Portugal from north to south

10 nights

Day 1: Welcome to Portugal

Porto Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel

At arrival, meet your private driver who will be waiting for you right at the outside gate with a signal on your name for your transfer. Your private vehicle will drive you in best comfort to your hotel in Porto. Check in at your selected hotel without any hassle.


Wine Tasting

Meet your private driver, who will be at your disposal during your excursion today to enjoy in a private wine tasting.

Visit the historic Grahams’s Lodge. Built in 1890 on a hilltop in Vila Nova de Gaia, overlooking the Douro River and the city of Porto. The Lodge benefits from its location that is ideally suited for the long ageing of Port in cask. The influence of the ocean is profound guaranteeing a continuous, balanced maturation of wines.

Overnight in Porto


Day 2: A day in Porto

Porto Private Half Day Tour

Enjoy a half day private tour to explore the city of Port. You will be able to visit the main sights and monuments of the city like Mercado do Bolhão or Torre dos Clerigos (“Clerics' Tower”). Your official guide will drive you around this unique city at your disposal, so do not hesitate to ask him any questions and show some interest for any specific place that you would like to visit. The city is quite varied architecturally, with medieval as well as modern living side by side. Porto's geography is hard on the feet, but pleasant to the eye. The city is extremely hilly, with many buildings built into a cliff face that overlooks the river.


Douro Cruise of Six Bridges

Experience a route through unique landscapes of mountain and river. Surprise yourself admiring the six bridges that make the connection between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. You will leave the wharf Riveira Estiva and start to see Ribeira, Luís Bridge, Serra do Pilar Monastery, Infante Bridge, D. Maria Pia Bridge, S. João Bridge and Freixo Bridge. Coming from S. João Bridge you can admire the gorgeous city of Porto, World Heritage Area since 1996. After passing Luís Bridge in direction to the Ocean, make sure you do not miss the beautiful land of launch a serene beauty of river and ocean together, something so special that you need to be part of at least once in a lifetime.

Overnight in Porto


Day 3: From Porto to Coimbra

On your way to Coimbra, enjoy a fascinating experience in the fishing village of Aveiro.

Enjoy a a half day tour in Aveiro dedicated to the codfish (there are said to be over 1000 recipes in Portugal alone and it can be considered the iconic ingredient of Portuguese cuisine). Unique experiences - Maritime Museum, a codfish processing factory visit, a ship-museum visit, a Saline visit, a Cod fish degustation lunch and a Moliceiro private boat tour, with ovos-moles and regional Bairrada sparkling wine!

In the afternoon you reach the lovely city of Coimbra. This city has a mystique all its own, the result of a past full of relevant facts, and also the memories of many tens of thousands of Portuguese who, even today, scattered across the country or across borders, reminiscent of the years youth spent here, when attended the University, normally carefree times, mirth and hope.

Overnight in Coimbra



Day 4: Fatima, Batalha, Alcobaça & Nazaré: a complete discovery tour

Visit to Fatima, Batalha, Alcobaça & Nazaré on your way to Obidos

Meet your private driver, who will be at your disposal during your excursion today. Enjoy a private guided sightseeing tour of Fatima, Obidos, Batalha, Alcobaça & Nazaré.

With its origins deep in history, it was during the Arabian occupation that this settlement developed and was named. According to legend, during the Christian Reconquest, the Templar knight Gonçalo Hermingues, also known as Bringer-of-Moors, fell in love with Fatima, a Moor captured in the course of an ambush. Reciprocating the love, the young woman converted to Christianity and adopted the name Oureana.


Continue to Alcobaça lies in the valleys of the Rivers Alcoa and Baça, which according to some authors is the origin of its name. It has also been suggested that it was the Arabic name of the place, which was split to name the two rivers. Finally, Nazare beach, with its mild climate and natural beauty, has one of the most ancient traditions connected to fishing in Portugal.


You arrive in Óbidos, where you sleep tonigh. This medieval town is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. The town of Batalha developed alongside the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vitoria, constructed in 1386 to keep a vow by Portuguese King Dom João I to the Virgin Mary that he would build it if Portugal defeated Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota on 14th August 1385.

Overnight in Obidos


Day 5: From Obidos to Lisbon: surf lesson and visit to Sintra

Private surf lesson in Peniche

Meet your private driver and drive to the coast in best comfort by private vehicle to discover the universe of surfing in Peniche. Portuguese coast is famous for the quality of its waves. 

Many people come to this place to enjoy their holidays catching the waves; so surfing schools are very popular in the area. We have selected one of the most professional venues in the area, who are very used to kids, so this is a quite family friendly activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. Together with your private instructor, you start from the beginning or rather improve your skills like a pro, you decide!


Continue your route along the coast towards the Portuguese capital. Before reaching Lisbon, visit the impressive palaces of Sintra.


Excursion to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full Day

Lisbon’s coast will delight you today! Your first stop is in Sintra, a World Heritage site known as "Lord Byron's Glorious Eden". Sintra was used as a retreat by the Romans, the Moors and the Portuguese Kings due to its position, its beauty, wooden ravines and fresh water springs. The Cabo da Roca, the most western point of continental Europe is always a point of interest in every tour to Lisbon’s Coast, so this will be your next point of visit. On your way back you discover Cascais and Estoril and complete the golden triangle.

Overnight in Lisbon

Day 6: Lisbon

Lisbon Private Half Day Tour

In the morning, enjoy a half day private tour discovering the most exciting sights: Liberty Avenue, Restauradores Square, Rossio Square (“heart of town”), Alfama Quarter, Lisbon Cathedral (visiting only the church not the cloisters), St. Anthony Church next to the Cathedral (normally is not visited but if tourists show some interest the visit can be done). Continue on foot all the way up to St. Georges Castle passing by the Roman Theatre Ruins and return to the Cathedral. Departure to Belem area, passing by Trade Square, 24 de Julho Avenue following river Tagus and Docas, under the 25th April Bridge, sight of Christ King Monument and finally Belm with a stop at the Patrimony of Mankind Geronimos Monastery, following to Belem Tower, another Patrimony of Mankind, short stop for a closer sight, next Discoveries Monument with another short stop.

Overnight in Lisbon


Day 7: Lisbon

Lisbon Sailing Experience

Discover Lisbon from the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the wonderful views from Lisbon coast.

Come and sail along Lisbon coast with a professional skipper and enjoy amazing panoramic views of the city from the sea. Depending on wind conditions and sea state, you will decide how to allocate your time: sailing on the open sea, swimming near the beach or just sitting back and enjoying the fresh sea breeze and the views of Lisbon’s coastline.


Lisbon by Night - Fado show

You will live an unforgettable night. Admire the major sights of the city at night and share a typical Portuguese atmosphere provided by a Fado show and Folklore dances. Along with the music, and in the intimacy of the Fado, enjoy a dinner of traditional local cuisine. You will be seeing the main spots such as central Lisbon, a panoramic view of the Geronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower which is a stunning fortification of the 16th century, and the Discovery Monument.

Overnight in Lisbon


Day 8: Lisbon - Algarve

Lisbon Private Long Distance from Hotel to Hotel

In the morning, jump in a private vehicle to start your trip to Albufeira. Your driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Lisbon and drop you off at your hotel in Albufeira. This is a door to door service so no hassle. Just sit back and enjoy the amazing landscapes!.

In the afternoon, have some free time in Albufeira. This is the kind of city that will surprise you with, so don’t get lazy and go explore the city! Remember we are here to help you throughout your journey, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Overnight in Portimão.


Day 9: Discovering Algarve

The end of the world: Lagos, Sagres and the Cape.

Visit the historic town of Lagos and stop at Sagres to experience awe-inspiring views from the cliffs at the ‘End of Europe’. You won’t want to miss a visit to Lagos, one of the area’s most popular resorts. Lagos has a fascinating and chequered past. The town was where the first African slave auctions were held and its shipyards built the caravels, which sailed on historical voyages of exploration. The old town is full of character with treasures such as the ornately-gilded Chapel of Santo Antonio, the Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator and the site of the former slave market. You’ll hear more about Prince Henry in Sagres, as this was the location for his School of Navigation and from where his sailors set out to explore the world. This small fishing port is perched on windswept cliffs at the south-western extremity of Portugal. At Cape St. Vincent you’ll be awestruck by the dramatic 200-foot-high cliffs, known as the ‘End of Europe’, and once believed to have been the end of the world during the middle Ages. The views out over the Cape are quite magnificent. From Baleeira Beach there’s another opportunity to take photos of the magnificent view out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight in Portimão.


Day 10: Algarve from the Atlantic Ocean: Dolphins and whales watching

Breakfast at the hotel and

Portuguese wildlife: excursion to the ocean

Still quite untouched, the Atlantic coastline offers many kinds of water activities. For this very good reason, today we take you to the ocean to observe dolphins and whales. From Ferraguda, enjoy a magical 3 hours experience with a marine biologist guide, that will tell you all about this incredible wildlife.

Free afternoon, a great opportunity to relax on the beach, dive into the Atlantic ocean and enjoy marine sports..

Overnight in Portimão.


Day 11: Portimão - departure

Albufeira Private Transfer from Hotel to Airport

In the morning, meet your private driver who will be waiting for you at your hotel. Your private vehicle will drive you in best comfort to Faro’s airport. Check in without any hassle and have a good flight!

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Portugal

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En été - En hiver

Durée du voyage

9 à 15 jours

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Seul - En couple - En famille - Entre amis

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Type de voyage

Voyage personnalisé

Accompagnateur

Anglais

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