Because of our limited time in Portugal, booking private drivers for the Douro Valley Wine tour and the Sintra area tour proved to be the correct decision. We were able to enjoy the companionship of the drivers who were both knowledgable about the respective areas and were efficient even though crowds were an issue in Sintra.
The streets of Porto were extremely crowded and the Palaces of Sintra were a mass of humanity even though we arrived early. Our ticket voucher was not accepted at Quinta da Regaleira and we had to walk back downhill to the car and ask our driver for assistance clearing up the confusion. This wasted approximately forty minutes, but we were eventually able to tour the grounds.
Mi amigo, Pedro, assisted us with our decision to book private tours of the Douro Valley near Porto and a tour of Sintra. He was extremely helpful with coordinating the schedules for both day trips an...Mi amigo, Pedro, assisted us with our decision to book private tours of the Douro Valley near Porto and a tour of Sintra. He was extremely helpful with coordinating the schedules for both day trips and did not pressure us. We asked for a tour of the Douro, a short boat trip, a winery tour with a vegetarian lunch, a hike in a remote area or exploration of an historical town. He made several suggestions for winery tours and towns and we ultimately chose ***********winery in Pinhao and a visit to the town of Amarante. These choices proved to be perfect for our needs. Ana, our driver for the Sintra tour, was awesome! She knew shortcuts, special places, was knowledgeable about the area and passionate about Portugal. Ana went above and beyond expectations and we highly recommend her. We would also highly recommend Pedro for planning a vacation or tour in Portugal!