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

1. 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: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

2. Porto: 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise

Board the original boats used to transport the Port Wine barrels from the Douro Region to Gaia and Porto. The boats have been adapted with the most modern navigation equipment to transport passengers with maximum comfort. Enjoy a journey that stretches from the historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, upstream to Freixo and then downstream toward the mouth of the Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the rich and breathtaking landscape while you learn the history of the 6 bridges that unite Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto. Discover other points of interest in these two cities. 

Porto: Burmester Cellar Tour with Tasting & Pairing Options

3. Porto: Burmester Cellar Tour with Tasting & Pairing Options

Burmester has long been recognized for its Port wines and Douro DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada).  Its history started long ago in London in 1730, when Henry Burmester joined with John Nash to create Burmester, Nash & Co. and from Vila Nova de Gaia they started exporting Port wines all around Europe. Over the years, Burmester has triumphed from generation to generation, demonstrating its inherent character and determination. Character is the holistic principle of the brand, and of its wines. Arrive at the Burmester winery for an unforgettable experience. You will visit the Burmester Cellars, located next to the beautiful Luiz I bridge, with an expert guide. Learn about Port wines and the Douro DOC production process, and taste different port wines.

Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

4. Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

Visit the Cockburn’s cellars, also known as ‘lodges’, and discover the most extensive wine cellars in the historic quarter of Vila Nova de Gaia. Located opposite the twin city of Porto across the Douro River, this region is known for its beauty.  Watch the dedicated team of coopers disassemble barrels stave by stave for maintenance and then reassemble them.  Go inside the sturdy granite walls of the Cockburn’s lodge house which boasts 6,518 seasoned oak barrels of maturing Port and the equivalent of a further 10,056 barrels held in tones and vats.  This sizeable and priceless stock provides the basis for the creation of Cockburn’s renowned Ports, including the famous Special Reserve. On this guided tour, you will have an authentic experience of a fully working Port cellar. Start your visit with a trip to the Cellars museum which charts Cockburn’s fascinating 200-year history.  A series of exhibits reveal the stories of the families that built Cockburn’s; their planting of vineyards in the Douro Valley and the making of legendary Ports that turned Cockburn's into a world-renowned producer.  Your visit continues through the working sections of the buildings where thousands of oak barrels and vats hold Cockburn’s valuable stocks of maturing wines. At this point, you will pass through the longest aging gallery of any Port cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia.  Filled with the impressive sight of thousands of barrels, stacked 4 high you'll learn about the importance of maturing Port in seasoned wood as well as the central role of the cooper. In the tasting room, you will enjoy a classic tasting, or if you select the premium tasting option then you will have the following: Classic:• Cockburn's Special Reserve• Cockburn's Late Bottle Vintage• Cockburn's 10 years old  Premium tasting with chocolate pairing:• Cockburn's Fine White paired with Passion fruit chocolate • Cockburn's 10 Years old paired with Yuzu cinnamon chocolate• Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais Vintage paired with Raspberry chocolate Vintage Tasting paired with cheese:• Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais Vintage paired with Sheep Cheese (Nisa dop)• Cockburn's 2011 Vintage paired with Goat Cheese (Beiralacte)• Cockburn's 2015 Vintage paired with Cow Cheese (S. Jorge dop)

Porto: Small Group Surf Lesson with Transportation

5. Porto: Small Group Surf Lesson with Transportation

Chill with the serene waves of Porto during a small-group surfing lesson with pickup from the city. Find the best beach for the weather conditions on the day and get to grip with the basics of surfing. Jump into the water and catch your first wave to the shore. Make your way to the bus stop by Aliados to meet your friendly group for the day. Let your guide assess the weather conditions and start driving to the beach with the best waves. Feel the warm sand under your feet as you listen to a quick introduction to surfing. Follow the instructions of your guide for the basic techniques like paddling and standing up on your board. Now's the time to crash into the water and go with the flow. Paddle out to where the water breaks and feel the adrenaline as you ride the swell back to the shore.

Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

6. 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.

From Porto: Serra do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

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

Experience the emotions of a quad ride on a tour through the magnificent landscapes of the Serra de Porto Natural Park. On this 3-hour tour, we will pick you up from your hotel/apartment in Porto or Gaia and take you to Baltar for the start of the activity, where you will receive a safety briefing before the start of your quad tour. Get tips on how to ride a quad before you head out. Explore the terrain of our Serras do Porto natural park, stopping to absorb and capture the landscape with your camera all of our beautiful landscapes. After returning to our facilities, you will be taken back to your hotel/apartment.

Porto: Six Bridges Cruise

8. Porto: Six Bridges Cruise

Explore the calm delights of the Douro River by traveling on a typical Rabelo Boat along the pastel-hued riverbanks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. On this 50 minute cruise, you'll get to breathe Porto's faded but rich history, and glimpse architectural wonders such as the Gustav Eiffel Bridge. The program includes an audio guide for the tour (Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French).

Porto: Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings

9. Porto: Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings

Explore the picturesque city of Porto on board a beautiful tourist train, departing every 30 minutes from Sé Catedral (Porto Cathedral), a glorious Romanesque monument in the old city center. The train circumnavigates the city center, with onboard audio guides in Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, and Italian for your convenience. Travel directly to the oldest Portuguese wine cellar of Real Companhia Velha, founded in 1756 by King José I. Climb off the train for an unforgettable tour inside the cellar, and learn the history of Port wine and its famous wineries during a 15-minute documentary. Next, explore the old part of the cellar, before a tasting of 2 high-quality Port wines. Re-board the train and continue your journey around the city center. Pass some of the most important monuments of Porto, such as the São João National Theatre on historic Praça da Batalha (Batalha Square). Continue down Avenida dos Aliados, site of the beautifully tiled São Bento Train Station. Pass the baroque Bell Tower of Clerigos Church, and the twin churches of the Convent and Church of Carmelitas, close to the famous Leilo Bookshop and enchanting cafés. Upgrade your tour to include lunch in Ruela da Villa, the restaurant of a 4-star hotel. Savor an all you can eat buffet, with a variety of dishes and desserts which are typical of Portuguese cuisine. Hop-off and on the train in front of the restaurant.

Porto: Port and Douro Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 353 reviews

The port wine experience was excellent. I learnt much about port making history and had delicious port as well. it's all I ever expected and more. I highly recommend this tour.

Excellent!!!! Je recommande sans hésiter, une cave à visiter Coup de cœur L’endroit est simplement magnifique Belle visite, belles explications Merci pour le bon moment

Susan was a great tour guide, really fun and knowledgeable – the cellars are beautiful, the port was beautiful, and the fado performance was just stellar

Really enjoyed visiting a few lesser known Port Houses. Good variety to try and met some lovely fellow Port tasters on our trip!

Great tasting, enthusiastic tour guide. Highly recommend!