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

    1. 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

    2. 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: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

    3. 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

    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: Ribeira Walking Tour

    5. 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

    6. 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.

  • Serra da Estrela Private Tour

    7. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

4.7 / 5

based on 10 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.

We are from Germany and usually booked the trip to the beach. With our guide Catarina we decided to focus on the centre of Porto and Gaia. The trip was beautiful with amazing views and Catarina was very nice and gave helpful information. We recommend this tour!

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

A very pleasant and beautiful walk indeed. We enjoyed it very much.

The bridge tour was very nice, informative and worth seeing!