Experience three of Portugal's most iconic destinations on this 10-day trip starting in Lisbon where you'll tour ancient ruins, cobbled streets, and a UNESCO-listed village in the forested hills. Next, head north to Porto—famous for wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. The hardest decisions fall at the end where you can choose between spectacular beaches and white-washed villages in the Algarve.
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When is the best time to visit?
Portugal is a year-round destination, but if possible, travelers should aim to visit in the springtime when the almond blossoms and wildflowers cover the countryside. Learn more
Where should you go in Portugal?
Experience the traditional Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon before it will be absorbed by the rest of the bustling city’s culture, tour the ancient ruins of Sintra and historic Evora, walk along the bluffs of Europe’s most southwestern point at Cabo de São Vicente, and relax on the beaches of Ilha de Tavira.
How many days do I need?
There are too many destinations that are must-sees in Portugal to see the country in less than a week. At least 10 days is best. Learn more
Getting Around Portugal
Although smaller than neighboring Spain and France, distances in Portugal are still significant—traveling from Porto to Faro, for example, takes five hours by car. Flying is a quick and comfortable way to get between the country’s major cities, with the largest airport being Lisbon Airport (LIS). Going by bus or train are also options here. Learn more
This epic Portugal tour highlights two cosmopolitan cities and a stunning mid-Atlantic island—part of an autonomous region—known for its tropical foliage and eternal spring-like weather. You'll kick off in Porto, home of centuries-old wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. Then fly to Madeira Island for secluded beaches and untouristed villages waiting to be discovered. Last but not least is the friendly, up-and-coming capital of Lisbon—a striking city built on seven hills.
This itinerary includes Portugal's two biggest cities, a slew of historic villages, and some spectacular beaches for an epic adventure to remember. Start off in up-and-coming Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts before making your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto (and its nearby wine region). You'll also get time in the university towns of Évora and Coimbra—each with their own medieval attractions and dining scenes—before kicking back for a few days in the Algarve.
This adventure is the perfect introduction to Portugal for first-timers. Over the course of a week, you'll explore Lisbon's exciting food and culture scene, take scenic day-trips to historic villages, and walk through Porto's UNESCO-listed city center. Finish in the oldest wine region in the world before returning to Lisbon by way of the country's medieval capital: Coimbre.
This tour mixes Portugal's vibrant cities with the incredible natural scenery of the Algarve region, starting with guided tours of Porto and Lisbon's hilly and historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a day trip to the Douro Valley for a tasting of the region's wine and port varietals, then head south to Algarve to explore its water sports, preserved coastal parks, and endless coastline filled with sandy beaches and rock formations. Spend hours relaxing on the beach, hiking along the coast, or meandering the historic fishing villages, all before watching dramatic sunsets and experiencing the area's exceptional nightlife.
This weeklong itinerary covers Portugal's biggest metropolis and its southern coast for a city-beach combo that's hard to beat. Kick off in Europe's hottest capital—Lisbon—for a guided introduction to the 'City of Seven Hills', including nearby highlights like Sintra and Cascais. Then, take the train south for several days of glorious beach-hopping while based in a charming old city surrounded by stone walls: Lagos.
Portugal’s compact size means you can pack a lot into a short trip—a few days allows for exploration of Lisbon and Porto, along with a few excursions beyond city limits. With a...
With a week in Portugal, you can see the highlights of Lisbon and Porto, or enjoy a deeper exploration of a specific region like the Algarve. You can also let your interests...
Spend ten days exploring all Portugal has to offer with these unique itineraries. If it’s your first time in the country, visit Lisbon, Porto, and the Western Algarve’s beaches....
Two weeks in Portugal gives you ample time to enjoy the highlights at a relaxed pace. Spend time in both Lisbon and Porto — complete with private guided tours and gorgeous day...
If you're prepared for the cooler temperatures and spontaneous showers, January can be a great month to see a low-key, untouristy side to Portugal, with fewer crowds, lower...
While the weather can be cool and wet, a trip to Portugal in February means that you’ll be able to dodge the crowds in the sight-crammed cities, and get the beaches, mountains...
While there’s still the odd shower and chilly day, the first whiff of spring is in the air in March, with days steadily getting milder and sunnier, and the countryside awash...
Spring has finally sprung, the countryside is blooming, there’s lots of sunshine between the showers, and Easter is on the way, making April one of most enticing Months to visit...
Azulejos are the decorative tiles adorning the exteriors and interiors of lot of Lisbon's most beautiful buildings, helping to give the city its distinctive architectural style....
Discover Mouraria, one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods in Lisbon. This is where the world-famous fado music style, the national music of Portugal, has its...
Gain an in-depth overview of Portuguese wine without even leaving Lisbon as you get welcomed into the house of a highly regarded sommelier for a wine tasting of some of the...
With this experience, you have the chance to immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as you learn how to make Lisbon's iconic sweet pastry dessert, pastéis de nata...
Explore Portugal's liveliest cities, Porto and Lisbon, on this exciting 6-day tour. You'll start in Porto with a private sidecar tour, enjoying magnificent views of the surrounding scenery. Then you'll head into the beautiful Douro Valley to taste a variety of wines — including port! — at family-run wineries. Road-trip through the countryside, stopping to visit a medieval village of Obidos and Aveiro, the so-called "Venice of Portugal," on the way. You'll spend the last few days of the itinerary discovering Lisbon and learning how to make traditional Portuguese dishes during a chef-led cooking class.
Follow the sounds of fado through Lisbon's streets to one of these hotels in neighborhoods across the city. Stay near the sophisticated Avenida Liberdade and Marquês de Pombal area, celebrate the arts on Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Square, or take in the Bairro Alto from a rooftop at these standout spots.
Head south to the golden beaches of the Algarve at one of these seaside retreats. Whether you choose to stay in charming Tavira, along the cliffs of Carvoeiro, or at a wellness retreat just off the Ponta da Piedade, these hotels, ranging from former convents to sprawling resorts, can provide a vacation for any tastes.
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Working with Marina Courtaut of Espiritu Trav... · Portugal - Jun 4 - Jun 11, 2022
Working with Marina Courtaut of Espiritu Travel was an absolute pleasure. During all the planning she was responsive and very helpful. She listened will to our interests and planned a vacation to match our needs.
During this vacation there were a couple of mishaps related to transfers, however, having Marina and Espiritu Travel on the other end of What’ App was very helpful. We simply advised Marian of the issues and she worked to get them corrected.
The first situation was that upon... read more
Tour of Southern Portugal · Portugal - Jun 8 - Jun 16, 2022
My husband and I just went on a 10 day trip to Portugal. Beatriz did an excellent job of helping us plan. She helped us set up an itinerary that suited our interests perfectly. Beatriz was very responsive to any questions both before and during our trip. If she was out-of-touch, she gave me a number to call for assistance. I really can't say enough about what a positive experience this was for us. I loved the attention to details. Here is a short summary of our tours:
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This was an excellent trip! · Portugal - Jun 4 - Jun 12, 2022
This was an excellent trip from start to finish. James was instrumental in giving us choices for our time in Portugal and easily amended the trip when we added side adventures to the original itinerary.
Hotels were beautiful with friendly staff, comfortable rooms and wonderful morning breakfasts. The restaurants that we chose for each of the three main cities had excellent cuisine, great service and atmosphere. And, of course, first-rate Portuguese wines!
Our guides and drivers on this... read more