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Douro Valley Tour small group, 2 Wineries, Mateus Palace, River cruise & Lunch

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  • Take a full-day small-group tour to explore the Douro Valley
  • See the San Goncalo Monastery and the beautiful Mateus Palace
  • Enjoy a delicious local lunch, wine tastings, and a Douro river cruise
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Douro Valley Tour small group, 2 Wineries, Mateus Palace, River cruise & Lunch
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Douro Valley Tour small group, 2 Wineries, Mateus Palace, River cruise & Lunch
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Overview
Get to know some of the best areas in the Douro Valley during this full-day, small-group tour. Visit historic landmarks like the San Goncalo Monastery in Amarante and the Mateus Palace in Villa Real. The last half the tour is comprised of a delicious regional lunch, followed by visits to two vineyards to sample the world-famous Douro wines, and a relaxing ride along the river in a traditional Rabelo boat.
What to Expect
From your hotel in Porto, you’re picked up in the morning for the drive to Amarante. We will stop at the city of Amarante to visit its old bridge and São Gonçalo Church, a symbol of the local identity built in the XIII century by the city's patron saint São Gonçalo, a benedictine monk. Amarante's sweets and cakes are extremely famous and you will have the opportunity to taste them at a well known cake-shop.  After Amarante we will proceed to the Mateus Palace in the city of Vila Real. Mateus Palace, set in beautiful gardens on a vast farm, is considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque civil architecture in Portugal. You will learn from a certified guide the story of the palace and at the end enjoy walking and taking pictures in the gardens.
The highlight of the voyage is the lunch in the wine region of Favaios. The lunch includes several tasting starters, a regional stew or roast, and a fruit and dessert buffet.White and red Douro wines are served, as welll as Muscat wine of Favaios and Port wine. After lunch you will visit the estate wine cellars.
The tour continues driving downhill from the Favaios region to Pinhão, on the right bank of the Douro river. In Pinhão you will visit the train station with its fantastic azulejos (tiles) pannels from early XX century and take the one-hour Douro river cruise in a typical Rabelo boat to contemplate the world heritage beauty of the Douro Valley vineyards. Navigation upstream toward the Romaneira estate, in a very beautiful stretch of the Douro river where you will see some wine producing farmhouses, terraces until the river and vineyards, forming a unique landscape considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
We will return to Porto via the road N222 Pinhão - Peso da Régua, that is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. 17 miles, 93 soft bends and breathtaking views of the Douro Valley. Your Douro Valley full-day tour ends with return transport to your Porto hotel.
Reviews (24)
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Reviewed October 26, 2018
A fantastic time! Number one!

This was a highlight of our two weeks in Portugal; getting out of the cities is essential to the full enjoyment of this country. Pedro does a wonderful job of guiding us thru the history, both old and new, of the Douro valley, wine making...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Timothy F
Reviewed October 22, 2018
Wonderful Visit to Douro Valley!

My friends and I loved every second of this experience! Pedro was an outstanding tour guide. He was knowledgeable, kind, and welcoming throughout our visit. We are so happy that we decided to book this trip and recommend it to anyone visiting the Porto or...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed October 7, 2018
Best tour ever!

Communication setting up the tour with Pedro, the owner and guide, was an excellent beginning. He arrived on time in a luxurious Mercedes van (complete with a refrigerated water compartment). What a smooth ride it was... First stop was at the Conventual bakery in Amarante...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rocky8888
Reviewed October 4, 2018
Fascinating & impressive tour!

This tour was simply amazing! Pedro, our guide, shared with the 5-person group his vast knowledge of not only the region but of the country and its situation in the world. The places he took us during the 10-hour tour showed the incredible beauty of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Seattle Viola S
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile
Fantastic day with Pedro

Pedro’s tour has been the highlight of our trip to Portugal! His customer service and attention to detail is beyond what we expected. From the time I made the reservation, and when he picked us up at the hotel to the time he drove us...More

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This question is for the tour operator- sorry I can’t answer it. I do know that you won’t be sorry if you go with Pedro!
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