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Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

1. Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Discover 2 beautiful cities of southern Europe on a full-day sightseeing tour from Porto, crossing the border into Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, and returning via Valença do Minho. One of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Santiago is best known for the Caminhos de Santiago (St. James Way) pilgrim trail following the cult of St. James. Upon arrival, you will visit the magnificent 11th-centuty cathedral, dedicated to the apostle. Originally built in a Romanesque style, today the cathedral is an amalgam of harmonious influences. You will have the opportunity to attend mass if you wish, and there will be free time for lunch and a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage city center. In the afternoon, drive back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho, an historical village in the north of Portugal, located right on the border between Portugal and Spain. Valença was important during the middle ages, with a privileged view to the line boarder it was several times harassed by Spain. Being also part of "Caminhos de Santiago". The city is dominated by the fortress of two tours and a double wall projected in Vouban Style - a well known Engineer and French military architect. Enjoy your return by visiting this amazing historical village!

From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Private Tour

2. 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.

From Porto: Viana Castelo and Ponte Lima Private Tour

3. 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.

Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

4. 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.

Viana do Castelo: Vez River SUP with Transfer Options

5. 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.

Porto: Day Trip to Santiago de Compostela

6. 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.

Porto: Green Wine Region Tour with Tastings and Lunch

7. 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.

Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, and Valença Private Tour

8. Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, and Valença Private Tour

After pickup in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia, the first stop will be in Viana do Castelo. This city has everything, from rivers, to the ocean, lagoons, and mountains. On the top of the Mount Santa Luzia, visit the magnificent sanctuary of Santa Luzia that is inspired on Sacre Coeur in Paris. This sanctuary has a superb 360-degree view of the city, considered one of the best in the world. Next you will visit the oldest village in Portugal, Ponte de Lima, built on the banks of the Lima river. Explore the vast heritage of this place in its historical center. Known for the famous bridge that was built by the Romans in the medieval period, the bridge provided the only safe passage over the Lima river. Continue on to Valença, to see the medieval fortress built there. The fortress was built strategically as the main point of defence in Minho. Now a monument, the fort was built to protect Portugal from Spanish troops. At the end of your private full-day tour, you will be dropped off back at your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia.

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

9. 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.

Santiago de Compostela: Full-Day Tour

10. Santiago de Compostela: Full-Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, this full-day tour commences with a scenic journey over the border between Portugal and Spain, crossing the magnificent landscape of Minho and winding to Spain's Galicia Province. You will arrive at Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Center famous for its pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James). In Santiago de Compostela you will have the opportunity to visit the gorgeous 11th-century cathedral, dedicated to the apostle James. Should you wish, you will also be able to attend the pilgrim mass. After taking a pause for lunch (not included), you can walk around and explore local shops and arts and crafts stalls. After visiting Santiago, you will begin your journey back home, stopping along the way in the Portuguese fortress city of Valença do Minho. Inside this lovely medieval town, you will venture inside its fortress where you’ll be served a local traditional delicacy, accompanied with a glass of the unique vinho verde.

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What people are saying about Viana do Castelo District

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 182 reviews

For-mi-da-ble! We had a great day with Nuno, a friendly, interesting and caring guide. Happy to have discovered with him St Jacques and the small "stopover" villages. A great excursion and a great meeting. Impeccable organization and a tasty and typical lunch. Thanks to him.

It was great to be on the road as a small group (6 people in total). Antonio, our guide provided us with interesting details during the drive. Lunch at a local restaurant was also good and plentiful. There was enough time to soak up the atmosphere of this very special place.

Cathedrale de St Jacques de Compostelle est magnifique, beaux paysages pour y aller, notre chauffeur André Vidal était parfait, bon repas varié

Hotel pick-up was punctual. Extremely professional and efficient. All very pleasant.

It was a small group of 8. The guide cum driver was extremely good and pleasing.