Douro River Rabelo Cruise

As the boat glides on, look to the top of the sheer rocky walls. Here the Douro flows in a deep gorge, and the cliffs on both sides are majestic.

The griffin and the eagle fly by, undisturbed by the electric-powered boat. It goes on noiselessly, in harmony with the nature around.  

In olden days, “rabelos”, a centuries-old Portuguese boat, used to sail down the Douro. They carried the wine barrels from Douro vineyards to Porto cellars. You will learn much about this river, which is both a historic waterway and a wonder of nature. You will live the history on your own rabelo.

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