5 star rating: Highly Recommended 276 Reviews

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  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Visit Portugal’s prestigious Douro Valley on this full-day wine tour from Porto! Famous for its production of port wine, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed region is indisputably scenic, with swathes of vineyards clinging to the hills around the Douro River. Admire the scenery around the village of Pinhão, enjoy a traditional lunch of regional specialties and visit a winery estate for a tasting session of award-winning local wines. To enjoy more of the countryside on the way to the Douro Valley, upgrade to include a sightseeing rabelo boat tour along the Douro River, departing from Pinhão.

Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Full-day Douro Valley tour from Porto with an expert guide
  • Enjoy a lunch of typical Douro cuisine at a renowned local villa
  • Visit two traditional wine estates in the heart of the valley for wine-tasting sessions
  • Learn about the history, culture and people of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro region
  • Upgrade to include a Douro River rabelo boat tour with scenic valley views
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

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

Enjoy tasting different wines on this tour to two Portuguese wine regions

Leave your Porto hotel in the morning and travel inland to the Douro Valley by air-conditioned minivan. After a journey of roughly 90 minutes, you’ll arrive in Peso da Régua, the valley’s capital, where you'll stop to soak in your first impression of the valley.

If you’ve opted to include a boat ride with your tour, you’ll be dropped off in Pinhão for a leisurely 1-hour cruise along the Douro River. Aboard a rabelo boat — a traditional cargo boat native to this region — travel up the Tua river tributary and pass by Quinta da Romaneira before returning back to Pinhão.

Alternatively, you can choose to spend time exploring the beautiful village of Pinhão independently. A highlight is the Pinhão train station, known for its pretty blue-and-white tile murals that depict the scenic Douro landscapes and vineyard workers.

Stop to enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch with specialties accompanied with local wine.

Continue your tour to two family-run wine estates nestled in the gloriously remote countryside, a setting that offers a glimpse into the way of life in Douro. Learn about local winemaking as you sample various ports and wines, and then explore the shop for treats to take home with you.

After a full day experiencing the Douro Valley, relax on the drive back to your Porto hotel, arriving in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a wonderful day with Bruno -- The minivan was comfortable, he was fun to be with, and we saw absolutely gorgeous countryside. The port tasting was a delightful highlight of the trip, and the one-hour river cruise an added delight. Definitely recommend Cooltour Lisbon!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

great tour highly recomend it. Jose our tour guide was awesome and made the tour even better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The small group makes it more personal. Our tour guide Barbara was very knowledgeable and professional. We had a wonderful day and would recommend this tour to anyone. Nicole, Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a very enjoyable experience with the tour. Our guide Johannas was fantastic. The visit to local independent wine producers in the Douro Valley Santa Euphemia was much appreciated.The lunch in the restaurant in Pinhao was really good and the cruise on the river was a nice interlude. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Porto and the Douro area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour and Barbara our guide was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Love this tour. Lunch was great and so were the wineries we went to. Beautiful place and love the boat tour. Not to be missed!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was undoubtedly as fine a tour as we have ever experienced. Our tour lasted ten hours and, for the duration, Pietro demonstrated his knowledge of the region and was thoroughly entertaining. He picked us up at our hotel early in the morning, as promised, and drove us to the Douro River valley, regaling us with the history of the region and its significance in the country on our hour and a half journey. On arrival, our first stop at the D'Origem Olive Oil Museum, which was incredibly informative with regard to the historical process of olive oil production as well as the more contemporary cold press process. Then we traveled from the mountain top to the valley floor for a boat tour on the type of boat that was originally used to transport olive oil and wine from the Douro Valley to Porto. After a magnificent lunch in a local restaurant in Pinhao, we visited a small, local quinta, Casa da Quinta das Laranjeiras, for an explanation of how port is produced and aged before we experienced a tasting in the living room with the owner and producer.

What distinguished this tour for us was the personal touch. Pietro has been with the company from almost the beginning he takes his job seriously, and works diligently to ensure that the patrons have a memorable experience. During our tour, we learned that he does other tours. Given his knowledge and care, we would request him again. Don't wait. Book this tour. Request Pietro. It was magical.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I would recommend this tour to anyone staying in Porto who loves gorgeous views and wine! It started off with our wonderful guide, Jose, picking us up from our hotel. We made the journey to the Douro Valley, stopping once at a cafe for coffee and pastries. Once we got into the valley, the ride was absolutely gorgous. It is lined with vineyards with the beautiful river running in between. We went to a couple of different vineyards and got to try some delicious wine and port as well as some snacks. Lunch was delicious and the boat ride was beautiful. Jose made this tour wonderful - he is so knowledgable, interesting, and friendly. This is a must-do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We enjoyed the trip in the Douro valley ,lunch was excellent .overall a very good experience .Our guide was excellent ,could not have asked for better.Well done Barbara.great wine tasting too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My son and I loved this tour. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The Douro Valley is simply stunning and all of the logistics went perfectly. The two wine/port makers that we visited seemed very non touristy as well as the boat ride. I want to give a special shout out to the restaurant that overly catered to my vegetation needs. They could have not have been nicer or more generous and the food was delicious and the wine plentiful. At 80 Euros, this was a bit of a splurge for us but I would do it again in a minute.

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