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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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Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 34 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

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 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 story-book, 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 en route 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

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 - 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.

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

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 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 story-book, 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 en route 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.

How's the weather?

  • Porto, Portugal
  • Évora, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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 luggage 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 that 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 $6USD/CAD to $9USD/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.

How's the weather?

  • Porto, Portugal
  • Évora, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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 luggage 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 that 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 $6USD/CAD to $9USD/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.

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

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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.

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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.

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