Portugal

Discover the charms and rural traditions of Portugal, one of Europe’s oldest nations, with hilltop castles and dramatic walled towns. From the bustling capital of Lisbon and scenic countryside to the idyllic Douro Valley and charismatic Porto, experience a magnificent cultural and culinary heritage. Explore the highlights of Portugal’s capital, including the fascinating Alfama and Belém neighborhoods. Travel to Sintra, summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and Moorish emirs. Explore Porto, visiting Cais da Ribeira, quayside of the Ribeira district, and the opulent 19th century Stock Exchange. Enjoy wine and port tastings in the Douro Valley and see the azulejos (glazed tiles) in the port city of Pinhão.

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Language

Portuguese

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Time Zone

GMT +1

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Currency

Euro (EUR)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

61° F

Portugal Expedition

Lisbon & Porto, Countryside & Seaside

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – LISBON, PORTUGAL

Arrive in Lisbon

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Hotel H10 Duque de Loulé

Day 2 – LISBON

Private morning tour by tuk tuk:

  • Senhora do Monte – spectacular city views
  • Alfama & Belém neighborhoods
  • Sample ginjinha (cherry liqueur), pastéis de Belém (pastry) & bica (espresso)

Afternoon private “foodie” tour on foot and by taxi:

  • Chiado & Bica neighborhoods
  • Sample petiscos (tapas) & sangria

Accommodations: Hotel H10 Duque de Loulé
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – LISBON – SINTRA & CASCAIS

Private transfer to Sintra:

  • Guided tour of the town & National Palace of Sintra
  • Guincho Beach

Continue to village of Cascais

Accommodations: Hotel H10 Duque de Loulé
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – LISBON / COIMBRA / PORTO

Private transfer to Coimbra – private tour with local guide:

  • Cathedrals & University

Continue to Porto

Accommodations: Hotel NH Porto Batalha
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – PORTO

Private half-day tour on foot and by taxi:

  • Cais da Ribeira – quayside Ribeira district
  • Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange) & Church of St. Francis

Accommodations: Hotel NH Porto Batalha
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – PORTO – DOURO VALLEY

Private guided tour – drive along the Douro River:

Douro Valley wine tastings

Port city of Pinhão – Azulejos (glazed tiles) at Train Station

Vila Real – Casa de Mateus

Accommodations: Hotel NH Porto Batalha
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – PORTO / HOMEWARD BOUND

Private transfer to airport for flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $3,650 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

We loved Morocco and our adventure. This was our third private tour with NEI and met our high expectations like the other two.

Mike D. & Carolyn B.
Boulder, CO

When to go:

Year-round (best times are from April to November)

What to eat:

Cataplana de marisco (seafood stew), Sardinhas assadas (grilled sardines), Bifana (marinated pork sandwich)

What to pack:

Long & short-sleeved shirts & t-shirts; trousers, jeans, shorts, skirts; sweater or jacket; shawl or scarf; swimwear; comfortable walking & dress shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; universal adapter

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