Best of Portugal in 14 Days
Your 14 Day Tour of Portugal
Our 14-day tour of Portugal is an excellent way to experience the country’s rich history, culture, and natural beauty.
With two weeks to explore, you will have the opportunity to visit many of Portugal’s iconic landmarks and attractions, such as the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the São Jorge Castle in Lisbon, or the historic center of Porto and the Douro Valley wine region. You will also have the chance to try traditional Portuguese food and drink, such as bacalhau (cod), pastel de nata (custard tart), and of course sample some of the region’s famous Port Wine.
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Day 1: Welcome To Porto
Arrival at Porto Airport. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
After you have settled in your hotel you will spend your first evening in Porto enjoying the produce that the city and wider region is most famous for, delicious, sweet Port red wine.
We will reserve a private tour of a local winery, such as Graham’s Port Lodge or Taylor’s Port, for a guided tour and tasting of some of the city’s finest Port wines.
Relax in the winery’s peaceful atmosphere and learn more about the history and production of this famous Portuguese vinho.
Day 2: Discovering Porto
Enjoy a private tour of Porto and take the opportunity to discover the city’s rich architectural heritage and bustling local markets. Your official guide will be by your side to drive you around the city and take you to see some of its most iconic sights.
Mercado do Bolhão & Torre dos Clerigos
Begin your tour of Porto with a visit to the Mercado do Bolhão, a historic market with several floors packed with fresh produce and other local products.
Following this, your guide will deliver you to the Torre dos Clerigos, a beautiful 18th-century bell tower that offers stunning views of the city. Climb to the top of the tower to see the city from above, and learn about its history and architecture from your guide.
Porto Cathedral & A Local Lunch
After admiring the views from the tower, visit the Porto Cathedral, a 12th-century with a fortress-like facade located in the heart of the city. Take some time to explore the cathedral’s interior, which is filled with beautiful art and architectural details.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant, such as Casa de Pasto or Ode Porto Wine House, where you can try some of the city’s famous seafood dishes and sample some of the region’s renowned wines.
Afternoon in Porto
After lunch, visit the Palacio de Bolsa, a stunning 19th-century palace that now serves as a conference and events center. Take a guided tour of the palace’s beautiful interiors, which feature a mix of traditional Portuguese and European styles.
You will then spend the afternoon exploring the city’s vibrant neighborhoods and historic streets, taking in the sights and sounds of Porto’s local culture. Visit the Lello Bookstore, considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, and stroll along the banks of the Douro River, admiring the city’s beautiful bridges and riverfront views.
Finish your day with a visit to a local winery, such as Graham’s Port Lodge or Taylor’s Port, for a guided tour and tasting of some of the city’s finest Port wines. Relax in the winery’s peaceful atmosphere and learn more about the history and production of this famous Portuguese drink.
Day 3: Porto - Douro Valley
Join your private driver in the morning as you make the 2-hour transfer in our luxury air-conditioned vehicle to Portugal’s premier wine district, the gorgeous Douro Valley.
Upon arrival, we will begin your tour with a visit to Quinta do Vale Meão, a historic wine estate located in the heart of the region. Take a guided tour of the winery and vineyards, and learn about the history and production of the estate’s famous wines.
After your tour of Quinta do Vale Meão, enjoy a wine-tasting session to sample some of the estate’s finest wines, accompanied by a selection of local cheeses and other snacks.
In the late afternoon, your guide will take you to visit the historic town of Régua, located on the banks of the Douro River. Take a stroll through the town’s narrow streets and visit the Douro Museum, which offers a fascinating look at the history and culture of the region.
To round off your first day in the Douro Valley you will satisfy your appetite with some delicious local produce at a restaurant in Régua, such as O Forno or Restaurante O Alpendre, where you can try some of the region’s delicious seafood and grilled meats.
Stay overnight in Douro Valley.
Day 4: Exploring The Douro Valley
Today your guide will collect you in the morning as you continue your Douro Valley experience.
Start your second day in the Douro Valley with a visit to the Quinta do Seixo winery, located in the heart of the region. Take a guided tour of the winery and learn about the production of Port wine, and taste some of the estate’s finest wines during a tasting session.
After your tour of the winery, head to the town of Lamego, located on the banks of the Douro River. Visit the Lamego Cathedral, a beautiful 18th-century building with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Take a scenic drive through the Douro Valley, admiring the beautiful landscapes and vineyards along the way. Stop to take photos at some of the most iconic viewpoints, such as the Miradouro do Porto da Carne or the Miradouro do Vale de Gonta.
To conclude your two days in the Valley, Enjoy a hearty Portuguese meal sampling some of the region’s traditional dishes and, of course, more of the region’s wines!
Return to your accommodation in the evening.
Day 5: Douro Valley - Aveiro - Buçaco
On day 5 of our 14-day Portugal itinerary, you will leave the Douro valley behind and make your way to the Bucaco mountain range, stopping en route to spend a half day enjoying the beautiful coastal town of Aveiro.
Aveiro is a city known for its canals, colorful boats called moliceiros, and recipes that feature the regional specialty, the Codfish.
On your half-day guided tour here you will visit popular attractions including the Museum of Aveiro, the Fish Market, and the Aveiro Salt Pans. The city is also known for its art nouveau architecture and traditional Portuguese sweets called ovos moles.
Your guided tour will conclude with a private boat trip through the canals on a classically Portuguese Moliceiros.
Arrival in Buçaco and check in at the hotel.
Tonight, you will have the opportunity to dine at the beautiful Mesa Real Restaurant. This former royal hall has hosted many historic banquets and is decorated with ten large paintings depicting scenes from Camões’ Os Lusiadas, which chronicle Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. The restaurant is located under a magnificent Moorish ceiling, providing a truly unique dining experience.
The cuisine is modern Portuguese, expertly prepared by the renowned chef Miguel Silva. He has crafted a menu that showcases the best local flavors authentically and creatively. There is, naturally, also a fine selection of old Portuguese wines available, including the legendary Bussaco Wine. This wine has been bottled at the château since 1920 and is considered to be world-class. The reds are particularly noteworthy for their old aging flavor. The whites, starting with an exceptional 1944 harvest, are also highly recommended. If you are lucky, you may even be able to find a vintage from your birth year!
Day 6: Buçaco - Coimbra
Begin day 6 of our itinerary by making the short 30-minute transfer to Coimbra with your private driver.
The city is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe, and its historic university district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Coimbra is also rich in cultural and historical attractions, such as the Old Cathedral of Coimbra, the Machado de Castro National Museum, and the Convent of Santa Clara-a-Velha. In addition, the city has a vibrant food and drink scene, with many restaurants and cafes offering traditional Portuguese cuisine. Overall, Coimbra is a fascinating destination with something to offer everyone.
Your full-day tour itinerary of Coimbra will see you visit the Old Cathedral of Coimbra, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Walk with your guide through the structure which dates back to the 12th century and learn why it is one of the city’s most important historical landmarks, including:
Visit the Machado de Castro National Museum, home to a collection of sculptures, paintings, and other artifacts from the region’s rich history.
Take a stroll through the Jardim da Sereia (Garden of the Mermaid), a beautiful park located on the banks of the Mondego River.
Enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal at one of the many restaurants in the city.
Finish the day with a visit to the Convent of Santa Clara-a-Velha, a beautiful Gothic-style monastery that dates back to the 14th century.
Stay overnight in Coimbra.
Day 7: Serra da Estrela Day Trip
We will drive towards one of the most special places in the whole country: the Serra da Estrela, located in the Center of the country it is the highest mountain range in Portugal:
Start the day with a visit to the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela, where you can explore the stunning natural beauty of the region.
Take a hike through the mountains to see the stunning views and visit some of the picturesque villages in the area.
Visit the Museu do Parque, which is located in the town of Manteigas and offers a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the region.
In the afternoon, visit the town of Covilhã, where you can learn about the region’s rich textile history at the Museu da Lana (Wool Museum) and the Museu do Teatro (Theatre Museum).
In the evening, enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal at a local restaurant and try some of the region’s famous cheeses and wines.
End the day with a visit to the Torre (Tower), a 19th-century observation tower located at the top of the mountain range. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Return to your Coimbra accommodation in the evening.
Day 8: Coimbra - Evora
In the morning departure to Evora with your private driver. The journey will take approximately 2 and a half hours.
After arrival and check in the hotel.
In the evening you will want to visit the Praça do Giraldo, the main square in the city, which is surrounded by restaurants, bars, and cafes. Grab a drink or a bite to eat and watch the world go by before taking a walk through the historic center of the city and admiring the beautiful architecture, including the Cathedral of Évora and the Church of St. Francis.
Accommodation in Evora for the night.
Day 9: Exploring Alentejo Wines
Alentejo is well-known for its high-quality wines, which are produced from six different varieties of grapes: three white grapes (Roupeira, Rabo de Ovelha, and Antão Vaz) and three red grapes (Periquita, Trincadeira, and Aragonez). The region is dotted with vast vineyards that produce wines with a wide range of flavors and aromas.
To experience the best of Alentejo’s wines, consider visiting one of the region’s acclaimed wineries. Many of these wineries offer bicycle rentals and maps, so you can explore the estate and learn about the different grape varieties and wine-making processes. After your ride, you can enjoy a picnic with traditional Portuguese snacks prepared by the winery’s chef. This is a great way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the region while sampling some of its finest wines.
Day 10: Evora - Lisbon
This morning meet your driver and take the 1 hr 15-minute journey to Lisbon. Arrive and check in at the hotel.
In the afternoon, explore Lisbon’s culinary world with a private walking tour. Your guide will take you to some of the best places to eat in the city, introducing you to a variety of traditional Portuguese snacks and delicacies.
You’ll have the opportunity to try everything from pastries to cheese and seafood while learning about the local culture, history, and landmarks. This is a great way to discover Lisbon’s rich food culture and enjoy the city’s delicious flavors. By the end of the tour, you’ll be a true fan of Lisbon’s traditional snacks and delicacies, including the famous “pastel de nata” (custard tart).
Day 11: Sintra, Cascais, & Estoril
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and will be at your disposal during your tour of Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Estoril.
Sintra, a beautiful town at the foot of its eponymous mountain range, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The mountains are part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and are known for their lush vegetation. After visiting the Forte do Cabo da Roca, you will continue to Cascais, a traditional fishing village that became a major port in the 14th century. Finally, you will go to Estoril, a world-famous resort known for its nightlife and amenities such as beaches, hotels, golf courses, a casino, and a motor-racing circuit.
You will have lunch at the Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho, a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its French fine dining. Since the arrival of Chef Miguel Rocha Vieira in 2015, the restaurant has been incorporating Portuguese products and traditions into its dishes. The menu features the best fish and seafood from the Portuguese coast, as well as the highest quality local and national products. The restaurant has been recognized by national and international press and critics.
Day 12: Lisbon: Exploring The Portugese Capital
Today your guide will take you on a full-day tour of Lisbon, Portugal’s proud capital lying on the coast of the city.
Visit the historic center of Lisbon, including the Rossio Square and the Baixa district and explore the historic Alfama neighborhood and its winding streets and picturesque squares.
You will enjoy a private tour of the imposing São Jorge Castle, which offers panoramic views of the city and its surroundings, and take a ride on one of Lisbon’s iconic trams, such as the Tram 28, which passes through many of the city’s historic neighborhoods.
Stop at one of Lisbon’s famous viewpoints, such as the Miradouro das Portas do Sol, to admire the city’s stunning views and visit the Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Lisbon’s most iconic landmarks along with the Belem Tower, another UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Lisbon’s most famous landmarks.
In the evening enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal at a local restaurant, sampling dishes such as bacalhau (cod) and pastéis de Nata (custard tarts).
Your accommodation will be in Lisbon for the night.
Day 13: Setubal & Arrabida Region
Setubal is a charming and historic city with a rich culture and heritage. The city is located on the banks of the Sado River and is known for its beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, and friendly people. Setubal is also a great starting point for exploring the surrounding Arrabida region, which is known for its stunning natural beauty.
The Arrabida Natural Park is a protected area that is known for its stunning landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and beautiful beaches. The region is also home to the Convent of the Order of Christ, a historic monastery that was once home to the knights of the Order of Christ, and the Quinta do Piloto winery, which produces wines from the indigenous Arinto grape. The Sado Estuary Nature Reserve is also located in the region and is a popular destination for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.
Overall, Setubal and the Arrabida region offer a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors, with a mix of history, culture, nature, and culinary delights. On your private tour you will visit:
- The historic center of Setúbal, including the Praça, do Bocage square, and the São Julião Church
- Arrabida Natural Park, a protected area known for its stunning landscapes and rich flora and fauna
- Stop at the Cape Espichel Lighthouse, which offers panoramic views of the coast and the surrounding countryside
- Visit the Convent of the Order of Christ, a historic monastery that was once home to the knights of the Order of Christ
In the evening we will reserve a traditional Portuguese meal at a local restaurant for you, enabling you to sample dishes such as grilled sardines and local wines.
Day 14: End of Your Portugal Tour
Our 14-day tour of Portugal draws to a close today with your transfer to the airport.
As you return home you will have many cherished memories to look back on after visiting Portugal’s most iconic sights such as the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the São Jorge Castle, the historic center of Porto and the Douro Valley wine region.
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