This incredible tour will offer you the opportunity to see the major cities in Portugal in a small group tour which will offer you best personal experience as you explore this vast country of beauty. You will visit some of the country’s most impressive sites, including the UNESCO heritage sites in Sintra city, Fatima, Pinhão and Batalha. Sample Portugal’s fine food and drink, learn about its long and interesting past from an expert guide, enjoy Porto and it's beautiful scenery along the Douro River.
- Explore Lisbon’s postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways
- Admire the splendid Sintra City and its colorful monuments
- Enjoy wine tasting in Portugal's famous wine region
- Have a boat tour in Aveiro: the city of canals also known as the Venice of Portugal
- Explore Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 2,000 years of history
DAY 1: April 11, 2020 - Arrival into LISBON, Portugal.
Welcome to Lisbon! On your arrival at the airport, meet our local representative who will transfer to your hotel. The check in for your hotel will be available after 3:00 PM. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. There will be a welcome dinner tonight to meet your traveling companions for the week.
Overnight in Lisbon at the Fenix hotel for 2 nights. (D)
DAY 2: April 12 - LISBON - SINTRA CITY - CASCAIS - ESTORIL
After breakfast we will have a panoramic visit to the city of Lisbon and arrive at Belém, the location of the Mosteiro de São Jerónimo of the XVI century (5th place among the seven wonders of Portugal), and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your next stop will be at the Torre de Belém, a fortified tower that played a significant role during the Age of Discoveries. Then you continue to Sintra village which is also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese town situated up to the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. This hilly and slightly cooler climate enticed the nobility and elite of Portugal, who constructed exquisite palaces, extravagant mansions and decorative gardens. We will also visit the Pena Palace, the Monserrate Palace and Castle of the Moors located in the beautiful Park of Pena.
In the afternoon, you will continue onto Cabo da Roca and Cascais. There is an opportunity for a sightseeing tour of Cascais, to help you discover this beautiful coastal town. The old fishing town is home to the medieval Nossa Senhora da Luz Fort and the Citadel Palace, a former royal retreat. You will continue to Estoril before heading back to Lisbon.
Overnight in Lisbon (B,L)
DAY 3: April 13 - LISBON – OBIDOS – NAZARE – BATALHA – FATIMA – AVEIRO
Enjoy breakfast and check out of the hotel. You will travel to Northern Portugal with your first stop at the medieval walled city of Obidos. Obidos shows a typical Portuguese charm, from the narrow-cobbled streets and the quaint houses to the imposing hilltop castle, which once guarded the region. You will continue to Nazaré, a typical fishing village and seaside resort, famous for its high waves. The tour will continue to Batalha, and you will have time to admire the Santa Maria monastery listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Near the end of your day you will arrive in Fátima, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three young shepherds and turned the place into one of Christianity’s most important pilgrimage sites. Finally, your adventurous day ends in Aveiro, the city known as the Venice of Portugal thanks to its picturesque canals. Enjoy a boat ride along the network of canals to admire the city from a different viewpoint. You will see the facades inspired by the romantic Art Nouveau period that is responsible for the city’s reputation as an open-air Art Nouveau museum. The bright colors mixed with fluid and curved lines and wrought-iron accents make these architectural treasures stand out.
Overnight in Aveiro at the Moliceiro hotel (B, D)
DAY 4: April 14 - AVEIRO – LAMEGO – QUINTA NO DOURO - DOURO
Today, after breakfast, you will continue your trip to Pinhao, which is located at the center of the Douro wine region. This city has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its cultural landscapes. On your arrival you will have a Moliceiro boat tour along the Aveiro river to admire the beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and salt pans. You will continue the tour to Lamego and visit its impressive 600 meters high baroque sanctuary, dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies. Next we will visit the city center and have lunch in an excellent local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will visit a winery estate in the Douro Valley to become familiar with the methods of producing port wine. We will enjoy a wine tasting here. The Remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore the area on your own.
Overnight in Duoro (B,L)
DAY 5: April 15 - DOURO – PINHAO – BOAT RIDE IN DOURO - GUIMARAES
After a wonderful breakfast you will head towards Pinhão, the heart Douro Valley Wine Region, classified by UNESCO as Cultural Landscape. You will experience a boat ride in the Douro river among the vineyards and wine estates and visit the Train Station which is decorated with a collection of beautiful tiles showing typical scenes of the Douro valley all related to port wine production. Continue to Amarante, a pretty town with a lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, cloths, and an immense array of other items for sale. You will then journey to the city of Guimarães, known as the birthplace of Portuguese nationality. Remainder of the day and evening is at your leisure.
Overnight in Guimaraes at the Hotel Lamego (B)
DAY 6: April 16 - GUIMARAES – BRAGA – PORTO
This morning you will take a walk and see the historic city center of Guimaraes. You will visit the medieval Castle of Guimarães (1st place among the seven wonders of Portugal) and the Dukes of Bragança Palace. Time for lunch at your leisure then you will continue to Braga, where you will be visiting Bom Jesus do Monte, a Portuguese sanctuary located in Tenoes, on the outskirts of Braga in northern Portugal. This sanctuary is a pilgrimage site that holds a monumental Baroque stairway which climbs as high as 116 meters. From here on, you will visit the historical center of Braga that offers the best scenic views of the mountains. You will drive to Porto later today. Group dinner this evening in town.
Overnight in Porto Hotel da Musica for 2 nights. (B, D)
DAY 7: April 17 - PORTO
Your day will begin in Porto with 3-hour walking tour. Experience northern Portugal’s historic city of Porto, known for its curved streets and blend of Moorish and Roman influences. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city center, explore Porto Cathedral and Baroque churches, and learn how grapes traveled the Douro River to the coast where winemakers make famous Port. Afternoon at your leisure. Tonight we have a farewell dinner to say goodbye to beautiful Portugal and our new friends.
Overnight in Porto (B, D)
DAY 8: April 18 - PORTO - Return Home
Today after breakfast, you will transfer to Porto Airport for your return flight home. (B)
Cost: $2723.00 based on Double Occupancy. Land Only (Roommates can be provided)
Cost: $3553.00 With Air from JFK
Cost: $3671.00 with Air from MIA
Single Supplement: $835.00
Please inquire about Air cost from other Gateway cities
Deposit $500.00 Land Only
Deposit $1500.00 Air/Land Package
Booking/final payment deadline is 90 days prior to departure.
SAVE 3% OFF Tour cost if paying by check or ACH transfer
- 7 nights hotel with taxes
- Daily breakfast
- 3 lunches
- 3 dinners
- Entrance fees to all sites visited as per itinerary
- Local Tour Guide
- Private Driver and transfers to all included sites and cities visited
- R/T airport arrival/departure airport transfers if traveling on scheduled days
- Visit of the winery estate Quinta in Douro with wine tasting
- Boat trips: Moliceiro in Aveiro and Rabelo in Pinhão
- All Air taxes and fuel surcharges if purchasing the Air package
- Hotel Taxes
- Welcome Gift
- International Airfare into Lisbon and out of Porto if not purchasing Air package
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks with meals
- Room charges such as calls, mini bar, laundry, room service
- All personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities for driver, guide
- Additional tours or activities not included in program
- Passport, Visa fees, departure tax if any
- Pre/Post nights at hotels
Entry Requirements: Visitors from the US, Canada and Australia need a valid passport, Visas are not required for Americans, Canadians or Australians visiting for less than 3 months. If you are a citizen of another E.U. country, you do not need a passport, only an identity card. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you intend to leave the European Union. Make sure you check your passport expiry date at least 2 months prior to travel. Before traveling abroad it's a good idea to make two photocopies of your passport, driver's license and credit cards. Leave one copy at home with a friend or family member and another bring with you.
Time Zone: Portugal is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and 8 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time in the United States. Like many European countries, Portugal has daylight savings time which lasts from late March to late September.
Weather: Portugal is one of the warmest European countries. The month of April is one of the best times to see Portugal as the weather is getting warm however not the Hot temperatures of the summer, with highs around 66 and the lows around 52. The attractions are less crowded than during the peak travel months of July and August.
Currency: The Euro, the single European currency, is the official currency of Portugal. Foreign currency can be exchanged at post offices, banks, and exchange offices. Some hotels and travel agencies also will exchange currency, but beware of the service charges, which can be as high as 3% - 5%. Airports usually charge the highest fees. The best way to get cash in the local currency is from an ATM. Keep in mind that most banks impose a fee every time a card is used at another bank's ATM, and that fee can be higher for international transactions ($5 or more) so try and withdraw as few times as possible. Credit cards are accepted by most shops and restaurants however check with your credit card company regarding foreign exchange fees. You will also have a better chance making deals at local shops if paying with cash.
Electricity: Voltage in Portugal is 200 volts AC (50 cycles) and the plug is the typical European plug with two round prongs. Any heat generating appliances that you bring needs a transformer, and they may still not work properly with the different voltage. Hairdryers are provided at the hotels.
Taxes/VAT: Portugal has a value-added tax (VAT) on most purchases made within the country, and the price you see advertised, already includes it. It ranges from 6% (for books) to 23% (general goods). Known in Portugal as the IVA, the amount is almost always written on the bottom line of the bill. Luxury goods such as jewelry and expensive imported liquors include a 30% built-in tax. To get a VAT refund on purchases that qualify, present your passport to the salesperson and ask for the special stamped form. Present the form with your purchases at the booth marked for IVA tax refunds at the airport. You'll get your money refunded right at the booth.
Health: Portugal does not offer free medical treatment to visitors. Travelers from Canada and the United States must pay for medical services,however you will be reimbursed by your travel insurance. There are very few health problems encountered while traveling in Portugal. The tap water is generally safe to drink, the milk is pasteurized, and they offer good health services. Pack prescription medications in your carry-on luggage, and carry prescription medications in their original containers, with pharmacy labels, otherwise, they won't be allowed through airport security. Also bring along copies of your prescriptions in case you lose your them.
Activity level: During the Portugal Tour, we will travel by private van. At each stop we will be walking quite a bit. To be able to fully enjoy the tour and participate in scheduled activities, you need to be able to walk, at a leisurely pace, up to 3 or so miles on some days, many times this is on cobbled streets and uneven surfaces. You should be able to stand unassisted for up to 30 minutes at times during the tours. You will need be able to climb stairs, get on and off the boat, without any assistance. At times you will need manage your own luggage. This trip is pretty easy for the average person however if you can't or choose not to participate in certain activities this is at your own discretion. However it cannot affect the groups participation nor can any tours or activities or refunds be offered or changed due to an individual not being able or not wanting to participate.