Day six in Portugal was devoted to the wines and sights of the magnificent Douro Valley. We had planned to take the much-praised cruise up the Douro River, followed by a train back . . . but no!
In order to cruise all the way from Porto to the valley, we would have needed to travel through a series of locks, but heavy rains had made them impassable. So, we opted for a van and guide — the knowledgeable and affable Paolo from Get Your Guide picked us up at 8:30 AM from our Airbnb; a charming couple from Sweden was already aboard.
And off we all went to the heart of Port wine country.
Our tour included three wineries, a one-hour cruise on the Douro River (past those flooded locks) and a delicious typical Portuguese lunch in a small village en route. But nothing was more delicious than the vistas of the valley itself. It was a full-day’s excursion, and a happy day at that. See for yourself!