- Praça do Comércio, Lisbon
Undiscovered Portugal from Lisbon to the Algarve
- VIP door to door
Get a taste for Portugal off the beaten track
From the winding cobbled streets of vibrant cities to wind-swept beaches and quaint fishing villages, Portugal is a glorious mix of cinematic scenery and historic wonder.
You’ll drink fine wines and indulge in delicious food, against a backdrop of natural beauty. You’ll ponder the stories behind medieval churches and castles, and see the legacy of Moorish, Celtic and Roman influences.
Get lost in enchanting towns, and sip port as you watch fishing boats gently bob on the water of charming coastlines.
9 nights in historic pousadas and hotels
16 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 7 dinners (days 1 and 4-9)
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Guided tours of Lisbon (with pasteis de nata and ginjinha tasting), Beja (with wine/cheese tastings and Clock Museum)
- Excursions to Arrábida Natural Park; Lagos and Sagres; São Brás de Alportel (including cork factory), Faro and Tavira
- Wine tasting in Azeitão; tasting of local products in a traditional taberna; and tile painting
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Day 1 UK to Lisbon
- Day 2 Lisbon
- Day 3 Arrábida Natural Park to Azeitão
- Day 4 Alcácer do Sal to Grandola to Beja
- Day 5 Beja
- Day 6 Mértola to Santo Antonio
- Day 7 Sao Bras de Alpotel to Faro to Tavira
- Day 8 Lagos to Sagres
- Day 9 Santo Antonio
- Day 10 Santo Antonio to Faro to UK
Pousada Convento de Beja
Pousada Vila Real Santo Antonio
Day 1 UK to Lisbon
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Lisbon.
Day 2 Lisbon
One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon’s wide boulevards and squares are dotted with rich architecture and grand monuments.
We’ll enjoy a guided tour with a local expert, taking in the highlights including the Old Town and the Praça do Comércio square with wonderful riverfront views. We head along the river to Belem to take in the Belem Tower, monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries.
We’ll also stop to enjoy a tasting of some of the city’s favourite treats: pasteis de nata (custard tarts) and ginjinha (a sweet liqueur).
This evening, you might like to join an optional dinner with music at a traditional Fado restaurant.
Day 3 Arrábida Natural Park to Azeitão
We’ll explore the one-time fishing village of Sesimbra in the foothills of the Serra da Arrábida mountain range. We continue to the sleepy village of Azeitão, known for wine production and sample some of the local moscatel wine at a famous wine cellar. Continue through Arrábida Natural Park, an area of natural beauty and a towering mountain range.
There’ll be the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Portuguese pastime today, too - the art of tile decorating. We’ll stop by a local manufacturer to learn about the tradition and maybe paint your own tile.
Day 4 Alcácer do Sal to Grandola to Beja
We journey towards Beja, stopping en route at two idyllic Portuguese towns. Alcácer do Sal is a beautiful web of alleys and stairways leading to castles and churches. We’ll have some time to take in some of the highlights, including the Church of Santa Maria do Castelo.
Our next stop is Grandola; a town that combines influences of the sea with traditional inland farming. We’ll enjoy a tasting of some local products in a ‘taberna’ (tavern). This evening we arrive in Beja and check into our pousada - a historical Portuguese hotel.
Day 5 Beja
We set out today to learn about the local way of life in this region, where agriculture is deep-rooted. We’ll visit a grape-producing estate and a local wine producer for a tasting. We’ll also taste local cheeses in Serpa and visit the Clock Museum.
Beja is an authentic slice of Portugal and we’ll take in some of the best bits on a guided tour together, including the castle, museum and lavish 15th-century Franciscan convent.
Day 6 Mértola to Santo Antonio
We head to the medieval town of Mértola, to wander the quaint cobbled streets past a collection of white houses surrounding a castle.
Islamic influences are still so prevalent here, including the Igreja Matriz, once a 12th-century mosque. Mértola is also home to the rare black stork and we may be lucky to spot the nesting birds. This evening we check in to our newly refurbished pousada in Santo Antonio.
Day 7 Sao Bras de Alpotel to Faro to Tavira
Today is a full day of exploring.We’ll enjoy the tranquillity of São Brás de Alportel, a countryside town known for cork production. Learn how cork is harvested and see the production process first-hand at a cork factory.
Continue our journey to Faro, the Algarve’s capital, where we’ll stroll the cobbled streets past the 13th-century cathedral and then have free time to wander.
Our final stop is in picturesque Tavira. From bobbing fishing boats to pretty churches there’s a wealth of Renaissance and baroque finishes.
Day 8 Lagos to Sagres
One of the Algarve’s most historic port towns, Lagos saw many of Portugal’s greatest explorers set off for the New World. We’ll wander the pretty Old Town, learn about the infamous Mercado de Escravos, and visit the golden Church of St Anthony.
e head to the fishing port of Sagres and enjoy the scenery from the dramatic cliffs. We’ll also venture to the ‘end of the world’ at Cape St Vincent (the most south-western point of the European continent). We may even catch a glimpse of some of the birdlife.
Day 9 Santo Antonio
Today is free.
You could stroll through the main square or visit the church with its famed stained-glass window. If you’re feeling adventurous, maybe take the ferry across to the pretty Spanish town of Ayamonte.
This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 10 Santo Antonio to Faro to UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
A room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.