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BOAT TRIPS & RIVER CRUISES

Trips on the river are a great way to see Porto from a unique perspective and to cool down during the hottest hours of the day. There is no shortage of companies offering trips and tours of various duration: from a basic fifty-minute "bridge Tour" to longer full-day tours and multi-day cruises up the Douro Valley to Régua and beyond. The main touring season is between March and October, running frequently in the summer months. Short duration trips depart from both banks of the river; the Ribeira in Porto and the quayside in Vila Nova de Gaia. With MADABOUTPORTO.COM as your guide, you'll learn the best places options to suit your holiday plans. Book online to save precious time and money.

BRIDGE CRUISES

Boat Trips & River Cruises

These short cruises takes in the sights of up to six bridges which span the Douro: Ponte da Arrábida, Ponte Luís 1, Ponte Dom Infante, Ponte Dona Maria, Ponte São João and Ponte do Freixo. A tour that visits all six will take about 50 minutes and include audio guides in numerous languages. The ships used are replica "Rabelo" boats which traditionally transported wine from the upstream Douro to Vila Nova de Gaia for ageing.



TOUR OPERATORS

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Douro Acima | reservas@douroacima.pt | Website

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Douro Azul | reservas@douroazul.pt | Website

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Rota do Douro | reservas@rotadodouro.pt | Website

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Tomaz do Douro | geral@tomazdodouro.com | Website

SIX BRIDGE TOURS

6 Bridges Cruise, Ribeira Quay

6 Bridges Cruise, Ribeira Quay

Enjoy a traditional “6 Bridges Cruise” along the River Douro and follow in the footsteps of the old wine merchants who transported wine from the valley to the wine cellars. Board the boat at the Ribeira Quay and sail for 50 minutes along the river. Admire the beautiful landscapes and buildings of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia from the water. The cruise is the perfect chance to learn more about the historic bridges which connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn more about their construction and curiosities, and upon arrival at the last bridge, see the Foz do Douro where the river flows into the ocean.

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6 Bridge's Cruise, Cais da Estiva

6 Bridge's Cruise, Cais da Estiva

Board the original boats used to transport the Port Wine barrels from the Douro Region to Gaia and Porto. The boats have been adapted with the most modern navigation equipment to transport passengers with maximum comfort. For over 50 minutes enjoy a journey that stretches from the historic centre of Porto, upstream to Freixo and then downstream toward the mouth of the Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the rich and breathtaking landscape while you learn the history of the six bridges. Discover other points of interest in these two cities.


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6 Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

6 Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

Benefit from a hotel pick-up and then embark on a full day's sightseeing tour of Porto by land and water. Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is home to exceptional architectural heritage and was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1996. After enjoying the delights of old Porto, head off to Gaia where you'll taste different varieties of Port. Then, cruise aboard one of the traditional flat-bottomed Rabelo boats and journey past 6 bridges. Learn more about the historic bridges that connect Porto and its twin city of Vila Nova de Gaia.

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DAY CRUISES

Whole day cruises allow for a more detailed insight into the area and the associated wine trade. A typical itinerary incorporates a train journey along the beautiful Linha do Douro, visits to Régua and/or Pinhão and of cause a visit to a vineyard. Other packages may include museum visits, lunch at a traditional restaurant and in-depth audio guides in numerous languages.

TOUR OPERATORS

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Rota do Douro | reservas@rotadodouro.pt | Website

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Tomaz do Douro | geral@tomazdodouro.com | Website

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FULL DAY CRUISES

9hr Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, Cruise & Lunch

Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, Cruise & Lunch

Duration: 9 hours
Spend a full day taking in the scenery of the Douro Valley. Taste port wines, table wines and olive oil, enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch and take a ride along the Douro River on a Rabelo boat. The driver will pick you up in the morning in a comfortable luxury vehicle, seating either 4 or 8 passengers. You’ll begin your 9-hour tour with a stop at a viewpoint to enjoy the views of the entire city. During the day you'll have the opportunity to visit two wine estates, taste a variety of different types the wine produced.

Before you experience a typical Portuguese meal, enjoy a relaxing 1-hour ride onboard a Rabelo boat on the Douro River. In the early afternoon, the driver will take you to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the world (according to BBC), and you'll have time to take in the marvellous views. After this amazing day, your driver returns you to your hotel.

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Régua & Douro Valley: Scenic Rail and Cruise

Régua & Douro Valley: Scenic Rail and Cruise

Duration: 9.5 hours
Escape the hustle and bustle of Porto for the day and enjoy the peace of the Douro Valley and the historic vineyards of the North of Portugal. Depart Porto at 08:30, travelling by train to Régua from S. Bento Railway Station. Admire the traditional tiles of the station’s interior before the train departs. Then, upon arrival at Régua, explore one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world.


Return to Porto along the Douro River, starting from Régua Quay at 11:30. Glide gently past the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley, and experience the purity of nature. Lunch will be served onboard the boat at approximately 12:00. Sail to the Carrapatelo Dam, and continue to the Crestuma-Lever. After crossing the 2 dams, enjoy the serenity of the Douro River as you continue to Porto for an estimated arrival at 18:00.

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Douro Valley Tour - Wine Tasting, Lunch & River Cruise

Douro Valley - Wine Tasting, Lunch & River Cruise

Duration: 9 hours
Enjoy the convenience of being picked up in an 8-seat minivan from your accommodation in Porto. Begin your tour with a visit to the Croft Vineyards. End your visit with a port wine tasting accompanied by a selection of Portuguese cheeses. Journey to the village of Pinhão, where you will embark on a 1-hour trip on a private boat with delicacies onboard. Afterwards, sit down for lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. (Your meal is included in the price of your tour.)


After lunch, visit a winery and learn about the differences between premium wines and the techniques used to produce them. End your visit with a tasting of olive oils made by the same producer. As you return to Porto, you’ll enjoy panoramic views along a scenic road.


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MULTI-DAY TOURS & CRUISES

Douro International Natural Park Tour

DOURO INTERNATIONAL PARK TOUR

Duration: 3 days This all-inclusive tour starting from Porto enables visitors to explore one of the most remote regions in Europe. In the northeast of Portugal, upstream on the Douro Valley, is the Mirandese plateau with an altitude that varies between 700 and 900 metres. It was one of the most isolated regions of Portugal, which is why the second official language of the country is spoken here: Mirandês. This region is part of the Douro International Natural Park. Marvel at the magnificent landscapes, the cliffs overlooking the Douro river, and the abundant wildlife. Explore small villages, the heritage, the population and sample the local gastronomy. This package includes a river cruise, a train ride between Pocinho and Pinhão, two nights accommodation including breakfasts. Lunches and dinner also included. For more information, an updated price and to check availability click below.

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Secrets of Porto and Douro Valley with River Cruise and Scenic Train

SECRETS OF PORTO & DOURO VALLEY

Duration: 5 days After being picked up at your hotel or airport your journey will start as you're shown the best Porto has to offer while sipping local wine amongst the dazzling landmarks of the city. Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River and Savour wonders of haute cuisine and fine wine delicacies. This package includes four nights in a 4-star hotel, inclusive of all meals, visits to Port cellars, a river cruise which includes lunch, and train tickets. For more information, an updated price and to check availability click below.

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Douro Wine Tour

2 DAY DOURO WINE TOUR

Duration: 2 days Departing from the quayside in Vila Nova de Gaia you'll cruise upstream to Régua in the Alto Douro where you'll enjoy several visits to wine estates and experience the life and culture of Port and wine production in the Douro Valley. During this two day adventure, you'll visit the famous Mateus Palace. four-star overnight accommodation is included as are all fees, dinner, breakfast and lunches. For more information, an updated price and to check availability click below.


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