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A Week in Portugal: Porto, Évora & Lisbon

9 days |  12 days with the Algarve Region & Lisbon extension
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Explore Portugal’s endless charm from top to bottom.

Charming cities perched on peaceful riverbanks. Elegant Old Towns laced with cobblestone lanes. Too many opulent churches, palaces, and architectural gems to count. And then there are the emerald countrysides and sparkling coastlines, not to mention the mouthwatering food and wine. Is there anything Portugal doesn't have? As you spend a week exploring the country, from Porto in the north to Lisbon—and the sunny Algarve—in the south on our tour extension, you’ll discover that the tiny European country really does have it all.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 food tasting
  • 5 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Porto’s Old-World Ribeira district
  • Douro riverfront
  • Stock Exchange Palace
  • Coimbra
  • Évora’s Chapel of Bones
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Porto today.

Porto2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Porto
Included meal: Welcome dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Porto
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Porto—Portugal’s second-largest city—like a true tripeiro, or Porto resident, as you explore the city on a walking tour with your local guide.

  • Wander through the lanes of the medieval Ribeira district and along the picturesque Douro Riverfront
  • Pass 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, which was built in the 19th century

Enjoy a free afternoon in Porto or add an excursion.

Douro River Cruise & Port Wine Cellar

From $85 per person

Évora2 nights
Day 4: Évora via Coimbra
Included meal: Breakfast

Drive south and stop to explore Coimbra—a city perched on the banks of the Rio Mondego, and Portugal’s former capital—on a guided walking tour.

  • Visit Coimbra University—Portugal’s first university and one of the oldest in Europe
  • Marvel at the many Romanesque and Gothic buildings that stand in Coimbra’s Old City and along the riverbanks
  • Enjoy free time in Coimbra for lunch

Later, settle in to your hotel in Évora. Situated among cork groves in the Alentejo region, the town is known for its picturesque, rolling hills, its compact, walled city, and its Roman, Moorish, and royal roots. Here, you’ll join your group for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Évora
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a walking tour of UNESCO-recognized Évora, one of Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.

  • Take in the region’s whitewashed homes and intricate tilework
  • Wander through the city’s quaint historic center
  • See the Roman Temple of Diana
  • Enter St. Francis Church and its 16th-century Chapel of Bones, the latter of which monks built to house human bones that had been taking up valuable land in the city’s 40-plus cemeteries  

Spend a free afternoon in Évora or add an excursion.

Olive Oil Farm, Alentejo Wine Tasting & Dinner

From $145 per person

Lisbon3 nights
Day 6: Lisbon via Alentejo cork factory
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

As you travel to Lisbon, stop to visit an Alentejo cork factory to learn how the material is harvested and used to seal wine bottles.

Continue on to Lisbon and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Fado Show & Dinner

From $99 per person

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Set off on a guided sightseeing tour of Lisbon, Portugal’s colorful capital city, aboard your coach.

  • Stop at Eduardo VII Park to take photos and enjoy panoramic views of the city
  • Back on board your coach, drive along Avenida de Liberdade and past Lisbon’s important landmarks, including the busy Praça Marquês de Pombal roundabout, the Rossio rail station, with its pair of horseshoe-shaped front doors, and the Santa Justa lift, a 19th-century Industrial Age marvel turned beloved visitor attraction
  • Stop at the waterfront to discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries and Belém Tower, the latter of which served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers
  • View the outside of the church at Jerónimos Monastery, which was built in honor of voyagers
  • Visit a local bakery to taste pastéis de nata, a famous Portuguese custard tart
  • Make your way to Placa do Comercio and walk to Casa de Bicos, or the House of Spikes, a 16th-century palace whose facade is covered with more than 1,000 spike-shaped stones

Spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Lisbon Cooking Class & Dinner

From $129 per person

Day 8: Free day in Lisbon
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend a free day in Lisbon or add an excursion.

Later, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

Sintra & the Portuguese Riviera

From $95 per person

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to the Algarve Region & Lisbon
Situated along Portugal’s southern coast, the Algarve is known for its golden beaches, towering sea cliffs, lavish golf resorts, and charming fishing villages. And after a week spent exploring the country’s bustling cities, it’s the perfect place to slow down and enjoy a taste of laid-back living. During your visit, explore the region's dramatic coastline, soak up the charm of its historic, small towns, and get your fill of freshly caught seafood in its waterfront restaurants and bars. Then, say “adeus” to this otherworldly paradise and spend one last evening in lively Lisbon before catching your flight home.
Algarve Region2 nights
Day 9: Transfer to the Algarve Region & sightseeing tour of Silves
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to the sun-soaked Algarve region and join your Tour Director on a walk through the historic town of Silves, the Algarve’s original capital. Then, enjoy free time to relax and explore Silves at your leisure.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 10: Lagos, Sagres & Cape St. Vincent
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free morning in the Algarve region or add an excursion.

Then, discover the white-sand beaches, dramatic coastline, and small towns of the Algarve region, southern Portugal’s beachy hot spot.

  • Visit the seafaring town of Lagos
  • Marvel at the towering, coastal rock spires of Ponta da Piedade
  • Enter Sagres Fortress and admire stunning views of the sea
  • Make a photo stop at Cape St. Vincent to soak in the scenery from the southwesternmost point in mainland Europe

Please note: On some departures the Algarve Coastal Cruise excursion may take place on the morning of day 11.

Algarve Coastal Cruise

From $49 per person

Lisbon2 nights
Day 11: Transfer to Lisbon
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free morning in the Algarve region before heading back to Lisbon this afternoon.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
HF Fenix Porto
HF Fenix Porto

This urban hotel is located in Porto's Boavista district. Guests enjoy the terrace, on-site restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi. Nearby you'll find the Tra...

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M'Ar de Ar Muralhas
M'Ar de Ar Muralhas

This upscale hotel is located in the historic center of Évora. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, a restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Giraldo...

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HF Fenix Lisboa
HF Fenix Lisboa

This chic hotel is located on the central Marquês de Pombal in Lisbon. Guests enjoy the sun terrace, on-site restaurant and bar, and spacious rooms. N...

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Tivoli Lagos
Tivoli Lagos

This modern hotel is located in the Ameijeira neighborhood. Guests enjoy restaurants and open concept lounges. Nearby, you’ll find Dona Ana's Beach, P...

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Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

Coimbra, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
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Lagos, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Sagres, Portugal
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Evora, Portugal
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FAQ

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Passport, visa & entry 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.
  • No visa is 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.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code POT.
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Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for at least 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills.
  • The terrain in Porto and Lisbon is very hilly, with cobblestone streets that are sometimes slippery.
  • 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.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Porto and depart from Lisbon. A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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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).
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Health
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers 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 Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code POT.
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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’s served for free in many restaurants, some will add a charge to your bill for it.
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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.
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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.
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Time zones
  • Portugal is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour.
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Currency
  • You will use the euro on this tour.
  • 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.
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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 to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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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.
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