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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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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 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

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 $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.

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  • Porto, Portugal
  • 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. 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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

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.

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