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Porto: Immersivus Gallery Immersive Show Entry Tickets

1. Porto: Immersivus Gallery Immersive Show Entry Tickets

Get tickets for Immersivus Gallery Porto and enjoy a truly immersive artistic experience. Pause and watch art projections and see how art, culture, and technology can come together in an innovative way. Celebrating some of history's most esteemed artists, current displays include Impressive Monet and Brilliant Klimt. Head to the Porto Customs House, a unique artistic reference point that aims to diversify the cultural offerings of the city. See the gallery space transformed into a monumental canvas with the content projected in 360º. Be immersed in the show and become part of its history. Check out the additional Mysterious Egypt exhibition, the latest OCUBO creation premiering at Immersivus Gallery Porto. Witness artifacts from ancient Egypt reimagined in a showcase of light and design.

Porto: City Train Tour, River Cruise & Wine Cellar

2. Porto: City Train Tour, River Cruise & Wine Cellar

Explore the picturesque and historic city of Porto on the Magic Train Tour. The train departs every 60 minutes from the Sé Catedral (Cathedral of Oporto) and travels around the city center with an audio guide available in Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, and Italian. The train takes you directly to the oldest wine cellar in Portugal — Real Companhia Velha. A guide will take you on an unforgettable tour inside the wine cellar which includes a short 15-minute film, a 30-minute visit to the old parts of the cellars, and a tasting of 2 quality port wines. After the wine tour, the train will pick you up and continue the tour around the city. See the most important monuments such as St. Johns Theater, the Famous Batalha Square with the Santa Catarina Street, Aliados Avenue, Clerigos Tower, Carmelitas Church, and more.  Once the train tour is over, go down to Ribera to join a 1-hour boat cruise along the Douro River. Relish this extraordinary way of viewing the city from a different perspective.

Porto: Pink Palace Entry Ticket at WOW

3. Porto: Pink Palace Entry Ticket at WOW

Visit the WOW museum in Porto and immerse yourself in the world of rosé. Create photo-worthy and shareable moments and taste a variety of rosé wines. Explore the eleven rooms and discover the various types of rosé produced by grapes grown in different regions and climates around the world, using a range of winemaking techniques. Throughout the experience there will be the opportunity to try five different Rosés: Quinta do Vale do Bragão Rosé, AIX Gran Vin de Provence Rosé, Mateus Rosé, Vértice Rosé Bruto, and Croft Pink Rosé Port. Take selfies and creative photos throughout the museum and enjoy an interactive journey into the history and contemporary production of rosé.

Porto: City Tour, 6 Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

4. Porto: City Tour, 6 Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

Embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of Porto by land and water.  Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the capital of the Northern Region of Portugal is home to an exceptional architectural heritage and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Marvel at the monuments and historical buildings, such as the imposing cathedral and Tower of Clerics. Go to the stunning square of Cais da Ribeira for breathtaking views of the pastel-colored houses of the riverfront promenade.  Look across the river to the opposite bank, where the city of Vila Nova de Gaia offers superb views of the legendary port wine cellars. Taste different varieties of wine in one of the cellars where it is blended and aged.  Then, cruise aboard one of the traditional flat-bottomed rabelo boats, and journey past 6 bridges on board a mode of transport that used to carry wine from the Douro Valley. Learn more about the historic bridges that connect Porto and its twin city of Vila Nova de Gaia.

From Porto: Serras do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

5. From Porto: Serras do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

Get some all-terrain action in Serras do Porto Natural Park and conquer its rugged terrain on an ATV on a day trip from Porto with hotel transfers included. Follow a guide on your ATV along a diverse route where waterfalls, mountain peaks, and sweeping views abound. After a pickup from your hotel or apartment in Porto, be driven to Baltar for the start of the activity. Receive a safety briefing before your quad bike adventure. Get familiar with your vehicle before you head out. Explore the terrain of the Serra do Porto Natural Park, absorbing the natural scenery that surrounds you. Stop to capture the landscape with your camera. At the end of the ride, return to the facility and be taken back to Porto.

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour

6. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia, and then discover the "Cradle of Portugal" on a day trip to Guimarães and Braga. Upon arrival in Guimarães, visit the birthplace of Portugal's first king at the medieval Castle of Guimarães. See the Chapel of St. Michael where he was baptized, and discover the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Continue to the Church of Our Lady of Consolation (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira) and the Holy Steps. Then, discover a favorite meeting point for several generations in Guimarães on Praça da Oliveira. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of the historic center, including the beautiful Town Hall. Venture down one of the oldest streets of Guimarães on Rua de Santa Maria, and contemplate the Convent of Santa Clara before you take a break for lunch and soak up the city's youthful vibe on Praça de Santiago. Continue in the afternoon at the old city of Braga. Visit Praça da República, admire the unique façade of the Igreja dos Congregados, discover the House of Riddles and the famous A Brasileira café. Go to the fortified tower of the Torre de Menagem and see the 18th-century fountain of the Largo do Paço. Admire the cathedral that survived many earthquakes to emerge as one of Portugal's most important monuments. Then, head to Monte do Bom Jesus, 6 kilometers from the city center, and see the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga to experience the most famous religious sanctuary in Portugal. Depart Braga as the sun begins to set, and return to Porto to get dropped off at your hotel.

Porto: Entry Ticket The Chocolate Story Museum at WOW

7. Porto: Entry Ticket The Chocolate Story Museum at WOW

Until it melts in the mouth and gives comfort to the soul, chocolate follows long established processes. It all starts as a fragile flower on a tree trunk in a remote part of the world. It follows a method created 5,000 years ago, which crossed different civilizations and continents, continuing to be a complex method even today. The Chocolate Story explains what chocolate is, where it comes from, and how it is made. From cacao plantations across the cacao belt, to modern chocolate manufacturing processes, everything will be demonstrated step by step. The journey starts with the origins of cacao, from among the oldest civilizations in Central America where cacao holds a sacred role. Then visitors get to follow the path of cacao from America to Europe, moving from liquid cacao to the chocolate we know and love today. Visitors to The Chocolate Story, have the unique opportunity to understand all components of chocolate. The particulars of the cacao fruit and plant, the different cacao varieties and specifications depending on where they come from, and how chocolate differs within all these variables. The Chocolate Story has a real chocolate factory that produces our amazing and award winning Vinte Vinte. All visitors will be able to watch, in real time, the processes of the transformation of cacao into chocolate. The visit does not end without the opportunity to taste one of the chocolates produced within the museum. This is an enriching experience, perfect for all ages, especially families and young children. The Chocolate Story will also hold workshops and themed birthday parties that combines learning and fun, all inside the museum. As well as visiting the best chocolate shop in the city. Visit us at WOW, The Best Cultural District in Gaia Porto for a day full of fun, exploration and discovery.

Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

8. 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.

Vila Nova de Gaia: Wine School Workshop and Tasting

9. Vila Nova de Gaia: Wine School Workshop and Tasting

Sip on fine wines and discover how to evaluate a wine's flavors and aromas as you meet the professionals, in this fascinating tasting workshop. Hear about the types of notes that wines produce and tantalize your taste buds as you sample them. Relish wines ranging from fruity and floral to more earthy and vegetal aromas. Enjoy an informative and practical session at the wine school and discover Portuguese and international wines. Taste many different types and enjoy a small class size which offers a personal experience.

Porto: Entry Ticket Planet Cork Museum at WOW

10. Porto: Entry Ticket Planet Cork Museum at WOW

The Planet Cork museum explores Portugal’s title as the largest producer of cork on the planet. An entertaining and educational walk-through, the Planet Cork expands our understanding of tradition, the multiple ways cork improves our lives and the vast potential this material has in the modern world. Planet Cork explores Portugal’s title as the largest producer of cork on the planet with 50% of global production and thousands of hectares of forest. The bark of the tree, harvested for centuries, is a process largely unchanged since Roman times. See the cork tree and its various locations around the world, and understand how cork is grown and harvested before being transformed into a myriad of surprising and varied applications. Discover how cork forests support many different species of wildlife, insects and microorganisms beneficial to the planet, and that cork production is a rare example of a carbon negative industry. An age-old method for stopping bottles, from architecture to car engines, and even the space shuttle, cork is an efficient natural technology, the characteristics of which are impossible to replicate with manmade materials. Visit us at WOW, The Best Cultural District in Gaia Porto for a day full of fun, exploration and discovery.

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4.2 / 5

based on 15 reviews

I booked this tour with Getmyguide, when I arrived at the meeting point they said it can’t be as the tour is full but the living tours did help and accommodate us as 4 people did not turn up. I did not receive any email from GetYourGuide about the cancellation of the tour.

Maravilhosa a experiência, Diego foi quem me atendeu e com certeza é um especialista no assunto vinhos ! Vale super a pena ir, ainda mais se estiver chovendo na cidade !

Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about Porto. Also, very helpful in helping us navigate the different tours.

Knowledgeable, wonderful history, lovely guide. Made the visit the best! Well planned agenda and tour.

so cool I went twice! i loved the modern tech mixed with renown art & historic ruins