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Top Day Trips from Porto

By Viator, January 2018

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Porto, famous for its port wine and medieval center, makes an excellent base for exploring the region. On a guided tour, there’s no worry about transportation or mapping out stops. Here are some top day trips from Porto into the scenic Douro Valley, historic cities in northern Portugal, and beyond.

Guimarães and Braga — 34 miles (55 kilometers) from Porto
Discover Portugal’s architectural and religious heritage with a guided trip to Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its 10th-century castle and the palace of the Dukes of Braganza, who ruled between 1640 and 1910. The nearby Bom Jesus do Monte in Tenões, completed in 1784, is approached by a monumental interweaving stairway lined with chapels representing the Stations of the Cross. End the day in ancient Braga, founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago and dotted with ornate Baroque churches.

Aveiro — 47 miles (76 kilometers) from Porto
Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal, is much quieter than its Italian counterpart. A day trip to the city often includes a cruise in a traditional moliceiro along the coastal canals beneath arching bridges, as well as a walking tour of the historic town center. Ria, the neighboring shallow coastal lagoon, is rich in birdlife.

Santiago de Compostela — 144 miles (232 kilometers) from Porto
Cross the border with Spain to follow centuries of pilgrims’ footsteps in the city of Santiago de Compostela. Situated at the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, the UNESCO-listed old town is home to a spectacular, gargoyle-covered Gothic cathedral. Make sure to sample some local Spanish seafood over lunch before heading back to Portugal, a detail that’s taken care of on most guided tours of the area.

Douro Valley — 204 miles (328 kilometers) from Porto
Head inland through the vineyard covered hills of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its port wine production. On a wine-themed day trip to this scenic region, stroll through the village of Pinhão, taste a variety of wines at some of the area’s best wineries, feast on a traditional Portuguese lunch, or do some sightseeing along the scenic Douro River. Train and boat tours are also available.

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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Portuguese Lunch and Optional River Cruise, Porto, ... 
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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Portuguese Lunch and Optional River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 699 Reviews

Visit Portugal’s prestigious Douro Valley on this full-day wine tour from Porto! Famous for its production of port wine, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.94
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Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch from Porto, Porto, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch from Porto

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Guimarães, the nation's birthplace and World Heritage, with its medieval atmosphere caused by the castle of the X century and Palace of the Dukes of ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.83
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Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with Lunch, Porto, Day Trips
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Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with Lunch

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Cross the border into Spain and retrace part of St James Way – a sacred route followed by centuries of pilgrims – on a visit to Santiago de Compostela from ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.78
Douro Valley Small Group Tour with 4 Gastronomic Experiences and 4 Wine Tastings, Porto, Day Trips
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Douro Valley Small Group Tour with 4 Gastronomic Experiences and 4 Wine Tastings

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Join us for this Wine & Food journey where you'll sample different types of wine in family-run Wine Estates and find how they make the famous Port Wine!  ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.67
Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch, Porto, Day Trips
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Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch

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This 9-hour tour will show you the best of Douro, the first Portuguese wine region and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Douro and it's evolution all ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.57
Day Trip from Porto to Régua by Train and Return by Boat, Porto, Day Trips
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Day Trip from Porto to Régua by Train and Return by Boat

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Explore the Douro Valleys a UNESCO Heritage site and discover all the fascinating landscapes in a day trip from Porto to Régua, returning by boat. ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $88.41
Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour in the Douro Valley with Lunch, Porto, Day Trips
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Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour in the Douro Valley with Lunch

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Explore the wine culture, through the Douro Valley on a day excursion. This amazing tour, gives you the opportunity to visit two of the best wine estates in ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.78
Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto, Porto, Day Trips
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Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto

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Travel north on a day trip from Porto to two of northern Portugal's historic cities, which are currently basking in the European spotlight. First, discover the ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.67
Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Small-Group Day Trip from Porto, Porto, Day Trips
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Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Small-Group Day Trip from Porto

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Visit Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important pilgrimage sites on the world on this 10-hour tour from Porto. An expert guide leads the way as you ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.78
Aveiro Half-Day Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro River Cruise, Porto, Day Trips
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Aveiro Half-Day Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro River Cruise

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This tour takes you to Aveiro considered by many as the "Venice of Portugal" which is famous for its large network of canals running through the city. ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.15

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