Spending the night in Porto and wondering if taking a day trip toward Duoro Valley is possible for a few hours. If so, where do we start and how long is it? Thank you.
According to Rick's guide book, there are two companies that might fit your needs and run boats from March to November . Porto Tours has a website that describes a wide variety of offerings. The other recommended one is Douro Azul but their website doesn't appear to show these types of trips other than a Bridges Tour. Apparently it's about seven hours on the boat and then you take a bus or train back - An 8AM to 10:30PM day. Some companies have already stopped tours for the season. You might want to consider just a Bridges Tour in Porto though it doesn't go to the valley. Porto is a great city. I enjoyed staying at the Hotel B&B Porto Centro - centrally located, parking, sleek contemporary hotel, good free breakfast. A resident of Porto suggested a restaurant in walking distance called Restaurante Abadia do Porto, Rua Ateneu Comercial do Porto 22. Large, very local clientele, great food and excellent service. Enjoy the port lodges on the riverfront and take the little funicular back up the hill.
Great information, thanks for your help!