Portugal

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On the western edge of the continent, Portugal is home to culturally rich cities influenced by its leading role in the Age of Discovery, as well as an abiding Catholic faith that it shares with nearby Spain. Our specialists will draw on their knowledge of the country to plan your tour of Portugal, where you could hear melancholy fado music in Lisbon, taste port wine in Porto and the Douro Valley, and sample the traditional custard tarts of Belém.

They can also plan a Portugal holiday that explores the country’s complex history. Visit Moorish alleyways in Évora, Roman ruins and a Baroque pilgrimage site in Braga, and the place where Henry the Navigator launched Portugal’s great nautical age. If you prefer landscapes, we can help you explore the storybook gardens and palaces of Sintra or the verdant volcanic islands of the Azores. We can also help you find the least-crowded beaches in the sunny Algarve.

Steep, terraced banks covered in vineyards in Douro Valley. The nine volcanic islands that make up the Azores. Lisbon with its classic yellow trams… On a tailor-made holiday to Portugal, we won’t just show you the popular places to visit. Our specialists, leaning on their experience of traveling and living in the country, will help you decide on the places that speak most to you.

Tour the Capela dos Ossos, a chapel decorated from floor to ceiling with human bones. Cruise the waters of the River Tagus on a private sailing boat. Head into the fairy tale landscape of Sintra and take in the whimsical architecture of the town. See the extravagant Palácio Nacional de Mafra, a vast palace with more than 1,200 rooms.

Cobblestone streets in the Algarve. Brightly tiled houses crowding the slopes above Porto. Sun-baked vineyards, sparse cork oak forests and vast wheat fields in Évora. Travel at your own pace, in your own style, with the confidence that we’ll show you the best places to visit in Portugal.

The experiences we can arrange for you in Portugal draw from its rich history and cultural traditions, its ties with the sea and its love for good food and wine. Whether you’re interested in visiting rural vineyards, clifftop castles or medieval towns, we have plenty of things to do in Portugal that offer you a deeper insight into life here.

You can wander the markets of Faro and learn to cook traditional seafood, stroll the winding lanes of UNESCO-listed Évora, visit a winery in the Alentejo or explore the fairy-tale landscape of Sintra with an expert guide. Each experience aims to give you a better understanding of Portugal’s history, culture and landscapes, be it through a coastal walk on the Algarve, a vineyard visit or a walking tour of Lisbon’s historic districts.

Ideas for experiencing Portugal

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Portugal, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Lagos coastal walk and Sagres visit
    Lagos coastal walk and Sagres visit

    Lagos coastal walk and Sagres visit

    Algarve

    Lagos coastal walk and Sagres visit

    Enjoy a walk along Portugal’s south coast, starting from the historic city of Lagos before driving out to the remote village of Sagres and the wild and rugged Cape Saint Vincent for a view over the Atlantic. 

  • Porto panoramic tour with lunch cruise
    Porto panoramic tour with lunch cruise

    Porto panoramic tour with lunch cruise

    Porto

    Porto panoramic tour with lunch cruise

    Set off on foot, with your guide leading you through the narrow lanes and twisting streets of the old town to the Sé do Porto, the city’s hilltop cathedral, the Torre dos Clérigos, a Baroque church, and the Beaux Arts São Bento Train Station with its azulejo-tiled interior. En route, you’ll learn about the city’s history and culture and perhaps enjoy a quick pastry.

  • Historical tour of Braga & Guimardes
    Historical tour of Braga & Guimardes

    Historical tour of Braga & Guimardes

    Porto

    Historical tour of Braga & Guimardes

    You begin your time by visiting Bom Jesus, a cathedral sitting high above the city. Visible from everywhere in Braga, this imposing pilgrimage site is reached by a series of steep, ornamental Baroque staircases, which pilgrims were encouraged to climb on their knees.

  • Whale and dolphin watching
    Whale and dolphin watching

    Whale and dolphin watching

    Azores

    Whale and dolphin watching

    The Azores sit along the annual migration route for cetaceans heading between feeding grounds in the northern and southern hemispheres and about 25 different species can be spotted off the islands during the year. This half-day tour takes you out onto the water where an on-board biologist will help you to identify sightings and teach you about the species you see.

  • Traditions of Lisbon walking tour
    Traditions of Lisbon walking tour

    Traditions of Lisbon walking tour

    Lisbon

    Traditions of Lisbon walking tour

    You’ll learn about Lisbon’s history, from its establishment as a Phoenician trading hub 3,000 years ago to its time as part of the Roman and Moorish empires. Your exact route depends on your starting point, but will include a visit to the grand riverfront Praça do Comércio

  • Sintra and Cascais coastal drive
    Sintra and Cascais coastal drive

    Sintra and Cascais coastal drive

    Sintra

    Sintra and Cascais coastal drive

    A place believed by the Celts to hold mystical powers, Sintra is a town where forested hills are dotted with whimsical palaces and elegant manors surrounded by vibrant gardens. On this full-day tour, you’ll visit this fairy-tale landscape and some of its star attractions before heading along the coast to the fashionable resort of Cascais. 

  • Evora and the Alentejo: Wine and Gourmet Tour
    Evora and the Alentejo: Wine and Gourmet Tour

    Evora and the Alentejo: Wine and Gourmet Tour

    Lisbon

    Evora and the Alentejo: Wine and Gourmet Tour

    The historic heart of the city dates from the medieval era. Narrow, winding streets are flanked by whitewashed houses typical of the region, numerous churches and chapels, and handsome public squares.

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