Porto to Douro Valley Small-Group Wineries Tour with Lunch

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Vila Real

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Our Douro Valley Tour offers a comprehensive and intense experience of the Douro region and includes visits to Amarante, Mateus Palace and gardens in Vila Real, a wonderful lunch in the Favaios region, a Rabelo boat trip on the Douro river and a Port Wine tasting at a wine estate in Pinhão. HighLights • Full-day Douro Valley tour from Porto with an expert guide • Visit to the city of Amarante with tasting of conventual sweets • Guided visit to Mateus Palace and gardens in Vila Real • Regional lunch at a renowned Favaios Estate with visit to the wine cellars • Rabelo boat cruise at Douro river with scenic valley views • Guided visit to a traditional Port wine estate in the heart of the Douro valley for wine-tasting • Return along the river on one of the most beautiful scenic roads in the World
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Igreja de São GonçaloFrom your hotel in Porto, you’re picked up in the morning for the drive to Amarante.We will stop at the city of Amarante to visit its old bridge and São Gonçalo Church, a symbol of the local identity built in the XIII century by the city's patron saint São Gonçalo, a benedictine monk. Amarante's sweets and cakes are extremely famous and you will have the opportunity to taste them at a well known cake-shop.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Casa de Mateus, Vila Real, Vila Real District, Northern PortugalAfter Amarante we will proceed to the Mateus Palace in the city of Vila Real. Mateus Palace, set in beautiful gardens on a vast farm, is considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque civil architecture in Portugal. You will learn from a certified guide the story of the palace and at the end enjoy walking and taking pictures in the gardens. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Quinta de Avessada, Favaios, Vila Real District, Northern PortugalThe highlight of the voyage is the lunch in the wine region of Favaios. The lunch includes several tasting starters, a regional stew or roast, and a fruit and dessert buffet.White and red Douro wines are served, as welll as Muscat wine of Favaios and Port wine. After lunch you will visit the estate wine cellars (May to October)Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Douro Valley, Pinhao, Vila Real District, Northern PortugalThe tour continues driving downhill from the Favaios region to Pinhão, on the right bank of the Douro river. In Pinhão you will take the one-hour Douro river cruise in a typical Rabelo boat to contemplate the world heritage beauty of the Douro Valley vineyards. Navigation upstream toward the Romaneira estate, in a very beautiful stretch of the Douro river where you will see some wine producing farmhouses, terraces until the river and vineyards, forming a unique landscape considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will return to Porto via the road N222 Pinhão - Peso da Régua, that is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. 17 miles, 93 soft bends and breathtaking views of the Douro Valley. Your Douro Valley full-day tour ends with return transport to your Porto hotel.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • Visit to São Gonçalo church and the old bridge in Amarante
  • Tasting of conventual sweets in Amarante
  • Regional Lunch in Favaios with tasting of Douro white and red wines, Favaios muscat and Port Wine
  • One-hour Rabelo boat trip in Pinhão along Douro river
  • Guided visit and tasting to a Port Wine estate in Pinhão (May-October)
  • Hot & Cold Drinks
  • Photo & Video
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Luxury Air-Conditioned Van
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Casa de Mateus
  • Entry/Admission - Quinta de Avessada
  • Entry/Admission - The Douro Valley

What’s not included

  • Gratuities