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Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you

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Porto, Portugal
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Alcoholic Beverages
Bottled water
Almonds with aromatic herbs

Departure Point

Restaurante Marina do Freixo, Marina do Freixo Porto, N108, 4300-316 Porto, Portugal

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY DouroBoatman

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  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The best time to visit is about an hour before the sunset, as you will see the city during the daylight on your way to the ocean and enjoy the night lights on your way back." See review
  • "The boat is a perfect size for 2-4 people and the attention you get is well worth it." See review

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Our Best Porto Experience!!
Nikki_R
, Aug 2020
We had a really wonderful time. Thanks to our hosts/Captains Daniel & Paulo for giving us the opportunity to experience Oporto & GAIA from the River Douro. The Boat is the perfect size for 4 people, giving a personalized and fun trip for all. Will defo do again!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you so much, Nikki! It was a pleasure for me to have you and your family on my boat, and I feel extremely satisfied that you felt that way about the experience too. Your boatman, Paulo & Daniel
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Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you
wondertravellers
, Oct 2019
We enjoyed a private tour with Paulo. He was punctual, took numerous photos of us with the most amazing backdrops along the Douro, explained the various bridges and Porto in general. Our trip to Portugal was to celebrate our wedding anniversary and Paulo provided a vintage port and a very delicious and special cake (made by his wife). He dropped us off closer to town and we walked back and ended up dancing in the street. We would certainly recommend this boat tour - so special because it is private - you do not have someone's ipad in your face, the operator was so sweet, the sunset did not materialize but I guess we will have to go back ...
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the experience and trusted me for such a special date! My wife sends her regards and thanks her compliments for her cooking skills! Your boatman, Paulo
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star-5
Great trip
nancy m
, Oct 2019
Great trip with Poalo. He was a great host and driver. Highly recommend. Great way to see the city. It was a cloudy day for us but still enjoyed the ride.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you so much Nancy, for the next weather conditions will help more! I will always be waiting for you and your friends. A thousand thanks. Your boatman, Paulo
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Douro Boatman Trip
booherandrea
, Oct 2019
The private boat ride on the Douro with Paulo was spectacular! We chose an evening ride and saw the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, lights of Porto and he introduced us to a fabulous local area for a fresh caught sea bass dinner. All the while, sipping local Porto on his well maintained and comfortable boat. Highly recommend this trip! Andrea & Cindy
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you so much, Andre & Cindy! I am very glad that you enjoyed the tour on board, I hope you bring good memories of my city! Your boatman, Paulo
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Waste of 114 Euro - Don’t be fooled by 5 star ratings of others!
lamchop5
, Oct 2019
I arranged for my husband and I to take a private boat tour with Paulo from 10-12 in the morning. We arrived at the designated dock promptly at 9:45 (which is a 15 minute cab ride from the center of town - NOT easily walkable). We waited til a few minutes after 10:00 at which time I turned on my service to find that Paulo had emailed me at 9:25 to ask if we could delay the trip 30 minutes because of the weather. It was overcast but not raining, nor was there a threat of rain and the weather didn’t change at all from 8-11 that morning so the delay made no sense to me. Further, I was annoyed because he could/should have contacted me much earlier in the morning, especially as he didn’t know how far we’d have to travel to get there. Then to top it off, he doesn’t show up til 10:48! Turns out he went for a blood test that morning and it took longer than he thought. So I’m not so sure the weather was ever the issue! He apologized but then went on to state that Americans and the English are always on time -like that’s a bad thing! Portuguese, Italians and French have a more relaxed sense of time he told us. So we were being chastised for being on time. It’s 11 by the time we board the boat-which turns out is more like a skiff. NO seats except the small bench behind the steering wheel. He had placed 2 small beanbags on the ground at the front of the boat for us to sit on. Only problem is they were so low, we couldn’t see over the side of the boat. So we sat on the small bench and he stood to steer the boat. He didn’t offer any commentary unless we asked a question. (His English was so-so.) which we did continuously so we could learn about what we were seeing. He did take us out near the breacheay where the ocean meets the river as my husband requested. Then he offered us a glass of port made by his friend and a small bowl of almonds. The ride was over by 12:30 all for 114 Euros! We saw several other boat tours (all offering refreshments) some with only 15-20 people on them for only 14 Euro each! Could have spent an hour doing that and spent the rest of our money on a lovely lunch. Look, Paulo was a nice guy but there is NO WAY the tour was worth the 114 Euro price tag! Sorry to write such a negative review but we felt duped by the whole experience and don’t want others to feel the same
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Good night, Again, I apologize for the delay, for the rest of the comment, although it saddens me a lot, it is something you will have to work out with yourself. Again, I apologize for the delay and wish you all the best. Paulo
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star-5
Great views!
Antonia M
, Oct 2019
Great way to see Porto from the Duoro River. Paulo is very accommodating and boat cruise pleasurable.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you so much, Antonia! It was a pleasure for me to have you on my boat, and I feel extremely satisfied that you felt that way about the exprience too. Your boatman, Paulo
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Great trip
tomrF7140XA
, Sep 2019
Friendly, informed guide. Went the extra mile. Great little boat, fun advice for other things to do.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much for the review! Glad you enjoyed the tour, it means a lot to me! Your boatman, Paulo
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star-5
Great day on the Duoro
Eric T
, Sep 2019
Paulo was an excellent host and very knowledgeable about the Duoro and Porto. We're very glad we chose to do a private tour rather than a crowded, large tourist boat. Be sure to try his friend's port, which was delicious
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much, Eric! I'm glad you enjoy the time spent in Douro with me, I really do! Your boatman, Paulo
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star-5
Amazing tour on Douro
T3212NA_
, Sep 2019
Everything is absolutely perfect about the tour. The boat is very clean and has everything to make you comfortable. It is ideal for 2 people, but can easily fit 4. You will have a bottle of a nice bubbly wine, some snacks, a couple of bean bags, and will even be able to play your music via bluetooth. The best time to visit is about an hour before the sunset, as you will see the city during the daylight on your way to the ocean and enjoy the night lights on your way back. You will go under all 6 bridges in the central part of the city and if you are lucky can see the dolphins at the bay. It is the perfect way to watch the sunset. Many thanks to the best captain on the river. He loves his city, his boat, and his river and will make you love it too!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoy the time spent in Douro with me, I really do! Hope you carry my city and my river with you, forever! Your boatman, Paulo
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Excellent way to see The Douro!
Adrienne W
, Sep 2019
Paulo is an excellent captain & host! It was a beautiful way to see Porto from the river sipping sparkling wine, great Port wine and delicious almonds. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Highly recommend taking this tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much, Adrienne! It was a pleasure for me to have you on my boat, and I feel extremely satisfied that you felt that way about the exprience too. Your boatman, Paulo
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