During your 11-day family-friendly Portugal tour, you can find how the country entertains every age. Pristine swimming beaches, majestic architecture, inspiring history, hands-on art, fairytale palaces, and the allure of nature. This family vacation balances activities for the young ones with the indelible culture that makes Portugal such a revered family destination. It includes private tours, centrally-located hotels, family-focused excursions, and a hint of adventure along the Iberian Peninsula.
Porto – A Relaxed Start in the Heart of the North
Porto is quick to calm visitors. Church bells ring, chatter fills the terraces, and cobblestone streets will encourage you to walk slowly. Nothing is rushed in Portugal, especially not in the north, where the slow pace is ideal for settling into the vacation rhythm. After being greeted at the airport, you are transferred to a hotel that is in the heart of it all, surrounded by blue mosaics and a fabulous old-world atmosphere. Meet your private guide for coffee or a glass of wine, and discuss the coming days, including recommendations for restaurants and easy activities you can do yourself. The day is at your leisure, and the speed of Porto is great for recovering after a long flight. There are hundreds of interesting sights and sounds within a short walk of your hotel.
Porto – Exploring Porto Through a Family Lens
Porto – Day Trip to the Beaches and Cities of the Minho Region
Lisbon – First-Class Train to Lisbon and a Quiet Afternoon in the City
Lisbon – Discovering the Beaches and Palaces of Sintra and Cascais
Lisbon – Private Guide for the Day and a Variety of Family Excursions
Vilamoura – Train to the Southern Coastline and the Old-World Charm of Faro
Vilamoura – Free Day on the Coast with a Rental Car
Vilamoura – Kayak or Boat Adventure through the Cliffs and Caves of the Coast
Vilamoura – Free Day on the Coast with Rental Car
Faro – Departure
- Discover some of Europe’s finest hidden swimming beaches, including one that is inaccessible by land
- Embrace tales of expedition and enchantment in Lisbon, an old-world city with a history that inspires children
- Explore the old city of Porto through a family lens, with a ceramic painting workshop included in your private tour
- The southern coastline of Portugal is perfect for an adventure on the water, with a boat or kayak safari taking you to caves and unknown beaches
- Sintra and Cascais create an idyllic day excursion from Lisbon, where you visit everything from mountains to palaces, forest walking trails to beach resorts of the 19th century
- The northern Minho region of Portugal is a land of tradition, and you will spend a day absorbing the sights and narratives
- Southern Portugal is packed with untouched beaches and dotted with cute fishing villages where you will have a rental car for four days, allowing you to reach destinations that suit the family mood
- All tours in Lisbon and Porto are private and tailored for entertaining the entire family
- High-speed trains connect the regions of Portugal and make for simple travel between your three bases: Porto, Lisbon, and Vilamoura
One of Portugal’s defining highlights is its inherent balance. You do not need to travel to the corners of the country to find contrasting vacation paradigms. Almost every destination can entertain every age. You can swim at beaches that are a few miles away from majestic architecture, visit museums and children-focused attractions that are easily combined, and fairytale palaces stand beside forest walking-trails and cobblestone streets filled with vintage shops. In every destination, you can easily balance amusements for the kids with marvelous attractions that have made Portugal internationally known. And in every destination, you will also discover the value that the Portuguese place on family life. Children play on the plazas, restaurants are naturally orientated towards families, and there is an importance associated with family that makes you immediately feel at home.
This three-center family vacation in Portugal combines Porto, Lisbon, and Vilamoura. These destinations showcase the contrasts of the country, from the cute and traditional North to the colors of the capital city, and then the tranquility of the southern coastline. An excellent rail network is the quickest means of connecting the destinations, and you enjoy private tours throughout the vacation. Hotels are centrally located in distinctive neighborhoods, providing a small-town feel while also ensuring many restaurants are within walking distance. Over the 11 days, you will find that Portugal has a laid-back atmosphere that makes a family vacation more relaxing than usual. In some countries, children can be seen as a nuisance, but they are revered in Portugal.
Fly in to Porto, and spend the first three nights in this blissful World Heritage city. The art and architecture are everywhere, and you will explore with your eyes and hands, including a ceramic painting workshop and a Baroque spiral staircase that twists down a cliff. Three days in Porto are followed by three in Lisbon, ample time to explore different neighborhoods while also getting out to the palaces of Sintra and the beaches of Cascais. Complete this family vacation with four nights overlooking the beach, staying at a five-star hotel on the edge of Vilamoura. You will have a rental car for these days, making dozens of villages and beaches accessible. Spend a day on a kayak or boating adventure through the caves, and enjoy an afternoon discovering the old Moorish charm of Faro. And all along the way, you will also be enjoying Portuguese food, music, and culture.
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$2,195 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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