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PORTO DOURO CANAL BOAT HIRE - DOUROVOU LTD

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
2 nights minimum
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CANAL BOAT HIRE DOURO RIVER WATER WAY PORTO Portugal. ATTENTION: PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BY EMAIL, FIND DOUROVOU, http://loja.douro.biz WE HAVE 8 BOATS Its very difficult to communicate through this system... Please googe DOUROVOU and email us for more data Skipper Day: 80€ (If you don’t have a license. Skipper does not sleep on the boat) The company owns a small Marina 'Douro Fluvina' at Ferradosa - Sao Joao da Pesqueira. The boat is a 26ft Yachts ideal for a couple or a family with children. There are 2 berths in a OPEN SPACE compartment. NO CABINS ATTENTION: Not suitable for people with limited mobility. You can rent a Motor Yacht with our chalets that are a few meters way from the private pontoons. The chalets are very near the boats, and supply added comfort for your stay o...CANAL BOAT HIRE DOURO RIVER WATER WAY PORTO Portugal. ATTENTION: PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BY EMAIL, FIND DOUROVOU, http://loja.douro.biz WE HAVE 8 BOATS Its very difficult to communicate through this system... Please googe DOUROVOU and email us for more data Skipper Day: 80€ (If you don’t have a license. Skipper does not sleep on the boat) The company owns a small Marina 'Douro Fluvina' at Ferradosa - Sao Joao da Pesqueira. The boat is a 26ft Yachts ideal for a couple or a family with children. There are 2 berths in a OPEN SPACE compartment. NO CABINS ATTENTION: Not suitable for people with limited mobility. You can rent a Motor Yacht with our chalets that are a few meters way from the private pontoons. The chalets are very near the boats, and supply added comfort for your stay on the boats with larger toilets and kitchen. The Douro water way starts on the Atlantic coast at Porto and comprises five connected lakes that extend for 200 km to the border with Spain. You can explore it with our boats and stop where ever you like, take tours by train along the valley, walk in the vineyards, visit farms and small towns or simply swim in the warm clear waters of the river. Along the river there are plenty of free public piers with charming small restaurants, hotels and shops nearby. Inland waters are perfect for a first charter experience. The climate is pleasant From April to October The scenery is breath-taking, spectacular really - no wonder it's a World Heritage site! Our Marina is a lovely little spot on the river, perfect for people that appreciate nature and outdoor activities. Nearby there are charming little family-run restaurants where you can have superb meals at very reasonable prices. At the marina our guests also can find: small sail boats, kayaks, bicycles, barbecue, even a swimming pool. Give it a go. It's great fun, great value for money and thoroughly enjoyable! Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 1682011More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Half bath
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Meet the host
Jose T
Hosting since September 2011
Languages spoken: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese
Response Rate: 60%
Response Time: Within a day
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Reviews (30)
Dreamer35848545555
Dreamer35848545555
1 contribution
The 6 days on the river were relaxing and we especially enjoyed the upper river. The boa t performed well. Jose provided extensive information on a personalised itinerary of marinas, restaurants and places to visit each day. He and his staff were friendly and helpful. Jose's Marina also has cabins available for the night before and at the end of the boat hire. Train transfers from Porto San Bento station to Ferradosa was easy. We took our 26 MacGregor through two l(huge) locks which were daunting, but easily managed with two of us. Jose includes his guests as friends, and made our time on the Douro a memorable part of our Portugal/ Spain adventure.
Visited August 2019
Written 25 August 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Departure811485
Departure811485
1 contribution
We had a great time on the upper Douro River. The country is beautiful: vine-covered slopes then wild forested hills all viewed from the quiet peace of the boat. There are places to stop and moor the boat and you can walk up into the hills to find villages, bars and country restaurants. Don't forget to take your boating licence though!
Visited April 2019
Written 23 April 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Cosmopolitan731271
Cosmopolitan731271
1 contribution
Jose was a most kind and fantastic host from beginning to end, ensuring that we had a manageable itinerary for the 5 days and giving us so much interesting information about the area. The boat was comfortable and well equipped, albeit without shower, so planning a hotel at least every other night is advisable. Jose's base at the old station at Ferradosa has spectacular views and is very peaceful and his colleague Gustavo was also charming and helpful too for which many thanks. The scenery is absolutely spectacular and the river so quiet apart from the occasional river cruise boat. We swam in the river, negotiated a large lock which Jose had booked for us, and felt that we had had a very different and enjoyable holiday by the end. We would recommend the trip to anyone who likes boats, scenery and simple comforts. We would go again any time. Thanks Jose! Best, Nick and Sophie
Visited September 2018
Written 30 September 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

AngieSeal
AngieSeal
Birmingham, United Kingdom12 contributions
Jose guided and helped up from start to finish on our very first boating holiday . From supplies , to restaurants and overnight hotels nothing was too much trouble. The pre trip virtual tour and support pack was very helpful with pontoon guides and mooring . Our trip started in Porto for a few days site seeing , Jose's team met us off the train in Ferradoza . After an overnight stay in a local cottage and a morning of further guidance of the boat from Gustavo we were off on our own for 5 very relaxed days in one of the most beautiful areas in the world heading to Spain and back along the Douro . Once we had gotten over our initial nerves it was fantastic. There were periods of up to two hours and we didn't see another boat it was so quiet. On our last day we returned back to Ferradoza picking up Jose , who then accompanied us on the last leg home to Pinhao with a slight detour to swim in the coldest inlet on the Duoro !! and help us through the largest lock ever which is 37 meters high.... This was a very different experience from all of our previous holidays and took us out of our comfort zone but was well worth it. Sleeping on the boat was both relaxing and peaceful , there was plenty of room, we alternated hotels with sleeping on the boat. The hotels chosen for us were basic , spotlessly clean and perfectly adequate. The people we met in the small towns made us feel very welcome , we can not speak Portuguese and they did not English , however it didn't matter everyone managed . Jose left us in Pinhao after lunch taking us to our last hotel stay and we spent a further night there and visited the Quinta Do Bomfim , which bought the whole trip together with a wine and port tasting. Train back to Porto, back home feeling very relaxed and if we had actually had a holiday. This is highly recommended if you need to get away from the rat race !! . However don't forget to get your boating licence first the training is invaluable. Angie
Visited July 2018
Written 26 July 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

farra001
farra001
1 contribution
Couldn't fault the arrangements made by Jose. The trip along the river was marvellous. Jose made sure everything ran smoothly. Passing through the locks was a great experience. Stayed ashore some nights and the small hotels booked by Jose were very comfortable with friendly staff and very reasonable.
Visited May 2018
Written 14 July 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Road316243
Road316243
Thanks Tony Cheers Jose
Written 17 July 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

307Les
307Les
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
I wanted to have a river boating experience where we could do our own thing and this fit perfectly. We rented a boat from Jose for 4 days and traveled the Douro to the Spanish border and back. This was a bit tight and if you have the time slow down and take a few more days. The boat was great, Jose helped setup the trip, organized our itinerary and arranged for the lock transfers. The river is very easy to navigate and you need only basic boating skills, just stay away from the big riverboats. In late September, there was very little traffic, we saw only 2 other boats over an entire day. We'd do it again, this time going downstream towards Porto.
Visited September 2017
Written 13 July 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

BackPacker717597
BackPacker717597
1 contribution
Jose is een vriendelijke, relaxte man die alle tijd neemt voor een duidelijke uitleg. Ook zorgt hij voor een goede routebeschijving. Er is een beperkt aantal aanlegplaatsen op de route richting de Spaanse grens, maar overal zijn eenvoudige restaurants te vinden waar je heerlijk kan eten en vriendelijk bediend wordt. Ook kan je overal heerlijk zwemmen. De sluis passeren is een echt avontuur maar goed te doen. We raden aan de trein vanaf Porto naar de opstapplaats te nemen! Deze volgt de rivier met prachtige uitzichten. Jose haalt je op van het station en brengt je naar de supermarkt voor boodschappen. Deze bootreis is een échte aanrader!!
Visited August 2017
Written 13 July 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

GracieGrayDay
GracieGrayDay
Manchester, United Kingdom11 contributions
We hired a boat from Jose for 5 days and cruised to the Spanish border and back, the scenery was stunning and the river beautiful. The boat was easy to drive and the locks are nothing to be afraid of. There aren't many facilities along the way and stock up at the supermarket before you go. The boat would benefit from an electric coolbox and a deck shower.
Visited September 2017
Written 13 July 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Road316243
Road316243
Electric cool boxes kill batteries... Deck Shower installed now Thank for your comment Jose
Written 13 July 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ewaldo
Ewaldo
Cheltenham, United Kingdom1 contribution
We arrived in Ferradosa by train from Porto. We were already captivated by the beauty of the Douro River from the train windows. Jose looked after us marvellously, collecting us from the train station, organising a trip to stock up at the local supermarket a few miles away. After a thorough briefing we were off for four days of enchanting scenery, friendly people and amazing value evening meals, and of course the superb Douro wine. We overnighted at Fish Soup Bay in Preguica, then motored to Barca de Alba near the Spanish border, and lastly overnighted at Senhora da Ribeira and back to base. Going through the Pocinho dam lock is an experience not to be missed. I cannot wait to go again !
Visited July 2018
Written 13 July 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Chris B
Chris B
56 contributions
Jose is a wonderful host and helper, dedicated to clients having a great time. Flexibility on the trip and visits to vineyards. Anyone undertaking this holiday should do appropriate research on the area and the river, in order to make the best of it. Try to do the longer trip to Spain and the trip down to Pinhao is a must.
Visited October 2017
Written 11 November 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Balcony
Boat Available
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Refrigerator
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Linens Provided
Mountain Views
Ocean Views
Secure Parking
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
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Terrace
Towels Provided
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About the neighbourhood
The Port vineyards cover approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine.They are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face (an essential element for supporting the vines on these slopes) that have created an impressive landscape of unequaled beauty where hot summers are followed by warm autumns, wet winters and beautiful springs. It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought after wines in the world, Port. You can explore it on our boats and stop where ever you like, take tours by train along the valley, walk in the vineyards, visit farms and small towns ...
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