8 Hours
Duração
Oporto
Localização

Douro Valley Tour, the sublimed Douro. The prodigy of a landscape….It’s not about the panorama before our eyes, it’s simple an excess of nature… a geological poeme. It’s absolute beauty.”, this how Miguel Torga – one of the greatest twentieth century portuguese poets – describes the Douro Valley.

Nº People 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Total Price 240€ 260€ 290€ 320€ 350€ 370€ 400€
PLACE OF DEPARTURE Hotel/Apartment, Oporto
TIME OF DEPARTURE 9:00 AM
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:00 PM in the afternoon.
INCLUDED
Accredited and exclusive guide Free Waters
Visit and wine tasting in a winery Free Wifi
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Entrance Fees

Alto Douro Vinhateiro is known as the oldest demarcated wine region in the world where the Douro River did its “work” digging deep valleys in the earth, while the schist mountains were transformed by the man who planted the vineyard, green in the summer, fire color in autumn.

A wisdom inherited from many generations, tilting the terraces so that the rays of sun embrace the vines and give the grapes the warmth that the wine needs, making this territory and especially its wines known all over the world.

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Amarante

Marao, the name of the mountain range that will takes us to Amarante, our first stop will be in Amarante where we can pray to a well-known matchmaker saint, Sao Gonçalo de Amarante.

In Amarante historical center, will witness several examples of Romanesque architecture and middle age buildings, along the Saint Goncalo bridge you can enjoy some of the most touristic points of the city such as the Saint Goncalo Church and Convent, the Amadeu de Souza-Cardoso Museum as well as the XVIII century bridge that joins the banks of the Tamega river, the largest tributary of the Douro river.

On the weekends everywhere we see vendors selling the Saint Gonçalo local sweets with a phallic appearance, causing curiosity and laughter, even the name of this “weird” local sweet makes people laugh… they are popularly called “quilhõezinhos de S. Gonçalo”. Theres a long tradition in Amarante that says that in saint Gonçalo celebrations (June), young people offer those sweets to the girls they want to conquer.

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Vila Real

Then our Douro Valley Tour will take us to the Mateus Palace in Vila Real, and admire one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Portugal, with its gardens and history.

In this Palace or Manor was “created” the famous Mateus Rose wine, known worldwide as the rose wine or even, by the shape of the bottle, a mansion of Baroque architecture built in the XVIII century by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, undoubtedly one of the most elegant mansions in Europe in this period, one of the biggest attractions a fantasist garden, with formations and rows of hedges, carved statues and a harmonious cypress side walk.

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Casal de Loivos - View

 Now it´s time stop in Casal de Loivos and admire a breathtaking view, between mountains and valleys designed by man in tune with nature considered by many the best view in all of the Douro Valley.

Next we visit the Pinhao train station where the 24 tile panels show us the old artisanal way of winemaking in this region World heritage Site by UNESCO since 2001, being the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, established in the 10th of September of 1756 by the Portuguese Prime Minister at the time, Mr. Marquis de Pombal.

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Optional Boat Ride

Here you will be given the option to take a boat tour on board of a Rabelo boat (name of the old boats that carried the wine casks down the river to the wine cellars in Gaia).

Navigating the calm waters of the Douro River admiring the magnificent landscapes carved by some Master of the Renascence is indeed a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Visit and Tasting

And now the reason that brought us to the Douro Valley, a visit and degustation in a Quinta ( a winemaker ), where we will make you understand whole process, from cultivation, pruning, harvesting, to the long-awaited final product of, the wine, surely at the end all will have the same opinion, how difficult it is to produce wine in this beautiful region.

The choice of the winery will be exclusively from Walkborder, in case you wish to visit a specific winery, the change can be done according with the schedule, but in this the payment will be done by the costumer.

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Return to Oporto

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
16 August, 2017

“Unforgettable private tour with Mr Jorge”

Unforgettable private tour in Portugal shown to us by our fun loving and knowledgeable guide, Mr Jorge. He was very helpful, professional, down to earth and will always try his best to an extra mile to make your trip as comfortable and pleasant as possible. No complaints about his service, programmes and the transport and our overall trip with him for almost two weeks was smooth sailing and very educational. We brought back home with us fond and priceless memories of Portugal. Mr Jorge is like a walking dictionary when it comes to the history of Portugal. Thank you Mr Jorge for taking care of us in Portugal. We hope you will always be in the very best of health to keep continuing what you love doing in your passion by making Portugal proud and the best place to visit. Till we meet again Sir… Obrigada..!!

22 September, 2017

The tour was very good. Joaquim is very attentive and pleasant. He made a point of presenting us with all the good that was on the way and told us a lot about the history of Portugal. We will certainly combine other scripts. We highly recommend it!

27 September, 2018

We did the Douro Valley Tour in 3 couples.
It was great!
Amarante is beautiful, it looks like a movie set.
The house of Matthew with its gardens is stunning!
In Pinhão, we had lunch and then we went to a farm, reserved by the guide.
We were very well received and guided, in the end had tastings with a lovely view to the valley!
The Pinhão station is small, but beautiful with the tiles showing the vintage.
Our guide was very friendly and helpful with plenty of knowledge of the stories and pecularities of the places visited

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