Get to the heart of Porto and northern Portugal on this unique 12-day itinerary that combines history, gastronomy, and stunning countryside. Starting with a selection of guided tours and day trips, you'll explore Porto's UNESCO-listed city center, sample the best local cuisine, and cruise the Douro River through spectacular wine country. On day six you'll shift to a more independent itinerary, self-driving your way south through Coimbra, Nazare, and Obidos as you explore the rest of the region's highlights at your own pace.
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This 2-week trip takes you through Portugal, revealing its Jewish heritage with visits to synagogues, museums, monuments, and old Jewish quarters in towns like Belmonte, Monsanto, Sortelha, and Castelo de Vide. You'll enjoy guided tours of cities like Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, and Évora, as well as Sintra with its National Palace of Pena and the Portuguese Riviera. Relax along the Douro River with a wine tasting and river cruise, plus explore the castle in Amarante, the monasteries in Batalha and Alcobaça, and the Amoreira Aqueduct in the walled city of Elvas.
This trip takes you from north to south, discovering Portugal's Jewish heritage with city tours in Porto, Lisbon, Évora, and Tomar, plus a visit to Sintra with its National Palace of Pena and the Portuguese Riviera. Relax in the Douro Valley with a wine tasting and a river cruise, and then explore the monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça, the castle in Amourol, and the synagogue and old Jewish quarter of Castelo de Vide. Other highlights include the community museum in Belmonte, the Amoreira Aqueduct in Elvas, and Amarante's iconic stone bridge.
Explore the history and heritage of Portugal's Jewish communities in this 13-day tour, which guides you through cities like Porto, Lisbon, Évora, and Tomar, as well as Sintra and the National Palace of Pena. You'll enjoy a wine tasting and river cruise in the Douro Valley, plus visits to Almourol Castle, the Portuguese Riviera, and the monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça. Discover synagogues, old Jewish quarters, monuments, and museums in the country's small villages of Belmonte, Monsanto, and Sortelha, as well as Monsaraz, Elvas, and Castelo de Vide.
This trip takes you through Portugal's Jewish history, with guided tours of several cities and sites, including Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Belmonte, and the monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça. You'll explore synagogues, museums, and old Jewish quarters throughout the country, including in the small villages of Monsanto, Sortelha, Marvão, and Castelo de Vide. Enjoy some time to relax with a wine tasting and river cruise in the Douro Valley, plus a tour of Almourol Castle, Sintra, the National Palace of Pena, and the Portuguese Riviera.
Explore Portugal's Jewish history with guided tours of cities like Porto, Lisbon, and Évora, visiting synagogues, museums, monuments, and castles. You'll learn all about Jewish heritage in the small villages of Portugal, such as Belmonte, Monsanto, Trancoso, and Sortelha, plus discover the Templar City of Tomar. Enjoy the Douro River Valley with a wine tasting and a boat cruise, then end your trip with a tour of Sintra, National Palace of Pena, and the Portuguese Riveria.
This 10-day tour guides you through Portugal's Jewish heritage, starting in quintessential villages like Marvão and Castelo de Vide, as well as the hillside medieval towns of Monsanto, and Sortelha. Explore the historic sites of Évora and Belmonte, then make your way to the Douro Valley for a wine tasting and a river cruise. End your trip with walking tours in the cities of Porto and Lisbon, plus a visit to the Pena Palace in Sintra and the Portuguese Riviera.
This trip combines small towns of significant Jewish heritage, with big cities and tranquil nature. Start by exploring the city of Évora, stopping in the historic villages of Marvão, Castelo de Vide, and Belmonte as you make your way to the scenic Douro Valley for a wine tasting and river cruise. You'll discover Jewish history in Porto and Lisbon, then enjoy a guided tour of the Pena Palace in Sintra and the beautiful Portuguese Riviera along the coast.
Starting with visits to synagogues, museums, and monuments in the small towns of Belmonte, Marvão, and Castelo de Vide, this tour takes you through the history of the Jewish communities in Portugal. Along the way, visit the Douro River Valley to taste wine and ride Rabelo boats, then enjoy a guided tour of Sintra and its National Palace of Pena. End in Porto and Lisbon, where you'll explore architecture, culture, and Jewish heritage.
Start your exploration of Portugal's Jewish heritage in the small towns of Évora, Belmonte, Marvão, and Castelo de Vide, where you'll visit synagogues, museums, monuments, and cemeteries, all while learning about the history of the region. On your way to the Douro River Valley for a wine tasting and rabelo boat ride, you'll stop at the house of Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese resister during WWII. End your trip with guided architecture and Jewish heritage tours in Porto and Lisbon.
Discover Portugal's Jewish heritage, starting in the towns of Évora, Belmonte, Marvão, and Castelo de Vide, where you'll explore synagogues, museums, monuments, and old Jewish quarters while hearing stories of the region's history. Visit the house of Sousa Mendes, an unsung hero of the resistance, while you make your way to the picturesque Douro Valley. End your trip in Porto and Lisbon, where you'll enjoy guided tours through the cities, admiring the architecture and learning about the importance of the Jewish culture.
This trip explores the Jewish heritage of Portugal, starting with a visit to the medieval town of Óbidos and a tour of the city of Porto. You'll discover unknown Jewish history in the Templar City of Tomar, examining the historic synagogue and heritage museum. You'll end in Lisbon, where visits to synagogues, memorials, and old Jewish quarters in the city expose the turbulent and unique history of the capital.
Embark on this tour of Lisbon and nearby sites to discover the reasons why people come back to Portugal over and over again. Enjoy new flavors and dishes in Lisbon, visit the unforgettable Chapel of Bones in Évora, explore the incredible palaces of Sintra, and more on this four-day itinerary.
This quick tour of Portugal's northern region explores the lively city of Porto with a guided food tour, an exploration of its historic neighborhoods, and a port tasting in the cellars along the riverside. Discover the beauty of the Douro River Valley where you'll enjoy wine tastings and a river cruise in a traditional rabelo boat. Try some of the region's culinary delicacies, including canned fish, fried seafood, dense bread, and the famous custard tart, pastel de nata.
This tour mixes Portugal's vibrant cities with the incredible natural scenery of the Algarve region, starting with guided tours of Porto and Lisbon's hilly and historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a day trip to the Douro Valley for a tasting of the region's wine and port varietals, then head south to Algarve to explore its water sports, preserved coastal parks, and endless coastline filled with sandy beaches and rock formations. Spend hours relaxing on the beach, hiking along the coast, or meandering the historic fishing villages, all before watching dramatic sunsets and experiencing the area's exceptional nightlife.
Explore Portugal's two major cities of Lisbon and Portugal, with guided walking tours leading you through historic streets filled with cathedrals, monasteries, and lively squares. Enjoy local food with stops at market halls and historic cafes, plus a live Fado performance to experience some of the country's traditional music. Take day trips to the countryside to find sites such as the Pena Palace in Sintra, the Douro Valley for wine tastings and a river cruise, and relaxing beach vibes of the Portuguese Riviera.
Two weeks in Portugal gives you ample time to enjoy the highlights at a relaxed pace. Spend time in both Lisbon and Porto — complete with private guided tours and gorgeous day trips — while also adding time further afield, on the beaches of the Algarve or on an island like São Miguel in the Azores. Take a road trip, explore the Douro Valley, or tour the broader Iberian Peninsula by combining Portugal with neighboring Spain in one vacation. Read on for more unique itineraries.
Combining the exploration of vibrant cities like Porto, Lisbon, and Coimbra with exceptional nature in Tomar and the Portuguese Riviera, this trip showcases the unique and diverse culture of Portugal. You'll peruse historical city streets and monuments, plus UNESCO sites like the Roman ruins of Évora, the Pena National Palace and forest in Sintra, and the birthplace of Portugal, the town of Guimarães. Escape the city vibes with the impressive Almourol Castle along the Tejo River, the scenic town of Cascais along the Riviera, and the most westerly point in mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca.
Explore Portugal's epic coast and spend time discovering city centers, tiny towns, and picturesque beaches on this 14-day trip plan. You'll enjoy guided tours of Porto and Lisbon and will hike through the stunning landscapes in Peneda-Gerês National Park. With the Atlantic at your side, you'll discover beautiful towns like Viana do Castelo, Braga, and Aveiro (whose Venice-like canals are sure to charm you). Make the most of the coast with stops in gorgeous Lagos and surfing hotspots like Vila Nova de Milfontes and Sagres.
Spend two-weeks taking in the best of Portugal's scenery, history, food, and wine. This trip plan begins with three days in the Azores on the gorgeous green isle of São Miguel; discover the charming city of Ponta Delgada, sample local delicacies, go whale watching, and admire the island on an amazing hike. You'll then head to Lisbon for two days of city life, followed by a string of beautiful towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites. End your stay with time in Porto and enjoy tasting flights of incredible Porto wine in the sweeping romance of the Douro Valley.
Indulge your tastebuds in this tour of Portugal's gastronomy and wine, starting in vibrant Lisbon with a visit to the famous Mercado do Livramento in Setúbal, followed by a wine tasting tour in the charming city of Évora. Next you'll explore Portugal's rural countryside with visits to a historic olive grove, a cork farm, and the humble Schlist Mountain Villages, plus take a cooking class amongst the ruins of Marialva and drive out to the gorgeous vineyards of the Douro River Valley. End your trip in Porto where you'll watch the fishermen barter their daily catch and tour a sardine cannery.
Spend ten days exploring all Portugal has to offer with these unique itineraries. If it’s your first time in the country, visit Lisbon, Porto, and the Western Algarve’s beaches. You can take a more relaxed approach to the country’s highlights or choose to add in a number of charming towns and sights as you work your way down the coast. Or, choose one specific area—like the Douro Valley—to see the country through the lens of regional culture, food, and wine.
With a week in Portugal, you can see the highlights of Lisbon and Porto, or enjoy a deeper exploration of a specific region like the Algarve. You can also let your interests inform your trip: History buffs can enjoy private guided tours of palaces and pilgrimage sites, foodies can taste Douro Valley wines and take hands-on culinary workshops, and active travelers can enjoy day hikes to cliffs, forests, gardens, and mansions. Read on to get inspired by these unique trip plans for every type of traveler.
Discover the highlights of Portugal in this week-long tour, starting in the bustling city of Lisbon where you can explore historical streets, eat traditional cuisine, and enjoy live Fado music. Visit the charming towns and monuments of Sintra, Óbidos, and Tomar, as well as the gorgeous Douro Valley Wine Region for a river cruise and wine tasting. Visit one of Europe's oldest universities in Coimbra and head north to Porto, where you can watch fishermen barter their daily catch, tour a traditional sardine factory, and eat local delicacies.
Escape to the coast on this gorgeous 10-day exploration, that includes ample time is Porto and Lisbon, and stops through charming seafaring towns with fantastic beaches, delicious fresh seafood, and dramatic coastlines. Go hiking in the unparalleled beauty of Peneda-Gerês National Park, hit the waves in the surfing hot-spot of Sagres, and laze in the sand on the Instagram-worthy beaches of the Algarve.
This trip is perfect for the epicurean and all-around bon vivant! Spend ten days traveling through Portugal's culinary epicenters and exploring its dynamic and unforgettable wine regions. You'll take food tours in city centers, visit a marketplace with a chef (then take a cooking class!), go wine tasting, and learn the stories and traditions behind Portuguese cuisine and libations. And, of course—no trip to Portugal would be complete without a lesson (and tasting or two) of iconic Port wine.
See the highlights of Portugal's cities, beaches, and gorgeous towns on this fantastic itinerary that takes you through the country's must-see gems. Explore the urban centers of Lisbon and Porto with the help of experts, in-the-know-locals, and unique opportunities to see — and taste! — the wonderful vibrancy of Portugal. You'll also visit tiny villages, imposing palaces, and dramatic beach towns that off-the-beaten-path. This trip plan is a wonderful option if it's your first time in the country!
Immerse yourself in the drama, romance, and flavor of Portugal's north, including the city of Porto and the spectacular Douro region, home to what's considered by many to be the most beautiful wine-growing region in all of Europe. You'll bookend your trip with time in Porto, where you'll embark on a fun food excursion. Then it's off to a number of incredible villages, heritage sites, and a wonderful national park. You'll also delve deep into the Douro Region, with time to go wine tasting in the iconic Douro Valley, home to world-famous Port wine.
Taste your way through Portugal's delights on this dynamic trip plan, with which you can savor local flavors, history, and culture. Foodies will love navigating Lisbon with the help of a guided food walking tour followed by a cooking class, during which you'll explore the best of local produce and products at the market with your culinary instructor. Enjoy the sounds of iconic Fado music, explore spectacular castles and gardens in towns like Sintra, then lose yourself in the tranquility of Évora and the quiet tempo of rural Alentejo.
Take a unique approach to discovering Portugal's beauty with this trip plan, in which you'll hike fantastic coastal trails and will learn about the fascinating region around Sintra. Your route starts in the stunning town of Cascais and takes you along the blue coast, through wide bays of golden sand and along breathtaking cliffs; you'll even traverse Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Experience great hiking inland when you cross the Sintra Forest and its verdant hilltops. Along the way, you'll also explore charming hotels, tuck into delicious cuisine, and visit incredible heritage sites.
Explore the sensational Algarve on this comprehensive seven-day itinerary that takes you all around Portugal famed region. You'll have ample time in Faro, the Algarve's main hub, and will travel out to see incredible nature parks, tiny towns off-the-beaten-path, and a collection of the best beaches in all of Portugal. Enjoy breathtaking views from coastal cliffs, tackle world-famous surf breaks, wander cobblestone streets in centuries-old towns, or relax on the warm sands of this beautiful region.
Explore northern Portugal and the scenic Douro Region on this fantastic trip plan that lets you deep dive into the area's sights, landmarks, culture, and flavors. You'll tour Porto with the help of an expert guide as well as culinary excursion, then you'll head into the spectacular Douro Valley, one of the loveliest wine regions in Europe. Taste flights of Port wines or local table blends and relax by the water's edge. You'll discover the charming towns of Guimarães and Braga, and will spend some time in the fantastic Viana do Castelo, home to a quaint historic core and access to great beaches. Round out your trip with a fantastic excursion to Peneda-Gerês National Park for waterfalls and a picnic with an iconic view.
If you only have five days in Portugal, you can pair two major cities—Lisbon and Porto, for example—or choose one region for an in-depth experience. Explore the dreamy Algarve coast, head to the wine-famous Duoro Valley, or stick to Lisbon and its surrounds. The itineraries below offer unique options that appeal to all kinds of travelers, from Portugal first-timers to foodies and wine enthusiasts to sun worshipers.
Discover Portugal's dynamic capital and explore the country's sunny south on this trip plan, which takes you from Lisbon to Lagos in the Western Algarve. Soak up the sun, take delicious and authentic cuisine, and lose yourself either wandering through historic streets or eating through the waves. If you're passionate about beautiful beaches and capturing stunning landscapes, this itinerary is for you!
Spend five days exploring the spectacular Algarve region, Portugal's southernmost area that sweeps westward to the Atlantic. You'll spend quality time in the region's two main cities — Faro and Lagos — and will discover gorgeous churches in Tavira, stunning beaches, phenomenal cliffside panoramas, and the area's incredible food. Plus you'll have plenty of time to lounge on the sand, cruise along the coast, and unwind amid urban charm and natural splendor.
Foodies will love this unique trip plan, which introduces you to Portuguese history and culture one bite at a time. You'll start in Lisbon, where a private guide will take you on a delicious culinary excursion that will set the stage — and your palette — for your epicurean adventure. Explore the old world charm of Óbidos and its historic castle, then hit the streets of Porto for a delectable lesson on the city's dynamic food scene. You'll also learn tips and tricks for recreating your favorite local specialties in a hands-on cooking workshop. End your trip with time in the stunning Douro Valley, where you can visit legendary wineries, learn about olive oil pressing, or take in the scenery on a relaxing boat ride.
Discover the unparalleled beauty and charm of Portugal's North and Douro region on this beautiful five-day itinerary. You'll start in iconic Porto, where you'll taste your way through the city and learn about its history, culture, and landmarks. Then you'll hit the road for the Douro Valley, which is perhaps the most beautiful wine region in all of Europe. Taste local Ports, learn about the olive oil pressing process, or glide along the Douro River on a relaxing boat ride. You'll end your trip with stops in gorgeous Braga and Viana do Castelo, a charming town with access to fantastic beaches.
You don't have to travel far to see, taste, and experience the best of Portugal. Start your adventure in Lisbon, to explore the city's, art, cuisine, and hills. From Lisbon, you'll head to Porto, to taste its famous wines and then have your choice of where to explore along the coast, before heading to Sintra and Cascais, before you make your way back to Lisbon.
While Portugal is known for its year-round pleasant weather, it still experiences some variations in temperature. Cities like Bragança in the north can get down to below freezing in the winter, while summers in the Algarve region see highs around the mid-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The country’s golden beaches and urban attractions draw crowds in the summer months, making shoulder seasons (spring and winter) a good time to travel. Below, you’ll find some useful tips to help you plan your trip.
Portugal’s compact size means you can pack a lot into a short trip—a few days allows for exploration of Lisbon and Porto, along with a few excursions beyond city limits. With a week, enjoy a more comprehensive route, detouring to the coast and countryside. Those with two weeks can plan a full north-to-south trip, and maybe even tack on a visit to Portugal's lesser-explored islands or neighboring Spain.
Experience the beauty, depth, and romanticism of Portugal, in this 14-day road trip that will show you the variety of the Portuguese landscape, from the city to villages and beaches. You'll experience the art and culture of Lisbon, see the fairytale village of Sintra, sip wine in Porto, and explore the wonders of Évora.
Christmas is coming and Portugal is in full festive swing, with brightly lit towns and cities, fairs popping up everywhere and parties on the agenda. Before the holidays arrive, however, it is a quiet month, ideal for exploring hotspots that get crowded in sunnier months and taking advantage of low-season deals.
Don't let the odd drop of rain dampen your visit to Portugal in November. With the right clothes and attitude, this can be a fantastic time to explore the cities, rural interior and coast without the crowds — and the sun shines more often than you might expect. You're going to love the peace, authentic vibe and rock-bottom prices as autumn begins to usher in winter.
One of the finest months to visit Portugal, October brings a riot of fall colors and some glorious clear days. While rains begin to fall on the north, the south is still largely sunny, making this a terrific time for coastal hiking, slow touring in the rural interior and even the odd beach day. The crowds are drying up in the cities and at the country's Unesco World Heritage sites, too, making this the perfect month for exploring in peace.
September is hands-down one of the loveliest months to visit Portugal. The weather is still fine (but not as hot as August), the ocean has had all summer to warm up, and the crowds are finally starting to thin. And the first whisper of fall is bringing seasonal color and new wine to regions like the Douro as the grape harvest gets underway.
Portugal brings on the summer highs in August. Yes, you’ll have to contend with higher crowds, temperatures and prices, but there’s a delightfully upbeat mood in the air, as everyone seems to be on vacation and a stream of high-spirited festivals and late-night parties keep things nice and lively. And if the heat gets too much to handle, take the lead of the locals and head to the nearest praia (beach) for an invigorating dip in the Atlantic.
July marks the start of peak summer season in Portugal, and just chilling on the coast appears more enticing than ever, with refreshing Atlantic waves to dive into, breezes taking the edge off the heat and ice-cream close by. The major cities and resorts are humming, and festivals are bringing a buzz to all corners of the country. If you like things lively, now’s the time to go.
Summer has officially arrived in Portugal, with lots of beautiful sunshine up and down the country and a roster of happening festivals. June is a great month to visit, as the the throngs that descend on beaches and cities in July and August are still a way off, temperatures haven’t yet reached scorching point and there are still some good deals to be had.
With longer days, plenty of sunshine and temperatures climbing steadily higher, May is a fantastic month to explore Portugal’s coast and cities, not to mention the vineyards and mountains that ripple across the hinterland. Go now before the big crowds of summer begin to show up.
Spring has finally sprung, the countryside is blooming, there’s lots of sunshine between the showers, and Easter is on the way, making April one of most enticing Months to visit Portugal. Avoid the school holidays and you can still bag a good deal (and beat the crowds).