Welcome to Amarante


The town enjoys some small degree of fame for being the hometown of São Gonçalo. Portugal’s St Valentine, he is the target for lonely hearts who make pilgrimages here in the hope of finding true love. Surrounded by prized vineyards, Amarante is also something of a foodie mecca. As well as wine, the region produces excellent cheeses, fumeiros (smoked meats) and rich pastries.


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$103.96 Day Trips & Excursions

Wine Tour of the Vinho Verde Region from Porto Including Lunch

Start with a pickup from your Porto hotel in the morning, and head out on your full-day tour to the historical Minho province, known as vinho verde. The area produces Portugal's characteristic green wine, and is home to more than 30,000 artisan wine growers who stay true to the country's distinctive winemaking traditions.Aboard an 8-person minivan, travel to a beautifully secluded destination marked by lush emerald hillsides and sloped vineyards that are kissed by the Atlantic sea breeze. Arrive in the ancient city of Celorico de Basto roughly an hour later, and head to a local wine estate that offers views of the surrounding mountains and forests.Enjoy an informative tasting session to try the region’s unique green wine — named for its youthful freshness, rather than its color. Hear how the area's granite soils, intense rainfall, high humidity and acidic grapes create the wine's light, aromatic flavor and light-green, yellowish hue.Next, head to a local restaurant for lunch. Dine on regional cuisine, including a rich and hearty Portuguese stew and fresh cod, and enjoy the relaxing setting with impressive views over the city of Amarante. After lunch, explore Amarante's historical city center. Nestled among rich agricultural lands, Amarante is believed to have existed since the 4th century BC. Visit Church St Goncalo, named after an important Portuguese priest, before heading to a restored manor house for your next wine tasting. Soak up the rustic atmosphere of this traditional working farm as you sip local wine in the tasting room alongside samples of local sausage.Return to your Porto hotel in the evening.

$98.19 Cultural & Theme Tours

Douro Valley Historical Tour with Lunch, Winery Visit with Tastings and Panoramic Cruise

Start your tour around 08h30 am and explore the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site because wine has been produced here by traditional landholders in the for some 2,000 years. The oldest demarcated region of the world where outstanding wines, including Port Wine are produced. You will be picked up from the meeting point or picked you up from you hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia (if option selected) and drive through the Douro Valley to Galafura, a small village in the heart of the Douro Valley. Our first stop is in Amarante. This city becomes very important in history after S. Gonçalo´s arrival (1187-1259) - one of the most renowned saints in the cristian history. He settled himself here after his pilgrimage through Rome and Jerusalem making this city an important religious stop in Portugal. You may visit the convent and church, but also its beautiful bridge and Historical Center. Continue this trip to Galafura, the next stop! Galafura is a small village near Peso da Régua. On the way stop to see The Miradouro de São Leonardo de Galafura near Covelinhas, parish of Galafura. From the top of its 640 meters high you have a privileged view over the river Douro and the surrounding landscape. This is one of the highlights of your day! Make sure you take your camera and don´t miss anything! You will also find here a geodesic landmark as this is the highest place in the area. After all the contemplation it´s time for a fantastic lunch in a family owned restaurant where food is homemade and drinks during lunch are also included. The tour continues to Pinhão one of the most beautiful and charming villages of this region. Stop for a scenic relaxing cruise (an hour panoramic cruise). The views to the vineyards offered are just gorgeous! Enjoy!  End your day with a fantastic visit to a local wine estate (we usually visit a renowned brand), where you will have the opportunity to also taste wine and learn a lot about how the precious Port Wine is grown.  The tour ends in Porto 6:30pm.

$109.74 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Douro

On this tour you will see unique landscapes, and will visit the Monastery of S.Gonçalo on the banks of the river in Amarante and the shrine of Our Lady of Remédios in Lamego.Throughout the day there will be several stops for you to enjoy the magnificent scenery, and you will enjoy lunch with magnificent views over the River Douro. You will also appreciate a winetasting of the most famous Portuguese wine - Porto Wine, which is original from this area.

$1074.30 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Batalha 6-Day Tour from Lisbon

Experience northern Portugal on this six-day tour from Lisbon to the country's renowned cities and historical monuments. Discover Óbidos, a beautiful medieval village; Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal; and Coimbra, home to one of the most ancient universities in the world and the beautiful Mateus Palace gardens. Spend time in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the city's Stock Exchange Palace and St Francisco Church. See historical monuments like the Batalha Monastery (Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória), the Alcobaça Monastery, the Cathedral of Braga, Amarante's São Gonçalo Convent, Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary and the Convent of Christ in Tomar.During your six-day tour you will learn interesting facts about the attractions and cities from your guide, who will lead you through the main sights of the locations you visit. You will also have free time to explore more on your own in the towns of Nazaré, Guimarães, Barcelos, Viseu and Tomar.Five nights of accommodation in superior-class hotels and five continental or buffet breakfasts are included.Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.

$80.86 Day Trips & Excursions

Douro Valley and Wine Day Trip from Porto with Cruise

Meet in the morning at the Yellow Bus Kiosk in Praça da Liberdade then head out to visit the magnificent historical center of Amarante and get to know the historical village of Provesende in the Douro region. Upon arrival in Pinhão, in the heart of the Alto Douro Wine Region, you will have time to enjoy a delicious lunch. Then relax while cruising along the dazzling Douro River and enjoy the vineyards and terraces leading down to the River. The icing on the cake is a visit to Quinta do Seixo, where you can take a look at the Port wine production processes and will certainly be impressed by the magnificent view over the vineyards and the Douro region.Head back to Praça da Liberdade at tour's end.Itinerary:- Praça da Liberdade- Amarante; 45min guided visit and free time- Provesende; 10min guided visit and free time- Pinhão; 1h15 free time + 50min cruise- Quinta do Seixo; 1h20 guided visit and Port Wine tasting- Praça da Liberdade

$288.79 Day Trips & Excursions

Porto Combo: Porto City Tour, Aveiro, Costa Nova, Douro, Braga and Guimarães

Day 1 -  Morning: Porto. The city of Porto is known as the City "Invicta". It is still a city known worldwide for its wine, its bridges and ancient and contemporary architecture, its historical center, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Its beautiful monuments and historic buildings such as the imposing Cathedral and the Tower of Clerics, Porto is the second largest city of Portugal, offers a harmonious synthesis of old and ontemporâneas attractions. On the opposite bank of the river, Vila Nova de Gaia, has superb views of the world-famous Port Wine Cellars main production center of Port wine. where the wine is blended and aged and where you can taste the different varieties, or opt for a cruise on the Douro. We will visit: Café Majestic, Bolhão market, Clerigos Tower and Church, Lello bookshop, Aliados avenue (panoramic view) Cathedral, S. Bento station, , Ribeira region and finally one celler of Port Wine with the tasting of two of them. We offer you a café and a tipical pastry called "nata", the tipical breakfast here.- Afternoon: Aveiro and Costa Nova - In this fascinating tour we will visit the city of Aveiro, which is considered the "Venice of Portugal" as well as the attractive region of Costa Nova, located on the seafront of the city of Ílhavo. An extraordinary tour where you can admire the canals running through the city of Aveiro, the numerous footbridges, buildings of Art Nouveau by the sea and the colorful boats Moliceiros, single symbol of the region. We will visit: Aveiro historical center, Fish Market, salt ponds (panoramic view), Costa Nova houses (panoramic view) and you will enjoy a Cruise in the traditional moliceiro boat. Day 2 - Douro Vinhateiro - A nice, relaxing trip where you can admire the beauty of the Douro endless landscapes and the true treasure that there is produced: the best wines of Portugal. On this tour we will visit a reputable fifth producer of port, where you will have the opportunity to taste their delicious wines. We will visit: Monastery S. Gonçalo in Amarante, local wine farm with wine tasting in Régua, Shrine Our Lady of Remedies in Lamego, and Sparkling Cellars in lamego too (tour and tasting of sparkling wine) ** except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. **Day 3 - Braga & Guimarães - In this tour will begin by visiting the oldest city in Portugal. Braga is a city rich in culture and tradition, where the squares and the emblematic churches abound. In Braga we will see: Cathedral Braga Cathedral, Sanctuary Bom Jesus and Sanctuary of Sameiro. After Braga follow the medieval city of Guimarães, which is regarded as "The Cradle of Portugal". Here we will walk through the streets of Old Town, a World Heritage site, and visit the Palace of the Dukes, Castle of Guimarães, Chapel St. Michael and the historical center.

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