All year round
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4 Hours

Tree Tour options available: the Porto Half-Day Historical Walking Tour and the Porto Private City Tour or Shore Excursion Tour (using Van)

Porto Half-Day Historical Walking Tour

This half-day tour covers the main downtown highlights. Porto city is a museum itself. Every square, every street, every corner, have or lead you to something old, historical and beautiful!

Although hilly, the narrow alleyways of Porto are better on foot, and we’ll walk mostly descending which makes it way easier.

To fully understand the city, it’s past and even the beginning of Portugal as a country, taking a walk through the medieval quarter is the best way to know the ancient Porto.

Along the way, besides appreciating the unique mixture between a cosmopolitan and medieval city, we’ll visit some hidden gems such the most impressive completely-fully-covered-in-gold church of Porto!

Main landmarks to pass through are São Bento Train Station, Cathedral, Medieval Town, Allies Square, Clérigos Tower and Lello Bookshop, Luis I bridge Ribeira, the Unesco Heritage Site (where the tour ends).

Let me show you around. Let me share with you some inside stories and show you the simple beauty of Porto. I’ll make sure that you’ll leave with the will to return!

This tour takes between 3h and 3.5 hours.

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Porto Full-Day City Tour or Shore Excursion using Van

After picking you up from your hotel, lodging or Leixões Cruise Ship Terminal, we’ll have a full day covering all: modern and ancient Porto, the neighbor city of Gaia to appreciate the views over Porto, the Port Wine cellars and Foz district.

We’ll explore the Old Quarter, including Cathedral and the medieval city, São Bento Train Station and get to know the meaning of the magnificent hand-painted tile panels and Ribeira, which is the heart of the Unesco Heritage.

Uptown, other highlights of our tour are the Allies Square and the City Hall, the Clérigos Tower, Lello Bookshop, Churches of Carmo and Carmelitas, the Jewish Corner and to the amazing viewpoint of Victoria.

Gaia offers a beautiful riverside and stunning views over Porto. We’ll be dazzled by Serra do Pilar belvedere, for the most spectacular viewpoint over Porto and Luis I bridge. At the Port Wine Cellars, you will have a great experience on a private visit including Port Wine tastings.

For lunch, I will suggest a little place called Afurada, a small fishing village where you can have excellent options of fish or meat with a truly local environment.

A relaxed drive along the shore towards Foz district stopping at the lighthouse at the mouth of Douro river, drive through Brasil Avenue and passing the “Cheese Castle”, will complete your beautiful day.

Bookings here

PICK UP/DROP OFF At your hotel, lodging or Cruise Ship Terminal
START AT / END 9am to 5pm (approx.)
Pick up/drop off at your hotel or Cruise Ship Terminal

Professional Guide

Visit and wine tasting at a Port Wine Cellar

Gratuities and personal expenses

Any service that is not clearly specified in the inclusions


Detailed itinerary

For the Porto Walking Tour  – Half-Day

You can choose to do the walking tour in the morning or in the afternoon.

Our walk will pass through:

  • São Bento Train Station and the huge hand-painted tile panels (with a full historical explanation about the meaning of the events there represented);
  • Medieval city passing through the oldest street in Porto!
  • Cathedral of Porto;
  • Medieval ruins;
  • Vitória viewpoint and Jewish corner;
  • Allies Square and City Hall;
  • Passing through Clérigos Tower and Lello Bookshop;
  • The churches of Carmo and Carmelitas;
  • Statue of Pedro IV;
  • Lower deck of Luis I bridge;
  • Memorial of the French invasions;
  • Ribeira, the Unesco Heritage Site (where the tour ends)

End of the tour at the riverside.


For the Porto Private City Tour or Shore Excursion using Van:

Pick up can be at Leixões Cruise Ship Terminal, or at your hotel or lodging in Porto. Tour can be customized.

The highlights of our tour are:

  • São Bento Train Station and the huge hand-painted tile panels;
  • Serra do Pilar belvedere: the most spectacular viewpoint over Porto;
  • Ribeira, the Unesco heritage riverside neighborhood;
  • Luis I bridge;
  • Cathedral of Porto – passing through the Old Quarter and the oldest street in Porto!
  • Allies Square and City Hall;
  • The Jewish corner;
  • Carmo and Carmelitas churches;
  • Lello Bookshop;
  • Port wine Cellars;
  • Afurada village;
  • Clérigos Tower;
  • Foz District.

Return to your Cruise, Hotel or Lodging.


End of the Tour

viewpoint of serra do pilar over de porto
art in tiles at sao bento train station, porto
the typical houses in porto downtown
the tradicional old tram in porto
tradicional groceries shop at porto downtown
view of the clerigos tower
the city of porto from vitória viewpoint
a seagull and porto downtown

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 18 reviews

Hands down the best Tour Guide we had during our stay in Portugal!

My daughter and I took a walking tour with Norberto Lopes Pinto in Porto. He was by far the best tour guide we had during our stay in Porto and Lisbon. He is very knowledgeable about the history of his Country. Whether it be architectural, political, or about local gems. His personality is warm and inviting, with a good sense of humor. He created the perfect balance of pointing something out and “moving on” and “staying still” to take in, and learn about about something of important interest. Having Norberto as our first guide raised the bar for each guide after him. A tough act to follow! We’re so thankful to have had him show us Porto. Highly recommended.


Norberto did a great job for our first day in Porto. He met us at the airport and gave us a combination driving tour and walking tour thru Porto. We went to the best overview sites for photographs from both sides of the river. Norberto was very knowledgeable in Porto and the Portuguese history.


Norberto is a wonderful guide and provided us with a delightful day in Porto that was interesting, educational and provided us with a real feel for the city. We would highly recommend Norberto.


Norberto was our tour guide for the day and it was money well spent. He met us on time at our hotel and we spent the next 6 hours seeing all the highlights of Porto. The vehicle was very comfortable; clean and well kept. He was very knowledgeable and gave us a historical view of Porto as well as insights into the everyday life We had lunch by the mouth of the Duoro. The food was amazing fresh seafood all for a very reasonable price. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Norberto and would highly recommend.


This is a great tour and I highly recommend it. Our guide met us at our hotel which made it stress free. He was on time, polite and knowledgable. We learn much about the history, culture and people of Porto. Choose this guide!!


Norberto picked us up at our hotel in Porto, shortly upon our arrival, and led us on an informative, enthusiastic and interesting journey around Porto, with a walk across the bridge to Gaia, and a sky ride with beautiful views over the 2 cities. He gave tips on what we might want to explore that were useful over the next 2 days. Norberto clearly loves guiding and our time with his was most enjoyable as well as educational.

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