What to do and see in Northern Portugal, Portugal: The Best Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

September 15, 2021 Viva Honore

Brimming with both history and natural wonder, Northern Portugal is home to Porto, the city that gave the country its name, as well as the important ancient town of Braga. Also here is Peneda-Gerês, Portugal’s only national park, a gorgeous wilderness area of mountains, gorges, water features and wildlife. Many picturesque villages and manor houses dot the countryside. Two areas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alto Douro Wine Region, and the Paleolithic rock art in the Côa Valley.
Restaurants in Northern Portugal

1. Discovery Tour

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One-day tour. Perfect if you have a tight schedule but still want a taste of Douro. You will experience the Douro River by boat, have lunch in a local riverside restaurant with traditional food and wine, and be amazed by the beautiful landscapes Douro has to offer.

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2. Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

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Travel two sightseeing routes in and around Porto by open-top double-decker bus to see all the sights of the city and neighboring Matosinhos and Gaia. Hop on and off as often as you like to see the attractions you want to see when you want to see them – is the perfect introduction to the area! On the Porto route, feel the wind in your face as you ride down grand avenues like Avenida dos Aliados, and then hop off in the historic Carmo neighborhood with its sculptured Clérigos tower. Or stay on the bus, and get off at following stops, such as Castelo da Foz. Switch to the second route to explore what’s outside of Porto – spend time in the cafe enclave of Gaia’s port, and check out the beaches and seafood restaurants in Matosinhos. Upgrade to include a river cruise and wine tasting!

Inclusions: Hop-on hop-off tour – two routes, Porto map, Discount Book- Access to Discounts in Leisure & Culture, Eat & Drink, Fado and Shopping, Headsets to hear the guide clearly, Wine tasting (if option selected), River cruise (if option selected), Free entrance & wine tasting at Quinta da Boeira

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Gratuities, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By 1DSWM

90 minutes between town buses, 2 hrs to beach complete ripoff! We waited 45 mins longer than office told us. Take public transport

3. Porto Premium 3 in 1: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram Tour and Guindais Funicular

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With a single ticket you can enjoy an unforgettable experience: 2 tours in a panoramic bus, a ride on an STCP tram and a trip on the Guindais Funicular. In addition to the Porto Vintage circuits, this ticket gives you access to lines 1, 18 and 22 of the historical STCP trams that will take you to discover the city in a picturesque and entertaining manner. Don’t miss the unforgettable view from the Miradouro da Serra do Pilar that the trip on the Guindais Funicular offers you.

Inclusions: Access to lines 1, 18 and 22 of the historical STCP trams, Porto Vintage, 2 days ticket, Guindais Funicular ticket, Yellow Bus Discount Book (Discounts on tickets to monuments, museums and leisure activities), 10% discount when purchasing other Yellow Bus ticket (ever tour in every city), Free entrance & wine tasting at Quinta da Boeira

Exclusions: Museums/monuments entrance, Hotel pick up and drop-off, Visit to Poças Junior Wine Cellar and Quinta da Boeira

Reviewed By omtomt

I can NOT recommend the RED BUS Tour in PORTO, not reliable !! After a stop (hop off) near Motosinhos I had to wait 1 hour and 20 minutes and still no Red Bus bus was coming. But in the meantime 2 Blue and Yellow Busses. To get back to Porto I had to use the regular No. 500 bus and to buy a regular ticket for this bus.

4. Porto Vintage Hop on Hop off

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2 sightseeing tours of Oporto, Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia. Your ticket is valid for 1 or 2 days and you can hop on and off in Porto as many times as you want anywhere along Porto bus tour routes! The historic centre of Oporto, the Douro river, Avenida da Boavista, the riverside area - Ribeira, Gaia wharf and Matosinhos and its restaurants... All this with just a single ticket in our Porto sightseeing bus! Includes free access with wine tasting in Quinta da Boeira Wine Cellars (Closed in January).

Inclusions: Discount Book- Access to Discounts in Leisure & Culture, Eat & Drink, Fado and Shopping, Free entrance & wine tasting at Quinta da Boeira

Exclusions: Museums/monuments entrance, Hotel pick up and drop-off

Reviewed By omtomt

I can NOT recommend the RED BUS Tour in PORTO, not reliable !! After a stop (hop off) near Motosinhos I had to wait 1 hour and 20 minutes and still no Red Bus bus was coming. But in the meantime 2 Blue and Yellow Busses. To get back to Porto I had to use the regular No. 500 bus and to buy a regular ticket for this bus.

5. Private yacht by River Douro

Marina da Afurada, R. da Praia 430, 4400-554 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal Meridian4People

If you want to have a different day, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the ideal tour for you. Start this adventure at Douro Marina - Afurada. Take the opportunity to relax on the waters of the famous Douro River - it's starts in Spain and finish here in Porto, meeting the Atlantic Ocean. You can take the opportunity to take a dip, or simply bathe in the sun. Spend 2 hours on this private boat tour. This tour is available just for you and your group of friends. For example, if you want a bachelor party, a different birthday than usual, this is the ideal plan for you. Delight yourself with a glass of Port wine, water or coffee (espresso) on board this yacht. Transfer service is also available if you wish (Extra Cost). Join us on this amazing cruise. The tour can be fully customizable and the option of snacks on board.

Inclusions: Restroom on board, WiFi on board, Bottled water, Port wine tasting

Exclusions: Entry fees to specified monuments, Food and drinks, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Personal expenses, Gratuities

Reviewed By HHT17389

Hello, My wife & I were a part of this small group tour with another Brazilian family.Our guide was Micael Neto.He was very friendly & very approachable from the start of the tour.He drives well & is able to communicate his point in English.We personally preferred the Aveiro part to Coimbra.The Costa Nova beach & the light house were fantastic.The Moliserro cruise is an experience one should have.We had lunch & Avos Moles at the Market Square at Cafe Pixinho.The Coimbra tour was mainly a university,cathedral & the market square. Speaking personally about Micael a few incidents which stood out for me, a)He found a restaurant in Aveiro which serves vegeterian food for us. b)In Coimbra when the others were busy in the university he took us to the Botanical Garden & Cathedral. c)He helped us plan the rest of our trip in Porto & Lisbon with his suggestions. d)He even recommended places to have vegeterian food near our hotel. e)He ensured that each members personal interests were taken care off during the tour.He made it a point to understand our likes & dislikes.Eg.He made it a point to show me the storks nests & the Dragao stadium. The tour was well organised as any other but Micael was very good & would highly reccomend travelling with Micael to anybody in the future. Cheers, Dr.Vidhi & Harshit

6. Hystory & Culture Harbor

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Porto is synonymous with great food, world known winery, and authentic charm. Even though it can be considered a small city, it doesn't go unnoticed, as those who visit it are almost always more than willing to return for a second or third time - be it for the food, the views, or the cheerful people . Take a tour with us through Portugal‘s second largest city and get to know the narrow streets, the magnificent architecture, the traditions and culture of the city. We´re specialized in services and unique travel experiences in Portugal. Our experience is your guarantee that we understand, meet and exceed your expectations. We invite you to experience the authenticity of a full day tour through the city of Porto Where you will know the best of Portugal!

Inclusions: Free Wifi Internet, Air-conditioned vehicle, Bottled water, Private transportation

Exclusions: Tickets / Meals / Gratuities, Any Private Expenses

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