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From Porto: Viana Castelo and Ponte Lima Private Tour

1. From Porto: Viana Castelo and Ponte Lima Private Tour

Climb to the Santa Luzia viewpoint which dominates the skyline of Viana do Castelo below and learn about the history of the area from your experienced driver/guide. Spend the morning exploring the historic city center and enjoy the charm of northern Portugal. The driver will pick you up in the morning in a comfortable vehicle with a capacity for 4 passengers. Start your 9-hour tour with a stop at the Santa Luzia viewpoint where you can enjoy impressive views of the city and sea. Explore the historic center at your own pace before continuing to Ponte Lima, the oldest village in Portugal, where you will enjoy a delicious and typical Portuguese meal. At the end of the day, the driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Porto.

Porto: Green Wine Region Tour with Tastings and Lunch

2. Porto: Green Wine Region Tour with Tastings and Lunch

You will start by discovering the techniques of cultivation and transformation of grapes in nectar, known as “green wine”. For this you will visit an interpretive center located in one of the oldest and most flowered villages in Portugal: Ponte de Lima. Throughout a complete lunch served in a restaurant, you will then discover the flavors and aromas that make up the best gastronomy of the Minho region, as well as Portugal on a broader scale. Following lunch, encounter one of the oldest crafts of the region, pottery. You'll make a visit to some Barcelos artisans where you will be able to get your hands on the clay to see how the “crockery of Barcelos” is modeled. Before returning to Porto, you'll visit a green wine producer where you will taste a variety of green wines accompanied by local delicacies.

Ponte de Lima & Viana do Castelo: All-Inclusive Private Tour

3. Ponte de Lima & Viana do Castelo: All-Inclusive Private Tour

The day starts with a meeting at your hotel in Oporto, Braga, or Guimarães and you’ll head towards the beautiful green area of Portugal, a title given to this region due to the fertility of its soils that confers a vivid green color to the landscape as far as your eyes can reach. Onboard a comfortable air-conditioned minibus, head towards Ponte de Lima, considered the oldest town in Portugal. Here, you will be guided through the picturesque streets, narrow alleys, and the ancient bridge of Ponte de Lima. Nearby this town you will have a relaxing moment with one of the treasures of the region, the green wine (Vinho Verde). This guided visit takes place inside a baroque palace that dates from the XVII century, where you will find a hospitable wine producer that will explain the uniqueness of this wine while you taste as well some local cheese and smoked sausage. This will also be the moment to enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will be driven to Viana do Castelo, a city located between the river the ocean and the mountains. The rich history of this wonderful city will be explained while walking through medieval streets, blue-tiled churches, and traditional jewelry shops where you will find the famous heart from Viana. Enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world - the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia. Cap off the experience with a perfectly crafted cocktail by the sea, while going over what has been learned about the history of Portugal, in the picturesque city of Viana do Castelo.

From Porto: Monção Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

4. From Porto: Monção Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

Driving along the North End of Portugal from Porto, pass through Monção and follow to Palácio da Brejoeira. Inserted in a scenery view full of green and vineyards, rises the Palácio da Brejoeira. This extraordinary palace was built in the early years of the 19th century by Luís Pereira Velho de Moscoso, member of the Royal House and Knight of the Order of Christ. The estate has 30 ha in total, being 18 ha occupied by vineyards. The first production of Palácio da Brejoeira Alvarinho was in 1976, following the full conversion of the vineyards in 1960's. Although Palácio da Brejoeira is no longer a family business, the respect for tradition have been rigorously maintained, preserving the original production methods. Visit the palace, old cellars, and finish with a delicious wine tasting. The glorious journey continues and follows to Quinta de Soalheiro. A family-owned company, developed from 1974 the production of Alvarinho grapes in one sole parcel, establishing the bases of the actual company. This parcel was called 'Soalheiro', meaning sunny, referring to its location. In 1982, started to produce the first brand of Alvarinho in Melgaço, a monovarietal Vinho Verde wine with Alvarinho grapes. Ever since, the company made a long and stronghold path by promoting environmental sustainability and supporting biodiversity in their viticultural ecosystems. Bringing together the innovation and tradition, Quinta de Soalheiro winemakers developed a sparkling wine made of Alvarinho grapes, one of the first produced in the region. Taste the full range of the Soalheiro wines, including a 9% sweet dessert wine and the Alvarinho Brandy. For non-alcohol drinkers, you can have a tasting of Soalheiro's Tea and Tisanas. Leaving Quinta do Soalheiro behind, it follows Ponte de Lima, for lunch. Considered the most beautiful village in Portugal, this jewel of the northern part of Portugal, is known by the preservation of its architecture, namely the roman bridge that it's the origin of the village name. The local food is exquisite, and you will be introduced many different flavors having a traditional lunch at a local restaurant.

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Perfect activity from all points of view.

We had a great time, the guide gave us detailed information on the places. We had lunch in a characteristic and quality place. Thank you!