- Sample port and other local flavors on a Douro Valley wine tour
- Meet Portugal's past in historic places like Évora & Guimarães
- Marvel at the stunning beaches & cliffs of the Algarve
- Go castle-hopping in Sintra
|Day 1||Arrive in Lisbon||Lisbon|
|Day 2||Explore Lisbon & Watch a Live Fado Show||Lisbon|
|Day 3||Day Trip to Beachside Cascais & Magical Sintra||Lisbon|
|Day 4||Drive to the Douro Valley via Óbidos, Nazaré, the Batalha Monastery & Aveiro||Douro Valley|
|Day 5||Explore the Douro Valley & Guimarães & Drive to Porto||Porto|
|Day 6||Discover the Tastes of Porto with a Wine & Culinary Tour||Porto|
|Day 7||Drive to Historic Tomar via Medieval Coimbra||Tomar|
|Day 8||Travel Back in Time in the Ancient Roman City of Évora||Évora|
|Day 9||Visit the Fortified Village Monsaraz & Drive to Tavira||Tavira|
|Day 10||Get to Know Tavira & the Eastern Algarve||Tavira|
|Day 11||Encounter Nature & History in the Central Algarve & Drive to Lagos||Lagos|
|Day 12||Relax in Lagos||Lagos|
|Day 13||Experience Sagres & the Wild Western Algarve & Drive to Lisbon||Lisbon|
|Day 14||Immerse Yourself in Lisbon||Lisbon|
|Day 15||Depart Lisbon|
Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon
Welcome to Portugal! Upon arrival at the Lisbon Airport, pick up your rental car and head into the capital to explore this fascinating place on your own time. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and its remarkable history can be seen and experienced all over. Explore more of the city with the iconic tram 28, riding it from Graça to the end of the line of Estrela Basilica. For a more off-the-beaten-path ride, try tram 24!
Take a stroll through one of the many museums, such as the Museu do Oriente, the National Museum of Ancient Art, or the Berardo Collection Museum. For those looking to get into Lisbon's food scene, head to Rossio Square for a drink or the Bairro Alto for an authentic Portuguese meal. Today also includes the option of taking a sunset cruise down the Tagus River to see Lisbon from a new perspective.
Day 2: Explore Lisbon & Watch a Live Fado ShowExplore Lisbon on your own today and discover more of what this vibrant city has to offer. Consider starting with the old town of Alfama. Walk its narrow and hilly streets, admire its intricately tiled sidewalks, and visit important historic sites like the 12th-century Sé Cathedral and the 11th-century Castelo de São Jorge, which offer panoramic views of the city.
Or get to know the Belém quarter, filled with monuments from Europe's Age of Discovery. Its most famous landmark is the Belém Tower, a 16th-century structure that served as the point of embarking and disembarking for sailors. Visit the Jerónimos Monastery, a prime example of Portugal's Gothic style, and stop for a taste of pastéis de Belém, the area's delectable custard dessert. As night falls, you can experience the haunting traditional music of Portugal with a live fado dinner show.
Day 3: Day Trip to Beachside Cascais & Magical Sintra
Pick up your rental car this morning and start exploring the picturesque countryside and coastline around Lisbon at your own pace. Start with a visit to Cascais, the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family that sits next to the luxurious seaside resort of Estoril. For those looking for an outdoor adventure, there is the option of cycling along the 6-mile (9.7 km) coastal stretch between Cascais and Guincho, one of the most beautiful beaches near Lisbon.
End the day with a trip to the fairy-tale village of Sintra. Set among the lush mountains and forests of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to fantastical palaces and manor houses. These include the iconic yellow and red Romantic style of the Pena National Palace, the imposing medieval stone walls of the Castle of the Moors, and the mysterious inverted Knights of Templar tower of Quinta da Regaleira.
Day 4: Drive to the Douro Valley via Óbidos, Nazaré, the Batalha Monastery & Aveiro
Drive north to the Douro Valley today and consider stopping at some of the many hidden treasures along the way. First up is Óbidos, a medieval fortified village filled with picturesque houses and streets. It's known as the Vila das Rainhas or "Town of the Queens," as it's been beloved by Portuguese queens for centuries.
Continue to the small fishing town of Nazaré for fresh seafood and epic waves, or stop in nearby Batalha to marvel at its magnificent 14th-century Gothic monastery. Make a final stop in the charming Aveiro. Known as the "Portuguese Venice," explore its system of canals via a traditional moliceiro boat. Make sure to sample the local sweets known as ovos moles or "soft eggs" before continuing to the Douro Valley, where you will spend the night.
Day 5: Explore the Douro Valley & Guimarães & Drive to PortoSpend the day driving around the famous Douro Valley, a verdant and dramatic landscape where vines cling to terraces carved by hand into the hillsides along the Douro River. Portugal's legendary port wine is produced from the grapes grown here. In fact, this area was the first official demarcated wine region in the world. Options today include a guided visit to a historic quinta (vineyard) to sample local wines, as well as a cruise down the Douro River on a traditional wooden rabelo boat.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 6: Discover the Tastes of Porto with a Wine & Culinary Tour
Head out on your own today to immerse yourself in the colorful neighborhoods and rich history of Portugal's second city. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of the UNESCO-listed Ribeira district and admire the Baroque style of the Igreja dos Clérigos and the Gothic architecture of the Church of São Francisco. Enjoy a glass of port and a snack at one of the waterfront cafés along the Douro River.
Spend the afternoon taking a guided tasting tour of the wine cellars of Casa Ferreirinha, a local producer of port and Barca Velha, one of Portugal's most famous wines. You could also join a culinary tour of five family-run locations to savor a hand-selected tasting menu of classic Portuguese dishes and drinks. Sample flavorful offerings, meet local purveyors, and learn about the remarkable culinary renaissance that Porto is experiencing.
Day 7: Drive to Historic Tomar via Medieval CoimbraDrive to the fascinating town of Tomar today with a stop first in Coimbra. This former medieval capital is most famous for its 13th-century University of Coimbra, which is a great place to start your sightseeing. Bibliophiles will love its Baroque library, home to over 200,000 books and considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Next door, you'll find the intricately tiled Chapel of Saint Michael, and don't miss a scenic stroll through the historic center, which leads to the banks of the Rio Mondego.
Continue to Tomar, which is known as the "Templar City." Visit the 12th-century Convento de Cristo, which was the headquarters of the Knights Templar and is a prime example of the architecture of this religious order. Other significant historical sites include the 15th-century Tomar Synagogue, which became a haven for the Jewish population expelled from Spain in 1492. See all that Tomar has to offer before spending the night here.
Day 8: Travel Back in Time in the Ancient Roman City of Évora
Drive to the historic city of Évora. One of Portugal's oldest cities, this UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the Roman era and offers an abundance of beautiful architecture and sights for history lovers and beyond. Marvel at the medieval architecture of the Évora Cathedral, go back in time with a visit to the 2000-year-old Templo Romano, and experience one of the most fascinating (and morbid) structures in the world with a trip to the 16th-century Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones).
If you want to go even further back in time, consider driving to the nearby Cromeleque dos Almendres (Cromlech of the Almendres), a prehistoric site that goes back to the 6th millennium BCE. Here, you can see monoliths arranged in a geometric formation to form one of the largest megalithic structures in Europe and the most important on the Iberian Peninsula. After getting your fill of history, return to Évora to spend the night.