Golf Tour

Golf Vacation: Highlights of Portugal

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About This Experience

Discover Europe’s best-kept golf secret: Portugal, home to some of the continent’s most challenging young courses. Ever since golf legend Henry Cotton made his mark here, the game’s biggest names have flocked to the Atlantic coast, designing courses that showcase the unique landscapes and spectacular scenery. The Lisbon coast offers a southern spin on traditional links golf, while the Algarve boasts master-designed courses that require strategic thinking.

Alternate Sightseeing Itinerary

Bring family and friends—while you play, they can sightsee on specially priced tours designed for those who are more interested in exploring than golfing. View sightseeing itinerary.

To book a sightseer, call 1.800.590.1170

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Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

  • Green fees at 5 included courses

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  • Lisbon, Portugal
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Pack up your clubs for your overnight flight to Portugal

Begin your trip with an overnight flight to Portugal’s capital city.

Lisbon3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Land in Lisbon for challenging golf on Europe’s best new courses

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

After you arrive in Lisbon, a Go Ahead representative escorts you from the airport to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at your welcome dinner.

Day3

Tee off amidst sand dunes and pine forests at Praia D’El Rey

Breakfast

Start off your day with a round at Praia D’El Rey. Boasting a championship layout that runs along the Atlantic Ocean, the course has become a must-play course for golfers visiting Europe. A beautiful combination of links and parkland, the course meanders through evergreen forest, across rolling hills and alongside the white-capped sea. At just 6,000 yards from the tips, Praia D’El Rey is not overly long, but the rough will present challenges for errant drivers.

Day4

Play Oitavos Dunes—one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 in the World

Optional Excursion - Fado Dinner & Show

Breakfast

At just 10 years old, Oitavos Dunes is already one of the most talked-about courses in Europe, having hosted a remarkable 11 professional tournaments. Set on a cliff, this Certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary course offers incredible views of the Atlantic stretching out below and the Sintra Mountains rising inland. After teeing off, spend the morning discovering why the PGA Tour recently said Oitavos should be added to every golfer’s “must-play list.” In the evening, experience the melancholic melodies of Portugal’s traditional folk music at our optional excursion, Fado Dinner & Show.

Optional Excursions

Fado Dinner & Show $85* pp

Spend your evening at Lisbon tavern listening to fado. Derived from the Latin word fatum—meaning "prophecy" or "fate"—fado is Portugal’s national musical treasure. Fado's traditional theme is “saudade,” a word that doesn't quite translate to English but conveys an overwhelming sense of longing for something lost. Dinner is included during this memorable musical evening.

Algarve Region3 nights - hotel info

Day5

Migrate south to Algarve, the region “discovered” by Henry Cotton

Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, stop in Silves for a mid-day wine tasting before traveling on to the Algarve, otherwise known as Portugal’s Riviera. This region’s sun-drenched beaches and courses are among the world’s most beautiful, drawing golfers and sun-worshippers alike. Kick back or explore on your own before tonight’s included dinner.

Day6

OCEANICO'S FALDO COURSE COMBINES FIRM STRATEGY AND DRAMATIC SCENERY

Breakfast

In a part of the country known for top golf courses, Masters champion Nick Faldo designed a course that still sets itself apart from the rest. By using the best features of the natural terrain, his creation undulates through rocky outcrops, desert scrubland and rolling fairways lined with olive trees. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the rich and varied wildlife that inhabits the course’s natural wetlands. After your morning tee time, you’re free to spend the rest of the day soaking in the natural beauty of the Algarve.

Day7

Nicklaus’ Monte Rei shows off the Algarve’s stunning scenery

Breakfast

Today, play stunning Monte Rei in the foothills of the eastern Algarve. With the waves of the Atlantic on one side and the mountain peaks of the Serra do Caldeirão on the other, this Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is as famous for its scenery as it is for the enormous bunkers and water hazards that frame many of its holes.

Lisbon1 night - hotel info

Day8

TAKE ON ARNOLD PALMER’S ULTIMATE TEST ON HOLE 17 AT OCEANICO'S VICTORIA COURSE

Breakfast, Dinner

In 2004, Arnold Palmer brought another gem to Portugal’s ever-growing roster of world-class courses. Only one year after its opening, the Victoria Course hosted the World Cup of Golf. The acclaimed course’s rolling fairways, fast greens and well-placed bunkers are designed to incorporate the natural environment, including wetlands and native olive, carob and almond trees. Later, make your way to Lisbon, where you’ll savor a final dinner with your fellow travelers.

Flight homefor a day

Day9

Excellent finish—you’re homeward bound

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Your golf vacation comes to a close. A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Handicap cards

Your USGA Handicap Card is your passport to the courses on this tour. If you’re unable to provide your card, please bring a letter from your local pro providing your on-course proficiency.

Caddies & carts

Motorized golf carts are referred to as “buggies” in Portugal; “carts” refer to pull-carts. Both motorized carts and pull-carts are available at all courses for an additional fee; however, there are limited quantities of motorized carts. If you need a motorized cart for medical reasons, please call Go Ahead Golf prior to departure, so we can accommodate your medical needs. Caddies are unavailable at most courses on this itinerary.

Baggage & club transport

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage, and some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. The cost of checking your golf bag is additional, and is not included in your final invoice. You should expect to pay an additional fee at the airport. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage and golf bag transport policies. Airlines do permit one carry-on bag, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height), as well as one personal item such as a purse. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on baggage. The porterage provided on your tour includes one suitcase and one golf bag per person. Please note, however, that there may be times when you’ll have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight baggage provides a distinct advantage.

Dress code & etiquette

You should pack:

* Soft spikes—These will be required at all the courses on your itinerary. * Extra balls—Buying these abroad tends to be more expensive. * Collared golf shirts * Tailored pants or Bermuda shorts * Rain gear, including a waterproof jacket, pants and shoes

You should know: 

* Mobile phones are prohibited outside of the parking lot at Monte Rei.

Passport

In order to enter Portugal, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Portugal. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Electricity

Portugal operates on the European standard 240 volts.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Lisbon. Included transportation is by private motor coach. All of the cities and towns on this itinerary are accessible on foot, but you may want to break up periods of walking by using public transportation.

Time zones

Portugal falls on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in Lisbon.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Portugal, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ debit cards and credit cards. ATMs are widely available in major cities (mostly on the Cirrus and Plus international networks). We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping. Additionally, if you take a caddie, plan to tip at least the equivalent of $25 per round (more if the caddie’s done an outstanding job or saved you strokes).

The wonderful world of Golf

This tour was excellent. It gave us the opportunity to return to a section of the world that we have enjoyed, LIsbon and see the Algarve section, while being able to take part in excellent golf. We would recommend a slightly longer tour allowing for golf every other day and the ability to explore the new places as well. That said, this was a top notch tour, rivaling those put on by the only golf tour companies. It included the GO AHEAD tour know how.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/2/2013

Number of Past Tours: 31

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

PRAIA D'EL REY

Óbidos, Leiria www.praia-del-rey.com

A striking blend of pristine beaches, craggy seaside cliffs and rolling pine forest, Praia D’El Rey is a combination links-parkland course with spectacular views of the Atlantic and the Berlengas Islands. Celebrated golf architect Cabell Robinson designed this award-winning course, creating a world-class layout that blends effortlessly into the natural environment.

    Course Details:
  • Max. Handicap: 28 men, 36 women
  • Club Rental: €39
  • Caddies: Unavailable
  • Pull Carts: Available
  • Motorized Carts: Available for €42.50
    Course Highlights:
  • Ranked in Golf World´s “Top 100 in Europe” in 2011
  • Host of the European Cup
  • Famed for its mighty dunes & strong Atlantic breezes

OITAVOS DUNES

Cascais, Lisbon www.oitavosdunes.com

Paul McGinley proclaimed Oitavos Dunes to have the “potential to be the best course in Europe.” At barely 10 years old, the Arthur Hills-designed course isn’t far off—it’s already cracked Europe’s top 20 and hosted four Portuguese Opens. In addition to being named a Certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary, the course has also been ranked among Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Golf Courses in the World” and “50 Greatest Courses of the Last 50 Years.”

    Course Details:
  • Max. Handicap: 28 men, 36 women
  • Club Rental: €40
  • Caddies: Unavailable
  • Pull Carts: Available
  • Motorized Carts: Available for €70
    Course Highlights:
  • Ranked among Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Golf Courses in the World” & “50 Greatest Courses of the Last 50 Years”
  • Has hosted 11 professional tournaments since 2001
  • Named a Certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary

OCEANICO–FALDO COURSE

Alcantarilha, Faro www.oceanicogolf.com

The Faldo Course’s design melds desert-style features with a picturesque seaside landscape, seamlessly integrating the land’s natural wetlands. Course designer Nick Faldo says with pride that his course demands—and rewards—a very thoughtful approach. “When you stand on the tee, the golf hole tells you what to do,” he said. “And if you do what it tells you there is a reward, but if you don’t you’re penalized.”

    Course Details:
  • Max. Handicap: 24 men, 36 women
  • Club Rental: €20
  • Caddies: Unavailable
  • Pull Carts: Available
  • Motorized Carts: Available for €40
    Course Highlights:
  • Integrates desert-style features on a seaside landscape
  • Features bright white crushed limestone bunkers
  • Its wetlands attract rich & varied wildlife

OCEANICO–VICTORIA COURSE

Loulé, Faro www.oceanicogolf.com

Arnold Palmer is known for big championship layouts, and players count on him for courses that challenge pros and weekend amateurs alike. His Victoria Course is no exception. Water hazards frame many of its holes, and are often used in combination with acre-sized bunkers that border both the fairways and greens.

    Course Details:
  • Max. Handicap: 24 men, 36 women
  • Club Rental: €20
  • Caddies: Unavailable
  • Pull Carts: Available
  • Motorized Carts: Available for €40
    Course Highlights:
  • Wide-open, parkland championship layout
  • Host to the Portugal Masters & PGA World Cup
  • Set in a wetland preservation area, among olive & almond trees

MONTE REI

Vila Nova de Cacela, Faro www.monte-rei.com

Typical of Jack Nicklaus’ bold designs, Monte Rei features large sculpted bunkers of brilliant white sand and picturesque (but dangerous!) water hazards that come into play on 11 of the 18 holes. Featuring spectacular views of both the mountain peaks of the Serra do Caldeirão and the Atlantic Ocean, Monte Rei has earned the title of Portugal’s No. 1 course.

    Course Details:
  • Max. Handicap: 24 men, 32 women
  • Club Rental: €45
  • Caddies: Unavailable
  • Pull Carts: Available
  • Motorized Carts: Included
    Course Highlights:
  • Designed by Jack Nicklaus
  • Ranked the No. 1 course in Portugal
  • Spectacular views of both the Serra do Caldeirão mountains & Atlantic Ocean
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