Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
ARRIVE LISBON, PORTUGAL
Upon arrival in Lisbon airport, you are transferred to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
LISBON | CITY SIGHTSEEING
Explore the highlights of Portugal’s capital, including the fascinating Alfama Quarter, the oldest district in Lisbon, with its steep streets, alleys, fado bars and restaurants. Explore the Baixa, Lisbon's core shopping and banking area, and the Belem district to behold its magnificent Jerónimos Monastery, an extraordinary example of Portugal's Manueline style of architecture. Alternatively, you may begin with a visit to St. George’s Castle and the Moorish Quarter. The castle offers spectacular panoramic views over the city center and Tagus estuary, providing a rich history all the way back to the medieval period. Visit Pasteis de Belem, where you have the opportunity to taste the delectable Pastel de Nata, Lisbon’s famed custard pastry.
SINTRA | MOUNTAIN MONASTERY & COASTAL VISTAS
Travel to Sintra, summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and Moorish emirs. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the oldest royal palace in Portugal to view a splendid collection of Hispano-Arabic glazed tiles. Stop at the colorful Pena Palace, and stroll the town's lively streets and handicraft shops. Proceed to the mountaintop Capuchos Monastery to witness the ascetic life of the Franciscan monks who call it home. Then, descend to Guincho Beach to view Cape Rock, continental Europe’s westernmost point. Time permitting, continue to the fashionable fishing town of Cascais before returning to Lisbon via Estoril, along a scenic route.
COIMBRA | HISTORIC UNIVERSITY VISIT
Head north to Porto, visiting Coimbra, seat of Portugal's oldest university, en route. Discover its Old Cathedral Cloister and University Library before continuing to Porto.
PORTO | CITY TOUR & WINE TASTING
Explore Porto, visiting Cais da Ribeira, the quayside of the fascinating Ribeira district, as well as the opulent 19th-century Stock Exchange and the Gothic Sao Francisco Church. Enjoy a wine tasting at one of the city’s renowned port wine lodges, and spend the balance of your day at leisure.
DOURO VALLEY | A DELIGHTFUL DAY IN WINE COUNTRY
Today, explore the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site set on terraced hills overlooking the Douro River. Follow the river upstream from the port city of Regua, stopping at the Sandeman winery at Quinta do Seixo for a tasting. Continue to Pinhão to see the distinctive glazed tiles of the railway station before heading north to Vila Real. Here, explore the Casa de Mateus, a Baroque masterpiece surrounded by sumptuous gardens. After your relaxing day roaming through wine country, return to Porto.
This morning, transfer to the Porto airport to board your homebound flight.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Enjoy a Live Fado Performance
Experience a musical tradition that embodies the soul of Portugal with a mesmerizing fado performance. Its poignant style has been nurtured in the cafés and restaurants of Lisbon over many centuries. This authentic performance reveals a true insight into Portuguese culture.
Visit a Lisbon Tile Workshop
Gain insight into the time-honored craft of traditional tile-making with a visit to a Lisbon artisan’s workshop. Learn how an eclectic mix of European, Islamic and Chinese design influences culminate to bring these colorful tiles to life.
Discover the Coastal Enclave of Foz do Douro
Explore the elegant promenade and imposing fortress of Foz do Douro, a laid-back coastal enclave fronting the mighty Atlantic. Take in Boa Vista Avenue, the striking Peninsular War Monument, the beachfront and the Sao Miguel lighthouse. Returning to Porto, stroll the relaxing Palacio de Cristal Gardens and Aliados Avenue, pausing to ascend the bell tower of Clérigos Church for impressive views over the city. Cap off your excursion with a visit to the magnificent Lello Bookshop, its winding staircase and traditional interior made famous by the Harry Potter films.