Porto is a delightful city with a laidback vibe, nestled at the mouth of Douro River, which spills into the Atlantic Ocean on Portugal’s western coast.
Personalized Walking Tour of Porto & Group Boat Trip Discover the romantic city of Porto with a local guide! See famous landmarks such as the ancient 12th century Sé Cathedral with its large altar of hammered silver and the Episcopal Palace. Head to the Ribeira embankment and take a cruise along the Douro River. Make your way to a famous wine cellar and take part in a tasting of port wine. Tour the Infante Henriques Square to see the Palacio da Bolsa monument and the gothic-style Church of St. Francis. Visit the São Bento Station to see its magnificent tiled mosaics and huge wall panels. Walk along Freedom Square where the King Don Pedro IV monument stands, and stop at the church with a 6-meter bell tower – the famous ‘Baroque Candle.’ End this tour with a stroll through the lively Rua de Santa Catarina shopping street and a cup of coffee at the old Majestic Cafe. (Duration: Half Day; Timings: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Private Walking Tour, Shared Boat Tour & Transfers; Meals Not Included; Wine Tasting Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable clothes & shoes; Don’t forget your camera.)
Personalized Cooking Class in Porto Join a gastronomy workshop and learn how to make delicious Portuguese dishes! Accompany a local guide to a market or an organic garden to select fresh ingredients for your meal. Your guide will give you plenty of inputs on what to choose. Arrive at the workshop venue and be part of an immersive cooking class, where you will receive instructions and tips on cooking some traditional Portuguese dishes. Meanwhile, taste some delectable entrees and enjoy some wine before you tuck into the main course and dessert. Savour a delicious cup of coffee or tea before concluding the workshop. (Duration: Half Day; Timings: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Private Activity & No Transfers; Lunch/Dinner with Wine, Entrees, Dessert & Coffee Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.)
Personalized Tour of Green Minho Journey through the picturesque Potuguese province of Green Minho with a local guide! Located in the northern part of the country and marked by the intense green of its fields and vineyards, the Minho region’s natural landscape is famed for its beauty and biodiversity. Visit Guimarães, the first capital of the Portuguese kingdom, a medieval World Heritage Site. Continue on towards Braga and admire the fusion of its architectural styles, derived from Iberian nations. In particular, the Portugues Baroque style is the most striking. Explore the Bom Jesus Complex and its majestic granite staircase leading to a hill flanked by fountains and Gospel-themed sculptures. Tuck into traditional porco preto (black pig) or bacalhao (cod fish) at a restaurant. Stop by the Princess of the River Lima region for a tasting of the famous vinho verde – green wine at Quinta do Merufe estate on way to Viana do Castelo. End this culturally rich tour at the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia. (Duration: Full Day; Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Private Activity & Transfers; Lunch and Wine Tasting Not Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes; Don’t forget your camera.)
Visit the Douro Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated wine region in northern Portugal. Picture-postcard villages with expansive heritage quintas or heritage houses punctuate the mountainous countryside while winding roads hug the terraced hillslopes and rabelo boats cruise the Douro River.
Personalized Tour of Douro Valley Wineries With Tastings Discover the flavorful wines of the Douro Valley on this enjoyable tour. Drive out to the three sprawling vineyards of Quinta do Tedo, Quinta do Bonfin, and Quinta do Crasto and explore their wineries. Learn all about the process of crafting fine wines through interactions with vintners and winery owners. Enjoy splendid views of the lush vineyards that produce the finest grapes. Afterwards, sample the different varieties of wines produced at each and learn about their distinguishing features, such as aroma and flavor. You could also choose to substitute Quinta do Crasto vineyard with a vineyard of your choice. (Duration: Half Day; Starting Time: 0900/1400 hrs; Ending Time: 1300/1800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Tastings Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Personalized Douro Valley Tour With Winery Visit and Boat Ride Spend the day discovering the attractions of the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley on this private tour. Drive out to the Quinta de Aveleda winery, passing the picturesque town of Mesao Frio. Explore the family-run winery that has been passed down generations for about three centuries. Learn about the intricate process of extracting wine before you sample some of it. Afterwards, travel on to the sprawling vineyards of Sabrosa, stopping to click gorgeous photographs of the scenic landscape. Journey on to Pinhao, that makes for a pretty picture with its terraced hillsides that grow the fine grapes perfectly suited for port wine. Hop onto a boat for a leisurely cruise down Douro River. Step ashore at the elegant DOC restaurant, where you can buy yourself a delicious meal before heading back to your hotel. (Duration: Full Day; Starting Time: 0900 hrs; Ending Time: 1700 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Shared Boat Tour; Wine Tastings Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Explore Lisbon, Portugal’s cosmopolitan capital that graces the Tagus estuary on the Atlantic coast. Covering seven hills and a natural harbor, this intimate city welcomes you with an inclusive culture and a spirit of exploration!
Personalized Tour of Portuguese Riviera From Lisbon Immerse yourself in the cultural and natural beauty of the Portuguese Riviera on this leisurely tour from Lisbon. Drive out to the beautiful Pena Palace that sits tucked into a dense forest amid dramatic granite boulders. Soak in the fairytale ambience of this 15th century hilltop edifice that looks down upon the resort town of Sintra. Explore the charming town and stop by the stately Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO-listed 20th century residence known for its mysterious symbolism and tunnels. Travel on to Cape Roca to enjoy panoramic views from the westernmost point of continental Europe. Pass by the famous surfing beach of Guincho to reach the idyllic holiday destination of Cascais. Discover the historical center of this erstwhile fishing town and walk down its streets dotted with restaurants and quaint storefronts. The upscale resort town of Estoril, once a favorite destination of European royals, makes for an ideal last stop before you head back. (Duration: Full Day; Starting Time: 1000 hrs; Ending Time: 1800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that this activity involves some walking.)
Personalized Walking Food Tour of Lisbon Taste the flavors of Lisbon while you explore the city on foot. Take in the sights of historic neighborhoods such as Praça do Comércio, Chiado, and Rossio as you walk with your expert guide. Discover the culinary delights of the city, stopping at carefully selected food outlets. Enjoy a beer and sample fish croquettes filled with melted sheep cheese at the Beer Museum. Stop by the city’s oldest grocery store Manteigaria Silva to try piquant cheeses from the Azores, a dash of marmalade and some red wine. Try the local sweet cherry liquer known as ginja at the popular Ginginha de Lisboa, while your expert guide provides tidbits about the drink’s place in Portuguese history. Top it off with a unique Brazilian orange pudding coffee at Café A Brasileira, the first café to start selling coffee in Europe. Wash it down with glasses of green and pink wines, accompanied by tapas with sardines at the trendy Garrafeira Imperial or Fado & Wine. (Duration: Half Day; Starting Time: 0900/1400 hrs; Ending Time: 1300/1800 hrs; Private Activity; Tastings Included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please wear appropriate footwear.)
Personalized Tour: Unique Views of Lisbon Take in beautiful views of Portugal’s capital city, its surroundings and landmarks from various vantage points. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this bustling modern city with a rich history. Head up to the observation deck at the Statue of Jesus Christ for views of Lisbon and the river. The viewpoint at Edward VII Park offers vistas of the city’s historical neighborhoods. Accompany your knowledgeable guide to Saint Peter’s observation point and enjoy beautiful views of the ancient Alfama district. Make your way to the fortress of Saint George that sits perched on the city’s highest hill as you listen to lesser-known historical facts. After enjoying all round views from the high fortress walls, stop by the viewpoint at ‘Gates of the Sun’ for gorgeous views of the old port area and the monastery of Saint Vincent. Wind up your tour with unforgettable memories of a unique experience. (Duration: Half Day; Starting Time: 0900/1400 hrs; Ending Time: 1300/1800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Part of this tour involves walking.)
Alentejo is an expansive region where cork oaks, olive groves and vineyards grow, and several historic towns including the colorful Alentejo village, dot the picturesque landscape.
Personalized Tour of Evora Discover the scenic Portuguese countryside and a well-preserved medieval town on this enjoyable escapade. Pass olive groves, lush vineyards, and majestic cork oaks as you drive across the gorgeous plains of the Alentejo region. Dive into the past at the UNESCO-listed town of Evora with its narrow alleyways and splendid examples of medieval architectures. With your knowledgeable guide for company, explore the Roman Temple, counted among the best preserved Roman structures in the Iberian Peninsula. Gain valuable insights into the history of the unique yet macabre Chapel of Bones. Get a closer look at the exquisite detailing on the ornate Cathedral of Evora that dates back to the 12th century before it’s time to turn back. (Duration: Half Day; Starting Time: 0900 hrs; Ending Time: 1300 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Personalized Olive, Wine, and Cork Tour of Alentejo With Tastings Discover the rich natural bounty of the Alentejo region on this enjoyable tour of the countryside. Set off from Evora and drive to Montado Alentejano, famed for its forest of holm and cork oaks. Stop by a cork processing plant for a closer look at the age-old techniques used. Interact with an olive oil producer to know more about the secrets of the trade. Accompany your host around the olive grove, which is home to trees dating back 2,000 years. Learn about how olives are manually harvested and processed into oil on the same day to retain the health benefits. Settle down to sample the fresh olive oil and relish a hearty lunch at your host’s homestead. Afterwards, make your way to the village of Redondo to explore its ancient castle and the pottery factory. Halt at Sao Pedro do Corval for a glimpse of the country’s largest pottery center. Wind up your tour with a visit to a wine cellar, where you can taste five unique local wines! (Duration: Full Day; Starting Time: 0930/1000 hrs; Ending Time: 1800/1830 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Lunch & Wine Tasting Included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.)
The Algarve is a sun-soaked sliver of coastline set at the southernmost end of Portugal. Bordered by the magnificent Atlantic Ocean on two sides and blessed with a warm Mediterranean climate, it makes for an idyllic holiday destination.
Personalized Oyster Picking and Tasting Tour Set yourself up for a sensory fiesta with an oyster tasting tour on the beautiful Ilha da Culatra. Accompany your guide to a local seafood farm and find out how various shellfish are harvested. Armed with oyster shucking tips, pick them out straight from the water to savor the mild briny taste and buttery texture. Complement your snack of fresh oysters with some nice crisp local wine and later take a stroll in the scenic surroundings of Ria Formosa Park before you are ready to return to your hotel. (Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Tour includes Oyster & Wine tastings; Fitness level: easy; Please note tour timings depend on tidal schedules)
Personalized Lagos Attractions with Group Grotto Tour Enjoy a tour of Lagos as well as the spectacular grottos off the west coast. Even before you reach Lagos, there is something to catch your eye – the unique pottery of this region at an en route craft center. Arrive at Lagos to discover its ancient history and seafaring traditions, evident in robust coastal defenses, ruins of a 15th century slave market, the Baroque Church of Santo António and artifacts at the local museum. Stroll through the cobbled streets of the city center, pausing at quaint stores and charming cafes for a light lunch break. Later, set out on a boat tour that takes you through the caves of Ponta da Piedade. Marvel at the ochre hued rocks and azure blue sea water which lights up grotto walls with shimmering reflections. You can extend this sensory delight even further with a spot of swimming and sunbathing on the rocks. (Duration: Full Day; Private Lagos Tour & Transfer; Shared Grotto Tour; Time: 1000 – 1700 hrs; Guests are requested to bring bathing suit, windbreaker and sneakers as well as water and sunscreen; Fitness level: easy)
Personalized Cataplana Cooking Class Play with flavors, colors and textures as you learn how to rustle up a quintessential Algarvian meal with a fish cataplana as the piece de resistance. Your excursion begins at the Favo market where your guide shows you how to shop for the best ingredients. Cataplana is a clam shaped copper vessel that has traditionally been used to prepare fish and shellfish dishes. Watch a video presentation on this unique culinary practice, learning more about the history of the cookware and other dishes that can be prepared in it. Try your hand next at preparing a fish/shellfish cataplana as well as a few side dishes using the best of seasonal produce. Finally, it is time to savor this unique dish, suitably complemented with a bottle of some nice crisp wine. Before you start back, pause at the shop to pick up your very own cataplana to rustle up some Algarve magic back home. (Duration: Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Time: 1000 – 1500 hrs; Tour includes private guide & Lunch)
You will be transferred from your hotel to Algarve (Faro) airport in a private vehicle
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