Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Portuguese Lunch and Optional River Cruise
Visit Portugalís prestigious Douro Valley on this full-day wine tour from Porto! Famous for its production of port wine, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed region is indisputably scenic, with swathes of vineyards clinging to the hills around the Douro River. Admire the scenery around the village of Pinho, enjoy a traditional lunch of regional specialties and visit a winery estate for a tasting session of award-winning local wines. To enjoy more of the countryside on the way to the Douro Valley, upgrade to include a sightseeing rabelo boat tour along the Douro River, departing from Pinho.Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.Leave your Porto hotel in the morning and travel inland to the Douro Valley by air-conditioned minivan. After a journey of roughly 90 minutes, youíll arrive in Peso da Rgua, the valleyís capital, where you’ll stop to soak in your first impression of the valley. If youíve opted to include a boat ride with your tour, youíll be dropped off in Pinho for a leisurely 1-hour cruise along the DouroRiver. Aboard a rabelo boat ó a traditional cargo boat native to this region ó travel up the Tua river tributary and pass by Quinta da Romaneira before returning back to Pinho. Alternatively, you can choose to spend time exploring the beautiful village of Pinho independently. A highlight is the Pinho train station, known for its pretty blue-and-white tile murals that depict the scenic Douro landscapes and vineyard workers. Stop to enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch with specialties accompanied with local wine.Continue your tour to two family-run wine estates nestled in the gloriously remote countryside, a setting that offers a glimpse into the way of life in Douro. Learn about local winemaking as you sample various ports and wines, and then explore the shop for treats to take home with you.After a full day experiencing the Douro Valley, relax on the drive back to yourPorto hotel, arriving in the early evening.