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Tour Details

12-Day Private Itinerary

The Best of Spain and Portugal

Visiting: Granada – Alhambra Palace – Sevilla – Tavira – Algarve – Évora – Mertola – Cascais – Sintra – Pena Palace – Lisbon – Porto – Douro Valley – Porto

Departure & Return Location

Pre Trip, if joining:

  • Arrive at Granada Airport (Federico García Lorca Granada Airport), Spain (September 23)

Main Trip:

  • Arriving at Sevilla Airport (Aeropuerto de Sevilla), Spain (September 25)
  • Departure from Porto Airport (Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport), Portugal (October 3)

Flights are not included, booked on your own

Extensions either pre or post can be arranged, let us know!

Price Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Accomodation, double occupancy, in Granada (pre trip), Sevilla, Évora, Cascais, and Porto
  • Private Guided Tours: Alhambra Palace and Albaicín (pre trip), Sevilla, Flamenco Show, Tavira/Algarve, Evora, Sintra, Lisbon, Porto
  • Meals and Tastings: Daily buffet breakfast, Granada Tapas, Tavira Dinner, Evora wine tasting and lunch, Lisbon Fado dinner, Douro wine tasting and lunch, Departure Porto brunch

Program Does Not Include:

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Airfare, Travel Insurance
  • Additional excursions and/or services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses (internet, telephone, mini bar etc.)
  • Tips and porterage services
Itinerary

Day 1Pre-Trip Arrival: GRANADA, September 23 (optional)

 

Arrive to Granada Airport (flight booked on your own)

Transfer · Private driver from Granada Airport to Hotel, check into hotel.

The NH Collection Granada Victoria hotel is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It has one of the best locations in Granada, a city influenced by two important religions. We’re a 3-minute walk from the cathedral and Royal Chapel, while the Alhambra is a 20-minute walk away.

The hotel has 70 modern guestrooms, which are decorated in warm, earthy colors highlighted with neutral linens.

Amenities

  • Breakfast included Room Selection
  • Room Category Superior XL Double Room
  • These rooms have great views of the street and the Sierra Nevada. Rooms are decorated in warm, earthy tones and have dark wood floors.

Welcome to Granada

Granada

“At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between the rivers Darro and Genil, lies one of the most interesting cities in eastern Andalusia. As well as its impressive Al-Andalus heritage, there are Renaissance architectural gems and the most modern facilities, fit for the 21st century.

Granada has an unmistakably Moorish flavor, as it was the last city to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. Gastronomy, craftwork and urban planning are influenced by its glorious past.

Fountains, viewpoints and “Cármenes”, houses surrounded by typical gardens of this city, create unforgettable corners in the city. It is no surprise that one of its historic districts, Albaicín, is a World Heritage Site, together with the Alhambra and Generalife. It was an important cultural center for many centuries, under both Islamic and Christian rulers, and still boasts an admirable array of culture and leisure activities.

Day 2GRANADA, September 24

Ever since the Catholic Monarchs conquered Granada in 1492, the Alhambra, qa’lat al-Hamra, or the Red Castle, has fed the fantasies of travelers and visitors alike. And ever since the publication of Washington Irving’s book, Tales of the Alhambra, the site’s spectacular gardens, the sounds of its fountains, and its mysterious, sophisticated rooms have inspired travelers to imagine exotic scenes, transporting them to a fascinating world, far away in time and space.

The Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, is a truly singular place in Spain, representing more than 400 years of Islamic heritage, which affords it historical originality with respect to the rest of Europe. There’s no other crossroads in the world as important as this Nasrid palace, no place as spellbindingly beautiful, where a sunset over its battlements alone makes the journey worthwhile.

During the tour we will also taste Granada’s vibrant cuisine. Our local host will take you to some of the best establishments to try local “tapas”, small bites full of history. In Granada, tapas are not just another way of eating, they are a way of life. Experience the city in all its glory: losing yourselves in its streets, exploring it with sight, as well as the palate.

Includes: Private guided visit with an official guide. Tickets. Driver at disposal.

Albaicín Insider Tour – Granada

A relaxed, informal exploration of the Albaicín district, the one-time Moorish quarter of Granada and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your resident guide will show you how this medieval Islamic city has kept its identity into the modern age, explaining its social history and character in anecdotal style, and also answering your questions about current-day Spain.

As you walk through its cat’s cradle of twisting alleyways you will come across stunning views of the city, the majestic Alhambra palaces, and the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. You will pass by churches built on the sites of mosques, stroll underneath the walls of the scented gardens of carmenes, and stop in squares to take in the slow rhythms of daily life in this most traditional and yet singular neighborhood.

Includes: Private visit guided with an official guide. Tapas.

Day 3SEVILLA, September 25

The H10 Casa de la Plata is a newly built four-star hotel located on a charming pedestrian street in the historic center of Seville. The interior design, inspired by a typical Sevillan house, fuses traditional elements, such as ceramics and tiles typical of Seville with other more contemporary ones.

The establishment has elegant rooms, a restaurant for breakfast with access to an exclusive typical Andalusian courtyard, an impressive terrace with plunge pool and panoramic city views, a lobby bar and different areas for meetings and events.

Amenities

Breakfast included

Room Selection Room Category

Double Sevilla Room

Room Description

• Doble Sevilla

• Elegant and bright rooms with marked Andalusian style, of approximately 24 – 27 m² and views to the streets of Seville city center. Their interior design is Andalusian-inspired and features traditional Seville tiles, original hand-painted pieces created exclusively for the hotel, as well as lattices on the walls and ceilings. The rooms are equipped with all the amenities.

• King or queen-size bed or two twins.

• 24 m² / 258 ft²

Welcome to Sevilla

Sevilla

“Seville is a city that leaves its mark, and many people define it as special. It might be because of the grandeur of its monuments. Or perhaps the charm of areas such as Triana. It may possibly be the scent of jasmine in its squares or the Spanish guitar music of its streets. Some say that it’s the tradition of its festivals, and many are convinced its tapas are the real reason.

You can see it for yourself in the few meters that separate the Giralda tower, the Cathedral and the Real Alcázar of Seville. La Giralda is a city icon and one of its main charms lies in its viewpoint. The views of Seville are fantastic with its courtyards of orange trees, typical in Andalusia, and a close-up of the largest Gothic temple in Europe, the Cathedral. A visit to the Real Alcázar reveals an extraordinary palace full of details. If you visit in the summer, take advantage of the night visits and the festival held in its gardens.

Seville is much more than its undeniable monumentality. It is a city of lively streets and large open spaces such as the huge Plaza de España, María Luisa Park, and the avant-garde Setas de Sevilla. And if you want to enjoy the authentic atmosphere of Seville, try going for tapas in the old town, in popular areas such as Alameda, Macarena, Nervión, Los Remedios or Triana. Marinated ‘pescaíto’ (fish), small filled rolls, typical snails, fino (white wine), manzanilla (sweet wine) or a cold beer are a must on any tapas outing.

In Seville, tradition is always in fashion. From flamenco shows and Spanish guitar music to typical ceramics and crafts, which are always a good souvenir of the city. There are plenty of shops and workshops in Triana. And it’s easy to enjoy flamenco at one of the many ‘tablaos’ or neighborhood ‘peña’ groups.

The tradition of Seville is also reflected in its more international festivals. Two good examples are the April Fair and Holy Week. The first is all about joy and passion for popular Andalusian art, an unbeatable chance to enjoy the sound of the Spanish guitar, flamenco fashion and festive Seville. Holy Week is a passionate festival full of emotional moments. To understand it, the best option is to witness one of the much-visited religious processions or hear a live ‘saeta’ (emotional flamenco song dedicated to the religious figures).”

Sevilla’s Cathedral: Magna Hispalensis

The Cathedral of Seville is a must-see—everything in it is amazing. Its collection of over 600 paintings is of first-rate category, and its altarpiece is the largest in Christendom. It is also the world’s largest Gothic building and has wonders like the astonishing Renaissance rooms, Chapter Hall or the Royal Chapel, a fabulous sculpture collection, and of course the “Giralda”, the medieval Moorish tower. It was set out to amaze from the very beginning when its builders stated their clear intentions of “making a temple so large that in the coming centuries we will be deemed crazy”.

Since the first mosque was erected under Moorish rule in the 12th century through the building of the first cathedral in the 15th century and its listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 alongside the Alcazar and the General Archive of the Indies, Seville’s Cathedral has delighted locals and visitors for centuries.

Includes: Private guided visit with an official guide. Tickets to the Cathedral.

Day 4SEVILLA, September 26

HD Private behind the scenes tour

Flamenco Show in Sevilla

Music class/art collection/private garden or palace depending on the group’s preferences one to sing, one to dance, and the other one to play music. But then you also need others to say ‘ole’ and clap along”, —sang La Tana, accompanied on the guitar by Paco de Lucía.

Listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010, flamenco is quintessential to grasping how rich and complex Spanish cultures are. It is a fusion of dance, instrumental and vocal music, with an immense range of moods and feelings —from fear to tragic grief to the utmost happiness—, expressive melodies, and sincere deeply felt lyrics. The powerful baile that accompanies flamenco to its fullest expression leaves no one unmoved by its breathtaking energy. Palmas, taconeo, rhythm, and the duende —the elusive magic that characterizes flamenco’s fascination and mystery, are all part of an experience you can’t miss.

You can see flamenco in an auditorium or a theater, but the best way of experiencing it is by watching a live show at a Tablao, flamenco venue. Today, we invite you to enjoy an outstanding live performance at one of our favorites. Be carried away by amazing artists and powerful performances.

Includes: Flamenco evening show in local tablao. Tickets.

Duration: 1.5 h.

Day 5TAVIRA, September 27

Visit to an Iberian ham producer & tasting

If you are interested in food, then you have probably heard of Iberian or “ibérico” ham. When it is from free range animals that feed on acorns for the last 3 months of their lives, it is by far the best ham that can be found anywhere in the world. So, a tour that highlights this culinary delight is an experience not to be missed.

You will be taken to the Sierra of Aracena in the province of Huelva, one of the principal areas for Iberian ham production, 90 kilometers to the north-east of Seville. You will be visiting a producer in the small town of Corteconcepción. You’ll start by seeing how the pigs are raised and get to take a walk amongst the oak trees that provide the precious acorns. You’ll then head to the installations where the hams are cured and learn about all the steps that are needed to produce Iberian ham and other cured products. Of course, the visit would not be complete without a tasting and you will have the chance to compare non-acorn fed and acorn fed Iberian ham. You will also taste some cured loin. Wines from Huelva will accompany the tasting. It is then off to the town of Aracena to a restaurant your guide has been going to for 28 years! You’ll get to sample some great local dishes including meat from the Iberian pig, accompanied by some great Spanish wine. After lunch, for those who would like to, they can walk up to to the castle which offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. It’s then off to Tavira in Portugal.

Includes: Private visit guided with a local expert. Product tasting.

The Vila Galé Tavira hotel, located in the heart of the historic Algarve town, stands out for its decor that recreates the Arab atmosphere that marked the history of southern Portugal.

This hotel in the center of Tavira consists of 268 spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, a restaurant, a bar, an outdoor pool, games room, a children’s club (Nep Club) and large halls for meetings, incentives, and other events. At the Health Club of this hotel in Tavira, relax in the indoor pool and in the Turkish bath, or enjoy the massage rooms to pamper your body. The wi-fi system is free of charge throughout the entire Vila Galé Tavira hotel.

Amenities

• Breakfast included Room Selection

• Room Category

• Doble Premium Superior

• Room Description

• Premium Superior

• The Vila Galé Tavira hotel has a total of 268 bedrooms. Among them, we highlight 6 suites that are suitable for accommodating families. Three rooms are adapted for people with reduced mobility.

If you are interested in food, then you have probably heard of Iberian or “ibérico” ham. When it is from free range animals that feed on acorns for the last 3 months of their lives, it is by far the best ham that can be found anywhere in the world. So, a tour that highlights this culinary delight is an experience not to be missed.

You will be taken to the Sierra of Aracena in the province of Huelva, one of the principal areas for Iberian ham production, 90 kilometers to the north-east of Seville. You will be visiting a producer in the small town of Corteconcepción. You’ll start by seeing how the pigs are raised and get to take a walk amongst the oak trees that provide the precious acorns. You’ll then head to the installations where the hams are cured and learn about all the steps that are needed to produce Iberian ham and other cured products. Of course, the visit would not be complete without a tasting and you will have the chance to compare non-acorn fed and acorn fed Iberian ham. You will also taste some cured loin. Wines from Huelva will accompany the tasting. It is then off to the town of Aracena to a restaurant your guide has been going to for 28 years! You’ll get to sample some great local dishes including meat from the Iberian pig, accompanied by some great Spanish wine. After lunch, for those who would like to, they can walk up to to the castle which offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. It’s then off to Tavira in Portugal.

Includes: Private visit guided with a local expert. Product tasting.

Tavira is a beautiful town in the Algarve, Portugal. Surrounded by the magnificent atmosphere of a traditional fishing village, you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of one of the most beautiful places in southern Portugal.

Tavira is divided in two by the Gilão river and thanks to its famous Romanesque bridge with seven arches through which you can access the historical center, full of beautiful palatial houses, numerous churches, and flowery gardens.

You will also find the magnificent Ria Formosa Natural Park, located on the shores of the city.

Day 6ÉVORA, September 28

On the way to Évora there will be a 2 hours stop in Mertola for a visit on your own. Afterwards, you will enjoy a guided visit to a winery.

Visit to a local adega in Évora

Visit to a local adega located in a Alentejo Region, famous for its wide open spaces, quiet hilltop villages, culinary tradition, and fine wines. It is just a few kilometers from the magnificent city of Évora, a UNESCO heritage site, between the contemporary architecture of the winery, a building entirely covered with cork, and the medieval palace of the Morgado de Oliveira family (14th century). This family-owned business produces a splendid Alentejan wine.

The winery started off in the early 2000s but the palace in their estates is of the 14th century. It has the perfect blend of culture and modernization. Over time, their palace has undergone changes that gives them flexibility in modern ways but at the same time also preserve their traditional touches. The culture is deeply rooted here, and their wines reflect the character of their culture and their region.

The bodega offers you a unique experience.

 

Convento do Espinheiro Resort & Spa – Evora, Alentejo

The origins of the Convento do Espinheiro are connected to a legend that tells of an apparition of the Virgin Mary above a thornbush (= espinheiro) around the year 1400. In 1412, a oratory was built in honour of Our Lady and finally in 1458, during the reign of King Afonso V, and due to increasing pilgrimage, a church and convent were built and settled by monks of the Order of St. Jerónimo.

Whilst making a general appreciation of the presence of the Convento do Espinheiro in the history of Portugal, one can say, not without a touch of emotion, that these stones were once witness to the passage of many illustrious figures. Kings, queens, great men and great ladies of the court, due to their devotion and generosity, contributed to the magnificence of this convent which will always be indissolubly connected to the life of the Court.

Amenities

• Breakfast included Room Selection

• Room Category

• Doble Design

• Room Description

• Design

• Inspired by the 1950’s, the Design guest rooms welcome guests with a balanced combination of modern decor and 15th century heritage in a spacious living area. Design guest rooms are all located in the new wing of the hotel; with a modern design to reflect the glamour and luxury of the 1950’s and showcase stunning views of the resort’s vast landscape.

• King size bed

• 35 m² / 376 ft²

• Exclusive Simmons king sized or two adjoining beds guaranteeing a peaceful nights rest.

Welcome to Evora, Alentejo

Evora is a city located in the heart of the Portuguese Alentejo.

This city offers everything you can imagine falling in love with during your visit, from megalithic constructions to adventure activities, and passing through well-known and valued wines. Evora was considered a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1986 and was classified as a city museum by the same organization due to its ancient roots dating back to Roman times. Although undoubtedly, one of the periods of greatest splendor was in the sixteenth century, when the Kings of Portugal lived here.

Day 7ÉVORA/CASCAIS, September 29

HD Private Guided Visit to Évora: Taste of a Millennial City

Overlooking the Altenejan plains and with its Iberian and Roman roots, Évora is currently a living museum.

Home of ancient Portuguese kings, the great beauty of its corners and its fascinating history make it a destination well worth the trip. The whitewashed façades of its old houses, the marble fountain in the centric Giraldo square, its cobbled narrow streets, the vestiges of the old wall, the Cathedral or Diana’s Temple, the remains of its old Jewish quarter or São Francisco church are examples of the wonderful historic heritage of the city. In addition, in Évora we can also taste mouthwatering Alentejan traditional convent sweets.

Throughout our exploration of this marvelous town, we can also see in its streets, churches and corners, the traditional Portuguese tile. In many cases, the processes of this recognizable and delicate craft haven’t changed since the 16th century.

Includes: Private guided visit with an official guide. Tickets to main monuments.

Pestana Cidadela Cascais – Pousada & Art District is a 5-star hotel located in Cascais. It is part of the Pestana Collection Hotels and one of the first hotels in Europe to have an Art District on site. This historic hotel is surrounded by studios, galleries, and museums with views of the sea and the Cascais marina. It is located 3 minutes on foot from the beach and 5 minutes on foot from the town center.

It is very close to various beaches, including the surfers’ paradise, Guincho beach, parks, museums, shopping centres and the Casino do Estoril.

Take a dip at the indoor swimming pool with views of the marina or the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by the Fortaleza gardens. Discover Déjà Lu, our charity bookstore, our Spa and the state of the art gym. For your enjoyment, we offer two restaurants and a bar.

Amenities

• Breakfast Included Room Selection

• Room Category Superior Room

• Room Description

• Located on the ground floor and 2nd floor of the building, these rooms are decorated in tones of grey and white, with 1 double bed or 2 single beds and overlooking several emblematic spots of the Fortress. It has a bathroom featuring a shower and a hair dryer, as well as free Wi-Fi, a safe and air conditioning. It has a maximum capacity of 3 people (with an added extra bed). Overlooking the Fortress

• Area: 25m²

• Max Capacity: 3

Welcome to Cascais

“Situated close to the sea and traditionally a fishing village, Cascais enjoyed an important period of development in the 14th century, when it was a major stopping-off point for boats on their way to Lisbon, turning it into a very busy port at that time.

It was, however, in the second half of the 19th century, when sea bathing became a popular activity, that Cascais was given the impetus that transformed it into a very fashionable summer resort. The great driving force behind this transformation was the king of Portugal, Dom Luís I, who, in 1870, converted the Fortaleza da Cidadela into the summer residence of the Portuguese monarchy. The king’s example was immediately copied by the nobility, who built palaces and extremely beautiful villas in the town, where they spent the hottest season of the year, completely transforming the appearance of the former fishing village.

Cascais also began to attract the attention of the curious, who came here to enjoy a stroll by the seaside, and access to the town was greatly facilitated by the opening of the railway line between Pedrouços and Cascais in 1889. Nowadays, Cascais is a very lively and cosmopolitan town that still preserves a great deal of its earlier aristocratic atmosphere.

Particularly recommended is a stroll through its streets, where you will find shops of the highest quality, or perhaps you might prefer to enjoy a few moments’ rest at one of the many outdoor cafés and restaurants scattered about the town. The beaches continue to be one of Cascais’ greatest attractions, and it is possible to choose from amongst those that are situated in the town’s sheltered bay or those a little further away in the area around Guincho, (already forming part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park), where there are excellent conditions for surfing and windsurfing. The Boca do Inferno (literally the Jaws of Hell), an inlet along the coast that is surrounded by steep rocks and caves, continues to be a natural curiosity attracting many thousands of visitors to marvel at the brute strength of the sea.

A special mention is reserved for the local cuisine, especially the fresh fish and shellfish dishes that are served here and which can be enjoyed in the region’s many restaurants.”

Day 8SINTRA-CASCAIS, September 30

Half day Private Guided Excursion to Sintra and the Pena Palace

A beautiful town at the foot of the mountain range of the same name, its unique characteristics have led UNESCO to classify it as a World heritage site. It was even necessary to create a special category for the purpose – that of “cultural landscape” – taking into account its natural riches as well as the historic buildings in the town and mountains. Endowed with luxuriant vegetation, the mountains are part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

The palaces, too, are outstanding, such as the Pena Palace, built in the Romantic period on one of the mountain peaks, and the 18th century Palace of Seteais, now converted into an elegant hotel, and the Palace of Monserrate, famous for its beautiful gardens with their exotic species that are unique in the country.

Near Sintra are the beaches (das Maças, Praia Grande, Praia da Adraga), Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of mainland Europe), Colares (after which a demarcated wine-growing region is named), and the picturesque village of Azenhas do Mar, inset in a cliff.

Includes: Private guided visit with an official guide. Tickets to Palacio da Pena. Driver at disposal.

Day 9LISBON, October 1st

Full-day Highlights of Lisbon – The Saudade of a Splendorous City

Lisbon is bathed in light. The almost constant presence of the sun reflected in the Tajo River transforms the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colors, highlighting the city’s unique architecture and beauty. The city’s beauty extends beyond its famed monuments to be experienced in the streets, stimulating all the senses. The sun, the river, the tiles, the gentle language, the colors, and the stories of this old yet modern city, are all revealed to the attentive visitor.

In this private tour, the city will emerge around us, proudly revealing its character, which fully preserves the flavor of very distant times. With our expert guides, who know all things Lisbon, you will stroll around Rossio, one of Lisbon’s main squares or across the Alfama, one of the city’s oldest quarters, discovering the most important historical sites of a charming city you’ll want to return to over and over again, as the emblematic Praça do Comércio, the Sé Cathedral, the city’s oldest church, or the ultimate viewpoint that is the medieval fortress of Castelo de São Jorge will seduce all its visitors. A city filled with legend, history and charm, as seen with the knowledgeable guidance of our experts.

Includes: Private guided visit with an official guide. Tickets to main monuments. Driver at disposal.

Mouraria Culture Tour and Fado Dinner

The national music style, known as Fado, that was born in Lisbon has a special magic. Recently elected as a Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, Fado and its history continue to be an important part of everyday life. Discover Mouraria, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon, where the Fado movement started and where it is the most traditional.

Embark on a walking tour to explore the neighborhood and best understand the history and culture behind it. Along your walk through the small streets and alleyways visit the taverns the locals gather in every evening, taste cheeses, cured ham, and “ginjinha” (sour cherry liqueur). Our tour ends at a local restaurant and fado house that is small and intimate, where a lot of the locals go to, and owned by a prominent Fado singer. There you will taste many different traditional “petiscos” (small dishes) and wine, whilst you listen to two singers accompanied by guitar players, showcasing the best Fado music.

Includes: Private walking guided tour around the Mouraria. Live fado show with wine and petiscos (tapas) in a local restaurant (included, choice of your hosts).

Day 10LISBON, October 2nd

Day at leisure

Day 11PORTO, October 3rd

Rail – Train Lisbon – Porto

Located next to the Don Luis I Bridge, known as the architectural symbol of Porto, Vincci Ponte de Ferro is an introduction to a world of luxury where you can experience everything that this charming city has to offer.

Spectacular rooms, Terrace 6 Ponte Sky Bar, Ponte de Ferro Restaurant, mini-pool, Adega Wine Bar, stunning views…your stay at Vincci Ponte de Ferro will be full of magical moments. With our idyllic location you will find yourself close to numerous bodegas, the cable car, and Serra do Pilar Monastery among other interesting places. Let yourself be seduced by the magic of a city that offers everything so that you can enjoy an unforgettable holiday. book now at the best price online on the official website of Vincci Ponte de Ferro.

Amenities

• Breakfast included

• Room Selection Room Category

• Doble Superior Room with Views

• Room Description

• Superior Room with Views

• Discover an eclectic range of lighting, colors, and attention to detail as you create lasting memories marveling at views of Porto.

• Room Category

Welcome to Porto

“Capital and gateway to the north of Portugal, Porto is both the city that provided a nation with a name and a fortified wine known worldwide: port.

With its splendid geographical location on the mouth of the river Douro and an architectural heritage of exceptional quality, the historic center of Porto has declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1996. Porto is the capital of the North and the second largest city in the country; its hard-working inhabitants are noted for their commercial enterprise, always standing firm against outside impositions and foreign invaders, which explains why Porto has become known as the «unvanquished» city.

In addition to its history, any visitor to Porto will be quickly impressed by the forceful character both of the city and its inhabitants.

If you want to get to know the city better, we recommend a gentle stroll through its streets, taking time to admire the typical granite houses and monuments, enjoying a tram ride along the banks of the river, or even going for a boat ride under the city’s six bridges, from where you can enjoy an entirely different view of the city.

The “Baixa (Downtown)” of Porto, with all the rhythms of city life, its movement and intense retailing. There is a very peculiar expression that bestows a Nordic, mercantile tone onto a city that is both spiritually and intensely baroque. In sharp contrast, in the Serralves Park, there is the sheer modernity of the building housing the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the romantic, soothing surroundings of the surrounding leafy park.”

Half-Day Porto Walking Tour

A route to discover the secrets of the city and wander through its streets guided by our local guide.

Explore the highlights of this beautiful city through its central quarters and historical areas, charming, cobbled streets and friendly locals; with the gentle language sounding like music in our ears and the smell of delicious food or tasty wine…

The Baixa neighborhood, the city center, the Cathedral; Rua das Flores; São Bento’s train station and its lovely “azulejo” façade; the impressive Torre de los Clérigos or the Lello Irmão bookshop, famous for being a filming set in the Harry Potter movies; Café Majestic or the Praça da Batalha… Discover the many sights and delights in Porto with us!

Includes: Private guided visit with an official guide. Tickets to main monuments. Port wine tasting.

Day 12DOURO VALLEY - October, 4th

Tour starts with a walk in a pedestrian bridge with a breathtaking view, visit and wine tasting to 3 high quality rated producers, you’ll know where and how it’s made. The visit follows by a boat trip with a spectacular view of the Word’s Heritage area and a final visit to a viewpoint classified by BBC UK as one of the top10 in the world.

The trip offers you a unique and intimate Douro experience. You will have the chance to get to know the wineries and people behind. Learn where and how the wine is produced and discover its secrets. It’s a rich and engaging experience you will certainly enjoy. Winery lunch or DOC Restaurant included.

Includes: driver guide. Winery visits and tastings. Boat ride. Lunch.

Day 13PORTO, October 5th

Farewell Brunch

Transfer · Private driver Hotel – Porto Airport

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