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Grand Tour of Portugal: From Porto to Lisbon

14 days |  18 days with The Azores & Lisbon extension
Group size1535 travelers
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Get to know this small European country’s big personality.

Tiny Portugal packs a big punch when it comes to eye-popping landscapes, artisanal traditions, and flavorful food and wines. And on this sweeping tour of the country, you can get a taste of it all. Touch down in Porto and get to know the coastal city before making your way south. Along the way, explore the picturesque Douro Valley, the university town of Coimbra, religiously significant Fátima, medieval Évora, and the sun-splashed Algarve before ending your adventure in colorful Lisbon. Not ready to head home? Extend your stay to explore the Azores, an archipelago off Portugal’s coast that’s home to lush, natural scenery and welcoming locals.

Your tour package includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
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Included highlights

  • Stock Exchange Palace
  • Casa de Mateus
  • Douro Valley wine tasting
  • Coimbra
  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima
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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.

Porto3 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 like a true tripeiro (Porto resident) as you join your local guide for a walking tour.

  • Wander through the medieval lanes of the Old World Ribeira district and along the picturesque Douro Riverfront
  • Pass iconic sites, 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 in Porto or add an excursion.

Douro River Cruise & Port Wine Cellar

From $85 per person

Day 4: Free day in Porto
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Porto or add an excursion.

A Day in Guimarães & Braga

From $119 per person

Douro Valley1 night
Day 5: Douro Valley via Casa de Mateus & wine tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Travel through rolling hills and small villages as you make your way to the Douro Valley, making stops along the way.

  • Visit the 18th-century Casa de Mateus, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque civil architecture in Portugal
  • Admire the architecture of the Baroque-style mansion, which is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Portuguese countryside
  • Tour the mansion and its gardens, which were designed by architect Nicolau Nasoni in the 18th century
  • Stop at a local restaurant to enjoy an included lunch featuring regional food and wine
  • Visit a winery and sample three wines from some of Portugal’s most prestigious wine-producing areas

Continue on to your hotel in the Douro Valley and enjoy a free evening.

Fátima2 nights
Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Coimbra & Fátima
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive south and stop to explore Coimbra, a riverfront city that once served as Portugal’s capital, on a guided walking tour.

  • Visit Coimbra University—one of the oldest in Europe—and its grand library, the latter of which was built in the university’s courtyard atop the ruins of a medieval royal prison
  • Explore the Old Cathedral, or Se Velha, which was built in the 12th century, when Coimbra was Portugal’s capital
  • Marvel at the Romanesque and Gothic buildings that stand in Coimbra’s medieval Old City and along its waterfront

Continue on to Fátima, the central Portuguese town that’s home to a famous Catholic pilgrimage site known as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, and join a local guide for a walking tour.

  • Learn more about the site, which is where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times in as many months before three young shepherds
  • Step inside the House of Jacinta—home to the three children who saw the apparitions
  • Enter the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and explore its grotto

Enjoy an included dinner this evening.

Day 7: Free day in Fátima
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Fátima or add an excursion.

Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos

From $119 per person

Évora1 night
Day 8: Transfer to Évora & sightseeing tour
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  
Algarve Region2 nights
Day 9: The Algarve Region via cork factory & olive oil farm
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

As you travel to the sun-soaked Algarve region, stop to learn about locally produced cork and olive oil.

  • Visit an Alentejo cork factory to learn how the material is harvested and used to seal wine bottles
  • Join a local guide for a tour of an olive grove and farm
  • Learn about olive oil production and the importance of the olive grove ecosystem
  • Sample the farm’s olive oil, along with some regional tapas made with homemade products

Continue on to the Algarve region and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 10: Free day on the Algarve coast
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day on the Algarve coast or add excursions.

Algarve Coastal Cruise: Cliffs, Beaches & Caves

From $75 per person

Historic Silves & Farmhouse Dinner

From $85 per person

Lisbon2 nights
Day 11: Lisbon via Sagres, Cape St. Vincent & Vicentine Coast Natural Park
Included meal: Breakfast

As you make your way to Lisbon, 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 Sagres and enter the Sagres Fortress to admire stunning views of the sea
  • Make a photo stop at Cape St. Vincent to soak in the scenery from mainland Europe’s southwestern-most point

Continue along the coast to Lisbon via the impressive Vicentine Coast Nature Park, one of Europe’s best preserved coastlines.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

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

  • Admire views of the city from Eduardo VII Park and pass the Praça Marquês de Pombal as you travel along Avenida da Liberdade
  • Stop at the waterfront to discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries and Tower of Belém
  • View the outside of the church at Jerónimos Monastery, built to honor voyagers
  • Try pastéis de nata, a famous Portuguese custard tart

Enjoy a free evening in Lisbon or add an excursion.

Fado Show & Dinner

From $99 per person

Day 13: 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 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore the Azores.

Extension to The Azores & Lisbon
Dramatic landscapes, charming fishing villages, and tranquil pastures are a few of the features that draw travelers to the Azores, an archipelago situated off of Portugal’s coast, in the mid-Atlantic. From mainland Portugal, travel to the largest Azorean island, São Miguel, which is home to lake-filled calderas and Europe’s only tea plantation. During your visit, explore Ponta Delgada, the Azores’ capital city, through its military and religious history, its natural landscape, and its culinary traditions.
São Miguel3 nights
Day 14: Flight to São Miguel & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Ponta Delgada, located on the island of São Miguel, and enjoy a guided tour of the Azores’ capital city.

  • Begin at Forte de São Brás, a Renaissance-style fortress used as a base for the Portuguese Navy
  • Continue walking along the scenic promenade to see the San Sebastian Church and the Church of São José

Enjoy an included dinner with your group this evening.

Day 15: Pineapple plantation & Sete Cidades
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting

Join a local guide for a day spent treating your taste buds to Azorean flavors—and enjoying spectacular views from Lagoa do Fogo volcano.

  • Step inside a traditional greenhouse where Azorean pineapples—an island specialty—have been cultivated for more than 150 years
  • Learn about the processes locals use to produce the delicious fruit
  • Taste housemade pineapple liqueur and jam
  • Continue on to Lagoa do Fogo volcano to enjoy views of its crater lake and other spectacular surroundings
  • Make your way to Caldeira Velha, a lush, jungle area that’s home to a hot spring and waterfalls
  • Continue on to downtown Ribeira Grande for an included lunch
  • Head to the Sete Cidades village, where you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding crater and lake
Day 16: Free day on São Miguel
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day on São Miguel or add an excursion.

Gorreana Tea Plantation, Lunch & the Furnas Valley

From $95 per person

Lisbon1 night
Day 17: Flight to Lisbon
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a final morning on São Miguel before flying back to Lisbon.

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

Lisbon Home-Hosted Dinner

From $79 per person

Flight Home
Day 18: 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.
Hotel NH Porto Jardim
Hotel NH Porto Jardim

This modern hotel is located in Porto’s Ribeira neighborhood. Guests enjoy a top-floor pool, gym, and restaurant. Nearby you’ll find Ribeira Square, J...

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Lamego Hotel & Life
Lamego Hotel & Life

This countryside hotel sits on its own orchard and vineyard in Lamego. Guests enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, stunning views of the surrounding la...

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Hotel Santa Maria
Hotel Santa Maria

This spacious hotel is located around the corner from the Sanctuary in Fátima, Portugal. Guests enjoy the artwork featuring Portuguese artists, on-sit...

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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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Tivoli Marina Portimão Algarve Hotel
Tivoli Marina Portimão Algarve Hotel

This coastal hotel is located in Portimão. Guests enjoy a pool, restaurant, and bar options. Nearby you’ll find Praia da Rocha, Fortaleza de Santa Cat...

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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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São Miguel Park Hotel
São Miguel Park Hotel

This welcoming hotel is located in the heart of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel in the Azores. Guests enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, he...

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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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Fatima, Portugal
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Porto, 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 GPO.
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Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for at least two hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills.
  • The terrain in 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.
  • A round-trip flight between Lisbon and Ponta Delgada is included in the price of the tour extension.
  • 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 GPO.
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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 is free in many restaurants, some will add a charge for it to your bill.
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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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