The long slice of Portugal occupies the most southwesterly corner of Europe and has a close relationship with the ocean – a seafood-rich cuisine, world-class beaches and stunning cliffs and sea caves, and a prominent place in history as a major maritime power. The Portuguese themselves refer to the 3 F's (Fado, Fatima and Futbol) that carried the country through its authoritarian rule in the 1900s, but of course there's much more in store for the curious traveler than mournful fado music, Catholicism and the nation's favorite sport. With a mild climate and an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Portugal is a great destination for the off-season when you can avoid the crowds and still have some beach days. Travel to the hilly cobbled streets of Lisbon and taste the famous custard pastries, sip a ginjinha in the medieval walled town of Óbidos, hike the mountains of Gerês in the north, taste the excellent wines of the beautiful Douro Valley, step inside the fairytale palaces of Sintra, admire the tiled monuments and port wine cellars of Porto, and go on a dolphin-watching excursion along the Algarve Coast.
Porto – Lisbon – Lagos
This classic itinerary is great for first-time visitors to Portugal.
Porto (4 nights) – Ribiera district, river cruise and Port wine tasting, Minho region, Douro Valley towns and wineries, Coimbra, Nazare and Obidos
Lisbon (4 nights) – Belem district and Jeronimos Monastery, Sintra palaces and Cascais coast
Lagos (4 nights) – Evora old town, Algarve Coast with beaches and nature
Minho Region – Douro Valley – Porto
This itinerary of Porto and the Douro is especially interesting for anyone who loves wine.
Amarante (2 nights) – Amarante old town, River Tâmega & vinho verde, Northern Portugal towns
Quinta Nova (1 night) – Douro River cruise, Casa de Mateus
Porto (3 nights) - Ribiera district, river cruise and Port wine tasting
Fatima – Porto - Urgeirica
See the best of Northern Portugal with this short trip or extension.
Fatima (1 night) – from Lisbon to Mafra National Palace, Óbidos town, Alcobaça Monastery, Nazaré village, Batalha Monastery & Fátima
Porto (3 nights) – Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto city tour, Guimarães, Braga, Barcelos, Viana do Castelo & Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Amarante and Douro Valley
Urgeirica (1 night) - Serra do Bussaco mountain range and Tomar's Convent of Christ
Regions of Portugal
The itineraries outlined above are just a few of the possibilities for your trip! Each request for a tailor-made itinerary is different and prices will vary based on your travel dates, group size, hotel and room type preferences, tour and transfer choices, etc. Private trip prices start at $1750 per person (double occupancy) per week.
Please call us for a detailed day-by-day itinerary for any of the programs above. Or, jump straight to the planning form and send us a request! After speaking with one of our expert travel specialists, you will receive your own custom-designed travel plan.
In general, our custom travel itineraries include everything needed to ensure a smooth trip. This can always be modified according to your needs and where you are in your stage of planning:
- - Hotel accommodation with breakfast daily
- - Airport transfers
- - Transfers between destinations (whether by car, van, boat, train, ferry, etc.)
- - Private or group sightseeing as requested (including entrance fees)
- - Personalized support, with contact before, during and after your trip
We are also happy to provide when requested:
- - Flights between North America and Europe
- - Travel insurance
- - Visa assistance
Our programs do not include:
- - Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
- - Laundry and personal items
- - Bottled beverages or alcohol, and meals where not listed
- - Hotel city tax