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The Douro is one of the Iberian Peninsula’s major rivers, flowing from Duruelo de la Sierra in northern Spain and emptying itself into the Atlantic at Porto. It has been shaping the harsh landscape of the Douro region since time immemorial, sculpting and irrigating its riverbanks to sustain the tradition of viniculture that has produced fine port wines for centuries.

On its 557-mile run through northern Spain and Portugal, the Douro meanders through steep-sided valleys laden with regimentally straight stripes of vines; the wine-growing region has been appointed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural beauty. The hillsides, arid and barren further inland from the river, are scattered with low-lying quintas (wineries) where wines can be sampled and bought. Once the river arrives in Porto, separating the main city from its counterpart Villa Nova de Gaia on the opposite bank, the waterway flows under six bridges – including two designed by students of Gustave Eiffel of French tower fame – and becomes crowded with watercraft.

The Douro is a hard-grafting money-spinner for Porto; not only has it enabled the growth of the multi-million-euro export of port wines, but it is also a leisure destination coveted by hundreds of thousands of wine tourists, cruise passengers, fishing enthusiasts, hikers and cyclists every year.

Practical Info

Boat trips down the Douro River leave from the quays around Alfândega and Cais de Ribeira in Porto. There are multiple watercraft options for trips down the river, including traditional wooden rabelos, small cruise boats and yachts.

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Douro Valley and Wine Tour, Porto, null
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Douro Valley and Wine Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

Visit the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history and culture that’s stood the test of time. Your guide ( specialized in douro wines) ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.04
Private Porto from Lisbon, Lisbon, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Porto from Lisbon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

This 12-hour tour departs from Lisbon. Forged by some of history's leading architects, Porto's majestically adorned valleys combine Latin charisma, Baroque ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.83
Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch, Porto, Private Day Trips
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Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

This 9-hour tour will show you the best of Douro, the first Portuguese wine region and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Douro and it's evolution all ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.57
Douro Valley Wine Tour: Visit to Three Vineyards with Wine Tastings and Lunch, Porto, Day Trips
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Douro Valley Wine Tour: Visit to Three Vineyards with Wine Tastings and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 104 Reviews

Book this tour and have the chance to visit three vineyards and sampling several Port and DOC wines! If you enjoy wine, this tour is definitively for you! ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99
Private Porto Secrets Walking Tour, Porto, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Private Porto Secrets Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover the best of Porto during this 5-hour walking tour of the city. Follow a professional, licensed guide to the city’s famous monuments including the ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $18.95
Douro Valley Day Trip with Lunch from Porto, Porto, Walking Tours
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Douro Valley Day Trip with Lunch from Porto

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Engage your five senses on this full-day Douro Valley day trip with lunch, from Porto. Take in picturesque views of the landscape, listen to the songs of the ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99
Small-Group Porto Food and Wine Tour, Porto, Day Trips
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Small-Group Porto Food and Wine Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Chow down on some of Portugal’s signature dishes on a small-group food tour of Porto! The 3.5-hour morning walking tour takes in the cafes and bars around the ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.68
Portos Downtown Walking Tour, Porto, Food Tours
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Portos Downtown Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

A traditional tour around the City Center developed for those who enjoy sightseeing culture. Private tour option available.

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.16
Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour, Porto, Walking Tours
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Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the hidden sights of Porto on a 3-hour walking tour with a local guide. See the Bank of Tiles, admire the mosaic walls of the São Bento Railway ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.00
Beach and Surf Tour from Porto, Porto, Walking Tours
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Beach and Surf Tour from Porto

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

On this 4-hour beach and surf tour, you will be shown the most beautiful beaches in Porto, and take an all-inclusive surf lesson. You'll visit Matosinhos and ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00

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