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Douro Valley Historical Tour with Lunch, Winery Visit with Tastings and Panoramic Cruise

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    What to Expect
    Start your tour around 08h30 am and explore the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site because wine has been produced here by traditional landholders in the for some 2,000 years. The oldest demarcated region of the world where outstanding wines, including Port Wine are produced.

    You will be picked up from the meeting point or picked you up from you hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia (if option selected) and drive through the Douro Valley to Galafura, a small village in the heart of the Douro Valley.

    Our first stop is in Amarante. This city becomes very important in history after S. Gonçalo´s arrival (1187-1259) - one of the most renowned saints in the cristian 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 its beautiful bridge and Historical Center.

    Continue this trip to Galafura, the next stop! Galafura is a small village near Peso da Régua.

    On the way stop to see The Miradouro de São Leonardo de Galafura near Covelinhas, parish of Galafura. From the top of its 640 meters high you have a privileged view over the river Douro and the surrounding landscape. This is one of the highlights of your day! Make sure you take your camera and don´t miss anything!

    You will also find here a geodesic landmark as this is the highest place in the area.

    After all the contemplation it´s time for a fantastic lunch in a family owned restaurant where food is homemade and drinks during lunch are also included.

    The tour continues to Pinhão one of the most beautiful and charming villages of this region. Stop for a scenic relaxing cruise (an hour panoramic cruise). The views to the vineyards offered are just gorgeous! Enjoy! 

    End your day with a fantastic visit to a local wine estate (we usually visit a renowned brand), where you will have the opportunity to also taste wine and learn a lot about how the precious Port Wine is grown. 

    The tour ends in Porto 6:30pm.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    • Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia (city centre hotels) - when hotel pick up and drop off included option
    • Tourist Service: Living Tours (Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 350 - 4050-418 Porto) - next to São Bento train station - when tour only option 
    Departure Time
    8:20 AM
    Duration
    9h
    Return Details
    • Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Amarante: probably had its origin in the primitive peoples who inhabited the mountain range of Aboboreira (inhabited since the Stone Age). It began to get importance after the arrival of Saint "Gonçalo" (1187-1259), who settled here after a pilgrimage through Rome and Jerusalem
    • São Leonardo de Galafura viewpoint: unique views to the Unesco World Heritage landscape (2001)
    • Full Lunch included: home made food (panoramic restaurant)
    • Panoramic cruise at Pinhão: the heart of the main Port Wine production with unique views to the vineyards
    • Wine estate: Guided visit and wine tasting (into one of the most special Port wine brands) - 3 wine tastings included
    • Drive through national street N222: considered once the most beautiful and best of the world and links Peso da Régua to Alijó along the river Douro with the nature and the colours of a majestic landscape
    • Guide for the entire trip
    • Transport by private vehicle for the entire group
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) - for the tour option of 95 euro per person ONLY
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Personal Expenses
    • Hotel Pick up and drop off not included for TOUR ONLY option
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • The cruise is under the responsibility of the cruise operator (subject to weather and navigation conditions)
    • Usually our tours run in one language but there are cases of one extras language or more.
    • Tour runs in small groups between 8 and 30 people
    • Duration: the hours of duration are approximate hours, The Tour is subject to local traffic, visit schedules, etc
    • Pick up: Free of charge in central Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia hotels for the option with pick up and drop off included. For private and other types of accommodation the meeting point is at LIVING TOURS PORTO (Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 352/354 Porto) - next to São Bento train station, Porto
    • All tours depart from Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia
    • The services included in the tours/wine estate visits, restaurants, etc) are subject to 3rd party availability and may change without prior notice
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    Lovely day exploring the beautiful valley. Very knowledgeable guide who o erase the trip. Lovely lunch, Port tour and river cruise.a great was to see Valley.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank 347carolk
    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    A really great day out with a big mix of things to do and see . Amazing views of Douro valley with a great lunch . Port tasting and tour was informative.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Wanderer292636
    Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

    Tour itinerary was not bad but arrangement was chaotic. The pick up time was advised as 8:20 but the actual pick up did not actually happen until 8:40 with almost no information from staff, nor did the guide explain or apologise for the late pick...More

    Thank kevinyhli
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    A visit to Douro is a must when in Porto. There are many options so book in advance. This tour is with a mini bus round trip which allows you to stop at a scenic spot to see the Douro river from up high; something...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank 757triciap
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We really enjoyed the day touring the Douro Valley. The excursion does pick up downtown as well as some of the local hotels. Our guide provided a wealth of historical knowledge as well as providing information about the villages and surrounding area. The bus trip...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Liz C
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    Katechi13
    28 September 2019|
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    Response from RebeccaS744 |
    Don’t believe you can. I’d look for a wine tour that includes kayaking clearly. This one only had the boat option and it was just okay. Kayaking would be way better!
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    Lori D
    26 September 2019|
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    Response from jemacdonell | Reviewed this property |
    Yes. I don’t recollect what exactly it was.
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    Lauren P
    15 April 2019|
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    Response from johnQ1330BJ | Reviewed this property |
    The trip I did did not visit the station, but I think there are others that do.
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