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How to Spend 3 Days in Porto

How to Spend 3 Days in Porto

Soak up history, wine, and culture on a 3-day trip to Porto, with plenty of time to check out urban highlights and venture into the countryside. From strolling coastal towns and Douro Valley vineyards, to exploring museums and hilltop castles, here’s how to make the most of 72 hours in Portugal’s 2nd-largest city.

 

Day 1: City sightseeing

Porto’s beautiful historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason—so spend your first day wandering around its sloping streets, cozy squares, and museums. If you’re up for tackling some hills, a walking tour is a great way to take in the atmosphere, while a coach, car, Segway, or hop-on hop-off bus tour is a less strenuous option. Most itineraries feature key landmarks such as the Porto Cathedral, the Church of Santa Clara, and the Palacio da Bolsa, a 19th-century stock exchange.

Later, catch a live fado show at a wine cellar, local tavern, or concert venue. (Secure your ticket in advance.)

 

Day 2: Wine lodges

It’s no coincidence that Porto shares a name with Portugal’s most famous wine, and the city’s winemakers keep the sweet fortified drink flowing in local cellars called wine lodges. Wine tours take you to handpicked spots for a tasty introduction to the history and traditions of port.

 

Not all flavors of Porto come in a bottle. From cured meats to aged cheeses and codfish fritters, you’ll find lots of food worth sampling—so browse local markets, duck into neighborhood tabernas, or join a tasting tour. (Many wine tours also include food, so you get the best of both worlds.) Once the sun sets, embark on a cruise along the Douro River as the lights begin to twinkle on the slow-moving water.

 

Day 3: A day trip

Porto’s central location on Portugal’s northern coast makes the city an ideal base for day trips, whether you’re looking for a long walk on the beach or a crisp-tasting glass of Vinho Verde. A favorite wine destination is the Douro Valley, whose winding river and postcard-ready villages make it as scenic as it is delicious.

 

Alternatively, if you’re dreaming of history and hilltop castles, head to Guimarães and Braga, two of Portugal’s oldest cities. Or, take a day cruise on the river to the traditional village of Pinhão.

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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.
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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.

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Go wine tasting amid the vineyard-clad hills of the Douro Valley, a World Heritage–listed region famous for its port wine production. Feast on regional specialties with a traditional lunch in the scenic village of Pinhão and visit two wine estates for an introduction to award-winning local varietals. Upgrade your full-day tour from Porto with a sightseeing rabelo boat cruise on the Douro River. This small-group tour is limited to eight people for personalized attention from the guide.
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Douro Valley Wine Tour: Visit to Three Vineyards with Wine Tastings and Lunch

Douro Valley Wine Tour: Visit to Three Vineyards with Wine Tastings and Lunch

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Taste the beauty of Portugal’s wine during this full-day tour to the Douro Valley. Visit local vineyards where you taste world-class wines while admiring scenic views from the Douro’s terraced vineyards. Learn about the Douro Valley’s wine production process from the winemakers themselves. Satiate your appetite with a traditional lunch in the charming village of Pinhão. And of course, try Portugal’s famous port wines.
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  • 9 hours
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Porto: 3-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour - Guided Experience

Porto: 3-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour - Guided Experience

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Savor foods at Porto’s beloved cafés and markets during this food and wine tasting tour. Try regional delights, from sweet custard tarts to savory classics like a ‘bolinho de bacalhau’ codfish. Taste northern Portugal’s world-renowned export of Port and learn its history and cultural impact. With interesting gastronomy facts from your local guide, this food and wine tasting tour in Porto will keep your appetite sated.
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Port Wine Lodges Tour Including 7 Wine Tastings

Port Wine Lodges Tour Including 7 Wine Tastings

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Appease your thirst for Port and learn about its production during this half-day tour in Porto. With your wine expert guide, visit multiple wine lodges and taste various Ports; learn how to identify the difference between Port families and how to taste them like a professional. Visit an interactive museum and a traditional wine cellar to learn about the history, harvest, and production of the wines of the Douro Valley. All tastings included.
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Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

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Discover Porto’s best historical sights during this Porto hop-on hop-off tour with optional river cruise and wine tasting, valid for 48 hours. Whether you like historic castles, delectable port wine, or the scenic coast, this tour has a stop for everyone. Experience the best of northern Portugal on two routes exploring Porto and nearby beach towns of Vila Nova de Gaia and Matosinhos. As always, hop-on hop-off allows you ample time to savor attractions as long as you wish.
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3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience

3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience

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Zip along the UNESCO-listed Ribeira neighborhood during a guided Segway tour in Porto. Select a small-group or private tour in the morning or afternoon and glide along cobblestone paths lined with historic monuments and attractions such as Ponte de Dom Luis I, Porto Cathedral, São Bento Station, and Clérigos Tower. With your local guide, appreciate architecture and uncover Roman legend all on a sleek electric Segway.
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The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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Delve into the rich history of Porto alongside a professional guide on this immersive Porto walking tour. Experience northern Portugal’s historic city of Porto, known for its curved streets and blend of Moorish and Roman influences. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city center, explore Porto Cathedral and baroque churches, and learn how grapes traveled the Douro River to the coast where winemakers make famous Port (fortified wine).
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Porto City Tour with River Cruise Including Lunch and Wine Tasting
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Porto City Tour with River Cruise Including Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Discover the best of Porto on this full-day small-group Porto city tour with lunch and a cruise down the Douro River. Explore Old Town, an UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with historical monuments, then head to the beach areas of Boavista and Foz. Enjoy lunch at a local haunt, then cruise the Douro on a traditional wooden ‘rabelo’ boat. Your tour wraps up with a port wine tasting in town.
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  • 8 hours
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Day Cruise from Porto to Pinhão with Breakfast and Lunch
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Day Cruise from Porto to Pinhão with Breakfast and Lunch

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Soak up the beauty of Northern Portugal on this full-day cruise from Porto to Pinhão. Known as the heart of the Douro Valley, Pinhão is a classic village that embodies traditional Portuguese charm. The best way to see it? By boat of course. Enjoy breakfast onboard the vessel as you cruise up the Douro River, admiring the lush mountains and peaceful waters. Disembark in Pinhão, visit a renown winery estate and enjoy the tasting of different samples of wine before heading back down the river to Porto where you tour concludes.
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  • 12 hours
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Fado Show in Porto Cálem Wine Cellars Including Wine Tasting and Visit

Fado Show in Porto Cálem Wine Cellars Including Wine Tasting and Visit

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Experience the mesmerizing beauty of a live Portuguese fado performance during a 45-minute show in Porto. Absorb the radiant atmosphere of a traditional Portuguese bar and listen to haunting voices sing of love, loss and betrayal. As you enjoy the dexterous strumming of the accompanying guitars, sip emblematic Port wine, locally grown in the vineyards of Porto, for a truly authentic cultural experience.
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Porto Sightseeing Tour at Night with Fado Performance

Porto Sightseeing Tour at Night with Fado Performance

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Experience Porto at its most romantic during this evening city sightseeing tour followed by dinner and a Fado show. This tour will show you the many beautiful sides of Porto at night. Start with a driving tour in a comfortable van with panoramic windows to see the cobblestone streets, floodlit Douro River, and many other stunning sites. Then, head to an authentic local restaurant for a memorable meal and traditional Fado show, Portugal’s signature melancholic music of longing.
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  • 3 hours
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Porto: City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

Porto: City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

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The UNESCO-listed beauty of Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, must be seen to be believed. Ensure you maximize your time in the city on this half-day sightseeing tour, including wine tasting and a cruise on the Douro River. In an air-conditioned coach, visit top attractions such as the Porto Cathedral, Clerigos Tower, and Avenida dos Aliados with your guide. Descend to a wine cellar to sample world-renowned Port wine and cruise beneath Porto’s famous six bridges during a boat ride. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Braga and Guimarães Full Day Private Tour from Porto

Braga and Guimarães Full Day Private Tour from Porto

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Tour the 2,000-year-old city of Braga and the UNESCO-listed city of Guimaraes with a private guide on this trip from Porto. Make the most of sightseeing on a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off and in-depth commentary about the history of each site.
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