Now that my March trip to Jerusalem and Jordan has been cancelled by Tauck, my next scheduled trip is Tauck's "Week in Portugal." I'm going at least one day early and will definitely book something to do the morning of the day that the tour begins. Is it worth going a day earlier to take a day trip to Braga and Guimaraes?
Without reviewing your itinerary and being that this is a relatively short tour, I would stay in Porto. There is so much to do and see there. I don't know if any of the following repeats what you will see with Tauck, but here are some suggestions:
The train station for its beautiful blue tiles (azulejos).
A boat ride on the river.
The gondola ride affords breathtaking views of Porto and its neighboring city.
The Ribeira district along the riverbank is great for strolling. If you do this, be sure to tuck in and out of the side streets.
No matter what you decide, have a wonderful time!
Thanks, kfnknfzk. Our Porto portion of the tour includes a boat ride on the river, a guided tour of the city's historic district, including the train station and azulejos, and a tour and tasting at a port wine cellar. I definitely plan to wander the Ribeira district. I hadn't heard about the gondola. (This short trip is a "prequel" to a longer trip in Spain.)
It sounds great! I will look forward to your review. Which Spain tour are you doing?