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Private Tour: Porto Day Trip

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Private Tour: Porto Day Trip

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Embrace the captivating culture and intriguing history during a full-day private tour in Porto. Alongside your personal guide, explore Porto and neighboring Vila Nova de Gaia, south of the Douro River, where you will visit a Port wine cellar for wine tasting (included until 31st December 2017 only). Learning about Port wine’s history and cultural significance. During the second half of the tour visit more must-see attractions such as the Ribeira district and the elegant Livraria Lello bookshop where JK Rowling found inspiration for Harry Potter’s library at Hogwarts. Want to take your tour to the next level? Upgrade for a cruise down the Douro river on a classic Portuguese boat.
  • Full-day private tour of Porto including port tasting
  • Admire views of pretty beaches and the traditional fishing city of Matosinhos
  • Taste three different styles of port at a port wine cellar
  • Visit key sights including Clérigos Tower, Livraria Lello bookshop and Porto Cathedral (Sé do Porto)
  • Explore the historical neighborhood of Ribeira
  • Upgrade to include a 1-hour Douro River sightseeing cruise on a traditional rabelo boat
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from a private guide
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick ups at hotels in Porto city center

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your professional guide at your central Porto hotel for a full-day private tour of Porto. Feel free to request specific tour preferences aboard your vehicle and your expert guide will happily tailor your trip accordingly.

Cruise along northern Portugal’s coast and pass Matosinhos, a charming coastal city, known widely for its flavorful seafood. As you approach Vila Nova de Gaia, the primary production center of Port (fortified wine), enjoy views of the Douro River which is famous for transporting grapes to the region’s numerous wine cellars.

Climb aboard a rabelo (if upgrade selected), a classic wine barrel cargo ship, and enjoy a splendid 1-hour ride along the tranquil Douro River. Notice Porto’s six bridges, in particular the metal double decker bridge called Ponte de Dom Luís I. Engineered by Gustave Eiffel’s protege, observe its striking similarity to Paris’ Eiffel tower.

Hop off your rabelo and stroll into a Port wine cellar for a one-of-a-kind tasting (included until 31st December 2017 only). As you sip white, ruby and tawny varietals, learn how each of these wines are enjoyed as aperitifs and digestifs. After the tasting, enjoy lunch at local restaurant (own expense). Your guide can offer recommendations at your request.

Next, cross the bridge back to Porto for an afternoon of the city’s best attractions. Climb up Clérigos Tower for some of Porto’s best vantage points. Then, resume your tour at Livraria Lello & Irmão, a remarkable Art Nouveau bookshop with a marvelous wooden staircase at its center. Observe the brilliant stain-glass ceilings as you hear how this library helped inspire J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter.

Continue your Porto day trip at the 12th-century Porto Cathedral (Sé do Porto). Then, visit São Bento Train Station and see its tile panels depicting historical scenes of Portugal. Finally, enjoy the ambiance of Ribeira, the most historic quarter of Porto, and its charming square which is designated World Heritage by UNESCO.

As late afternoon approaches head back to your Porto hotel where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Visit the Cathedral main church and discover some of it's most interesting stories and architecture with your guide
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Douro River
see the river from different view points and discover how it helped to shape the city history through the centuries
Pass By:  
Ponte de Dom Luis I
One of the landmarks of Oporto that you will discover from different angles.
Stop At:  
Sao Bento Railway Station
Visit this magnificent train station and enjoy while your guide share with you the history and legends surrounding this building
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cais da Ribeira
This is one of the most important neighborhoods from the city and a visit to Porto will never be completed without a visit to it, while your guide will explain what you see and help you to understand the evolution of the neighborhood.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Livraria Lello
An iconic monument from Porto that your guide will be delightful to help you to discover.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY The Cooltours (Oporto)

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Porto Day Trip?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Porto Day Trip?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Porto Day Trip?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Porto Day Trip?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Maria arrived on time. Described...
Judy O
, Oct 2017
Maria arrived on time. Described everything we saw as we drove. Knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent English. She was quick to discern our interests and made sure she answered questions...before we even asked. We had a lovely day. Felt comfortable that we had seen all the important sights. We were very pleased with this tour.
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We had a great time. Porto is a...
Eduardo D
, Jul 2017
We had a great time. Porto is a beautiful place to visit, and Maria went beyond duty as we had some extra time and she took us to some extra places that were not even included in the menu. It is not always easy to accomplish such a well rounded day when you're traveling with family, and overall, we had a blast!
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A great day with our guide Alex in and...
Clive H
, Jun 2017
A great day with our guide Alex in and around Porto. Being born and brought up in Porto Alex was full of knowledge to share and knew many special viewpoints that most tours would miss. His English was excellent. The format of the day was highly customised to our preferences, such as where to have lunch, the order of sightseeing such as morning or afternoon cruise, which port producer to visit etc. He also allowed us time to visit the famous bookshop in Porto, entrance to which was not included in the schedule, but well worth it. Knowing that we were planning to visit the Douro later Alex gave us the benefit of his experience there as well. At the end of the day we felt we had a really good introduction to Porto.
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What a great tour! Celia's English is...
Sonia H
, Feb 2017
What a great tour! Celia's English is impeccable and she is very knowledgeable about the city. We spent a great day seeing the sights and orienting ourselves. Highly recommend.
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Great tour! We are a family of 5 and...
Julee N
, Nov 2016
Great tour! We are a family of 5 and were picked up by our guide and driver from our hotel at 9:30AM and we spent a wonderful and informative day with her. We first drove out along the river to the Matosinhos area, then back into the city center for a walk around the old town. Our guide was very flexible and accommodating - picking up back up in the car after the rain kicked in and taking us back to our hotel for a quick pit stop to pick up some extra layers. We then had lunch at an excellent restaurant recommended by the guide, then we took an hour long boat trip along the river. We then did a tour and tasting at the Croft port cellar. We had an excellent day and would recommend the tour to all.
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We had a wonderful day in Porto. Our...
Donna P
, Sep 2016
We had a wonderful day in Porto. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable.
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The day started on a bad note we had...
Penny R
, Jul 2016
The day started on a bad note we had received and email that the tour was going to start earlier than the expected time so we were out waiting for 30 minutes. When I called it sounded like the office thought our tour was at the regular time. They informed the guide, he rushed over and was there in minutes. We kept a positive attitude and were rewarded with a wonderful day. The guide Jose was superb a very knowledgeable young man, he was personable, flexible and always conscious of the different needs of his guests. Jose made sure to ask questions to tailor the tour to our needs and preferences he found a great place for lunch where the food was awesome and the atmosphere really matched our easy going personalities. He found exactly what I wanted to experience for port tasting and I am grateful for his awesome recommendation. During his down time he was on the phone making reservations and adjusting the schedule to fit our needs. Private tours are bit more expensive but you also get a lot more out of your day on larger tours you often get rushed on things you like and linger in boring areas, not the case here. Also Jose is able to park the vehicle in places we would not have known about. When an area is done, he is also is able to let us linger and get the vehicle instead of having to walk back through a place where we have been before. Wonderful day. Thanks Jose!
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We had a great time with our guide. He...
Caitlin P
, Jul 2016
We had a great time with our guide. He took us to amazing places, suggested good food and monuments to see, and always thought of how to best use our time! Since it was a private tour, he let us roam ans shop when possible. He knows Porto very well!
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Pedro was extraordinary, he was a very...
Cesar A
, Jul 2016
Pedro was extraordinary, he was a very informative and well prepare with information about all we asked him. Very gracious and well manner. We give him a 5 star.
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Great way to see the City and private...
Simon S
, Oct 2015
Great way to see the City and private tour made it all the more special, very knowledgeable guide
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