Portugal cannot be understood in a single moment or place. The Ultimate Portugal tour is a 12-day private tour that covers authentic destinations and experiences to discover Portugal in-depth. This route is full of surprises and will take you through Lisbon, Évora, Óbidos, Coimbra, Douro Valley, Porto and many other gems.
An incredible tour of Portugal designed just for you!
Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).
The tour highlights recommend some places to visit, however, there are others that may interest you, so we list some of them on ‘optional visits and experiences’. Our main goal is to provide you an unforgettable day therefore we have the flexibility to customize the itinerary according your preferences and tour length.
Our local guide will pick you up at your hotel, airport, cruise terminal or other meeting point.
Each day tour is designed to last approximately 8 hours (hotel-tour-hotel).
Please contact us for advice about our accommodation options. We have a list of hotels based in local 3*, 4* and 5* Bed & Breakfasts and Boutique hotels throughout Portugal. We will provide you with suggestions so you can choose what best suits your budget.
Our guide/driver will drive you during your tour, sharing stories and curiosities about the places you’ll visit as well as its historic context. Since our guide is also the driver, and in order to provide you great tour, it’s possible that the guide won’t always join you on your visits to the inside of the monuments. Find out why.
Praça do Comércio is one of the largest squares in Europe and for many centuries the main entrance of the city of Lisbon. Currently the square is used for cultural events, New year’s Eve and music concerts.
Overnight in: Lisbon
While walking around the historic centre, you’ll find yourself surrounded by old houses that have been converted into small shops and bakeries, selling local products and handicrafts.
The Park holds more than 200 species of vertebrates: 33 mammal species, more than 160 bird species, 12 amphibian species, 20 reptilian species and 9 sweet water fish species.
An astonishing fairytale 19th century palace constructed by King consort Ferdinand II of Portugal. He turned a 16th Century monastery ruins, located on one of the highest peaks of Sintra’s mountain range, into one of the most eclectic palaces in Europe by blending different types of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements to it. Around the palace he created a park where he planted different exotic species of trees from all over the world.
Located on a large cliff with more than 140 meters height and an amazing view to the Atlantic Ocean, is considered the most western point of continental Europe.
Guincho beach is one of the most beautiful beaches around Lisbon. It is regarded as one of the greatest beaches for windsurfing and surfing due to its powerful waves and wind. This stunning beach is known for its appearance in the opening scene of James Bond film ‘On her majesty’s Secret Service’ of 1969.
Cascais is a beautiful coastal resort town that has been able to maintain its traditions over the years. Its popularity began in the late 19th century when King Luís I made the citadel his summer residence and later due to the fact that Portugal was neutral during World War 2 given Cascais beautiful seaside appeal, was home to many Royal families and aristocrats in Europe.
Launching point for the Portuguese discoveries, with significant historic monuments in a beautiful open riverside setting.
Here you can see the Belém Tower, the Discoveries Monument, visit the church of the Jerónimos Monastery and taste the world-famous custard tarts of Belém.
Overnight in: Lisbon
A medieval town which is one of Portugal’s most interesting walled settlements. Here you can have a taste of the typical ‘Ginja’ while walking along its cobbled streets.
Nazaré is seaside resort with its own charm. It’s Portugal’s most famous fishing village because of the “big wave phenomenon” and it was where the American surfer Garrett McNamara set a new world record in 2011, surfing a 90ft wave.
Portugal’s religious capital that attracts millions of pilgrims every year, due to its mystical power and atmosphere. It can hold about 300 thousand faithful at the same time and is twice the size of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City.
The Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima is a place of pilgrimage, which celebrates the apparitions of Our Lady to the three little Shepherds: Lucia de Jesus, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. At the Shrine you can visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, the Chapel of the Apparitions, the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity.
Around 2KM from Fátima in a small village called ‘Aljustrel’ you can visit Marto’s family house and Lúcia’s house.
Overnight in: Tomar
One of the historic centres of Portugal with the highest concentration of monuments. You’ll visit the churches of ‘São João Baptista’ and of ‘Santa Maria do Olival’ and the oldest Jewish synagogue in the country.
After the extinction of the Knights Templars in 1312, King Dinis creates a new religious militia the Military Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ, claiming the need to defend Portugal from Islam. The headquarters of the Order of Christ is set up in the former Knights Templars headquarters in 1357 where it will remain for centuries. Regarded as one of the greatest monastic complex in Europe was classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1983. Inside we can see the Charola, the Knights round temple, the unique western window designed in Portuguese late gothic style and the main cloister, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.
Known as the city of the students, offers centuries of culture and history. Here you can visit the oldest university of Europe and its world famous library and walk the downtown city centre.
Considered the Venice of Portugal, here you will take a boat trip through the city’s canals before your arrival at Porto.
Overnight in: Porto
Designed by Théophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, the bridge was inaugurated in 1886 and connects Oporto to Vila Nova de Gaia, on the other side of the Douro River.
Port’s Wine is internationally acclaimed for its quality and although it is produced in the Douro Valley, the cellars are located in Oporto. Have a taste of this amazing and unique sweet Oporto’s wine.
Enjoy the fantastic landscapes on board of a typical local boat called ‘Rabelo’.
The railway station of Oporto built in the 20th century is the most beautiful in the country. It has a glass and iron structure and it’s decorated with twenty thousand tiles that illustrate the evolution of the transportation and important events of Portuguese history and life style.
Considered to be the city’s symbol, this 18th century baroque church was designed by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni.
The Church of St. Francis was classified as a National Monument and Unesco World Heritage because of its extraordinary decoration in gilt wood carvings.
The Cathedral of the city of Porto, located in the heart of the historical center is one of the main and oldest monuments of Portugal.
Located in central Oporto was built in 1834 in a neo classical style constructed by the Commerce Association of Oporto.
Overnight in: Porto
Lose yourself in the streets, the colors and history of the this city.
Considered ‘The First of Portugal’, in which rests the very foundation of the Portuguese nationality.
This 18th century Palace is located in the historical center of Guimarães and is classified as a National Monument.
Oldest city in Portugal that played a key role in the development of the Roman occupation in the region. Considered a very religious its history blends with the Catholic identity.
The country’s oldest (1st Mass dated 1089), today still has the strength of this tradition.
True jewel of the Portuguese Baroque architecture.
Overnight in: Douro
At Pinhão you will visit the railway station to see the famous 24 tile panels with landscapes of the Douro Region.
Overnight in: Douro
With a unique natural beauty the village is located about 700m above sea level, on the glacier valley of Serra da Estrela. Visit to the Burel Factory at Manteigas.
Situated on the southwest slopes of Serra da Estrela is a place that invites to the practice of open-air activity: walking, bathing in fluvial beaches or other sports.
Small village with houses made of a unique type of stone, very common of that region called shist.
A village that has a mystical meaning in the international Sephardic history. A village with a big connection to the jewish history. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit: the Castle, the Jewish Museum and the Hebrew tombstone, the BET ELIAHU Synagogue and the Jewish Quarter.
Overnight in: Belmonte
Its considered the most Portuguese village of the country. Its origins date back to the Paleolithic, conquered from the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques in 1165, and later donated to the Knights Templar who built a castle, under the orders of of its Grand Master. This village is characteristic for its granite houses and nested shale in the middle of huge granite blocks.
The earliest remains of the past of Ródão are of a geological nature and are dated to about 600 Million years. You’ll visit the Natural Monument ‘Portas de Ródão’ the natural ex libris of Vila Velha de Ródão, where the Tagus, runs entrenched among giant quartzites creating a geological formation.
A 13th century castle full of historical events, traditions and many other surprises for you.
Overnight in: Marvão
Marvão is considered one of the most spectacular walled villages in the country. Set up on the very top of the Serra de São Mamede mountains, it offers splendid views of the region.
A World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Elvas houses the World’s largest collection of bulwark fortifications and other military buildings as well as churches and monasteries of unique beauty.
Surrounded by natural beauty, this hidden gem is full of history and cultural interest.
Overnight in: Évora
The Convent of St. Francis in Évora, was the first house of the Franciscan Order in Portugal and was founded in the 12th century. The Church of the convent was remodeled at the end of the 15th century, between the years of 1480 and 1510, being an example of Gothic-Manueline architecture. It is related to the events that marked the period of maritime expansion and is one of the most beautiful churches in Portugal.
Built in the 17th century by the initiative of three Franciscan friars in order to convey the message of the transience and fragility of human life. At the entrance, the warning: “We bones here laid, for yours we wait”. The walls and the eight pillars of the church are covered with about 5,000 human skulls and countless bones from the city’s cemeteries.
The Roman Temple of Évora was built in the early 1st century and is located in the historic city center, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1986, is one of the most famous landmarks of the city and a symbol of the Roman presence in Portuguese territory.
Better known as Sé de Évora, it’s the largest medieval cathedral in Portugal. Its construction began in 1186 and consecrated in 1204, was completed later on, in 1250. It is a fascinating monument in granite that marks the transition from the Romanesque style to the Gothic style.
Get to know more about the wine production with a guided tour in a local winery. You’ll learn more about the daily life of a winery and at the end have a wine tasting with local ‘tapas’ such as cheese, sausage, olives and bread.
Cork is a plant material, 100% natural, from the bark of the cork oak.
It can be extracted every 9 years and has several uses such as floor coverings, musical instruments, decoration and clothing. Considered the most important industry in Portugal, with an area of 730 thousand hectares of cork oak, it is responsible for more than 50% of the world cork production.
It’s an Alentejo small village widely known for its handmade pottery. With about 35 pottery factories São Pedro do Corval is known as the Capital of Pottery (it’s the Portuguese largest pottery centre).
Medieval village conquered by the Moors in the 12th century. It played, over the years, a very important role in monitoring the Guadiana River, after the border with Spain. The beauty and state of conservation of the village of Monsaraz are impressive, making it a museum village, unique in the region. From the top of the castle walls, built by D. Dinis in the 14th century and classified as National Monument, we can see the whole village with houses painted white and slate roofs and the Alqueva dam.
Overnight in: Lisbon
For those you prefer the beach we have the option of spending 2 days in the Algarve area instead of 2 days in Serra da Estrela. Visit the best spots, enjoy a memorable boat ride in the Ponta da Piedade caves and at the end explore the Vicentina Coast, Sagres and Lagos returning to Lisbon.
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