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Douro Valley Tour small group, 2 Wineries, Mateus Palace, River cruise & Lunch

Douro Valley Tour small group, 2 Wineries, Mateus Palace, River cruise & Lunch
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Douro Valley Tour small group, 2 Wineries, Mateus Palace, River cruise & Lunch
US$ 116.42
Overview

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
What to Expect
From 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.  After 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.

The 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.

The tour continues driving downhill from the Favaios region to Pinhão, on the right bank of the Douro river. In Pinhão you will visit the train station with its fantastic azulejos (tiles) pannels from early XX century and 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.
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Douro valley tour - the best day of our trip!

Pedro was an incredible host and gave us the highlight of our trip to Portugal. We were treated like VIP's from beginning to end - even taking a detour to show us the beach of Porto which we didn't have time to get to otherwise....More

Thank chimene2b
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
A most memorable enjoyable experience

Pedro picked us up in his very comfortable Mercedes air conditioned van. Pedro had eeverything so well organised we just had to sit back and relax. Pedro had so much knowledge of the history of his country and about the wind and food. Very interesting....More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
One of our best days in Portugal! (a couple from New York)

Pedro was an amazing guide and took us on a great trip. It is a long day so be prepared! But it's full of history, visiting castles and gardens, travel to the Douro Valley and a beautiful, filling, authentic lunch which includes wine overlooking the...More

Thank CDH2785
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile
Don’t Doubt - Just Book (Family with Young Children)

Pedro was amazing - you can see this from the other reviews but let me put some specifics on why he was professional to work with and fun to hang out. 1. He arranged a 1/2 day tour of Porto for us that was geared...More

Thank indiancowboy
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile
Best Tour in Portugal- Food, Fun, Pics and History

I have been on many tour across mainland Portugal and the Azores Islands. This was the best and worth every euro. My boyfriend, three friends and I joined Pedro for an amazing day. Tour highlights: Luxury Travel- Comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes SUV with individual Pilot...More

Thank yogiTraveler22
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