History & Architecture of Porto

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Porto

Scheduled flight to Porto from your preferred airport – transfer with our guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Axis Hotel on the outskirts of Porto – dinner in hotel.

Day 2 – Guided tour of Porto & River Douro cruise

Guided tour of Porto takes in the São Francisco Church, Bolsa Palace and the Stock Exchange – a cruise on the River Douro is a chance to see the city from a different perspective.

Day 3 – Amarante & Aveleda Wine Cellar

The pretty riverside town of Amarante today, one of northern Portugal’s hidden gems, dates back to 360 BC and boasts rows of 17th century mansions with brightly painted wooden balconies lining its narrow streets and the spectacular 13th century São Gonçalo Bridge – enjoy a tour and tasting at the Aveleda Wine Cellar.

Day 4 – Braga, Bom Jesus do Monte & Guimarães

Braga was the country’s religious capital during the 12th century and is still the seat of Portugal’s archbishops – Bom Jesus do Monte stands as Portugal’s most spectacular religious sanctuary and is famous for its giant Baroque Escadaria stairway of Bom Jesus designed by the Archbishop of Braga in 1722 – Guimarães, framed by gently rising hills and celebrated as the birthplace of the nation, was chosen by King Afonso Henriques as his capital in 1139 and our guided tour takes in the narrow streets of the medieval quarter, the cobbled Rua de Santa Maria and the Castelo de São Miguel.

Day 5 – Porto

Morning at leisure in Porto to explore the Cathedral District or Ribeira, the riverside quarter, a warren of narrow and twisting streets – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

4* hotel

Welcome dinner

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional local guide in Portugal

Scheduled flights to Porto

Executive coach in Portugal

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Guided tour of Porto

River Douro cruise


Aveleda Wine Cellar - tour & tasting


Bom Jesus do Monte




Four nights at the 4* Axis Hotel on the outskirts of Porto. Located 4.5 kilometres from the historical heart of Porto, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is included on the first evening and the remaining nights are on bed and breakfast basis.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest:

  • River Douro - combine with a five night river cruise on full board basis exploring Regua, Vega de Teron, Salamanca, Pinhao, Vila Real and Bitetos and a wonderfully relaxing way to explore this beautiful river
  • Graham’s Port Lodge - founded by a Scottish family, a tour concludes with a tasting on a splendid terrace overlooking the River Douro
  • Café Majestic - a traditional hang out for intellectuals and voted the sixth most beautiful coffee house in the world


Tour Reviews

Reviews for History & Architecture of Porto

Date of tour: July 2017

Firstly, the tour to Porto went very well. I have had no negative feedback, and much positive. The hotel was much liked. Our rooms were spacious and well equipped and the staff were friendly and helpful generally. The food was plentiful, varied and of good quality. Our local guide was good; a very pleasant personality, and very efficient. I enjoyed working with her. The itinerary worked well, and everyone felt they had enjoyed a good sample of the town and surrounding area in the time we were there. Favourite seemed to be the Casa Musica, which is indeed amazing. I have had several comments about how well-organised the trip was. Of course it was!

MD, Croydon

Date of tour: June 2017

We have just said farewell to our tour manager, Rita, and I want to comment on the impression that she has made on us. We think she is outstanding, with excellent skills and an amazing encyclopaedic knowledge of ALL the places we visited. She was able to answer pretty well any question that was raised and her delivery of the facts and anecdotes really was remarkable. Additionally, she showed great patience and tolerance to those on this trip who are less mobile, demonstrating a compassionate and calm character. We would be more than happy if you would pass on our comments, and thanks, to her for making our trip especially enjoyable.

CL, Greenham

Date of tour: March 2014

I’d like to thank you for all your work making our tour of Lisbon and Porto run smoothly. We had absolutely no complaints and enjoyed all our visits – the garden at Aveleda and the Fronteira Palace were the favourite, The hotels were fine. The restaurant on the last night was the best food we had on the whole trip. Our tour manager, Paul, looked after us really well and was extremely helpful to one passenger who had a passport problem (of her own making). Thank you again.

WD, Wootton Wawen

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Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay in central Porto
  • with less dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor make the perfect tour
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