Porto: Visit in 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

Overview

Step aboard an iconic rabelo boat for a breathtaking Douro River cruise through Porto’s wine country legacy. Originally built to carry oak barrels of port from riverside vineyards, these flat-bottomed boats now host tourists in renovated style with modern amenities.
Glide past Porto’s postcard-perfect historic center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its medieval alleys and dazzling 18th century buildings. Drift under 6 unique bridges connecting Porto to lively Gaia, home of the famous port wine lodges.
Glimpse hillside quintas and seaside mansions dotted along the Douro’s terraced banks.

Highlights

Take a traditional Douro boat ride and experience Europe’s only city with six bridges. Pass the mouth of the Douro River, Vila Nova de Gaia, and the old heart of Porto.

  • Sail aboard a boat originally used to transport Port wine barrels
  • Admire views of the historic center of Oporto, Vila Nova de Gaia, and the mouth of the Douro River
  • Navigate through the only city in Europe with 6 bridges

Included/Excluded

  • River cruise

Tour Plan

What To Expect

Listen to tales of fortunes made and lost in the port trade as you cut through gorge and vineyard. With an expert guide unraveling river history and views of the valley at every bend, this scenic cruise steeps you in the intoxicating charm of Portugal's most famed wine region.

Meeting Point

Look for the pictured boat at Cais da Estiva, Porto.

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Additional Info

Know before you go:

  • The cruise is subject to availability
  • If the boat is full, you may need to wait for the next cruise

What type of boats are used for the Port Wine Route cruise?

  • The cruise utilizes the original boats that were used to transport Port Wine barrels from the Douro Region to Gaia and Porto, which have been adapted with modern navigation equipment for passenger comfort.

What sights will I see during the cruise in Porto?

  • The journey stretches from the historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, upstream to Freixo and downstream toward the mouth of the Douro, allowing you to admire the rich landscape and learn about the history of the 6 bridges connecting Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto.

Is the cruise available at all times?

  • The cruise is subject to availability, and if the boat is full, you may need to wait for the next available cruise.

Will I learn about the history of the places we visit during the cruise?

  • Yes, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the 6 bridges that unite Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto, as well as other points of interest in these two cities.
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation:

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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