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Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

1. Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

Enjoy a traditional “6 Bridges Cruise” along the River Douro and follow in the footsteps of the old wine merchants that transported wine from the valley to the wine cellars. Board the boat at Ribeira Quay and sail along the sparkling Douro river. Admire the beautiful landscapes and red-roofed buildings of the towns of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia from the water. Let the old-fashioned charm of the Rabelo Boat (old wine transport ship) transport you back in time. Listen as your guide tells you about the historic bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, as your boat glides under them. Learn more about their construction and curiosities, and upon arrival at the last bridge, see the sandy beaches of the seafront area Foz do Douro where the river pours into the ocean.

Porto: Bridges Cruise with Optional Wine Cellar Tour

2. Porto: Bridges Cruise with Optional Wine Cellar Tour

Admire the old city of Porto, with its typical houses and the hustle and bustle of the Ribeira population while admiring the architecture of the bridges that connect the two river banks. Enjoy a 50-minute cruise that will take you across the Douro River and show you the beautiful riverbank. You'll also be able to take advantage of the “Bridges Cruise” application, available in 16 languages. If you prefer, enjoy a combined program that includes the Cruzeiro das Pontes, and a unique guided tour of Burmester's Port Wine Cellars (Sogevinus Group), with a tasting of different wines. The cruise meets all the safety requirements, having two of the most important safety badges: Clean and Safe by Turismo de Portugal and European Tourism Covid-19 Safety Seal.

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

3. 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

FC Porto: Museum & Stadium Tour

4. FC Porto: Museum & Stadium Tour

Make your way to Porto's Dragão Stadium (Estádio do Dragão) and explore the home of the Portuguese Primeira Liga football team, FC Porto. Get an entrance ticket to the museum and stadium when you exchange your voucher on arrival and benefit from audio guides available to rent in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. FC Porto Museum: Open 7 days a week, the FC Porto Museum is located in Dragão Stadium in eastern Porto and was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2016. It was also distinguished with the Innovation and Creativity Award by the Portuguese Association of Museology (APOM) in 2015 and takes a 120-year journey through the history of the club and the city. Marvel at an impressive collection of trophies and other artifacts through the museum's advanced technology and interactive displays. Learn about titles collected in the UEFA Champions League. See a hologram of Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, president of the club since 1982 and take a look at the "Valquíria Dragão" by the artist Joana Vasconcelos. Dragão Stadium: Book your stadium tour at reception on arrival and then venture out onto the hallowed ground. Built in 2003 to a design by the architect Manuel Salgado, the Dragão Stadium is 5-star rated by UEFA and can seat up to 52,000 people at maximum capacity. Easily accessible from the city center and Porto International Airport, the modern, multi-functional stadium has been lauded with awards for its architecture and ecological management. Learn more with an audio guide (available to rent in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian) and follow in the footsteps of some of the stadium's legendary fixtures.

Porto: World of Discoveries Entry Ticket

5. 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: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

6. 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

SEA LIFE Porto Full-Day Entrance Ticket

7. 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: Spiritus Multimedia Show Admission Ticket

8. Porto: Spiritus Multimedia Show Admission Ticket

Step into an immersive artistic experience with this ticket to Spiritus, an audiovisual experience which pairs light, music, and architecture the Clérigos Church in Porto. Admire how this religious location is transformed during this show which was created by OCUBO. Show your ticket at the door to the church and step into this 18th century Baroque building which boasts a 75-meter-tall bell tower. Take in the abstract look and intense soundtrack of the church's architecture as it is filled with visual poetry, light, and music. See how this multimedia, nighttime show expands on the poem “In the end, the best way to travel is to feel,” by Álvaro de Campos. Feel the beauty of life and reflect upon your place in this world.

Porto: Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings

9. Porto: Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings

Explore the picturesque city of Porto on board a beautiful tourist train, departing every 30 minutes from Sé Catedral (Porto Cathedral), a glorious Romanesque monument in the old city center. The train circumnavigates the city center, with onboard audio guides in Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, and Italian for your convenience. Travel directly to the oldest Portuguese wine cellar of Real Companhia Velha, founded in 1756 by King José I. Climb off the train for an unforgettable tour inside the cellar, and learn the history of Port wine and its famous wineries during a 15-minute documentary. Next, explore the old part of the cellar, before a tasting of 2 high-quality Port wines. Re-board the train and continue your journey around the city center. Pass some of the most important monuments of Porto, such as the São João National Theatre on historic Praça da Batalha (Batalha Square). Continue down Avenida dos Aliados, site of the beautifully tiled São Bento Train Station. Pass the baroque Bell Tower of Clerigos Church, and the twin churches of the Convent and Church of Carmelitas, close to the famous Leilo Bookshop and enchanting cafés. Upgrade your tour to include lunch in Ruela da Villa, the restaurant of a 4-star hotel. Savor an all you can eat buffet, with a variety of dishes and desserts which are typical of Portuguese cuisine. Hop-off and on the train in front of the restaurant.

Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Porto

10. Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Porto

Your Jewish heritage tour begins by meeting your guide at a central location. Get ready and follow your guide into the hear of Porto's Jewish community. On the journey, learn about how Porto's Jewish history dates back to the 12th century, when its community coexisted harmoniously with local Christians.  Explore the old Jewish quarters, secret synagogues, and all the places where the Jewish influence was strong. Find out where the wealthiest Jews settled and the good trade relations between Jews and Christians. Hear captivating stories about key figures like Captain Arthur Carlos de Barros Basto (Abraham Israel Ben-Rosh), founder of the Porto's Jewish community and the major contributor to the construction of the Kadoorie Mekor Haim synagogue. Continue along Sant'ana Street, Comércio do Porto Street, and S. Bento da Vitória Church. Take in the beauty of Vitória view point, the Esnoga stairs, Virtudes garden, and Jewish Mountain before concluding your tour.

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What people are saying about Porto

You can see a lot of the beautiful city by bus. Enjoy the picturesque coast from the boat, a dream. The wine tasting was super delicious.

The bus tour provides an overview of the city. The visit of the cellar is very interesting with tasting.

Maria was a knowledgeable and personable guide. A great tour.

Wonderful experience, great tour guide! Highly recommend.

It was a nice experience. Very relaxing and enjoyable.