Beautiful scenery, friendly staff. The meal on the cruise was delicious, too ! A day well spent !
It was just beautiful. Couldn't have been better. The food was fabulous and plenty of it! The wine was also wonderful!. I would absolutely do this tour again and would highly recommend to everyone/ Thank you Viator! This is the first time we have book through you and we would definitely do it again. The only thing I would say is that we were looking forward to travelling by train in Portugal and this did not happen. At the last minute we were switched to a bus. A bit disappointing, but nevertheless we loved boat tour.
Great and beautiful area!
The train ride was not so impressive, but the cruise was amazing!
The food, the crew, the landscape, everything was top!
It was very relaxing and the arrival in Porto was breath taking..
Weather indifferent and contradictory instructions about rendezvous at San Bento, one saying be there at 8.30 but 20 minutes earlier, the other 8.45. In the end the guides said 8.50. Nice train journey, ditto boat trip. Lunch not highest gastronomy but generous and filling wine poured with open hand. Five-hour lunch!
A rep was waiting at the train station with rail tickets and escorted us to the train. A 2 hour journey to Regua then a short walk to the waiting boat. Open deck are and also covered area with a bar. Lunch served on lower deck waiter service 3 courses with wine, water and juice surprised how good the food was. The scenery really beautiful just like the label on your Douro wine bottle. Go through two locks on the approx 6 hour journey back. The announcements not too clear only grumble. Journey finished near the Dom Luís I bridge. Really good day out.
Excellent way to spend the day. The train trip was great but the trip back by the boat was excellent. The food was very good and the staff was great. We enjoyed the company of other travelers, very friendly. I strongly recommend the tour if you have a full day to spare.
Bruce C Australia
Excellent tour. Easy to meet guide at Station. Outstanding meal on boat and really treated as VIP's, about 25 of us had best seats upstairs for lunch with excellent views, while some 125 or so ate on lower deck and those sitting in middle of boat missed most of best viewing as it was in early part of cruise when lunch was being served.
After the 2 hour train trip to Regua, the cruise back down the Duoro was peaceful. The lunch was excellent and we enjoyed the bottle of red wine, which came with the lunch. The crew were all very friendly and helpful.
Zeer geslaagde daguitstap! Fantastisch mooi en het eten was ook zeer lekker.
OUR EXPERIENCE WAS WONDERFUL. THE ONLY NEGATIVE WE HAVE IS THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT TO LOCATE THE BUS. BIGGER SIGNS NEAR THE CURB WOULD HELP IN INDICATING WHERE TO GO. IT WAS BERY CONFUSING EVEN ONCE FINDING THE BUS NO CLEAR SIGN AS TO WHERE TO REPORT TO
We really enjoyed this tour , the scenery was fantastic , great weather and the lunch was excellent. Every thing was done on time .. The only thing that would have added was a stop to see the grapes up close
Enjoyed this trip very mjch but by the time we got back to Porto by boat, I was ready to get off the boat! Beautiful country, great meal, wonderful wait staff
It was good to split the journey into a rail and boat trip, though the train journey was disappointing. Got to station as per instructions 8.20 for 8.30. We were told to come back at 8.50, then we all boarded for 9.10 train. Why was it necessary for us to be there 50 mins before departure? Last half hour of two hour journey bordering the river had good views. Boat trip back lovely, especially as we had great weather, and the lunch was superb.
The tour guide was efficient but not very friendly. Her English was adequate but heavily-accented. she spoke so fast that I understood perhaps ten percent of what she said. That being said, the tour was worthwhile. the lunch on the boat was wonderful: pork loin, a bottle of good red wine, orange juice, water, lots of mixed vegetables and chocolate mousse for dessert. More food than my wife and I could eat. the boat was comfortable and we enjoyed the trip a lot
In terms of seeing the Douro valley, I score this tour five stars. Both the train journey and especially the boat ride offer stunning views, where there is a real opportunity to relax and be surrounded by spectacular scenery for long periods of time. It was particular fun and interesting going through the locks while on the boat. Also, the atmosphere on the boat was happy and friendly.
The reason I havent given this five stars despite having a good day is because the organisation of the tour groups needed improvement, it seemed slightly chaotic sometimes, especially when other tour groups were around although the staff were all friendly and nice. They could benefit from carrying around a flag, umbrella etc. so they could be easily identified. Also, the food onboard the boat is below a reasonable standard and needs improvement.
But still, I had a good day and would recommend the tour.
This trip was not as advertised. We had to take an unscenic bus ride to the port on the river. This is very poor management on the part of the tour company. We were told that the train would be part of the tour again in October. This didn't make much sense as there were only 50 people on the tour. Having said this, the river ride was spectacular and the food service was very good
The train trip took us inland and eventually followed the river. The boat was comfortable and spacious and the lunch was enormous. There were many point so of interest along the boat trip and the only way I found out details about them e.g. the incredible locks - 1 of which is the deepest drop in the world was to harass the boat staff. To have either a commentary, or even better, a brochure with all the information would have been much appreciated.
Smooth arrangements at Sao Bento Station for departure, and onto the boat. Excellent lunch included all beverages. Going though 2 huge locks en route to Porto was amazing. Could have done without the non-stop loud music though which disturbed the tranquillity of the trip. Heard that the best vineyard scenery lies further on-between Pinhao and Regua-, so would go further up the river next time.
Beautiful trip down the river. A little too long. By the end we were getting bored. Maybe some kind of entertainment during the trip would have rounded out the experience.
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