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Porto: Historic Center Photo Tour in Ford T Replica

1. Porto: Historic Center Photo Tour in Ford T Replica

Visit the top landmarks of Porto and snap unforgettable photos as you drive around in early 20th century cars. See the grand Porto cathedral and the Passeio das Virtudes with your knowledgeable driver. Head to Vila Nova de Gaia, a hub of the port wine industry and filled with café terraces and picturesque tiled houses, perfect for a photo. Discover the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, a former monastery set on a hilltop, and take some panoramic pictures of the city. Snap some captivating photos at the Miradouro da Vitória viewpoint. Hear interesting stories and anecdotes about the city from your helpful guide as you tour around one of the oldest cities in Portugal.

Porto: City to the Ocean Tuk-Tuk Tour

2. 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: 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.

Portugal: Braga Private-Tour

4. Portugal: Braga Private-Tour

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service at your accommodation in either Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia. Here, your friendly and informative guide will be waiting to meet you. After a short meet and greet you will set-off on your adventure, a journey through the ancient city of Braga.   During your 4-hour visit to this famous, religious city, you will visit the attraction known as the Triangle of Faith. The Triangle of Faith comprises the Cathedral, the Triangle Sanctuary of Bom Jesus and Sameiro. Visit the Braga Cathedral, characterized and famous for its different architectural styles, blending Roman, Manueline and Baroque. This Cathedral is considered one of the most important Romanesque Temples in the country and is also the oldest. Next, visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, a famous structure known for its central theme - the sacred road. Numerous chapels line the endless staircase, representing each station. This religious monument is also a truly romantic and relaxing place, with stunning views of the city. Lastly, you will explore the sanctuary of Sameiro, the second largest sanctuary in devotion to the Virgin Mary in Portugal. Marvel at the structure's architectural form before enjoying a comfortable ride back to your accommodation to complete your journey. 

Porto: 2.5-Hour Private Sailing Lesson

5. 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.

Serra da Estrela Private Tour

6. 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.

Portugal: Historic Villages Tour

7. Portugal: Historic Villages Tour

Start your day with a convenient pickup service from your accommodation in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia city center. After a short meet and greet with your driver, you will hop into your private vehicle and set off on your adventure.  The first stop of the day is the beautiful village of Celorico da Beira. Celorico da Beira is a small village located near Serra da Estrela that is famous for its cheese. You will get the opportunity to visit a traditional kitchen and hear about the cheese production and even taste some for yourself. Before departing to Linhares da Beira, you can enjoy a tasty, traditional lunch.  Next stop is Linhares da Beira, a medieval city of Roman origin that dates back to the 12th century. Linhares is renowned for the beauty of its narrow streets and its historic traits. Explore the historical center of the village and immerse yourself in its tranquility. Observe the medieval castle, the Roman roads, and the stone houses. Finish your day with a trip back to your accommodation. 

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.

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, visit Quinta with a long family history. Taste some regional products and learn about the history of the Quinta. Your lunch will be paired with sparkling wine, Douro. and Muscatel wine. After this experience, you will then be dropped back to your original pickup location.

Portugal: Bairrada Private Tour

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Daniel Mota was an excellent guide. He’s very knowledgeable and his driving is very good. We really enjoyed the tour to Braga. We will definitely request for Daniel on our next visit and recommend him to our friends if they visit Porto.

Great and different to be driven around in an electric vintage car. Entertaining and very sweet guide who was really good at telling about the history of the city. Can definitely recommend this trip.

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

A great way to get to know the city of Porto and it's beautiful viewpoints.

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