Porto is a delightful city with a laidback vibe, nestled at the mouth of Douro River, which spills into the Atlantic Ocean on Portugal’s western coast.
Personalized Walking Tour of Porto & Group Boat Trip Discover the romantic city of Porto with a local guide! See famous landmarks such as the ancient 12th century Sé Cathedral with its large altar of hammered silver and the Episcopal Palace. Head to the Ribeira embankment and take a cruise along the Douro River. Make your way to a famous wine cellar and take part in a tasting of port wine. Tour the Infante Henriques Square to see the Palacio da Bolsa monument and the gothic-style Church of St. Francis. Visit the São Bento Station to see its magnificent tiled mosaics and huge wall panels. Walk along Freedom Square where the King Don Pedro IV monument stands, and stop at the church with a 6-meter bell tower – the famous ‘Baroque Candle.’ End this tour with a stroll through the lively Rua de Santa Catarina shopping street and a cup of coffee at the old Majestic Cafe. (Duration: Half Day; Timings: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Private Walking Tour, Shared Boat Tour & Transfers; Meals Not Included; Wine Tasting Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable clothes & shoes; Don’t forget your camera.)
Explore Porto on Your Own Spend a day discovering the lovely coastal city of Porto at your leisure. After a hearty breakfast in your hotel, set off to explore town. You could begin with Porto’s medieval riverside district, strolling down the narrow cobblestone alleys, passing street cafes, old churches and merchant houses. Admire the opulent baroque architecture of São Francisco Church and the lavish Palácio de Bolsa. Stop by the many miradouros or high lookout points around town, taking in the lovely cityscape with its meandering river and medieval stone bridges. Stop at a local tapas bar for a light bite and take a walking tour of the town’s vibrant street art. Enjoy a picturesque tram ride, passing the city landmarks and public gardens to reach the ocean front. Explore the city’s bustling food markets and ancient port cellars and try a wine tasting session. Discover the lively nightlife and dine at a gourmet steakhouse before calling it a day. (Duration: Full Day; Self-guided Activity; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Explore Lisbon, Portugal’s cosmopolitan capital that graces the Tagus estuary on the Atlantic coast. Covering seven hills and a natural harbor, this intimate city welcomes you with an inclusive culture and a spirit of exploration!
Group Tour: Dinner and Fado Show in Lisbon Immerse yourself in the rich folk traditions of Lisbon at this intimate dinner show. Make your way to a cozy restaurant in the historic neighborhood of Alfama. Settle down at your table and take in the elegant ambience of the space. Enjoy the best of Portuguese cuisine as you listen to a live performance of authentic Fado music by talented artists. Return to your hotel with cherished memories of a unique experience. (Duration: Half Day; Shared Activity; Dinner Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Personalized Tour of Lisbon in Vintage Car Explore the popular attractions of Lisbon in style and comfort in a vintage VW Beetle car! Choose a morning or afternoon departure and settle in for some fun. Start out from your hotel and enjoy a guided tour without leaving the comfort of your iconic car. Learn all about the history and cultural heritage of this sprawling city from your expert guide. Get a unique perspective on famous sites and stop to capture stunning images of the landmarks that you encounter along the way. (Duration: Half Day; Starting Time: 1000/1400 hrs; Ending Time: 1300/1700 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. You will not go inside any of the attractions on this tour.)
Explore Lisbon on Your Own Take a day to explore the glamorous seaside capital city of Lisbon, nestled between a bay and a river. There’s much to experience and discover about this beautiful city on a day tour. Take off after a hearty breakfast in your hotel. Stroll down the meandering cobblestone streets of this endearingly old-fashioned city, admiring its ancient ruins, famous tile work and Gothic cathedrals. Climb up one of the city’s many trademark scenic hills for panoramic views of Lisbon. Sit at a terrace tapas bar, sipping a cool sangria and admiring the view. Take a trundling tram ride, passing by imposing landmark structures, city squares and lovely old stone fountains. After strolling through gourmet food markets, you could sit down at a corner tascas to enjoy a bite. Relish Lisbon’s deliciously fresh seafood platters heaped with tuna, clams, snails, shrimps and sardines, paired with a bottle of Portuguese white wine. Enjoy a night on the town, if you wish, at the many trendy nightclubs and cocktail bars lining the waterfront, before calling it a day. (Duration: Full Day; Self-guided Activity; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
The Algarve is a sun-soaked sliver of coastline set at the southernmost end of Portugal. Bordered by the magnificent Atlantic Ocean on two sides and blessed with a warm Mediterranean climate, it makes for an idyllic holiday destination.
Personalized Cataplana Cooking Class Play with flavors, colors and textures as you learn how to rustle up a quintessential Algarvian meal with a fish cataplana as the piece de resistance. Your excursion begins at the Favo market where your guide shows you how to shop for the best ingredients. Cataplana is a clam shaped copper vessel that has traditionally been used to prepare fish and shellfish dishes. Watch a video presentation on this unique culinary practice, learning more about the history of the cookware and other dishes that can be prepared in it. Try your hand next at preparing a fish/shellfish cataplana as well as a few side dishes using the best of seasonal produce. Finally, it is time to savor this unique dish, suitably complemented with a bottle of some nice crisp wine. Before you start back, pause at the shop to pick up your very own cataplana to rustle up some Algarve magic back home. (Duration: Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Time: 1000 – 1500 hrs; Tour includes private guide & Lunch)
Personalized Lagos Attractions with Group Grotto Tour Enjoy a tour of Lagos as well as the spectacular grottos off the west coast. Even before you reach Lagos, there is something to catch your eye – the unique pottery of this region at an en route craft center. Arrive at Lagos to discover its ancient history and seafaring traditions, evident in robust coastal defenses, ruins of a 15th century slave market, the Baroque Church of Santo António and artifacts at the local museum. Stroll through the cobbled streets of the city center, pausing at quaint stores and charming cafes for a light lunch break. Later, set out on a boat tour that takes you through the caves of Ponta da Piedade. Marvel at the ochre hued rocks and azure blue sea water which lights up grotto walls with shimmering reflections. You can extend this sensory delight even further with a spot of swimming and sunbathing on the rocks. (Duration: Full Day; Private Lagos Tour & Transfer; Shared Grotto Tour; Time: 1000 – 1700 hrs; Guests are requested to bring bathing suit, windbreaker and sneakers as well as water and sunscreen; Fitness level: easy)
You will be transferred from your hotel to Algarve (Faro) airport in a private vehicle
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 2,890 /person
Option 2 From $ 3,290 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 10 days / 9 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Porto – Lisbon
Lisbon – Algarve: Albufeira
All activities as listed :
Porto: Personalized Walking Tour of Porto & Group Boat Trip
Porto: Explore Porto on Your Own
Lisbon: Group Tour: Dinner and Fado Show in Lisbon
Lisbon: Personalized Tour of Lisbon in Vintage Car
Lisbon: Explore Lisbon on Your Own
Algarve: Personalized Cataplana Cooking Class
Algarve: Personalized Lagos Attractions with Group Grotto Tour
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
All transfers as indicated above
Tourism tax of around 2 Euro per adult (18 years and above) and night, payable locally at hotels
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above