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11 Day Portugal Tour to Porto, Lisbon & Evora

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11 Days
1 Country

Portugal

13 Cities

Lisbon, Lagos, The Algarve, Évora, Monsaraz, Tomar, Coimbra, Pinhao, Douro Valley, Guimaraes, Porto, Fátima, Obidos

15 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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Tantalize your senses during this 11-day women-only tour through Portugal. On this small group tour, a Local Expert shows you the historic downtown of Lisbon and the finest square in the city, Terreiro do Paço. From the hilltop perch of Monsaraz, see across the Spanish plains beyond Alqueva Lake and meet a local boat captain during a cruise on the lake’s calm waters. In Tomar, see the Templar Castle and explore its awe-inspiring rotunda with a Local Expert. Indulge in a farm-to-table meal featuring locally sourced ingredients. Taste port wine at Antónia Adelaide Ferreira’s cellars. Stroll through Portugal’s second city, Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage town, and relax in your contemporary hotel in the city’s picturesque historic district. 

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Day 1

Welcome to Lisbon

On arrival at Lisbon International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel. Settle in and relax before joining your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travelers during a pleasant evening of good food and wine. 

Iconic tram in the old town of Lisbon, Portugal
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

About the Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is a five-star luxury hotel in heart of Lisbon. All rooms have been tastefully decorated with free WiFi and air conditioning. You can enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Sky Lounge or relax in the on-site spa, the largest in Lisbon. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa with pool
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Hotel
Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travelers.

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Authentic Dining

Day 2

Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries

Your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço. See the ancient Belém Tower and marvel at the Monument to the Discoveries. Explore more of the Belém Quarter as you learn how to make the iconic patisserie Pastéis de Belém.

This evening, perhaps gain further insight into Portuguese culture over an optional meet-and-greet with a Fado singer followed by dinner and a Fado show.

Monument to the Discoveries on the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon View Hotel Details
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Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

About the Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is a five-star luxury hotel in heart of Lisbon. All rooms have been tastefully decorated with free WiFi and air conditioning. You can enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Sky Lounge or relax in the on-site spa, the largest in Lisbon. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa with pool
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Hotel
Top Rated Highlights Famous arch at the Praca do Comercio, Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon City Tour

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

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Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Cooking Class making Pasteis De Belem in Lisbon, Portugal
Cooking class making Pasteis de Belem

Portugal offers endless opportunities for the curious traveler. Delve into the culinary world over a Pastéis de Belém Cooking Class with a professi...

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Insight Experiences

Optional Experiences Optional Meeting with a Fado Singer in Lisbon, Portugal
Meeting with a Fado Singer

Known as ''the soul of the Portuguese identity,'' Fado is the emotive national song. Take in an unmissable performance of this UNESCO-recognised ar...

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Day 3

The Algarve

Cross the River Tagus and head for the sun-drenched southern coast to reach Lagos, a fishing port nestled in the bay of Meia Praia. After free time to explore, continue to your resort hotel set within a magnificent 360-acre estate. Simplicity is in the soul of Algarve cuisine, along with seafood so fresh it still tastes of the sea. A short walk away specialized Portuguese seafood restaurants hug the coastline, overlooking the Atlantic. 

Sunset on city of Ferragudo, Lagoa Municipality, Lagos Portugal
Ria Park Hotel & Spa View Hotel Details
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Ria Park Hotel & Spa

About the Hotel

Olhão, Portugal

This hotel is enshrined in luxury and is located in the exclusive Vale de Lobo valley, surrounded by stunning scenery. Guest rooms are elegantly designed and the lagoon style pool offers the perfect place to relax during your stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional

Day 4

Everlasting Évora

Journey to the medieval walled city of Évora where cathedrals, churches, aqueducts and ancient castle walls all serve to create the feeling that this beautiful city is a living, breathing museum to Portugal's rich past. Join your Local Expert to explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Roman Temple and visit the Capela dos Ossos, an extraordinary 17th century chapel comprising the skulls and bones of 5,000 bones. Visit the cathedral with its attractive mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. With the rest of the afternoon at leisure, you may wish to continue to stroll through Évora’s unique historical center, or the serene city park, following the aqueduct inside the city walls. 

Street view with old residential buildings in Evora, Portugal
M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto View Hotel Details
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M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto

About the Hotel

Évora, Portugal

Among the white-washed houses of Évora, next to the Roman aqueduct, the 5-star M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto hotel blends part of an old monastery with modern design.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Roman temple of Diana in Evora, Portugal
Évora City Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site guided by your Local Expert and see the famous Roman Temple. While sightseeing, witness the fascinating cat...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Cork Factory Visit

As we drive through the arid Alentejo region, notice the red bark of the cork trees. This precious, naturally occurring and regenerative resource s...

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Day 5

Monsaraz and Évora

Travel to the striking white village of Monsaraz, situated on an imposing hilltop, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. From the castle ruins, admire the spectacular views across to the dry Spanish plains, contrasting with the blue of Europe's largest artificial lake. Join a local boat captain for a leisurely cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Alqueva. Relax and enjoy calming waters, picturesque views and tales of river life. Sit down to a delicious Highlight Lunch at local restaurant Sem Fim, once an olive mill. Enjoy a wide range of tasty tapas dishes showcasing the local cuisine and soak up the vibrant; cheerful atmosphere. Return to Évora where the evening is at your leisure to explore this beautifully preserved regional capital.

Walking the streets of Monzaraz, Portugal
M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto

About the Hotel

Évora, Portugal

Among the white-washed houses of Évora, next to the Roman aqueduct, the 5-star M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto hotel blends part of an old monastery with modern design.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Experiences Captain on a Monsaraz cruise, Monsaraz, Portugal
Cruise Lake Alqueva with a Local Captain

Join a local boat captain for a tranquil cruise of Lake Alqueva. Relax and enjoy calming waters, picturesque views and tales of river life.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Authentic Dining Monsaraz Highlight Lunch in Evora, Portugal
Monsaraz Highlight Lunch

Enjoy a memorable Alentejo Highlight Lunch at local restaurant Sem Fim, once an olive mill. Indulge in dish-after-dish of the tastiest tapas in a vibrant setting.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

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Explore the Monsaraz Castle Ruins

Surrounded by cork oaks and vineyards, wander through the castle ruins to admire the incredible view over the Spanish plains that contrast with the...

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Day 6

On to Tomar

This morning, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit Casa Relvas for a wine tasting. Despite the dry climate of the Alentejo region, they have been producing exceptional wine using innovative techniques to reduce the use of water. Continue to Tomar and visit one of Portugal’s historical jewels, the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your Local Expert, explore the octagonal Templars' Rotunda in the cloister and glimpse the day-to-day life of a warrior monk in the domestic areas. Outside on the battlements, the Manueline Window is a national masterpiece. You also visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best-preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal, housing a small Jewish museum. 

City Tomar, Spain
Hotel dos Templários View Hotel Details
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Hotel dos Templários

About the Hotel

Tomar, Portugal

Hotel dos Templários enjoys a privileged location in the middle of the city of Tomar, close to the historical center surrounded by majestic gardens and the Nabão River.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Tomar Templar Castle Tour, Lisbon, 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 Expert, see the M...

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Top Rated Highlights The old gate of Templar Convent of Christ in Tomar, Portugal
Tomar City Tour

Learn about the history of the town through its architectural influences as you take a tour guided by a Local Expert.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Narrow street and the Synagogue in Tomar, Portugal
Visit the Synagogue of Tomar

Guided by your Local Expert, visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Vineyards in Alentejo, Portugal
Traditions of the Alentejo

During a wine tasting session, appreciate the delicate yet complex nuances of Alentejo wine, and learn how the Relvas family has been managing to k...

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Make Travel Matter

Day 7

Coimbra and the Douro Valley

In Coimbra, your Local Expert shows you the highlights and insights of the Old Town, including the University of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the impressive baroque university library, one of the finest in the world. Your journey continues past verdant hills and lush vineyards, along the tranquil waters of the Douro River. Visit Quinta da Pacheca where Maria Pimental, one of the first woman winemakers in the Douro, makes incredible wine. Gain insights into the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley, a premier wine region with a growing presence of female winemakers.   

Coimbra old cathedral and courtyard in Coimbra city, Portugal
Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa Douro Valley View Hotel Details
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Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa Douro Valley

About the Hotel

Douro Valley, Portugal

Overlooking the Douro Valley's terraced vineyards and meandering river, the Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa offers contemporary comforts in a picturesque setting. Delight in panoramic views of a region recognised by UNESCO for its Outstanding Universal Value. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights The courtyard of the university in Coimbra, Portugal
Coimbra City Tour

Guided by your Local expert, head through Old Town and pass by the Old Cathedral and the Almedina neighborhood.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Coimbra University Visit in Coimbra, Portugal
Coimbra University Visit

With a Local Expert, visit the University and witness the triumphal arches, painted ceilings, golden flourishes and walls of ancient tomes.

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Farm To Table in Douro, Portugal
Farm to Table at Quinta da Pacheca Winery

Savor local flavors over a farm-to-table meal at Quinta da Pacheca. Learn about the esteemed winemaker Maria Pimental, who holds the distinct honor...

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Authentic Dining

Day 8

Guimarães and Porto

Journey to Guimarães to admire the views from the ruined castle and explore the cobbled streets and cozy squares. Continue to Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage town and where Portugal originates to explore with Insight Choice. Choose to join your Local Expert and visit the São Bento Railway Station. Alternatively, enjoy a panoramic drive through the city led by a Local Expert.

As evening descends, you are at leisure to enjoy your boutique, five-star hotel in the heart of Porto’s historic district. Sample the flavors of the region during a Caves Ferreira Visit and Port Tasting, gaining insight into winegrower Antónia Adelaide Ferreira. Afterwards, consider joining an Optional Experience to see the narrow façades of Porto's Ribeira district before cruising on a traditional Rabelo boat and dining at a riverside restaurant. 

Guimarães and Porto, Porto, Portugal
Pousada do Porto Rua Das Flores View Hotel Details
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Pousada do Porto Rua Das Flores

About the Hotel

Porto, Portugal

Located on the pedestrianized Rua das Flores, with famous landmarks of the historic center mere steps away, the Pousada do Porto is a perfect starting point for an in-depth exploration of Porto's main sites.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Clerigos Tower and city roof tops in Porto, Portugal
Porto City Tour

Enjoy a panoramic drive through the city streets with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Porto cityscape with the Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal
Porto São Bento Railway Station Visit

Visit the São Bento Railway Station and walk on the Dom Luis I Bridge, which spans across the River Duoro connecting the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights City Orientation Guimaraes Portugal
Explore the Guimarães Old Quarter

Enjoy views from the ruined castle and explore the maze of streets in the historic Old Quarter.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Tasting Four glasses of port produced in Porto, Portugal
Caves Ferreira Cellars Visit and Port Tasting

Delve into the history of Port wine and immerse yourself in the story of winegrower Antónia Adelaide Ferreira at Ferreira Cellars. Embark on a guid...

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Tasting

Optional Experiences See colourful Porto from the Douro river, Portugal
Dinner by the Douro and River Cruise

Aboard a traditional Rabelo boat, marvel at the sites along Porto's Douro River and its delta. As the setting sun highlights Porto's historic skyli...

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Day 9

Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro

With a full day free to enjoy at your own pace, take a stroll to admire the multi-colored houses and churches covered in beautiful, glazed tiles. Perhaps choose to visit Braga, the capital of baroque. In the evening, enjoy a mouth-watering dinner with exquisite wine at an authentic Porto restaurant.

Woman walking past azulejos wall Porto, Portugal
Pousada do Porto Rua Das Flores View Hotel Details
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Pousada do Porto Rua Das Flores

About the Hotel

Porto, Portugal

Located on the pedestrianized Rua das Flores, with famous landmarks of the historic center mere steps away, the Pousada do Porto is a perfect starting point for an in-depth exploration of Porto's main sites.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Authentic Dining Celebration Dinner, Porto, Portugal
Porto Celebration Dinner

Shared experiences and memories are often the foundation for special bonds and friendships. Toast your travels with wine and good cheer during your...

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Visit Braga and Bom Jesus in Portugal
Braga & Bom Jesus

Spend your morning with a Local Expert traveling through the lush green Minho, Portugal's most northerly province, stopping at its capital, Braga. ...

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Day 10

Holy Fátima, Ancient Óbidos and Lisbon

Continue to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned place of pilgrimage. Explore the basilica or consider visiting the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Next, journey to the fortified town of Óbidos and walk within its walls, exploring the narrow, medieval streets where houses are covered with flowers. Your travels then lead you to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

Sao Pedro Church in Medieval Town Obidos, Portugal
Dom Pedro Lisboa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Dom Pedro Lisboa

About the Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

The Dom Pedro Lisboa is a luxury 5 star hotel in the center of Lisbon, which enjoys stunning views over the River Tagus and the Castle of São Jorge. Moments away is the fashionable Avenida da Liberdade boulevard and Lisbon's best shopping mall, Amoreiras Shopping Center, boasting panoramic city views from its viewpoint. After a day of sightseeing choose to relax at the hotel's SPA Aquae, equipped with an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sanctuary of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal
Visit the Chapel of Apparitions in Fatima

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

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Charming walled town, Obidos, Portugal
See the Walled Town of Obidos

Lead by your Travel Director, walk through the picturesque narrow streets up to the main square of this ancient walled town.

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 11

Depart Lisbon

After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Lisbon International Airport. 

Included Meals Breakfast

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Lisbon City Tour

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

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Insight Experiences
Cooking class making Pasteis de Belem

Portugal offers endless opportunities for the curious traveler. Delve into the culinary world over a Pastéis de Belém Cooking Class with a professi...

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Évora City Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site guided by your Local Expert and see the famous Roman Temple. While sightseeing, witness the fascinating cat...

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Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Cruise Lake Alqueva with a Local Captain

Join a local boat captain for a tranquil cruise of Lake Alqueva. Relax and enjoy calming waters, picturesque views and tales of river life.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Explore the Monsaraz Castle Ruins

Surrounded by cork oaks and vineyards, wander through the castle ruins to admire the incredible view over the Spanish plains that contrast with the...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
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 Expert, see the M...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Tomar City Tour

Learn about the history of the town through its architectural influences as you take a tour guided by a Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Synagogue of Tomar

Guided by your Local Expert, visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Traditions of the Alentejo

During a wine tasting session, appreciate the delicate yet complex nuances of Alentejo wine, and learn how the Relvas family has been managing to k...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Coimbra City Tour

Guided by your Local expert, head through Old Town and pass by the Old Cathedral and the Almedina neighborhood.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Coimbra University Visit

With a Local Expert, visit the University and witness the triumphal arches, painted ceilings, golden flourishes and walls of ancient tomes.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Porto City Tour

Enjoy a panoramic drive through the city streets with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Porto São Bento Railway Station Visit

Visit the São Bento Railway Station and walk on the Dom Luis I Bridge, which spans across the River Duoro connecting the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Explore the Guimarães Old Quarter

Enjoy views from the ruined castle and explore the maze of streets in the historic Old Quarter.

Included in Trip
Tasting
Caves Ferreira Cellars Visit and Port Tasting

Delve into the history of Port wine and immerse yourself in the story of winegrower Antónia Adelaide Ferreira at Ferreira Cellars. Embark on a guid...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Chapel of Apparitions in Fatima

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
Top Rated Highlights
See the Walled Town of Obidos

Lead by your Travel Director, walk through the picturesque narrow streets up to the main square of this ancient walled town.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Lisbon Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travelers.

Monsaraz Highlight Lunch

Enjoy a memorable Alentejo Highlight Lunch at local restaurant Sem Fim, once an olive mill. Indulge in dish-after-dish of the tastiest tapas in a vibrant setting.

Farm to Table at Quinta da Pacheca Winery

Savor local flavors over a farm-to-table meal at Quinta da Pacheca. Learn about the esteemed winemaker Maria Pimental, who holds the distinct honor of being among the first woman winemakers in the Douro. Well-known for her work as a professor at Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Maria was influenced by her grandfather, who established wineries and served as president of the Port Wine Institute until 1976. When her grandfather passed in 2000, Maria returned to her home to help her family with the harvest. She then began working at Quinta da Pacheca as its winemaker, a position she holds proudly to this day.

Porto Celebration Dinner

Shared experiences and memories are often the foundation for special bonds and friendships. Toast your travels with wine and good cheer during your Celebration Dinner at a restaurant in Porto, devoted to the enjoyment of regional cooking.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Ria Park Hotel & Spa
M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto
Hotel dos Templários
Pousada do Porto Rua Das Flores
Dom Pedro Lisboa

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
Cork Factory Visit

As we drive through the arid Alentejo region, notice the red bark of the cork trees. This precious, naturally occurring and regenerative resource s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner by the Douro and River Cruise

Aboard a traditional Rabelo boat, marvel at the sites along Porto's Douro River and its delta. As the setting sun highlights Porto's historic skyli...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Braga & Bom Jesus

Spend your morning with a Local Expert traveling through the lush green Minho, Portugal's most northerly province, stopping at its capital, Braga. ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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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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Great itinerary, beautiful sights and very informative.
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Review date: Monday, September 30, 2019
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Alyssa Rucker was helpful, thorough, and very responsive. She answered my inquiries promptly, and made a few changes I’d suggested quickly. It’s always a pleasure working with her.
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Thank you so much! We will be sure to share your comments with Alyssa.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
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A very comprehensive tour of Portugal, covering most, if not all, the major attractions. My onlynsuggestion would be to lengthen the vacation byba couple of days to allowforca more leisurely pace, and the ability to explore some of the towns we stayed in.
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Review date: Monday, May 27, 2019
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Easy and helpful. Made it easy to goto London first and then Lisbon.
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Review date: Monday, May 27, 2019
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Have used them before and smooth arrangements. No issues to report.
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Review date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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An exceptional experience, 5 star thru out the complete trip. Sara our tour director was outstanding in all areas of our travels, very caring and taking care of all of our needs every day, very knowledgeable and a great young lady. Our bus driver was the best you could ask for, a safe and experienced driver. Overall, already planning our next trip with GET. Tom & Terry Marshall
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Review date: Monday, May 7, 2018
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Booking with them is always a pleasure to deal with.Out tour director was super so much and our GET tour Dave always does a super job for us.
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Always great prices when you book early and pay in full.
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