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The trip begins and finishes at Douro Marina, in Vila Nova de Gaia. The cruise includes the exclusive use of the boat, with a professional crew (skipper and tourist guide) and insurance. We also offer you two bottles of sparkling wine or white wine and snacks. Does not include: Catering on board or at the restaurant (menu and price on request) and the trip back to Porto (price on request).
Navigate the Douro River is an unique experience. From Ribeira do Porto with colorful houses of unique architecture, the bridges of different timelines that connects two cities, to the breathtaking landscapes that surround the Douro River banks in its full length.
Peso da Régua City, in Vila Real is considered the center of the Douro Demarcated Region. The process of demarcation of the region began to be developed in the XVIII century, when Marquês de Pombal, Portugal’s Minister of State, ordered the production areas of the best wines to be marked with granite marks.
Since then, the area of Peso da Régua has become a trading post where departing and arriving boats carrying wine to Vila Nova de Gaia.
The Alto Douro Vinhateiro, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, represents the beautiful vineyards landscape that characterizes the vast Douro Demarcated Region, the oldest regulated wine-growing region in the world. The landscape of this region combines the beautiful nature of the Douro Valley, made up of steep slopes, with the ancestral and continuous action of Man.
This intimate relationship between human activity and nature allowed the creation of an unique ecosystem, where the terrain features are taken advantage of in an exemplary way, with the modeling terraced landscape, preserving it from erosion and allowing the cultivation of the vineyard. Miguel Torga, one of the most important Portuguese poets, described this region as “an excess of nature. […] a geological poem. Absolute beauty.”.