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Popular Portugal Vacation Itineraries

Our suggested Portugal private tour itineraries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease and are designed to give you an overview of the many options you have. These are based on our own travel experience regarding what works well together but we are happy to make adjustments or build a whole itinerary from scratch based on your preferences. Packed with Portugal vacation ideas, our comprehensive travel packages make traveling in Portugal hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions, and activities. You'll also find here some itineraries combining Portugal with her Iberian neighbor, Spain.

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Portugal Tours & Vacation Packages

Portugal has well and truly emerged from the shadow of her larger neighbor in recent years. Known for beautiful beaches, favorable prices, fairy-tale medieval castles, quality wines, and rich culinary traditions; Portugal is the laid-back and even more unpretentious alternative to Spain, and sure to charm anyone who visits.

For being such a small country, Portugal holds its own along with other European powerhouses nearby. It first came onto the world map during its colonial heyday, which can still be noticed in the many Portuguese-speaking countries sprinkled throughout the world. Visiting Portugal at any time of year is a great idea thanks to the many sites and attractions that will keep you busy. From mountains to seaside fishing villages to modern cities, Portugal’s got you covered no matter what your ideal vacation might be.

We're Portugal travel specialists

Even though the country is small, the variety of places to go and things to see make trying to plan your dream trip to Portugal an intimidating task. Our expert travel advisors can help to plan the perfect trip. With over 1,000 miles of shoreline, the beaches are one of the main attractions for many visitors. Food and wine lovers will likely retreat to the countryside, where vineyards and organic farms abound. Of course, the more well-known areas of Porto and Lisbon are packed full of fabulous restaurants and the main sights to keep your days full of excitement as well. However you like to travel, our specialists will make your dreams come to life!

Portugal's most beloved destinations

Driving Portugal from top to bottom only takes about 5 hours, but don’t let that fool you! There is so much to see, and we can help you decide where to spend your time during your Portuguese vacation. UNESCO-listed Porto is a city on many people’s must-see list and has one of the Iberian Peninsula's largest urban areas. Stroll through the cobblestone streets, chill out at a café, and of course, sip on a glass of wine named after the city. Venture a little outside the city and you’ll find yourself in the Douro Valley, where the grapes for port wine are grown. Hillside vineyards and charming farm-to-table restaurants make this area perfect for our wine-loving guests.

Keep going south to visit Lisbon, Portugal’s financial, cultural, commercial, and administrative capital. The hillside city is one of Europe’s most underrated capitals. We recommend exploring the city on foot with a walking tour to get insider’s secrets to the best markets, restaurants, history, and architecture of this centuries-old coastal capital. Finally, for those looking to simply relax and enjoy the coast, you can’t go wrong in the Algarve region, Portugal’s resort zone. Sandy white beaches, warm Atlantic waters, and dozens of world-class golf courses await you. Our packages have you covered from start to finish, whether you want to get around by private transfer or train, stay in 5-star hotels, or family-friendly apartments, we will craft the Portuguese vacation package that perfectly suits your needs.

Visit a neighboring country

The Iberian Peninsula is home to not only Portugal but also its more famous neighbor - Spain. We’ll make it easy to visit both during your stay with us. Many of Spain’s major cities are well connected to Portugal, offering the perfect opportunity for an overnight visit or even a day-trip. From the Algarve, you can reach the Spanish city of Seville in a little over 2 hours, known to many as Spain’s most beautiful city. In the north, going to Santiago de Compostela from the lively city of Porto is a mere hop, skip, and a scenic transfer away.

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Portugal

When is the best time to visit Portugal?
As a coastal country, Portugal has a mild climate all year-round. The temperature very rarely dips below 10 Celsius / 50 F. In the north (Porto, Douro Valley), the weather can get windy and rainy in the winter months, and summer is temperate. As we travel southwards, the temperature gradually rises in every season, and in Algarve (Faro District), there is a hot and dry microclimate. Thanks to this varied but relatively stable climate, Portugal is a destination that you may choose to visit any time of the year! Culinary delights, markets, attractions, festivals, football games are available in every season. Any time is the best time to visit Portugal!
How many UNESCO Sites does Portugal have?
Portugal has a staggering (for its size) 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The majority of these are in and around Lisbon and Porto, and we can arrange tours or share suggestions on how to visit them. Also take a look at the Portugal's Tentative Sites list. You will find many natural and architectural sites that hope to receive UNESCO-protected status, such as the intact nature of the Algarve region or the modern architectural heritage of Álvaro Siza.
How many days do I need to see Portugal?
Although Portugal is a small country, it's north-south distance is 500 miles/800 km. With a 5 day trip you could see Porto, Lisbon and some of their surroundings, such as the Duoro Valley near Porto. We recommend at least a week however. This allows either for a more relaxed pace of visit, or to include the Algarve in your itinerary.
Are there direct flights to Portugal from the US?
Direct flights are operated between Miami and New York to Lisbon by TAP, the Portuguese national airline. Some US carriers also operate direct flights to Lisbon. To reach Porto you will need to change, usually in Lisbon.
What should I pack for a trip to Portugal?
Any vacation in Portugal is likely to involve a lot of walking, in the city or countryside, so comfortable shoes or hiking sandals are a must. In summer you won't be able to resist taking a dip in the sea so pack swimwear. In the north, for much of the year, and the rest of the country from fall through spring, a windbreaker or raincoat is essential.
What are the beaches like in Portugal?
The beaches in Portugal stretch along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The Iberian Peninsula dramatically ends at the Atlantic shore with breathtaking cliff formations serving as natural scenery to sunbathers on sandy beaches in the Algarve. The central and northern coast holds pleasant surprises, though. An hour hike (or less by car) away from Lisbon, you will find fantastic beaches in a calming environment on the Troia Peninsula. If you're a surfer you'll find excellent surfing beaches near the capital, too. Cascais is a mecca for surfers. The northernmost beach in Portugal is Foz de Minho, and you can find lovely assets all along the coastline.
What is Portuguese cuisine like?
Portugal's climate and geographical location are perfect for gastronomy. Farmed meat and game, seafood, a variety of vegetables and legumes, and of course irresistible desserts. Healthy, rich in proteins, vitamins, and sugar! It bears French, Mediterranean, and continental influences. You can run into old friends like a Croque Monsieur or Madam (Francesinha in Portuguese) but find some unique dishes too. When Bacalhau, the Portuguese name for codfish, appears on a menu, you should go for it! A café with a pasteis de nata will be the icing on the cake :)
What is public transportation like in Portugal?
The country is about 800 km / 500 miles long from the north to the south, and travelers can get to its major cities by regular and high-speed train or bus. In the towns, a tram, a metro, and buses will take you anywhere beyond walking distance. Public transportation is reasonably priced, safe and affective.
What's a good Portugal itinerary if I've only got a week?
Luckily enough, Portugal is small, and you can see the core of it within a week. You could start in Porto (no direct flights) and ascend southward to Lisbon and Algarve. Seven days allow you to make an overnight detour to Duoro Valley near Porto and discover the numerous UNESCO sights on day trips around Lisbon. You can fly home from Lisbon (more chance for a direct flight) or Seville, Spain.
Is Portugal safe?
Portugal is ranked as the third safest country in the world. Which means, yes, Portugal is a safe country, but you still have to be on the lookout for petty crimes, like pickpocketing in crowded places.
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