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Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

1. Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

Learn about the uniquely Portuguese musical form of fado with a live show in the intimate surroundings of the Casa do Fado. Enjoy a glass of port wine as you hear more about this aspect of Portuguese identity, declared ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO. Be transported to the Porto of old with a trip to Casa do Fado, a project developed by friends who love the music genre. Choose between three Casa do Fado venues in the historic center of Porto: A Casa do Fado - Ribeira, a 19th-century cellar, A casa do Fado - Sé, a former guitar luthier workshop, A Casa do Fado - São João Novo, located in the old pantries of the Convent / Church of São João Novo, dating from the end of the 16th century and located under the sacristy of the Church. Listen to outstanding musicians as they perform live in a venue with acoustics ideally set up for fado. Sip on a glass of port wine, the drink that Porto is famous for, as you hear more about the music and its origins.

Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

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

Embark on a guided tour of the Cálem Cellars in Porto, enjoy wine tasting and an entertaining live Fado show. Listen and dance to Portuguese music as you get tipsy and enjoy an unforgettable night. Immerse yourself in Portuguese culture and listen to Fado, folk music that originated in Lisbon in the 18th century, also known as the Lisbon blues. Fado is an important part of Portuguese culture. Head to the Caves Cálem winery and embark on a guided tour of the facilities to learn about the history and traditions of port wine production. At the end of your tour, sample 2 port wines, a white port, and a special reserve. As you sip your wine, take in a live Fado performance, a style of music born in the taverns of the 19th century that has become an essential part of Portuguese culture. The performance features male and female vocalists accompanied by a traditional Portuguese guitar and a classical guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the music and experience the country's soul.

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: Cálem Cellar with Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tasting

4. Porto: Cálem Cellar with Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tasting

Who said that port wine was just for snacks and desserts? Explore a huge selection of the most iconic wines, paired with finger food. In the guided visits to Cálem Cellar, learn about the Douro Demarcated Region and how the Port is produced. Discover the details in 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, protected from light and heat.  Then, you will be invited to a Cálem wine tasting of Cálem Late Bottle Vintage, Cálem Vintage, and Cálem Colheita. With your guide, learn some more Port secrets and pair your wines with goat cheese Transmontano, cheese from S. Jorge Island, chocolate tartlet black and chocolate milk, and crackers and compote. 

Douro Valley: Shared Tour with Lunch, Boat, Train & Winery

5. Douro Valley: Shared Tour with Lunch, Boat, Train & Winery

This experience will take you on board of a boat and then on a train ride through part of the history paths used to carry the Port wine barrels to Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia cellars. Your tour will continue with a lunch served in a regional restaurant among the people who live and work in the Douro vineyards. Your day will be complete with a visit and wine tasting where you can enjoy the terraced landscape of the Douro Vinhateiro.

Porto Half-Day Historical Tour & Port Wine Tasting

6. Porto Half-Day Historical Tour & Port Wine Tasting

Explore Porto on a half-day city tour that emphasizes the history of the area. Begin at Pena Ventosa, the birthplace of the city of Porto. Visit the cathedral, built in the 12th century, before continuing to the S. Bento train station. This station is known for its tiles representing important moments of Portugal's history and culture. Next, see the Clérigos Church. Clérigos, built by the famous architect Nasoni, is known for its Classic Renaissance style. As for the Lello, it has a Neo-Gothic facade and remarkable plaster interior. During the tour, you will be given important information regarding several streets and places in the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Batalha Square, Santa Catarina Street, the Majestic Café, the Bolhão Market, and Aliados Avenue. Then continue to visit a few neighborhoods located by the water before heading to a Port wine cellar in Gaia. Learn how this national drink is produced, bottled, sold, and tasted, then enjoy a tasting of your own.

Porto Half-Day Private Tour

7. Porto Half-Day Private Tour

Be delighted with this tour in Porto! Know more about the Porto history, and the great architecture of the city with several and different styles, namely the baroque. On this tour you will admire the House of Music, the Peninsular war monument located in Boavista roundabout, the great Clerigos tower, the wonderful St Bento train station, the old Cathedral and other several wonderful places. Be ready to enjoy some beautiful landscapes, and to walk on the main picturesque streets, where you can appreciate the daily life of the locals, and visit the typical mercantile houses from the downtown, with tiles and with narrow balconies. We will also have the opportunity to taste the sweet Porto wine, appreciate the famous "pastel de nata", and to learn more about the great gastronomy of Porto. Visit Porto beach area as well, where you will know the main usual places where the natives usually spend their free-time!

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.

Gaia: Photographic VW Kombi tour

9. Gaia: Photographic VW Kombi tour

Grab your camera and get ready for this photo tour of the beaches of Gaia, the route that will allows you to take the most beautiful pictures on the beaches of Gaia. Enjoying a vintage ride in 9 seater van for a unique experience! At the time you choose, we'll start this tour at the Serra do Pilar viewpoint, the most beautiful for the city of Porto. This will be your first postcard photo. We will continue to Marina da Afurada, passing by the river through the area of the emblematic cellars of the port wines. After Afurada we will continue the tour to old ''Seca do Bacalhau'', where you can take fantastic photographs as it is located in an elevated area of land with privileged views to the sea and to the entrance to Barra do Rio Douro. There you can see the entire area where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. To close with a golden key, we will conclude this photo tour, departing at forbidden speeds very close to 30kphm for an exceptional place. A chapel built on top of a rock. Perhaps upset with the sea because her back is turned to it. Although small, it is monumental, fragile, but strong, almost unreal, this is the beautiful church ''Senhor da Pedra''. Experience with historical explanation and dialogue with passengers. Photo stop with van in all areas that are instagramable and typical of Postal photos. Ready to discover the other side of Porto?

Porto: Douro Valley Private Wine & Food Tasting with Pickup

10. Porto: Douro Valley Private Wine & Food Tasting with Pickup

The Douro Valley is one of the greatest wine regions of the world, and one of the oldest, existing records of vine growth since before roman times. The terraces built by hand in the steep hillsides, form one of the world’s most dramatic and inspiring vineyard landscapes of the world. Having been born in a traditional Douro family, I will take you on a journey through the region, explaining the local traditions and how it became the landscape that we see today, described by a famous writer as "An excess of nature". During the day you will visit stunning view points, taste 2 Douro doc wines, 2 Port wines and Olive oil at a boutique winery, enjoy the traditional gastronomy in a restaurante mainly frequented by locals, and learn about the region history and traditions, always avoiding the main tourism hotspots. At the end of the day I will drop you off at your accommodation. This are the ingredients that will make you fall in love for this World Heritage landscape, in a day to remember for the rest of your life. lets go?

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The Fado show was excellent! All in all about 9 songs (3 by a male singer, 3 by a female and 3 duet) all accompanied by 2 guitars. We were in Lisbon last year and fado is way more popular there. More difficult to find a good show in Porto. We had booked the event for the music and were happily listening for ~ one hour. The tour prior to the show was great as well and very informative. But you need to make sure to stay close to the guide as the groups are pretty large. Also as this tour is part of the yellow bus 48 hour pass as well.

Best Fado show in Portugal. Beautiful singing, expert guitar playing, great explanations of the music. We were all singing and clapping along by the end.

What an amazing night. And don't worry if you don't speak the language, it's just as beautiful to listen to without knowing the story.

Knowledgeable, wonderful history, lovely guide. Made the visit the best! Well planned agenda and tour.

Excellent show. A great experience while in Porto.