Sky view of National Palace of Pena in São Pedro de Penaferrim, Sintra, Portugal.

Portugal Tours & Vacations

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How Zicasso WorksCustom Portugal Tours

  1. Describe your dream Portugal tour.

  2. We match you with top Portugal travel specialists to plan your tour.

  3. Book the trip when you are ready.

Enjoy the hallmarks of a European destination with the undeniably unique qualities of Portugal, which our specialists have unveiled through over 8,200 custom itineraries. Explore the lush Douro Valley home to sprawling vineyards, small beach towns overflowing with local culture, and colorful cities with embellished designs all within this amazing coastal country. For an inside look at what it has to offer, visit Zicasso’s Portugal Travel Guide for a range of fascinating information and inspiration. The sample itineraries below will spark your imagination for your next adventure.

Sample Itineraries

Get inspired with our sample trips below. You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel. Any number of days.
Any departure date. Any experience you want.

Portugal at a Glance

Portugal 2021 Travel Updates

Portugal is open to American travelers. Travelers are welcome to mainland Portugal. Those over age 12 must arrive with a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Additional requirements are in place for travel to the Azores or Madeira. These entry requirements will be reviewed every two weeks, and are subject to change. Your Zicasso travel specialist can provide updated information at the time of your inquiry.

Related: Countries Open to American Travelers | 6 Reasons to Choose Portugal for Your Next Vacation

Must-See Destinations in Portugal

We have worked with our Portugal travel experts to provide you with travel recommendations for any length of trip. Below is a specially chosen list of the best places to visit in Portugal along with some of the things to do while there.

Lisbon | Porto | Algarve | Alentejo | Vinho Verde | Peneda-Geres National Park | Óbidos | Aveiro

  • Discover the remarkable history of Lisbon with guided tours through the antique neighborhoods
  • Indulge in the authentic cuisine of Portugal to find traditional recipes in preserved ambiances
  • Explore the fabulous museum galleries to find extensive gardens at Serralves
  • Witness the iconic marvels of Porto when wandering the cobbled lanes along the riverbanks
  • Delight in gorgeous views across Coimbra at Penedo da Saudade
  • Bask in the remarkable culture of Coimbra during a visit to Portugal’s oldest university

Best Time to Visit Portugal

The best time to visit Portugal is between April and May and again in October. These months represent mild weather around spring, the edge of summer, and fall. During April, May, and October, Portugal also sees smaller crowds.

June, July, and September are very busy in Portugal because of an influx of cruise ships in Lisbon and around the Algarve. The summer has the best weather for the beaches at the Algarve but also sees the largest crowds.

The climate varies across Portugal with the southern, central, and northern regions possessing different climates. However, outside of summer and edging into the beginning of fall, the Algarve is too cold for beach days.

Modes of Transportation in Portugal

The best way to see Portugal is by private transfer. A car is considered a Portuguese’s second home. While trains are available in Portugal, they do not provide the same freedom when traveling across the country and can also cause unintended restrictions. A private transfer understands many different aspects of Portugal, from the roads to the driving culture, and often also knows the history, heritage, and culture of the towns and villages you can visit. Private drivers offer friendly service and have experience with the best restaurants, specialty shops, and local information that is often unknown to other travelers.


Trains do exist in Portugal and can easily ferry you between popular destinations, such as from Lisbon to Algarve and from Lisbon to Porto. Other than traveling to these main destinations, the trains do not travel consistently or quickly to other smaller cities and do not travel to towns in the countryside. Instead, villages, towns, cities, and monuments outside of the mainstays of Porto, Lisbon, and Algarve are best-reached by car.

Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private transfers between destinations to create your ultimate stress-free Portugal tour.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Portugal

When traveling on a Portugal tour, safety, travel logistics, and accessibility are always a consideration. The following information offers important considerations when traveling to Portugal.

Is Portugal Safe for Travel?

Portugal is an extremely safe country for travelers. Petty theft, such as pickpocketing, can occur when visiting crowded tourist areas, but your overall safety is never a concern. Portugal does have a reputation for getting rowdy during soccer matches but is otherwise quiet, safe, and easy to navigate.

Which airports should I be looking at?

For most travelers, the most convenient airport in Portugal is Lisbon. The top three airports in Portugal are:

  • Lisbon (LIS)
  • Porto (OPO)
  • Faro (FAO)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

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