Small Group Tour to Portugal | All Major Highlights - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

Set off on your discovery of colorful coastal Portugal, motherland to Europe's greatest explorers, with our small group tour. Discover the highlights of the sun-kissed capital Lisbon, stop by the fairy-tale castles of Sintra, admire the Jerónimos Monastery in Belem Quarter. Proceed to Porto to taste the authentic port wine and stroll through one of the oldest European town centers, actually registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a grand final, take a day trip to outstanding Braga and Guimaraes.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.78 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    6 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 train ride between cities
    Funicular ride
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided walking city tours
    2 guided tours with private transportation
    5 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 6 breakfasts
    Welcome drink
    Wine tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Lisbon

Today you arrive in the glorious capital of Portugal - Lisbon! Upon arrival, your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start exploring the abundant heritage left here almost intact from one of the world's greatest kingdoms in history!

In the evening you are treated to a welcome drink during your meeting with a local guide.

Welcome drink is included.

Day 2
Exploring the Highlights of Lisbon

After breakfast, you meet your guide and enjoy a panoramic walking sightseeing tour of Lisbon.

During the tour, you see the most famous attractions, including Restauradores Square with the Obelisk commemorating the Restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640.

You take a funicular up to the Bairro Alto and admire the view of the Mouraria district and the Sao Jorge Castle, the charming neighborhood of Chiado abundant in old cafés, shops, and theaters.

Then you proceed to Baixa including Rossio Square, where you learn how the city was destroyed in 1755 by a massive earthquake, and then totally rebuilt to become the city of today. Continue to Alfama Lisbon’s oldest district to admire Se Cathedral - the city’s oldest church and Commerce Square.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional tour: Fado Show & Dinner
    Spend the evening enjoying a traditional live Fado performance, Portugal's greatest musical gem and its national symbol.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Trip to Sintra & Visit to the Belem Quarter

Following breakfast you meet your driver-guide and start your journey on an exciting day-trip to one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations - Sintra, that is famous for its fairy-tale castles and beautiful scenery. Upon arrival you visit the fairytale Pena Palace with a round trip shuttle bus (up to the Pena Palace).

Then you have some free time for lunch (not included) before your driver-guide takes you back to Lisbon. Upon arrival you visit the Belem Quarter, where you admire the Jerónimos Monastery (from the outside). You also make photo stops at the ancient Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoverers.

After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Train Ride to Porto & Port Wine Tasting

In the morning following breakfast, you check-out from your hotel and meet your guide and driver. You are taken to the train station where you take a train to Porto - the romantic second-largest city in Portugal (train tickets are included).

In about three hours you arrive in the city, where your guide meets you at the train station in Porto. You are transferred to your hotel to drop off your luggage and together with your guide you start a welcome walking tour from Palacio da Bolsa to Luis I Bridge. As a highlight of your introduction to Porto you walk to a winery for port wine tasting.

After the introductory walk, you return to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast and drinks are included.

Day 5
Exploring the Highlights of Porto

After breakfast, you meet your guide who takes you on an exhilarating walking tour of Porto's main landmarks.

Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto encompasses one of the oldest European town centers which is in fact registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first stop of your tour is the iconic Lello Bookshop, the oldest bookshop in Portugal. This bookshop was often visited by J.K.Rowling when she taught English in Porto. During the tour, you also admire the most iconic city monuments, including the railway station of Sao Bento, the Porto Cathedral, and San Francisco Church.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional tours: Douro River Six Bridges Cruise or Port Wine Tour at Ferreira Cellars

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Braga & Guimaraes Old Town Sightseeing Tours

Following breakfast, your guide-driver takes you to Minho - the greenest region of Portugal, famous for its amazing landscapes, wonderful cultural heritage, and authentic handicrafts, which make Minho a region with the unique personality full of traditions.

Upon arrival in the capital of the region - the ancient city of Braga, you visit its 11th century Braga Cathedral (entrance tickets are included) and admire the impressive Sanctuary of Bom Jesus.

You then take a trip to the cradle of Portugal - the medieval city of Guimaraes, where you explore its UNESCO-listed Old Town and visit its famous Palace of the Dukes (entrance tickets are included).

After the tour, your guide-driver takes you back to your hotel in Porto. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Departure from Porto or Recommended Extension

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Portugal! After breakfast, your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

  • Recommended extensions: If you would like to extend your Portuguese vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our tailor-made extensions. Contact your specialist for details.
    1-day extension: Day Trip to the Douro Valley & Port Wine Tasting
    3-day extension: Extension to Algarve, Portugal's stunning southern region.

Breakfast is included.


Included

6 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Lisbon and Porto;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Welcome meeting with your guide in Lisbon;
  • Welcome drink during your welcome meeting in Lisbon;
  • Port wine tasting in Porto;
  • Small group touring: up to 14 travellers (group size may vary in different cities);
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Lisbon - Porto;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses

Tour Highlights
  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travellers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Guided visits to the fairytale Pena Palace and the iconic Lello Bookshop, the oldest bookshop in Portugal;
  • Explore the cradle of the Portuguese culture while visiting an exceptionally well preserved Historic Centre of Guimarães;
  • Four UNESCO World Heritage Sites included in one package.
What to Know
  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion

Dates & Rates

Dates
Nov 1
Nov - 7, 2018
Mar 30
Apr - 5, 2019
Apr 27
May - 3, 2019
Jun 15
Jun - 21, 2019
Jun 29
Jul - 5, 2019
Aug 17
Aug - 23, 2019
Sep 21
Sep - 27, 2019
Oct 19
Oct - 25, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$2,291
sold out
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
Two travelers: double occupancy
$2,491
sold out
deposit
$500
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
Single traveler
$3,168
sold out
deposit
$634
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
Dates
Nov 1
Nov - 7, 2018
Mar 30
Apr - 5, 2019
Apr 27
May - 3, 2019
Jun 15
Jun - 21, 2019
Jun 29
Jul - 5, 2019
Aug 17
Aug - 23, 2019
Sep 21
Sep - 27, 2019
Oct 19
Oct - 25, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$2,291
sold out
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
$2,398
deposit
$500
Two travelers: double occupancy
$2,491
sold out
deposit
$500
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
$2,598
deposit
$520
Single traveler
$3,168
sold out
deposit
$634
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680
$3,398
deposit
$680

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Enjoyable trip to Portugal

I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our tour of Portugal. Almost every detail was attended so carefully. Our guides were wonderful and accommodating. Even though our flight home changed, it turned out to be a happy accident, because we had almost a whole extra day to enjoy Madeira. The hotel had a room ready for us ...

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Portugal Delight, April 2016

Just wanted to take a moment to thank the Firebird team for our trip. We had a great time and everything went according to plan. Even the weather cooperated! On the days it did rain (2) it waited until the evening when all our site seeing was basically done. I would recommend Portugal to any one and Sheila and I would ...

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This was a very good travel experience

This was a very good travel experience. All logistics went perfectly - pickups by drivers, meeting guides, tours (especially with the guide in Porto). Hotels were all good and well located in the cities. We were especially surprised to be upgraded to one of the best cabins on the ship since we were not able to take our ...

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October 16, 2016

Enjoyable trip to Portugal

I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our tour of Portugal. Almost every detail was attended so carefully. Our guides ...

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Jack Fillman

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October 16, 2016

Portugal Delight, April 2016

Just wanted to take a moment to thank the Firebird team for our trip. We had a great time and everything went according to ...

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Susan Coffey

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October 16, 2016

This was a very good travel experience

This was a very good travel experience. All logistics went perfectly - pickups by drivers, meeting guides, tours ...

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