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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.
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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Go wine tasting amid the vineyard-clad hills of the Douro Valley, a World Heritage–listed region famous for its port wine production. Feast on regional specialties with a traditional lunch in the scenic village of Pinhão and visit two wine estates for an introduction to award-winning local varietals. Upgrade your full-day tour from Porto with a sightseeing rabelo boat cruise on the Douro River. This small-group tour is limited to eight people for personalized attention from the guide.
  • Full-day Douro Valley tour from Porto with an expert guide
  • Enjoy a lunch of typical Douro cuisine at a renowned local restaurant
  • Visit two traditional wine estates in the heart of the valley for wine-tasting sessions
  • Learn about the history, culture and people of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro region
  • Upgrade to include a Douro River rabelo boat tour with scenic valley views
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a more personalized experience
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Professional guide
Wine and port tastings
Hotel pickup
River boat cruise (if option selected)
Lunch
Drop off at two drop off points (Trindade Station & Bolsa Palace)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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8:30 AM
Your centrally located Porto hotel
Depart from Porto in the morning after pickup from your hotel and get comfortable aboard your minivan for the scenic drive inland.

Then continue on to Pinhão and admire the scenery with free time to explore the lovely village independently. Perhaps stroll to the Pinhão train station to view its blue-and-white tile murals depicting the scenic countryside and swathes of vineyards that make up the Douro landscape.

If you’ve upgraded your full-day tour to include a Douro River cruise, hop aboard a rabelo boat—a traditional cargo boat native to this region—for a leisurely ride. Meander up the Tua River tributary and pass by Quinta da Romaneira before returning back to Pinhão.

Either before or after your cruise (if you've upgraded), pop into one of the wineries on the agenda for the day before lunch. 

After a traditional lunch of typical Douro cuisine accompanied by wine at a renowned restaurant, your guide takes your small group to another family-run estate where you discover local winemaking and enjoy a tasting session of award-winning ports and wines.

Stop by the shop to make any purchases before departing the Douro Valley for the relaxing return drive to Porto, arriving at your hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pinhao Railway Station
You will visit Pinhão train station and it's famous tile panels that portrait the landscapes and life in the Douro Valley. Your guide will happily explain to you the meaning and scenes portrait on the panels.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casal de Loivos Viewpoint
Considered one of the most beautiful view points on the Douro, from here you can admire the river peacefully flowing while downhill you watch the village of Pinhão being embrace by the river that gave life to the village has a meeting point to board on the old times the barrels that carried the Port wine to it's aging place in Gaia.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Douro Valley
The Douro Valley is a magical place where man overcome nature to create an amazing landscape where hills are covered by vines that produce a wine recognized worldwide "the Port". His a wine region like no other in the world, the wine is produced in the hill sloops where the cooperation of men hard work and nature allowed the creation of this "reino maravilhoso" (marvelous kingdow) has the poet Miguel Torga described it.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Douro River
If you wish you can upgrade your tour with an optional 50m boat cruise on the Douro River that will allow you to admire the landscape from a different perspective. Going upstream from the village of Pinhão admire the river banks covered by vines and bordered by wine estates of some of the most know Port wine brands, before starting going back to Pinhão.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for infants
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Cooltours (Oporto)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How can I let you know where to pick me up?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels in Porto. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
What do we need to wear?
A:Please wear comformatble clothes.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise..
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise..

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  • "The road is quite winded so if you get car sick, I recommend taking some anti-nausea medicine potentially." See review
  • "This day trip is a must if you're in the Porto area." See review

Reviews

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1,994 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Unforgettable Douro
Rohini_A
, May 2022
Joao was a wonderful guide. I have already recommended him to our friends in the US. He was knowledgeable and very helpful. Thank you so much for arranging a truly memorable experience!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello! Thank you very much for taking time to review Cooltour Oporto and our guide João, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide wonderful experiences to those who visit us. Everyday we try to improve in order to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great time with us and our service fulfilled your expectations. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-4
Enjoyable, informative and friendly trip
Bruce_F
, May 2022
Sergio was a most informative guide and a pleasure to get to know. With only 8 in the group it made for a very friendly atmosphere and, with the sun shining, the Douro valley looked lovely. I hadn't realised that the boat trip was so short (45 mins) and that we didn't really see the vineyards, just a room full of barrels and boxes in each case (2 wineries - one wine, the other port). However, the owners were very accommodating and we all enjoyed the wine tasting! The lunch was excellent too - loads to eat and plenty of wine!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Bruce, First of all let me thank you for taking time to review your experience with us, as we only manage to improve by having feedback from our travelers. We are so glad to read you had an amazing day. Hope to see you back in Portugal! Best regards. María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
An excellent tour
John_O
, May 2022
All stops were worthwhile. Final wine tasting was the best. Boat ride provided an excellent break. Very good lunch.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi, Thank you so much for your review! What a joy to know that your day with Cooltour was special, we are delighted to know that you find this tour a must! All our best wishes to you! María Sánchez Communication Department
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
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Rick_O
, May 2022
Fantastic day touring the Douro countryside and vineyards. Both and education and cultural experience. Oh! and the wine and port was superb. Our Viator guide was very knowledgeable and had a great personality. Overall, a wonderful day.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Kirsten, First of all, thank you for your kind review! We always try to provide you unforgettable experience, with the beautiful landscapes, the wine and food and specially with our guide. This is the reason why we feel so happy to read through your words and realize that this mission was accomplished. Best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A great tour
Jeff_B
, May 2022
The wine tasting obviously the best part but the history behind the wine is also interesting. Our guide in the tour was excellent - highly rated!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi, Thank you so much for your review! What a joy to know that your day with Cooltour was special, we are delighted to know that you find this tour a must! All our best wishes to you! María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Highly recommended.
Tracy_H
, May 2022
There were several aspects of the tour that left a very memorable impression starting with the spectacular views on first entering the Douro Valley and seeing the vines and river for the first time. Spectacular! Our small group of eight was then exposed to tastings of wonderful still wines and ports of all varieties and provided with explanations of the processing and production by several long established family estates. We were even invited to crawl into a massive oak barrel that was down for maintenance. There's a first for everything! A beautiful full course lunch was served on a terrace with sweeping views of the region following the highlight, a serene boat ride down the beautuful Duoro River. In addition to the information provided on-site by the wine producers, our guide and driver Pedro Dias was, himself, knowledgeable about wine and port. He spoke English fluently, was able/willing to answer our questions on any topic pertaining to life in the region. He was attentive to his group and committed to ensuring our experience was a positive one. Tracy and Silvia.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello, Many thanks for such kind comments - we are really happy to know that you have had a great day with Cooltour! We hope for your return for more cool tours! Our best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
One of our favorite days in Portugal
Chelsea_T
, May 2022
Alex was a terrific guide! We had a great time and met wonderful people on our tour. Super great and we learned so much. Would definitely recommend this experience to anyone! I know sometimes included lunches aren’t the best but not this one! The lunch was delicious and extremely filling. But the highlight of it was the location!! It was absolutely beautiful.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello! Thank you very much for taking time to review Cooltour Oporto and our guide Alex, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide wonderful experiences to those who visit us. Everyday we try to improve in order to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great time with us and our service fulfilled your expectations. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Lovely day with oranges to go!
Sky_T
, May 2022
This tour was worth every penny! The first winery is more commercial and you get to try several different wines as well as olive oil and honey made at the vineyard. The guide at the winery is very funny and generous with tastings! The boat tour is beautiful and lunch is delicious, they give you so much food! The second winery is more private and is operated by the sweetest portuguese woman who cuts cheese and oranges for you to snack on with the wine. The property is gorgeous and has a chapel for the family in past when the nearest church was too far. The guide even arranged for me to pick a couple oranges from the tree and I got to take them home with me! Absolutely made my day!! Guide Maria and driver George were so so lovely, made my trip to Porto very memorable!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello, Many thanks for such kind comments - we are really happy to know that you have had a great day with Cooltour! We hope for your return for more cool tours! Our best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Fantastic tour!
Sarah_L
, May 2022
This was a fantastic tour! Maria was an excellent guide - so knowledgeable and friendly. Lunch was great, wine was delicious, and the views were incredible. Don’t skip the river cruise!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Sarah, Thank you very much for taking time to review us and our guide Maria, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide you wonderful experiences in our country. Our job is to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great day out with us. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
A tour everyone should experience.
Carol_A
, May 2022
This tour exceeded our expectations. We traveled as a couple and met the rest of our small group of enthusiastic new companions. The mini van was comfortable and clean. Our two wine tasting stops at small, family owned quintas provided excellent (and ample sized) tastings with informative guides. The lunch was tasty and offered a variety of home style Portuguese cuisine served family style and again, plenty of wine. After all it is the Douro Valley. The boat ride was relaxing and comfortable affording scenic views from the river. Our tour guide, Sergio, made this all possible. He was attentive to individual needs. He also is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Portugal and the Douro Valley. He is easy to talk with. He is obviously passionate about his work and knows wine making details which he shared with us. Thank you Sergio for a special day.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Carol! Thank you very much for taking time to review Cooltour Oporto and our guide Sérgio, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide wonderful experiences to those who visit us. Everyday we try to improve in order to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great time with us and our service fulfilled your expectations. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department

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