The Douro Valley
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  • elimorScotland
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the journey!!
    We took the train from Sao Bento to Pocinho via Pinhao. It was a journey of 3 hours 40 minutes to the end point. If we had got off in Pinhao; we would have missed much of the inaccessible terraced landscape. It was a stunning journey after the first hour; which travelled through city suburbs. However there was very little in Pocinho; should have alighted in Pinhao after all. Long journey there and back but well worth it to see the Douro river in all its glory.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • calgaryguy
    Kelowna, Canada454 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cruising the Douro is a Must
    We spent 7 nights on the Emerald Radiance, cruising up and down the navigable part. We passed 5 locks in each direction. The scenery was beautiful, with terraced vineyards and olive groves. Beautiful vistas wherever we looked. We really were glad we went!
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Richard E
    Kenley, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way of seeing a stunning landscape
    The Douro valley is simply stunning, with steep terraced vineyards on both sides. We took the train from Porto Sao Bento to Pinhao (a great place to walk around, with multiple quintas to visit). The first hour out of Porto isn’t very interesting, but the second hour makes it worthwhile. Try to get on the train T Sao Bento (where it starts - it can get very full) and sit on the right hand side going out - you’ll have the best view.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 31, 2023
  • Hawaiian Canuck
    Vancouver, Canada2,030 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning…best way to see it is by cruise.
    As a landscape architect, I was blown away by how beautiful and majestic this valley is. We did a two hour cruise and got a chance to experience the changing vistas as we passed many vineyards and small towns. Do the longer cruise as it’s worth the time invested. Also make sure to visit a winery for a meal.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Dman_DW
    Denver, Colorado78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour of Douro Valley with Manuel Tapada
    Porto Douro Valley Winery Tour - Highly recommend Manuel Tapada (look him up on FB). What a wonderful guide! We had a fantastic day, first being picked up at our hotel in Porto, then going into the heart of the Douro Valley and visiting some spectacular spots, including a boat ride on the river and amazing wine tasting. We then ate a delicious lunch at Manuel’s home (meal cooked by his Mom) and had a chance to meet both of his Parents. Alberto, Manuel’s father gave us a royal tour of all wonderful historical and geological displays he built at their home – he is a PHD scientist who gave us an amazing background on Portuguese history and its geological development. We also hired Manuel to drive us back to Lisbon, and we stopped at Obidos on the way. Mauel and his Family made our trip really special and went out of their way to be hospitable and make our time fun!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2024
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millie
Miami, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
One of the most beautiful places I have been. The wineries on the side of the mountains with the Douro valley flowing through was beautiful we stayed at a winery hotel deep into The Valley with the river on bottom. You could walk down through the fields of grapes to the river. The winery hotel was the vinhetello a 500 year old winery partially converted with an on sight restaurant. Amazing with an Infiniti pool overlooking the river
Written October 23, 2021
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Springer114
Herefordshire, UK570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
We took the train from Porto to Pinhao and stayed in Pinhao for two nights and then returned on the older tourist train to Porto. The views from the train are amazing especially on the return as the windows slide down and you get the full experience off the scenery . I think it cost about 15 euro one way and was so well worth every penny to follow the beautiful entrancing Duro river......
Written October 26, 2022
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dror c
Houston, TX71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
I decided at the last minute to get on a tour in the Douro Valley, could not find a place for guided tour so I decided to take a train and hike alone. I took a train from Porto to Pinaho. 20 euros for round trip. The road, as soon as you leave the city, is beautiful. A large part of the road travels right on the banks of the river. The train was comfortable, on time, almost empty. A drive of about two and a half hours. I reached pinaho and walked around town on foot. The town is relatively deserted, probably not in season, but very pleasant and the view is lovely. You can leave the town for a cruise on the river, 10 euros for an hour cruise, there is also a cruise of 20 euros, if I am not mistaken for two hours. I arrived too late for the cruise so I made do with walking. Whoever wants, around the town there are wineries with the possibility of touring and tasting. I did not check costs. Nice lunch at 16 euros and I went back to Porto. In a very nice shortcut to spend a day on an independent trip. recommended.
Written March 23, 2022
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Eric T
Minto, Australia100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I think Douro valley is overrated. The landscape is v ordinary. They all looks the same.The tiny narrow steep roads snaking All the little villages are awkful . Pinhao is a tourist trap. The price of everything in Pinhao is inflated to double the price of Porto. If you expect it to be similar to New Zealand, you will be greatly disappointed.
Written April 7, 2024
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Richard E
Kenley, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Douro valley is simply stunning, with steep terraced vineyards on both sides. We took the train from Porto Sao Bento to Pinhao (a great place to walk around, with multiple quintas to visit). The first hour out of Porto isn’t very interesting, but the second hour makes it worthwhile. Try to get on the train T Sao Bento (where it starts - it can get very full) and sit on the right hand side going out - you’ll have the best view.
Written December 31, 2023
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rodneyruming
Wentworth Falls, Australia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We went on a guided tour of the Duoro Valley from Amarante. Fantastic trip along the banks of the Duoro and then lunch on a boat where we were taken along the Duoro with great explanations of the area and how the grapes are grown. Great area to visit. Fantastic scenery and quintas to visit
Written January 27, 2020
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wacotom
Leander, TX1,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Sadly, our tour company (Experience Portugal) set up our driver, winery tour and evening in the Douro Valley and I did not write down the company that picked us up. Our driver was Maria who arrived at our hotel right on time and took us first for a nice boat ride in Pinaho. We drove along the river and got to watch a river cruise boat transition through a lock. Our boat ride was very nice on the calm river seeing so many wineries along the hillsides. Then we visited the Quinta de Marrocos Winery for a great adventure seeing how this old 5 generation family grows, picks and processes the grapes from vines ranging up to 100 years old. Fascinating to walk amongst the huge (20,000 liter) wooden casks. Finally culminating in what can only be described as an amazing lunch with a huge sampling of various wines and ports. I think the Marrocos visit was one of my favorite stops in all of Portugal and I am not a wine drinker normally preferring beer, but this was just amazing, and everything tasted so good. We bought both a 40-year-old port and a LVB (late vintage port). Try not to miss this adventure in the Douro Valley
Written May 10, 2022
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MojoSicily
Montreal, Canada131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The douro Valley is simply gorgeous with breathtaking views all along. It gets very hot in summer so best to go in May or in the fall. A two-night stay is ideal. We had some great meals at the quintas, and enjoyed wonderful wines. Fabulous.
Written May 21, 2022
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Dman_DW
Denver, CO78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Porto Douro Valley Winery Tour - Highly recommend Manuel Tapada (look him up on FB).

What a wonderful guide! We had a fantastic day, first being picked up at our hotel in Porto, then going into the heart of the Douro Valley and visiting some spectacular spots, including a boat ride on the river and amazing wine tasting. We then ate a delicious lunch at Manuel’s home (meal cooked by his Mom) and had a chance to meet both of his Parents. Alberto, Manuel’s father gave us a royal tour of all wonderful historical and geological displays he built at their home – he is a PHD scientist who gave us an amazing background on Portuguese history and its geological development.

We also hired Manuel to drive us back to Lisbon, and we stopped at Obidos on the way.

Mauel and his Family made our trip really special and went out of their way to be hospitable and make our time fun!
Written May 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hawaiian Canuck
Vancouver, Canada2,030 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
As a landscape architect, I was blown away by how beautiful and majestic this valley is. We did a two hour cruise and got a chance to experience the changing vistas as we passed many vineyards and small towns. Do the longer cruise as it’s worth the time invested. Also make sure to visit a winery for a meal.
Written January 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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