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Porto: Guided Historical Center Tuk Tuk Tour

1. Porto: Guided Historical Center Tuk Tuk Tour

Take a unique exploration of Porto, in which you will be taken to discover a different and charming side of the city. See the Douro River from several fantastic viewpoints in Porto and Gaia, as you get to know the city in a relaxed style. Ride through various places in your charming tuk-tuk, as you hear of stories that this city has to tell in every corner that makes Porto and its people unique. Enjoy the ride with a glass full of Port - a fortified wine that originates from this area. Porto has in the past been nominated 3 times and elected 3 times as the best European destination. The experience offers a unique way to get to know Porto as nobody else will. Discover every nook and cranny, and marvel at the brilliance and splendor of a city that is full of character and passion. Opt to take the tour in the daytime, in the evening, or at sunset, by selecting the relevant option when you book. For the sunset tour, experience the city in a beautiful light - the perfect moment for a glass of Porto with the most astonishing views over the old town. Pick the night option and enjoy a tour of Porto in the evening with fewer people around and less traffic. Alternatively, if you are a cruise ship passenger, choose the 'shore excursion' option to begin the tour at the main gate of Leixões Port. Start the tour by the sea and get to know the historical center of the city, passing first by the Douro river bank.

Porto: Historic Center Photo Tour in Ford T Replica

2. Porto: Historic Center Photo Tour in Ford T Replica

Visit the top landmarks of Porto and snap unforgettable photos as you drive around in early 20th century cars. See the grand Porto cathedral and the Passeio das Virtudes with your knowledgeable driver. Head to Vila Nova de Gaia, a hub of the port wine industry and filled with café terraces and picturesque tiled houses, perfect for a photo. Discover the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, a former monastery set on a hilltop, and take some panoramic pictures of the city. Snap some captivating photos at the Miradouro da Vitória viewpoint. Hear interesting stories and anecdotes about the city from your helpful guide as you tour around one of the oldest cities in Portugal.

Porto: Douro River Sailboat Tour

3. Porto: Douro River Sailboat Tour

Embark on a private sailboat tour along the riverside of Porto and Gaia. Pass some of the most appreciated attractions in the cities of Porto and Gaia, such as the Dom Luis Bridge, Crystal Palace Gardens, Porto Cathedral, and Clérigos Tower. Starting at the Douro Marina, meet your certified crew and savor a sparkling or Porto wine as a welcome drink before sailing calmly between the Dom Luis Bridge and the mouth of the Douro River. Simply sit back, relax, and listen to music while admiring the sights from the water.

Douro River: Private Panoramic Cruise

4. Douro River: Private Panoramic Cruise

Take a trip on a vintage American vessel with comfortable seating and panoramic interior views of Porto. Enjoy views of the banks of Porto and Gaia, and between the marina of Afurada, before returning to Gondomar and the baroque style Palácio do Freixo building. Pass under the 6 most famous riverside bridges, including the Ponte da Arrábida, Ponte de Dom Luis I, Ponte Maria Pia, Ponte Infante D. Henrique and Ponte São João. See the area of Cais da Ribeira from the water, with its unique architecture and iconic Port wine cellars.

Porto: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

5. Porto: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Porto at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Sao Bento Train Station, Clerigos Tower, Rua das Flores and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Monte: 1 Hour Tuk-Tuk Private Tour with Traditional Toboggan

6. Monte: 1 Hour Tuk-Tuk Private Tour with Traditional Toboggan

Enjoy this adventurous tour of Monte Village and Funchal with an exhilarating toboggan ride at the end. Admire beautifully decorated streets and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. Starting at the Old Town, see the “painted doors” throughout the streets of Santa Maria, where numerous doors were painted by different artists giving this street a unique glow. Also, admire the picturesque details of cobblestone floors and the façades of the old houses on Rue de Santa Maria. Next, continue towards Monte and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. The structure that is visible today for all its visitors was completed back in 1818 and is one of the most sought sites by churchgoers and tourists in general. After visiting Monte, dare to ride some toboggans, more commonly known as “Carreiros do Monte." Toboggan riding was traditionally a means of transportation by locals who wanted to travel quickly from Monte´s village to Funchal. This adventurous and old-fashioned transportation appeared around the 1850s and is still in use today.

Porto: Private Sail on Douro River

7. Porto: Private Sail on Douro River

Experience Porto in a whole new way on this 2-hour private sailing trip aboard the Argonauta, a 31-foot, charming and classic motor boat, built by the reputed Swedish boatyard Hallberg-Rassy. The noise of Porto will be quickly forgotten as you sail out onto the Douro River with the sea breeze in your hair. Sailing through Porto allows you to take in the famous Ribeira and view the typical Porto houses as they were meant to be seen, from the water. Plus, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Arrábida Bridge and Dom Luís I bridge. The tour departs from Douro Marina and ends in the mouth of the Douro River. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine or water as you sail along and marvel at the incredible views. 

From Porto: Douro River Private Sailboat Cruise

8. From Porto: Douro River Private Sailboat Cruise

In this exclusive private tour for two, you'll meet the staff at Douro Marina who will welcome you aboard and tell you a little bit about the boat and the tour itself. After setting sail, enjoy the amazing views of the Douro River, passing by the incredible Ponte da Arrabida, an emblematic bridge of the city of Porto. During your tour enjoy a tasting of Port wine along with a delicious platter.

Porto Private Walking Tour with Fast Track to Lello

9. Porto Private Walking Tour with Fast Track to Lello

Get to know the history of Porto with a guided visit to S. Bento train station decorated with magnificent tiles from the region. Discover Av. dos Aliados and the city council with the statue of D. Pedro IV. Head to the Baroque Clérigos Church and relax for a while in the garden of the olive trees. Discover Lello and how it inspired J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter with a fast entrance, avoiding the big lines. At Cordoaria garden enjoy the sculptures and the beautiful trees. Have a coffee at Piolho, a traditional café known by the university students. Take a walk at Rua das Flores where you can see street art and local artisans and head to Ribeira, where you can enjoy the views of the port wine cellars and walk in the narrow and twisting streets.

Porto: Private Boat Tour

10. Porto: Private Boat Tour

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you will begin your trip sailing by the beautiful cityscape of Porto. Throughout the trip you will have the chance to see remarkable places such as Ponte da Arrábida, the old market (Alfandega), the Porto wine cellars, and the beautiful Ponte Luiz I. Turning back at Luiz I bridge, you will sail until you reach the entrance of the Douro River for an open sea experience, which includes a lovely view of Foz do Douro and the new cruise terminal. If you wish to, you can also stop close to the Douro Ecological Reserve to enjoy the peace and quiet of this fantastic area.

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What people are saying about Foz do Douro

We had such a lovely time with Andrea and Luis. They were very accommodating and took us through the best sites. Both very knowledgeable and the information they provided us with was very interesting. We would recommend this as a must if you are visiting Madeira!

Great and different to be driven around in an electric vintage car. Entertaining and very sweet guide who was really good at telling about the history of the city. Can definitely recommend this trip.

very pleasant moment perfect calm excursion of 2 hours on a sailboat starting from the DOURO marina to the bridges then back to the sea

Our guide was informative and entertaining. Would highly recommend this tour it is a fun way to see Porto!

Great overview of the city’s sights. Humorous informative guide.