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Small Group Tour to Portugal | All Major Highlights

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Trip Overview

Set off on your discovery of colorful coastal Portugal, motherland to the Europe's greatest explorers, with our small group tour. Discover the highlights of legendary Lisbon, stop by the fairy-tale castles of Sintra, enjoy the authentic Port Wine in Porto, take a day trip to outstanding Braga & Guimaraes and a lot more.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.78 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    standard rooms
    6 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private transfers
    1 train rides
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 4 guided city tours
    1 wine tasting
  • MEALS
  • 6 buffet 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.

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.

Day 3

Visit to the Belem Quarter & Trip to Sintra

Following breakfast, you meet your guide and driver. Together you proceed to 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.

Then you continue 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 have some free time for lunch (not included) and then visit the fairytale Pena Palace with a round trip shuttle bus (up to the Pena Palace).

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

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 driver and guide meet you at the train station in Porto. Together 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.

You are then taken to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

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

Day 6

Braga & Guimaraes Old Town Sightseeing Tours

Following breakfast, your guide and driver take 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 driver takes you back to your hotel in Porto. The rest of the day is free.

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.


Hotels

8 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • 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

  • Panoramic city tour and visit to Belem Quarter in Lisbon
  • Exploration of fairytale castles of Sintra
  • Guided city tour of Porto & Port wine tasting
  • Day trip to medieval Braga & Guimaraes

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 Friends trip: 4+ travelers Small group tour Single traveler
Mar 22 - Mar 28, 2018
$2,081
deposit
$500
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,981
deposit
$597
Apr 11 - Apr 17, 2018
$2,081
deposit
$500
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,981
deposit
$597
May 3 - May 09, 2018
$2,228
deposit
$500
$2,428
deposit
$500
$3,281
deposit
$657
View all dates
Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Small group tour Single traveler
Mar 22 - Mar 28, 2018
$2,081
$2,281
$2,981
Apr 11 - Apr 17, 2018
$2,081
$2,281
$2,981
May 3 - May 09, 2018
$2,228
$2,428
$3,281
May 31 - Jun 06, 2018
$2,228
$2,428
$3,281
Sep 20 - Sep 26, 2018
$2,228
$2,428
$3,281
Oct 11 - Oct 17, 2018
$2,228
$2,428
$3,281
Nov 1 - Nov 07, 2018
$2,081
$2,281
$2,981

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