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Discover the Best of Portugal

From £2379 pp

Lisbon, Portugal

9 Nights/ 10 Days

Private Tour min 2 people.

Discover the Best of Portugal

What You'll Do

This 10 day trip across Portugal is a gastronomic delight, sampling the delicious local cuisine, visiting vineyards and cellars, touring the cities and immersing yourself fully into the local life here in Portugal.

Take a trip through the flavours of Portugal’s tradition. Sit at the table and enjoy soft conversation, inviting aromas of the diverse and rich gastronomy.

Explore Portugal’s main wine producing regions and see how wine influences Portugal’s gastronomy, its traditions and culture.

Feel Porto’s true essence whilst strolling through its scenic and atmospheric Historical Centre. You will be taken on a guided walk to see all the hidden corners and hear local insider insights of this beautiful city.

Immerse yourself in a very distinct visit to a Port Wine cellar, learn about the traditional production of Port and of course try some samples!

Visit Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal’s first king, a Unesco World Heritage site with beautiful preserved medieval buildings and the 10th-century  Castle with sweeping hilltop views

Enjoy exploring an ancient vineyard known for its great wines, the famous Portuguese Vinho Verde, including a wine tasting.

Embark on a boat ride through a fantastic stretch of the Douro River. Along the way, you can see terraced vineyards all the way down the river and centuries-old buildings of wine-producing farms, in this unique landscape and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Enjoy a walk through the sunny city of Évora, and prepare to be blown away by the beautiful monuments and peaceful squares; the Temple of Diana, and magnificent palaces built by kings, and the Gothic and Renaissance churches.

Discover a tradition that has lasted centuries in Alentejo. Located in an old olive oil press, this 14th century weaving factory also serves as a museum to traditional “mantas” (blankets) made in Reguengos, which have been discovered over the years.

Taste Alentejo’s nectar in one of the most unique and unusual wine cellars in the country. This is a truly off the beaten track experience that you are sure to enjoy!

At night, come and explore the clear skies of Alentejo, in an authentic star gazing experience. Accompanied by an astronomy expert, you will discover the clear unpolluted skies of this unique region.

Travel back in time and enjoy the rich Portuguese history as you visit a graceful medieval village. Learn the magnificent stories of bold Kings, Knights Templars, and brave people in this village steeped in history.

Embark on a boat ride through the biggest artificial lake in Europe, Alqueva. Whilst here, hear the stories and discover the heritage of the and the natural landscape as you sail through the stunning views.

Experience
Highlights

Explore the cobbled streets of Porto on a guided tour

Enjoy wine tastings in authentic family owned vineyards

Embark on a boat ride along the gorgeous Douro River

Star Gazing in the beautiful Alentejo landscape

Your Local Host:

The T4 Team

We are a small company that maintains a deep contact with Portuguese history and culture, and seeks to share them by offering active and authentic experiences in the territory. We begin by establishing contacts throughout the country, local people, small businesses, Guest Houses, municipalities, and content specialists to map and develop experiences that are unique and immersive, that lead us to meet the traditions of a simple soul people and thousands of years of history.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day

Arrive in Porto and transfer from the airport to your beautiful hotel.

Relax and spend the rest of the day at your leisure, settling into your new hotel and exploring the buzzing local area.

 

Accommodation

Descobertas Boutique House in Porto.

Descobertas Boutique Hotel is located at the heart of Ribeira do Porto, offering you a modern and comfortable accommodation. It is only 800 meters away from Avenida dos Aliados, São Bento Train Station and the Metro Station.

The iconic D. Luís I Bridge is a 2 minute walk and allows you to cross the Douro River for a visit to the famous Port Wine Cellars.

Descobertas Boutique House

The Very Best of Porto

Start your day with a delicious breakfast provided by your hotel. Today, you will be exploring the beautiful town of Porto, enjoying the cool sea breeze and delicious gastronomy. Clinging to the steep banks of the Douro, the city is brimming with cultural riches and wander ing through the cobbled streets you will stumble across tiny petiscarias (tapas bars), riverside seafood restaurants , port cellars, craft-beer haunts and local food markets.

Feel Porto’s true essence as you walk with your guide through the scenic mysteries of this city’s Historical Centre and admire the highlights of this beautiful city.

For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious meal along the river bank, in a part of Porto that can be considered the soul of the city, Ribeira.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in a very special visit to a Port Wine cellar, a true highlight of any trip to Porto, learn how port is made and have chance to sample some of the best ones.

At the end of the day, treat yourself to a grilled fish dinner at one of the most wonderful restaurants in this buzzing fishing port. The speciality, grilled fish, is truly sensational and not to be missed! This is a 2 course meal and includes local wine and beer.

Return to your hotel for the rest of the evening.

 

Accommodation

Descobertas Boutique House in Porto.

Descobertas Boutique House

Explore the Minho Region

Today you will be visiting Minho, a vast green area, and a region of Northern Portugal that has it all: history, culture, natural beauty and, of course, wine. Vineyards blanket the slopes of mountains and unfurl from the riverbanks, while the dramatic coastline stretches up to meet the Spanish border.

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast in the sanctuary of your hotel. This will fuel you for your adventure ahead.

Later on in the morning, you will visit the cradle of the nation, Guimarães, the loveliest Portuguese city you have never heard of, and birthplace of the country’s first king, Afonso Henrique. Here you can wander the web of cobbled streets, discover pretty plazas and 14th-century landmarks, the 1000-year old hilltop castle, and the grand 15th-century palace. Gorgeous medieval buildings withe the stunning backdrop of the rolling hills.

Next, you will visit an ancient vineyard , an historic farm where the local Vino Verde is produced. Here, you will have the chance to enjoy a delicious wine tasting.

To end the day, you will be heading over to Braga this Baroque city has been the religious centre of Portugal since Roman times, but it has much more than its ecclesiastical credentials.

The city’s narrow lanes and atmospheric plazas, lined with Baroque churches, echo with the sound of chiming bells. Just outside the city is the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, whose elaborate staircase zigzags up the hillside – climb the 577 steps to the church before taking the funicular back down. The historic core brims with cool cultural offerings,  a mellow bar scene, independent art galleries and museums.

Check in to your new hotel in Braga, before exploring the local area. The rest of your day can be spent at your leisure.

 

Accommodation

Hotel Dona Sofia in Braga.

The Hotel Dona Sofia is central part of the city’s highlights, located in the historic and commercial area. This gorgeous hotel is surrounded by several museums, concert halls and a large pedestrian zone.

Hotel Dona Sofia

Duoro Valley Wine & River Cruise

After breakfast at your hotel, you will spend the day exploring the beautiful Douro Valley region, immersing yourself into the local cuisine and culture.

Begin unravelling the Douro Region, with a visit to a local vineyard where you can  get to know all about Port wine. Whilst here, you will have the chance to taste 2 Douro wines and 2 Port wines. This is an amazing experience with local producers from generations of winemakers.

After the visit, enjoy a picnic in one of the farms that make up this unique and stunning landscape, a lovely relaxing lunch al fresco, with local Portuguese delicacies and traditional artisan made produce.

In the afternoon, embark on a boat ride through a fantastic stretch of the Douro River. Along the way, you can see terraced vineyards all the way down the river as well as centuries-old buildings of wine-producing farms, in this unique UNESCO world Heritage site.    After the boat ride we will taste Olive Oil at the local Olive oil farm with a fabulous small museum showing you the history of Olive Oil making.

 

In the evening, explore the Douro gastronomy, trying the local cuisine and immersing yourself in the vibrant culture.

 

Accommodation

The Original Douro Hotel in Regua.

Built in 1880 and beautifully renovated there are just 18 rooms in this charming hotel, which also has a tavern serving local artisan produce from the area

Located in the heart of Peso da Régua, the Original Douro Hotel is the perfect base for your visit.

Original Douro Hotel

The Aromas of the Dão Region

After breakfast, you will spend the day exploring the complex and delicate aromas of the Dão region, one of the oldest established wine regions in Portugal. Its granite soils and distinctive micro-climates make for fabulous vine-growing country. Unlike better known wine regions, viniculture here is still mostly small-scale and familial

Visit a wine farm in this gorgeous mountainous region, experiencing and discovering the world and art of wine making. This wine farm is near Viseu, a town which has Roman remains, an incredible cathedral, and is surrounded by wonderful green landscape.

After lunch, explore the city surrounded by hills on the granite plateau. Get lost in the beauty of these vibrant rolling hills, making for a breathtaking sight.

For the rest of your last day here in Portugal, explore Viseu at your leisure. In the evening, one more opportunity to try the delicious gastronomy of this region, making for the perfect end of this foodie trip.

 

Accommodation

Montebelo Principe Perfeito in Visue.

This hotel has a peaceful atmosphere, centrally located to easily access the  surrounded by green spaces, overlooking the landscapes of the natural parks of Serra da Estrela and Caramulo,

 

Montebelo Principe Perfeito Hotel

Sweet tasting Tour of Aveiro and then Travel to Lisbon

Following a guided walk around the city of Aveiro your guide will take you to taste some typical sweets from the city.

Your driver will take you to the station where you will then travel First Class to Lisbon by train from Aviero arriving in Lisbon at 14:30 and then having the rest of the day to recover from the travels and just relax.

 

Walking tour through Alentejo

Explore the capital city of Alentejo. Evora is a Unesco World Heritage site,  its roots date back to Roman times and in the 16th century it was the seat of the Portuguese Kings. The wonderful architecture, white houses, with their coloured tiles and balconies and its medieval churches, palaces, cathedral and historic squares was the inspiration for the building of several Brazilian cities.

Enjoy a walk through the sunny city and marvel at the beautiful monuments, the city walls and its famous Aqueduct.

Unwind in your hotel for the rest of the day.

Accommodation

The Noble House in Évora.

The Noble House has its origins in the 15th century and it is a true example of an Alentejo noble lodge. Its foundations are on “Cerca Velha”, the first city wall, and it has a rich and diverse history. It has recently been fully renovated by an award winning Architect and designer.

Located in the heart of the historical city centre, only a 2 minutes walk from the city’s Cathedral and the Roman Temple, it is an amazing base to discover Évora.

noble house hotel

 

Explore Traditional Alentejo

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast in the comfort of your beautiful hotel, before you embark on toay’s adventure in Alentejo.

Today your local guide will take you to discover a tradition that has lasted centuries in Alentejo. Located in an old olive oil press, this 14th  century weaving factory is the museum of  traditional Portuguese “mantas” (blankets) where you can see the traditional weaving techniques and the beautiful designs.

Next, you will have the chance to taste the nectar of  Alentejo, in one of the most unique and unusual wine cellars in the country. This is a truly off the beaten track experience that you are sure to enjoy!

At night, the opportunity to explore the skies of the Alentejo, in an authentic experience accompanied by an astronomy expert, you will be discovering the skies of this unique region, devoid of light pollution. Tranquil and peaceful this will be the perfect end to your day in Alentejo.

Return to your new hotel in Reguengos de Monsaraz for the night.

Accommodation

Montimerso Skyscape Country House – Monsaraz.

An absolutely fantastic four-star hotel in a rural setting just 8 km from the beautiful village of Monsaraz

 

Discover the Enchanting Medieval Village of Monsaraz

After a hearty breakfast, you will spend the day visiting a traditional, Portuguese village before ending they day at the biggest artificial lake in Europe, Alqueva.

In the morning, discover Monsaraz with your guide, and feel yourself travel back in time while enjoying the rich Portuguese history.

This graceful medieval village, retains its former magic like few places in the world. Made of lime and schist, this place whispers to us, through the echo of our steps in its streets.

Learn the magnificent stories of Kings, Knights Templars, and the lore of the surrounding area in this authentic immersion into Portuguese history.

To end the day, you will be travelling to the biggest artificial lake of Europe, Alqueva. Whilst here, learn about the stories, the heritage, the fauna and flora while enjoying a relaxing boat ride.

Return to your hotel in Reguengos de Monsaraz for your final night here in Alentejo.

Accommodation

Montimerso Skyscape Country House – Monsaraz.

 

Departure day

 After a delicious breakfast, check out of your hotel, and begin your journey to the airport in Lisbon with wonderful memories of this beautiful and characterful area off the beaten tourist track.

Location Information

Your trip begins in Porto, the  coastal city in the northwest region of Portugal famous for its port wine,  and the distinct cobbled streets in the medieval Riberia.

You will be visiting the Minho region next, staying in Braga, before moving onto the Douro region.

To end your trip, you will be departing from Lisbon back home.

  • 9 nights accommodation in a double room
  • 9 breakfasts
  • Guided walking tour in Porto
  • Lunch in Porto
  • Picnic in a wine farm in the Douro Valley
  • Wine cellar visit in Porto with a wine tasting
  • Wine farm visit and tasting in the Minho region
  • Douro wine farm visit and tasting
  • Wine farm near Viseu visit and tasting
  • 2 hour boat ride in Douro Valley
  • Local guide throughout
  • Visit to traditional weaving factory
  • Star gazing experience with an astronomy expert
  • Dinner in the Fishing Village (including House wine and beer)
  • Olive oil farm tour plus olive oil tasting
  • First Class rail ticket from Aveiro to Lisbon

FAQs

Yes you will be transported in a 5 or 9 seater car by a driver / guide. All expenses of the car and driver will be included in the cost.

Yes, airport transfers are included in the price of this trip.