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Portugal Small Group Tours

Uncover new and exciting adventures in Portugal by taking part in our small group tours. Go sightseeing at your own pace surrounded by travellers like you. Provided by top tour operators & travel companies, our small group tours in Portugal will offer you the perfect balance between spending time on your own and group activities. View all small group tours .

89 Portugal small group tours with 464 reviews

Best of the Azores: 7 days in Sao Miguel Tour

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Christmas & New Year

Best of the Azores: 7 days in Sao Miguel

One of the best holidays I ever had. The guides were very nice,local and knowledgeable. Food throughout was really good and the hotel had a great location with the plus of a pool. Cant thank Portugal Travel Center enough for the care and attention to my requests.
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Best of Lisbon Tour (with Sintra, Évora and Cascais) - 5 Days in Portugal Tour

  • Food & Culinary
  • Wine tasting

Best of Lisbon Tour (with Sintra, Évora and Cascais) - 5 Days in Portugal

Very authentic, Pedro the driver/guide was fantastic. Cascais and Sintra day, we just wished that day had 48 hours, amazing places. The church of the bones while we were undecided if visiting or not, was truly unique. Great food options during the fado show, loved my octopus, the portuguese, they really know how to cook their seafood!

Walking in Madeira Tour

  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Active Adventure
  • Mountain Hikes
  • Coastal Walks

Walking in Madeira

Not really! This was an excellent trip and great fellow walkers and guide.

Highlights of Portugal Tour

Highlights of Portugal

Hiking in Madeira Tour

Hiking in Madeira

North of Portugal Tour

North of Portugal

I would have enjoyed it much more had we visited less churches and more actual cities and castles

Lisbon, Porto And Azores Tour

Lisbon, Porto And Azores

Portugal: Lisbon, All-inclusive Algarve w/Douro valley cruise Tour

Portugal: Lisbon, All-inclusive Algarve w/Douro valley cruise

Portugal By High-Speed Train Tour

Portugal By High-Speed Train

It was very good and it was exactly what we were looking for.
  • €50 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Premium Portugal Tour

Premium Portugal

Best of Portugal W/All inc Algarve Tour

Best of Portugal W/All inc Algarve

Highlights of Portugal W/Hanging Garden of Europe Tour

Highlights of Portugal W/Hanging Garden of Europe

São Miguel Soft Hiking Tour

São Miguel Soft Hiking

Highlights of the Azores Tour

Highlights of the Azores

Cycling in the Douro Valley Tour

Cycling in the Douro Valley

We had a terrible experience with Exodus. We signed up for a "Self-Guided Cycling in the Douro Valley" several months in advance. Our detailed contacts were asked for by Exodus, but then never communicated to the actual operator. This meant that our agreed pick-up driver never showed up (he had incorrect information) and we had to fumble with international calls and roaming charges to contact a real person on a Saturday morning. Exodus could have offered us compensation on the spot for this ordeal. I wouldn't recommend their trips to anyone. Look around as Exodus charges a fortune.

Reviews of Small Group tours to Portugal

We had a fantastic time. Exploring the island through jeep tour and kayaking was exhilarating. The whale watching and local food experiences were delightful, and the guides were truly local and knowledgeable. This tour was an unforgettable journey, would take it again, thank yuou.
Daniela from Portugal Travel Center provided exceptional service on the 'Best of Portugal and Azores' tour. Her attention to detail, expertise, and warm personality greatly enhanced our experience. Highly recommend!
Madeira is beautiful! The walking along the coast was breathtaking! I really enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.
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International Versions

  • Deutsch: Portugal Rundreisen Kleingruppe
  • Français: Circuits Portugal en petit groupe
  • Español: Circuitos por Portugal Para Grupos Pequeños
  • Nederlands: Groepsreizen met kleine groepen in Portugal

5 of the Best Small Group Tours of Portugal

Gorgeous beaches, fascinating architecture, and a rich culinary scene help make Portugal one of Europe’s most beguiling countries to visit.

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Perched on the Iberian Peninsula bordering Spain, Portugal has never quite attracted the same level of tourist interest as its neighbouring continental counterparts, but its distinct culture makes it a worthy alternative. While many chose to explore the country independently, there are also a wide number of group tours available which allow you to meet and share your experiences with fellow travellers. We’ve picked out 5 of the best small-group tours of Portugal currently on offer.

Highlights of Portugal (7 days)

This action-packed week-long tour will introduce you to Portugal’s main highlights. Over the course of the trip, you’ll wander the hilly streets of coastal Lisbon, where you can munch on a custard tart while gazing at sun-dappled architecture, get your fill of history and culture at UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Monastery of Batalha, step back in history wandering charming hill towns like Sintra, take a day trip to the coastal town of Aveiro, and visit the pilgrimage sites of Fátima. The tour ends in the historic city of Porto via the majestic Douro Valley where you can learn to become a port connoisseur in the birthplace of the famous fortified wine. From €1,203 per person.

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Walking in Madeira (8 days)

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Comprising four islands off the northwest coast of Africa, the archipelago of Madeira is known for its namesake wine, subtropical climate and rugged volcanic landscape featuring high cliffs and pebbly beaches. This 8-day walking excursion invites you to experience all of this – and more –  as part of a small group of travellers. The trip starts in Santana before taking in Porto da Cruz, followed by the unique network of levadas and ancient footpaths in  Madeira, allowing you to discover the many different sides to this beautiful island. Walk through Laurel forest, along cliff tops to the Ponta de São Lourenço and past alluring waterfalls. The tour ends in Funchal, Madeira’s capital city. From €964 per person.

Best of the Azores (7 days)

Portugal’s Azores archipelago in the mid-Atlantic comprises a chain of islands characterised by dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures and hedgerows of blue hydrangeas. This 7-day tour takes you through this magical region, with each traveller having the option to add or reduce the number of days as they please. Trip highlights include relaxing in hot thermal waters, taking in the views from the Vista do Rei ‘s viewpoint at Sete Cidades volcanic complex, exploring the picturesque town of Sete Cidades where lunch will be served in a local restaurant, visiting the Caldeira Velha nature reserve, stopping in the ancient whaling village of Capelas, and strolling around the historic city of Ribeira Grande city. The tour starts and ends in Ponta Delgada. From €1,102 per person.

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Portugal by High-Speed Train (8 days)

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Ideal for those who prefer to take the scenic route rather than arduous road trips along unsightly highways, this 8-day tour includes high-speed train travel between destinations, offering the chance to soak up the views as you hurtle along through the verdant Portuguese countryside and past picture-perfect towns and villages. Stop-offs along the way will include a full-day exploration of the city of Oporto, a visit to the picturesque Douro Region, a cruise along the River Douro, a city tour of Lisbon, a trip to the Pena Palace grandly located at the top of the gorgeous Serra de Sintra, and a look around the coastal villages of Cascais and Estoril, known as the “Portuguese Riviera”. The tour starts in Porto and ends in Lisbon. From €1,580 per person.

Best of Portugal (11 days)

If you’ve got plenty of time to spare and a budget to match, this extended immersive tour shows you – as the name suggest – the very best of Portugal over 11 busy but relaxed days. Starting and ending in Lisbon, over the course of the trip you will visit a grand total of 15 cities, as well as a number of different smaller towns, villages and off-the-grid rural spots. Highlights will include exploring a Templar stronghold, watching thoroughbreds perform at an Alentejo farm and visiting the sun-kissed Algarve. There’ll also be time to explore Lisbon, Coimbra, Tomar, Évora and Porto, all in the company of a local specialist who will regale you with fun facts and tales along the way. From €2,567 per person.

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Sunny Portugal

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From the Portuguese Riviera to the sunny cliffs of the Algarve, venture along Portugal’s stunning shoreline. Discover the charms of Lisbon. In Evora, step inside a medieval city with Roman ruins. Enjoy a leisurely 3-night stay in the Algarve region. Explore the soft sandy beaches and classic fishing villages. Take advantage of a free day to soak in the Portuguese sunshine and savor local flavors. Visit the charming town of Tavira with its Moorish inspired architecture and Renaissance style buildings. Encounter picturesque resort towns, winding cobblestone streets, oceanfront promenades, and quaint villages of perfection.

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  • 4 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 2 Choice on Tour Options

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  • Portuguese Riviera

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8 Breakfasts

2 - Moderate

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Venture to Lagos, where Prince Henry the Navigator began his explorations.

  • Tour Lisbon, Portugal's capital overlooking the Tagus River.

Admire the stunning Cabo da Roca, the western most point of continental Europe.

Explore Evora (UNESCO) with its Roman temple and quaint whitewashed houses.

Cultural Experiences:

Enjoy a 3-night stay in the Portuguese Riviera town of Cascais.

  • Spend the night in Evora, known as the "Museum City of Portugal."

Enjoy a leisurely 3-night stay on the sunny coast of the Algarve.

Culinary Inclusions:

Savor the flavors of the Algarve with a tasting menu featuring iconic local dishes, liquors and pastries.

Taste the wines of the Alentejo region during a winery locally-sourced lunch.

  • Cork Factory
  • Winery Visit
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Today in Sintra, you have the choice of two activities. First you may choose to explore the quaint hilltop village independently, making your way along the winding streets lined with cork products, pastries, and local cafes. Your other option is to venture into the National Palace of Sintra, the country’s best-preserved palace from the Middle Ages, with the support of audioguides.

Start your trip to Portugal early with 3 nights in Porto, the jewel of Portugal set along the Douro River. The second-largest city in Portugal is home to incredible architecture and stunning cathedrals, a UNESCO-protected historic center from the middle ages, and of course – Port wine. Everywhere you turn in this visually stunning city will show you examples of baroque architecture, the romanticism movement and its monumental designs. Your stay in Porto will be perfectly balanced between guided excursions and free time, allowing you to get to know Porto on a deeper level.

  • Overnight Flight
  • Travel on your overnight flight to Porto, Portugal.
  • Porto, Portugal - Tour Begins
  • Arrive in Porto, a city that’s steeped in history and built with an artistic architectural eye. Here, you’ll find quiet cafes perfect for sipping a glass of Port wine and watching the world go by. You may choose to venture out and head toward the Douro River where so much of the history of this city started. You may even see a reproduction rabelo boat, traditionally used to transport Port wine from the wineries up river to the city of Porto.
  • Porto - Vila Nova de Gaia - Porto
  • Get to know this captivating city with a walking tour led by a local expert. Take in the grandeur of Praça da Liberdade Square, Sao Bento Train Station and its iconic azulejo tiles, and a visit to the Palácio da Bolsa, the Stock Exchange Palace, to see the legendary “Arab Room.” Meet a local chocolate maker at a family-run chocolatier store that has been in business for almost 100 years. Cross the Dom Luis I bridge into the neighboring city of Vila Nova de Gaia where we will visit a wine cellar for a tour and tasting. The afternoon is yours. Tonight, you’ll find out why Porto is regarded as a culinary hotspot during dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Today is yours to explore Porto how you’d like. Take advantage of this day at leisure – maybe heading into the Livraria Lello, considered to be one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world or visiting a local restaurant to try the famous local delicacy, the “francesinha” sandwich.
  • Porto - Lisbon - Cascais
  • Board a train* to Lisbon, where you’ll transfer to Cascais to join your tour and start the next leg of your travels.

Extend your stay in Portugal with 3 nights on the island paradise of Madeira and 1 night in Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital city. Considered to be the “Pearl of the Atlantic,” Madeira combines nature - it's gushing streams, irrigation channels and botanical gardens - with culture such as wine tasting and watching embroiderers and wicker weavers at work. Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the island’s charms however you please. Spend time in traditional villages, venture along winding mountain roads, and splash in natural volcanic swimming pools. Your mini-tour ends with a night in Lisbon, whose captivating energy and mouth-watering culinary scene will capture your heart (and stomach!).

  • Lisbon - Funchal, Madeira
  • Fly to Madeira Island, the “pearl of the Atlantic” where you will arrive in the early afternoon. Madeira boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves. After some free time for lunch on your own in the colorful Santa Maria district, be led on a walking tour of Funchal’s old downtown with its quaint narrow streets and historical sites, such as the 15th century cathedral. Visit the Botanical Garden of Madeira with its collection of more than 2,500 plants from all continents.
  • The day is yours. During your free time, you may choose to visit the Sacred Art Museum and learn about how the sugar cane trade allowed for the purchase of Flemish art dating back to the 15th century. Or simply relax and enjoy the amenities that your hotel has to offer. No matter how you spend the day, gather in the evening for a traditional dinner known as an espetada. Folk dancers and lively music entertain you as you feast on a favorite local dish cooked over an open fire.
  • Funchal - Câmara de Lobos - Porto Moniz - Funchal
  • Begin your day with a tour that will take you to Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with on a picture-perfect bay that served as a special retreat for Sir Winston Churchill. It was here that Madeira’s natural beauty captivated him and inspired many of his paintings of the Island. Drive along mountain roads, passing banana plantations and vineyards while en route to the world’s second-highest cliff, Cabo Girão. After, visit a sugar mill and learn about the importance of sugar cane production to the island in the early 15th century. Sample some local specialties made at the mill before leaving for the fishing village of Porto Moniz. Here, enjoy free time for a swim* (weather permitting) in the natural volcanic rock pools before returning to Funchal.
  • Funchal - Lisbon
  • Board your flight and return to the metropolitan energy of Lisbon. Enjoy your afternoon as you please.
  • Lisbon - Tour Ends
  • Depart for home with Portugal in your heart as your tour ends today.

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Fado: the perfect blend of voice and guitar. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Patrimony, as a celebrated form of world music that captures what it is to be Portuguese. The word Fado comes from the Latin word fatum, which means fate or destiny. It is a style of music that is all about deep feelings: the disappointments of love, the ups and downs of life. No one knows quite how Fado first came into being, but to this day, Portugal's traditional music remains at the very heart of the country's culture. In one of Lisbon’s most popular Fado restaurants, professional performers entertain you while you enjoy a typical Portuguese three-course dinner with wine included.

Set sail on the clear blue waters of the Bay of Lagos to experience the stunning Ponta da Piedade with some of the most beautiful and famous coastal scenery in Portugal, including pristine beaches and rocky cliffs that are simply breathtaking. Upon arrival at Ponta da Piedade transfer to smaller boats... then, it’s off to explore the magical grottoes! Take in the striking rock formations sculpted by the sea for thousands of years as you weave in and out of tiny inlets, serene grottoes and impressive caves.

Tour Lisbon, Portugal's capital overlooking the Tagus River.

Spend the night in Evora, known as the "Museum City of Portugal."

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Looking for a small group tour to Portugal? We currently offer 72 small group tours in Portugal having received 46 customer reviews. Our tours have been handpicked to provide you with the finest selection of small group tours that Portugal has to offer. If you are a solo traveler or a couple looking to meet other people, joining a small group tour is a great way to meet other like-minded travelers. Bon voyage.

72 Portugal Small Group Tours with 46 Reviews

Highlights Of Portugal Tour

  • Starts Lisbon, Portugal
  • Ends Porto, Portugal

Highlights of Portugal

  • Best price guaranteed
  • No booking fees
  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Local culture & Art and architecture Local culture , Art and architecture , Cultural, religious and historic sites & Shopping and Markets 'data-more-tripid='10596'>+2 more
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Train, Private Vehicle & Boat
  • Age Range 12-95 yrs
  • Operated in English
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,599
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 72
  • Special Deal (10%): - US$ 160
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,367
  • Mar 03 Only 1 seat left
  • Mar 10 Only 1 seat left
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Wonders Of Portugal Tour

  • Ends Lisbon, Portugal

Wonders Of Portugal

  • Activities Art and architecture & Getaways and short breaks
  • Transport Bus & Minibus
  • Age Range 10-99 yrs
  • Operated in English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Brochure Price: US$ 721
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 31
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 108
  • Total Price from: US$ 582
  • Feb 23 Only 10 seats left
  • Feb 24 Only 10 seats left

Porto To Lisbon Atlantic Ride Tour

  • Starts Porto, Portugal

Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

  • Activities Bicycle tours
  • Transport Ferry & Train
  • Age Range 16-95 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,695
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 121
  • Special Deal (10%): - US$ 273
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,301
  • Apr 14 Only 8 seats left
  • Apr 21 Only 3 seats left

Lisbon Cultural Experience, City Break, 4 Days Tour

Lisbon Cultural Experience, City Break, 4 Days

  • Activities Art and architecture & Explorer Art and architecture , Explorer & Getaways and short breaks 'data-more-tripid='33368'>+1 more
  • Brochure Price: US$ 553
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 24
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 83
  • Total Price from: US$ 446

Highlights Of Portugal Tour

  • Activities Walking tours & Art and architecture Walking tours , Art and architecture & Wine tasting tours 'data-more-tripid='17266'>+1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Lodge
  • Transport Train, Bus, Boat, Ferry & Taxi
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,150
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 101
  • Special Deal (7%): - US$ 140
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,909
  • May 19 10+ seats left
  • May 26 10+ seats left

Walking In The Azores Tour

  • Starts Madalena, Portugal
  • Ends Horta, Portugal

Walking in the Azores

  • Activities Wildlife & Trekking and Hiking Wildlife , Trekking and Hiking , Nature and bush walks , Natural landmarks sightseeing & Safari 'data-more-tripid='7915'>+3 more
  • Transport Ferry & Boat
  • Brochure Price: US$ 3,225
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 161
  • Total Price from: US$ 3,064
  • May 11 Only 8 seats left
  • Jun 01 Only 8 seats left

Discover Portugal Tour

Discover Portugal

  • Activities Local culture & Art and architecture Local culture , Art and architecture , Farm and plantation visits & Natural landmarks sightseeing 'data-more-tripid='18530'>+2 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Resort
  • Transport Boat, Train & Bus
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,349
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 117
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,232
  • May 10 Only 4 seats left
  • Jun 09 Only 2 seats left

Walking In Madeira Tour

  • Starts Santana, Portugal
  • Ends Funchal, Portugal

Walking in Madeira

  • Activities Walking tours & Natural landmarks sightseeing Walking tours , Natural landmarks sightseeing , Mountains & Shopping and Markets 'data-more-tripid='17415'>+2 more
  • Transport Bus, Private Vehicle & Minibus
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,270
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 64
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,206
  • May 18 Only 2 seats left
  • May 25 Only 1 seat left

Hiking The Azores Tour

  • Starts Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  • Ends Angra Do Heroismo, Portugal

Hiking the Azores

  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Transport Flight & Private Vehicle
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,299
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 65
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,234
  • May 06 Only 3 seats left
  • May 09 10+ seats left

Highlights Of Portugal Tour

  • Activities Countryside and village visits & Art and architecture Countryside and village visits , Art and architecture , Museum and gallery visits , Wine tasting tours & Local culture 'data-more-tripid='18496'>+3 more
  • Transport Bus & Boat
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,770
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 125
  • Special Deal (10%): - US$ 272
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,373
  • May 04 Only 1 seat left

Lisbon Cultural Experience, City Break, 6 Days Tour

Lisbon Cultural Experience, City Break, 6 Days

  • Activities Art and architecture & Explorer
  • Brochure Price: US$ 946
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 40
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 142
  • Total Price from: US$ 764

The Best Of Portugal Tour

The Best Of Portugal

  • Activities Art and architecture
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge & Resort
  • Transport Bus
  • Operated in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French
  • Brochure Price: US$ 3,138
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 133
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 471
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,534
  • Mar 16 Only 10 seats left
  • Apr 06 Only 10 seats left

Walking In Portugal - Remote Coastal Trails

  • Starts Sagres, Portugal
  • Ends Sagres, Portugal

Walking in Portugal - Remote Coastal Trails

  • Activities Walking tours & Cultural, religious and historic sites Walking tours , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Natural landmarks sightseeing & Beach 'data-more-tripid='22109'>+2 more
  • Transport Bus, Boat, Minibus & Taxi
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,210
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 61
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,149
  • Mar 03 Only 6 seats left

Walking In The Azores Tour

  • Activities Walking tours & Natural landmarks sightseeing Walking tours , Natural landmarks sightseeing , Art and architecture & Volcanoes 'data-more-tripid='17099'>+2 more
  • Transport Ferry, Bus, Boat & Taxi
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,980
  • Bookmundi Savings (5%): - US$ 149
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,831
  • May 16 Only 7 seats left
  • Jun 02 Only 6 seats left

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Wine tasting tour and lunch in Porto

Visits to Portugal's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic centers of Porto, Évora and Sintra & the University of Coimbra

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Two nights at the Hotel Infante Sagres, a restored 18th-century palace in charming Porto

Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

Discover the seafaring charms of the coast, the lush river valley vineyards, the hilltop castles and villages in its alpine interior and monuments to grandiose man-made achievements... Portugal may be small... but it's big on vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty that invites intimate exploration.

Portugal's rabelo boats, only on the douro… the romance of the rabelo.

With a name that translates to "little tail" (for the long piece of timber extending from its stern that's used to steer it), the traditional wooden Rabelo boat carried passengers and cargo along Portugal's Douro River for centuries. Found nowhere else in the world, this flat-bottomed, shallow-draught sailboat became the fastest and most efficient way to transport casks of prized Port wine between Douro Valley vineyards and the city of Porto at the river's mouth. Although no longer used commercially, these iconic workhorses can still be seen plying the waters of the Douro today.

Tauck Exclusive – Private evening at Palacio de Queluz

Get the royal treatment at lisbon's palacio de queluz.

Often referred to as the "Portuguese Versailles," the Palácio de Queluz (Palace of Queluz) was one of Europe's last significant Rococo structures. It served as the royal residence of Portugal's King Pedro III and Queen Maria I (a.k.a. Maria the Pious or Maria the Mad, due to the mental illness she suffered later in life) in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries. Today, the magnificent estate and its gorgeous formal gardens are a National Monument of Portugal… and the setting for your Tauck Exclusive private tour and dinner.

Hotel Infante Sagres

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Enjoy the rebirth of a Porto legend... Hotel Infante Sagres

Named for Porto's native son, 15th-century Prince Henry the Navigator (also known as the Prince, or Infante, of Sagres), the Infante Sagres first opened in 1951 and served as the city's most prestigious luxury hotel for more than 60 years. In 2018, this legendary grande dame of Portuguese hotels reopened its doors after a meticulous renovation in which a team of leading designers and master craftsmen transformed its graceful heritage interior, elevating it to an unprecedented level of refinement.

It was wonderful to discover the abundance of treasures (art, history, literature) in this tiny, scenic outpost of Europe!

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Travel Documents

If you are a U.S. citizen traveling internationally, you will need a passport valid for six months beyond the completion of your Tauck journey to enter Portugal.

You are not required to obtain a visa for the short duration of this tour. Please note that longer stays abroad for any purpose may require additional travel documentation.

If you are a citizen of another country traveling internationally, you should contact an embassy or consulate of Portugal to determine what travel documentation is required.

We recommend that you make at least two photocopies of all the travel documents that you bring with you. Include copies of the photo page of your passport that contains the date of issuance, the date of expiration and your citizenship. Secure one set of copies in the safe in your room while traveling and leave one set behind with someone at home who will assist you in the event your documents are misplaced, lost or stolen.

To facilitate Travel Requirements, destinations are increasingly utilizing online forms that require digital proof that you've successfully completed your submission (via an email, QR code, etc.) To ensure smooth travels and peace of mind, we strongly recommend all guests carry a personal smart phone and sign up for international data plans before traveling overseas.

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN AS A GUARDIAN: If you are traveling as the guardian of a child/children, we strongly suggest that you carry a letter from both parents of the child authorizing emergency treatment in the event of illness or accident. For travel abroad, many foreign countries have specific entry requirements for children under 21 who are traveling internationally without BOTH parents. (These requirements are in response to the increased incidence of children being abducted and taken abroad.) PLEASE NOTE THAT TAUCK IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for the disruption of travel caused by improper documentation for children traveling without both parents.

How to Book a Tour

See your travel advisor, or call Tauck at 800-468-2825 to make a reservation.

At the time of booking, please have the following information ready for all members of your party:

  • Tour Name and Departure Date
  • Traveler's Name: First and last names as they appear on your passport or driver's license
  • Traveler's Address(es)
  • Email Address*
  • Traveler's Phone Number(s)*
  • Emergency Contact Information: Please provide the name and phone number  of a relative or friend (not travelling with you) whom we could contact during the tour in the unlikely event of an emergency
  • Interest in purchasing a travel protection plan (US and Canada)
  • Interest in extending your trip by staying in a Tauck recommended hotel before your trip begins or after it ends
  • Interest in our specially negotiated airfares

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Deposits & Final Payment

Deposits and fees for the optional Protection Plan or Cancel Fee Waiver [CFW] coverage are due at time of booking.

The deposit amount is $600 per person

Final Payments:

Final Payment is due to Tauck  60  days before departure for lands trips, and  120  days before departure for cruises and rail journeys. If your deposit was made by credit card, final payment will be automatic unless you opted out at time of booking. Bookings without full payment at this time may be subject to cancellation without notice. Failure to make payment will be a considered a cancellation by the guest and all applicable cancellation fees will apply.

Travel Protection Plan

Effective for plans purchased as of July 1, 2021:

Tauck's Guest Protection

Tauck's Guest Protection provides you with cancellation protection before your journey begins as well as insurance benefits while you are traveling. Guest Protection includes the following:

Cancellation Waiver – Provided by Tauck:

Under Tauck's Cancellation Fee Waiver you can cancel your tour for ANY REASON up to the day before departure and receive a money-back refund (except in Extreme Circumstances*) on the land tour cost, based on your original method of payment.

*Extreme Circumstances:  In the event of an act of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorism, accident, natural disaster, outbreak of disease, or other event or circumstance beyond our control that contributes to or results in cancellation rates above our historical cancellation rates in the absence of such event or occurrence, Tauck reserves the right to issue a credit to you in lieu of a money-back refund, applicable to a future Tauck journey.

Travel Insurance Benefits – Underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company.

  • Trip Cancellation –  If you must cancel your tour due to a covered reason, the plan provides coverage for the amount you paid for your travel arrangements. Since the non-insurance cancellation waiver takes care of the land package cancellation fees already, this benefit reimburses the airfare cancellation charges up to the value of your original airfare purchase.
  • Trip Interruption –  If you have to interrupt your tour for covered reasons, the plan provides reimbursement to catch up to your tour or return home.
  • Travel Delay –  Provides reimbursement for missed, prepaid travel arrangements if you are delayed by a common carrier, natural disaster, unannounced strike, or other reasons as cited in the plan.
  • Medical Expense –  Reimburses covered medical expenses incurred in the event you become injured or sick during your trip. 
  • Baggage / Personal Effects Protection –  Provides reimbursement in the event your luggage or personal effects are, lost, stolen, damaged or delayed during your trip.
  • Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services –  Provided by Carefree Travel Assistance; 24-hour emergency telephone assistance hotline for medical and travel related problems.

The cost of Tauck's Guest Protection is: $449  per person

This protection provides insurance coverage that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.

This optional Guest Protection must be requested at time of booking and fee must be included with initial payment. Fees are based on costs as of July 1, 2021, and are subject to change. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your tour reservation. Guest Protection does not protect travel agent commissions. Reimbursements will be made according to original method of payment. The amount of any refund shall be reduced by any recoveries obtained by you from any third parties.

The Guest Protection plan waives cancellation fees outlined below, provided we are notified of cancellation before your tour departs. Tour cancellation fees are waived regardless of reason, without written notice, and Tauck will refund land tour cost.

To obtain your state-specific Certificate of Insurance that contains the complete terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of the certificate, visit  affinitytravelcert.com/docs/TACGPPINTL .

If You Have To Cancel

If you cancel within 10 days of initial deposit Within the first 10 days after you place your initial deposit, you may cancel your reservation for any reason with no cancellation fees. If you cancel more than 10 days after initial deposit Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed bookings. These fees vary from tour to tour. Therefore, the following fees apply.

Cancellation Fees with Tauck's Guest Protection Plan:

Loss of Guest Protection fee, per person 

Cancellation Fees without Tauck's Guest Protection Plan :

60 days or more before departure = $600 per person

59-8 days before departure = $900 per person

7-1 days before departure = $1500 per person

Time of cancellation will be when notice is received in our Wilton Woods, CT office.

In the event of an unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, Tauck reserves the right to amend the cancellation terms outlined herein.

Note:  All Guests, regardless of residency, who book a Tauck journey have the option of purchasing the Cancellation Waiver provided by Tauck in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations. Tauck's Guest Protection, which includes both the Cancellation Fee Waiver and the Travel Insurance Benefits and Assistance Services described above, is not available to residents of Puerto Rico.

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Travel Requirements For This Tour

Air Information and Luggage Restrictions

AIRFARE: Airfare to and from this destination is not included in the journey cost. If purchasing your air elsewhere, it is very important to provide us with your confirmed arriving and departing flight information no later than 3 weeks before your arrival date. Flight information can be submitted to Tauck (or verified, if you've already provided it) in the My Account section of Tauck.com.

TAUCK AIRPORT TRANSFERS are included at the start and end of the journey between the airport and the Tauck hotel. Airport transfers are available for any pre tour or post tour hotel stays immediately consecutive to the tour, providing flight information is received in the Tauck office no later than three weeks in advance. Details on locating your transfer upon arrival to the tour start city will be included in your final documents.

AIRLINES and CHECKED LUGGAGE: Due to space limitations during your Tauck journey, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one average-size suitcase per person. Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and are free to revise luggage policies without notice. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies. PLEASE NOTE that if you are booked on a tour that includes on-tour flights, the checked luggage weight restrictions for these flights may be lower than the weight restrictions for your international flights.

Checked Luggage – General

Due to space restrictions, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one suitcase per person weighing no more than 50 pounds (23 kg) and with overall dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 62 inches (158 cm).

Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and luggage exceeding airline standards for size or weight may result in expensive overage fees or other consequences.

Airlines are free to revise luggage policies without notice, and certain airlines have different baggage allowances for different classes of service. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies.

Tauck luggage tags will be provided by your Tauck Director on Day 1 of your itinerary. Please do not attach a Tauck luggage tag to any carry-on items, as the Tauck tags designate luggage that is to be handled and transferred by ground operators and hotel staff during your journey.

Carry-on Luggage - General

Although oversize bags and wheeled, carry-on luggage are popular for airline travel, they are often not convenient or appropriate for motor coach travel or for many on-tour flights. Most modern sightseeing motor coaches offer limited space for numerous or larger items. Space under seats or in the overhead rack is typically small, and designed to accommodate items like coats, hats, purses, and small camera bags, etc.

For your day-to-day travel while on tour, we recommend that you limit your hand luggage to a small, soft-sided carry-on piece, and that you bring only those items you need handy during the day such as make-up, medications, cameras, film, etc. Items too large to fit under the motor coach seat or on the overhead rack must be stored in the luggage bays beneath the motor coach, and may be inaccessible during daytime travel.

Health, Safety and Mobility

HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

While drinking water is generally safe at all our hotels, bottled water will be available wherever the local water is not fit to drink. We also provide bottled water on the motor coaches.

Please check with your health insurance provider to determine whether you are covered while traveling. If you will not be covered under your current policy, we strongly suggest that you arrange for adequate coverage while on tour.

If you have a medical condition which might limit your participation in activities, please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice and notify us as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. We will advise your Tauck Director accordingly.

VACCINATIONS  

If you are a resident of the U.S. , no vaccinations are currently required for travel to Portugal. For complete vaccination and inoculation information, please contact your physician, the public health service in your area, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to obtain information regarding vaccinations that may be required for your journey. The Travelers' Health Section of the CDC operates a 24-hour "Travelers' Health Hotline" at 800-232-4636 (toll-free in the U.S.). You may also log on to the CDC website by clicking here .

If you are a resident of another country, please contact an embassy or consulate of Portugal to determine what vaccination(s) may be required for your travel.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS

The restaurants, hotels, caterers and numerous other partners we work with all do their best to accommodate special dietary requests from Tauck guests. However, given the diverse nature of those food providers (from small wineries to grand hotels to world-famous restaurants in more than 70 countries worldwide), some of our partners are better able than others to accommodate such requests. We therefore cannot guarantee that all dietary requests can be accommodated at every meal. Also, please note that where dietary requests can be accommodated, choices will frequently be limited.

The tour is moderately paced. To enjoy this tour, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances, often over unpaved and uneven surfaces. Some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot. The amount of walking you do, however, is at your discretion. Portugal is home to innumerable historic buildings and sites, many dating from ancient or medieval times. Therefore, roads, walkways and architecture may present difficulties for some guests with physical disabilities. We conduct walking tours in most of the cities visited.

Many of the hotels do not provide for disabled access. Although all the hotels on this itinerary have elevators, many of the sites visited do not. Airports and train stations provide limited access to elevators. Many of the museums will have elevators; however, they are not always conveniently located for your use. Further, ramps are not commonly found in public venues.

PLEASE NOTE: We regret that this Tauck itinerary cannot accommodate wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Likewise, we regret that we're unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Tauck Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

Reading List

We have compiled a reading list of recommended books to give you more information about the destinations you will be traveling to on your upcoming journey!

You can view the reading list  here.

The climate of Portugal is among the warmest of any country in Europe. In spring and summer temperatures are extremely high, often reaching 85ºF (30ºC) and above, and most days are sunny. Evenings and nights cool down considerably. Throughout this region rainfall is minimal or non-existent during the summer months and light in late spring and early fall.

To read about current weather conditions, we suggest you log on to the Internet website by clicking here .

What To Pack

Bringing the right clothing for your trip is important – we've partnered with Necessary Gear who provide an "easy-to-use, one-stop shop" for your Tauck travel needs, specifically selected for this trip. Click here to visit their site .

Portugal is generally warm and dry from April through September. Your journey is designed with leisure in mind. Dress for comfort and convenience with a wardrobe that is adaptable and allows for layering. Generally, during the day, casual, comfortable, cotton clothing is recommended. Cool weather at higher elevations or at night will require warmer, layered clothing.

In Europe, especially in finer restaurants, it is generally customary to dress somewhat formally. Slacks or a dress for women and a jacket for men are acceptable dining attire. It is advisable to avoid wearing jeans, sneakers or shorts for dinner. You may also wish to dress up a bit for the welcome reception and the farewell dinner, but by all means be comfortable.

You will find a hair dryer located in your hotel guest room. Irons and ironing boards are not usually available, so guests may have to give their garment to the hotel to be ironed for a fee. Valet laundry and dry cleaning services are also available for a fee.

We recommend that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medication in its original container to last through your entire journey, together with a copy of your doctor's prescription or a letter from your health-care provider on office stationery explaining that the medication has been prescribed for you, a list of the generic names of your medication, your travel documents and a change of clothing in your carry-on bag to avoid any inconvenience in the event that your flight or luggage is delayed.

Following is a list of recommended items to pack for your trip to Portugal:

  • Casual daytime wear – shorts, slacks, long and short-sleeved shirts
  • An optional jacket and tie for men
  • Casually elegant evening wear for ladies
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat
  • A light sweater or jacket for higher elevations or a breezy night
  • Binoculars (7x50 preferably)
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera, lenses, batteries, memory cards and chargers
  • Lightweight, comfortable, sturdy walking shoes that have already been broken-in
  • Travel alarm clock/cell phone with alarm function (many hotels do not have clocks in the rooms)
  • Rain poncho and collapsible umbrella
  • Daypack for camera equipment
  • Sundries and toiletries that may be difficult to find en route
  • Copies of your travel documents that should be secured in the safe in your hotel room while traveling

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Capital city.

Lisbon (population approximately 2.8 million)

Approximately 10.2 million

(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London

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Culture and customs.

Portugal is a Roman Catholic country that has been influenced by many cultures over the years. The Portuguese hold onto traditional family values and are renowned for their appreciation of food and the arts, with three Portuguese cities – Lisbon, Porto and Guimaraes – having been designated   European  Capitals of Culture.

Walk the streets of a Portuguese city and you’ll be greeted by color and chatter. The locals love nothing more than having a chat with each other, or with tourists, be it about the weather or politics or football. More often than not, these conversations take place during one of the day’s endless number of coffee breaks, or around the lunch or dinner table. Debates are encouraged, particularly with a glass of port in hand.

Pop into a bar in Lisbon and you may be greeted by the mournful sound of ‘fado’, a Portuguese style of music that’s listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The lyrics often relate back to the sea and a sense of nostalgia, homesickness and longing, and it holds such a special place in Portugal’s heart that when Amalia Rodrigues, the so-called ‘Queen of Fado’, died in 1999, three days of national mourning were declared.

This love of the arts isn’t limited to music either; Lisbon is jammed full of art galleries and even the pavements, all over the country, are patterned and decorated in a mosaic style. It’s just one example of the Portugal’s love of beauty, whether that beauty is found in art, food or each other.

History and government

The Iberian Peninsula was once made up of various tribes including the Celts, Aquitani, Iberians and Turdetani. Trade had been established across the Mediterranean by the   Greeks  and Phoenicians, though the Romans came to control the entire peninsula. As the Roman Empire began to weaken, the peninsula was invaded by various barbarian tribes and the Visigoths came out victorious. They controlled the entire Iberian Peninsula and converted to Catholicism.

The Moors and Reconquista

Meanwhile, Islamic forces had been slowly sweeping from the   Middle East   to Northern Africa and in AD711 the Moors crossed the Gibraltar Strait and defeated the Visigoths. They pushed north and conquered nearly all of the peninsula, though the Christian kingdom of Asturias held strong in the northwest thanks to the protection of the surrounding mountains. The Iberian Peninsula was known as Al-Andalus and became a centre for science and progress, though infighting eventually led to the area being split into a number of independent Muslim states.

In the 11th century, Christian soldiers from across   Europe  answered the call to fight the ‘infidels’ during a period known as the Reconquista. The Moors were pushed south and, in 1139, Afonso Henriques declared himself the King of Portugal after defeating the Moors in the south. The Algarve was conquered in the late 13th century and Portugal’s borders were defined.

Global expansion

After securing their borders, the Portuguese turned their attention abroad. Nearby   Morocco  was the first target and Portugal’s victory spurred the country into global exploration.   Africa , Southern India and   Brazil   followed, as well as trading posts in Timor,   China   and more. Their plan was simple: despite having a relatively tiny population, they would build their empire through trade.

This, of course, was unsustainable for such a small nation and they eventually found themselves in and out of Spanish rule towards the end of the 17th century. A period of peace and prosperity ensued until a giant earthquake hit Lisbon in 1755, leveling the city and causing tens of thousands of deaths. The Prime Minister at the time, Marques de Pombal, famously promised to ‘bury the dead and heal the living,’ and somehow did just that.

19–20th centuries

After Brazil’s independence was recognized in 1825 the Portuguese focused in on the domestic front. Education improved, as did women’s rights, and slavery was ended across the Portuguese colonies. Still, discontent was spreading as inequality rose and the monarchy was seen as a cause of this: the king, Carlos, was assassinated and his son was exiled to the UK – an unstable republic was born.

Over the following 16 years there were 45 changes of government. Coup after coup after coup took place, with Portugal supporting the Allies in WWI and remaining neutral in WWII. The post-war years saw yet another coup in Lisbon, known as the Revolution of the Carnations, led by military personnel sympathetic to the colonies, and the decolonization of territories swiftly followed. Countries like East Timor and Angola were plunged into chaos and by the late 1970s, Portugal was equally, if not more, unstable.

It’s been a long slog for Portugal and the economy is by no means safe. The country was in a serious recession for years, but the past five years have seen unemployment drop and wages rise. There’s been a heavy investment in green energy too. And though tourist numbers continue to swell and boost the economy, the cities are facing similar problems to a lot of European hotspots: rising rents and cost of living, thanks to tourism, are forcing locals out of the city centres. But for now, Portugal is going from strength to strength and looking positively towards the future.

Geography and environment

Portugal is located on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula. It shares an extensive land border with   Spain   to the east and north, while the west and south of the country are hugged by the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s geography varies from north to south and is a nice mix of plains, woodlands, mountains and beaches.

The extensive coastline is known for its dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches, with the south of Portugal, an area known as the Algarve, being particularly popular with tourists. The northern coast is equally beautiful but more influenced by the Atlantic and experiences more rain and wild weather, particularly during the winter.

To the west of Portugal is the island archipelago known as the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal. These islands have been visited by sailors for centuries and are renowned for their dramatic beauty. The volcanic peaks, lush landscapes and colourful fishing villages host some 250,000 residents across nine islands. The Azores has a subtropical oceanic climate, which is warm in summer but by no means a ‘tropical paradise’. The Atlantic makes the temperature much more mild than the islands of the Mediterranean.

Inland Portugal is defined by the Douro River, which empties through Porto, and the Tagus River, which empties through Lisbon. Portugal’s south features rolling plains with a relatively warm and dry climate, while the north is far more mountainous with a wetter climate. The highest point on mainland Portugal is Torre (1993 m/6539 feet) in the Serra da Estrela range, which is a popular skiing destination in the winter.

Eating and drinking

It’s unsurprising, given Portugal’s location, that seafood plays a massive role in the Portuguese diet. In fact, the national dish of bacalhau (salted cod) can supposedly be cooked in over 365 ways, one for each day of the year. But it’s not just seafood that’s on the menu – the Portuguese have a varied and, quite frankly, mouth-watering range of dishes as well as a world-class wine industry.

Keep an eye out for some of these while traveling through Portugal: 

  • Caldeirada This stew, which is packed with several different types of fish, is one of Portugal's most popular and enduring dishes. Expect sardines, cod, haddock, tuna and mackerel, doused in white wine and olive oil, served with a chunk of crusty bread. Simple but effective!
  • Pasteis de Nata The Portuguese custard tart has wrapped its delicious ­– and admittedly non-existent – arms around the globe and the world’s tastebuds are cheering. These gooey little goodies feature flaky pastry and custard filling and can be eaten by the dozen (but shouldn’t be, for health reasons).
  • Carne de Porco á Alentejana The popular Portuguese version of surf and turf hails from the Alentejo region but can be found served all throughout Portugal. Featuring pork and clams as the hero ingredients, white wine, paprika and coriander add flavor that is difficult to resist.
  • Feijoada Brazil's national dish was actually invented by the Portuguese and this stew still endures as a common favorite in Portugal. Featuring beans, pork or beef and vegetables, this hearty stew is typically served with rice, although regional differences make this dish a different proposition every time.
  • Entrecosto com Mel Meat lovers will salivate over these succulent pork ribs marinated in honey, garlic and liquor. Served with a side of chili sauce, this oven-roasted feast is perfect for a decadent celebration.
  • Francesinha This is Porto’s sandwich to end all sandwiches. Translating as the ‘Little Frenchie’, this dish is anything but. It’s the Portuguese adaptation of the classic   French  toastie and features bread, pork, sausage, bacon and beef, topped with cheese and a fried egg and served with fries on the side. Give it a try ­– you won’t regret it (you almost certainly will).
  • Port Portugal’s Douro Valley, upriver from Porto, is the third-oldest wine region in the world and the only one capable of producing port wine. Fortified wines are made all over the world but only wines from the Douro can be labelled as ‘port’. A sweet red wine, usually served for dessert, port has been made in the Douro since the mid-18th century and the landscape is as beautiful as the wine is delicious.

Festivals and events

If you're traveling to Portugal you better pack your party shoes. No matter what time of year you're visiting, you'll see the locals take to the streets for some kind of 'festa'.

Santo Antonio Festival

Sometimes known as the Festival of Sardines, this festival takes place in mid-June though it’s part of a full month of celebrations in Lisbon. Portugal’s capital is filled with people grilling fish in the street and celebrating St Anthony, the patron saint of the city. The streets are filled with revelers, with the party beginning in the afternoon of June 12 and continuing until sunrise – June 13 is a bank holiday.

If you can’t make it to Brazil for Carnaval and happen to be in Europe, Portugal is the place to head for some wild times. Colorful parades and heaving street parties take place all over the country in celebration of the beginning of Lent.

Obidos Medieval Festival

From mid-July to August, Obidos hosts a medieval festival filled with jousting knights, feasts and performances, all in front of the city’s imposing castle. The town recreates medieval Europe with banners and flags strung across the town and soldiers, jugglers, minstrels and more wandering the streets.

Music festivals

Portugal’s summer features a number of hugely popular music festivals that attract superstar acts from across the globe. Some of the biggest are Primavera Sound in Porto, the Portuguese adaptation of the Barcelona-based festival, and Rock in Rio, which is held every two years in Lisbon, as well as NOS Alive.

Portugal offers up the full gamut of shopping experiences from big city malls to dusty little antique stores hidden in the winding backstreets. Shopping not really your thing? That's fine, just eat your way through the country instead.

Remember, it's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

A great keepsake from a trip to Portugal is a bottle of fortified from its spiritual home. Wander down Porto’s steep streets to the harbor and spend some time visiting the port houses lining the water. You can do tastings, enjoy a meal and pick up a bottle from famous houses like Taylor’s and Sandeman’s, or opt for something a little different like Kopke, which is the oldest port house in Porto and has been producing the sweet stuff since 1638.

Azulejos are colorful, decorative tiles that can be found on surfaces all over Portugal. They were used as a form of art as well as to control the temperature in homes. The tiles are classically blue and white, although they are found in other colors, and can be bought brand-new or found in antique stores across the country.

Galo de Barcelos

The Rooster of Barcelos is the unofficial symbol of Portugal. There are various legends surrounding the rooster, but they all come back to a passing pilgrim claiming his innocence and declaring that a cooked rooster on the dinner table would rise and crow at the hour of his hanging. Every souvenir shop in the country will have various gifts relating to the rooster, but it’s worth keeping an eye out in the various markets for a more authentic, locally crafted example.

Top places to visit in Portugal

Sip on a snifter of port in its city of birth. A colorful, cobbled city, Porto is an intoxicating concoction of harbor history, winding streets and hidden gems.

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2. The Algarve

There’s a patch of sand for everyone along the dramatic Algarve, whether you’re there to surf, party or simply soak up the sunshine.

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Live that cosmopolitan life in Portugal’s most exciting city. Architecture, nightlife, seafood and a haunting fado performance await.

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Home to Portugal’s oldest university and (maybe) the world’s most beautiful library, Coimbra is a cultural experience like no other.

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Further reading

For inspiring stories to prepare you for your Portugal adventure, check out these books:

  • The Book of Disquiet   – Fernando Pessoa
  • Night Train to Lisbon   – Pascal Mercier
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon   – Jose Saramago
  • Baltasar and Blimunda   – Jose Saramango
  • The Portuguese: A Modern History   – Barry Hatton

Portugal travel FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Portugal?

The months of May, June and September are considered some of the best times to see Portugal as the weather is usually fine (yet not too hot) and the attractions are less crowded than during the peak months of July and August. Autumn and winter are typically rainy and windy, yet sunny days aren't rare either. If you’re after a beach holiday, keep in mind that the water temperature on Portugal’s north coast will be very cool, even during the summer months.

Is it safe to visit Portugal?

Yes, it is safe to visit Portugal. Travelers should exercise normal precautions and keep a close eye on their belongings in crowds and heavily touristed areas.

Do I need a visa to travel to Portugal?

Portugal is a member of the Schengen Convention, which means that if you travel to an EU member country or countries, like Portugal, for a total of less than 90 days, a visa is not required. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, the UK and other member countries of the EU and Schengen area are included under this arrangement.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your country of origin. Check the Essential Trip Information section of your tour itinerary for more information.

Is tipping customary in Portugal?

Tipping isn’t customary in Portugal except at restaurants. Adding 10 percent to the bill should be fine, or more if the service has been exceptionally good. Rounding up to the nearest euro will be appreciated by bar staff and taxi drivers too, but this is not expected. When staying at a hotel it's also standard to tip the luggage porter one euro per bag.

What is the internet access like in Portugal?

Internet access in Portugal is generally good with widespread wi-fi in both cities and smaller towns. You may wish to purchase a local SIM. The main domestic carriers are Vodafone, TMN and Optimus, but make sure your phone is unlocked before purchasing a prepaid SIM.

Can I use my cell phone while in Portugal?

Travelers should be able to use their cell phones across Portugal. The most economical way to use your phone in Portugal is by purchasing a local prepaid SIM. If you wish to use your own SIM, be sure to activate global roaming before departing your home country and always check with your carrier as to any additional charges that may be incurred.

What are the toilets like in Portugal?

Flushable, Western-style toilets are the norm in Portugal. Please be aware that sometimes a small fee is required to access public toilets, so it’s worth having a small stash of euro coins for when the need arises.

What will it cost for a...?

Portugal’s unit of currency is the euro. Prices here are approximate and shown in US dollars for ease of comparison.

  • Short city tram or bus ride = USD 1–2
  • Can of soft drink = USD 1.50–2
  • Cup of coffee = USD 1–2
  • Beer in a cafe or bar = USD 2–3
  • Wine in a cafe or bar = USD 1–4
  • Simple lunch in a café = USD 10
  • Dinner and a wine in a nice restaurant = USD 20–30

Can I drink the water in Portugal?

The tap water in Portugal is safe to drink unless marked otherwise. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water and fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Portugal?

Most restaurants, hotels and larger shops in Portugal’s cities and tourist areas will accept credit cards. Smaller eateries and shops may not, so make sure you have some euro on you for smaller purchases or when visiting less frequented areas.

What is ATM access like in Portugal?

There are ATMs in all cities and most towns in Portugal. The smaller villages may not have ATMs so once again, make sure you have some cash if you plan on heading somewhere more rural.

What is the weather like in Portugal?

Portugal is one of Europe’s warmest countries. Yearly temperature averages are about 55°F in the north and 64°F in the south.

Spring and summer months are usually warm and sunny, with July and August averaging maximums between 77°F and 86°F in Porto, around 86°F in Lisbon and 86–95°F in the south. These coastal areas tend to be cooler thanks to the ocean breeze.

What public holidays are celebrated in Portugal?

1 Jan   – New Year’s Day

March/April   – Good Friday/Easter Sunday

25 April   – Liberty Day

1 May   – Labor Day

10 June   – Portugal Day

June   – Corpus Christi (60 days after Easter)

15 Aug   – Assumption of Mary

5 Oct   – Republic Implantation

1 Nov   – All Saints’ Day

1 Dec   – Restoration of Independence

8 Dec   – Feast of the Immaculate Conception

25 Dec   – Christmas Day

For a current list of public holidays in Portugal, including the movable dates noted above, go to:

timeanddate.com/holidays

Is Portugal safe for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

Portugal legalized same-sex marriage in 2010 and has passed legislation protecting LGBT-identifying people from discrimination. Most Portuguese are open-minded and unconcerned when it comes to sexuality, particularly in the more touristed areas of Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve, but it’s worth remembering that Portugal is a Catholic country in which homosexuality is still not regarded as being ‘normal’.

As far as scenes go, Lisbon has a more prominent community and the annual highlights are the Lisboa Pride Festival in June and September’s QueerLisboa Film Festival. For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting  Equaldex  or  ILGA  before you travel.

If you are traveling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travelers who do not wish to share a room.

Is Portugal accessible for travelers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Facilities for people with physical limitations are lacking in Portugal when compared to many other European countries. On top of this, Lisbon and Porto are very hilly, with lots of stairs and cobblestones, and visitors with disabilities may have trouble getting around.

That said, things are improving and newer hotels and restaurants, as well as modern museums, have accessible facilities. The best transportation for those with disabilities is train, with an increasing number of stations having ramps, lifts and disabled bathrooms.

As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What to wear in Portugal

Pack for Portugal as you would for any other coastal European destination. If you’re traveling in the summertime, loose clothing that protects from the sun is best for the daytime, but be sure to cover your shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites. The winters can get quite cool, as can the evenings in spring and autumn, so pack a warm jumper and a raincoat too. See our   ultimate packing list   for advice on what to bring.

What's the accommodation like in Portugal?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Portugal, you may find yourself traveling by:

Most hotels used on Intrepid tours through Portugal are small, family-run guesthouses, so expect staircases instead of lifts and small rooms big on character.

How do I stay safe and healthy while traveling?

From Australia?

Go to: Smart Traveller

From Canada?

Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Does my trip to Portugal support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to Turkey directly support our foundation partner, REFOOD.

REFOOD work directly with local communities in Portugal to rescue quality food from going to waste and use this to provide meals for those in need. Donations help them promote a circular movement that benefits the environment and helps to feed those living in food scarcity.

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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Our small group trip to Portugal caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s looking for incredible beaches in the Algarve, fantastical castles in Sintra, and extraordinary architecture in Lisbon.

You’ll wind from the cobbled streets and endless red-tiled roofs of Lisbon toward the ancient UNESCO Heritage region of Evora before wrapping up on the relaxing, sandy beaches of the Algarve.

You’ll eat and drink your way along a walking tour, hop on tuk-tuks and explore the mansions of Sintra, and paddle through seaside caverns and grottos. This is a trip made up of savory treats, incredible people, and authentic experiences curated for those looking to learn, explore, or relax in one of Europe’s most exciting regions.

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4 nights in Lisbon

1 night in the historic town of Evora 

2 nights stay in the Algarve

All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

7 breakfasts

3 lunches (one at a vineyard with wine tasting)

Pastéis de nata cooking class

Private Taste of Lisbon Food Tour

Day trip to Sintra - tuk-tuk transport and entrance to Quinta da Regaleira

Private walking tour of Évora with entrance to the Chapel of Bones

Full day private boating experience

Public transfers to all included activities within Lisbon

Private transfers between cities 

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  Day 1 - Lisbon Lisbon Living

Arrive in the capital and get to know your new friends at the hotel in one of Lisbon’s most exciting neighborhoods.

After a welcome dinner with the group highlighted by stunning rooftop views, the evening is yours. Wander along narrow cobblestone streets and as you meander your way back, stop at any of the tiny bars nestled amongst the labyrinth of vibrant, red-roofed homes.

If you’re lucky, you can catch a Fado show as well—the beautiful, melancholy music echoes from barrooms and taverns across the nation. Just don’t let it bring you down; after all, you’re in Portugal.

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  Day 2 - Lisbon Oh Azulejos

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel to get the gears in that right-brain cranking; we're getting into the arts this morning.

By now, you've undoubtedly come across the colorfully complex tiles that line homes, shops, subway stations, and just about any other type of wall the Portuguese can find. Known as azulejos, these tiles have been kicking around this stretch of land since the 13th century when the Arabs invaded. With the rest of the crew, you're going to paint like a local and try your hand at some azulejo art.

The afternoon's free to wander the hills, and then you'll trade dinner for something a bit more fun as you explore the city's character and charm with a food and wine walking tour through one of Lisbon's trendiest neighborhoods. ​

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  Day 3 - Lisbon  / Sintra High class

Today, we’re hopping on the train to Sintra. In the cool mountain air, you’ll set out on tuk-tuks and twist between homes, shops, palaces, and castles that date to the Middle Ages.

After checking out the Romanticist architecture of the Pena Palace from a mountaintop viewpoint, we’re heading into the stone spectacle of Quinta da Regaleira, arguably Sintra’s most impressive palace. Wander the gardens and then twist down into the Initiation Well to explore the spine-tinglingly spectacular underground grottos.

You’ll have lunch with friends before heading back to Lisbon. The evening is yours to explore the artsy enclave of Alfama; no one will judge you if you set out for more wine.

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  Day 4 - Lisbon Unwind

After a day twisting up and down Sintra’s hills, it’s time to unwind—the day is yours to chill out or head off exploring with friends.

If you decide to stay in the city, consider hopping in a cab to the north of town and checking out the National Tile Museum. Housed in an ancient convent that was restored after being reduced to rubble in the earthquake of 1755, this colorful stop has numerous exhibits showcasing azulejo, or the traditional tile work found all over Portugal.

If you’re in the mood for a beach day, head to the Cais do Sodré train station and take the short ride to the resort town of Cascais for an afternoon in the sand.

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  Day 5 - Lisbon / Evora Back in time

After breakfast, it’s time to get cooking. Rich, crumbly custard tarts are on the menu. A specialty in the region, these savory pastries, known locally as pastéis de nata, are smooth on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Then, it’s time to head out on the road toward Evora. The inland city is older than the Portuguese capital and is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. Spend the afternoon walking back in time on a guided tour of streets and alleys once inhabited by the Celts, Romans, Moors, and Visigoths. You’ll even stroll through the hauntingly beautiful Chapel of Bones, a 16th-century skeletal structure built by Franciscan monks.

After your deep dive into ancient times, head to a group dinner, and if you’ve still got the energy, follow it up with some fun and bar-hopping.

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  Day 6 -  Evora  / Algarve beachbound

Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel in Evora before driving south to the Algarve, Portugal’s most spectacular beach region.

It’s a bit of a hike and this is Portugal after all, so we’ll pop off at a vineyard on the way down, and you can pop into some more of that famous Portuguese wine if you so desire (and if you feel up to it after a night at the bars).

We’ll get down to the Algarve by mid-afternoon, where you’ll check into your digs by the beach. Take the afternoon to soak up the sun or hop into the dazzling blue sea as it laps at the shore.

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  Day 7 - Algarve to the sea

Get out on the water and start exploring. 

The endlessly beautiful coast of the Algarve is made up of jagged limestone walls and staggering caves chiseled by the sea. You’ll explore it all on a private, day-long boating adventure.

Lunch will be prepared on board, so the day truly belongs to you. Lounge with friends, swim through the balmy waters, and explore the remarkable rocky coast of Southern Portugal. 

In the evening, we’ll all meet up for one final night of fun at our farewell dinner.

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Day 8 - Algarve farewell

Today is our last day in Portugal. We’ll share one final breakfast together before we all go our separate ways.

If you prefer to stick around to explore a bit on your own (which we recommend!), the hotel will be happy to store your bags.

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain  

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Just for Fun

The Portuguese town of Nazare holds the record for the world’s largest wave ever surfed.

Lisbon is home to the world’s oldest bookstore, Livraria Bertrand. It opened in 1732!

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All the wine makes sense when you discover that the vast majority of the world’s cork grows in Portugal.

While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you sho uld book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

Portugal in the summer can be quite hot, so pack your bags accordingly.

The Alfama district can seem like a real maze. If you’re ever lost, head downhill to the water.

Portugal is famous for long lunches; it’s not unusual for things to get delayed.

Ensure your passport is valid for 3-months after your return date.

More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here .

About portugal

Portugal is considered by many to be the cheapest country to visit in Western Europe. However, the secret is clearly out as tourism has boomed in recent years. From 2009 to 2019 international visitors grew from 6.4 million to 17.1 million. Today the nation is renowned for its incredibly preserved architecture, spectacular food, and fantastic wines.

GOOD TO KNOW

The official language is Portuguese.

Portugal’s currency is the Euro.

Tipping is not expected, but if you enjoyed your meal and the service, consider leaving between 5% and 10%.

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Fly into Lisbon (LIS)

You'll need to be in Lisbon by 2pm on Day 1. We do recommend flying in earlier to have some time to explore the city on your own!

Fly out of Faro (FAO)

Fly out of Faro at any time on day 8 or extend your trip and enjoy a few more days in the Algarve. Consider booking a roundtrip flight to Lisbon and taking the train or bus back to Lisbon from the Algarve.

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Portugal Small Group Tour Overview:  13 days south to north

The  Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, most famous for its beautiful beaches. Our tour begins in  Tavira , an ancient Moorish town turned resort offering a relaxed away-from-the-crowds experience.   Évora is the capital of the region of Alentejo and our next lodging destination. It was once an important city of the  Roman Empire and was later home to Portuguese kings.

Lisbon  hosts us for a three night stay in the old Moorish district of Alfama . Our explorations inside the city will include an extensive walking tour and the fabulous Jerónimos Monastery in Belem.  Outside, we will travel to peculiar  Sintra and also to the very pleasing town of  Cascais .  Coimbra is the medieval capital of Portugal.  Our time there includes a visit to the university and the fabulous Joanina Library followed by a performance of Fado .

The Douro River Valley  displays some of the most lush scenery anywhere. We’ll travel winding roads through vineyard covered hills to visit one of the oldest wineries in the region. Then we’ll take a private boat cruise upstream to  Pinhão and lunch on a balcony overlooking the river.  Porto has deservedly been voted one the world’s best tourist destinations. It has great food, a lively riverside scene, 300 year old Port caverns and outstanding architecture.  Above all you’ll meet welcoming Portuguese people throughout your journey.

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From the 1400s to the 1800s Portugal was a maritime powerhouse, a pioneer in navigation and cartography, home to daring seafarers and traders who established colonies in South America, Africa, India and as far away as Macau in the South China Sea.  Today Portugal is a small democratic country of 10 million inhabitants while Portuguese is the official language of 8 additional countries and spoken by over 300 million people.

The region of Algarve comprises the wonderful, sunny southern coastline where some of Europe’s best beaches lie, stretching from the eastern Spanish border to the western Atlantic coastline. Tavira is the Algarve’s most beautiful town with cobblestone streets, traditional architecture and fine dining. Our historic center lodging for the first two nights on tour is the Pousada Convento Tavira , a former 16 th century convent.

Arrival to Faro airport where you will be transferred to the hotel. Late afternoon orientation walk followed by aperitifs and welcome dinner.

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Tavira dates back to Phoenician times and was later dominated by Romans and Moors before being reconquered by Christians in 1242. During the Age of Discoveries Tavira was an important port – supplying wine, salt and dried fish to the expeditions.

The Ilha (island) da Tavira has one of the Algarve’s longest and most beautiful beaches. It is reached by a 20 minute ferry ride from the center of town and passes through the mudflats and lagoons of the Ria Formosa Nature Park.  The Atlantic waters are cold for swimming but the golden sand beaches allow for enjoyable walking.

The Gilão River flows through Tavira on its way to the Atlantic. The two sides of town are connected by the pedestrian “Roman Bridge” which is thought to be more likely a 17 th century reconstruction of a previous Moorish bridge.  Our guided morning tour begins here and will take us up to the remains of the former Moorish castle and includes a visit to the Igreja da Misericórdia to see the wonderful  Azulejos tiles.

Late morning train ride to the Algarve capital city of Faro .  Free time to wander and lunch on your own followed by a guided walk of the delightful, walled old town.

Evening free in Tavira

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Our morning visit is to charming  Mértola , perched on a hillside above the Guadiana River.  As the northernmost trading port on the river, Mértola has a long history of visitors and conquerors featuring Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans,  Visigoths, Moors and Christians. The sites we will visit regard the last two of these and include the mosque-turned church and museum, a typical Moorish home and the medieval archaeological site. Included lunch.

Transfer to Évora , a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Portugal’s best preserved medieval towns. Our lodging for the next two nights is the boutique Albergaria do Calvario hotel, located in the historic center of Évora.

Late afternoon and evening on your own to get charmed in the maze of cobblestone streets, visit the public gardens or just take in the view from the Giraldo Square.

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Évora has a long and rich history and within its walls hosts a fascinating display of monuments. It was a regional capital of Celtic tribes as far back as 3,000 B.C. and under Roman domination from the 2 nd century B.C to the 5 th century A.D. – remains from this period are parts of the thermal baths, city walls and the 1 st century A.D Roman Temple, originally dedicated to Augustus. The city was ruled by Moors for 450 years whose architectural influence is still noted today. Under the rule of the Portuguese kings beginning in 1166 Évora became one of Portugal’s most important medieval cities. This morning our local guide will walk us through the centuries, taking in the imposing Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral and the eerie Chapel of Bones.

Half of the cork harvested in the world comes from Portugal. The cork from cork oak trees is harvested just once every nine years and is used in myriad products such as insulation, tiles, shoes and handbags as well as wine bottle corks. The process of harvesting and processing of cork is very interesting as we will discover in a late afternoon factory visit.

Included dinner in a local restaurant that serves only what arrives from the farm and sea that very day.

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Mid-morning visit and tasting at a Quinta do Anjo family run winery.

Free time and lunch on your own at the coastal resort town and beach at Costa da Caparica.

Mid-afternoon departure for the fabulous city of Lisbon! Our lodging for three nights is the Aurea Museum hotel, located in the famous Alfama district. The Alfama is the oldest and most characteristic part of Lisbon, squeezed between the Tagus River and the hilltop São Jorge Castle. After check-in at the hotel your tour manager will guide you through the winding lanes and picturesque small squares that rise up to the castle.

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The Tagus River , the longest of the Iberian Peninsula, originates in Spain, flows through northern Portugal, opening to become an estuary at Lisbon before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. Its wide, slow moving waters, well protected from the ocean allowed the city to become a prosperous trading center through the rise and fall of many civilizations – the Roman Olisipo , the Visigoth Ulixbona and to the Moors, who ruled until 1147, it was al-Us̲h̲būna . Beginning in the 15 th century Portuguese navigators and traders traveled the globe, established colonies, brought back luxury goods and Lisbon became one of the richest, most vibrant cultural centers on the planet.

In 1755 Lisbon was devasted by an earthquake estimated to be of 8.5–9.0 magnitude, followed by a twelve meter high tsunami and a raging fire that lasted five days. An estimated 30,000 people lost their lives and most of the city, excluding the Alfama, was in ruins.  But, within one year, the city was cleared of rubble and new broad avenues, large squares and seismically protected buildings were under construction. This morning we will further explore Lisbon with a guided tour of the Chiado and Baixa areas of the city.

Cascais is one of the loveliest seaside towns anywhere, with small beaches, a pedestrianized Old Town, excellent restaurants, grand mansions, villas and gardens. Free time and lunch on your own.

Sintra is an attractive but busy mountainous tourist village set amidst forests and ferns, most famous for the nearby crazy, colorful and crowded Pena Palace.  We will arrive mid afternoon, after the cruise ship buses have departed, for a guided visit to the worthwhile Sintra National Palace , a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Portuguese kings. The palace was built atop a former Moorish castle in various architectural styles of the 15 th and 16 th centuries.

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The Belém district is located 6 kilometers west of the Lisbon center and is home to many of the city’s most important monuments. Situated on the banks of the Tagus, the early 16th century Belém Tower was built as part of the city’s defense network and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Monument to the Discoveries was constructed in 1960 to honor the Portuguese Age of Discoveries . It is decorated with 33 of the most important figures of that period including Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan.

The Jerónimos Monastery and Cloister is an enormous, fabulous complex in Manueline design – a lavish and thematically complex architectural style named after King Manuel I. Construction began in 1501 and was completed a century later. The monastery is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After some free time for lunch along the riverside we’ll take in the National Coach Museum , a wonderful collection of 16 th to 19 th century coaches.  Beautifully maintained and restored – most were royal carriages – they show the evolution of private transport from horse drawn up the earliest motor cars.  Included in the museum is an exhibition of the Royal Family’s Departure for Brazil in 1807.

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Today we drive north from Lisbon to Coimbra with very interesting stops along the way.

Óbidos is a charming, fortified medieval hill town with a well-preserved castle. The main gate is beautifully decorated with glazed blue and white Azulejo tiles. Do try the local specialty – Ginja de Óbidos – a delicious cherry liquor served in edible chocolate cups.

The upper part of  Nazaré  has spectacular views from its headland 318 meters down to its lovely long, sandy beach. Some of the world’s biggest waves break here.

The Knights Templar were headquartered at Tomar for hundreds of years. They constructed the castle and the Charola, the Templar chapel, in the 12th century. Four centuries later the chapel was incorporated into an architectural splendor, the Convent of Christ.

The Palacio da Lousã , just north of Coimbra, occupies an 18th century palace in the heart of a wonderful mountain range, the Serra da Lousã.   Included dinner at the Palacio.

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Morning free in Lousã.

Coimbra  was originally a Roman town. It was conquered by the Moors in 713 and, after the Reconquest, was the first capital of Portugal in the 12th and 13th centuries. The University was founded in 1290, making it one of the oldest in Europe.

In the afternoon we will have a guided visit of the University’s Royal Palace, the Chapel of St. Michael and the Joanina Baroque Library, followed by a performance of Fado.

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Morning departure to Aveiro , where we’ll visit the factory and museum of Portugal’s most well-known producer of porcelain.  Aveiro is a colorful coastal town crossed with canals and moliceiros , gondola-style boats. You’ll have free time here to take a ride and to enjoy lunch at an outdoor cafe in one of the town squares.

Arrival to Porto where our lodging for the last three nights on tour is the Pestana Porto – A Brasilera , located in the heart of the historic district.

The Ribeira district of Porto, the oldest part of the city alongside the river, is filled with small restaurants and bars, street musicians and strollers. From there the city slopes up the hillside where you’ll find narrow cobbled streets, beautiful architecture and vintage shops and coffee houses.

Evening on your own to enjoy the riverside scene of cafes and restaurants.

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The Douro River  originates in northern Spain, some 900 kilometers from where it spills into the Atlantic Ocean. It forms a long stretch of the Portugal/Spain border, then passes through vineyards and agricultural areas down to the cities of Porto and, just across the bridge, Vila Nova de Gaia .

Early morning departure from our hotel for one of the most scenic rides in all of Europe. After a coffee stop in picturesque Amarante we’ll arrive to the Alto Duoro River Valley , the world’s oldest designated wine region. Most famous for the production of fortified Porto wines, vintners these days also produce excellent reds and whites.

Visit to the one of the oldest wineries in the region with a tour through their wine museum, a walk through their cantina for an explanation of how fortified wines are made, followed by an included lunch overlooking an amazing land and riverscape. Just below the winery we’ll board a private boat for the 45-minute cruise on the Douro to the village of Pinhão .

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Morning guided walking tour of Porto that includes two UNESCO sites – the 15 th century Gothic church Igreja de São Francisco , the 19 th century Palacio de Bolsa – and the beautiful interior of the São Bento train station.

Afternoon free to visit one of the Caves , the historic Port wine cellars of the Vila Nova de Gaia – easily reached on a short walk via the Dom Luis I Bridge, one of six fabulous bridges that cross the Douro. The underground cellars, some of which are 300 years old, reflect the trade history between England and Porto and the early English dominance of Port wine production.

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  • Transfers from Faro Airport
  • 12 nights’ five-star (2) and four-star (3) hotel accommodations
  • Tourist accommodation tax
  • All breakfasts, 5 dinners and 2 lunches. Beverages included.
  • All ground transportation Days 2-12
  • All activities and admissions listed in Highlights
  • Full time professional tour manager
  • Day 13 morning transfers to Porto airport at scheduled times
  • City walking tours with local guides in: Tavira, Faro, Mértola, Évora, Lisbon, Óbidos, Coimbra and Porto
  • Cork factory visit
  • Visit to a wine estate in Azeitão
  • Monastery and Cloister at Belém
  • National Coach Museum at Belém
  • National Palace at Sintra
  • Convent of Christ at Tomar
  • Royal Palace at Coimbra
  • Private Fado concert at Coimbra
  • Porcelain museum & factory visit at Aveiro
  • Winery visit & tasting Douro valley
  • Rabelo boat trip to Pinhão
  • Palacio da Bolsa at Porto

Tour begins : Tavira

Transfers from Faro Airport are included

Tour ends : Porto

Morning transfers to Porto airport are included

How to get there : Purchase multi-city tickets into  Faro  Algarve Airport (FAO) and out from  Porto  Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport (OPO).

Suggestions: May 7-19 Portugal and May 19-31 Galicia and the Basque Country fit back to back in 2023. Transfers from Porto to Santiago de Compostela on May 19 are included.

Day 1 — Tavira, Portugal

Day 2 — Faro, Portugal

Day 3 — Mértola, Portugal

Day 4 — Evora, Portugal

Day 5 — Costa da Caparica, Costa da Caparica, Portugal

Day 6 — Lisbon, Portugal

Day 6 — Sintra, Portugal

Day 6 — Cascais, Portugal

Day 7 — Belém, Portugal

Day 8 — Obidos, Portugal

Day 8 — Nazaré, Portugal

Day 8 — 2300 Tomar, Portugal

Day 9 — Coimbra, Portugal

Day 10 — Aveiro, Portugal

Day 11 — Amarante, Portugal

Day 11 — Pinhão, Portugal

Day 12 — Porto, Portugal

Be prepared to up to 4 hours a day on your feet. In Lisbon and Porto there are inclines and steps.

Age is not important as long as you are reasonably fit and a good walker.  If you have mobility issues this is not the right tour for you . Please call us if you have questions.

1. PRICES, DEPOSITS, PAYMENTS, REFUNDS

  • Prices shown are per person, double occupancy, in euro.
  • The deposit is 800 euro per room.
  • Balance payments are due 70 days prior to tour start.
  • Deposits and balance payments are accepted by Visa and Master Card or by bank wire. After your deposit has been received we will send you an invoice with the due date and amount for the balance of payment. Should you fail to make final payment by the date specified on your invoice, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without refund.
  • Cancellations and refunds: in the unlikely event that we would cancel your tour you would be entitled to a 100% refund within 2 weeks after the tour’s cancellation.

If you cancel your tour reservation:

1. are 50% refundable up until 180 days prior to tour start date.

2. are 100 % non-refundable less than 180 days prior to tour start date.

Balance payments

3. are 98% refundable 70 days or more prior to tour start date.

4. are 48% refundable 70 to 31 days prior to tour start date.

5. 30 days or less prior to tour start date: no refund.

Physician documented emergency medical reasons or police documented cases of accident, flood, fire or crime are required for refunds.

We do not provide refunds for: non-medical personal problems; air carrier delays or cancellations; inability to obtain passports; business problems or emergencies.

2. TRAVEL PROTECTION

Covid-19 Policy:  All tour members including tour managers and drivers must be fully vaccinated.

We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For information on available plans or to enroll, go to insuremytrip.com 

It is not possible for Amber Road Tours to provide protection coverage of any sort and you agree to buy insurance or travel at your own risk.

3. INCLUDED

Transfers from Faro Algarve Airport to Tavira hotel. All ground transportation Days 2-12. Morning transfers on Day 13 to Porto airport at scheduled times. 12 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast. 5 dinners and 1 lunch including beverages (wine or beer or soft drinks and water). Admissions to all sites visited as a group, as listed in bold on the tour itinerary.

4. NOT INCLUDED

Air transportation, all meals not listed above, room service, mini-bar, phone calls, etc.

5. ARRIVALS

If you are visiting Portugal only for the 13 days of our tour you will want to purchase a multi-city flight into Faro and out from Porto. Transfers will be scheduled after we receive the arrival times of all the tour participants. Your tour manager will be expecting you at the hotel in Tavira.

6. DEPARTURES

Morning transfers to Porto airport at scheduled times.

You are allowed one suitcase and one airline regulation size carry-on bag. If you exceed this limit there may not be space in the coach to transport your excess luggage and it will be at your own expense to have it transported throughout the tour. We suggest that you bring a daypack for carrying water, guide books, jacket, rain gear, etc.

Porterage for one bag per person is included, your carry-on bag is yours to wheel or carry.

8. WALKING ON TOUR

There is a lot of walking on this tour and you will be on your feet several hours each day. This tour is not suited for anyone who has problems with knees, back, heart, obesity or those who cannot manage steps and moderate inclines . Age is not important as long as you are reasonably fit and a good walker.  If you have mobility issues this is not the right tour for you . Please call us if you have questions.

9. TRANSPORTATION

Day 1 by sedan or maxi van taxi

Days 2 – 12 by air conditioned coach

Day 13 by sedan or maxi van taxi

Are located in quiet locations within historic districts. European hotel rooms are generally smaller than those in the U.S., and have one queen/king bed or two twin beds, with private bath.

11. SINGLE TRAVELERS

We have space available for three singles on each of our tours. They are provided with single-use double rooms. The additional single room supplement cost can be found on the Calendar page of our website.

For our recommended tours and dates, as listed in our web site, are guaranteed for groups of six or more participants.

For groups with fewer than six participants, a supplemental charge may be applied when the estimated total cost of operating the tour exceeds the revenues paid.

We do not sell optional excursions or take you on shopping expeditions. Your additional expenses will be for non-included meals, moderate tipping where appropriate, and personal sightseeing or shopping.

13. EASY TRAVELERS

For the enjoyment of all our guests on tour we ask those who choose to travel with Amber Road Tours to be congenial, lighthearted and to take small issues in stride. Should you have any issues please address them to your tour manager – he or she is your Amber Road Tours’ representative during your time on tour. Once your tour is finished you will be emailed a link to our website where you can leave comments about your experiences and suggestions about how we can improve our services.

14. NO SMOKING / NO CELL PHONES

We have a no smoking policy on all tour buses, at group meals and at all sites visited. The same policy applies to the use of cellular phones.

15. LIMIT OF LIABILITY

No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expense, accident, injury, or damage to any person or property due to the actions or omissions of any person, or any cause, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, defects in machinery, breakdown of equipment, weather, pandemic, quarantine, or other causes beyond our control.

16. COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Our Covid-19 protocols are designed to protect the health, safety and well being of our tour group members.  S hould a traveler display symptoms of Covid-19 he or she must take a rapid antigen test. In the unfortunate event of a positive result they must immediately leave the tour, at their own expense.  Should there be a lag time between diagnosis and departure, client must remain in isolation and have no further contact with the group. Amber Road Tours will assist them in getting to their next destination. Spouse or travel companion must also be tested. If the result is negative, he or she may continue on tour.  

Amber Road Tours follows the protocols and regulations of the countries where we travel. In the absence of clear guidelines, CDC protocols regarding positive travelers will be used.

It is essential for tour participants to purchase Covid-19 protected travel insurance to cover eventual expenses and reimbursement for lost tour days.

17. MEMBERSHIP ON TOUR

Amber Road Tours reserves the right to accept, reject, or not retain any person as a tour participant whose condition or general deportment impedes the operation of the tour or, in the opinion of the tour manager, affects the rights and enjoyment of other guests. A guest not retained on tour shall have no cause for complaint or refund, and shall bear any and all extra expenses that ensue.

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Visit the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Évora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace, Arabian Hall and a local port wine cellar in Porto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar and the Gothic Monastery at Batalha

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    2024 2025 11 Day Portugal Tour to Lisbon, Algarve and Porto Travel 11 days, 1 country and 16 cities Accommodation 10 nights Meals 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners Itinerary View day-by-day trip itinerary This Best of Portugal journey reveals a nation's proud history, warm-hearted locals and soul-warming cuisine.

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    On our Portugal tours for young adults, you'll wander Sintra, dive into Lisbon, and soak up the sun in the Algarve with solo travelers in their 20s and 30s. Come explore Portugal with a group of likeminded 20s and 30s and explore the Portuguese lifestyle and culture from all aspects - the food, the language, the people, the history and, of ...

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    Poetry in Motion Find a world where poets, painters, and pastry shops keep rhythm with the soulful sounds of Fado music and medieval marvels on a Globus escorted tour of Portugal. Stroll through medieval Obidos, and see the tomb of explorer Vasco da Gama at Lisbon's Jeronimos Monastery.

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    Last stop was a historical location dating to the early 1700s. The place was an archeological gold mine with exceptional wines and ports. The lunch was the best I have had on any tours and the staff was amazing. Great tour. Would highly recommend Alex. His knowledge of Portugal is great and he is great to talk with.

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    Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 105 Reviews. Small group tour to Portugal. Set off on your discovery of colorful coastal Portugal, motherland to Europe's greatest explorers, with our small group tour. Discover the highlights of the sun-kissed capital Lisbon, stop by the fairy-tale castles of Sintra, admire the Jerónimos Monastery in Belem ...

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    # 1 of 113 matches premier Exodus Travels 4.7 18,068 reviews 22 trips to Portugal Type : Global Operator Service level : standard Trip Style: Group Tours, Small Ship & Expedition Cruises, Independent / Self-Guided Packages Age Range: 35-55, 55+ Health Safety + Cancellation Policy What they're known for