Rhythms of Fado

Portugal Tours

Did you know that Portugal is the oldest state in Europe and has had the same borders since XI century? The world’s oldest book store can also be found in Lisbon. Let’s discover this stunning country!

Highlights of Portugal Tours

  • Historic neighborhoods of Lisbon with their famous terracotta roofs
  • Delicious Portuguese cuisine featuring fresh seafood
  • Legendary port wine in UNESCO-listed Douro Valley
  • Fascinating and medieval monasteries, castles and towns
  • Magnificent architecture with fascinating blue “Azulejo tiles”
  • Cliffs, beaches and views of a stunning coastline

Dates & Cost

DATES

DAYS

COST (double / single)

May 22nd – 30th, 2021

9 days

$2695 / 3095

Now $2395 / 2795

September 25th – 3rd, 2021

9 days

$2895 / 3295

Now $2595 / 2995

Portugal Itinerary

Day 1
Lisbon

“By day Lisbon has a naive theatrical quality that enchants and captivate, but by night it is a fairy-tale city, descending over lighted terraces to the sea.”

Morning        Arrivals and check-in. Visit the Lisbon Cathedral, go to Praça do Comércio, the Rua Augusta Arch, and try the famous Bolinho de Bacalhau at Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau

Afternoon     Enjoy the view at the top of the elevator Santa Justa. Eat at Time Out Market, trying the best Portuguese specialties of sea food, pasta, desserts, and more. At Bairro Alto, walk around the streets and experience the exciting Lisbon life. Visit Marquis of Pombal Square and Eduardo VII Park

Evening         Group dinner

Meals included: dinner

Day 2
Lisbon

Morning        Walk around the monument Padrão dos Descobrimentos that represents the Portuguese overseas expansion. Visit the Belem Tower, the 16th-century fortification

Afternoon     Visit Monastery of the Hieronymites, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Try the most famous Pastéis de Belém, the typical Portuguese dessert. Explore Sao Jorge Castle, where the first forts date back to the 1st century BC. Ride on the famous tram number 28, the typical Lisbon transport. Walk on the narrow streets of Alfama

Evening         Free evening

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 3 
Sintra

Morning        Walkthrough the charming, narrow streets of Old Town. Sample delicious Queijadas and Travesseiros in local pastry shop

Afternoon     Visit the colorful Pena National Palace and Park and explore the palace “Quinta da Regaleira”. Visit the romantic Monserrate palace, and go to the monastery Convento dos Capuchos

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 
Óbidos

Morning        Drive to Óbidos. Walk around the historical townscape of Óbidos

Afternoon     Visit the Óbidos castle, exploring the medieval architecture while drinking the famous liquor Ginjinha. Walk to Santa Maria square, and visit the medieval church. Free time

Evening         Drive to Coimbra

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 5 
Coimbra

Morning        Visit the Botanic garden and “Paço das Escolas” where one of the oldest universities in the world is located, Coimbra University (UNESCO World Heritage). Tour around “A Cabra”, the bell from the university tower, and the Joanina library

Afternoon     Walk at Largo da Portagem square, around the streets, and on the board of Mondego’s River and the parkFree time to shopping (Forum Mall)

Evening         Explore the romanesque architecture of Sé Velha and watch a Fado Concert at Sé Velha (typical Portuguese music style)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 
Águeda/Aveiro

Morning        Walk around the center of Águeda and visit the Umbrella Sky Project, one of the most recognized projects worldwide. Drive to Aveiro.

Afternoon     Explore around the center of Aveiro and visit the old train station. Tour in the Aveiro’s canals with Moliceiros, colorfully painted boats that were originally made to harvest seaweed in the lagoon. Visit the Cathedral Sé Aveiro. Go to Costa Nova beach, walk around the famous and colorful houses. Free time

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 7 
Douro Train/ Winery

Morning        Walk around São João da Pesqueira and the Douro valley to see stunning viewpoints and nature. Visit the vineyard Quinta da Gricha, have a wine tour and tasting

Afternoon     Go to Pinhão, and explore wine villages. Take the famous Douro train-ride to Porto

Evening         Free evening

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 8 
Porto

Morning        Walk around the beautiful and vibrant Santa Catarina Street, with great shops and restaurants. Visit the São Bento station, at the historic center of Porto, famous for its tile panels

Afternoon     Go to the Clérigos church, climb the tower, and explore the baroque architecture. Visit the famous Lello bookshop, considered one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. Explore the Porto’s riverside area, Cais da Ribeira, and the famous Luís I Bridge to walk. Free time.

Evening         Goodbye dinner

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9
Porto

Departures

Meals included: breakfast

Tour Operator

info@colibritraveltours.com

Sylvia  +1 617-301-1237

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Country Code for Portugal +351

Police 112

American Embassy: (+351) 21 727 3300 Address: Av. das Forças Armadas 133C, 1600-081 Lisboa, Portugal

Panataxi: 7-55-5555

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Accommodation

We stay in 4/5 stars boutique hotels that best reflect the local architecture and flavors.

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Inclusions

What’s included?

What’s not included

Essential Travel Information

for Portugal tours 
visa requirements, health, currency and more

▹ Visa requirements for Portugal tours

There are no special visa requirements for US citizens entering Portugal for less than 90 days. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.


▹ Health, Vaccinations

✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ There are no major risks associated with traveling to Portugal. 
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays ( we recommend additional 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing imodium as well.

Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.


▹ Electricity

Portugal operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.


▹ Connectivity, Internet

✔︎ The Internet is available in all hotels although speed may vary.
✔︎ Please consult your phone plan provider for phone call and text messages, international charges and plans.


▹ Time zones

✔︎ Portugal is 5 hours ahead Eastern Time (ET). 
✔︎ 12pm in New York is 5pm the same day in Portugal.


▹ Currency, cash, credit cards

✔︎ The currency in Portugal is euro.
✔︎ Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas.
✔︎ ATMs are  available in all major towns and cities and credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are better than American Express, Diners.  Smaller venues accept cash only.


▹ Transportation and arrival information

✔︎ If you add airport pick up our driver will meet you at the airport with a sign that says: Colibri Travel & Tours. If you do not see your driver immediately stay right by exit from the secure area for another 15 min. If you still can’t find each other please give us a call. Driver’s name and phone number will be provided within 24 hours before your departure.
✔︎ If you choose to arrange for your own transportation we will meet you at the hotel or casa. In this case please make sure that you have the address and phone number.


▹ Baggage allowance

✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents and a set of clothes, pijamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. ber of your first hotel printed out.

 

▹ Tipping

✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.

 

▹ Itinerary

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.

 

We LOVE to talk about travel. If you have any questions please give us a call: 617 301 1237 or email us: info@colibritraveltours.com.

We are always happy to talk to our travelers and answer the question

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Physical rating:

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Reviews

This is the best tour company we ever used, and we are forever converted to Colibri. First, we LOVED the small group. It was 16 of us and this is so much better than the big group tours. Try it and you will be shocked what a colossal difference it makes. Second, everything was so thoughtful and well organized. Hotels were beautiful and centrally located with delicious breakfasts. Local tour guides were outstanding. The dinner with fado music was a nice surprise, the port wine tour in the valley was incredible. The other thing I am really grateful for is that it was an amazing value for the money as almost everything was included (except for a couple of meals). My wife and I took many group tours in the past with big companies and you can clearly tell the difference. We were usually packed in big buses, there were so many extra charges for a la carte additional tours. That is NOT the case with Colibri Travel & Tours. We got way more than we expected.

Amit and Kate, Portland ME

Scenery was incredible. Food, wine, and all the sights also to die for. This company really pours lots of love in organizing this Portugal tours and adds lots of little touches. For example, we arrived in Belem and stopped to taste local pastry in the bakery where they were invented. The hotels they chose reflected local flavors. In one location we stay in a monastery that was converted to a beautiful, boutique hotel. This is the first tour I’ve been on where we went to a restaurant and we could either try so many different dishes family style or choose our own entree. Way better than everyone having to eat the same thing like on other tours. Our tour director was kind, friendly and funny. Best tour ever, don’t hesitate to sign up!

Nancy S. Albany, NY

In a nutshell, I would return to Portugal anytime as there is just too much to see and do. The country is definitely underrated. As beautiful as Spain, but less expensive. The tour itself was phenomenal! Thanks to our tour director and other travelers, after day one we felt like old friends traveling together. I will stay in touch with many of the people I met on this trip. My favorite part was the little town of Obidos and of course the wine tour in Douro Valley. I love this company’s philosophy to travel with minimal environmental impact, not waste food, and buy locally made souvenirs and products. I already signed up for Cuba tour with Colibri Travel & Tours.

Amy C, Boston. MA

Great Portugal tours! We enjoyed Portugal, food, and our tour guides!

Mark C. Exeter, NH

From the moment we arrived we were well taken care of. Our group was small and our tour leader excellent. We tried everything from Portuguese pastry, to port flavored ice cream with everything else in between. A highlight was the winery visit in the Porto region, but then another highlight was the night in a monastery. We only wish we could spend more time in each destination.I highly recommend Portugal tours with Colibri Travel & Tours!

Joe and Kaitlyn M. Framingham, MA