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,...
Porto – Exploring the Centuries in Central Porto
Porto quickly envelops you in as your senses are nearly overwhelmed. Most walls are covered with intricate ceramic blue mosaics that create moving murals. Streets of cobblestone and intrigue twist through the old center, winding down to the elegant banks of the Douro. At some points, you ascend to panoramic viewpoints that show Porto and the port cellars across the water. You will be exploring a private afternoon tour, walking, and driving to distinctive parts of a distinctive city. Gaze upon the heritage of Se Cathedral, and then stroll from Batalha Square along Santa Catarina Street, the tiles changing every few meters. Take a look inside the vintage Lello bookshop and feast your eyes on Clerigos Church and Tower. With your private guide, the scenes of the city start to make sense, the epic tile murals painting very particular stories.
Stroll down to the river and take a boat across the Douro to the cellars. The wine was banished from Porto in the 18th century, so the winemakers constructed their cellars on the opposite bank, which was a different city at the time. The cellars smell of 250-year history, pungent and atmospheric with their seemingly endless rows of oak casks and barrels. Your walk through the cellar concludes with a vintage tasting, a chance to smell and taste the difference created by the year, and the aging.
Following the cellar visit, you will be transferred back to your historical four-star hotel in the city. You will have already checked in earlier in the day after being greeted at the airport for a private airport transfer. Ideally located within the heart of Porto, your hotel is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and exudes intimate charm and inherent grace. There is a view over the Douro River from your suite, with wooden furniture and soft tones preserving the atmosphere of a very laid-back city. You will find a wide collection of restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the hotel.
Porto – Leisurely Day Discovering the Douro Valley, Including Wine Tasting
Lisbon – Historical Icons and Contemporary Color in Lisbon
Lisbon – Exquisite Day Trip to Sintra and the Coastal Villages
Albufeira – Tranquility of the Southern Beaches
Albufeira – Caves and Dolphins of the Algarve Coast
Albufeira – Day at Leisure With Options for Historical Exploration
Faro – Departure
- Stroll through the heart of historical Porto with your footsteps on the cobbles as you gaze up at the blue tiles
- Spend a day discovering the Douro Valley, tasting wine in old vineyards and uncovering the secrets of tradition
- Ascend the hills of Lisbon, connecting its distinctive quarters before seeing the epic monuments of Belem
- Be baffled by the palaces of Sintra, the regal village that Lord Byron immortalized as a “glorious Eden”
- Cruise beneath the dramatic red cliffs of the Algarve, passing pods of dolphins on route to majestic caves that change with the tide
- Relax on the southern coastline with several nights in Albufeira, the golden sand stretching for miles in both directions
- Enjoy private tours in Porto and Lisbon with opportunities to tailor plans to your specific interests
- Savor your hotels that have been handpicked to reflect the atmosphere of your destinations for heritage in Porto, boutique in Lisbon and serenity in Albufeira
Portugal is a land of distinctive regions, each with their own atmosphere. Porto and the north is indelibly laid-back and stoically preserves tradition while caring genuinely about showcasing beauty. Color and vibrancy distinguish Lisbon, a capital city that whisks you away with its energy and effervescent surroundings. The south has always been old and serene, where life moves at a slow pace and is all the more enduring for doing so. On this best of Portugal tour, you will not merely see the iconic sights in the country, but also experience the ambiance and how it changes as you travel. Heritage and historical charm are found around Porto with cobbled lanes found beneath hand-painted blue tiles. Glamour and royal indulgence abound around Lisbon, and you will then conclude with nights spent savoring the peaceful vibe of Albufeira on the southern coast.
The hotels have been handpicked for their ability to reflect and enhance the local atmosphere. For the first couple of nights, you will be staying within Porto’s UNESCO World Heritage center in a vintage building with a suite overlooking the Douro River. Your Lisbon property is boutique, exquisitely designed with the feel of old-world grandeur. Finish your journey with a stay at a contemporary five-star hotel just steps away from the golden sand in an accommodation that provides a considerable degree of space and escapism. You will connect the destinations by train with first-class high-speed journeys that provide a window onto a wild interior. Sun-scorched and seductive from every angle, these landscapes will make the journey as impressive as the destination.
Private tours provide enhanced discovery throughout your trip. Spend your first afternoon in Porto to explore the grand buildings from across the centuries, and then cross the river for a tasting at one of the legendary port cellars. A full-day tour the next day will bring you into the Douro Valley, a picturesque region of vineyards and villages, where winemakers take you on a tasting, and you will get the feel of old rural Portugal. Spend the next day in Lisbon to discover the landmarks as well as the creative neighborhoods on the hills. Move next to travel along the coast with a morning in Lord Byron’s Sintra and an afternoon in the royal resort villages from the 19th century. Your tour in Albufeira is with a small group and includes a luxury boat cruise to dolphins, caves, cliffs, and beaches hidden from the world. All transfers are private during the week spent traveling, and your tours can be customized to your own tastes and interests. Begin planning your dream Portugal tour by connecting with one of our Portugal travel specialists.
$2,075 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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