With its iconic beaches, fairytale castles, and ancient cities, Portugal is a destination for every traveler. At kimkim, our Portugal specialists have years of experience planning individually-tailored trips full of authentic, memorable moments. Here's a quick introduction to kimkim, how our trips work, and what makes us unique. We'll explain how we created personalized itineraries, and what to expect during your trip.

Connect Directly to a Local Specialist

When planning your trip on kimkim, we'll connect you directly with one of our local specialists who are skilled at customizing trips around specific interests. Our Portugal specialists are experienced, creative, and highly-vetted travel experts who will help you create the ideal itinerary.

Your trip will be planned by people who have spent years living in and traveling around Portugal. When planning your trip, your specialist will consider the season, your preferred method of transportation, and your travel priorities and interests. Their insights add immense value to the process—this is what sets kimkim's trip planning apart. 

Meaningful Experiences

Travel is about immersing yourself in the local experience, culture, and landscape. This can mean taking lesser-known (but just as beautiful) routes to avoid the crowds or seeing a destination's major highlights in a unique way. At kimkim, we're just as excited about travel as you are—we seek out authentic experiences ourselves, and then go the extra mile to ensure you have a memorable and meaningful experience.

Customizing Your Perfect Trip

Your trip plan will incorporate personalized approaches to lodging, guides, routes, and even transportation. Our Portugal specialists ensure that you have a more meaningful experience whenever possible, whether that means finding the perfect bed-and-breakfast in Lisbon or visiting a lesser-known village in Alentejo on your trek through Peneda-Gerês National Park.

Focus on Private Tours

Kimkim is different than conventional travel companies. Most of our trips are private and tailor-made, built around your specific interests. Your trip will start and end on the dates that work best for you, and accommodation, activities, and travel routes are all customizable. 

Flexible Itineraries

During your trip, guides and drivers are there to ensure everything goes smoothly and will work with the conditions of each day. If needed, your specialist can adapt your itinerary during your trip based on how you’re feeling, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances that arise while traveling.

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Unique Ways to Experience Portugal's Highlights

Not everyone wants to get completely off the grid. Even if you want to visit Portugal's most popular sites and regions, kimkim ensures a customized experience.

If you're keen to explore the country's main attractions, your specialist will tell you the spots you cannot miss in Lisbon and the most interesting sights in Porto. Likewise, if your main goal is to explore the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve, our specialists can set up a complete experience beyonce the sandy beaches and take you wine tasting or visiting a small village and discover the countryside.

Experienced & Professional Guides

Your guides are an essential part of your overall experience, and someone you'll be spending a significant amount of time with you throughout your trip. As such, we only work with experienced certified local guides who have years of experience and are passionate about helping people experience their country.

Working With Local Providers

Whenever possible, we work with local communities and services supplied by people who belong to the local community. This means hiring drivers and guides as much as possible from the regions you're traveling in and staying in boutique, locally-owned lodging.

Best Accommodation Options

Where you stay each night plays a large part in the overall experience of your trip. Our specialists keep track of the best, newest, and most interesting places to stay in Portugal. They know which spots have great meals and atmosphere, which are conveniently located away from the crowds, and which have great vantage points. Just as important, your specialist will ensure that your accommodation is conveniently located for the activities of the day, based on your budget and personal style.

Detailed Trip Plans

All trips to Portugal will have a trip roadmap that will be sent to you prior to your departure. This will include all pertinent information about pick-up times, activity durations, and hotels for each night. In addition, it will often include restaurant recommendations and insider tips for how to spend your free time in each location. See examples of our Portugal trip plans here

How Our Pricing Works

You'll get the best price for your trip, based on what's required to put together a quality experience that doesn't cut corners. Our pricing structure offers excellent value while also allowing the specialist and their team to make a fair living, while also paying their staff, guides, and drivers good wages and providing insurance and medical coverage for their team. 

In-Trip Support & Guidance

While you're on your trip, both your local Portugal specialist and kimkim staff will be available for support should you have any questions, concerns, or if anything goes wrong. We'll also work with you to make changes to your trip on the fly (assuming the customizations are possible). 

Your specialist will also provide additional travel tips so you can make the most out of your vacation. That means anything from suggesting the perfect night out for your last night in Porto, or assisting if you hit a snag in your travel plans.

Climate Neutral

Kimkim trips are 100% climate neutral. Plan your trip with us and support sustainable initiatives around the world, reducing your impact and strengthening communities along the way. Learn more

Everything is Included

Most trips we organize include all the arrangements from the moment you land in Portugal to the moment you leave. You don't have to worry about constantly paying for services or organizing transport or hotels during your trip. Everything is included in the tour you book with us, and we'll clearly point out anything that's not.

Services that are typically included:

  • Airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • All your domestic transport (flights & ground transport)
  • Accommodations (breakfast typically included)
  • Guided tours and activities

Services that are typically not included:

  • Your international flights
  • Medical and emergency travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners (when not specified)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Exit taxes

Expectations and excitement are high when traveling. You'll be provided with details of what to expect, contact details of your in-trip support and driver, and someone who will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel.

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Written by João Paulo, updated Feb 18, 2021