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Best of Portugal & The Azores: Lisbon, Sintra, Douro, Porto and São Miguel Island

Join this 11-day adventure and discover some of the most emblematic places in mainland Portugal and the Azores archipelago! It's an itinerary full of culture, stunning landscapes, delicious dishes and world-renowned wines.

Mainland Portugal
Azores Islands
Lisbon
Porto and Douro
Fátima
Sintra
Cascais
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Why choose this experience

Have you ever thought about visiting some of Portugal's most emblematic sites in 11 days? Venture out on this private tour and create unforgettable memories!

The trip starts in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, where you'll visit the main streets and monuments, watch a beautiful Fado show and enjoy a typical Portuguese dinner.

You'll also have the opportunity to visit the charming towns of Sintra and Cascais which, with their stunning landscapes and eye-catching palaces, are sure to enchant at first sight.

On your way to Porto, you'll stop off in two of these three places: Fátima, Óbidos or Coimbra. All of them have a rich history and remarkable monuments to discover.

You'll stay in Porto for three nights, so you can make the most of the city and the marvellous Douro Valley region.

Finally, you'll visit the Azores and all the charms that the island of São Miguel has to offer.

If this programme has aroused your curiosity, book your tour now and come and discover the best that Portugal has to offer!

What's included

  • All Private Transfers mentioned for your comfort
  • 3 Nights in Lisbon + 3 Nights in Porto + 4 Nights in Ponta Delgada in centrally located 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • Tours to Furnas and Sete Cidades
  • Whale watching
  • Flight to Ponta Delgada
  • Full-day tour of the Douro
  • Half-day tour of Porto
  • Full-day tour of Sintra and Cascais
  • Visit to Óbidos, Fátima or Coimbra (visit to two of these cities included)
  • Full-day tour of Lisbon
  • Cooking class (pastéis de nata)
  • Dinner and fado show in Lisbon (We regret to inform you that we cannot accept children under the age of 6; this is a rule imposed by IGAC - the General Inspection of Cultural Activities.)


What's not included

  • Expenses related to obtaining products or services not included in the program
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • City tax
  • Entrance to monuments and museums
  • Travel insurance

Meet the Itinerary

Day 1 - Watch a Fado show in Lisbon

Day 1 - Watch a Fado show in Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon! On arrival at the airport, a private transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel, where you will check in.
This evening, you will be welcomed at one of Lisbon's most emblematic fado (traditional Portuguese music) houses, where you will enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal and a live show.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Lisbon

Day 2 - Get to know Lisbon and learn how to cook pastéis de nata!

Day 2 - Get to know Lisbon and learn how to cook pastéis de nata!

On your first day in Lisbon, you'll take a tour of the Portuguese capital with our certified guide, who will pick you up from your hotel. The tour will start on Avenida da Liberdade, one of the city's main streets which, in the days of the monarchy, was where the nobility and the royal family strolled and showed off to the people. Then we'll head to Parque Eduardo VII, the largest park in the centre of Lisbon, to enjoy the views over the city. It was baptised with this name in 1903 in honour of the English King Edward VII, who visited the Portuguese capital to reaffirm the alliance between the two countries. Next, you'll visit some of Lisbon's most typical and picturesque neighbourhoods, such as Alfama and Bairro Alto, where traditions are still preserved and a community spirit is maintained, reflecting the mixture of peoples from different cultures and beliefs over the centuries. You'll end your visit at Praça do Comércio, one of the largest squares in Europe and home to a number of government institutions. From here you can enjoy sweeping views of the Tagus River and contemplate the hustle and bustle of the city, which merge into one harmonious landscape.
But the day doesn't end there... In the middle of the afternoon, you'll have a cooking class to learn how to make the famous (and delicious) pastéis de nata!
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Lisbon


Day 3 - Live a fairytale in Sintra and Cascais

Day 3 - Live a fairytale in Sintra and Cascais

After breakfast pick up at your hotel and Full Day Tour to Sintra and Cascais.

Sintra is 30 km from Lisbon offers a foretaste of paradise. The soft climate ensures a freshness permanent existence of a luxuriant vegetation make Sintra a deeply romantic and mysterious place. Stand out from the National Palace, the Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle (visit to one of the palaces included).
Free time to lunch (not included).

Cascais is a fishing village since the twelfth century and is perfectly preserved until today.

Return to Lisbon along the coast, passing by Estoril admiring the beautiful coast and it’s beaches.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Lisbon

Day 4 - Go to Porto and stop off in Fátima, Óbidos or Coimbra

Day 4 - Go to Porto and stop off in Fátima, Óbidos or Coimbra

It's time to head north! But if you think it's just going to be a simple 3-hour journey, you're wrong. It will be much more exciting! On your way to Porto, you'll stop in two of these three places (your choice): Óbidos, Fátima or Coimbra.
Fátima is one of the world's most important Catholic shrines dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fátima's fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children. The last apparition was confirmed by a miracle known as "the day the sun danced", witnessed by 60,000 people.
Coimbra is a truly enchanting city steeped in history, known for the emblematic University of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest in the world. You'll have the chance to visit emblematic sites such as the Joanina Library and Quinta das Lágrimas, the site of the love story between Prince Pedro and Inês de Castro.
Óbidos is an enchanting town in the centre of Portugal that preserves centuries of history within its walls. Here you'll come across traditionally painted houses, narrow streets and an imposing castle. With a vast heritage of religious architecture, the "village of kings and queens" was once the favourite resting place of the Portuguese court.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Porto

Day 6 - Be enchanted by the vibrant city of Porto

Day 6 - Be enchanted by the vibrant city of Porto

In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the city of Porto with our official tour guide.
This tour is a great introduction to Porto, its history and its cultural treasures. Here you will discover an ancient city with medieval relics, soaring bell towers, extravagant Baroque churches and imposing fine arts buildings stacked on top of each other.
In the historic city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll have time to explore the Lello Bookshop, where the Harry Potter books and films were inspired. You'll also have the chance to visit the Clérigos Tower, an icon of the city, as well as the Palácio da Bolsa, characterised by its incredible granite work and magnificent neo-Arab influences (entrance not included).
As you stroll around the city, you'll make a few stops at typical establishments to try some of Porto's best delicacies!
The tour will end with a visit and wine tasting at the famous Port Wine Cellars. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Porto

Day 6 - Appreciate the landscapes of the Douro and enjoy the region

Day 6 - Appreciate the landscapes of the Douro and enjoy the region

After having breakfast and checking out of the hotel, a private transfer will take you to Pinhão along National Road 222, one of the most amazing roads in Portugal, where you can enjoy the unique beauty of the Douro River.
Your guide will show you around Pinhão and the best views of the Douro Valley, followed by a traditional lunch in one of the Douro Valley's famous wineries.
In the afternoon you'll visit the vineyards, where you'll enjoy a wine tasting.
End the afternoon in beauty with a boat trip along the Douro River and revel in the breathtaking views.
At the end, a transfer will take you back to your hotel.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in the Douro

Day 7 - Fly into Nature

Day 7 - Fly into Nature

After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, a transfer will take you to the airport to catch your flight to Ponta Delgada.
When you land, a private transfer will be waiting to take you to the hotel, where you will stay for 3 nights.
Take the day to stroll around the city centre and dine in a typical restaurant, where you can sample delicious local delicacies.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Ponta Delgada

Day 8 - Explore the fascinating Furnas region

Day 8 - Explore the fascinating Furnas region

Today is the day to visit the fantastic Furnas area!
The first stop will be Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel, located on the south coast, where you can taste a famous local sweet - Queijada da Vila, a historic recipe of the town. When you reach the Furnas valley, near the stunning Furnas Lagoon, you will see some volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles; in addition, you will also see how the famous Cozido das Furnas is made, a gastronomic delight of the Azores. The tour is followed by a visit to the Terra Nostra garden (optional) before lunch, where you will have the chance to try a rejuvenating thermal bath.
On the way to the mountains, you'll stop to see the amazing view over the Furnas valley from Pico de Ferro.
On the north coast, more precisely in Ribeira Grande, you will visit the Gorreana tea plantation and factory, where you will taste two types of tea - black and green.
The last stop will be at the Santa Iria viewpoint, where you will have a breathtaking view of the north coast of the island.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Ponta Delgada

Day 9 - Be dazzled by the beauty of the Sete Cidades

Day 9 - Be dazzled by the beauty of the Sete Cidades

After breakfast, you will visit Lagoa do Fogo and Sete Cidades.
The tour gets off to a good start for sweet lovers, as you will visit the traditional pineapple plantation, an organic crop grown in greenhouses, and taste the famous pineapple liqueur.
The journey continues along the west coast of the island, where you can enjoy the view from the Pico de Carvão viewpoint. Surrounded by enormous vegetation, you'll find the viewpoint of the Sete Cidades volcanic complex at Vista do Rei. From here you can see the twin lakes and their iconic blue and green colors.
Once in the crater, there is the incredible Lago de Santiago to see. A stop will be made in the picturesque village of Sete Cidades, where lunch will be served in a regional restaurant. In the afternoon, the tour will travel along the coast until it reaches Capelas, an old whaling village, stopping at the viewpoint of Pedras Negras to see the north coast of the island.
Continuing along the north coast, you will stop to visit the town of Ribeira Grande and its historic center. Afterwards, Caldeira Velha, a nature reserve, is the place to go for a swim (if you so wish), where you can enjoy the warm water of a waterfall.
The last stop is the fantastic Lagoa do Fogo, where you'll have time to enjoy the fantastic views. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, descending via Pico da Barrosa, you will once again have the supreme view over the newest and narrowest part of the island.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Ponta Delgada

Day 10 - It's whale watching day!

Day 10 - It's whale watching day!

Today you'll do one of the most popular activities on the island: whale watching!
Right after breakfast, a transfer will take you to the meeting point of the activity.
During this trip, you'll have the chance to see some of the 28 species of cetaceans that have already been identified in the waters of the Azores. You'll be in the company of whales and dolphins during the three-hour boat trip, where you may also see turtles, birds and other marine species.
At the end, a transfer will take you to your hotel and then the afternoon is on your own!
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Ponta Delgada

Day 11 - See you soon!

Day 11 - See you soon!

After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, a transfer will take you to the airport.
We wish you a safe journey home and hope to see you here again!

Deposits are non-refundable. To get a refund, you must cancel at least 31 days before your experience start time. If you cancel less than 31 days before the start time of the experience, the amount paid will not be refunded. Any changes made less than 31 days before the start time of the experience will not be accepted. Cut-off times are based on the experience's local time. This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If canceled because the minimum has not been met, you will receive a different date/experience or a full refund.

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