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The best Day Trips in the Douro Valley

Updated: Jul 9

During your trip, one of the best ways to get to know the destination as much as possible is by taking a tour or day trip.

The Douro Valley and Régua are such rich destinations that there's no shortage of experiences to make the most of your days! From wine tastings to boat trips or visits to monuments, the days of your stay won't be enough to enjoy all the activities you can do in the Douro Valley and Régua are such rich destinations that there's no shortage of experiences to make the most of your days! From wine tastings to boat trips or visiting monuments, the days of your stay won't be enough to enjoy all the activities!

In this post, we'll give you 5 tips for unmissable day trips in the Douro Valley and Régua.

  1. Historic Douro Train

Historic Douro Train
Historic Douro Train

Taking a ride on the historic Douro train can become one of your best experiences, as this is one of Portugal's most popular tourist attractions. This tour offers a unique experience marked by the beauty of the Douro landscape and the antiquity of the steam train.

This experience consists of a full-day tour from Régua/Amarante/Vila Real with the following adventures:

  • 10h00 - Hotel pick-up;

  • 11h00 - Farm visit and wine tasting;

  • 12h30 - Lunch;

  • 15h00 - Arrival at Régua train station;

  • 15h30 - Start of the journey on the Douro Historic Train with the emblematic CP 186 locomotive and 5 historic wooden carriages, through the majestic Douro landscape;

  • 16h40 - Arrival at Tua Station;

Free time;

  • 17h06 - Departure of the Historic Train bound for Régua;

  • 18h26 - Estimated arrival at Régua Station;

  • 19h00 - Drop-off at Hotel.

2. Lamego By Train Budget Tours 

Lamego is a historic and monumental city located on the Douro and belonging to the district of Viseu.

This city has a rich cultural and architectural heritage dating back to Roman origins and the abundance of the 17th and 18th centuries.

If you want to get to know this region, we offer you a tour of Lamego departing from Régua with train, lunch, farm, boat included and the following route:

  • 09h20 - Depart Régua Station

  • 09h46 - Arrival at Pinhão Station

  • 10h30 - Rabelo Pinhão boat trip (1 hour)

  • 11h30 - Departure for Ucanha

  • 12h30 - Lunch at a typical Ucanha restaurant

  • 14h30 - Lazarim

  • 16h00 - Visit to farm and wine tasting

  • 18h00 - Arrival in Régua 


3. Experiences and Wine Tastings at Private Wine Estates

Wine and Food Tasting
Wine and Food Tasting

Experiences at private and exclusive estates are truly memorable and can encourage visitors to explore the world of wine. Here are some suggestions of famous Quintas in the Douro to make your experience even more special.

3.1. Wine Tasting at Quinta do Vale Meão

Quinta do Vale Meão
Quinta do Vale Meão

Vale Meão or Quinta do Vale Meão is a treasure located in the Douro, close to the Spanish border.

As well as producing incredible wines and being known for its red wine, Quinta do Vale Meão offers an enriching experience for visitors, from the wine tasting to the unique landscapes it offers.

It's well worth visiting and exploring this wine gem! Check out the program:

  • 09h18 - Departure from Peso da Régua train station

  • 10h45 - Arrival at Pocinho

  • 11h00 - Visit and wine tasting at Quinta do Vale Meão

  • 12h30 - Visit to the Amêndoa Coberta workshop

  • 13h00 - Lunch in a typical restaurant in Torre de Moncorvo

  • 14h00 - Guided tour of the town of Torre de Moncorvo

  • 15h30 - Sabor Lakes Circuit

3.2. Wine Tasting at Quinta do Vesúvio

Quinta do Vesúvio
Quinta do Vesúvio

If you want to enjoy an exclusive and private experience, we have the perfect offer for you.

The Vesuvio Prime Tour will provide you with a different day full of adventures that will make your day better and create memories with various experiences.

Here is the tour plan we offer you with insurance, hotel pick-up/drop-off, professional driver with CAP, tour guide, air-conditioned vehicle, tickets for the visit to the Quinta, boat and train, lunch and bottled water.

  • Hotel pick-up

  • Direction to Pinhão station.

  • Train to Quinta do Vesúvio,

  • Quinta staff will be waiting

  • Arrival, welcome with refreshments

  • Jeep tour of the vineyard (vineyard plots and the best stories)

  • Visit the century-old winery (where traditional treading methods are preserved in eight granite lagares)

  • Entrance to the main house

  • Wine tasting (Quinta do Vesúvio specials, DOC Douro and Vintage Ports)

  • Lunch on the veranda of the manor house

  • Train to Pinhão

  • Arrival (van waiting)


3.3. Quinta da Pacheca 

At Quinta da Pacheca you can taste 2 DOC wines + 2 Port wines and be guided around the estate to learn about the history and winemaking processes.

As for lunch, the meal includes 1 starter + 1 main course + 1 dessert + Drinks included (Grande Reserva range) of your choice.


3.4. Quinta do Ventozelo 

Quinta do Ventozelo 
Quinta do Ventozelo 

At Quinta do Ventozelo you can taste wines such as Azul de Ventozelo DOC Douro White; Quinta de Ventozelo DOC Douro Malvasia Fina; Quinta de Ventozelo; DOC Douro Viosinho; Azul de Ventozelo DOC Douro Red; Quinta de Ventozelo DOC Douro Touriga Franca.

In addition to the wine tasting, this tour also includes insurance, hotel pick-up/drop-off, a professional driver with CAP, a tour guide, an air-conditioned vehicle, tickets for two estates, lunch and bottled water.

3.5. Quinta da Val Moreira 

At Val Moreira, you can try 10 wines (6 DOC and 4 Ports) directly from the vat and in the Library, which is the most welcoming wine-tasting space. For lunch, you can enjoy regional dishes prepared by Chef Tiago Monteiro, accompanied by the Val Moreira wines produced on the estate.

3.6. Quinta do Tedo 

Quinta do Tedo is an award-winning agro-tourism property located in the heart of the Douro Valley. This 18th-century estate is set amongst vineyards that rise above the dramatic centralization of the Douro and Tedo rivers.

On this estate there is a tasting of 2 DOC wines (reserva and grande reserva), and 3 Port wines (Fine Tawny, LBV 2016 and Vintage).

Lunch takes place in a high-quality service space in a familiar, discreet and comfortable atmosphere with seasonal and regional ingredients creating dishes of great depth, flavour and meaning.

4. Visit to Viewpoints and Monuments

4.1. S. Leonardo de Galafura 

S. Leonardo de Galafura
S. Leonardo de Galafura

The São Leonardo de Galafura viewpoint is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Douro, offering a sublime view of the Douro River and the surrounding landscape from a height of 640 meters.

The program includes:

  • Insurance

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

  • A professional driver with CAP

  • Tour guide

  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • Tickets for two farms

  • Lunch

  • Visit to viewpoint

  • Bottled water


4.2 Visit to the Monastery of Santa Maria de Salzedas

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Salzedas is a monastery located in the municipality of Tarouca. The monastery houses works by some of the greatest names in Portuguese painting, such as Vasco Fernandes (Grão Vasco), Bento Coelho da Silveira and Pascoal Parente.

Since 2011, the space has been open to the public, where you can visit the museum centre and the exhibition Expressions of Religious Art at the Monastery of Santa Maria de Salzedas

We offer a complete visit because on the way to this monument, you'll find the unmissable

Murganheira wine cellars.

For lunch, you'll go to a typical restaurant in Ucanha, where you can see the fortified bridge.

At the end of the meal, you'll visit one of the many Douro estates where you can taste their exquisite wines.

To relax and exceptionally end the day, you'll take a Rabelo boat trip from Pinhão.

The program includes:

  • Pick-up and Drop-off

  • Monastery tickets

  • Visit to the cellars

  • Visit to the estate and boat trip

  • Lunch


4.3 Jeep Tours in Nature

Jeep tours in nature
Jeep Tours in Nature

Enjoy a jeep ride around the Azibo Reservoir, observing the surrounding biodiversity.

This activity includes stops at viewpoints and strategic points for birdwatching.

If you are interested in taking a tour with Feel Discovery, please contact:


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