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Porto, Portugal
Porto is one of the most romantic cities on Earth, set along the Douro river estuary in the northern part of Portugal. This city proudly houses one of the oldest European town centers - Ribeira, that is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal and among the oldest cities in Europe, that has managed to preserve numerous historic buildings and outstanding monuments. It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as "Portus Calle".

The city developed as an important trade hub, renown worldwide for its main export - Port Wine, which is in fact considered to be the main reason why both the magnificent city and country got their names.

For centuries Port wine has been produced in the nearby Douro Valley, scattered with breathtaking vineyards. Thus its no surprise that the city boasts many wine cellars, especially across the river at Vila Nova de Gaia, inviting visitors for tastings. The coastal beauty's waters are still trafficked with old cargo boats, that used to transfer wine and now carry passengers along Porto's picturesque riverside.

The colorful sunlit hilly city has much to show as it's quite varied architecturally: medieval relics, exquisite bell towers, unique baroque churches and fancy beaux-arts buildings. Among the main architectural attractions is the 14th-century São Francisco church.

There are also six incredible bridges connecting Porto, the most emblematic of them is the Dom Luis I bridge recognized by its massive arch. Among others are the the Arrábida bridge that was once the longest reinforced concrete bridge span in the world and the Maria Pia bridge, which was Gustavo Eiffel's first masterpiece.

See it on following tours

Private tour | Classic, Spring, Summer, Fall

Best of Portugal from Lisbon to Porto
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8 days

5 cities

1 country

Lisbon | Sintra | Porto | Braga | Guimaraes

Take a Portuguese adventure and enjoy the homeland of great discoverers! Begin in the fabulous capital Lisbon, enjoy authentic live Fado show, proceed to the highlights of Porto, spend a day in the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley tasting local wines. As a grand final explore medieval Braga and Guimaraes.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Mar 30, 2019

7 days

5 cities

1 country

Lisbon | Sintra | Porto | Braga | Guimaraes

Portugal has something for everyone: from modern architecture to ancient castles to striking natural beauty. Set off on a Portugal journey to remember.

Private tour | Top picks, Heritage

Portugal: 5 Must-Visit Cities
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10 days

6 cities

1 country

Lisbon | Sintra | Coimbra | Porto | Braga | Guimaraes

See the best of Portugal and discover its treasures from Lisbon and Porto to small genuine gems like Evora, Coimbra and Guimaraes.

Private tour | Platinum

Platinum Portugal
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10 days

7 cities

1 country

Lisbon | Evora | Sintra | Coimbra | Porto | Braga | Guimaraes

Treat yourself to a 5-star Portuguese experience as you explore the top attractions of this inspiring country. Private drivers, top-notch hotels, only best guides and all must-sees included.

5-star cruise | Gastronomic, Gold

Royal Douro Voyage
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5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
Apr 09, 2019

12 days

7 cities

2 countries

Lisbon | Sintra | Porto | Lamego | Salamanca | Regua | Guimaraes

Sit back and relax as you cruise the canals and tranquil waters of the famous Champagne and Burgundy regions of France on a 5-star barge. Your French adventure will be full of activities, gastronomical cuisine, and of course wines.

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