Porto, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Guarda, Obidos, Funchal, Madeira Island
Dates are customizable for private departures.
During this 10-day journey, you will witness some of the most iconic aspects of Portugal. Portugal is an amazing travel destination that is often overshadowed by some of the larger European countries, but this unique country has something to please everyone and usually always has its guests leaving enamored. Escape to Madeira Island for three days, indulge in a dinner cruise, and spend the night at a 13th-century castle.
Porto – Indulge in a River Cruise
Upon your arrival to Porto, you will be met by your private driver, who will transfer you to your luxurious accommodations in the heart of the city. After checking in and having ample time to settle in, you will embark on a romantic dinner cruise on the Douro River. This river tour will prove to be an amazing way to witness the picturesque city from a unique perspective, and during your cruise, you can dine on some of Portugal’s freshest fare. After admiring the gorgeous views as you sail, you will be returned to your luxurious accommodation.
Viana do Castelo – Tales of Lore
This morning, you will be whisked away to the picturesque enclave of Viana do Castelo, and upon your arrival, you will begin a private tour of the town’s most iconic sites. As you explore this endearing locale, your guide will regale you with fascinating tales of local folklore. After being thoroughly charmed by this and other tales, you will be provided with the opportunity to craft your very own lovers’ handkerchiefs, which will surely become priceless keepsakes. As you craft your handkerchief, you will be under the guidance of an expert.
Braga – Private Horseback Ride
After departing Viana do Castelo in the morning and making your way to this Braga, you will waste no time in jumping into your first excursion. When you are ready, you will indulge in a private tour to witness some of the city’s most iconic sites. One of its most beloved landmarks, which will be the highlight of your day’s private tour, is the Bom Jesus do Monte. After reaching the summit and learning of its intriguing history, you will ride a horse through the Portuguese countryside together, which will be a welcoming change of pace.
Guarda – Visit the Jewish Quarter
You will depart from Braga this morning and make your way to the mountain-top city of Guarda. Upon your arrival, you will check-in before being led on a tour of Guarda’s most iconic sites, including the Torre de Menagem and Guarda Cathedral. Afterward, you will direct your attention to the highlight of the tour, which will be a stroll through the Jewish Quarter. After your tour, you will be free to stroll among the charming streets of Guarda at your leisure. After window shopping for souvenirs and wandering down charming alleyways, you will have your pick among a wealth of gourmet eateries.
Guarda – Reconnect with Nature
This morning, you will indulge in an invigorating jaunt into the gorgeous Estrela Mountains. When you are ready and have eaten your breakfast, your hiking guide will whisk you away for your mountain escape. Upon the conclusion of your hike, a picnic feast will be waiting for you at a scenic overlook, which will be complete with a bottle of wine. Once you have devoured your meal, you will be returned to your luxurious accommodation for the evening.
Obidos – Sleep in a Castle
This morning, after indulging in a filling breakfast, you will be transferred to the romantic haven of Obidos. During your visit, you will have the exclusive opportunity of taking a private tour around the city. Your private tour, which will be led by an expert guide, will also encompass the flavors of Obidos, which include a sour cherry liqueur that is known as Ginjinha. After your tasting tour concludes, your private driver will transfer you to your luxurious accommodation, where you will check-in and have the rest of the evening to yourselves.
Obidos – Learn How to Make Ginjinha
For your second day in Obidos, you will enjoy its best outdoor offerings by starting your morning with a stand-up paddleboarding adventure at Obidos Lagoon. As you paddle in the waters of the lagoon, you should keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including herons, other native birds, sea bass, mussels, and eels. Following your marine adventures, you will spend the afternoon relaxing on the nearby beaches before partaking in your evening event. Tonight, you will indulge in a class that will be taught by a local master on how to concoct the sour cherry liqueur that you were able to taste last evening.
Funchal – Escape to Madeira Island
After you have eaten breakfast and collected your belongings, you will be transferred to the airport, where you will catch a short flight to Madeira Island. Upon landing in Funchal, you will be met at the airport by your private driver, who will lead you to your luxurious accommodation. After checking in, you will meet your expert guide for a tour of the Old Town. Your tour will culminate at the stunning Socorro Church, which will offer you a gorgeous view that overlooks Funchal. Here, you will enjoy the sunset before transferring to a nearby eatery of your choice for dinner.
Funchal – Taste the Flavors of Funchal
You will begin your day’s adventure with a private tour of two amazing gardens, beginning with Monte Palace Tropical Garden. You will indulge in a cable car ride to the garden, which has quickly become a tourist destination in and of itself. Once you reach the garden, you will be free to wander among the aromatic and blooming beauty for several hours. After enjoying a picnic lunch on the accompanying grounds of the Quinta Monte Palace, you will head to Madeira Botanical Garden. Once your garden tour concludes, you will spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening tasting what Funchal has to offer. You will begin your culinary exploits with a private tour that will lead you to the area’s most beloved farmer’s market: Mercado dos Lavradores. After your tour concludes, you will be returned to your guide’s home, where you will be treated to a homemade meal.
Funchal – Departure
This morning, you will indulge in a final breakfast before your private driver transfers you to the airport. If you have time, you can stroll the streets of Funchal one last time, reminiscing about the amazing trip that you just experienced.
- Escape to magical Madeira Island for three days of exploring tropical gardens, farmers’ markets, and delighting in picnics
- Indulge in a dinner cruise in Porto that will have you gliding along the calm waters of the Douro River
- Venture on a horseback riding tour among the beautiful backdrop of Braga’s scenery
- Marvel at Viana do Castelo, where you can hear tales of the town’s fascinating folklore
- Escape to the alluring Estrela Mountains, where you can admire the spectacular views that will surround you on every side
- Peruse the historical wonders of Guarda’s Jewish Quarter before discovering the beauty of Guarda’s castle and cathedral
- Spend the night in a 13th-century castle that has been converted into a stunning bed and breakfast
When it is time for you and your significant other to escape, Portugal provides the perfect destination. From its charming villages that are full of cobblestone streets and medieval architecture to its numerous castles, Portugal presents a wonderland that boasts boundless beauty and boundless marvels to explore. This luxurious, 10-day journey will provide you with some of the most exclusive experiences that this country has to offer.
Your journey will begin in Porto, where you will begin with a dinner cruise, sightseeing the city from a unique perspective as you glide along the Douro. Day two will find you venturing to Viana do Castelo, which is a lovely enclave that is imbued with charm and history. While here, you will listen to fascinating tales of folklore. Later in the evening, you will be provided with the incredible opportunity to craft your own to keepsake.
You will transfer to Braga on day three, and upon your arrival, you will witness the Bom Jesus before embarking on a private, horseback ride. Two unforgettable days in Guarda will be waiting, which is where you will indulge in an escape to the Estrela Mountains. This getaway will give you the chance to reconnect with nature among majestic, mountain scenery. While here, you will enjoy perusing the historical gems that can be found in the Jewish Quarter before become exploring the city’s castle and cathedral.
Obidos will be next on your agenda, and here, you will indulge in a private tour of the city’s highlights. Your accommodation in Obidos will be what was once a royal castle but is now a high-end bed and breakfast. During your second day in Obidos, you will enjoy its many outdoor offerings as you begin the morning by embarking on a stand-up paddleboarding adventure at Obidos Lagoon. Following your SUP session, you can spend the afternoon strolling and sunbathing on the beach before partaking in your exciting evening event. This evening you will indulge in a class that will be taught by a local master on how to craft the famous cherry liqueur known as Ginjinha.
The final leg of your getaway will find you flying to Madeira Island for a three-day adventure. The following day will have you exploring two tropical gardens. Following your foray into the blossoming world of the botanical gardens, you will be led on a gourmet food tour excursion. During your tour, your culinary guide will introduce you to the flavors of the city.
Throughout your vacation, you will stay in luxurious accommodations and have every detail of your journey taken care of, including all private transfers to and from each destination. Nearly everything about this itinerary is customizable, so you can adjust nearly anything and everything to better suit your moods and interests once you are in Portugal.
$1,995 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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