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Porto: Douro Valley w/2 small wineries, lunch and 1h cruise

1. Porto: Douro Valley w/2 small wineries, lunch and 1h cruise

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.

From Alvarenga: 516 Arouca Bridge & Paiva Walkway Tour

2. From Alvarenga: 516 Arouca Bridge & Paiva Walkway Tour

Discover the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge and Paiva Walkways on a tour from Alvarenga. Explore one of the most beautiful wild river gorges in northern Portugal with a guide. Start your tour in Alvarenga, where you'll meet your guide and have a safety briefing and get some information about Arouca Geopark and the Paiva River Valley. Then, you'll start the hike through old village paths, towards the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge. When you get to the bridge, your crossing will take place at an exclusive time, with only your tour mates and guide. Feel like you're walking on air as you immerse yourself in the imposing surrounding landscape. If you don't want to cross the bridge on foot, you can be transferred to the other side in a 4x4 free of charge. After getting across the bridge, walk along the Paiva Walkways. Your guide will show you some great spots for photos while highlighting the famous zig-zag staircases, riparian forests, idyllic waterfalls, and impressive cliffs of the Paiva River Gorge. Halfway through, you'll rest for a while at Vau River Beach. There, you can take in the landscape while you can restore your energy with some traditional snacks, juice and fresh fruits. On a hot day, you can take a refreshing dip in the river, so make sure you bring a swimsuit. After your stop, hike along the wooden walkway along the river back to your starting point.

Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

3. Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

After meeting your tour guide in the morning, you will be transported to Penacova and provided with the kayaking equipment and some instructions. Then, set off from the Carvoeira dam on a kayaking tour with a total length of 18 km (11 miles).  You'll be kayaking through the natural Mondego river valley, surrounded by extensive forests. As you travel downriver, you will pass by the small villages of Ronqueira, Rebordosa, Louredo, Foz do Caneiro and Casal. This part of the river is full of small beaches where you can stop for a picnic or go to go for a swim. On the river beach of Palheiros, you'll find a small bar where you can buy an ice cream or a cold beer. The river usually has a light current, which makes the kayaking easy and accessible to all ages. Finish in Torres do Mondego, after 3-4 hours of kayaking and breaks along the way. Expect to arrive between 15.00 and 17.00 pm.

Porto: Douro Premium Tour with Cruise, Lunch & Wine Tasting

4. Porto: Douro Premium Tour with Cruise, Lunch & Wine Tasting

Expereince the magic of the N222 road while traveling in an air-conditioned van with this day trip from Porto. Take in lush landscapes with stops at viewpoints and be treated to some sausage during your wine and oil tasting at a local wine cellar. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Porto's city center and whisked away to the Douro Valley. Relax on the journey in a climate-controlled Mercedes-Benz vehicle with a guide that is happy to tell you about the region. Have the opportunity to visit the most emblematic viewpoints in the Douro to capture some photos. Discover a cellar with tastings of high-quality wines (Port and Doc) and olive oil, accompanied by a board of sausages and incredible views. Sit down to lunch in a renowned restaurant, with delectable dishes from the Douro region. Take in the charm of Pinhão's vineyards from the water during a river cruise. Travel between Pinhão and Peso da Régua along the N222, considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Return to your accommodation in Porto's city center with unforgettable memories.

From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

5. From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

Discover the beauty of the Paiva river and gorge on as you hike along the Paiva Walkways and experience the thrill of crossing the 516 Arouca suspension bridge on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Porto. Indulge in some local fare with the included lunch at a restaurant.  Starting from Porto, you be picked up in an air-conditioned van and relax on the drive through the Portuguese countryside. Enjoy a short rest stop in Arouca where you have the chance to purchase a snack in this town that is known for its sweets.  Reach Areinho and enter the Paiva Walkways and start your journey by climbing a stairway of around 300 steps and reach the incredible 516 Arouca bridge which is at an elevation of about 175 meters above the Paiva River. Learn about local culture from your guide along the way. Admire views of the Aguieira Waterfall and Paiva River as you cross this stunning bridge. Continue your journey following the path of Paiva Walkways as it follows the flow of the river. Walk at your own pace, take in the lush vegetation, and try to spot wildlife like birds.  Relax at Vau beach mid-way through the hike and carry on all the way to Espiunca, where our hiking ends. From Espiunca travel to a restaurant in Alvarenga where you can try “Arouquesa” DPO beef (other non-meat options available).End your day with a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Porto.

From Porto: 516 Arouca Bridge and Paiva Walkways Guided Tour

6. From Porto: 516 Arouca Bridge and Paiva Walkways Guided Tour

Join a guided trip to the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge and Paiva Walkways from Porto. Discover one of the most impressive wild river gorges in the north of Portugal. Join a certified local guide in crossing the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge 175 meters above River Paiva. Start your adventure from Porto with comfortable transportation to the Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark and a safety briefing. Set off on the Paiva Walkways, an 8.7 km wooden walkway built along the cliffs of the Paiva River Gorge. Begin the hike through old village paths. Then, prepare for the most exciting 516 meters of your life on the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge, one of the longest suspension pedestrian bridges in the world. Be suspended by Tibetan-style steel cables in the sky, 175 meters above River Paiva and Aguieiras Waterfall. Feel as though you’re walking in the air, immersing yourself in an imposing landscape of wild and stunning nature. If you want a more laid-back experience, be transferred to the other side of the bridge by a 4x4. Moving on, along the Paiva Walkways, stop at scenic viewpoints to snap photos. See the famous zig-zag staircases, riparian forests, waterfalls, and cliffs of the gorge. Halfway through, take a break at Vau River Beach and restore your energy with some traditional snacks, juice, and fresh fruits. On hot days, take a dip in the river. From here to the end of the trail, get closer to the river. Feel the strength of the rapids through their roaring sounds. After the hike, be driven to the mountain area of Arouca. Finally, treat yourself to a traditional Arouquesa roasted veal in a typical restaurant (included in the option "With Lunch"). For dessert, taste some ancient conventual pastry, next to its origin, the Santa Maria de Arouca Monastery.

Douro & Vinho Verde: Family Wineries Private Tour in Douro

7. Douro & Vinho Verde: Family Wineries Private Tour in Douro

Hello there, fellow wine enthusiasts! Are you looking for a truly unique and authentic experience in the Douro region? Look no further, because I've got just the thing for you. As a local wine producer and lover, I am thrilled to offer you a personalized tour of the Douro Valley. My Land Rover Discovery is waiting to take you on a journey through some of the most stunning scenery in Portugal. We will start by picking you up from your accommodation in the Mesão Frio region or the Ermida train station if you're coming from Porto. From there, we'll head straight to my family quinta in Barqueiros, where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the most authentic wines produced in the region. At the quinta, we'll take a step back in time to our 150-year-old, small, and traditional winery. My family's small winery is the perfect setting for an intimate wine tasting experience. We produce table red, white, and rose wines, as well as some incredible port wines. With 2 hectares of land, every bottle we produce is made with love and care using traditional methods. We'll then head to the Vinho Verde region for another wine tasting experience. This time, we'll visit another small quinta with a beautiful vineyard where you'll get to taste 4 different Vinho Verde wines. You won't want to miss out on this unique opportunity to taste some of the most flavorful wines in the world. As the day comes to an end, we'll drop you off at your accommodation or at the train station, depending on where we picked you up. But don't worry, the memories of this unforgettable day will stay with you forever. So, what are you waiting for? Book now and join me on a journey through the Douro Valley that you'll never forget. With my comfortable Land Rover Discovery and my passion for wine, you're guaranteed to have an amazing time.

From Porto: SUP Paiva River Tour with Transfer

8. From Porto: SUP Paiva River Tour with Transfer

See the Ilha dos Amores at the start. Learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding so you can enjoy your experience. You will learn how to deal with different types of sceneries and how you need to react if you fall from the board. We Paddle from Douro river to the Paiva river, consider one of the cleanest and beautifull rivers in Portugal. There you can see on the side of the river a small Waterfall. The tour will take arround 3 hours, were you will be amazed by the natural beauty. Take your family and friends and enjoy a wonderful day paddling.

Douro Valley: Winery Tour at Quinta do Tedo and Tastings

9. Douro Valley: Winery Tour at Quinta do Tedo and Tastings

Embark on an adventure to 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 lies an 18th-century estate, Quinta do Tedo. Enjoy a full tour of Quinta do Tedo, which includes explanations of the vineyards and the olive orchards. Learn more about Porto and red wine production, foot treading in the lagers, aging in the 18th-century cellars, bottling, and hand-labeling.  At the end of the tour, taste the Quinta do Tedo's Portos and red wines overlooking the Douro River in the renovated 18th-century tasting room. 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 France's Grand Cru.

Douro Valley: Picnic & Wine Experience - Quinta do Tedo

10. Douro Valley: Picnic & Wine Experience - Quinta do Tedo

Spend a relaxing interlude enveloped by the countryside and embraced by the warm Douro Valley sun. Visit our vinification center and wine cellars followed by a wine tasting. Celebrate nature with an intimate picnic under a centennial olive tree between organic old vines overlooking the Tedo River. Enjoy a selection of fresh, regional products, savory and sweet specialties prepared by our Tedo team to accompany your choice of Quinta do Tedo's Douro DOC red/rosé, or Terra a Terra Douro DOC white wine, signed by the renowned winemaker Eng. Jorge Alves. Picnic Menu . Local bread . Estate jam (seasonal fruit) . Estate olive oil . Assorted local cheeses . Assorted charcuterie . Dried fruits . Conserved portuguese sardines in tomatoe and conserved codfish in olive oil and garlic . Carrot and chickpea salad . Orange or chocolate estate-made cake . Fruit or salad fruit (seasonal) . Water and orange juice . Quinta do Tedo Douro DOC red/rosé wine or Terra a Terra Douro DOC white wine

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Tiago was a wonderful guide-- really personable and easy to chat with-- one of the best guides we've had in our years of traveling around the world! He gave us a very in-depth explanation of the sites around the Douro Valley, the port wine-making process, and his own experience growing up in the Douro Valley as a child. It was wonderful to learn so much from someone who has deep family roots in the Valley. My husband, our 17-year old daughter, and I shared a van with another family of 5. Everyone got along well, especially because Tiago kept a nice conversational pace and included everyone in the conversation--our daughter enjoyed the tour as much as we did. Tiago listened to things we were interested in and offered suggestions of other things to see around Porto to enhance our stay. He kept a nice pace for the day and we never felt rushed.

The walkways was a novel way to tour the geopark. Though quite long at 8 kms, we were not so exhausted as the wooden structures were nicely built. There were some uphill climbing but they were manageable. The bridge was awesome! It was a bit frightening at first but once you get the hang of it (pun intended) it’s like walking an ordinary footbridge with a spectacular view all around. The walk back was a lot easier. Our guide at the bridge did a wonderful job assuring us about the safety of crossing. I would definitely recommend this to those who are seeking a different way of exploring nature. Our guide Joao Pacheco of Detours was nice and kind enough to help my elderly aunt on the walkways. And the lunch was sumptuous and really filling too!

Enjoyable day! Our guide & driver was excellent. Going to a small, family run winery then to a larger one was a nice contrast. Our lunch was delicious and included local wine. Afterwards we enjoyed a cruise on the Douro River. Being with a small group was excellent and I would highly recommend .

It was really nice. Tells you all about the farm and wines. Great wines to taste. My favourite at this moment. Beautiful location.

Truly memorable experience. I'm not big on the touristy thing but this really added value to my time in Oporto!