Portrait of Portugal - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2023)

Explore the charms and rural traditions of Portugal, from the bustling capital of Lisbon to the idyllic Douro Valley and charismatic Porto, experiencing wonderful cultural and culinary heritage unique to each place.

Journey Overview

Explore the charms and rural traditions of Portugal, from the bustling capital of Lisbon to the idyllic Douro Valley and charismatic Porto, experiencing wonderful cultural and culinary heritage unique to each place.

Journey Highlights

  • Enjoy a cooking class with a viscountess in the old kitchens of her family estate, and savour the results for lunch
  • Sit down to a private dinner and fado performance in Lisbon, experiencing the iconic and expressive folk genre firsthand
  • Dine at a fantastic seafood restaurant in Nazaré, one of Portugal’s most picturesque traditional fishing villages, before exploring the coastal town on a funicular
  • Ply the scenic Douro River on a private cruise, admiring the dramatic landscape of steep hills and vineyards
  • Savour a winery visit, picnic lunch, tour and tasting among the picture-perfect Douro landscape
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for drinks and a welcome dinner.

Bairro Alto Hotel | Meals: D

Day 2: Lisbon | Sights, Sounds & Flavours of Portugal

Enjoy a tour of Lisbon with an expert local guide. See the Belém Tower and visit the Jeronimos Monastery. Later, attend a hands-on workshop at the National Tile Museum, where you are introduced to this ancient Portuguese craft This evening, experience a private dinner and performance of fado, the characteristic and emotional folk music of the nation.

Bairro Alto Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 3: Lisbon | Explore the Vibrant Pena Palace

This morning, travel just outside Lisbon to the village of Sintra. In this town of palaces, enjoy a guided tour of the Pena Palace, decorated with vivid colours and evocative stone carvings. Return to Lisbon, where the afternoon and evening are at leisure for you to explore.

Bairro Alto Hotel | Meals: B

Day 4: Nazaré | Wave Watcher’s Paradise

Depart Lisbon for Alcobaça Monastery. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded by Portugal’s first king in 1153 and became one of the most important monasteries in the country. Continue to nearby Nazaré, a picturesque coastal village that is also home to some of the world’s largest surf. Savour a seafood lunch, then take a funicular to the old neighbourhood of Sitio atop the cliffs. Later, arrive in Coimbra and check in to your hotel.

Quinta das Lágrimas | Meals: BL

Day 5: Coimbra | Stunning University & Library

Join a local expert for a tour that introduces you to the University of Coimbra, the oldest in Portugal, and its Johannine Library. Built between 1717 and 1728, this library contains over 50,000 volumes and was constructed on the ruins of a medieval prison. Then, enjoy lunch at leisure and time to explore. Continue to your hotel in the Douro Valley.

The Vintage House | Meals: BD

Day 6: Douro Valley | Views from the River

Drive along the beautiful Douro Valley, a place of lush, rolling hills terraced by rows of grapevines. Then, take to the water as the locals have for centuries on a traditional rabelo boat. Embark on a scenic cruise down the Douro Valley, admiring its vineyards and whitewashed estates. Cap off your cruise with a winery visit, picnic lunch, tour and tasting. Then, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

The Vintage House | Meals: BL

Day 7: Douro Valley | A Visit with a Viscountess

Meet a local viscountess, and learn about the history of her family and their estate. Enter the old kitchens, where you learn to cook using the original wood-burning stoves. Indulge in the hearty lunch that you helped prepare, and then journey to Porto, Portugal's second-largest city, for time at leisure.

Catalonia Porto | Meals: BL

Day 8: Porto | Charming, Historic Waterfront

This morning, explore the Cais da Ribeira, the quayside of the fascinating Ribeira district. See some of the city’s most beautiful monuments, including the São Francisco Church, the Romanesque Cathedral and the opulent 19th-century Palácio da Bolsa, which once functioned as a major stock exchange. The afternoon is yours to further explore. Afterward, savour a farewell dinner at one of the city’s famous port lodges.

Catalonia Porto | Meals: BD

Day 9: Depart Porto

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 10.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Connections Boutique Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Boutique Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Barrio Alto Hotel, Lisbon

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 17, 2023 - May 25, 2023
Price AU$8,445pp Single Supplement AU$3,090 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jun 21, 2023 - Jun 29, 2023
Price AU$8,445pp Single Supplement AU$3,090 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jul 12, 2023 - Jul 20, 2023
Price AU$8,445pp Single Supplement AU$3,090 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 6, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023
Price AU$8,445pp Single Supplement AU$3,090 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 27, 2023 - Oct 5, 2023
Price AU$8,445pp Single Supplement AU$3,090 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire

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