Porto residents are proud to call their city Invicta (unbeaten) due to the fact that the city of Porto has never capitulated in any battle throughout history. Porto has been the stage for some of the most important historical and cultural events that still today mold the Portuguese culture.
On this half-day Porto private tour you will experience the charm and history of Porto as soon as you leave your hotel. You will indeed start by doing a panoramic tour towards the trendiest and most cultural area of the city called Boavista and Foz. This is where some of the best museums of the city are located (like Serralves) and also where the Atlantic meets the Douro river providing the ideal location for the upper class residences.
Once you reach the historic city center, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, you will have more than enough time to explore the Church of Sao Francisco. This old simple gothic Franciscan church is now known as "the cave of gold" in an astonishing exhibit of wealth and power. Right next door you'll find the Stock Exchange Palace with its incredible granite work and magnificent neo-Arab influences. On your way up to the Cathedral you'll still have time to admire the glazed tiles of the São Bento Railway station. After a visit to the Cathedral (12th century) you will be able to admire the river Douro and all of the Port Wine cellars that brought fame and fortune to the city. Your tour of Porto would never be complete without a visit to these wine cellars. After crossing the Dom Luis Bridge, the aroma of the slowly aging Port Wine beckons. The massive vats improve the quality of a wine that can last for more than 100 years. During a guided visit of the wine cellars you will learn about its production, storage methods and all the secrets that make this nectar one of the most appreciated in the world.