Portugal Small Group Tour Overview: 13 days south to north
The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, most famous for its beautiful beaches. Our tour begins in Tavira, an ancient Moorish town turned resort offering a relaxed away-from-the-crowds experience. Évora is the capital of the region of Alentejo and our next lodging destination. It was once an important city of the Roman Empire and was later home to Portuguese kings.
Lisbon hosts us for a three night stay in the old Moorish district of Alfama. Our explorations inside the city will include an extensive walking tour and the fabulous Jerónimos Monastery in Belem. Outside, we will travel to peculiar Sintra and also to the very pleasing town of Cascais. Coimbra is the medieval capital of Portugal. Our time there includes a visit to the university and the fabulous Joanina Library, followed by a private performance of Fado. Our lodging will be an exquisite 18th century palace with fine dining.
The Douro River Valley displays some of the most lush scenery anywhere. We’ll travel winding roads through vineyard covered hills to visit one of the oldest wineries in the region. Then we’ll take a private boat cruise upstream to Pinhão and lunch on a balcony overlooking the river. Porto has deservedly been voted one the world’s best tourist destinations. It has great food, a lively riverside scene, 300 year old Port caverns and wonderful architecture.