Vila Nova de Gaia
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  • Porto: Six Bridges Cruise with Port Wine Tasting

    1. Porto: Six Bridges Cruise with Port Wine Tasting

    Explore the calm delights of the Douro River by travelling on a typical Rabelo Boat along the pastel-hued riverbanks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. On this 50 minute cruise, you'll get to breathe Porto's faded but rich history, and glimpse architectural wonders such as the Gustav Eiffel Bridge. Cap off this relaxing date with Porto's underrated majesty by savoring a glass of port wine (get the connection yet?). Program includes an audio-guide for the tour (Portuguese, English, Spanish and French).

    Es un paseo tranquilo e interesante. Perfecto para hacer fotos. La degustación de vinos no estuvo mal porque eramos cuatro, pero si vas solo tendrás que escoger.

  • Porto: Burmester Cellar Tour with Tasting & Pairing Options

    2. Porto: Burmester Cellar Tour with Tasting & Pairing Options

    Burmester has long been recognized for its Port wines and Douro DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada). Its history started long ago in London in 1730, when Henry Burmester joined with John Nash to create Burmester, Nash & Co and from Vila Nova de Gaia they started exporting Port wines all around Europe. Over the years, Burmester has triumphed from generation to generation, demonstrating its inherent character and determination. Character is the holistic principle of the brand, and of its wines. Arrive at the Burmester winery for an unforgettable experience. You will visit the Burmester Cellars, located next to the beautiful Luiz I bridge, with an expert guide. Learn about Port wines and the Douro DOC production process, and taste different port wines.

  • 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: Tuk-Tuk Tour from the City to the Ocean

    4. Porto: Tuk-Tuk Tour from the City to the Ocean

    Start off with a pickup service from your address in Porto or meet your guide at the convenient starting point. Then, begin your eco-friendly tuk-tuk tour by passing under the concrete bridge, Ponte da Arrábida. Take its expansive length of 615 meters and 27-meter width. Learn about its significance for the whole of Portugal and how it connects the south of the country to the north. Next, visit the fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. Discover its traditions and hear stories about its festival in honor of São Pedro (St. Peter), patron saint of fishermen, that takes place at the end of June each year. Following that, you will visit the Marina do Douro, a marina with 300 moorings for boats. Take in views of the natural reserve of the estuary of the Douro and the Lavadores beach, Bandeira Azul.

    Michael was a very kind guy with. Enjoyed to leave the criwded city for moments at the beach.

  • Porto: 6 Bridge's Cruise

    5. Porto: 6 Bridge's Cruise

    Board the original boats used to transport the Port Wine barrels from the Douro Region to Gaia and Porto. The boats have been adapted with the most modern navigation equipment to transport passengers with maximum comfort. Over 50 minutes, enjoy a journey that stretches from the historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, upstream to Freixo and then downstream toward the mouth of the Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the rich and breathtaking landscape while you learn the history of the 6 bridges that unite Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto. Discover other points of interest in these two cities. 

    Good trip on a sunny day. Several jetty’s to pick up the boats - make sure you wait at the correct one.

  • Porto River Douro Jet Boat Cruise

    6. 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

    7. 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.

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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 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.

Nice tour in a nice port wine cellar. Our host was super friendly and explained a lot about the wine making.

Michael was a very kind guy with. Enjoyed to leave the criwded city for moments at the beach.

13 € for a really informative hour and 2 ports is pretty nice and we had a lot of fun.

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