Private Sidecar Adventure
Private Sidecar Adventure
This private, bespoke excursion caters to just you, providing one of the most unique and original experiences of your entire voyage. You will be met directly at the Cruise Terminal street entrance after debarking your ship and soon set off to explore the ocean front on your way to the city.
Your incredibly unique ride will be conducted with you on a Ural Ranger, lovingly called "Mercedes Maria". This sidecar motorcycle has the vintage look of World War II but with all the modern safety features of a 21st century motorcycle. The driving is slow paced and completely safe affording conversation and multiple stops along the way. Allowing for two passengers maximum, one in the sidecar and one behind the driver, your private guide will introduce you to a tailor-made experience to meet your personal expectations.
Portugal is "a garden, by the Atlantic planted" as the greatest Portuguese poet, Luis de Camoes, described it. Founded in 1139, it was the first nation-state of the West and has a long maritime history culminating with the discovery of India in 1498. Considered the 4th safest country in 2019 by the World Economic Forum, it has an average of 250 days of sun per year, great food and even better wine with 12 Wine Demarcated Regions. Porto, the Invicta (Undefeated) city is the second largest city in the country, a city full of history directly connected to the foundation of Portugal nearly 1000 years ago. Porto is also known as the most cultural city in Portugal with more than 34 museums.
Your local, friendly and knowledgeable guide will create a most enjoyable tour providing interesting information, historical facts and plenty of stops for photos to enjoy outstanding panoramic views. Visit places where the large bus and big groups of tourists are not able to access, again making this a very specialized excursion.
Learn of the important connection of the ocean and river Douro to the city's history. Travel through the Historical Center, passing such places as S. Bento train station, Miragaia, Ribeira and the Stock Exchange Palace. In the city center you can explore old neighborhoods like Clerigos and Vitoria learning their history and admiring the magnificent views that Porto has to offer.
Cross to Gaia, on the other side of the river, and see the D. Luis bridge and the Portwine neighborhood before returning to Porto. Be provided with a 1 hour stop in the city center where you can choose between personal time to explore, have lunch or do some shopping.
A private visit to the Oldest Port Wine company for a very special, bespoke tour and tasting is also included, created especially for you. With an expert guide, here you will learn the history of Port Wine and the Cellars plus information about the Douro Valley where Port Wine is grown. Tour the old cellars and see some of the oldest Ports in the world, have access to parts of the cellars closed to the general public and taste 4 Ports to discover their differences.
Please Note: Tour operator has 3 motorbikes in total, allowing for a group of up to 6 guests to travel together. The duration of the stop for personal time must be respected in order to guarantee the timely arrival back to your ship. This tour operator also joined the United Nations UNFCCC program to offset carbon foot-print, so tours are Carbon Neutral and Eco-Friendly.