This tour was the highlight of our 5 weeks in Europe. Our tour leader Sid possessed an exceptional knowledge the city's history and culture, but it was his friendly and engaging manner that impressed us most. Porto is hilly, and we were concerned the tour might prove too exhausting. Not to worry. The route was cleverly planned and Sid allowed time for taking photographs and other stops along the way. If it were possible to award a tour more than five stars, this is the one.
Doing what: Porto Walking Tour
this was a wonderful tour through a beautiful area. Being in a small group was intimate and fun. There are many boat/train tours, but I think this trip in the van was terrific because we were able to get off the beaten track to some lovely small wineries that were handpicked as traditional, small family enterprises.And it wasn't like being in a cattle call--very individualized attention. Eduardo, our tour guide, was lovely and caring. We are fishetarians and he asked for a special dish for us for lunch, which was very accommodating. He was very informative and we had interesting conversations about Portugal, culture and politics. This tour was the highlight of our time in Porto.
I wanted to end my visit in Portugal by fully experiencing everything that the gorgeous Douro Valley has to offer, and a small yet intimate tour seemed to be the best way. Based on rave reviews and statements from other backpackers that i met and a variety of hostel's recommendations, Cooltour seemed to be the best fit. So many highlights to speak of special touches. An intimate group of only 8 made it easy for everyone to bond and enjoy the experience together, and the fact that each person was picked up at their hotel was such a relaxing introduction and ending to a perfect day. The thing though that made this tour stand out the most, was our amazing guide Pedro. Guide doesn't even seem to be the correct word to use, since by the end it felt as though you were hanging out with a friendly local who just wanted to show you the beauty of their countryside. Not only was he knowledgeable, but he was passionate which made a world of a difference. You could tell that he loved the Douro Valley and everything that it had to offer; delicious port and wine straight from the family owned vineyards, stunning landscape, the freshest fruits, lunch at a restaurant gem, views from a boat that you only imagine seeing in postcards, priceless moments. The cherry on top though, was the fact that you felt like you were taken to special places off the beaten track. You weren't herded into massive estates with lines of tourist buses, where you are just a number. Not once did we see another tourist or were on a overly strict timeline, everything felt relaxed and allowed you to just enjoy the moment. This really was all possible because of Pedro and I'm so grateful that I was able to experience the Douro Valley with someone who truly enjoys what he does and is extremely good at it. I can honestly say this tour was beyond worth every penny and was more than i could have expected. Thanks for everything and a huge thank you to Pedro, you were delightful and made my stay in Portugal!
Jose was such a wonderful host, and made sure we got to see and do everything promised and more. We had so much fabulous food that we couldn't eat the next day. Definitely don't plan to do anything that night for dinner! And the port tastings just kept on coming.
I hope his exam the next week went well, despite the long day he spent with us.
We felt as if we had a real insight into the work and lifestyle of port making in the Douro region. Thank you
we toured the main points of town, and got a very good grasp of the city. the guide was excellent. highly recommend!
Doing what: Porto Bike Tour
the guide was great; the wine tasting experience was fabulous.
It was a nice food tour. Very personable and friendly tour guide. At times, it felt a little unorganized but We were the only couple on the tour, so who knows if it is always like that. I would recommend this food tour to anyone going to Porto.
Doing what: Porto Food and Wine Tasting Tour
good informative tours unfortunately weather led to overcrowding on some buses where there was no cover on top everyone going downstairs and as a disabled person I was a bit conscious of my wheelchair taking up a lot of space but drivers guides etc where all very helpful including at the winetasting the only fault there was the absence of a ramp.Overall very good and would go again on future tours
A wonderful day in the upper Douro Valley. Our guide was thoughtful and knowledgable. Visits to TWO Quintas, the first a small family vineyard, wonderful. Vote second, a large Quinta, great information and tastings at both stops. Lunch in Pinhao, a traditional Portugese lunch, served family style, delicious. Special stops at secret overlooks and photo ops. Would definitely recommend it to everyone.
This was a full day tour of the beautiful Douro valley (8.30am to 8pm). The tour guide Jose was a young University Geology student with an excellent command of English. He was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all my detailed questions relating to the area and details of Port and wine making in the region. We first visited a quaint small winery which specialised in port making and then after a sumptuous typical Portuguese lunch (pork cooked in red wine, then a lamb casserole with potatoes and carrots, plus glasses of house red and house white Portuguese Douro wines) we visited another small winery and tasted the red and white wines local to that area. The boat trip (approx 1 hr) was well worth it, as you saw beautiful aspects of the Douro region you can see from the road. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and can whole-heartedly recommend to it to tourists who want to visit the region and sample some of the wines.
Laura All Over
This tour was one of the best tours I've ever taken. We learned SO much about Porto's history, culture and food and our guide Virginia was amazing. It was a very small group (just two of us) so we had a very personalized experience and were able to ask lots of questions. On the tour we tried the best Portuguese egg tarts I've ever had, port wine with cheese, a bifana (spicy pork) sandwich, codfish with an anise liquor, ginja berry liquor in a chocolate cup, and the famous francesinha sandwich. We liked the stops so much that we went back to a few of them two more times! I highly recommend this tour - it was a great introduction to Portuguese food and culture.
Doing what: Small-Group Porto Food and Wine Tour
This was one of the best food tours I've ever taken. The pasteis de Nata we tried was one of the most delicious I've ever tried, and we went back to that cafe twice. The guide was incredibly kind, down-to-earth and easy to get along with. She brought us to a food market, took us to one of the best bifana spots in Portugal. We also went back there twice, and it was the best thing I ate in Porto! We tried some delicious cherry liquor in a chocolate cup, as well as port tastings with three kinds of cheese, plus meat and bread. We ended the tour with a hearty portion of francesinha and a pint of beer. We had so much delicious and tasty food, I was stuffed and feeling terrific at the end of the tour. Our guide showed us so many spots around the city, and gave us lots of insider tips.
Doing what: Small-Group Porto Food and Wine Tour
This tour is AMAZING and was one of the highlights of our trip! We were with a group of 8 people in there late 20's and early 30's and we all enjoyed this tour very much! Thank you for the professional, yet amicable tour! It is worth every euro!
This tour was the best day trip I've ever taken anywhere. My husband, friends and I were totally delighted with the whole day. Our guide, Pedro, was charming and knowledgeable and his priority was making our day perfect. The mini-van was very comfortable. We visited a beautiful scenic overlook, stopped at a very nice little bakery, and visited a quinta where the family presses olives into oil for the neighborhood. After a cruise on the Douro, we had a fabulous traditional Portuguese lunch with wine. After lunch we visited a quinta that produces port wine, and enjoyed a tour and then a tasting in the owner's home. I highly recommend this tour.
It is well worth while spending one day in the Douro valley when visiting Porto. We scheduled the trip through viator.com the day before, and were picked up outside our rented apartment at the agreed time in the morning. The drive to Douro took approximately 2 hours, where we were shown two local “production sites” (you do not get to see any real production though). One vinery where we tasted one red and one white wine in addition to their local olive oil and honey, and one port wine facility where we tasted different port wines with cheese and fruit. We took the optional river cruise, and would recommend to do that. The included lunch was quite large and very good. A lot of different courses, local wine and it included coffee and dessert.
The driver/guide did a very good job, although he was perhaps a bit chatty in the morning for some of us. But that might be a positive thing for others. Over all, a fun day with good port wine, good food and beautiful nature.
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