Amazing. Great attention to detail. Very professional and punctual tour guide Maria. It was the best tour I took in my holiday in Portugal. Must see destination.
Although we ended up in the wrong tour there was no farm visit we had a great time. Our guides Tatiana an Geronimo were great. Told us a lot about the valley and life in Portugal. The visit to Symington wine cellar was superb. If you are in the north you have to visit Douro valley. It's very beautiful.
We had a wonderful day in the Douro. Our guide Maria was very helpful and attentive. the only negative part of the trip was the first small winery in the town of Peso da Regua. The entire group felt that it wasn't a good experience and not what we were expecting. The second one Symington, however, is exceptional.
The whole day is well worth doing and that includes the cruise. Amazing views and the Symington vineyard is amazing. The tour company were very laid back and this can get annoying at times. The lunch was ok. Main course was poor.
For how this tour was advertised and for the price, I would not recommend this tour to anyone. I recommend touring the amazing Duoro Valley to visit port houses and travel on the river but not with this tour company. This tour is more of a driver/drop-off service than an actual tour. Our tour guides were nice but had an incomplete itinerary and provided minimal commentary and insight. At the first port tasting, no one explained the tasting options so we had the one free port glass and left. Then we walked around a local village which is 10 blocks of commercial buildings and had nothing to do. We asked if we should go to the Duoro Valley Museum and they said they didn't know and we would need to pay extra to do that. At lunch, they dropped us off at a restaurant. We did not know what we would be eating. We watched another tour come in with their guide, who stayed with his group, explained the food, and provided more courses/food than what we received. The food was okay it was definitely a local diner sort of place. Considering the price, we were a little surprised. The afternoon cruise and port tasting were great as they were lead by their respective company guides. During both events, our guides waited for us at a different location. We walked to the wrong port house but the correct one was still able to fit us in. When driving home, the driver was using her cell phone for directions while driving a manual. If you've seen the cliffs of the Duoro Valley, you would understand why this is alarming! When it got foggy and rainy she couldn't find the headlights or windshield wipers, saying she had never driven this car before and it can't go above fifth gear without making loud noises. This means our 9 hour excursion took 11 hours. I would not recommend this tour to anyone.
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