Porto / June 09, 2019. 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!
Admire at the stunning scenery of the Douro Valley as you cruise up the river. Breakfast and lunch are served on board. This is a great way to relax and enjoy a glass of wine.
The first time I did this Douro Valley day trip 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 Valley. 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 Porto Douro Valley day trip.
Book this tour: Douro Valley Full Day Cruise from Porto
This Douro wine tour from Porto departs early in the morning with a pick up from your hotel. The first stop of the day will be at a viewpoint in Régua to admire the views and take some photos. The next stop is at a wine estate where you will visit the winery and taste some of their delicious wines and ports.
The tour then continues on to the pretty town of Pinhão for a trip on a Rabelo (traditional Portuguese boat) before lunch.
Your final stop on this Dour wine tour is another beautiful vineyard where you learn about the history of the region and have an other opportunity for another Douro Valley wine tasting.
Click here to book this tour: Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, River Cruise and Lunch
Photo © Marc Hagen
Explore the beautiful nature of Peneda-Gerês, the only national park created over 40 years ago. This is one of the tours from Porto 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.
You will 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 one of the trips from Porto you won’t forget.
Book this tour: Peneda-Gerês National Park Full Day Tour
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. Porto food tours is a great way to meet 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 Porto sightseeing bus? Porto is rich in Portuguese culture and history and a Porto bus tour allows you to see and learn lots of new things and get off and explore whenever you want. If you are wondering what to see in Porto then this is a great option.
For just €6.20 more you can upgrade to a Porto river cruise and Port wine cellars tour. 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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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 enjoy a port wine tasting in Porto and listen to traditional Portuguese Fado music. 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
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