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The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour
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Overview

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).
  • See top Porto attractions in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center
  • Learn about Porto’s Roman roots and hear about the Moorish and Castilian invasions
  • Pose for photos in front of Porto Cathedral and Clerigos Tower
  • Admire the eye-catching Ponte de Dom Luis I–Porto’s iconic iron bridge
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Best Of Porto Walking Tour of 3-Hour, with Live Comentary.
Company Liability Insurance and Personal Injury Insurance
Each Tour is accompanied by one of our Storytellers.
General briefing is given before the activity.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and beverages
Gratuities
Entrance fees
Statue of Vímara Peres , Calçada de Vandoma, 4000-013 Porto, Portugal

Vímara Peres Statue.

This activity will end right where it started.
After meeting your expert local guide in central Porto, begin your Porto walking tour. First, enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Porto’s center. Learn the origins of Porto from your guide, which was first a Roman outpost, later came under Moorish rule and was mostly decimated in the 19th century by the French.

Next, observe old Romanesque walls and the Porto Cathedral. Then, see classic Baroque architecture as you stroll by the Church of Santa Clara, nearby let your eyes soak up vibrant colors of Moorish tiles that decorate building walls.

Continue along Aliados Avenue to Liberdade Square and listen to the chirp of locals. Arrive at the monument to King Peter IV of Portugal, built to honor the king also known as “The Liberator” and first ruler of Brazil.

After enjoying the historic city center, move on to Ponte de Dom Luis I, a modern double-decker bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel’s protege who gave it an Eiffel touch. Gaze out over the Duoro and view the traditional wooden rabelo boats that once were used to transport grapes to the cellars. Promenade along Cais de Gaia, lined with cellars and learn about how Port (fortified wine) is made. After passing markets and shops, finish your Porto walking tour in Ribeira Square where your friendly guide will bid you adieu.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
The Porto Cathedral is located in the heart of the historic area and is one of the oldest monuments in Portugal.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ponte de Dom Luis I
This bridge of metal structure was built between 1881 and 1888 linking both cities, Porto and Gaia.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Sao Bento Railway Station
The station connects the Minho and Douro Valley railway lines. The building has french arquitecture traces which was designed by the portuguese architect José Marques da Silva and officially inaugurated on October 5th, 1916. This site is very well-known for its tile panels.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Mercado do Bolhao
The market is one of the most emblematic markets in the city. It is a typical neoclassical building. The Bolhão market offers fresh local products. The market is organized by product areas which includes fish, meat, vegetables, fruits and flowers. Outside the building, there are a variety of coffee and clothes shops.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cafe Majestic
This historic coffee shop can be found in Santa Catarina street. This place resembles the Belle Epoque-era with carved wood, mirrors and chandellers. In 2011, this beautiful coffee shop was considered the sixth most beautiful coffee in the world.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Livraria Lello
Lello & Irmão Bookstore - This bookstore has been considered as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world by several personalities and entities. The stairways served as inspiration for the Hogwarts’ stairways in the Harry Potter books, since JK Rowling lived in Porto.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Torre dos Clerigos
The church and tower are great architectural examples of the 18th century. The tower is the trademark of the city. It was designed by the architect Nicolau Nasoni, both buildings have a Baroque style and since 1910 they are part of the National Monuments.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ribeira Square
Ribeira Neighborhood - Ribeira is one of the oldest areas of the city. Located along the river, it integrates the list of UNESCO sites. This is a very popular area full of restaurants and bars.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A small amount of walking is involved. We recommend comfortable shoes.
  • This tour operates in the rain so please check the weather conditions and dress accordantly. The company provides ponchos.
  • All customers with reservation must check in 15min prior to the tour start.
  • Minimum number of 2 people applies. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bluedragon
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I recommend doing this tour when you first arrive so you know the spots you want to return and spend more time in." See review
  • "I would recommend this tour as soon as you arrive in Porto so you can then decide your plans for the remainder of your stay." See review
  • "After this first acquaintance with the City we can now organize specific visits to musea, restaurants, etc., which the duration of the tour doesn't allow for." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Three hours well spend
Robert_W
, May 2022
A good, thorough tour of central Porto. Nice pace; friendly, knowledgeable guide; well-chosen route. Guide coped with erratic, rainy weather well.
star-4
You’ll see the city core
Sherry_S
, May 2022
We certainly covered a lot of territory. Wish our guide had a deeper knowledge of Porto and the city’s history beyond the basics.
star-5
Great tour, great city
Stephen_H
, May 2022
Sophia was an enthusiastic and interesting guide. She brought the city to life for us. We particularly enjoyed the Luiz I bridge, Saõ Bento station and the general ambience of the city.
star-2
Not recommended!!
lisajosephine_m
, Apr 2022
I really do not recommend this tour although it is called "basic" it definitely lacks of information a tourist should know if taking a tour like this: example history, architectural and lifestyle tips are fundamental to comprehend a city and our tour guide was extremely toooooo basic in all her explanations. On the other hand the positive thing was that we walked thru two streets that i had not seen on my own the day before and stopped in front of oldest store in Port.
star-2
Unacceptable
Paul_G
, Apr 2022
The guide was ill , told 12 hours before. Offered refund accepted not received yet 3 days later. Hotel found alternative which was excellent.
star-1
Worst walking tour I’ve ever experienced
Deirdre_C
, Apr 2022
The tour guide was terrible. We had expressed our interest in leaning the history of Porto but he didn’t provide any insights or knowledge. He didn’t know the answers to simple questions. He was totally uninterested and finished our tour thirty minutes early. Everyone in the tour group thought the same.
star-5
Our guide, Sophia, was...
Cathie_C
, Apr 2022
Our guide, Sophia, was excellent. She was so knowledgable about the city. It’s a great way to see everything and know where you want to go back to.
star-5
Fun times in Porto
LuciaD_N
, Apr 2022
Really enjoyed learning about Porto"s history and hidden gems. Our guide Sophia was very knowledgeable, articulate, and fun to be around. Her suggestions on where to eat and visit after the tour were excellent.
star-5
Tania is a great guide!
M_V
, Mar 2022
Tania was an excellent guide who was very knowledgeable, took her time, and was friendly and enthusiastic as well. She gave us excellent service and answered all of our questions. We highly recommend her.
star-4
Was nice to go out for a...
Michele_D
, Mar 2022
Was nice to go out for a coffee with the guide. Lots of interesting information given. Covered a lot of ground.
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