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Douro River (Rio Douro) Tours and Activities

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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. 
Address: Porto, Portugal
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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
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US$115.06
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Douro Valley Tour with Visit to two Vineyards, River Cruise and Lunch at Winery

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$115.06
Price varies by group size
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$96.89
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US$96.89
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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, and Optional Lunch and Cruise

Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, and Optional Lunch and Cruise

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Go wine tasting amid the vineyard-clad hills of the Douro Valley, a World Heritage–listed region famous for its port wine production. Feast on regional specialties with a traditional lunch in the scenic village of Pinhão and visit two wine estates for an introduction to award-winning local varietals. Upgrade your full-day tour from Porto with a sightseeing rabelo boat cruise on the Douro River. This small-group tour is limited to eight people for personalized attention from the guide.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$96.89
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Porto: Douro Valley Wine Tour Including Lunch

Porto: Douro Valley Wine Tour Including Lunch

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Indulge in the world-renowned wineries of Portugal’s Douro Valley on this guided day trip from Porto.  Visit two stunning wineries nestled into the valley, each with their own sweeping views and high-end wines. Learn about the vast array of varietals grown and fermented here, including Portugal’s legendary Port wine and ‘vinho verde.’ Gain insider insight into the local cultivation practices from the winemakers themselves and enjoy a traditional 3-course lunch.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$118.69
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Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, Lunch & River Cruise

Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, Lunch & River Cruise

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This guided tour of Douro Valley gives you a full day in the Portuguese countryside. Learn invaluable cultural information from your guide, and travel with ease, as all transport is organized for you. The day has so many wonderful inclusions, making it the ultimate hassle-free experience—visit wine estates for tastings, have a local lunch, enjoy a panoramic cruise, and sample local olive oil too. 
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$102.95
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US$102.95
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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
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US$154.07
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US$154.07
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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$115.06
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US$115.06
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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$96.89
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US$96.89
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Day Trip from Porto to Régua by Train and Return by Boat

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

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See the scope of Northern Portugal on this day trip from Porto to Régua by train and boat. Begin your day with a scenic train trip from Porto. As you glide along the tracks, watch out the window as the landscape transforms from urban to rural. Spend the day admiring the valley’s terraced vineyards, mingling with locals and enjoying lunch at a traditional Portuguese restaurant. Then, admire the views from a boat as you cruise back to Porto on the Douro River.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.36
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Porto City Tour with River Cruise Including Lunch and Wine Tasting

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
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US$95.68
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Porto city small group full-day tour with wine tasting and cruise in Douro River

Porto city small group full-day tour with wine tasting and cruise in Douro River

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A full-day tour is perfect for those who want to fit in the best of Porto and have limited time. A river cruise and wine tasting feature on the itinerary of this Porto experience, as well as a panoramic tour of the city to see top attractions such as Porto Se Cathedral, Avenida dos Aliados, and the Torre & Igreja dos Clerigos. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$102.95
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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
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US$64.42
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Private Douro Valley visit to three vineyards with Lunch from Porto

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$218.01
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Douro Valley Private Premium Tour with Wine Tasting (1 to 4 people)

Douro Valley Private Premium Tour with Wine Tasting (1 to 4 people)

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- Enjoy a customized private tour (just you and our driver/guide) in the Douro Valley with tasty local food, wine and products from the region such as Olive Oil, Honey, Almond, Olive and Cheese (upon prior notice at the time of booking)... Have a typical lunch in a famous family-owned wineries carefully chosen place and suited to your tastes... Take a "Rabelo" boat cruise in the heart of the Douro Valley on a traditional boat used for centuries to transport Port wine… Visit a charming winery, stroll in the vineyards and taste Port Wines… The transportation is in a comfortable and premium Mercedes E class.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$472.35
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Douro Valley Hike & Picnic

Douro Valley Hike & Picnic

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This walk allows us to visit two small villages in the Douro. Our route will be towards Pinhão, through traditional paths that allow us to contemplate its valley. It is an accessible route, although some unevenness. Through a descending direction and a total of 7 km (4.3 mi), this path gives us an image of what the Douro is, with its vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees and also shows that it is a region of hard work and difficult due to its slopes. At the end of the walk, we have a picnic with homemade and local products - homemade bread, cheeses, smoked meats, olive oil, sweets, almonds ... Douro table wine and Port wine are also included. Boat trip: option at the end of the program. (11 € per person)
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$133.23
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US$133.23
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PRIVATE Full-Day Tour: Douro Valley Trip with Wine Tasting & Boat Ride

PRIVATE Full-Day Tour: Douro Valley Trip with Wine Tasting & Boat Ride

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Step outside of Porto & explore the enchanting UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Douro Valley on a private day trip experience. Stop by on picturesque little towns and discover the beauty of this wine region during your private boat ride. The scenic roads and wine tasting make this experience even more amazing! Are you ready for it?
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$168.35
Price varies by group size
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US$168.35
Price varies by group size