Portugal is a fascinating and varied country that is amazing if you are planning a one-week vacation. For such a comparatively small country, there is an abundance of historic towns, stunning scenery, and glorious beaches. The country blends perfectly the old-world European charm, delicious food and significant landmarks, and all at relatively comparatively prices when compared to nearby countries. This 13-days Europe Vacation Planner has everything you need to plan a successful Portugal tour.
(Day 1): Arrival in Porto
(Day 2): Exploring Porto
(Day 3): Visiting Covas do Douro
(Day 4): More Time in Covas do Douro
(Day 5): A Day in Sintra
(Day 6): Heading to Lisbon
(Day 7): Another Day in Lisbon
(Day 8): More Fun in Lisbon
(Day 9): One Day Tour of Évora
(Day 10): Traversing to Moncarapacho
(Day 11): Cooking Session in Moncarapacho
(Day 12): Adventure in Moncarapacho
(Day 13): Departure Back Home
Porto, Covas do Douro, Sintra, Lisbon, Évora, Moncarapacho
On reaching Porto, you'll be met by your private guide and escorted to your hotel located in the heart of the city where you can relax and freshen up before spending the afternoon wandering the city at your leisure.
Today, you’ll make your way on a half-day tour of the city discovering the historical sites and sampling the delicious local food and drinks. Later in the afternoon, get ready to embark on a cruise down the Douro River which will be accompanied by a traditional Portuguese lunch. Afterward, you may wish to spend your afternoon visiting the port wine caves situated in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto.
This morning after breakfast, you’ll head north from Porto, making your way towards the Douro Valley. This is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, having stops at Braga and Guimarães, which happens to be the birthplace of Portugal's first king. In Guimarães, you’ll traverse through the main town, while in Braga, you’ll get the opportunity to admire Bom Jesus, a cathedral situated high above the city. Later, return back to your hotel in the Douro Valley.
Today, you’ll spend your day touring some of the best wine producers in Douro Valley. Start your today’s journey with a wine tasting, which is followed by a cruise down the scenic Douro River in order to reach at a second winery for lunch and another tasting. Continue on to a third and then final winery and tasting before you return back to your hotel for some relaxation.
Today, you’ll leave the Douro Valley and head south to Sintra, situated not far outside of Lisbon. Spend your entire afternoon and evening meandering through the city on your own.
Sintra is famous for its grand architectural style, which you will explore today on a full-day tour. Uncover the mythological symbols in the Quinta da Regaleira, which form a fairy-tale atmosphere, and take in stunning views from towering viewpoints at the Palácio da Pena and Palácio Nacional. Later, continue on to closeby Lisbon, where you'll spend the night.
Uncover Portugal's lively capital city on a full-day tour today. Start by wandering through Lisbon's shopping districts and delightful waterfront and tasting traditional Portuguese food and drink on the way. Later, make your way out to Lisbon's outer district, Belém, which is famous for its eponymous tower and the Jerónimos Monastery.
Today, you’ll traverse slightly north of Lisbon to Estremadura, the area in Portugal which is last reached by Moorish occupation. Starting your day in Batalha, you'll get to tour the UNESCO-listed monastery, the Capelas Imperfeitas and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue on to a second UNESCO-listed monastery located in Alcobaça. Move further on to your final stop of the day, Óbidos, where you'll enjoy lunch among the cobblestone streets. Relish some free time here before returning back to Lisbon.
Today, you’ll get to uncover another region of Portugal as you head east of Lisbon to the Alentejo, stopping en route to visit the Cromeleque dos Almendres. The monolithic stones here make up the largest group of menhirs on the Iberian Peninsula. Once you have absorbed the majesty of the site, move further on to your hotel situated in the capital of the Alentejo, Évora.
Today, you’ll make your way through Portugal, traversing south to the sunny Algarve along the coast. En route from Évora, you’ll take a halt at a countryside winery and meet the family that runs it and relish a short tour and tasting, which is later accompanied by a traditional lunch. After the lunch and tour, move on to your hotel located in the Algarve.
One of Algarve’s most typical dishes is cataplana, which is basically a seafood dish named for the pot in which it is prepared. Today you'll get an opportunity to earn how the dish is prepared. You’ll meet your professional chef-teacher and shop for the ingredients. Later, you’ll head back to the kitchen for a cooking session. Relish the appetizing results over a glass of wine and finally return back to your hotel.
The exceptional coastline of Algarve is best enjoyed up close, which you'll be doing today on a coastal hike tour. Starting in Lagos, wander along dramatic cliffs, swim at the turquoise waters of sandy beaches and even take a short boat trip in order to get a closer look at seaside stone arches and grottoes.
After hiking, you might wish to enjoy some relaxing time at your hotel or head to the water for one last beach day.
Today morning, after you get ready, your guide will transfer you to the International Airport for your flight back home. You’ll be carrying with you a million memories from your amazing Portugal trip.
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