Lisbon, Porto, and Madeira are three of Portugal’s iconic highlights and are combined on this leisurely two-week tour for seniors. Mixing free time with privately-guided tours, you explore the history and culture of two cities that love to surprise, as well as an island that blends intrigue with charm. Along the way, there are palaces, galleries, waterfalls, neighborhoods, dolphins, villages, coastlines, a Douro River cruise and a ceramics workshop, all while traveling at a very serene pace.
Lisbon – The Elegance and Grandeur of the Capital
Lisbon is color and charm, energy and ebullience. It is a city that feels more like a collection of villages, where every neighborhood offers something different to the intrigued eye. You are greeted at the airport for a private transfer into the heart of the city, where your boutique hotel is located in the Baixa district. Many restaurants are within a five-minute walking distance, and you can quickly explore different neighborhoods from this central location. Relax through the afternoon, perhaps taking a stroll along the grand avenues that roam through Baixa and nearby Rossio. In the early evening, you take a tramcar tour of the city, a vintage carriage traversing a route across a city built on seven hills. It is an ideal way to get your bearings and admire the eclecticism without having to walk or join a bus tour. Early evenings are best for the tramcar ride as the streets are at their busiest and the carriages are at their quietest.
Lisbon – Fascinating Art and Architecture: The Manueline Style and More
Lisbon – A Day Discovering Lord Byron’s Sintra
Porto – Relaxed Day Exploring Porto
Porto – Following the Vineyards on a Douro Valley Cruise
Porto – Getting to Know the Art of the City
Porto – Optional Excursion to Braga and Guimaraes
Funchal – Relaxed Day on a Remote Island
Funchal – Enchanting Villages and A-Framed Houses of Madeira
Funchal – Take a Stroll, Hike or Boat Around Madeira
Funchal – Spectacular Landscapes and Seascapes of Madeira
Funchal – Muse at Art and Wander by Waves
Funchal – Peaks and Waterfalls and Fascinating Natural Sights
Funchal – Departure
- Embrace the old-world glory of Lisbon and discover the finest examples of Portugal’s Manueline architectural style
- Cruise down the Douro River on a day-trip from Porto, traveling beneath the terraced vineyards and villages from the past
- Escape to the island of Madeira, where you have seven nights at a boutique hotel along the coast
- Get to know more of Portugal’s grand history by spending a day in Sintra, where royal palaces and famous poets tell a story
- Spending four nights in Porto ensures you can truly savor all the intricacies, including different Port cellars, art galleries, and the ceramics that make the city famous
- Explore the island of Madeira on three very different private day tours where one focuses on the enchanting A-framed villages, another on the coastline and seascapes, and a third takes you to the peaks and waterfalls of the interior
- All tours are privately guided and tailored to suit your pace
Portugal’s leisurely pace is quick to make visitors feel at home. Nothing is rushed here, and there is just as much to see if you travel slowly instead of rushing. It is a country where treasures are revealed when you take your time and look closer. You can discover a Moorish gargoyle on a church tower, an island village cut off from the world, and a viewpoint overlooking pods of dolphins. The more time you spend, the more the country reveals niches, such as Manueline architecture and ceramic galleries full of blue. The laid-back rhythm is making Portugal an increasingly attractive destination for senior travelers, and this two-week tour is a celebration of the tranquil pace.
You will discover three very contrasting destinations, with centrally located hotels and private tours throughout. Lisbon is a city of grand monuments, where the postcards cannot do justice to the artistic beauty of both yesteryear and today. Porto is a charming and compact city for slow exploration, sitting patiently along the shores of the Douro River. Madeira is an island escape that feels distinct from the rest of the world, where natural heritage creates a panorama wherever you look. Combining the three provides an overview of Portugal’s varying highlights, with almost every day offering something new to discover. Majestic sea cliffs, artisanal workshops, Moorish palaces, cathedrals and towers, dolphins, and empty beaches are just a start.
Lisbon may be a capital, but it follows a relaxed tempo. Over the first days of your journey, you will explore private art galleries and world-famous icons, and escape into the forested hills of Sintra, where the palaces are more than worthy of Lord Byron’s poetic praise. Next, a high-speed, first-class train takes you to Porto where several nights help you uncover the city and its surroundings. On the itinerary are a day cruise along the Douro River, a ceramics workshop, and an excursion to the traditional cities of Braga and Guimaraes. Fly direct to Madeira for a week on the Atlantic Ocean island. Your hotel is a few steps from the coast, and three private day tours showcase contrasting aspects of the island. Experience the local village culture, the coastline, and seascapes, plus the peaks and waterfalls of the interior.
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$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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