Highlights of Portugal

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

4.8 out of 5 based on 27 reviews submitted.
GBP £1,354
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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
Porto, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 16 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, a set of 27 settlements hidden between the mountain slopes and away from daily life.
  • Join your leader in Lisbon for sunset views while enjoying a glass of local wine and some tapas – 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 under 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.


Map of Highlights Of Portugal including Portugal



7 breakfasts


Train, Private vehicle


Hotel (6 nights), Guesthouse (1 night)

  • Porto - Port Wine Tasting
  • Coimbra - Evening Fado Performance
  • Schist Villages - Village Walk
  • Lisbon - Drink and Local Bites
Add on activities
  • Porto - Clerigos Tower - EUR8
  • Porto - Bolhao Market - Free
  • Porto - Livraria Lello - EUR8
  • Porto - Serralves Foundation - EUR20
  • Porto – Tile-Painting Workshop - EUR45
  • Coimbra - Mondego River Boat Trip - EUR10
  • Coimbra - Cathedrals - EUR5
  • Coimbra - University of Coimbra and Joanina Library - EUR14
  • Lisbon - Oceanarium - EUR25
  • Lisbon - Naval Museum - EUR7
  • Lisbon - Experience Lisbon Walk Urban Adventure - EUR45
  • Lisbon - Puppet Museum - EUR5
  • Lisbon - Folk Art Museum - EUR5
  • Lisbon - National Art Museum - EUR6
  • Lisbon - Gulbenkian Museum - EUR10
  • Lisbon - Belem Tower and Monastery - EUR20
  • 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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4.8 out of 5 based on 27 reviews submitted.
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Ann · Traveled April 2024
If you want a trip to Portugal where you will see amazing sights, learn history and culture, dine like the Portuguese instead of like a tourist, walk through historic sites, then this is a trip is for you.
Review submitted 28 Apr 2024

Katherine · Traveled April 2024
A great trip overall. Our leader, Daniel, was so accommodating and knowledgeable about Portugal. We had a great group and even better experience. Would highly recommend this trip!
Review submitted 24 Apr 2024

Jill · Traveled March 2024
I recommend Intrepid and this tour; a mix of smaller cities, mountain villages, and a big city. Something for everyone! The pace was great, with an introductory walking tour of each place, followed by plenty of free time to explore. The leader was exceptional in her organization, enthusiasm and availability.
Review submitted 10 Apr 2024

Esmeralda · Traveled October 2023
My trip with Intrepid Travel was a mixed experience. The knowledgeable tour leader and cultural immersion were highlights. However, accommodation variations, limited inclusive meals, and occasional inaccuracies in activity descriptions were drawbacks. Overall, it was an enriching journey with room for improvement.
Review submitted 27 Oct 2023

Luanne · Traveled September 2023
Our first trip with intrepid was a huge success and we will book again. We liked the small group so no large bus tours and they built in free time for people to pursue their own interests. Our guide was outstanding! Knowledgeable and customer focused.
Review submitted 03 Oct 2023
Highlights of Portugal
GBP £1,354