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Overview

See the best of Portugal and discover its treasures from Lisbon and Porto to small genuine towns. During your 10-day tour learn about Lisbon's unique fishing culture, get an insight of incredible Portuguese cities from medieval Obidos and Evora to inspiring Batalha and university city Coimbra. Get an exclusive chance to learn about and taste famous Porto wines in the Douro Valley and travel to the cradle of Portugal Guimaraes.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.82 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    9 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    Private transfers between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 train ride between cities
    Funicular ride
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided walking city tours
    4 guided tours with private transportation
    6 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 9 breakfasts
    2 lunches
    Wine tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon - the fabulous capital of Portugal! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

Day 2
Lisbon Walking City Tour

After breakfast, you meet your guide and enjoy a panoramic walking sightseeing tour of Lisbon.

During the tour, you see the most famous attractions, including Restauradores Square with the Obelisk commemorating the Restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640.

You take a funicular up to the Bairro Alto and admire the view of the Mouraria district and the Sao Jorge Castle, the charming neighborhood of Chiado abundant in old cafés, shops and theaters.

Then you proceed to Baixa including Rossio Square, where you learn how the city was destroyed in 1755 by a massive earthquake, and then totally rebuilt to become the city of today. Continue to Alfama Lisbon’s oldest district to admire Se Cathedral - the city’s oldest church and Commerce Square before returning back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you may join an optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Fado show with dinner.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Trip to Sintra & Visit to the Belem Quarter

Following breakfast you meet your driver-guide and start your journey on an exciting day-trip to one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations - UNESCO-listed Cultural Landscape of Sintra, that is famous for its fairy-tale castles and beautiful scenery. Upon arrival you visit the Pena Palace with a round trip shuttle bus (up to the Pena Palace).

Then you have some free time for lunch (not included) before your driver-guide takes you back to Lisbon. Upon arrival you visit the Belem Quarter, where you admire the Jerónimos Monastery (from the outside). You also make photo stops at the ancient Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoverers.

After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Lisbon's Fishing Culture

In the morning after breakfast prepare for an exciting day of exploring Portugal’s traditional fishing heritage - an integral part of the culture which is often missed by tourists.

Together with your guide-driver, you head for Fonte da Telha Beach to visit an old fishing village. Here you learn about local fishermen' traditional way of life and the different fishing techniques which they are used to apply. You continue traveling along the coast to the Arrabida Mountain Range to view the spectacular Sado estuary which is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays of the world.

You then are transferred to the city of Setubal, a home to Livramento Market famous for a huge assortment of local seafood. As the highlight of the tour, you have lunch at a traditional family-run fisherman´s restaurant and enjoy a delicious typical Mediterranean meal.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in Lisbon and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 5
Trip to Coimbra via Obidos & Batalha

In the morning following breakfast you check out and start another day of exploring Portugal. Your guide-driver meets you at your hotel and takes you to the charming town of Obidos. During the tour you admire its medieval castle dating back to the 12th century and the authentic white painted houses with terracotta tiled roofs.

You contnue your trip to Batalha, whose name means 'battle'. The town developed in the 14th century alongside the monastery, which was constructed by King Dom João I after Portugal defeated Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota. You explore the majestic Monastery of Batalha, the masterpiece of Gothic architecture homoured with UNESCO World heritage status (entrance is included). 

Your final destination for today is the city of Coimbra where you check in to your centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

You can add a stop in Fatima or Conimbriga on the way to Coimbra.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Exploring Coimbra & Departure to Porto

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel. Together with your guide, you go on a sightseeing tour of Coimbra highlights.

Coimbra, located in the heart of Portugal, was the medieval capital for more than 100 years and is the oldest university city in Portugal. Monumental, inspiring and surprisingly charming, the city faces the Mondego River, crowned by the University and its stunning baroque library.

In the afternoon, your driver takes you to the train station where you take a train to Porto - the romantic second-largest city in Portugal (train tickets are included). In about three hours you arrive in the city, where your driver meets you and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Exploring the Highlights of Porto

After breakfast, you meet your guide who takes you on an exhilarating walking tour of Porto's main landmarks.

Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto encompasses one of the oldest European town centers which is in fact registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first stop of your tour is the iconic Lello Bookshop, the oldest bookshop in Portugal. This bookshop was often visited by J.K.Rowling when she taught English in Porto. During the tour, you also admire the most iconic city monuments, including the railway station of Sao Bento, the Porto Cathedral and San Francisco Church.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Day Trip to the Douro Valley & Port Wine Tasting

Following breakfast you meet your guide-driver who takes you on a full day tour to the breathtaking Douro Valley Wine Region - a famous UNESCO Heritage Site recognized as the best river destination of Europe.

The tour starts in the historical city of Amarante, where you see the impressive Bridge and Sao Goncalo Church. Afterwards, you make a stop in Regua - the center of the Port wine region.

As a highlight of the tour you are taken to wine tasting at Quinta Do Seixo from Sandeman, renown for its amazing view from the top of the mountain to the vineyards. Here you are treated to a wine tasting and lunch.

Your route then takes you along one of the most beautiful roads of Portugal to the small town of Pinhão, where you see beautiful blue tin-glazed ceramic tilework called Azulejos at the famous railway station.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel in Porto and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast, lunch, and drinks are included.

Day 9
Braga & Guimaraes Old Town Sightseeing Tours

After breakfast your guide-driver takes you to Minho - the greenest region of Portugal, famous for its amazing landscapes, wonderful cultural heritage, and authentic handicrafts, which make Minho a region with a very unique personality full of traditions.

Upon arrival in the capital of the region - the ancient city of Braga, you visit its 11th century Braga Cathedral (entrance tickets are included) and admire the impressive Sanctuary of Bom Jesus.

You then take a trip to the cradle of Portugal - the medieval city of Guimaraes, where you explore its UNESCO-listed Old Town and visit its famous Palace of the Dukes (entrance tickets are included).

After the tour your guide-driver takes you back to your hotel in Porto. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Departure from Porto

This is the last day of your amazing tour of Portugal! After breakfast, your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Portuguese vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our Extension to Algarve, Portugal's stunning southern region. Contact your specialist for details.

Breakfast is included.


Included

9 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • 2 lunches with local Portuguese cuisine;
  • Wine tastings according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Regular class train tickets from Coimbra to Porto;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights,  other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Tour highlights
  • A fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Private transfers throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Discovering Lisbon's traditional fishing heritage during our special tour and lunch at a traditional fisherman´s restaurant;
  • A rendezvous with the "city of students" and its University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in the world, that had major influence on learning and literature throughout the Portuguese-speaking world;
  • The grandeur of King's João I gratitude to the Virgin Mary for his victory over the Castilians and consolidation of the Portuguese nation manifested in the Batalha Monastery that you have a chance to witness;
  • Seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Douro Valley Wine Region with its 2,000-year-old winemaking tradition all included in one package.
What to Know
  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$2,894
Deposit $579
Two travelers: double occupancy
based on double occupancy
$3,394
Deposit $679
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$2,894
Deposit $579
Two travelers: double occupancy
based on double occupancy
$3,394
Deposit $679

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I was hesitant to book a tour since I always travel solo and make my own arrangements; however, I was very pleasantly surprised. The arrangements were excellent; the group was small, and the tour guides were some of the best I've had in all of my travels. Communication about pick up times could be improved, but overall I...

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