Vila Nova de Gaia Culture & history

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Porto: Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience Ticket

1. 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 Misterioso Egito, 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. Checkout the additional Mysterious Egypt exhibition, the latest OCUBO creation premiering at Immersivus Gallery Porto. Witness artefacts of ancient Egyptian history reimagined in a showcase of light and design.

Porto: City Tour, 6 Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

2. Porto: City Tour, 6 Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

Embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of Porto by land and water.  Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the capital of the Northern Region of Portugal is home to an exceptional architectural heritage and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Marvel at the monuments and historical buildings, such as the imposing cathedral and Tower of Clerics. Go to the stunning square of Cais da Ribeira for breathtaking views of the pastel-colored houses of the riverfront promenade.  Look across the river to the opposite bank, where the city of Vila Nova de Gaia offers superb views of the legendary port wine cellars. Taste different varieties of wine in one of the cellars where it is blended and aged.  Then, cruise aboard one of the traditional flat-bottomed rabelo boats, and journey past 6 bridges on board a mode of transport that used to carry wine from the Douro Valley. Learn more about the historic bridges that connect Porto and its twin city of Vila Nova de Gaia.

Porto: City Train Tour, River Cruise & Wine Cellar

3. Porto: City Train Tour, River Cruise & Wine Cellar

Explore the picturesque and historic city of Porto on the Magic Train Tour. The train departs every 60 minutes from the Sé Catedral (Cathedral of Oporto) and travels around the city center with an audio guide available in Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, and Italian. The train takes you directly to the oldest wine cellar in Portugal — Real Companhia Velha. A guide will take you on an unforgettable tour inside the wine cellar which includes a short 15-minute film, a 30-minute visit to the old parts of the cellars, and a tasting of 2 quality port wines. After the wine tour, the train will pick you up and continue the tour around the city. See the most important monuments such as St. Johns Theater, the Famous Batalha Square with the Santa Catarina Street, Aliados Avenue, Clerigos Tower, Carmelitas Church, and more.  Once the train tour is over, go down to Ribera to join a 1-hour boat cruise along the Douro River. Relish this extraordinary way of viewing the city from a different perspective.

Porto: Pink Palace Entry Ticket at WOW

4. 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.

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour

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

6. 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.

From Porto: Serras do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

7. From Porto: Serras do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

Get some all-terrain action in Serras do Porto Natural Park and conquer its rugged terrain on an ATV on a day trip from Porto with hotel transfers included. Follow a guide on your ATV along a diverse route where waterfalls, mountain peaks, and sweeping views abound. After a pickup from your hotel or apartment in Porto, be driven to Baltar for the start of the activity. Receive a safety briefing before your quad bike adventure. Get familiar with your vehicle before you head out. Explore the terrain of the Serra do Porto Natural Park, absorbing the natural scenery that surrounds you. Stop to capture the landscape with your camera. At the end of the ride, return to the facility and be taken back to Porto.

Porto: The Wine Experience Entry Ticket at WOW

8. Porto: The Wine Experience Entry Ticket at WOW

Discover the World of Wine – The Wine Experience with this entry ticket to the museum and tasting experience. Embark on a voyage of discovery to learn how wine is made. See how the environment, climate, and grape variety have a defining effect on the wine you drink.  Dedicated to both amateur and experienced wine enthusiasts alike, this wine experience aims to demystify wine for all. Learn about the different wine styles, what differentiates them, and most importantly, how best to taste them. From root and vine to grape and glass, understand how the intricate processes of wine production combine before testing your own palate and preferences to understand which styles of wine you prefer and why.  During your visit, explore the richness and diversity of the wine-producing regions of Portugal, a unique country producing almost every style of wine. End your experience with increased knowledge of everything involved in the winemaking process. Enjoy an activity aimed at enhancing your enjoyment of wine and helping you feel more confident when choosing wine, whatever the occasion.

Vila Nova de Gaia: Wine School Workshop and Tasting

9. Vila Nova de Gaia: Wine School Workshop and Tasting

Sip on fine wines and discover how to evaluate a wine's flavors and aromas as you meet the professionals, in this fascinating tasting workshop. Hear about the types of notes that wines produce and tantalize your taste buds as you sample them. Relish wines ranging from fruity and floral to more earthy and vegetal aromas. Enjoy an informative and practical session at the wine school and discover Portuguese and international wines. Taste many different types and enjoy a small class size which offers a personal experience.

Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

10. 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.

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4.2 / 5

based on 15 reviews

This is definitely the way to see Porto!! Anna was terrific! What a novelty way to go about Porto and Gaia - we were sometimes the backdrop for which other tourists took pictures! Thank you Anna and Hugo for a great time!

Maravilhosa a experiência, Diego foi quem me atendeu e com certeza é um especialista no assunto vinhos ! Vale super a pena ir, ainda mais se estiver chovendo na cidade !

Magic Tours were very organized, they had everything ready on our arrival making the whole experience fantastic. Beautiful city!!!

It was a great experience, for all the family. Learned a bunch of new stuff that I didn´t imagined. I definitely recommend!

Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about Porto. Also, very helpful in helping us navigate the different tours.