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Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch & Cruise

1. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch & Cruise

Acquaint your taste buds with the gastronomy and wine of the Douro region on this relaxing day trip from Porto. Sit down to an authentic Portuguese lunch and enjoy the countryside at two local wineries and on a river cruise. Delight your sense as you try regional wines and olive oils. Be picked up from your accommodation in Porto and sit back and relax on the drive to a winery that is nestled in the countryside of the Douro valley. Savor a lunch with typical dishes of the region. Sample some of the wines from the winery. Marvel at the scenery during a panoramic cruise on the Douro River. Stop at a second renown winery for another guided tasting.  Have the chance to try local port wine, table wines, and olive oil. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour.

Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

2. Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

Enjoy a traditional “6 Bridges Cruise” along the River Douro and follow in the footsteps of the old wine merchants that transported wine from the valley to the wine cellars. Board the boat at Ribeira Quay and sail for 50 minutes along the river. Admire the beautiful landscapes and buildings of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia from the water. Known as "Rabelo Boats," in reference to the old boats that transported wine from the Douro Valley, the cruise is the perfect chance to learn more about the historic bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn more about their construction and curiosities, and upon arrival at the last bridge, see the Foz do Douro where the river pours into the ocean.

Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

3. Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

Explore the picturesque and historic city of Porto at your leisure with a ticket that gives you access to 2 sightseeing bus tours. You can hop on and hop off at any stop in the city, taking in attractions such as the Avenida dos Aliados and the neighborhoods of Santa Catarina and Batalha. Located in the north of Portugal, the city of Porto has a rich history that dates to the Roman occupation of Iberia. This is a notable port city, situated on the estuary of the Douro River, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. You can also hop off the bus in the city’s oldest district, Ribeira, to enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch in a quaint café nestled along the city’s medieval walls and discover Porto’s famous wines. Your ticket gives you access to the cellars of Cales Calém, where top quality port wines have been produced since 1859. You can also sample some of the goods, including white, dry and ruby ports. Once you have seen Porto on dry land, you can take the Douro River Cruise to see it from the water. This is included as part of your tour package and gives you a chance to admire the city from a comfortable river cruiser as you drift down the Douro under 6 of the city’s bridges.

Porto: 4x4 Mountain Tour

4. Porto: 4x4 Mountain Tour

The adventure starts with a free pickup at your Porto accommodation. Next, head to the mountainous regions inside Porto Mountains Park where you will see Roman mines (from the outside only) dating back to 2,000 years ago. From the top of the mountain, you will be able to enjoy the most wonderful viewpoints. Next, move on to an old and isolated village in the mountains where you can observe the local community in their daily activities and life. Continue the tour by traveling along the River Ferreira where you will see watermills, one of which is still used by local residents to eat and drink in the mountains.

Douro Valley: Full Day Tour w/ Wine Tasting & River Cruise

5. Douro Valley: Full Day Tour w/ Wine Tasting & River Cruise

Begin your 9-hour Douro Valley tour with a drive to Regua, a small village in the Vila Real district. Take in the views and cross the main bridge. Continue to the National 222 and stop along this road to visit a traditional farm, learn about wine production and enjoy a taste of port wine. Continue to Pinhão, a lovely village known for its wine production. Tour winemaking facilities and taste some of the wines. Sit down for a delicious lunch of traditional regional dishes, depending on the option chosen. If lunch is not included in your tour, enjoy some free time to have lunch. After lunch, you can take a scenic river cruise, or visit the train station to admire its tiles depicting wine production and local scenes. Visit a small farm to taste delicious table wines, almonds, olive oil, and honey. Take in the spectacular views on the drive back to Porto.

Porto: Delicious Food and Wine Walking Tour

6. Porto: Delicious Food and Wine Walking Tour

Gain insight into the city of Porto and its people by learning about the essential ingredients of its cultural heritage. On this guided food tour, be guided through the streets of Porto's Old Town and discover the city’s exceptionally rich and varied cuisine that's full of history and renowned for its quality. This walking tour features a selection of the wide array of culinary delights to be found in Porto. Discover the history of Porto’s gastronomy, traditional dishes, and enjoy plenty of local tastings. Enjoy the flavors of Portuguese cuisine, like the Bifana (a spicy pork sandwich), Port wine, coffee, Bolinhos de Bacalhau (codfish) and delicious Portuguese pastry. On this journey, absorb the smells and flavors of Porto and discover the city through a culinary perspective.

Porto: World of Discoveries Entry Ticket

7. Porto: World of Discoveries Entry Ticket

Discover Portugal's history with a ticket to Porto’s World of Discoveries. Explore this interactive exhibition that recreates the journeys of the Portuguese navigators who crossed oceans to discover unknown parts of the worlds. Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias — this is the perfect opportunity for visitors to learn the stories of Portugal's famous and charismatic explorers. Uncover Portugal's fantastic odysseys while enjoying interactive multi-sensory exhibits.

Porto: Private Transfer to/from OPO Airport

8. Porto: Private Transfer to/from OPO Airport

Ensure your trip to Porto is hassle-free with a convenient private transfer to or from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). Choose from 3 suitable vehicle options that all give you the comfort and space your transfer needs. For groups of 3 passengers or fewer, choose from a Sedan vehicle that can fit 4 standard-sized pieces of luggage. Alternatively, for groups of up to 8 passengers, choose the minivan option that can fit 6 standard-sized pieces of luggage. On the day of travel, enjoy a friendly meet and greet service from an English-speaking professional driver at the airport's arrivals hall. Have assistance with your luggage, then board the comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you are taken to your destination.

Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

9. Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

Explore the ancient city of Porto with the convenience of an e-bike to climb the hills on this guided tour. The many old houses of the city of Proto seem to perch over the Douro River, huddled together from the quay to the sea. Discover the old palaces, the churches, the emblematic neighborhoods, the people, and all the picturesque corners that the city has to offer. Porto is Portugal's second-largest city with many highlights to explore. The historic core of the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. On your tour, see the Cordoaria Garden, the Clérgios Tower, Gomes Teixeira Square, the Lello Bookstore, Aliados Avenue, the Porto Cathedral, and the Dom Luís Bridge. 

From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

10. From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

Your journey will begin with the Rally de Portugal Shakedown, where you will ride a buggy for a fascinating and delightful 3-hour ride. You will explore every corner of our magnificent mountains. The first stop is a visit to Castromil's gold mines. The next stop will be in the Roman ruins of Castro Mozinho, where you can absorb and understand a little more of the history of Portugal. To top it off, nothing like a visit to the ever surrounding Quintandona Preserved Village, a place where all buildings are in shale.

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What people are saying about Norte Region

Porto is a fantastic city with amazing Churches, port wineries, restaurants cobbled streets etc but the highlight for me was the Bridge Climb. Exhilarating is the only way to describe it. Best few euros spent on this holiday and my wife was also hugely impressed. Fantastic guide ( I can’t remember her name ) was so informative and treated us to a little treat at the top. It’s a memory that will stay with me for ever. I’m in my late sixties so you don’t need to be young and athletic to do it. Up and down with a treat at the top and a short history of the bridges took less than an hour. Guide also passed on a list of restaurants and bars which we found very useful.

The cruise was very good, I got a lot of new information. You have to dress well, because even if it is 20 degrees on the shore, it gets cold on the boat. It's advisable to go as early as possible, because during the day there are a lot of people and long queues.

Very informative tour. Lots of interesting facts and well put together. The only negative was the waiting time in the queue to go on the boat but it was worth it.

The cruise was a great way to get a quick orientation to Porto, and the overhead, prerecorded commentary was very informative!

Good tour - good information in 4 languages - nice pass time