Working with this travel company and this agent to plan our trip was seamless. We were late comers and had to make some changes to our travel dates and itinerary, which were easily accommodated. There was no pressure to book but once we decided to move forward, everything was set up quickly. OUr agent provided a pre-programed GPS (we were going to be driving North to South with several stops along the way between entry and exit points) and also provided us with a wifi hotspot and her company phone so we could be connected to the internet throughout our trip without worrying about connectivity from our home cellular providers (this was an unexpected but amazing bonus!). Her colleague met us at the airport in Porto and provided a detailed itinerary and information about the car rental and the ins and outs of driving around Porto. We wanted to experience several cities from Porto to Lisbon, with the idea that we would come back t take deeper dives into areas we liked best. She coordinated a wonderful sampling of places in Portugal. We started in Porto and drove south to Lisbon. See out itinerary for details. Our tours and the added extras in our trip really made it a special experience! Our agent checked in to make sure all was well and answered any questions we had promptly-even after hours! We highly recommend this travel agent and this travel company. It was a memorable trip and we look forward to our next time in Portugal!
We loved all of it, and all for different reasons! The Douro Valley leg of our trip was the most relaxing, and we thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride on the Douro and the visit to a winery-we met some wonderful people and tasted some great wine and port. We had a meal in a small local restaurant in Amarante that was just like our grandmothers would have made-it was so warm, satisfying, and nostalgic! Obidos was a change of pace-the Medieval town within a fortress was a fun digression. The beach at Nazare was another change that we will come back to in the future! The Northern Viewpoint was amazing! And our course, Lisbon is a absolutely on the list for a return visit to explore all the city has to offer, We particularly enjoyed the Fado show and dinner our agent booked for us and we especially loved the cooking class we took the last night there. One of the nicest experiences was cooking and then enjoying our meal with complete strangers who provided warm and enjoyable conversation and our hostess, a fabulous chef, who was very patient with all of us as we navigated preparing the menu. The locals in every town in Portugal that we visited were warm and friendly and really made us want to return.
The only thing we would do differently is take more time in each place. We had a limited time frame for this trip and so we look forward to revisiting some of the places that particularly called to us.
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