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Aug152013

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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Portuguese Lunch and Optional River Cruise

Porto, Portugal

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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This tour was AMAZING! We confirmed our tour the night before as requested, and our tour guide, Nuno, arrived exactly on time. The Douro Valley is a bit of a drive from Porto, but with beautiful scenery. In addition, it gave our guide time to talk about various aspects of Portugal. Other reviews suggested that the drivers were kind of crazy, but Nuno was extremely careful - for example honking (or flashing lights at night) around the many hair-pin turns. This made us all feel safer. For the tour itself, I was expecting to go to a few wineries over the course of the day, however much of the beginning part of the day was touring around the small towns in the valley on the way to the wineries. This was actually probably BETTER than just drinking wine, as we were able to learn more about the history and see more of the area. The boat tour was nice, but happened for us around 2pm, so be sure to grab a snack at one of the stops before the boat, or you'll be hungry. We stopped for lunch at a small, wonderful restaurants and our guide had arranged everything for us - we ate family style (i.e. sharing plates), and it was great. Delicious food. Next stop was the winery - we were there on a state holiday, so many were closed but the one we went too was quite nice (Quinta de la Rosa). However, while we were there, our guide made some calls and the next stop was a very small winery nearby, one that didn't do as many tours Quinta de Val da Figueira. The host was so friendly and gracious, and his port was exquisite, and with amazing views of the valley. Just as an aside, the two wineries we visited are not really set up to send large quantities back to the States, so we were only able to buy a small number of bottles that we could pack in our luggage. I'm running out of space/characters, but I cannot say enough about our guide Nuno. So friendly, knowledgeable, gracious, really loves his job, and joined us for dinner back in Porto. It was such a pleasure meeting him!

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