Duration
10 Days Itinerary
From
USD $2,495 Dates/Prices
Visiting

Portugal

Transportation

Boat, Coach

A wealth of delicious cuisine, fascinating history and impeccable scenery awaits on this small group tour to Portugal. From delectable desserts and wine, a history rich in religious monuments and impressive architecture, to the stunning coast and natural landscape, savor every moment as you travel through Porto, Braga, Coimbra and Lisbon.

Tour highlights

Portuguese cuisine is eclectic and versatile, and of course delicious! Traditional meals can be enjoyed throughout the tour but it’s the desserts that really come out on top. From the classic Pao-de-Lo (sponge cake) to a traditional custard tart, there’s no better place to indulge in these delectable desserts than in their birthplace.

Religion holds significant importance in Portugal’s culture both past and present. A number of incredible monuments stand tall throughout the country as places of worship and as a reminder of the rich history of the country’s past. Baroque and neoclassical architecture are prominent in these monuments that are dotted throughout the country’s cities.

With canals meandering through its picturesque buildings, the charming and quaint city of Aveiro is often referred to as the Portuguese Venice. Take to the canals on a relaxing cruise and enjoy an afternoon in this enchanting city.

Itinerary (10 Days)

Curated destinations, lifetime memories.

Day
Day 1
1

Porto

Welcome to Portugal! This south-western European country is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and offers a stunning coastline, unique cities, a wealth of history, and incredible architecture. We begin our small group tour in Porto, a fascinating city that lies along the banks of the Douro River.

We arrive and check in to our hotel this afternoon before joining our fellow travelers and small group tour leader for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Porto

Our half day guided city tour of Porto begins after breakfast this morning. We visit the Stock Exchange Palace and admire the beautiful neoclassical style building from both inside and out before continuing to one of Porto’s most incredible Gothic monuments, the Church of St Francis. We take to the Douro River to continue our tour on the water as we cruise along the river and pass under each of Porto’s 6 bridges, learning about their distinct architecture and the part they have played in the fascinating history of the city. Our tour ends back on land with a port tasting at a local cellar door.

We enjoy the remainder of our afternoon and evening at leisure to get acquainted with the city further on our own.

[Breakfast]
 

Day 3
3

Porto

Special Experience

After breakfast this morning we travel to the nearby town of Penafiel and enjoy a visit to Quinta da Avaleda, a local family winery. Founded in 1870, the winery has been owned and operated by the same family for 5 generations and produces a variety of wines. We explore the stunning property, its vineyards and immaculately manicured gardens during a guided tour before we sip the wines during a tasting.

We continue to Vila Real where we stop and take a look at the incredible Casa de Mateus, a palace constructed in the 18th century. We enjoy some free time in Vila Real before continuing to Peso da Regua. Here, we embark on a leisurely cruise on the Douro River, taking in the scenic riverbank of the region’s largest riverside town. Next, it’s on to Lamego where we visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. Set atop a hill, we have a 686 step climb up the baroque staircase to reach the impressive structure, built between the 18th and 20th centuries.

We return to Porto this afternoon to enjoy our evening at leisure.

[Breakfast]
 

Day 4
4

Porto to Braga

Braga, one of Portugal’s eldest cities, is our destination today. Home to some of the country’s oldest architecture and rich in history, the ancient city and its lively atmosphere is fascinating to explore. We begin our travels to Braga after breakfast this morning. Our first stop is in the charming city of Amarante where we visit St Goncalo’s Monastery.

Special Experience

We continue to the town of Margaride where we visit a factory that produces the classic Portuguese dessert, pao-de-lo (sponge cake). Our guided tour of the factory gives us an insight into the process of baking the delicious dessert which we get to taste and enjoy along with other tasty treats made in the factory.

Next, we travel to Guimaraes where we enjoy free time for lunch before a guided walking tour of the city and its highlights, including a visit to the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. We arrive in Braga in the afternoon and get acquainted with its ancient history during a guided walking tour. Our day ends with a climb up 566 steps, or a funicular ride, to the historic pilgrimage site of Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Mount). Here we step inside the church discovering its intricate details before taking in the sweeping views over Braga from the hilltop terrace. Our last stop for the day is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro, a religious complex located just outside of Braga and built over several decades. We return to Braga for an evening at leisure.  

[Breakfast]

Day 5
5

Braga to Coimbra

Descending a steep hill to meet the River Mondego is the charming city of Coimbra. Best known for its University, one of the oldest in Europe, the lively city is rich in history and oozes charm.

Special Experience

After breakfast we begin our journey to Coimbra, stopping at the town of Ovar on our way. Here, we enjoy a guided tour of the city before taking part in a tile hand-painting workshop. We are guided through the process of painting tiles as we take to the paintbrush and create our own vibrant masterpieces.

We continue to the town of Valega where we visit the Valega Church and see its incredible painted tiles before stopping in Aveiro. Referred to as the Portuguese Venice, the city is set on the shores of the Ria de Aveiro and is known for its charming canals that meander throughout the city. We enjoy a guided walking tour of the city before taking to the canals for a relaxing cruise. Our journey continues as we make a stop to the brightly colored beach houses of Costa Nova before visiting the Bussasco Forest.  Ancient buildings and ruins are hidden amongst the forest’s lush greenery and viewpoints offer stunning vistas over the forest’s natural landscape.

We arrive in Coimbra and enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 6
6

Coimbra

Special Experience

Step back in time this morning as we travel to the Shale Villages. Equally charming as they are compelling, the villages are made up of houses and buildings constructed from shale. We spend our morning discovering these small villages, visiting local shops and connecting with the local people before enjoying a traditional lunch.

We return to Coimbra in the afternoon and explore the city during a guided sightseeing tour. We stop in at the city’s University grounds and library before admiring the intricate architecture of the city’s cathedral. Our evening is our own to explore Coimbra further.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 7
7

Coimbra to Lisbon

Vibrant and bustling Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a cultural delight with its history and modern progressiveness combining seamlessly to create this iconic city. From its incredible architecture to its picturesque cobblestone streets, its friendly people and so much more, the city is a must-see destination.

We begin our day after breakfast when we depart Coimbra and make our way to Lisbon. En-route, we stop in at Batalha to visit the town’s Monastery of Santa Maria Di Vitoria before stopping at the town of Alcobaca to visit the town’s church. It’s then on to the small fishing village of Nazare where we have a tour of the town before enjoying some free time to try some of the local catches for lunch. In the afternoon we continue to the town of Obidos, where we taste the local cherry liquor, Ginginha before our final stop in Mafra. Here, we take a look at the fascinating miniature village handmade by artist Jose Franco before enjoying a local treat of traditional bread with chorizo.

We arrive in Lisbon and check in to our hotel before enjoying an evening at leisure to explore the city further on our own.

[Breakfast]

Day 8
8

Lisbon

After breakfast this morning we make our way to Sintra, a town just outside of Lisbon and home to the incredible National Palace of Sintra. We explore the Palace, which has remained relatively untouched since the mid-16th century, before making our way to Cabo da Roca for sweeping views out across the Atlantic Ocean.

On our way back to Lisbon we stop in at the towns of Cascais and Estoril before enjoying the remainder of our afternoon and evening at our own leisure in Lisbon.

[Breakfast]

Day 9
9

Lisbon

We enjoy a guided tour of Lisbon after breakfast this morning. We visit the green gardens of Eduardo VII Park, the Monument to the Discoveries that stands tall on the banks of the River Tagus, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery and more. We stop for a coffee break at Antigua Confiteria De Belem where we treat our taste buds to the famous, and delicious, Lisbon custard tart. Our tour ends in Lisbon’s Rossio Square, a meeting place for the people of the city since the Middle Ages. Here we enjoy our afternoon at leisure.

This evening we join our fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant where we reminisce on our favorite memories and experiences of Portugal together. 

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 10
10

Depart Lisbon

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to our new friends and to the treasures of Portugal.

[Breakfast]

Inclusions

No last minute surprises, these are all part of your trip.

Travel

  • Travel in a small group of 10 to 18 passengers
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Enjoy a cruise along the Douro River
  • Relax and cruise along the canals of Aveiro

Stays

  • 9 nights in superior accommodation
  • Hotel highlight, My Story Hotel Tejo. Stay in a 19th century building in the heart of Lisbon. Old meets new throughout the hotel where remnants of the past seamlessly combine with the 21st century

Meals

  • 13 meals, including 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Food highlight, Margaride. Enjoy a taste of the delicious Portuguese dessert, Pao-de-Lo (sponge cake) during a tour of a factory that produces the dessert
  • Food highlight, Lisbon. Indulge in a traditional custard tart during a city tour of Lisbon

Guides

  • A specialist local guide accompanies the group on the entire tour
  • Specialist local guides join the small group tour in selected locations

Special Experiences

  • Taste the wines of Quinta Da Aveleda during a guided tour of this family owned winery first founded in 1870
  • Visit a factory that produces the classic Portuguese dessert, Pao-de-Lo (sponge cake). Enjoy a tasting of the cake, port wine and other delicious Portuguese treats
  • Embrace your inner artist during a tile hand-painting workshop in Ovar
  • Spend a morning exploring Portugal’s Shale Villages, visiting local shops and enjoying a traditional lunch at a local restaurant

Sightseeing

  • Porto guided sightseeing
  • Stock Exchange Palace Porto
  • 6 Bridges Cruise Porto
  • Port tasting
  • Vila Real
  • Douro River Cruise
  • Shrine of Nossa Senhora Dos Remedios
  • St Goncalo's Monastery Amarante
  • Walking Tour Guimarães
  • Ducal Palace Guimarães
  • Braga walking tour
  • Bom Jesus Braga & Sameiro Shrines
  • Ovar orientation tour
  • Valega church
  • Aveiro walking tour & canal boat ride
  • Bussaco Forest
  • Shale Villages
  • Coimbra Sightseeing
  • Coimbra University & Library
  • Nazare
  • Obidos
  • Sintra National Palace
  • Cabo da roca
  • Cascais
  • Estoril
  • Lisbon guided Sightseeing
  • Jeronimus Monastery

Accommodation

Accommodation, a superior and safe retreat.

Portugal flag Porto Portugal

Hotel Vila Galé Porto

4-star

Standing tall above Porto is the Vila Gale Porto located in the heart of the city. Housed in one of Porto’s tallest buildings, the hotel offers sweeping views out across the city from its indoor pool, wellness and fitness centre. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, equipped with free wifi, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box and more. The hotel also features an onsite restaurant and two bars.  


 

Portugal flag Porto Portugal

Hotel da Música

4-star

Located in the heart of Porto, the contemporary Hotel Da Musica is a relaxing retreat from the bustling city. Bright, spacious, fresh and modern rooms are equipped with stylish furnishings, free wifi, a safe deposit box, air-conditioning and more. The hotel is located in the Mercado do Bom Sucesso, an indoor market with a range of shops including fresh produce, clothes and local food. An onsite bar and restaurant are also available.

Portugal flag Porto Portugal

BessaHotel Boavista

4-star

Offering modern accommodation in the heart of Porto, BessaHotel Boavista is the perfect base for a stay in the Portuguese city. Rooms are comfortable and stylish, featuring free wifi, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box and more to make for a relaxing stay. The hotel boasts an onsite restaurant, an outdoor terrace and a fitness centre.

Portugal flag Braga Portugal

Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga

4-star

The Vila Gale Collection Braga seamlessly combines Braga’s ancient history with today’s modern comforts. The superior hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, an onsite restaurant, a bar and impeccable gardens. Guest rooms are spacious and modern making for a comfortable and relaxing stay – each room features air-conditioning, a safe deposit box, free wifi, and more.

Portugal flag Coimbra Portugal

Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra

4-star

With incredible uninterrupted views over the Mondego River, a large outdoor swimming pool, stunning gardens and a spa, the Vila Gale Coimbra is the perfect place to relax and unwind after busy days touring this region of Portugal. The spacious guest rooms are the perfect place to relax and unwind and feature a separate seating area, free wifi, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box and more. The hotel also boasts an onsite restaurant and bar.

Portugal flag Lisbon Portugal

My Story Hotel Tejo

3-star

Housed in a 19th century building, the My Story Hotel Tejo is the ultimate mix of old and new. Remnants of the past are a reminder of the rich history of the city, whilst modern amenities and style bring this hotel into the 21st century. Each guest room has been immaculately styled with an elegant modern touch and features air-conditioning, a safe deposit box, free wifi and more. The hotel boasts a sophisticated yet relaxed onsite restaurant that serves delicious Portuguese cuisine.

Information

Details for your small group tour.

01

Currency

Portugal - Currency

Portugal
The official currency in Portugal is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.

Currency
Euro (EUR)
02

Fitness Level

Europe

To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Europe tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with Europe’s historic architecture, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning landscapes. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in Europe.

Walking Ability
2- 3hrs
03

Arrival Time

Portugal Arrival Time

We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 15.00 in order to take part in your welcome dinner.

Dates and Prices

Don’t wait, reserve your place today.

*Prices shown are in USD.

Start Date   End Date Tour Price Offer Price Savings Status  
24 Apr 20
03 May 20
$2,495
$2,495
Guaranteed Departure
01 May 20
10 May 20
$2,595
$2,595
Guaranteed Departure
15 May 20
24 May 20
$2,595
$2,595
On Request
05 Jun 20
14 Jun 20
$2,595
$2,595
Guaranteed Departure
14 Aug 20
23 Aug 20
$2,595
$2,595
Available
04 Sep 20
13 Sep 20
$2,495
$2,495
Guaranteed Departure
25 Sep 20
04 Oct 20
$2,495
$2,495
Available
16 Oct 20
25 Oct 20
$2,495
$2,495
Available

Additional Info

Single Supplement

The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.

Tipping

Tipping has been included in your tour price for drivers, porters, waiters, any specialist local guides and your small group tour leader.

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