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Douro River

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Douro River

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Vadim wrote a review Jan. 24
Murmansk, Russia19,705 contributions2,417 helpful votes
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The relief and the Douro River create a unique look of Porto, which is so memorable to tourists. The river in Porto has a different appearance than, for example, in its middle course in Aldeadávila and Miranda do Douro. Due to its height and position, the most majestic view is of course from the Bridge of Luis. You can take a ride on the river. Rabelo boats dock at Plaza Ribeira or on the opposite side to the seafront at Vila Nova de Gaia. A 50-minute boat ride cost 10 euros. A day tour of Douro to Pinhão with a visit to the winery costs other money (70-80 euros).
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Date of experience: February 2020
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IAIN M wrote a review Dec. 2020
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We spent a week on the DOURO QUEEN. We did this trip eighteen years ago and it would seem that the Douro Queen is from that vintage. The boat is old and certainly looks it's age. The rooms are small to say the least but the width of the vessel doesn't allow much scope and this is the same for all the Douro cruise vessels. The size of the locks determines the vessel size. That said, the actual voyage is a poor reflection of what is was two decades ago. The river is now full of cruiser boats and you will find yourself sandwiched between up to three other vessels at night during your tour, the gangplanks join the vessels together and you walk through other vessels to get to your own. There is little point in booking a room with a balcony as this will be obliterated by the vessel next door, and if you're unlucky you will be opposite their generator and that will keep you awake all night. If you open your balcony door then you will get the fumes too - deep joy!!!! The day before departure from the Douro Queen you will be press ganged into leaving a sealed envelope with crews tips - the minimum suggested amount is quite significant considering what you paid for the cruise in the first place. We remember the first cruise in 2001 with fond memories, we are still trying to forget the 2019 debacle! The cost is around four to six thousand pounds a week for a couple, you can hire a decent car and stay in good standard hotels with much better comfort in the Douro valley for a lot less, you will also be from from being 'coached' with all the waiting times involved. The port wine houses will welcome you whether you are individuals or part of a tour. Organise it yourselves, be more flexible and save a lot of money! I have written this in December 2020 as I could find a place to write this before this time. The trip was in October 2019
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Date of experience: October 2020
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The_Loup_Garou wrote a review Oct. 2020
Phoenix, Arizona157,889 contributions2,370 helpful votes
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A Mighty River of Commerce In November, we were once more on the Douro River, or above it, watching it flow. We spent hours on the patio of our room at the Yeatman in Vila Nova de Gaia, observing the life blood of northern Portugal, the Douro River. Unlike our previous visit, we did not have time to take a cruise on the Douro, higher above Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, but we actually had more time to just watch the river flow - the water taxis, the tourist cruise vessels, and then the flow of commerce. Looking out at the replicas of the rabelos, the boats used to bring the Port wines down from the vineyards, far upstream, to the Port Houses of Vila Nova de Gaia, and Porto, I could almost imagine those earlier journeys. Though the River has been tamed somewhat, by a series of dams and locks, it is still a powerful current, heading toward the Atlantic, just a few miles away. In some ways, the Douro reminded me of the Mississippi River, in the USA, with the various types of vessels plying it hourly. Just watching commerce, in various forms, became a pastime with us, and with a bottle of wine, we could have spent the entire trip, just watching this river.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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June A wrote a review Oct. 2020
Surrey, United Kingdom2,037 contributions579 helpful votes
Cities are built around their watersource as water is of course the most important thing - our bodies are made from it, among other things, so without this water source the city would not exist. It is of course a beautiful natural spectacle no matter where one views it - best seen perhaps from a height - like one of the several bridges that span its depths - or of course from Ribeira.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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christophe d wrote a review Oct. 2020
Villeneuve d'Ascq, France12 contributions
Sandro brought us from Porto to the wineyard Amarante, the original wineyards of Manuel “D’Origem” with a unique site seeing and then to the Sandeman’s visit. A full day experience with a great Portuguese local, who shared with us a lot of previous experiences as an airline lieutenant. We highly recommend and thank for his hospitality. Safe and smooth driving, decent price.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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