Explore Portugal's liveliest cities, Porto and Lisbon, on this six-day tour. You'll start in Porto with a private sidecar tour, enjoying views of the surrounding scenery. Then you'll head into the Douro Valley to taste a variety of wines—including port!—at family-run estates. Road trip through the countryside, stopping to visit the medieval village of Óbidos and Aveiro, the so-called "Venice of Portugal," on the way. You'll spend the last few days discovering Lisbon and learning how to make traditional Portuguese dishes during a chef-led cooking class.

Highlights

  • Explore the coastal city of Porto on a private sidecar tour
  • Sample locally produced wines at wineries in the Douro Valley
  • Cruise down the Douro River on a traditional boat
  • Step inside a beautifully preserved castle in Óbidos
  • Learn how to make Portuguese food in a cooking class

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive & Explore Porto on a Guided Sidecar Tour Porto
Day 2 Discover the Douro Valley Porto
Day 3 Sightsee in Aveiro & Óbidos Lisbon
Day 4 Enjoy a Private Tour of Old Lisbon Lisbon
Day 5 Take a Portuguese Cooking Class  Lisbon
Day 6 Depart Lisbon  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive & Explore Porto on a Guided Sidecar Tour

Porto at sunset 

Welcome to Portugal! Your adventure begins in Porto. Today you will enjoy a sidecar tour through the city. You will start in Ribeira, the oldest neighborhood in the city, located by the river. Here, you will stop to explore and take photos. Ride through narrow cobblestone streets and follow the river all the way to the ocean, stopping a few times at beautiful viewpoints over the river.

You'll go through the neighborhoods of Miragaia and Virtudes, then stop at a lookout point in Vitória. Continue uphill to Clérigos, where you will take a break at a traditional café to taste some sweet and savory Portuguese pastries. From there, cross the bridge to Gaia, the city on the other side of the river. Take in the best view of Porto before getting some rest at your hotel.

Day 2: Discover the Douro Valley

Douro Valley
Gorgeous scenery in the Douro Valley

Today you will discover the amazing Douro Valley and visit some of the region's best family-owned wineries. During your tours of these wine estates, you will learn more about Douro wines, from reds and whites to port wines. You'll have the opportunity to taste several varietals, too. Enjoy lunch at one of the wineries.

On the drive back, enjoy a scenic ride through the mountains. You'll have the option to stop along the way for a boat ride on the Douro River. Then transfer back to Porto for the evening.

Day 3: Sightsee in Aveiro & Óbidos

Traditional boats on the canal in Aveiro, Portugal

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Porto and transfer you to your hotel in Lisbon. Along the way, you will make two stops, one in the medieval town of Óbidos and the other in "the Portuguese Venice," Aveiro.

Aveiro is the capital of the Ria, a vast lagoon where the freshwater of the Vouga River joins with the sea. It was originally founded in the time of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and is now one of the most interesting cities on the Portuguese coast. Canals intersect the town, and you'll have the chance to explore them while riding on a brightly colored boat. You can't leave this village without trying the regional pastries known as ovos moles!

Next, visit the medieval town of Óbidos, one of the most picturesque and well-preserved in Portugal. The town had strategic importance in the region. It had already been settled prior to the Romans' arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century, and it became part of Casa das Rainhas (Queens' Estate). You will visit a historic castle and stroll around the maze of streets and squares within the walls, passing by the traditional white houses.

Continue to Lisbon, where you'll check into your hotel and have dinner before getting some rest. 

Day 4: Enjoy a Private Tour of Old Lisbon

Lisbon's downtown 3
Lisbon's downtown 

Today your guide will meet you at your hotel for a private walking tour of Old Lisbon. Travel back in time as you uncover the history and culture of this vibrant city. You will visit St. George Castle, Alfama, Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto, and Cais do Sodré. Baixa is the heart of Lisbon and was completely rebuilt after the devastating 1755 earthquake. The district is focused on magnificent plazas and grand avenues that reveal the wealth and influence of 18th-century Portugal. 

Have a Portuguese dinner in a restaurant near your hotel tonight.

Day 5: Take a Portuguese Cooking Class 

Fresh fish for sale in the market 
Explore a colorful food market today to buy the products for your Portuguese cooking class! Once you have all the fresh ingredients, you will head to a local cooking school and learn how to prepare an authentic Portuguese meal. After a leisurely late lunch, the rest of the day is free to spend as you like.

Day 6: Depart Lisbon

A busy square in Lisbon
This morning, it's time to bid farewell to Portugal. Head to the airport or train station to make your way to your next destination. Safe travels!

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