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Portugal: Porto, Lisbon & the Algarve

9 days
Journey through the cities and coastal villages that were once home to some of the greatest explorers the world has ever known. Soak up the historic neighborhoods along the Douro River and sip port in the city it’s named for. Coast from beaches to tranquil fishing towns in the Algarve, and end your stay in Portugal’s colorful capital city.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Porto today.

Porto 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Porto

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Portugal! Settle in to your hotel in the heart of this 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Porto

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Porto like a true tripeiro (Porto resident) as you follow your local guide.

• Wander the medieval lanes of the Old-World Ribeira district and along the picturesque Douro riverfront 

• Pass citywide icons, such as the Baroque-style Clérigos Tower, the Gothic São Francisco Church and the wrought-iron Dona Maria Pia Bridge 

• Step inside the city’s famed neoclassical Stock Exchange Palace 

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Port Wine Cellars and Douro River Cruise $49*pp Details

Float along the Douro, the Iberian Peninsula’s third-longest river, and take in scenes of Porto’s vibrant waterfront and historic Villa Nova de Gaia, home to the region’s centuries-old port wine warehouses. As you cruise, you’ll drift under five of the river’s most iconic Old-World bridges, passing colorful hillside villas and traditional rabelos (flat-bottomed boats) along the way. Back on shore, pay visits to two of Porto’s most prestigious port wine cellars: Offley and Sandeman. During guided tours, learn the long-standing history of port wine, as well as the ins and outs of port production and warehousing before being treated to a tasting of each cellar’s world-famous labels.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

Évora 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Évora via Coimbra

Included meals: Breakfast

Drive south, and stop to explore Coimbra on a guided walking tour of the city’s chapel and the country’s first university. Later, settle in to your hotel in Évora.

Algarve Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Évora

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Before making your way to the sun-soaked Algarve region, stroll through the streets of Évora, one of Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.

• Take in the region’s whitewashed homes and intricate tilework 

• Pass the remains of the Roman temple and enter the “Chapel of Bones,” part of the Church of St. Francis

Day 6: Lagos & Cape St. Vincent

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the white-sand beaches, dramatic coastline and small towns of the Algarve region, southern Portugal’s resort living hot spot.

• Visit the seafaring towns of Lagos and Sagres, as well as Cape St. Vincent

• Admire stunning views of the sea from Sagres Fortress

Lisbon 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast

Head back north to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, and embark on a guided tour.

• Discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries and Belém Tower

• Enter the Jerónimos Monastery, built to honor voyagers

• Drive by the Moorish Alfama district in view of the Castle of São Jorge

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Fado Dinner & Show $85*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 8: Free day in Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day exploring Lisbon on your own or add an excursion. 

Later, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Sintra & the Portuguese Riviera $59*pp Details

Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Sintra and learn why the Poet Lord Byron once called it a “glorious Eden.” Having served as the stomping grounds for Portugal’s kings and queens, Sintra is home to the only surviving royal palace from the Middle Ages, which you’ll explore on a guided tour. Afterward, you’ll have free time to stroll through Sintra, viewing its colorful villas, small shops and impeccably manicured gardens before finding a quiet eatery for lunch. On your way back to Lisbon, take in the coastal scenery of the Portuguese Riviera. Stop en route in the old fishing village of Cascais to discover the town’s winding, narrow streets, pastel-colored buildings and bustling fish market before continuing back to Lisbon.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Lisbon.

Add Lisbon $259 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Whitewashed buildings, red-clay roofs and winding yellow trams are all part of the colorful cityscape of Portugal’s capital. Take two nights in Lisbon to explore this historic city’s monuments, cafes and winding streets. Walk through the Alfama District, seek out the best bachalau and caldo verde, or pack a picnic lunch and watch the world go by on the banks of the Tagus.

Lisbon 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Free day in Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Lisbon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Fatima: Shrines & Basilicas $69*pp Details

A local guide gives you a tour of this religiously significant town, most widely known for the story of three young cousins who saw apparitions of an angel in 1916. After that, the village became a pilgrimage site and has drawn Christians for decades. Highlights of the tour include two of the young cousins’ homes and the Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima. Later, enjoy free time to grab lunch and explore on your own.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 10: Free day in Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Old World Portugal: Medieval Obidos and Nazare $99*pp Details

Escape Lisbon’s bustle and spend the day relaxing by the sea in the medieval villages of Óbidos and Nazaré. Picturesque cobblestone streets and color-trimmed buildings make up the romantic village of Óbidos, where you’ll pay a visit to Santa Maria Church to admire the colorful ceiling paintings and 17th-century tiles. You’ll also have the chance to view the medieval Óbidos castle, known as one of the seven wonders of Portugal. Next, journey to the fishing village of Nazaré for lunch and spectacular coastline views. Spend some time looking out on Nazaré’s brightly colored fishing vessels before continuing to Batalha, where you’ll enter the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monastery before making your way back to Lisbon.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

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, please contact the Portuguese consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Portugal. However, be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Portuguese food is fresh, hearty and delicious, especially seafood. Try sardinhas asadas (grilled sardines), cataplana (a shellfish stew cooked in a sealed, shell-shaped copper pan) or the national dish, bacalhau (salted codfish). Other dishes worth sampling are feijoada, a fava bean and sausage stew, and caldo verde, a cabbage-based soup. Also note, a couvert, a simple plate of bread, butter and olives, is often served the minute you sit down. While it is free in many restaurants, some places will add a charge to your bill for it.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Porto 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. Lisbon is a very walkable city, but you may want to try the city’s trams, metro and buses. All-inclusive travel passes are available.

Electricity

Portugal operates on the European standard 240 volts.

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 use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, 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/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’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 equivalent 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 equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NY

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

P Poor travel arrangements

I understand the company tries to get the best airline fares. However, you are given, no options in flying with Go Ahead. left JFK and went through Frankfort, to get to Porto--- and if that wasnt bad enouigh, the return from Lisbon to Zurich to JFK-----some of the people, we were with, had a direct flite to Newark from Lisbon. That would have made more sense, and not have had to travel for such an excessive amount of tittime, when there are other options. There was a flite to Philly, also from Lisbon. .

 

Thank you very much Jane for your review, and letting us know about your unfavorable flight itinerary. It is our goal to provide all of our travelers with the best possible experience, and we understand that flights are an important part of that. We work closely with our partners in the airline industry to offer our customers desirable prices and itineraries, and we are very sorry to hear that in this case, it seems we fell short of this goal. We are happy to provide the option of including flights in tour packages, but we do understand that there are cases in which our travelers are able to find better itineraries outside of the ones we are able to offer; in those cases we encourage customers to make their own arrangements. We do apologize for your unfortunate flight experience, and thank you for your feedback so we may provide future travelers with a more seamless Go Ahead experience overall. Thank you again, and we do hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 26, 2015

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: NY

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Could have been better

Basically the downside of a tour of this lovely part of the world was the flight arrangements, particularly from Lisbon to NY - leaving the hotel at 4:00am for a 3 hour 7:00am flight from Lisbon to Zurich, then having to change planes with a limited window of time to board for an 8 hour flight home, was very stressful and an entire day was wasted. I understand the outgoing flight from NY to Porto is not direct and we had to spend 4 hours at 5:30am at the Frankfurt airport, but there are better flights home. The next time I book a trip, I would like to know the flight options before I make the final payment. Our guide, while sweet, was not forthcoming with recommendations on what to see or where to eat with the exception of Lisbon. We had a free afternoon in Evora and there was nothing to do. We should have gone directly to the Algarve, which was wonderful, and could have arrived earlier in the day to spend at the beach or the gorgeous hotel pool. Overall, the trip could have been better planned. The hotels and optionals were fine though.

 

Thank you very much for your feedback regarding this tour, and more specifically your unfortunate flight situation. Here at Go Ahead, we understand that flying can be stressful and inconvenient, and we do our best to work with a variety of airlines to provide our customers with the best possible itinerary and value. We are very sorry to hear that your early flights and close connection times negatively colored your experience in this very beautiful part of the world. We were also surprised to receive your feedback about your Tour Director and the lack of recommendations you received. Our experienced guides are selected for their exceptional knowledge and professionalism, and are trained to provide every single traveler with enough support and local information to feel empowered to explore on their own. We are disappointed to hear that you were not satisfied with the amount of recommendations provided, and we will work to ensure that future tour groups do not experience this as well. Thank you again for your constructive feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 26, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ingredients for the Best Tour

We had never been on your tours and didn't know what to expect. It was a wonderful trip, well-planned with a gentle, sensitive and caring tour director; an excellent coach driver, top guides, stimulating locations, fine hotels and an incredibly nice group with whom to travel in a magnificent country, Portugal. Our last morning leaving the hotel for the airport, I tripped and injured my knee. The efficient way our tour director took charge, setting up wheelchair assistance at all travel points, got me home with minimal discomfort and peace of mind. I'm writing this with ice on my knee and a smile on my face. Thank you, Go Ahead! We'll visit with you again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Corks and Ports

Portugal's size makes it a wonderful country to tour without having extended motor coach travel time. We recently returned from a wonderful tour made exceptional by our very thoughtful tour director Roberta and our excellent motor coach driver Ricardo. We encountered rain on our arrival but the day was made complete by our group reception and a fabulous welcoming dinner. Porto is an easy city for walking exploration along the Douro or visiting fascinating places like the Livraria Lello, our favorite Portuguese bookstore. Coimbra is a World Heritage Site University town and we were privileged to be there during graduation week and to witness the students in their black capes. Viewing the Biblioteca Joanina with its 300,000 ancient texts was a highlight of the tour. Maria was a wonderful local guide and the walking tour of the University and town even included an impromptu "fado" concert. Evora is a charming walled-city that is home to a Roman temple. As is typical of European towns, the primary cathedral sits atop the hill and the commercial areas are downhill. The two days in The Algarve were sunny and delightful. The hotel was terrific with views of the Atlantic. The visit to the Cape Vincent Lighthouse provided expansive coastal vistas. Lisbon is a city with neighborhoods that have their own flavors. From the Arabic Alfama with the Castle of St. George and the charming trams to the Belem along the Tejo River with the Belem Tower, Monument to the Discoveries and the Jeronimos Monastery, it is an exciting place to explore. We extended our Lisbon stay and I would encourage travelers to allow the extra time to enjoy Lisbon. The optional tours to Sintra and the Obidos (another walled city) and the Batalha Monastery are not to be missed. We have been privileged to have so many GoAhead tours with excellent tour directors. Roberta, our tour director, made the tour very memorable and it made our holiday very special.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful Portugal

I loved the Go Ahead tour of Portugal. The country was so beautiful, interesting, and varied. It was so much more than I expected. I especially loved Porto and the optional excursion to Sintra. With the architecture, historic buildings, tiled walls and sidewalks, the seaside, etc. of Portugal It was impossible to take a bad picture. Just about everything I saw was worthy of capturing on film. I recommend this trip wholeheartedly.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful Country!

First of all, tour director Paz, was AMAZING!! She was organized, helpful, knowledgeable, and she gave us a well rounded understanding of the country, in addition to great tips for where to eat, shop, etc. She even fixed my husbands glasses for him, and bought all the travelers pastries from the best shop! Thanks Paz!! Second, Portugal is beautiful country. I loved that this tour took us from north to south, and I felt like I got a really good feel for the whole country. The bus rides between destinations weren't too long, but also gave us some down time to just enjoy the beautiful views. From the mountains, to the quaint villages, to the ancient ruins, to the breathtaking shoreline views - it was all beautiful. I was also very pleased that most of the locals spoke English. Most restaurants had menus in English as well. The itinerary was well rounded. I felt like we saw a little bit of everything. Some of the stops/ free time weren't long enough to eat and shop and sightsee, but it gave a good overall perspective. The trip definitely needs another day in Lisbon, since we toured around Lisbon by bus and saw sites, but didn't get much exploration off the bus, other than Jeronimos Monastary, which was amazing! The hotels were all good. The first hotel in Porto was nice, yet, we didn't have any view from our room, as all the rooms had blinds in the windows, which weren't movable. So it was rather dark and not ideal. The hotel in Evora was also very nice, but they had a drainage issue with their showers. We did have dinner there and their food was very good. The final two hotels were perfect. Overall, the hotels were a great value. The hotel breakfasts were all pretty much the same - a limited buffet. But there was always plenty of great food! Food and wine are much cheaper in Portugal than we are used to in the States. The biggest con for us was the early start time. We generally were on the bus by 830-9am each day, which means getting up at 7 to pack bags, shower, and catch breakfast. Sometimes we felt run down and tired. Most days, there was free time mid afternoon into the evening, and we would have preferred to start the day atleast an hour later to not be so rushed unnecessarily in the mornings. But if that's the biggest con, then obviously you can tell the trip was wonderful!!!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Trip!

Wow! For a relatively small country, Portugal has a lot to offer. I really enjoyed all aspects of the trip but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Algarve region with its breathtaking scenery. The optional excursions: in Porto and Sintra are a must. Our tour guide, Paz, was exceptional. Her great organizational skills as well as her knowledge of the country certainly were an asset to making the trip memorable. The only negative was the location of the hotel in Lisbon which was located in a business area with few restaurants close by. It was nice and helpful to have GATs Rebecca along on our tour. I look forward to my next tour.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A beautiful country

I had never been to Portugal, so I wanted to do this tour. It was the best! We were in 4 different towns, and every one was enjoyable. Our tour director, Paz, was so knowledgable and helpful to all of us (21). The group was most congenial, and everyone was on time when we had schedules to meet. They were all considerate of their fellow travelers and the tour director. Paz gave us many interesting facts about the country, such as their educational system, retirement plans , and other facts we would not have known. I also liked the balance between scheduled tours and free time. We all said we were going home with wonderful memories, and thankful that we saw so much and learned so much in one week!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved this country

I absolutely loved my week in Portugal – the cities and the beaches, the old university towns, the castles and countryside. This tour covers a lot of ground – there are some long bus rides and touristy stops – but every place was beautiful, and Porto and Lisbon are fantastic. Our guide Roberta was smart, warm, helpful and charming. I did the river/wine tour in Porto, the fado dinner, and the trip to Sintra (which ends with a beautiful ocean drive) – and all were great; however, I also added a day in Lisbon. My one complaint is that the hotel in Lisbon is in a terrible location, not central or residential; it's really for business travelers and while technically near a metro stop, the area is so dead that we were encouraged to take cabs. But Portugal is a gem, soulful, funky, and quite affordable. Don’t miss the old bookstore in Porto, one of the most beautiful in the world. And if, like me, you fall in love with the tile that decorates Portugal from roofs to sidewalks, check out the Tile Museum in Lisbon; it's a tiny bit out of the way, but worth a cab.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

Our trip/tour of Portugal was great. Our tour director-Marcello was awesome. He make sure we were having a good time. He made us feel very welcome and took good care of all travellers. I will sure use Go Ahead Tours again. We have a GREAT time. Thank You, Go Ahead Tour folks. God Bless All

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