Optional Excursions Porto

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Straight after breakfast at your hotel we will start our tour to Vila Real, that’s the capital of the region of " Trás -os- Montes " located on the side of Monumental Marão Mountains This is the best starting point in discovering commence of the Porto vine to Porto.

The River Douro rises in Spain and flows more or less east / west across Northern Portugal reaching the sea at Portugal's second city, Oporto. Once a fast flowing river of rapids and narrow ravines it has been tamed over the past 25 years by the construction of 8 dams along its length giving it, in most places, a tranquil, lake-like appearance.

On this tour you will visit Douro Demarcated Region. That region was classified by UNESCO as "World Heritage" and linked to the production of wine for 2,000 years

Lunch with tasting of Porto vine in one of the most famous place " Quinta da Pacheca "one of the oldest properties in the Douro and a pioneer in the bottling of their own wine brand. Quinta da Pacheca also has a unique, almost flat vineyard area, unlike most of the Douro “quintas”.

Then we will discover a unique and refreshing "Green wine." With discovery of one of the most famous producers of this exceptional Portuguese vine is " Quinta da Aveleda” Founded in 1671, Aveleda is a family-owned winery with more than 300 years of winemaking tradition.

On this tour you will visit Amarante, you will certainly be impressed by two imposing natural features: the great Serra do Marão rising above the city in a series of majestic landscapes and the river Tâmega, the longest tributary of the river Douro.

Make your way back to your coach and relax on your journey to your hotel.

INCLUSIONS: Grand Tourisme bus, oficial guide, Lunch at "Quinta da Pacheca" with wine tasting, Green Vine Tasting at “Aveleda”
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Straight after breakfast at your hotel we will start our tour to Barcelos.  Barcelos' historical center is known for its ceramic handicraft: the colorful Rooster of Barcelos, its main icon.
Tour will include visit of Campo da Republica with its 18th century churches decorated with tiles and gothic 16th century pillory. Walk through the typical local market with a nice friendly atmosphere and Portuguese chlorite. Continue Braga, the Rome of Portugal, is the spiritual home of the country with thirty five churches chiming across the city. There is a rich cultural heritage marked by impressive religious festivals and architecture. Everywhere in the old town you will encounter fine old burghers' houses and noble mansions built of granite in an imposing style characteristic of this city. You will discover outstanding churches are the Misericordia Church built in Italian Renaissance style during the 16th century, Santa Cruz that features Arococo façade, Sao Joao de Souto dating back to the 18th century and the Capela da Conceiçao from the 16th century. And also visit Igreja de Bom Jesus de Braga (Church of Rococo style) is a Portuguese sanctuary in the surroundings of the city of Braga. .
Then we will take our way to Guimaraes, is known as the "cradle of the nation", owing to the fact that it was the first capital of Portugal. It has a well preserved old town and profusion of historic monuments and art treasures. The historic town has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the examples of architecture ranging from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
We will have a lunch in the local restaurant with exceptional local kitchen
After lunch we are going to visit Guimaraes Castle in the north on the hill and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca are located. The seven towered castle has a fantastic strategic viewpoint overlooking Guimaraes and the hilly, terraced countryside around. Built in around 1100 it is still amazingly intact.
Make your way back to your coach and relax on your journey to your hotel.

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Straight after breakfast at your hotel we will start our tour to Porto, the country´s second largest city and one of Europe's most charismatic cities has carefully preserved its architectonic treasures. This is the city that originated and named Port Wine and Portugal, famed for its riverside hills, medieval alleys, Parisian-style plazas, historic monuments and churches and a rather enchanting atmosphere. We will start our tour from a walk of the Rua Santa Catarina to discover malls, shopping centers and famous traditional cafes of Porto such as  a café Majestic and Porto is a vestige of the twenties.
Visit the São Bento railway station, with its tile panels depicting the history of Portugal, followed by visiting the 12th-century Porto Cathedral – complex which also houses the Episcopal palace - resembles a fortress and enjoys a hilltop location from where you can get your first views of the Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia.
We will have exceptional lunch at the local restaurant "Ribeira”, located on the main square of the river side.
Today will also include a mini-cruise on the Douro River, the very best vantage point to from witch to see the city.
Finally we join wine tasting Porto at the famous vine caves located on the left bank on Douro River.
Make your way back to your coach and relax on your journey to your hotel.

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