The Douro wine region in northern Portugal is an area that extends from Porto to the eastern border with Spain. The lush and picturesque Douro River valley is a traditional wine producing region, known primarily for its Port wine and also for the high quality table wines produced here. In recognition of the region’s importance, UNESCO designated the 13 counties of the Alto Douro Wine Region as a World Heritage Site. The area also boasts a number of charming towns that have histories that date back to Roman times.
The best way to explore this beautiful region and learn more about its history and the wines produced is to take a private tour with a guide/driver who will take you around and provide you with an overview of the region.
Your guide/driver will pick you up at your hotel to begin your full day private tour. The first stop on the tour will be a visit to the town of Amarante, a town best known for the Benedictine monk St. Gonçalo who is buried in the monastery that bears his name. The panoramic tour will include the historic city center, and the picturesque riverfront and bridge that spans the River Tâmega.
The tour continues to the town of Régua, a town that is considered the capital of the Douro Valley. It is here that wines are collected before being transported to Porto. It is also home to the Port Wine Institute. After a visit to the town center, your guide will take you on a tour of a Port Wine estate, and you will have a chance to enjoy a wine tasting. There will also be some free time to have lunch.
The small town of Pinhão is the next stop on the tour. Located in the heart of Port wine country, the sleepy town of Pinhão comes alive during harvest season, as it is a focal point wine production. It is also well known for having some of the most beautiful views in the country, and for the beautiful azulejo tiles that adorn its quaint train station.
Last stop on the tour is the town of Vila Real, the capital of the Tras-o-Montes province and birthplace of the explorer Diogo Cão, who discovered the Congo River. Enjoy a panoramic tour of this charming, picturesque town, home to the iconic Palacio do Mateus, which adorns the bottles of Mateus Rose Wine.
You will arrive back at your hotel around 6:00pm. The private tour can be customized to meet your specific interests. Monument visits are optional and can be decided upon with your guide. There will be time during the day to have lunch.
2017 Prices and other info:
Tour price for 1-3 People in a Sedan
- US $345 – Daily (start time at 9:00am / return at 6:00pm)
Tour price for 4-7 People in a Minivan
- US $440 – Daily (start time at 9:00am / return at 6:00pm)
- Price includes a tour with a licensed guide/driver with transportation for 9 hours
- Price does not include meals or entrance fees (if any)
- There is a supplement required for the guide’s meal. Client can either invite the guide to lunch, or pay them 18 Euros during the tour.
- Vehicles are insured, as required by Portuguese law
- Common languages available: English, Spanish, French and Italian
- Gratuities are not included and are at the discretion of the client
- Prices are subject to change
Note: Guide/driver is not authorized to conduct tours inside of monuments or museums.
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