Tour description

With more than 800 years of holding the same borders, Portugal is one of the oldest and most dynamic countries in Europe. Its longstanding history is mirrored in countless prehistoric, Roman, Celtic, and Middle Age ruins and remains. Discover Portugal’s deep history and culture on this in-depth small group tour that takes you to uncover Portugal’s hidden beauty and its popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Fully enjoy the romance of Pena Palace, charming fishing villages, and relaxing river cruises that help shape Portugal’s modern culture. Learn all about the production of local products and have a hands-on cooking class to really dive deep into Portuguese food and culture. The dramatic vistas, picturesque towns, and idyllic climate of Portugal are sure to capture your heart and create beautiful vacation memories to last a lifetime. 

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HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Lisbon and its historical treasures & popular markets
  • An included visit to Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon
  • A sample of delicious Portuguese delicacies 
  • A visit to the magical UNESCO World Heritage site of Sintra and Pena Palace
  • Explore remote fortified towns and monasteries
  • Learn all about the famous Portuguese tiles Azulejos
  • See beautiful towns and ancient cities like Evora, Obidos and Coimbra
  • An elegant river cruise in the Douro
  • A home-hosted lunch in a 14th-century Manor
  • Travel through the scenic Douro Valley vineyards
  • Guided tour of the historic city of Porto

Included

  • Small group tour of 12-14 participants
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking tour director
  • Entrance fees for all sites
  • Tour transportation in a private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Local guides in the outlined cities and towns
  • Hotel city and service taxes at all accommodations and restaurants are included
  • Transfers to your hotel and airport at scheduled times. We suggest arriving a day or two before the tour begins to acclimate to the time zone
  • Baggage transfers and porters are included
  • All breakfasts, four dinners and three lunches are covered. Main meals include wine, mineral water, espresso, or tea
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & Conditions/single supplement and FAQ

Not Included

  • Travel insurance and visa fees/Trip Interruption & Cancellation Insurance
  • Any charges for extras not listed in the itinerary
  • Room services, telephone charges, laundry fees
  • Gratuities for the tour director and local driver
  • Single room supplement
OUR UNIQUE ACCOMMODATIONS
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: WELCOME TO PORTUGAL

Welcome to Portugal! We will begin our journey with a three-night stay in Lisbon at the Aurea Museum (or similar). This evening, we’ll gather in the city for a welcome drink and dinner at a local restaurant with regional cuisine and wine. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch on your own, dinner included

Accommodation: Overnight in Lisbon

DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF LISBON

Portugal’s capital offers an irresistible combination of ancient and modern sights, just waiting to be explored. We’ll begin our tour today with a drive to the BELEM district of Lisbon. This district is filled with grandiose monuments and ornate churches. Here, we’ll visit two prime examples of the exuberant Manueline style of architecture, JERONIMOS MONASTERY and the TORRE DE BELEM. The monastery is filled with grand architecture and delicate arches, a marvel to behold. It now houses an archaeology and maritime museum and stands as the resting place for some great explorers like Vasco de Gama. After lunch on the riverside, we drive to the ALFAMA district, one of Lisbon’s oldest and most charming. Here, we’ll wander the colorful squares and get lost in the medieval maze of streets and alleys—compact houses line the steep streets with an ancient cast dominating the skyline. We’ll conclude the afternoon with a visit to the Mercado Da Ribeira and the TILE MUSEUM, where you’ll be introduced to five centuries of hand-crafted decorative tiles called Azulejos, famous in this region. You’ll have the evening on your own to explore the city.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Lisbon

Day 3: A FAIRYTALE ROMANCE IN SINTRA & CASCAIS

In the morning, we will head to the UNESCO World Heritage town of SINTRA to visit one of Europe’s iconic palaces, Pena Palace. The vibrant red and yellow palace stands out against the green hills and towers over the region. The extravagant interior is furnished with Victorian and Edwardian pieces, rich ornaments, and perfectly preserved paintings and porcelain. Step into a fairy tale storybook as you take a panoramic tour of Sintra, admiring the monuments and lush greenery. Afterward, we will drive towards Lisbon along the coast with a stop in the quaint fishing village of CASCAIS for a relaxing walking tour along the coast. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant on your own before we head back to Lisbon. You’ll have the evening in Lisbon to explore on your own. We recommend visiting the pedestrian street Rua Augusta, full of open-air shops and eateries. 

Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Lisbon

Day 4: HISTORIC ESTREMOZ & LUNCH IN A FAMILY QUINTA 

Today’s tour takes you through the unspoiled countryside of ALENTEJO, where wine, cork, and olive trees flourish. We’ll travel along to enjoy lunch in a family-owned Quinta for a delicious homemade meal and local wine. Afterward, we’ll continue on to ESTREMOZ, a charming Portuguese hilltop village where we’ll take some time to explore its narrow streets and alleys. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the whitewashed UNESCO World Heritage site of EVORA, where we’ll stay for two nights at the boutique hotel Moira Suites Hotel (or similar). Enjoy the evening to explore the town.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Evora

Day 5: CHARMING EVORA & HANDS-ON-COOKING LESSON

The stunning town of EVORA rose to prominence under the Romans and was a city of learning and art. The town has since continued to uphold this title, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in itself. Today, we’ll explore this museum city with a tour of the Roman Temple before heading to the 12th-century Cathedral. Pass through the cobblestone alleyways adorned with wrought iron balconies to the famous Temple of Diana and the mysterious Chapel of Bones. We’ll enjoy lunch in the home of our dear friend Sofia, who will guide you through preparing and cooking traditional Portuguese dishes. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your cooking skills and impress friends and family on your return home. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Evora

Day 6: MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF OBIDOS & THE HISTORY OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN COIMBRA

Today, we’ll embark on a long road trip north to PINHAO, with some stops along the way. We’ll first arrive in the picturesque medieval walled city of Obidos. Its gorgeous historical center is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets and beautiful whitewashed houses. As we get closer, you’ll notice the fortress dominating the skyline and the stunning main gate decorated with Azulejo tiles. Afterward, we will continue to COIMBRA to visit one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Coimbra. We’ll take a walking tour of the beautiful 13th-century university, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the tour’s highlights, the University Library, is home to over 35,000 books that are centuries old. Step into a Harry Potter film as you wander this magical library. In the late afternoon, we will head to our final stop, Pinhao, the charming Douro Valley. We’ll stay here for the next two nights at the Vintage House Hotel (or similar). Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Lamego

Day 7: PORTO WINE REGION,AFFLUENT PALACES & RELAXING RIVER CRUISE

Today, we’ll venture through the enchanting Porto wine region that covers 250,000 hectares of land filled with vineyards and terraced slopes. Marvel at the beautiful terraced slopes of the Douro valley, heavily planted with vines that offer stunning views of the world’s most impressive artificial, rural landscapes. We’ll start our visit with the picturesque MATEUS PALACE, built in the early 18th century by the architect Nicolau Nazoni, one of the few noble palaces that has remained with its original owners till the present day. Lush gardens, tree-covered walks, and hand-crafted statues surround the Palace. We’ll continue on our journey to a Portuguese Quinta, or a country estate, for a local lunch accompanied by a wine tasting. After lunch, we’ll board a private cruise of the Rabelo River to discover Douro’s lush and enchanting vineyards. We’ll end the day in Pinhão, where you’ll have the evening to explore. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Lamego

Day 8: ANCIENT CELTIC SITES & THE BOM JESUS SANCTUARY

Our tour begins with a visit to the intriguing Celtic site of GUIMARAES, the first capital of Portugal and the birthplace of the nation’s first king. The ancient medieval streets attract visitors from all over, making the site one of the most popular attractions in Portugal. We’ll tour the imposing medieval castle that towers over the city at a whopping 92 feet high (an architectural marvel in medieval Europe).After taking a break on your own for lunch, we’ll continue to the country’s religious capital and one of the most beautiful sites, the BOM JESUS SANCTUARY, a notable example of pilgrimage with monumental Baroque staircases that climb over 381 ft. In the evening, we will continue south to PORTO, where we’ll spend the last three nights at Pestana Porto A Brasileira (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Porto

Day 9: THE COLORS OF AVEIRO & FADO PERFORMANCE

Today’s trip takes you to the nearby seaside town of AVEIRO or the “Venice” of Portugal. The canal lined streets and pastel-colored houses bring a little bit of Venice to Portugal. Here, we will also take a Moliceiro boat trip and visit the Praia De Costa Nova. We’ll return to Porto just in time for you to have a free afternoon before tonight’s performance. Tonight, join us for a performance of FADO, a melancholic music that is unique to Portugal, an expression of longing and sorrow. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.

Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Porto

Day 10: HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTO

This morning, we’ll take a walking tour of PORTO, Portugal’s second-largest city, named for port wine. We’ll visit beautiful sites like the riverfront Ribeira district, the Stock Exchange Palace, and the gilded Church of São Francisco. We will complete our morning with a visit to a Porto Winery in the Vila Nova de Gaia district. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore the sites of Porto on your own. We highly recommend walking through the streets and enjoying the atmosphere of the lively city. Sights like the unique stores of Livraria Lello and the Mercado do Bolhão are a must to be visited. Tonight, we will celebrate the conclusion of our tour with dinner and wine in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Porto

Day 11: ADEUS BEAUTIFUL PORTUGAL

Today, we’ll depart with transfers to the Porto airport and train station. Continue on your European journey with a Sicily small group tour or a trip to the Northern Italian Lakes.

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2025 TOUR PRICE: € 4,100    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 900  Currency Converter

Price is per person based on double room occupancy for 11 days/10 nights

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Amazing Portugal

10/10/2022

My wife and I participated in the 11-day group Tour “Wonders of Portugal and Douro Valley,” Sep 12-22, 2022. The tour organized by Secret Tours was superb. I cannot imagine a better itinerary. It was very well thought up to the smallest detail, smartly alternating between a variety of activities – visiting historical places, wine and food tasting, listening to fado, and many more. Our minibus was very comfortable and spotlessly clean with WiFi and water bottles. Our wonderful guide, Diana Oliveira, is highly educated, competent, flexible, accommodating, and fun to be with. She generously shared her knowledge with us, was always ready to help, and made the tour really enjoyable.This was our second tour with Secret Italia – last year we went to Puglia, which was also fantastic. We are looking forward to more tours with this company.

Alexander Lisyansky (USA)

Surprisingly Portugal

10/10/2022

Dear Aldo,

I wanted to let you know that our experience with Secret tours in Portugal was AMAZING! It exceeded all our expectations. You could not have picked a better tour guide; Diana has a real passion for her profession.She was warm and friendly, and painted beautiful tapestries of the history and culture of places we visited. She was also very efficient and ensured the trip ran smoothly at all times, allowing us to just sit back and enjoy ourselves.

The hotels we stayed at were also wonderful.The one on the Douro River was a fantastic experience, with unmatched views and a beautiful outdoor restaurant. We especially enjoyed sitting on our patio at night looking over the pool and river while we enjoyed a bottle of wine. We also can’t say enough about the staff and service at the hotel in Lisbon.Although I have traveled extensively around the world for work, this was our first tour experience together in a foreign country, and we could not have asked for a better experience.Thank you, we are already looking forward to our next Secret tour!

Thomas Haack (USA)




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