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Espíritu Travel’s Immersive Portugal 15-day trip will take you to explore all of Portugal’s hidden gems. The perfect mix of culture, gastronomy, nature, and history, this trip will take you beyond Lisbon and Porto for a truly authentic experience.
Upon arrival, you are met by the driver who will take you to the hotel.
This afternoon, you enjoy a gourmet food tour in Lisbon’s authentic winding alleys and taste the incredible flavors of Portuguese gastronomy. Campo de Ourique is a city within the city! Wake up your taste buds for the flavors and your senses for the history and culture of this pioneer neighborhood that sets the food culture and gastronomic trends of Lisbon. You will visit seven spots that brilliantly link tradition with modernity. They have reinvented restaurant concepts – from the market to the hotel-school – and have created culinary recipes that have become world-famous.
Today you’ll get to discover Lisbon on a half-day excursion, visiting key sites and some well-kept secrets, exposing the city’s unique atmosphere and authenticity. This will be a fun adventure as you travel around the city utilizing the yellow tram system broken up with relaxed strolls. The tour includes the following:
Praça do Comércio: the largest of Lisbon’s plazas
Baixa: the ‘new city’, built after the devastating 1755 earthquake
Praça da Figueira: Lisbon’s traditional market square
Rossio: the heart of downtown Lisbon
Iron Lift Viewpoint: a stellar 360º view over the downtown district
Largo do Carmo: the setting for the democratic revolution of 1974
Carmo ruins: the only Gothic monument of the city
St. Roque Church: a Baroque extravaganza
Bairro Alto: the lively bohemian district
Chiado: the city’s most elegant shopping area
Portas do Sol: a breathtaking view over Alfama (the Old Town)
In the evening, you’ll wine and dine at one of the best Fado restaurants in Lisbon for traditional Portuguese cuisine with interludes of authentic Fado singing and music.
The area surrounding Lisbon offers an incredible variety of architecture and scenery, from fairytale palaces to romantic towns and breathtaking viewpoints. Today’s guided excursion is the ideal way to experience some of these attractions.
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will deliver you to the first stop on the tour: Sintra. This village—about 30 minutes by car from the capital—is a harmonic combination of history and fantasy, described as a “glorious Eden” by the British poet Lord Byron in the 18th century. You will have free time to explore on your own and have lunch, and your guide can recommend some imposing monuments and wonderful palaces that are worth a visit.
Your next stop will be the Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Portugal and mainland Europe. Enjoy the gorgeous views across the Atlantic Ocean as waves crash onto the shore. On the return trip to Lisbon, you will have time to appreciate the fishing harbor and tourist center of Cascais, the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family, and nowadays an excellent spot for surfing. You’ll also be able to visit the luxury entertainment town of Estoril, known for its casino (the largest in Europe) and attractive gardens.
After the excursion, you’ll have the remainder of the day to enjoy Lisbon any way you’d like.exploring on your own.
Today, you’ll have a free day in Lisbon to enjoy the city any way you’d like! If you’ve seen enough of the city and are anxious to explore other areas, here are some excellent day-trip ideas:
This morning you meet your private driver that will take you to Porto. On your way there you will make a stop at Coimbra and Aveiro. Upon arrival at Coimbra you will meet with a local guide for a two-hour visit to this city. During this walking tour through the Historical Center of Coimbra you discover the different reasons that allowed for such classification, going from the Downtown to the Uppertown while it is unveiled its importance in the History of Portugal and the material and immaterial values within the classified perimeter.
After lunch, travel to Aveiro. Situated on the edge of an extensive coastal lagoon system, Aveiro is a prosperous town with a good-looking center and a youthful, energetic buzz. It’s occasionally dubbed the Venice of Portugal thanks to its small network of picturesque canals. But where the Italian city has gondolas, Aveiro has moliceiros – colorful boats traditionally used for seaweed-harvesting but now used for canal cruises. Self-guided visit.
Finishing the day in Porto.
This morning you will head out to start your half-day visit in Porto. This excursion will lead you through the most important landmarks of Portugal’s second most populous city. Settled by Romans, this is an emblematic city known for its delicious Port Wine, medieval townhouses stack up beside the beautiful Douro River and churches wearing their blue-and-white “azulejo” tiles.
The guide will explain to you the rich history of this city, also called “Invicta” (the Unbeaten City), its heroes and battles, and will guide you towards the trendiest and most cultural area of the city. Boavista Avenue, one of the most important streets, and Foz, the place where the river meets the sea, have some of the most important museums and modern local treasures. Then, the city center invites a long visit. Being a UNESCO site, here we will admire the most renowned Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Classical monuments and sites, like the São Bento Railway Station, Clerigos Tower, the Church of St. Francis, Lello Bookshop, Sta. Catarina Street, Majestic Café, Bolhão Market, and much more.
And after a visit to the imposing Cathedral with its superb silver altarpiece, we will be able to enjoy the riverbanks of the immense Douro River, its Ribeira plaza, and the D. Luís Bridge.
In the afternoon, be sure and check out one of the Port House in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Today you will be picked up at your hotel for this full-day excursion to discover Douro Valley. You will visit the historic towns (Amarante, S.Leonardo da Galafura and Pinhão). You will have a traditional lunch and a guided tour and tasting in one of the vineyards. Finally finishing the excursion with a panoramic boat cruise.
After your excursion to this World Heritage site, you will return to your hotel in Porto.
Immerse yourself in Portugal’s wild landscape on this full-day small-group tour of Peneda- Gerês National Park from Porto. Explore the only Portuguese National Park,hike incredible mountains, admiring local fauna and flora, amazing viewpoints, and mesmerizing waterfalls. Enjoy a traditional picnic lunch in one of Gerês most iconic viewpoints while you rest with the mountain at your feet and admire the gorgeous surrounding scenery. Highlights of the trip:
Today, you have a car delivered to the hotel.
In route, you can make a stop in Tomar to visit the Convento de Cristo, which forms a beautiful backdrop from almost any vantage point. Eight-and-a-half centuries after its founding, this venerable headquarters of the legendary Knights Templar is a rambling concoction of Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance architecture that bears extravagant witness to its integral role in centuries of Portuguese history. Self-guided visit.
After visiting Tomar, you can also make another stop at Almourol Castle. Located on the top of a small rocky island in the middle of the Tagus river, this sandstone castle has been described as one of the most picturesque fortresses in the country. The history of the castle dates back almost 2,000 years, and despite its respectable age, the Castle of Almourol has been very well kept. Self-guided visit.
After visiting these two places, continue to Évora.
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll have the entire day to explore more of Évora at your own pace—a small city blessed with a large number of national monuments inside its ancient Moorish walls.
Alternatively, you could get in a car and drive around the surrounding Alentejo region, Portugal’s biggest, which covers about 30% of the country. The sparsely populated yet vast swath of land between the Algarve region and Lisbon offers scenic rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, and charming fortified towns with a number of walking trails, Neolithic monuments, rustic wineries, and cork production facilities.
No matter how you spend your day, enjoy the slow pace of life; residents in the Alentejo region are more traditional than other parts of Portugal, reflected in their home-cooked cuisine and local handicrafts.
Travel to the Algarve. Travel to Lagos: 3 hours
Today, you can set out to discover two of the eastern Algarve’s most picturesque places. Tavira is a joy to explore with its plethora of historic buildings and ornate churches, all of which are set around charming plazas and pretty cobbled streets. There is good public transport connecting Tavira to the surrounding region, and the town can be easily traversed on foot.
Santa Luzia is a traditional Portuguese fishing village, which remains authentic and untouched by the influences of tourism. If you arrive in town early in the morning, watch the colorful fishing boats return, then visit the fish market, where the last night’s catch is displayed and sold.
At the end of the day, return to Tavira for a relaxing evening in town. Ask your specialist for a recommendation for dinner!
Today, you’ll have the entire day to explore the incredibly scenic area in and around Lagos, its nearby beaches, and the larger Algarve Region any way you’d like.
If you haven’t spent much time in the port city of Lagos yet, it’s definitely worth some time to wander through its 16th-century inner walls for cobblestoned streets and inviting squares. You’ll also find a great range of restaurants and nightlife options both inside and outside the walls (not surprisingly, outside is more modern).
If beaches are high on the list, you’ll find a number of dreamy options to choose from offering a variety of services, watersports, and boat excursions. For example, there’s Pinhao Beach, a peaceful cove known for its secluded, picturesque setting. Another option is the Ponta da Piedade, which offers more dramatic sandstone cliffs and bright turquoise water (a range of boat tours depart from here). Meanwhile, Praia do Camilo enjoys a memorable view from the top while 200 wooden steps lead to a sheltered sandy cove.
The scenery doesn’t stop there: If you have a car, the surrounding Algarve region offers plenty to see and do within its pristine natural parks, bustling resort towns, and authentic white-washed villages.
Enjoy your time in the Algarve
It’s time to say goodbye to Portugal! At the designated time you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport. Tchau Portugal!