Douro cruise Porto to Regua (week days)- Train upstream and Boat downstream
Leaving Porto, the boat passes under some of the famous high level bridges.
The urbanisation 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 alongsde the river for its jouney upstream. The arrival of the railway resulted in all the wine being carrried 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/Regua/Porto (week days) - Train up and boat down - RD|
|08:30||Meeting at S. Bento railway station in Porto||
Rates per person
Index of Douro cruises
|09h15||Departure by train to Regua|
|11h08||Arrival at Regua|
|11h30||Shipping at Regua Quay|
|Departure to Porto|
|12h00||Lunch on board|
|13h45||Carrapatelo Dam (height 35 mts)|
|16h30||Crestuma-Lever Dam (height 14 mts)|
|18h00||Arrival at Vila Nova de Gaia Quay|
|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;