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Best day trip ever! One cannot visit Porto without taking this train and river cruise. We got to see one of the most beautiful parts of the country in one day trip. Well worth the price!
Very relaxed tour. Gave you time to appreciate the gorgeous scenery. The food was very good. Loved it.
This was an excellent trip. The whole experience was great, and highly recommend. From the moment we were picked up at our hotel and returned which was well worth the extra fee as it made it all hassle free it was a wonderful experience. The train trip up was very comfortable and an experience in itself. The boat trip down was very smooth and comfortable. The meal, wine and service was great.
But the best part was the scenery along the Douro River. Spectacular! And ever changing, around each bend of the river and thru two locks past dams. Good value for the money spent. A great way to experience the beautiful Porto area, which takes you well out of the standard city experience.
A well organized and nice day. The day before the trip a guide remembered via phone call at meeting time and place - good service. After meeting with the guide at Sao Bento Station in Porto we started with a special train for tourists be aware: not listed in the official train schedule to Régua. Enough time to walk the some meters downhill to the waiting ships. The local Wine Museum is closed on Mondays, therefore no visit was possible. The guide was waiting for the guests at the gangway and checked the names on the list, so nobody was in danger to be left behind. Shortly after the start of the boat trip a relatively good lunch with free wines and water was served at reserved tables onboard. The boat trip from Régua down to Porto was very relaxing: sunny weather, no noisy music !, some announcements concerning the local environment with vineyards, woods and small villages, two interesting water locks, crossing Ponte Dom Luis I. Finally we landed directly at the Vila Nova de Gaia Quay in Porto as scheduled. All in all a nice day ...
Great trip , well organised with tasty plentiful food, boat crew service superb, The experience going through the locks is awesome . The train trip when it runs alongside the Douro has fantastic views , and the river trip back to Porto is both relaxing informative and fun.
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.
The trip was exactly as described. Food was excellent and everyone was very accomodating. I'd definitely recommend it for travelers.
Time listed for the train on the site is 8:30 AM while you need to be at the station by 7:45 AM as the train leaves at 8:20 exact and there is no train until next day.
Loved the day on the river. The scenery is so beautiful and going through the locks was a great experience. We had a nice lunch in the dining room with wine. They accommodated special dietary requests too. The train ride to get to the boat was nice once it got close to the river. Over all a lovely day out.
Tour was ok, beautiful landscape, however we expected more explanation and information on sites we were coming across
everything was good orgenized. it would help if there were more and more comfortable chairs on the deck
Day Trip From Porto to Regina by Train and Return by Boat - Good and Not-So-Good
This is a full day journey with a two-hour train ride to Regua and five-hour boat ride back to Porto. I booked this trip online a couple of weeks before going to Porto and was pleased to get a confirmation phone call the day before the trip from the travel company Cruzierosdouro giving details of when and where to meet.
Our travel group consisted of about 50 people mainly from France, England, Germany, Portugal and us two Canadians. We were assigned a table for lunch and soon met our dining partners Incidio and Celia, a Portuguese couple on holiday. We soon became acquainted and found ourselves discussing all kinds of things during the trip. We could go up onto the big open touring deck and back inside the large dining deck to cool ourselves from the thirty degree heat. The occasional announcement of some passing town or feature would echo about us in Portuguese then English then French. 'Cidio and I laughed as the only language we both seemed to catch was French. A couple of interesting features were the two locks we had to go through, one 34 meters and the other 14 meters.
The lunch was served around two in the afternoon and consisted of roasted pork with beans and carrots accompanied by roasted potatoes and rice. There was ample food and a bottle of wine. Incidio refused to drink the wine, saying We have good wine in Portugal. Why serve this poor wine? The waiter, showing great patience, told us that the company knew this but had many more bottles to go through before changing.
The boat itself was perfect for such a day, spacious and clean and the washrooms were excellent. The staff on the boat are courteous and efficient. The train ride to Regua is not the feature of the day, much of it going through city, city, city before getting some river, river, river. I was assigned a seat beside a graffiti-covered window that obscured any view either city or river. But I was able to move and the train ride is not the trip.
Started off with the tour being switched from train first to boat first by the company. This ended up being good and bad. The switch meant we had breakfast and lunch on the boat. Both were excellent. The lunch was very, very good...they also replace your wine if you want to drink more. The river portion is gorgeous. The downside to the boat first is that by the time you get on the train all you want to do is nap. I think seeing everything by train would make the boat even more enjoyable. The day started very early with little information. We were told to meet at the dock, it was very unclear where, we assumed the only non-river cruise boat there with a line was ours. The lack of information was very concerning. Once on the boat everything smoothed out. The boat had plenty of room, a small bathroom, a bar, and air conditioning. Once we arrived in Régua we had two hours to kill before the train left. This was a challenge as the train is about 20 minutes away and there is very little to do in town. It was 97 deg F so sitting outside was not an option. I assume we waited because the train only comes at certain times, but this was never made clear. Luckily the train was the express and only makes a couple stops on the way back to Porto, however it was still almost 3 hours long. This was complicated by the fact there was no bathroom on the train. Overall the trip was worth it, but I think just doing a river tour would be sufficient as that was the best part of the trip.
Great way to see the lower Douro in one day. Gives you a feeling for the area and is an interesting day out.
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