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A Brief Overview of Portugal

10 Days / 9 Nights

Lagos, Lisbon, Porto

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This carefully crafted 10-day Portugal itinerary is the perfect introduction to one of the most charming countries in Europe. Your journey starts in vibrant Lagos, one of the best places to visit in the sunny Algarve region. With its gorgeous beaches, impressive rock formations, and lively ambiance, Lagos provides the perfect start to your Portugal trip before you surrender to the sheer beauty of the Portuguese capital. Known for its epic sunsets, melancholic fado tunes, and rich history reflected in its diverse architecture, Lisbon is a fascinating city to explore and savor with all your senses before you head to Portugal's North where Porto awaits to seduce you with its superb wine, romantic promenades, and breathtaking vistas.

One of our team members in Portugal will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best this country has to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon request, we will provide you with an eSIM with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (whom you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3- to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Lagos, Lisbon, Porto tour

3 Nights in Lagos

3 Nights in Lagos

4 days in Lagos
4 days in Lagos

3 Nights in Lagos

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Lagos

Upon arrival at the airport, our driver will pick you up and take you to your accommodation.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Lagos

Lagos Morning Food Group Tour

Lagos Morning Food Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Are you interested in exploring the city of Algarve while savoring dishes exclusively enjoyed by locals? Join this tour!


On this first food tour of the day, you will get a chance to visit one of the city's markets accompanied by our guide, followed by a visit to 4 different restaurants/taverns in the Algarve, and taste around 10 of the most traditional dishes in Portugal. Eating in the Algarve can be an unforgettable experience! Discover a little bit more about the charming Algarve, its small streets and its secrets. Different stories from a long ago, typical places, the real locals, several samples and time to take pictures.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Historic, Lighthouse and Beach Private Tuk Tuk Tour

Historic, Lighthouse and Beach Private Tuk Tuk Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Are you interested in a relaxing drive in Lagos? Come along!


This city tour in Lagos includes a guided drive within the city walls, providing insights into each gate, the historic old town, and opportunities for customers to capture photos and learn about the streets, squares, and statues. Additionally, the tour covers landmarks such as the science museum, St. Sebastian, St. António, and Santa Maria churches, as well as the city museum and the slave market.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Lagos

Another Side of the Algarve Private Tour

Another Side of the Algarve Private Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

On this tour, you will see typical Portuguese, centuries-old, almost untouched villages and walk on secondary roads (but not dirt roads) instead of the usual touristy locations. There will be a stop for a picnic where you will be served drinks (wine, water, juices), appetizers, fruit, bread, cheese, and typical Portuguese sweets. Then, you will be returned to your accommodations.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Benagil Caves Group Speedboat Tour

Benagil Caves Group Speedboat Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Hop onboard a specifically designed speedboat for your unique adventure to Benagil. The trip will start at the Lagos marina, and you can observe the coastline until reaching the destination. Once in Benagil, you can enter the famous “Gruta do Algar de Benagil”, the region's main attraction, and then visit all the other caves and discover the beaches along the way. The captain on board will explain everything observed so you can learn more about the Algarve coast. The total time of the tour is approximately 2 hours – 30 minutes on the way, 1 hour to know the entire coast of Benagil and enter the caves, and 30 minutes to return to the lakes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Lisbon by Train

It's time to say adeus to Portugal's stunning southern coast and hear north to Lisbon by train. We will arrange for a driver to pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the train station. The journey takes around 4 hours. We included standard class train tickets for this journey. An upgrade to a higher class is possible for an extra fee.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Lisbon by Private Transfer with a stop in Castro Verde

Lisbon by Private Transfer with a stop in Castro Verde

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Lagos

4WD Jeep West Coast at Sunset Small Group Tour
Moderate4 Hours
Benagil Caves Private Speedboat Tour
Light2 hours
Best of Eastern Algarve Full-Day Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Boat Group Tour to Benagil Caves with Catamaran
Light2 hours 30 minutes

3 Nights in Lisbon

3 Nights in Lisbon

4 days in Lisbon
4 days in Lisbon

3 Nights in Lisbon

The capital of Portugal since 1255 when King Alphonse II moved the court from Coimbra, Lisbon is not only regarded as one of the sunniest of the European capitals but one with a rich history on display. The soft white limestone facades of the oldest neighborhood, Alfama, welcome tourists, and locals, calling to them through the medium of Fado music drifting wistfully from the abundance of bars, or the smell of petisco (Portuguese tapas) wafting from a myriad of restaurants. Like its ancient rival Porto, Lisbon rests on mighty rivers originating from the eastern Spanish highlands. Remnants of human settlements in the vicinity of the city date back to the Neolithic period and since that time successful invasions have resulted in occupation by Carthaginians, Romans, Suebi, Visigoths, and Moors. The rich tapestry of Lisbon’s history has been woven into the very fabric of the city.

The capital of Portugal since 1255 when King Alphonse II moved the court from Coimbra, Lisbon is not only regarded as one of the sunniest of the European capitals but one with a rich history on display. The soft white limestone facades of the oldest neighborhood, Alfama, welcome tourists, and locals, calling to them through the medium of Fado music drifting wistfully from the abundance of bars, or the smell of petisco (Portuguese tapas) wafting from a myriad of restaurants. Like its ancient rival Porto, Lisbon rests on mighty rivers originating from the eastern Spanish highlands. Remnants of human settlements in the vicinity of the city date back to the Neolithic period and since that time successful invasions have resulted in occupation by Carthaginians, Romans, Suebi, Visigoths, and Moors. The rich tapestry of Lisbon’s history has been woven into the very fabric of the city.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Lisbon

When you arrive at Lisbon's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Sunset Sailing on the Tagus River Small Group Tour

Take a Sunset Cruise

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

The Tagus River holds the distinction of being the longest river in both Portugal and Spain. Embracing your partner while cruising on the water as the sun sets is undeniably the most romantic experience. This journey provides a unique perspective on Lisbon's renowned landmarks, such as the vibrant Praça do Comércio square, the dome of the National Pantheon, the 25 de Abril Bridge, and the Belem Tower.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Lisbon

Lisbon Tuk Tuk Private Tour

2 Hours Tuktuk Private Tour in Lisbon

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover Lisbon with a Tuk Tuk!


This itinerary presents the ideal way to discover the key landmarks in central Lisbon, beginning with the historic old city that has been inhabited by Phoenicians, Romans, and Moors, pass through the sophisticated Chiado district, Lisbon's shopping and cultural center, home to the Rua Garrett shopping avenue, renowned for its upscale boutiques and restaurants and conclude the tour with a visit to the lively and historically significant Bairro Alto neighborhood.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 Hours

Private Dinner at a Portuguese House

Dinner at a Portuguese House Private Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Would you like to be part of an unforgettable dinner experience in a traditional Portuguese house? This tour is for you!


Indulge in the genuine warmth of Portuguese hospitality through a Private Dinner at a traditional Portuguese residence. Under the guidance of a local host, immerse yourself in local traditions and relish a banquet of authentic Portuguese cuisine. The intimate atmosphere provides an opportunity for meaningful conversations with your host, unveiling family traditions and the significance of each dish.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 Hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Lisbon

Alentejo Full Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch at a Winery

Full Day Private Tour Alentejo with Lunch at a Winery, Wine Tasting and a Visit to Evora

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

On this full-day private tour of Alentejo, a region known for its scenic landscapes and exceptional wines, you will enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at a family-run local winery paired with a selection of the finest local wines. Then, you will be able to explore the UNESCO-listed city of Évora, discovering its historic treasures.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 8 hours

Visit Sintra

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Sintra, a historic town perfect for a day excursion from Lisbon, is situated amid the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. The town's slightly cooler climate attracted Portuguese royalty to establish residences in its vicinity. Sintra boasts a variety of distinctive palaces, castles, and grand residences. Choose between a private or small-group day trip, depending on your budget. The small-group option sacrifices some time in Sintra to incorporate a visit to the coastal town of Cascais.

Sintra Full Day Private tour with Driver/Guide including Entrance to Pena Palace

Sintra Full Day Private tour with Driver/Guide including Entrance to Pena Palace

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Have you experienced a destination that combines a castle, breathtaking nature, and rich history? If not, embark on this tour, and you won't be disappointed!


The Sintra Private Day Trip offers a delightful blend of exploration, nature, and cultural immersion. Located in a Natural Park, Sintra is a captivating village once favored as a summer retreat by the Portuguese royal family. Begin your day with a guided tour of Sintra's iconic Pena Palace, a remarkable and eclectic masterpiece. Pena Palace is a a romanticist castle, standing on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Sintra & Cascais Small Group Tour

Sintra & Cascais Small Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

On this tour, you will head towards Sintra Mountain and start the day by visiting the fantastic Sintra village. You will have some free time to explore the town. Next, it is time to cross the mystic mountain of Sintra towards the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see the quaint Colares village and learn more about local wines dating back to the 13th century. You will also stop at a midpoint in the wild Cabo da Roca. After a lunch break, you'll enjoy beautiful roads toward Cascais, a former fishing village. Then, you'll go to the Pena Palace. Then, it will be time to head back to Lisbon.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Porto by Train

Today you will travel to Porto. We will arrange for a driver to transfer you from your hotel to Lisbon Santa Apolonia Station. From there you will take a train to Porto. Your package includes 1st class tickets with seat reservations. The journey takes about 3-3.5 hours, depending on the stops.
If you'd prefer to make a day of it and see some countryside up close, rather than from the train, we can arrange for a private transfer which also offers the convenience of door-to-door service.

Porto by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Porto by Private Transfer with a stop in Coimbra

Porto by Private Transfer with a stop in Coimbra

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Lisbon

2 Hour Private Catamaran Sailing Tour
Light2 hours
Exclusive Small Winery Visit and Lunch - Full Day Private Tour
Moderate8 hours
Fatima, Nazare & Obidos Small Group Tour
Moderate9 hours
Lisbon Bike, Walk & Boat Group Tour
Moderate5 hours

3 Nights in Porto

3 Nights in Porto

4 days in Porto
4 days in Porto

3 Nights in Porto

As the name suggests, Portugal’s second-largest urban area is a port city, located in the north of the country along the Douro River estuary. A small Celtic hamlet until a Roman invasion in the 4th century, Portus Cale, as it became known, distinguished itself as a major trading port for not just the region but the entire country. The old city center, Ribeira, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. It is an urban landscape with over 2,000 years of remarkably well-preserved history. Traversing the narrow streets, you can’t help but notice that the spirit of local life still remains despite the increasing number of tourists.

As the name suggests, Portugal’s second-largest urban area is a port city, located in the north of the country along the Douro River estuary. A small Celtic hamlet until a Roman invasion in the 4th century, Portus Cale, as it became known, distinguished itself as a major trading port for not just the region but the entire country. The old city center, Ribeira, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. It is an urban landscape with over 2,000 years of remarkably well-preserved history. Traversing the narrow streets, you can’t help but notice that the spirit of local life still remains despite the increasing number of tourists.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Porto

When you arrive at Porto's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Porto

Secret Porto Private Walking Tour

Discover the Unconquered City

Included in your vacation package price.

Porto stands as one of Portugal's most significant cities and boasts one of Europe's oldest city centers. Its strategic geographical location has historically positioned it as a crucial player in global trade. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and lead you through the narrow, cobbled streets of Porto Ribeira. This historic district, established along the River Douro during Roman times as a small shipping port, has evolved over two millennia into a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site. Following the tour, your guide can either return you to your accommodations or offer tips for additional exploration.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : From 3 to 4 hours

Downtown & Bolhao Market Small Group Food Tour

Downtown & Bolhão Market Small Group Food Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Do you fancy exploring the the bustling Baixa area and the iconic Bolhão Market while indulging in delectable Portuguese snacks? This tour is tailored just for you!
Embrace the essence of these two landmarks that define the pulse of Porto. It's a journey into contemporary Porto, showcasing its adaptation to the 21st century, and this experience wouldn't be complete without wine! Thanks to the new wave of young entrepreneurs fostering a culture of small-scale producers, you'll embark on a delightful mini-tour through four distinct Portuguese wine regions, offering a delightful exploration without breaking a sweat (except, perhaps, on hot days).


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Porto

Douro Premium Small Group Tour

Douro Premium Small Group Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

On this tour, you will be enchanted by the wonderful panoramic views offered by the Douro region, considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, where the Douro River winds the vineyard foothills. A magnificent boat trip on the Douro River and lunch in a restaurant where you can taste the local gastronomy are included. You will also be able to stroll along the N222 road, considered the most beautiful road in the world by the Michelin guide. You will also get to taste the nectars of the gods in the various wine tastings on offer. Not only the Port Wine that made the region famous but also DoC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) wines that have won many prizes nationally and internationally.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 10 hours

Peneda-Geres National Park Group Tour

Peneda-Geres National Park Group Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

On this full-day Peneda-Gerês National Park group tour from Porto, you can immerse yourself in Portugal’s wild landscape. You will explore the only Portuguese National Park and hike in incredible mountains while admiring local fauna and flora, amazing viewpoints, and mesmerizing waterfalls. You will be guided through this wonderful location with all the safety and quality we have provided our guests over the years. You will also enjoy a traditional picnic lunch in one of Gerês most iconic viewpoints while resting with the mountain at your feet and admiring the gorgeous surrounding scenery.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 9 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

The driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the airport for your departing flight. The duration of the drive is about 20 minutes.

We also offer the following excursions in Porto

Braga & Guimaraes Small Group Tour
Moderate8 hours
Douro Gold Experience Day Small Group Tour
Moderate9 hours
Douro Private Tour
Moderate9 hours 30 minutes
Douro Small Group Tour
Moderate9 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Lagos

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lagos Airport Transfer
Lagos Morning Food Group Tour
Benagil Caves Group Speedboat Tour
Lagos Train Station Transfer
Lagos - Lisbon Train Tickets

Lisbon

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lisbon Train Station Transfer
2 Hours Tuktuk Private Tour in Lisbon
Lisbon Train Station Transfer
Lisbon - Porto Train

Porto

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Porto Train Station Transfer
Secret Porto Walking Private Tour
Porto Airport Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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