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Unique experiences in Douro Valley: for Non-drinkers

The UNESCO-listed Douro valley is well known for its food and wine tastings in beautiful terraced riverside vineyards. However, it has much more to offer than wine and food.

From the most unforgettable train ride to kayak and hiking tours there are many reasons for visiting the Douro valley.

Here’s Portugal Premium Tours list of the top things to do in the region, besides drinking wine.

1. Grape picking

Even if you are a non-drinker, when you visit a wine country you should immerse yourself in the local culture because there is more to it than the wine itself.

Being part of the harvest is a great option. It will allow you to engage with the local people and their day-to-day lives.

Many wineries let visitors participate in the harvest and the traditional “grape stomp”.

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2. The Presidential train

The Presidential train was built in 1890, for the court of the Portuguese royal family, receiving on board, over the years, many guests such as Presidents, Heads of State, Kings and Popes from many countries.

Fully restored, The Presidential train is a well-kept secret for most of the tourists. Its tracks run close along the river Douro and are considered one of the most beautiful train journeys in Europe!

This one-of-a-kind experience combines breathtaking views of the river and vineyards with the best of the Portuguese cuisine.

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3. Kayak

Besides appreciating scenic views, there are many activities for you! Contrary to what you might think the best way to explore the beauty of the region is on a kayak tour.

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4. Pacheca wine estate

Pacheca Wine Estate is one of the oldest wine estates of the region. Besides offering accommodation in their 18th-century manor they have launched a new accommodation option in giant wine barrels.

For a more engaging scenario, each room has a glass door, so that you can wake up with views of centuries-old vineyards and a skylight through which you can watch the stars.

 5. Bestança Waterfalls

Cinfães is located just an hour away from Oporto. One of its many highlights are the waterfalls along the Bestança river. Magical places surrounded by dense vegetation where you can disconnect and just enjoy the best of what nature has to offer.

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Portugal Premium Tours has private guided tours that can prove to be a great choice for those who want to customize their trip by adding different experiences.

On the Full-day Douro wine region tour, you can plan your day according to your interests and specific needs!

Portugal Premium Tours team

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