Porto
09/30/2020 12:00 AM
09/30/2020 12:00 AM
After breakfast, take a city tour of Porto, a charming riverside community whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire its graceful bridges, Baroque cathedrals, and romantic 16th- through 19th-century buildings nestled together on narrow cobblestone streets. Visit a typical port winemaking facility, then return to your ship for lunch. This afternoon you have time to explore Porto on your own or take an optional excursion to GuimarĂ£es and its medieval quarter. Perhaps experience an evening of culinary delights as you indulge in traditional fare paired with wine at Porto's famed Graham's 1890 Lodge and sample a selection of their award-winning ports. Sample wines that have been in the making for generations at the historic Quinta da Aveleda estate, or soar over the historic "City of Bridges" on a thrilling helicopter sightseeing tour. Enjoy your evening at leisure in Porto, where your ship remains docked overnight. (B,L,D),

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Porto History & Wine Lodges | Classic (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para churchill lodge portoMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit to the newest of the British-owned Port companies, founded in 1981 by Johnny Graham. You will be invited to a lectured wine tasting with some of their best wines.
 
As the name Graham would suggest, Johnny's family has a background in the Port trade: his family owned Graham, one of the most well-known of the Port houses which was sold to the Symingtons in 1970. Churchill's Port grew from John Graham's desire to continue his family's Port making tradition by setting up a company to produce his own, individual style of wine. It was his wife, Caroline Churchill, who provided the company with its name. Churchill's is today positioned in the industry as a high-quality boutique Port and Douro Wine Company, specializing in premium Port and Douro Wine categories.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, you will enjoy a tour of Porto escorted by an expert guide, including Stock Exchange Palace and the 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction of the São Francisco Church. You'll peek into the Lello bookshop, an exquisite landmark dating to the early 1900's.
 
At the end of your day, your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.
 

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Stock Exchange, Lello Library and São Francisco Church (Optional); Private Visit followed by Lectured Wine Tasting at selected Wine Lodge (Optional).


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto History & Wine Lodges | Superior & Premium (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para www.cockburnsMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit to the largest wooden Port cellar in the historical area of Vila Nova de Gaia.
 
As you walk into the Lodge you’ll be surrounded by rows of barrels of all shapes and sizes. This is the largest collection of oak barrels and wooden vats of any Port cellar in Porto. This is where they age all our Ports and in particular this is the home of our Special Reserve Port. Founded in the earliest 19th the Cockburn’s & Co family built themselves a remarkable reputation for fine Vintage Port. The records at the London auction houses show that in the early twentieth century, Cockburn’s Vintage Ports commanded the highest prices of any Port house.  There you will have the unique opportunity to assist the coopers working real life on the barrels. Indulge in a premium lectured wine tasting including t Cockburn’s Special Reserve, Cockburn’s 20 Years Old Tawny and Cockburn’s Vintage 2007.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, you will enjoy a tour of Porto escorted by an expert guide, including Stock Exchange Palace and the 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction of the São Francisco Church. You'll peek into the Lello bookshop, an exquisite landmark dating to the early 1900's.
 
At the end of your day, your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Stock Exchange, Lello Library and São Francisco Church (Optional); Private Visit followed by Lectured Wine Tasting at selected Wine Lodge (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto Wine Lodges (6 - 8 Hours)
Imagem relacionadaMeet your private chauffeur at the port. Today, discover the distinguished wine lodges of Porto.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit, followed by a lectured wine tasting, to the newest of the British-owned Port companies, founded in 1981 by Johnny Graham.
 
As the name Graham would suggest, Johnny's family has a background in the Port trade: his family owned Graham, one of the most well-known of the Port houses which was sold to the Symingtons in 1970. Churchill's Port grew from John Graham's desire to continue his family's Port making tradition by setting up a company to produce his own, individual style of wine. It was his wife, Caroline Churchill, who provided the company with its name. Churchill's is today positioned in the industry as a high-quality boutique Port and Douro Wine Company, specializing in premium Port and Douro Wine categories.
 
Next, enjoy a private visit and a lectured VIP wine tasting to the leading producer of quality Port company, which company was founded in 1820.
 
The impeccable pedigree of its superb Vintage Ports represents the pinnacle of fine winemaking. The supreme quality benchmark set by these wines is present throughout the entire Graham's range of Ports. The keynotes are exceptional concentration and power, opulent richness, great poise and elegance as well as remarkable longevity.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served in a highly recommended restaurant born out of a wish to reflect the specific terroir of our wines, combined with the international and cosmopolitan flavor of Portuguese cuisine.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private visit to the largest wooden Port cellar in the historical area of Vila Nova de Gaia.
 
As you walk into the Lodge you’ll be surrounded by rows of barrels of all shapes and sizes. This is the largest collection of oak barrels and wooden vats of any Port cellar in Porto. This is where they age all our Ports and in particular this is the home of our Special Reserve Port. Founded in the earliest 19th the Cockburn’s & Co family built themselves a remarkable reputation for fine Vintage Port. The records at the London auction houses show that in the early twentieth century, Cockburn’s Vintage Ports commanded the highest prices of any Port house.  There you will have the unique opportunity to assist the coopers working real life on the barrels. Indulge in a premium lectured wine tasting including t Cockburn’s Special Reserve, Cockburn’s 20 Years Old Tawny and Cockburn’s Vintage 2007.
 
At the end of your day, your chauffeur will take you back to your ship.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Private Visits followed by Lectured Wine Tastings at selected Wine Lodges (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays.


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Culture, Art & Architecture of Porto (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para casa da musica portoMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
Enjoy a tour of Porto escorted by an expert guide, including Stock Exchange Palace and the 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction of the São Francisco Church. You'll peek into the Lello bookshop, an exquisite landmark dating to the early 1900's.
 
Lunch (not included) at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private guided tour of Concert Hall (Casa da Música) and the Serralves Museum and walk through the gardens of its Foundation.
 
This world-class museum displays cutting-edge international contemporary art in a striking minimalist building by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alvaro Siza Vieira.
 
Like the Guggenheim, there is no collection permanently on display, with temporary exhibitions taking up the entire space, as well as that of the separate "Casa de Serralves," a pink Art Deco construction located in the surrounding formal gardens (which are magnificent and worth a visit in their own right).
 
At the end of your tour, your chauffeur will take you back to your dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (6 - 8 Hours); Entrance fees at Stock Exchange, Lello Library, São Francisco Church, Casa da Música and Serralves Fundation (Optional).


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto Jewish Inheritance & Wine Lodge | Classic (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para sinagoga portoMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit to the newest of the British-owned Port companies, founded in 1981 by Johnny Graham.
 
As the name Graham would suggest, Johnny's family has a background in the Port trade: his family owned Graham, one of the most well-known of the Port houses which was sold to the Symingtons in 1970. Churchill's Port grew from John Graham's desire to continue his family's Port making tradition by setting up a company to produce his own, individual style of wine. It was his wife, Caroline Churchill, who provided the company with its name. Churchill's is today positioned in the industry as a high-quality boutique Port and Douro Wine Company, specializing in premium Port and Douro Wine categories. You will be invited to a lectured wine tasting with some of their best wines.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private guided tour to Porto earliest known Jewish quarter, built inside the old city wall, in what is now Rua de Santa Ana, close to Rua Escura and Largo do Colegio. It is still possible today to appreciate the mediaeval layout of these streets, not very far from the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Follows a leisured walk at Ribeira Square, a private visit to Lello Library and Stock Exchange Palace.
 
At the end of your tour, your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Lello Library and Stock Exchange Palace (Optional); Private Visit followed by Lectured Wine Tasting at selected Wine Lodge (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto Jewish Inheritance & Wine Lodge | Superior & Premium (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para portoMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit to the largest wooden Port cellar in the historical area of Vila Nova de Gaia.
 
As you walk into the Lodge you’ll be surrounded by rows of barrels of all shapes and sizes. This is the largest collection of oak barrels and wooden vats of any Port cellar in Porto. This is where they age all our Ports and in particular this is the home of our Special Reserve Port. Founded in the earliest 19th the Cockburn’s & Co family built themselves a remarkable reputation for fine Vintage Port. The records at the London auction houses show that in the early twentieth century, Cockburn’s Vintage Ports commanded the highest prices of any Port house.  There you will have the unique opportunity to assist the coopers working real life on the barrels. Indulge in a premium lectured wine tasting including t Cockburn’s Special Reserve, Cockburn’s 20 Years Old Tawny and Cockburn’s Vintage 2007.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private guided tour to Porto earliest known Jewish quarter, built inside the old city wall, in what is now Rua de Santa Ana, close to Rua Escura and Largo do Colegio. It is still possible today to appreciate the mediaeval layout of these streets, not very far from the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Follows a leisured walk at Ribeira Square, a private visit to Lello Library and Stock Exchange Palace.
 
At the end of your tour, your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Lello Library and Stock Exchange Palace (Optional); Private Visit followed by Lectured Wine Tasting at selected Wine Lodge (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Ponte de Lima & Viana do Castelo (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para ponte de limaMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the cities of Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo.
 
Ponte de Lima is a market town on the south bank of the Lima River facing a magnificent Roman bridge with low arches. Its setting, together with a laid-back atmosphere makes it one of the loveliest small towns in Portugal.
 
Upon arrival at Ponte de Lima, enjoy a visit to the Roman Bridge, Mother Church of Ponte de Lima. Enjoy some leisure time to visit the historical center of the city.
 
Lunch (not included) at a local restaurant.
 
Departure to Viana do Castelo, overlooked by the Hill of Santa Luzia, enjoys a beautiful setting on the north bank of the Lima River estuary.
 
Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the city, including a walk-through Monte de Santa Luzia with a panoramic view of the Monument of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Zimbório, Citânia de Santa Luzia. Enjoy a cable car tour.
 
Departure towards Porto. Your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (6 - 8 Hours); Cable car tour (Optional).
Not feasible: Cable Car closed on Mondays during the months of January, February, November and December.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Braga Sanctuary & Guimar
Resultado de imagem para bragaMeet your private chauffeur and your expert guide at the dock.
 
First stop will be Braga, the country's religious capital since the 11th century and one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal, with a number of impressive Baroque monuments, including one of the country's best-known sights, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary.
 
Upon arrival, enjoy a private guided tour to historical center with visit to Braga Cathedral, the oldest archdiocese in Portugal.
 
Follows a walking tour to Bom Jesus de Braga, a notable example of pilgrimage sanctuary with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 meters (381 feet). 
 
Next stop will be Guimarães, one of the country's most historic cities, and its World Heritage medieval streets with well-preserved monuments make it one of the most attractive places to visit in Portugal.
 
Upon arrival, time for lunch (not included) at a local restaurant, where you can savor the typical flavors of the Minho and Guimarães region.
 
The delicacies that can be savored are traditional of the region's cuisine, offering a personalized service characterized by its professionalism with the ability of giving their customers an unforgettable experience.
 
During the afternoon, with the assistance of your expert guide, visit to Bragança Dukes Palace and Guimarães Castle. Walking tour to Largo do Toural and Largo das Oliveiras.
 
At the end of your day, drive back to Porto and drop-off at the dock.


Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (6 - 8 Hours); Entrance Fees at Braga Cathedral, Bom Jesus de Braga, Bragança Dukes Palace and Guimarães Castle (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto: Cultural Porto Half Day City Tour

It is the second largest city in Portugal and a very important commercial and industrial area by the
Douro river. Visit to the Cathedral, city center, Doña María bridge, Stock Exchange Palace, San Bento station and a wine cellar to taste the famous Porto wine.

5 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees. Wine taste.

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

Porto is the country´s
second largest city. The cathedral was built in the 12th century, inside, it
is worth admiring the paintings by Nicolau Nasoni, the silver altarpiece of
the Holy Sacrament, the João Gordo ("Fat John") Chapel and the cloister.

 

San Bento Station built
on the site of an ancient convent, it was completed in 1916. Now, only regional
trains pass through here. Inside, the immense panels of tiles creted by Jorge
Colaço, reproducing historical scenes, add a rare artistic beauty to the station.

 

The Stock Exchange Palace
is a Baroque 18th century construction by Nicolau Nasoni. Worthy of notice are
the church's interior decorated with Baroque-rococo gilt carvings, the polychromatic
retable by Manuel Porto and the impressive 75.60-metres tower.

 

Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance
with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition
for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered
the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the
current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer
Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.

 

The genuine city is visible
at the quarter of Ribeira ("River-bank"), right by the river. Narrow and winding
streets, dark arcades, typical houses with colourful façades set in a place
which preserves the charm of sites marked by history, full of contrasts and
curious characteristics.

 

Right next to Porto is Vila
Nova de Gaia, the lodges where Port wine is blended and aged and where you can
taste the different varieties.

Santiago de Compostela (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para santiago de compostelaMeet your private chauffeur at the port.
 
Departure to Santiago de Compostela, World Heritage by UNESCO and remarkable site of pilgrimage, is one of the world's most important pilgrimage routes since the early Middle Ages.
 
Upon arrival, escorted by your expert guide, enjoy a guided visit to the historic center and the Cathedral.
 
We suggest lunch (not included) in local restaurant.
 
At the end of your day, drive back to Porto and drop-off.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance Fees: Guided visit to Cathedral's tribune and free visit to Museum of Santiago de Compostela (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto: Full Day Excursion to Braga and Guimar

Drive north Porto to the city of Braga with the Cathedral, Palace do Raio and the Archbishop Palace. Continue to the lovely town of Guimarães to visit the Castle, the medieval quarter, the church of Sao Francisco and the fomer Monastery of our Lady of Oliveira.

8 hours tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Braga is a very important trading centre since recorded times and was given the name "Bracara Augusta" by the Romans in c.296 BC. During the 5th Century it was the capital of Suevian Kingdom but in 456 it was captured by Theodore II who later converted to Catholicism. The Moors took possession in about 730 and then later in 1040 Fernando I of Castile eventually liberated the city from these occupiers. In the 12th Century, Braga gained importance during the reign of King Dom Afonso Henriques.

The 14th Century Torre de Menagem that stands in the City's square is all that remains of the original fortifications. The much altered and extended 12th Century Cathedral was built on the site of an older church destroyed in the 6th Century. Another building of note is the 16th Century Palácio dos Biscainhos that was originally an aristocratic lavish home with ornate interesting gardens. On display within the palace is a museum of Portuguese period furniture and many other ethnographic items. In one of the minor streets close to the 17th Century Baroque Church Santa Cruz is the ornate and blue tiled façade of the building known as Palácio do Raio.

On the overlooking forested slope to the east of the town is one of Portugal's most famous tourist attraction, Igreja de Bom Jesus de Monte. Construction of this building was in 1776 and it's impressive Baroque staircase is symbolic of the Fourteen Stations of the Cross that lead the many visitors upwards to the Church. Archbishop's Palace (14th-18th centuries): Gothic, mannerist and baroque wings. Houses the Library of the City.

Guimarães, King Alfonso de León in 840 convened a Council of Bishops and Counts in this town. Some 28 years later a nobleman named Vimara Peres established the town as a centre to be ruled as a Burgh in Germanic tradition. In the 10th Century this town was said to be ruled by a woman named Mumadona. She constructed a wooden castle from which she successfully defended her surrounding large estate. In the 11th Century a Monastery was founded and a castle was built.

Between 1095-96 Count Henry of Burgundy the father of the first King of Portugal maintained his court in this town. It follows that when Dom Afonso Henriques was first proclaimed King of Portugal in 1139 he chose this attractive town as his capital. The elegant castle that has since always featured on the Portuguese coat of arms is reputed to have been his actual birthplace and within the small Romanesque church within its grounds is the font in which he was supposedly baptized.

The Rua de Santa Maria in the old medieval quarter of the city declared World Heritage Site is still a tight narrow street with cobbles and lined with facades adorned with statues. The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança; the originally 14th Century church of São Francisco was reconstructed in the 18th Century and contains a chancel with impressive scenes from the life of "St Anthony". In the former monastery of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira there are excellent examples of religious artwork through the centuries. Other interesting exhibits are the battle tunic worn by Dom João I at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, and a 14th Century silver altarpiece said to be taken from the defeated Spanish King.

Douro Valley Wine Estate & River Cruise - Classic (8 Hours) BEST SELLER
Resultado de imagem para douro valleyMeet your private chauffeur at the port. Today, venture into an exclusive epicurean experience through the pristine and charming port wine region, the Douro Valley.
 
The Region of Douro starts approximately one hundred kilometers east of Porto, to the border with Spain. It covers approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine. The Port vineyards are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face that created an impressive landscape of unequalled beauty where stifling hot, dry summers are followed by harsh, wet winters. It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought-after wines in the world, Port.
 
Your journey begins with a stop on a charming family-owned wine estate, one of the best-known properties in the Douro and also one of the first to bottle wines with its own brand
 
This Wine Estate is mentioned for the first time in a document dated April 1738, where it is referred to as "the Pacheca" because it was owned by D. Mariana Pacheco Pereira. However, it was only in 1903 that Dom José Freire de Serpa Pimentel decided to develop his interest in oenology, bought the property and began to devote to the winemaking business.
 
You will be warmly received by the owner of the estate. Enjoy a private tour through the cellars, followed by lectured wine tasting. Lunch (not included) will be served in the charming restaurant of the wine estate. The building, construction of the 18th century, is decorated in an authentic style, yet with modern conveniences, and offers a gourmet cuisine based on local products, with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private river cruise aboard a typical Rabelo boat.
 
Until the end of the 19th century, the Douro River was the main access route to the interior regions and the only means of importing foreign products. A difficult river and risky to navigate, there was only one type of boat that could overcome its natural obstacles, the Rabelo Boat.
 
While tasting the Port, and with the help of a local guide, discover the green vineyards, stratified culture and stunning natural beauty of the Douro Valley and marvel yourself with the beautiful slopes of the Douro Valley, heavily planted with vines, which offers breathtaking views of one of the most impressive man-shaped landscapes in the world.
 
Find your driver on the pier and enjoy a relaxed drive back to the port.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6-8 Hours); Private Visit to selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting; Private River Cruise aboard a Typical Rabelo Boat, with Wines and Regional Snacks, assisted by Local Guide.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Douro Valley Wine Estate & River Cruise | Premium (8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para vale do douroMeet your private chauffeur at the port. Today, venture into an exclusive epicurean experience through the pristine and charming port wine region, the Douro Valley.
 
The Region of Douro starts approximately one hundred kilometers east of Porto, to the border with Spain. It covers approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine. The Port vineyards are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face that created an impressive landscape of unequalled beauty where stifling hot, dry summers are followed by harsh, wet winters. It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought-after wines in the world, Port.
 
Drive towards one of the major historic Port houses, renowned for its great Vintage Ports, its fine old Tawnies and, since 2006, for its Douro wines.
 
Lunch (pre-set menu with wines), will be served at a private room with an intimate atmosphere.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private river cruise aboard a typical Rabelo boat.
 
Until the end of the 19th century, the Douro River was the main access route to the interior regions and the only means of importing foreign products. A difficult river and risky to navigate, there was only one type of boat that could overcome its natural obstacles, the Rabelo Boat. The robustness of the boat and the ability of the first crews made it possible to carry large barrels of wine above the river.
 
While tasting the Port, and with the help of a local guide, discover the green vineyards, stratified culture and stunning natural beauty of the Douro Valley.
 
Marvel at the beautiful slopes of the Douro Valley, heavily planted with vines, which offers breathtaking views of one of the most impressive man-shaped landscapes in the world.
 
Find your driver on the pier and enjoy a relaxed drive back to the ship.


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Private Visit to selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting and Lunch (pre-set menu with wines); Private River Cruise aboard a Typical Rabelo Boat, with Wines and Regional Snacks, assisted by Local Guide.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Douro Valley Wine Estate & River Cruise | Superior (8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para quinta do valladoMeet your private chauffeur at the port. Today, venture into an exclusive epicurean experience through the pristine and charming port wine region, the Douro Valley.
 
The Region of Douro starts approximately one hundred kilometers east of Porto, to the border with Spain. It covers approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine. The Port vineyards are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face that created an impressive landscape of unequalled beauty where stifling hot, dry summers are followed by harsh, wet winters. It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought-after wines in the world, Port.
 
Drive towards one of the oldest and most famous wineries of the Douro Valley, with a longstanding reputation for its high-quality wines, belonging to the Ferreira family since 1818. Learn more about this fascinating history and enjoy a visit to the wine cellars followed by lectured wine tasting.
 
Along the Douro River, the estate, created in 1717, came to prominence under the hand of Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, a notable and fundamental figure in the Portuguese wine business.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private river cruise aboard a typical Rabelo boat.
 
Until the end of the 19th century, the Douro River was the main access route to the interior regions and the only means of importing foreign products. A difficult river and risky to navigate, there was only one type of boat that could overcome its natural obstacles, the Rabelo Boat. The robustness of the boat and the ability of the first crews made it possible to carry large barrels of wine above the river.
 
While tasting the Port, and with the help of a local guide, discover the green vineyards, stratified culture and stunning natural beauty of the Douro Valley.
 
Marvel at the beautiful slopes of the Douro Valley, heavily planted with vines, which offers breathtaking views of one of the most impressive man-shaped landscapes in the world.
 
Find your driver on the pier and enjoy a relaxed drive back to the ship.


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Private Visit to selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting; Private River Cruise aboard a Typical Rabelo Boat, with Wines and Regional Snacks, assisted by Local Guide.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Douro Valley Wines & Luxury Yacht Cruise (8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para douro valleyMeet your expert chauffeur at the port. Today venture into an exclusive epicurean experience through the pristine and charming port wine region, the Douro Valley.
 
The Region of Douro starts approximately one hundred kilometers east of Porto, to the border with Spain. It covers approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine. The Port vineyards are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face that created an impressive landscape of unequalled beauty where stifling hot, dry summers are followed by harsh, wet winters. It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought-after wines in the world, Port.
 
Feel the magnificence of a wine estate with 130 hectares, of which 70 are planted with grade “A” vineyards. Sitting on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, the state has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Like other great Douro quintas, its origins lie in ancient times. References to the state date as far back as the early seventeenth century, long before the Douro became the world’s first demarcated wine region in 1756. In 2008, Wine Spectator has reviewed and selected the best for their Top 100 list. With 95 points, the estate’s Reserva Old Vines 2005 was attributed the third place on the top list. This red from Portugal's Douro River Valley is at the crest of the new wave of high-quality table wines issuing from the historic heartland of Port.
 
Explore the estate widely admired wines, its vineyards and cellars with the guidance of the Roquette family, whilst discovering the Portuguese tradition of warm hospitality. On an amazing frame, at the top of the hill close to the swimming-pool, enjoy a glass of one of the best wines while learning about the secrets of the Douro wine and region and making and trading port.
Afterwards, your private chauffeur will take you to Pinhão dock where you will come aboard a vintage yatch where you will indulge an exclusive lunch (pre-set with wines). Lunch is served throughout the trip, on the deck, under the signature of remarkable Chef Rui Paula.

Find your driver on the pier then enjoy a relaxing drive back to the ship. 


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day by Deluxe Mercedes with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6-8 Hours); Private Visit to Selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting; Private River Cruise aboard a vintage Yacht Boat, with Lunch on board (Buffet Pre-Menu with Wines), assisted by specialized crew.


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Coimbra &
Imagem relacionadaMeet your private chauffeur at the dock and hit the road direction to Lisboa. En-route, stop at Coimbra, one of Portugal's oldest cities and home to one of the world's first universities.
 
It was the capital of the country from 1139 to 1256 and its university was founded in 1290. Today this impressive university is still one of the world's most illustrious and the city's biggest attraction. Surrounding it in the old town are fine old churches and narrow streets standing on a hill overlooking the Modego River.
 
Enjoy a private visit to the Old University. Enter through the "Porta Férrea", dating from the 17th century, and continue towards a courtyard known as "Pátio das Escolas". On the north side lies the buildings of the Old University, the east observatory, and the west the small university church.
 
Most impressive of all is the baroque style library, Biblioteca Joanina, one of the world’s most resplendent. It was built in the early 18th century with rooms rich in gilt and exotic wood, and lined with 300,000 books. Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of the city, with a visit to the two cathedrals - the Old Cathedral (“Sé Velha") and the New Cathedral (“Sé Nova").
 
Lunch (not included) will be served in a restaurant that offers an informal atmosphere and sharing concept. Indulge in a "Market Kitchen", which uses the region's traditional products to create unique recipes, renewed four times a year, to the rhythm of the seasons. After lunch, the journey continues direction towards the magnificent medieval city of Óbidos, Portugal’s most romantic medieval town.
 
The entire city of Óbidos was declared a National Monument. It is known as the "Weeding Gift" because it was a gift that D. Dinis gave to Queen Elizabeth on their wedding day in 1282. However, it is not only this fact that makes it such an extraordinarily romantic place - which makes it one of the most romantic medieval towns in Europe are its incredibly picturesque cobbled streets lined with colorful houses full of geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doors and windows, whitewashed churches, pots and glazed tiles all surrounded by the walls of a 12th century castle.
 
At the end of the day, your driver will take you to the dock in Lisbon.


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide – Half-Day at Disposal as per itinerary (3 - 4 horas); Entrance Fees at Joanina Library and Coimbra’s Cathedral (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Coimbra & Con
Resultado de imagem para coimbraMeet your private chauffeur at the dock and hit the road direction to Coimbra, one of Portugal's oldest cities and home to one of the world's first universities.
 
It was the capital of the country from 1139 to 1256 and its university was founded in 1290. Today this impressive university is still one of the world's most illustrious and the city's biggest attraction. Surrounding it in the old town are fine old churches and narrow streets standing on a hill overlooking the Modego River.
 
During the morning, enjoy an independent visit to Conimbriga, one of the great Roman archaeological finds in Europe and one of the best preserved in the Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the ruins of Conimbriga on your own.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served in a restaurant that offers an informal atmosphere and sharing concept. Indulge in a "Market Kitchen", which uses the region's traditional products to create unique recipes, renewed four times a year, to the rhythm of the seasons.
 
After lunch, the journey continues to the historic center of Coimbra. Upon arrival, meet your expert guide and enjoy a private visit to the Old University.
 
Enter through the "Porta Férrea", dating from the 17th century, and continue towards a courtyard known as "Pátio das Escolas".
 
On the north side lays the buildings of the Old University, the east observatory, and the west the small university church.
 
Most impressive of all is the baroque style library, Biblioteca Joanina, one of the world’s most resplendent. It was built in the early 18th century with rooms rich in gilt and exotic wood, and lined with 300,000 books.
 
Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of the city, with a visit to the two cathedrals - the Old Cathedral (“SéVelha") and the New Cathedral (“Sé Nova").
 
At the end of the day, your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide – Half-day at Disposal as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance Fees at Joanina Library and Coimbra’s Cathedral (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Coimbra University & Aveiro Fishermen's City (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para aveiroMeet your private chauffeur at the dock and hit the road direction to Coimbra, one of Portugal's oldest cities and home to one of the world's first universities.
 
It was the capital of the country from 1139 to 1256 and its university was founded in 1290. Today this impressive university is still one of the world's most illustrious and the city's biggest attraction. Surrounding it in the old town are fine old churches and narrow streets standing on a hill overlooking the Modego River.
 
Enjoy a private visit to the Old University.
 
Enter through the "Porta Férrea", dating from the 17th century, and continue towards a courtyard known as "Pátio das Escolas".
 
On the north side lays the buildings of the Old University, the east observatory, and the west the small university church.
 
Most impressive of all is the baroque style library, Biblioteca Joanina, one of the world’s most resplendent. It was built in the early 18th century with rooms rich in gilt and exotic wood, and lined with 300,000 books.
 
Continue driving towards Aveiro.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at a local restaurant with excellent service and warm atmosphere.
 
After lunch, enjoy a visit on own to Vista Alegre Museum (not included), which includes entrance to the Factory's Manual Painting Atelier.
 
Enjoy a scenic drive along Costa Nova.
 
At the end of the day, your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide – Half-day at Disposal as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance Fees at Joanina Library and Coimbra’s Cathedral (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto: Full Day Excursion to Aveiro & Coimbra

Visit the charming town of Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal and its Art Nouveau buildings, then we drive to Coimbra, once the capital of the country and famous World Heritage Site campus University.

Tour Details:
8 hour tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Charming Aveiro is commonly known as the Portuguese Venice, that gained this denomination because of the canals generated by the Vouga River estuary, with its colorful gondolas, natural lagoons, elegant 19th century architecture and traditional cobblestone passageways. In this water-dominated labyrinth your local guide will be sure to highlight the Art Nouveau influence on the city’s architecture, as well as the importance of the traditional and fascinating blue and white tile work in the 16th century Renaissance church. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to peek into one of Aveiro's pastry shop and taste the famous Ovos Moles (traditional sweet) that you really cannot miss.
 
Once the capital of Portugal, Coimbra is now a major cultural center and home to the University of Coimbra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site campus, Founded in 1290 by King Dinis it now displays a tremendous amount of history and knowledge that has been accumulated within its walls, with its old quarter, Roman aqueduct and cathedral.
 
A must see is the University's library with an incredible collection of over 200.000 books stored in incredible carved and gilded bookshelves. The chapel of Saint Michael next door is also worth the visit as well as a nice walk within the old medieval streets of Coimbra's ancient historical centre and Santa Clara Monastery.

 
Porto: Historical Porto Half Day City Tour
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and a very important commercial and industrial area by the Douro river. Visit to the Cathedral, city center, Doña María bridge, Stock Exchange Palace and San Bento station.

4 hour tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals, Taxis or other services not specified



Porto is the country´s second largest city. The cathedral was built in the 12th century, inside, it is worth admiring the paintings by Nicolau Nasoni, the silver altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament, the João Gordo ("Fat John") Chapel and the cloister.

San Bento Station built on the site of an ancient convent, was completed in 1916. Now, only regional trains pass through here. Inside, the immense panels of tiles creted by Jorge Colaço, reproducing historical scenes, add a rare artistic beauty to the station.

The Stock Exchange Palace is a Baroque 18th century construction by Nicolau Nasoni. Worthy of notice are the church's interior decorated with Baroque-rococo gilt carvings, the polychromatic retable by Manuel Porto and the impressive 75.60-metres tower.

Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.

The genuine city is visible at the quarter of Ribeira ("River-bank"), right by the river. Narrow and winding streets, dark arcades, typical houses with colorful façades set in a place which preserves the charm of sites marked by history, full of contrasts and curious characteristics.

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