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Douro Valley: Wine Tour with Lunch, Tastings & River Cruise

1. Douro Valley: Wine Tour with Lunch, Tastings & River Cruise

Explore the stunning beauty of the Douro Valley on a tour to 2 wine estates. Visit the town of Amarante and taste regional wines at both wine estates. Sit down to a delicious lunch before sailing through the lush landscapes of the Douro Valley on a river cruise. Begin your tour in Porto and learn about the region's history and wine while driving to the Douro valley. Stop for a coffee break in the historic town of Amarante and admire the town's Church and Convent of São Gonçalo, or purchase some of the pastries at one of the iconic pastry shops. Continue to a wine estate in Sabrosa. Enjoy a guided tour of a family-owned wine estate. Learn about and try 3 of the estate's wines during a guided tasting. Savor a lunch paired with red and white Douro wines while overlooking the vineyards. After lunch, drive to Pinhão, with a photo stop at São Cristovão viewpoint. Take in panoramic views of the Douro valley. See where the Pinhão river joins with the waters of the Douro River before embarking on a cruise at Pinhão.  In the afternoon, take a guided tour of a famous wine estate (Quinta da Roeda – Croft/Taylor’s group or Quinta São Luiz – Kopke/Burmester group). Uncover the history of the vineyard and the secrets if the wine-making processes. Taste 3 of their fine wines before returning to Porto by one of the world's most scenic roads, the N222.

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

2. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a 10-hour excursion to Gerês National Park. Enjoy a day of hiking, kayaking and savoring local food. The itinerary can be altered to make the best of the weather conditions in winter and summer. Travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. After around 90 minutes, you’ll reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking in the it‘s calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to your vehicle. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, where you will taste local food and wine. In the afternoon you will find a waterfall and lagoon, where you can swim and relax. Visit the old village of Fafiao, and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle in the countryside.

From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

3. From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

Your journey will begin with the Rally de Portugal Shakedown, where you will ride a buggy for a fascinating and delightful 3-hour ride. You will explore every corner of our magnificent mountains. The first stop is a visit to Castromil's gold mines. The next stop will be in the Roman ruins of Castro Mozinho, where you can absorb and understand a little more of the history of Portugal. To top it off, nothing like a visit to the ever surrounding Quintandona Preserved Village, a place where all buildings are in shale.

Porto: 4x4 Mountain Tour

4. Porto: 4x4 Mountain Tour

The adventure starts with a free pickup at your Porto accommodation. Next, head to the mountainous regions inside Porto Mountains Park where you will see Roman mines (from the outside only) dating back to 2,000 years ago. From the top of the mountain, you will be able to enjoy the most wonderful viewpoints. Next, move on to an old and isolated village in the mountains where you can observe the local community in their daily activities and life. Continue the tour by traveling along the River Ferreira where you will see watermills, one of which is still used by local residents to eat and drink in the mountains.

Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

5. Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you will being your trip sailing by the beautiful cityscape of Porto. Throughout the trip you will have the chance to see remarkable places such as Ponte da Arrábida, the old market (Alfandega), the Porto wine cellars, and the beautiful Ponte Luiz I. Turning back at Luiz I bridge, you will sail you until the entrance of the Douro River for a sea experience and a lovely view of Foz do Douro and the new cruise terminal. If you want you can also stop close to the Douro Ecological Reserve to enjoy the peace and quietness of this fantastic area. Alternatively, choose the sunset option to enjoy a magnificent boat tour combined with beautiful sunset views from the vantage point of the sea.

Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

6. Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

Explore the ancient city of Porto with the convenience of an e-bike to climb the hills on this guided tour. The many old houses of the city of Proto seem to perch over the Douro River, huddled together from the quay to the sea. Discover the old palaces, the churches, the emblematic neighborhoods, the people, and all the picturesque corners that the city has to offer. Porto is Portugal's second-largest city with many highlights to explore. The historic core of the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. On your tour, see the Cordoaria Garden, the Clérgios Tower, Gomes Teixeira Square, the Lello Bookstore, Aliados Avenue, the Porto Cathedral, and the Dom Luís Bridge. 

Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

7. Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

In small groups of 6 or fewer, get some hands-on experience on a surfboard, with the attentive assistance of an instructor who's been surfing for 25 years. Perfect for beginners, the course begins with a briefing on the experience and some safety regulations.   Get warmed up on the sand: learn techniques for standing on the board and paddling before moving into the water. Your experienced teacher will help you every step of the way, explaining everything you need to know. With high-quality equipment and your instructor catering to the specific needs and levels of each class, this is the best way to begin your surfing career in Matosinhos.

Porto: Guided 3-Hour Best of Tour by Segway

8. Porto: Guided 3-Hour Best of Tour by Segway

Explore Porto from the vantage point of a self-balancing Segway on this tour, and glide along historic streets to see the city’s main attractions. After a brief training session on the self-balancing vehicles, follow your guide and head towards the Miragaia neighborhood; location of Porto’s ancient walls. As you tour, your guide will describe Porto’s origin as a pre-Roman settlement, talk about Roman times, and how Portugal was reconquered from the Moors in 868, restoring the city of Portucale. See attractions such as Clérigos Tower, the bell tower of the Baroque Igreja dos Clérigos (Church of the Clergymen); once Portugal’s tallest structure. See the metal span of Dom Luis Bridge over the River Douro, and admire the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral (Sé do Porto), towering over the city’s historical center point.

From Porto: Full-Day Paiva Walkways Tour

9. From Porto: Full-Day Paiva Walkways Tour

Begin your day with a convenient pick-up from your hotel followed by a 1.5-hour drive to the start of this great trail. Your personal guide will give you great insights about life in Portugal and ways and traditions of making the way to the Paiva Walkway go by in a flash. The hike along the river will be filled with geologic, natural and archeological interest located in the most beautiful locations.  After this 3-hour hike, a great lunch will be required and there is nowhere better to have a great lunch than in this region. Taste the best meat in Portugal at Alvarenga, famous for its 'posta arouquesa,' a delightful piece of grilled beef that will make you regain all your stamina. End your day with a tasting of a typical local liquor called Pinguça. Experience the best nature and gastronomy Portugal has to offer.

From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

10. From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

Depart from the convenient meeting point in Porto and head to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the only national park in Portugal and the best place to go for a hike. Travel around 1.5 hours from Porto along with your experienced guide as you head to the heart of the park to a trail designed to be a bit tougher but much better than other trails. Embark on an 11km circular track with 700m elevation gain (350m uphill and 350m downhill) on an uneven terrain, something much more challenging than a normal hiking trail. Take in views of the national park’s lagoons, the Cascata do Arado waterfall, and villages as you go. Midway through the trail, stop for a well-deserved picnic in a fantastic spot with stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Afterwards, begin the ascent and end the trip with a drop-off back in Porto.

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What people are saying about Norte Region

The tour was amazing! We got to see various sights in the national park and our tour guide Miguel was the best. We had a nice traditional lunch in Fafião, an old village in the park, and got to learn about its fascinating history. The lagoons were great to swim in and the whole park is just beautiful. If you plan on visiting Gerês national park, you shouldn’t miss out on this tour.

Amazing experience!!! The most stunning scenery, great sites of interest Great for those looking for Adrenalin rush as well with some really awesome terrain to conquer Our guides were very friendly and took great care of us. You will get covered in dust and I recommend a scarf if you have one Would definitely recommend this trip so much fun!!!

We joined the bike tour on our first morning in Porto and it provided an excellent orientation of the city. The electric bikes worked really well and coped well with the many hills. Our guide, Eduarda, was very friendly and informative. She allowed time at the key sights and viewpoints.

So much fun They picked us up and returned us to the hotel. The team were friendly and lovely. Great experience.

The skippers on the boat were amazing! Friendly and engaging!