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Historic Porto and Port wine lodges


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ProductID: 1090

Type: Half Day Tour Private

Country: Portugal

Theme: Wine Tours and Cultural Adventures

Region: Northern Portugal

Group Size: 1 - 6 People

Start City: Porto

Duration: 1/2 Day (Duration: 05h00 approx.)


This gracious capital of the north is Portugal´s second largest city and a thriving industrial hub, successfully blending commercial efficiency with an atmosphere of unpretentious charm. Rich from centuries of trade, modern Oporto is as much a cosmopolitan centre as it is a city steeped in the historical events of the past. Magnificently situated on the great gorge of the River Douro, which spills into the Atlantic after its scenic 927 km journey from Spain, the 'granite city' is best known for its striking bridges and the much-celebrated Port wine, which is stored and savoured by wine lovers all over the world.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1996, the ancient Ribeira riverside district is a warren of narrow, twisting streets and shadowy arches.

The bustling suburb of Vila Nova da Gaia lies opposite Oporto on the steep south bank of the mighty River Douro. Sitting on top of a pre-Roman fortified hamlet, it was given town status in 1255 by King Afonso III and then bequeathed to the aristocracy in order to counteract the power of the bishops of neighbouring Oporto, who were charging unreasonably high shipping tolls at the time. Gaia today is dominated by the Port wine lodges, with over fifty wine companies based in its narrow, twisting streets. Here, the ageing and blending of most of the world´s supply of Port wine takes place beneath a sea of red roofs emblazoned with some of the most famous names in winemaking.

Day by Day Itinerary:
1/2 Day (Duration: 05h00 approx.)

DAY 1:
- Your rivate English-Speaking Official Guide and Chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel or cruise ship port
- Enjoy a visit to the main sites of PORTO: Palacio de la Bolsa, Se Cathedral, etc...
- Then with you will cross over the bridge to VILANOVA DE GAIA, where you will visit TAYLORS, one of the many Porto wine lodges
- Your chauffeur & guide will take you to your Hotel or cruise ship and say the final goodbye. Or could we will reserve a table for your lunch at the Restaurant within Taylor´s wine lodge that has views of the Douro River and Porto city on the other side.

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