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10 Best Sample Itineraries to Portugal for 2022-2023

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Beautiful beach with colorful boats in Carvoeiro in the Algarve region of  Portugal

Carvoeiro, Portugal

Bask in the sun setting over the Atlantic, embrace golden beaches bathed in Iberian light, and indulge in celebrated wine and cuisine as you discover Portugal.

As the first European country to receive the “safe travels” seal from the World Travel & Tourism Council and a destination consistently celebrated for its combination of sea and sun, Portugal is a country admired for its historic cities that glisten with color and cobblestone streets, while renowned cuisine captures the spirit of local culture.

From authentic heritage to stunning artwork, world-class surfing to captivating traditions, you can discover the allure of Portugal as a favored 2021 destination, as well as an enchanting place to visit for 2022 and beyond with our 10 most dynamic Portugal sample itineraries.

1. Art and Architecture Luxury Porto Getaway

Cloisters at Porto Cathedral with azulejo tiles in Portugal

Porto Cathedral, Portugal

Length: 7 days

Places Visited: Porto

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Find historic design, romantic hideaways, and the alluring aromas of celebrated recipes when experiencing this Art and Architecture Luxury Porto Getaway. Elaborate flavors steeped in wine heritage explore the layers of history and evolving culture as you visit local wineries, while the colorful architecture rising above the banks of the Douro River embodies the legendary drama of the unvanquished city’s reputation.

From the natural beauty of the vines blanketing the Douro Valley to the delectable dishes of a Michelin-starred restaurant, you can embrace luxury, opulence, and tradition during a tour focused on the marvels of Porto.

2. 13-Day Authentic Culinary Tour of Portugal

Seafood Cataplana, traditional Portuguese stew served in the Algarve region of Portugal

Seafood Cataplana

Length: 13 days

Places Visited: Porto, Douro Valley, Alentejo, Evora, Lisbon

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Whether looking for the cuisine that shapes Porto’s elaborate culture or eager to venture off the known path to bask in the olive groves and ancient villages of the Alentejo region, the sample 13-Day Authentic Culinary Tour of Portugal can bring to life the favored charms of the country that immerse you in historic ambiance, treasured traditions, and local authenticity. Delight in the panorama across the Alentejo during a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise and explore the Douro Valley on a private active adventure.

From a sunset sailing excursion to a walking culinary tour of Lisbon’s celebrated Mouraria district, you can sample Portugal with exclusive experiences.

3. Legends of Portugal: 12-Day Highlights Tour

Fortress and gardens in Marvao, Portugal

Marvao, Portugal

Length: 12 days

Places Visited: Lisbon, Lagos, Crato, Porto

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

The myths and majesty of Portugal will spring into life during your Legends of Portugal: 12-Day Highlights Tour, as you discover the iconic wonders of UNESCO World Heritage sites and the subtle splendor that create personal memories. Discover the flavors of Lisbon to find your perfect combination of culture and cuisine in the capital city and embrace the delectable olive, strawberry, and pistachio fields of the Algarve.

Sail the sea to reach hidden coves, revel in Roman heritage on the border of Spain and Portugal, and wander through the labyrinth of historical artwork displayed in the Guimaraes Castle to embrace Portugal’s grand and eloquent.

4. Perspectives of Portugal: New Takes on Classics

Castle of the Moors, with Pena Palace on the hill on the background, in Sintra

Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Length: 12 days

Places Visited: Lisbon, Alentejo, Sintra, Bussaco, Schist Villages, Tomar, Douro Valley, Amarante, Porto

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

With a shift in perspective, you can make the familiar seem brand new as you experience the 12-day Perspectives of Portugal: New Takes on Classics tour as it immerses you in the fairytale architecture and elaborate sunsets, with excursions tailored to your preferences. Enjoy the charm of vibrant fishing villages. Indulge in the celebrated wine and cuisine of the Douro Valley. Follow in the footsteps of the Knights Templar.

From impressive cork forests to breathtaking Moorish architecture, during your exploration of Portugal you can find how the layers of history have inspired contemporary life, accentuated by natural and cultural beauty.

5. Lively Adventures of Portugal Tour: Island Getaway to Cultural Hallmarks

Marina da Quinta Grande on Madeira Island, Portugal

Madeira Island, Portugal

Length: 12 days

Places Visited: Madeira Island, Funchal, Lisbon, Sintra, Algarve

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Take action as you explore the marvels of the countryside and splendor of the seas on this 12-day Lively Adventures of Portugal Tour: Island Getaway to Cultural Hallmarks. Lush island beauty and cosmopolitan ambiance create a fascinating combination as you discover the timeless discoveries and endless possibilities for new ways to experience Portugal as you kayak to hidden caves and spellbinding beaches, enjoy a hot-air balloon ride over the Algarve landscape, and travel on horseback through untouched forest to embrace the fairytale ambiance.

Sampling the food culture and visiting storybook castles accentuates Portugal’s thrills.

6. Legendary Countryside and Cityscapes Tour of Portugal

Vineyards on the Douro River in Portugal

Douro River Valley, Portugal

Length: 9 days

Places Visited: Lisbon, Amarante, Porto

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Rich with culture and brimming with legends, your 9-day Legendary Countryside and Cityscapes Tour of Portugal balances the picaresque with the historical, action with relaxation. Bakeries in Lisbon exude the aromas of custard tarts, Fado spills out of cafes in the evening light, and ancient salt mines capture a history of the European continent.

From sipping sweet port to finding the rich aroma of mahogany in Europe’s oldest library, you can enjoy the authenticity of Portugal as the history, mystery, and beauty envelop you around every corner.

7. Regal Relaxation Family Portugal Tour

Kayaking around the caves at Ponte de Piedade in Algarve, Portugal.

Algarve, Portugal.

Length: 12 days

Places Visited: Porto, The Douro Valley, Lisbon, Aveiro, Nazaré, Obidos, Sintra, Cascais, Algarve

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Children of all ages will enjoy the wonders of ancient legend and vibrant culture on this 12-day Regal Relaxation Family Portugal Tour. You bring the wonders of the past to life as you explore the historic streets of Porto on motorbikes or embrace the magic of Lello bookstore, which offered the inspiration for the Harry Potter novels.

From first-class cuisine perfect for the entire family to the great panoramas of the sea, when visiting Portugal as a family you can uncover the comforts of the water on a private sunset sailing excursion and enjoy the palatial jewels of the Pena Palace.

8. Lovely Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Porto, Azores

Traditional boats in the Douro River in Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Length: 12 days

Places Visited: Porto, Lisbon, Azores

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Find the true treasures of the mainland and islands with a 12-day Lovely Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Porto, Azores. The natural beauty of the Azores will emerge from thermal hot springs, while the glistening waters of the Douro River will wind beneath the historic terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley. Visit exceptional wine cellars, escape to the rugged untouched landscape of the Azores, and enjoy the cobblestone streets of Lisbon rising up the hills.

From jeep excursions to walking tours, you can find unique experiences and embrace the difference as you travel between Lisbon, Porto, and the Azores.

9. Azores in Depth: 11-Day Island Vacation

Sao Miguel in the Azores

Sao Miguel, Azores

Length: 11 days

Places Visited: Sao Miguel das Missoes, Faial, Pico Island, Terceira, Flores, Corvo Island

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Embrace the verdant forest and golden sands as you bask in the colorful ambiance on this Azores in Depth: 11-Day Island Vacation. The beloved islands will become a spectacle of majesty and charm as you capture marvelous vistas and indulge in vibrant botanical gardens. Bask in the soothing calm of thermal springs, stroll along the antique streets where pirates and sailors once roamed, look for whales and dolphins off the island coastline.

Embrace the seafaring culture across villages, and venture around lava tubes or flowing lava pools as you uncover the natural grandeur of the islands’ greenery, culture, and seaside panoramas.

10. Coastal Havens and City Discovery Portugal Tour

Beautiful Praia da Marinha beach in Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal

Length: 9 days

Places Visited: Algarve, Portimão, Lisbon, Sintra

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Find the breathtaking beauty of nature and culture on this 9-day Coastal Havens and City Discovery Portugal Tour. Sapphire waters, antique promenades, mouthwatering wines, and the allure of the golden coastline along the Algarve region capture the spirit of Portugal.

From dramatic strongholds to the melancholy sounds of traditional Fado music, the delicious aromas of traditional cuisine to the opulent architecture of the Pena Palace, Portugal is a land of wonder and vibrancy on display when you travel from the elegant coastline to the regal cities, the beguiling historical architecture to the charming terraced vineyards.

Ready to Start Planning Your Trip to Portugal?

Pastel buildings on the hillside in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal is a destination that offers the freedom to discover the edge of the European continent, where the pleasures of the cuisine meet the beauty of the Atlantic coast, the wonders of winemakers connect to the opulence of artistic heritage as you travel according to your preferences.

Whether eager to lounge on the golden sands or explore urban culture by vintage tram, Portugal will reveal endless charisma and timeless splendor. Submit a Trip Request form or call our team at 1-888-265-9707 to speak with a Portugal travel specialist who will personalize your trip to your specific needs and goals.

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