Private Tour in Porto with cruise and visit to a wine cellar

3 Ratings
  • Audio Guide
  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • Pickup Service
  • Private Tour
  • 8.5 hr

Get ready to travel back in time and discover all the secrets and corners of Porto, popularly called the “Invicta”, meaning the Unbeaten City. Porto, the second largest city in Portugal and one of the most charismatic in Europe, has carefully preserved its architectural treasures. This is the city that gave its name to Port Wine, and it is also famous for its medieval streets, its squares, which turn several times into meeting places, parties and unforgettable memories, its emblematic monuments and its seductive atmosphere. In this full day tour, we will discover the main monuments of the historic center of Porto, exploring the riverside area, enjoy a cruise of the bridges over the Douro River, a visit to a Port Wine cellar with a delicious tasting of the best Port wine awaits us. At the end of the visit, the transfer back to the hotel is done, or if you prefer you can stay in the center of Porto to enjoy the late afternoon.

Itinerary Details

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Edificio da Reitoria da Universidade do Porto

We can find the Rectory of the University of Porto in the heart of Gomes Teixeira Square. It was built on the foundations of the “Colégio dos meninos Órfãos” and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça. In addition to the services of the University's Rectory, here we also find the Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto. If you plan to visit the inside, this stop will take more than 10 minutes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Igreja do Carmo

In the heart of the city, close to Lello Bookshop and the Rectory of the University of Porto, we find two twinned churches, something that is rare. This is the Carmelitas Church, the oldest in the city, built in the 17th century, where the bell tower covered with tiles stands out. On the other side, we find the Carmo Church, built in the 18th century, which has an incredible panel of tiles designed by the Italian Silvestre Silvestri. Separating these two churches is a very narrow house (about one meter wide). If you plan to visit the inside, this stop will take more than 10 minutes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Livraria Lello

Known as the Harry Potter Bookstore, we know that it was here that J.K.Rowling was inspired to write some scenarios of this worldwide renowned book . A Neo-Gothic building with an Art Nouveau interior, built in 1906. Its huge wooden shelves full of books go up to the ceiling and a beautiful carved wooden staircase reigns in the center of the store, while the stained-glass ceiling projects natural light, giving it a unique scenario. If you plan to visit the inside, this stop will take more than 10 minutes.

Duration: 10 minutes

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The Clérigos Church was built between 1735 and 1748 in a Baroque style, crowned by the Clérigos Tower, one of the most emblematic monuments in Porto. The Clérigos Tower is the tallest tower in Portugal: at 76 meters high and over 200 steps, we have access to a privileged panoramic view of the city. If you plan to visit the inside, this stop will take more than 10 minutes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sao Bento Railway Station

The São Bento Train Station was built at the beginning of the 9th century on the remains of the old convent of São Bento de Ave Maria and still maintains that melancholic and old look that characterizes so much the city of Porto. However, the real masterpiece, which attracts so many tourists, is found inside: all the walls are covered by a panel, made by Jorge Colaço, with more than 20,000 tiles, which portray excerpts from Portugal´s history. If you plan to visit the inside, this stop will take more than 10 minutes.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Aliados Avenue is the main avenue in the center of Porto. At its top you have the Porto City Council and both its sides are filled by a line of Art Nouveau and Art Deco facades. Its construction is a tribute to the First World War allied countries. It was designed in the early 19th century by the Englishman Barry Parker and built by the architect Marques da Silva. At the end of it, we find the Liberty Square with the statue of D. Pedro IV, famous for donating his heart to the city after his death.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

Built in the highest part of the city, Porto´s Cathedral is the most important religious building in the city. The construction of the cathedral began in the 12th century and, throughout history, has undergone many reconstructions, having different styles. Most of the cathedral is Baroque, although the structure of the facade and the body of the church are Romanesque, and the cloister and chapel of São João Evangelista are of Gothic style. If you plan to visit the inside, this stop will take more than 10 minutes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ponte de Dom Luis I

The main ex-libris of the city of Porto, Luis I Bridge, the upper panel was inaugurated in 1886, and the lower panel in 1887. The construction was made by the company Société Willebreck, from Brussels, the administrator of the company was Théophile Seyrig, disciple of Gustave Eiffel. It is one of the most emblematic works in the city, linking Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. Currently, in the upper panel we have the Porto metro line, and the lower tray is for the circulation of cars and people.

Duration: 10 minutes

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This square has existed since 1885. Here we can find the Ferreira Borges Market, where today we find one of the main concert halls in the city of Porto, and the Palácio da Bolsa. Also noteworthy is the Statue of Infante D. Henrique, built between 1894 and 1900, representing the triumph of Portuguese navigations.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Palacio da Bolsa

The Palácio da Bolsa was built on the ruins of the Franciscan convent, between 1842 and 1891. It has two areas inside, which are the most well-known and which attract many visitors: the Pátio das Nações, covered by a glass structure that allows a large amount of light to enter the Palace, and the Sala Árave, inspired by the Alhambra, a more than 300 square meters Moorish style room. If you plan to visit the inside, this stop will take more than 10 minutes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ribeira Square

One of the oldest squares in the city, and especially important economically, due to the movement that was made here of exchange of goods and commerce, due to its proximity to the river and the port.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Douro River

Enjoy a cruise of the bridges over the Douro River. This cruise lasts approximately 50 minutes and offers the best views of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It is the best way to get to know the 6 bridges that connect these two cities.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At:

In Vila Nova de Gaia, a city located directly opposite Porto, on the other side of the Doiro River, we find a large part of the Port Wine Cellars. This is where the most famous fortified wine in the world, Port wine, has been aged for hundreds of years. The rabelo boats, coming from the Douro, from regions like Régua and Pinhão, docked here, leaving the barrels with the wine, to be aged. From here, much of that wine would go to countries like England. Currently, it is possible to visit each of these cellars, with a guide that explains the whole process of Port wine, from where the grapes are harvested, to the process of elaboration and fortification. This visit always ends with Port wine tasting.

Duration: 40 minutes
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