Rising in striking colours from the banks of the Douro River, Porto seduces an alley-woven historic center, impressive public art, and cutting-edge architecture.
However, it’s the city’s soulfulness that makes it really special, with the charismatic locals, the culture, and the exquisite food and wine.
Our self-guided city trip will introduce you to Portugal’s second city, with the added bonus of a Douro valley trip!
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.
Dramatically perched on the steep banks of the Douro River, Portugal’s northern gem is one of the most eclectic destinations in Europe, buzzing with culture, trendy restaurants, bars, artisan shops, and a wealth of cool places to visit and see!
Throughout the city, you’ll find faded belle époque buildings, charming yellow trams, and stunning azulejos (blue and white tiles).
The São Bento train station is especially memorable, with azulejos up to the ceiling depicting key moments in the history of Portugal. Another fine example of a tiled façade is the Igreja da Misericordia.
The colourful tangle of medieval streets of the historic Ribeira, a district classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site, is ideally to be discovered on foot.
Window Porto, houses of the historical centre of Porto.
Although hilly, it’s a pleasure to find the surprises hidden at the end of those mysterious steps and back alleys.
Don’t forget to visit the bustling Rua das Flores, with its cool shops, boutiques, and trendy cafes.
From the top of Torre dos Clerigos’ 225-step spiral staircase, you can have the best view of all over the city.
On the opposite bank, in Vila Nova de Gaia, huge brand signs allure you to the iconic port lodges. Cross the scenic Ponte de Dom Luís I to get there and enjoy a port while taking in the view.
Rio Douro is at the heart of the demarcated port-wine region.
During this tour, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a stunning river cruise, from Porto to Régua. Travel leisurely up the river, through the breath-taking scenery of patterned vineyards and dramatic cliffs of the Douro valley.
The journey back is a scenic train ride.
Offering a compelling synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions, it is a delight to experience the trendy and charming city of Porto!
Day 1 – Arrival in Porto
Individual arrival to Porto airport
Walls and view to the bridge in Porto. Enjoy Porto’s unique settings in an unusual way.
Day 2 – Discover Porto
A day to discover Porto. The itinerary includes a visit to S. Bento train station, one of the most beautiful train stations in the world to admire its tile panels, a visit to the Carmo Church and the Carmelitas Descalços Church. On the way, admire the singular architectural style of Nicolau Nasoni’s Clérigos tower and the frontage of Lello bookshop, a 200-year-old bookshop, famous to have served as an inspiration to J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books. The Ribeira do Porto area or the Gaia Market, both on the beautiful Douro river margins will welcome you for lunch.
Art deco facade. Rich Art Deco Heritage of Porto
Day 3 – Porto – Régua
Today will be completely dedicated to one of the most iconic sceneries of northern Portugal. You’ll take a stunning river cruise from Porto to Régua through beautiful & verdant countryside, and a scenic train journey back. Travel leisurely through breath-taking scenery, with patterned vineyards covering the hills, dramatic cliffs overhanging the river, to the heart of the Douro valley. We include an itinerary to visit Régua, should you have time and feel up to. Later in the day, board the train to Porto and enjoy great views of the Douro valley. Arrival in Porto will be at the stunning São Bento train station, entirely covered in beautiful azulejos (blue tiles) and art-deco details.
Train in Douro line – Take the train, and enjoy your holidays in this timeless and magical place!
Day 4 – Free Day
A free day that you can use to explore some of Porto’s iconic sites, like the Stock exchange, the S. Francisco Church, the new and edgy Casa da Música, the world-class museum in Casa de Serralves, or just to wander around the many trendy and cool shops, exhibition spaces, and cafes that Porto has to offer.
Day 5 – Departure
Vila Gale Porto Centro
Vila Gale Porto Centro
Vila Galé Porto Centro (4****)or similar
This 4-star, central Porto hotel is 300 m from Campo 24 Agosto Metro Station. Vila Gale Porto offers a health club with an indoor swimming pool. The Rua de Santa Catarina commercial district is 10 minutes walk. The spacious rooms and suites at Vila Gale Porto are air-conditioned and feature bright décor. All come with a flat-screen cable TV, minibar, and a private bathroom, including a hairdryer and free toiletries. Vila Gale’s Health Club features an indoor pool, spa facilities, and a fitness centre with views over Porto city. WiFi is available in all areas of the hotel. A billiards room is also on-site.
4 nights in a twin standard room for two pax (4 stars hotel)
Single supplement available with a surcharge
Extra nights available on request
4 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
Half-board available with surcharge (buffet dinner at the hotel without drinks)
Meet & Greet Airport Transfer from airport/train station/bus station to the hotel on the first day
Transfers from the hotel to airport/train station/bus station on last day
Douro river boat tour between Porto and Peso da Régua
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