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The Douro Valley

“An excess of nature” in the eyes of the local writer Miguel Torga. “The eighth wonder of the world”, according to José Saramago, Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Douro Valley is, arguably, one of the most beautiful places in the world, where human activity, ancient, lived and lives in an almost perfect symbiosis with nature.

Cultural and tourist destination of excellence, First Demarcated World Region, in 1756, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, since 2001, and the birthplace of unique and unmatched nectars, the Douro is undoubtedly a region that must be visited at least once in its life. .

When it’s your turn, be sure to do it with Ânima Durius!


Cruise & Sail






Our Boats

Choose your favorite


This superb yacht brings together all the elegance and comfort that is expected in a ValkVlet. Ideal vessel for short or long trips.

  • 12 people
  • 40,35 x 12,63 ft
  • With toilet
  • Includes


This wooden classic “James Bond” style motorboat is ideal for tours in great charm and refinement on the Douro River.

  • 6 people
  • 17,3 x 7,2 ft
  • No toilet
  • Includes

Stella Maris

Elegant and spacious, it is the ideal vessel for peaceful strolls, as a couple or as a family. Sailing and silence are the cherries at the top of this experience.

  • 10 persons
  • 33 x 11 ft
  • With toilet
  • Includes

Why Anima Durius?

Unique and memorable experiences in the Douro Valley

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Multilingual Local Skippers


Unforgettable day
One year ago, September 20th, we had the pleasure to visit your winery, have lunch and cruise on the Douro with you. Unforgettable souvenir. Hope your doing well (I remember you were anxious about a 50lt of white wine you were trying to do.
Great day for my wife and I.

Thanks Paulo!!

Claire et Yves L

Yves L
Yves L

Super relaxed tour
Would recommend this very much, see the douro from the river and learn all about it by Barbara! Nice port wine on the way and have a nice trip!

Nienke V
Nienke V

Lovely sunset boat tour, highly recommended!!
We had an amazing experience during this wonderful tour! The weather was not that great in the beginning but that did not matter as it swiftly changed Because of the miniature climate That bestowes upon the Douro valley. We were welcomed by Barbara, who is fantastic and very kind. The captain gave us a lot of new insights About the valley and also gave us the space to enjoy it amongst ourselves. All in all a great experience and à must If you ever plan to visit Pinhao and the Douro region.

The couples experience
The couples experience

One of the best days ever
When we booked the tour, we were expecting an average day out discovering Portuguese wines. What we experienced was a lot more. Paulo knows the area like the back of his hand, and it was an enormous privilege to not only visit his vineyard and winery, but also meet his family, especially his mother and father, the founders of Quinta Poços. Our every need was catered for, from transport to a pit stop for a quick espresso! We enjoyed an delicious lunch, washed down with a selection of his excellent wines, and talked for hours. The day was finished off with an unforgettable cruise down the Douro river, enjoying some white port, music and incredible views as the sun went down over the valley. We didn’t want it to end, and would like to take this opportunity to thank Paulo for making it a day that we will always remember.

If you’re planning to visit the Douro valley, you need to book this tour!

Louise B
Louise B

Fantastic afternoon!
We had the loveliest afternoon on our private river cruise! The boat is beautiful, the scenery is spectacular, the port was delicious and our guide was lovely. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a sunny day.


Two hour cruise on the Douro
It was worth spending extra money to have a private river cruise with Paolo and his little dog. Beautiful scenery, peace and tranquility, sitting on deck with a glass of port! Paolo was interesting to talk to and we wished we could have booked the trip to his family estate. But sadly time didn’t allow. Thank you Paolo, we wish you well in the future.


Douro River cruise with Paulo
An incredible day!! The highlight of our two week trip!
Paulo was kind and funny and generous! We loved our meal at his family estate
and our time on the river.

Nan,Tom and Brian
Nan,Tom and Brian

A beautiful experience
We really enjoyed our cruise on the Douro, unfortunately we didn't have the best weather, but Paulo ensured we enjoyed ourselves with some interesting conversation + facts of the region, whilst ensuring we had a glass of Port.

Thoroughly recommend this to people visiting the region, enjoying the scenery from tranquility of the boat is a perspective you don't get from anywhere else


Sunset Cruise on the Douro River
This was a fabulous way to wind down after driving from Porto to the Douro Valley. Paulo and his partner (and their little dog Luna) were absolutely wonderful hosts and cruise guides. They answered questions we had about the region and Portugal, and also let us enjoy the scenery quietly while lying on the front of the sailboat, sipping champagne (take me back now, please). I cannot recommend Paulo and his company enough! If you are looking for a unique, private, and special way to experience the Douro Valley, please book a tour with them! I genuinely love supporting local businesses when traveling to new places and I can honestly say I was beyond satisfied by Anima Durius.

Angela T
Angela T

Most Wanted Tours

Embark on an indelible freshwater passion that
will exceed your expectations!

1 hour plus Baco

Embark on this experience and discover the Douro aboard a classic and elegant wooden boat. Private and guided tour.

  • 1 - 4 hours
  • 1 - 6 people
since €60

Sunset Stella Maris

Surprise your partner in this program for two and delight in watching the sunset on the Douro River. We guarantee music, drinks and light snacks.

  • 2.5 hours
  • 1 to 5 couples
since €200

Full day tour Stella Maris

Ideal program to do as a family, with friends or as a couple. A day on board, building memories, swimming, diving or just relaxing on the deck.

  • 6 hours
  • 1 — 10 people
since 125€

Wine & Sail Unbelievable

For you we open the doors of our Quinta dos Poços and invite you to spend a unique day, in a genuine and memorable experience.

  • 6,5 hours
  • 1 - 20 people
since €200