Bridges of Porto

Ideal river sail for hens

  • Our cruises are usually available from 1000 – 1730 on weekdays and Fri Sat Sun 1000 – 1830
  • cruises last 50 mins
  • Departure is usually from the Cais de Gaia quayside area (other side of the Douro river from Ribeira) at 11:00, 14:30 and 18:00.
  • Transport to the departure point is not included.
  • Remember you will need to build in time to get to the point of departure at Cais de Gaia.
  • Our voucher will give you full details of how to get to the departure point but if you prefer private transfers and/or a guide to accompany you, please let us know, and we will be happy to offer you that as an additional service.
  • 50 minute tour on a 160-capacity tourist boat.
  • you'll have fantastic views from the river of the margins of the Douro river, between Arrabida Bridge and Freixo Bridge.
  • audioguides are available in most languages.
  • Optional extra: we recommend booking a wine cellar visit after your cruise end !
  • Private charter cruises of the Douro river are also available – ask us!
  • Safety is important at all times and you must heed the rules and advice of the crew.
  • Especially during summer, use sun protection: sun hats, sun block and sunglasses.
Porto Hen Weekend

Riverboat cruise under Porto’s heavenly bridges

Specially for your hen weekend (or stag), a 50 minute public Porto cruise where you’ll get the best possible view of Porto’s most iconic trademark sights: the fantastic bridges, beautiful tiled old buildings and the wine cellars.

The boat sets sail from the Vila Nova de Gaia side of the river (a short trip over the river by public transport from the Ribeira/Aliados districts, but let us know if you’ll need a minivan transfer to the quayside departure point at Cais de Gaia.)

Combine your Porto cruise with a wine cellar visit

Porto’s Douro river is steeped in wine-trading tradition (don’t try to drink it though…the river we mean) and spanned by old and new bridges that add a stamp of character to the whole place. You’ll see the old wine barges “rabelos“) plying either bank and it’s easy to imagine you’re in some 17th century reverie.

Up your spirits with the wine cellar add-on

And, if you’ve worked up a thirst on the water there is good news. Watching all those wineries float by will surely have piqued your curiosity. We recommend you combine your cruise with a short visit to one of Porto’s premier wineries. This addition to your sail will only cost a few extra euros, but up the spirits considerably!  There you’ll sample a couple of the wines that make this city so famous.

Just a short walk from where you disembark from the boat you’ll have entrance to one of Porto’s wine cellars, there you’ll sample some port wine and learn all about this lovely fortified nectar!

This is Porto’s greatest sightseeing adventure and you’ll have an audio introduction in English to all of the glories of Porto. All in all it’s a fantastic first day-in-Porto cruise trip. Add the wine cellar visit – this too is a must while in Porto – you’ll learn all about the wine and the wine trade and sample a couple of Ports from the cask – you can’t leave town without doing that!

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