Douro Valley Wine Tour – Wine Venture and Boat Trip
Personal Guide, Transport, Wineries, Traditional Lunch and Private Boat Included
First of all, let’s describe our Douro Valley Wine Tour! Discover here all about it…
The propose of this Tour is to show the Douro Valley from a pure, original and behind the scenes perspective. In other words, we designed the Tour thinking of what is really important to see, to drive through, to visit, to experience, to taste and to learn about it.
Additionally we have made some agreements with our family related winery owners to give us advantage of bringing our guests privately. Finally we have in mind the quantity of knowledge required to participate in this Wine Tour which is very low/moderate. Of course, after the Tour, you will be able to understand more about wine production, wine business and wine tasting. Furthermore you will learn about Port wine, the Douro Valley terroir and it’s traditions.
Our selection of wineries are based in history, quality and being family-owned. Tasting their wines is embracing the all region by feeling its aromas, flavors and complexity.
The Journey to the magical Douro Valley
We start our day very early in Porto city center where we greet all our guests. The meeting point is located in the main square of Porto: Praça da Liberdade 126 – Porto. After meeting everyone we start heading east to Douro Valley wine region in a very comfortable Mercedes Van driving through spectacular roads. During the way you will enjoy some views of the vineyards in the Vinho Verde wine region because we have to cross it until we arrive the Douro. Besides you will also cross one of the biggest mountains in the North of Portugal: Serra do Marão.
As soon as we get the Valley you will immerse in breathtaking views with a lot of terraces built in the hills to support all the vineyards. Since 2001 this wine region is considered as World Heritage Site by Unesco. For this reason, it’s time for a stop in a hidden viewpoint to take wonderful pictures.
Learn about Douro Valley terroir, it’s wines production and get a delicious wine tasting
At this time of the Tour you will know more of history and Douro’s artefacts told by our local guides. So, following this sequence you will have the opportunity to visit a stunning and old winery. Here you will discover more about Douro’s viticulture, winemaking process and wine aging. You will learn about technical specifications of Douro wines and its terroir. Also, you will get the first contact with the very famous Port wine.
The boat trip experience in the heart of Douro Valley
After a delicious wine tasting what comes best after is a very relaxing and enjoyable boat trip. This boat experience is private only for our group because we don’t mix with other companies. Considering we only work with small groups, as you can imagine, the boat trip is very intimate and absolutely amazing! Not only just a boat ride but also we serve a delicious beverage pairing with some local snacks. The boat ride last 1 hour and starts in Pinhão Village and gets eastern direction between wonderful vineyards and wineries. Majority of our guests use to mention this is one of the highlights of the day.
Traditional Portuguese Lunch in a Family-owned Winery included in this Wine Tour
After the boat trip, we get back to the road and we drive by a different scenic route to get the next stop. During the way, we have the opportunity to stop in another viewpoint to take more pictures. Additionally, at this moment, we provide extra information about the terroir and all the characteristics of the terraces in Douro. Then we drive to another exclusive family-owned winery run by the same family by ages. It’s here where we will enjoy a delicious home cooked Portuguese traditional lunch paired with their wines. The meal is prepared by the family just for our group! Yes, you read that, JUST FOR US! It is a great moment where we celebrate the best of life in a private museum room. Furthermore, it’s the moment when our guests meets the family creating straight away a friendship relation.
We accommodate vegetarians, vegan, food allergies or any other food restrictions. Please mention that in the comments during the booking process.
The lunch it starts with delicious starters and apperetives. Then comes the local soupe like our mom cooks! What a treat… then we go for the main dish which usually is meat or fish (or any accordingly to guest’s food restrictions). Every single dish is paired with the wineries wine. The lunch ends with a portuguese dessert also pairing with fortified wine. Obviously after the meal we take the opportunity to visit their charming building and the vineyard.
What’s our commitment for our product Douro Valley Wine Tour?
Without a doubt we are conscious that our Douro Valley Wine Tour is something that you can’t make in your own. In conclusion, we are focus in exclusivity, quality and out of the beaten track. You have our promise that we are providing something special and uncomparable.
What guests are reviewing about our Douro Valley Tour
Please find here some reviews about this Wine Tour:
Resume of the activities
- – Tour starts in Porto (estimated departing time: 08:30am)
- – Stop in a viewpoint in Douro Valley
- – Visit the 1st winery
- – 1 hour private boat trip
- – Stop in another viewpoint in Douro Valley
- – Visit the 2nd winery with lunch included
- – Walk in the vineyard
- – Back to Porto (estimated arrival time: 06:00pm)
Not only this shared Tour but also is possible to enjoy in private mode. Please click here for more info or contact us if you have any questions or any doubts.
We belive The Douro Valley is undoubtedly one of the most scenic wine regions in the world. Come to feel it and to live it. Join us for one of the best Douro Valley Wine Tour in Portugal.
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DeparturePraça da Liberdade 126 - Porto
Departure Time8:30 AM
Return TimeApproximately 6:00 PM
Dress CodeComfortable clothes and shoes for small walks. We recommend to bring very warm clothes from November to April. Sunscreen during the summer is needed.
IncludeWine TastingFood TastingBoat TripLunchDrinksTransportationEntry FeesPersonal Guide
Meeting point - Praça da Liberdade 126 in Porto
Stop in a viewpoint for pictures
First Vineyard / Winery
Private Boat Trip
Second Vineyard / Winery
Delicious Portuguese Lunch
Back to Porto
The Douro Valley could as easily be called the enchanted Valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer.
This outing was the highlight of 6 days inPorto. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking. No wonder this is a UNESCO world heritage site. The visit to the port lodge was great – very informative. It was good to be able to walk among the vines. Lunch was excellent. The boat tour was lovely. Bruno was a wonderful host. This tour has our highest recommendation.
Very nice tour. I am glad that we did not go to very large commercial vineyards. The boat ride was the highlight. Beautiful day! The drive was a bit intense. Be prepared if you get car sick.
Such a wonderful day! Ricardo and Jose were the two guides for our tour. Their love of the Douro was palpable, and they were both warm and friendly. The experiences they provided are intimate and you feel like you are getting first class treatment throughout the day.
Ricardo and Jose were amazing hosts – funny, knowledgeable and prompt. We booked this last minute and are very happy to have done so as this experience was fantastic. Would recommend this tour to family and friends.
We loved our experience touring the Douro valley with Ricardo and Jose! The combination of activities was great – the timing of the events didn’t feel rushed and I reeeeeally liked the group atmosphere that was instilled. Our group was a nice size, and that was a highlight! Jose was our driver and he conveyed so much enthusiasm. Definitely recommend strongly!
This was my first time booking an experience through AirBnB, so I was trying to keep my expectations reasonable. This day trip exceeded anything I could have imagined. Our host, Jose, was awesome, super charming and informative. The weather being absolutely perfect certainly helped, but this is an absolute must regardless if you have a few days in Porto. Could not have been happier. I’d give it 6 out of 5 stars if I could.
Absolutely a spectacular way to experience the Douro valley! This trip would have been essentially impossible to create on our own, and truly a unique view into the wine making culture/history of Portugal. Our guide, Jose, was charming, kind, knowledgeable and overall the perfect “host” for a day! He really added to the overall quality of our trip. I especially appreciated the genuinely amicable relationship between the tour company and the sites we visited- it was refreshing to know we were supporting local business while taking in the treasures of the Douro valley. Overall, the entire tour was timely, engaging, and an excellent use of our time. Would highly recommend as a comprehensive experience of the Douro valley if you only have one day to explore.
This was an amazing experience and a great value. It was well organized and filled with great information shared by passionate people. Everyone went above and beyond, from the food to the little extras like souvenir bottles of Port.
This was,a,truly unique experience to get to see the Douro Valley, taste great wines, and understand more about the culture of the region. Our hosts and guides at every step were outstanding, and taught me new things at every step. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I recommend it to those wanting a small group, thoughtful experience
As all of the reviews have mentioned it’s completely worth your time and money. I will have this memory forever. Ricardo truly made us feel comfortable and welcome and it was a lovely little group. My suggestions are to dress warm and eat a little breakfast before you go. We were so full from lunch we did not even eat dinner.
We travel a lot, and we love local experiences! Ricardo, Jose and Bruno have created an exceptional Douro Tour! It’s money well spent! Every moment of the day exceptional! From the beautiful Mercedes Van, to the beautiful wine tours! The day is perfectly planned w viewing stops, snacks and breaks! Of course they’ve chosen exceptional family wineries to experience too! The boat tour is not to be missed! I was In Pinhao in 2003, and today in 2019, on a cloudy, rainy, 10 degree day it was still a fun experience! After that we enjoyed lunch in a private home with exceptional food & wine! In summary, our tour withT Ricardo was the reason you leave home and fly half way round the world to experience someone elses home! We cannot recommend the tour highly enough – it’s an amazing day out!!
What an absolutely incredible experience this was – I wish I could give 6 stars! We spent most of our time with Ricardo, who was extremely knowledgeable and passionate not only about the Douro Valley and its rich wine history but about Portugal history in general. We learned so much, tasted great wine & port, and spent the day in such a unique and beautiful place. The lunch was also so special, intimate, and delicious! This wasn’t something we could have done on our own, and was the highlight of our weeklong trip to Portugal. I cannot recommend it enough!!
This was a great experience! José was a great host, always smiling and very enthusiastic! You could see he was very passionate about wine and the Douro region. I would recommend this tour to anyone who would like to go to the Douro Valley and go explore some of the less touristy spots of the region. It had been on my bucket list for many years and I wasn’t disappointed! Thanks José for everything!
We had a super fun day wine tasting in the Douro Valley. Our guides Ricardo and Jose were knowledgeable and fun to spend the day with. They took us to very unique places with fabulous wine, delicious food and a relaxing boat ride on the river. I would not hesitate to go back on this day trip the next time I visit Porto.
This was a great experience that we would definitely recommend to others. It’s a day full of history, great views, tasty wine, and wonderful hospitality.
Highly recommend this tour! Jose was an amazing host that shared his passion and knowledge about Portugal, the Douro Valley and its wines. It was a curated experience that took us to some fine wineries and a home cooked meal inside a local family’s estate. A wonderful way to complete your trip Porto!
Great day out, very special experience being in a small group, all activities were excellent. All very professional and had a caring approach with everyone.
If you are in Porto, I would definitely recommend going to Duoro Valley. It was such a unique experience to go to a place that has so much history. The landscape is spectacular and the wine, even better. The pick up location was easy to find and the drive took about an hour. Our driver was very knowledgable about Porto and was giving us a brief history lesson during the drive to Duoro. Unfortunately, it was raining so we couldn’t do the boat ride, but nonetheless the trip was well planned and my friend and I enjoyed it a a lot!
I quite enjoyed the day trip to Porto with Bruno and Jose! It was a really fun trip around the Valley, and I had a great time tasting different wines and meals throughout the trip. I would recommend not going alone as the experience will vary depending on who you will be grouped with. In my case, I ended being the only English speaker in a Portoguese-speaking group – this made it a bit hard for me to follow along. I think it’s something to be mindful of given that the tour groups will be split up and not everyone will go on the same route. That being said, Bruno was very aware of the situation and did his best to accommodate given the circumstances, which I appreciated. Beyond that, it’s well worth the effort to take this trip and explore the Valley! I’ll certainly do it again with a group the next time I’m around.
A wonderful day. We spit into smaller groups, so it was 7 of us with Bruno. He and Ricardo made us feel very welcome from the start. Great energy. A super day!
Jose was a wonderful guide! He was very genuine, great personality, and answered all our questions! This trip was a highlight on our vacation in Portugal! We loved the wineries, the authentic Portuguese lunch, and the sailing tour! Highly Recommend!
Great experience with Jose. He was very open, and was constantly actively working to fulfill every demand that was asked. He also took care of the group dynamic which was very pleasent. An experience that was worth the higher price than average. You’ll be surprised by the extra’s.
I HIGHLY recommend this experience!! I had the pleasure of following Jose through Douro Valley. His energy, knowledge, and passion made this intimate experience incredible. Our small group enjoyed many laughs together while tasting several different wines and ports. My favorite part was having lunch at Casa Do Bucheiro and getting to meet the family running the winery. If you’re looking for a fun, informative tour of the Douro Valley from Porto – this is the tour for you!
So nice, really a highlight of our trip. Getting out of the cities was amazing and I’m so glad I did it with these guys
We had a great day at Douro Valley for the wine tour with Bruno and Jose. Everything went perfectly smooth. A lot of information was shared. The Douro Valley is so spectacular and the Tour is well organized. Wine was good, Port was good and the food was awesome. We had a great time and highly recommend.
Ricardo lead such a wonderful experience through the beautiful Douro Valley. He also was very patient with me while I practiced my Portuguese! The trip provides a fun way to learn about the history and culture of the area, as well as eat and drink delicious food and wine. We loved that we went places that you could never find or go to on your own. Highly, highly recommend!!!!
Bruno provided our group of 7 with an outstanding and memorable day trip to the gorgeous Douro Valley. From beginning to end it was perfect. Bruno made us feel welcome and it is obvious he has extensive knowledge of the area & loves his work! The tour car is safe and comfortable, the port tour & tasting, boat trip and local restaurant lunch is something we couldn’t have organized on our own without a lot of pre-planning. Highly recommend!
Hello Future quest as a 77 year old quest of Bruno… He was very helpful…I have traveled a lot in my later years…THIS ADVENTURE MUST BE PUT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST… it’s truly a day I won’t forge (Website hidden by Airbnb) I’m the daughter of the 77 year old above… Spending that day with my mom was very special…Bruno is a Fantastic Man … All the way from dealing with Ricardo with The reservation to The End…if you miss this day with these men and their adventure …. You will have missed out… The Views are fantastic … The Wineries are Fabulous …Not to mention Lunch … Over the top … Thank You Bruno and Ricardo .. Fondly, Cindy Lee
This adventure feels really special thanks to the chemistry of the hosts with their winery contacts as well as with the guests on the tour. The small groups in the van make it a more intimate experience and allows the guests to get to know one another and leave as friends at the end of the day. Each stop was perfectly timed. The winemakers were engaging and passionate about their product without ever feeling like you were getting a sales pitch. Perhaps I’m jaded from my tours at home when you leave a winery feeling like you are expected to purchase something. On this tour I never felt that pressure or expectation. It was more like a friend sharing their passion for their wine. Our hosts on the boat ride were equally engaging, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Douro River area. Despite the drizzle we had an awesome time. Lunch was a fantastic experience also…from the beautiful home to the taste of the food and wine. Our hosts engaged all the guests in conversation and made it feel like we were at a dinner party in their home. This tour had come highly recommended from a friend who had done it a few months ago so I hoped it would live up to my expectations and it actually exceeded them. The key to the event is the hosts and the way they encourage a sense of community among everyone involved in the tour.
Nothing stands out about a place to me more than when I get to meet people who truly love it and are proud to share it with others. While we didn’t get to meet Ricardo, our guides Jose and Bruno (as well as the hosts where we visited) are truly passionate about Portugal, the Duoro Valley and wine! It was a lovely day and we enjoyed every bit. The meal, wine and boat were especially great, along with super safe driving and really comfortable vans. Highly recommend!
It was brilliant experience for me and my girlfriend. Ricardo has treated about us very well. He took care about our comfort many times during the tour. His knowledge about vine and history of region was very high. Scenery looked great from the boat. Vine and food were delicious. Thanks to him and small group of participants it was unforgettable and exclusive experience. Highly recommended!
This is THE tour to choose if you want to experience the Douro Valley! Ricardo was an absolutely incredible host and so knowledgeable about the region and its wines. He was extremely kind, engaging and charismatic. This tour was well thought out and executed! You will taste amazing wines on this trip. In addition, this experience boasts the unique opportunity to eat a home cooked Portuguese meal by a winery owner! Food and drink were plentiful and delicious. This is truly a unique and once in a lifetime tour and the small groups (7 people max) made the tour feel intimate and private. Look no further for your Douro Valley adventure!!!
We had an excellent time in the Douro Valley with Bruno as our guide and enjoyed meeting Ricardo as well. Bruno was very personable and knowledgable about the region and the food/ wine we sampled. There was plenty of port and wines to enjoy throughout the day. I felt that I learned a lot during the tour, and really enjoyed my time. Believe all of these positive reviews, they are so true! This is a tour that you will not regret taking!
We just finished our wine tour on Easter Sunday. It was a lovely day out. The weather was perfect, our guide was friendly, genuine and knowledgeable, the boat tour was scenic and relaxing and the wineries we visited were welcoming and interesting. The second winery with the home cooked lunch was particularly great! Do this tour. You won’t regret it. Thanks, guys!
We spent an amazing day with Bruno. During the day he entertained us with many historical facts and storys from the Douro region. The two winery visits, the tastings and also the delicious lunch were extraordinary. We had a lot of fun and can highly recommend this professionally organized trip!
We took the Douro Valley tour with Bruno, it was fantastic from the start of the tour until the end, Bruno kept us informed about the sights we were seeing along the way and coordinated the access to some great smaller wineries that did not seem to be hosting large groups of tourists, the lunch prepared at one of the wineries was fantastic and Bruno helped see everyone was well taken care off. This tour is well worth the time and money!
Ricardo and Bruno were great. It was evident that they wanted each guest to have an enjoyable experience. Communication before and the meet up were very easy. The tour was full with 14 pax, but they split in into two groups for most of the tour. The trek out to the Douro Valley was a bit long, but with beautiful scenery. The history of Portugal and Douro wines was provided along the way. I have to say the first winery fell below expectations. The wine was mediocre and the winery representative just seemed to go through the motions of a tour and tasting. As someone that has done several wine tours, I did not find it unique. The next winery was far better both in quality of wine and service. We had the winery to ourselves and were served a multi-course, home cooked lunch with wine pairings. The winery itself was centuries old and Ricardo provided the tour and history. Next, we had a boat tour on the Douro River. It was raining at the time, so we were offered the option of taking the tour or visiting a third winery. We decided to go with the boat as a group and I am glad we did. I really appreciated being provided with options. The boat ride was beautiful and relaxing The captains provided more history of the region while we sipped port and snacked. After the trip back, we were sent a great list of recommendations for the rest of our Porto stay. Overall, it was a great day. Bruno and Ricardo truly have the heart of hospitality. I would certainly recommend this tour for individuals wishing to visit the Douro Valley.
We really enjoyed our Douro Valley experience with Jose. The whole day was flawless and well-planned. The two wineries we visited were unique and intimate, which created a cool vibe that you couldn’t get this experience elsewhere. I’d highly recommend this tour to my friends and family who visit Porto!
Amazing time on this tour! Jose and his partners were such nice hosts and everything was amazing ! Definitely one of the best highlights from my trip to Europe.
Ricardo was a fantastic, knowledgeable, friendly host. The tour was really something special. I can’t recommend it enough, my friends and I would give it six stars if we could!
Absolutely amazing experience. The best day we had in Portugal. Highly recommend.