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Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

1. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

In a healthful balance between Port tradition and new technologies, you will discover Douro region and Port wine – from “terroir” to the wine grapes, from the categories up to the aromas, trough our recently interactive museum, with personalized and intuitive access. In the guided visits to Cálem caves you will learn about the Douro Demarcated Region, know how the Port is produced and stay abreast of all the details of 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 old, protected from light and heat. Then, you will be invited to a Cálem wine tasting: a white Port and a Tawny Port. With one of your guides, you will have the possibility to learn some more Port secrets and taste our wines.

Porto: Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience Ticket

2. Porto: Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience Ticket

Enter this unique space and enjoy a truly immersive artistic experience. You'll be able to 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 Il Divino Michelangelo, Il Genio Da Vinci, Impressive Monet, and Brilliant Klimt. You will be able to access two of these (depending on option selected). The Immersivus Gallery Porto is located in the Porto Customs House. It aims to be a unique artistic reference point and diversify the cultural offerings of the city. The space is transformed into a monumental canvas with the content projected in 360º. Watch as the Furnas da Alfândega do Porto is turned into a monumental screen where you will be immersed in the show and become part of its history.

Porto: Pink Palace Entry Ticket at WOW

3. Porto: Pink Palace Entry Ticket at WOW

Pre-book your entry ticket to WOW Porto’s Pink Palace and prepare for an exaggerated, flamboyant, and bright experience that immerses visitors into the world of rosé. Enjoy five different rosé tastings and take home a rose bracelet and Pink Palace drinking vessel.  Dedicated to a sensory experience that immerses you in everything there is to know about rosé, each room of the museum is curated with the aim to entertain, educate, and create photo-worthy, memorable moments in a fun and fresh way. For those wanting to learn more about rosé wine in a new and engaging way and sample some new flavors along the way, this is the perfect experience for you and your friends or family. There’s never a dull moment and plenty of laughs to be had at Pink Palace.

Porto: The Chocolate Story Entry Ticket at WOW

4. Porto: The Chocolate Story Entry Ticket at WOW

Embark on a journey around the extraordinary world of chocolate. Immerse yourself in this selfie-friendly interactive museum and learn about the journey from cacao to chocolate. Visit a sensory museum in Porto's WOW complex, as you experience all things chocolate. Tour the educational and immersive exhibits as you discover the history of the famous sweet delicacy. Take fun pictures like selfies, and enjoy sweet treats as you find out all about chocolate's farming and production methods. See first-hand how it is made and encounter a live chocolate factory in this treat for all chocolate lovers. Choose to add a chocolate tasting workshop with your admission ticket. Entice your senses as you experience a variety of chocolate flavors and textures.

Porto: Fashion and Fabric Museum Entry Ticket at WOW

5. Porto: Fashion and Fabric Museum Entry Ticket at WOW

Enter the World of Wine and explore the Porto Fashion and Fabric Museum. Learn the history and current state of the textile industry in Portugal, and understand why it is the DNA of the Portuguese fashion scene. Discover the step by step method of processing raw materials and creating thread. Observe the methods of weaving, finishing, and ultimately creating garments that will be placed in shop window displays. Witness the tribute to national talent and the masterful art of filigree. Immerse yourself in the showcase of Portuguese fashion, from designers to footwear. Release your inner fashionista.

Porto: Porto Region Across The Ages Entry Ticket at WOW

6. Porto: Porto Region Across The Ages Entry Ticket at WOW

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Porto Region Across The Ages museum at WOW Porto and embark on a journey through time in Porto. Learn about the character of the city and its people: a blend of vigor, energy, affability, and resourcefulness.  The Porto Region Across The Ages (PRATA) experience is an excellent starting point to understand the city of Porto, with a guarantee to fall even more in love with the city.  Shining a light on the city’s history, culture, and people, the museum details the city’s foundations, setbacks, conquests, explorations, and wars that have defined Portugal: fortunate, with an identity full of culture and heritage. Before looking for what to see and do in Porto, a visit to PRATA will help you understand the city, its people, and its character better, enriching the rest of your time in Porto.

Porto: The Bridge Collection Museum Entry Ticket at WOW

7. Porto: The Bridge Collection Museum Entry Ticket at WOW

Pre-book your entry ticket to The Bridge Collection, a museum at WOW Porto showcasing 9000 years of drinking history through displays of drinking vessels and glasses. From Alexander the Great’s glass to a collection of radioactive glasses, there’s something for everyone to see.  The Bridge Collection is a comprehensive collection of drinking vessels, that shines a light on the stories and customs associated with drinking, from its daily use to its rituals to its commemorations and celebrations. Journey through time and learn about the story of humanity through the evolution of drinking vessels, from the earliest civilizations to the present day. Marvel at more than 1,800 vessels and glasses on display with the oldest piece dating back to 7000 B.C.

Porto: Museum of the Oldest Appellation in the World Ticket

8. Porto: Museum of the Oldest Appellation in the World Ticket

Discover the best of Real Companhia Velha’s port wine collection at the Museum of the Oldest Appellation in the World. Learn about the history of port wine as you wander through the 7 interconnecting zones. Finish your visit with a tasting. (if the tasting option is chosen) Immerse yourself in the history of Porto, the Duoro region, and Real Companhia Velha as you admire a display consisting of historic objects and multimedia and interactive devices. If you wish to sample some of the collection, choose the tasting option to try some of Real Companhia Velha's best port wines.

Vila Nova de Gaia: Saudade Photography Exhibition

9. Vila Nova de Gaia: Saudade Photography Exhibition

Neal Slavin has directed William H. Macy, Laura Dern, Meat Loaf and David Paymer in cinema; photographed celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand and Phil Collins; has exhibited in spaces such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Georges Pompidou Centre. Neal Slavin is a big name in photography and cinema and will be present at WOW, Vila Nova de Gaia’s Cultural District, for an exhibition which will display 50 unpublished colour photographs of his work and his documentary feature film about the people of Portugal. The photographer’s exhibition will feature 100 photographs that stem from his passion for Portugal, reflected in the book he published in 1971, “Portugal”, and in a documentary feature film, in collaboration of illustrious Portuguese figures, namely Carlos do Carmo, Mariza and Nuno Gama. The film, called “Saudade: A love letter to Portugal”, was completed in Lisbon, now in March. Adrian Bridge, CEO of WOW, reflects that “The current context of Eastern Europe has put much of our days in perspective, especially for those who have never experienced war or oppression. This exhibition makes us reflect on a freedom that was conquered in Portugal. We want with it, once again, to open doors to art and culture, bringing to Portugal and to Greater Porto exhibitions of international importance, which attract not only the tourists who visit us, but also, and above all, the local community”. In 1968, as part of a Fulbright grant, Neal Slavin came to Portugal to photograph archaeological ruins. He soon realised that what he liked photographing were the people of Portugal, their spirit and their soul, whom at the time were living under the Estado Novo (New State) regime of António de Oliveira Salazar. Taking photos in 1968 was a challenge due to a law that prohibited the taking of photos on public transport, such as trains or buses, or portraying the Portuguese in anything other than a happy – whether singing litanies and sowing the fields.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Your guide was great - only downside was it was quite noisy with other tours at the same time and the whole tour was super warm inside - needed some AC!

Great time! Very instagramable, lovely staff, I even recommend for children. Also, not very well signposted.

Hat alles funktioniert. Die Tour war informativ und das Tasting lecker

Interesting tour, not too long and great tasting experience.

The experience was so great that I would do it again.