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

    1. 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: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

    2. 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. :)

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

    3. 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

    4. 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.

  • 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...

  • Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour

    6. 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 Half-Day Tour - Port Wine Cellars & Cheese Tasting

    7. Porto Half-Day Tour - Port Wine Cellars & Cheese Tasting

    If you are looking for a tour of the entire city of Porto without spending much time and money, this tour is ideal for you. With your guide you will discover the most iconic and important points of the city while stopping to learn how the famous Port Wine has been realized and matured for so many years. An old city full of contrasts, Porto's historic center is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site where all architectural styles blend in one place. After traveling about the history of the city, time to stop and taste the diversity of Portuguese cheeses through a brief explanation of how they are processed and have become so famous. This tour will not be wasted time if you want to discover a different and authentic Porto.

  • Porto: Vila Nova de Gaia City Discovery Game

    8. Porto: Vila Nova de Gaia City Discovery Game

    Take an interactive city discovery experience across Porto’s Vila Nova de Gaia, as you solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. Your challenge starts at Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar on Largo de Aviz Santa Marinha Norte in Vila Nova de Gaia. All the information you need for your adventure will be sent to your email before your experience begins. You will solve 12 riddles, with each riddle taking you from one hidden location to the next. Throughout your tour you’ll unlock local recommendations and fun facts, as well as the history of the city. You discover spots in Porto that most locals don’t even know, as you discover popular sights from a different angle. You will be taken on a journey of discovery across the Douro River, as you discover that the fun and beauty is not only in Porto, but also in Vila Nova de Gaia. Throughout this route, you’ll be challenged to crack 12 riddl...

  • Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

    9. Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

    After being collected from your Porto accommodation, you will travel with your guide to the House of Music, which was inaugurated in 2005. From there you will travel to Clerigos Tower, which offers some of the best views over the city. Its doors opened on January 13, 1906, and haven't closed for 112 years. Following the tower, you will travel to the Lello Bookstore, which continues to satisfy everyone from literature lovers, to architecture students, to Harry Potter fans. You will next travel to Porto's historical center and Sao Bento Train Station. There you will discover the Porto Baixa (downtown), which is laid out around the Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies), the city's focal point. This is where everything happens, and it is on this thoroughfare that you will find the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Afterwards, you will discover the Cathedral of Oporto, which i...

  • From Lisbon: Porto City Tour and Wine Tasting

    10. From Lisbon: Porto City Tour and Wine Tasting

    Arriving in Porto, begin your spectacular tour with the riverside area. There you can enjoy the view of the beautiful Douro River and its bridges, as well as the traditional atmosphere of the locals. Following that, climb to the Igreja e Torre do Clérigos (Church and the Tower of Clerics), a piece of work famous for its Baroque tower, with a history dating back to the Brotherhood of Priests. You then continue to the Sé do Porto. Built in the style of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque, it is one of the leading and oldest monuments in Portugal. Following that, pass by S. Bento Station, which is luxuriously covered with beautiful tiles. Towards the end of your tour, visit the historic center of the city by traveling to the other side of the river to where the famous Caves do Vinho do Porto are located. Whilst there, take part in a wonderful tasting of this nectar of the gods: Port wine. Fin...

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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!!!!

I would for sure recommend this trip. This company is up on a hill where you can have an amazing view to Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto.

Great tour with a nice sized group, finishing with a lovely tasting. Would definitely recommend.

History and learning about process of making Port Wines was very interesting.

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