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Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

1. Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Discover 2 charming southern Europe on a full-day sightseeing tour from Porto. Cross the border into Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia and stop to see Valença do Minho on the way back to Porto.  Board a comfortable van or bus and embark on a journey to one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Santiago. See the Caminhos de Santiago (St. James Way) pilgrim trail and visit a magnificent 11th-centuty cathedral. Admire the architecture that was originally built in a Romanesque style, today the cathedral is an amalgam of harmonious influences. Have the opportunity to attend mass and enjoy free time to go for a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage city center. Begin the drive back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho, a historical village in the north of Portugal, located right on the border between Portugal and Spain. Valença was important during the middle ages and it was part of "Caminhos de Santiago".  See how the city is dominated by a fortress of two towers and a double wall before returning to your meeting point in Porto. 

Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

2. Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

Enjoy a unique experience that will allow you to explore one of the most beautiful nature routes in the water in a Kayak: the Açudes section. Discover the route that connects Ponte da Barca and Ponte de Lima. Cross safely fast dams with a low degree of difficulty, inserted in a pollution-free valley, allowing you to enjoy nature in its pure and relaxing state. During this experience, you will be accompanied by a monitor in the water and a support vehicle outside the river, bringing all the safety and guidance necessary for beginners and pros.

Vinho Verde Full-Day Premium Wine Tour

3. Vinho Verde Full-Day Premium Wine Tour

After morning pickup from your accommodation in Porto, Braga, or Guimaraes, head off on a journey into Portugal’s wine country. Discover landscapes of the “Green Region” on the way to the historical city of Amarante with its 13th-century bridge and the 16th-century church. Enjoy trying the northern regional cuisine. Then you’ll be off and running down the Romanesque Route, a trail that travels back in time through Portugal’s rich history by connecting its most famous monuments.  After seeing churches, memorials, castles, and ruins, you’ll head to the first Vinho Verde producer of the the day, learning of the unique methods used to create Portugal’s famous green wine. To cap things off, you’ll continue down the picturesque country roads to another vineyard. Taste more Vinho Verde, gathering skills to differentiate the particular grape varietals used to make each stunningly crisp wine. After discovering some of Portugal’s undisputed cultural gems, you’ll head back to your accommodation.

From Porto: Viana Castelo and Ponte Lima Private Tour

4. 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.

Minho: Private Braga and Guimarães Tour

5. Minho: Private Braga and Guimarães Tour

Your first stop will be in Braga, a city known for its heritage and religious events as one of the oldest cities in Portugal and one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. Being a religious city, you must visit the Cathedral of Faith Triangle, and the Sanctuaries of Bom Jesus. The Cathedral of Braga is distinguished by different architectural styles, including Roman, Manueline and Baroque. It is considered a center of Episcopal irradiation, and is one of the most important Romanesque temples in the country. The Bom Jesus Sanctuary is famous for its endless staircases and baroque details, and above being a religious monument it is also a truly romantic and relaxing place, complete with stunning views of the city. Before leaving for Guimarães, you will have a short break in the historic center of Braga, where you can enjoy a tasty, traditional lunch. Guimarães is where the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was born. The history of Guimarães is related to the foundation of the national identity and the Portuguese language. Here you can explore the Guimarães Castle, and see the imposing statue of King Afonso Henriques.

From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Private Tour

6. From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Private Tour

After a pick-up from your hotel in Porto, meet your private guide and sit aboard a comfortable vehicle. With exclusivity and complete privacy, go to the north of Portugal through the north of Portugal to Galicia. Enjoy the impressive views of the Minho region with a break mid-way in historic Valença do Minho. Arriving in Santiago de Compostela, let yourself be enveloped by a unique atmosphere as you tour the historic center and visit the Cathedral.

Viana do Castelo: Vez River SUP with Transfer Options

7. Viana do Castelo: Vez River SUP with Transfer Options

Explore one of most beautiful natural spots along the Vez river by stand up paddleboard. Take in the views of a pollution-free valley that will allow you to enjoy nature in its most pure and relaxing state. You'll be accompanied by a professional guide, bringing all the safety and guidance necessary for beginners and professionals. Among the several routes available, the one most suitable for your experience will be selected, guaranteeing a lot of fun and safety.

Peneda Gerês: Mega Canyoning - 6 Hour Canyoning Adventure

8. Peneda Gerês: Mega Canyoning - 6 Hour Canyoning Adventure

In addition to all the beauty that the Peneda-Gerês National Park provides, you can take the Mega Canyoning route, which will leave you even more dazzled and connected with nature. This is a route for the most daring with two amazing rappels. The first is a 40-meter suspended rappel and the other 20 meters, both ending in the magnificent lakes of the Varziela River. With Castro Laboreiro Castle in the background, this route lasts approximately 6 hours. All the equipment and safety maneuvers are provided by our team of monitors so that nothing fails in this experience that can become unique for you.

Porto: Day Trip to Santiago de Compostela

9. Porto: Day Trip to Santiago de Compostela

Portugal and Spain are well represented on this excursion to Santiago. The pickups are made between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and, after this, the adventure will start. First, you discover the Capital of Galicia - a very special place. Santiago de Compostela is visited by millions of people, many of them pilgrims arriving through the Camino de Santiago. A center of the Catholic faith, it is considered a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. When all the group agrees, you will have some free time so that you can have lunch and enjoy the local gastronomy. After Santiago, you will travel to Viana do Castelo, where you can find the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia and the historically rich center of the city.

From Porto: Full-Day Trip of Minho Region

10. From Porto: Full-Day Trip of Minho Region

Discover a different chapter of Portugal’s fascinating history on this full-day tour through the Minho region, a short drive north from Porto. Join us for this unique trip, arriving first at Guimarães, a city often seen as the birthplace of Portuguese nationality. Settled in the 9th century, this picturesque city is home to a walled historic center, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there we will carry on to the largest city in the Minho region, Braga. The oldest city in Portugal, and one of the oldest in Europe, Braga boasts several beautiful churches, in particular the Braga Cathedral. Enjoy a stop for a traditional lunch in Braga, surrounded by an impressive blend of medieval, neo-classical and baroque architecture. From there we will take the short trip back to Porto, arriving in the evening.

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What people are saying about Viana do Castelo District

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 267 reviews

The trip was well worth it. Our guide (Pedro) was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The stop in Valença do Minho was surprisingly interesting. This was a great option for a short trip to Santiago de Compostela. My family and I were able to get into the Cathedral by not having lunch with the rest of the group. Be aware that there can be a long line to get in the Cathedral and it could take all of your time.

Our guides Francisco and Alex were simply amazing. Francisco is like a walking Google, explaining every detail about the historical St James Cathedral. The places we visited were great and we started the tour on time.

our guide cum driver (Tiago) from Living Tour drove us safely to n from. along the way to Santiago, he also gave good information on the destination.

the trip was very interesting, the guide detailed without tiring everything there was to know. I'm satisfied!

The trip was satisfying, though I wish we could have stayed in Galicia a little longer.