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What to expect

Unique Experiences

Cruise along the Douro River

Historic Portuguese Charm

Porto Old Town UNESCO World Heritage Site

Incredible Monuments

Castelo do Queijo (Cheese Castle)

About the trip

Porto, dramatically perched at the mouth of the Rio Douro, has a wonderful and vibrant atmosphere. It is city filled with stunning vistas over the river, grandiose buildings and breathtaking monuments seemingly around every corner – a lasting legacy of a place steeped in a rich history but still bustling with modern Portuguese life.

The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & Charges
  • Twin/Double room for sole use
  • Breakfast daily + Welcome Dinner
  • Welcome Drink
  • Guided tour of Porto
  • Douro River cruise
  • Port wine cellar tour and tasting
  • Castelo do Queijo Walk
  • Entry tickets to: Stock Exchange Palace, St. Francisco Church & Porto Cathedral
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially protected

Itinerary

  • Arrive in Porto
  • Porto guided tour & river cruise
  • Castelo do Queijo Walk
  • Departure day

Extras

  • Insurance see here
  • Tourist City Tax – approx. EUR 2.00 per night payable to the hotel locally

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrive in Porto

On arrival at Porto Airport, we will have a private coach transfer to our centrally located hotel. We will gather for a welcome meeting and drink, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant.

  • Dinner Included
DAY 2

Porto guided tour & river cruise

Today we’ll discover Porto, starting with a city walk through the old town. We explore the Stock Exchange Palace (Palacio da Bolsa), enjoy a visit to the St. Francisco Church and the catacombs and the Poro cathedral.

Then we walk down to the Ribeira quarter for lunch.

This afternoon, we visit a Port Wine cellar with wine tasting. At the end of the day we enjoy a spectacular cruise along the Douro River.

  • Breakfast included
DAY 3

Castelo do Queijo Walk

In the morning, we depart towards the coastline by Boavista as we travel to the Fort of S. Francisco Xavier. The Fort  was built in the 17th Century to protect the coast from the pirates of North Africa, it is located on a wedge-shaped rocky hill, thus the name Castelo do Queijo (Cheese Castle).
Our walk starts here and it follows the restless Atlantic coastline all the way to the river Douro estuary.
After lunch, we will get back into town and then continue the walk including a visit to S Bento Station to view the beautifully tiled panels, the Carmo church, Clérigos church and tower (entrance optional), the frontage of Lello bookshop.

  • Breakfast included
DAY 4

Departure day

After breakfast we will have some time to ourselves to further explore the city and shop for souvenirs before we transfer to airport for our afternoon flight.

  • Breakfast included

Accommodation

Hotel Vila Gale Porto Ribeira Four-star

A few minutes away from the historic center and the main tourist attractions, as well as from Lordelo do Ouro, a picturesque fishing area, Vila Galé Porto Ribeira is a boutique hotel, resulting from the rehabilitation of four buildings in the area of Cais das Pedras, near the Old Customs House of Porto and about 15 kilometers from the Sá Carneiro airport.

Facilities Include

The hotel features accommodation with a bar, private parking and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property.

Room Includes

The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower.

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Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
April 18 °C 10 °C

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