Portugal Private Tour

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Why You Should Go

Portugal is a small country in Europe that packs quite a punch and never ceases to surprise visitors with all it has to offer. Although tourism is on the rise, it is still considered “off the beaten path” when it comes to a European adventure, which is a huge advantage to travelers. There are no large crowds or long lines to visit main attractions, which makes for a laid-back and tranquil trip. The country is situated alongside Spain, stretching vertically over 350 miles north to south and 135 miles east to west, and taking up the majority of the Atlantic coastline. Due to this geography, you are sure to have memorable views and be able to enjoy the ocean breeze throughout most of your visit!

Portugal’s benefits don’t stop there, it’s no secret why this destination is becoming high on traveler’s radars: it simply has it all. In addition to the stunning abundance of coastline, the country is gifted with its gastronomy (mouth watering sea food!), wine production, history, culture, and activities! You may find yourself in the Alentejo region stargazing in one of the world’s clearest skies, or perhaps in the Algarve sunbathing on a remote beach, you may even find yourself in the Douro Valley amongst miles of vineyards and picturesque rolling hills, the possibilities are endless! If time permits, we also suggest visiting one of the breathtaking islands such as Madeira or the Azores. No matter your interests or desires, Portugal is waiting to welcome you and leave you wanting more!

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer Fall

Vineyards and olive trees in the Douro Valley near Lamego, Portugal Europe
Rolling Vineyards in the Douro Valley

Sample Itinerary

10 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Lisbon
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

Lisbon, Portugal skyline
View of Lisbon City
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Day 2

Arrive Lisbon
Upon arrival in Lisbon, you will be privately transferred to your hotel. This coastal capital city of Portugal is one of our favorite places in all of Europe. It flawlessly blends traditional heritage with modernism, which can be seen in the pastel colored houses contrasted with the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. This ageless city specializes in culinary delights such as the traditional salted cod and Pastéis de Nata (the famous custard tarts that we can’t get enough of!).

Meals:
Accommodations: Bairro Alto Hotel or Olissipo Lapa Palace

Rossio Square of Lisbon
Rossio Square, Lisbon
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Day 3

Lisbon Full Day Private Tour
After a breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your private guide and driver for a day of touring Lisboa! Visit the picturesque Belém Tower and learn the history of this well-preserved landmark. Next, marvel at the Jeronimos Monastery, a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Finally, attend a hands-on workshop at the National Tile Museum to experience and admire first-hand this traditional Portuguese craft. Later tonight, you may wish to attend a Fado performance to appreciate the emotional folk music of this nation while enjoying an authentic meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Bairro Alto Hotel or Olissipo Lapa Palace

Hieronymites Monastery courtyard
Jeronimos Monastery Courtyard, Lisbon
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Day 4

Full-Day Private Excursion to Sintra and Cascais
After a breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your private guide and driver for a day excursion to Sintra and Cascais! Sintra, known as the “town of palaces”, is located just 15-miles outside Lisbon. Here, you will enjoy a guided tour of the Pena Palace, standing atop a hill in the Sintra Mountains and easily seen with its bright yellow colors – we deem this one of the “must see” attractions in all of Portugal! Next, journey to nearby Cascais, the former vacation spot for the royal family. With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the nearby Sintra Mountains, it is a relaxing place to go for a walk along the coast, stop for a local meal, or perhaps even visit the Boca do Inferno.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Bairro Alto Hotel or Olissipo Lapa Palace

Extravagant Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra
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Day 5

Transfer Lisbon to Coimbra inc. Stop in Nazaré en route
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your guide and driver for a transfer to hotel Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra with a stop in Nazaré to visit the Alcobaça Monastery. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in 1153 by Portugal’s first king, Alfonso I, and is a masterpiece of gothic cistercian art with royal tombs and a royal pantheon. Afterwards, enjoy a fresh lunch in the country’s largest surfing town and take the funicular up the hill to old neighborhood of Sitio. From here, continue on to transfer to your hotel in Coimbra.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Quinta das Lágrimas

Nazare skyline, funicular beach Portugal
Aerial view of Nazaré from Sitio
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Day 6

Private Half-Day Tour of Coimbra + Transfer to Douro Valley
After breakfast at Quinta das Lágrimas, you will be met by your guide and driver for a half-day tour of Coimbra. This riverfront city in Portugal is best known for its historic university. The University of Coimbra, the oldest in Portugal, and its Johannine Library are a sight not to be missed! Built in the early 1700’s, this library is home to over 50,000 volumes and was converted from the ruins of an old prison. You’ll have some time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own before transferring to your hotel in the Douro Valley.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Quinta da Pacheca

University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal
University of Coimbra
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Day 7

Douro Valley Full-Day Private Tour
After breakfast at Quinta da Pacheca, you will be met by your guide and driver for a full-day private tour of the Douro Valley, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. Journey through the lush, rolling hills, terraced by endless rows of grapevines. Embark on a traditional rabelo boat and enjoy a scenic cruise on the Douro River, spotting the many estates and admiring their individual vineyards. No visit to the Douro Valley is complete without a wine tasting, which you will experience alongside a carefully paired lunch as well as a tour of the winery.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Quinta da Pacheca

Boat cruising down river at sunset next to terraced vineyards
Rabelo Boat on the Douro River
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Day 8

Private Douro Valley Half-Day Tour + Transfer to Porto
After breakfast at Quinta da Pacheca, you will be met by your guide and driver for a half-day continued private tour of the Douro Valley. Make your way to a local estate and meet with the properties viscountess who will teach you the history of their family and the estate. Later, enter the kitchen and learn how to use the traditional wood-burning stove where you will have a hands-on cooking experience topped off with a lunch to enjoy the fruits of your labor! After lunch, transfer to your hotel in Porto.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Infante Sagres or Le Monumental Palace

Porto wine cellar
Port Wine Cellar
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Day 9

Porto Full-Day Private Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your guide and driver for a full-day private tour of Portugal’s city of bridges! Begin by exploring the Cais da Ribeira, where a visit will be included to the opulent 19th-century Palácio da Bolsa, which once functioned as a major stock exchange! Kayla in our office suggests a visit to the lavish Arabian room, covered in gold and stunning shimmering tiles – it is a haven of beauty and wealth! You may also choose to visit the São Francisco Church and the Romanesque Cathedral. After your tour, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Infante Sagres or Le Monumental Palace

Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal
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Day 10

Transfer to Porto Airport + Fly Porto/Home

Portugal egg tart with azulejo
Portugal's famous Pastel de nata pastries

Hotels

This 55-room upscale hotel is one of our favorite properties in Lisbon! Its ideal central location between the Bairro Alto and Chiado neighborhoods make it easy to access the main attractions. We especially love that the rooms are individually decorated, and no two rooms are the same! You may expect to find some clawfoot tubs, Ralph Lauren-designed wallpaper, Nuno Cera photos, or balconies. The rooms display a colorful pastel hue with natural and sophisticated touches. We recommend grabbing a cocktail at the beautiful rooftop terrace, offering picturesque panoramic views over the city and Tejo River. The in-house restaurant run by Michelin Star Chef Nuno Mendes brings local cuisine to delicious heights. The wellness center offers a number of treatments and activities for relaxation, such as a sauna, sensory shower, massages, and therapeutic treatments. If you are looking to keep up with your fitness regiment, the hotel’s latest technology gym will be sure to keep you on track whilst on your travels!

Bairro Alto Hotel

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This 55-room upscale hotel is one of our favorite properties in Lisbon! Its ideal central location between the Bairro Alto and Chiado neighborhoods make it easy to access the main attractions. We especially love that the rooms are individually decorated, and no two rooms are the same! You may expect to find some clawfoot tubs, Ralph Lauren-designed wallpaper, Nuno Cera photos, or balconies. The rooms display a colorful pastel hue with natural and sophisticated touches. We recommend grabbing a cocktail at the beautiful rooftop terrace, offering picturesque panoramic views over the city and Tejo River. The in-house restaurant run by Michelin Star Chef Nuno Mendes brings local cuisine to delicious heights. The wellness center offers a number of treatments and activities for relaxation, such as a sauna, sensory shower, massages, and therapeutic treatments. If you are looking to keep up with your fitness regiment, the hotel’s latest technology gym will be sure to keep you on track whilst on your travels!

The recently renovated Tivoli Avenida Liberdade welcomes you to its attractive 286 room/suite property in the heart of Lisbon! This upscale hotel is located along bustling Avenida da Liberdade, one of the most expensive shopping streets in Europe. Its ideal location puts you walking distance from main attractions, restaurants, and nightlife – making for a very nice home base. Rooms are simple and elegant and offer a tranquil space of modern amenities to enjoy during your stay. Rooms and suites have separate sitting areas plus Nespresso coffeemakers. Bathrooms are modern and sleek, with marble tiled tubs and showers, white countertops, premium toiletries, hairdryers, and magnifying mirrors. The hotel has two exclusive restaurants and bars, including a Sky Bar with breathtaking views over the city. The food specializes in fresh seafood that comes from local sources along the coastline. When you’re not out exploring Lisbon, you are free to unwind at the hotel’s Anantara full-service Spa.

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade

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The recently renovated Tivoli Avenida Liberdade welcomes you to its attractive 286 room/suite property in the heart of Lisbon! This upscale hotel is located along bustling Avenida da Liberdade, one of the most expensive shopping streets in Europe. Its ideal location puts you walking distance from main attractions, restaurants, and nightlife – making for a very nice home base. Rooms are simple and elegant and offer a tranquil space of modern amenities to enjoy during your stay. Rooms and suites have separate sitting areas plus Nespresso coffeemakers. Bathrooms are modern and sleek, with marble tiled tubs and showers, white countertops, premium toiletries, hairdryers, and magnifying mirrors. The hotel has two exclusive restaurants and bars, including a Sky Bar with breathtaking views over the city. The food specializes in fresh seafood that comes from local sources along the coastline. When you’re not out exploring Lisbon, you are free to unwind at the hotel’s Anantara full-service Spa.

Occupying a historic 18th-century palace, Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas is a classic version of luxury just across the river from Coimbra. The 52-rooms range from traditionally elegant to sleek and modern, offering an array of comfort to any kind of traveler. The hotel itself is opulently decorated, with high and intricately molded ceilings, brightly painted wood paneling, antique furniture, and crystal chandeliers. Our favorite part of this stunning property is the tranquil zen garden (!) and gothic chapel. On top of a nine-hole golf course, Quinta das Lagrimas has a relaxing spa with an indoor swimming pool, massage treatment rooms, a sauna, and Turkish bath, as well as a small gym. The delicious two in-house restaurants offer fine dining for guests with local, fresh ingredients c0ming together to serve guests unforgettable Portuguese meals.

Quinta das Lágrimas

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Occupying a historic 18th-century palace, Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas is a classic version of luxury just across the river from Coimbra. The 52-rooms range from traditionally elegant to sleek and modern, offering an array of comfort to any kind of traveler. The hotel itself is opulently decorated, with high and intricately molded ceilings, brightly painted wood paneling, antique furniture, and crystal chandeliers. Our favorite part of this stunning property is the tranquil zen garden (!) and gothic chapel. On top of a nine-hole golf course, Quinta das Lagrimas has a relaxing spa with an indoor swimming pool, massage treatment rooms, a sauna, and Turkish bath, as well as a small gym. The delicious two in-house restaurants offer fine dining for guests with local, fresh ingredients c0ming together to serve guests unforgettable Portuguese meals.

Set on 126-acre farm of vineyards stretching down to the Douro Valley, you will find the quaint and tranquil Quinta da Pacheca boutique hotel. With only fifteen rooms on the property(!), this is a truly intimate and sophisticated accommodation option. The main building is an 18th-century house that was completely restored to respect and accentuate its traditional architecture. The rooms, however, reflect more of a modern and elegant touch with large marble bathrooms, four-post beds, pastel hints of color, and homey wooden floors. The “new wing” of the building has rooms that offer views of the vineyards below. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even stay in one of the properties large wine barrels! We particularly love this hotel for its devotion to gastronomy and wine, where Kayla in our office even got to stomp some grapes and help produce some wine!!!

Quinta da Pacheca

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Set on 126-acre farm of vineyards stretching down to the Douro Valley, you will find the quaint and tranquil Quinta da Pacheca boutique hotel. With only fifteen rooms on the property(!), this is a truly intimate and sophisticated accommodation option. The main building is an 18th-century house that was completely restored to respect and accentuate its traditional architecture. The rooms, however, reflect more of a modern and elegant touch with large marble bathrooms, four-post beds, pastel hints of color, and homey wooden floors. The “new wing” of the building has rooms that offer views of the vineyards below. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even stay in one of the properties large wine barrels! We particularly love this hotel for its devotion to gastronomy and wine, where Kayla in our office even got to stomp some grapes and help produce some wine!!!

With an unbeatable location in the Douro Valley on a 19-acre vine-planted hillside, the luxury Six Senses hotel welcomes guests to revel in the stunning panoramic views of the rolling green valleys and Douro River. The property is a traditional 19th-century manor house as its exterior, but upon entering, guests will be greeted by a more contemporary style. There are a total of 60 rooms and suites, all of which have been recently renovated to contain large floor to ceiling windows, gray limestone baths, natural materials, and an authentic Portuguese design mixed with the Six Senses touch. Some rooms/suites even contain private balconies, bridges that lead to hidden gardens, and private pools. The main focus of the hotel is wellness, showcased by the award-winning full spa, inspired by the natural elements of wood, stone, and water. In addition to the indoor and outdoor pools, a yoga deck, and a gym with state of the art equipment, the spa also offers multi-day programs aiming to assist guests in their wellness journey with local treatments and therapies. The restaurant on site is open throughout the day serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner – incorporating all local and fresh ingredients in their dishes, even from their own gardens! Maintaining an eco-friendly concept is important to staff, who also donate 50 cents of all water bottle sales to local charities.

Six Senses Douro Valley

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With an unbeatable location in the Douro Valley on a 19-acre vine-planted hillside, the luxury Six Senses hotel welcomes guests to revel in the stunning panoramic views of the rolling green valleys and Douro River. The property is a traditional 19th-century manor house as its exterior, but upon entering, guests will be greeted by a more contemporary style. There are a total of 60 rooms and suites, all of which have been recently renovated to contain large floor to ceiling windows, gray limestone baths, natural materials, and an authentic Portuguese design mixed with the Six Senses touch. Some rooms/suites even contain private balconies, bridges that lead to hidden gardens, and private pools. The main focus of the hotel is wellness, showcased by the award-winning full spa, inspired by the natural elements of wood, stone, and water. In addition to the indoor and outdoor pools, a yoga deck, and a gym with state of the art equipment, the spa also offers multi-day programs aiming to assist guests in their wellness journey with local treatments and therapies. The restaurant on site is open throughout the day serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner – incorporating all local and fresh ingredients in their dishes, even from their own gardens! Maintaining an eco-friendly concept is important to staff, who also donate 50 cents of all water bottle sales to local charities.

Making its debut for the French group Maison Albar’s presence in Portugal, Le Monumental Hotel is a brand-new property on what locals call the “Champs Elysee of Porto”. Monumental Palace is situated on the wide Avenida dos Aliados, one of the prettiest avenues in the city and home to Porto’s early-twentieth-century grandeur.  The hotel itself has a lavish “Gatsby” theme and decor, making guests feel the vintage luxury from the moment they arrive. There are 63 rooms in total and 13 grand suites, each individually decorated and color schemed. The rooms have high ceilings and windows, allowing for natural light to take over and illuminate the space. The suede textured walls are a guest favorite as they are a unique accent of the hotel’s character! There are three restaurants on-site, all overseen by Michelin starred chef Julien Montbabut. Spa lovers have a real treat here as Le Monumental is home to the only Nuxe Spa in all of Portugal.

Le Monumental Palace Porto

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Making its debut for the French group Maison Albar’s presence in Portugal, Le Monumental Hotel is a brand-new property on what locals call the “Champs Elysee of Porto”. Monumental Palace is situated on the wide Avenida dos Aliados, one of the prettiest avenues in the city and home to Porto’s early-twentieth-century grandeur.  The hotel itself has a lavish “Gatsby” theme and decor, making guests feel the vintage luxury from the moment they arrive. There are 63 rooms in total and 13 grand suites, each individually decorated and color schemed. The rooms have high ceilings and windows, allowing for natural light to take over and illuminate the space. The suede textured walls are a guest favorite as they are a unique accent of the hotel’s character! There are three restaurants on-site, all overseen by Michelin starred chef Julien Montbabut. Spa lovers have a real treat here as Le Monumental is home to the only Nuxe Spa in all of Portugal.

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Overview

Portugal
Temperature
Highs: High 70’s
Lows: Low 60’s
Area
92,212 SQ KM
35,603 SQ MILES
Capital
Lisbon
Population
10.3 Million
Language
Portuguese
Currency
Euro

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