Porto quickly envelops you in as your senses are nearly overwhelmed. Most walls are covered with intricate ceramic blue mosaics that create moving murals. Streets of cobblestone and intrigue twist through the old center, winding down to the elegant banks of the Douro. At some points, you ascend to panoramic viewpoints that show Porto and the port cellars across the water. You will be exploring on a private afternoon tour, walking and driving to distinctive parts of a distinctive city. Gaze upon the heritage of Se Cathedral, and then stroll from Batalha Square along Santa Catarina Street, the tiles changing every few meters. Take a look inside the vintage Lello bookshop and feast your eyes on Clerigos Church and Tower. With your private guide, the scenes of the city start to make sense, the epic tile murals painting very particular stories.
Stroll down to the river and take a boat across the Douro to the cellars. Wine was banished from Porto in the 18th century, so the winemakers constructed their cellars on the opposite bank, which was a different city at the time. The cellars smell of 250-year history, pungent and atmospheric with their seemingly endless rows of oak casks and barrels. Your walk through the cellar concludes with a vintage tasting, a chance to smell and taste the difference created by the year and the aging.
Following the cellar visit, you will be transferred back to your historical four-star hotel in the city. You will have already checked in earlier in the day after being greeted at the airport for a private airport transfer. Ideally located within the heart of Porto, your hotel is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and exudes intimate charm and inherent grace. There is a view over the Douro River from your suite, with wooden furniture and soft tones preserving the atmosphere of a very laid-back city. You will find a wide collection of restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the hotel.