A TOUR OF PORTO
Culture, Shopping, 6
In a nutshell A tour exploring, the 'Granite City', and its most ancient buildings such as the Church of St. Francis, plus a visit to the cellars of one of the city's Port producers.
Good to know
- Porto city centre
- St. Francis church
- Port winery tour
- This excursion will take us into the heart of Porto, which is not only Portugal's second city and second most important port, but also the country's university and industrial centre and an Episcopal seat. Porto is also known as the 'Granite City' as the material was used for a lot of its majestic and elegant buildings, creating a contrast between the city and its lush green surroundings.
- Our first stop is the Church of St. Francis. Begun in 1344., it has been restructured many times over the centuries, as can be seen by its different styles the apse and rose window are Gothic while the richly-decorated door is a perfect example of the Baroque style. Our guide will show us how all the walls, columns and altars inside the church are decorated with exuberant gilded wooden sculptures dating back to 1753, the making of which required 210 kg of 22-carat gold.
- Before heading back to the ship, we will visit the cellars of one of the city's many producers of Port wine.
Good to know
- Space is limited, so please reserve early.