Ana picked us up promptly at 8:30 and drove 1 1/2 hours to Pinhao. The group consisted of 4 couples, an ideal sized group, and we got on well. The tour included lunch in Pinhao, visit to a winery and olive oil cooperative (both with tastings) and ~ 1 hour cruise on the Douro. Ana was a terrific guide (5*) who was informative and engaging. The meal and wines tasted were so-so. It was a hot day and we were quite uncomfortable in the rear of the van because, although the air conditioning was on, there were no vents in the back so we were feeling hot and a bit queasy on the return drive. The Douro Valley is beautiful and a “must-see” if one is in Porto or nearby. And this is a good way to see the area and get a feel for it. With a better lunch, wine and ride home this would have been a 5 star experience.
Our family really enjoyed this trip and the sights and tastes of the Douro Valley did not disappoint. The pickup was on time, our guide Chloe was entertaining while the drive gave us the opportunity to look around. The sites visited were both accommodating and professional in the way they explain the love they put into producing their wines. The views were simply stunning, and worth the trip on its own. The wines were delicious and we did leave with some of the local produce. All in all a great way to spend a day. I would recommend this tour to all and I would certainly go again if I find myself in beautiful Porto again.
Nosso passeio ao Douro foi espetacular!!! Nosso guia Helio nos buscou pontualmente no Hotel e durante todo o passeio foi muito simpático, compartilhando informações sobre a região e a história do vinho do Porto. Mesmo o tempo nublado, não tirou o encanto da belíssima paisagem do Douro. Recomendo a todos!!!
This is a really nice way to visit the Douro Valley for a day. First stop for coffee was very welcome, then a fantastically picturesque drive to the next stop at a winery and olive oil manufacturer with the lovely Suzanna. Very interesting. The next stop was lunch at a local cafe at Pinhao, where the locals eat, and a visit to the train station to look at the tiles. The meals are authentic Portuguese fare, so be prepared for blood sausage or cod. Another winery where we were shown the whole port making process before tasting. The wines, food and views are great. It makes you want to come back for more.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Douro Wine Tour with the visit to the two smaller vineyards. Though I would have preferred to have had one of the visits to one of the larger and better known vineyards. The countryside was lovely, the boat tour would have been much better if it hadn't been so crowded on board, not enough seating for everyone, our group was the last to board and were squeezed in. Lunch was good. My biggest negative was the long drive on twisting roads to get out to the area which is unfortunately unavoidable. In hindsight I think I would have preferred to take the train and then hook up with a guide at Pinhao train station.