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Rowing in Portugal: Enjoy the Douro River – The UNESCO world Heritage
Row and socialize – along the banks of one of the most beautiful river in Europe.
Rowing in Europe offers the wonderful possibility to row in Portugal’s most magnificent river –
the Douro river.
The river and according Wikipedia, the Douro vinhateiro (winegrowing-area) of the Douro Valley
in Portugal has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Traditionally, the wine was
taken downriver in flat-bottom boats called rabelos, to be stored in barrels in cellars just across the
river from Porto. Dams with locks ( we will meet 3 of them) were built along the river, allowing
river traffic. The area of the Douro has a microclimate allowing for cultivation of olives, almonds,
and especially wine grapes. The region where we row, around Pinhão is considered to be the centre
of Port wine. Believe us: There are also fantastic red and white wines to taste.
Our trip starts in Porto, the second largest city in Portugal which can be easily reached by air
(Easyjet, Ryan Air, TAP, Delta, AUS) from almost all European Airports and selected Airports in the
USA/CAN, GER/SUI/UK/FR and AUS/NZ. After our train transfer to Pinhao, we will row 4,5 days with
daily stretches of 22-30 Km and arrive in Porto after a total of 120 km. A safety boat will join us, esp.
when entering the locks. Also interesting: Caminho del Douro, a walking path through the valley.
Douro River Tour: Cost/Person: starting at 1290 Euro*
5 Nights in 3* and 4* Hotel/w/BF
• 4.5 rowing days, Dates in 2018
• Local tour support
• Boat rental / Lunches Check in: 10 Sept. 2018 (Monday)
• Farewell Dinner Check out: 15.9.2018 (Saturday)
• Dbl rm accomodations
Not incl: Safety boat/Lock access /trainticket * Prices based of group size of 15