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

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

Start your full-day tour in the center of Porto where your guide will introduce you to the rich history of the city and share some intriguing anecdotes with you. Travel in style in a comfortable vehicle to Peso da Régua, in Northern Portugal for a short coffee break.  Next, head to the first winery stop on the itinerary. Discover and taste the region's famous wines while admiring the panoramic views of the vineyards that weave across the landscape. Around midday, you’ll move on to a restaurant for a delicious local Portuguese lunch. Choose from fish, meat, and vegetarian options. Continue your journey to the second vineyard where you will learn about the various stages of winemaking from a vineyard specialist and get to try out some of Douro’s finest Porto wine. As a special treat, stop at the Pinhão Railway Station, whose walls are beautifully decorated with blue glazed mosaic tiles depicting sceneries of the Douro Valley and its history of port wine production. Before returning to Porto, take a scenic 1-hour river cruise along the Douro River, where you can mingle with the other guests you've met along the tour. On your route back to Porto your vehicle will stop at an amazing viewpoint where you can take beautiful pictures of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Douro Valley: Wine Tour with Lunch, Tastings & River Cruise

2. Douro Valley: Wine Tour with Lunch, Tastings & River Cruise

Explore the stunning beauty of the Douro Valley on a tour to 2 wine estates. Visit the town of Amarante and taste regional wines at both wine estates. Sit down to a delicious lunch before sailing through the lush landscapes of the Douro Valley on a river cruise. Begin your tour in Porto and learn about the region's history and wine while driving to the Douro valley. Stop for a coffee break in the historic town of Amarante and admire the town's Church and Convent of São Gonçalo, or purchase some of the pastries at one of the iconic pastry shops. Continue to a wine estate in Sabrosa. Enjoy a guided tour of a family-owned wine estate. Learn about and try 3 of the estate's wines during a guided tasting. Savor a lunch paired with red and white Douro wines while overlooking the vineyards. After lunch, drive to Pinhão, with a photo stop at São Cristovão viewpoint. Take in panoramic views of the Douro valley. See where the Pinhão river joins with the waters of the Douro River before embarking on a cruise at Pinhão.  In the afternoon, take a guided tour of a famous wine estate (Quinta da Roeda – Croft/Taylor’s group or Quinta São Luiz – Kopke/Burmester group). Uncover the history of the vineyard and the secrets if the wine-making processes. Taste 3 of their fine wines before returning to Porto by one of the world's most scenic roads, the N222.

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

3. 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 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 Porto at the end of your tour.

Porto: Palácio da Bolsa Guided Tour

4. Porto: Palácio da Bolsa Guided Tour

The Associação Comercial do Porto started the construction of the Palácio da Bolsa, its headquarters, and property in 1842. Over three generations, many masters and craftsmen worked to build this architectural jewel of the 19th century in neoclassical style. Great names in architecture, painting, sculpture, and decorative arts contributed to the construction of the building, which is now classified as a National Monument and one of the main attractions of Porto e Norte, receiving more than 450,000 visitors annually. During this guided tour with a certified guide from Palacio da Bolsa, you will visit the authentic and impressive rooms of a building that is now over 180 years old. Learn about how the building has received governors from almost every country in the world and is the location of most of the official state receptions held in the north of Portugal.

Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

5. Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture, and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 48 hours, with 1 convenient hop-on, hop-off ticket. Easily reach the historical center of town, and visit popular spots like the Torre dos Clérigos, Fundação Serralves contemporary art foundation and gardens, the Casa da Música, Lello bookshop and the dining and entertainment options along the Cais de Gaia esplanade. Don't forget to taste the famous Port Wine. Your ticket gives you access to Quinta da Boeira and Caves Poças Junior wine cellars. Simply jump on board the Yellow Bus Official Sightseeing Tour buses with your 48-hour ticket. The bus ticket includes the Historical Porto Tour and the Porto Castle Tour. Head out to the Foz do Douro or Matosinhos beaches and the Gaia Riverside area, or visit to the Tramcar Museum. Don't forget to taste the famous Port Wine when visiting one of the numerous cellars at Gais Port as well. With this hop-on, hop-off ticket, you'll be able to access the many fascinating destinations of Porto. Porto Castles Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Praça da República• Casa da Música/Rot. Da Boavista • Av. Boavista Hotéis • Fundação de Serralves • Castelo do Queijo/Sea Life Porto • Anémona• Matosinhos Restaurants • Tourism Office/Cruises Terminal • Matosinhos Beaches • Anémona • Passeio Alegre • Fluvial• Tramcar Museum • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars Historical Porto Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Alfândega• Cordoaria/Clérigos • Carmo Church • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars • Gaia Quay Caves Cálem • Porto viewpoint/Yeatman/Cálem Wine Cellars • Largo dos Aviadores • El Corte Inglês • City Hall • Jardim do Morro • Praça da Batalha

Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

6. Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

Visit the Cockburn’s cellars, also known as ‘lodges’, and discover the most extensive wine cellars in the historic quarter of Vila Nova de Gaia. Located opposite the twin city of Porto across the Douro River, this region is known for its beauty.  Watch the dedicated team of coopers disassemble barrels stave by stave for maintenance and then reassemble them.  Go inside the sturdy granite walls of the Cockburn’s lodge house which boasts 6,518 seasoned oak barrels of maturing Port and the equivalent of a further 10,056 barrels held in tones and vats.  This sizeable and priceless stock provides the basis for the creation of Cockburn’s renowned Ports, including the famous Special Reserve. On this guided tour, you will have an authentic experience of a fully working Port cellar. Start your visit with a trip to the Cellars museum which charts Cockburn’s fascinating 200-year history.  A series of exhibits reveal the stories of the families that built Cockburn’s; their planting of vineyards in the Douro Valley and the making of legendary Ports that turned Cockburn's into a world-renowned producer.  Your visit continues through the working sections of the buildings where thousands of oak barrels and vats hold Cockburn’s valuable stocks of maturing wines. At this point, you will pass through the longest aging gallery of any Port cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia.  Filled with the impressive sight of thousands of barrels, stacked 4 high you'll learn about the importance of maturing Port in seasoned wood as well as the central role of the cooper. In the tasting room, you will enjoy a classic tasting, or if you select the premium tasting option then you will have the following: Classic:• Cockburn's Special Reserve• Cockburn's Late Bottle Vintage• Cockburn's 10 years old  Premium tasting with chocolate pairing:• Cockburn's Fine White paired with Passion fruit chocolate • Cockburn's 10 Years old paired with Yuzu cinnamon chocolate• Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais Vintage paired with Raspberry chocolate Vintage Tasting paired with cheese:• Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais Vintage paired with Sheep Cheese (Nisa dop)• Cockburn's 2011 Vintage paired with Goat Cheese (Beiralacte)• Cockburn's 2015 Vintage paired with Cow Cheese (S. Jorge dop)

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

7. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Guimarães and Braga from Porto. Pass through the scenic Minho region and explore the historical centers of these two cities. Enjoy a traditional restaurant lunch. Minho is known for having some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Portugal, as well as being one of the richest regions in history. Explore the area and visit the cities of Guimarães and Braga on a full-day trip from Porto. Guimarães is the birthplace of Portugal and of the first Portuguese king. See the medieval castle of Guimarães and spend some time in the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The streets and monuments of Guimarães are so well-preserved that it is easy to imagine the past. Go on to spend the afternoon in Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the cathedral and the historical center. See an important sanctuary, Bom Jesus do Monte, before making your way back to Porto.

Porto: Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Grandma's Recipe

8. Porto: Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Grandma's Recipe

Experience authentic Portuguese cuisine during this baking class in a cozy Porto home. Gather in the kitchen and learn how to prepare pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) following a local grandma's recipe. End your experience at the table with drinks and fresh pastries.  Get welcomed into your host’s home and start by learning about your host and their family. After getting acquainted, roll up your sleeves and get ready to bake everything from scratch. Enjoy working in a calm space with lots of natural light and get everything you’ll need for a fun baking time. Following a recipe that has belonged to your host’s grandmother for years, learn how to create pasteis de nata with lots of love, time, and care. Everybody will get to help, taking turns and learning fun facts about the pastry.  The class ends in the best way possible: together at the table with some coffee, tea, orange juice, and the freshest batch of homemade pasteis de nata you’ve ever had.

Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

9. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

Fado is an important part of the collective Portuguese soul, born in the taverns of the 19th century and an iconic symbol of the Portuguese culture. This 75-minute program includes a visit to the Cálem wine cellars to learn about ancestral traditions. The visit is followed by a tasting of two port Wines (white and special reserve), which are served to you while you enjoy a Fado performance. The Fado performance features both male and female voices accompanied by traditional Portuguese guitar and classic guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear to the music and experience the soul of the country.

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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A great 1 hour introduction to fado. A brief explanation of other Portugese music styles. Two singers and two musicians. They all seemed to have a genuine love of fado and performed from the heart. The venue was pleasant and intimate.

Our guide, Pedro, provided us a lovely, relaxed day. He was very attentive, but gave us time to explore around on our own. I really enjoyed learning about the process at the 2 wineries we visited, and the lunch was delicious!

A wonderful tour, Leonore with very good knowledge of German, was fun and you learned a lot of new things.

Our guide Christian was great. Really enjoyed the whole day!

Excellent and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.