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Douro Valley, Portugal
Map of Portugal: The North & Douro Region - 5 Days
Portugal: The North & Douro Region - 5 Days

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.  

Portuguese grilled sardine on toasted bread
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Food Tour of Portugal - 5 Days

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.

The romantic charm of the Douro Valley
Map of Explore Portugal: The North & Douro Valley - 10 Days
Explore Portugal: The North & Douro Valley - 10 Days

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. 

Madeira Island's northern coast
Map of Explore Portugal: Porto, Lisbon, & Madeira Island - 14 Days
Explore Portugal: Porto, Lisbon, & Madeira Island - 14 Days

This epic Portugal tour highlights two cosmopolitan cities and a stunning mid-Atlantic island—part of an autonomous region—known for its tropical foliage and eternal spring-like weather. You'll kick off in Porto, home of centuries-old wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. Then fly to Madeira Island for secluded beaches and untouristed villages waiting to be discovered. Last but not least is the friendly, up-and-coming capital of Lisbon—a striking city built on seven hills.

Panorama of Castelo de Vide
Portugal's Jewish Heritage, Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley - 7 Days

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.

Famous Yellow Trams of Lisbon
Portugal's Jewish Heritage, Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley - 6 Days

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.

Vibrant coastal cityscapes away
Map of Portugal: the North & Douro Region - 7 Days
Portugal: the North & Douro Region - 7 Days

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. 

Lisbon, Portugal
Map of Gastronomy and Wine in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley - 10 Days
Gastronomy and Wine in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley - 10 Days

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.

Porto, Portugal
Map of Discover Lisbon and Porto - 7 Days
Discover Lisbon and Porto - 7 Days

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.

Crashing waves in Porto, Portugal's second largest city
Map of Best of Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days
Best of Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days

This exciting two-week itinerary combines cosmopolitan cities, medieval architecture, and spectacular beaches for a Portuguese trip of a lifetime. After exploring Lisbon with a local guide, you'll stay in the fairytale village of Sintra and the surf town of Nazaré. Then work your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto and its nearby wine region before heading to the university town of Évora. End the trip in pure bliss with some beach time in the western Algarve.

Porto's setting along the Douro River
Map of Best of Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days
Best of Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days

This adventure is the perfect introduction to Portugal for first-timers. Over the course of a week, you'll explore Lisbon's exciting food and culture scene, take scenic day-trips to historic villages, and walk through Porto's UNESCO-listed city center. Finish in the oldest wine region in the world before returning to Lisbon by way of the country's medieval capital: Coimbre.

Medieval Sephardic Synagogue in Óbidos
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 9 Days

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.

Freshly grilled Portuguese fish with lemon and herbs
Map of Food and Wine in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley - 10 Days
Food and Wine in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley - 10 Days

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.

Jewish Quarter in Castelo de Vide, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 13 Days

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.

Bridge of S. Gonçalo in Amarante, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 14 Days

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.

Almourol, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 11 Days

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. 

Castelo de Vide, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 12 Days

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.

Moorish Castle in Sintra
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 10 Days

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.

Medieval Synagogue in Castelo de Vide, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage, Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley - 8 Days

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.

The emerald landscape of São Miguel Island
Portugal: the Azores, Lisbon & Porto - 14 Days

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. 

Coimbra Riverfront at Night
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 15 Days

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.

Lisbon, Portugal
Map of Romantic Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley, Algarve - 14 Days
Romantic Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley, Algarve - 14 Days

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.

Marinha Beach in Portimão
Map of Best of Portugal, from Porto to Algarve - 8 Days
Best of Portugal, from Porto to Algarve - 8 Days

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.

Camilo Beach in Lagos
Map of Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days
Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days

Experience three of Portugal's most iconic destinations on this 10-day trip starting in Lisbon where you'll tour ancient ruins, cobbled streets, and a UNESCO-listed village in the forested hills. Next, head north to Porto—famous for wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. The hardest decisions fall at the end where you can choose between spectacular beaches and white-washed villages in the Algarve.

Sunset from the Cabo da Roca near Lisbon
Map of Ultimate Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Porto, The Algarve, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days
Ultimate Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Porto, The Algarve, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days

This itinerary includes Portugal's two biggest cities, a slew of historic villages, and some spectacular beaches for an epic adventure to remember. Start off in up-and-coming Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts before making your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto (and its nearby wine region). You'll also get time in the university towns of Évora and Coimbra—each with their own medieval attractions and dining scenes—before kicking back for a few days in the Algarve.

Porto shimmers after sunset
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Highlights of Porto & Lisbon - 7 Days

This weeklong adventure combines Portugal's two biggest and most captivating cities for a cultural trip like no other. With a mix of excursions and free time, you'll start off exploring Porto's iconic food scene, cobblestone streets, and nearby Douro Valley (home of Port production). From here, spend three nights in the historic capital complete with a day-trip to Sintra—a fairytale town tucked away in forested mountains.

The Old Quarter in Seville, Spain
Map of Porto, Lisbon, the Algarve & Sevilla - 21 Days
Porto, Lisbon, the Algarve & Sevilla - 21 Days

See the very best of Portugal and western Andalucía with a perfect mix of highlights and the off-the-beaten-track treasures. Start in Porto, then continue down the coast through historic Lisbon to the beautiful beaches of the Algarve. Continue to Seville to soak in Andalucia's culture and gastronomy, then end your trip in metropolitan Madrid for stunning art museums and bustling city avenues.

Porto Cityscape, Portugal
Food and Wine in Porto - 4 Days

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.

Other popular travel destinations in Portugal
Lisbon · Porto · Sintra · Algarve · Alentejo · Évora · Lagos · Madeira · The Azores