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Douro

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Douro Line, Portugal

The 19th-century steam train, pulled by a diesel locomotive, clings to the steep, rocky ravine along Portugal’s Douro River. The ride, which takes an hour and a half, offers views of the country’s famous Douro wine region and its charming villages, vine-covered terraces, and olive groves.

Train Trivia: The steamer stops at Pinhão, where the station is decorated with exquisite blue-and-white glazed tiles, called azulejos, depicting local river and harvest scenes.

One-way tickets from $59.

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