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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.
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Overview

Go wine tasting amid the vineyard-clad hills of the Douro Valley, a World Heritage–listed region famous for its port wine production. Feast on regional specialties with a traditional lunch in the scenic village of Pinhão and visit two wine estates for an introduction to award-winning local varietals. Upgrade your full-day tour from Porto with a sightseeing boat cruise on the Douro River. This small-group tour is limited to eight people for personalized attention from the guide.
  • Full-day Douro Valley tour from Porto with an expert guide
  • Enjoy a lunch of typical Douro cuisine at a renowned local restaurant
  • Visit two traditional wine estates in the heart of the valley for wine-tasting sessions
  • Learn about the history, culture and people of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro region
  • Upgrade to include a Douro River boat tour with scenic valley views
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a more personalized experience
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Professional guide
Wine and port tastings
Hotel pickup
River boat cruise (if option selected)
Lunch
Drop off at two drop off points (Trindade Station & Bolsa Palace)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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8:30 AM
Your centrally located Porto hotel
Depart from Porto in the morning after pickup from your hotel and get comfortable aboard your minivan for the scenic drive inland.

Then continue on to Pinhão and admire the scenery with free time to explore the lovely village independently. Perhaps stroll to the Pinhão train station to view its blue-and-white tile murals depicting the scenic countryside and swathes of vineyards that make up the Douro landscape.

If you’ve upgraded your full-day tour to include a Douro River cruise, hop aboard a boat for a leisurely ride. Meander up the Tua River tributary and pass by Quinta da Romaneira before returning back to Pinhão.

Either before or after your cruise (if you've upgraded), pop into one of the wineries on the agenda for the day before lunch. 

After a traditional lunch of typical Douro cuisine accompanied by wine at a renowned restaurant, your guide takes your small group to another family-run estate where you discover local winemaking and enjoy a tasting session of award-winning ports and wines.

Stop by the shop to make any purchases before departing the Douro Valley for the relaxing return drive to Porto, arriving at your hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pinhao Railway Station
You will visit Pinhão train station and it's famous tile panels that portrait the landscapes and life in the Douro Valley. Your guide will happily explain to you the meaning and scenes portrait on the panels.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casal de Loivos Viewpoint
Considered one of the most beautiful view points on the Douro, from here you can admire the river peacefully flowing while downhill you watch the village of Pinhão being embrace by the river that gave life to the village has a meeting point to board on the old times the barrels that carried the Port wine to it's aging place in Gaia.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Douro Valley
The Douro Valley is a magical place where man overcome nature to create an amazing landscape where hills are covered by vines that produce a wine recognized worldwide "the Port". His a wine region like no other in the world, the wine is produced in the hill sloops where the cooperation of men hard work and nature allowed the creation of this "reino maravilhoso" (marvelous kingdow) has the poet Miguel Torga described it.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Douro River
If you wish you can upgrade your tour with an optional 50m boat cruise on the Douro River that will allow you to admire the landscape from a different perspective. Going upstream from the village of Pinhão admire the river banks covered by vines and bordered by wine estates of some of the most know Port wine brands, before starting going back to Pinhão.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for infants
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Cooltours (Oporto)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How can I let you know where to pick me up?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels in Porto. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
What do we need to wear?
A:Please wear comformatble clothes.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "The road is quite winded so if you get car sick, I recommend taking some anti-nausea medicine potentially." See review
  • "This day trip is a must if you're in the Porto area." See review

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star-5
Can’t find a better tour than this
Kinga_S
, Jun 2022
What an amazing experience! I’ve already recommended it to so many people. João is just an incredible tour guide. He knew so much about Portugal’s history and was extremely personable and you could tell everyone on the tour enjoyed their time thanks to him. João also recommended food spots in Porto for the group and I checked one of them out and it was delicious. It was a very intimate tour with only 7 people which I really enjoyed. We all got to know each other and could ask questions easily. The wines were delicious. Everyone was super friendly. The valley is beyond beautiful. The boat ride was also very fun. 11/10 stars
star-5
Wonder Wine Tour
Andra_D
, Jun 2022
We had a fabulous time on our Duoro Valley Excusion. Our guide, Alex, spoke English perfectly and share a wealth of knowledge about the wine. He took us to two wineries that were not tourist traps but that had tasty wines/port. Our lunch spot was very lovely with a 3 course meal of delicious food. The river cruise was scenic and peaceful, though the boat had a full load of pasengers. We were there in mid June and it was unseasonably HOT! We highly recommend this tour to all.
star-5
Great trip to Douro Valley and wine testing!
Anna_W
, Jun 2022
Great tour with our guide Ricardo! Beautiful scenery and story of how Porto wines are made at Douro valley. Ricardo picked us up and dropped us off at out hotel. We learned so much and had lots of fun! I highly recommend the tours and Ricardo! Great time!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
No whining here!
Kim_A
, Jun 2022
Great tour to the Duoro Valley with a personable guide. The two vineyards that we toured were beautiful and their staffs very welcoming and knowledgeable. The guided Duoro River boat ride through the scenic valley was informative and relaxing and our lunch stop with traditional Portuguese fair was delightful.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Kim! Thank you very much for taking time to review Cooltour Oporto and our guide, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide wonderful experiences to those who visit us. Everyday we try to improve in order to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great time with us and our service fulfilled your expectations. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Best wine tour ever
Don_G
, Jun 2022
What an amazing tour! The vineyards are maintained on what seem like mountains. The views, the stops and the tour guide were all outstanding. Ask for Philipe to spend your day with.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Don, First of all, thank you for your kind review! We always try to provide you unforgettable experience, with the beautiful landscapes, the wine and food and specially with our guide Filipe. This is the reason why we feel so happy to read through your words and realize that this mission was accomplished. Best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Maria is the best
Wolfgang_W
, Jun 2022
I have always wanted to visit the Douro region and our tour did not disappoint . Maria is the very best guide, storyteller ,historian and passionate local educator you could have for this tour . She explained the area, itinerary and history throughout the tour and even gave us an in-depth knowledge of the Port making process which is usually done by the individual properties . This makes it a much more memorable and informative experience . We had a boat ride which was very simple and nice up the river instead of the town visit which was appreciated as it was very hot and the steep terrain would have been difficult to navigate . Maria was a very confident and sure driver and we all felt very safe in navigating the narrow and winding streets and roads. The two properties we visited each had their merits. The lunch with the wine tasting was nice and allowed us to meet and get to know our fellow travellers . The port wine tasting though was an excellent experience from start to finish . We learned about the history of the winery , got to taste 5 ports and then purchased an additional one to taste at our table . We all ended up buying some because the taste and complexity and of course the price were outstanding . We also got to meet the head wine maker ( large family operation) and ask her questions . We were safely delivered back to our hotels with wine and many happy memories. Thank you so much Maria for making our trip fantastic . Maria is a true standout in guides as she has the combination of knowledge, compassion and love for her country which adds great intrinsic value to a tour !
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello! Thank you very much for taking time to review Cooltour Oporto and our guide Maria, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide wonderful experiences to those who visit us. Everyday we try to improve in order to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great time with us and our service fulfilled your expectations. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous
Kim_D
, Jun 2022
Knowledgeable guide, phenomenal views, great tour!! First winery was wonderful. Very friendly staff, great wine AND olive oil.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, Many thanks for such kind comments - we are really happy to know that you have had a great day with Cooltour! We hope for your return for more cool tours! Our best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
BEST EXPERIENCE OF OUR TRIP
Emily_P
, Jun 2022
We loved our wine your experience! We loved the itinerary, the boat ride was incredible and the winery’s they picked are to die for. Loved it!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Kirsten, First of all, thank you for your kind review! We always try to provide you unforgettable experience, with the beautiful landscapes, the wine and food and specially with our guide. This is the reason why we feel so happy to read through your words and realize that this mission was accomplished. Best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-1
Winery Experience was lovely BUT Driver Late/Drive too fast
Therese_M
, Jun 2022
The wine tour portion was the best part of the day - the tour guide seemed knowledgeable at the wineries - However, the tour guide was late/appeared to have just gotten out of the shower when he picked us up. He Drove excessively fast and over the speed limit to make up time. We Asked a few times to slow down since we had kids in the car. He did not. The roads were also quite windy and very steep so very nerve racking to go at a higher speed. They also did the boat tour first / maybe due to weather but we did not get to walk around Pinhoa. The driver did not talk the 1.5 hrs there and back. Only at the wineries. We expected to get an overview on the way. The tour was to be 10 hrs - ours seem to be cut short by 2. It’s a beautiful region and wineries were lovely but the drivers lateness and subsequently unsafe driving (in our Minds) took away from the experience.
star-5
Our tour was great!...
Nicole_R
, Jun 2022
Our tour was great! Jorge, our guide was kind, friendly, and informative! The views along the ride as well as the stops are worth it! I would highly recommend this tour, and Jorge himself!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, Many thanks for such kind comments - we are really happy to know that you have had a great day with Cooltour and our guide Jorge! We hope for your return for more cool tours! Our best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
A must see and do
Suzanne_L
, Jun 2022
Thank you Maria, It was a superb day. Brilliant all round …. every experience was super special . You are a 6 star guide Many many thanks Sue and Michael
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello! Thank you very much for taking time to review Cooltour Oporto and our guide Maria, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide wonderful experiences to those who visit us. Everyday we try to improve in order to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great time with us and our service fulfilled your expectations. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Fun Tour!
Katelynn_T
, Jun 2022
We had the best time yesterday. Our guide, Gorge (hope I spellled it right!) was the best. Super friendly, made the day fun, and good stories! Our group was fun and good wine! Definitely a fun day exploring Douro.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, Many thanks for such kind comments - we are really happy to know that you have had a great day with Cooltour and Jorge! We hope for your return for more cool tours! Our best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Joao was AMAZING - the...
Candice_N
, Jun 2022
Joao was AMAZING - the best tour guide we had to date. Clearly loved wine and it’s history and he knew a lot about the Douro Valley and Porto. He was so energetic and sociable. His explanations were amazing and he was overall super fun The Douro Valley itself is so beautiful and worth the trip out. The wineries we went to were delicious and so scenic! Lots of wine and food! Highly highly recommend this trip and try to get Joao as your guide!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi, Thank you very much for your kind words! The Douro itself is a privileged area to visit, with excellent wines, food prepared with love and some of the most genuine and authentic people of Portugal. When all of this is accompanied by a guide like João, who is a true lover of the Douro region and our country, the experience becomes more authentic. We hope you can visit us again. Regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Beautiful day!
Jasa_R
, Jun 2022
Juan was the best tour guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and funny. The timing was perfect and visiting family-owner wineries instead of larger factories made it even more special.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, Many thanks for such kind comments - we are really happy to know that you have had a great day with Cooltour! We hope for your return for more cool tours! Our best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Beautiful day in Douro
Angline_C
, Jun 2022
We had a beautiful day in Douro! We learned a lot about port wine and saw beautiful views. Our guide Pedro was amazing! We really recommand this activity.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Angline, First of all let me thank you for taking time to review your experience with us, as we only manage to improve by having feedback from our travelers. We are so glad to read you had a beautiful day. Hope to see you back in Portugal! Best regards. María Sánchez Communication Department
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
My tour was amazing and...
Ryan_S
, Jun 2022
My tour was amazing and the guide Sergio made our trip very fun and relaxed. I liked that they offered to pick me up from my hotel rather than a central meeting point
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi, Thank you so much for your review! What a joy to know that your day with Cooltour and our guide Sérgio was special, we are delighted to know that you find this tour a must! All our best wishes to you! María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Great guide and wonderful day in a spectacular location.
Eric_Y
, Jun 2022
Hard to complain about a beautiful day spent on the Douro River, eating cured meats and cheeses, tasting locally bottled whites, reds, and Ports. The Douro Valley is everything it’s advertised to be - picturesque, terraced vineyards, with wonderful vintages. But, none of that means anything without a great guide to lead the way and contextualize the process, the history, and the importance of the locality to the ethos of the Portuguese people. Our guide, Alex, was everything you’d want in a tour guide. He was from the area and even had experience picking grapes, mashing grapes, and bottling his own vintage. He was knowledgeable and able to speak to what distinguishes Port, generally, and the Douro Valley, specifically, from its peers in the winemaking world. This tour was great. And, Alex made the experience that much better.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Eric, Thank you very much for taking time to review us and our guide Alex, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide you wonderful experiences in our country. Our job is to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great day out with us. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Magical Day in Port Wine Region
Erica_C
, Jun 2022
Imagine feeling like you were visiting a relative who lives in the Duoro Valley. That was our experience with Maria, a native of this beautiful wine region, whose family owns vineyards there. Maria took our small group of 6 on a picturesque drive out to the valley, teaching us about the history and traditions of port wine making. We also learned about vinho verde, which is now my favorite wine! She pointed out important geographical elements of the region while regaling us with stories of stomping grapes as a child. Her enthusiasm and professionalism showed when the vineyard owners we visited met us with open arms. The boat tour is a must-do add-on. It gave us a broad view of the terraced vineyards and allowed us to soak in the beauty of this place. On the happy drive home, after we tried several delicious wines, Maria sang us a fado song that she learned from her grandfather. Maria is clearly doing what she is most passionate about; sharing her knowledge and love of her home with curious and grateful visitors. Highlights include visiting the birthplace of Magellan, seeing the vats where they still stomp grapes by foot, the boat ride, seeing baby olives growing on the trees, climbing inside a giant wine barrel, and taking in the vistas. This was an all-day trip that left us wanting to move to the Duoro Valley.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Erica! Thank you very much for taking time to review Cooltour Oporto and our guide Maria, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide wonderful experiences to those who visit us. Everyday we try to improve in order to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great time with us and our service fulfilled your expectations. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Amazing Experience
Nicole_C
, Jun 2022
Did this tour with my husband and we absolutely loved it ! What beautiful sites to see and the wine is just always delicious. It was so awesome to find they have vegan accommodations for me which is why I gave it 5 stars. I would totally recommend! You learn so much about the process of making wine, I never knew it was so hard! Especially since some of the wine makers still use their feet to stomp grapes.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Nicole! Thank you very much for taking time to review Cooltour Oporto, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide wonderful experiences to those who visit us. Everyday we try to improve in order to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great time with us and our service fulfilled your expectations. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-4
Douro Valley is a must to see!
Amie_M
, Jun 2022
The ambiance of being at the top of the mountain looking down the valley full of grapes, olive trees and oranges along the side of the Douro River. Just be ready that the tour will not pick you up from your hotel as stated in your agreement, nor do they take you back
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Amie, First of all let me thank you for taking time to review your experience with us, as we only manage to improve by having feedback from our travelers. We are so sad to read your opinion about your pick up and drop off. Unfortunately, you accommodation was in a street so narrow where there was no place to park or to stop our van in a way that we respect the security rules in Portugal. For that reason, we asked you if you do not mind to meet us two minutes away by feet from your accommodation, where we can park the van properly. Regarding the Drop Off, as you can read on the tour description, the Drop off take place at two drop off points (Trindade Station & Bolsa Palace). Hope to see you back in Portugal! Best regards. María Sánchez Communication Department

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