21 Day Portugal Tour Itinerary
Your 3 Week Tour of Portugal
Welcome to our 21-day tour of Portugal, where you will experience the best that this beautiful country has to offer. From the stunning city of Porto, home of the famous port wine, to the picturesque Douro Valley where you can taste some of the finest wines in the world, to the historic city of Coimbra and the religious site of Fatima, this tour has it all.
You will also visit the vibrant capital of Lisbon and the stunning Algarve region, known for its beautiful beaches and picturesque towns. Join us on this incredible journey through Portugal, where you will discover the rich history, culture, and cuisine of this fascinating country.
Day 1: Welcome To Portugal
Your 21-day Portugal itinerary begins with our private driver waiting for you at the airport, ready to take you on a luxurious and comfortable journey to your central Porto accommodation.
You will be collected in a stylish, high-end vehicle, equipped with all the amenities you need for a smooth and enjoyable ride. Your driver will be knowledgeable and professional and will ensure that you arrive at your destination safely and on time. Relax and unwind as you are driven through the beautiful Portuguese countryside, taking in the stunning scenery and getting a taste of what this incredible country has to offer.
With our private driver service, you can be sure that your arrival in Porto will be stress-free and enjoyable.
Evening Wine Tasting
At Graham’s Lodge in Porto, you will enjoy a truly unique and exclusive wine-tasting experience.
Constructed in 1890 and strategically overlooking the beautiful Douro river, this historic lodge is the perfect setting for a private wine tasting.
You will be guided by a knowledgeable sommelier who will introduce you to some of the finest wines from the Douro Valley, known for its world-class port wine. As you sip and savor the different sweet reds, you will learn about the history and production of these delicious wines, and how to pair them with different foods.
You will also have the opportunity to tour the lodge and learn about its rich history and the family that has been producing wine there for generations. With breathtaking views, delicious wines, and expert guidance,
Stay overnight in Porto.
Day 2: A Day In Porto
Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, is a vibrant and historic destination that is best explored on foot. On this one-day guided walking tour, you will discover the beauty and charm of this city, from its stunning architecture to its rich culture and cuisine.
Porto Cathedral & The Clerigos Tower
Your tour begins in the morning, with a visit to the Porto Cathedral and the Clerigos Tower. You will learn about the history and significance of these important landmarks, and enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the top of the tower.
After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, where you can try some of the traditional Portuguese cuisine, you will continue your tour along the riverfront.
The Ribeira district is a vibrant and historic neighborhood in the heart of Porto, with narrow cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and stunning views of the river and the city. On your walking tour of the Ribeira district with your guide, you will discover the charm and character of this neighborhood, and learn about its rich history and culture.
As you walk through the winding streets of the Ribeira district, you will pass by historic landmarks and points of interest, such as the Church of St. Francis, the São Bento railway station, and the Porto city hall. Your guide will provide you with interesting facts and stories about these places, and will also point out some of the hidden gems and lesser-known spots that are worth exploring.
Evening Meal in the Yeatman
For a truly high-class dining experience in Porto, visit the acclaimed restaurant, “The Yeatman”. Located in the heart of the city, this Michelin-starred restaurant offers stunning views of the city and the Douro river. The menu features an array of delicious dishes made with the freshest local ingredients, as well as an impressive selection of wines from the Douro Valley.
Start your meal with some of the appetizers, such as the smoked salmon tartare with avocado cream, or the crispy octopus with sweet potato puree. For the main course, try the roasted cod with clams, or the slow-cooked lamb with roasted vegetables. And for dessert, indulge in the delicious chocolate mousse with passion fruit cream, or the traditional Portuguese pastel de nata.
In addition to the delicious food, the service at The Yeatman is impeccable, with attentive and professional staff who will ensure that your dining experience is truly unforgettable. Enjoy a gourmet meal in an elegant and sophisticated setting, surrounded by the beauty of Porto.
Overnight in Porto.
Day 3: Porto - Douro Valley
Begin the day by meeting your private driver and making the 1-hour 15-minute journey from Porto to the Douro Valley.
The Douro Valley wine region is a beautiful and picturesque area, known for its world-class port wine. A guided bike tour is the perfect way to explore this stunning region and discover its many charms.
Your tour will begin with a scenic bike ride through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Douro Valley. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will provide you with interesting facts and stories about the history and production of port wine. As you ride, you will have the opportunity to stop at some of the local wineries and taste some of the finest wines in the world.
In addition to the wine, the Douro Valley is also known for its stunning scenery, with picturesque towns, beautiful rivers, and lush green forests. You will have the chance to stop and take in the breathtaking views, and maybe even snap a few photos.
Overnight in Douro Valley.
Day 4: The Best of Douro Valley
Our Douro Valley Premium Experience is the ultimate way to discover the beauty and history of this world-renowned wine region. With your private driver at your disposal, you will be able to explore the region in style and comfort, and experience all that it has to offer.
The Douro Valley has been producing high-quality wines for centuries, and the Porto Appellation of Origin is the oldest in Europe. On this tour, you will visit some of the most beautiful “Quintas” in the region, where you can learn about the production of port wine and taste some of the finest wines in the world.
After exploring the vineyards, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch at the table of a nationally recognized chef. This is a unique chance to sample the best of the region’s cuisine, prepared by a skilled and passionate chef.
To complete your premium experience, you will embark on a private boat trip along the banks of the Douro River. As you glide along the river, you will be able to take in the stunning scenery of the valley, with its terraces and vineyards, and appreciate the beauty and history of this amazing region.
Overnight in Douro Valley.
Day 5: Douro Valley To Coimbra
On your way to the historic city of Coimbra, make a stop in the charming fishing village of Aveiro for a fascinating and unique experience. Aveiro is known for its delicious codfish, and on this half-day tour, you will learn all about this iconic ingredient of Portuguese cuisine.
Your tour will begin with a visit to the Maritime Museum, where you will learn about the history and significance of the codfish industry in Aveiro. You will also have the opportunity to visit a processing factory, and see how this delicious fish is prepared and preserved.
After the factory visit, you will board a ship museum, where you will learn about the maritime heritage of Aveiro and the surrounding region. You will also visit a Saline, where you will see how salt is produced and used in the region.
After a delicious codfish lunch, you will embark on a Moliceiro private boat tour, where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Aveiro coastline, and try some of the local delicacies, such as ovos-moles and regional Bairrada sparkling wine.
Arrive in Coimbra
In the afternoon, you will arrive in the city of Coimbra, known for its rich cultural heritage. For your afternoon and evening here you can either free explore, or we can arrange a guide for you to discover the highlights of the city:
The historic University of Coimbra: Coimbra is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe.
Explore the city’s museums: Coimbra has several interesting museums, such as the National Museum of Machado de Castro, which showcases the city’s history and art, and the Science Museum, which offers interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.
Enjoy a leisurely walk: Coimbra is a beautiful city, with charming streets, historic landmarks, and stunning views. Take a leisurely walk through the city, and discover its many hidden gems.
Shop and dine: Coimbra has a vibrant downtown area, with plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes. Take some time to browse the stores, try some local cuisine, and experience the lively atmosphere of the city.
Overnight in Coimbra.
Day 6: Fátima, Batalha Alcobaça & Obidos Driver-Guided Tour
In the morning your private driver will collect you from your Coimbra-based accommodation to spend the day visiting Fatima and Batalha before arriving in Obidos.
Fatima is a small town located in central Portugal, known for its religious significance. In 1917, three shepherd children reported seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, and the town has since become an important pilgrimage site for Catholics. The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, which marks the spot where the children saw the apparitions, is a major attraction for visitors.
Meanwhile, Batalha is a small town located in the Leiria district of Portugal. It is known for the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country. The monastery, which was built in the 14th and 15th centuries, is a stunning example of medieval architecture, with intricate carvings and beautiful stained glass windows.
Your tour of Obidos will begin with a walk through the winding streets of the old town, surrounded by medieval walls. Your guide will provide you with interesting facts and stories about the history and culture of the town and will point out some of the key sights and landmarks along the way.
As you walk, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the town’s historic buildings, such as the Obidos Castle, which dates back to the 13th century, and the Church of St. Mary, which is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. You will also have the opportunity to try some of the traditional Portuguese cuisine, such as the local cherry liqueur, which is a specialty of Obidos.
Day 7: Day Trip to Sintra
Make the 1-hour journey with your private driver from Obidos to Sintra.
Sintra is a beautiful and historic town located in the hills near Lisbon, known for its stunning landscapes and charming atmosphere. On this full-day tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the best of what Sintra has to offer.
Your tour will begin in the morning, with a visit to the Pena Palace and the Moors Castle. These stunning buildings are a must-see for anyone visiting Sintra, with their colorful facades and beautiful gardens. You will have the opportunity to tour the interiors of the palace and castle, and learn about their history and significance.
After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, where you can try some of the traditional Portuguese cuisine, you will continue your tour of Sintra by exploring the historic center of the town. You will visit the beautiful Quinta da Regaleira, a stunning estate with gardens, grottoes, and underground tunnels.
In the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner and some local music before joining your driver again for the brief 30-minute journey to Lisbon.
Stay overnight in Lisbon.
Day 8: Lisbon Tour
Our full-day tour of Lisbon is the perfect way to discover the beauty and history of the city. You will have the opportunity to visit some of the most exciting sights of the city, and learn about its rich culture and heritage.
In the morning, you will start your tour by exploring the city center, where you will visit landmarks such as Liberty Avenue, Restauradores Square, and Rossio Square. You will also visit the historic Alfama Quarter, and see the Lisbon Cathedral and St. Anthony Church.
After exploring the city center, you will continue on foot all the way up to St. George’s Castle, passing by the Roman Theatre Ruins. This is a great way to see the city from a different perspective and discover some of the hidden gems of Lisbon.
Next, you will depart for the Belem area, where you will pass by Trade Square, 24 de Julho Avenue, and the river Tagus. You will also see the 25th April Bridge and the Christ King Monument.
Finally, you will arrive in Belem, where you will visit the Patrimony of Mankind Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. These two landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are known for their stunning architecture and historical significance. You will also have the opportunity to see the Discoveries Monument, which is a tribute to the Portuguese explorers who helped shape the history of the world.
Overnight in Lisbon.
Day 9: Tomar Day Trip
After a brief 1.5hr journey with your private driver you will arrive in the historic city of Tomar to explore:
Guided Convent of Christ Experience
You will begin your tour with a visit to the Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent Gothic monument is one of the most important in Portugal and a must-see for anyone visiting Tomar. The complex includes the church, the castle of the Knights Templar, and the medieval walls. As you explore the convent, your private guide will provide you with detailed information about its history and significance.
The Convent of Christ was founded in the 12th century by the Knights Templar, a military order of Christian knights who played a crucial role in the Crusades. The convent was used as a monastery until the late 15th century, when it was converted into a palace by King Manuel I. The complex has been beautifully preserved and offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the region. As you explore the convent, you will see the castle, the church, and the beautiful cloisters, as well as the many artifacts and artwork on display.
Synagogue of Tomar Tour
Your tour continues with a visit to the 16th-century Synagogue of Tomar. This synagogue is the oldest surviving one in Portugal and offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Jewish community in the region. As you explore the synagogue, your private guide will provide you with detailed information about its history and significance.
The Synagogue of Tomar was built in the 16th century and is a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture. The interior of the synagogue is decorated with intricate geometric patterns and Hebrew inscriptions, and the building also features a beautiful courtyard with a fountain. The synagogue is a reminder of the long history of the Jewish community in Tomar and serves as a testament to their contributions to the region. After exploring the synagogue, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Jewish community in Portugal and their experiences during the Inquisition.
Archaeological Museum of Tomar
This museum showcases the rich history of the region and features a wide range of artifacts, including pottery, tools, and weapons from the Neolithic period, as well as jewelry, coins, and other items from the Roman and medieval periods. The museum also showcases the history of the Convent of Christ and the Knights Templar, with a collection of artifacts and artwork from the medieval period. As you explore the museum, you will gain a deeper understanding of the history of the region and the many cultures that have left their mark on Tomar.
In the evening rejoin your driver and return to Lisbon.
Day 10: Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel before you’re collected by your private driver and taken to the shoreline for:
Lisbon Sailing Experience
A private boating trip in Lisbon is a truly special experience, offering the opportunity to discover the city from a unique perspective. On this trip, you will have the opportunity to sail along the Atlantic coast of Lisbon and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city from the sea.
Your trip will be led by a professional skipper, and depending on the wind conditions and sea state, you will be able to choose how to allocate your time on the boat: sailing on the open sea, swimming near the beach, or simply sitting back and enjoying the fresh sea breeze and the beautiful views of Lisbon’s coastline.
Overall, a private boating trip in Lisbon is a truly special experience that offers the opportunity to see the city from a different perspective and enjoy the beauty of the Atlantic coast.
Lisbon by Night - Fado show
Fado is a traditional Portuguese music genre, known for its soulful melodies and passionate lyrics, and one of the best things about a fado show in Lisbon is the atmosphere.
The music is performed in intimate venues, often with low lighting and candlelit tables, creating a romantic and intimate atmosphere. As you listen to the music, you will feel the passion and emotion of the performers, and be transported to another world.
Overnight in Lisbon.
Day 11: Evora Day Tour
Start the day with a visit to the Cathedral of Evora, a stunning Gothic-style cathedral that dates back to the 12th century. The cathedral is known for its intricate carvings, beautiful stained glass windows, and impressive stone facade. Take some time to admire the architecture and learn about the history of the cathedral before moving on to the next stop.
After exploring the cathedral, head to the Temple of Diana, a well-preserved Roman temple that is one of the most famous landmarks in Evora. The temple dates back to the 2nd century AD and is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Portugal. Take some time to walk around the temple and imagine what it would have looked like in its heyday. You can also learn more about the temple’s history and significance at the nearby museum.
Next, visit the Chapel of Bones, a unique chapel decorated with human bones. The chapel was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk who wanted to remind people of their own mortality. Inside, the walls and ceiling are covered with bones and skulls, creating a macabre but fascinating atmosphere. Take some time to explore the chapel and learn about its history before moving on to the next stop.
After the Chapel of Bones, take some time to wander through the narrow streets of Evora’s historic center, which is filled with charming shops, cafes, and restaurants. Stroll through the picturesque streets and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful city. You can also stop at one of the cafes or shops to try some local food or souvenirs. Enjoy the relaxed pace and the charming atmosphere of Evora’s historic center.
In the afternoon, visit the Evora Museum, which is housed in a 16th-century convent and features a collection of artifacts from the region’s rich history. The museum has a wide range of exhibits, including ancient Roman artifacts, medieval art, and modern pieces. Spend some time exploring the museum and learning about the history of Evora and the surrounding region. You can also visit the convent’s beautiful cloisters and gardens while you’re there.
Drive to the town of Alentejo to spend the night.
Day 12: All About Wine & Olive Oil in Alentejo
There are many interesting things to do and see in the Alentejo region of Portugal, and having a private guide can make the experience even more enjoyable. Here are a few suggestions for what to do with your private guide in Alentejo:
One option is to visit some of the region’s famous historical and cultural sites. The Alentejo has a rich history, and there are many fascinating ancient ruins and historic buildings to explore. Your private guide can take you to some of the most significant sites, such as the megalithic burial tombs at the Almendres Cromlech or the ancient Roman ruins at Évora. Your guide can provide background information and interesting anecdotes about the sites, making your visit more enjoyable and informative.
Another option is to enjoy some of the region’s delicious cuisine and local wines.
The Alentejo is known for its delicious food, including pork dishes, bread, and olive oil. Your private guide can take you to some of the best restaurants and cafes in the region, where you can try a variety of local dishes and enjoy the flavors of the Alentejo.
You can also visit some of the region’s vineyards and wineries, where you can taste the local wines and learn about the wine-making process. Your private guide can provide recommendations and help you plan a culinary tour of the region.
Horse Riding Experience
A horse riding experience in the Alentejo region of Portugal can be a wonderful way to explore the beautiful landscapes and enjoy the fresh air. The Alentejo is known for its rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves, and a horse riding tour is a great way to take in the scenery and experience the region’s rural charm.
There are many different options for horse riding tours in Alentejo. Some tours are tailored to beginners and are suitable for riders of all levels, while others are more challenging and are intended for experienced riders. You can choose a tour that lasts a few hours, or opt for a full-day or multi-day tour that allows you to explore the region in greater depth.
During your horse riding tour, you will be able to ride through the beautiful countryside and take in the stunning views. Your tour guide will provide instruction and support and will help you feel comfortable and confident on your horse. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the region’s history, culture, and natural environment from your guide.
Overnight in Alentejo.
Day 13: Alentejo - Algarve
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Alentejo and taken on a private, long-distance journey to your hotel in Portimão. You can sit back and relax in a comfortable vehicle, taking in the beautiful landscapes along the way. This door-to-door service is convenient and stress-free, so you can focus on enjoying your trip.
In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore nearby Albufeira. This vibrant city is full of surprises, so make sure to take the time to explore and discover its many attractions. If you have any questions or need help along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to assist you and ensure that your journey is smooth and enjoyable.
Overnight in Portimão.
Day 14: Discovering Algarve
The town of Lagos has a fascinating history and is home to many interesting sights and attractions. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the town and learn about its past. Lagos was the site of the first African slave auctions, and its shipyards built the caravels that sailed on historical voyages of exploration. You can visit the old town and see the Chapel of Santo Antonio, the Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator, and the site of the former slave market.
After exploring Lagos, you will travel to Sagres, a small fishing port perched on the windswept cliffs at the southwestern extremity of Portugal. This was the location of Prince Henry’s School of Navigation, and it was from here that his sailors set out to explore the world. You will hear more about Prince Henry and his voyages, and you can enjoy the stunning views from the cliffs.
Finally, you will visit Cape St. Vincent, known as the “End of Europe” due to its dramatic 200-foot-high cliffs. The views from the cape are breathtaking, and you can take photos of the Atlantic Ocean from Baleeira Beach. This tour is a great way to experience the history, beauty, and culture of the Lagos and Sagres area.
Overnight in Portimão.
Day 15: Algarve From The Atlantic Ocean: Dolphins & Whale Watching Experience
Start the day with a visit to Ferragudo Beach, which is known for its clear waters and beautiful golden sands. Take a swim or simply relax on the beach and soak in the sun.
After enjoying the beach, head to the Portimao Marina, which is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. Take a leisurely stroll around the marina and perhaps grab a bite to eat or do some souvenir shopping.
In the afternoon, embark on a dolphin and whale-watching tour with a marine biologist as your guide. The waters around Ferragudo and Portimao are home to a diverse array of marine life, including dolphins and whales. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to spot these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
After the dolphin and whale watching tour, head back to the marina and visit the Portimao Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the region.
In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants in the marina. Try some of the local specialties, such as grilled sardines or cataplana, a stew made with seafood and vegetables.
After dinner, take a stroll along the promenade and watch the sunset over the ocean. This is the perfect way to end a day of exploring Ferragudo and Portimao.
Overnight in Portimão.
Day 16: Portimão - Funchal
Meet your private driver at your hotel in the morning. They will be waiting for you and will drive you in comfort to Faro Airport. From there, you will take a flight with a connection from Lisbon to Madeira Island. The total travel time will be about 6 hours.
Upon arrival at Madeira Island, your private driver will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel in Funchal. Enjoy the rest of your day on the island.
Overnight in Funchal.
Day 17: Funchal Walking Tour
Join us on a walking tour through the streets of Funchal to discover the city’s hidden mysteries. Our tour will take us to the English Church, the viewpoint of Quinta das Cruzes, and the historic area of São Pedro. We’ll meet at the Jesuit Colleges in Funchal.
After lunch, we’ll finish the day with a breathtaking view of the island. We’ll take you on a sunset experience on the southwest coast of Madeira, where you’ll have the opportunity to watch the sunset from a private land with a swing overlooking the sea. We’ll provide you with a glass of wine (either white or rosé) to enjoy as you take in the stunning views. The trip will be in a Land Rover jeep.
Overnight in Funchal.
Day 18: Funchal Hiking
Begin your day exploring the wild nature of Madeira. The “levadas” are irrigation channels that were used by the island’s ancient inhabitants to water their distant plantations. Today, there are more than 30 recommended walking routes that allow you to experience beautiful green landscapes, natural tunnels, and crystal-clear lagoons. This is a unique opportunity to connect with nature and the history of Madeira.
After your walk, enjoy a typical Madeiran lunch featuring “espetadas” (skewered meat), homemade bread, salad, wine, and regional fruits.
If you’re not a fan of hiking, you can choose to explore the island by sidecar motorcycle instead. You’ll have your own motorcycle driver to take you around.
In the evening, we suggest trying the famous “poncha” drink during your dinner. It is a traditional Madeiran beverage made with rum, lemon juice, and honey.
Overnight in Funchal.
Day 19: Funchal Winery Visit
Join us on a tour of Madeira’s wineries and vineyards, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste the island’s wonderful wines. Madeira is home to a wine region covering around 500 hectares of the islands 732 km 2 in total, with soil of volcanic origin and a climate that provides unique and singular characteristics to the wine.
During this experience, you’ll visit four different wineries and take tours of the vineyards. You’ll have the chance to taste the best wines each winery has to offer, and at one of them, you’ll also have time to enjoy a regional lunch. If you visit between August and October, you may even be able to participate in the grape harvest and tread grapes in a traditional press.
Overnight in Funchal.
Day 20: Private Boat Tour of Madeira
Experience the beauty of Madeira from the sea on a private boat tour. You’ll enjoy light snacks and a welcome drink as you sail along the island’s south coast, exploring both the east and west sides.
Throughout the year, you’ll have the opportunity to spot dolphins and whales in the waters of the Atlantic. You can also take a swim in the warm waters. For lunch, you can choose to dine at Fajã dos Padres beach, a restaurant accessible only by boat or cable car, or enjoy a meal on board. The choice is yours. Don’t miss this unique way to see Madeira.
Overnight in Funchal.
Day 21: Departure
Today marks the end of your 21-day tour of Portugal. Your private driver will transport you and your luggage to the airport in Funchal or to any other destination of your choosing. As you bid farewell to this beautiful country, we hope you have made unforgettable memories and will be back to visit again soon.
Contact Us About Your 21 Day Tour of Portugal Itinerary
We believe that our 21-day tour of Portugal, which includes highlights from Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Fatima, Funchal, and more, is a brilliant way to see the country. However, if you would like us to create a customized version of this tour, we would be happy to do so. Simply get in touch with our team and we will begin preparing a complimentary Portugal itinerary for you.
Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible tour experience and will work closely with you to create a tailored itinerary that fits your needs and interests. Whether you want to focus on cultural sights, natural beauty, or culinary delights, we will create an itinerary that showcases the best of Portugal. We look forward to helping you plan your perfect trip.