Douro Valley Historical Tour with Lunch, Winery Visit with Tastings and Panoramic Cruise

Cultural & Theme Tours in Porto

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from$98.19
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Enjoy an all inclusive tour through the unique Douro Valley and discover fabulous landscapes in this region, on this 10-hour tour from Porto. Learn about the unique culture and heritage of this old demarcated region. Select from a tour with hotel Pick up and drop off (in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia) included or tour only! 
Start your tour around 08h30 am and explore the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site because wine has been produced here by traditional landholders in the for some 2,000 years. The oldest demarcated region of the world where outstanding wines, including Port Wine are produced. You will be picked up from the meeting point or picked you up from you hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia (if option selected) and drive through the Douro Valley to Galafura, a small village in the heart of the Douro Valley. Our first stop is in Amarante. This city becomes very important in history after S. Gonçalo´s arrival (1187-1259) - one of the most renowned saints in the cristian history. He settled himself here after his pilgrimage through Rome and Jerusalem making this city an important religious stop in Portugal. You may visit the convent and church, but also its beautiful bridge and Historical Center. Continue this trip to Galafura, the next stop! Galafura is a small village near Peso da Régua. On the way stop to see The Miradouro de São Leonardo de Galafura near Covelinhas, parish of Galafura. From the top of its 640 meters high you have a privileged view over the river Douro and the surrounding landscape. This is one of the highlights of your day! Make sure you take your camera and don´t miss anything! You will also find here a geodesic landmark as this is the highest place in the area. After all the contemplation it´s time for a fantastic lunch in a family owned restaurant where food is homemade and drinks during lunch are also included. The tour continues to Pinhão one of the most beautiful and charming villages of this region. Stop for a scenic relaxing cruise (an hour panoramic cruise). The views to the vineyards offered are just gorgeous! Enjoy!  End your day with a fantastic visit to a local wine estate (we usually visit a renowned brand), where you will have the opportunity to also taste wine and learn a lot about how the precious Port Wine is grown.  The tour ends in Porto 6:30pm.

What’s included

  • Amarante: probably had its origin in the primitive peoples who inhabited the mountain range of Aboboreira (inhabited since the Stone Age). It began to get importance after the arrival of Saint "Gonçalo" (1187-1259), who settled here after a pilgrimage through Rome and Jerusalem
  • São Leonardo de Galafura viewpoint: unique views to the Unesco World Heritage landscape (2001)
  • Full Lunch included: home made food (panoramic restaurant)
  • Panoramic cruise at Pinhão: the heart of the main Port Wine production with unique views to the vineyards
  • Wine estate: Guided visit and wine tasting (into one of the most special Port wine brands) - 3 wine tastings included
  • Drive through national street N222: considered once the most beautiful and best of the world and links Peso da Régua to Alijó along the river Douro with the nature and the colours of a majestic landscape 
  • Guide for the entire trip 
  • Transport by private vehicle for the entire group 
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) - for the tour option of 95 euro per person ONLY

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Hotel Pick up and drop off not included for TOUR ONLY option

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Lunch included
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