Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Lisbon, Ericeira, Serpa, Lagos
Dates are customizable for private departures.
This 10-day Portugal tour offers unique adventures that will allow you to uncover some of the best experiences that this country has to offer. Learn how to make Portuguese pastries, partake in a cycling tour of Porto, and cruise along the captivating coastline of Lagos.
Porto – Private Bike Tour
When you land in Porto, a private driver will greet and transfer you to your accommodation in the heart of the city. Here, you will have the chance to relax after your long flight. When you are ready, your guide will lead you on a private bike tour of some of Porto’s famed landmarks. This excursion will lead you to many of Porto’s iconic sites, such as São Bento Railway Station, Santa Catarina Batalha Square, Street, Bolhão Market, and Aliados Avenue. Afterward, you will have the remainder of the evening to spend at your leisure.
Porto – Authentic Azulejos Tile
This morning, you will have a slow start so that you can get adjusted to your new surroundings and time zone. After having a few hours at your leisure, you will embark on a food tour. Your local guide will also be a native of Porto. During your tour, your guide will lead you to many of the city’s noteworthy eateries to sample many of the signature dishes of the country. This evening, you will partake in an art class that will teach you how to craft an authentic Azulejos tile.
Porto – Festive Douro Valley Tour
After breakfast this morning, you will venture to the Douro Valley for a private wine tour. Instead of just touring the winery and vineyard, you will delve into the history of wine production in the region and have the chance to grape-stomp. After your tour, you will be able to explore the vineyard at your leisure before pausing for a tasting of some of the wines that are made onsite. Your evening will conclude with an outdoor picnic on the estate with your gracious host.
Vila Nova de Gaia – Visit an Herb Farm
You will have an early morning today so that you can transfer to Vila Nova de Gaia. Here, you will visit an herb farm that specializes in growing aromatic herbs. These unique plants are said to be the hidden secrets that make the Portuguese cuisine so flavorful. After arriving at the farm, you will embark on your tour of the farm. After a brief lunch, you will learn how the herbs are grown in addition to having a tasting. At the end of the tour, you will be treated to a lovely meal. You will then be returned to your accommodation, where you will have the remainder of the evening to spend at your leisure.
Lisbon – Portuguese Pastry Course
After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to Lisbon. After settling in to your new surroundings, your guide will lead you on a private tour of the city. Your tour can travel by your preferred method of transportation, such as by foot, by car, or by trolly. Touring by car allows you to see much of the city, but a walking tour provides you with a much more intimate view of the city. This evening, you will have a private cooking course that will teach you how to make Pastel de Nata. Afterward, you will be able to indulge in the fruits of your labor.
Lisbon – Be a Shepherd for the Day
After breakfast, you will venture to the countryside of Lisbon, where you will visit a working sheep farm. Here, you will be introduced to the shepherd, who will be your guide for an enlightening excursion. Your tour will teach you about the inner workings of the farm, and you will even get to sample the sheep’s milk. After having an interactive tour of the farm, you will return to Lisbon for the evening.
Ericeira – Portugal's Beautiful Beaches
Today, you will have an early morning so that you can transfer to the coast of Ericeira. Upon your arrival, you will have an early morning surf session. If this is not for you, you can enjoy the morning in Lisbon before transferring. After your surf session, you settle in to your new surroundings, and you will have most of the day to relax and spend however you see fit. Your guide will also be on hand to help customize your day based on your interests.
Serpa – Learn How to Make Cheese
After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to Serpa. Upon your arrival, you will settle in to your new accommodation before meeting your guide for a day of engagement and fun. Serpa is famous for its sheep’s milk cheese and other delicious offerings. During your tour, you will try the sheep’s milk cheese in addition to exploring much of the village. After your tour, you will have the rest of the day for some self-exploration. Your guide can even provide you with excellent dining recommendations.
Lagos – Catamaran Cruise
After breakfast, you will travel to the coastal city of Lagos, which is a popular destination for residents and tourists due to its stunning beaches. After settling in to your accommodation, you will embark on a catamaran cruise along the Algarve coast. This sail will allow you some time for watersports, and if that is not your thing, then you can relax on deck with a glass of champagne. After your sailing excursion, you will have an afternoon walking tour of the city, during which you will visit some of the city’s most iconic sites. Your guide will provide you with dining recommendations so that you can truly enjoy your final evening in Portugal.
Lagos – Departure
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport so that you can connect with your departing flight.
- Visit a local sheep farm and witness the intriguing inner workings of this lifestyle
- Learn how to bake Portugal’s famous pastry, Pastel de Nata, from a local master
- Greet the sunrise in Ericeira with a private surf session before spending the afternoon on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches
- Cycle through Porto during an interactive cycling tour of the city
- Indulge in a food tour of Porto before learning how to paint Azulejos tiles
- Cruise the coastline of Lagos on a catamaran
- Stroll through the village of Serpa and learn how to make its famous sheep’s milk cheese
This 10-day Portugal tour will begin in Porto, where you will spend your first afternoon and evening on a private cycling tour. The next day, you will have a food tour of Porto that will be led by a local foodie. After you have savored the flavors of the city, you will paint an authentic Azulejos tile with a master craftsman.
Day three will then have you traveling to the Douro Valley for a private wine tour. During your tour, you will venture to a winery and vineyard, where you can stomp grapes and prepare the wine for bottling. You will leave Porto the next day to visit an aromatic herb farm before continuing to Vila Nova de Gaia for the night. After your overnight visit in Vila Nova de Gaia, you will head to Lisbon, where you will be treated to a private tour of the city’s highlights. In the evening, you will learn how to bake Portugal’s beloved pastry: Pastel de Nata.
The next day, you will head to the countryside to shadow a shepherd on their sheep farm. This unique excursion will give you an intriguing and insightful glimpse into the pastoral world of Portugal’s sheep herders. In Ericeira, you will surf some of the best waves in Portugal with a local pro before having the afternoon to relax on the serene beaches.
Serpa will be your next stop. Here, you can explore the charming village and sample its famous sheep’s cheese. Afterward, you will spend the evening learning how to make the delicacy under the tutelage of a local expert. Lagos will be your final destination. Here, you will cruise along the coastline in a catamaran.
$2,395 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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