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Douro River (Rio Douro)
A major river on the Iberian Peninsula, the Douro River (Rio Douro) flows from Duruelo de la Sierra in northern Spain all the way to Porto in Portugal, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. More than just the region’s lifeline, it’s also the centerpiece of the Douro Valley, Portugal’s most famous wine region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Basics
Douro River cruises leave from Porto and cruise into the heart of the Douro Valley wine region. Set sail aboard a traditional Rabelo boat for a scenic cruise, stopping to visit historic waterfront towns such as Peso da Régua and Pinhão; discover the winemaking heritage of the Douro region; and sample authentic port wine during guided wine tastings. Full-day tours leave from Porto or Lisbon and typically include hotel pickup, wine tastings, and lunch at a local restaurant. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The legal drinking age of 18 applies for all wine tasting in the Douro Valley. 
  • Douro cruises range from 1-hour wine-tasting cruises to multi-day sightseeing cruises.
  • Some cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

How to Get There
Boat trips down the Douro River leave from the quays around Alfândega and Cais de Ribeira in Porto. Both quays can be reached on foot from central attractions such as the Clérigos Tower, Porto Cathedral, and São Bento train station, while tram Line 1, which runs along the river, stops at Alfândega and Infante near the quays. 

When to Get There
It’s possible to explore the Douro River region at any time of year, but the busiest time is during the summer season (July–August), when it’s best to book tours and accommodation in advance. The area is at its most picturesque in spring, when the vines are lush and green, or in autumn, when the harvest is in full swing and the vines begin to drop their leaves. 

Port Wine 
Portugal’s world-renowned port wine is produced exclusively in the Douro Valley. With a history of winemaking dating back to the 12th century as well as 300 years of exporting port wines, it’s impossible to explore the region without sampling its legendary elixir. The sweet fortified drink is typically known as a red dessert wine, but tawny port (wood-aged red port), rosé port, white port, and vintage ports are also available. 
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Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch and Optional River CruiseBus & Minivan Tours

Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch and Optional River Cruise

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Soak up Portuguese culture on this full-day tour of the Douro Valley, departing from Porto. Meet your friendly guide and settle in to your air-conditioned vehicle, then relax on the short scenic ride from Porto to the Douro Valley. See the Douro Valley’s main highlights, like stunning port wineries, a 16th-cenutry monastery and picturesque landscape. Break for lunch at the charming village of Pinhão, in the heart of the valley. After a full day of sightseeing and sampling Portuguese specialties, enjoy a quick ride back to Porto.
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Douro Valley Wine Tour: Visit to Three Vineyards with Wine Tastings and LunchDay Trips

Douro Valley Wine Tour: Visit to Three Vineyards with Wine Tastings and Lunch

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Taste the beauty of Portugal’s wine during this full-day tour to the Douro Valley. Visit local vineyards where you taste world-class wines while admiring scenic views from the Douro’s terraced vineyards. Learn about the Douro Valley’s wine production process from the winemakers themselves. Satiate your appetite with a traditional lunch in the charming village of Pinhão. And of course, try Portugal’s famous port wines.
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Douro Breathtaking Landscapes Small Group Tour with Lunch and Wine TastingCultural Tours

Douro Breathtaking Landscapes Small Group Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Discover the best the Douro Valley has to offer on this small-group wine tour. Spend the day admiring the beauty of the region with its cascading wineries and flowing river and sample some of the regions best wines. Explore the village of Regua and enjoy a delicious Portuguese lunch before heading to Pinhão for a relaxing river cruise on the Douro.
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3-hour Port Wine Tasting Tour With 10 Tastings

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Visit the birthplace of Port wine and learn all about the famous fortified wine on this 3-hour small-group tasting tour in Porto. Explore and taste Douro Valley wines, discover the secrets of Port production, and enjoy expert-led Port wine tastings from three popular wine houses.
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Douro Valley Tour with Visit to two Vineyards, River Cruise and Lunch at WineryDay Cruises

Douro Valley Tour with Visit to two Vineyards, River Cruise and Lunch at Winery

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Spend the day exploring Portugal’s famed Douro Valley on this guided excursion. After a convenient pickup hotel pickup, enjoy experiences that include touring the valley in a comfortable minivan, enjoying a cruise on the Douro River, savoring a delicious four-course meal and wine pairing, and tasting a variety of reds and whites at a small, family-owned winery.
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Private Douro River Sailing Cruise

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Experience the skyline of Porto on a private 2-hour sailing cruise down the Douro River. See some of the city’s most iconic landmarks such as the Dom Luis I Bridge, the Arrabida Bridge, old town Ribeira, and the famous port wine cellars. Bring your own snacks and drinks on board, if you’d like, and admire the beautiful skyline of Porto pass you by.
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Private Day Trip Through Douro ValleyCultural Tours

Private Day Trip Through Douro Valley

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Escape the busy city of Porto and head out on a private tour to the Douro Valley for a day of sightseeing and wine tasting. Drive along scenic roads and visit small towns to admire the views of the valley and sample the wines at the local vineyards. Sail down the Douro River on a traditional Rabelo boat and admire the passing wineries and terraces.
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Porto City Tour with River Cruise Including Lunch and Wine TastingDay Cruises

Porto City Tour with River Cruise Including Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Discover the best of Porto on this full-day small-group Porto city tour with lunch and a cruise down the Douro River. Explore Old Town, an UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with historical monuments, then head to the beach areas of Boavista and Foz. Enjoy lunch at a local haunt, then cruise the Douro on a traditional wooden ‘rabelo’ boat. Your tour wraps up with a port wine tasting in town.
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In the northeast of Portugal, along the Douro Valley – World Heritage (border with Spain), we find the Mirandese plateau with an altitude that varies between 700 and 900 meters. It was one of the most isolated regions of Portugal, which is why the second official language of the country is spoken here: mirandês.To this region, belongs the Douro International Natural Park, with its magnificent landscapes of the cliffs over Douro river, and an abundant wildlife. The small villages, the heritage, the populations and the gastronomy complete the scenery.Excellent place for bird watching, mainly preys, and long walks in nature.
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Discover the culinary delights of Portugal's Douro Valley on this day tour that introduces you to regional wines. You'll learn about the history of port wine as you visit three wine producers ranging from small family operations to large brands. Enjoy tastings of the local varietals plus lunch.
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Uncover the mysteries of Porto on this full-day sightseeing tour with lunch. Meet your guide and spend the day traveling through the city’s charming corridors, compelling neighborhoods and seeing its historic landmarks. Learn about Porto’s history including Old Town, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Douro River and much more. Then, enjoy a traditional local lunch and continue your journey to the Se Cathedral, São Bento Railway Station and more. This is a great tour for a first-time visitor to orient themselves to many of Porto’s wonders.
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Learn to ride Portugal’s famous swells during this 4-hour small-group beach and surf tour from Porto. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and escorted to the beach at Foz do Douro, where the river meets the sea. After learning basic beginner technique from an accredited instructor you’ll try your hand (or rather, feet) in the water, with a board and wetsuit provided. See the beautiful beaches of Matosinhos and Foz while experiencing some of the best surfing in the country, all with the help of a knowledgable private guide. You’ll be returned to your hotel at the end of the tour.
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Best of Porto in 3 days tour is a journey to discover only the best and iconic experiences that Porto has to offer. From wine tasting in an historical wine cellar to dinner on a local restaurant where you can try the best typical gastronomy, this tour has it all. Best of Porto in 3 days tour includes accommodation, Porto half day tour with an expert local guide, transportation and meals.
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Private Boat Tour 220 euros per hourHate turistic sites, crowded with people, taking selfies all the time, talking very loud at the cellphone, they have great news this tour is for YOU ..... swim in the river, go to a fantastic beach, make a pic nic on the river shore, take a line and fish, see abandoned three stations here stand still time, have a port and see the sun set, relax this is your day :)220 euros / hour it´s price per groupor boat
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It is known a lot of the culture of a people through their food, I believe that being able to learn how to prepare typical Portuguese vegetarian food will be an incredible experience for all those who want to learn about Portugal and vegetarian food. During this workshop we will confection and taste the following dishes:-Green soup-Francesinha-French Garlic-Black Duck Breads-Patatel de Nata-Deo from Teixeira-Sweet riceThe facilities where I hold the workshops are magnificent with incredible views over the river Douro!I use my vegetarian experience more than 10 years ago to share these Portuguese secrets :)
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This is a script created with all the rigor and knowledge, of this our Portugal. So that you feel relaxed and comfortable while traveling through our cultural, landscape and gastronomic heritage. Always with the presence of our drivers who accompany our customers giving the best restaurant tips and all the historical information of the places.
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Explore Portugal’s premier wine region, the Douro Valley, on a private wine tasting tour. Head to the city of Pinhão to learn about the winemaking process and sample regional wines in a variety of local wineries. Enjoy a delicious Portuguese lunch at a local restaurant and soak up the fresh air of the valley before heading back to Porto.
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DOURO VALLEY WINE PRIVATE EXPERIENCE

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FULL DAY TOUR - WONDERFUL DOURODay Trips

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In this tour our clients will have the opportunity to sail on the Douro River in the Douro Valley, World Heritage, in a private speedboat. Simply can navigate the river or you can ask the skipper to stop the boat and enjoy the sun or to bathe in the river. On board our speedboat enjoy the Tonic Port or the very fresh water or soda.At Quinta de La Rosa you will have a Pic-Nic waiting for you with the best Portuguese delicacies accompanied by the best Douro wines. In the meantime, you will get to know the farm and the whole process of producing Port wines, as well as have the opportunity to have a wine tasting accompanied by cheese and chocolates from Clara's Cuisine ...You can also hit one of the farm's pools.
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Porto Food & Wine Small Group Tour with a Sommelier

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The best way to understand the culture of a country is to dive deep into its food and wine heritage. In Portugal, you will find hundreds of little-known grape varietals that grow nowhere else in the world. On this exciting food and wine tour, you can sample Portugal’s wide variety of wines by the hands of a professional sommelier while tasting its amazing food.Meet your guide, a professional sommelier that will show you the beauty of the city and the secrets of its food and wines. Walk through Porto’s beautiful cobbled streets dating back to Roman times while tasting local wines and regional specialties.3.5-hour food & wine tasting tour of Porto.Enjoy different tasters, including regional dishes and desserts paired in harmony with 5 Portuguese wines.Get the inside scoop on Porto’s food and wine scene from a professional sommelier.Sample local wines carefully selected to pair with regional dishes.Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a personalized experience
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