Destinations / June 09, 2018. By Susan Connolly
Are you looking for the best tours in Porto? We have compiled this list of the best tours and day trips in and around Porto . Cruise up the Douro River or visit the Peneda-Gerês national park, there is something for everyone and these tours can make it happen. If you are looking for the best Porto tours, get ready to find them in one place!
Marvel at the stunning scenery of the Douro valley as you cruise up the river. Breakfast and lunch are served on the boat it’s a great way to relax and vinho is flowing The first time I did this day trip from Porto, I was with a friend who is a sommelier, she’d been learning about Portuguese ports and wines for years, but had never been up the Douro. She nearly hopped out of the boat on a number of occasions after Régua as the river narrows and the views of the terraced vineyards get more interesting. If you plan to visit Porto you are going to want to make time for a day trip up the Douro
Book here: Douro Valley Full Day Cruise from Porto
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Foodies visiting Porto who would like to try authentic Portuguese delicacies, should look no further than this 3-Hour Food & Tasca Tour for an experience of authentic eateries. You’ll learn about regional specialties and taste a few. But the best part is meeting the locals who have been running these tascas for generations.
Not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
Reserve your place: 3-Hour Food & Tasca Tour
There are many interesting things to see in Porto and what better way to see the city than with an affordable hop on hop off bus tour? Porto is rich in Portuguese culture and history and a bus tour allows you to see and learn lots of new things and get off and explore whenever you want. If you are looking for the best Porto bus tours that show you the city, this is a great option. For just €6.20 more you can upgrade to a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a 6 bridges river cruise & a tour of a port wine cellar. I always take friends on the 6 bridges river cruise because you get a different perspective of the city from the river and an opportunity to see the bridges that link Porto and Gaia.
There is also plenty of accommodation in Porto city centre so you can stay in town and walk to the bus in the morning.
Get your tickets here: 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket
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Photo © Marc Hagen
Explore the beautiful nature of Peneda-Gerês, the only national park created over 40 years ago. This is a day trip we would strongly recommend taking with a guide, especially if it’s your first visit, as every year lots of tourists get lost in the park. Walk along centuries- old paths through oak forests and get spectacular views along the way. An interesting feature of the park is the small ancient stone villages occupied by families for many generations. Bathe in the fresh waters of the mountain waterfalls. Take stunning photos a tour you won’t forget.
Book this tour: Peneda-Gerês National Park Full Day Tour
For spectacular views of Porto climb to the top of the Clérigos Tower. Experience one of Porto’s most iconic attractions at your own pace with an entrance ticket to the tower. There are 225 steps to climb before you reach the top and from there you can enjoy views across the entire city.
To avoid queues book here: Clerigos Tower Entrance Ticket
A great opportunity to hear traditional Portuguese Fado music while you enjoy some port wine. If you haven’t heard Fado before you are going to want to try this experience. The music includes instruments like guitars and mandolins with one Fadista singing poetic lyrics.
Book here: Porto Wine Cellar Visit with Fado
Are you inspired to take a tour in Porto or a day trip from Porto? be sure and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.