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Vila Nova de Gaia: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

    1. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

    Fado is an important part of the collective Portuguese soul, born in the taverns of the 19th century and an iconic symbol of the Portuguese culture. This 75-minute program includes a visit to the Cálem wine cellars to learn about ancestral traditions. The visit is followed by a tasting of two port Wines (white and special reserve), which are served to you while you enjoy a Fado performance. The Fado performance features both male and female voices accompanied by traditional Portuguese guitar and classic guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear to the music and experience the soul of the country.

    A really great early evening experience. The tour of the lodge was informative and most interesting. This was followed by an excellent 50 minutes of fado music with two musicians and two singers. Whilst we listened to the music we drank two port wines, a white and a tawney. I can recommend this wholeheartedly.

  • Porto: Guided Tour of Pocas Port Wine Cellar with Tasting

    2. Porto: Guided Tour of Pocas Port Wine Cellar with Tasting

    Your 1-hour wine-tasting tour will start with a guided visit to the aging cellar, where distinguished wines have been maturing for more than 100 years. Here, you’ll get to know what makes Port wine so special and learn all about the place where it’s made, the Douro Valley.  Next, you’ll take a walk to the tasting room, where a harmonized sample of three different Port wines awaits your palate. As you sample the wines, you’ll learn about which foods pair well with Port wine from your expert guide and discover unique Port styles you might not have tasted before. Finally, before the tour is over, you’ll also have the chance to taste some other delicious wines.

    Very nice guided tour! Our guide was very passionate about port wine, he could give us an answer to all of our questions. He was very professional about the information of the wine cellar. I really recommend this guided tour to all of the Porto travellers who are interested in learning about this family heritage wine cellar.

  • Porto: Graham's Port Lodge Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

    3. Porto: Graham's Port Lodge Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

    Explore the 1890 Graham's Port Lodge on a guided tour where you will learn about the history of the cellar, the production process of Port wine, enjoy a classic wine tasting, and marvel at spectacular views of Porto and the iconic two-tier bridge. Visit the historic Graham’s Lodge, which was built in 1890 on a commanding ridge in Vila Nova de Gaia across the Douro River from Porto and only a few hundred meters from the river’s south bank. Admire unique and spectacular views of Porto’s historic city center and the iconic two-tier bridge that connects the two cities of Oporto and Gaia. Graham’s is still a working cellar which makes this tour an even more unique experience. Hear the sounds of the Coopers’ hammers and see the lodgement collecting samples for the tasting room.  Learn about the history of the cellar and the production process of Port wine in a building currently housing ov...

    Very informative as well as illustrative tour with highly-educated and likeable guide, tremendous Port in tasting room. Visit even exceeded my high expectations.

  • Porto: Six Bridges Cruise with Port Wine Tasting

    4. Porto: Six Bridges Cruise with Port Wine Tasting

    Explore the calm delights of the Douro River by travelling on a typical Rabelo Boat along the pastel-hued riverbanks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. On this 50 minute cruise, you'll get to breathe Porto's faded but rich history, and glimpse architectural wonders such as the Gustav Eiffel Bridge. Cap off this relaxing date with Porto's underrated majesty by savoring a glass of port wine (get the connection yet?). Program includes an audio-guide for the tour (Portuguese, English, Spanish and French).

    Es un paseo tranquilo e interesante. Perfecto para hacer fotos. La degustación de vinos no estuvo mal porque eramos cuatro, pero si vas solo tendrás que escoger.

  • Porto: Burmester Cellar Tour with Tasting & Pairing Options

    5. Porto: Burmester Cellar Tour with Tasting & Pairing Options

    Burmester has long been recognized for its Port wines and Douro DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada). Its history started long ago in London in 1730, when Henry Burmester joined with John Nash to create Burmester, Nash & Co and from Vila Nova de Gaia they started exporting Port wines all around Europe. Over the years, Burmester has triumphed from generation to generation, demonstrating its inherent character and determination. Character is the holistic principle of the brand, and of its wines. Arrive at the Burmester winery for an unforgettable experience. You will visit the Burmester Cellars, located next to the beautiful Luiz I bridge, with an expert guide. Learn about Port wines and the Douro DOC production process, and taste different port wines.

  • Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

    6. Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

    Explore the district of Porto, on your own time. Using a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket, a river cruise ticket and enjoy a visit to a port wine cellars (optional). Visit the perfect combination of historic landscapes, river Douro and learn the highlights of the port wine tradition. With this incredible price you can visit the cities of Porto, Gaia and Matosinhos via sightseeing buses, taking a heritage sightseeing cruise. Also, learn about the cultural significance of producing port wine from a cellar (optional).  Special Time-tables: One day prior to St. John's Day: from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM St. John's Day: from 2:00 PM Christmas Eve: from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM Christmas Day: from 2:00 PM New Years Eve: from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM New Years Day: from 2:00 PM

    Nice way to get introduced to the city + great wine tasting experience. Also good as a means of transport to tue relatively distant spots.

  • Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

    7. Porto: Live Fado Show with Glass of Port Wine

    Learn about the uniquely Portuguese musical form of Fado with a live show in the intimate surroundings of the Casa do Fado. Enjoy a glass of port wine as you hear more about this aspect of Portuguese identity, declared ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO. Be transported to the Porto of old with a trip to the Casa do Fado. Located in a 19th-century building in the historic center of Porto, Casa do Fado as a project was developed by a group of friends who love the genre.  Listen to outstanding musicians as they perform live in a venue with acoustics ideally set up for Fado. Sip on a glass of port wine, the drink that Porto is famous for, as you hear more about the music and its origins.

    The ambiance was great,the artists were all extraordinary talented!! They really touched our hearts. Also the wine was tasty,too! Thank you!!

  • Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

    8. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting

    In a healthful balance between Port tradition and new technologies, you will discover Douro region and Port wine – from “terroir” to the wine grapes, from the categories up to the aromas, trough our recently interactive museum, with personalized and intuitive access. In the guided visits to Cálem caves you will learn about the Douro Demarcated Region, know how the Port is produced and stay abreast of all the details of the history of this House. The cellars themselves remain active and visitable. It is there that you will learn more about the unique characteristics of each type of Port, even next to the barrels where they grow old, protected from light and heat. Then, you will be invited to a Cálem wine tasting: a white Port and a Tawny Port. With one of your guides, you will have the possibility to learn some more Port secrets and taste our wines.

    Very knowledgeable and fun guide! Great choice for a rainy day in Porto, which was our case. :)

  • Porto: Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience Ticket

    9. Porto: Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience Ticket

    Enter this unique space and enjoy a truly immersive artistic experience. You'll be able to pause and watch art projections and see how art, culture, and technology can come together in an innovative way. Celebrating some of history's most esteemed artists, current displays include Il Divino Michelangelo, Il Genio Da Vinci, Impressive Monet, and Brilliant Klimt. You will be able to access two of these (depending on option selected). The Immersivus Gallery Porto is located in the Porto Customs House. It aims to be a unique artistic reference point and diversify the cultural offerings of the city. The space is transformed into a monumental canvas with the content projected in 360º. Watch as the Furnas da Alfândega do Porto is turned into a monumental screen where you will be immersed in the show and become part of its history.

    I was uncertain of what to expect. There were very few visitors in the event space which I feel, allowed me to enjoy it more.

  • Porto: Tuk-Tuk Tour from the City to the Ocean

    10. Porto: Tuk-Tuk Tour from the City to the Ocean

    Start off with a pickup service from your address in Porto or meet your guide at the convenient starting point. Then, begin your eco-friendly tuk-tuk tour by passing under the concrete bridge, Ponte da Arrábida. Take its expansive length of 615 meters and 27-meter width. Learn about its significance for the whole of Portugal and how it connects the south of the country to the north. Next, visit the fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. Discover its traditions and hear stories about its festival in honor of São Pedro (St. Peter), patron saint of fishermen, that takes place at the end of June each year. Following that, you will visit the Marina do Douro, a marina with 300 moorings for boats. Take in views of the natural reserve of the estuary of the Douro and the Lavadores beach, Bandeira Azul.

    Michael was a very kind guy with. Enjoyed to leave the criwded city for moments at the beach.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,312 reviews

Great skipper with lot of experience in sailing. His instructions while sailing were very clear. As a complete beginner, it was great to experience the whole process of getting the sails up - down and basic sailing maneuver like jibing. We first went towards porto old town and then into the ocean. The wind was 35 knots and the ocean had big waves but the skipper was really great in his maneuver and judgement.

A really great early evening experience. The tour of the lodge was informative and most interesting. This was followed by an excellent 50 minutes of fado music with two musicians and two singers. Whilst we listened to the music we drank two port wines, a white and a tawney. I can recommend this wholeheartedly.

It was a fantastic performance. A performance that gives you goosebumps, that brings up emotions. Wonderful!

13 € for a really informative hour and 2 ports is pretty nice and we had a lot of fun.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Graham’s Port Lodge.