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Portugal tours focus on the country's traditions, culinary heritage and dramatic scenery, with visits to stunningly-preserved medieval walled cities, ancient castles, steep terraced vineyards and the sun-kissed coastline. Visit the cosmopolitan capital of Lisbon, the picturesque Port-wine producing Douro Valley and the beautiful beaches of the Algarve. Just off the coast of Africa is the fascinating archipelago of the Azores, and the colourful island of Madeira.

Portugal

Discover Portugal

Portugal is an ancient kingdom once defended by hilltop castles and dramatic fortified towns. The legacy of its former seafaring wealth and power can be seen in the magnificent architecture of its historic cities, whilst its ancient history can be uncovered in its mysterious megaliths and stone carvings. There is a huge range of cultural diversity, from the cosmopolitan sophistication of Lisbon to rural villages where life seems unchanged for centuries. Fado is traditional folk music most popular in Lisbon and Coimbra, with expressive and melancholic lyrics, whilst contemporary Portuguese tastes are influenced by the sounds and styles of South America and Africa.

Portugal's scenery ranges from rolling vineyards to dramatic coastal scenery with pristine beaches. The River Douro winds through gorges terraced with vineyards to the ocean and the fascinating city of Porto, passing ornate palaces, places of pilgrimage and famous wine estates. The granite peaks of the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês are perfect for hiking, whilst the calm waters of the Algarve offer a laidback beach experience. Madeira, the floating garden in the Atlantic, is famous for its delightful botanical gardens, classic Portuguese white-washed houses, fine wine and fabulous scenery.

Portugal’s cuisine is as diverse as its landscape, with hearty dishes made from fresh ingredients influenced by spices obtained through trade routes centuries ago. The freshest seafood can be enjoyed along the coast, from traditional bacalao and caldeirada stew to Azores caviar, a unique delicacy in Portugal. Iconic comfort-food dishes include caldo verde soup cooked in a traditional clay pot, a substantial Portuguese stew and pastel de nata, the quintessential Portuguese custard tart. Of course, Portugal is world-famous for its Port and Madeira fortified wines but the sparkling espumante is also a lovely fresh alternative.


Featured Portugal Tours

Madeira, the Pearl of the Atlantic

Madeira may be tiny, but this subtropical paradise offers world-renowned gardens, spectacular coastlines and jagged peaks, while picturesque Funchal boasts an architectural charm and rich maritime heritage to match the island’s natural splendour. Rising from the ocean floor 600 miles southwest of Lisbon, Madeira is a subtropical paradise that captures the hearts of all who visit.

2019 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
From £839pp
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Madeira - Pearl of the Atlantic

If you like your holidays to feature strolls in gloriously colourful gardens, mood-lifting sunshine, panoramic mountain views, wonderful countryside walks and local wine and crafts, then Madeira really is a find. And this excellent-value tour lets you find it at your own pace.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct
From £1129pp
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Royal Cascais with Lisbon

Cascais is set on Portugal’s rugged western coastline, only 20 miles from Lisbon - a location which has helped make it a favourite of the upper classes since the 19th century. After a day exploring Lisbon’s sights, this tour takes you right there.

2019 - Jun, Sep
From £1279pp
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Grand Designs of Portugal

Beyond Portugal’s exciting capital city lies a land of beautiful ancient towns, varied culture, wild landscapes and elegant pousadas (hotels). On this excellent-value tour, you’ll get to stand before the dazzling 110m marble façade of the Duke’s Palace, Vila Viçosa.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Sep
From £1299pp
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Madeira Flower Festival

Every spring, when Madeira’s magnificent flora is at its most resplendent, the island’s capital comes alive with the colours and scents of its beautiful flowers. Streets and shop windows are filled with decorations and people gather to enjoy the carnival of traditional music groups that accompany vivid parades in celebration of peace and hope.

2019 - May
From £1342pp
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A Southern Portuguese Escape

Beyond those glorious beaches, many of Portugal’s most enticing experiences remain undiscovered by tourists. We take full advantage of this anonymity and, after exploring fascinating Lisbon, invite you to discover them with us.

2019 - May, Jun, Sep
From £1499pp
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Solo - A Southern Portuguese Escape

Beyond those glorious beaches, many of Portugal’s most enticing experiences remain undiscovered by tourists. We take full advantage of this anonymity and, after exploring fascinating Lisbon, invite you to discover them with us.

2019 - Nov
From £1599pp
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Portuguese Highlights

Love history, culture, wine, gastronomy and all the good things in life? Join us on a 6-day tour of Portugal and together let’s travel and taste our way through Lisbon - one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe – magical Sintra and the delightful Portuguese fishing town of Cascais.

2019 - May
From £1645pp
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Amazing Spain and Portugal

Delve beneath the surface of these two amazing countries. Sample their signature dishes, share in their culture and marvel the legacy of their rich sea-faring history.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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Best of Portugal

Wander through medieval cities and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious Pastéis de Belém or two along the way.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £1732pp
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Spain, Portugal and Seville Fair

Experience this beautiful Western European region bathed in warm spring sunshine. Wander the ancient streets of Cádiz as the Atlantic crashes nearby.

2019 - May
From £1749pp
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Portugal Cruise on Boudicca

From immersing yourself in the rich maritime history of Lisbon and exploring Oporto’s historic heart to savouring the seaside charm of picturesque Portimão, you’ll have chances to tick-off authentic experiences every step of the way on this all-encompassing exploration of Portugal on board Boudicca.

2019 - Apr
From £1769pp
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The Enchanting River Douro

The tranquil Douro River meanders through the north of Portugal, flanked by miles of vineyards which rise in steep terraces from the shoreline. It is easy to see why the spectacular Douro River Valley has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and this cruise allows you to experience this enchanting river with an itinerary that encompasses a mixture of sightseeing, local traditions and relaxation.

2019 - Jul, Aug, Oct
From £2029pp
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Porto & the Douro Valley

Journey with a group of like-minded solo travellers from the coastal city of Porto inland to the major religious, historical and intellectual centres of Braga, Guimarães and Coimbra. Along the way, take a river cruise through the terraced vineyards of the picturesque Douro valley and sample the produce of this celebrated wine and Port producing region.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep
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From £2045pp
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Country Roads of Portugal

Portugal's great New World discoveries brought the country trade and wealth, and left their mark throughout the Kingdom. Witness this legacy, from the sunny beaches of the Algarve to the vineyards of the Douro Valley.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £2122pp
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Azores & Cities of Portugal

This two-week cruise opens up the dramatic landscapes of the Azores. Calling in at Terceira, Faial and São Miguel, you’ll have the chance to explore crater lakes, forested valleys and harbour towns filled with centuries-old architecture.

2019 - May
From £2129pp
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Grand Tour of Portugal

Discover the old-fashioned charm of Portugal on this 10-day tour from Lisbon to Porto. Along the way explore stylish seaside resorts; historic regional cities including Coimbra, Cascais and Obidos; and the picturesque terraced hillsides of the Douro valley, where Port, the world-renowned fortified wine, is produced.

2019 - May, Jun, Sep, Oct
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From £2265pp
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The Amazing Azores

Isolated in the heart of the Atlantic, the Azores are a small sprinkling of Portuguese paradise. These beautifully wild and unspoilt volcanic islands are an ideal holiday destination for the more intrepid traveller.

2019 - Sep
From £2349pp
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Discover Portugal

From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto's medieval cobblestone streets, and from the remote Douro Valley to Roman ruins and world-famous pilgrimage sites, this tour will give us a taste of the real Portugal, which still basks in the glow of ancient customs.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
From £2519pp
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Iberian Voyage with Portugal

Amazing treasures dot the Spanish and Portuguese coastlines, so why not explore by ship? We begin our varied tour with fascinating Lisbon and fairy-tale Sintra, a former royal summer palace.

2019 - Apr
From £2599pp
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Celebration of the Douro

Feel like royalty as you sail along the beautiful Douro Valley aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, the ship that carried Her Majesty the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee. Sail between coastal Porto and the Spanish border, with visits to picturesque towns, monasteries and palaces.

2019 - Apr, Jun, Jul, Sep
From £2699pp
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Best of Spain and Portugal

Follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms as evidenced in their grand castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £2835pp
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A Week In... Portugal

Portugal may be small but it's big on vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty that invite intimate exploration. Discover the seafaring charms of the coast, the lush river valley vineyards, the hilltop castles and villages in its alpine interior and monuments to man-made achievements during stays in gracious palace hotels and pousadas.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £2878pp
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The Best of the Azores

This magically unspoilt archipelago lies around 800 miles off the coast of Portugal and feels suitably remote. On São Miguel, you can take a dip in the thermal springs of the lush Furnas Valley.

2019 - May, Jun, Sep
From £3079pp
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Lisbon and River Douro

The pretty, hilly streets of Portugal’s capital are a fantastic introduction to this wonderful country. Afterwards, we head to the elegant university town of Coimbra and Porto, a charming riverside city.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
From £3109pp
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Spain and Portugal

Highlights of Tauck's enriching Spain and Portugal tours include Lisbon and Sintra in Portugal, and Seville, Gibraltar, Ronda, Toledo and Madrid in Spain; dine at a sherry bodega and a traditional Andalucían inn, and visit a renowned school of equestrian art.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £4432pp
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Treasures of Spain and Portugal - Eastbound

Set sail for a 13-day Spain and Portugal cruise aboard your Windstar yacht as you chart a course for a treasure trove of discoveries along the trade routes of the first Portuguese and Spanish explorers. Two-night stays in Lisbon and Barcelona bookend this Iberian adventure, which visits Palma de Mallorca, Granada, Seville, Gibraltar, Málaga and more.

2019 - Apr, Jul, Sep
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From £5912pp
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Madeira, the Pearl of the Atlantic

Madeira may be tiny, but this subtropical paradise offers world-renowned gardens, spectacular coastlines and jagged peaks, while picturesque Funchal boasts an architectural charm and rich maritime heritage to match the island’s natural splendour. Rising from the ocean floor 600 miles southwest of Lisbon, Madeira is a subtropical paradise that captures the hearts of all who visit.

From £849pp
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Lisbon, Porto and Douro Valley

You’ll discover the real Portugal on this tour – a rich and varied country with a proud history that’s admirably reflected in the many fascinating places we visit. Inland Portugal, long overlooked on European itineraries, has only recently been brought to the discerning traveller’s attention.

From £999pp
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The Azores

Some 900 miles west of the coast of mainland Portugal are the Azores, an extraordinarily beautiful group of islands. The archipelago is often labelled ‘the Hawaii of Europe’ but these islands, which boast many of their own treasures, are still off the tourist trail and truly unspoilt.

From £1099pp
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Highlights of Portugal

Portugal Tours Highlights

  • Albufeira

    The old town of Albufeira, in the central Algarve, is very charming with winding cobbled streets to explore. In the old fishing quarter brightly-painted boats rest on the sand, and this is the ideal place to try out fresh fish and seafood in a local restaurant. There are two main beaches; Fisherman's Beach and Tunnel Beach, which is accessed via a tunnel through the cliffs. According to local legend Xorino Cave is where the Moors took refuge during the Christian reconquest of the town in the 13th century.

  • Cascais

    Cascais is a lively town with a trio of golden beaches to enjoy. A fish auction takes place every afternoon by the main beach. The history of the town can be explored in the Museum of the Sea, the Castro Guimaraes Museum and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assuncao. A short walk leads to the impressive Mouth of Hell rock formation, where immense waves crash into huge caves.

  • Coimbra

    Formerly the capital of Portugal, Coimbra is considered to be the main seat of learning in the country due to its university, the oldest in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. The university is home to the Joanina Library, considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the city, and the stunning Botanic Gardens as well as the evocative medieval prison.

  • Evora

    Evora is a beautifully preserved medieval city. Within the 14th-century walls are enchanting cobbled streets leading to an ornate cathedral, colonnaded Roman Temple, macabre bone chapel and 16th-century aqueduct. Just outside the city are the ancient standing stones of Cromlech Almendres, a mysterious site dating back over 7,000 years and one of the oldest stone circles in Europe.

  • Madeira

    The beautiful Atlantic island of Madeira is closer to the African mainland than Europe and is known as the ‘floating garden in the Atlantic' due to its delightful gardens and parks. The picture-postcard landscape is swathed in colourful bougainvillea, frangipani and orchids, whilst its mountains, rocky coves and beaches are perfect for hiking. Funchal is the capital of the island, where a cable car runs above the city to Monte, the start of the famous wicker toboggan ride.

  • Lisbon

    Many of Lisbon’s historic monuments are UNESCO-listed, including the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery, one of the most magnificent buildings in Europe. The delightful maze of narrow winding streets in the Moorish Alfama district leads up to the ancient castle and the National Pantheon. Lisbon’s seven hills are topped with viewpoints providing stupendous views over the city and the River Tagus.

  • Douro Valley

    The River Douro is one of Europe’s most untouched and beautiful rivers. Pinhão is the centre of the Port wine making region, with even the hand-painted tiles in the train station depicting scenes from the wine harvest. Mateus Palace is a perfect example of baroque architecture, with an impressive façade and delightful gardens, and is famous worldwide for being featured on the label of Mateus rosé wine. Porto is Portugal's second-largest city and overlooks the River Douro. Its historic centre is classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, with an unspoilt old quarter of winding narrow streets, arcaded houses, and superb churches.

  • Sintra

    The fairytale city of Sintra nestles in pine-covered hills and is famous for its spectacular palaces and pastel-coloured villas. The National Palace is a superb mix of Gothic and Moorish architecture and houses a priceless art collection. From the ruined Castelo dos Mouros there are breathtaking views across to the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Just outside Sintra are some of Portugal's finest beaches including Praia da Adraga and unspoilt Ursa beach.

Portugal Tour Offers

  • Best of Portugal

    10 days Lisbon and Back
    From £1732pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Amazing Spain and Portugal

    8 days Madrid and Back
    From £1665pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Best of Spain and Portugal

    14 days Madrid to Barcelona
    From £2835pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Country Roads of Portugal

    9 days Lisbon to Porto
    From £2122pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Treasures of Spain and Portugal - Eastbound

    12 days Lisbon, Portugal to Barcelona, Spain
    From £5912pp

    Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!