VIEWS & ARCHITECTURE

5. Visit the Splendid Mateus Palace

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Located in the parish of Mateus, this 18thcentury castle is worth a look for its stunning gardens alone. Book this private wine tasting tour for a visit to this amazing palace, followed by visits to two wineries and wine tastings iof award-winning wines.

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6. Climb the Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios 

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If Casa de Mateus has given you a taste for architecture, pay a visit to the sanctuary of ‘Our Lady of Remedies’ in Lamego with this full-day wine tour. Situated on top of a hill, this beautiful Baroque chapel has 600 steps, with picturesque statues and fountains on the various levels. 

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7. Go on a Picturesque Train Journey

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Travel between Pinhão and Porto by train against a backdrop of striking vineyard scenery. Pinhão is the small, pretty town that marks the start of the wine production area. It’s delightfully located on the North bank of the River Douro. This 6-day wine tour combines luxury with authentic experiences, and a picturesque train journey.

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8. Watch the Sunrise on an Air-Balloon Flight

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This Douro Valley air balloon and wine tour will guide you between the vines and the sky. You will fly on the first rays that begin to accentuate the scars of the hillsides and Douro cliffs, bathing, little by little, light and warm to the landscape, and finish in a wine farm with a vintage port opened with a feather.

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ON THE DOURO RIVER

9. Take a Molicero Boat Trip Down the River

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And throw in a lovely wine tasting and lunch, naturally. And if you’ve had enough heavy red wine, you could take a trip from Porto to Aveiro and Barraida to try some sparkling wines. 

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10. Enjoy a River Cruise on the Douro River

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Discover the beautiful Douro Valley landscapes with this full-day river cruise up the beautiful River Douro to Régua, and taste the best Port wines at a wine estate in Régua. You will undoubtedly be amazed at the green shores of this river featuring the well-known Douro vineyards.

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