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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.
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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 and drop-off
River boat cruise (if option selected)
Lunch
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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8:30 AM

Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

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.

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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 face masks and attendee health during Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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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 policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • 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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Traveler Tips


  • "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

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A Fantastic Day Trip
Anna_M
, Oct 2021
An absolutely fantastic day out - a huge thanks to the host Alex in particular for bringing the day to life with his personal engagement and widespread knowledge of the region and wine industry. It started off with a very convenient hotel pick-up where we then travelled through the picturesque Douro wine region, enjoyed a relaxing 1 hour tour on a boat and sampled many different wines and ports at a couple of small family run establishments. A large authentic Portuguese lunch was also provided (which was delicious!), and to top it off we had very beautiful weather the entire day. Five stars!
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Serving Up Port Wine
Bernard_M
, Oct 2021
Excellent opportunity to see and experience the making and tasting of Port wine outside of Porto. It was also good to be in a very small group of people. The guide was very friendly and easy to get along with and made the trip very pleasant for everyone even during covid. Thanks.
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Don't Miss This Trip
Stephen_M
, Oct 2021
Just a great day out and so much to enjoy. Cannot thank all concerned enough for making our day special.
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Excellent tour.our guide...
mark_c
, Oct 2021
Excellent tour.our guide was very knowledgable about the area and the wine industry in the Douro valley and history of the area. He made the whole day entertaining and fun.
star-5
The highlight of our trip...
Chris_B
, Oct 2021
The highlight of our trip to Porto. We did it as a birthday treat, and without mentioning to our tour guide she picked up that it was my birthday and my partner's birthday the week before. As such she made a special effort to make it even more special than already, getting us additional tastings compared to the normal selection. The tour guide clearly knew her stuff and was very attentive and had a good sense of humour. We visited at the end of September which was the perfect time as we could see the grapes being harvested and processed during our trip. Lunch was also spectacular, we went to a small local restaurant with only 2 dishes on the menu- meat or fish, but the food was some of the most wonderful I have had in a long time. Would highly recommend this to anyone
star-5
Great, informative tour
Amy_B
, Oct 2021
We had a great tour! Peidro, our guide, was amazing. He was so informative, a great driver, and took great care of us. The places we visited were great, as was the lunch. I’d highly recommend!
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Perfect one-day visit to the Douro Valley
Paul_F
, Oct 2021
The tour was a perfect one-day visit to the Douro River valley, we especially liked visiting the small family operated wineries, which were wonderful. The boat cruise, while brief, was beautiful and lunch was delicious! Although the day is a very full itinerary it never felt rushed. Our guide and driver, Alexander was fantastic - knowledgeable, friendly, and fun to spend the day with. We were especially grateful to him, as our hotel pick-up location was not accessible due to bridge construction beginning that morning. Unfortunately, due to technical issues with syncing cell phone messages we didn't get the updated pick up location in time, but the tour company was able to reach us by phone and Alexander waited for us until we arrived. We were thrilled to be able to make this tour - thank you!!
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Fabulous full day trip to...
Peter_W
, Oct 2021
Fabulous full day trip to the heart of Douro valley. Joao was a knowledgeable and fun guide. Highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Not to Be Missed!
Stephen_M
, Oct 2021
This was a wonderful tour of the Douro valley with an outstanding and delightful guide. Violeta was a perfect guide for our small group of friends. She took us to intimate and extremely friendly wine cellars in the Douro Valley. She was extremely personable and her wonderful spirit made this trip truly memorable! The hosts at the wineries were sincerely welcoming and helped us to feel as part of the family. This is a terrific tour and should not be missed!
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Wonderful excursion
Cara_M
, Oct 2021
Everything was very nice. The wineries were wonderful family around and we even crawled into the wine barrel… It was so much fun. Our tour Director was extremely knowledgeable, very sweet and professional and made the trip exceptional!

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