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

Portugal Tours & Vacations

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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.

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.

Town of Sintra in the summer.

Captivating 15-Day Highlights Tour of Portugal

Captivating 15-Day Highlights Tour of Portugal

15 Day Custom Tour

From $3,970

Spend 15 days in the captivating culture and honored highlights of Portugal on this personalized tour to the country’s most beloved cities. From unpacking the local lifestyle that sweeps through Lisbon’s cobbled streets to witnessing the staggering scenery of the Douro Valley and much more, you will discover the discerning qualities that make Portugal a landmark destination every traveler must visit.

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Off the Beaten Path Exploration of Portugal: Evora, Estremoz and Elvas

Off the Beaten Path Exploration of Portugal: Evora,...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Portugal hides its secrets and rewards the patient traveler that is willing to explore down the narrow lanes and journey behind the obvious highlights.  Find elegiac music in little taverns and ancient towns built from marble, and then turn to find seductive outposts and cities from the 16th century. With expert insider guides, this 12-day luxury tour will take you off the beaten track and into the authenticity of Portugal’s lesser-known destinations of Evora, Estremoz, and Elvas.

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Madeira Botanical Garden in Monte Funchal.

Enthralling Adventure Tour of Portugal

Enthralling Adventure Tour of Portugal

12 Day Custom Tour

From $5,995

Adventure awaits in Portugal with this tailored 12-day tour that will allow you to indulge in the best experiences in a wealth of bewitching destinations. From hot air balloon expeditions above the staggering Algarve region to canyoning the rugged wilderness of Funchal and cruising to the caves of Lagos, every stop will be as exciting as the last. This exciting adventure spotlights the mesmerizing environment with which Portugal is blessed.

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

Perspectives of Portugal: New Takes on Classics

Perspectives of Portugal: New Takes on Classics

12 Day Custom Tour

From $7,315

Your experience of storybook palaces and refined wines will immerse you in unique treasures during your 12-day signature Portugal tour specifically designed for 2021. Each day is custom-tailored to your preferences allowing you to bask in a sunset cruise of Lisbon or stroll along Evora’s ancient foundations. From the legacy of the Knights Templar to the vineyard heritage of the Douro Valley, you can embrace a new perspective of Portugal.

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

Regal Relaxation Family Portugal Tour

Regal Relaxation Family Portugal Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

From $4,795

From the contemporary skyline of Porto to the sun-washed shores of Algarve, there is so much for families to enjoy on this handcrafted 12-day tour of Portugal. You and your family will immerse yourselves in the country’s fascinating history with tours of venerated heritage sites. You can appreciate spectacular seascapes of the Algarve and cherish the luxuriant landscapes of the Douro Valley. Michelin-starred culinary experiences and engaging seaside activities will only elevate your incredible vacation.

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Fire Lake in Azores, Portugal.

Romantic 12-Day Portugal Vacation

Romantic 12-Day Portugal Vacation

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Escape to Portugal for a romantic 12-day tour of basking in its lustrous scenery, immersing yourself in its breathtaking heritage sites, and uncovering its fascinatingly rich culture. Whether witnessing the craters of the Azores archipelago, pampering your palate with authentic Portuguese delicacies, or marveling at the regal Pena Palace in Sintra, this tailored tour will prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Portugal for the Seasoned Traveler: 14-Day Vacation

Portugal for the Seasoned Traveler: 14-Day Vacation...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $2,795

This luxurious, 2-week adventure has been specially curated and for the more mature and refined travelers. Whether you are perusing the best wines in Porto on a private estate tour or following in the footsteps of the Knights Templar in Tomar, you will sit in the lap of luxury throughout the entirety of this adventure. From the stunning beaches of Portugal’s captivating coastlines to cities like Lisbon and Porto that are filled with amazing architecture and historical wonders, Portugal presents itself as an ideal vacation destination regardless of your age or interests.

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Immersive Spain, Portugal, and Morocco Vacation

Immersive Spain, Portugal, and Morocco Vacation

19 Day Custom Tour

From $13,295

Revel in the dynamic culture and discover marvelous history during this 19-day Spain, Portugal, and Morocco highlights tour. Witness the surreal designs of Antoni Gaudi, sample the succulent flavors of typical Spanish tapas, experience the lively heritage of a Moroccan souk, and explore ancient neighborhoods and taste the layered notes of port. Throughout this adventure, enjoy shining a light on the beauty, charm, and heritage of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

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Garden of Saint Barbara in Braga, Portugal

Sweeping 5-Star Exploration of Portugal: City, Country, and Island Tour

Sweeping 5-Star Exploration of Portugal: City, Country,...

17 Day Custom Tour

From $9,345

Experience the best of Portugal in regal fashion as you tour highlight destinations, wallow in luxury adventures, and embrace the majesty of the country’s culture as you spend 17 days exploring the regality on offer. From charming hideaway towns overflowing with historic elegance to staggering seascapes viewed from sweeping geothermal landscapes, the beauty and culture of Portugal await your discovery.

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Praia da Marinha beach in the Algarve region in Portugal.

Coastal Havens and City Discovery Portugal Tour

Coastal Havens and City Discovery Portugal Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

From $1,795

On this breathtaking 9-day tour of Portugal, you will witness golden beaches and the emerald hills of the Algarve. From admiring the sapphire sea on Portimao’s vibrant promenade to wine tasting with spectacles of the luxuriant countryside, boundless magical memories will be made in the picturesque country of Portugal.

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Sete Cidades Lagoa in Ponta Delgada.

Luxury Escape to Azores: Adventure Tour of Portugal's Islands

Luxury Escape to Azores: Adventure Tour of Portugal's...

7 Day Custom Tour

From $3,775

The Azores have long held sway over the imaginations of mainland travelers, and this 7-day tour of the main island of St. Michael's is designed to introduce to you what is best of this region. With the capital of Ponta Delgada as your headquarters, you will have your choice of thrilling activities each day to ensure your satisfaction on this luxurious and engaging journey through the Azores.

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Ultimate Portugal Food and Wine Tour

Ultimate Portugal Food and Wine Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Portugal’s culinary brilliance comes in many forms including vintage tasting in a port cellar, Michelin dining, and Europe’s first DOC wine region. Experience fishing village lunches, fragrant city markets, exquisite fine dining, and iconic food and wine pairings. Expertly handcrafted, this 12-day tour explores the very best of Portugal’s unique wine and cuisine, with stops including Porto, the Douro Valley, Alentejo, and Lisbon. Prepare for all your senses to be subtly aroused.

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Adventurous Portugal Coastal Hiking Tour

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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Sun setting on Sao Miguel in Azores.

Pure Portugal Fun: Azores to Porto Tour

Pure Portugal Fun: Azores to Porto Tour

13 Day Custom Tour

From $4,805

Witness the mesmerizing scenes of Portugal and have an absolute blast in every iconic Portuguese destination during this exclusive 9-day vacation. Between the beautiful blue stretch of the Azores archipelago and the picturesque streets of Porto, the country is riddled with phenomenal sightseeing and adventure-seeking opportunities. Book your tour today and experience the wonder of Portugal.

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Self-Drive Portugal Itinerary: Iconic Cities to Charming Towns

Self-Drive Portugal Itinerary: Iconic Cities to Charming...

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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Marina da Quinta Grande on Madeira Island, Portugal

Lively Adventures of Portugal Tour: Island Getaway to Cultural Hallmarks

Lively Adventures of Portugal Tour: Island Getaway...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,715

Between Portugal’s spectacular Algarve coastline, it's bewitching Madeira Island beaches, and thrumming Lisbon cityscape, lively adventures are abundant across these spectacular destinations, and for 12 days you may embrace the thrilling experiences during this handpicked action tour. From kayaking across the sparkling sea in search of hideaway caves to soaring above Madeira Island by hot air balloon, the thrill of adventure awaits you.

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Boats on the water at Ponta da Piedade.

Spectacular Portugal Adventure: Kayaks and Cooking

Spectacular Portugal Adventure: Kayaks and Cooking

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,179

Immerse yourself in the luxuriant cities of Lisbon and Lagos on this spellbinding 8-day tour to two of Portugal’s finest destinations. This journey captures the spirit and culture of the locals while allowing you to tuck into authentic Portuguese cuisine, appreciate the unique architecture, and soar across the sea in kayaks and on boats. Every moment will be idyllic and includes the spectacular qualities Portugal has to offer.

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Gondolas over the Douro River in Porto.

Best of Portugal Tour: 10 Days in Porto, Lisbon, and Vilamoura

Best of Portugal Tour: 10 Days in Porto, Lisbon, and...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,145

For fans of port wine, mysterious history, and gastronomic greatness, this 10-day tour of Portugal reliably presents visitors with an abundance of each. You will venture through the Iberian country to experience a blend of guided recreation and leisure time. From Porto to Lisbon and Vilamoura, this tour will open your eyes to the beauty of Portugal and the adventures awaiting you.

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Santa Susana village in the Alentejo region, Portugal.

Dazzling Portugal Highlights: Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto Tour

Dazzling Portugal Highlights: Lisbon, Douro Valley,...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $4,145

This 10-day Portugal tour immerses you in the country’s enchanting natural highlights, from the Douro Valley to Porto. Every step along Lisbon’s cobblestone walkways reveals more of Portugal’s culture and cuisine. This highlights tour allows you to explore the flourishing fields of the Douro Valley and many of Portugal’s breathtaking natural wonders. Book your tour today and unearth the discerning artistic flair that envelopes Portugal’s historic destinations.

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The Knights of the Templar Convents of Christ Castle in Tomar.

Lovely Portugal Itinerary: Lisbon to Porto

Lovely Portugal Itinerary: Lisbon to Porto

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,755

During this custom-tailored 8-day tour, witness how Lisbon glimmers gold under the Portuguese sun, Porto captures the contemporary culture of the country, and luxuriant pastures veil the Douro Valley. From culinary delicacies to rolling emerald vistas, every moment of your experience within Portugal will be enticing and breathtaking as you journey from Lisbon through to Porto.

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The University of Coimbra.

Legendary Countryside and Cityscapes Tour of Portugal

Legendary Countryside and Cityscapes Tour of Portugal...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $1,885

Perched at the Western edge of Europe, Portugal has long enjoyed a privileged position between land and sea, and this 9-day tour of the country will ensure your complete orientation to the culturally rich heritage of this storied country. From the bustle of Lisbon to the rural countryside of the Douro River Valley, this balanced itinerary blends active recreation with plenty of time to kick your feet up and relax.

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Colorful boats in Aveiro

Best of Portugal's Endearing Charm Tour

Best of Portugal's Endearing Charm Tour

16 Day Custom Tour

From $5,595

Embark on an exceptional handcrafted 16-day tour that explores the best of Portugal, from Évora to Lisbon. Discern the distinct features that make Portugal such a beloved destination to visit, from the picture-perfect scenes of colorful homes that spill across emerald hills to the meticulously crafted heritage sites across the sprawling countrysides. Portugal’s phenomenal highlights will be yours to explore during this wonderful escape.

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The Ponte da Arrábida in Porto, Portugal.

Art and Architecture Luxury Porto Getaway

Art and Architecture Luxury Porto Getaway

7 Day Custom Tour

From $3,845

During this luxurious 7-day tour of Porto, Portugal, you will be immersed in the city's palpable and culture allure in addition to witnessing the city's iconic art and architecture. You will come to witness staggering spectacles that overlook the countryside, sip on prestigious port wines, and appreciate the masterpieces of the world’s greatest artists and architects.

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

In-Depth Exploration Tour of Portugal: History, Culture,...

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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Portugal at a Glance

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.

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

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.

Reviews of Zicasso's Referral Service

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