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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This Best of Portugal journey reveals a nation’s proud history, warm-hearted locals and soul-warming cuisine. Starting in Lisbon, you’ll travel north and south to explore a Templar stronghold, watch thoroughbreds perform at an Alentejo farm and visit the Algarve.

Countries Visited

Portugal

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Lisbon
    A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most iconic sights.Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Discover Colorful Lisbon Dive Into Culture
    Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover the ‘New World’. With our Local Specialist, see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus, and Belém Tower, built as a fortress protecting the city of Lisbon. Dive Into Culture on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 16th-century Manueline architecture and art. There’s time to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra, before perhaps enjoying a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the soulful and touching sounds of the fado this evening.Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Journey to the Algarve Region Connect with Locals
    We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air at our Be My Guest experience as we Connect With Locals over a traditional lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were once reared at the pleasure of King João VI.  Our journey continues further south, bound for the holiday paradise that is the Algarve – our home for the next two nights.Accommodation: Água Hotels Riverside
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Cliffs, Beaches and More in the Algarve
    The dramatic landscapes of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach, before continuing along the coast to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. Enjoy your free afternoon in the resort town Lagos – once the home of Henry the Navigator.Accommodation: Água Hotels Riverside
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Onwards to Elegant Évora
    Journeying north, we travel to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your Local Specialist for a visit to the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Then, spend the rest of your day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praça do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the medieval village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel.Accommodation: M'ar de Ar Muralhas
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Venture Past Mountains to Viseu
    Our first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white façades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter. Travel north towards the Serra de Estrela mountains and arrive later in Viseu, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, and see the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.Accommodation: Grão Vasco
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Through the Douro Valley to Porto
    Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley, where Port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus Rosé wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the riverside town of Porto where we will spend the next two nights.Accommodation: Carris Ribeira
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Explore Vibrant Porto Dive Into Culture
    Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour in Porto, which takes you past baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro River. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada's Alhambra, then Dive Into Culture and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic center of Porto admiring the azulejo-clad façades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest bookstore.Accommodation: Carris Ribeira
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    On to Coimbra and Pilgrimage to Fátima
    Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities with a Local Specialist, then stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar. We join a Local Specialist to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Later, we arrive in the pilgrimage center of Fátima, visited by millions of Catholic pilgrims, where three young shepherds famously saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary.Accommodation: Fátima
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Experience Village Life Returning to Lisbon
    En route to Lisbon, with a Local Specialist we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is the fishing village of Nazaré, before we visit the medieval walled city of Óbidos with its whitewashed houses and cobblestone streets. Celebrate our last evening in Portugal together at a Farewell Dinner in a family-run vineyard, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Toast to an incredible journey over organic wine and locally sourced flavors.Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Farewell Lisbon
    Say a fond adeus to your fellow travelers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 10 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Panoias-Ourique: Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love, and a traditional home-cooked lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo.

Dive Into Culture

  • Lisbon: Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.
  • Porto: Savor the flavors of Portugal's centuries-old Port heritage and gain insights into its local production at a tasting in a Port cellar.

Iconic Experience

  • Lisbon: Explore with your Local Specialist, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the medieval Belém Tower.
  • The Algarve: Explore the history of the Algarve in depth.
  • Évora: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Specialist and see the famous Roman Temple. Witness the fascinating cathedral and its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
  • Castelo de Vide: See the traditional cobblestone streets and whitewashed homes of Castelo de Vide.
  • Casa de Mateus: Admire the Baroque architecture of Mateus Palace and its gardens.
  • Douro Valley: Marvel at the extensive terraced vineyards as you travel through the Douro Valley.
  • Guimaraes: See Guimarães Castle and the Palace of Dukes before walking through the medieval squares of central Guimarães.
  • Porto: See the Clérigos Tower, Avenida dos Aliados and the Palácio da Bolsa former stock exchange.
  • Coimbra: With a Local Specialist, visit the University and witness the triumphal arches, painted ceilings, and walls of ancient tomes in the Joanina Library.
  • Tomar: Dominating the town is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ. During your visit with a Local Specialist, see the Manueline Window and follow the story of the mysterious Knights Templar.
  • Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Batalha: Join a Local Specialist to see the Monastery of Batalha, with included entry to the cloisters and chapels.
  • Nazaré: Enjoy time at leisure on Portugal's Costa de Prata.
  • Obidos: Stroll along the cobblestone streets and view the traditional azulejos of medieval Óbidos, perhaps stopping in a local shop to try the regional cherry liqueur, Ginja.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Lisbon: Bid farewell to your Portuguese adventures at the award-winning organic vineyard Vale da Capucha which prides itself in producing organic and biodynamic wines. Your experience supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Lisbon, Coimbra, Tomar, Évora and Porto
  • : Discover the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Nazaré and Óbidos
  • : Visit the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Évora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace, Arabian Hall and a local port wine cellar in Porto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar and Batalha's Gothic Monastery
  • : View the Castle of Guimarães and the Shrine at Fátima

Stays With Stories

  • Porto: Step into history at the historic Hotel Neya Porto, born out of the ruins of the Convento Madre Deus de Monchique, a 16th-century convent built on the banks of the Douro River.

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many guests can we expect on this tour?

Trafalgar tours hold a maximum of 46 travelers, however the average group size is 36-44.

Question: Is the transfer from the hotel and then back to the airport included even it air reservation is booked via you or by me?

Transfers for Europe are complimentary as long as flights coincide with transfer times available with Trafalgar, and you arrive and depart on tour dates. Please see the information below and contact any agent for further information. UK, Europe & Morocco (excluding London) Enjoy complimentary transfers on the first and last days of your tour at the times specified below. If your flight times do not coincide with the transfer times, you can choose to purchase a private transfer through us. Trip start Lisbon, Portugal Depart the airport at 09:30, 12:30, 3:30 Trip end Lisbon, Portugal Arrive at the airport at 07:00, 09:30

Question: Where does the flight depart from the US, and is the fare included in the package

Airfare is not included in the price of the tour. Air prices vary depending on where you live and the dates of travel. If you’d like us to include airfare in your quote, simply let us know and we’ll be happy to provide those details to you.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 72 reviews - currently showing 31 reviews with comments only

The hotels we stayed in were average, with the exception of the two Neya's. They were newer and better quality.

Very professionally organized group tour.

The Best of Portugal is a great tour. Our Trafalgar tour director was fantastic, the itinerary was excellent and although the group was large, things were well managed! Would definitely recommend this tour.

The Best of Portugal trip was an amazing journey with an experienced tour guide and the fellow travelers. There was an incredible opportunity not only for sightseeing but an immersive experience in the history, traditions and culture of Portugal! We would strongly recommend this trip and will definitely do it with Trafalgar again!

We had a great trip with Trafalgar. Everything was top notch, the tours, the accomodations, the local guides, the bus driver, and the head guide were superior. I will use Trafalgar again.

Excellent trip to Portugal! Our tour director was outstanding and we felt safe and relaxed throughout the trip.

Great Tour Director! The hotels were good and were located near activities.

Trafalgar's Best of Portugal Tour 2022 was an excellent tour visiting an amazing diversity of Portuguese destinations. There was a good mix of visits to key historical and cultural places, combined with many unique experiences about Portuguese agriculture, industry, education, art, food, wine, and music. Our tour director handled all aspects of our trip quickly and efficiently, and added special cultural treats and experiences beyond the planned itinerary almost every day. All hotels were very good to excellent in both quality and location. All provided meals were very good to excellent in variety and quality. We did end up spending more money that we had planned (with all the additional excursion costs), but in the end it was a worthy trip overall.

The tour was well organized, the tour director and wellness director friendly and helpful, and the driver was careful and skilled. We loved the food and wine, and the optional tours overall were good. We loved Portugal!

This tour was very well prepared and executed. We are so happy with this tour.

One of the best tours we've taken. I felt very safe.

Best experience, lot information about history and traditions

Our trip to Portugal was so exciting. We saw and did remarkable things. Our Director, Jake, was so very good. We truly enjoyed it all, and hope to travel with you again! On the downside, those very tall bathtubs were a true danger for me. Next time I'll ask for a handicapped room. The tubs were too tall, slippery, and had very few handles to grab onto, if any. Truly scary! Solution? Maybe put a door in the back of the tub, so you don\t have to climb in and out. Better solution? Offer a bathroom with a shower with handles to hold. The second thing were the 7 or 8PM dinners. Not appropriate for us. If we could have some lunches instead? Even a late lunch. And the third thing is to give us a room by the elevator (a handicapped room), not far down at the end of the hallway.

the only negative with this trip were the number of people on it and one room had ants in it that got on me.

The trip was enjoying except the first two hotel accommodations. Some rooms did not have hot and tissues.

the tour group was too large and the bus became very loud ay many times during this tour.

The first room in Lisbon was very small Included meals had volume but no quality with buffets. The farewell dinner was excellent. I would shop around and not necessarily use this company

Portugal was an amazing country. Jorge was an amazing tour guide. His love and passion for his country was evident as he explained the history of all the wonderous places we visited. The fish dishes and the wine were superb.

Pedro was amazing. He demonstrated enthusiasm, professionalism, knowledge and dedication.

The hotel rooms provided by Trafalgar were better than what I expected. I only wish I had more time to enjoy the facilities and the surrounding area.

We enjoyed the entire experience. Could not recommend a single improvement to the tour.

The main complaint was that there was just too many people on this tour. I liked the fact, that as a single (room/person) I had my own seat on the coach throughout the tour. However, getting on and off, especially at some of the more tourist sites, an inordinate amount of time was spent queung for the bathroom, with this large a number. I was very disappointed in the food. When my husband and I traveled on another Trafalgar tour (S.P and Morocco) we had fantastic food. Fresh, fresh, and a variety of seafood. This was a number of years ago, and I can only assume that Portugal's fish and seafood prices have risen a lot. The wine was fantastic on this tour. I compliment you on that for dinners. There could have been couple of days when we did not rise to early. Again probably because the amount of persons on this tour. Compliments on the pickup at the airport. Despite being delayed, person was there to pick me up.

Several hotels' facilities and services were well below my expectation. Poor quality. Several hotels were very good. Optional dinners were poor. Trafalgar provided dinners were good.

The Best of Portugal tour from Trafalgar was great, we visited lots of villages in Portugal and key places. Lots to see in 11 days but worth it.

The tour was fantastic. However if the traveler has special dietary or medical needs, you need to be extremely careful and perhaps even bring your own food. Despite assurances that they could accommodate us, ultimately they didn't and at one point the tour director advised us that we should go to the local supermarket to find what we needed. Unfortunately that's what we had to do.

We had an enjoyable trip. Our tour guide and driver were excellent. Rooms were decent. Some bathrooms had a musty smell. Food in provided meals was good. Bus was comfortable and seat rotation allowed everyone the chance for good seats. We usually takes tours with smaller groups, but all travelers were congenial.

We spent a lot more time on the road and less time at destinations than I expected. A suggest extending the itinerary by at least 2 days without adding stops, just giving more time at the stops. For example: In Fatima we arrived later in the afternoon. After our city orientation and group photo there was not much time left before things closed up and the next morning we left at 9:30 when things only opened at 9:00. I ended up skipping breakfast so that I could "beat any lines" to get into the basilica and back to the bus in time to leave. I also suggest the tour manager giving out "local" maps and a list of highlights so we have some directions for the very little time we have at some of the more highlighted stops. This has worked well for me and others on previous trips but I assume this is something the tour manager does not the company.

Everything about my trip worked out well. 

As usual Trafalgar created a perfectly enjoyable and wonderful experience. I am getting ready to book my next trip with them.

Trafalgar is an excellent company and our guide was outstanding. We enjoyed our tour immensely and would not hesitate to book with them again. 

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