Visit Portugal’s 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 Pinhão, 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 Pinhão.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, you’ll arrive in Pinhão, the valley’s geographical center, where you'll stop to soak in your first impression of the valley. You will then have the first tasting of Douro products, visiting a producer of Wines and olive oil, up in the hills that suround Pinhão, enjoy this treats while enjoying the views from this estates. If you’ve opted to include a boat ride with your tour, you’ll be dropped off in Pinhão for a leisurely 1-hour cruise along the Douro River. Aboard a rabelo boat — a traditional cargo boat native to this region — travel up the river and pass by Roncão river tributary from the Douro, before returning back to Pinhão. Alternatively, you can choose to spend time exploring the beautiful village of Pinhão independently. A highlight is the Pinhão 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 one 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 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 your Porto hotel, arriving in the early evening.