Douro Valley Region

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Going to visit the Douro valley? Discover the best things to do on your trip to Portugal. Top tours, travel tips and verified reviews!

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Have you ever been to Douro Valley Region?

Where the Douro River flows and where you can relax and enjoy a vacation like few others. The Douro Valley stands out for the incredible nature that defines it!

With an absolutely fascinating natural landscape, the Douro Valley region is also known for its wine! If you like wine don´t think twice, this is the place to visit.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the category of cultural landscape, here you can take relaxing boat tours. Try the typical rabelo boats with a glass of wine from the region in hand for a stunning ride!

Also, when you pass through the Douro Valley region, take a guided tour of the wineries with several wine tastings included and learn more about the history of this incredible natural paradise and its wines.

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends, of course, on each tour. Since these tastings are very rich in terms of offer, and give you the possibility to know much more than just the taste of wine, they have a value around 50 euros per person.

The most usual is a day tour through the Douro in a rabelo boat with an approximate cost of 65 euros. The tour includes a long journey that goes on throughout the day. You can also choose a shorter and therefore cheaper tour!

Yes. Many of the tours promoted through the Douro Valley include transfers from Porto. Some even go to pick up customers at the door of the hotel where they are staying..

Yes. There are several hotels in the Douro Valley region and we strongly advise you to stay, if you have the opportunity, in one of these hotels for a surreal experience.

The climate of the Douro Valley region is characterized by being mostly dry. In the summer it can be quite hot, and in the winter the opposite, including some rain. Moreover, the climate is similar to that of the rest of the country.

What People Are Saying

★★★★★
"I cannot overemphasise how worthwhile this experience was, while I planned this to be initially a birthday present for my girlfriend it evolved into a plan to propose to her and I could not have asked for a better day, customer focused staff, historical journey and A+ dining experience. The food was exquisite and personal while I'm not very fond of fish I would gladly dine on every dish that was served on our trip. The chefs and wait staff were super focused, courteous and helpful throughout the trip. The view, if you had to choose one thing about this trip it would be the views (but there is so much more to this experience) - the Douro Valley/River are simply stunning and you get a view so few get to enjoy, especially in such style, and appreciate through the day and into the evening. The vineyard you visit at the end is breathtaking and a step back into their history and information on how it works is perfectly provided in English and Portuguese by the owner Gonçalo Castel-Branco (Thank you!). This is simply one trip you cannot afford to miss and with the limited number of runs each year I highly recommend making this journey at the very least once in your life. To Sofia and staff - thank you. You made our engagement perfect and made planning it a very easy task. You will see us again at some point as this is now part of our life story and a part we will want to revisit."
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"Even though the weather was not the best, it was a fantastic experience. The train is a museum piece that is worth a visit in itself, the views are beautiful and the food excellent. The quinta do Vesúvio and its porto wines was a cherry on the cake! If you can, do it."
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"Everything was perfect !! Food, Wine, Staff, View, Weather. I recommend this trip to everyone because it’s so unique and delicious."
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"This is a unique experience in every aspect! It starts with the Train, that has a special place in the modern history of Portugal, we had Chef Sá Pessoa that prepared a superb meal, the Niepoort wine selection had great surprises and the Vesúvio Estate is a special isolated place. Then there is the Douro river valley, providing a magical background to all this... Gonçalo and his team really make everything feel special. Highly recommended!! This is an experience that allows you to travel in time and enjoy the very best Portugal has to offer!"
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"From the reservation to the end, we were treated like super guests! The train journey, which we already knew, became nothing short of glorious with fantastic food, excellent service and a memorable tour of the Vesuvio winery."
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"The Presidential was truly a one of a kind experience. From the most amazing food (Michelin star chefs) to the most scenic views of the Douro valley, topped off with first class hospitality and service by The Presidential team - I can only recommend this trip as the best way to experience the Northern interior of Portugal. We took the two-day package which includes a night at a vineyard boutique hotel (Casa do Rio - Quinta do Vallado) which was absolutely stunning. Don’t forget to pack your swimming trunks and be prepared to drink lots of wine."

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