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See a gorgeous Lisbon sunset over the city's red roofs on a guided tour of Portugal.
11 Days
1 Country

Portugal

16 Cities

Lisbon, Panoias-Ourique, The Algarve, Cape St. Vincent, Lagos, Évora, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Guimaraes, Porto, Coimbra, Tomar, Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, Obidos

15 Meals

4 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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This Best of Portugal journey reveals a nation’s proud history, warm-hearted locals and soul-warming cuisine. Starting in Lisbon, you’ll travel north and south to explore a Templar stronghold, watch thoroughbreds perform at an Alentejo farm and visit the Algarve.

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Day 1

Welcome to Lisbon

A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most iconic sights.

Tram in Lisbon, Portugal
Accommodation Turim Av Liberdade Lisbon
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Discover Colorful Lisbon

Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover the ‘New World’. With our Local Specialist, see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus, and Belém Tower, built as a fortress protecting the city of Lisbon. Dive Into Culture on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 16th-century Manueline architecture and art. There’s time to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra, before perhaps enjoying a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the soulful and touching sounds of the fado this evening.

Miradouro Santa Luzia in Lisbon, Portugal
Accommodation Turim Av Liberdade Lisbon
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Monument to the Discoveries on the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon City Tour

Explore with your Local Specialist, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see th...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Dive Into Culture Visit the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon
Discover the Hieronymite Monastery

Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Royal Portuguese Riviera Visit in Cascais near Lisbon, Portugal
The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

We'll venture outside Lisbon with our Local Specialist today. After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesqu...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and music in Lisbon, Portugal
Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

Fado is the expressive national song of Portugal, often called the soul of their identity. Tonight, we'll visit one of the famed local fado houses ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to the Algarve Region

We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air at our Be My Guest experience as we Connect With Locals over a traditional lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were reared at the pleasure of King João VI in the 18th century. Our journey continues further south, bound for the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve – our home for the next two nights.

Beach and ocean with boat in Algarve, Portugal
Accommodation Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa Albufeira
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Stud farm visit and traditional home-cooked lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo
Lunch with Tiago and Vera in beautiful Alentejo

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Be My Guest

Day 4

Cliffs, Beaches and More in the Algarve

The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning coastal drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach. We end our excursion with a visit to the resort town of Lagos – once the home of Henry the Navigator.

Lighthouse at Cape St. Vincent, Portugal
Accommodation Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa Albufeira
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Explore the history of the Algarve in Portugal
Explore the Algarve

Explore the history of the Algarve in depth.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Faro and Almansil, Portugal
Faro and Almancil Excursion

With your Local Specialist you’ll head to Faro, the historical capital of the Algarve, to visit the old walled town and to have some time for souve...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy an authentic local dinner cooked in a traditional Cataplana and served with Portuguese wines, Algarve, Portugal.
Algarve Dinner

Join us tonight for an authentic local dinner, where we’ll taste exquisite dishes cooked in a traditional ‘Cataplana’, accompanied by other specialties and delicious Portuguese wines.

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to Elegant Évora

Journeying north, we travel to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your Local Specialist for a visit to the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Then, spend the rest of your day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praça do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the medieval village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel.

Cathedral Basilica Se Nossa Senhora Assuncao in Evora, Portugal
Accommodation M'ar de Ar Muralhas Évora
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Cobblestone street and Capela dos Ossos in Evora, Portugal
Évora City Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Specialist and see the famous Roman Temple. Witness the fascinating cathedral and its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Monsaraz & the deep Alentejo drive, Portugal
Monsaraz And The Deep Alentejo Drive

Follow your Local Specialist through the vineyards and groves of cork oaks to charming Monsaraz, one of the most famous and beautiful villages of t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Venture Past Mountains to Viseu

Our first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white façades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter. Travel north towards the Serra de Estrela mountains and arrive later in Viseu, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, and see the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.

Medieval street in Castelo de Vide, Portugal
Accommodation Hotel Grão Vasco Viseu
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The historic center of Castelo de Vide, Portugal
Explore Castelo de Vide

See the traditional cobblestone streets and whitewashed homes of Castelo de Vide.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Beira Dinner in a Dao Wine Cellar, Portugal
Beira Dinner in a Dão Wine Cellar

Today we drive into the heart of the well-known region of Dão Wine, to find out how the wines are produced and enjoy our Beira Dinner in a Wine Cel...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Through the Douro Valley to Porto

Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley, where Port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus Rosé wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the riverside town of Porto where we will spend the next two nights.

Vineyards in the Douro Valley, Portugal
Hotel Neya Porto View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Neya Porto

About the Hotel

Porto, Portugal

Step into history at the historic Hotel Neya Porto, born out of the ruins of the Convento Madre Deus de Monchique, a 16th-century convent built on the banks of the Douro River.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Iconic Experience Baroque architecture of Mateus Palace, Portugal
Palácio de Mateus Visit

Admire the Baroque architecture of Mateus Palace and its gardens.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Travel past the grape vine terraces of the Douro Valley, Portugal
Scenic drive through the Douro Valley

Marvel at the extensive terraced vineyards as you travel through the Douro Valley.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Garden in Guimarães, Portugal
Visit the ''Birthplace of Portugal''

See Guimarães Castle and the Palace of Dukes before walking through the medieval squares of central Guimarães. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise and dinner in Douro, Portugal
Douro Cruise and Dinner

Enjoy a glass of port and a relaxing and leisurely cruise along the Douro River. You'll have a chance to see two medieval "world heritage" cities p...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Explore Vibrant Porto

Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour in Porto, which takes you past baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro River. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada's Alhambra, then Dive Into Culture and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic center of Porto admiring the azulejo-clad façades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest bookstore.

Visit colourful Porto town, Portugal
Hotel Neya Porto View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Neya Porto

About the Hotel

Porto, Portugal

Step into history at the historic Hotel Neya Porto, born out of the ruins of the Convento Madre Deus de Monchique, a 16th-century convent built on the banks of the Douro River.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Dive Into Culture Enjoy Port tasting and learn about it's production in a Port cellar in Porto
Discover the flavors of Portugal's Port heritage

Savor the flavors of Portugal's centuries-old Port heritage and gain insights into its local production at a tasting in a Port cellar.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Rabelo Boats in the Douro River, Porto, Portugal
Porto City Tour

See the Clérigos Tower, Avenida dos Aliados and the Palácio da Bolsa former stock exchange. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Braga and Bom Jesus in Portugal
Old Town Braga and Bom Jesus Sanctuary

Spend the afternoon with our Local Specialist traveling through the lush green Minho, Portugal's most northerly province, stopping at its capital, ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Seafood dinner by the Atlantic Ocean in Porto Portugal
Flavors of the Atlantic

Savor the authentic flavors of the Atlantic at our seafood dinner, featuring fresh and locally sourced fish and seafood. Our menu pays tribute to t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

On to Coimbra and Pilgrimage to Fátima

Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities with a Local Specialist, then stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar. We join a Local Specialist to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Later, we arrive in the pilgrimage center of Fátima, visited by millions of Catholic pilgrims, where three young shepherds famously saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

Visit Coimbra town, Portugal
Accommodation Hotel Fátima
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience The courtyard of Coimbra University, Portugal
Coimbra University Visit

With a Local Specialist, visit the University and witness the triumphal arches, painted ceilings, and walls of ancient tomes in the Joanina Library.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience The old gate of Templar Convent of Christ in Tomar, Portugal
Tomar Templar Castle Visit

Dominating the town is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ. During your visit with a Local Specialist, see t...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Arcade of the Sanctuary in Fatima, Morocco
Visit the Chapel of Apparations in Fátima

Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

Experience Village Life Returning to Lisbon

En route to Lisbon, with a Local Specialist we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is the fishing village of Nazaré, before we visit the medieval walled city of Óbidos with its whitewashed houses and cobblestone streets. Celebrate our last evening in Portugal together at a Farewell Dinner in an family ran vineyard, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Toast to an incredible journey over organic wine and locally sourced flavors.

Monastery in Batalha, Portugal
Accommodation Smy Lisboa Lisbon
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Uncover centuries of winemaking heritage when you meet the Bibich family
Vale da Capucha Farewell Dinner

Bid farewell to your Portuguese adventures at the award-winning organic vineyard Vale da Capucha. This family-ran farmhouse prides itself in producing organic and biodynamic wines.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Visit the Monastery of Batalha in Portugal
Batalha Visit

Join a Local Specialist to see the Monastery of Batalha, with included entry to the cloisters and chapels.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Portugal's Costa de Prata, Nazaré
Nazaré Visit

Enjoy time at leisure on Portugal's Costa de Prata.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Charming walled town, Obidos, Portugal
Explore Óbidos

Stroll along the cobblestone streets and view the traditional azulejos of medieval Óbidos, perhaps stopping in a local shop to try the regional cherry liqueur, Ginja. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Farewell Lisbon

Say a fond adeus to your fellow travelers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday.

Pastry in Lisbon, Portugal
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Lisbon City Tour

Explore with your Local Specialist, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see th...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Hieronymite Monastery

Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch with Tiago and Vera in beautiful Alentejo

Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked Be My Guest lunch with Tiago and Vera in ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore the Algarve

Explore the history of the Algarve in depth.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Évora City Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Specialist and see the famous Roman Temple. Witness the fascinating cathedral and its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Castelo de Vide

See the traditional cobblestone streets and whitewashed homes of Castelo de Vide.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Palácio de Mateus Visit

Admire the Baroque architecture of Mateus Palace and its gardens.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic drive through the Douro Valley

Marvel at the extensive terraced vineyards as you travel through the Douro Valley.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the ''Birthplace of Portugal''

See Guimarães Castle and the Palace of Dukes before walking through the medieval squares of central Guimarães. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the flavors of Portugal's Port heritage

Savor the flavors of Portugal's centuries-old Port heritage and gain insights into its local production at a tasting in a Port cellar.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Porto City Tour

See the Clérigos Tower, Avenida dos Aliados and the Palácio da Bolsa former stock exchange. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Coimbra University Visit

With a Local Specialist, visit the University and witness the triumphal arches, painted ceilings, and walls of ancient tomes in the Joanina Library.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tomar Templar Castle Visit

Dominating the town is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ. During your visit with a Local Specialist, see t...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Chapel of Apparations in Fátima

Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Vale da Capucha Farewell Dinner

Bid farewell to your Portuguese adventures at the award-winning organic vineyard Vale da Capucha. This family-ran farmhouse prides itself in producing organic and biodynamic wines.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Batalha Visit

Join a Local Specialist to see the Monastery of Batalha, with included entry to the cloisters and chapels.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Nazaré Visit

Enjoy time at leisure on Portugal's Costa de Prata.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Óbidos

Stroll along the cobblestone streets and view the traditional azulejos of medieval Óbidos, perhaps stopping in a local shop to try the regional cherry liqueur, Ginja. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Lisbon, Coimbra, Tomar, Évora and Porto
Discover the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Nazaré and Óbidos
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 Batalha's Gothic Monastery
View the Castle of Guimarães and the Shrine at Fátima

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hotel Neya Porto

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

We'll venture outside Lisbon with our Local Specialist today. After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesqu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

Fado is the expressive national song of Portugal, often called the soul of their identity. Tonight, we'll visit one of the famed local fado houses ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Faro and Almancil Excursion

With your Local Specialist you’ll head to Faro, the historical capital of the Algarve, to visit the old walled town and to have some time for souve...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Algarve Dinner

Join us tonight for an authentic local dinner, where we’ll taste exquisite dishes cooked in a traditional ‘Cataplana’, accompanied by other specialties and delicious Portuguese wines.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Monsaraz And The Deep Alentejo Drive

Follow your Local Specialist through the vineyards and groves of cork oaks to charming Monsaraz, one of the most famous and beautiful villages of t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Beira Dinner in a Dão Wine Cellar

Today we drive into the heart of the well-known region of Dão Wine, to find out how the wines are produced and enjoy our Beira Dinner in a Wine Cel...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Douro Cruise and Dinner

Enjoy a glass of port and a relaxing and leisurely cruise along the Douro River. You'll have a chance to see two medieval "world heritage" cities p...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Old Town Braga and Bom Jesus Sanctuary

Spend the afternoon with our Local Specialist traveling through the lush green Minho, Portugal's most northerly province, stopping at its capital, ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flavors of the Atlantic

Savor the authentic flavors of the Atlantic at our seafood dinner, featuring fresh and locally sourced fish and seafood. Our menu pays tribute to t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Portugal: Portuguese
  • Currency used in Portugal: Euro (€)
  • Capital of Portugal: Lisbon
  • Time Zone(s) in Portugal: Western European Time Zone (WET), Western European Summer Time (WEST)

 

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Portugal for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Portugal
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Portugal has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. The coastal areas experience cooler temperatures compared to the inland regions. Summers are typically hot, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C, while winters are mild, averaging around 10°C to 15°C. The southern region, particularly the Algarve, tends to be hotter and drier, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 40°C during heatwaves.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
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No problems here.
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The hotels throughout the trip were not that great. The Turim hotel in Lisbon was really bad. The bathroom was dangerous for older people. The tub/shower had not handholds.
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Review date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
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Air France flights from Lisbon to Boston were substandard with broken air vent blowing cold air for seven hours to Lisbon and ceiling panel dislodging during a hard landing at Boston. Portugal trip was good. One glitch in Porto:. Guests not choosing optional tour in afternoon were expected to walk considerable distance and over a bridge back to the hotel despite a two hour lunch break. A long haul on a hot day. Overall a good trip. We learned a lot from our tour director Jorge and the city guides.
John Soli
Review date: Sunday, May 12, 2024
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, March 25, 2024
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Food was stated pork with a few clams on top. Was seafood. Don't require us to pay for transfers if it doesn't work with flights.
Vacation
Was good but too many churches
Stefan Mattlage
Review date: Monday, October 23, 2023
Service
We had booked a trip for March 2020 and had to cancel because of covid. GET was great about extending g vouchers so we didn't lose money
Vacation
It was great but not enough down time. We might have liked Togo that least one national park.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Service
The agent was very helpful, knowledgeable, thorough and patient. They were available for questions I had throughout the whole process.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you on behalf of everyone at GET. We appreciate your kind words and your business.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
The trip was amazing. The director was very knowledgeable, entertaining, friendly and helpful. The driver was very efficient, helpful and friendly. They both went over and above for our group. The trip itself not only gave a lot of history, but so much beauty, not only of buildings, but countryside and people as well.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, September 18, 2023
Service
They were very accommodating and responsive to questions
Vacation
Although the hotels had coffe powder in room there was no cream and one hotel had no kettle. Some of us like to have coffee first thing in the morning and 7 am is too late given all the early starts. Lobby coffee would be an alternative. Also the albufeira hotel room was literally 10 feet from a bus stop with CONSTANT noise and the last hotel had a filthy carpet
Mack Cranford
Review date: Saturday, June 17, 2023
Service
every thing was excellent. Our tour guide Pedro Pinto was amazing. He went out of hex way to make sure we all were very pleased. Awesome guide
Vacation
Beautiful country and again our guide really is what made our trip great. Pedro Pintp
Kathleen Mitchell
Review date: Monday, May 29, 2023
Service
Great experience Nuno is the Best travel Specialist, knowledgeable, fun, helpful to each person, best tour ever. Over all was well planned trip, fun group to travel with
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like an amazing trip. Thank you for sharing your comments and for booking with us.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Vacation
Very beautiful and interesting trip, well planned itinerary
John Hammel
Review date: Saturday, May 27, 2023
Service
It was a great experience from A to Z. Great service, expertise and professionalism.
Vacation
Simply Great, Great, Great. Tour guides, drivers et al was top notch.
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