Things to do in Viseu District

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Douro Valley: Winery Tour at Quinta do Tedo and Tastings

1. Douro Valley: Winery Tour at Quinta do Tedo and Tastings

Embark on an adventure to the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, surrounded by terraced vineyards that climb high above the dramatic confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. There lies an 18th-century estate, Quinta do Tedo. Enjoy a full tour of Quinta do Tedo, which includes explanations of the vineyards and the olive orchards. Learn more about Porto and red wine production, foot treading in the lagers, aging in the 18th-century cellars, bottling, and hand-labeling.  At the end of the tour, taste the Quinta do Tedo's Portos and red wines overlooking the Douro River in the renovated 18th-century tasting room. The Quinta’s 100% estate-grown organic grapes come from 37 acres of class "A" vineyards, the highest rating from the Portuguese Instituto do Vinhos do Douro e Porto, comparable to France's Grand Cru.

Douro Valley Tour With Wise tasting

2. Douro Valley Tour With Wise tasting

Discover the routes of the Port wine, which has been world-famous for its quality. A local charismatic guide will reveal interesting facts about the Douro Valley and its famous craft Port wine. See and feel the smells one of the most unspoiled places in Europe with stunning countryside. Get ready to experience Portugal from a different perspective. Have you ever been to a Port wine tasting? Did you hear about Douro Valley? Why is the Douro Valley considered as UNESCO World Heritage? Which are the main interesting things about the Douro River Valley? Is Port wine made in Port? Get ready for a superb experience through breathtaking landscapes of Vineyards You have to pay extra: Wine Tasting (15 cl) (16€/person).

Douro Valley: Quinta de S. Luiz Winery Tour and Tasting

3. Douro Valley: Quinta de S. Luiz Winery Tour and Tasting

Explore Quinta São Luiz, the place where a special set of vineyards are nurtured, the wine is made, and Kopke wines are crafted, the oldest Port Wine house in the world.  Walk through the Rumilã vineyard, tour the Alambic house, or visit the Chapel of Santa Quitéria. Discover the new boutique winery and taste a range of classic or premium wines (depending on the option selected). If you prefer, you can just sit outside, relax and enjoy a wine tasting on the Terrace S. Luiz, where you can enjoy a matchless views over the river Douro and its valley.

From Castelo Branco: Belmonte and Castelo Novo Day Trip

4. From Castelo Branco: Belmonte and Castelo Novo Day Trip

The tour lasts approximately 9 hours and starts with a pick-up at the meeting point, next to the Castelo Branco Tourist Office. Departure from Castelo Branco to the historic village of Belmonte. It continues on a guided tour of the museums of the village where Pedro Álvares Cabral was born, on a circular route that ends at the beautiful Belmonte Castle. Then it's time to climb the largest mountain range in mainland Portugal, where strategic stops will be made so that you can enjoy the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, the largest Portuguese protected area. Before returning to Castelo Branco, there will be one last stop, in the historic village of Castelo Novo.

Private 8-Day Tour of Portugal from Lisbon

5. Private 8-Day Tour of Portugal from Lisbon

Experience a fantastic 8-day tour of Portugal’s beautiful cities, and enjoy a week full of exciting and interesting activities. Day 1 (Wednesday): Arrival in Lisbon Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Lisbon. You have the rest of the day to spend as you wish, for example you can use this day to enjoy a stroll through the city. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 2 (Thursday): Lisbon Explore Lisbon on a scenic drive through the old town to Alfama, the oldest district of the city. Afterwards you will visit the Jerónimos Monastery, home to one of the most beautiful cloisters in the world. You will then continue on to Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before heading back to the hotel. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 3 (Friday): Lisbon – Coimbra Leave the capital city and drive to the picturesque village of Óbidos, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll. Afterwards you will head to the traditional fishing village of Nazaré, where you will visit the famous Monastery of Batalha. Continue on to Fátima, the largest place of pilgrimage in Portugal which attracts 4 to 6 million pilgrims every year. From there you can take a trip to the traditional university city of Coimbra. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 4 (Saturday): Coimbra – Porto Enjoy a tour of the Baroque library and St. Michael’s Chapel of the oldest university in Portugal, which was founded in 1291. Afterwards you will drive to Porto, the second largest city in the country. Here you can enjoy an extensive panoramic tour of the city to the cathedral. You will then visit the old stock exchange of Porto – the Palácio da Bolsa – before sampling local wine at a famous port winery. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 5 (Sunday): Porto – Vila Real Today you will leave the capital of the north and head to the green province of Minho, where you will explore the region of Vinho Verde (green wine). Visit the old town of Braga, which is also known as the Rome of Portugal. You will then head to the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte with a monumental stairway. Afterwards you will drive to the city of Guimarães, the cradle of Portugal. Explore the old town and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. You will then drive through Amarante to Vila Real. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 6 (Monday): Vila Real – Guarda After breakfast you will drive to the station of Vila Real. Travel by train through the Port wine region, and along the Corgo River to Régua. Enjoy a fantastic trip to Lamego, known for Presunto (dry-cured ham), where you can take a break. Continue on through Viseu to the city of Guarda at 1,000 meters above sea level. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 7 (Tuesday): Guarda – Lisbon Today you will head through the mountainous areas of Portugal to the city of Castelo Branco. Explore the gardens of the Bishop’s Palace before heading towards the city of Tomar. There you will visit the Templar Castle before driving back to Lisbon. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 8 (Wednesday): Depart Lisbon Transfer to the airport in Lisbon.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 209 reviews

The walkways was a novel way to tour the geopark. Though quite long at 8 kms, we were not so exhausted as the wooden structures were nicely built. There were some uphill climbing but they were manageable. The bridge was awesome! It was a bit frightening at first but once you get the hang of it (pun intended) it’s like walking an ordinary footbridge with a spectacular view all around. The walk back was a lot easier. Our guide at the bridge did a wonderful job assuring us about the safety of crossing. I would definitely recommend this to those who are seeking a different way of exploring nature. Our guide Joao Pacheco of Detours was nice and kind enough to help my elderly aunt on the walkways. And the lunch was sumptuous and really filling too!

The day trip was great! The transfer to Arouca as well as the hike itself worked without any problems and could also be arranged flexibly. In other words, if you want to skip the bridge or don't want to hike any further after the halfway point. The food in the restaurant was also very tasty and there would also have been a vegetarian alternative. Luis, the guide for our day, accompanied us wonderfully and gave us a lot of historical and geographical information! I can only recommend this day trip!

Good transportation and excellent meals. Crossing the bridge was a spectacular experience and the hiking was along a well maintained and beautiful path. Our guide knowledge, competent, and very friendly. We had a wonderful day.

Everything was great from the beginning. Andre drove us safely to our destination and was very pleasant.

It is an excellent trip. An adventure of one in a life time. I recommend it to all ages.