Rhythms of Fado

Portugal Tours

Did you know that Portugal is the oldest state in Europe and have had the same borders since XI centuries? 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)

April 17th – 25th, 2021

9 days

$2395 / 2795

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@colibriboston.org

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

Accommodation

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

Air condition

Towels and soap

Hair Dryer

Safe

Example from past accommodations

Inclusions

What’s included?

  • Flights between countries
  • All activities listed on itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Guides
  • Tickets to all scheduled sites
  • Ground transportation
  • 24h bilingual tour director support
  • Pre-departure Q&A

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Some meals
  • Optional airport pick up and drop off - 65 USD (both ways) per person
  • Alcohol
  • Additional health & evacuation insurance

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Steps to enroll:

  1. Download registration form below, fill it out and send to info@colibriboston.org or mail to Colibri Boston, 210 Broadway, Suite 201, Cambridge, MA 02139.
  2. Send us a copy of your passport and deposit check.
  3. Pack your bags and enjoy!

Small group:

8 - 20 ppl

Physical rating:

Easy

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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 Boston. 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 Boston.

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 Boston!

Joe and Kaitlyn M. Framingham, MA