Cheap Activities and Tours of Porto, Portugal
Porto is a fascinating and vibrant city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe's most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions and a buzzing nightlife. There is a lot to see and do in Porto and the city will appeal to a wide range of different visitors. Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plazas of the Avenida dos Aliados. The region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the mighty Douro River. There are many things to do in the area and something for everyone. It can be hard to know where to start, but these budget-friendly tours will help you get started.
Visit the Douro Valley for Wine Tasting
On this guided day tour from Porto you can indulge in the world-renowned wineries of Portugal's Douro Valley. You will visit two stunning wineries nestled into the valley, each with their own sweeping views and high-end wines. Learn about the vast array grown and fermented here, including Portugal's legendary Port wine. Gain insider insight into the local cultivation practices from the winemakers themselves and enjoy a traditional 3-course lunch. Your full-day wine country journey begins with a convenient pickup at your central Porto hotel. Settle into your luxury coach transport and kick back on the scenic drive into the Douro Valley. After approximately 1.5 hours, arrive in the lush valley, where majestic views of terraced vineyards and UNESCO-listed hilltop villages surround you. Take in the views at your first stop, a classic Portuguese adegas, or wine estate. Tour the grounds of this stately winery, learning about the grapes it grows and how they turn it into wine. See the cellar, where the wine is stored and bottled, then sample some of the wines and learn about the different tasting notes with your guide. Enjoy a savory 3-course lunch with wine at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in the valley. At your next winery, an 18th-century adega, learn about the wines more in-depth so that you may contrast and compare how the different soil affects the tasting notes of the wines. You're in for a treat - this small producer specializes in fortified Port wine, which Portugal is famous for. Sample some of the different kinds they produce and, if you like, select a bottle to take home. Hop back in your coach bus and relax on the leisurely drive back to central Porto. Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in the early evening.
An Overview of the City on Foot
Delve into the rich history of Porto alongside a professional guide
on this immersive 4-hour Porto walking tour. Experience northern Portugal's historic city of Porto, known for its curved streets and blend of Moorish and Roman influences. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city center, explore Porto Cathedral and Baroque churches, and learn how grapes traveled the Douro River to the coast where winemakers make famous Port. Learn about Porto's Roman roots and hear about the Moorish and Castilian invasions. Pose for photos in front of Porto Cathedral and then stroll along Aliados Avenue to see the monument to King Peter IV Admire the eye-catching Ponte de Dom Luis I - Porto's iconic iron bridge. After meeting your expert local guide in Porto's Se neighborhood, begin your 4-hour Porto walking tour by first entering the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Porto's center. You will learn about the history of this charming town and visit many of the most popular attractions before finishing your Porto walking tour in Ribeira Square where your friendly guide will bid you ado.
Take a Day Trip to Fatima
On this insightful day trip from Porto you will explore one of Portugal's most holy sites, Fatima, and the university town of Coimbra. Get out of Porto's city limits and discover the wealth of cultural experience nearby. In Fatima, learn about the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary and the alleged Virgin Mary apparitions that have happened here. Immerse yourself in the local religious culture by attending mass at the basilica inside the sanctuary. Then enjoy time in Coimbra, where you will see many university students during an informative walking tour where you will see the city's Romanesque Old Cathedral of Coimbra, believed by some to be the most significant Roman Catholic structure in the country. Your full-day tour of Fatima and Coimbra begins by meeting your guide in Porto. Settle in to your comfortable air-conditioned coach and begin your scenic journey south to Fatima. On the ride there, get to know your guide and learn bits of historical anecdotes, like how Christians have pilgrimaged here for hundreds of years. After two hours, depart the bus and begin exploring by foot. You will have time to explore both Fatima and Coimbra before returning to your coach to relax and reflect on the drive back to Porto. Your tour ends in central Porto in the early evening.
Take a Night Tour (and Fado Show)
Experience Porto at its most romantic time, at night, during this evening driving tour of the city followed by dinner and a Fado show. This tour will show you the many beautiful sides of Porto at night. Start with a driving tour in a comfortable van with panoramic windows to see the cobblestone streets, floodlit Douro River, and many other stunning sites. You will learn about the sights from your guide's onboard commentary. Then, head to an authentic local restaurant for a memorable meal and traditional 2-hour Fado show, Portugal's signature melancholic music of longing. Your evening Porto tour begins by meeting your driver and guide in central Porto at dusk, the most romantic time of day. Settle into your comfortable van and enjoy the beautiful views of the city. Then, enjoy the cuisine of an authentic restaurant as you listen to a fabulous performance that will make your night even more memorable.
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