The gentle waters of the river Douro provide just enough humidity and water for the renowned grapes of the Port Wine to grow. In the steep slopes of the banks of the river the Romans, 2000 years ago, decided to plant thousands of hectares of vine, terracing almost every single corner of the valley making it a true heaven for wine, culture, history and just life in general lovers.
This Full-Day Private Tour is the opportunity for you to visit this amazing area taking your time and enjoying the best the Douro has to offer. After leaving your hotel in the morning you will head to the charming town of Amarante. On the banks of the river Tamega a Franciscan monk erected a little chapel, now named Church of Saint Goncalo, and a simple bridge across the river. With the devotion of the region's inhabitants the town grew in size and in charm that we are sure that you'll enjoy during your visit. After the visit of Amarante the tour will continue towards the Douro river and the town of Regua- Douro region's capital- chosen by the Marquis of Pombal (18th century) to be the center of one of the first demarcated regions of the world. This will be the perfect location for you to visit a carefully selected Port Wine Estate where you'll understand, admire and taste all that Port Wine has to offer.
After some free time to eat lunch in one of the restaurants of the area while looking at the calm waters of the river, you will continue along the banks towards the deep Douro and Vila Real. After a panoramic drive along the Douro Valley you'll reach the majestic Mateus Manor House in the surroundings of Vila Real, that was immortalized on the label of the Mateus Rose Wine. Built in the 18th century for one of the wealthiest families in the north of Portugal this is also a masterpiece of the Portuguese Barroque of the architect Nasoni. Before the return to Porto you will still have the chance to stroll around the streets of the historical center of Vila Real and then head back to Porto after a long but relaxing day.
Entrance fees to monuments and customer's meals are not included
Persons per vehicle
Car: up to 3 persons Van/Minibus: 4 to 7 persons