Porto (City), Sintra (City), Lisbon, Faro
Dates are customizable for private departures.
This luxurious 10-day tour will lead you to Porto, the captivating capital of Lisbon, and the sun-dappled shores of Faro. Versatile and vibrant, Portugal sets the standard when it comes to offering travelers a near-limitless abundance of opportunities to explore, indulge in, and experience while on vacation. Sample the wines of the Douro Valley, attend a authentic Fado performance, indulge in a private cooking class, and delight in a sunset dinner cruise.
Porto – Indulge in a Fado Performance
Upon your arrival in Porto, your private driver will be waiting for you right at your gate and will be ready to whisk you away to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city. After checking in and having a bit of downtime to relax and regroup, you will enjoy a private sightseeing tour that will introduce you to the most popular and iconic landmarks in Porto, including Avenida dos Aliados, Liberdade Square, and the vibrant Ribeirinha Porto district. Your tour will begin at dusk, which is one of the best times to witness the beauty of the city. After your evening sightseeing tour, you will be treated to a gourmet meal before witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime experience: an authentic Fado performance.
Porto – Douro Valley Wine Tour and River Cruise
The Douro Valley will be your destination for today, and you will embark on a full-day wine tour that will highlight the inner workings of a few local wineries. During your tour, you will visit several wineries, private estates, and vineyards, in addition to having the opportunity to sample olive oil, to indulge in a river cruise, and to witness some of the most spectacular views in all of Portugal. While you are touring the facilities, you will make your way through luscious vineyards and witness the behind-the-scenes operations of how the wine is actually produced. After indulging an amazing feast at one of the estates for lunch, you will continue to explore with a stop at a local estate, where you can sample fresh-pressed olive oil and raw, artisan honey.
Porto – Off-Road Adventure
The great outdoors will beckon to you today, and the natural playground of Peneda-Geres National Park will beg you to come and explore every inch of its pristine beauty. You will be traveling in a 4WD vehicle, and the day will be a true safari, leading you to secluded and off-the-beaten-path locations that are only accessible by the off-road vehicles. From hidden pathways that lie on emerald mountains to spectacular views of cascading waterfalls that will make you wonder if they are even real, you will be presented with fascinating views at every turn. The highlight of your day will be an al fresco picnic that will be complete with an unrivaled view of the park’s spectacular waterfalls.
Sintra – Visit Sintra for its Fairytale Castles
After departing Porto, you will make your way to Sintra for an overnight getaway that is fit for royalty. Upon your arrival in Sintra, you will be met by your private guide, who will lead you away for a full day’s tour of Sintra, which is complete with castles and an age-old ambiance. Your entire day will be filled with unreal beauty and wonder, and you will visit Quinta da Regaleira, its gorgeous onsite gardens, the mystical Castle of the Moors, and Pena Palace. Even as your private driver picks you up to return you to your luxurious accommodation, you will be wishing that you could stay here forever.
Lisbon – Helicopter Ride, Convertible Tour, and Pastry Class
This morning, after a lovely brunch, you will make your way to Lisbon, where you will arrive after a short and comfortable ride. Once you arrive, you will check-in to your luxurious accommodation and waste no time in flying into your first Lisbon adventure, which will be a private helicopter tour. While you fly above the city skyline, you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city’s most iconic sites, including Belem Tower, the 25th of April Bridge, and Jeronimos Monastery. Afterward, you will end the day with an evening pastry class. Under the tutelage of a master chef, you will learn how to craft Portugal’s signature pastry: Pastel de Nata.
Lisbon – Sail to Arrabida Natural Park
Today, you will cruise on a private yacht for an escape down the Portuguese coast. You will have your very own captain, guide, and cabin crew at your disposal, and your destination will be the awe-inspiring Arrabida Natural Park and the Sado Estuary. As you make your way along the coastline, you should stay on the lookout for native birds and dolphins, which have been known to frequent these waters. Some options for your day include snorkeling, swimming, and basking in the sun. You will also make a stop at Sesimbra, which is a charming fishing village that will capture your heart.
Lisbon – The Portuguese Countryside on Horseback
Today you will explore the Portuguese countryside on horseback among the scenic hills outside of Lisbon. While many travelers focus their attention on the capital and its world-famous landmarks, few indulge in the opportunity to explore the lesser-known of Portugal. This private ride will invite you to witness a different side of this gorgeous nation while riding on a trusted steed and traversing some of the most majestic scenery in the country. Your ride will end at a stunning estate that overlooks rolling vineyards, which produces some delicious wines. After being wined and dined, you will be provided with a glimpse into the winemaking process from grape to bottle before sampling the winery’s varieties of Portuguese blends.
Faro – Relaxing Day and Sunset Dinner Cruise
Today, you will venture to your final destination of Faro. After checking in to your luxurious accommodation, you will meet your private guide. While leading you to each spectacular locale, your guide will regale you with backstories and facts that will make Faro come to life. Once you have witnessed the highlights of Faro, it will be time to feast, and as you set sail aboard a luxury liner, you will enjoy a relaxing sunset dinner that will feature the freshest Mediterranean fare and the finest wine in the region. After you finish your last bite of dessert and sip that final drop of wine, the liner will dock, and your driver will return you to your accommodation for the evening.
Faro – Sail in Ria Formosa Natural Park
Today will have you embarking on a day sail to the famed Ria Formosa Natural Park, where you will be led to secret spots that only locals know about, including several deserted beaches that you will have to yourself. As you luxuriate on the yacht deck and work on your vacation tan, you should keep your eyes open for native birds that are known to frequent this region, including egrets, storks, and flamingos. During the day’s adventure, you will make a stop at Culatra Island, which is a small fishing haven that does not have any cars. The remainder of the day will be yours to spend as you wish.
Faro – Farewell to Portugal
As you wake up on your final day in Faro, you will certainly not want to bid Portugal farewell. A mouthwatering farewell brunch also serves to sweeten the morning, and as you finish your last mouthful of Mediterranean fare, your private driver will be waiting to whisk you away to the airport for your flight home.
- Discover the divine wines of the Douro Valley as you tour several wineries and sample the region’s most elite vintages and blends
- Witness an intriguing and moving live Fado performance, which will have you experiencing the haunting beauty of one of Portugal’s most beloved pastimes
- Peruse the secret gems of Peneda-Geres National Park on an exhilarating, off-road adventure tour, providing a glimpse of a jaw-dropping waterfall
- Marvel at Sintra’s fairytale castles and charming street cafes as you escape to this sweet enclave for a special, overnight excursion
- Fly over Lisbon for an incredible bird’s eye view of the capital of Portugal’s most famous sites
- Craft signature, Portuguese pastries, such as Pastel de Nata, during a fun, interactive, and private cooking class
- Immerse yourself in Lisbon during a convertible tour that will have you cruising your way around iconic landmarks in style with a private guide
- Venture out of the city to the Portuguese countryside for a private horseback ride, which will provide a welcoming relief from the hubbub of the capital
- Delight in a luxurious and relaxing sunset dinner cruise that will allow you to admire the Faro scenery while being wined and dined like royalty
Being a land filled with charming towns, fairytale-like castles, stunning scenery, and a wealth of history, Portugal is country that is as lovely as it is exhilarating to explore. This makes Portugal the ideal destination for a luxurious vacation, and this exciting, 10-day journey will lead you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey of discovery that will reveal Portugal’s most elite enclaves, sites, and experiences.
Your epic journey will begin in Porto, and a private driver will pick you up from the airport and lead you to your opulent accommodation. After checking in and having some time to get settled, you will embark on your unforgettable, evening excursion: a private tour of the city’s best sights, which will be complete with a live Fado performance and an authentic, Portuguese meal. The following day, you will travel to the spectacular Douro Valley to indulge in a private wine tour that will tantalize your taste buds with a variety of the region’s finest vintages and blends.
Mother Nature and all of her beauty will beckon to you on day three, which will have you venturing to Peneda-Geres National Park for an exhilarating off-road tour, which will be complete with a stop by a jaw-dropping waterfall. Fast on the heels of this outdoor adventure, you will be whisked away for an overnight excursion to Sintra, where the enclave’s fairytale-like castles and charming ambiance will sweep you off of your feet.
You will then travel to Portugal’s capital of Lisbon, where you will experience the unforgettable thrill of flying over the city skyline on a private helicopter tour. After your sky-high adventure, you will be provided with a closer look at Lisbon’s iconic landmarks on a private tour in a vintage convertible. You will then end your first night in Lisbon on a delicious and creative note: you will learn how to craft Portugal’s most famed pastry of Pastel de Nata.
A private yacht excursion to Arrabida Natural Park will be waiting for you on day six, and a wondrous horseback adventure will have you winding your way through the Portuguese countryside shortly after. You will then journey to the sun-dappled shores of Faro, where you can have the day at your leisure before indulging in a relaxing and luxurious, sunset dinner cruise.
An entire day of being ferried around the waters near the Ria Formosa Natural Park on a private yacht will mark your final day in Portugal, and you will have your own private guide, captain, and crew to wait on you. Whether you want to spend the lion’s share of your time swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing, or relaxing onboard while reading a book, you are free to choose what will make you the happiest. After your divine day of sailing and sightseeing, you will be provided with a final, goodbye brunch that will feature the freshest Mediterranean fare. Once you have finished your final meal, you will be whisked away to catch your flight home.
During your entire time in Portugal, you will stay in luxurious accommodations and be absolutely cared for with private transfers to and from your desired destinations. Every aspect of this exciting tour 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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