Something you must keep in mind is that almost everyone offers you a complimentary wine tasting when you book for the cable cars, cruise or sightseeing. So you could end up doing a lot of wine tasting for one afternoon, speaking of wine tasting, after a few other places, we realized there’s nothing better than Croft’s , a bit of an uphill walk from the river, but it includes an informative guided tour of perhaps some of the only remaining authentic wine cellars with hand-made casks and vats in the area.
The traditional boats called ‘rabelos’ that carried wine casks downriver from the Douro have now been converted into tourist boats that offer picturesque and romantic trips up and down the Douro. Incidentally we saw a wedding happening at the monastery, another wedding reception on a boat, and later that evening, caught a bridal couple sneaking into our hotel!!!
The boat ride at 10 euros per head is a great investment (certainly not better than the day trip up the Douro past the vineyards) and provides an exceptionally good view of Douro life.