Porto Gastronomic Experience
On our Porto Gastronomic Experience, you will stay for 3 nights in the Moon and Sun Hotel in Porto and enjoy a full itinerary including an insight into the ancient fishing methods of the local fishermen as well as the bartering in the fish markets which is followed by a lunch in a local restaurant. The day will end with a 20 minute helicopter tour that will give the opportunity to see the city from a different perspective.
Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, with 1.7 million inhabitants. It is a definite must-see city in Europe, even if it is just for a weekend break.
Located in the north of Portugal by the outlet of the Douro River, it has a unique atmosphere with elegant neighbourhoods and large villas sitting on narrow cobbled streets. This soulful city was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.
Porto is just the perfect size to explore by foot. You can enjoy wandering down its alleyways full of history and nostalgia. An evening walk along the Douro River, visiting the vibrant Mercado do Bolhão or sampling its renowned Port wine are just some of the many things you can do in this fascinating city.
DAY 1 –PORTO – Arrival to Porto airport. Meet your English-speaking tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Check in from 15h00.
DAY 2 – PORTO Breakfast in the hotel. Portugal has a vast connection with the ocean and the ancient fishing methods still used are one of the most enduring traditions of this fascinating country. Start your day waiting for the Fishermen’s boats arrival to the beach and take the time to appreciate the catch of the day! These are local fishermen that venture out to the sea every day with relentless determination and extreme bravery. The day follows with a visit to the fish market, while the fishermen arrive with the live fish and do the trade with the local fish sellers. Enjoy the bargaining process and the thrill of choosing the best fish possible. At the end of the morning visit one top quality canning factory that uses specialized manual labour to ensure the best flavour! Located in Matosinhos this is a high-quality canning factory with almost 100 years of history. Finish your activity at a local fish restaurant feasting with the highest quality fresh fish that only Matosinhos can offer. In the afternoon we will invite you for a Porto sky experience, an unforgettable helicopter flight experience that will give you a new perspective of the region’s breathtaking sites. Discover the beauty of Torre dos Clérigos and the famous Porto bridges. Appreciate the beach, the sea and the river and don’t forget to pay attention to the architecture of Avenida dos Aliados, Palácio de Cristal and to all the details of this city that will surprise you at every moment.
DAY 3 – PORTO Breakfast in the hotel. Departure for a half day walking tour of the city of Porto. Porto is the second city of Portugal and one of the oldest cities of Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage, which during the Roman occupation was named Cale, then Portucale, the origin of the name Portugal. This tour begins at Avenida dos Aliados, one of the most beautiful of the city that remembers a Parisian boulevard, with a square in the center and the wonderful building of the City Hall in the background. The visit follows then to the Tower of Clerics (entrance included), a masterpiece of Baroque style created by the architect Nicolau Nasoni, and proceeds with a passage by the bookstore Lello & Brothers (entrance included), a neo-Gothic architecture, considered the third most beautiful of the world. Next stop is São Bento Railway Station known for its 20,000 tiles (Azulejos), painted by João Colaço. While some of these ornaments represent traditional scenes of Portuguese life, others refer to the highlights of the city’s past. You will then visit the church of São Francisco. Outside, the church doesn’t look like much, but once you walk through the front door, you are greeted with glorious gold leaf carvings and a stunning Baroque interior. This is definitely one of the city’s most beautiful churches. You will then arrive to one neighbourhood you will fall in love with, the Ribeira, World Heritage Historical Centre, located on the south hillside of Porto. You will get to experience the Luis I Bridge which spans the Douro River and arrive to the opposite bank, where the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia are, home to the famous Port wines. Visit a Cellar and enjoy a Tasting of this Precious Wine. Free time for lunch. Leisure time during the afternoon. Return to the Hotel.
DAY 4 – PORTO / YOUR REGION Breakfast in the hotel. According to flight schedule, transfer to Porto airport. Assistance during boarding procedures. End of our service
Price from £742 per person
THIS PRICE INCLUDES:
• Airport transfers
• 3 nights’ accommodation in Double Room, breakfast included
• Best fish experience (regular tour – minimum 2 persons)
• Lunch in a local restaurant (Day 2)
• Helicopter tour – aprox. 20 minutes (private tour – maximimum 2 persons)
• English speaking tour guide for the private half day Porto walking tour
• Entrance and activities: Lello & Irmão bookstore, Clerigos Tower and Church, São Francisco Church, Port wine cellar with wine tasting
• Phone assistance 24h/7
• All taxes (except city taxes)