Oporto, Portugal - Mediterranean Cruises

Let your inner-photographer loose in Oporto, a city full of character, notably its exquisite blue and white tiles especially those that so beautifully grace the exteriors of the Carmo and Capela das Almas churches. Leave an afternoon to explore the medieval Ribiera district, snap cask-laden wooden boats and the iron Dom Luis Bridge that spans the River Douro.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Walking Tour of Oporto

    According to the locals, the best way to discover Oporto is by foot - let us guide you through the highlights.

    Walking Tour of Oporto

    Your tour begins with a scenic drive to familiarise you with Oporto city centre and the ocean front, before arriving at the mouth of the Douro River. Upon arrival at Cordoaria, embark on a guided walking tour, the best way to get acquainted with this old historical town. During the walk, you will view the exterior of the 18th century church of ‘Carmo and Carmelitas’ which is famous for its blue and white ceramic tile façades. Walk down Clerigos Street, which is location of the best known landmark of the city, the ‘Clerigos’ baroque tower.

    Continue onto Avenida dos Aliados, a large monumental square surrounded by famous outdoor cafés and elegant hotels. Enter the São Bento Railway station hall to admire its 20th century tile panels by the famous painter Jose Colaço.

    View the Romanesque Cathedral, ‘Se’, and enjoy the beautiful panorama over the city and old harbour. Your guided walk continues, passing in front of the Stock Exchange and the Sao Francisco Church, onto Ribeira Quarter, the oldest and most picturesque district. After a short orientation of this area, enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping or just relax in one of the many pleasant river-front café terraces.


    This is excursion will operate entirely on foot, over mostly paved surfaces.

    Tour code

    OPO_008

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Oporto City and Wine

    Become acquainted with the history of Oporto followed by a taste of Port Wine.

    Oporto City and Wine

    Historically, Oporto is no doubt one of the most important cities in Portugal. The town centre today dates mainly from the 18th century, when trade was booming and merchants embellished the city with large squares and avenues that made a big contrast with the narrow little streets of the old medieval quarters, and all around you can see the façades of elegant homes and palaces that show how prosperous they were in days gone by.

    Our first stop is the Romanesque style Cathedral, built in the 12th century and extensively rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries. You will be able to admire the interior and see the altar dating from the baroque period.

    Next you will visit the Stock Exchange Palace, built in the 19th century to impress European investors. The surprising Moorish decorated rooms are nowadays used by the Chamber of Commerce, the President and members of the government for official receptions.

    You will cross the Douro River by way of the unique double-decker Dom Luís Bridge to Gaia to visit a well known wine cellar for a tasting of the port wine.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves some walking during our visit to the Cathedral, approximately 20 minutes of walking at the wine cellar, plus a few steps and around 55 minutes of walking at the Stock Exchange, plus 30 steps to negotiate. Please note that the Cathedral is closed on public holidays, therefore a visit will be made to the Church of Carmo instead.

    Tour code

    OPO_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Charming Guimarães

    Visit one of the most historical cities in Portugal; Guimarães which is believed to be the birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality.

    Charming Guimarães

    Guimarães is the city where the independence of Portugal was proclaimed in 1143 and is known as the cradle of the Nation. Together with Maribor, Slovenia, it was the European Capital of Culture in 2012, and following this success it was then awarded the title of European Capital of Sport for 2013.

    Discover the green hills of the Minho Province on a scenic ride north along the highway to Guimarães. Enjoy a brief photograph stop in the grounds of the ruins of the medieval Castle, the little Romanesque style church of our first kings and the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança.

    This is a town to be appreciated up close, join your guide on a walking tour through the old city, with its very narrow old streets, picturesque medieval houses and elegant 18th century façades. One of the most charming squares is the “Nossa Senhora da Oliveira” with its cafés and terraces surrounding the 10th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

    Your walking tour ends at the old tower of “Torre da Alfandega” in a lovely avenue lined with gardens, shops of arts and crafts and local cafés.

    There will be some free time to enjoy the area before the return drive to Oporto.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves around two hours of walking over some cobbled and uneven surfaces. There is a slight incline to reach the castle grounds. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are advised.

    Tour code

    OPO_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Panoramic Oporto And Wine

    Enjoy a leisurely drive to capture the highlights of Oporto by coach, before being treated to an opportunity to taste the well-known Port Wine.

    Panoramic Oporto And Wine

    Begin your tour with a panoramic drive around the city centre of Oporto. You’ll see that this is a town of major contrasts with large avenues and squares surrounded by much older narrow picturesque streets and simple old façades, covered with ceramic tiles, side by side with elegant manor houses built by the rich merchants of the city during the glorious days of the 18th century when trade flourished.

    Among other notorious buildings you’ll be able to see the façade of the Church of Clerigos, a baroque and rococo style building with a unique bell tower which is the symbol of the city, as well as the façade of the 12th century Romanesque Cathedral.

    A brief photograph stop at the Cathedral belvedere will be made where you’ll be able to capture an impressive view of the city and the Douro River.

    Admire the interior of the Sao Bento train station where the panels of ceramic tiles decorate the hall and depict famous events of Portuguese history.

    You’ll then proceed to Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side of the river by crossing the double decker bridge from the 19th century to visit a well known wine cellar and taste the unique and very special Port Wine.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 30 minutes of walking, plus a few steps at the winery to negotiate.

    Tour code

    OPO_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Douro River Cruise & Wine Tasting

    A perfect way to see the wonderful highlights of Oporto by land and sea.

    Douro River Cruise & Wine Tasting

    Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal and although it is a busy modern town it preserves many of the original characteristics of the 18th century, when trade was booming and prosperous merchants financed fine houses for themselves.

    You will pass by some of the city’s finest buildings including the City Hall, the 12th century Cathedral, and the famous Clerigos Church with its impressive and unique bell tower.

    Continue to the medieval Ribeira Quarter where you will embark on your river cruise. From a distance you can admire the picturesque houses with their granite stone façades and red tile roofs side by side with the old palaces and aristocratic residences, the many old churches as well as the famous six bridges across the Douro River.

    On the other bank of the river stands the city of Vila Nova de Gaia famous for the wine cellars where Port Wine matures. Visit one of the best known wine lodges in the area and learn about the production of Port Wine and its history and enjoy a special wine tasting.

    After this visit you’ll make your way directly back to the Pier.



    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot and involves a moderate level of walking over varying terrain. The street leading to and from the riverside quay is on an incline and cobbled. The gangway leading to the boat pontoon has a steep gradient. Guests are required to negotiate steps on to and off the boat and depending on the type of boat allocated on the day, there may also be further steps to negotiate once on board. Flat, non slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    OPO_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Tram Ride and Ribeira Quarter

    Enjoy a ride on the Oporto tramway combined with a walk through the delightful riverside Ribeira Quarter.

    Tram Ride and Ribeira Quarter

    Embark on short drive to the centre of Oporto where you will board one of the early 20th century trams. The trams are a regular sight and pass along the front, adjacent to the Douro River. During your journey you will have the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the surrounding views of Oporto.

    The Ribeira Quarter is often referred to as the ‘Medieval Quarter’ with its charming narrow streets and historical background. A guided walk will take you through Ribeira where you can enjoy the views across the river to Gaia, home of the famous port wine cellars. You can also see the 19th century iron bridges and traditional Rabelo boats docked at the old pier. During your walk, you will stop at a local café tavern to sample the local cheese and port wine.

    To round off your tour you will rejoin your coach for a panoramic drive through the heart of the city, before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach, tram and on foot and involves around one hour of walking over some cobbled and uneven ground, including steps. The tram may be subject to some delays due to local traffic or obstruction. Guests are advised there are some fairly high steps to be negotiated when boarding the tram. The street leading to and from the Ribeira Quarter is on an incline and cobbled. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    OPO_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

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