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Short 1 or 2 hour Douro river trip

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Short 1 or 2 hour Douro river trip

we are in Port in mid Feb for a day and would like to squeeze in a short river trip , do we need to book ?? , where does the boat leave from ?? , we are staying at the Pestano Porto hotel

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1. Re: Short 1 or 2 hour Douro river trip

There are one hour trips that leave from the quays in Gaia across the river from your hotel. No need to book, the touts will make sure you don't miss them. cost about 10-15€ per person. Though to be honest, these trips only take in the six bridges within the city and so some of the views are nice, some a bit rundown, like any urban waterfront environment. If you want to go further you would need a bit more time your hotel may be able to help you with something more specific.

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2. Re: Short 1 or 2 hour Douro river trip

we took the short trip on the river in November and except for the experience of being on the water it was certainly nothing special. They did serve complimentary roasted chestnuts. There was however no commentary provided.

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3. Re: Short 1 or 2 hour Douro river trip

The only 1 hour cruise in the Douro are the ones that sail between the six bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Longer cruises that go further in the Douro stream take at least one morning. Anyway, in February none of the longer cruises are available because one can't sail in the Douro - aside within Porto's boundaries - due to the fact that all damns are full.

The prices are - at least where untill recently - 10€ per person. You can book this cruises along with other tours as a package. There are packages that allow you to do the cruise, go on tours in a touristic bus and visit a wine cellar with wine tasting included. Another package lets you do all that as well as to visit several museums (including Serralves), Porto's Sea Life and have a guide tour of Casa da Música.

If you never been to Porto, the bridges cruise is something you should do because it gives you a different view of the city. I do recommend that - if you can - you return in another season and do a longer cruise because the Douro Valley is really a beatifull place.

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