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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 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 by choosing that option during booking. Begin your tour with a stop at a viewpoint to enjoy the views. 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.

From Porto Douro River Cruise to Régua With Lunch

2. 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).

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

3. Porto: Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tour & Boat Cruise w/ Lunch

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.

Douro Valley: Scenic Picnic at Quinta do Tedo Winery

4. 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 Wine Tasting, Lunch and Boat Cruise

5. From Porto: Douro Valley Wine Tasting, Lunch and Boat Cruise

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 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. 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.

Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Vineyard

6. Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Vineyard

Your driver will pick you up in the morning in a comfortable luxury vehicle, seating either 4, 8, or 18 passengers. You’ll begin your 9-hour tour with a stop at a viewpoint in Peso da Régua to enjoy the views of the entire city. Taste the wines of the Douro Valley wine region and admire magnificent views of Régua and its terraced vineyards. Go to an organic winery to sample some of the delicious port wines and then visit Pinhão to admire the hand-painted tiles of the magnificent train station. Stop for lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant and enjoy magnificent views of the area, said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Taste all the best that the Douro Valley has to offer, always with an amazing view.

Porto: Authentic Private Douro Valley Tour

7. 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.

From Porto: Douro Valley Private Tour

8. 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.

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What people are saying about Vila Real District

We had a FANTASTIC time on our tour. We had the best guide called Ivo, who completely made our experience. From the moment we met him he provided entertainment and catered to all our needs. We can’t actually believe the experience was as cheap as it was. Fitted in so much content, knowledge and port!! As well as taking the stress of travel away!! Not to mention a flawless 3 course meal for lunch. It was such a delight to hear from Ivo how passionate he was about Douro valley and the port making industry. Would absolutely recommend.

We were allowed to enjoy the tour of the winery in German as a couple. Our guide was super nice and very competent. The property is small but nice. The location in the Douro Valley is simply impressive. The picnic after the wine tasting was just great. Sitting all alone in the olive grove and enjoying the delicious food and the tranquility was a very special moment. Definitely recommended…

Very nice trip to the beautifull valley, our guide Milena made sure everything was alright, even when we got a flat tire. It was fixed very quick. In the valley we had a nice boat trip and good tasting of port. The lunch was really good. We had a lot of fun!

The trip was a great combo of sight seeing, information, food and wine. The valley was gorgeous and the wine amazing. Our guide Ivo was a blast and made the van rides in between stops a ton of fun.

Guide Nuno was engaging and knowledgeable. Made the tour enjoyable. The weather was extremely hot but both tasting experiences were excellent.