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Douro River (Rio Douro) Tours

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

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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.17
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Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch and Optional River Cruise

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 into 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-century 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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.65
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Douro Valley Tour with Visit to two Vineyards, River Cruise and Lunch at Winery

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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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$85.65
US$95.17
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Private Douro River Sailing Cruise

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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$151.33
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Douro Valley for Wine Lovers with Visit to 3 Vineyards and Lunch at a Winery

Douro Valley for Wine Lovers with Visit to 3 Vineyards and Lunch at a Winery

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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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.17
Price varies by group size
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Porto City Tour with River Cruise Including Lunch and Wine Tasting

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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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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$84.58
US$93.98
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3-hour Port Wine Tasting Tour With 10 Tastings

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.55
US$41.64
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Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Train and Return by Boat

Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Train and Return by Boat

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Discover the UNESCO-listed splendor of the Douro Valley on this full-day trip to Régua from Porto, including a return boat ride. During a scenic train ride to Régua, you’ll see vineyards and valleys before you board a cruise ship set to sail down the Douro River. On this day trip to Régua an onboard lunch is included.  
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$107.07
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US$107.07
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Porto Food & Wine Small Group Tour with a Sommelier

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 lesser-known grape varieties 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 our certified Sommelier while tasting its amazing food as well! 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 trying outstanding local wines and regional specialties. This food and wine walking tour is reserved for a maximum of 6 guests only. Ensuring new safety standards and promoting a personalized atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.22
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US$89.22
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Porto: Morning City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Lunch

Porto: Morning City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Lunch

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Discover the magic of Portugal’s northern capital on this 6-hour tour of Porto. An experienced guide will lead you all around the city and explain the history of some of its most famous sites including Batalha Square, Clérigos Church and Tower, Infante D. Henrique Square and City Hall. The tour will also include a cruise down the beautiful Douro River with time to admire the six famous bridges that connect Porto with Gaia. Top it all off with a visit to a winery for some traditional Port wine tasting. 
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$84.75
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Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch (optional) and Wine Tasting

Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch (optional) and Wine Tasting

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.43
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US$65.43
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Private Day Trip Through Douro Valley

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$179.63
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Douro Tour

Douro Tour

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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  • 3 days
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Douro Breathtaking Landscapes Small Group Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$96.47
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US$96.47
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Sardinhas Douro River & Beach Bike Tour

Sardinhas Douro River & Beach Bike Tour

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Morning bike ride along the banks of the river Douro, beaches of Foz and City Park culminating with a typical lunch in the fishing village of Afurada. Along the way our guide will draw attention to the most typical and picturesque places of the city besides some precious suggestions of what to do in the city. After a tour of the magnificent park of the city, the return will transport us by boat to the other side of the bank where we will finalize the Tour with a magnificent lunch in the fishing village of Afurada de Baixo. After lunch we finish the TOUR with the delivery of the bikes in our store of Ribeira.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$63.28
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US$63.28

Private tour to Douro Valley from 1 to 4 passengers

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Private tour to Douro Valley from 1 to 4 passengers

Independent travelers who enjoy the freedom of choosing the places on your itinerary—this is the tour for you! Avoid going to sights of little interest, and take advantage of having a private driver to plan your perfect day in Douro Valley. Pick from visiting vineyards, going on a river cruise, or visiting a specific type of restaurant. The driver is happy to make suggestions and then drive you between dispersed sites.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$321.20
per group
US$356.88
US$35.68 savings
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US$356.88
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Private Douro Valley visit to three vineyards with Lunch from Porto

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Private Douro Valley visit to three vineyards with Lunch from Porto

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$192.72
US$214.13
US$21.41 savings
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Discovery Tour

Discovery Tour

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One-day tour. Perfect if you have a tight schedule but still want a taste of Douro. You will experience the Douro River by boat, have lunch in a local riverside restaurant with traditional food and wine, and be amazed by the beautiful landscapes Douro has to offer.
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  • 12 hours
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US$192.41
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4x4 Experience sunset with dinner

4x4 Experience sunset with dinner

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In this unique tour, you will have the opportunity to know more about the history of Porto City and the Park of the Porto Sierras aboard a comfortable Land Rover, prepared for the challenges of the whole route. Dare to get to one of the most beautiful and hidden viewpoints in the city, from where you can reach the wide coast line, the river Douro and some important points of the city. Discover more about this region and how it contributes to its importance with all its heritage and natural wealth, where during the first 3 centuries, the Romans explored gold ... among other secrets that we will only reveal during the tour. All this without having to spend many hours of your visit to the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$71.38
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US$71.38

Buggy Douro Day Tour

Buggy Douro Day Tour

Stroll through the beautiful villages that we have around the Douro river, passages and stops at breathtaking places, places like Aldeia Almofrela, Aldeia de Mafômedes, Marão, among others with a stop for lunch in a regional restaurant where we can taste the best regional dishes. An adrenaline-packed tour with incredible trails with the beautiful landscapes of Baião, Marão and unique views of the Douro River.
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  • 8 hours
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US$549.06
per group
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US$549.06
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Private Transfer from Porto to Douro Region

Private Transfer from Porto to Douro Region

Our company offers private transfers and Airport transfers to Douro Region Book with us your personalized transfers with a very nice and professional team.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$190.34
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US$190.34
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Private tour to Douro Valley from 1 to 6 passengers

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Private tour to Douro Valley from 1 to 6 passengers

Have the chance to visit the wonderfull Douro Valley by yourself in a private car with your own tourguide. Decide yourself if you want to visit a vineyard or two, do a cruise in the river and which type of restaurant would you like to experience. Of course, with the insights and tips from your personal tourguide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$321.20
per group
US$356.88
US$35.68 savings
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US$321.20
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US$356.88
US$35.68 savings
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Best of Porto in 3 Days

Best of Porto in 3 Days

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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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  • 3 days
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US$582.00
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US$582.00
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Oporto by Yacht

Oporto by Yacht

Crewed Boat Rentals. We offer different solutions to satisfy the most demanding desires. Enjoy the magnitude and uniqueness of the Douro River, with its unique landscapes, or venture out on a trip on our Atlantic coast, an unavoidable element of Portuguese history. In our fleet we have Jeanneau Prestige 42 S, Beneteau Trawler 42, Princess 60, Azimut 68 Plus. All boats we operate are powerful and luxurious, offering all the conditions of comfort and comfort. We propose to rent luxury sailing and motor yachts, where each trip allows you to make new discoveries and experience new sensations. Conquer unforgettable moments in the privacy of a boat where the company is just the choice. Conditions. Crew: Each vessel has its own professional crew consisting of skipper and sailor. Capacity: Due to legal limitations, the maximum capacity of vessels is 10 people.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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US$464.88
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US$464.88
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