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Portugal for Solo Travelers

9 days |  11 days with Lisbon extension
Group size1528 travelers
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Soak in the country’s scenery and sunshine alongside solo travelers.

Sampling Portugal’s signature pastel de nata, a flaky and flavorful custard tart, is a lot more fun when you have new friends to share in the excitement of taking that first bite. Something else that’s exciting? Seeing the world on a guided tour created for solo travelers. On this trip, you’ll meet like-minded people as you take part in immersive experiences that showcase the local cuisine and culture.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 food tasting
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Included highlights

  • Porto’s central market
  • 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: Dinner

Welcome to Portugal! Settle in to your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Porto
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Get to know Porto like a true tripeiro, or Porto resident, as you follow your local guide.

  • Pass citywide icons such as Liberty Square, Carmelitas Church, and the Baroque-style Clérigos Tower
  • Stop for coffee and a sweet treat at a local cafe
  • Visit Porto’s central market where local merchants sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, and more
  • Wander along the medieval lanes of the Old-World Ribeira district
  • Take a scenic drive through the local neighborhoods and past the Douro riverfront

Enjoy a free afternoon in Porto or add an excursion.

Douro River Cruise & Port Wine Cellar

From $75 per person

Évora1 night
Day 4: Évora via Coimbra
Included meal: 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.

Algarve Region2 nights
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Évora & transfer to the Algarve Region
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 to see how cork is made

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

Day 6: Lagos, Sagres & Cape St. Vincent
Included meal: Breakfast

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

  • Visit the seafaring towns of Lagos and Sagres
  • 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 southwestern-most point in mainland Europe
Lisbon2 nights
Day 7: Transfer to Lisbon & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know the Portuguese capital on a tour with a local guide.

  • Admire views of the city from Eduardo VII Park, then pass the Praça Marquês de Pombal and the Mouraria District
  • Discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries and Tower of Belém
  • Enter Jerónimos Church, which was built to honor voyagers
  • Walk through Chiado square to the Baixa district in the heart of the city
  • Enjoy a ride on the famous Tram 28

Spend a free afternoon in Lisbon or add an excursion.

Fado Show & Dinner

From $95 per person

Day 8: Free day in Lisbon & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Lisbon or add an excursion.

This evening, take part in a cooking class where you’ll learn how to make a traditional Portuguese appetizer, dinner, and dessert. Then, enjoy local wine paired with the food you made during a farewell dinner.

Sintra

From $85 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 Lisbon
Whitewashed buildings, red-clay roofs, winding yellow trams—in Lisbon, there’s discovery around every corner. Spend a few more days exploring the city at your leisure or add excursions to dive deeper into the culture alongside a local guide.
Lisbon2 nights
Day 9: Free day in Lisbon
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Lisbon or add excursions.

Religious Heritage of Tomar & Fátima

From $89 per person

Lisbon Home-Hosted Dinner

From $75 per person

Day 10: Free day in Lisbon
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring at your leisure or add an excursion.

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

Old World Portugal: Medieval Óbidos and Nazaré

From $119 per person

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

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    08/21/22 by 1st-time traveler Rosalinda

    I enjoyed my trip for the most part. I saw beautiful sights, met amazing people, made new friendships and ate lots of good food. I loved Portugal and I know I'll go back again another time. Our tour director, Paz, worked very hard to make sure we enjoyed our trip and didn't get lost or left behin...

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    Beautiful Portugal
    08/21/22 by 2nd-time traveler Desiree

    My EF Go Ahead trip to Portugal was amazing. From start to finish their were no hiccups. I did the solo tour and the itinerary was perfect. From Porto, to Coimbra, to Evora to Algarve to Lisbon was absolutely stunning. I did the extension so I could have 4 days in Lisbon and I would highly suggest t...

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    Portugal for Solo Travelers -- August 2022
    08/21/22 by 1st-time traveler Kathy
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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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    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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    VIP Grand Lisboa Hotel and Spa
    VIP Grand Lisboa Hotel and Spa

    This modern hotel is located near the business center of Lisbon. Guests enjoy a wellness center, outdoor pool, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Avenida ...

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    Flights

    Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.
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    • Round-trip flight for your tour
    • Airport transfers at your destination
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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

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    Lagos, Portugal
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    Lisbon, Portugal
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    Sagres, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 PO6.
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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 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 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 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 PO6.
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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 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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