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.
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!!!
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.
Fantastic tour. Helio picked us up in the morning and apologized for being a tad late. Wasn't a big deal as he got us back on schedule right away. He was very informative and encouraged everyone to participate in learning about Douro. The two wineries he took us to were fantastic. Both were small and so felt much more intimate and more interesting. The first was a Port winery where the tour guide was basically a comedian. Was very entertaining but also answered all of our questions. Amount of wine given during tastings was solid. The second winery was known for its Red wines but we also got to taste the Honey and Olive Oil produced there as well. All three were great. Views from this winery were stunning which we got to enjoy as we did our tasting on an outdoor terrace. Lunch was also spot on. Felt it was very traditional food that locals would want to eat which is what we were hoping for. Upon dropping us back off in Porto, Helio gave us some restaurant recommendations on where to get very local food. We went to A Tasquinha he called and made reservations for us and the food was amazing. Tasted like a true home cooked Portuguese meal. Was not a fancy restaurant which is what we preferred. If you go, try the Monkfish Rice. Portions are also very generous and prices are very reasonable. Can't say enough about Helio. Was a great guide and by the end, just felt like we were talking to a friend who we had known years. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone thinking of taking a day trip to Douro.
Had a very memorable time on this tour. Our guide was very knowledgable about the region and Port Wine. This tour covered a good variety of wines and scenery. We visited two wineries, one larger winery and a smaller family owned one. The smaller winery was situated near the top of the valley so the views were amazing. For lunch we had a tasty meal and our guide was kind to order two additional bottles of wine for the group on top of the two that came with our meals. Could not highly recommend this tour enough, a must when visiting the area!