5 star rating: Highly Recommended 292 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

Had a great time. What friendly and knowledgeable guides! Would do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My sisters and I did this tour on August 10th, 2015, and it really ended being one of the highlights of our trip to Portugal. Our tour guide, Alex, was very friendly and super funny he also speaks English perfectly. Alex was very knowledgable and passionate about the tour, having grown up in the Douro Valley himself.

You visit two vineyards and have several tastings at each location with very hefty pours, so pace yourself. Lunch was good, but the small food platter set out for us at the Port Wine vineyard tasting was really wonderful, and I actually would have preferred just that over the lunch. We also took the river cruise, which was relaxing and gives you a beautiful view of the valley.

Would definitely recommend this tour to fellow travelers, and ask for Alex!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Alex was local and very knowledgeable and friendly. All aspects of the tour were good, and we visited smaller independent wine and port producers which gave a very personal touch. The boat trip is a worthwhile addition to see the unusual scenery close up.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour and overall experience! We were only in Porto for about 3 days, but we were happy to spend the day in the Douro Valley. Our guide was fantastic and had a great sense of humour. He was very accommodating. The two local wineries provided great tastings. It was hard to stop yourself from buying more bottles of wine or olive oil!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a great tour in the Douro Valley with wine tasting and visiting local small producers. Our guide Ms Barbara Silva picked us up from the hotel and off we went. On the way she explained about the region, wine producing and took care of all of us very kindly and attentive. We had a full day of tasing not only the wine but most of all the ambiance of the Douro region. I can really recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I loved this tour. Alex was great. The wineries Quintas he took us were fantastic and I wish I had more room on my luggage to bring more of the amazing wine we tasted. The restaurant was great and the boat cruise was the perfect way to see the Douro. Bring some sunscreen and enjoy the Douro! Thank you Alex for the wonderful time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was an excellent day trip not only beautiful but very informative. Our guide, Jose, was upbeat and full of facts from the moment he picked us up at our hotel at 8:30am, until he dropped us off around 5:30pm. We loved sampling the olive oils, wines, and ports, and felt like our tour 4 of us and 3 others allowed us to get a feel for how things were done in that region hundreds of years ago by boutique artisans.
The car ride to/from Porto was a big concern of mine 1-1.5hrs each way but Jose helped the time pass quickly as he discussed on wine-making, Portuguese history, agriculture, climate, and many great little facts that kept everyone engaged.
I cannot recommend this tour enough for those who want a tour of the Douro valley. Thank you Jose.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We thought this was an excellent day! We had the most fabulous tour guide - Nuno! He was professionally dressed engaged with us and our tour mates provided lots of great information enthusiastic about his work and his country. He made the day so enjoyable, educational and fun!. We loved the Douro Valley the boat ride and the port tastings. We also really enjoyed having lunch with what appeared to be locals or Portuguese tourists - delicious food - pork, cod, salad and drunk cake. very fun! We were so pleased! It was a day that we will always remember.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely fabulous day. We had a great guide, who spoke perfect English.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour was on a Saturday. We were excited to do this tour and we were greatly suprised! José, our tour guide, was exceptionnally friendly and informative. We would recommend this tour to our family and friends!

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