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

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.


Start
Porto, Portugal
Finish
Lisbon, Portugal
Destination
Portugal
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
ZMSZ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

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 very high in Spain (over 40°C), which can make things uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water.

  • This trip includes a walk in the Schist villages. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.

  • In Schist villages you may be staying in two separate houses (one is next to the other), just because there may not be big enough house to host the whole group.

  • 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.

Itinerary

Welcome to Portugal! Stretching along the banks of the River Douro, Porto is one of Portugal's most romantic cities. Known for majestic bridges, medieval riverside district with its cobbled streets, merchants’ houses and cafes, Porto is also well known for one more thing; surprise surprise – Porto is the birthplace of the fortified wine, port. Today, there’s an important welcome meeting at 6 pm where you’ll meet your group leader and fellow travellers. After your meeting, why not get the crew together and head out to an optional dinner – your group leader will know of some great spots to go.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Take a leader-led orientation walk with your group this morning to get your bearings. Otherwise, the day is free to do as you please. The city's World Heritage-listed Ribeira district is packed with twisting alleys, staircases, and baroque churches, and is great to explore on foot. Sao Francisco church is known for its lavish interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palacio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors. For a sensational view of the whole town head to the Torre dos Clerigos (Clerigos Tower), or head down Allies Avenue to see the French-inspired buildings. Late afternoon, meet your leader and the rest of the group again to test out Portugal’s famed wine on included port tasting. Oh, and in the evening, why not book yourself in to a Rio Duoro cruise to see the city from the water.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Port Tasting - Porto
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is free for you to explore Porto at your own pace. As you’ll be traveling over to Coimbra in the late afternoon or early evening, there will be a place to store your luggage for the day. If you’d like, you could head out of the city into the Duoro Valley, where the river weaves around hilly landscapes and past vineyards and small villages. There are a number of ways to discover the valley, including by boat or train, but make sure to check in with your leader to organise a trip that gets you back in time for the train to Coimbra. With a late arrival at your hotel, have a relaxing night in Coimbra.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Serralves Foundation - Porto - EUR5
  • Experience Porto's Bites and Sights - EUR52
  • Douro Valley Day Trip - EUR650
  • Lello Library - Porto - EUR6
  • Clerigos Tower - Porto - EUR5
  • Bolhao Market - Porto - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note that you’ll travel from Porto to Coimbra in early evening today. This means that, once arrived, dinner may be quite late.
Enjoy an easy day in Coimbra at your leisure. Sitting dignified on the banks of the River Mondego, Coimbra was once the capital of the county, and its royal heritage can be felt in its historic streets and buildings. Join your group leader on a wander through the lanes and squares of the Old Quarter and be sure to pass by the University of Coimbra – the oldest in Portugal. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy as your please before meeting with your group again for an evening Fado show.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fado performance
Optional Activities
  • Boat tour - EUR7
  • Cathedrals entrance - EUR3
  • University of Coimbra visit - EUR12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to Schist Villages, which are a relatively unknown but an amazing part of Portugal that consist of 26 villages nested between the hills and the riverbanks. Once arrived, enjoy a beautiful walk in hills surrounding one of the Schist villages you will be staying at. In the afternoon, consider joining a traditional cooking class and dinner. It will take place in one of the villages and is a perfect way to discover the local cuisine. Prepare a full meal using products grown locally, and you’ll get shown the ropes by local people. After the class, take a seat, have a glass of wine and enjoy the fruits of your own labour.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Schist villages walk
Optional Activities
  • Traditional cooking class in Schist villages (minimum 4 people) - EUR60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel back to Coimbra in a private vehicle and from there transfer to Lisbon by train. After a brief orientation walk, you are free for the afternoon. Much of Lisbon’s character and charm lies in its beautiful renovated buildings, grand boulevards, impressive castles and churches. Maybe visit one of the most symbolic buildings in the city, Lisbon Cathedral, which was built on the site of an old mosque in 1150 by Lisbon’s first bishop, Gilbert of Hastings. Inside are nine chapels, each with their own story to tell, and the wonderful Gothic cloister. Other option is to have time to visit the medieval citadel of Sao Jorge Castle. The citadel dates back to Moorish times and sits on the highest point of the Old Town. Although much of the original castle has been destroyed throughout history, some sections of walls and 18 different towers remain today. Look down on a city swarming with endless angular white houses and buildings with distinct red terracotta rooftops.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Make some further discoveries of Lisbon in the morning at your own pace. Roam through the charming narrow streets of local neighbourhoods do a spot of people watching, visit Belem Tower (a wonderful building originally designed as a lighthouse) and the vast, spectacular Monastery of the Jeronimos. Otherwise, head out for a day trip to Sintra – a royal sanctuary full of pastel coloured Romanticist buildings. In the evening, regroup and experience more of Portugal’s way of life by enjoying a sunset walk with your group and a wine and cheese picnic. Afterwards, perhaps head out and grab yourself some dinner with your newfound friends.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sunset picnic in Lisbon
Optional Activities
  • Oceanarium - EUR17
  • Naval Museum - EUR5
  • Lisbon Walk - EUR45
  • Puppet Museum - EUR5
  • Folk Art Museum - EUR3
  • Lisbon Citadel - EUR9
  • National Art Museum - EUR6
  • Gulbenkian Museum - EUR10
  • Lisbon Sunset Fado & Tapas Urban Adventure - EUR70
  • Belem Tower and Monastery - Lisbon - EUR13
  • Ginginha Tasting - EUR2
  • Sintra Day Trip - EUR10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave at any time. That doesn’t mean your Portuguese adventure has to come to an end! If you wish to spend more time in Lisbon, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Port Tasting - Porto
  • Fado performance
  • Schist villages walk
  • Sunset picnic in Lisbon

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

Essential trip information

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