Porto dramatically perched at the mouth of the Rio Douro has a wonderful atmosphere. It is packed with ancient and great monuments rubbing shoulders with everyday Portuguese life.
The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of historic buildings and outstanding monuments as well as quaint medieval streets.
Rabelo boats in Douro River, One of the most popular symbols of Porto is the Rabelo boat.
Highlights of this wonderful city include the formidable Porto cathedral, the Torre dos Clérigos and the famed Port wine lodges that dominate the hillside of Vila Nova de Gaia.
Porto offers a compelling synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions and it is a delight to stroll gently through its diverse landscape.
Day 1 – Arrival in Porto
On arrival at Porto Airport, we will have a private coach transfer to our centrally located hotel. Depending on our arrival time, we’ll have an orientation walk before dinner at a restaurant close to our hotel.
Dinner with drinks included.
Rabelo boats in Douro River, The Rabelo boat, used to transport Port Wine from the Douro Valley to the cellars near the city of Porto.
Day 2 – Orientation Walk, River Trip – Port Lodge Visit
Today we’ll discover Porto, starting with an orientation walk including a visit to S Bento Station to view the beautifully tiled panels, the Carmo church, Clérigos tower, the frontage of Lello bookshop, the cathedral then down to Ribeira for lunch.
In the afternoon we will visit a Port Lodge and enjoy a cruise along the Douro River.
Free time for dinner – not included.
Ribeira cafes in Porto river Douro estuary, relax in a street café along the riverside and admire the orderly rooftops of the Port wine cellars.
Day 3 – Castelo do Queijo Walk
The Fort of S. Francisco Xavier was built in the 17th century to protect the coast from the pirates of North Africa, it is located on a cheese-shaped rocky hill, thus the name Castelo do Queijo (Cheese Castle).
Our walk starts here and shadows the restless Atlantic all the way to the river Douro estuary.
After lunch, we will get back into town and then walk through the old town to visit the Stock Exchange (Palacio da Bolsa) followed by an optional visit to the S Francisco Church and the catacombs.
Free time for dinner – not included.
Castelo do Queijo Porto, Cheese Castle is the popular name by which everyone knows the Fort São Francisco Xavier. Why? It was built in the seventeenth century.
Day 4 – Departure
Transfer from hotel to Airport.
3 nights in a twin standard room for two pax
Shared ensuite room with a travelling companion of the same sex
Single supplement available with a surcharge
Extra nights available on request
3 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
1 Dinner with drinks included
Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel on the first day – group transfer
Transfer from the hotel to the airport on last day – group transfer
All land travel (as outlined) with public transport
Additional transfers are available on request at an extra cost
Dedicated English speaking local tour leader
The tour leader will assist and guide the group throughout the holidays, handle all the arrangements and other needs that might arise, making sure that you don’t have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss the details and program for the following day
Walks and Activities
Walks and activities according to program
1 river cruise
Port Lodge visit with wine tasting
Any services not listed as included
Flights to and from Portugal
Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage, or personal insurance (except as outlined)
Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
Guide services inside monuments
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