Luxury Portugal Tours & Travel
Luxury Portugal Tours & Travel
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From its charming medieval towns, hilltop castles, fantastic food and wine to its dramatic karst coastlines with white sandy beaches, there’s a lot to love about Portugal. A small country in the southwest of Europe that shares the Iberian Peninsula with Spain, what first-time travelers to the country are often most struck by is the affordability of its delicious cuisine, the friendliness of the people, and the ease of getting around.
The abundant sunshine and warmth for enjoying it all don’t hurt either. Its Mediterranean climate is one of the warmest in Europe and winters rarely see temperatures below freezing. While the landscape is highlighted by towering mountains and beautiful stretches of sand, there are also rolling hills and verdant valleys dotted with stone-built villages.
History buffs will find lots to discover too. Europe’s oldest nation-state became the Kingdom of Portugal in 1139. Before that, the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and the Romans all successively occupied the area that’s now known as Lisbon.
From 210 BC, the Romans controlled present-day Portugal and they left many lasting legacies that can be seen in ruins today, as well as in the production of wine and the Portuguese language.
The culture revolves around folklore, art, festivals, and sports. Nearly every village and city have its own theatre, museum, or art venue to celebrate the historic folk traditions and the café culture is thriving here as well.
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Best Portugal Luxury Tours & Trips
We have put together some luxury Portugal tours and itineraries to give you some inspiration. All of our trips are tailor-made and can be customized to suit you – our aim is to curate the perfect luxury experience for you, and with our friendly and knowledgable specialists, we are confident we will.
Porto, Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve10 NightsFrom £3,180 PPExperience the vibrancy of Portugal, from exciting cities and golden beaches to picturesque villages and dramatic palaces.
Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve8 NightsFrom £3,980 PPSee the highlights of Portugal, including its exciting cities, charming small towns, beautiful beaches, and iconic landmarks.
Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley8 NightsFrom £3,135 PPEverything from vibrant cities with magnificent cathedrals to famous wine country like the Douro Valley, known for its port dessert wine.
Lisbon, Algarve, Seville, Madrid12 NightsFrom £4,620 PPDiscover the rich history, culture, and magnificent scenery of Portugal and Spain on this unforgettable 12-night adventure.
Your Private and Bespoke Tours of Portugal
Portugal has been called Europe’s “coolest” country, a vibrant, energetic, and fun up-and-coming destination that hasn’t been overrun by tourists just yet. It has a rich, centuries-long history, magnificent architecture, gorgeous coastline with idyllic beaches and a growing surfing scene, art to explore, fantastic wine and food, and plenty of shopping opportunities. To make sense of it all, we’ve created itineraries that will bring you to the best this country has to offer, complete with guided excursions led by local experts.
While tours can be customized to suit your particular needs and wants, you’ll find options that delve into Portugal’s delicious flavors with culinary experiences and wine tastings, ideal for any foodie or wine enthusiast. You might explore the top wine regions, sightseeing and sampling the local products along the way. Cooking classes have been a highlight for many, with local chefs that will teach you how to make some of the tasty dishes that you’ll enjoy here, alongside Portuguese wine.
Discover charming villages and long-held traditions, immerse yourself in culture, and perhaps embark on a riverboat cruise in the famous Douro Valley. Tours often include a visit to Pena Palace, one of the country’s must-sees as a fantastical delight along with time to enjoy the sandy beaches and hike scenic trails in places like Peneda-Geres National Park, with its rugged hills and wildlife like golden eagles, deer, and wolves.
Outstanding photo-ops throughout are a given, and you can expect top-notch accommodation with the properties all hand-selected to ensure your comfort
Portuguese wine is famous throughout the world. For food and drink aficionados, a visit to its wine-growing regions is not to be missed. Our favorite region to include our tours is the beautiful Douro Valley, flanked on either side of the Douro River, stretching through Portugal’s interior from the Spanish border right down to Porto. This UNESCO-protected region produces full-bodied reds, fresh whites, and is the home of sweet, sticky, fortified Port. Also around Porto, to the northwest, you’ll find the Vinho Verde region which produces Portugal’s famously fruity and fresh easy-drinking whites.
Portugal has nearly 2,000km of coastline along which you’ll find some of Europe’s finest beaches. They range from fascinating natural formations like Algar de Benagil which is only accessible by water, to wide sandy stretches with great facilities for a family day at the beach like Praia do Zavial. Portugal has also become well-known for some of the world’s best surf spots, like Coxos in Ericeira and North Canyon in the region of Nazaré.
The two major cities – Lisbon and Porto – are undoubtedly the must-see places to visit in Portugal. The former, Portugal’s atmospheric capital, oozes history and charm, with pretty cobbled streets leading to elegant castles, graceful gardens, and vibrant cultural attractions. Porto is famed primarily for its wine, but you’ll also find more fine architecture and stunning views alongside the Porto River. The Douro Valley is heaven for wine lovers, and Braga – knowns as the spiritual heart of Portugal – is similar for those enthused by history and culture. All of these locations should be included on a typical highlights tour.
A basic highlights tour of Spain and Portugal would take in the principal cities of both: Madrid and Barcelona in the former; Lisbon and Porto in the latter. Such as trip would be a compact 10-11 days with a key focus on culture, history, and urban sightseeing. With more time to play with travelers could also focus on the foodie highlights of Iberia, bringing the Douro Valley in Portugal, and perhaps a trip up to San Sebastian and the Basque region in Spain. A ‘Grand Tour’ could include Braga and Evora either side of Lisbon, then perhaps Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain, or the southern Spanish jewels of sophisticated Seville and breathtaking Granada.
A tricky question to answer. The main point to address is that Portugal is the smaller country, with less geographical variation through its regions. It has been a single state for far longer, and all told has a more homogeneous culture countrywide. Spain however is a collection of vastly diverse regions: there is much more difference between, say, the Galicia and Andalusia than there is between either and Portugal. Of course, the best way to educate yourself on the differences between the two Iberian states is by examining in-depth on a tailor-made tour!
100% yes! The humble egg custard tart is an icon of Portugal. The crisp flaky pastry and soft, sweet, sugary filling is a true thing of joy – you’ll easily find yourself snacking on 2 or 3 a day which touring around Portugal! Pastel de Nata are sold all over Portugal, but the recipe originates from the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem, a western neighborhood of Lisbon. The nuns and monks used egg whites to starch their clothes, and needing to find a use for excess egg yolks, came up with this magnificent sweet treat! Pasteis de Belem, right next to the monastery, claims to serve the best Pastel de Nata in the world (we have tried, and think they might have a case!).
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- Families, Food & Wine
- Apr - Oct
- Lisbon, Alentejo, Porto
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