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If you've got a day when you're in Porto definitely do this tour. You're in a private car that holds 3 guests and a driver. The Douro Valley is drop-dead gorgeous and the places you're taken to are worth a visit. On the way you stop at the city of Amarante which itself is worth a day's visit, though you only get an hour or so.
We had an amazing tour of the Douro Valley! We ended up being the only 2 people on the tour, and Yara was a fantastic tour guide. The tour had a nice pace and we enjoyed all of the foods and wines. Highly recommend!
Amazing places, small wineries w/o crowds of tourists, completely unique experience.
This was a very nice tour lasting 12 hours. Antonio picked us up in front of our apt. In Porto. There were only 3 on the tour. Antonio spoke great English and was very knowledgable of the area and the process of making Port Wine. We had a lovely lunch included. A stop in the village of Amarante was enjoyable to visit the church and taste the local pastries made of egg yolks and sugar. We walked around the small lake which was very picturesque. We also saw the little train station in Pinhao with its beautiful blue/white tile murals. Antonio took us to a great vantage point for photos of the Douro Valley.
Antonia, was the perfect tour guide - loved his driving through the wine country and explaining everything along the way. Great thought into his stops to vineyards and restaurant, wanted to have us experience things that he would want to see as a visitor
We would like to thank him for all his effort put into our tour of the wine country.
My wife and I booked this tour while visiting Porto. As promised our tour guide Beatriz picked us up in front of our Vila Nova de Gaia flat at 8:30 AM sharp. She was very personable and professional and as we were the only two guests, whisked us away as if on a private tour. Our first stop was the small village of Amarante where we had a tour of a local chapel and town center, and a stop for cafe and some sweet treats.
On toward the Douro Valley we enjoyed lively conversation with Beatriz on several topics, and along with interesting scenery we soon arrived at Quinta Avassada Enoteca. Here our host Evo led us to a garden area where we tasted an important wine of the region Moscatel. We enjoyed crusty bread and cheese along with our tasting. We then enjoyed a year old Moscatel which was a complex and enjoyable port like wine, while taking a tour of a wine making area.
Now we continue to Bucheirito Estate to enjoy lunch with Douro wines of Malvasia and Touriga Nacional. We were able to select a vegetarian option which we appreciate, and the lunch was delicious. After desert, we try aged Moscatel wine which is delightful, and more red wine to enjoy while meeting the family and touring the facility and vineyard. Afterward, we enjoy splendid views of the vineyards and take a selfie with our guide Beatriz and the owner of this Quinta, Mr António!
Now we are transported through the narrow and twisting roads by our expert driver to enjoy amazing views of this incredible wine region, with opportunities to take some photos. Late in the day, we arrive for our final wine tasting of the fine products of one of the few small, family owned Port wine producers, Quinta Santa Eugenia. We enjoy a brief tour of the facility and grounds before our hostess Theresa pours samples of white, LBV Ruby and Tawny ports which are wonderful. We have a very personal experience one on one with the Theresa, and then a last taste of a special white port which is exquisite. Sadly, it is time to leave the Valley Douro, and we relax while Beatriz returns us quickly, yet safely in the rush hour traffic and evening rain directly to our flat.
This was truly an amazing, all day adventure, more like taking a ride with a good friend to visit family and enjoy some wonderful wine and food, learning about the wines, the history, the process and even family in a personal atmosphere. Highly recommend this incredible tour, and hope you will be fortunate to have Beatriz for your guide.
This was one of the best tours we've been on with Viator, and the key factors are the group size, content, and approach.
Antonio was our guide and part owner of the touring company Viator contracts with, and he planned a memorable day for us. The group was intentionally small, only set for 4 people, but due to a last-minute cancellation became 3. The touring vehicle was a zippy but comfortable SUV, so perfect for the size of our group. This detail was taken into consideration and is only one example of the care and thoughtful planning that Antonio gives his groups. Who wants to be stuck with 100 people on a tour bus?! This was the idea size.
We were picked up right at our hotel AC Hotel, and our first stop outside of Porto was to a small town that had historic significance to the Portuguese revolution. We sampled sweet convent treats and coffee before heading to our first wine stop. We reached the winery and had both white wine and various types of port. The grounds were beautiful and we were even kindly given the option by the workers to stomp a few grapes of course not included in every tour, haha. We then went to have lunch on a old family quinta estate, which was a very special experience. We ate in the family home, were served amazing aged red wine among many others, and received a tour of their 'natural cooling' storage area on the property. The lunch was entirely homemade and Antonio made sure they included vegetarian options as well. This is the benefit to having a local tour company plan your day - their relationships and connections offer you a unique experience.
After this we made a stop at an olive oil and wine making business with an amazing view photos included. We left those views for the final stop of the tour near Vila Real. At this quinta, we had a tour with the owner herself, who showed us all steps in the port wine making process, as well as took us through a Port 101 tasting. All of our questions were answered and we had a wonderful time. Perfect cap to the day. We then learned more about the Portuguese culture and modern history of Porto from Antonio on the drive back.
What makes this particular tour stand out is the combination of the port tasting with the small group setting and easy-going approach to giving you a taste of all the Porto area and Douro Valley has to offer in terms of history, culture and flavor. We were never pressured to purchase product from any stop, and Antonio made us feel at ease and taken care of on this lovely trip. Cheers!
Ashley and Michael
Excellent tour. Sights are breathtaking. Douro Valley is a must see if you visit Portugal. Our guide/driver, Beatriz, was very friendly and knowledgeable. At the end of the trip, we felt she was already our friend! She took us without a hurry. We learned a lot about wines and history. The visited vineyards were the best. We were received as family there. We had lunch as locals. Restaurant was nice and lunch was very tasty. Bonus: we booked a small group tour but we were taken as a private tour!
This is a really great tour. Our guide was Beatriz, who was friendly, lovely and informative without being too pushy - it was nice not to be talked at all the time so we could absorb the stunning landscape. The lunch visit was our highlight - intimate, good company, great food bug I also enjoyed the morning coffee stop with pastries. Everything went well and was enjoyable. The olive museum was interesting and Sandemans was informative if a little corporate for me.
The tour was amazing! We were picked up from the hotel by one of the tour crew that stayed with us the whole day. The Douro valley is incredible beautiful! The wine tasting and the food was mind-blowing! To have the chance to eat lunch at a family wine yard, personally cooked by the owner is unique
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