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Our most recommended Vila Nova de Gaia Cruises & Boat Tours

Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

1. Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

Board the original boats used to transport the Port Wine barrels from the Douro Region to Gaia and Porto. The boats have been adapted with the most modern navigation equipment to transport passengers with maximum comfort. Enjoy a journey that stretches from the historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, upstream to Freixo and then downstream toward the mouth of the Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the rich and breathtaking landscape while you learn the history of the 6 bridges that unite Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto. Discover other points of interest in these two cities. 

Porto: Six Bridges Cruise

2. Porto: Six Bridges Cruise

Explore the calm delights of the Douro River by traveling on a typical Rabelo Boat along the pastel-hued riverbanks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. On this 50 minute cruise, you'll get to breathe Porto's faded but rich history, and glimpse architectural wonders such as the Gustav Eiffel Bridge. The program includes an audio guide for the tour (Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French).

Porto: Private Yacht down River Douro

3. Porto: Private Yacht down River Douro

Sail on a private yacht and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Start your adventure at Douro Marina in Afurada. Relax and unwind as you cruise down the famous Douro River, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Admire the spectacular views ahead. Jump off the yacht and straight into the turquoise waters, if you like. Feel the sun on your face as you sunbathe in style. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine, water, or espresso as you sail down the river. Explore Porto and Gaia with no traffic, lines, or crowds. Totally customized and fun for your friends and family. Beverages and snacks are available to purchase onboard. Sit back relax and cruise like a VIP on your own private yacht.

Best of Porto Guided Tour with Lunch, Cruise & Wine Tasting

4. Best of Porto Guided Tour with Lunch, Cruise & Wine Tasting

Start your full-day program with a Porto city tour. Enjoy a walk through the historic center, visiting the Cathedral and the São Bento Railway Station. Take in all the major landmarks and monuments. Finish with a visit to a well-known wine cellar for a tour and a wine tasting. The morning tour ends in Porto Ribeira. You’ll receive vouchers for lunch in a traditional restaurant near the river and the 6 Bridges Cruise. The 50-minute cruise takes you along the river to see the 6 bridges that connect Porto and Gaia.

Porto: City to the Ocean Tuk-Tuk Tour

5. Porto: City to the Ocean Tuk-Tuk Tour

Start off with a pickup service from your address in Porto or meet your guide at the convenient starting point. Then, begin your eco-friendly tuk-tuk tour by passing under the concrete bridge, Ponte da Arrábida. Take its expansive length of 615 meters and 27-meter width. Learn about its significance for the whole of Portugal and how it connects the south of the country to the north. Next, visit the fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. Discover its traditions and hear stories about its festival in honor of São Pedro (St. Peter), patron saint of fishermen, that takes place at the end of June each year. Following that, you will visit the Marina do Douro, a marina with 300 moorings for boats. Take in views of the natural reserve of the estuary of the Douro and the Lavadores beach, Bandeira Azul.

Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

6. Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

Discover one of the oldest cities in Europe on a half-day sightseeing tour of Porto, and learn its rich and diverse history, from the 4th century when Romans occupied the Iberian Peninsula, to its modern day renaissance. Start by exploring the "Bairro da Sé," to discover the heart of Porto's roots in the Ribeira. Admire the traditional architecture that earned the city status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and wander past historic store fronts and ancient plazas that were built over Roman ruins. After immersing yourself in Porto's history and local culture, visit one of its most famous wine cellars. Located in the historic heart of the Vila Nova de Gaia, it’s here that you can enjoy the chance to sample some of Portugal’s world renowned wines from age-old vineyards.

Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

7. Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you'll have a pure sailing experience on a race boat while you can watch the magnificent views over Porto and Gaia river areas. Experience the unique feeling of using only the wind to move the boat and the adrenaline of moving on the water.   You can trim the sails, drive the boat, and take care of the functions on board or you can just relax and let the skipper do everything. Depending on the wind conditions, you can have a more extreme experience or you can ask the skipper to slow down and take things more smoothly.

Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

8. Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

Enjoy the opportunity of participating in sailing maneuvers and steering Inca, a catamaran specially designed for people with special needs. A one-of-its-kind boat, this catamaran is fast, fun and perfect for sightseeing with plenty of room to have you and your guests on board. During your picturesque sail, you'll see the magnificent landscapes of Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto from the water. Depending on the sea conditions, you’ll be taken towards the open water to enjoy the pleasure of sailing and experience the sense of freedom that can only be delivered by the ocean.

Porto: Douro Valley Private Tour with Lunch and Port Tasting

9. Porto: Douro Valley Private Tour with Lunch and Port Tasting

After being picked up from your accommodation in Porto or the Douro Valley region, embark on a full-day private guided tour. Begin the tour with a 1-hour cruise on a Rabelo, a traditional Portuguese wooden cargo boat that was used for centuries to transport people and goods along the Douro River or on board of a semi-private yacht. Relive Douro's history as you learn about how wine was transported in wooden barrels, by boat or train, to the cellars of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.  After the boat tour, you will be able to visit a long family history Quinta. You'll taste some of regional products and learn about the history of the Quinta. Your lunch will be paired with Sparkling wine, Douro and Muscatel wine. After this wonderfull experience, you will then be dropped back to your original pickup location.

Porto: 2.5-Hour Private Sailing Lesson

10. Porto: 2.5-Hour Private Sailing Lesson

After meeting with your skipper and boat at the pier, your sailing adventure will begin. Throughout your experience various maneuvers and functions will be presented to you, as you coast along the magnificent scenery that is the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the lesson, your skipper will tell you everything you need to know about sailing a sloop boat. You'll get to try various functions on board, learning how to sail against the wind (upwind), with wind from the side (reaching), and downwind. All the while, you will be enjoying the beautiful landscape around you and the unforgettable scenery of Porto and Gaia. It is never too late to start learning, and Porto is surely the ideal place to embrace this new passion.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

The experience was very good. In one day we saw many facets of the city and we were surprised by everything that was included in the tour. I recommend it 100%

We had an amazing time on our cruise. It was a beautiful way to explore Porto and very informative! Would highly recommend.

Ideal walk commented by Miguel our very friendly guide An original way to discover Porto

Very enjoyable at a very reasonable price. Easy booking and boarding.

Cool tour! Told us a lot about the country and its people