Julie's Introduction To Portugal Tour. First trip to Portugal Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra. Culture, architecture, history, food, wine

This delicious itinerary is designed for first time travellers to Portugal and is easily customised to suit your specific tastes.

In one week, you’ll see some of the country’s unique highlights and get a real taste for Portuguese food and wine.

Discover the varied landscapes, architecture and local culture with a carefully selected range of expertly guided tours.

Get a good night’s sleep in the comfort of hand-picked 4 and 5 star hotels and start each day with a satisfying breakfast.

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Day 1: (Saturday) LISBON

  • Morning arrival at Lisbon International Airport
  • Meet private driver outside customs and leave towards hotel in Lisbon
  • Arrive and check in at 4-star hotel in Lisbon (hotel and room upgrade available upon request)
  • Afternoon Walking Food Tour (Alfama & Old Town): Visit the traditional hole-in-the-wall bakeries famed for their warm, freshly baked breads and eggy, sweet tarts. But your egg adventure doesn’t end there. Ovos (eggs) are an essential ingredient in all Portuguese cuisine. They’re poached in soups and açordas (bread stew); fried on top of steaks, mixed in sausages and sandwiches; blended into many of their beloved bacalhau (salted cod) dishes; and beaten with sugar and cinnamon in numerous desserts and sweets. You’ll explore heaps of these delicious recipes alongside a wide range of Portuguese wines. Explore the undiscovered flavors of traditional canned fish, savory petiscos (Portuguese small bites), craft Portuguese beer and a range of freshly picked fruit and nuts. By the end of this tour, your love of Portuguese cuisine will not only deepen, but you’ll have a profound sense of saudade – a sense of longing and missing combined with a paradoxical joy and hope for the yet distant future. In short, you’ll be booking your next culinary trip to Portugal the minute you get home!
  • Evening at leisure

 

Day 2: (Sunday) LISBON

  • Meet your English-speaking local expert guide at the hotel lobby and leave towards Belém area by taxi
  • Arrive and panoramic tour of Belém Tower and Discovery Monument
  • Private guided visit to Jerónimos Monastery and National Coach Museum or Military Museum (depending on your preferences)
  • End of guide service
  • Lunch on your own at a local restaurant
  • Afternoon at leisure in Belém 
  • Sunset boat trip with wine tasting. This 2-hour group cruise with a drink on boards includes guided explanations regarding all the sights during the “magic” hour of sunset, when Lisbon is unforgettable!    
  • Return back to hotel on your own
  • Evening at leisure

 

Day 3: (Monday) LISBON – SINTRA – CASCAIS – LISBON

  • Meet your private English-speaking driver and at the lobby and leave towards Sintra
  • Arrive and walking guided visit to Sintra historical centre, classified as world heritage by Unesco. Choose between a visit  to the colourful hilltop Pena Palace or the older National Palace
  • Lunch at local restaurant in Sintra (not included)
  • Leave towards Colares after lunch
  • Arrive and visit with wine tasting at a local winery
  • Leave towards Lisbon following the beautiful Cascais – Estoril coastline via Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in mainland Europe.
  • Arrive and drop-off
  • Evening at leisure

Day 4: (Tuesday) LISBON – COIMBRA

  • Meet your private English-speaking driver/guide at the lobby and leave towards Coimbra
  • En-route stop at Alcobaça and visit the amazing Alcobaça Monastery where the elaborately carved tombs of Pedro and Inês lie
  • Continue towards Coimbra
  • Check in at a 5-star hotel in Coimbra in a former palace where Pedro and Inês conducted their affair 
  • Learn the full, tragic story of Portugal’s real life Romeo and Juliet on a private guided tour of the sites relevant to their story.
  • Evening at leisure

Day 5: (Wednesday) COIMBRA

  • Go back 2000 years and learn how the Romans lived in this area on a private guided Roman Legacy tour. Visit the (now underground) cryptoporticus, the astonishingly well-preserved open air mosaics at Conimbriga and take a guided tour of the relevant museums to help you make the most of your visit.
  • Learn what makes Coimbra Fado unique during a late afternoon performance.
  • Evening at leisure

Day 6: (Thursday) COIMBRA – BUSSACO – AVEIRO – PORTO

  • Meet private driver at the hotel lobby and leave towards Bussaco national forest, palace and convent
  • Arrive and enjoy a shaded walk in Bussaco and visit the stone-studded Carmelite convent
  • Leave towards Aveiro, city of canals and Art Nouveau
  • Lunch on your own at a local restaurant (not included) in Costa Nova, the fishing village of houses painted in colourful stripes with ocean beach on one side and the lagoon on the other.
  • Short panoramic tour of Aveiro
  • Drive towards Porto
  • Arrive and check in at 4-star hotel located in Porto city center (upgrade possible)
  • Evening at leisure

 

Day 7: (Friday) PORTO

  • Meet expert local guide at the hotel lobby and set off for Porto’s historical centre, classified as World Heritage by Unesco (taxi included)
  • Private walking guided tour with visit to Lello Bookstore, Stock Exchange Palace and St. Francis Church
  • Walk to the other side of the river crossing the D. Luis I Bridge
  • Private visit with wine tasting at local port wine cellar to learn about the Douro’s famous fortified wine
  • End of guide service.
  • Lunch on your own at a local restaurant (not included)
  • Afternoon at leisure to shop for quality souvenirs, visit art galleries or museums or simply soak up the atmosphere of the Ribeira district.
  • Evening at leisure

 

Day 8: (Saturday) PORTO Leave

  • Take a taxi to Porto International Airport
  • Fly home from Porto

Price: From €2,250 per person based on 2 people sharing a double room

As already mentioned, this Introduction to Portugal tour can be customised to suit your preferences and budget with accommodation and tour upgrades and downgrades possible.

What’s Included:

  • 3 Nights at 4-star hotel in Lisbon in Double Standard Room with breakfast included
  • 2 Nights at 5-star hotel in Coimbra in Double Standard Room with breakfast included
  • 2 Nights at 4-star hotel in Porto in Double Standard Room with breakfast included
  • Private arrival and depart transfer by Deluxe Mercedes Sedan with English-speaking driver
  • Full day (8 hours) Deluxe Mercedes Sedan with English-speaking driver at disposal as per itinerary in Sintra and from Coimbra to Porto
  • Full day (8 hours) private driver/guide at disposal as per itinerary from Lisbon – Alcobaça – Coimbra and Conimbriga
  • Private walking Lisbon Food Tour – tastings included
  • 2 Half day (4 hours) with expert local guide service at your disposal as per itinerary in Lisbon and Porto
  • Entrance fees at Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery,  National Coach Museum, Pena Palace, Alcobaça Monastery, Conimbriga Ruins, Stock Exchange Palace, St. Francisco Church and Lello Bookstore
  • Winery visit with wine tasting in Colares
  • Port wine lodge visit with wine tasting in Porto
  • Sunset group cruise in Lisbon
  • Welcome information packet, restaurant recommendations, 24 hour contact number
  • Local travel agent coordination and support

What’s Not included:

  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses

If the suggested 8-day itinerary isn’t quite right for you, let me know what you want so we can tailor the tour to suit you.

Once I know what you’re looking for, I’ll connect you with my local partner travel agency to take care of the bookings and arrangements for you.

BEFORE YOU GO...

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