Destination: Portugal | Duration: 10 days | Call to Personalize your Custom Journey
Discover Portugal highlights in the most charming corners of this jewel of the Atlantic. Spend your days exploring the ancient, winding streets of centuries-old towns like Evora, Fatima and Tomar. Fall in love with the spectacular architecture and history of Porto and Lisboa. Indulge in petiscos, wine tastings and soulful fado with the locals at authentic Portuguese wine bars and taverns.
Day 1: Unwind in Evora
Your Portugal highlights begin in a refurbished 15th century convent is a great place to land and relax from your journey. Enjoy a day for leisure and relax in your modern suite or at the spa. Wander the ancient olive groves, enjoy the lovely surroundings and let your body adjust to Portuguese time.
Day 2: Discover The Old City of Evora
This morning, you will get to know the 2000-year-old city of Evora on a private guided tour. Visit the largest cathedral in Portugal and other architectural wonders from Gothic to Neoclassical. After a history-packed morning, end the tour with a tasting of local wines in the former gothic water that is hotel’s wine cellar. As night falls, meet your astronomer guide for an evening of stargazing among the stunning dolmens, a megalithic landmark.
Day 3: Welcome to Lisbon
After breakfast, meet your driver who will transfer you to the Portuguese capital of Lisboa. Settle into your hotel and spend the evening getting to know the city through its food. Your local host will take you to fantastic bars and taverns to try petiscos (the Portuguese cousin of tapas) and sample the local wine and beer.
Day 4: Beautiful Lisboa
Today you will explore the beautiful city of Lisboa with your guide. Visit the city’s old quarter and famous neighborhoods, the Castle of Saint Jorge and the Belem Tower. Cap off your introduction to Portugal’s crowning jewel with a traditional dinner and a fado performance. The dark, soulful music is representative of the nation’s complex and beautiful roots.
Day 5: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril
Your Portugal highlight this morning will take you beyond Lisbon. Journey to magical Sintra where you will tour the magnificent Palacio da Pena and rustic Convento dos Capuxos with your guide. Next, head to Cascais, a former fishing town. Now it’s a vacation destination for artists and European nobility to enjoy the sea air and breathtaking views. Your day will come to an end with a stroll around charming Estoril before transferring back to Lisboa for the night.
Day 6: Tomar, Fatima and Douro Valley
Venture out of Lisboa to visit magical Tomar, one of Portugal’s most historic cities. Its Templar Castle and Christ Convent became the national headquarters of the Templar Knights in the middle ages, and later was at the forefront of the Order of Christ. Tomar also has a fascinating Jewish history, which you will explore with your guide along with the sanctuary of Fatima. After a traditional local lunch, head north to the Douro Valley to check into your gorgeous hotel.
Day 7: Douro Valley
Spend the day visiting two family-owned wineries where you will get a taste of the best of the region. The first winery provides stunning views over the valley, which you will enjoy during the wine tasting and wine-paired lunch on the terrace. Next, move onto the second winery where you have a full tour and wine tasting, and the emphasis on comfort and the spirit of family will make you feel right at home.
Day 8: Discover Magical Porto
Say goodbye to the Douro Valley as you move onto Portugal’s “second city,” Porto. Spend the day learning about Porto’s cultural treasures and history. You will visit the remarkable 13th century St. Francis Church, the Romanesque cathedral, the Neoclassical Stock Exchange and the striking Lello Bookstore, which served as the inspiration for Hogwarts’ design in JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine at your hotel overlooking the Douro river and glittering Porto.
Day 9: Explore Porto by Boat
Today you will get to know locals-only Porto on a lifestyle tour of the city with your host, a member of one of the most renowned families in the port wine world. She will take you to hidden gems all around the city, including sea-side spots and excellent cafés and restaurants. After you know Porto like the back of your hand, experience it from a different point of view: by boat. On your private cruise along the Douro you will indulge in a fabulous dinner with local wine, taking in views of the colorful city.
Day 10: Porto Departure
It’s time to bid farewell to Portugal but you are sure to carry the memories of this magical place with you. When it’s time, your driver will transfer you to the airport of choice for your journey home. Or you might extend your holiday in Europe with a reverse of the Best of Northern Spain Tour – begin in Santiago de Compostela which is only a 2-1/2 drive from Porto!