A Taste of Portugal

10-day Portugal Highlights Itinerary

Prices from £578 pp

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Duration10 days / 9 nights (flexible)

DepartureDaily

ItineraryPorto - Douro Valley - Coimbra - Sintra/Mafra - Lisbon

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Overview

On this ten day itinerary you will travel through Portugal to discover many of its highlights. The route runs from Porto to Lisbon and is a combination of culture and nature. In Porto, you’ll get to taste the tastiest port wines, view baroque churches and walk through vines along the riverbank. In Coimbra you’ll enjoy the sounds of traditional fado music and in Lisbon you’ll immerse yourself in the country’s fascinating history. Throughout the trip you’ll feast on the traditional Portuguese dishes and sleep in typical country houses.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as described below
  • Excursions as described below
  • Car hire and insurance – prices may vary depending on departure date

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Port, Porto… Portugal!

When you arrive at the airport, you will take a taxi or the metro to your city hotel, located in the heart of the centre of Porto. You’ll sleep in a small-scale boutique hotel that’s only about a 10-minute walk from the old town. The rooms are tastefully decorated, and the owners have preserved many of the original details. They’ll make you feel very welcome and are happy to provide tips on what is best to see in the city.

a port city from above

Today you’ll head out on a tour to a world-renowned winery, learning about the local delicacy and of course getting to have taste. The winery has been run by the same family for centuries and the wonderful smell of wood and yeast welcomes you when you enter. Once you have learnt all about the production and aging process and viewed the rows of barrels, you’ll get to enjoy a good glass of port in the adjacent garden. Afterwards, walk up the hill to the lookout point to find a nice view over Porto as the river winds through the city centre.

a man drinks port in front of a barrel

Down in Douro Valley

Today you’ll drive from Porto to the Douro valley in around two hours, where some of the country’s best wine (and views) come from. Green wine terraces are found along the Douro River and the rolling hilly landscape is dotted with villages that are centuries old. You’ll sleep in a small winery with a swimming pool, where you can relax at the end of the day. Take a walk through the vines and learn more about the wine-making process with an audio tour.

a white house in the green valley

Legends of Coimbra

As you arrive in Coimbra, you’ll be welcomed by music and a pleasant atmosphere. This was once the capital of Portugal, nowadays one of the oldest university cities in Europe. You will stay in a boutique bed & breakfast within walking distance of the centre, allowing you to spend the afternoon strolling through alleys past local shops and restaurants.

the facade of an old building

Today it’s time to hit the road through Coimbra to visit the Santa Cruz Church, where the first two kings of Portugal are buried. Stroll through the park and have lunch on a riverside terrace, before visiting the Royal Cemetery and discovering its beautiful gardens. You’ll spend the evening having dinner in Baixa, the lower town, tasting local dishes and enjoying a musical evening full of live fado. The songs are about lost loves so let yourself be carried away by the sounds of the twelve-string Coimbra guitar and the intense emotions of the singers.

musicians in a room

Fairy Tales in Sintra

Arrive in the Portuguese countryside, where you will experience what it is like to be a real Portuguese farmer. You’ll sleep in a colourfully house decorated with flowers and can relax on the terrace this evening with a view over the beautiful landscape of Sintra. Everywhere you look there are yellow fields of corn and whitewashed houses looming in the distance. The following day you are free to do as you please, but a visit to the palace of Sintra is highly recommended. It is a mix of different colours, architectural styles and towers. The halls inside have a fairytale atmosphere, thanks to the beautiful chandeliers, frescoes and the porcelain tile walls. After visiting the palace, take a scenic walk through the cornfields and sleepy villages or relax on one of the beaches and take a refreshing dip in the sea.

a bike outside a house

Authentic Lisbon

Today you’ll arrive in Lisbon and stay in a central hotel the historic centre that is within walking distance from an array of sights. Winding streets, large squares and old trams adorn the streetscape of this district, but because the centre is quite compact, it is best to discover the sights on foot. You can view the traditional architecture and have a nice drink in one of the squares framed with local bars.

a tram heads towards you

Start the following day with a nice breakfast to make sure you’re ready for a busy day exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of Lisbon. You will meet your guide and be taken to hidden places where only locals go, walking together through narrow streets discovering lesser visited areas. In the afternoon you can decide what you are going to do. Dive into the seafarers’ past in Belém, on the banks of the Tagus, or head to the Alfama district, with its centuries-old buildings.

a cobbled street with pink buildings
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