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This trip was great! I went with three girlfriends and we had a blast. The valley is beautiful and loved the two wineries. Learned a lot about port wine. Lunch was delicious and the boat cruise was a nice break during the day. Also our guide was very knowledgable and taught us a lot of Porto. Highly recommended!
I wrote a whole review, and the Viator site ate it. So here it is in a nutshell:
1 Great way to see Douro Valley without renting a car.
2 Sophia the tour guide is amazing and speaks many languages fluently.
3 Lunch is not hotdogs and Fritos, but a four course affair including wine and dessert, in a nice restaurant overlooking the Douro River.
4 River cruise was fun
5 Wineries were architecturally interesting and had many wine tasting options.
Absolutely recommend, especially for people who speak limited Portuguese.
My friend and I had a very relaxing day touring the Douro Valley and sampling lots of wine. We learned so much about the process of making port and the different types. Our guide Joao went above and beyond and made the tour that much better.
Great huide - Jaou - gave us the relevant history and as he was a professional, lots of interesting things about the region and wine.
Considering we got:
1. Pick up and drop off to our door
2. 2 x wineries
It was an absolutely excellent day. It was worth the 95, which by European standards is really nothing at all. The group was small and intimate. We had a last minute change from a larger winery to a smaller one called Quinta do Tejo, which ended up being the highlight of the day. Especially the port wines I bought there - they were the best I've ever had. I've never had port so smooth. The thing is, because it was so small, you had to buy at the cellar door only - they didn't distribute it really anywhere outside of the Quinta. So ask if you can go back there when you book this.
1st - our guide, Sophia, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the subject. Not to mention her excellent driving skills that is very important in this area.
2nd - the tour to the Douro valley is very interesting and relaxing experience. Accounting to the wine tastings there are two of them and serpentine narrow roads, there is no other choice to visit the area and taste the port at its origins place.
3rd - the description of tour doesn't mention it but there is the river cruise on the boat after the lunch. It's cool and refreshing with multiple opportunities to make nice landscape photos.
4th - lunch is surprisingly good for the tour included event. The table wine is good and they will bring more if you drunk the bottle out. Don't choose the beans with entrails if you're not accustomed to such food as cooked pork stomach etc.
5th - wines in the winery shops are cheaper than in stores thus you may buy the nice souvenir. Good quality port is very expensive even there sometime few hundred euros. But they have very good Moscatels not too sweet and fortified as the port at the discount price sometimes.
The tour was great. Our tour guide, Sophia, was fantastic. She made us all feel very welcomed and comfortable. Her knowledge of the history of the Duoro Valley and ability to explain it in several languages was amazing. I would definitely recommend this tour. Ask for Sophia!!!
Joao, our tour guide, was amazing and intimately knowledgable about not only the wines produced in the Douro Valley, but also about the history and life of Portugal and it's peoples!!! He was completely accommodating and because of the service he provided we are currently planning a return trip to Porto in the warmer months and plan on using Joao once again!!!! This tour is highly recommended and you won't be disappointed! Safe travels........
Claudia, our tour guide for the entire day, was simply fantastic.
Knowledgeable and insightful she also had such a wonderful attitude because we had a group of Swiss travelers who were very trying.
Claudia is gem.
It was an excellent and very informative tour through the extremely beautiful Douro Valley. We were offered great wines and ports at two different estates. The driver/guide was excellent.
Not cheap--but worth every euro. Transport excellent, guide and driver excellent, meal excellent and wineries visited excellent. A full day with breathtaking scenery and real value for money. Do it!
Too much driving within one day, but otherwise worth of touring!
This tour was great if you want to learn about the vineyards, the history of the Douro valley and the science behind the region and its great ports. Our tour was smaller (5 people) and we were the only two that spoke English. Our tour guide did her best to speak both in Portuguese and English, but it was definitely more Portuguese, which left us left out for parts of the day. Also, its a long drive to and from Porto, mostly on small winding roads, so be prepared to feel a bit car sick at some points.