Our most recommended things to do in Viseu District

Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

1. Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

After meeting your tour guide in the morning, you will be transported to Penacova and provided with the kayaking equipment and some instructions. Then, set off from the Carvoeira dam on a kayaking tour with a total length of 18 km (11 miles).  You'll be kayaking through the natural Mondego river valley, surrounded by extensive forests. As you travel downriver, you will pass by the small villages of Ronqueira, Rebordosa, Louredo, Foz do Caneiro and Casal. This part of the river is full of small beaches where you can stop for a picnic or go to go for a swim. On the river beach of Palheiros, you'll find a small bar where you can buy an ice cream or a cold beer. The river usually has a light current, which makes the kayaking easy and accessible to all ages. Finish in Torres do Mondego, after 3-4 hours of kayaking and breaks along the way. Expect to arrive between 15.00 and 17.00 pm.

Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch & Cruise

2. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch & Cruise

Acquaint your taste buds with the gastronomy and wine of the Douro region on this relaxing day trip from Porto. Sit down to an authentic Portuguese lunch and enjoy the countryside at two local wineries and on a river cruise. Delight your sense as you try regional wines and olive oils. Take advantage of an option to be picked up from Porto and sit back and relax on the drive to a winery that is nestled in the countryside of the Douro valley. Alternatively, meet your tour group in Porto and depart together on your wine and food-tasting tour. First, savor lunch with typical dishes of the region. Sample some of the wines from the winery. Marvel at the scenery during a panoramic cruise on the Douro River, then stop at a second renowned winery for another guided tasting. Before leaving, try local port wine, table wines, and olive oils that are local to the area. Return to Porto at the end of your tour to either your hotel or the same spot as the group meeting point.

Porto: Douro Valley Tour, Two Wineries, Lunch & Boat Cruise

3. Porto: Douro Valley Tour, Two Wineries, Lunch & Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Portugal's most-famous wine country with this day trip from Porto to the Douro Valley. Stop along the way to enjoy viewpoints that offer you opportunity to capture pictures of unique landscapes in this beautiful region. Meet your guide at the Trindade Metro Station in Porto and hop aboard an air-conditioned vehicle for the scenic transfer to the Douro Valley. Admire breathtaking vistas at picture stops along the way. Head to a winery where you can sample some iconic ports. Delight your senses with lunch and wine tasting at the second winery which as a panoramic view of the Douro Valley. Continue to Cais do Pinhão to board a comfortable boat. Glide along the Douro River, where you can appreciate the beauty of the Douro Valley in all its splendor. Return to your meeting point in Porto with unforgettable memories of this must-see area in Portugal.

From Arouca: 516 Arouca Bridge & Paiva Walkway Tour

4. From Arouca: 516 Arouca Bridge & Paiva Walkway Tour

Discover the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge and Paiva Walkways on a tour from Alvarenga. Explore one of the most beautiful wild river gorges in northern Portugal with a guide. Start your tour in Alvarenga, where you'll meet your guide and have a safety briefing and get some information about Arouca Geopark and the Paiva River Valley. Then, you'll start the hike through old village paths, towards the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge. When you get to the bridge, your crossing will take place at an exclusive time, with only your tour mates and guide. Feel like you're walking on air as you immerse yourself in the imposing surrounding landscape. If you don't want to cross the bridge on foot, you can be transferred to the other side in a 4x4 free of charge. After getting across the bridge, walk along the Paiva Walkways. Your guide will show you some great spots for photos while highlighting the famous zig-zag staircases, riparian forests, idyllic waterfalls, and impressive cliffs of the Paiva River Gorge. Halfway through, you'll rest for a while at Vau River Beach. There, you can take in the landscape while you can restore your energy with some traditional snacks, juice and fresh fruits. On a hot day, you can take a refreshing dip in the river, so make sure you bring a swimsuit. After your stop, hike along the wooden walkway along the river back to your starting point.

Douro Valley: Lunch, Wine Tastings & River Cruise

5. Douro Valley: Lunch, Wine Tastings & River Cruise

The adventure begins at the Trindade metro station, right in the center of Porto, from where we will set off for the High Douro Wine Region. Along the way, you'll be able to appreciate the undeniable beauty of the city before we reach the Douro Valley, where the landscape changes to mountainous slopes decorated with vineyards and terraces. On arrival in the Douro Valley you will embark on an hour long boat trip, where you will have the opportunity to observe all the beauty of this region from the unique viewpoint that the river provides. Finally, you will visit two estates where you can enjoy an exquisite traditional lunch and learn all about the history and tradition regarding wine production by tasting the region's most prestigious Port and table wines.

Porto: Douro Valley w/2 small wineries, lunch and 1h cruise

6. Porto: Douro Valley w/2 small wineries, lunch and 1h cruise

Visit the unparalleled Douro Valley, the first denominated wine region in the world and a world heritage site by UNESCO. Start at the meeting point in Porto and embark on a scenic drive around the valley. Make a short stop at a viewpoint and then visit the first winery of the day. Try some red and white wines, olive oil, and other products. Pair everything with local bread, jelly, cheeses, and hams. Take a short walk through the vineyard, and learn about the work being done during the season, such as pruning, grafting, and harvesting. Then, stop in Pinhão for a typical Portuguese lunch at a local tavern with 2 dishes, meat and fish, and as well great options for vegans and vegetarians. After lunch, take a mini-cruise in a typical boat along the astonishing Douro Valley, with all the scenic views of the Porto Wine vineyards, terraces and wineries as a background. The journey will continue through National 222, a road with more stunning views. Stop at the 2nd winery to learn about the famous Port wine of the region, with tastings. Finally, return to Porto in the late afternoon.

From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

7. From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

Discover the beauty of the Paiva river and gorge on as you hike along the Paiva Walkways and experience the thrill of crossing the 516 Arouca suspension bridge on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Porto. Indulge in some local fare with the included lunch at a restaurant.  Starting from Porto, you be picked up in an air-conditioned van and relax on the drive through the Portuguese countryside. Enjoy a short rest stop in Arouca where you have the chance to purchase a snack in this town that is known for its sweets.  Reach Areinho and enter the Paiva Walkways and start your journey by climbing a stairway of around 300 steps and reach the incredible 516 Arouca bridge which is at an elevation of about 175 meters above the Paiva River. Learn about local culture from your guide along the way. Admire views of the Aguieira Waterfall and Paiva River as you cross this stunning bridge. Continue your journey following the path of Paiva Walkways as it follows the flow of the river. Walk at your own pace, take in the lush vegetation, and try to spot wildlife like birds.  Relax at Vau beach mid-way through the hike and carry on all the way to Espiunca, where our hiking ends. From Espiunca travel to a restaurant in Alvarenga where you can try “Arouquesa” DPO beef (other non-meat options available).End your day with a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Porto.

From Porto: 516 Arouca Bridge and Paiva Walkways Guided Tour

8. From Porto: 516 Arouca Bridge and Paiva Walkways Guided Tour

Join a guided trip to the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge and Paiva Walkways from Porto. Discover one of the most impressive wild river gorges in the north of Portugal. Join a certified local guide in crossing the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge 175 meters above River Paiva. Start your adventure from Porto with comfortable transportation to the Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark and a safety briefing. Set off on the Paiva Walkways, an 8.7 km wooden walkway built along the cliffs of the Paiva River Gorge. Begin the hike through old village paths. Then, prepare for the most exciting 516 meters of your life on the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge, one of the longest suspension pedestrian bridges in the world. Be suspended by Tibetan-style steel cables in the sky, 175 meters above River Paiva and Aguieiras Waterfall. Feel as though you’re walking in the air, immersing yourself in an imposing landscape of wild and stunning nature. If you want a more laid-back experience, be transferred to the other side of the bridge by a 4x4. Moving on, along the Paiva Walkways, stop at scenic viewpoints to snap photos. See the famous zig-zag staircases, riparian forests, waterfalls, and cliffs of the gorge. Halfway through, take a break at Vau River Beach and restore your energy with some traditional snacks, juice, and fresh fruits. On hot days, take a dip in the river. From here to the end of the trail, get closer to the river. Feel the strength of the rapids through their roaring sounds. After the hike, be driven to the mountain area of Arouca. Finally, treat yourself to a traditional Arouquesa roasted veal in a typical restaurant (included in the option "With Lunch"). For dessert, taste some ancient conventual pastry, next to its origin, the Santa Maria de Arouca Monastery.

Douro Valley: Winery Tour at Quinta do Tedo and Tastings

9. Douro Valley: Winery Tour at Quinta do Tedo and Tastings

Embark on an adventure to the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, surrounded by terraced vineyards that climb high above the dramatic confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. There lies an 18th-century estate, Quinta do Tedo. Enjoy a full tour of Quinta do Tedo, which includes explanations of the vineyards and the olive orchards. Learn more about Porto and red wine production, foot treading in the lagers, aging in the 18th-century cellars, bottling, and hand-labeling.  At the end of the tour, taste the Quinta do Tedo's Portos and red wines overlooking the Douro River in the renovated 18th-century tasting room. The Quinta’s 100% estate-grown organic grapes come from 37 acres of class "A" vineyards, the highest rating from the Portuguese Instituto do Vinhos do Douro e Porto, comparable to France's Grand Cru.

Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Cruise, Lunch & Wine Tasting

10. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Cruise, Lunch & Wine Tasting

Expereince the magic of the N222 road while traveling in an air-conditioned van with this day trip from Porto. Take in lush landscapes with stops at viewpoints and be treated to some sausage during your wine and oil tasting at a local wine cellar. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Porto's city center and whisked away to the Douro Valley. Relax on the journey in a climate-controlled Mercedes-Benz vehicle with a guide that is happy to tell you about the region. Have the opportunity to visit the most emblematic viewpoints in the Douro to capture some photos. Discover a cellar with tastings of high-quality wines (Port and Doc) and olive oil, accompanied by a board of sausages and incredible views. Sit down to lunch in a renowned restaurant, with delectable dishes from the Douro region. Take in the charm of Pinhão's vineyards from the water during a river cruise. Travel between Pinhão and Peso da Régua along the N222, considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Return to your accommodation in Porto's city center with unforgettable memories.

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Tiago was a wonderful guide-- really personable and easy to chat with-- one of the best guides we've had in our years of traveling around the world! He gave us a very in-depth explanation of the sites around the Douro Valley, the port wine-making process, and his own experience growing up in the Douro Valley as a child. It was wonderful to learn so much from someone who has deep family roots in the Valley. My husband, our 17-year old daughter, and I shared a van with another family of 5. Everyone got along well, especially because Tiago kept a nice conversational pace and included everyone in the conversation--our daughter enjoyed the tour as much as we did. Tiago listened to things we were interested in and offered suggestions of other things to see around Porto to enhance our stay. He kept a nice pace for the day and we never felt rushed.

This tour is a great way to get out of Porto and experience the Douro Valley! Even though we were the only people to reserve the tour they proceeded and it was as great as advertised. Our tour guide, João, was incredibly knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure that we had a good time. I would highly recommend booking this tour!

The trip to the Duoro valley was great. Our guide Brehim was very friendly and told us a lot about the region. I especially liked visiting the small winery and the river cruise.

Excellent tour, pleasant day out tasting thr local cuisines & the scenery was stunning.

It was a phenomenal day! I recommend this experience as a day trip from Porto.