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Douro Valley Historical Tour - Winery, River Cruise and Lunch (Optional)

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Introduction

Are you ready to explore the Douro Valley, and learn all about the heritage, traditions, and culture of this so belove region?

On this full day tour, visit a Wine Estate, have a Rabelo boat trip, and delight yourself with a regional lunch!

Book now your guided tour to the Douro!


   Daily    10 hours
Highlights

Discover the town of Amarante: it has an enormous cultural, historical and religious legacy.

 

Have one of the best experiences of your life when standing on the viewpoint of Galafura.

 

Get to know the N222 national road: already considered the most beautiful road in the world!

 

Relax with a 1-hour scenic cruise on the Douro River, in Pinhão.

 

Enjoy a homemade lunch (optional) at a panoramic restaurant with a vegetarian option (indicate on reservation).

 

Visit one of the main Douro Wineries with a commented tasting of wines of excellence.

Key details

LANGUAGES

Portuguese, English, Spanish or French 

DURATION

10 Hours 

SCHEDULE

Daily | at 08h00 

PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF (choose your option)

• With Hotel Pickup/Drop-Off: hotels in the city center of Porto or Gaia - other types of accommodation are not included;  you will be picked up in the most nearby hotel

• Without Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off: at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 352 - in front of the São Bento train station

Description

This tour will show the historical importance of the Douro Region, not only for the wine-making process but also for the Portuguese identity!

The tour will start with a pick-up at your hotel (*optional. if you don't choose this option, the guide will meet you at Living Tours office). Travel comfortably towards the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An enchanted valley, where the green and the gold blend perfectly with the river course. Undoubtedly, it can be said that the Douro Valley is one of the most beautiful areas of the world - feel the Nature in its purest state!

As you will learn on this full-day guided tour, the Douro Region has enormous importance for the wine culture for its outstanding wines, including Port Wines. For more than 2.000 years, Port Wine has been produced in the Douro by traditional landholders.

Our first stop is in Amarante. This city became very important after Saint Gonçalo's arrival (1187-1259) - one of the most renowned saints in Christian 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 observe its beautiful bridge over the Tamega river or explore its beautiful historic center.

Our day will continue to one of the most surprising spots of this tour: the Galafura viewpoint. Also known as São Leonardo da Galafura viewpoint, this place will take your breath away. From the top of its 640 meters, you will have a privileged view over the Douro river and the surrounding landscape. We promise you that this is one of the greatest highlights of this tour.

After all the contemplation, it's time for a traditional lunch (optional). Have the opportunity to taste the best of the Douro's gastronomy in a family owned restaurant, where the food follows homemade and familiar recipes. 

The tour continues to Pinhão, one of the most beautiful and charming villages of this region. Stop for a 1-hour panoramic relaxing cruise over the Douro river waters. Observe the imposing natural views and the gorgeous vineyards. Enjoy!

End your day with a fantastic visit to a renowned Wine Estate, where you will not miss the chance to taste 3 excellent regional wines and learn all about the Port Wine culture and making process.  

Return comfortably to Porto, observing the beautiful landscapes between the Douro and the city of Porto. Afterward, your guide will drop you off at the door of the hotel.

* There are two options: with or without the hotel pick-up/drop-off service. Choose the option that suits you the best!

Included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off - only if you choose this option.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Transport by private vehicle for the entire group.
  • Visit Amarante.
  • Visit the Sao Leonardo da Galafura viewpoint.
  • Full lunch included: homemade food (panoramic restaurant) - only if you choose this option.
  • Douro river panoramic Cruise in Pinhão (1 hour).
  • Wine estate: guided visit and wine tasting (one of the most special Port wine brands) - 3 tastings.

Excluded

  • Other meals and drinks.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities (optional).

CANCELLATION RULES

No cancellation fee if you cancel until 48 hours prior to the activity date.

Cancellations less than 48 hours or no show, a fee of 100% will be charge.

Additional info

  • With hotel pick-up/drop-off: At hotels in the city center of Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Note: apartments or other types of accommodation are not included and you will be picked up in the most nearby hotel
  • Without hotel pick-up/drop-off: At Living Tours office: Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 352 (in front of the São Bento train station).
  • Most of the times the tour is done in one language, but it can be held in more than one.
  • You will receive a confirmation email with details after the booking.
  • Children under 6 years old are totally at the parent’s responsibility
  • You must present a paper or electronic voucher for this activity.
  • The hotel pick-up and drop-off and the lunch option have an extra cost. Please check the price table when booking the tours.
  • The hotel pick-up and drop-off option do not include apartments, hostels, guest-houses or other types of accommodation.
  • Please reconfirm your pick up time and location 48 hours before the tour to our email: [email protected] or by phone: +351 228 320 992

Nearest town

Porto

NEAREST AIRPORT

OPO - Francisco Sá Carneiro

Reviews

Forget to say
Also Thank you Tiago, our guide and Manuel our driver. Thank you, men, and wish you all the best.
Vadim
Forget to say
Also Thank you Tiago, our guide and Manuel our driver. Thank you, men, and wish you all the best.
Vadim
Went on the Douro Valley wine tasting tour with Living Tours and had a great time.
We enjoyed the small town of Amarante, a delicious lunch, wonderful views over the Douro Valley, cruise on the river and an amazing wine tasting. The tour comes with my highest recommendations!
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I had such a great time in the Douro Valley with Living Tours
Sadly, the weather was bad and it rained the whole day, but we still managed to enjoy the views to the Douro river, the cruise, and of course, the wine tasting. Our guides Marina and Carlos were wonderful too! Thanks for the wonderful day guys!
Bilyana Petrova
Tiago made the tour wonderful with his witty talk and hospitality
I took a Douro full day tour from Porto and our guide was Tiago. He made the tour wonderful with his witty talk and hospitality. The weather was perfect and I enjoyed stunning landscapes
Mio Minato
Today’s Douro Valley with Marina & Carlos was absolutely spectacular
Had an amazing day! Although the weather was not in our favor, Marina made the BEST of it! She’s really sweet and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this great duet for a tour! ???????????? Thank you Marina & Carlos!
Magrit Pontes?
I went on The Douro Historical tour today and it was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had in all my travels.
Our friendly and professional guide and expert driver, João kept our small group of seven well informed and his charming colleague, Sofia made the day even more enjoyable. The scenery is spectacular and the amount of time allocated to each place we stopped at was just right. I would definitely recommend this tour as a way to see the beautiful Douro Valley.
Maggie Barnewall
Full Day Douro Valley Tour
My husband and I did a tour to Douro Valley yesterday with Ricardo and it was a great experience! Ricardo was VERY knowledgeable and made the tour fun yet informative! Highly recommend!
Brie Fritsch
Douro tour to Pinhao
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, we did the Douro tour to Pinhao. Tiago Santos, our guide picked us up at our hotels and kept a lively informative patter throughout our trip to our first stop at Amarante where we visited the church and walked along the old Romanesque bridge. After this brief stop, we continued through the countryside to the city of Lamego where we visited the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Shrine at the top of a hill. A visit to the beautiful church there was completed with a walk down the steps to the city square. We then had a delicious Portuguese lunch before continuing on to Pinhao where we took a 45 minute cruise on the Douro river. Ending our stop in Pinhao with a tour and tasting at the Roeda Wine Estate - Croft- Taylor’s Group. Throughout the day, Tiago answered questions and told us many interesting facts about the port wine industry and the local area, pointing out sites of interest as we travelled. Before heading back to Porto, he drove up some fascinatingly narrow roads to a stunning lookout over the valley. It was an indication of Tiago’s desire to give us all a rich and varied experience. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him as he was not only knowledgeable but extremely personable as well
Wendy Rutherford
Douro Valley with Living Tours
Had a great time visiting the Douro valley and wine tasting on Jan. 14 with Living Tours. Thumbs up to our guide Ricardo who shared with us very interesting information about the wine industry and the Porto region and who conducted the tour in English, Portuguese and Spanish at once. Well worth the investment!
Véronic Boyer
Just a lovely day!
We had a fantastic guide--Miguel--who was professional, humorous, knowledgeable, and a great driver. His English was better than many native speakers and he switched between English and French gracefully, keeping all of the people on the tour fully informed and involved. The van was practically new, immaculately clean, and Miguel's microphone was crisp. The Douro Valley is just drop dead gorgeous; don't waste your time trying to photograph it. Just soak it in and buy postcards later. The lunch was Portuguese home cooking--wood oven roasted chicken and veal and potatoes--and served with wine. The vineyard we visited (Croft) must have just remodeled their visitor center--it was lovely (try the Rose port--I didn't know such a thing existed). Boat ride was fun--relaxing, fun to chat with people from one other van--different languages floating around, views were, of course, spectacular. It was just a lovely day. North Carolina
Julibet
An excellent tour
We were so pleased we took this tour. Sofia was so knowledgeable and easy to understand, she ensured that all participants had a wonderful day. Her care and attention to detail was amazing. We would thoroughly recommend this tour Worcester, UK
cs030cs
Douro Valley Full Day Tour
We had a fabulous day visiting the Douro Valley – from the small towns, vineyards, breathtaking views, and boat cruise. We also had a very enjoyable lunch overlooking views of the valley. The experience wouldn’t have been as great as it was without Tiago, our guide. He truly made the experience unforgettable. He was knowledgeable, conversant, outgoing, and generous. We learned so much from him. Overall wonderful time and highly recommend!
Rachel S
A great day trip to the Douro Valley
We had a lovely day with our infant son visiting the Douro Valley. On the way, we stopped at a historical village to see the local sights and have a coffee, after which we had lunch at a restaurant situated at the top of a mountain with a fantastic view. The trip was finished off with a wine tasting at a winery in the valley and a short boat trip on the Douro river. Tiago, our guide and driver, was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Strongly recommended! Finland
Haba717
Duoro experience
My wife and I really enjoyed the Duoru tour with our guide Tiago. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. Great lunch and a nice visit to the Croft Quinta. We had a great time
Rodrigo V
Misty, breezy and lots of fun
Thank you Francisco for making a questionable weather day in the Douro Valley so much fun. The climb up the Lamego Sanctuary steps was made more mystical by the weather and for those considering it, it is much easier than anticipated and well worth it. Our small group of hardy travellers had a lot of fun as Francisco was both knowledgable and informative, but also very entertaining. High River, Canada
ABclb
Excellent trip
Jun 11 with Diego.
Gail whittemore
Highly recommended!
Very great experience with the guide Marina during the Douro Valley Tour! Highly recommended!
Sara Sprocker
My family and I had a wonderful time on the Douro Historical tour
My family and I had a wonderful time on the Douro Historical tour, with our guide Thiago and our driver Dario. We enjoyed the sites as well as the guides enthousiasme and knowledge of the sites.
Charise Ruiz
Nuno Pires, our guide to Douro valley, enough passion for Portugal to fill a stairway to heaven.
Tour type: historical and Douro Valley wines Welcome and pick up: warm and endearing = tick Transport: comfort and air conditioning (must!) = tick Guide and commentary: microphone, clear sound. Super interesting and captivating = big tick Group size: small group of 8 all English conversant = big tick Itinerary: interesting, effortless and indulging = tick Lunch = yummo. Traditional Portuguese baked lamb and pork with lots of local wine General: highlight of our visit to Porto Thank you Nuno. Living Tours.... he is an absolute asset to your company! To the others: Get yourself on this tour.
Yvette Baxter
Our guide Thiago was entertaining and knowledgeable. Had a great time!
Went on a day trip to the Douro Valley to have meal, wine tasting and boat tour. Highly recommend it as all stops were enjoyable and a great way to have an excursion out of Porto. Our guide Thiago was entertaining and knowledgeable. Had a great time!
Oliver Futter
Enthousiasme et professionnalisme
excellente façon de découvrir le Portugal avec des personnes qui nous le montrent avec enthousiasme et professionnalisme. Un merci tout particulier à Daniel Mota, notre guide en cette veille de Noël
Richard Bossel
Delightful excursion
We followed Andre Botelho to Douro Valley Outing (did a separate write-up in TripAdvisor). First stop, Amarante; Andre pointed out symbol of scallop shell as it is part of 3 routes in Portugal of the Way of St James ??. Never knew there was Portuguese Camino de Santiago, hope to do the walk
Yani Han
Our ride to the valley was filled with stunning views.
Our ride to the valley was filled with stunning views. Wished time would just stopped and let me soaked up every breath, sight and sound of this vast landscape of beauty. Magnificent terraces of vineyards on ancient stonewalls and charming Pinhão town all adds up to a wonderful experience. Lunch was at a cosy Portuguese eatery with many local families having their Christmas Eve meal. Andre is lively and fun loving, making this excursion a delightful one ???
Yani Han
If you have the time, then I urge you to take a day trip to Douro Valley.
Akshay and I used Living Tours to book our day trip. We were picked up promptly at 8:10AM in a very comfortable shuttle bus by Christian, our warm, informative tour guide. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Douro Valley, but Christian was very attentive and passionately shared the Portuguese history and traditions with us. The website details all the stopping points, and we followed the itinerary pretty closely. When we arrived in Galafura, we were disappointed to see that the fog was impeding the famous viewpoint that this region is known for. Christian reassured us that the view would come, but we were feeling pretty dejected in the moment. You could barely see 5 feet in front of you! Anyways, we went to lunch and had an amazing Portuguese meal with unlimited wine. When our lunch was ending, I happened to look out the window, and I was just blown away! The fog ended up clearing and we were able to get an amazing glimpse of the Douro Valley (featured picture!). I was on cloud nine! I think we all were! After we took a million photos, we were then taken to Pinhão, where we enjoyed a scenic boat cruise, allowing our food bellies to settle for an hour. We ended the tour at the beautiful Croft Winery (also in Pinhão) and had the opportunity to go on a tour and enjoy a few sips of the different ports they had to offer. The day went by super fast, and I loved that we were able to see a lot! If you’re more interested in wine tasting, Living Tours has other day trips they do offer. Akshay and I wanted to see the Douro Valley region, so we chose this one instead.
Tika Bharadwaj
We highly recommend that super trip with Tiago! Thanks again!
We took part in a Douro Valley tour in November. Our guide was Tiago and thanks to him we had an unforgettable trip. We enjoyed every moment, because he is not just a perfect driver, but he has a good sense of humour! Furthermore he’s very friendly and has a deep knowledge of wines. We are Hungarian and he knows a lot of facts about our famous wines (tokaji) and he explained everything what is the difference between Port Wine and Hungarian Wines. We highly appreciated it!
Somogyi Juli
Beautiful day in a beautiful landscape!!
I did this tour with Tiago, which was a great guide! He was all the time explaining to us facts about the wine, Porto area or simply Portugal, even when he was driving he explained every place we were driving through, which I appreciated very much! The landscape was breathtaking!! And it was even better with Tiago's soundtrack :) It was a great day and I would recommend it to everyone! My only remark is the lunch, which I think it was quite poor, it would be great to have some salad and fish.
Vanessa
Great tour of the Douro River and sights along the way
Highly recommend if you are visiting Porto!
GARY P
Duoro valley
Great trip. Guide was clear in explanation and very friendly and patient. The sceneries were fantastic and lunch was good
Hong Lim
Full day douro Valley Tour
This was a lovely experience for our group - an excellent and friendly guide Christian, comfortable modern van, wine tasting and visit to winery, amazing views, visit to Amarante and Pinhao and also a boat trip- all in 10 hours. It was really worth it and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The tour guide was outstanding and kept it interesting all the way. Thank you.
Josef Micallef
I went on The Douro Historical tour on the 26th and it was one of the most wonderful experiences
I have had in all my travels. Our friendly and professional guide and expert driver, João kept our small group of seven well informed and his charming colleague, Sofia made the day even more enjoyable. The scenery is spectacular and the amount of time allocated to each place we stopped at was just right. I would definitely recommend this tour as a way to see the beautiful Douro Valley.
Maggie Barnewall

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