a VirtualTourist member asked on Aug 27, 2009
Hi. Is it possible to travel on a day trip from pinhao to porto round trip. If not, is it more scenic to drive or to take a train. How long is the trip by boat?...by train? or by car. we are leaving the us sep 08 for portugal and would appreciate your immediate help. I have not been able to find this out. thanks bette frankel
check this site: [original link]. They do all the cruises on the Douro. We took a cruise with them in April this year from Pinhao by train to Pocinho (upstream) and back by boat to Pinhao. That is the "normal" way you do from Pinhao, as it brings you into the wine growing area. Its a day trip. Worked out good. We waited at the Pinhao station for teh tour operator /guide, who came with the train from Porto. The price included a first claas coach ride to Pocinho. There we were picked up by a bus to the ship. We got some Portwine to taste and a lunch, which was not really outstanding but Ok. It consisted of three courses and unlimited wine and water.
The boat trip back took around 4 hours, which we considered to be a little long - The weather was not good. You see many of the well known Portwine producers' quintas.
The trip can't be done by car, as no road alongside the river. I would recommend the trip as described. For photos, look at my Portugal page; things to do.
It is just possible to do the whole round trip by train in one day. I have done the ride between Regua and Porto. For the first 45 minutes out of Regua or so the line hugs the side of the river and the slower trains obligingly stop at wayside stations from where some nice photos can be taken. Unfortunately I did not have time to go further. As said above, there are no roads in much of the valley, at least not down by the river.
The trains are 'Regional' trains, no reservations, and not at all expensive. Most are of USA design! No on-board refreshments, so make sure you take your own as it is a long journey.
The current timetable
You can leave Pinhao at 751 or 1213am, arriving in Porto (Campanha) at 1045 or 230pm respectively. The last train back is at 515pm. One way fare is about 12 Euros. Campanha is 10 minutes by metro train from Porto's centre.
I hope that helps.
thanks for your help. this site is wonderful we received three replies. I also contacted the concierge at the vintage house where we are booked and he said he would set it up for us. happy traveling,. bette
Hi Colares. thanks so much for your prompt reply. I am checking into the site, and I think this is exactly what I was looking forward. This is much first time in a forum, and I think it is fantastic. I got three replies, but frankly, yours was the most helpful. Keep helping people out with the forum. Your info was great.