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From Porto: Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tour

1. From Porto: Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tour

A perfect trip for wine lovers, don't miss this day trip through the region that gave us Port wine. Leave Porto and head for your first stop in your Douro Valley tour, the town of Amarante. With its traditional streets and buildings made from local granite, here you can explore unique sites and noteworthy monuments, such as the Convent and Church of São Gonçalo, and a beautiful and imposing bridge. If you prefer, you can also visit the municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum. Continue your trip through the city of Régua on your way to Pinhao, stopping at a viewing point in Mesão Frio. In Régua, admire the beautiful stained glass windows of Casa do Douro that illustrate the history of how barrels of wine were first transported in Rabelo boats down the Douro River. In Pinhão, see the city's famous train station, built in 1879, as well as the Douro Museum where you'll become familiar with the whole history of Port wine. Pinhão features a scenic landscape of rivers, valleys, vineyards, and houses climbing up the slopes.   You will walk along the river, passing through the train station with its typical tiles and then head to a farm for a Port wine tasting - the perfect way to finish off this Port adventure.

From Lisbon: 5-Day Private Portugal Tour

2. From Lisbon: 5-Day Private Portugal Tour

Day 1: Lisbon Spend a full day exploring Portugal's charming capital city. Take a guided walking tour and become acquainted with one of Europe's most fascinating cities. With your informative guide, see and learn about some of this city's most famous historical landmarks. Return to your hotel in Lisbon and stay overnight (not included).   Day 2: Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril On the second day, visit Sintra, the Portuguese Aristocracy paradise and discover the charm of its narrow alleys and the typical shops. Visit a local pastry shop where the famous sweets Queijadas de Sintra and Travesseiros de Sintra will be waiting for you. Then, customize your tour and choose from the many palaces to visit in the area, including Quinta da Regaleira and Moorish Castle Palaçio da Pena. Later, visit the geological formation of Cabo da Roca, also known as "The Snout of the Rock" or "Promontory of the Moon," and marvel at the unimaginable beauty of the area. Next, it's time to explore Cascais, an ancient fisherman village turned beautiful and cosmopolitan beach resort. Return to your hotel in Lisbon and stay overnight (not included). Day 3: Lisbon, Fatima, Coimbra, and Oporto On the third day, escape the bustle of Lisbon and head out to Fatima, where you'll visit three places of interest and attend a mass (optional). Then, make your way to Coimbra and start the tour of the city at the oldest University in Europe. See the highlights including the Joanine library, built in the XVIII century on the grounds of the former prison of the University and marvel at one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, Then, transfer to your hotel in Oporto and stay overnight (not included). Day 4: Oporto and Gaia Start your day tour of Oporto at the central Avenida dos Aliados, a famous spot for celebrations and events. Admire the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Walk around the city center and past the Lello Bookstore with its renowned staircase, known for its link to the Harry Potter series. Then visit Gaia, a hub of the port wine industry where the wine is being aged in hundreds of different cellars. Visit a local winery, where you will be shown the various aspects of winemaking and also taste some of the best wines in the world. At the end of your day, return to your hotel in Oporto and stay overnight (not included) Day 5: Douro Valley Check-out at your hotel in Oporto and take your luggage with you as you will be taken to the airport in Lisbon or Oporto at the end of the day (if desired). The day starts with a visit to Amarante in the Douro Valley, where you can see numerous examples of the Romanesque and medieval buildings. Then, stroll along the S. Gonçalo bridge and enjoy some of the most popular sites of the city, including the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo and the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum. Next, head over to the market where you see vendors selling the delicious S. Gonçalo sweets, always a source of curiosity and great laughter due to their phallic appearance.

Oporto: Three Days Private Tour

3. Oporto: Three Days Private Tour

Your first day will be dedicated to exploring the city of Porto (Oporto). Walk around the city center and past the Lello Bookstore with its famous staircase, known for its link to the Harry Potter series. Another attraction you will visit is Sao Bento’s train station, where 20 thousand tiles from Portuguese artist Jorge Colaco will take you on a virtual trip through Portugal over the centuries. See the Church of San Francisco, built in the 12th Century, and visit Gaia, where Port wine is aged in hundreds of different cellars. Visit one of the cellars and taste this unique wine. The next day, you will head to Portugal's first capital and visit the Guimaraes Castle, followed by São Miguel Church, and Paço dos Duques de Bragança. Explore the old medieval streets of Guimaraes and taste the delicious Santa Clara’s Pastry. Then, head to Braga, a modern city that also has a rich roman and medieval past. Go to the cathedral and to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, where you can see the Bom Jesus Elevator - the only water powered elevator still in use. On the third day, you will explore the beautiful Douro Valley. Stroll through the historic center of Amarante, walking through its ancient streets. Visit the lovely Pinhao Railway Station, built in the Nineteenth Century, its tiles represent the landscape and the life of the people in the region. Of course your visit to the oldest wine region in the world must include a visit to a local winery, where you will be shown the different aspects of winemaking and also taste some of the best wines in the world.

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We had a very nice trip. Ana was a great tour guide who was also able to tell us a lot about Portugal. It is very impressive how the vineyards characterize this landscape. We were also able to spontaneously take a 1-hour river trip. We can highly recommend this excursion.

The sightseeing in Amarante and the douro valley are amazing. A very nice experience which included wine tasting and lunch at a local restaurant with traditional food.

Ana was such an amazing guide. We got to visit the sites listed plus an extra boat ride on the Douro for a minimal fee. We'll worth the trip