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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.

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Porto: 3 Douro Valley Vineyards Tour with Lunch

5. Porto: 3 Douro Valley Vineyards Tour with Lunch

Discover the tastes of the Douro Valley on this driving tour to three stunning wineries on this day trip from Porto. Admire views of the valley and sample a range of local wines. Savor local flavors with a lunch comprised of regional delicacies. Be picked up from your hotel in the morning and travel in an air-conditioned minivan towards wine region of Sabrosa. Stop for a quick coffee before venturing into the mountains. After arriving at the family-owned vineyard, enjoy a guided tour of the winery's facilities. Savor a hand-picked selection of their fine port and DOC wines. Sit back and relax on a scenic drive to the countryside to th next winery. Sit down to a delicious lunch of local specialties accompanied with wine from the winery. Contemplate the lush rolling landscapes around the vineyard. After lunch, visit their facilities and taste a range of the winery's ports. Continue to a corporate brand vineyard. Walk around their high-quality facilities before tasting their delectable ports while admiring sweeping countryside views. Take a scenic drive National Highway 222 which winds along the river before returning to your accommodation in Porto.

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

6. 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.

From Pinhão: Private Yacht Cruise along the Douro River

7. 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.

Douro Valley: Scenic Picnic at Quinta do Tedo Winery

8. Douro Valley: Scenic Picnic at Quinta do Tedo Winery

Enjoy the unique atmosphere in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, surrounded by terraced vineyards that climb high above the dramatic confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. There you can find an 18th-century estate, Quinta do Tedo. The Quinta’s 100% estate-grown organic grapes come from 37 acres of class "A" vineyards, the highest rating from the Portuguese Instituto do Vinhos do Douro e Porto, comparable to Burgundy's Grand Cru.  Go on a guided visit to the Quinta do Tedo Winery and celebrate nature with an intimate picnic under a centennial olive tree between organic, old vines overlooking the Tedo River.  Savor a selection of fresh, regional products, sweet and savory specialties prepared to accompany your choice of Quinta do Tedo's Douro DOC red, or Terra a Terra Douro DOC white wine. Menu 1 - Gourmet Picnic with Winery Guided Tour and Wine tasting - Assorted local cheeses and charcuterie - Homemade jam - Marinated olives - Tedo salad - Traditional codfish cakes - Fresh bread and water - Seasonal fruit OR Bistro dessert - Lemonade OR orange juice - Quinta do Tedo Douro DOC red wine OR Terra a Terra Douro DOC white wine Menu 2 - Vegetarian Picnic with Winery Guided Tour and Wine tasting - Assorted local cheeses and seasoned nuts - Homemade jam - Marinated olives - Tedo salad - Bistro salad - Fresh bread and water - Seasonal fruit OR Bistro dessert - Lemonade OR orange juice - Quinta do Tedo Douro DOC red wine OR Terra a Terra Douro DOC white wine

From Porto: Douro Valley Trip with Wine Tasting and Lunch

9. From Porto: Douro Valley Trip with Wine Tasting and Lunch

Tour the beautiful Douro Valley and the charming Portuguese countryside on this relaxing full-day tour from Porto. Spend the morning exploring the wheat hills of the valley, while heading towards the Douro river, enjoying the landscape of the Douro region, the first demarcated region of the world. Continue the tour with a visit to the small town of Pinhão, hidden in the heart of the valley, and then embark on an hour-long boat cruise (optional) down the river, enjoying views of the magnificent landscape. Pay a visit to the historical railway station, well known for its 24-tile panels portraying the Douro countryside and harvest, before stopping for a delicious lunch break in a traditional restaurant. After lunch, continue to a family-run wine estate nestled in the gloriously remote countryside, a setting that offers a glimpse into the way of life in Douro. Enjoy a tasting of these award-winning grapes and take in one last spectacular view of the beautiful Portuguese countryside before heading home.

From Porto: A Day in the Douro Valley with Wine Tastings

10. From Porto: A Day in the Douro Valley with Wine Tastings

Marvel at the wonderful panoramic views offered by the Douro region, considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, where the Douro River winds through the vineyards and foothills. On this tour, take a boat trip in a traditional Rabelo boat and enjoy wonderful views from the heart of the Douro River. Take the opportunity to appreciate the terraces carved with human strength over the centuries. After, savor lunch in a restaurant to taste the local gastronomy. Take a stroll along the N222 road and contemplate one of the most beautiful roads in the world. In a region where wine has been produced for over 2,000 years, it will be imperative to try the nectars of the gods. Delight in various wine tastings, not only pf the port wine that made the region famous, but also DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) wines that have won many awards, both national and international.

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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!

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!

It was great to see the old way of making wine as well as the new way. The boat trip was lovely.