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North

3 Days to Explore

“Portugal was born in the North", some may claim it through an old popular saying. Can you imagine the rich heritage, available to discover? Choose how much of your time, you want to devote to this experience? 3 or 6 days?

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DAY 1

Walking in Porto

Portugal was born in the North and the rich cultural heritage of the region does not leave such noble and ancient origins ignored.
Tradition, culture, history, architecture, gastronomy and wine, landscape, hospitality and the joy of its people are attributes of an unique region.

Fueled with a strong breakfast and full with energy, we will departure in the morning, for a walk starting at Avenida dos Aliados, which will be our meeting point with the guide who will accompany us on our visit inside Porto, contemplating its beautiful streets and emblematic places like:

Carmelite Church;
Lello Bookstore;
Clerigos Tower;
S. Bento Railway Station;
Porto Cathedral;

If you are already mesmerized, with what proceeds, continue like that you will.
The chalenge now is to cross the upper tray of D. Luis I bridge and enjoy a beautiful landscape from it, one of the many wonders of Porto.
After crossing it, you have now the possibility to descend to Vila Nova de Gaia, the "twin" city of Porto by cable car.
Being here you must visit one of Port wine caves. Port wine is one of the most famous licorous wines of the world. Get to know it history, it importance and of course give yourself the oportunity to taste it. 

We would never finish in a high note if the visit is not to end with a typical Porto dishes, in a delicious lunch in one of the most pituresque places, full with life and colour, of Porto, the Zona da Ribeira.

DAY 2

A cruise in the Douro river

Today we offer you a wonderfull Cruise along the Douro River

Douro River is one of the most important of the country, intimitly attached to Porto and to the Port Wine industry.

What better way to discover this unique Unesco region and its gold product, the Port Wine, than to climb the river from Porto to Pinhão and finishing with a visit to a winery with, what else if not a taste of this precious liquor? Can you thing on a better way? We can not, that is why we decide to offer it to you. 

This trip promesses, going and returning, an amazing landscape, magnificent fotos and memories that are impossible to erase from our minds!

Morning

The start will be at Ribeira pier.
Enjoy a breakfast on board with a priviliged view over Douro river. 
It was here at Douro Valley, in 1756, that the first world wine region was delimited and regulamentated.
The wild hills of the valley were transformed, by the work of generations, in socalcs with the goal of planting the vinyards that produces the famouse Port Wine, Douro Doc wines of excelence, sparkling and moscatéis.

Once more lunch will be on board.

Afternoon

We will continue with our destination of Pinhão getting closer and closer.
This magestic landscape was classified by the UNESCO, world heritage as a living evolutionary cultural landscape, in 2001 - o Alto Douro Vinhateiro.

Arrived to Pinhão pier, the next stop will be in a Region state, for a guided visit and wine tasting.

The trip back to Porto, is with us, and we bet that it will be very pleasant as it was all day long.

DAY 3

Birth place of Portugal and Braga

The north of Portugal is like that, we take two steps and wham a UNESCO heritage city, we take another three or four steps and a kick on a cobblestone and poof… another UNESCO heritage city.
Guimarães and Braga are 2 neighboring cities that we couldn't miss.

Morning
We start moving towards Braga where we find the Triangle of Faith, Braga's Cathedral, Sameiro Sanctuary and also the Bom Jesus of Braga Sanctuary.
Attention, in this last Sanctuary we will pause and take a few deep breaths.
We will need to re-establish the energy to go up and down the almost 600 steps in one of the most impressive sacred hills in Europe, no wonder they are usually the target of promise by pilgrims! It is necessary to be strong in spirit and faith, but in body as much or more, “here, between us no one listen to our advise”.

Afternoon

In the afternoon we head to Guimarães to visit the acclaimed “Cradle of the Nation”. There is no other way to appreciate Guimarães, its historic center and its architectural grace, but with a walk through the historic center that embraces us in its medieval authenticity. The city's history is marked by its architecture that allows us to observe the most famous landmarks, deep in our heritage, a heritage of each era!
Finally, we visit the Castle of Guimarães and the Palácio dos Duques where we will find the statue of the founding King of Portugal, our Afonso Henriques, our conqueror, our 1st of Portugal.

After all this big day we return to the nest for a good rest

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