Porto, Ponte de Lima, Coimbra, Tomar, Evora, Lisbon
Dates are customizable for private departures.
This 8-day Portugal tour specifically focuses on the historical and cultural gems for which this nation is known. Indulge in a historically-based tour of Porto, uncover secrets of the Knights Templar, and go on a culinary tour of Coimbra. Everything included in this trip is designed to immerse you in the culture and history of this incredible nation.
Porto – Tour and Fado Performance
When you land in Porto, a driver will greet and transfer you to your accommodation in the heart of the city. After having some time to relax and regroup after your flight, your guide will lead you on a tour of Porto’s monuments. Some of the stops on your tour will include Porto’s cathedral, the São Bento Train Station, and the medieval city walls. Afterward, you can walk along the Douro River as the sun is setting. After the sun has set, you will attend an authentic Fado performance.
Porto – Braga and Guimarães’ Past
After breakfast this morning, you will venture to two of Portugal’s most historically rich cities: Braga and Guimarães. You will first make your way to Guimarães, which is the town where Portugal’s first king was born. Here, you will have the chance to view the resident castle and the city center, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, you will spend the afternoon in Braga. In Braga, your guide will lead you on an educational tour of the area. After your tour concludes, you will return to Porto.
Ponte de Lima – Cycle a Lovely Nature Path
After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to Ponte de Lima, where you will spend the night. After having some time to unwind at your accommodation, your guide will lead you on a bicycle tour along the Ecovia nature trail. This outdoor track offers you a great way to see the natural beauty of this region. After your cycling tour, you will have a few hours at your leisure before enjoying a riverside walk along the Avenida dos Plátanos. The rest of the evening will be at your leisure, and you can dine at one of the many delicious restaurants in the area.
Coimbra – The Sights and Flavors of Coimbra
After your overnight stay in Ponta de Lima, you will transfer to Coimbra. Here, your guide will lead you on a drive through the countryside that surrounds Coimbra. Eventually, you will make your way to the Castle of Montemor-o-Velho, which is a medieval ruin that has an air of mystery about it. Next, you will stop by several nearby villages to sample regional products made by local artisans and some local wines. In the evening, your tour will lead you back to Coimbra, where you can relax among the charming city ambiance.
Tomar – The Knights Templar
After breakfast, you will spend the day immersing yourself in the history that surrounds the Knights Templar. You will spend the night in Tomar on an overnight excursion that will have you following in the footsteps of this religious order. During your tour, you will discover Almourol Castle and the village of Constância. Then, you will tour Tomar, which was once the official headquarters of the knights. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the 12th Century Church of Santa Maria.
Evora – Explore Evora’s History
This morning, you will venture to Evora for a historically-based tour of the city. Today, you will uncover the ancient history behind Evora and the Cromlech of the Almendres, which is the largest megalithic complex in the Iberian Peninsula. Your tour will first lead you to the city center, which has been listed as an official UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterward, you will make your way to the Church of St. Francis. Your Evora leg of the tour will end after you ascend to the rooftop of the city’s cathedral to enjoy an epic view of the city. You will then head to villages that are far off the usual tourist routes, including Nossa Senhora da Tourega, Anta Grande do Zambujeiro, and Anta da Tourega.
Lisbon – Immersive Tour of Lisbon
You will spend your final day in Portugal in Lisbon. After departing Evora in the morning, you will return to Lisbon for a day of historical intrigue. After settling in to your accommodation, your guide will lead you on a boat tour, starting with the Sea of Straw, which is an amazing estuary on the Tagus River. Your cruise will promise nothing but incredible views and a relaxing atmosphere. Upon the conclusion of your tour, you will return to Lisbon by boat, where you will have the rest of the evening to spend at your leisure.
Lisbon – Departure
This morning, you will enjoy breakfast before having a couple of hours to spend at your leisure. Soon, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- Explore the old streets of Porto on an intriguing historical tour that will lead you past iconic landmarks
- Wander the historic centers of Braga and Guimarães and enjoy lunch at a tavern
- Discover the highlights of the Ponte de Lima, including the Ponte Medieval Bridge and the Centro de Interpretação do Vinho Verde
- Follow in the footsteps of the Knights Templar during a historical tour of Tomar
- Savor the best sights and flavors of Coimbra on a historically-based gourmet tour of the city
- Learn about Lisbon’s past as you peruse its most famous landmarks
- Visit Evora and its nearby monoliths on a guided tour
This adventure begins in Porto with a private tour of the city. This tour will immerse you in some of the most intriguing parts of history that the city has to offer. During your first evening, you will attend a Fado performance. The following day will have you wandering the historic centers of Braga and Guimarães.
You will then depart Porto on day three and make your way to Ponte de Lima. Here, you can partake in a cycling adventure along the Ecovia nature path before relaxing tour of the city. The highlight of the evening will be a riverside stroll along the Avenida dos Plátanos. Coimbra will be your next destination. On day four, you will go on a private culinary tour of the city, which will also lead you by some of its most noteworthy landmarks.
The following day, you will venture to Tomar, where you will follow the footsteps of the Knights Templar on a historical tour. You will then transfer to Evora, where you will explore the city and its history before visiting the nearby monoliths. Your final day in Portugal will be spent in the capital of Lisbon, where you will enjoy a tour of the city and its storied past. You will even board a boat and sail to the nearby village of Seixal.
$1,915 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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