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

1. 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 luxury 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 in a comfortable luxury vehicle. Begin your tour with a stop at a viewpoint to enjoy the views across Porto. 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.

Pinhão: 2-Hour Rabelo Boat Tour with Audio Guide

2. 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

3. 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.

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

4. 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 minivan 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 minivan will stop at an amazing viewpoint where you can take beautiful pictures of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Porto: Douro Valley w/ Winery, Tasting, Boat Cruise & Lunch

5. Porto: Douro Valley w/ Winery, Tasting, Boat Cruise & Lunch

Visit the unparalleled Douro Valley, the first denominated wine region in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. Be accompanied to Pinhão and wineries by a guide and make new Portuguese friends. Make your first stop in the fairy tale village of Pinhão consisting of vineyards that wind down the river. Admire these scenic views on a 1-hour mini-cruise in a Rabelo boat, a wooden boat that used to transport barrels of Port wine from the valley to Porto City. Relax after the boat ride in a typical restaurant in the village. Savor lunch at a wine tavern. The menu will include bread, olives, Port, red and white wine, both meat and fish, dessert, and coffee. For vegetarians and vegans, equally delicious options will be served. Then, visit a winery at one of the most idyllic spots in the valley, right by the N222, one of the most beautiful roads in the world, and between the Tedo and Douro 2 rivers. Sample 3 Ports, 1 Tawny, 1 Rosé, and 1 LBV (Late Bottle Vintage).

Douro Valley: Wine Tour with Lunch, Tastings & River Cruise

6. 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 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).

From Porto: Régua and Douro Valley Scenic Cruise

8. From Porto: Régua and Douro Valley Scenic Cruise

Escape the hustle and bustle of Porto for the day, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Douro Valley and historic vineyards of the Norte Region of Portugal. Depart Porto at 8:30 AM and travel towards Régua. Upon arrival at Régua, explore one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. Return to Porto along the Douro River, starting from Régua Quay at 11:30 AM. Glide gently past the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley, and experience the purity of nature. Lunch will be served onboard the boat at approximately 12:00 PM. Sail to the Carrapatelo Dam, and continue to the Crestuma-Lever. After crossing the 2 dams, enjoy the serenity of the Douro River as you continue to Porto for an estimated arrival at 6:00 PM.

From Porto: Douro Valley Full-Day Wine Trip with Lunch

9. From Porto: Douro Valley Full-Day Wine Trip with Lunch

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up in an 8-seat minivan from your accommodation in Porto before exploring the stunning Douro Valley. Visit local wineries, savor wines and delicacies, learning about the wine making process, before cruising down the Douro River on a river cruise. Begin your tour with a visit to the Croft Vineyards and learn about the entire winemaking process from your guide. End your visit with a port wine tasting accompanied by a careful selection of Portuguese cheeses. Then head towards the village of Pinhão, where you will embark on a 1-hour boat trip with delicacies onboard. Relax as you float down the calm waters of the Douro River and admire the landscape of the valley. Afterward, sit down for lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. Choose between meat, fish, and vegetarian menus. After lunch, visit the winery of a small table wine producer. Learn about the differences between premium wines, and the techniques used to produce them during a private guided tour. End your visit with a tasting of olive oils made by the same producer. As you return to Porto, you’ll enjoy panoramic views along a scenic road.

Pinhão: Douro Valley Rabelo Boat Tour and Kayak Experience

10. Pinhão: Douro Valley Rabelo Boat Tour and Kayak Experience

Navigate a unique river in the heart of the oldest wine demarcated region in the world, also a UNESCO world heritage site. Start your journey from Pinhão, where you will board a boat to the mouth of the River Tua. Enjoy a 1-hour ride up the Douro River. In Tua, hop off the boat and start your kayak journey on your own back to Pinhão. Take in the beautiful views of terraced vineyards on the hillsides on your 12-kilometer journey back to Pinhão.

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What people are saying about Vila Real District

Milena was knowledgeable, friendly, and gave the right about of description along the journey to Douro Valley. The lunch was a delightful surprise in terms of the quality and abundant wine! This activity was a highlight of our Portugal trip and would recommend if in Porto.

We enjoyed the tour very much. Wineries were impressive in that they pick grapes beautiful but steep hills and make such wonderful wines. Our guide provided stories and background of Douro valley. Strongly recommend this trip.

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!

A very well organised and enjoyable cruise on the Douro River, with breakfast and lunch provided, ending at Pinhao with a port wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard. A long day, but to be recommended.

We had an amazing time in the Douro Valley! Our guide Sylvia was very knowledgeable and the tours at the wineries were also very informative. Lunch was delicious!