- Get to the heart of Lisbon on a walking food tour
- Discover the fairy tale village & forests of Sintra
- Taste Porto's famous fortified wines
- Explore Peneda-Gerês National Park by mountain bike
- Wind down on the world-famous beaches of Lagos
|Day 1||Arrive in Lisbon, Gourmet Food Tour||Lisbon|
|Day 2||Half-Day Tour of Lisbon & Fado Night||Lisbon|
|Day 3||Transfer to Sintra via Cascais & Estoril||Sintra|
|Day 4||Transfer to Porto, City Tour & Port Tasting||Porto|
|Day 5||Mountain Biking in Peneda-Gerês National Park||Porto|
|Day 6||Self-Guided Exploration of Porto & Northern Portugal||Porto|
|Day 7||Transfer to Lagos & the Algarve||Lagos|
|Day 8||Explore Lagos & the Greater Algarve Region||Lagos|
|Day 9||Transfer to Lisbon Airport & Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon, Gourmet Food TourWelcome to Lisbon! Upon arrival, your driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in the city center. After checking in, you can unwind after your long journey or head out for a stroll. You'll find Lisbon to be an unheralded gem of a European capital. Hilly waterfront neighborhoods are dotted with grand plazas and pastel-colored buildings, many of which date back hundreds of years. Old cable cars lurch up winding cobbled roads, and medieval castles sit perched atop the highest points in the city.
Day 2: Half-Day Tour of Lisbon & Fado NightToday you'll discover Lisbon in-depth with a half-day tour of key sites and some well-kept secrets. Soak up the city's unique atmosphere and authenticity as you explore via the famous yellow tram system broken up with relaxed strolls. Make sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes! Along the tour, you'll enjoy the lively bohemian district of Bairro Alto, visit the "new city" of Baixa built after the devastating 1755 earthquake, wander the traditional market square of Praça da Figueira, and climb to Portas do Sol for breathtaking views of the historic Alfama district.
Afterward, you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your own. In the evening, head back into the Bairro Alto to enjoy a night at one of the city’s best fado restaurants, where good food, the perfect setting, and the melancholic tones of Portugal's beautiful fado music come together for a truly authentic night in Lisbon.
Day 3: Transfer to Sintra via Cascais & Estoril
Today you'll meet your driver and head out of Lisbon for an incredible trip through a trio of picturesque locales. After a scenic stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of not only Portugal but all of mainland Europe, you'll visit the fishing harbor and tourist center of Cascais, then continue to Estoril, known for its casino and beautiful gardens.
Your last stop of the day will be Sintra. This village—about 30 minutes by car from the capital—is a harmonic combination of history and fantasy, described as a “glorious Eden” by the 18th-century British poet Lord Byron. Your guide will give you plenty of information about the city's grand palaces, imposing monuments, and great eateries in the area; armed with these tips, explore Sintra on your own and have dinner amid the local splendor.
Day 4: Transfer to Porto, City Tour & Port TastingArise and Shine! This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Porto—Portugal's second-largest and most populous city. After you've checked into your hotel and had lunch, it's time for a half-day tour. Start in the UNESCO-listed center to admire its renowned Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque sites, including the São Bento Railway Station, Clerigos Tower, Church of St. Francis, Lello Bookshop, Sta. Catarina Street, Majestic Café, and Bolhão Market.
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Day 5: Mountain Biking in Peneda-Gerês National ParkAfter breakfast in Porto, you'll take an active day trip to Peneda-Gerês National Park for a guided mountain bike tour. While there are many listed natural parks within Portugal's borders, Peneda-Gerês is the only official national park and takes up a whopping 436 square miles (703 km2) in the north near the Spanish border.
Day 6: Self-Guided Exploration of Porto & Northern PortugalAfter breakfast in Porto, you'll have a free day to discover more of the city on your own. You can also opt to explore further afield, where you can hit the beach, go wine tasting, or visit some noteworthy towns and historic sites. Within easy reach, you'll find the charming cities of Braga, home to the oldest cathedral in the country, and Aveiro, nicknamed the "Venice of Portugal" for its colorful canals.
Day 7: Transfer to Lagos & the AlgarveIt's time to head to the beach! After breakfast, you'll be picked up at the hotel for a private transfer to Lagos, a seafaring town on the western side of the Algarve region, situated along Portugal's southern coast. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and take the rest of the day to explore on your own.
Day 8: Explore Lagos & the Greater Algarve RegionToday is free for you to enjoy the Algarve at your leisure. Spend some more time discovering the 16th-century city of Lagos and its cobblestoned streets, inviting squares, and great restaurants. Near the city center are a number of dreamlike beaches, with plenty of watersports and boat excursions on offer. Pinhao Beach is a peaceful cove known for its secluded setting, while Ponta da Piedade offers more dramatic sandstone cliffs and bright turquoise water. Praia do Camilo is a gorgeous spot accessed by walking down 200 wooden steps to a sheltered sandy cove.
Day 9: Transfer to Lisbon Airport & Depart
After a final morning in Lagos, you'll say your goodbyes and transfer back to Lisbon Airport to catch your departing flight. Safe travels and boa viagem!
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