Porto from Esposende

Day Trips & Excursions in Porto
Image by Viator

Information from Viator

Tour description

On this day trip you venture from Esposende to Portugal's second largest city. Discover its beautiful monuments and historic buildings. Porto city offers a harmonious synthesis of ancient and timeless attractions, hidden places and historical points.During this private tour you will drive to the south along the coast to Porto. On your way there you will pass the the fishermen s villages Póvoa de Varzim and the Vila do Conde. You will get to know Porto´s historical center and you will also visit the city on the opposite bank of the river, Vila Nova de Gaia. Here, where the famous Port wine is elaborated and matured, you can taste a port wine and enjoy the spectacular view on the city. Feel the Douro river  and the magnificent views on the riverbanks on a ´Rabelo´ boat cruise under the six bridges of Porto!

Your tour kicks off at 9:00AM, when you’ll be collected from your Esposende hotel. During the drive you will learn about the rich culture and heritage of the region. You will drive by the coast to Porto and pass the beaches of Póvoa de Varzim and see the tiny fishermen´s cottages along the way. You will start your visit to Vila do Conde with a visit to a small catholic chapel that was constructed facing Mecca. You will visit the perfect replica of the Ship that discovered Brazil in the year 1500. After this you will drive through the center city and see the main church ´Igreja de Matriz´.In the end you will see the view on the village and the River ´Ave´ from the Monastery of Santa ClaraContinue the trip along the coast, passing through Matosinhos and the end of the Douro River. Arriving to the Historical center of Porto, the first stop is in the narrowest house of Porto, called ´The hidden house´, this house was built due to a law that forbade two churches together. From here you will walk along the streets, passing ´Livraria Lello´ you arrive to the highest Point in Porto,´Torre dos Clérigos´.  This is a Baroque church with a tall bell tower, that can be seen from various points of the city and is one of its most characteristic symbols. Following our walk in the streets of Porto, the next stop is the ´São Bento´ train station. A 20th-century building known for the massive symmetrical facade and the tile-adorned vestibule with approximately 20,000 ´azulejos´ tiles. Visit the upper deck of ´Dom Luís I´ Bridge, a double-deck metal arch bridge from the 19th-century and one of its most characteristic symbols of the city. From here you will have amazing views to Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.The last stop is the famous Cathedral of Porto, ´Sé Cathedral´ this is a Roman Catholic church and it is one of the city's oldest monuments. We will pass to the other side of the Douro river to Vila Nova de Gaia. Here you will walk at the river side near the Port wine cellars and you will have some free time to lunch.During the afternoon, embark on a ´Rabelo´ boat trip on the river Douro, from where you can have another perspective of the city. Your tour ends in the best way, with a Port wine tasting and a spectacular view on the city of Porto. After this you will go back to your hotel in Esposende.

What's included

  • Bottled water and softdrinks
  • Snacks (Candybars)
  • Wine tasting
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle

What's not included

  • Entrance fees, unless specified
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Lunch