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Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

1. Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture, and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 48 hours, with 1 convenient hop-on, hop-off ticket. Easily reach the historical center of town, and visit popular spots like the Torre dos Clérigos, Fundação Serralves contemporary art foundation and gardens, the Casa da Música, Lello bookshop and the dining and entertainment options along the Cais de Gaia esplanade. Don't forget to taste the famous Port Wine. Your ticket gives you access to Quinta da Boeira and Caves Poças Junior wine cellars. Simply jump on board the Yellow Bus Official Sightseeing Tour buses with your 48-hour ticket. The bus ticket includes the Historical Porto Tour and the Porto Castle Tour. Head out to the Foz do Douro or Matosinhos beaches and the Gaia Riverside area, or visit to the Tramcar Museum. Don't forget to taste the famous Port Wine when visiting one of the numerous cellars at Gais Port as well. With this hop-on, hop-off ticket, you'll be able to access the many fascinating destinations of Porto. Porto Castles Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Praça da República• Casa da Música/Rot. Da Boavista • Av. Boavista Hotéis • Fundação de Serralves • Castelo do Queijo/Sea Life Porto • Anémona• Matosinhos Restaurants • Tourism Office/Cruises Terminal • Matosinhos Beaches • Anémona • Passeio Alegre • Fluvial• Tramcar Museum • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars Historical Porto Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Alfândega• Cordoaria/Clérigos • Carmo Church • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars • Gaia Quay Caves Cálem • Porto viewpoint/Yeatman/Cálem Wine Cellars • Largo dos Aviadores • El Corte Inglês • City Hall • Jardim do Morro • Praça da Batalha

Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

2. Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

Explore the ancient city of Porto with the convenience of an e-bike to climb the hills on this guided tour. The many old houses of the city of Proto seem to perch over the Douro River, huddled together from the quay to the sea. Discover the old palaces, the churches, the emblematic neighborhoods, the people, and all the picturesque corners that the city has to offer. Porto is Portugal's second-largest city with many highlights to explore. The historic core of the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. On your tour, see the Cordoaria Garden, the Clérgios Tower, Gomes Teixeira Square, the Lello Bookstore, Aliados Avenue, the Porto Cathedral, and the Dom Luís Bridge. 

Porto: World of Discoveries Entry Ticket

3. Porto: World of Discoveries Entry Ticket

Discover Portugal's history with a ticket to Porto’s World of Discoveries. Explore this interactive exhibition that recreates the journeys of the Portuguese navigators who crossed oceans to discover unknown parts of the world. Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias — this is the perfect opportunity for visitors to learn the stories of Portugal's famous and charismatic explorers. Uncover Portugal's fantastic odysseys while enjoying interactive multi-sensory exhibits. Take yourself on an adventure that changed the world, visiting the 20 permanent themed areas. Find out how Portugal's Age of Discoveries propelled humankind into the era of globalization by creating new maritime routes and promoting the circulation of people, animals, and plants all over the globe. Round off your visit at the restaurant (at your own expense) and enjoy a culinary voyage. Sample exotic foods from Portugal, Brazil, India, China, Japan, and a number of African countries.

Porto: Port and Douro Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

4. Porto: Port and Douro Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

Explore the history of port and Douro wine on a guided walking tour of 3 wine houses in Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn about the vineyards and wineries of the Douro Valley and enjoy 10 different port and Douro wine tastings with professional commentaries.  Start with a guided tour of an old wine cellar. Sample 3 port wines from their collection and learn about the culture and philosophy of port wine drinking. Continue to the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal to enjoy 4 more tastings. End your day by sampling 4 more wines produced by a family-owned wine brand of the Douro Valley.

SEA LIFE Porto Full-Day Entrance Ticket

5. SEA LIFE Porto Full-Day Entrance Ticket

See Portugal's largest collection of cow-faced rays, along with other marine life such as eagle rays, clown triggerfish, longhorn cow fish, pipefish and green sea turtles with a full-day entrance ticket to SEA LIfe Porto. Attend free informative talks and watch feeding demonstrations throughout the day, and learn more about the dangers the marine world faces and how you can help to preserve it. Take a break in the on-site cafeteria and get fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony as you feast from a menu of delicious options.

Porto: 3-Hour Walking City Tour & Lello Bookstore Visit

6. Porto: 3-Hour Walking City Tour & Lello Bookstore Visit

Join a tour with a private and tailored experience in the ancient city of Porto. Visit São Bento Train Station, the Cathedral, the medieval neighborhood, the most important point views, Clérigos Tower, and the historical Lello Bookstore. In 3 hours, listen to your guide as they explain the historical intricacies of Porto and its origins. Allow them to guide you through the city, walled in from the 12th to the 18th century, and elucidate upon the many stories from Roman rule to contemporary times. Finish off your tour with a visit to the third most beautiful bookstore in the world, the historical Lello Bookstore. Don't hesitate to ask your guide for local tips on restaurants, gardens, public transportation, maps, and more.

Porto: Ribeira Walking Tour

7. 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 – both of which are products of the resourcefulness, bravery and strength of this city. Just below the iconic Dom Luis I bridge lies Gaia which is littered with cellars where port wine is stored and aged. Learn how the area evolved into the most visited part of the riverbank. Join this tour to explore the neighborhoods on either side of the famous Dom Luis Bridge and discover why the entire city was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996! Listen to stories of discovery and victorious battles as you take in the magnificent atmosphere of this fascinating city.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Trip to Fátima

8. From Lisbon: Half-Day Trip to Fátima

Begin your amazing journey by meeting your friendly local guide at your accommodation. Sit back & relax while traveling to the center of Portugal and hearing about the region. After driving 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Lisbon, arrive at your first destination, the region of Fátima. Explore the religious capital of Portugal. Visit the Chapel of Apparitions to see the stone pillar that marks the spot where the Virgin Mary appeared, the Shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima. Enjoy free time to enjoy the sight. Learn interesting facts about Fátima and Portuguese Catholic and religious traditions from your guide. At the other end of Fatima’s Shrine is the Most Holy Trinity Church (Lesser Basilica, from 2007). Witness this modern piece of architecture. In 1917 a religious event changed the history of this location forever. 3 shepherds witnessed successive apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (another name for the Virgin Mary) turning it into one of the most important landmarks in Marian worship, attracting pilgrims from all over the world. Next, be whisked away to a local village 2 kilometers away. This is where the 3 young shepherds (responsible for the importance of Fatima’s landmark) were born. Get an insight into their lives and costumes, along with a context of this landmark of Portuguese history.

Porto : Private Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tour

9. Porto : Private Full-Day Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage landscapes of the Douro Valley on a private full-day wine tasting tour from Porto. Discover interesting facts about the Douro Valley and its famous craft Port wine with a local guide. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Porto, then set off by car to the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. See and smell one of the most unspoiled places in Europe as you drive through picturesque countryside and centuries-old vineyards. Upon arrival in Pinhão, hop into a boat to Quinta Do Seixo - Sandeman, a winery equipped with advanced winemaking technology that's perfectly integrated into the Douro landscape. At the winery, taste 3 different wines. Finally, make your way back to the original meeting point in Porto.

Sanctuary of Fátima and Coimbra City Tour

10. Sanctuary of Fátima and Coimbra City Tour

Visit one of the great religious centers of Portugal on a full-day tour to the Sanctuary of Fátima in Cova da Iria. Learn about the Marian apparitions that took place at the site in May 1917. Look inside the magnificent Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and other religious monuments, before visiting the Chapel of the Apparitions at the very heart of the sanctuary. Attracting more than 5 million visitors per year, Fátima is one of the largest sanctuaries in the world and the most popular pilgrimages occur in October and on May 12 and 13 on the anniversary of the visions. See the house of the shepherd that the Virgin Mary appeared before, and then continue to the university city of Coimbra. Explore the historic center to see medieval houses among the majestic Renaissance monuments. Discover remnants of the Roman Empire, and go to the university area to admire the UNESCO World Heritage buildings of one of the oldest universities in the world.

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What people are saying about Porto

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 331 reviews

Our tour guide Maria was fantastic and the guides at each of the port houses were very friendly and were happy to answer all our questions. Not too much walking and exactly the right amount of port and wine too! It was really interesting to learn about the history and process of port making, and a great variety of tasters

Really enjoyed visiting a few lesser known Port Houses. Good variety to try and met some lovely fellow Port tasters on our trip!

Great way to quickly see some great sights and learn about them. Really helped me with greeting around the city.

We learned a good heal about Port whilst having fun.

Fantastic guide that was helpful and knowledgeable.