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Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Bus and Return by Boat

Porto, Portugal
Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Bus and Return by Boat

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Discover the UNESCO-listed splendor of the Douro Valley on this full-day trip to Régua from Porto, including a return boat ride. During a scenic train ride to Régua, you’ll see vineyards and valleys before you board a cruise ship set to sail down the Douro River. On this day trip to Régua an onboard lunch is included.  
  • Full-day trip to Régua including a river cruise return journey
  • Enjoy a picturesque train journey through the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley
  • Sail down the Douro River, arriving back in Porto in the early evening
  • Lunch included
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Panoramic river cruise
Restroom on board
Hotel pick up and drop off (if shuttle option included)
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
São Bento Station , Praça de Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal

The trip going to Régua is made by train and it ends at Cais da Ribeira or Cais de Gaia depending on the company.

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8:00 AM

Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Ribeira Square , Praça Ribeira, Porto, Portugal

The return is made by boat and will end at Ribeira quay or to Gaia quay.

When the option with transfer is chosen we collect all passegers from their Hotels around 30 minutes before departure of the cruise/train.
After travelling to Porto’s São Bento Railway Station independently, greet your host and board a train destined for Régua, a sun-bleached town in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley.

Just before boarding the train, admire the station’s decorative tiles and learn a little of its history. Then, as the train lurches into motion, appreciate the grace of the Douro Valley’s landscapes: sprawling vineyards, quaint villages, and undulating hills paint a pleasing picture.

Then, after a short walk from Régua train station, you’ll board a boat and embark on a 6-hour cruise down the Douro River. Revitalize with lunch served on board the boat and admire unparalleled views of the surrounding landscapes as you sail at a relaxed pace.

Your boat docks at Estiva Quay, near Ribeira Square, where your tour concludes.
Pass By:  
Sao Bento Railway Station
Board on a fun day on this 1 day cruise from Régua, the capital of the Douro Valley, and enjoy the unique scenery and landscape of the wine estates and the river. At the designated time, mentioned on the booking confirmation, the train will depart from Porto São Bento Train Station (it will be mentioned on the confirmation).
Stop At:  
Peso Da Regua
It is thought that the town´s name originated from the name of a Roman house that once stood here - the "Villa Reguela". Its great development was, however, only to begin after 1756 with the creation of the Real Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro (Royal Company of Vine-Growers from the Alto Douro Region), which set up the world's first ever demarcated region for wine production. Situated on the banks of the River Douro, Peso da Régua played a fundamental role in the production and sale of Port wine, for it was from here that the barrels were transported in the special boats known as barcos rabelos to Vila Nova de Gaia, where the wine was left to age in the local wine lodges. In this region, the vines are grown on terraced slopes leading down to the river, providing visitors with a series of spectacular views, which are best admired from the area's many viewpoints, such as those of São Leonardo at Galafura and Santo António do Loureiro.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Douro River
The Douro Valley could as easily be called the enchanted valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer.
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Barragem do Carrapatelo
The Carrapatelo dam is located on the border of Porto and Viseu district, respectively between the municipalities of Marco de Canaveses and Cinfães. Inaugurated in 1972, it was the first dam to be built on the national section of the Douro River. This is the Douro dam with the highest gap, 35m, which makes the boat passage through its lock an unforgettable experience. It is located at km 65 of the Douro waterway and is the second dam before the mouth of the Douro. Pass by this dam the cruises that make the route Porto and Régua.
Stop At:  
Barragem de Crestuma-Lever
The Crestuma-Lever Dam is located in the Porto district, between the parishes of Crestuma and Lever, from which the dam's name derives, and connects the municipalities of Vila Nova de Gaia and Gondomar. It was opened in 1985. This is the Douro dam closest to the mouth where it is 22 kms. It is therefore the first dam that we find when we go up the river by boat and the last when we go down. The lock overcomes a 13.9m height difference of the waters, being the smallest difference in the Douro Dams. In addition to water storage and electricity production, the dam also serves as a pedestrian and road crossing.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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By the end of the day you will reach Porto. Cross the bridges of Porto until you get to the mouth of the River where it meets the sea and finish the experience with the best views of Porto historical center and the Port Wine Lodges in Gaia. The boat will arrive to Porto (Ribeira Quay) or Gaia (Gaia Quay - it will be mentioned on the confirmation).
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The cruise is subject to availability, weather and sailing conditions
  • Panoramic cruise
  • The cruise requires a minimum number of participants
  • No refunds for late passengers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Train travel takes place on a regular CP train (Comboios de Portugal) and is not an exclusive service. In this way, the train journey is the sole responsibility of this Entity, and it is not possible for us to ensure all seats.
  • In case the program changes or there is no availability a bus will be used instead of train
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Living Tours Viagens e Turismo Lda
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Bus and Return by Boat?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Bus and Return by Boat?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Bus and Return by Boat.
What is the social distancing policy during Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Bus and Return by Boat?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Bus and Return by Boat?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Bus and Return by Boat.


12 Reviews

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Was a rainy day, but we...
, Oct 2021
Was a rainy day, but we had a wonderful trip...lots to see, nice bus ride versus train not offered, and meal was wonderful, they also set us apart from others while we ate due to Covid and truly appreciated that part.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Good morning from Living Tours, Dear Mr. Ben, We would like to thank you your time sharing your experience on the 1 day trip to Régua by boat. Thank you so much for your time. Best regards Living Tours Team
Very enjoyable day out
, Oct 2019
Fantastic day out. The tour operator called me the day before the trip to confirm details, such as where to meet and the time. I had read in previous reviews before the trip that it is best to sit on the right hand side of the train, which we did, and the river is on this side. Although the first hour or so is just travelling through the city. When we got off the train we followed the guide for about a 10 minute walk to the boat. Once on the boat, and seated on deck, it left straight away. We were offered a glass of white Port or soft drink, and a small plate of nibbles. Then we had about an hour and a half to enjoy the views as we traveled along the river, which was nice and relaxing. Lunch was severed about 12.30, which was vegetable soup, fresh bread roll, then pork with potatoes, rice and vegetables. The service was excellent and staff very pleasant. We were offered second helpings of the soup and main course if we wanted it. Desert was cheesecake, and we had water and wine to drink, and coffee at the end of the meal. We arrived back in Porto early about 5.00pm. It was a very pleasant and relaxing day out, and after 2 busy days sight seeing Porto city and walking for miles, it was just what we needed.
Disorganized pick up at train...
, Oct 2016
Disorganized pick up at train station . Guide did not know we were on the list .Minimal commentary but boat ride back to Porto well worth it.
Moyen pour l'organisation.
, Aug 2021
Journée agréable tout juste... L'aller en bus très correct, retour sur un rafiot bruyant et très vieux... Le repas à bord est correct mais rien de plus. Heureusement le paysage et les passage des écluses valent le coup.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Bonjour de Living Tours, Merci par partager votre comentaire avec nous. Nous sommes désolés que le bateau n'ait pas été à la hauteur de vos attentes. Cependant, nous comptons sur vous, peut-être une prochaine fois, pour essayer d'autres activités. Cordialement Équipe Living Tours
Prachtig en verzorgd aanbod. De moeite waard
, Jul 2019
Verrassend mooi en heel verzorgde trip. We hebben er van genoten. Fijne verzorgde maaltijd. ( alles á volonté) Bij warm en zonnig weer is er wel weinig schaduw op het dek, dit is spijtig want dan moet je binnen in restaurant ( met airco).
det var svært at finde plads i toget da...
Karsten N
, Jun 2016
det var svært at finde plads i toget da der ikke var reserveret nogen sæde, turen med båden varede alt for længe 6timer godt

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