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From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour

1. 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: Historic Center Photo Tour in Ford T Replica

2. 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 and Gaia City Tour by Replica Vintage Ford Model T

3. Porto and Gaia City Tour by Replica Vintage Ford Model T

Meet your guide at one of several pickup points in central Porto. Embark on a 90-minute tour of Porto and Gaia in an electrical replica of a vintage Ford T car.  Learn about the history of Porto as well as local legends and anecdotes. Explore the historic center of Porto and the city of Gaia across the River Douro.  Enjoy some stops for photos at locations including São Bento Train Station, Porto Cathedral, Palacio de Bolsa, Clérigos Church, Rivoli Theater, and Serra do Pilar Monastery.

Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

4. 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.

Portugal: Braga Private-Tour

5. 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. 

Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, and Valença Private Tour

6. 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 City Private Tour Half-Day Minivan

7. Porto City Private Tour Half-Day Minivan

After collecting at your hotel or accomodation, let's start our half-day private tour at the City Hall in Avenida dos Aliados, the place of excellence, where the people of Porto gather to celebrate special moments. Admire the famous Lello Bookstore with its magnificent staircase that connects it to the upper floor. The architecture of this bookstore inspired the Hogwarts staircase in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series. In the same area, you will see the Clérigos Tower with a panoramic view of the city and the Douro River, which makes the 240 steps climb worth the effort. Your local guide will lead you through the historic center of the city and introduce you to its highlights. Learn about the history of famous monuments like the S. Bento Railway Station, which has twenty thousand hand-painted tiles illustrating events in Portuguese history. Discover the commercial area of Santa Catarina, Majestic Café, and Mercado do Bolhão.  Next, find the essence of the river as you reach Ribeira, with the typical Rabelo boats and the well-known Port wine cellars. Above the river, find the unique D. Luis Bridge, 395 meters long and 8 meters wide. Its arch is considered the largest iron arch. Cross the bridge and see Vila Nova de Gaia where all the cellars are located. Lastly on this tour, visit one of the traditional ones and taste the wonderful and world famous Port wine.

Fátima and Coimbra Private Tour

8. Fátima and Coimbra Private Tour

Explore Fatima, home of the most important Catholic church in Portugal and one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world due to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to 3 shepherd children in 1917. Enter the houses of the 3 shepherds who lived in a small village. See their things on display and learn about their way of life. Proceed to the famous shrine of Fatima, which was built to honor the request of the Virgin Mary. Visit the chapel of the apparitions where the Virgin Mary once appeared to children. Take the time to explore this area on your own, and experience the spiritual atmosphere of this holy place. Take a break in the historic center of Fatima to enjoy a tasty traditional lunch. Following this, head off to Coimbra, a student city, historically known for being home to one of the best universities in Portugal. See how tradition lives on, continuing symbolic practices such as wearing emblematic uniforms with long black capes. Visit Coimbra's historic center, and stroll through legendary streets filled with heritage. Return comfortably to your hotel or accommodation.

Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour

9. Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour

Start your tour with a convenient pick-up service at your accommodation in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia city center. After a short meet and greet with your driver/guide, you will take a brief scenic drive to Santiago de Compostela and Valenca do Minho.  On this tour, your guide will show you why Santiago de Compostela has been such a famous and important location for Christian pilgrims. See why the ancient city has long been considered a symbol of faith and devotion. Explore the old part of the city that has been UNESCO listed since 1985. Take a stroll to witness the gorgeous cathedral of Santiago, a Catholic church built in Romanesque style, that bears the scars of many years of conflict. The building is an astounding feature, designed in gothic, baroque and renaissance elements. Before departing for Valença do Minho you will take a break in the historical center of Santiago to enjoy a tasty, traditional lunch. Next, drive to the medieval fortress of Valença do Minho, built with great strategical value, it was the defense wall of Minho. This monument was built to protect Portugal from the Spanish troops. Your guide will take you to the best spots to marvel at this architectural wonder. Your private tour will end with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation. 

Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

10. Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

After being collected from your Porto accommodation, you will travel with your guide to the House of Music, which was inaugurated in 2005. From there you will travel to Clerigos Tower, which offers some of the best views over the city. Its doors opened on January 13, 1906, and haven't closed for 112 years. Following the tower, you will travel to the Lello Bookstore, which continues to satisfy everyone from literature lovers, to architecture students, to Harry Potter fans. You will next travel to Porto's historical center and Sao Bento Train Station. There you will discover the Porto Baixa (downtown), which is laid out around the Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies), the city's focal point. This is where everything happens, and it is on this thoroughfare that you will find the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Afterwards, you will discover the Cathedral of Oporto, which is a church of Roman-Gothic structure. The next stage of your tour will lead you to "Palacio da Bolsa" and the San Francisco Church. The Palácio da Bolsa was built in the 19th century in a Neo-classical style, and has since been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Church of San Francisco was built in the 12th century, and was initially of Romanesque architecture before being transformed into Gothic style, then later into that of Baroque. The Cathedral of Oporto (or Porto Cathedral) is a church with a Roman-Gothic structure which began being built in the 12th century, later receiving several renovations in the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside it stands the medieval rosacea of the 12th century, and from outside you can enjoy the lateral galilee, a work of Nicolau Nasoni in 1736 which is decorated with tiles. Crossing the D. Luis Bridge, you will arrive in Gaia (the city on the opposing river bank). This is the spot where Port wine has been aged in hundreds of different cellars, and whilst there you will be able to visit one of those cellars. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your accommodation in Porto.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

A MUST do experience travelling around Porto in a replica vintage battery operated car. The driver Silvano knew so much about the area and super friendly and polite. The tour company even arranged a pick up from our hotel. There were 2 of us but the car does seat a family of 4. A far better experience than any other tour operating there and the vintage car is lovely

Probably the best way to discover and learn about Porto if you prefer a private tour of the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the city and was full of life. I would highly recommend anyone to take a tour here.

Hello, Tomás was a spectacular guide-driver !!! He made the journey enjoyable and interesting. Totally recommended and we wish you our best wishes. We look forward to seeing you at your next show!

This was a great tour to get to know Porto when we first arrived. Paulo was a great guide! He took us to interesting places and beautiful viewpoints. Highly recommend!

Our driver was very prompt and then took us on an excellent tour of Porto - a great way to see such a hilly town!