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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: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

    2. 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 with Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tasting

    3. 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

    4. 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: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

    5. 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

    6. 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...

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

    7. 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...

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

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.

Super one hour fado concert during which we tasted two glasses of port. The visit to the cellars was a bit quick, however, but we had a great time!

The tour was interesting but a bit short. the Fado show was amazing!!! Overall very good value I highly recommend this tour

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