Vila Nova de Gaia
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Our most recommended Vila Nova de Gaia Day Trips

  • Porto River Douro Jet Boat Cruise

    1. Porto River Douro Jet Boat Cruise

    Enjoy an unforgettable adventure in Porto, and take part in one of the most thrilling and exciting activities available in the city. Take in great views and feel the adrenaline rush as you speed over the water. Relax as the speed boat tour departs from Cais da Estiva and speeds around the Ribeira Coast. Admire the spectacular views of Porto Historical Center and Vila Nova de Gaia. Feel the breeze in your hair and discover the iconic Dom Luis I Bridge.

    Very exciting, great fun, great way to see the city and the river in a short tome

  • Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

    2. Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

    Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you'll have a pure sailing experience on a race boat while you can watch the magnificent views over Porto and Gaia river areas. Experience the unique feeling of using only the wind to move the boat and the adrenaline of moving on the water.   You can trim the sails, drive the boat, and take care of the functions on board or you can just relax and let the skipper do everything. Depending on the wind conditions, you can have a more extreme experience or you can ask the skipper to slow down and take things more smoothly.

    Great skipper with lot of experience in sailing. His instructions while sailing were very clear. As a complete beginner, it was great to experience the whole process of getting the sails up - down and basic sailing maneuver like jibing. We first went towards porto old town and then into the ocean. The wind was 35 knots and the ocean had big waves but the skipper was really great in his maneuver and judgement.

  • Porto: Ribeira Walking Tour

    3. 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.

  • Porto: Private Yacht down River Douro

    4. Porto: Private Yacht down River Douro

    Sail on a private yacht and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Start your adventure at Douro Marina in Afurada. Relax and unwind as you cruise down the famous Douro River, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Admire the spectacular views ahead. Jump off the yacht and straight into the turquoise waters, if you like. Feel the sun on your face as you sunbathe in style. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine, water, or espresso as you sail down the river. Explore Porto and Gaia with no traffic, lines, or crowds. Totally customized and fun for your friends and family. Beverages and snacks are available to purchase onboard. Sit back relax and cruise like a VIP on your own private yacht.

  • Fátima and Coimbra Private Tour

    5. Fátima and Coimbra Private Tour

    Visit Fátima, home to the most important Catholic church in Portugal and one of the world's most famous pilgrimage sites due to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to 3 shepherd children in 1917. Enter the houses of the 3 shepherds who lived in a small village. See their things on display and learn about their way of living. Continue on to the famous sanctuary of Fátima, that was built to honor the request of the Virgin Mary. Visit the chapel of apparitions where Virgin Mary once appeared to the children. Enjoy time to explore this area on your own, and experience the spiritual environment of this sacred place. Take a break in the historical center of Fátima to enjoy a tasty traditional lunch. After this, depart for Coimbra a student city, historically known for being home to one of the best universities in Portugal. See how the tradition lives on by continuing symbolic practices such a...

  • Serra da Estrela Private Tour

    6. Serra da Estrela Private Tour

    After being picked up in a minivan from your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia, begin your tour to one of the biggest mountains in continental Portugal. Enjoy the magnificent views, valleys, rivers, and lagoons. Discover the region which is also rich in tradition, history, culture, and gastronomy. Visit the Serra da Estrela cheese factory which produces a creamy scented cheese that is appreciated across the country. Enjoy a tour of the factory and taste some cheese for yourself. Make a stop at the Bread Museum and learn about the traditional bread of the region called Seia bread. Learn about bread making tradition and try some samples. After this, enjoy free time to explore the mountains, ride the chairlift, and participate in snow activities in the winter.

  • Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour

    7. Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour

    Start your tour with a convenient pick-up service at your accommodation in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia city center. After a short meet and greet with your driver/guide, you will take a brief scenic drive to Santiago de Compostela and Valenca do Minho.  On this tour, your guide will show you why Santiago de Compostella has been such a famous and important location for Christian pilgrims. See why the ancient city has long been considered a symbol of faith and devotion. Explore the old part of the city that has been UNESCO listed since 1985. Take a stroll to witness the gorgeous cathedral of Santiago, a Catholic church built in Romanesque style, that bears the scars of many years of conflict. The building is an astounding feature, designed in gothic, baroque and renaissance elements. Before departing for Valença do Minho you will take a break in the historical center of Santiago to enjoy a ...

  • Porto: 2.5-Hour Private Sailing Lesson

    8. Porto: 2.5-Hour Private Sailing Lesson

    After meeting with your skipper and boat at the pier, your sailing adventure will begin. Throughout your experience various maneuvers and functions will be presented to you, as you coast along the magnificent scenery that is the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the lesson, your skipper will tell you everything you need to know about sailing a sloop boat. You'll get to try various functions on board, learning how to sail against the wind (upwind), with wind from the side (reaching), and downwind. All the while, you will be enjoying the beautiful landscape around you and the unforgettable scenery of Porto and Gaia. It is never too late to start learning, and Porto is surely the ideal place to embrace this new passion.

  • Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, and Valença Private Tour

    9. Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, and Valença Private Tour

    After pickup in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia, the first stop will be in Viana do Castelo. This city has everything, from rivers, to the ocean, lagoons, and mountains. On the top of the Mount Santa Luzia, visit the magnificent sanctuary of Santa Luzia that is inspired on Sacre Coeur in Paris. This sanctuary has a superb 360-degree view of the city, considered one of the best in the world. Next you will visit the oldest village in Portugal, Ponte de Lima, built on the banks of the Lima river. Explore the vast heritage of this place in its historical center. Known for the famous bridge that was built by the Romans in the medieval period, the bridge provided the only safe passage over the Lima river. Continue on to Valença, to see the medieval fortress built there. The fortress was built strategically as the main point of defence in Minho. Now a monument, the fort was built to protect Portug...

  • Portugal: Historic Villages Tour

    10. Portugal: Historic Villages Tour

    Start your day with a convenient pickup service from your accommodation in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia city center. After a short meet and greet with your driver, you will hop into your private vehicle and set off on your adventure.  The first stop of the day is the beautiful village of Celorico da Beira. Celorico da Beira is a small village located near Serra da Estrela that is famous for its cheese. You will get the opportunity to visit a traditional kitchen and hear about the cheese production and even taste some for yourself. Before departing to Linhares da Beira, you can enjoy a tasty, traditional lunch.  Next stop is Linhares da Beira, a medieval city of Roman origin that dates back to the 12th century. Linhares is renowned for the beauty of its narrow streets and its historic traits. Explore the historical center of the village and immerse yourself in its tranquility. Observe the...

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 99 reviews

Great skipper with lot of experience in sailing. His instructions while sailing were very clear. As a complete beginner, it was great to experience the whole process of getting the sails up - down and basic sailing maneuver like jibing. We first went towards porto old town and then into the ocean. The wind was 35 knots and the ocean had big waves but the skipper was really great in his maneuver and judgement.

My wife and I had a fun time with Gonzales. Not only a pleasant guy with great stories to tell, he is an expert sailor and taught us much about sailing. We will definitely return for another sailing experience.

Our Guide André was great. We had the best time and learned a lot of interesting facts about the City aswell as the History of Portugal. I would really recommand it to everyone.

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

Very exciting, great fun, great way to see the city and the river in a short tome