We booked this trip through the Information Office & paid our 60 euros (cash only). 0800 meeting and we departed very promptly. Breakfast was a croissant & fresh bread roll with butter & jam. Perfectly adequate. Am told the coffee was appalling but am not a coffee drinker. Seats inside & out and we settled in for the journey. intermittent commentary in 4 languages. The locks were pretty impressive and quite a feat of engineering (well to a non engineer who has never seen a lock before). The music selection was a little random (Village People, Grease, Frank Sinatra and ?Portugese music...). Lunch was average but edible - a soup, roast for the main and a very yummy dessert. A bottle of wine between 2 was provided - I wouldn't rave about it but it was free. Nice views of the terraces / vineyards as we got further up the Douro. We docked in Regua and had 90 minutes of 'free time'. Now it was a little odd - we wandered up the ramp to a 'tourist information' caravan and asked where we could go to try some Port. There was also a tow - train (the ones that take people who can't (be bothered) walking around tourist attractions or as a kids' ride and you could go on a 'wine tour' for 10 euros. The lady in the tourist information office said there was nowhere we could go to get wine unless we went on the mini-train which would take us to a wine cave. Her English seemed pretty good so I don't think it was lost in translation. We declined and kept walking. Found a nice restaurant next to the train station and spent an enjoyable time trying Port & eating tapas. Local train back to Porto Sao Bento, leaving 445, got in about 7. Overall a good day. It wasn't super flash but this trip is a lot cheaper than many others so I feel it was value for money.
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