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Portugal Tours

Portugal’s charm comes in troves as trolleys glide through Lisbon’s undulating streets and a wealth of treasures comprise its glistening coastline. Discover a distinct culture preserved throughout a vibrant history that acts as a doorway to Europe. Explore Zicasso’s personalized itineraries and have the timeless gems of Portugal be revealed before your eyes.

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Sample Itineraries

You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

Seven Island Portugal Escape: Azores and Madeira Vacation

14 Day Custom Tour

From$2,795

Madeira and the Azores are islands of volcanic wonder that abound with natural drama in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean. Escapist and expressive, the islands bring nature, history, culture, wildlife, lava trails and languid beaches all at once, and this luxury vacation tour visits the most inspiring seven islands.  Look forward to a private journey across spectacular landscapes and remote destinations for the very best of the Portuguese archipelagos.

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In-Depth Exploration Tour of Portugal: History, Culture, and Discovery

19 Day Custom Tour

From$3,795

Portugal has style that has stretched through the centuries to include everything from frontier towns to Moorish fishing villages, Templar Knights to Manuelino facades and Baroque ceramics. You will be whisked away on a carpet of seduction and charm and into an atmosphere packed with tradition. With well over two weeks to travel, you will settle into the stylish rhythm of the country to explore the nuance as you hop between the untouched legends of the past. From Lisbon to Porto, this is a complete tour of Portugal on a private tour designed just for you.

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Adventurous Portugal Coastal Hiking Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

From$1,795

Portugal’s southwestern coastline provides an expedition for the soul with a journey through wilderness and white villages with castles and the charms of tradition alongside. Spend nearly a week along the rugged and utterly unspoiled route, traversing the cliffs and moving across the vineyards to the grand destinations of the past. This region comes with the aura of tradition that extends to decadent local cuisine and cultural insight. Trek at your own pace and indulge all your senses on an unforgettable vacation adventure.

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Self-Drive Portugal Itinerary: Iconic Cities to Charming Towns

10 Day Custom Tour

From$1,995

Creating a loop from the vibrant capital city of Lisbon, this 10-day self-driving tour is an adventure into the soul of Portugal. Connect with the locals, venture away from the tourist trail, and discover the dazzling diversity of destinations that make the country so distinctive. Indulge in the coastline, castles, marble towns, salty harbors, sunbaked plains, spire-packed cities, and much more. With this unique route, you celebrate all the highlights that Portugal loves to hide.

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World Heritage Portugal Tour: 12 UNESCO Sites in 11 Days

11 Day Custom Tour

From$2,195

Portugal’s World Heritage Sites are dreamy and distinctive, unusual and unconnected from what you will find elsewhere in Europe. A garrison town, a ceramic inspired cobbled city, charming rows of vines, inimitable Gothic monasteries, Paleolithic art and you will only just be getting started. These are living, breathing UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a dozen of them visited on this 11-day private tour with an expert historical guide. 

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Ten-Day Family Vacation to Portugal

10 Day Custom Tour

From$1,995

The enigmatic country of Portugal is waiting to fulfill all of your vacation dreams during this luxurious, 10-day adventure. Portugal proves to be the ideal choice for a family vacation because it offers a little bit of everything to please every member of your group. From a unique tuk tuk tour of Porto to traipsing through enchanted forests and waterfall-filled national parks to epic hikes, this can accommodate the thrill-seeker and traveler who desire to relax and unwind.

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Peaceful Couples Tour: Porto to Lisbon

7 Day Custom Tour

From$1,395

Portugal sets a scene for romance to thrive with cobbled azulejo-clad streets, 9th-century hilltop palaces, quaint medieval towns, and terraced Douro vineyards. You cannot help but be caught up together, and while the backdrops will change, with each stop you will delve deeper into the local culture, luxuriating on Portugal’s fine cuisine, wine, art, and history. One week is plenty of time when you are just two, as Porto and Obidos are destinations from a dream, Lisbon rivals Paris for romantic experiences, and the Douro Valley offers an exclusive escape.

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Food and Wine Tour of Portugal

8 Day Custom Tour

From$1,595

The culture of Portugal mirrors its wines by offering an impressive variety of choices that are unique to the region. Your customizable tour will explore the splendors of Portuguese vines and its heritage which are often intertwined throughout history. Wander along a hillside vineyard and into the depths of an old historical cellar. Fishers will call out along the markets as the whitewashed villages glint in the light of the Iberian Peninsula and then follow the footsteps of explorers and discover the captivating ruins of ancient Roman settlements and Moorish design. From tasting divine wines to the traditions that connect Europe’s shores to the Far East, you will indulge Portugal’s marvels.

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Historical and Cultural Tour of Portugal

11 Day Custom Tour

From$2,195

Portugal’s history is a canvas of legends and icons. Its culture is a patchwork of distinctive styles, medieval walled cities, and fado music. Discover Templar Knights, villages crafted from marble, and cities adorned in blue tiles. This 11-day in-depth tour celebrates all the heritage, using art, architecture, and atmosphere to narrate a 2,000-year-long tale. It includes three nights each in Lisbon and Porto, plus four nights discovering the idiosyncratic wonders of the backcountry.

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12-Day Essence of Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Alentejo, Porto

12 Day Custom Tour

From$2,395

The essence of Portugal is not found in a single moment or place. It is a surreal sphere of proud history and vibrant modern life, encompassing marble cities, distinctive food, elegant architecture, stoic traditions, and an atmosphere that leads you away from the tourist crowd. This 12-day private tour covers authentic destinations and styles, a unique route that feels like the Europe of olden days, taking you through Lisbon, Evora, Obidos, Coimbra, Douro Valley, and Porto.

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Gems of Portugal: Adventurous Azores Vacation for Families

8 Day Custom Tour

From$1,595

Magical and mystical, the Azores stand isolated in the Atlantic as volcanic islands of rare and remarkable beauty. Defined by the abounding wild nature, these islands create a unique family adventure that will engage all ages. Swim with the dolphins, wander underground lava trails, kayak on blue lakes, and explore an untouched archipelago. Handcrafted for families with children aged eight and over, this luxury tour showcases the highlights of Portugal with each day a thrilling expedition into the land that volcanoes created.

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Portugal Photography Tour: Charming Towns to Scenic Landscapes

8 Day Custom Tour

From$1,595

Inspiring and enchanting, Portugal is a dream destination for photographers. The colorful canvas will allow you to create with dramatic natural landscapes, beautiful streets, and Mediterranean neighborhoods and opportunities for portraitures, architecture, seascapes, low-light and nighttime challenges. Over an 8-day tour, you will refine the art of seeing the world through your lens with photography lessons and a chance to experiment in indelibly diverse destinations with Lisbon’s colors and character, Sintra’s fairytale, the Algarve coast, and ceramic Porto.

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Luxury Portugal Tour 2020

10 Day Custom Tour

From$5,495

Luxury is found throughout every experience with this celebration of Portugal. From three eclectic bases, you will journey into the culture and charms of a nation. Enjoy a tasting with the winemakers in Porto cellars, sailing around Madeira, and insider insight in Lisbon. Move through fairytale palaces, medieval walled towns, volcanic mountains, fishing villages, ceramic baroque masterpieces, and everything in between. Privately guided, this 10-day luxury tour has been handcrafted especially for 2020 to take you well beyond the guidebooks.

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Best of Portugal: Porto, Lisbon, Sintra, Albufeira Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From$1,595

The outstanding highlight of Portugal is not the sights, but the atmosphere. You will be enveloped by the feel of the destinations and savor the ambiance that is distinctive to these regions. Heritage and old-world style are found around Porto, grandeur and gregarious welcomes abound in Lisbon, and then serenity and seclusion are yours in the south. With private tours customized for you, this one-week luxury tour will reveal the best of Portugal’s atmospheres in Porto, Lisbon, Sintra, and Albufeira, blending the postcard-perfect panoramas with authentic cultural experiences.

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Portugal, Spain, Morocco Tour in Two Weeks

14 Day Custom Tour

From$2,795

From exotic spices to tanned leather, captivating storytellers to beautiful displays of inspiring art, you will find constant wonder with your every step during your multi-country customizable tour of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Trace Moorish traditions and the footsteps of the Crusades, and then wander labyrinthine cobblestone streets and preserved historic souks before traversing the captivating sand dunes and the Rock of Gibraltar. Indulge in the aromas of honey, figs, and pomegranates and then witness majestic Western European architecture inspired by North African design. Discover radiant Cathedrals and extraordinary wealth derived from exploration while embracing the heritage and the contemporary lifestyles found along the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco.

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Jewish Heritage Tour of Portugal

7 Day Custom Tour

From$1,395

Jewish heritage and culture have contributed to the evolution of art, philosophy, and commerce in the Iberian Peninsula for nearly a millennium. Your custom tailored tour will follow in the footsteps of Portugal’s Jewish communities to trace history through the cities and towns, across the valleys and the hillsides to uncover remnants of synagogues concealed from public view since the beginnings of the Inquisition. From the Great Synagogue in Lisbon to the tranquil shores of the Douro Valley, you can uncover everything from kosher restaurants to captivating artwork, elegant architecture to enticing wines that highlight a deep connection to enduring Jewish tradition.

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Southern Portugal Golf Escape & Relaxation Itinerary

8 Day Custom Tour

From$1,595

Southern Portugal defines golfing escapism. A sublime natural setting with courses weaving through nature reserves and cliff-strewn coastline. A selection of championship challenges that test you while offering grandeur and flair, clubhouses within steps of the ocean, and the serenity of a boutique five-star golf resort that is nestled between the waves and the fairway. Handcrafted with six of the Algarve’s most iconic courses, this is Southern Europe’s eminent one-week golf getaway.

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An Immersive One-Week Privately Guided Tour of Portugal

8 Day Custom Tour

From$4,395

Portugal has a history shrouded in mystery and legend. Stories are painted onto blue-ceramic mosaics, cities stoically cling to a bygone era, and a vivid atmosphere envelops you at every turn. This one-week tour celebrates the most important highlights, connects history with modern culture, and uncovers a very authentic country. You will hop between the major sights and explore the famous monuments, but also enjoy ambient evenings in the old cities, surrounded by the colors of Portugal.

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Splendors of Northern Spain and Lisbon Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

From$2,635

Savor the hills and valleys along with the grapevines and coastlines during your customizable tour of Portugal and Northern Spain. Historical cities glisten with orange-tiled rooftops and cobblestone streets that beg you to wander. The spires of Sagrada Basilica in Barcelona soar as a hidden church chamber in Oviedo hides a chest of ancient treasures. From the tomb of Vasco de Gama to the pilgrim’s trail leading to Santiago, you can follow the aroma of grilled prawns dressed in lemon and sip on port in its birthplace of Oporto. Linger in the majestic ambiance, the dramatic landscape, and the inspiring culture as you enjoy the highlights of Portugal and Northern Spain.

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Two-Week Best of Iberia: Spain and Portugal Itinerary

16 Day Custom Tour

From$3,515

The unforgettable highlight of Iberia is the contrasts that are discovered between regions and destinations. Everywhere has its distinctive style and atmosphere, and each is made unique by historical icons and cultural traditions. This handcrafted tour celebrates seven idiosyncratic destinations in Spain and Portugal to connect everything that makes Iberia so alluring: food and wine, art and architecture, urban wonders, rural charms, compelling history and contemporary energy. 

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Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon 10-Day Luxury Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From$5,495

Iberia’s iconic cities celebrate both the enchantment of history and the vibrant ambiance of today. Begin with Barcelona to enjoy the cobbles to the Modernistas to the magic of Catalonia. Move next to Madrid to take in the royal treasures mixed with decadent tapas and the elegance of the plazas. Finally, you will stop in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital of color and charm where every neighborhood has its own idiosyncratic style. With several nights spent in each city, this luxury tour will uncover both the past and the present of the three iconic cities of Iberia, Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon.

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Portugal Travel Post Covid-19

Travelers from the United States can consider traveling to Portugal this summer, and our Zicasso team is ready to help you make it happen. As of this writing, travel restrictions should begin lifting on June 15, and many airlines are beginning to resume their flights this month and next. While no quarantine will be required for trips to the mainland, a negative test to Covid-19 may be required for the islands like Madeira and Azores.

If you are ready to start planning, now is a great time to talk with a Portugal travel specialist to consider travel in fall 2020 and into 2021. Putting your plans for a trip to Portugal in motion now is an excellent way to ensure options later. Our local specialists in Portugal recommend that travelers consider less-traveled regions, and can advise any traveler on what is possible. In the hands of a local expert, your bucket list destinations can be safely included.

Planning a trip can happen anytime. It costs nothing to fill out a Trip Request with Zicasso and learn more.  Booking your trip can happen when you are comfortable to do so, as our Zicasso team can offer flexibility based on real-time global events. A customized trip with Zicasso has many advantages, as your local specialist is positioned to ensure your health and safety while you enjoy an itinerary designed specifically for you. Local knowledge and connections matter, as does the agility of a travel specialist to shift your plans for any reason.

Zicasso is here to help you.  Please contact us at 1-888-878-5442, and we are ready to connect you to a local Portugal travel specialist today.

How to Book a Portugal Tour

Portugal is a land of discovery. With more than 497 miles of coastline and a history of mariner trailblazing, Portugal contains enchanting medieval towns, epic fortresses, elegant palaces, and cosmopolitan cities. Fresh cuisine, delicious wines, ancient stone carvings, cinematic scenery, and spirited music represent the proud traditions of Portugal that you can experience with Zicasso’s help when arranging your perfect tour.

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences. The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist make a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in Portugal

We have worked with our Portugal travel experts to provide you with travel recommendations for any length of trip. A custom Zicasso tour focuses on your trip length and desired destinations, but the following lists act as successful guidelines.

Most travelers from the United States spend an average of eight days in Portugal. Eight days provides enough time to see Portugal’s highlights of the main cities but leaves less time to experience the countryside and coast. How and where you travel depends on your goals in Portugal. To help, we have crafted the following examples based upon different trip lengths.

7 to 9 Day Trips

If you have approximately one week to nine days to travel Portugal, we suggest using Lisbon and Porto as home bases to best explore and experience the culture, history, and highlights.

7 Days

Days 1-2: Algarve

Days 3-5: Lisbon

Days 6-7: Porto

8 Days

Days 1-2: Algarve

Days 3-5: Lisbon

Days 6-8: Porto

9 Days

Days 1-2: Algarve

Days 3-5: Lisbon

Days 6-9: Porto

If you have more time (10-16 Days), we recommend:

If you can spend between 10 to 16 days in Portugal, we suggest taking time to discover the small towns and gorgeous scenery. Around 14 days in Portugal will give you plenty of time to visit popular destinations and hidden gems, uncover Jewish heritage, hike the second-highest summit in the country, or sample a variety of celebrated wines.

All Zicasso tours are customized to your preferences, but below is how we recommend spending your time.

10 Days

Days 1-2: Algarve

Days 3-5: Lisbon

Days 6-7: Alentejo

Days 8-10: Porto

12 Days

Days 1-2: Algarve

Days 3-6: Lisbon

Days 7-9: Alentejo

Days 10-12: Porto

14 Days

Days 1-2: Algarve

Days 3-6: Lisbon

Days 7-9: Alentejo

Days 10-12: Porto

Days 13-14: Vinho Verde

15 Days

Days 1-2: Algarve

Days 3-5: Lisbon

Days 6-8: Alentejo

Days 9-11: Porto

Days 12-13: Vinho Verde

Days 14-15: Peneda-Geres National Park

16 days

Days 1-2: Algarve

Days 3-5: Lisbon

Days 6-8: Alentejo

Days 9-11: Porto

Days 12-13: Vinho Verde

Days 14-16: Peneda-Geres National Park

How many days is enough to see Portugal?

12 to 15 days is ideal for seeing Portugal. When traveling between 12 to 15 days, you have the opportunity to use larger cities, such as Lisbon and Porto, as home bases to explore towns and villages across the country. It opens up the countryside and cities, giving you the chance to hike the hinterlands, discover wineries, sample food, visit the coastline, and uncover medieval towns.

Essential Experiences for the Best Portugal Vacation

During your Portugal tour, you can stroll the cobbled hills of Lisbon and sip the delicious wines of the Douro Valley. Excellent beaches, medieval monasteries, and Roman ruins also represent the depth of essential wonders in Portugal.

Best Way to Experience Lisbon

Lisbon is a beautiful city that glows with Gothic glamour, spanning seven hills. The cobblestone lanes, cathedrals, and ruins embody the layers of history. Riverbank promenades, gardens, and museums highlight the wonders of Portugal. During your Portugal trip, you should experience the following essential activities during your first Lisbon tour.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours (2-3 days depending on pace)

History

  • Discover the remarkable history of Lisbon with guided tours through the antique neighborhoods, such as Castelo de Sao Jorge, Baixa, and Bairro Alto.

Cuisine

  • Indulge in the authentic cuisine of Portugal to find fresh seafood, Michelin-starred restaurants, and traditional recipes in preserved ambiances.

Best Way to Experience Porto

Porto dazzles with cultural attractions that are spread across a warren of narrow lanes. Architectural treasures spring from the mouth of the River Douro, and picturesque squares host celebrated museums. During your Portugal trip, you can enjoy the below essential experiences when visiting Porto.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours (2-3 days depending on pace)

Museums

  • Explore the fabulous museum galleries to find extensive gardens at Serralves and a timeline of Poruguese art history at Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis.

Landmarks

  • Witness the iconic marvels of Porto when wandering the cobbled lanes along the riverbanks to view sites like the Cathedral, Clerigos Tower, and Palacio da Bolsa.

Best Way to Experience Coimbra

Coimbra embraces modern Portugal while showcasing past glories. Animated with medieval architecture and Moorish touches, the cobblestone lanes retain their elegance, which stems from stone walls, the mixture of humming guitar, and the passionate voices that sing fado. The following list of experiences are essential when visiting Coimbra.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours (2 days depending on pace)

Panoramas

  • Delight in gorgeous views across Coimbra at Penedo da Saudade to find folklore and poetry carved into stone tablets.

Culture

  • Bask in the remarkable culture of Coimbra during a visit to Portugal’s oldest university to find special galleries and hand-painted corridors.

Special Interests & Activities in Portugal

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests.

Best Food & Wine Destinations

Simple and delicious defines Portuguese food and wine with flavors that capture rich traditions, fresh ingredients, and a mixture of the abundant coastline and fertile countryside. The diverse cuisine reflects the varied landscape and ranges from grilled fish to a selection of meats and celebrated olive oil to traditional cheeses. Portugal is divided into 18 districts and two autonomous regions. Each region possesses different names for similar dishes, and distinctive recipes shape customary flavors inherent in the food that influence the 250 grape varieties.

Douro Valley

The Douro Valley is Portugal’s famous wine region and holds UNESCO World Heritage status. The rustic traditions and gorgeous scenery combine to create lush vineyards and delightful wine resorts that overlook the winding hills and waters of Douro Gorge. Typical grapes of the Douro Valley include Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Touriga Roriz, Tinto Cão, and Tinta Francisca.

Alentejo

The Alentejo region represents the southern Atlantic region with cool summers and mild winters. The climate brings ripe and jammy grapes that retain their acidity for fresh flavors. Whitewashed estates and expansive countryside covers one-third of Portugal. Traditional wines pair perfectly with culinary creations of the region, such as cheese, smoked hams, and sausages.

Zicasso’s Exclusive Access to Portugal Best Wine

Zicasso travel specialists can design private tours and organize exclusive visits for food and wine enthusiasts. You can experience a meal in the home of a Portuguese family or sample award-winning wines in small, local wineries. You can also learn more about Portugal’s wine history and flavors of special varietals from a local sommelier.

Art & History

Portugal’s long arc of history emerges from the architecture, museums, and artwork on display in cities and towns across the country. While the national boundaries stretch from Spain to the Atlantic and touches the Mediterranean, the countryside shares stories of the Roman empire, while the waves tell tales of the Age of the Discovery. Craftsmanship abounds in the form of handmade Azulejo tiles, and museum art galleries reflect on rich heritage. Museums host treasures ranging from Vasco Araujo’s works to the intricate designs of horse-drawn carriages. Portugal also hosts the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, which focuses on the intersection between technology and contemporary art.

Must-See Art Museums & Attractions:

  • Witness exceptional, hand-painted ceramic tiles of opulent design at the 18th-century Palacio Pereira Forjaz.
  • Discover the marvelous depictions of contemporary culture that have been informed by traditional heritage when discovering Lisbon’s celebrated street art.
  • View the intersection of contemporary and modern artwork in chic art galleries that are scattered around the historic city of Porto.

History

Contemporary life in Portugal fills the historic neighborhoods and villages that span the far corners of the nation. Remarkable palaces, cobbled lanes, and distinctive monasteries demonstrate antique wealth and prestige on the world stage. Hints of Phoenicians and Romans fade beneath the grandeur of the Age of Discovery, which reflects ancient culture and preserved traditions. Contemporary life celebrates Old World heritage, while the natural scenery sings with crashing waves and the tranquil beauty of thriving vineyards. A Zicasso travel specialist will design custom tours with specialized guides, such as exploring Lisbon with a history professor or visiting Belmont to dine with the head of the Jewish community. We can also organize history-focused small-group tours with a certified guide.

Active Tours

Active tours in Portugal reflect the natural beauty of the land and sea. Whether uncovering the prestige of wave breaks or showcasing the wonders of the nation’s only national park, we recommend the below active experiences when visiting Portugal.

Hiking

  • Serra da Estrela Natural Park - Trek the marvelous stone villages that remain untouched by time and the rugged foothills of Portugal’s highest peak.
  • Cabo da Roca - Hike the golden beaches and dramatic cliffs at Europe’s westernmost point.

Cycling

  • Alentejo - Explore Portugal’s flat, warm, and dry region of Alentejo to find the expansive landscapes that are decorated with vineyards and rivers.

Surfing

  • Algarve - Experience the diversity of Portugal’s waves at points like Sagres and lagos to find exceptional waters, friendly locals, and golden sands.

Private Excursions and Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners have experience in crafting unique tours with insider access. Each excursion and activity is tailored to your specific interests when visiting Portugal to shape your most memorable experiences. The following list offers some examples of experiences but the possibilities are endless.

  • Dine with a local family in a small town to experience the true flavors, passion, and spirit of Portugal.
  • Visit with the leader of a historic Jewish community to learn more about the long history of Portugal’s Jewish heritage.

How much is a tour of Portugal?

The starting price of a custom-tailored Portugal trip is approximately $200 per person, per day. For an escorted group tour, the starting price can be approximately $150 per person, per day.

The cost of a vacation is dependent on several factors, such as the:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of hotel
  • Number of locations/cities you visit
  • Number of guided day tours and activities (e.g., cooking class, wine tasting, etc.)
  • How much you spend on meals, shopping, etc.

A vacation such as this is often the biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert travel specialist to plan a customized tour that is tailored to your specific interests and budget. You can also join an escorted group tour so that most travel arrangements are pre-planned for you. This way, you can travel hassle-free and relax while a professional tour director and guide takes care of all logistics and any issues that might arise.

The cost of a tailor-made Portugal tour typically starts at $2,000 per person for a 10-day trip, i.e., at $200 per person, per day during the low or mid-season.

This includes:

  • 3-star hotels (shared twin room)
  • Some guided day tours and activities
  • Transportation, such as airport transfers and domestic flights

A 5-star, tailor-made Portugal tour, where most services are upgraded and extra unique experiences are included, typically starts at $5,500 per person for a 10-day trip, or $550 per person, per day.

Everyone’s priorities, interests, and preferences are different. Submit a trip request on Zicasso, and we will personally match you with an expert trip planner who will help you customize your dream trip or select the right group tour while also taking your budget into consideration.

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.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Portugal?

To ensure that you can get your preferred hotels and enjoy Portugal at your preferred time of year, you should book your trip six to eight months in advance, especially if planning to travel between the months of May and September. During the shoulder or off season, you can book your Portugal tour three to six months in advance. If you prefer to travel in August, you should book your trip three months in advance, unless you wish to visit the Algarve, which would require booking six to eight months in advance. Booking ahead of time ensures that you are able to reserve your preferred accommodations, tours, and transportation.

Modes of Transportation in Portugal

The best way to see Portugal in 10 days 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

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.

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.

For Families

Portugal is a country perfect for family vacations due to its mix of history, scenery, and activities. When planning a family Portugal tour, Zicasso travel specialists consider the important details of your family’s interests, children’s ages, and the significance of accessibility for young children. You will always have family-friendly guides who understand how to engage your entire family in an active way. Considerations to make when visiting Portugal as a family include:

  • Lisbon and Porto are very hilly cities that can affect mobility for young children.
  • Many Portuguese cities have cobblestone streets, which can hinder stroller movement.

For Seniors

Seniors must consider that walking around hilly cities with cobblestone streets may affect your time in Portugal. Certain castles in addition to cities like Lisbon, Porto, and Sintra have slopes with many hills and stairs. A Zicasso travel specialist can minimize any mobility challenges by ensuring that you have access to necessary aids and can organize your tours and accommodations according to your specific needs.

For Couples

A Zicasso travel specialist understands the importance of romance during a couple’s Portugal trip and can provide the right blend of activities and privacy. You can indulge in gorgeous luxury properties or enjoy a private helicopter transfer to the Douro Valley for the perfect Portugal trip.

For Travelers with Disabilities

Your Portugal travel specialist can help with any mobility challenges by making alternative arrangements for tours or accommodations when necessary. Their expert experience and attention to intricate details will ensure that you can enjoy Portugal’s history, monuments, and natural beauty with a stress-free tour.

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of Portugal

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Portugal is Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). Lisbon has Portugal’s largest and busiest airport, which hosts the majority of international flights from North America. Porto’s Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport (OPO) is Portugal’s second-busiest airport. When touring Portugal, it is easy to fly into one city and out of another.

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

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

Find the Best Flight

When flying in and out of Portugal, your best options for which airport you use depends on the length of your trip. It is easy to fly into either Lisbon or Porto and book your departing flight out of the alternate airport to save travel time. With the high-speed train traveling between cities, it is also easy to fly in and out of the same city as well.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk 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 & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another Portugal tour, you can travel into the depths of the cities and countryside beyond the essential destinations of Lisbon, Porto, and Algarve. You can visit destinations that are often overlooked by travelers but definitely worth your attention. The following list offers our recommendations on where to visit during a return Portugal trip.

Evora

Evora will transport you into the past and reveal one of the nation’s best-preserved medieval towns. Within the 14th-century walls, you will find winding, narrow lands, striking architecture, grand cathedrals, and hidden Roman foundations. You can bask in the charm of atmospheric restaurants and visit rustic wineries that emerge from the tranquil countryside of the Alentejo plain.

Marvao

The enchanting town of Marvao is perched on a jagged crag with whitewashed homes and charming tiled roofs. A dramatic castle and narrow lanes accentuate the 16th-century design, which is crowned by four village gates. Breathtaking scenery, elaborate history, and gourmet cuisine make Marvao an unmissable destination with a timeless atmosphere.

Related Portugal Tours by Zicasso

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