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Portugal Tours

Wander around cobblestone streets as you explore the coastal cities, charming villages, golden beaches, and breathtaking scenery of Portugal. Experience the exhilarating nightlife of Porto and get a taste of the world-class cuisine and high-quality wine in the heart of the country!

Portugal Tours - Charming coastal cities, world-class wineries, breathtaking river views, and gorgeous cityscapes await travelers in Portugal!

From the extraordinary castles of Cascais to the famous landmarks of Lisbon and the golden beaches of the Algarve, a trip to Portugal will show you some of the finest natural scenery in Western Europe. Take the opportunity to relax near the breathtaking bridge as you bask in the scenery of the Douro River in Porto. Discover the picturesque canals of Aveiro and the spiritual sites of Batalha and Fatima. Visit the world-famous pilgrimage sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Fatima, explore the fisherman town of Nazare, and see the Gothic Monastery of Batalha! Portugal has a rich and textured history, dating back to some of the very earliest days of Western civilization. On our Portugal tours, you'll have the opportunity to explore this fascinating country and discover its many hidden treasures. Portugal escorted tours may begin a perfect trip in Lisbon, the capital city and one of the oldest major cities in Western Europe. Founded by the Phoenicians in 1200 BCE, Lisbon has been a center of trade and culture for centuries. Today, it's a lively and vibrant city, with a beautiful old town and cobblestone streets that are perfect for exploring on foot. You'll also have the chance to visit some of Lisbon's most famous landmarks, including the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. From Lisbon, you can then head north to Porto, Portugal's second-largest city. Porto is best known for its port wine, but there's much more to see and do here. You'll visit the Porto Cathedral, one of the city's most iconic landmarks, and take a stroll through the picturesque Ribeira district. You'll also have the chance to sample some of the local wine and the food native to the region.
An excellent tour to Portugal will also take you to Coimbra, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra has a long and storied history. Today, it's a beautiful and atmospheric place to explore, with plenty of fascinating museums and art galleries to discover. Finally, you can head to the Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region. The Algarve is known for its stunning beaches, so you'll want to spend some time relaxing on the sand.

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Portugal Tours: Things To Do

There's so much to see and do when on Portugal escorted tours, especially in the company of a well-versed tour guide or tour director. Here are just a few of the many highlights:

Go on a cruise down the Douro River in Porto

The Duoro River in Porto is one of the city's most iconic landmarks. And what better way to see it than on a cruise? Portugal's second city, Porto, is situated around the Douro River. Therefore, some of its most popular landmarks are due to this strategic location. These include picturesque bridges and a medieval riverside district complete with quaint cafes and colorful houses belonging to local merchants. You'll be able to take in all the sights and sounds of the city as you float down the river, explore the Douro Valley, and might even spot some of the wine warehouses that Porto is famous for. A winery tour may also be a great tour idea!

Rabelo boats were once used to transport port wine barrels from vineyards in the countryside to cities and port towns and by local artisans. Nowadays, couples and groups of friends can take a ride down the paths of history on one of Porto's iconic rabelos. These picturesque boats provide the perfect way to see the best sights that this vibrant city has to offer.

A standard boat tour of Porto encompasses the renowned ‘Six Bridges’ including Ponte D. Maria Pia, Ponte Infante Dom Henrique, and Ponte de Dom Luís I, as well as attractions such as the Cabedelo Nature Reserve. The site also features the Foz do Douro, where the river empties into the Atlantic Ocean, and Barra do Douro, with its magnificent lighthouse. These are just some of the reasons why a cruise down the Douro River is one of the best things to do in Portugal, Spain.

 

Visit the Castle of São Jorge in Lisbon

The São Jorge Castle, which stands atop a hill in Alfama and is well-known throughout the city, is an absolute must-see while in Lisbon! If you're looking for the best views of Lisbon, head to São Jorge Castle. In addition to gorgeous scenery, you'll also find plenty of history, beautiful peacocks, and an archaeological excavation site.

The castle was originally built by the Moors in the 11th century and was later conquered by Christians during the Crusades. It has since been used as a royal palace, a fortress, and a prison. Today, it's one of Lisbon's most popular tourist attractions. If you're interested in Portuguese history, be sure to visit the Sao Jorge Castle. You'll learn about the country's past as you explore the castle's many rooms and artifacts. And, of course, the views from atop the hill are not to be missed! This is a perfect location for small group tours of Portugal, especially when accompanied by local guides who can provide you with stories and facts about this historic scene.

A Walking Tour to the Majestic Pena Palace

Pena Palace, named Palácio da Pena in Portuguese, is a must-see for anyone visiting Portugal, and it's especially convenient if you're already in Lisbon or Sintra. The Pena Palace is considered one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal and is one of Europe's oldest palaces. It was built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II as a summer retreat for the Portuguese royal family.

Pena Palace is located atop a hill in Sintra, and it's surrounded by lush gardens (200 hectares of royal gardens) filled with flowers, trees, and peacocks. The Pena Palace is distinguished by its bright red, yellow, and mauve facades, scalloped white trimmings, and pointed turrets. The palace itself is a beautiful mix of traditional architecture, and it's worth a visit. Even if you're not interested in history, the views from the palace are incredible.

 

Explore the University of Coimbra and Its Museums

Coimbra is home to one of the world's oldest universities, as well as a dynamic community with its art, tradition, and culture. The University of Coimbra, founded in 1290, is one of Europe's prestigious institutions of learning. The city's centerpiece is the university's awe-inspiring main square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The university's museums are also worth a visit, as they house an extensive collection of art and artifacts.

The city of Coimbra is situated in a picturesque natural setting, with the Mondego River running through it. There are plenty of things to see and do in and around the city. In addition to the university, there are several historical monuments, such as the Se Velha (Old Cathedral), as well as museums and art galleries. Coimbra is definitely worth a visit, whether you're interested in the history of the university or not.

Relax on the Beaches of the Algarve

The Algarve is located in Portugal's southern region between Faro and Lagos, and it's known for its beautiful sandy beaches, rocky coastline, and clear waters. The Algarve is a popular tourist destination, and it's easy to see why. With its mild climate and stunning scenery, the Algarve is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

The Algarve has over 125 miles of beachfront, with 130 beaches in total. The summer's temperatures range from 24 to 32°C (75 to 90°F), while the winter's temperatures are about 15 to 18°C (60 to 65°F). Whether you're looking to soak up the sun or enjoy some of Portugal's finest cuisine, the Algarve is sure to please.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the accommodation like in Portugal?

When visiting Portugal, you'll find that accommodation is more affordable than in other western European countries. You can find quaint guesthouses or small hotels in a charming town that typically offer a double or twin room for under €40. However, you'll pay more during peak season in Algarve resorts, or year-round if you're looking to stay in Lisbon or Porto.

There are many Airbnbs available throughout Portugal, which can be a great option if you're looking for more space or want to cook your own meals. The average nightly price for a room in a shared house is around €43 in Portugal, whereas a night in a 1 or 2-bedroom apartment costs €54 and €68, respectively.

If you're looking for something luxurious, you have a plethora of stunning manor houses and posh hotels to pick from. This is perfect for small group tours of Portugal or tourists traveling with fellow travelers who do not mind double occupancy. These hotels, called pousadas, are usually located in picturesque locations or historic buildings. However, keep in mind that if you're hoping to travel to Lisbon, Porto, or the Algarve during the high season, it's best to make a reservation in advance. With that said, most other regions will have plenty of availability for accommodation.

How much time do you need to visit Portugal?

If you want to get a real feel of the location and get a sneak peek at the country's unique culture, customs, tradition, and beliefs, plan a seven-day trip. A vacation is a perfect time to explore many renowned tourist attractions, immerse yourself in nature, take part in fun activities, and enjoy shopping at luxurious markets.

What is the best time for a Portugal tour?

The best time for a wonderful trip to Portugal is between March and May. During this period, the nation's weather is springlike. September and October are also excellent months to schedule your departure date to Portugal. The weather is still relatively warm, and the tourist crowds have dispersed. December to February is Portugal's low season because it's cooler and wetter. However, this is also when you can snag the best hotel deals.

With the current state of the pandemic, is it advisable to travel to Portugal?

Yes, it is safe! To ensure a secure journey, simply follow all of the required safety regulations outlined by the authorities. These include wearing a face mask in enclosed public spaces, maintaining social distancing, and frequently washing your hands. You may also get travel insurance that covers COVID-19-related expenses, such as medical treatment and repatriation, just to be on the safe side.

Ready to Explore Portugal?

Whether you're interested in the country's history, culture, or simply its beautiful scenery, there's something for everyone. Portugal is a welcoming and friendly country, so don't hesitate to visit. You'll be glad you were a part of the wonderful experience this great trip has to offer.

 
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Portugal Tour Reviews

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Gregory Shay
Marvelous Portugal
We had a great time on Marvelous Portugal. Our local guide Thelma was a wealth of knowledge with an excellent sense of humor. The itinerary covered most of the “must do sites.” The Portuguese are very friendly, and proud of their seafood, and country. It was our third Indus trip and the hotels were of high quality, group size small, transportation near flawless, itinerary complete. I think it is best to go a day early to spend more time in Lisbon and one at the end for more beach time.
17 June, 2024
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Anonymous
Wonders of Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona
Wonders of Lisbon, Madrid’s and Barcelona is really true wonderful😀
08 December, 2023
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Jacqueline Anne Vockeroth
Marvelous Portugal
01 December, 2023
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Marvelous Portugal
25 November, 2023
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Paul Peelman
Picturesque Solo Portugal Tour
26 October, 2023
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Darryl Demond Groves
Wonders of Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona
I used Indus for a tour of Portugal and Spain. We had a great time. The hotels were all above average or better and the tours were well planned out. My only issue was how early each started but I totally understand why. I was use the service again.
08 September, 2023
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Robert Wilkinson
Treasures of Portugal
Excellent itinerary. Excellent tour staff.
01 September, 2023
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Darryl Groves
Wonders of Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona
They made my trip to Portugal/Spain easy and worry free.
21 July, 2023
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Sam
Essential Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Italy
Awesome Trip!!!
19 May, 2023
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Anonymous
Essential Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Italy
One of the Best Trips!
18 May, 2023
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Naleni McGarrell
Picturesque Solo Portugal Tour
09 May, 2023
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Pedro Martinez
Essential Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Italy
Great trip from start to finish.
26 April, 2023
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Susan Janet Tippett
Picturesque Douro
We took this tour in November 2022 and it was awesome. Indus partnered with Nicko Cruises who delivered a great cruise experience, Staff was knowledgeable and always has a smile. I have used Indus in the past and will do so in the future.
22 November, 2022
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Steven Rolf Ordal
Picturesque Portugal
The Taste of Portugal was an excellent tour that started in Lisbon, went as far north as Porto, and included Coimbra, Fatima, Aciero and Nazare. An excellent bus, driver, and tour guide made all of this possible. There were many personal touches of the tour director that added to the experience. In Fatima, we saw the workshops where religious articles are made. Hotels were very good, modern, and great buffet breakfasts each morning.
04 November, 2022
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Anonymous
Classical Portugal Self Drive
An excellent trip, with a few customized changes that made it the perfect vacation.
20 May, 2022
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Anonymous
Picturesque Portugal
Excellent travel company, from the sales agent (Jhonathan), airport to hotel transfers, hotel accommodations, breakfast buffets, travel guide Rei Pacifico, bus driver Nelson, the itinerary and the trip as a whole. We have already recommended it to our family and friends. We are looking forward to our next Indus Travel trip.
07 May, 2022
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John Hall Cantwell
Picturesque Solo Portugal Tour
All was fine. Our guide was great.
19 September, 2019
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Judith Bookbinder Mays
Amazing Portugal and Santiago De Compostela
Trip was well planned. Sites were all interesting: beautiful scenery, historic places.
07 June, 2019
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Ruth
Picturesque Portugal
I just did in my written comments.
08 April, 2018
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Linda
Picturesque Portugal
it took a while to get etickets
11 February, 2018

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