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Journey through majestic cities and coastal villages that were once home to some of the greatest conquistadores, poets and artists the world has ever known. Savor the famous Port in the city it’s named for and soak up history in Guimarães Portugal’s birthplace. From fortified villages to fishing towns end your stay in Portugal’s vibrant capital city of Lisbon.

Journey through majestic cities and coastal villages that were once home to some of the greatest conquistadores, poets and artists the world has ever known. Savor the famous Port in the city it’s named for and soak up history in Guimarães Portugal’s birthplace. From fortified villages to fishing towns end your stay in Portugal’s vibrant capital city of Lisbon.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival to Porto

Welcome to Portugal and the city of Porto, designated a UNESCO World heritage site in 1996. After settling into the hotel, embark on a panoramic tour of the Invicta city, visiting iconic sites like Lello Bookshop, one of the oldest bookshops in Portugal, Sao Bento train station with murals depicting moments in the country's history, as well as, the Torre de Clergios and Sao Francisco Church, a Baroque style church with its bell tower that skies above the city. Your day will come to an end with a visit to a Porto Wine cellar where you will taste the famous fortified dessert wine.

Day 2

Porto, Guimarães, Braga

Begin your day through the Minho region, known for the famous Vinho Verde. Explore Portugal’s birthplace the city of Guimarães and continue to Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the World.

Day 3

Leisure Day

Today you have the day at leisure. Perhaps take a cruise down the Douro River or visit one of Porto’s famous vineyards.

Day 4

Lisbon

Enjoy a train ride to the capital city of Lisbon. Settle into your hotel before embarking on an afternoon panoramic tour of the city of light.

The tour begins in Belém where you will visit the Belém tower, the 16th century Jerónimos Monastery, where the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama is laid to rest, and a visit to the Coaches Museum, where you will be able to see the horse drawn carriages from the Royal House of Portugal. Indulge your palate with the famous traditional pasteis de Belém (egg custard tart pastry).

The day will end in Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest quarter, where you will dine to the sound of Fado music, a form of Portuguese singing originated in the early 19th century.

Day 5

Lisbon

Today is a free day to do explore the city of Lisbon or take one of our optional tours.

Day 6

Sintra, Cascais, Estoril

Today's journey will take you to the Portuguese Riviera, where Portugal's aristocracy spent their summers. Explore the seaside towns of Cascais and Estoril, the mystical town of Sintra, and the westernmost point of continental Europe Cabo Roca. In Sintra step back in time with a visit to the famous Palácio de Pena and soak in the breathtaking views of Sintra and the sea. Enjoy lunch, before heading to Cabo Roca, and ending in Cascais and Estoril.

Day 7

Departure

After checking out, you will be transferred to the airport from your hotel for the return flight home. You bid adeus to Portugal and reminisce on the flight back of the good times that you had on the trip.

  • Round trip transfers from airport to hotels
  • 6 nights at centrally located four-star hotels
  • Full American breakfast daily at the hotels
  • Private tours
  • Van with A/C in all tours and transfers (except walking city tour)
  • English speaking guide in all tours and transfers

Airline fair taxes and single supplement not included.

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Portugal and Madeira are on GMT time, or five hours difference between the east coast of the US. The time in the Azores is four hours ahead of Boston, and seven hours ahead of San Francisco.

Portuguese is the official language of Portugal and its islands. Most hotels, stores and restaurants have English speaking employees or menus written in English.

Portugal and its islands use the euro as its currency. You can exchange money at the airport, or in the major cities/towns.
Most major credit cards are accepted, just look for a sign that says “Multibanco” or the credit card sticker in a shop or restaurant window. When paying by credit card they will bring you a handheld machine that they insert the card or swipe. Just remember to press ok if you accept, as most times it will ask for a PIN.

Gratuities are common in Portugal and its islands, though not as common as the US. Below is a suggested guide as to what to leave behind as a gratuity.
Restaurants: Expect to leave a few euros of change of gratuity, as 15%-20% is not common.

Tour Guides: 5-10 euros tip per person on a full-day tour. Tour Bus Drivers: 2-5 euros tip per person on a full-day tour. Cab Drivers: No gratuity needed.

Electricity in Portugal and its islands is 220-240 volts, and it uses a different socket/outlet compared to the US. Check the voltage accepted, with whatever device that you use, should the device be built for that type of voltage, then an adapter would be needed to charge the device.

Portugal and its islands have many places to connect to the Internet. Most hotels have an Internet /Wi-Fi connection and provide you with the password to connect. Restaurants and cafes also have connections, though password protected, just be sure to ask for the password. Also, in some towns, there is a local Wi-Fi, where it is free to connect.

Please check with your cell phone provider. Mention that you are traveling to “Portugal” and they can let you know if you have coverage with your phone. You can also purchase a prepaid cell phone in Portugal, the cost is about 25 euros, and it provides you with a Portuguese number and a certain amount of credits to make calls. Some providers even have specials where the calls are free to landlines.