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Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

1. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

Fado is an important part of the collective Portuguese soul, born in the taverns of the 19th century and an iconic symbol of the Portuguese culture. This 75-minute program includes a visit to the Cálem wine cellars to learn about ancestral traditions. The visit is followed by a tasting of two port Wines (white and special reserve), which are served to you while you enjoy a Fado performance. The Fado performance features both male and female voices accompanied by traditional Portuguese guitar and classic guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear to the music and experience the soul of the country.

Porto: Tour and Tasting of 3 Port Wines at Poças Cellar

2. Porto: Tour and Tasting of 3 Port Wines at Poças Cellar

Your wine-tasting tour will start with a guided visit to the aging cellar, where distinguished wines have been maturing for more than 100 years. Here, you’ll get to know what makes Port wine so special and learn all about the place where it’s made, the Douro Valley.  Next, you’ll take a walk to the tasting room, where a harmonized sample of three different Port wines awaits your palate. As you sample the wines, learn about which foods pair well with Port wine and discover unique Port styles you might not have tasted before. Before the experience is over, you'll also have the chance to buy your favorite Port wines in the winery's store to enjoy them in the comfort of your home.

Porto: Port and Douro Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

3. Porto: Port and Douro Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

Explore the history of port and Douro wine on a guided walking tour of 3 wine houses in Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn about the vineyards and wineries of the Douro Valley and enjoy 10 different port and Douro wine tastings with professional commentaries.  Start with a guided tour of an old wine cellar. Sample 3 port wines from their collection and learn about the culture and philosophy of port wine drinking. Continue to the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal to enjoy 4 more tastings. End your day by sampling 4 more wines produced by a family-owned wine brand of the Douro Valley.

Porto: Graham's Port Lodge Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

4. Porto: Graham's Port Lodge Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore the 1890 Graham's Port Lodge on a guided tour where you will learn about the history of the cellar, the production process of Port wine, enjoy a classic wine tasting, and marvel at spectacular views of Porto and the iconic two-tier bridge. Visit the historic Graham’s Lodge, which was built in 1890 on a commanding ridge in Vila Nova de Gaia across the Douro River from Porto and only a few hundred meters from the river’s south bank. Admire unique and spectacular views of Porto’s historic city center and the iconic two-tier bridge that connects the two cities of Oporto and Gaia. Graham’s is still a working cellar which makes this tour an even more unique experience. Hear the sounds of the Coopers’ hammers and see the lodgement collecting samples for the tasting room.  Learn about the history of the cellar and the production process of Port wine in a building currently housing over 2,000 pipes (oak casks) and 40 large oak vats of aging Port wine, as well as extensive cellars of Vintage Port. Throughout the tour, depending on your selected option, enjoy a classic tasting or premium wine tasting experience. The classic option includes tastings of Graham’s Six Grapes, LBV, and 10-year-old Tawn. The premium option includes tastings of Graham’s LBV, Graham’s Crusted, and Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos.

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

5. 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: Ribeira Walking Tour

6. Porto: Ribeira Walking Tour

This 2.5-hour walking tour starts in front of the statue of Bishop António Ferreira Gomes, opposite the Clérigos Tower. Explore some of the most beautiful neighborhoods along the Douro River on this scenic riverside tour of Porto! Porto’s banks have seen the launch of the first expeditions into the Atlantic, which enabled the colonial expansion of Portugal and ensured economic prosperity for the city even in times of crisis. Porto’s explorers set up some of the earliest Portuguese trade routes and the city is also home to the first Portuguese Navy. Even with their sights set on lands far away, the people of Porto didn’t take their eyes off what they had at home. Known as the "unbeaten city", Porto fought back against any king, bishop or emperor (to name just a few) who tried to invade their shores. The Porto of today is famous for its scenic riverbanks and its delicious port wine – both of which are products of the resourcefulness, bravery and strength of this city. Just below the iconic Dom Luis I bridge lies Gaia which is littered with cellars where port wine is stored and aged. Learn how the area evolved into the most visited part of the riverbank. Join this tour to explore the neighborhoods on either side of the famous Dom Luis Bridge and discover why the entire city was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996! Listen to stories of discovery and victorious battles as you take in the magnificent atmosphere of this fascinating city.

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

7. 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.

From Lisbon: 5-Day Private Portugal Tour

8. 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 City Discovery Game

9. Porto: Vila Nova de Gaia City Discovery Game

Take an interactive city discovery experience across Porto’s Vila Nova de Gaia, as you solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. Your challenge starts at Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar on Largo de Aviz Santa Marinha Norte in Vila Nova de Gaia. All the information you need for your adventure will be sent to your email before your experience begins. You will solve 12 riddles, with each riddle taking you from one hidden location to the next. Throughout your tour you’ll unlock local recommendations and fun facts, as well as the history of the city. You discover spots in Porto that most locals don’t even know, as you discover popular sights from a different angle. You will be taken on a journey of discovery across the Douro River, as you discover that the fun and beauty is not only in Porto, but also in Vila Nova de Gaia. Throughout this route, you’ll be challenged to crack 12 riddles in order to see amazing panoramic views, find hidden street art, get recommendations on the local gastronomy, and also try some good Port wine. Prepare to charge your batteries and get the fun started!

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Amazing experience, it was just the right amount of time. Our guide was knowledgeable, and we walked away very knowledgeable about Port wine.

We loved the Fado singing accompanied by traditional and acoustic guitar. The tour provided very good basic information about port wine.

Nuno was very nice and lively. The tour was well done and we had a great and nice group of 14 , perfect! I recommend it...

Great experience tasting the Porto wine, visiting the wine cellar and taking part to the Fado show! Recommended

Very interesting and well organized, Nice tasting of port wines and great fado singing.