SHORTLIST

Discover Portugal 2025

From charming medieval villages to the cobbled streets of Porto, the empires of the past have left their mark on this captivating Iberian nation. Uncover the real Portugal as we journey from Gothic cities to cinematic rural scenery – taking in world-famous pilgrimage sites, sumptuous local cuisine and ancient customs as we go.
Tour details
Tour Provider Back-Roads Touring Co
Price From
$5,789
Number of Days
10
Start Location
Lisbon, Portugal
End Location
Porto, Portugal
Age Range
Avg. 60+
Group Size
4 to 18
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy
Itinerary Open all
Lisbon (Portugal)

Welcome to Lisbon – a mesmerising capital filled with Gothic glamour and enthralling culture. After meeting the group at the hotel, we’ll kick off our adventure with a group dinner accompanied by an atmospheric Fado performance. Here’s to the journey ahead! Accommodation: Turim Terreiro do Paço Hotel (or similar)

Lisbon – Sintra – Lisbon

After breakfast, we’ll pay a visit to a local tile painting atelier – where you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at producing your own keepsake before we move on to medieval Sintra. Here, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Sintra National Palace – a treasured regal residence and designated UNESCO World Heritage site. After enjoying an afternoon of free time to explore this captivating town, we’ll return to Lisbon. Accommodation: Turim Terreiro do Paço Hotel (or similar)

Lisbon – Óbidos and Nazaré – Alvados

The gorgeous village of Óbidos will be our first point of call today – where we’ll marvel at the historic architecture and explore the labyrinth of cobblestone streets on an orientation tour. Our next stop is the charming fishing town of Nazaré. Here, we’ll enjoy some free time to wander at our leisure before continuing to Alvados – where a Portuguese cookery lesson and sumptuous dinner awaits. Ready to roll up those sleeves? Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel (or similar)

Alvados – Tomar – Alvados

Today we’ll continue our journey to Tomar, where we’ll visit the World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ. Known as the Knights Templar City, Tomar is a historic jewel just waiting to be uncovered – and we’ll have some free time to do just that. Before returning to Alvados, there’s a treat in store for the food connoisseurs among us! We’ll pay a visit to an olive oil producer, where we’ll learn about their production processes and have the chance to taste some of the local oil. This evening is ours to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the surrounding walking trails. Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel (or similar)

Alvados – Coimbra – Viseu

Along the road to Viseu, we’ll travel to Coimbra – where a visit to the famous University and legendary Joanina Library awaits. Enjoy wandering the historic grounds and admiring the magnificent views over the River Mondego before having some free time to explore the city’s medieval centre. Later, we’ll make tracks to Viseu. Here, a traditional cheesemaker will let us in on the secrets behind Viseu’s delicious buttery cheese and we’ll have the chance to taste some for ourselves. Then, the evening is ours to enjoy at leisure. Accommodation: Hotel Palacio dos Melos (or similar)

Viseu – Lamego, Pinhão and Peso Da Régua – Douro Valley

First up today, Lamego: a historic town nestled deep within the Douro Valley and home to an astonishing Baroque staircase. After an included visit to the beautiful 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, we’ll have some time to explore at our own pace. Later, we’ll turn our attention to Pinhão –where a cruise in a traditional rabelo boat awaits. Bask in the cinematic scenery of the Douro Valley as we enjoy a leisurely ride to Peso da Régua. And tonight? There’s another sumptuous dinner in store at our hotel. Accommodation: Quinta da Pacheca (or similar)

Douro Valley

The scenic, vineyard-dotted landscapes of the Douro Valley make a serene backdrop for our free day today. Enjoy the day relaxing by the pool at our hotel or exploring the surrounding landscape on a leisurely hike – there’s plenty of time to indulge in a drop or two of the region’s famous wines before we reconvene for a delicious dinner at the hotel. Accommodation: Quinta da Pacheca (or similar)

Douro Valley – Amarante and Penafiel – Braga

After breakfast, we’ll head to Amarante – a sleepy riverside town dominated by its striking arched bridge and 16th-century São Gonçalo Church. We’ll take some time to marvel at the lofty interiors of the church before exploring the town at our leisure. After lunch, we’ll set a course for Penafiel where we’ll savour a glass of the region’s famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process. An evening of leisure awaits once we arrive in lovely Braga. Accommodation: Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga (or similar)

Braga – Guimarães – Braga

This morning we’ll set our sights on Guimarães – where we’ll learn about the castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the historic city centre on a guided walking tour. After our tour, we’ll have time to roam the medieval streets at our own pace before returning to Braga for an afternoon of free time. While you’re here, be sure to tick off the Bom Jesus Sanctuary – it’s one of Portugal’s most famous attractions for good reason! This evening, we’ll tuck into one last dinner together – with a traditional folk performance as the grand finale. Accommodation: Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga (or similar)

Braga – Porto

Our final destination will be Porto, where we’ll tick off some important landmarks – including the Clérigos Tower, Aliados Avenue, the Ribeira district and the cathedral on an orientation tour. Later this afternoon we’ll say our goodbyes as our journey comes to an end.

Inclusions
  • - 9 nights in hand-picked accommodation

  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Enjoy a scenic ride along the Douro River in a traditional rabelo boat
  • Indulge in a tasting of delicious locally produced cheeses near Viseu
  • Explore the wonderfully atmospheric and history-laden streets of Coimbra
  • Breakfasts: 9
  • Dinners: 5
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
26 Mar 2025 04 Apr 2025 14 $5,789
02 Apr 2025 11 Apr 2025 17 $5,879
09 Apr 2025 18 Apr 2025 18 $5,879
16 Apr 2025 25 Apr 2025 9 $5,879
23 Apr 2025 02 May 2025 12 $5,879
30 Apr 2025 09 May 2025 Fully Booked $5,879
03 May 2025 12 May 2025 16 $6,539
07 May 2025 16 May 2025 16 $6,539
10 May 2025 19 May 2025 15 $6,539
14 May 2025 23 May 2025 13 $6,539
17 May 2025 26 May 2025 8 $6,539
21 May 2025 30 May 2025 16 $6,759
24 May 2025 02 Jun 2025 11 $6,539
28 May 2025 06 Jun 2025 18 $6,539
31 May 2025 09 Jun 2025 16 $6,539
04 Jun 2025 13 Jun 2025 14 $6,539
07 Jun 2025 16 Jun 2025 18 $6,539
11 Jun 2025 20 Jun 2025 18 $6,539
18 Jun 2025 27 Jun 2025 16 $6,539
25 Jun 2025 04 Jul 2025 18 $6,539
02 Jul 2025 11 Jul 2025 18 $6,439
09 Jul 2025 18 Jul 2025 18 $6,439
16 Jul 2025 25 Jul 2025 16 $6,439
23 Jul 2025 01 Aug 2025 15 $6,439
06 Aug 2025 15 Aug 2025 18 $6,439
13 Aug 2025 22 Aug 2025 18 $6,439
27 Aug 2025 05 Sep 2025 16 $6,589
30 Aug 2025 08 Sep 2025 18 $6,589
03 Sep 2025 12 Sep 2025 14 $6,589
06 Sep 2025 15 Sep 2025 18 $6,799
10 Sep 2025 19 Sep 2025 18 $6,589
13 Sep 2025 22 Sep 2025 12 $6,589
17 Sep 2025 26 Sep 2025 16 $6,589
20 Sep 2025 29 Sep 2025 16 $6,589
24 Sep 2025 03 Oct 2025 16 $6,589
01 Oct 2025 10 Oct 2025 18 $5,879
08 Oct 2025 17 Oct 2025 17 $5,879
15 Oct 2025 24 Oct 2025 17 $5,879
22 Oct 2025 31 Oct 2025 18 $5,879
05 Nov 2025 14 Nov 2025 18 $5,789