Small-Group Full-day Douro Valley Gold Experience from Porto
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Small-Group Full-day Douro Valley Gold Experience from Porto

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The Douro Tour is a unique moment in life once provides customers with a true immersive Experience by stimulating simultaneously the five senses, giving the customer the feeling of being an integral part of the Douro Valley World Heritage Site's history. Ana, Marco and the team are deeply rooted in the Douro Valley Wine Country and will in a constant delivery, were passion, knowledge and atenttion to detail will make the difference at the end of the day.

Ages 12-84, max of 6 per group
Duration: 10h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
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  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Olive Oil tasting
  • Boat trip
  • Entry/Admission - Douro River
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Mercedes - Benz Black Vehicles
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 261843P1

        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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        • Douro Exclusive
          1,455
          Porto, Portugal
          Joined in August 2013
        • Whanau12014
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A time with People we will always remember.
          Sandra picked us up in Porto on time and then the day just got better and better. Douro Exclusive had planned the day for us, ending up with a stay at their Casa do Arco, high above the valley vines, topped off with a beautiful dinning and wine experience with Tony and Marco the owner. We met the nicest people, in places, wineries and restaurants we would never have known or stumbled on without Douro Exclusive’s invitation. Sandra was amazing, knowing just how much to engage our senses and then give us time just living the moments. A perfect blend of high above the valley, in the vines, meeting beautiful people and on the river. The attention to detail here across the whole suite of offers ( private tour, accomodation and dinner) is second to none. You can see the learnings of Ana and Marco, merged with their experience have created a niche and authentic Douro Valley immersion; bringing the People to the forefront of Douro Exclusive tours and Casa do Arco. People always make the difference, no matter the product or service and Ana, Marco, Sandra and Tony have clearly built long standing trusted relationships where their friends quickly become yours. One of our best world wide and definitely No 1 value wise.
          Written June 7, 2024
        • KristenS1488
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A dream come true!
          I had been wanting to visit the Douro Valley since learning about it in a wine class in college. We originally booked the Gold Experience tour with Douro Exclusive in 2019 and had to postpone due to a medical emergency. We were rebooked several times during the Covid pandemic but airlines and the virus itself prompted more postponements. The team at Douro Exclusive was incredibly kind and understanding about all the changes to our booking. In the interim, the itinerary changed a bit but they kindly made an accommodation to mirror the experience I’d originally booked. We had a wonderful group tour (6 guests total) with Sandra and learned about wine making in the Douro region. It was especially interesting to hear about the foot treading process. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Casa do Arco. My husband said it was the best grilled octopus he’d ever tasted. Sandra is friendly and very knowledgeable and expertly navigated the narrow roads in Douro and the detours around construction in Porto. The scenery in the Douro Valley is stunning! The day really was a dream come true.
          Written May 30, 2024
        • 95bd
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Perfect Douro Valley Tour
          Fabulous tour of the Douro Valley from Porto. Ana is a fantastic and incredibly knowledgeable and engaging guide with lots of stories about Portugal and its wines. Perfect choice of smaller boutique wineries with excellent wines and ports, well away from the crowds. The ideal way to see the beautiful Douro Valley. We can’t wait to visit with Ana again! Highly recommended.
          Written May 26, 2024
        • Terry G
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic Douro Exclusive Experience
          This definitely is a 5 out of 5 way to visit the Douro Region. From the moment Sandra picked us up until she dropped us off in Porto 10 hours later she was knowledgeable , personable and professional the whole time. She made the day an experience to remember for the 3 of us. Two of us had done the trip 8 years ago but this was a step up from then with the addition of the lunch at Casa do Arco. It was definitely the best meal we had in our 20 days in Portugal. An added touch here was discussing with Marco each dish and its preparation. Our visit to Quinta Do Cume was also enjoyable with the delivery and information Leyla passed along in such an engaging manner. We feel a visit to Portugal would not be complete without a day spent with the Team at Douro Exclusive.
          Written April 25, 2024
        • Laura R
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A really SPECIAL Douro Valley Tour
          This was a very full and fun day making our way from Porto to Six Senses Resort in the Douro Valley. We were lucky enough to have Ana, the company’s owner, as our driver and guide. We wended our way through the area stopping at two wineries, a delicious restaurant for lunch and brief boat trip down the river. Ana taught us all about Portuguese table wines and Port as we drove through the beautiful Douro Valley. Her engaging, warm and entertaining manner, combined with wonderful stories about life in Portugal (her own and in general) made for a really special experience. Highly recommend!!
          Written April 14, 2024
        • ehallewell2024
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fun, personal and educational tour of the Douro!
          We had such a wonderful day trip with Sandra, who was fun to be with and a wealth of information. We felt like we were hanging out with a friend. She took us to off the beaten path places for tastings and lunch. The pace was great - nothing was rushed, and we had time to savor everything. We loved how personal the trip was, how relaxed it was, and how much we learned along the way. If you're looking for a unique and first-class experience of the Douro Valley, spend a little extra and book in with Douro Exclusive!
          Written April 1, 2024
        • Natalie M
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fun, relaxing, and amazing wine!
          We had such a lovely time on our tour. Ana was a very knowledgeable and fun tour guide. The wine was delicious (of course) and we even tried a 40 year old port that Ana brought for us. Would definitely recommend, from being picked up at our hotel, to being dropped off, and everything in between. I was most impressed by how well she could drive on those tiny, winding roads (very glad it wasn’t me driving!). If i ever get the chance, i will definitely go again! Thank you Ana for an amazing day! <3
          Written April 30, 2023
        • GLCLR
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent Hosts!
          Ana and Marco are excellent hosts! Our trip to the Douro Valley was made extra special by them because it's their homeland and they are delighted to share it with visitors. Learning about local culture and family values is important if you want to immerse yourself in travel here. I can't wait to visit again!
          Written November 27, 2020
        • distancerunner20
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The best wine, food, views, and guide!
          This tour is a wine lovers dream. The guide was the best I have had in over 40 countries. You can learn as much as you want, or just relax and taste some of the best wines in the world (not to mention amazing food, and I know what 3-star Michelin food tastes like). I didn't have to worry about a single thing on this trip, and the guides took me back in time to a place that I didn't want to leave.
          Written November 20, 2020
        • paolotrade
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The Key to Porto!
          My first time in Portugal and I'm so glad I made this part of my trip. It was an amazing day seeing a part of a county I would have probable never discovered on my own. what a great well organized sincere team! Thanks Marco!!
          Written October 17, 2020
        • RebeccaS5926
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Simply amazing!
          The tour is perfectly organized and very informative. A great mix of information in the car, vine tasting, food and boat! It’s absolutely worth the time and money!
          Written October 11, 2020
        • Torontoraptor64
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          DOURO VIP TOUR
          This was our 3rd time visiting the Douro Region for a few days. Each time gets better and better. You learn to appreciate and take in more of the culture of the region. Marco and Ana made that happen again and did nit disappoint. We feel like part of the family now. The genuine love they have for the Douro region and the knowledge they get to share with you is priceless. Congratulations to you both and your family for the opening of the Bed and Breakfast. The most beautiful view of the region and the service like no other.you make it feel like home away from home. Can't wait to visit again next year!! Obrigados Marco and Ana
          Written October 8, 2020
        • 879guilhermed
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Tour around Douro region
          Fantastic day tour, boat ride, upscale midday riverside meal/lunch winery visit, wine tasting ... all in the Douro valley.
          Written October 4, 2020
        • gemba17
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Unforgettable Douro Valley Experience
          Douro Exclusive offer an off-the-beaten path in-depth look at the history and actuality of the Douro Valley, including its geography, nature, wines, gastronomy, and culture. They are locals and true professionals and you will feel cared-for and special all day. Do not hesitate to book your exploration of this magical region with Ana and Marco, who will truly make it come alive for you and provide you with a most memorable stay.
          Written October 4, 2020
        • Gumofu
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          WOW!
          We were more than impressed with our first time visit to the Douro Valley arranged by Marco. My husband and I enjoyed your expert driving from Porto to the Douro Valley, the history of the Douro area that Marco knows so well, having grown up there, the boat trip along the river...and of course the amazing vineyards where we sampled many different wines of the region. Not to forget the very special lunch at the restaurant DOC. What an enjoyable day thanks to Marco of Douro Exclusive.
          Written September 22, 2020
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        Darya
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best way to discover the heart of Douro
        Sept 2021
        You will truly feel "exclusive" on a tour with Douro Exclusive. Step beyond the velvet rope of the Douro for a tailor-made experience unlike any other. Our guide Ana was an excellent storyteller, even captivating the attention of other tours around us. She was full of knowledge and kindness, making our experience one we will remember forever.
        Written September 20, 2021
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        Tjintz13
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        Memorable Douro Valley experience with Sandra
        Aug 2023 • Friends
        We did a two day customized itinerary in the Douro Valley with Sandra and can’t say enough good things about our trip. Sandra was an outstanding guide and her deep knowledge of the region and local producers created a unique experience. Lunch on both days was fabulous, including at Casa do Arco, where we got to meet Ana and Marco. We visited six wineries and Port producers over two days and all were outstanding. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to learn more about Douro wines.
        Written August 25, 2023
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        possumJ
        Perth, Australia80 contributions
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        Wonderful
        Apr 2023 • Couples
        This review is very late but we haven’t forgotten our trip earlier this year. One of our main reasons for visiting Porto was to see the beautiful and historic Douro Valley, and this tour (Douro Exclusive Small-Group Full-day Douro Valley Gold Experience from Porto) was our choice. While it was expensive, it offered a smaller group and a better itinerary than others, and was certainly cheaper than the river cruise we had first considered. We ended up being the only booked passengers for the day, so paid extra to go ahead as a private tour. Was the tour worth the price? Yes, absolutely. Our guide was a fabulous driver and raconteur. I loved hearing how the history of winemaking in the region intertwined with the history of the country. The boat trip was pleasant, but mostly we enjoyed putting our feet on the ground at several wineries and becoming fully immersed in the sublime scenery. I just wish I could have managed to drink more of the superb wines and ports on offer at each stop! Lunch at Casa do Arco was amazing. This was a truly memorable day.
        Written December 7, 2023
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        triplemack
        North Potomac, MD4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A Perfect Day, spectacular experience!
        May 2022
        Our tour of the Douro Wine Valley with Sandra from Douro Exclusive was a highlight and one of the most spectacular experiences we will recall from our visit to Portugal. Sandra was an extremely safe driver. The van provided all six of us a roomy, smooth and very comfortable ride with lots of windows for viewing.
        Sandra drove us along beautiful country roads, passing gorgeous scenic rolling hills and vineyards . She shared her extensive knowledge of growing wine, including the unique green wines. We stopped for photos at a breathtaking overlook of the Douro River and Valley and wound our way down to the tiny town of Pinhao . There, we embarked on a relaxing cruise of the Douro River that was lined with hills planted with olive trees and vines. Sandra topped off our cruise with a very special Port that we all got to sample and savor.
        Not thinking this day could get better we toured the exquisite site of the Fonseca winery, visiting the Lagar where Port wine grapes are crushed and the oak vats in which the wine is stored. We sat under the shade of lemon and orange trees, while sampling the delicious wines of this Vineyard and overlooked the planted hills reaching into the River.
        Lunch at Rui Paula’s Michelin star DOC restaurant was beyond exceptional! Seated outside on a shady dock, dining was elegant, food and wine were superb and service was outstanding! Nothing could have been better: Portuguese cuisine with an impeccable presentation!
        Our final stop at the Murcas Vineyards was the culmination of a perfect day, as we learned more about the grapes and land that produce such rich and flavorful wines that our tasting confirmed.
        This is a tour you cannot miss, a day you will never forget and a memory of a lifetime!
        Written May 19, 2022
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        Todd S
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Top Notch tour of Douro Valley Portugal
        Jul 2023 • Friends
        We had an excellent day with Douro Exclusive. The vineyards we visited, one wine and one Port, were fun, beautiful and educational. The lunch was beyond superb. Our guide Sandra was friendly and added even more to the day. I would highly recommend Douro Exclusive for a great day trip through the Douro Valley
        Written July 8, 2023
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        Kham + Rosie
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        VIP Treatment all the way
        Oct 2021
        We had a perfect day trip with Sandra to the Douro Valley, She picked us up on time, spoke perfect English, and was very knowledgeable about everything you could possibly want to know about Portuguese wine and port.

        If you want a personnal tour, away from the crowds and buses, this tour is for you.

        The lunch was exceptionnal too. Sometimes in these kind of tours they bring you to the touristy crap to eat pizzas. This was not the case in this tour. We had the best octopus of the whole trip. Plus Sandra was kind enough to eat with us. Sometimes tour company guides eat a sandwich in the car waiting for you,...

        WE HATE THAT. This is NOT the case with this company. They treat their people right.

        Book with your eyes closed and thank me later!
        Written October 13, 2021
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        Brian W
        Ojai, CA3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A Custom Tour of a Lifetime
        Apr 2022
        Anna arranged a special two-day wine tour from Pinhoa for us. We could not have been more happy with the result. Her connections and knowledge allowed us excellent access to the winemakers and facilities that are making a great reputation for the Douro around the world. That and tasting/food locations with spectacular views and excellent service (including their exclusive Casa do Arco facility). Anna is very knowledgeable about the area, history, and wines; and communicated this in a fun and engaging way. She is also an excellent driver and we always felt safe (in spite of the difficult roads of the area). We learned so much, had a wonderful time, and recommend their services very highly.
        Written April 25, 2022
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        Dave Smith
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        Fabulous tour
        We chose the full day Immersive Experience. Sandra led our tour and met us promptly at our Porto accommodations. The 4 of us were driven in a comfortable van up the valley. Sandra’s commentary throughout was educational. We drove to a winery high in the mountains, not accessible by buses, where we tasted Port wines and learned the wine making process on the site where it occurs. A further drive up the valley led us to a small group (8) boat tour further up the Douro, not accessible by road. On board this leisurely cruise we learned more about the vineyards and sampled aged tawny port paired with dark chocolate. We then motored to the establishment owned by Ana and Marco, Casa du Arco, where we had a fabulous 3 course meal with wine pairings and desserts. The veal loin steak was as fine as any I’ve had in years, and I live in the US Midwest where beef is part of daily life. To finish the day we went to a small family owned winery where the proprietor is a young entrepreneur using modern techniques to produce excellent blended wines. We toured the facilities and of course finished with tastings of superb wines. Sandra then drove us back to Porto, where we arrived at about 7 pm. An absolutely fabulous day and I cannot recommend this experience highly enough. You will not need dinner reservations the evening of your tour!
        Written April 12, 2022
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        Olivia
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Perfect Day
        Feb 2020 • Couples
        Thanks to COVID-19, my husband and I postponed our honeymoon to Southeast Asia. We scrambled to book a last minute trip to Portugal.

        Douro Valley Exclusive came highly recommended by my husband’s aunt, who visited Portugal a few years ago.

        My husband and I were both unsure about what to expect on a 7-hour tour through the Douro Valley, but Ana was truly the highlight of our entire trip to Portugal. She picked us up in Porto, and on the 45-minute drive to the Douro Valley, we learned about the history of the region, including its wine and port production.

        We spent the day visiting wineries and enjoyed a wonderful lunch with Ana. My husband and I were both sad when the day came to an end!

        P.S. Since we were staying a couple of nights in the area, Ana sent us the names of a few restaurants, which were excellent and better than those recommended by our hotel
        Written February 29, 2020
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        MountainDog1
        Gardiner, NY20 contributions
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        Fantastic day in the Douro Valley
        We spent an incredible week in Portugal and the highlight of our trip was the Douro Valley tour we took with Sandra from Douro Exclusive. We wanted a non-typical Douro experience and this was perfect! Sandra picked us up at our hotel in Porto and drove us out to the Douro Valley wine region while giving us a lot of information about the area, the wine, the vineyards and the company. She gave us time to explore each place in our own but was also the best tour guide, happy to share her impressive knowledge of wine making. After the first winery where we tasted ports we went on a boat ride on the Douro which was lovely. Sandra brought some port and snacks on board for us to sample. We then went to have lunch at Casa do Arco restaurant which is in the guesthouse owned by Douro Exclusive—it was fantastic! We were waited on by Antonio and the owner Marco and received first class attention. There is a choice of restaurants when you book but I highly encourage you to choose Casa do Arco! After lunch we went to the next winery to taste dry wines. This day was a once in a lifetime experience—thank you Sandra and everyone at Douro Exclusive!
        Written October 22, 2022
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