Foz do Douro Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Foz do Douro Sightseeing cruises

Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

1. Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

Enjoy a traditional “6 Bridges Cruise” along the River Douro and follow in the footsteps of the old wine merchants that transported wine from the valley to the wine cellars. Board the boat at Ribeira Quay and sail along the sparkling Douro river. Admire the beautiful landscapes and red-roofed buildings of the towns of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia from the water. Let the old-fashioned charm of the Rabelo Boat (old wine transport ship) transport you back in time. Listen as your guide tells you about the historic bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, as your boat glides under them. Learn more about their construction and curiosities, and upon arrival at the last bridge, see the sandy beaches of the seafront area Foz do Douro where the river pours into the ocean.

Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

2. Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

Travel by water on a unique cruise through the city of Porto and soak in the beautiful views accompanied by a glass of wine. Pass by the famous Ponte da Arrábida, Douro Ecological Reserve, and more during the journey on a sunset or daytime cruise. Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you will begin your round-trip cruise through the beautiful cityscape of Porto. Throughout the trip, you will have the chance to see remarkable places such as Ponte da Arrábida, the old market (Alfandega), the Porto wine cellars, and the beautiful Ponte Luiz I. Turning back at Luiz I bridge, you will sail until the entrance of the Douro River for a sea experience and a lovely view of Foz do Douro and the new cruise terminal. If you want you can also stop close to the Douro Ecological Reserve to enjoy the peace and quietness of this fantastic area. Alternatively, choose the sunset option to enjoy a magnificent boat tour combined with beautiful sunset views from the vantage point of the sea. The tour ends back at the meeting point.

Porto City: Douro River Sailing Tour

3. Porto City: Douro River Sailing Tour

Experience Porto in a whole new way on this 2-hour private Douro River sailing tour. Cruises on the 31-foot classic motor boat depart from Douro Marina and end in the mouth of the Douro River. Take in the famous Ribeira and see the typical houses of Porto from the water. Enjoy spectacular views of Arrábida Bridge and Dom Luís I Bridge. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine or bottled water en route. The tour operator will provide a few rounds of alcoholic drinks, but the supply is limited. The aim is for an elegant, relaxing, peaceful and safe experience for all on board.

Porto: Private Charming Sailboat Tour on the Douro River

4. Porto: Private Charming Sailboat Tour on the Douro River

Embark on a private sailboat tour along the riverside of Porto and Gaia. Pass some of the most appreciated attractions in the cities of Porto and Gaia, such as the Dom Luis Bridge, Crystal Palace Gardens, Porto Cathedral, and Clérigos Tower. Starting at the Douro Marina, meet your certified crew and savor a sparkling or Porto wine as a welcome drink before sailing calmly between the Dom Luis Bridge and the mouth of the Douro River. Simply sit back, relax, and listen to music while admiring the sights from the water.

From Porto: Exclusive Sailboat Cruise 2H

5. From Porto: Exclusive Sailboat Cruise 2H

In this exclusive private tour for two, you'll meet the staff at Douro Marina who will welcome you aboard and tell you a little bit about the boat and the tour itself. A trip between the marina, the riverside and Foz do Douro. During the journey, you will have the opportunity to appreciate an exclusive trip with your friends and family. You will be able to see up close a landmark of the city like the D. Luís I Bridge from a different perspective that only the Douro River can offer.

Best of Porto Guided Tour with Lunch, Cruise & Wine Tasting

6. Best of Porto Guided Tour with Lunch, Cruise & Wine Tasting

Start your full-day program with a Porto city tour. Enjoy a walk through the historic center, admiring the exterior of the Cathedral and the São Bento Railway Station. Take in all the major landmarks and monuments. Finish with a visit to a well-known wine cellar for a tour and a wine tasting. The morning tour ends in Porto Ribeira. You’ll receive vouchers for lunch in a traditional restaurant near the river and the 6 Bridges Cruise. The 50-minute cruise takes you along the river to see the 6 bridges that connect Porto and Gaia.

Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

7. Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you'll have a pure sailing experience on a race boat while you can watch the magnificent views over Porto and Gaia river areas. Experience the unique feeling of using only the wind to move the boat and the adrenaline of moving on the water.   You can trim the sails, drive the boat, and take care of the functions on board or you can just relax and let the skipper do everything. Depending on the wind conditions, you can have a more extreme experience or you can ask the skipper to slow down and take things more smoothly.

Porto: Private Sail on Douro River

8. Porto: Private Sail on Douro River

Experience Porto in a whole new way on this 2-hour private sailing trip aboard the Argonauta, a 31-foot, charming and classic motor boat, built by the reputed Swedish boatyard Hallberg-Rassy. The noise of Porto will be quickly forgotten as you sail out onto the Douro River with the sea breeze in your hair. Sailing through Porto allows you to take in the famous Ribeira and view the typical Porto houses as they were meant to be seen, from the water. Plus, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Arrábida Bridge and Dom Luís I bridge. The tour departs from Douro Marina and ends in the mouth of the Douro River. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine or water as you sail along and marvel at the incredible views. 

Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

9. Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

Enjoy the opportunity of participating in sailing maneuvers and steering Inca, a catamaran specially designed for people with special needs. A one-of-its-kind boat, this catamaran is fast, fun and perfect for sightseeing with plenty of room to have you and your guests on board. During your picturesque sail, you'll see the magnificent landscapes of Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto from the water. Depending on the sea conditions, you’ll be taken towards the open water to enjoy the pleasure of sailing and experience the sense of freedom that can only be delivered by the ocean.

Discover Porto Tour with River Cruise & Traditional Lunch

10. Discover Porto Tour with River Cruise & Traditional Lunch

On this exciting journey, visit the main sights and historical monuments of Porto. The transportation is in a luxury vehicle. After pick-up at your hotel, you'll get a short presentation about the unvanquished city, Porto. During all the tour, your guide will give you detailed information on this city's history, culture and leisure activities. Some of the attractions you'll see on this tour are: Clérigos Tower, Foz do Douro, the Cathedral, Saint Bento Station and the Ribeira Region. Visit the Porto wine caves and enjoy a lunch with a delicious and typical dish of Porto. Then it's time to depart on a spectacular six bridges cruise. On this fantastic trip on the Douro River, you can admire the six bridges connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia, until you reach the mouth of the river where, after hundreds kilometers, the Douro meets the sea.  

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What people are saying about Foz do Douro

Simple 50-55 min tour of the river. Keep in mind you have to exchange your booking with one of the tour operators they mentioned for whatever time you want before you can board the boat. (They all speak great English.) The one I went on had an automated voice in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish explaining the bridges we were seeing. It was very cold (I took the first boat, the 10am in mid October) so make sure you bundle up. Boats are available every 30 min.

The tour was amazing! Had a glass of port, relaxed on the boat, took millions of photos from all angles. Don’t miss the chance to see Porto from the water!

outstanding! I highly recommend to take this on your first or second day to get acclimated to this beautiful city!!

It’s a beautiful experience and I highly recommend. It’s a great way to see Porto from a different perspective.

Great sight seeing experience, unfortunately we had cloudy weather.