From charming medieval villages to the cobbled streets of Porto, the remote Douro Valley and countless world-famous pilgrimage sites, this tour will give us a taste of the real Portugal – which still basks in the glow of ancient customs.
Day 1 Lisbon – Sintra – Queluz
Our journey will begin in Lisbon, where well meet the group and kick off our itinerary with a visit to a tile painting atelier. Youll have the opportunity to try your hand at producing your own keepsake before we move on to Sintra. Well enjoy a welcome dinner in a restaurant in Queluz this evening accompanied by an atmospheric Fado performance.
Day 2 Queluz – Obidos – Nazare -Alvados
Today well visit the historic medieval village of bidos before moving on to the charming fishing town of Nazar. After taking some time to explore, well hit the road to Alvados where a Portuguese cookery lesson and sumptuous dinner awaits. Ready to roll up those sleeves?
Day 3 Alvados – Tomar – Alvados
After breakfast well continue our journey to captivating Tomar, where well visit the World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ. Before we return to Alvados, theres a treat in store for the foodies among us: a visit to a local olive oil producer, where well have the chance to taste some of the produce.
Day 4 Alvados – Coimbra – Viseu
Today well travel to Coimbra, where well visit the famous University (the oldest in Portugal) which houses the remarkable Joanina Library. After some free time in the medieval city centre, our road will take us to Viseu where a traditional cheesemaker will let us in on the secrets behind Viseus delicious buttery cheese (with the chance to taste some for ourselves).
Day 5 Viseu – Lamego – Douro Valley
First today: well have some time to explore Viseu at our own pace before we move on to historic Lamego the home of the beautiful 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. Tonight, theres another sumptuous dinner in store at our hotel in the Douro Valley.
Day 6 Douro Valley – Pinhao – Peso Da Regua – Duoro Valley
This morning well travel through scenic, vineyard-dotted landscapes to Pinho where well take to the water for a leisurely ride in a rabelo boat. Well then trade Pinho for sun-soaked Peso da Rgua before indulging in a wine tasting session in historic Quinta Nova.
Day 7 Duoro Valley – Amarante – Penafiel – Braga
After heading to sleepy Amarante this morning (where well see the 16th-century So Gonalo Church), well set a course for Aveleda Winery in Penafiel. Here, well savour a glass of the regions famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process before we move on to lovely Braga.
Day 8 Braga – Guimaraes – Braga
Onwards to Guimares, where well learn about the castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the historic city centre on a walking tour with a local guide. Then: take some time to explore the pretty town of Braga. While youre here, be sure to tick off the Bom Jesus Sanctuary its one of Portugals most famous attractions for good reason. This evening, well tuck into one last dinner together with a traditional folk dance performance as the grand finale.
Day 9 Braga – Porto
Our journey will end in Porto, where well tick off some important landmarks including the Clrigos Tower, Aliados Avenue, the cathedral and the Ribeira district. This afternoon well have enough time to visit the famous port wine cellars (and indulge in a tasting) before our trip ends.