Vila Nova de Gaia
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  • Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

    1. 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.

    A really great early evening experience. The tour of the lodge was informative and most interesting. This was followed by an excellent 50 minutes of fado music with two musicians and two singers. Whilst we listened to the music we drank two port wines, a white and a tawney. I can recommend this wholeheartedly.

  • Porto: Graham's Port Lodge Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

    2. Porto: Graham's Port Lodge Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

    Explore the 1890 Graham's Port Lodge on a guided tour where you will learn about the history of the cellar, the production process of Port wine, enjoy a classic wine tasting, and marvel at spectacular views of Porto and the iconic two-tier bridge. Visit the historic Graham’s Lodge, which was built in 1890 on a commanding ridge in Vila Nova de Gaia across the Douro River from Porto and only a few hundred meters from the river’s south bank. Admire unique and spectacular views of Porto’s historic city center and the iconic two-tier bridge that connects the two cities of Oporto and Gaia. Graham’s is still a working cellar which makes this tour an even more unique experience. Hear the sounds of the Coopers’ hammers and see the lodgement collecting samples for the tasting room.  Learn about the history of the cellar and the production process of Port wine in a building currently housing ov...

    Very informative as well as illustrative tour with highly-educated and likeable guide, tremendous Port in tasting room. Visit even exceeded my high expectations.

  • Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

    3. Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

    Explore the district of Porto, on your own time. Using a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket, a river cruise ticket and enjoy a visit to a port wine cellars (optional). Visit the perfect combination of historic landscapes, river Douro and learn the highlights of the port wine tradition. With this incredible price you can visit the cities of Porto, Gaia and Matosinhos via sightseeing buses, taking a heritage sightseeing cruise. Also, learn about the cultural significance of producing port wine from a cellar (optional).  Special Time-tables: One day prior to St. John's Day: from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM St. John's Day: from 2:00 PM Christmas Eve: from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM Christmas Day: from 2:00 PM New Years Eve: from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM New Years Day: from 2:00 PM

    Nice way to get introduced to the city + great wine tasting experience. Also good as a means of transport to tue relatively distant spots.

  • Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

    4. Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

    Learn about the uniquely Portuguese musical form of Fado with a live show in the intimate surroundings of the Casa do Fado. Enjoy a glass of port wine as you hear more about this aspect of Portuguese identity, declared ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO. Be transported to the Porto of old with a trip to the Casa do Fado. Located in a 19th-century building in the historic center of Porto, Casa do Fado as a project was developed by a group of friends who love the genre.  Listen to outstanding musicians as they perform live in a venue with acoustics ideally set up for Fado. Sip on a glass of port wine, the drink that Porto is famous for, as you hear more about the music and its origins.

    The ambiance was great,the artists were all extraordinary talented!! They really touched our hearts. Also the wine was tasty,too! Thank you!!

  • Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

    5. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

    In a healthful balance between Port tradition and new technologies, you will discover Douro region and Port wine – from “terroir” to the wine grapes, from the categories up to the aromas, trough our recently interactive museum, with personalized and intuitive access. In the guided visits to Cálem caves you will learn about the Douro Demarcated Region, know how the Port is produced and stay abreast of all the details of the history of this House. The cellars themselves remain active and visitable. It is there that you will learn more about the unique characteristics of each type of Port, even next to the barrels where they grow old, protected from light and heat. Then, you will be invited to a Cálem wine tasting: a white Port and a Tawny Port. With one of your guides, you will have the possibility to learn some more Port secrets and taste our wines.

    Very knowledgeable and fun guide! Great choice for a rainy day in Porto, which was our case. :)

  • Porto: Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience Ticket

    6. Porto: Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience Ticket

    Enter this unique space and enjoy a truly immersive artistic experience. You'll be able to pause and watch art projections and see how art, culture, and technology can come together in an innovative way. Celebrating some of history's most esteemed artists, current displays include Il Divino Michelangelo, Il Genio Da Vinci, Impressive Monet, and Brilliant Klimt. You will be able to access two of these (depending on option selected). The Immersivus Gallery Porto is located in the Porto Customs House. It aims to be a unique artistic reference point and diversify the cultural offerings of the city. The space is transformed into a monumental canvas with the content projected in 360º. Watch as the Furnas da Alfândega do Porto is turned into a monumental screen where you will be immersed in the show and become part of its history.

    I was uncertain of what to expect. There were very few visitors in the event space which I feel, allowed me to enjoy it more.

  • Porto: Graham's Port Lodge Tour with Wine Tasting & Pairings

    7. Porto: Graham's Port Lodge Tour with Wine Tasting & Pairings

    Explore the 1890 Graham's Port Lodge on a guided tour where you will learn about the history of the cellar, the production process of Port wine, enjoy a premium wine tasting with food pairings, and marvel at spectacular views of Porto and the iconic two-tier bridge. Visit the historic Graham’s Lodge, which was built in 1890 on a commanding ridge in Vila Nova de Gaia across the Douro River from Porto and only a few hundred meters from the river’s south bank. Admire unique and spectacular views of Porto’s historic city center and the iconic two-tier bridge that connects the two cities of Oporto and Gaia. Graham’s is still a working cellar which makes this tour an even more unique experience. Hear the sounds of the Coopers’ hammers and see the lodgement collecting samples for the tasting room.  Learn about the history of the cellar and the production process of Port wine in a building c...

    It was a great tour to do- it is a little further out than the other port lodges, so give yourself plenty of time to walk up there. I would recommended the port tasting with food pairings it adds to the experience.

  • Porto: Cálem Cellar with Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tasting

    8. Porto: Cálem Cellar with Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tasting

    Who said that port wine was just for snacks and desserts? Explore a huge selection of the most iconic wines, paired with finger food. In the guided visits to Cálem Cellar, learn about the Douro Demarcated Region and how the Port is produced. Discover the details in the history of this house. The cellars themselves remain active and visitable. It is there that you will learn more about the unique characteristics of each type of Port, even next to the barrels where they grow, protected from light and heat.  Then, you will be invited to a Cálem wine tasting of Cálem Late Bottle Vintage, Cálem Vintage, and Cálem Colheita. With your guide, learn some more Port secrets and pair your wines with goat cheese Transmontano, cheese from S. Jorge Island, chocolate tartlet black and chocolate milk, and crackers and compote. 

  • Best of Porto Guided Tour with Lunch, Cruise & Wine Tasting

    9. Best of Porto Guided Tour with Lunch, Cruise & Wine Tasting

    Start your full-day program with a Porto city tour. Enjoy a walk through the historic center, visiting the Cathedral and the São Bento Railway Station. Take in all the major landmarks and monuments. Finish with a visit to a well-known wine cellar for a tour and a wine tasting. The morning tour ends in Porto Ribeira. You’ll receive vouchers for lunch in a traditional restaurant near the river and the 6 Bridges Cruise. The 50-minute cruise takes you along the river to see the 6 bridges that connect Porto and Gaia.

  • Porto: Ribeira Walking Tour

    10. Porto: Ribeira Walking Tour

    This 2.5-hour walking tour starts in front of the statue of Bishop António Ferreira Gomes, opposite the Clérigos Tower. Explore some of the most beautiful neighborhoods along the Douro River on this scenic riverside tour of Porto! Porto’s banks have seen the launch of the first expeditions into the Atlantic, which enabled the colonial expansion of Portugal and ensured economic prosperity for the city even in times of crisis. Porto’s explorers set up some of the earliest Portuguese trade routes and the city is also home to the first Portuguese Navy. Even with their sights set on lands far away, the people of Porto didn’t take their eyes off what they had at home. Known as the "unbeaten city", Porto fought back against any king, bishop or emperor (to name just a few) who tried to invade their shores. The Porto of today is famous for its scenic riverbanks and its delicious port wine – bo...

    A really interesting tour, well informed and entertaining guide and excellent variety in the tour.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Most remote cave from Vila Nova de Gaia, but worth it !!! Located in the heights of Gaia, if you take the time to have a drink or a bite to eat before / after the visit, you can enjoy a superb view of all of Porto! Apart from that, the cellar is really neat and the guided tour even more! The guide was great and took the time to explain all the technicalities of Port production to us! (Thank you for the free glass of white port;)) Top tasting! I recommend!!!!

A really great early evening experience. The tour of the lodge was informative and most interesting. This was followed by an excellent 50 minutes of fado music with two musicians and two singers. Whilst we listened to the music we drank two port wines, a white and a tawney. I can recommend this wholeheartedly.

The visit is very interesting. The. Guide in French is very lively despite a soporiphic group It is FADO's show that you shouldn't miss. Simply intoxicating. And the expressive singer. MAGNIFICENT.

It was a fantastic performance. A performance that gives you goosebumps, that brings up emotions. Wonderful!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Graham’s Port Lodge.