Portugal: Porto, the Algarve & Lisbon

9 days
Journey through the cities and coastal villages that were once home to some of the greatest explorers the world has ever known. Sip Port in the city it’s named for and soak up the historic neighborhoods along the Douro River. 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

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few downhill inclines.

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 Maria Pia Bridge 

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

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Douro River Cruise & Port Wine Cellar $49pp* Details

Float along the beautiful 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 a visit to one of Porto’s most prestigious Port wine cellars: Ferriera. During the guided tour, learn the long-standing history of Port wine, as well as the ins and outs of Port production and warehousing. Then, sit down to taste three of the cellar’s world-famous labels, paired with cheese.

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.

The 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, follow a local guide as you stroll through the streets of UNESCO-recognized 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

• Stop at the Alentejo Cork Factory for a tour, and get a closer look at the way corks are made

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 Tower of Belém

• 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 $85pp* Details

Fado Dinner & Show

Spend your evening at a 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 a sense of both nostalgia and longing. 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 $59pp* Details

Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Sintra and learn why the poet Lord Byron once called it a “glorious Eden.” Get a glimpse into royal life during a guided tour of the 19th-century, romanticist Pena Palace. This mountaintop site boasts picturesque gardens and sweeping views of the Portuguese countryside. After your tour, you’ll have free time to stroll through Sintra, viewing its colorful villas, small shops and impeccably manicured gardens. On your way back to Lisbon, take in the coastal scenery of the Portuguese Riviera. Stop in the old fishing village of Cascais to eat lunch and 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 Starting from $259 pp

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 - Religious Heritage of Tomar & Fátima $85pp* Details

Enjoy a short drive to Tomar where you'll take a guided tour of the city's UNESCO-listed church, the Convent of Christ. This 12th-century site served as a fortress for the Knights of Templar and features eight cloisters which were built between the 15th and 16th centuries. Transfer to Fatima where you'll explore 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. Enter two of the young cousins’ homes, known as the houses of Jacinta, and visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima. Later, enjoy free time to grab lunch, shop at stalls selling religious articles and explore on your own.

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

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 Óbidos and Nazaré $99pp* 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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  • Évora, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Portugal, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few downhill inclines.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Porto and depart from Lisbon. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Portugal. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Portuguese food is fresh, hearty and delicious. Try seafood stew cooked in a cataplana, a shell-shaped copper pan, or the national dish, bacalhau (salted cod). A couvert, or simple plate of bread, butter and olives, is often served when you sit down to a meal—while it is free in many restaurants, some will add a charge to your bill for it.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Portugal operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

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

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Portugal. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

portugal

THE FIRST THING I MET WHEN I GOT OFF THE PLANE IN PORTO WAS A MOUNTAIN GOAT GOING BACK TO THE ROCKIES, TOO MANY HILLS. i AM 80 YEARS OLD AND ENJOYED THE TOUR. THE TOUR GUIDE AND THE LOCAL GUIDES WERE EXCELLENT. THE TOUR WAS WELL WORTH THE PRICE BUT WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT FOR ANY ONE NOT IN EXCELLENT SHAPE. THE DAILY WALKING WAS FAR MORE THAN THE 1 AND 1/2 MILES OUTLINED IN THE BROCHURE MOSTLY UP OR DOWN STEEP HILLS ON VERY NARROW SIDEWALKS. HIGHLIGHTS FOR ME WERE PORT WINE TOUR, CORK FACTORY TOUR (I BROUGHT A CORK CAP) AND THE FADO DINER ( FADO=PORTUGUESE GUITAR) GREAT GROUP. IF YOU GO TAKE ALL OFF THE OPTIONAL TOURS. WELL WORTH IT EVEN IF IT ALMOST KILLED ME

 

Dear Herbert, Thank you for your review. We’re delighted to learn that you enjoyed the tour and that you feel your Tour Director and local guides did an excellent job. We’re also happy to hear that the port wine tour, cork factory tour, and fado dinner stood out as the highlights. Regarding the pacing of the tour, we regret that you found it strenuous at times. In terms of the pacing listed on our itinerary, this pacing refers to the amount of walking required to participate in the core tour, meaning without the optionals and excluding your free time. We list it this way so that those with mobility issues can see what the minimum amount of required activity looks like. If you like to do a lot of exploring in your free time and if you participate in our optionals, the activity level will be higher. We’ve designed our itineraries so that there is a lot of flexibility and options for personalization because we understand that all travelers have different desired paces. Should you want to book another Go Ahead tour (and we hope you will!), you can always discuss your desired pacing with our Sales Consultants and they will gladly help you find a tour that’s the best fit for you. Please give us a call at 1-800-597-0350 if you have any questions regarding pacing. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 25, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Portugal 2016

I very much enjoyed this tour to Portugal. I think it should be longer in order to allow the traveler to see and do more in the country. I arrived a day earlier to Porto and got to see some of the interesting sights that were only mentioned as we passed in the tour bus the next day. Porto is beautiful as is the rest of this country. I enjoyed our tour of a Cork Factory (takes cash only but better prices than in shops). We also stopped in a tile factory which was quite interesting. Lisbon is beautiful and we had a wonderful local guide Rafaella. I stayed one day after the tour ended but wished I could have stayed longer. Do not miss the optional tour to Sintra. One of the highlights on the trip. If you're interested in this wonderful country plan your trip with some extra time on your own to do it justice.

 

Hi Sheryl! It’s great to know that you enjoyed your time in Portugal. We appreciate your feedback on various aspects of the itinerary, such as the tour of the cork factory and the optional to Sintra. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 24, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful sun filled Portugal with a GREAT guide

Very good except the Evora to the cork factory then back to Evora. Also good hotel in Lisbon put location not so much. Our huide Luis was FANTASTC!! Your best asset.

 

Hi Thomas! We’re delighted that you enjoyed your tour, as well as your Tour Director. We appreciate your feedback on the trip to the cork factory, as well as the location of the hotel in Lisbon. We will be sure to share this information with our teams internally. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Tour Company

As a single female, this was my first time traveling overseas alone. For anyone, male or female, who considers traveling solo, I can not recommend GoAhead Tours enough. Take the chance, you will make friends, enjoy the scenery, and go places you never thought you could do by yourself. Portugal is a small country, and a lot of people asked why I chose it. What can I say? It's unspoiled beauty, locals are friendly, food is delicious, and there are cafes everywhere to eat, drink, and catch a break. We went just in time to see the graduates of Coimbra University graduate, walking around in their black capes. We had an excursion to Fatima, which was incredible, we saw the olive tree where Mary appeared and the actual houses that the three children lived. Portugal is a safe country, although I would say always keep your wits about you, but I never felt afraid, outside of being alone outside the country for the first time. Walking can be kind of trecherous, it's all cobblestones, so wear flat shoes and sneakers. Be aware, its very easy to trip, especially when it rains, it's super slippery. I brought home beautiful pottery, embroidory, memories, photographs, and stories. Take the chance, be it Portugal or another country. Go Ahead Tours will not let you down, as a solo traveler, I plan to use this company to see the world from now on. As a matter of fact, I have another trip booked for the fall through Go Ahead, I felt very safe and comfortable, my regards, Caitlin, Boston MA.

 

Hi Caitlin! As a single traveler, we’re so glad you felt safe and comfortable on a Go Ahead tour. The great thing is that your group members become your travel companions, and you meet so many other interesting people along the way, too! We could not agree more with you about Portugal and its beautiful natural and cultural offerings. You’re right that the cobblestone and uneven streets are best navigated with flat shoes or sneakers, though we recommend comfortable shoes on all Go Ahead tours. Thank you for your recommendation and for choosing Go Ahead. We look forward to welcoming you on your next adventure!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Portugal - An Unknown Gem

Portugal is a first-class tourist destination that is often overlooked. There is so much beauty and history there. The people are very friendly. The trip had great value and prices there were reasonable. Loved our Tour Director, Rafaiele. She was respected and liked by everyone. I think she would be the most popular guide for our Go Ahead Tour destination.

 

Hi Richard! We completely agree that Portugal is a must-see destination. We’re glad that you enjoyed the beauty and unique history of this incredible country. It’s wonderful to know that your Tour Director was well-liked and respected by everyone. We are certainly proud of our amazing Tour Directors. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A great country!

I didn't have a lot of knowledge about Portugal before this trip but I came back with a new appreciation for this country. Our guide. Rafaela or Rafi, was amazing! She gave us so much information about the country and its history but always in a fun, interesting way. There were twenty in our group which was a nice size and everyone was great! Rafi was so good about giving us recommendations about where to eat and what to do at all of our stops-very helpful. The larger cities-Porto and Lisbon-were great but I really loved the smaller towns like Evora, Sintra and Obidos. And of course the Algarve was gorgeous! It was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

 

Hi Karel! We’re so glad you found this tour to be educational and interesting. It sounds like your Tour Director did a wonderful job informing your group about the history of the country, as well as offering tips and suggestions of things to do in your free time. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next one!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Portugal is beautiful

Portugal is the most beautiful country I have been to. The food was amazing, the cathedrals were breath taking, and the algarve region was absolutely stunning.

 

Hi Austin! We're thrilled to hear that Portugal is the most beautiful country you've visited. We appreciate your feedback on the meals and will be sure to share it with our Operations team. We agree that the Algarve region is gorgeous, and we're so glad you were able to experience it. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to your next Go Ahead adventure.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 22, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 12

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sunny Portugal beckons

Never having been to Portugal before, I was a little leery of the weather in the late fall, but not to worry< it was a spectacular time to visit "sunny Portugal". It was 75 with sunshine and blue skies very where we went from the north to the south and back again to Lisbon. Our guide was Path and she was extraordinary in many ways. She was very knowledgeable, very entertaining and very well organized. we did not have to worry about any details of our trip. everything was in the good hands of Path and we were treated like royalty wherever we went. I will definitely return to " Sunny Portugal" . Next time I will get some grilled sardines. They were not in season when I was there in November and I really wanted to taste them. Thank you Path for a wonderful trip.

1 / 1
 

Hi Martha! We are so thrilled to hear you had a fantastic experience in Portugal! Sounds like you had perfect weather! We are especially happy to hear about your wonderful experience with your Tour Director. We take pride in our team of amazing, expert Tour Directors! Give us a call when you want to head back for those grilled sardines – yum! Thank you for your valuable feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next Go Ahead adventure.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 28, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Amazing -- so knowledgible and personable The guides were wonderful; bus drivers great. Accommodations excellent

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 10/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful Portugal!

Enjoyed our trip very much except we wish we had more time in Lisbon. Lisbon being the capital, there wasn't enough time to explore if you took the excursion to Sintra which was worth it. We were not happy with our tour director.......he was not very informative.

 

Dear Veena, Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and for writing this review. We have tried to reach out to you to speak more about your experience on tour, but have been unable to connect. We regret to learn that you did not feel there was sufficient time in Lisbon, and that your Tour Director did not meet your expectations. We monitor this tour’s performance very closely, and will keep your feedback in mind when evaluating it moving forward. We do hope that you continue to travel the world, and we hope to see you on tour again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 29, 2015

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Hoarding Cattle

Dear Goahead, I must begin with my flight to Porto, via a 3 hour layover that had me arriving and 10:30am with no place to go but walk the streets until the 3pm check in time, why would you do that? I was so exhausted by 6pmthat I was unable to join in the welcome dinner. While Poerto worked well in terms of variety, beyond that it became endless hours on the bus, to be ushered out at tourist site, any free time permitted was barely enough time for lunch. In Evora we arrived about 5:30, only to be told there is a walking tour in an hour and then dinner, we hadn't even checked in to catch a breath, then at 9am the next morning we had to be packed and out, but not on the bus, but left wandering around this little town until 1:30pm. So the entire trip continued, I felt hoarded like cattle with not. Moments rest, grace or ease. Best regard

 

Dear Gisela, Thank you for traveling with us to Portugal and for taking the time to compile this review. We appreciate your comments regarding the pace of the tour. While it is always our goal to find the right balance between free time and guided activities, we will certainly pass your feedback along to our Product Development team to review further. While the city of Porto indeed has a lot to offer, the same cannot be said for the flight itineraries arriving there, and there are often very few options for itineraries. We work closely with our partners in the airline industry to secure our travelers the most direct routes possible. We do tend to select flights that arrive earlier rather than later, so that should you encounter any delay in your journey, you are less likely to miss any part of the tour. That said, please know that we have a team of experts here to help you; we can walk you through a number of different flight options, as well as give you suggestions for your free time if you do arrive early. Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and we hope to welcome you onto another tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 30, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/29/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Introduction to Portugal!

The itinerary and our tour director were very good! My personal tastes lean towards the urban, cultural experiences so would have preferred more time in Porto, Evora, or Lisbon and a bit less time in Algarve with its beach oriented activities. We found Portugal to be a great discovery--friendly people, relaxed pace of life, beautiful landscapes, great cities, lovely food and wine and at affordable prices! Look forward to returning and experiencing more of this great culture.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

History at your feet!

Luis was a great tour guide who was incredibly passionate about his country. He made sure everything showed his country to be the best it is. He is a little hesitant about united states humor but eventually caught on. There are shops on every cobblestone area and everywhere you walk, be prepared to walk up tons of hills. Make sure you have shoes to walk in a lot. It was a lot of fun, but hot. Try to go in a cooler month. It's the kind of place when you are there you know you are walking in history. Don't miss out on the chapel of bones and remember to get something made of cork. It's everywhere and made in different articles. I have earrings, necklaces and a hat. It's as soft as suede. We even got to see how the cork was harvested from the trees. I had a great time.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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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