$35.00 – $95.00
Please read the descriptions for each add-on experience in the product description below. Both tours will take place on September 23, 2023 before the trip officially begins.
Select which tour you plan to attend and add it to your cart. If you would like to attend both tours, please make sure to add both to your cart before checking out. If you are registering for more than one person, please make sure to add the correct number to your cart and add their name(s) in the “Additional Information/Order Notes” when placing your order.
Prices are per person.
Cancellation/Refunds: No cancellations or refunds for the add-on tours. No refunds are guaranteed.
Please be at each meeting point at the designated time. Transportation to and from each tour is not included. Meals and additional offerings at each tour are also not included.
Porto Walking Tour
Tour time is at 10:00am
Please arrive by 9:45am at The Lions Fountain (Fonte dos Leões)
It is important you wear good walking shoes, bring drinking water, and wear sun protection.
|Prepare yourself for a captivating exploration of the city of Porto, guided by your local expert, André. The rich culture, intriguing history, and vibrant local lifestyle of Porto await your discovery.Your journey begins with a tour of the city’s significant landmarks such as Sao Bento Train Station, Clerigos Tower, and Rua de Flores. Alongside these renowned sites, André has prepared an assortment of hidden gems for your enjoyment. As a local, André has a unique narrative to share, and with his passion and expertise, you will experience Porto from an entirely new perspective. He is committed to ensuring that you fully appreciate the distinct local atmosphere of Porto.
Should you need a respite, André has the perfect places in mind. This is an exceptional opportunity to visit a local eatery known only to the residents of Porto. You will have the chance to savor a locally favored delicacy, hand-picked by André. Please feel free to ask André about his life in Porto or request recommendations about the top attractions in the city. Remember, André’s insights are invaluable for a memorable Porto experience.
The pinnacle of any city tour undoubtedly lies in its unique stories. André, with his diverse background spanning arts and history, is eager to share his knowledge, exchange ideas, and provide new perspectives. If you wish to modify the itinerary slightly, André will be more than happy to personalize the tour to suit your preferences, thus transforming his Porto into your Porto.
Your enlightening day with André commences at the lions fountain (Fonte dos Leões) in Porto. You’ll be introduced to the city’s highlights including the Sao Bento Train Station, Clerigos Tower, Rua de Flores, among other must-see landmarks. André will reveal the hidden treasures of the city, guiding you through a different perspective. Prepare to immerse yourself in incredible stories, insightful details, and intriguing facts that only a knowledgeable local can provide. As a highlight, André will escort you to one of his preferred local eateries for a special treat. You can use this time to ask any travel-related questions and engage in meaningful conversation with your guide.
A brief introduction of your guide, André:
“I am André, an ardent admirer of Porto, deeply fascinated by its culture and history. I am a History graduate from Oporto University and I would describe myself as an open-minded individual, always eager for novel experiences and understanding different cultures. I am thrilled at the prospect of sharing my extensive knowledge about this extraordinary city with you. It would be my pleasure to guide you to the historical and most secretive places of this city, help you experience the ancient ambiance, and provide a unique perspective on this picturesque city. I am excited for the opportunity to share with you the exceptional features that make Porto so special.”
The meeting spot, Fonte dos Leões, (The Lion’s Fountain), is said to be the inspiration for House Gryiffindor’s mascot, from when J.K. Rowling lived in Porto.
Tour will be approximately 2 hours.
Cellar Tour -Cockburn’s Port
Tour time is at 4pm.
Please arrive at 3:45pm to Cockburn’s Lodge in Porto.
A visit to Cockburn’s Lodge (pronounced cohburns) is an experience to remember. Not least because of the quality of port you’ll be tasting there, but because it’s a real working lodge where you will you be in close proximity to thousands of oak barrels as well as vats filled with patiently ageing port.
You’re also likely to bump into some of the people who are responsible for making it, work like our team of in-house coopers – one of the last in the port trade.
Cockburn’s has always questioned the so-called ‘rules’ for making port. Back in 1815, Robert and John Cockburn, two brothers from Scotland, bypassed the stuffy merchant’s fair in Porto and bought the very best grapes directly from farmers upriver in the Douro. The look on their faces…
In 1969, we launched Special Reserve, bridging the gap between rarified vintage years and ruby port. A big part of this was our decision to use a good proportion of Touriga Nacional – a low-yielding grape that everyone else had pretty much abandoned.
That turned out well.
To meet demand, John Henry Smithes – the Cowboy of the Douro – planted large areas of Touriga Nacional, the quintessential port grape, in the upper Douro. This was a region once considered out of bounds for respectable producers, and which became known as Cockburn’s Country. Or as we like to call it – home.
And in our second home – the Cockburn’s Lodge in the centre of historic Vila Nova de Gaia – we still age our ports in oak vats made by some of the last in-house coopers in the region.
The result every time of this non-conformist approach? Even better port for everyone. Because, as our founder demanded: “The quality of the wine – that is the first thing to be looked to.”
It’s ultimately why we make our port. For your drinking pleasure.
Tour includes the tasting, which lasts approximately 1.5 hours.
Late arrival to a meting point for the tour will forfeit your participation in the tour, we will not be able to wait for you.
Cancellation/Refunds: No cancellations or refunds for the add-on tours. Read the full terms for the trip.