Culture, cuisine and coastal beauty

The influences of Portugal are felt throughout its cities and villages. Portugal displays a unique blend of cultures, which has been shaped from original inhabitants and the many explorers who decided to stay. With diverse traditions among a nation of genuine people, this spirited country comes alive through colorful tiles, melancholy fado, traditional cuisine and local hospitality. Landscapes of towering mountains, coastal towns and sophisticated cities are striking; and nature is your traveling companion — with a vast array of outdoor activities and mild climate.

Highlights

  • Explore the neighborhoods of Porto by foot or by bike

  • Look for golden eagles in Peneda-Gerês National Park

  • Feel the soul of Fado during a music show in Coimbra

  • Eat custard with the locals at a café in Lisbon

  • Relax for two nights on the Algarve Coast

Itinerary for Portugal

Day 1: Porto

Welcome to Portugal — an adventure of unforgettable moments. Arrive anytime today, meeting the group at the hotel. This evening, we gather with our Local Leader for a welcome meeting, before dinner together at a favorite neighborhood restaurant. (d)

  • Transfers are not included in this product
  • Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant, walking distance from our hotel
  • Our hotel in Porto: Hotel Vila Galé Porto Riberia

Day 2: Porto

Experience Porto your way. This World Heritage City — famous for Port wine, castles and the river Douro — is also known for celebrating gratitude. With open hearts, the people here share their tables, customs and traditions. You can choose how to explore this great city. Will it be a walking tour of hidden neighborhoods where you taste the local Port wine? Or by hopping on a bike and discovering the city with an Insider Expert? (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Porto: Hotel Vila Galé Porto Riberia

Day 3: Porto > Peneda-Gerês National Park > Porto

Peneda-Gerês National Park — located near the Spanish border — is framed by rugged hills that are home to deer, wolves and golden eagles. With an Insider Expert, we’ll wander the trails and learn about the incredible history of the region and its early inhabitants. One of the treasures of the park is an ancient Roman road, studded with milestones. (b, l)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Lunch today will be a packed lunch
  • Our hotel in Porto: Hotel Vila Galé Porto Riberia

Day 4: Porto > Coimbra

This morning, we travel to the city of Coimbra. Sitting dignified on the banks of the Mondego River, Coimbra’s royal heritage can be felt in its ancient streets and buildings. We’ll wander together through the lanes and squares of the Old Quarter and the University of Coimbra — the oldest in Portugal. This evening, we’ll experience more of Portugal’s cultural heritage with a traditional Fado music show. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Coimbra: Hotel Vila Galé

Day 5: Coimbra > Lisbon

The caves of Santo António await us today. This natural wonder was accidentally revealed to two men chasing a bird. We’ll move through this magnificent cave structure, with its endless formations and colors. Arrive in Lisbon — Portugal’s capital — this afternoon. An energizing city, Lisbon combines the best of Portuguese life — offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood and nonstop nightlife. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Lisbon: My Story Hotel Tejo

Day 6: Lisbon

An Insider Expert leads us on a discovery of the treasures of Lisbon, including a visit to one of the most symbolic buildings in the city — the Lisbon Cathedral. We’ll stop to taste test a local favorite — custard! The afternoon is unscripted to continue your exploration: visit Belém Tower, the spectacular Jerónimos Monastery, or simply roam the charming, narrow streets of the area’s neighborhoods — and let local life envelop you. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Lisbon: My Story Hotel Tejo

Day 7: Lisbon > Évora > Algarve

This morning’s destination is the UNESCO-listed city of Évora — where the ancient Roman Temple of Évora and the Cathedral of Évora are sure to impress. We’ll stop at the Chapel of Bones before continuing to Portugal’s stunning southern coast and the seaside town of Lagos, our home in the Algarve. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Lagos: Carvi Beach Hotel

Day 8: Algarve

An unscripted day in one of the world’s most scenic places means you can write your own adventure. Replete with stretching beaches and inviting coves, you might enjoy a boat tour around Algarve’s rocky cliffs, discovering the caves and grottoes that have been eroded into the fabulous limestone coast. Or, grab a towel and head to the vast sands of Meia Praia, a beach peppered with bars, cafes and sun loungers. Gather this evening to share tapas at our Local Leader’s favorite spot. (b, d)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Lagos: Carvi Beach Hotel

Day 9: Algarve

Our Portugal adventure ends today. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Transfers are not included in this product
  • Continue your adventure by traveling on our Classic Spain trip immediately after this tour ends

Things to know before traveling to Portugal

The official currency of Portugal is the Euro (EUR).

This tour includes 11 meals. We’ve allotted time for you to experience the local cuisine on your own accord. When eating on your own, please note that lunches typically cost $20USD and dinners range from $25USD per person. All breakfasts are included in this tour.

The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.

You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.

Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. While travelling we recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. Change can be difficult to obtain so throughout the day, try to gain as many small denominations as you can.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Portugal

Pre-Night Add-ons

Pre-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Post-Night Add-ons

Post-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

9 days, from $2,599 USD