Douro cruise Porto to Pinhao - Boat upstream and train downstream
Leaving Porto, the boat passes under some of the famous high level bridges.
The urbanization of Porto is quickly left behind and the steep banks have villages and riverside homes.
As the journey across Portugal takes place, the boat is raised by a series of locks, some being the highest in Europe.
These locks and the dams through which they go have tamed the river from the dangerous rapids which sank many yachts when the river was used for wine transport.
Later the railway line runs along the river for its journey upstream.
The arrival of the railway resulted in all the wine being carried by train and the carriage downriver by ship stopped. In recent years, the wine has been moved downstream by road tankers.
The river passes through the demarcated port wine region of steeply terraced hills and mountains and white painted quintas to Regua, the important Port Wine town.
|Porto/Pinhao/Porto - Boat up and train down - RD|
|08h00||Shipping at the Estiva quay in Porto||
Rates per person
Index of Douro cruises
|08h15||Departure to Pinhao|
|Breakfast on board|
|10h20||Crestuma-Lever Dam (height 14 mts)|
|12h00||Carrapatelo Dam (height 35 mts)|
|13h20||Lunch on board|
|15h30||Arrival at Regua|
|16h30||Departure to Pinhao|
|Bagauste Dam (height 27 mts)|
|17h45||Arrival at Pinhao / short walk to the railway station|
|18h20||Departure by train to Porto|
|20h35||Arrival at S. Bento railway station|
|End of the cruise|
Douro Cruise's Season is from March to October provided there is a minimum number of participants and good river conditions;
Train timetable subject to confirmation by the Portuguese Railway company;
If the Portuguese Railway company is unable to provide the service, the journey will be made by bus;
Children must always be accompanied by their parents;