Discover the Douro Valley (first region to be officially demarcated, in 1756!) with our Douro Valley Tour: take a day to visit the terraced vineyards along the banks of the Douro River, enjoy their wines, discover beautiful towns and take a boat ride.
This tour will take you to wineries for a visit and tasting and also to the small towns and villages who have become such an integral part of the scenery, from medieval bridges and renaissance churches to manor houses overlooking the vineyards and the river. Visit towns like Amarante—a medieval village by Tamega river and birthplace of San Gonçalo, Portugal’s version of St. Valentine, and Lamego – one of the first and most important towns in the region with an unforgettable church.
Highlights of our Douro Valley Tour: Wine Region and Boat Ride
Some of the highlights of the trip are:
Rabelo Boat Ride Tour
Enjoy a private one-hour boat ride in a Rabelo, the classic Portuguese river boats that were used to move passengers and cargo along the river for centuries.
The Douro Valley Towns along the route
Some of the sites and towns you can visit are:
- Visit the towns of Pinhao and Regua, traditional villages along the region.
- Stop on the way back at the birthplace of Portugal, Guimaraes, with its 12th century castle and soak up the atmosphere in one of Portugal’s truly magical spots.
- The Bridge of San Gonçalo, a medieval bridge over the Tamega river leading into the city.
- San Gonçalo Monastery, a 16th century Barroque building where people come in search of true love
- Our Lady of Remedies Church and Staircase in Lamego, one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring complexes in all of Portugal.
Winery visits and wine tastings
Winery visit with tasting to discover the “other” red wines of the region at a spectacular winery along the river.