Highlights of Portugal

8 Days | Eat, dance and travel your way through Portugal’s highlights.

4.8 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
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Take in the highlights of the sun-kissed splendour of Portugal on an eight-day sightseeing adventure from Porto to Lisbon. Taste port in its birthplace, explore riverfront Coimbra and its historic university, and weave through the verdant countryside all the way to the capital. From the leafy Schist Villages to a traditional Fado show, you’ll be experiencing the best of Portugal’s arts and culture. Oh yes – they have pretty good custard tarts too. Put Portugal on your itinerary today with a small-group journey that gets you to the places you need to see.

Trip overview

Map of Highlights Of Portugal including Portugal
Start
Porto, Portugal
Finish
Lisbon, Portugal
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Portugal
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMSZ
This trip generates 18.7 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Take a walk through the idyllic coastal city of Porto and understand why the birthplace of fortified wine is renowned for its narrow lanes, charming buildings and delicious cuisine.
  • Explore the country’s oldest university when discovering the historic riverfront city of Coimbra – once the capital of Portugal.
  • Take in all the highlights of Portugal’s arts and culture scene with an included traditional Fado show in Coimbra.
  • Walk through the secluded Schist Villages, hidden between the mountain slopes, and consider the option of an authentic cooking class run by local residents.
  • Join your leader in Lisbon for sunset views over a picnic of local cheese and wine – this is European living.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be extreme in Portugal (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season. Please note that only some of our hotels and public trains in this region have air-conditioning.
  • Less time spent travelling; more time to explore each destination. The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Trains are a fast way to cross long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. They are comfortable and all have toilets, however, can sometimes be quite busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find specifics under ‘Packing’ in the ‘Essential Trip Information’ section.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart.
  • If you have more time to explore the region or can't find a suitable date for this trip you may want to check out our other trips in the region, such as 'Explore Spain & Portugal' (trip code ZMSI), or 'Madrid to Marrakech (trip code ZMSH) which continues on into Morocco.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Guesthouse (1 night)

Activities
  • Porto - Port Wine Tasting
  • Coimbra - Evening Fado Performance
  • Schist Villages - Nature & Village Walk
  • Lisbon - Sunset Picnic
Add on activities
  • Porto - Clerigos Tower - EUR5
  • Porto - Bolhao Market - Free
  • Porto - Lello Library - EUR3
  • Porto - Serralves Foundation - EUR5
  • Coimbra - Mondego River Boat Trip - EUR7
  • Coimbra - Cathedrals - EUR3
  • Coimbra - University of Coimbra - EUR12
  • Lisbon - Oceanarium - EUR17
  • Lisbon - Naval Museum - EUR5
  • Lisbon - Experience Lisbon Walk Urban Adventure - EUR45
  • Lisbon - Puppet Museum - EUR5
  • Lisbon - Folk Art Museum - EUR3
  • Lisbon - Citadel - EUR9
  • Lisbon - National Art Museum - EUR6
  • Lisbon - Gulbenkian Museum - EUR10
  • Lisbon - Belem Tower and Monastery - EUR13
  • Lisbon - Ginginha Tasting - EUR2
  • Sintra - Day Trip - EUR10

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip, excluding Day 5. Availability is limited due to small property we use. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
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Sarah · Traveled June 2023
I loved the Highlights of Portugal trip! We had a great balance between scheduled activities and free time. Our guide was absolutely wonderful and explained so many fascinating things about Portuguese history and culture. She was patient in answering our endless questions. It was relaxing to have the accommodations and travel details arranged by Intrepid so we could just eat, drink, wander and have fun! Would definitely recommend to a friend and would use Intrepid again in the future.
Review submitted 20 Jun 2023

Helen · Traveled June 2023
Yes - it's good - just do it.
Review submitted 21 Jun 2023

Marise · Traveled May 2023
We ate and laughed our way around Portugal with an amazing guide who ensured our safety and overall full engagement. Accomodation, travel and information formed the basis of a great holiday experience that has left me happy and free of stress while experiencing the best that Portugal had to offer. Do yourself a favour and try this interesting country free of hassle with Ingrid
Review submitted 09 Jun 2023

Mina · Traveled May 2023
Amazing leader. Beautiful places and itinerary. Hotels were in average level not the best. Transportation could improve .
Review submitted 15 Jun 2023

Steven · Traveled May 2023
Prepare for some long walks up and down hills with Maria. But that's the nature of Portugal and she's provides some real informative guiding. It was a great and fun trip to do, really enjoyed it
Review submitted 28 May 2023
Highlights of Portugal
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EUR €1,970