Porto Tour, River Cruise and Port Tasting
The riverboat is partially covered so dress for the weather - you may need a jacket or sweater depending on the season.
If you are over the age of 18 years, enjoy wine tasting at wine lodge. Wine sampling only; food is not offered.
Tour Participation Requirements
The city of Porto climbs the granite hills flanking its river like something out of a pop-up book. Some parts are ancient and colorful, others modern and austere, still others laced with magnificent baroque towers and neoclassic buildings. Through it all winds the River Douro – spanned by arching ironwork bridges that cross to Gaia on the other bank. There, the wineries that make and ship Portugal's namesake wine around the world have maintained their cellars – and traditions – for centuries.
And that's the thing about Porto. This place is big on tradition and continuity, not so much on change for change's sake. That straight-ahead approach has defined the city's character since it first became a mercantile engine during the Age of Discovery. (Actually, it's fair to say that Porto's shipyards and explorers pretty much launched it, around the end of the 15th century.) Ever since, Porto has remained just a little bit different from the rest of Portugal. And proud of it.
On this tour you'll have the chance to see much of Porto's scenery on land and from a traditional river wine barge – and enjoy a taste of Porto Port. You might also get a sense of what it means to be a Tripeiro – the imaginative nickname citizens of Porto have gone by since 1415, when the town adopted tripe stew as a staple –sacrificed their meat to provision the Portuguese fleet as it sailed into a key battle with the Moors at Cueta in North Africa. The ships returned victorious, and tripe stew remains a Porto specialty to this day.
Porto itself has a nickname, as well: a Cidade Invicta: "the invincible city." With all the granite and granite-like character here, the name fits.
Porto or Oporto?
Both names mean the same place. But the Portuguese (who should know), the airlines, and travel sites all call it Porto – as did the Romans, some 28 centuries ago. Even the city's European Cup-winning football team is called FC Porto; not FC Oporto. The name "Oporto" seems to have come from English speakers not quite reading their Port wine cases correctly, perhaps after having enjoyed too much of their contents.
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.