This itinerary includes Portugal’s two biggest cities, a slew of historic villages, and some spectacular beaches for an epic adventure to remember. Start off in up in the UNESCO-listed Porto before making your way south to Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts. You’ll also get time in Évora and Coimbra—each with their own medieval attractions and dining scenes—before kicking south for a few days in the Algarve.
  • Spend your last few days relaxing on gorgeous sandy beaches near Tavira
  • Take an evening gastronomy tour around Porto
  • Try the authentic Porto Wine
  • Discover Lisbon with a Local
* Rent a car and explore Portugal at your leisure with this customized trip plan

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Trip Overview
  • Category
    Cultural, Highlights
  • Days
    11
  • Nights
    10
  • Accommodation
    Boutique hotel
  • Transportation
    Train & private car
  • FROM $3.195

Day 1 (Arrival Day): Welcome to Portugal

Porto

Porto Food Tour

Upon arrival, you are met by the driver who will take you to the hotel.

In the late afternoon, you will have your first taste of vintage Porto cuisine, the best of the past that the city has to offer today. Guided by a Porto native, you will be led on an exploration of the renaissance that the city is experiencing. From the rebirth of specialty food shops to the new restaurants adopting old ways to traditional buildings finding new purposes, this tour is for those who enjoy experiencing the best of the past with a modern twist.

Enjoy seven vintage tasting locations, that will take you back in time to an era of high quality, simple products, and recipes made by people who love what they do. Learn about the families that own these places and why they are an integral part of what makes gastronomy in Porto so unique. While you taste three different Port wines, including a vintage Port wine, you will learn about the history of this drink and why it is a timeless favorite.

Day 2

Porto

Porto Guided Visit

This morning you will head out to start your half-day visit in Porto. This excursion will lead you through the most important landmarks of Portugal’s second most populous city. Settled by Romans, this is an emblematic city known for its delicious Port Wine, medieval townhouses stack up beside the beautiful Douro River and churches wearing their blue-and-white “azulejo” tiles.

The guide will explain to you the rich history of this city, also called “Invicta” (the Unbeaten City), its heroes and battles, and will guide you towards the trendiest and most cultural area of the city. Boavista Avenue, one of the most important streets, and Foz, the place where the river meets the sea, have some of the most important museums and modern local treasures. Then, the city center invites a long visit. Being a UNESCO site, here we will admire the most renowned Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Classical monuments and sites, like the São Bento Railway Station, Clerigos Tower, the Church of St. Francis, Lello Bookshop, Sta. Catarina Street, Majestic Café, Bolhão Market, and much more.

And after a visit to the imposing Cathedral with its superb silver altarpiece, we will be able to enjoy the riverbanks of the immense Douro River, its Ribeira plaza, and the D. Luís Bridge.

In the afternoon, be sure and check out one of the Port House in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Optional activities:

  • Visit Porto on a Vintage Car! This glamorous 03h00 circuit – half walking, half with a vintage car – it´s one of the most unique and unforgettable experiences that you can encounter in Porto city.
  • Porto Cooking Class: your three-hour hands-on workshop introduces you to the flavors of traditional cuisine, along with the techniques used to cook them up. After, you’ll sit down to the dinner you’ve prepared, paired with dynamic local wines and spirits.

Day 3

Excursion to Douro Valley

Today you will be picked up at your hotel for this full-day excursion to discover Douro Valley. You will visit the historic towns (Amarante, S.Leonardo da Galafura and Pinhão). You will have a traditional lunch and a guided tour and tasting in one of the vineyards. Finally finishing the excursion with a panoramic boat cruise.

After your excursion to this World Heritage site, you will return to your hotel in Porto.

Day 4

Porto – Coimbra – Lisbon

Today you will be picked up at your hotel for the transfer to Lisbon. In route, you will make a stop in Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal for over a hundred years, and site of the country’s greatest university for the past five centuries, Coimbra wears its weighty importance in Portuguese history with dignity. Its atmospheric, beautiful historic core cascades down a hillside in a lovely setting on the east bank of the Rio Mondego: it’s a multicolored collage of buildings spanning nearly a millennium. Explore on your own.

After lunch, continue to Lisbon. Drive time: 1 hour.

Day 5

Lisbon

Lisbon City Visit & Fado Dinner

This morning, you will discover Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, a city that was built on seven hills, located near the meeting point of the Tagus River with the ocean. A charming and friendly city, with a cosmopolitan population, World Heritage monuments, impressive museums. A place where every corner breathes history, culture, and art.

You visit the charismatic Alfama district, the house of the traditional Fado music, with twisting streets, wind up to an imposing castle on one of the city’s highest hills. You will also discover the most important squares of this city and the famous Liberdade Avenue. And during, you also have the opportunity to taste the delicious and sweet “Pastel de Belem”, a typical pastry.

Afterward, the rest of the afternoon to explore on your own.

In the evening, you will dine at one of the best Fado restaurants. These are places to sample traditional Portuguese cuisine with interludes of authentic Fado.

Optional activities: 

  • Visiting Lisbon on a Sidecar or driving a GoCar – Guided City Tour
  • Guided visit to Lisbon kids friendly

Day 6

Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

The area surrounding Lisbon offers an incredible variety of architecture and scenery, from fairytale palaces to romantic towns and breathtaking viewpoints. Today’s guided excursion is the ideal way to experience some of these attractions.

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will deliver you to the first stop on the tour: Sintra. This village—about 30 minutes by car from the capital—is a harmonic combination of history and fantasy, described as a “glorious Eden” by the British poet Lord Byron in the 18th century. You will have free time to explore on your own and have lunch, and your guide can recommend some imposing monuments and wonderful palaces that are worth a visit.

Your next stop will be the Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Portugal and mainland Europe. Enjoy the gorgeous views across the Atlantic Ocean as waves crash onto the shore. On the return trip to Lisbon, you will have time to appreciate the fishing harbor and tourist center of Cascais, the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family, and nowadays an excellent spot for surfing. You’ll also be able to visit the luxury entertainment town of Estoril, known for its casino (the largest in Europe) and attractive gardens.

After the excursion, you’ll have the remainder of the day to enjoy Lisbon any way you’d like.exploring on your own.

Day 8

Lisbon – Alvarve

Travel to the Algarve. Travel to Lagos by train.

Today, you can set out to discover two of the eastern Algarve’s most picturesque places. Tavira is a joy to explore with its plethora of historic buildings and ornate churches, all of which are set around charming plazas and pretty cobbled streets. There is good public transport connecting Tavira to the surrounding region, and the town can be easily traversed on foot.

Santa Luzia is a traditional Portuguese fishing village, which remains authentic and untouched by the influences of tourism. If you arrive in town early in the morning, watch the colorful fishing boats return, then visit the fish market, where the last night’s catch is displayed and sold.

At the end of the day, return to Tavira for a relaxing evening in town. Ask your specialist for a recommendation for dinner!

The best way to visit the Algarve region is by renting a car! If you rent your car from Lisbon you could make a stop at Évora and enjoy a guided visit of this magical city.

Day 9

Lagos

Today, you’ll have the entire day to explore the incredibly scenic area in and around Lagos, its nearby beaches, and the larger Algarve Region any way you’d like.

If you haven’t spent much time in the port city of Lagos yet, it’s definitely worth some time to wander through its 16th-century inner walls for cobblestoned streets and inviting squares. You’ll also find a great range of restaurants and nightlife options both inside and outside the walls (not surprisingly, outside is more modern).

If beaches are high on the list, you’ll find a number of dreamy options to choose from offering a variety of services, watersports, and boat excursions. For example, there’s Pinhao Beach, a peaceful cove known for its secluded, picturesque setting. Another option is the Ponta da Piedade, which offers more dramatic sandstone cliffs and bright turquoise water (a range of boat tours depart from here). Meanwhile, Praia do Camilo enjoys a memorable view from the top while 200 wooden steps lead to a sheltered sandy cove.

The scenery doesn’t stop there: If you have a car, the surrounding Algarve region offers plenty to see and do within its pristine natural parks, bustling resort towns, and authentic white-washed villages.

Day 10

Algarve – Lisbon

It’s time to say goodbye to Portugal! Travel back to Lisbon or take your flight back home from Faro.

Prado Museum Madrid
Tapas experience Madrid
Flamenco show
Sintra Castle
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