The enigmatic country of Portugal is waiting to fulfill all of your vacation dreams during this luxurious, 10-day adventure. Portugal proves to be the ideal choice for a family vacation because it offers a little bit of everything to please every member of your group. From a unique tuk tuk tour of Porto to traipsing through enchanted forests and waterfall-filled national parks to epic hikes, this can accommodate the thrill-seeker and traveler who desire to relax and unwind.
Porto – Attend a Fado Performance
The moment you land in Porto, your private driver will be waiting to lead your family to your luxurious accommodation in the city. You will have ample time to settle in and regroup before embarking on your first adventure in Porto. For your first adventure, you will be spending the afternoon on an authentic tuk tuk, which is a motorized 3-wheel vehicle. While cruising around in the tuk tuk, you can admire the beauty of the city. Following your sightseeing tour, you will enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the city’s five-star restaurants before witnessing a live Fado performance.
Porto – Indulge in a Food Tour
This morning, a stand-up paddleboarding adventure will be waiting for you and your family, which can be an excellent way to begin the day. Paddling will have surely worked up your appetite, so once you are finished with your paddleboarding adventure, you will indulge in a family-friendly food tour of Porto’s best delicacies with a local connoisseur. You will be amazed at how your host can infuse history and educational information into the tour in such an interactive way. This evening, you will partake in a private art session. This informative lesson will teach you how to craft a handmade, Portuguese tile and how important Azulejos are within Portuguese culture.
Porto – Peneda-Geres National Park
Today’s excursion will usher you into the awe-inspiring, natural playground of Peneda-Geres National Park. While traipsing through enchanted forests and woods, you will enjoy this peaceful time away together far from the hustle and bustle of the city. As you trek together through hidden pathways that only the locals know about, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of cascading waterfalls. Afterward, you will stop for a delicious al fresco picnic that will offer you an epic view of the entire park.
Sintra – Castles and Horse-Drawn Carriages
Today, you will transfer to the wonderful city of Sintra for an overnight excursion. During your time in Sintra, you will visit Quinta da Regaleira and its gorgeous onsite gardens, the captivating Castle of the Moors, and the rainbow wonderland of Pena Palace. After witnessing all of these wonders, you will make your way via horse-drawn carriage to Sintra town, where charming alleyways wind their way among cute cafes and cozy eateries. Your guide can also provide you with dining recommendations so that you can enjoy a lovely dinner in Sintra together.
Lisbon – Make Pastel de Nata
Today, you will venture to the capital city of Lisbon. Upon checking in to your accommodation and depositing your luggage, you will have a bit of time to relax and regroup before your day’s first excursion, which will be a comprehensive bike tour of many of Lisbon’s iconic sites. Following your sightseeing, a sweet ending to your evening will arrive via a private cooking class, which will be led by a master pastry chef. This will be an opportunity to learn how to craft Portugal’s signature pastry: Pastel de Nata.
Lisbon – Visit a Working Honeybee Farm
Today, you will visit a honeybee farm, where you will be able to witness how honey is made. Upon your arrival at the farm, you will have the exclusive opportunity to witness the inner workings of the farm, which will show you where the bees live and every step of the process that is required in order to craft the golden elixir. This interactive experience will also include the chance at donning bee suits and getting an up-close look at the hives, where you can even spot the queen bee. Once you are back in Lisbon, you will meet your expert guide for a private sailing lesson.
Ponta Delgada – Tour a Pineapple and Tea Plantation
This morning you will escape to the Azores for the final leg of your family getaway. When your flight arrives in Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel, a private driver will be waiting to lead you to your opulent accommodation. Once you have checked in and dropped your luggage off at your suite, you will be whisked away to explore the charming city center with a private guide. Your guide will then lead you to two different working plantations, where you will be given a behind-the-scenes tour of a tea and pineapple plantation.
Ponta Delgada – Hike and Kayak Sete Cidades
This morning, you will venture to Sete Cidades, where you will hike and kayak to your hearts’ content before enjoying a glamping experience. When you arrive at your accommodation in Ponta Delgada, you will be led by an expert guide around a jaw-dropping lakeside trail. After your nature trek among the incredible scenery, you will be provided with the chance to stand-up paddleboard on the lakes. After your paddling adventure, you will indulge in a lakeside dinner in the great outdoors per your guide’s recommendation.
Ponta Delgada – Furnas Lake and Its Thermal Springs
This morning will transfer to Furnas, where you will spend the morning on a hike that will lead you around Furnas Lake. Following your hike, you will stop at the nearby steam vents that create an eerie aura over the entire area. You will even be able to witness how the locals use this natural phenomenon to make one of their signature dishes of Cozido das Furnas, which is a delicious stew that is actually placed down below the earth, cooking with the intense heat of the steam to slow-cook the ingredients. Afterward, you will travel to the nearby thermal springs, where you will spend the afternoon in the warm water of the island’s thermal springs.
Ponta Delgada – Departure
After spending ten days in Portugal, you will certainly be wishing that you could stay longer, and as you wake up to your final morning in Ponta Delgada, you may very well be planning your return trip. You will be provided with a farewell brunch before your private diver transfers you to the airport for your flight home.
- Indulge in a visit to a working honeybee farm and witness what it takes to bring every bottle of honey to your table in addition to sampling the delicious nectar
- Escape to the Azores for a visit of a pineapple and tea plantation, which will provide you with an up-close tour of the inner workings of their production
- Hike and kayak Sete Cidades before enjoying an unforgettable glamping experience in the Azores
- Witness a live Fado performance that will mesmerize you with its melancholic and haunting notes
- Hike and swim amid secret trails in the Peneda-Geres National Park on an exhilarating nature tour
- Partake in a family food course that will have you whipping up Portugal’s favorite pastry of Pastel de Nata
- Traverse Lisbon by bike to witness all of the world-famous landmarks of Portugal’s capital city, including Belem Tower, the 25th of April Bridge, and Jeronimos Monastery
It is no secret that Portugal is a lovely country that is full of natural beauty, a wealth of history, an intriguing cultural appeal, and amazing food. Furthermore, many travelers do not know how family-friendly this nation really is. This exciting, 10-day journey will reveal limitless outdoor adventures, exhilarating excursions, and spectacular experiences. This journey of a lifetime features only the most elite locales, sites, and accommodations to ensure that your family’s time in Portugal is nothing short of perfection.
Your adventure will begin in Porto, and from the moment you arrive at the airport, your private driver will be waiting to whisk you away to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city. As soon as you deposit your luggage in your suite, you will spend the afternoon traversing around the best sites in Porto on a unique tuk tuk tour. After enjoying a lovely dinner, you will be swept away on an emotional journey as you witness a live Fado performance, which is one of Portugal’s most beloved pastimes.
The following morning will find you embarking a stand-up paddleboarding adventure before indulging in a food tour that mixes delicious bites with a bit of history. Your evening will end with your creative side because you will indulge in a private art session, where you will learn all about the art of Azulejos before crafting your own tile. An epic hiking and swimming excursion in Peneda-Geres National Park will entertain you the following day. Afterward, you will travel further down the road on an overnight excursion to Sintra, which is a land of fairytale castles and horse-drawn carriages.
After your overnight in Sintra, you will venture to Lisbon, where you will bike around the city’s highlights. Your bicycle tour will be led by a private guide. In the evening, you will learn how to craft a favorite Portuguese pastry during a private cooking class. A visit to a working bee farm and a sailing lesson will be waiting for you the following day.
The final leg of your family journey will lead you to the Azores, and upon arriving in Ponta Delgada, you will stroll around the charming streets to admire all of the local sights before visiting two unique working plantations that produce tea and pineapples. You will be hiking and kayaking Sete Cidades the next day, which will be followed by a glamping adventure. Lastly, your final day will have you heading to Lake Furnas and its surrounds, where you will partake in a magical hike before spending the afternoon at the volcanic hot springs. After your enthralling week and a half of family fun, you will awake to a final goodbye brunch that will feature the freshest Mediterranean fare. Once you have finished your brunch, you will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight.
Throughout your entire stay, you will spend each night in luxurious accommodations and be absolutely cared for with private transfers to and from your desired destinations. Everything about this adventure is completely customizable, so you can adjust anything and everything to better suit your moods and desires 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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