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Porto: Cálem Cellar with Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tasting

1. Porto: Cálem Cellar with Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tasting

Who said that port wine was just for snacks and desserts? Explore a huge selection of the most iconic wines, paired with finger food. In the guided visits to Cálem Cellar, learn about the Douro Demarcated Region and how the Port is produced. Discover the details in the history of this house. The cellars themselves remain active and visitable. It is there that you will learn more about the unique characteristics of each type of Port, even next to the barrels where they grow, protected from light and heat.  Then, you will be invited to a Cálem wine tasting of Cálem Late Bottle Vintage, Cálem Vintage, and Cálem Colheita. With your guide, learn some more Port secrets and pair your wines with goat cheese Transmontano, cheese from S. Jorge Island, chocolate tartlet black and chocolate milk, and crackers and compote. 

Food and Wine Tour: World's Oldest Port Wine Cave

2. Food and Wine Tour: World's Oldest Port Wine Cave

While Porto might come to mind when you think of Portugal’s famous Port wine, it is actually produced in the region across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia. This small coastal city, south of the Douro river, is lined with wine cellars and family-run restaurants serving homemade food. Most Porto visitors only get to explore the wine caves along the riverside, but we will also take you to the untapped food shops off the beaten path. Your day will begin with an espresso and traditional Pastel de Chaves (a pastry from a city northeast of Porto). We will then whisk you off for an exclusive guided tour and wine tasting at the oldest and still-functioning port wine cellar in the world. You’ll see vintage wines dating back to the 18th century and learn about the delicacy of wine tasting as you sample a wide selection of Ports. After a bit of sipping, you’ll be ready for some delicious local food! We will stop at three local neighborhood eateries where you’ll meet the owners and sample classic Portuguese dishes. Enjoy a freshly made Francesinha sandwich, as well as other local favorites paired with wine and beer produced in the region. On your way back, you will stop at Mercado Beira Rio, a local food market where you can eat and enjoy music concerts and art exhibitions. It’s the perfect authentic spot for your last wine tasting of the day.

Serra da Estrela Private Tour

3. Serra da Estrela Private Tour

After being picked up in a minivan from your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia, begin your tour to one of the biggest mountains in continental Portugal. Enjoy the magnificent views, valleys, rivers, and lagoons. Discover the region which is also rich in tradition, history, culture, and gastronomy. Visit the Serra da Estrela cheese factory which produces a creamy scented cheese that is appreciated across the country. Enjoy a tour of the factory and taste some cheese for yourself. Make a stop at the Bread Museum and learn about the traditional bread of the region called Seia bread. Learn about bread making tradition and try some samples. After this, enjoy free time to explore the mountains, ride the chairlift, and participate in snow activities in the winter.

Porto Half-Day Tour - Port Wine Cellars & Cheese Tasting

4. Porto Half-Day Tour - Port Wine Cellars & Cheese Tasting

If you are looking for a tour of the entire city of Porto without spending much time and money, this tour is ideal for you. With your guide you will discover the most iconic and important points of the city while stopping to learn how the famous Port Wine has been realized and matured for so many years. An old city full of contrasts, Porto's historic center is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site where all architectural styles blend in one place. After traveling about the history of the city, time to stop and taste the diversity of Portuguese cheeses through a brief explanation of how they are processed and have become so famous. This tour will not be wasted time if you want to discover a different and authentic Porto.

Portugal: Bairrada Private Tour

5. Portugal: Bairrada Private Tour

Start your day of adventure from the convenience of your own accommodation in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia. Here, your friendly driver/guide will be waiting to pick you up. After a short meet and greet, you will board your vehicle and set off on your journey through Bairrada.  Bairrada is renowned for its famous sparkling wine production with DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) denomination. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit two vineyards that produce this famous wine, and even get to try a glass or two. Whilst here you can also enjoy a tasty traditional lunch, typical to this area. This area is known for its famous roasted piglet, and if you're feeling peckish, this is definitely the lunch option for you.  During your tour, you will also get to explore other hidden treasures of the Bairrada like the two small villages Curia and Luso, two thermal water villages. In Curia you can find one of the oldest thermal spas in the country, a perfect space to better your health, beauty, and experience some tranquility - a wonderful break away from the stress of the day to day grind. Luso is also known for the purity of its hot springs, used in the treatment of kidney problems and skin diseases. Finish your day of adventure with a lift back to your accommodation, where an evening of rest awaits you. 

Porto: City Tour with Fado Show Dinner and Night Lights

6. Porto: City Tour with Fado Show Dinner and Night Lights

Be collected at your accommodation in Porto and hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan to begin your city tour of Porto. Start with a drive that explores Porto and its beautiful waterfront. Then, learn about the city’s blue-collar roots, that helped create its rich tradition, on a walking tour around the city center. Pass by some of its most iconic monuments including Clérigos Tower, Lello Bookshop, and S.Bento Train Station.  After this, cross the river to Vila Nova de Gaia and discover Porto’s most famous industry, port. Visit a port wine lodge and have a traditional port wine-tasting. Listen to the guide explaining how the port industry produces the world’s best fortified wines and drink up a few varieties of port. Continue to a traditional restaurant for dinner and enjoy a traditional Fado show in one of the most typical neighborhoods right in the heart of Porto. After enjoying the traditional dinner and filling your soul with the Fado music, relax as you continue your sightseeing tour. Visit some of the most iconic monuments in Porto, with their night lights on. After a day uncovering Porto’s culture and history, return to your accommodation.

From Lisbon: 5-Day Private Portugal Tour

7. From Lisbon: 5-Day Private Portugal Tour

Day 1: Lisbon Spend a full day exploring Portugal's charming capital city. Take a guided walking tour and become acquainted with one of Europe's most fascinating cities. With your informative guide, see and learn about some of this city's most famous historical landmarks. Return to your hotel in Lisbon and stay overnight (not included).   Day 2: Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril On the second day, visit Sintra, the Portuguese Aristocracy paradise and discover the charm of its narrow alleys and the typical shops. Visit a local pastry shop where the famous sweets Queijadas de Sintra and Travesseiros de Sintra will be waiting for you. Then, customize your tour and choose from the many palaces to visit in the area, including Quinta da Regaleira and Moorish Castle Palaçio da Pena. Later, visit the geological formation of Cabo da Roca, also known as "The Snout of the Rock" or "Promontory of the Moon," and marvel at the unimaginable beauty of the area. Next, it's time to explore Cascais, an ancient fisherman village turned beautiful and cosmopolitan beach resort. Return to your hotel in Lisbon and stay overnight (not included). Day 3: Lisbon, Fatima, Coimbra, and Oporto On the third day, escape the bustle of Lisbon and head out to Fatima, where you'll visit three places of interest and attend a mass (optional). Then, make your way to Coimbra and start the tour of the city at the oldest University in Europe. See the highlights including the Joanine library, built in the XVIII century on the grounds of the former prison of the University and marvel at one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, Then, transfer to your hotel in Oporto and stay overnight (not included). Day 4: Oporto and Gaia Start your day tour of Oporto at the central Avenida dos Aliados, a famous spot for celebrations and events. Admire the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Walk around the city center and past the Lello Bookstore with its renowned staircase, known for its link to the Harry Potter series. Then visit Gaia, a hub of the port wine industry where the wine is being aged in hundreds of different cellars. Visit a local winery, where you will be shown the various aspects of winemaking and also taste some of the best wines in the world. At the end of your day, return to your hotel in Oporto and stay overnight (not included) Day 5: Douro Valley Check-out at your hotel in Oporto and take your luggage with you as you will be taken to the airport in Lisbon or Oporto at the end of the day (if desired). The day starts with a visit to Amarante in the Douro Valley, where you can see numerous examples of the Romanesque and medieval buildings. Then, stroll along the S. Gonçalo bridge and enjoy some of the most popular sites of the city, including the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo and the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum. Next, head over to the market where you see vendors selling the delicious S. Gonçalo sweets, always a source of curiosity and great laughter due to their phallic appearance.

Porto: Vila Nova de Gaia Wine and Food Tasting

8. Porto: Vila Nova de Gaia Wine and Food Tasting

Our experience starts with a welcome Port wine. We continued on to the cheese, sausage and chutney's tasting. You can choose white, red or green ('Verde) wine. During the wine tasting you can select 2 diferentes wines. At the end of the experience, we will make a toast with Ginginga (special licor) in a chocolate cup.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 5 reviews

It was a wonderful experience. Our guide Pedro was perfect. The facilities were excellent, The tasting was a perfect end to an enjoyable learning experience. I will be buying Graham’s port. Actually, I already have a bottle.

A really lovely tour, the staff were great and really knowledgeable. We were really pleased that we had gone for the wine tasting with food pairings as opposed to just the wine tasting. Would thoroughly recommend.

Superb experience ... Very complete visit and commented by a guide in French who is passionate about his profession ... The tasting with the accompaniments are at the top !! To do without hesitation...

A wonderful visit well explained. It is worth the trip. Very nice restaurant is available on site.

Wonderful tasting and tour of the cellars - best part of our trip to Porto!