"Portugal is a seductive blend of sun-dappled vineyards and seafaring heritage, medieval towns and modern cities, with a culinary scene to rival anywhere in Europe."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in Portugal

Escorted tour holidays in Portugal promise some of the most dramatic coastlines, sun-dappled vineyards, medieval towns, modern cities and charming people, not to mention a culinary scene to rival anywhere in Europe. A country that’s sunny all year round, Portugal is, without a doubt, one of the best destinations to visit for fun, adventures and plenty of activities.

Portugal’s fascinating history is evident in everything from the Moorish-influenced architecture to the African communities of the major cities, a reminder of how the country grew rich off the back of empire and trade. Today, the country is a wonderful mix of old and new, which explains why millions of people choose a Portugal holiday every year.

The cosmopolitan city of Lisbon with its grand buildings, exciting museums, art galleries and fancy restaurants have helped to make Portugal’s capital one of Europe’s hottest destinations, so be sure to include it on your escorted tour itinerary. Lisbon’s buzzing bars, historic architecture and colourful neighbourhoods are also big draws for visitors, both young and old. There’s a plethora of history in Lisbon too, and you won’t have to look far for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, prestigious art collections and fantastic food markets. Head to the Lisboa Story Centre to unravel the city’s past and visit the Basilica da Estrela to see Lisbon’s iconic church with sky-piercing spires. And remember, you can’t visit Lisbon without checking out its vibrant nightlife scene.

Just outside Lisbon and within the hills of the Serra de Sintra is the gorgeous Portuguese town of Sintra, a place that should be included in your escorted tour holiday plans. Sintra is a Portuguese gem that offers a variety of attractions, lavish mansions, historic buildings and an ancient castle ruin. Another of Portugal’s most beautiful areas is Evora, a charming city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is hard to resist. Evora has become a young and vibrant city that has a lot to offer visitors, including historical monuments, an impressive Roman temple, the majestic cathedral and fabulous restaurants.

Portugal’s second city, Porto, is famous as the home of port wine, and it provides the perfect introduction to the delightful Douro Valley. Make sure your escorted tour holiday includes free time to quaff the local tipple in cosy cellars or allows you time to strike out into the countryside to explore the quaint villages and hillside vineyards. There are lots of unique places that you shouldn’t miss during a tour of Porto, such as the world’s most amazing bookstore, Livraria Lello, the place where JK Rowling began writing her famous Harry Potter series. You can also hit the beach of Homem do Leme or the beaches in the Foz neighbourhood to enjoy some sunshine and relaxation during your Portugal holiday.

If you enjoy spending time in walled towns, then you will love the Portuguese town of Obidos. It’s a characterful town that’s considered one of the best tourist spots of the Lisbon region and it features narrow streets, traditional houses and an impressive medieval castle. The region surrounding Obidos is also well worth a visit during your Portugal escorted tour holiday as it enables you to explore a working fishing port, some glorious beaches and Europe’s largest collection of Buddha statues.

The university town of Coimbra could appeal to you if you enjoy discovering ancient buildings and medieval castles. Most people go there to see the Monastery of Santa Cruz which houses the tomb of the first King of Portugal, the Machado de Castro National Museum that contains the Roman Cryptoporticus and the historic university buildings. You can also visit Braga, Portugal’s third-largest city and home to the oldest cathedral in the country. Although Braga has gothic churches, modern shopping areas, baroque buildings and a maze of pretty narrow streets, it isn’t overcrowded, making it a real joy to explore at your own pace.

 

Escorted Touring Highlights of Portugal

  • Lisbon: An escorted tour in Lisbon must include a ride on one of the iconic yellow trams and a meal at one of the city’s Michelin-Starred restaurants. Don’t forget to marvel at the handsome Pombaline-style architecture and try one of the capital’s famous custard tarts.
  • Sintra: The surreal town of Sintra sits amongst a fairy-tale landscape of elaborate gardens, lush forests and Moorish-inspired palaces. You don’t want to miss this place, so be sure to add it to your Portugal holiday must-visit list.
  • Evora: Many believe that Evora is one of Portugal’s most attractive cities, and we have to agree. Spend some time here, and you’ll get to see a UNESCO-listed warren of narrow streets, Roman ruins and medieval churches.
  • Porto: A city filled with fantastic restaurants and inviting port cellars, Porto is an area of Portugal that deserves your time and attention. Choose an escorted tour that lets you roam this city, as well as enables you to discover the Douro Valley.
  • Obidos: Boasting pretty whitewashed architecture and colourful houses, the walled town of Obidos makes for a splendid day trip from Lisbon.
  • Coimbra: Formerly the capital of Portugal during medieval times, Coimbra is a delightful university town and a unique place to visit during your Portugal tour or holiday.
  • Braga: The youthful northern city of Braga is famous for its Semana Santa celebrations in the week leading up to Easter. Take your Portugal escorted tour holiday at the right time and you’ll get to see hooded figures parade through the streets by torchlight.
  • Douro Valley: Considered one of Portugal’s most stunning regions, the Douro Valley is one of the main tourist attractions in the country. The area has a scenic railway that runs alongside the river through a landscape of terraced hills, vineyards and little villages.

Tour Types in Portugal


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7 Nights

Walking in Portugal - Eastern Algarve

Based in the historic town of Tavira, this walking trip combines scenic coastal and inland walking.

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Starts:Tavira
Ends:Tavira
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Explore!

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13 Nights

Azores Island Hopping

A series of easy walks exploring five islands: San Miguel, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial discovering lakes, thermal springs, deep gorges and coastlines.

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Starts:Ponta Delgada
Ends:Horta
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Walking in Portugal - Sintra and Arrabida

Explore the contrasting green hills and UNESCO heritage landmarks of Sintra and the rugged coastline of Arrabida Natural Park, Portugal's hidden gem

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Starts:Colares
Ends:Sesimbra
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Levada Trails Of Madeira

Following Madeira's unique network of narrow irrigation channels known as 'levadas', and ancient footpaths of the best walking trails on this beautiful volcanic island.

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Starts:Funchal
Ends:Funchal
Group Size:4- 15
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Remote Coastal Trails of Portugal

Based in the historically important small coastal town of Sagres, our walking trip explores a remote corner of Portugal.

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Starts:Faro Airport
Ends:Faro Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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11 Nights

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

This two country tour provides a fascinating journey through the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and the Douro wine lands of Portugal.

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Starts:Madrid
Ends:Porto
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Highlights of Portugal

Enjoy the best of Portugal including walking up through the gardens in Sintra and exploring Coimbra's meandering streets.

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Starts:Lisbon
Ends:Porto
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Cycle Portugal - Lisbon to Algarve

We cycle south through wild coastal landscapes, past fishing villages, pristine coves and superb beaches, to the remote south-westerly corner of Europe.

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Starts:Lisbon
Ends:Faro Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Madeira Island Discovery

Discover Madeira's highlights and learn why it's known as 'the pearl of the Atlantic'.

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Starts:Funchal
Ends:Funchal
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Walking in Madeira

Explore the verdant landscapes on one of Portugal’s most scenic islands

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Starts:Machico or Santa Cruz
Ends:Funchal
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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7 Nights

Portugal: Walking & Wine

A perfect introduction to Porto and the UNESCO Douro wine region

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Starts:Mesao Frio
Ends:Porto
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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5 Nights

Hiking the Azores

Spend six incredible days hiking this famous archipelago, and experience a side that few ever see.

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Starts:Ponta Delgada
Ends:Angra do Heroísmo
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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7 Nights

Cycle Seville to Porto

This cycling adventure takes us across a well-kept Spanish secret - the vast and beautiful open landscapes along Europe's oldest border between Spain and Portugal.

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Starts:Seville
Ends:Porto
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate to Challenging
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

Follow scenic coastal routes along the Atlantic Coast of Portugal 

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Starts:Porto
Ends:Lisbon
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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7 Nights

Cycling Portugal - Porto to Lisbon

Discover the cultural highlights, sweeping beaches and natural beauty of central Portugal.

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Starts:Porto
Ends:Lisbon
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:None
Operator:Explore!

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5 Nights

Hiking in Madeira

Immerse yourself in Madeira’s volcanic landscapes and rich culture and history on this six-day hiking adventure.

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Starts:Santana
Ends:Funchal
Group Size:16- 12
Difficulty:4 - Demanding
Operator:G Adventures

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21 Nights

London to the Mediterranean: Coasts & Cafés

Explore the Amalfi coast and to the island of Capri. See the romantic coastal towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello.

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Starts:London
Ends:Lisbon
Group Size:10- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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6 Nights

Highlights of Portugal

Discover the nature, or the warmth and vibrance of the culture, will contest to the greatness of Portugal

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Starts:Lisbon
Ends:Porto
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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9 Nights

Discover Portugal 2021

From charming medieval villages to the cobbled streets of Porto, the empires of the past have left their mark on this captivating Iberian nation. Uncover the real Portugal as we journey from Gothic cities to cinematic rural scenery - taking in world-famous pilgrimage sites, sumptuous local cuisine and ancient customs as we go.

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Starts:Lisbon
Ends:Porto
Group Size:10- 18
Operator:Back-Roads Touring

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7 Nights

Self-Guided Cycling in Portugal: Mountains to the Sea

Scenic cycling through small villages and along stunning coastline on this tour.

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Starts:Moncao
Ends:Porto
Group Size:1- 9
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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