Boating to your Wine Tour: the Best Wine and Boat Tours in 2023

27 Feb, 2017


Here is our selection of the best boat ride and wine tasting experiences combined to make your day or week a memorable one. Our experts have created for you the most exclusive tours.

1. Douro Valley Wine Tasting, River Cruise and Mateus Palace – Portugal

The tour starts in the morning, with a stop at a splendid Portuguese Palace home to the famous Mateus rosé. After a stroll around the manor house and gardens, you will be taken to visit the charming Quinta do Portal winery, where you will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch paired with house wines. Next, embark on a cruise journey along the Douro river. And last but not least, end the day tasting some award-winning wines at Quinta do Seixo winery.

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2. Hvar Island Wine Tour and Boat trip – Croatia

Located south of Split, the beautiful island of Hvar offers great wine experiences. This private speedboat tour will take you around the island combining swimming in a well-preserved lagoon and fine wine tastings. Discover an undersea wine studio and try 4 different wines paired with local delicacies. Do not miss their sumptuous white wines recently awarded at European level.

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3. Underwater Wine cellar and Boat Tour around Bilbao – Spain

This is one of the most exclusive experiences offered on Winerist: a visit to the world’s only underwater wine cellar, located in the Bilbao bay area. After getting there on a private boat and learning about the science behind the project, you will have the opportunity to see the cellar with submarine cameras. On the way back to the continent, taste some of the wines produced in this unique cellar. In the afternoon, your guide will take you around quaint Basque villages for an off-the-beaten-path tour.

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4. 7-Day Provence Wine Cruise – France

A 7-day cruise along the French Riviera with an on-board wine specialist. Each day will be a new occasion to discover more about the French culture, wonders of nature and some exclusive wineries. Every evening you will enjoy a new tasting with a selection of 4 different French wines from the main wine-producing regions in the country. An unforgettable experience is guaranteed.

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5. Wachau Valley Wine Tasting Tour – Austria

This Austrian wine tasting tour will take you on a journey along the Danube discovering the steep vineyards and their lovely white wines, ruined castles and quaint old towns. Amongst them, you will visit Durnstein, Weissenkirchen and Melk Abbey and enjoy two wine tastings. Winerist promises you scenic and romantic Austria at its best! 

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6. Danube Boat Ride and Wine Tasting in Budapest – Hungary

For a relaxed sightseeing tour, a private cruise on the Danube river is always a must. This exceptional boat ride will take you along one of Europe’s most beautiful skylines. You will also enjoy a tasting of four fine Hungarian wines. Learn about Budapest’s history and some funny facts, as well as the secrets of the wines you will be tasting.

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7. Food and Wine Tour in Venice – Italy

Foodies and Italian lovers, this tour is made for you. You will be taken around the charming streets of Venice to taste a local specialty: the cicchetti. Your second stop will be Strada Nuova where you will enjoy yet another Venetian speciality: the polpette, spicy meatballs. Later on, after having been on a “gondola for locals” to cross the river, your guide will take you to the local market.

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8. Favignana Island Fishing Boat and Food Tour in Sicily – Italy

This boat trip will take you amidst some of the most beautiful European bays. You will learn how to catch fish in the Mediterranean Sea and take part in an on-board cooking lesson with the captain himself. While sailing from coast to coast, you will be able to enjoy a well deserved swim in crystal clear waters. The journey promises to be unforgettable.

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