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Porto Guided Walking Tour with Free Time
Oporto (Leixoes), Portugal
- Landmarks: See the sculptures of Cordoaria Park; the baroque Clerigos Tower, 245-ft. centerpiece of Porto; and the world-renowned Lello Bookshop, an art nouveau treasure.
- Bolhao Market: Visit this gaudy 19th-century covered market, where the butchers, fishmongers, flower sellers, and greengrocers are among Porto's most colorful characters.
- Sao Bento Railway Station: Enter a Beaux Arts masterpiece from the golden age of train travel. Inside, its 20,000 painted azulejo mural tiles are just plain breathtaking.
- Time on your own: Browse the boutiques of Santa Catarina Street and stroll the ancient winding streets of the Ribiera quarter on the north side of the Douro River.
About this Oporto tour
Stacked scenically on the hills that overlook the Douro River, Porto is still something of an undiscovered European gem – lots of facets and an aura of mystery. This tour will help you decode some of its secrets.
Arriving by van at Cordoaria Garden, you and your GoBe guide will set out on foot into the historic UNESCO World Heritage city center. You'll marvel at the masterfully designed 245-ft. Clerigos Tower dating from 1763, once the country's tallest structure and still Porto's icon – visible from anywhere in town. And pass the magnificent Lello Bookshop (as much an architectural shrine as it is a temple of books, with over 120,000 titles.)
You'll stroll broad Aliados Avenue, with its ornate domed buildings and central promenade. And be greeted at Bolhão Market by a cavalcade of aromas – flowers, fresh fruit, warm bread, and musky cheeses – as you enter this raucous and thriving historic marketplace.
With time at your leisure along Santa Catarina Street, where the chic boutiques are, you'll shift into cosmopolitan mode. At vast São Bento Station – which took nearly a generation to build – you'll be astonished by the artistry of the place. Inside, the blue and white floor-to-ceiling azulejo tile murals are a must-photograph.
After a lift by van into the ancient Ribeira quarter, you'll have free time to wander the rustic riverfront, explore winding lanes, and enjoy views of the Douro, its arching bridges, and the rabelo boats that once carried Port barrels from the vineyards upriver. If that whets your appetite for a taste of the delightful aperitif, you'll have no problem finding an obliging cafe.
Belles and (train) whistles
Modern architecture has become very exciting, but nothing might ever compare to the sheer grandeur that came to train stations during the Belle Epoque years as the 20th century dawned. Porto's prime example is the São Bento Station, all formal stonework lines outside and incomparable floor-to-high-ceiling artistry inside. Long before airports and highways, train stations were the grand entrance to every great world city. This one still is.
On a cruise ship? Meet your guide at the Tour Dispatch Area. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Your guide will meet you in the lobby. Let us know the name of your ship or hotel at checkout.
Some shops are closed on Saturday afternoons and all day on Sundays.
You will be walking for about 1.5 miles, up inclines and many steps and over cobblestones. If you have limited mobility, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Walking Tour, Bus Tour, Shopping
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have knee or hip problems or you are pregnant, this tour may not be suitable for you, due to the strenuous nature of the walking required.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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