming winery or premium restaurant and taste local food rooted in traditional cuisine, but with a modern twist (not included). Walk off some of the calories on a guided tour of the vineyards and visit its ancient lagares or winepresses. Finally, savor a range of Douro wines, including Port in the ruby and tawny categories, before returning to your hotel at around 7 PM.

Pinhão: Private Rabelo Boat Tour along the River Douro

3. Pinhão: Private Rabelo Boat Tour along the River Douro

Starting from Pinhão, pass under the iron bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Continue along the River Douro, admiring hills of terraced vineyards with no cars in sight. Take in the scenic views of the oldest wine region in the world, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you reach the Roncão area, you will turn around and start the return journey to Pinhão. Although you will do the same stretch of the river on the way back, you will have a different point of view of the sights along the way. 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 Valley Private Tour

4. 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.

Porto : Private Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tour

5. Porto : Private Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage landscapes of the Douro Valley on a private full-day wine tasting tour from Porto. Discover interesting facts about the Douro Valley and its famous craft Port wine with a local guide. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Porto, then set off by car to the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. See and smell one of the most unspoiled places in Europe as you drive through picturesque countryside and centuries-old vineyards. Upon arrival in Pinhão, hop into a boat to Quinta Do Seixo - Sandeman, a winery equipped with advanced winemaking technology that's perfectly integrated into the Douro landscape. At the winery, taste 3 different wines. Finally, make your way back to the original meeting point in Porto.

Porto: Douro Valley Private Tour with Lunch and Port Tasting

6. Porto: Douro Valley Private Tour with Lunch and Port Tasting

After being picked up from your accommodation in Porto or the Douro Valley region, embark on a full-day private guided tour. Begin the tour with a 1-hour cruise on a Rabelo, a traditional Portuguese wooden cargo boat that was used for centuries to transport people and goods along the Douro River. Relive Douro's history as you learn about how wine was transported in wooden barrels, by boat or train, to the cellars of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.  After the boat tour, stop for lunch at an old manor house. Savor regional dishes on the scenic terrace overlooking the Douro valley and learn about the history of the manor. When you've finished eating and soaking up the views, you will have the opportunity to sample Muscatel wine, Port wine, and olive oil. You will then be dropped back to your original pickup location.

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What people are saying about Vila Real District

On a cold morning trip our pilot and guide Barbara was warm, super accomodating and friendly. She was a wonderful local ambassador for the area. Highly recommend this first before visiting quintas - a real window into the passion and effort embodied in the region’s vineyards.

Such a fun and beautiful trip! The boat captain (well, 2nd captain since his adorable dog was the 1st captain ;) was knowledgeable, friendly, passionate about his job and the Duoro region. Highlight of my trip!

Our guide Barbara was lovely to us, and we enjoyed our river cruise very much. The service, conversation, and boat were all great.

The boat, our guide, and the scenery were all incredible! This was one of the highlights of our entire trip - highly recommended!

Very well organized, pleasant host When the weather is nice, a highly recommended experience.