Fabulous tour, Santiago is a must to go and see. Only criticism I would make is not long enough in Santiago, I would have preferred just to go to Santiago and not go to Viana. Viana is lovely but does not compare to Santiago de Compostela. We were lucky enough to attend the mass and see the enormous incense swinger, incredible. If you only have one trip from Porto, go to Santiago!
Excellent all-day tour starting with a hotel pick-up at 0800 and drop off at 1900; the drive to and from the Douro Valley taking approximately 1.5 hours each way with scheduled stop in a good local Douro café. The minibus/minivan was comfortable and our guide ensured the air conditioning met everyone's needs. José David from Cooltour Oporto, was an excellent guide and he made the tour interesting and engaging.
Terrific scenery along the route on a beautiful hot day; temperatures reaching mid 30s Celsius I'm sure but a dry heat with minimal humidity so very bearable. The boat trip was a welcome retreat from the sun and was an opportunity for a different view of the valley and the steep hillsides covered in vines and olive trees.
The Portuguese lunch - the group could not do justice to the huge amounts of fabulous hearty food. The dishes alluded to Portuguese history and included both meat and sweet dishes that beautifully incorporated local port/wine. Traditional field worker stew (everything in the pot for this), marinated pork ribs cooked so the meat was falling off the bones, stewed goat in a not too spicy sauce, salad etc. Nobody in our group had any food preferences however our guide was careful to check before and during the meal for any food preferences or allergies.
We visited D'Origem where we tasted their red wine, white wine, honey and olive oil all of which were delicious. At D'Origem we also had the opportunity of seeing an olive oil press and taken through the production process. At Quinta de Santa Eufemia we were given a very generous tasting of eight ports, including white port, and olive oil and a tour of the winery. Both businesses are family run and it was evident that those involved were enthusiastic about and proud of their products.
We would recommend the tour because the experience allows an insight into the love and hard work that is necessary to create these products, particularly with regard to the smaller and medium-sized businesses.
I was in Porto on holiday with my sister and we signed up for our first Viator tour which happened to be in Porto. We were pleasantly surprised that it was just the two of us on this walking tour with our guide Virginia. She speaks excellent English and we had wonderful conversation. We followed the tour as it is planned but had flexibility with the time spent at the various sights and were even able to stop for some coffee along the way. Virginia was perfect for this as she studied history and really knows a lot of the the little details. She also provided us with suggestions for port wine as well as a few vegetarian restaurants (as we are both vegetarians) for our stay in Porto which were quite helpful. Overall, highly recommend the walking tour. Please be aware that there are some hills (but the tour is well planned to minimize the amount of uphill climbs).
Doing what: Porto Walking Tour
Awesome day. Well organised. Stunning scenery and good food. What else is there to ask for?!
We had a fantastic day in Douro Valley. Very skilled guides, excellent visits at the vineyards, and very nice lunch.
All my hopes for the day was fulfilled, and I will recommend it to everybody.
Thank you for a lovely day.
Best thing you can do to see the City. Sid our guide was full of fun and interesting facts. He was safety first and a great teacher. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and saw lots more of the city than we would have had we done a walking tour. I can't express enough how much fun this tour was.
Doing what: Porto Segway Tour
Great tour, lovely guide Paula really interesting facts about Porto and the Fado restaurant was well worth the money, good food and great performances
I think the yellow bus is the best of the 3 available because you can use all local busses as well, which was very handy, the boat cruise was really nice, so I recommend this option, much cheaper buying through Viator.
The tour was fantastic! It was personable (max of 8ppl) and encompassed everything we wanted to experience! First stop was to taste olive oil, wine and honey at a local producer. Then lunch at a typical restaurant followed by a stop into a small Port producer where we had a tour of the farm and making of port followed by tastings in a Portuguese house. Pedro our guide was fantastic and we had a great group of ppl. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get out of the main tourist trap and experience some traditional portugal!
That tour was a pure pleasure. Our tour guide, Barbara, was very professional, and she defiantly is a people person. We sow so many breathtaking places, we had huge Portuguese lunch, we had a coffee in a very charming local pastry shop, and we visited two wine houses (the owners greeted us personally). We took a one-hour river cruise. I can’t believe we did that much in one day! I learned a lot about Portugal, and Portuguese people. The country is beautiful, the people are even better! If you are in Porto – don’t miss this tour!
Happy travelling :)
Great overall experience. It really was all I could have hoped for. We visited two wineries, both with excellent wine that you wouldn't necessarily find in Porto. The lunch really opened our eyes to some delish Portugese dishes. My wife and I had a great time talking to the guide and other couples!
A wonderful experience mainly due to our guide and driver Pedro. He was so great to entertain us during this 12-hour tour. We had such a great experience of Douro, its river and wineries. And the 2 wineries he brought us to were wonderful. People are charming and welcoming. This tour was a key point of our trip to Portugal. We recommend it without hesitation....best if with Pedro.
Great trip. Loved the narrow streets
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