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Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

1. Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

Explore the picturesque and historic city of Porto at your leisure with a ticket that gives you access to 2 sightseeing bus tours. Hop on and hop off in areas like Santa Catarina and Batalha. Sample wines at the Calém Wine Cellars and sail on the Douro River on a cruise. Located in the north of Portugal, the city of Porto has a rich history that dates to the Roman occupation of Iberia. This is a notable port city, situated on the estuary of the Douro River, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. You can also hop off the bus in the city’s oldest district, Ribeira, to enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch in a quaint café nestled along the city’s medieval walls and discover Porto’s famous wines. Your ticket gives you access to the cellars of Cales Calém, where top quality port wines have been produced since 1859. You can also sample some of the goods, including white, dry and ruby ports. Once you have seen Porto on dry land, you can take the Douro River Cruise to see it from the water. This is included as part of your tour package and gives you a chance to admire the city from a comfortable river cruiser as you drift down the Douro under 6 of the city’s bridges. Bus routes: Porto Histórico:1 - Estação de S.Bento2 - Sé Catedral3 - Praça da Batalha4 - Cais de Gaia / Caves Cálem5 - Porto viewpoint / Yeatman / Caves Cálem6 - Lg. dos Aviadores / Boeira Garden7 - El Corte Inglês8 - Câmara Municipal do Porto9 - Jardim do Morro10 - Alfândega / Caves Cálem11 - Cordoaria / Clérigos12 - Igreja do Carmo13 - Ribeira / Cruzeiro 6 pontes / Palácio da Bolsa / Caves Cálem Porto dos Castelos:1 - Estação de S.Bento2 - Sé Catedral3 - Praça da Batalha4 - Praça da República5 - Pavilhão Rosa Mota – Suspensa6 - Casa da Música7 - Av. Boavista (Hotéis)8 - Fundação de Serralves9 - Parque da Cidade10 - Castelo do Queijo / Sea Life Porto11 - Anémona12 - Matosinhos Restaurantes13 - Posto Turismo / Terminal Cruzeiros14 - Praias Matosinhos15 - Anémona16 - Castelo do Queijo / Sea Life17 - Passeio Alegre18 - Fluvial19 - Museu do Elétrico20 - Ribeira / Cruzeiro 6 pontes / Palácio Bolsa / Caves Cálem

Nazaré: 4x4 Buggy Tour with Guide

2. Nazaré: 4x4 Buggy Tour with Guide

Meet your guide in central Nazaré and embark on an off-road buggy adventure between two different routes. Enjoy the fantastic views of the natural landscape as you drive your own buggy along the trails. Choose between two different routes: Buggy Tour Pinhal Enjoy an adventurous, primarily off road-route as you drive through pine forests and rugged trails through the countryside. Sāo Martinho Buggy Tour Discover the western coast of Portugal and be dazzled by the views of Sāo Martinho Bay. This route is a combination of paved road and off-road paths.

From Fátima: Private Tour with a Local Guide

3. From Fátima: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Learn the story of the apparitions of Fátima on a private tour of the sanctuary, and get insights from a local guide. Visit the Chapel of Apparitions, where Our Lady appeared before 3 shepherd children in 1917. Then, enter the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary to look at the tombs of Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. Admire the modern Basilica of the Holy Trinity, consecrated in 2007 as part of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions. Continue to the village of Aljustrel to discover the home of the children, and the church where they were baptized. Visit the sites of the apparition of the Angel of Peace and the 4th apparition of Our Lady at Valinhos.

Aveiro: Tuka-Tuka Tourist Sightseeing Train

4. Aveiro: Tuka-Tuka Tourist Sightseeing Train

Get to know the city of Aveiro and its rich history while onboard an exciting sightseeing train. Hop on Tuka-Tuka and see the city's picturesque buildings in a unique experience. Spend 45 minutes getting to know some of Aveiro's main sights, buildings and canals. Pass through important places like the Campus of the University of Aveiro, Aveiro Salt Pans, and much more.

Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

5. Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

Enjoy a 2-hour tour departing from Peniche Marina that will take you around the coast. Along the way, you’ll spot a variety of sea life that may include sharks, turtles, seabirds, and dolphins. The most commonly spotted dolphin is the Roaz Corvineiro, also known as the common bottlenose dolphin. As you travel along the west coast by boat, you’ll be able to see dolphins in their natural habitat. In this region, the dolphins can reach 4-meters in length and be up to 45-years old.

From Lisbon: Van Tour to Fatima, Nazare and Obidos

6. From Lisbon: Van Tour to Fatima, Nazare and Obidos

After the pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point in Lisbon, travel to Fátima in a comfortable van with air-conditioning, and hear insights from your guide about the region and culture. Spend the morning in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, one of the most important and biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, with more than 9 million visitors in 2017. Hear the stories of the 100 years passed since the apparitions of Virgin Mary to three shepherds Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. During the break for lunch, relax in the picturesque village of Nazaré, known for the world’s largest waves. There is a strong culture of fishing in the village that has resulted in unique living and tasty restaurants. Alcobaça and Batalha are located in the same central region of Portugal and you may also visit them on this tour. On the way back to Lisbon, see the fascinating Óbidos, a romantic medieval village famous for its sinuous streets, whitewashed houses covered with flowers, vases, and tiles. All this within the walls of a magnificent 12-century castle. Also, take the opportunity to taste the local liqueur of “ginginha” before making the return journey to your hotel or the meeting point.

Lisbon Classics and Fátima Sanctuary Full-Day Tour

7. Lisbon Classics and Fátima Sanctuary Full-Day Tour

Explore the Portuguese capital and its landmark sights on a morning tour of Lisbon, before driving to the pilgrim site of Fátima in the Portuguese Centro. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive down the elegant Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s main boulevard for luxury shops and restaurants. Continue to Rossio Square (Praça de D. Pedro IV), once a site of bullfights, revolts and executions! Take a short walk through Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhood. Next, drive along the banks of the River Tagus, admiring Praça do Comércio and the Tagus Bridge along the way. Learn about Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries” in Belém, and see the Torres Belém and Discoveries Monument, built to commemorate the famous explorer, D. Henrique o Navegante (Henry the Navigator). Visit the monumental Mosteiro dos Jerónimos to marvel at its Manueline façade. Next, go to the Coach Museum to see the world’s largest collection of carriages and coaches. Break for lunch at your own leisure. Depart Lisbon in the afternoon, and head north to Fátima. The historic pilgrim site is awash with Christian monuments, including the church where you will find the tombstones of the 3 children that saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Go to the Chapel of Apparitions at the heart of the shrine. Time will be provided to attend mass, or to tour the sanctuary grounds if you prefer.

Covilhã: Guided Tour of Recheira Mines in the Zêzere Valley

8. Covilhã: Guided Tour of Recheira Mines in the Zêzere Valley

A diamond in the rough is already born, in terms of a new tourist attraction - A minning and Envoronmental trip! This is a great and the happy combination of innovative mining, environmental and rural tourism Now can already provide a very special experience of observing geology in beautiful, natural surroundings. Enjoy a unique, different and innovative form the Mining Tourism and Environmental Tourism, and complemented by Rural Tourism, in which tourists can participate in various agricultural activities, associated with, thanks to the rehabilitation complet of an old and abandoned tin and tungsten mine, which has existed for over 50 years, where the tourist is minimally equipped as a miner, make a culture and history Minning trip, and can now visit the various mining galleries that burrow into the mountain, surrounded by mysteries and surprises, and return to the cultural mining past. As you enjoy and delight in observing the geology of the rocks, with their quartz veins of noble minerals, and marvel at the ventilation chimneys and excavations executed inside the rock, bridges, lake, holes and a mining events room, dug by the miners, inside a mining gallery, where you can have snacks, parties, thematic parties, birthdays, wine tasting, lunches, dinners, musical events, wedding proposal, golden anniversary, recording of the Christmas music video for 2020, team building, prepared specifically for tourist The mining complex of Minas Recheira was chosen to serve as the setting for the filming inside and outside the mining galleries, referring to wolfram mining for World War II, of an 8 episode Drama / Espionage Series. Will also find here the simulation of life-size dummies, dressed as miners, performing various functions in scenarios and with artefacts from that time Carry out an unprecedented experience inside a gallery, by lighting an original "gasometer", which was the illumination of the miners of the time...visit Mining Interpretation Center, all this in a touristic, playful, didactic, educational, geological, pedagogical and scientific aspect, the enterprise is partner and associate of many public and private institutions, universities and polytechnics Environmental Tourism in this place is highly privileged, because Nature itself brought together so much beauty in one place here. The property is located in the Zêzere Valley, right next to the River Zêzere, in a navigable area, and has a wonderful view of two beautiful mountains: the Serra da Estrela, Geopark Estrela It is a wonderful place, special, magic, where you will find tranquility, secutity and lots of peace…!!! The duration of the visit, the simplest package, will be 2 to 3 hours, the most complete package takes all day, always by technical guides, with water, a delicious sour cherry from the farm of "Rechinho" and at the end a surprise souvenir of the enterprise, a flyer. Has the seal of the Clean & Safe of Tourism of Portugal. A natural Oasis to be explored and visited!!!

North Madeira 4x4 Adventure Jipe Tour Big Island Tour

9. North Madeira 4x4 Adventure Jipe Tour Big Island Tour

Embark on an unforgettable 4x4 tour to the north side of Madeira and see for yourself why some consider it to be the best part of the island. Take off from Funchal or Caniço and visit villages, a local rum company, typical houses, and more. Start your journey toward Santa Cruz to visit the village’s center. Continue to Porto da Cruz and visit the historic Companhia dos Engenhos do Norte, a local rum production company. Learn about the glorious past of sugar production on the island. Visit Santana next. Visit the typical culm ceiling houses known as Casinhas de Santana (Santana’s little houses). Travel through an alternative route to reach São Jorge while passing by the breathtaking Boca das Voltas Viewpoint. Depart towards Arco de São Jorge and get time for lunch (not included). Continue through the north coast, driving on regional roads with views over the ocean. Pass Boaventura, Ponta Delgada, and São Vicente, and stop for short visits before the end of the tour. 

From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

10. From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Sesimbra, you will head to Fatima, where you will enjoy one of the most important places of Christianity around the world. Once in Fatima, you will visit the sacred sanctuary, the memory chapel, and the Basilica of the Holy Trinity which in 2009 received the outstanding structure award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. You will also visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Rosary, which was built at the site of the Marian apparitions which were reported by three Portuguese children in 1917, and better known as Our Lady of Fátima. Later you will see the tombs of Blessed Francisco Marto, Blessed Jacinta Marto and Sister Lúcia dos Santos and the three children, with scenes of the Marian apparitions shown in stained glass. Afterwards, you will be driven west where you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery of Batalha, which was built in a Gothic style and classified a world heritage site by UNESCO. On this private tour you will then take a break for lunch in the colorful fishing village of Nazaré, where you can have a meal of fresh fish. Nazaré is composed by a sandy beach where you can listen to the rhythm of the pounding waves. It is also a perfect place for undisturbed walks along the shore, surfing, tanning, and of course, visiting the biggest wave in the world located on the north beach. You will be driven along the beautiful west coast where you can observe the multiple wild beaches of this remote area. The last stop is in the medieval village of Óbidos, famous for cobbled streets and steep staircases which wind up to the ramparts. From here you can gaze across a countryside of windmills and vineyards.

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We enjoyed our excursion to see the dolphins. The water was choppy but we had a good laugh on the waves. And we saw a lot of dolphins, very close. Compassionate and sympathetic driver. Thanks

The Castle Tour was particularly good as it covered an extensive area around Lisbon.

Please don’t hesitate to book this trip it is amazing. We throughly enjoyed it.

The overall experience is satisfactory. The driver a bit edge.

Excellent value and very easy to use, very efficiently run.