• Lisbon
  • Lisbon's Belém District
  • Roman Temple in Évora
  • Nazaré
  • Cork Farm Visit
  • Cistercian Monastery in Alcobaça
  • Fado Performance
  • Douro Valley
  • Port Tasting
  • Porto

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Heart of Portugal in 12 Days Tour

from $2,895 + Air

Optional Single Supplement $625

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Starting in lively Lisbon and ending in proud Porto, the Heart of Portugal combines a dazzling mix of Roman, Moorish, and Baroque architecture with the small towns, seacoast, food, wine, and music of this tradition-rich country. Venturing far from the tourist crowd, this tour has a real "Europe in the old days" feel to it. Your Rick Steves guide will take you on an intimate adventure that connects you with the Portuguese people, from salty harbors to sun-baked farms to lovingly-tended vineyards. Join us for the Heart of Portugal in 12 Days!

Dates & Prices

2015

2016

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of Portugal come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Lisbon walking tour • Fado performance • São Jorge Castle • Monastery of Jerónimos tour • Monument to the Discoveries • Gulbenkian Museum tour • Évora walking tour • Olive oil tasting • Cork farm visit • Batalha's Monastery of Santa María • Fátima visit • Alcobaça Monastery • Conímbriga's Roman ruins and museum • Coimbra walking tour • Coimbra musical performance • Port wine tasting and lunch • Porto panoramic bus tour • Porto walking tour • Porto's Stock Exchange Palace • Serralves Foundation Contemporary Art Museum and park • Douro River cruise (weather dependent)...and more
  • All group transportation from Lisbon to Porto
  • 11 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally-located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • $100 Shopping Spree (per household) at the Rick Steves Travel Store to get guidebooks and gear for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2016
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Portugal

We'll gather at our Lisbon hotel at 5 p.m. for a "Welcome to Portugal" get-together, followed by a short orientation walk through our neighborhood, a stroll down the fancy Avenida da Liberdade, and dinner together. Sleep in Lisbon (3 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Neighborhoods of Lisbon

This morning we'll take a walking tour through Lisbon's colorful downtown neighborhoods — the Bairro Alto, the Alfama, and the Baixa — including a panoramic view of this vibrant city from São Jorge Castle. Along the way we'll learn about "village" Lisbon's neighborhood life, the poetry of the revered Fernando Pessoa, and Portugal's "Carnation Revolution," which peacefully ended nearly five decades of fascist rule in 1974. You'll have the rest of your afternoon free to visit any of Lisbon's "niche" museums (tile, fado, port wine, and other Portuguese specialties). Tonight we'll regroup and enjoy a soulful fado performance with dinner. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Seafaring Belém and the Gulbenkian

We'll begin our day with a bus tour through Lisbon to its seafaring Belém District, home to many of the city's most historic buildings. Sticking close to the waterfront, we'll learn about Portugal's golden age of exploration at the heroic Monument to the Discoveries, and how faith, money, and a knack for sailing combined to build the dazzling Monastery of Jerónimos. Then we'll take in the view from Edward VII Park before ending at the world-class Gulbenkian Museum, where we'll see how an international oil tycoon assembled a priceless art collection spanning 5,000 years. You'll have the evening free to continue to explore the museum or return to Lisbon for dinner on your own. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Historic Évora

Today we'll head east to the laid-back Alentejo countryside and the history-rich university town of Évora. We'll take a walking tour of Évora's preserved-in-whitewash old section, marveling at its Corinthian-columned Roman Temple and its macabre Chapel of Bones. As you'll discover in your free afternoon and evening, Évora has a world-apart feel to it that really connects you with traditional Portugal. Sleep in Évora (1 night). Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Olives, Oaks, and Nazaré

This morning begins with a memorable visit to a working farm and estate. We'll have a chance to meet farming locals, and taste-test their olive oil. Then we'll wander through their forest of cork oaks, learning how the bark is harvested and how it's being regulated today. We'll cap off our visit with lunch together, including some of the estate's wines. This afternoon we'll follow the sun as we make our way to the old fishing town of Nazaré. Upon arrival we'll take an orientation walk, and learn why old women still wear seven layers of petticoats. Sleep in Nazaré (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 6: Royal Intrigue, Alcobaça, and Óbidos

We'll begin today with a visit in Alcobaça to tour the ornate Baroque-Gothic Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria, and hear the star-crossed story of King Pedro and his doomed mistress, Inês. Later we'll enjoy a chance to explore the delightfully preserved town of Óbidos — given to the queen as a wedding gift 800 years ago. This afternoon, we'll return to Nazaré via its historic Sítio neighborhood to enjoy its sweeping cliff-top views before taking the funicular down to the lower town for dinner together with some of Europe's best and freshest seafood. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Batalha and Fátima

We'll continue our journey north, stopping in Batalha to visit its grand Monastery of Santa María, a symbol of Portuguese pride and its victory (with help from English archers) over Spanish domination 600 years ago. Then we'll visit the nearby pilgrimage site of Fátima — a favorite of Pope John Paul II — where three children shared controversial visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. Later we'll connect with Portugal's ancient Roman past, wandering the evocative remains of Conímbriga. Our destination this afternoon is Portugal's historic capital of Coimbra, where we'll enjoy an orientation walk and a relaxing dinner together. Sleep in Coimbra (2 nights). Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Classic Coimbra

Today we'll happily stay put in Portugal's easiest-to-enjoy city. We'll start with a walking tour through Coimbra's maze of narrow lanes and its steeped-in-tradition 700-year-old university. The palatial university library — with 30,000 books from the 18th century — is like nothing you've seen before. The rest of your day will be free for making more discoveries on your own. Tonight we'll rendezvous for a performance of Coimbra's unique style of fado...more likely devoted to revolutionary student ideals than lost love. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Douro Wine Country

We'll drive to Portugal's most famous wine-making region today: the lush, green Douro Valley, where we'll visit an old family estate and winery (quinta) with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. It's a perfect chance to learn all about the proud art of making fine Port — and taste it too! Later in the afternoon we'll make our way to our hotel and wrap up the day with dinner together. Sleep in the Douro Valley (1 night). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Vineyard Views and Porto

Today we'll travel through terraced wine country on our way to the port city of Porto. On arrival in this rustic Portuguese San Francisco, we'll take a panoramic bus tour of Porto's classy neighborhoods, dynamic downtown, and bustling port. Then it's all aboard for a relaxing cruise on the Douro River. We'll finish our day of sightseeing with a tour of the Serralves Foundation, a contemporary art museum and park that includes an irresistible, pastel-painted Art Deco mansion. Sleep in Porto (2 nights). Boat: ¾ hr. Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Savoring Proud Porto

This morning we'll take a walking tour of Porto's riverfront Ribeira district, including the lavish rooms of its Stock Exchange Palace, the exquisitely-gilded Church of Santa Clara, and São Bento Train Station. Then you'll have time to wander on your own through Porto's lively city center — or seek out some more sipping at an old Port lodge. This evening we'll enjoy a final dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Saúde! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Your guide will help steer you to Porto's airport, which is an easy metro or taxi ride away. Or you may want to stay for further Portuguese adventures on your own. Adeus!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Heart of Portugal in 12 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.

Reviews

Diane

New York, NY

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Portugal Tour had an excellent balance of culture, food, monument, museum and outdoor/nature experiences. Our escort, Maria, was an excellent resource for information about all that we did, and she went above and beyond to give us the opportunity to have unusual as well as typical Portuguese experiences. I was looking for a comprehensive tour of Portugal, and this went beyond my expectations. My only regret is that it didn't last longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many, perhaps my favorite "wow" moment was the landscape of the Douro Valley. Words do it no justice; it has to be experienced."

Kathleen

Richland, WA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first organized tour and first trip to Europe. The tour and Maria exceeded my highest expectations. There was just the right amount of free time to explore on your own, the group dinners and lunches were fun, the food delicious, the surprise treats Maria handed out from time to time just added to the overall experience. Maria was knowledgable and gave outstanding context to the sites we visited. She was calm, funny, able to deal with a diverse set of tour members. I loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Past reviewers have mentioned their wow moments as the cork farm and port stop. They definitely were, and I would agree. Also wow for me were the people of Portugal, meeting the other tour members. Just terrific."

Virginia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was a wonderful gem that we enjoyed discovering with our excellent guide Maria. With the water and the green rolling hills, it is a beautiful country. We learned a lot of history, saw breathtaking cathedrals and other sites, ate delicious food, and met wonderful people. Every day had a surprising discovery. It was interesting to be in a country that has had austerity measures as the EU-Greece situation was being debated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trips to the cork and port farms. The tours were full of information and both dinners with the families present were so special. We could not have done this on our own. The Douro Valley was breathtaking, as was our bus drivers skillful driving on the mountain roads."

Larry

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Portugal was a very pleasant country to tour and our tour guide, being native to Portugal and a very good guide, made it all the more pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the cork farm."

Nancy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In general I enjoyed the trip but having just completed the Basque Country tour, I would say the Portugal tour was a little dry. I would have liked to have heard more cultural information instead of so much historical data while spending less time in churches (I don't object to visiting churches). I would reduce the time in Lisbon by a day and cut out the visit to the modern art museum in Porto. The trip seemed too long. Maria and all the guides were both informative and very funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fado in both Lisbon and Coimbra--fantastic. These are the kind of experiences that make Rick Steves tours memorable for me."

Janet

Cottonwood, AZ

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Maria was so fun and informative. Our group really meshed and worked well together. The bus drivers were wonderful. The hotels were all clean and comfortable. The food and was wine was plentiful, cultural and very good. The most outstanding aspect was Portugal itself. It was such a beautiful country with lots of history and culture. All the Portugal people were extremely friendly and Lisbon and Porto were easy to get around in. It was a fantastic trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day in the Douro Valley was the highlight of the trip. The views of the vineyards, seeing how the Port Wine was made and the fabulous hospitality of Teresa and her family made it an extra special treat. Lunch was delicious and Teresa really opened up about her feelings about her family's estate and modern society. It was a very special day."

Andy

Westchester, OH

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Compared to the Basque tour the key is the guide. Our Guide for Portugal was wonderful, delightful, very knowledgable. Fransisco, our guide for the Basque tour had a terrific way to "engage" me through story and passion. Both were great tours But I would rage the Basque tour higher because of the tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments: 1. Tour of the cork farm where we met the 92 year old grandfather and 90 year old grandmother who sat with us to tell their life stories. 2. Tour of the port winery - again meeting the brothers and sisters and hearing their stories and history."

John

Tulalip, WA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A lot of history, art and culture information was given to us over the course of the tour. The special activities like cork farm, winery, and tile painting made the experience worth it. It's those things that you couldn't easily find/do on your own that make your tour company extra special. Guide was great. Only constructive criticisms are to ask for questions at frequent intervals, and think about how to get the group better engaged. I got to know a very nice couple but I'm not an introvert.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm and the engaging family members that run it. The passion they had and the hospitality they provided were outstanding. The riding tour itself was okay, but it was the opportunity to engage with the family members during the ride and during lunch that made it special."

Susan

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Great group. Everyone very friendly. Loved our guide Christina! Very knowledgeable and shared her passion for Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima. Arriving during the Sunday mass and seeing the people doing their pilgrimages. Very moving."

Mina

Woodland, CA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was fun and educational. Christina is knowledgeable. Enjoyed having her as tour guide but the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the 2 farm visits especially the hosts and the food."

Lois

Yakima, WA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip to Portugal was very pleasant. The people were patient, helpful, and friendly.The tour was well organized. The scenery was fantastic. The other guests on the tour were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. I will definitely remember the great food, especially the bread and the fish. My favorite day was the day we visited the vineyard and winery in the Douro Valley."

Judy

Menlo Park, CA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour went pretty smoothly. Everyone got along.

Joseph

Mt Holly Springs, PA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was incredibly well planned, encompassing a wide variety of sites, with something of interest for everyone. The tour guide, Cristina was a walking, talking history book of Portugal. She was warm, funny and a delight. I would recommend this tour to everyone, as would my wife, Patricia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fado au Centro!!!!! and I will tell you why. Fado, which is the national song style of Portugal, is sung by men and women all over the country. But in Coimbra, at Fado au Centro, it is sung by men who are students and/or graduates of the University of Coimbra. Their singing voices are soulful, engaging and second to none. The same can be said about the talented artists who play the Portuguese and classical guitars. Their concert brings all in attendance closer to the Portuguese heritage."

Patricia

Mt Holly Springs, PA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful...terrific guide, who was incredibly well informed, warm and personable. The tour participants were certainly enjoyable as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was absolutely floored when our wonderful tour guide, Cristina, related the story of King Pedro and Inez during our visit to in Alcobaca."

Lorna

Kailua, HI

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was amazing and very rewarding to visit Portugal. This is the land of my ancestors so I was pleased to see how they live and the country is just so beautiful. I particularly enjoyed visiting the small towns like Evora and Alcobaca which did not have a lot of visitors. Our guide Cristina enriched the tour with her vast knowledge of the history of Portugal. I think it is great that she is also from Lisbon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 3 "WOW" moments from the tour: Douro Valley, Fatima, and Evora. I was moved by the Holy Spirit at Fatima, I was breathless from the beauty of Douro Valley, and I loved the charm of Evora, with delicious meals at "Momentos" and "Bistro Barao." I love that the tour allowed us to mingle with the families at the cork farm and the winery. I also enjoyed the tile painting at the tile factory in Coimbra. All of these events were WOW moments for me! What fabulous memories were made here!"

Mary

Selah, WA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All activities occurred on time and as described. The conditions of travel (tour guide, hotel, food, bus travel, walking tours, local guides, etc.) were all excellent. Even the weather cooperated. This trip was a good combination of pure enjoyment and education. Our guide and local guides were all very well informed and delightful in their presentations. I can't imagine a better travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I could list more than one "wow" moment, and the list would likely turn out to be all of the activities covered in the description of the twelve days. This makes me think that my overall "wow" discovery was how much I enjoyed Portugal. There is significant historical significance, beauty, diverse geography, gorgeous buildings, wonderful food, and, most especially, friendly and hard working people who make guests in their country feel welcome. Everyone should visit Portugal!"

Jonathan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything worked. It was intensified living and learning about Portugal. I have tremendous memories. I am in very good physical condition but still had difficulty with jet lag, even though my wife and I arrived 2 days early. There were times when I was tired. We could have used a little more time off, more of maybe 1 or 2 afternoons.--

Favorite "WOW" moment

"farms ....–It was as much serendipity as the planned events that made the wow. Like at the Quinta Santa Eufemia, when as the winery manager recounted the almost spooky story of the legend of the Saint, a huge gust of wind blew in through the front door and blew a large farmer doll off the shelf behind her; or when we watched the 10k race and festivities at Nazare which started and ended right in front of our hotel."

Urania

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In general the tour was a very good and rewarding experience particularly as we have such a wonderful tour guide, Cristina. However there are tree things that could be improve: 1) allow a little more extra time for tourist to explore in their own, full free afternoons, 2) perhaps the tour could be a little shorter 10 days rather then 12 days, it is tiring to be moving from one town to another, 3) make the tour smaller 18 maximum to better enjoy the experience with the natives. Thanks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments were visiting the cork farm and the the Porto production farm as allow us to really get to places where other tourists can not go. Visiting and having lunch with those families was wonderful way to see more about how the natives lives their lives in the rural area. The food was fantastic. Also I really enjoyed visiting the Duoro Valley in Pihñao, I would have love to stay in that hotel for two nights rather than just one night as it was really a relaxing place and by the river!!"

Donald

Edmond, OK

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The small tour group was perfect for this trip, however, we enjoying traveling with a mixture of English speaking nationals (i.e., UK, NZ, AUS and etc.). The large bus allowed everyone the ability to spread and not have to be assigned seating. The liberal free time allowed my wife and I to do a little more exploring, sightseeing and shopping. The option excursions were excellent and even if we chose not to purchase the excursion, we had a choice and opportunities to venture off on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out on the patio of our hotel room at the Vintage House in Pinhoa and seeing the Douro River and the vineyard blanketed hills. We later took a one hour boat ride on the river and enjoyed it and the interaction with another couple and the boat crew."

Robert

State College, PA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is an active tour, which we wanted, with plenty of walking. Except for the heat it was a great tour. Cristina was a very knowledgeable and passionate guide who knew how to pace the group. Cristina gave us the historic context and background of the sites, something many tours do not. Also enjoyed having free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm and Douro valley"

Elaine

Dallas, TX

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third RS tour and I am a fan for life. My desire to travel more often does not match my bank account. Otherwise, I would book a tour with you guys several times a year. I love how the tour offers so much free time after the tour part ends in the afternoon. Most of us take these types of "tours" because we are not tour types, but enjoy having company for those of us who travel solo. This is a first class operation all the way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, it is really hard to narrow it down. I enjoyed meeting the family who owned the cork farm and vineyard. I enjoyed the experience of meeting this sweet intimate family who made me feel like family. The 95 year old great grandpa made sure my wine glass stayed full the entire time. :)"

Payge

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It's funny; when I went to Portugal, I had a list of at least 15 places I wanted to travel to, but since I've been home, all I can remember is Portugal. I can't wait to go back to discover the places not included in the tour. This was my first time traveling on my own, and I now know that solo travel is where it's at for me. I loved the opportunity to hear the history and get a high level lesson on the country; but really appreciated the time I also had on my own to discover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm tour was an absolute highlight. The family that hosted us was wonderful. It was such in incredible experience to be able to have home cooked meals with a local family both here as well as at the port vineyard in Douro Valley. An experience that I wouldn't have had without the tour/on a different tour I'm sure. I also loved Nazaré and Alcobaça."

Jenny

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it was wonderful. We had a great group from all over the country and some of them had been on many Rick Steves tours before! As far as the tour itself goes, everything was great from the sights to the hotels and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That a hard one because it was all excellent. Of course the farm and winery visits were amazing. The fado performances also stand out in my mind, especially the one in Coimbra with the videos playing in the background showing the inspiration for the music."

Richard

Sherwood, AR

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour of Portugal ... from Lisbon north to Porto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley and Pinhao. Enjoyed the vineyard/winery and hotel! This was the first time to post a picture on Facebook for the tour."

Michael

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip very much exceeded my expectations. Portugal is just such a fun country to visit. The people were so friendly and welcoming. Both the cities and the countryside were beautiful. The food and wine was great. And the history was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first view of the Douro Valley is definitely a "WOW" moment."

Virginia

Lander, WY

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well planned and well paced.

Martin

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves tour, and just as with the other three, I had a great experience. The country was awesome, my fellow tour members were wonderful, and I was able to share it all with my daughter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few, both big and small. The Duoro valley was definitely a "wow" for me. There was the perfect lunch my daughter and I had at a tiny place in Evora......I could go on and on."

Nancy

Kalamazoo, MI

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the highlights of Portugal. I feel that I have a new appreciation for its history, it's culture, it's people and its products. The land is beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the farm experiences where we heard from the people themselves about how they work to maintain the culture of the family farm and traditions."

Ronald

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good and enjoyable. The only part which I thought was a waste of time was the tour to the modern art museum. I enjoyed the tour of the cork farm although it was a little longer than it needed to be. It would have been nice if they demonstrated the peeling of cork bark from a tree. Also some explanation of how manufacturers made products such as purses, shoes etc. I was amazed at Robert's knowledge of Portugal's history and lifestyles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the family winery."

Carol

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband & I have done one Globus, four Trafalgar & one Viking River Cruise so this was a new experience going on a Rick Steves Tour. I must say I was pleasantly surprised . Our tour guide Robert was very good and full of so much information. The tour of the Cork farm was good, but perhaps a little long on the trailer ride - it would have been interesting to see how they took the cork off the trees, but the family was very gracious and welcoming to say the least.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The remains in Conimbriga - unbelievable to say the least"

Bette

Woodland, CA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group we traveled with were outstanding individuals. We had fun time with much laughter and exchange of stories about our travels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our fellow travelers were "wow" as well as the citizens of Portugal we met in restaurants. They were interesting, kind and friendly. The food and entertainment was super. Everyone should experience Portugal especially Douro Valley and the Cork Farm."

Betty

Libby, MT

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our choice of Portugal as a tour destination was a little "iffy" at first. After the trip it moves up to share the top of the list with Italy. What a beautiful old world country with real basic values of Christianity and family. We traveled as a family with our adult son, and it was nice to be in such a comfortable country. The Portuguese people are very friendly and have such a national pride and rich heritage.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The service at Fatima. We loved the tour and wine tasting at the cork farm. The Fado was wonderful and I always like the boat cruise."

Arthur

Johnson City, TN

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was informative, and we got a good overall view of Portugal. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable and willing to share her personal thoughts and life experiences living in Portugal. This was our first tour, and we felt it was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our lunch with three generations at the cork farm and lunch at the vineyard were our wow moments. Douro Valley was also beautiful."

Raymond

Tigard, OR

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Went to Portugal after 3 weeks in France to a) relax and b) get a taste of Portuguese Life. Did both. It was a wonderful way to spend 2 weeks and see a lesser explored corner of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two, one on and one off tour. The on tour moment was in Batalha -Monastery of Santa María. The other, Christina arranged for me to get a private tour of some of the standing stones near Evora. Wow!!!!"

Dennis

Green Valley, AZ

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour. It exceeded our expectations in all ways. The amount of information provided by Cristina and the local guides was overwhelming, but in a good way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many so I have to say that it was one long "wow". But if I had to pick one or two moments I would select the time we spent on the cork farm and the time spent at the Vineyard/winery."

Marcia

Wilton, ME

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Cristina was a great guide. She was knowledgeable, caring, organized, sensitive to the needs of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the vineyards/having lunch there."

Michele

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family of four - me, my husband, and 2 daughters aged 18 and 22 - were part of this tour. It was perfect for us. Most mornings started at 8:30am and ended in the afternoon. This gave us the late afternoon and evening to do things on our own. About half the nights there was an evening activity and half we were on our own. The people of Portugal are amazing - life can be lead very simply and wonderfully in this amazing country, and Cristina does a beautiful job of sharing it with her tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm - amazing family, Duro Valley - the very definition of peaceful, Lisbon - love that city!"

Valerie

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it didn't disappoint. Portugal is a fascinating country. The best experience was meeting the people of Portugal, so warm and friendly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were "wow" moments in each city we visited---the architecture,the countryside, the farm and winery visits."

Lisa

Pearland, TX

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual we had a wonderful trip with Rick Steves' group. However, I think it would have been fine to skip the day at Fatima. We were there on a Sunday (thankfully not on the 13th) so the town was mobbed with religious tourists. The other thing I would skip was the boat cruise on the Douro river. You really can't see much because of the boat's design.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our lunch and tour of the vineyard in the Douro Valley was spectacular. Our host, Theresa? was wonderful and so enthusiastic. I also enjoyed the tractor tour of the cork farm and another wonderful lunch. The fado performances were just right...not too long but experiencing their passion for their art form was very memorable."

Leo

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I relunctantly agree to our Rick Steves tour thru Portugal. The country was on my wife's short list of places to visit. We're veterans of Rick Steves tours but I knew very little about this wonderful country! Wow! Maria was fantastic! The people were very friendly and eager to share with us the best of their country... their culture, their history and beautiful weather. I must admit that my wife was right once again. A great country... and Maria with Rick Steves was the best way to learn!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a "country boy," I really enjoyed the "safari" style tour of the farm in the south and the vineyard tour in the Duoro Valley. The interaction with the families provided an extra level of experience that is hard to describe. Thank you! The introduction to "Fado" was also a special part of the Portugal tour."

Nelda

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since 2007 we have taken six Rick Steves' Tours, & they just get better each time. We also travel a lot on our own, & Portugal was not high on our "bucket list", but it should have been! For a country the size of Indiana, it is filled with amazing history, architecture, food, & people. This tour was a perfect blend of historical sites, cathedrals, vineyards, cities, villages & learning about the people & their amazing culture. Our guide, Maria, was superb, & our tour companions were a joy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were not prepared for the awesome beauty of the drive through the Douro Valley. It should be ranked up there with Tuscany, Provence & the Alps. And, the library at Coimbra was one of those eye-opening experiences - so much history & beauty preserved in one place."

Buddy

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Portugal tour was everything we thought it would be. We wanted fewer big city stops, and more small towns or cities and countryside touring and that what this tour was. Maria made the tour special with her excellent knowledge and her organizational skills to say nothing of her attitude and personality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a tough one, but I would pick the Duoro River Valley vineyards and our visit to the winery. What a great experience."

Dick

El Macero, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour with lot's of history and visits to churches/cathedrals. Was a good mix of bigger cities and rural areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed tours and lunches with owner families at cork farm and port vineyard/winery. Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon is outstanding. Beautiful stay in Pinhao in the Douro Valley. Nice beach in Nazare. Side trip to Pena Palace in Sintra with Maria's help was very rewarding. Old University in Coimbra was wowing particularly the library. Also, visit to ceramic factory outside Coimbra was fun especially making our own tiles."

Gary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Itinerary was great; our guide was outstanding; accommodations including meals were excellent. Travel arrangements via bus were comfortable. Balance of scheduled activities and free time met our needs. Group was compatible - no eccentrics or control freaks. As "first timers" with Rick Steve's we were very impressed and are ready to sign up again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three "wow" experiences - 1) visit to the cork farm and lunch with the owners; 2) Duoro Valley - fantastic scenery and fantastic hotel; 3) Fado Central in Porto plus the time at the University Library in Porto."

Lynne

Stockton, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix of long days, short days, lots of walking, not so much walking, churches, museums, a book store, a library, wine tasting, fado, and ecotourism.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thoroughly enjoyed the day at the cork farm learning how the family manages the biodiversity of their property. The library in Coimbra and the bookstore 'Livraria Lello" in Porto were nice surprises."

Daniel

Stockton, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very companionable tour buddies. Everyone was fun and engaging. No complainers. All forays were doable and nicely varied. Sites were interesting. Historical info well done. Buses and drivers excellent. Hotels generally fine. A couple were quite small.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the Douro valley by bus. Even for a central California native, an impressive wine growing region...and a great lunch with the family. #2 was the cork oak etc family farm. Such a wonderful family...and a great lunch with the family."

Marianne

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wows to select one , cork farm , the family winery and tastting party the Douro Valley is stunning!! Etc........,"

Joan

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first organized tour. I was relieved and pleased that everyone was respectfull of meeting times and didn't leave the group waiting. There were events we couldn't have done on our own. On the other hand there were places planned that didn't seem worth the time. The group meshed well and Cristina was knowledgeable and funny. I was surprised at the time and energy she expended helping everyone with departure plans. Having been independent travelers I wasn't expecting ths.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley. The tour of the vineyard and lunch were both well done. The hotel was one of the better ones. We were disappointed to stay only 1 night. On the other hand we stayed in Nazare 2 nights in a 3rd rate noisy hotel. This area was of limited interest."

Melinda

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first time going on a group tour. I really enjoyed Portugal and thought the tour was very good, I learned so much about the country & saw so many interesting things. Christina was a great guide and also very fun with a great sense of humor. We had a really nice group of people who were enjoyable to be with. It was great having everything planned & taken care of. I do wish the tour groups were a bit smaller (maybe 16 at most?). I would highly recommend Portugal to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved so many things, but Douro Valley, including the winery visit with lunch and the relaxing place we stayed there were particularly memorable."

Phyllis

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guide was positive and lively which added to the quality of our tour. At the end of our ten days with the tour I felt I'd seen the best and most interesting of Portugal. Each day had a highlight and they were varied. We love history and learned lots! But there were art tours and farm tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most fabulous was the Library tour in Coimbra. Don't miss this one!"

Tom

Chico, CA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We travelled by bus from Seville to Lisbon following the Spain tour. Loved the hotel in Lisbon and a small family owned restaurant around the corner. The overall trip was interesting and the itinerary well thought out. Both my wife and I agreed that we would have traded an extra day in Porto for the night in Nazare. Don't know how difficult it would be to go straight on to Coimbra but that would be our suggestion. I grew up surfing so found Nazare of interest but not enough spend night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One would certainly be eating a wonderful meal and watch a Portuguese family at the next table. Fascinating to witness their affection for each other and the joy they were having just being together. The Fado performance in Coimbra. The young university student and his accompanying musicians were very entertaining and informative. Watching Sunday mass in the open air amphitheater was moving. Skyline of Porto."

Samuel

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great experience on this tour. It was very well organized and included visits to some fascinating sites

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing folks "walking" on their knees in Fatima as part of their religious experience."

Stephanie

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome. The tour guide arranged experiences we could not have done on our own, because she has the local contacts. We especially enjoyed having a Portuguese person do the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to a family owned cork farm that included lunch hosted by the multi-generational family. Best food in Portugal."

Debra

Bend, OR

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful way to see Portugal for the first time. I especially enjoy the more rural areas, especially the cork farm and the Douro Valley. I spent 2 nights in Sintra before the tour and loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fancy spa hotel with the pool in the Douro Valley."

Paul

Edina, MN

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very good tour. excellent guide. nice balance between larger cities and smaller ones. Portugal is a delightful place to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hard to pick one. The Cork farm and lunch with the family that ran it was great. So was the vineyard tour/lunch."

Robert Burgess

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very excellent tour guide. Interesting selection of tour stops (although I don't know how you can leave out Sintra).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fado in Coimbra."

Judith

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderfully paced: lots to see and do but also enough down time. It was a good mixture of history, music, art, and life in Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a history teacher, it was great seeing the tombs of Vasco da Gama and Henry the Navigator. I had taught about those men many times."

Drew

Norman, OK

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Praise first for Maria Jose. She was so kind in so many individual, personalized ways. She was very knowledgeable and conveyed her knowledge clearly and effectively. She was so clear in information and instructions about the daily "tasks" of the tour. She was wonderful. Portugal exceeded my expectations in every regard -- its history, its monuments, its historical sites (churches, monasteries), its landscapes, its people, its food. So pleased that we chose to see Portugal -- a gem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" experiences: The library at the University of Coimbra. Incredible beauty, intellectual significance, and unique protection of the books from insects by using bats living in the library. The monastery at Alcobaca. Like the library, incredible beauty, historical significance, and unique insights into the history of Portugal. Not to be missed."

Jim

Moscow, ID

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We personally enjoyed that Portugal was less touristy, and the majority of towns visited were relatively small. Daily there was a wide variety of experiences scheduled (cork farm, wineries, monasteries, college town of Coimbra, pilgrimage site of Fatima, cathedrals, coastal town of Nazare, variety of local guides). The guide (Maria) was very knowledgeable, personable, well organized, and very willing to help--we enjoyed her thoroughly. We were pleased with the variety of accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Fatima, with the masses of people walking for days to get to the May 13th celebration, and feeling the energy and faith...experiencing mass along with the singing, is a moving experience. The Duora Valley, with spectacular views of vineyards covering steep hillsides overlooking the river below. Experiencing the 9 day end-of-school year celebration, in the college town of Coimbra, is a very unique, crazy and yet fun to see (unless one wants to get a good night's sleep)."

Eric

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide Maria was excellent. Knowledgeable, good sense of humor, good manager, mother hen when necessary, and very approachable with good understanding of traveler concerns. Fellow travelers were smart, interesting and interested, and gracious. Portugal was lovely, safe, and very interesting. Portuguese people were very nice, helpful, bright and smiling. Degree of activity was good for us and well described in pre-tour information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many. Favorite day was probably the Cork Farm tour day including the lunch at the estate with family members. "Wow" moment was probably the evening walk in Coimbra observing students during their annual "pre-finals" celebration."

Kathleen

Norman, OK

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour exceeded our expectation of a group tour. We were treated well and were given clear instructions and information. Problems were taken care of quickly. We loved the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The library in Coimbra was a wow moment. I have to say the Duro Valley was up there in satisfaction."

Linda

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maria was so good at her job that nothing could have possibly gone wrong. She showed us the beauty, history, and personality of Portugal in a manner that couldn't have been better. We loved everything about it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beauty of the vineyards in the Douro Valley was definitely a "wow" moment. Visiting the cork farm was also certainly a highlight."

Barbara

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Imbedded in the sites, was a new appreciation for the culture, food, and people of Portugal Travel companions were fun and interesting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coimbra ---the library at the school. It was totally amazing Dazzling Oceanside of Nazare"

Douglas

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was a wonderful destination for us. For such a small country the options are varied: great history, beautiful architecture, stunning scenery, friendly people who often speak English, and excellent food and wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Douro Valley. The visit to that area was my highlight."

Rodrick

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The library in Coimbra!"

Dolph

Locust Grove, GA

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour .The itinerary exposed us to cities and some out of the way places. Portugal is such a beautiful place. Our guide Christina took excellent care of us and was knowledgeable on a breadth of subjects. The travel group was fun and there was always someone with to share the experience. Although we had a day of rain ,it did not hamper the things we had planned to do . Overall it was a great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Douro Valley and seeing the vistas of vineyard and olive trees was truly spectacular."

Mary

Eagle, ID

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour, the tour guide, the tour group and the country of Portugal all added up to a fantastically wonderful time! This is our 7th Rick Steve's tour and the 7th time that we loved learning about a new country, meeting locals, eating the food, drinking the wine, all orchestrated by a talented and personable tour guide, Cristina. We have never been disappointed and that did not end with this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the cork farm, walking through the land, eating lunch with the family and having them answer all our questions. But equally as wonderful was the port vineyard in the Duoro Valley! The families love of the land, wine, port and traditions shone through in everything they did. The Portuguese people were warm and welcoming. And let's not forget watching the ladies in Coimbra hand painting ceramics...and then we got to try our hand at it! Great fun! And the fado performances!!! Great!"

Darwin

Eagle, ID

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first meeting with our tour guide Christina and the other tour members we knew this would be a great trip. Christina was such a joy to be around, very knowledgeable about her country, a genuinely good hearted person who is fun loving and a little saucy! This was our 7th Rick Steve's trip and this group of tour members seemed to jell very well from the first night's meeting to the end of the trip, which makes these trips all that more memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment was really three on this trip: 1: The cork farm visit including a wonderful lunch and great wine tasting 2: The Port vineyard tour & visit including lunch and great Port & wine tasting 3: The ceramic factory tour (was the first time it was offered) and was informational, interesting to see how everything is hand made, and the highlight was painting our own tiles and having them delivered to us at our last stop in Porto"

John

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tie between the Cork Farm tour and the Duoro Winery tour. The Fado dinner was very fun."

Kelly

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Being our first Rick Steves' tour, we had nothing to compare with. The 12 days went by quite quickly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery Quinta Santa Eufemia in the Doura Valley. Seeing this family in operation is amazing. The lunch and wine they served was even more amazing. When people have asked us about the tour, that seems to be shared each time."

Jonathan

Maitland, FL

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The most enjoyable group I've met so far on any tour I've taken. This group was very compatible. Our guide, Christina was extremely knowledgable, extremely helpful and just plain fun to be with. Her intimate knowledge of every place we visited added a great deal of value to our experience, Hotels were excellent and the food was even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Nazare the locals were wearing traditional costumes at a festival on the waterfront. At the same time fisherman's wives were drying and selling the day's catch on the beach. In the streets back off the beach the seafood restaurants put their offerings on display and the clams in one of the pans were so fresh that they were squirting water!!!"

Margaret

Locust Grove, GA

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide Christina was excellent! The visit to the cork farm and port making winery were highlights and added a very personal touch to the trip. We were the first group to have a tour of the tile factory. Seeing the process first hand provided a very memorable experience and gave us all a keen appreciation of the artistry and work that goes into making their beautiful ceramics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the Douro Valley was amazing. The views provided some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever seen. Being in the countryside is always my favorite part of any trip and the images and pictures from this area will stay with me forever."

Rebecca

Normal, IL

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves' Tour and we loved this one as much as our earlier tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Douro Valley and visiting a "farm" there. The terracing was amazing to see; and to think it was all man-made!"

Susan

Dana Point, CA

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Christina help all of us to get to know each other and it was like a well oiled family on vacation together with all of the stresses taken out!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip was well planned, executed great and was made even better because we had a little rain but for the most part the weather made it perfect!"

Linda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was beyond my expectations! Tour guide was not only knowledgeable but more than that was genuine, warm an caring. Her love and pride of Portuguese history and is people was moving and gave me a profound appreciation of a country and a people I knew little about. My fellow travelers were a great bunch. They were very considerate and respectful of one another. The choice of activities and places to stay was superb. I felt very much cared for. looking forward to next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most memorable moment was the visit and lunch at the Rovisco Gracia cork farm and winery."

Judy

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved parts of Portugal. Overall I did enjoy the tour, made very special by Cristina. One of the hotels left much to be desired. Especially loved the two farms we visited. Seeing and meeting the "owners" was a fabulous experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moments were the farms. Seeing the different cultures and agriculture was great! The Douro Valley was absolutely spectacular. Another wow was the Gulbenkian Museum. Cristina's knowledge of art was amazing and made the museum come alive for me."

Ronald

Normal, IL

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best improvement over last years tour was the "whisper" it made the whole experience so much better and easier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of great moments but none that were out of this world.I did like the cork forest tour , the boat ride in Porto ,and Fatima during Mass,"

Dennis

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide, devoted and involved. Hotels generally good, trip well organized

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm, Coimbra university, fado"

Susan

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Interesting to finally see Portugal., great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fado in Combria, library in Coimbria University, cork farm, Gulbenkian museum in Lisbon outskirts, garden and Serralves Art museum in Porto."

Phil

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not think I would enjoy my fellow travelers as much as I did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm."

Antonia

Moline, IL

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group consisted of 25 interesting and friendly people. This is usually true of all of Rick Steves' groups.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved our time spent in Nazarre!!!"

Garry

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm tour"

Janice

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. Rain dampened some of trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm and winery. Families very interesting and welcoming. Food lovely in a lovely setting."

Steven

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A really special trip for us. My wife and I were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary and decided to make this our first trip to Europe. The overall tour more than met our expectations. Exceptionally well planned and organized, with an almost perfect balance between the scheduled times with the tour group and time alone for us to explore on our own. Likely would have rated this outstanding had it not rained 8 of the 12 days we were there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A nice side trip to Sintra."

Mark

Kenwood, CA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved Portugal, the people, and the food and wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch at the cork farm."

Mary

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday was different from staying at the beach to being in the mountains to having lunches and tours with families. I enjoyed it all especially the wonderful people of Portugal.

Naomi

Naperville, IL

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I had no expectations since we knew little about Portugal, but wanted to learn. We would describe this tour as "high-value." There was almost too much to see and do. Maria was knowledgeable and eager to share her country with us. The people in the tour group were close to us in age and circumstances....retired, but active....and the group got along well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We would have to choose two: Fado in Coimbra and the farm tour and luncheon at the vineyard/cork farm between Evora and Nazare."

Holly

Wildwood, IL

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a Great Tour Leader in Maria, and the entire program was put together so well. Just loved the farms, the wonderful hotels (not all were), the interesting places we were taken to, and all the amazing information about Portugal. RS Tours attracts just the best people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Library at Coimbra University. This was one of those little places I would never have found on my own. That amazing hotel in Avora, I thought I died and went to heaven."

Henry

Folsom, CA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got a real feel of what Portugal was all about because of our tour guide Christina.Some companies talk about "experiential Travel', but this tour delivered! This was our first trip with Rick Steves and it will not be the last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Cork farm and the Port experience, but the big wow was being able to interact with each of these families and understand them on a deeper level because of these one on one discussions."

Kristin

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our sixth RS tour taken over the last ten years. Christina was a wonderful guide, so knowledgable about the history of Portugal as well as the present economic problems. We very much liked the pace of the trip with restful interludes built into the itinerary. This was particularly important because there was a virus going through the group almost from Day One. I will continue to recommend these tours to my friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say our two visits to Portuguese landowners. The first to the cork farm followed by lunch with the family and the second to the Douro Valley vineyard where we got to stomp the grapes and then were served a delicious lunch while we learned more about the family business. These types of experiences have really made these tours unique."

Jeanne

Merion Station, PA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a fine tour, but exhausting. Given that almost all of us (including our guide) were sick by the end of the 12 days, I suspect that each day included too many events. We moved suitcases, packed and unpacked many many times. And we were traveling in an enclosed bus. Most of us caught the respiratory entrovirus that one of our members picked up on a plane on the way over to Portugal. A slower pace might have allowed us to sleep, to absorb what we were learning, and to stay well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stone carving in some of the churches was astounding. The sunsets over the red tile roofs were stunning. And I loved the mountain roads as we traveled through the northern region. The bus driver, who became a real personality on our tour, was a fantastic guy."

Terry

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was extremely well organized, well timed, with a good balance between free time and group time. We had an extremely congenial group which bonded well and I am sure many friendships will continue.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm and the visit to the port vineyard! Both experiences were special because we were able to meet the people who owned and ran them. Their love of tradition and family land was obvious. We also had outstanding meals at those places and it was great to taste the wines and olive oils they produced."

David

Mandeville, LA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Portugal was another GREAT Rick Steves Tours. This was our 5th RS tour, and it exceeded our expectations! Our guide Christina was fantastic, and the tour itinerary truly captured the Heart and Soul of Portugal. Our tour group was an especially good group of folks that blended quite well. Made several new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always on a RS Tour there is more than one "wow" moment. If I had to pick only one it would be our visit to Fatima on a Sunday when we could attend a multi-language outdoor Mass and receive communion -- very emotion to see the pilgrims there. Other "wow" moments were the "stomping of the grapes" (perfect timing for us to experience this), our visit to the "Cork Farm", and the Fado Performance in Coimbra."

Ann

Upland, CA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed by the entire experience. This was my first Rick Steves tour. The diversity and pacing of the activities was terrific. Our guide was amazing - warm, attentive, knowledgeable, professional, and adaptable. The large bus was comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had an unexpected opportunity to "stomp grapes" in the Douro Valley. That was a magical moment."

Steven

Sparta, MI

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed a mixture of city and agricultural experiences. The combination of seaside/vineyard/urban views allowed a more complete appreciation of Portugal. Our guide allowed us to see a large variety of sites and experiences much more efficiently than I could have engineered myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I might list a few memorable incidents: 1)confirming that the waves at Nazare are indeed awe-inspiring 2)Fado at Coimbra is excellent 3)crushing grapes in the Douro Valley was a rare gift 4)friendly and helpful portuguese citizens"

Sharon

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It had all the elements I wanted in a tour. First, an experienced, knowledgeable and fun guide; a thorough education on the past history of Portugal; exposure to art history, architecture, culture (loved the Fado performances); agriculture (loved the cork farm tour and port winery visit), politics (EU influences) and a grand bus tour of the countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grape stomping and then lunch and port wine tasting."

Fay

Mandeville, LA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed this tour of PortugL. Our guide was fantastic and very informed about the history and culture of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the time at Fatima and seeing the devotion of the pilgrims who were so devout in their faith."

Therese

Folsom, CA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal tour was our first experience with a tour group and it surpassed our expectations.Our group was fabulous from the first night to the last! Our guide,Christina was passionate, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.She was kind and observant to group needs, snacks and breaks. We wanted an immersion experience with the people and food and it was better than anticipated. We are excited to experience another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip was a wow & our group was a main reason.- sharing the afternoons with the families of the cork farm and the port winery. Fabulous food, wine and port.Loved hearing their history and stories. The grape stomping was a great experience with our group!Fado concert excelent,Fatima most moving experience.Loved our day in Sintra,Evora-Maria,Roman ruins,Gulbenkian Museum,Obidos & Douro Valley - all great!"

Sandra

Venice, FL

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having the opportunity to attend mass at Fatima was an unexpected bonus. The experience was very special. The visit to the cork farm and the opportunity to learn from the family about their enterprise was eye opening Being allowed the privilege and fun filled experience of stomping the grapes at the winery in the Douro valley was a special day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Receiving Communion at Fatima"

David

Weaverville, NC

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were no bad surprises but there were several good surprises. Everything was as described in the literature except Maria our tour guide, she was the glue that held everyone and everything together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough one to answer as there were several. I'm going with the two working farm stops, one featuring cork and the other vineyards and wine. Coimbra is also a favorite as there was so much to explore in the city and Nazaré was equally charming. Actually, The whole itinerary was great."

Patrick

Doylestown, PA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maria was an outstanding tour guide. The group on the tour was compatible and enjoyable to be with. We did a nice variety of things and learned the important role Portugal played in world history as well as seeing it today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The FADO performance in Coimbra!! I had expected it to be mildly entertaining but instead was simply blown away by the quality of the singer's voice and the music of the Portuguese guitar."

Elizabeth

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I appreciated the visits to the vineyard and cork farm the best. The countryside really drew me. The local people were very friendly. And our tour folks pleasant and interesting. Appreciated our informative guide, Maria, who was ver;y knowledgeable in Portuguese history. Our bus driver Raphael was excellent on the hillside curves. And, the accommodations and food were excellent. Thank you again for the trip. Looking forward to the Ireland Rick Steves Tour May, 2015.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork Farm."

Deborah

Mason, MI

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes at the Quinta Santa Eufemia! I've always wanted to do that, and I was amazed that I actually had the opportunity. What grape fun!"

George

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great organization, the guide [ Marie ] was excellent and it was a fun group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The farm visit."

Carolyn

Doylestown, PA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall the tour was very good, but I was disappointed in Lisbon. It's too bad that the economy is in the cellar---Portugal's best days seem to have been in the distant past. I don't understand why Sintra is not included. I think another day in Porto would be good too. I know we had guide books to read and refer to but a cheat sheet of past history would be a good reference as we toured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we spent at the winery in the Duoro Valley!! And then the gorgeous hotel on the river in Pinhao where we spent the night. What beautiful terrain and what charming people at the winery. Fun to stomp the grapes:)"

Sally

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific. I loved the locations, guided oreintation, and time allowed to explore independently!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto--- overall impression will stay with me. walking tour and images at night were very dramatic. RSteves called it gritty--- i didn't find that!!"

Shirley

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never been to Portugal and this trip included a variety of different areas and activities to give a good sense of the country. I enjoyed the casual style of travel and the opportunities for exploring cities on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking back to our hotel in Evora on the narrow streets following the aqueduct from the reservoir near the center of town to the city wall."

Linda

Weaverville, NC

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour offered the complete top quality package - transportation in a full sized bus with a competent driver, a knowledgeable, personable guide, small group, charming hotels, memorable restaurants, quality group activities, adequate free time and a fun and enjoyable 12 day immersion into Portugal's culture. The 12 days had a nice blend of city, countryside and coastal experiences. The tour truly exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walking tours with Maria and the local guides. There were so many bits and pieces of quality information offered as we explored new territory. Confident, knowledgeable replies were always given to our many questions. With the small group and the communication devices it felt as if you were always with a personal guide. The scenic moments were terrific but without Maria's comments they would have been just a tour photo."

Marion

Stonington, CT

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this tour. I did not know a whole lot about Portugal when deciding to go on this tour. It is such a beautiful country physically with the mountains and shoreline. Its history is so interesting and the architecture so ornate and impressive. I loved the energy of the cities especially Coimbra. The vineyards of the Douro and cork farms in the center of the country were both lovely and like nothing I'd seen before. I'd love to come back to explore more of the shoreline.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite "wow" moments was walking down the length of the beach at Nazarre and taking in the breathtaking sunset with waves crashing on the shore."

Dwight

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our goal was to get closer to and get to know the people of Portugal, the tour fully met these expectations. We did not want to spend our time looking out a bus window.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many including the close knit small group. The time spent touring the Cork farm,great location in Nazare and Douro valley(grape stomping)."

Karen

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have travelled twice to Europe with Trafalgar. Rick Steeves tours are by far better. Love the smaller groups and the care taken to make it an enjoyable experience. Our travel guide was amazing (Chistina). She treated us like adults , no name tags and ability to choose our seats on the bus (no rotation schedule). Loved her little extras, like showing up with pastries for no reason. Will definitely do another Rick Steeves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes with the group and so much fun!"

Arlene

Mount Dora, FL

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and while I have enjoyed other tours, Portugal has been put to the top of my list as a wonderful place to visit. The history was most interesting. The landscape in the Douro Valley was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the cork farm and the port wine farm were my wow moments."

Marianne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the Portugal tour, our second RS tour. It was a wonderful experience immersing ourselves in the Portuguese culture of music, language, architecture, food, wine, and life itself. The experiences the tour provided were wonderful, from spending the days at the quintas (farms), meeting and eating with the families who own them, to the Fado performances and the wonderful local dishes we ate. Heartily recommend this tour to anyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedral at Alcobaca was my wow moment, the plain, simple and gorgeous architecture was thrilling."

Rich

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent presentation of Portugal's history, culture, sites, people, food and drink.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lisbon...enjoyed the energy of this San Francisco-like city. Visits to the Castle, Monumument to the Discoveries, the Monastery of Jeronimos, Belem Tower and the tour of the city's neighborhoods were all very enjoyable."

Nancy

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought everything was wonderful. Our guide brought a lot of local knowledge to the experience since she is Portuguese. She made everything flow beautifully. We had a very compatible group--everyone got along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to decide. I loved stomping grapes in the Douro Valley and visiting the cork farm. Both were really great unexpected experiences."

Connie

Trial, BC

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a word excellent. I knew virtually nothing about Portugal and had only a vague recall of their history as a world power in the early exploration of our planet. The tour has helped me fill in a 500-600 year gap of my knowledge. Physically the country has an interesting variety of land and water features.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was seeing the inside of the Chapel at the University in Coimbra. But as has happened on every other Rick Steves' Tour, the people are the best feature of the trip."

Melvin

Middleton, WI

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I usually visit countries on our own avoiding tours. This time we decided to try Rick Steves". The tour selection was outstanding visiting cork farms and wineries not open to the individual traveler. Our guide saved us time with her animated expertise and humor. The bus driver handled the mountain roads much better than I would have. We met locals and struggled with the language but were never hindered by crowds as our tour number was low.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult choice. Seeing the sunset on the Atlantic Ocean tied with the cork farm. The family has created a touring experience with cork, olive, wine, and trophy hunting experiences"

Nina

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal had been on my mind for years. I was completely satisfied w the tour and ate my way from Lisbon to Porto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tromping on grapes at a real vineyard was very fun and the feast that followed. Painting a tile was also very fun. It was so refreshing to sit down and create your own souvenir. Out of 9 RS Tours this was the first time I had been offered the opportunity to be creative, besides photography."

Steve

Duluth, MN

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the trip met my expectations. Those expectations were based, in part, on two previous Rick Steves trips. If this had been my first trip, it probably would have exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My standout "wow" experience was stomping grades at the Quinta de Ste Eufemia winery in the Douro Valley. It reminded me of the beginning of the episode with Lucy and Ethel. The music and rhythm were the same but it did not deteriorate"

James

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very nicely paced and comprehensive tour of the people and places in Portugal. I learned a lot about the country and its people. Maria was outstanding. She was informative, comfortable and really ensured all of us were taken care of, whether it was logistics in a town or in regards to travel plans. Manuel was a great driver and a very helpful and interesting person. The stops and overnights were a wonderful blend of urban, rural and coastal experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, I had several wow moments. Not to slight Lisboa by any means, but the beaches and cliffs at Nazare were remarkable, the incoming student experience at Coimbra was unique and special. Truly wow was the drive in to and out of the Douro valley. The tours and lunches at the vineyards with the families was extra special. While not part of the tour.....Bob playing at Jeronimos was priceless and something I won't forget."

Ann

Athens, OH

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful--every single bit of it. It was remarkable not so much for the HUGE things, but for innumerable small delights throughout the day. The cities are charming and the museums interesting. The food fresh and abundant. The tiles! the music! the cream cakes! And Maria was the most excellent guide: smart, informative, funny, kind. Thank you all for a fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of our tour members was a fantastic pianist and he played some music for us in one of the monasteries--it was magical."

Gail

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour! Maria was a wonderful guide.THE BEST! She is a professional, organized, informed guide. A very accommodating and caring person. She made our trip a most memorable journey. Our travel companions were a great people. Everyone was considerate, congenial & just fun to travel with for 12 days. The places visited were well chosen & gave us a good sense of Portugal's history, culture & everyday life. Food was good. The accommodations were mostly good. Except for Coimbra, too dated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment? Hummm...not the best question to ask. You need to rephrase this question. There were many fun and memorable moments. The family farm tour and yummmmm lunch at the Alentejo biodiverse farm. The tour and lunch at the Douro Valley family run vineyard/wine farm. Fatima for Sunday Mass. Our wonderful Maria, walking down the road and waving to stop oncoming cars & clear the way for our wide bus to get across the narrow bridge. Wish I had a picture!"

Susan

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third tour with RS and I'll continue to travel with this group. Our guide Maria kept up the tradition of excellence exhibited by RS guides. The itinerary was great, providing a good overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Coimbra."

Marie

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very good enjoyable tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nazare , is a very beautiful place . And we happened to be at Sarralves museum when there was a performance by the Black Monastics and the Black Monks of Mississippi , i know it was not a planned activity but for me it was a great experience."

Susan

Kerrville, TX

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful Rick Steves Tour. Portugal, it's diverse geographic areas, it's welcoming people, it's fascinating history and an excellent guide, Maria, who was so knowledgeable and able to handle any situation...even pouring rains and coming up with alternative plans while taking it all in stride. We had a gregarious group of 24 travelers with whom to enjoy a wealth of diverse experiences from Fado performances to student life in Coimbra. It was all a joy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the Cork Farm, meeting the family that owns and runs the farm, and the wonderful homemade lunch we were served. The farm elders, a lovely couple close to 90 years old, came out to greet us and lunch with us. A family member sat at each table and could tell us their experiences in running their farm based on bio diversity. It was a wonderful way to experience a different slice of life and get a further appreciation of all Portugal has to offer."

Linda

Marietta, GA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 2nd RS tour (Sicily last year)....I'm hooked on RS tours. Have traveled w/other tour companies, but they don't have the outstanding "formula" RS has developed for the BEST experience in traveling abroad.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my, tall order....so many new experiences. I appreciated the visit w/the family at their Cork Plantation which included the BEST meal I had in Portugal. The Improptu concert by the Mississippi Mission at the museum in, oops ?"

Nancy

Lutherville, MD

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this tour! This was our first tour as we usually plan our trips ourselves, so we were hesitant. Our group was fabulous and our guide, Cristina, was phenomenal! She was knowledgeable and had a caring sensibility and a great sense of humor! Robert was our coguide and was also outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm and lunch with four generations of the owners' family was the highlight of our tour!"

Martha

Rocky Hill, CT

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a pleasure to visit, our guides are great, Portuguese are friendly and food are great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many, I like the most about Obidos' postcard perfect beauty and Douro Valley' rustic and nature beauty, with terraced vineyard on both hills, Douro River flows below against blue sky and white clouds! I also very much impressed about visiting two farms, one cork farm and the other vine. The families are so friendly and tried so hard to make us feel welcome! Cooked family meals for us and told us cork farming, vineyard work and conservation about land use. Such an experience!"

Darrell

Lacey, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our tour of Portugal. We learned so much about the history, culture, politics and food and came away with a much better understanding of the Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The introduction to Fado in Lisbon."

Carol

Marlboro, NJ

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Portugal tour 9/1/14 - 9/12/14 was my first guided tour with Rick Steves and I am already planning my next trip. The memories, new friends, and the experience I had will be in my heart forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments everyday on the trip, but the best one for me, was driving through the scenic Douro Valley. The landscape took my breath away. The tour part of the of the Douro Valley is an experience you cannot get on your own or on a cruise. It is an experience of a lifetime."

David

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific time exploring Portugal. Knowing little beforehand of the country and its people, we acted like sponges for two weeks. The topography is much more beautiful than I expected, the language much more difficult to understand, and the people more beautiful and friendly than I imagined. And then there's that amazing egg custard that they use in all of their pastries! I did not want to leave, ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most impactful experience of our trip for me was walking through the chapel of bones in Evora. It was at once eerie, depressing yet fascinating, especially when one realized that such a place was created and maintained by Christian monks."

Christopher

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with good people and wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing special I just enjoyed every day fully."

Noel

Verona, NJ

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous.

James

Bow, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being invited to lunch and sharing the food, drink , love and passion of the the very large family and owners of the cork farm. Getting to know something about them, their family values and love, their struggles to keep it alive and going and their joyfulness"

Paul

Lutherville, MD

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we had a fantastic time. Cristina and Robert were terrific hosts and guides...fun, friendly, warm, & Cristina was a perfect ambassador for her country. The group meshed well and provided great company. The tour balanced group activities and free time well. We added on a few days and went to Sintra on our own. My only critique of the tour is that this is a must-do in Portugal and would be good added in as part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the Fado show in Coimbra, my wife and I were surprised by a special shout out for our anniversary. A fun moment and memory for a lifetime."

Sherri

Edmond, OK

Tour: 06/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was a very beautiful and interesting country. The tour allowed us to experience both the interior of the country and the coastline, cities and small villages, and as always some backdoor experiences you would not enjoy if traveling on your own. Cristina was a wonderful guide. Seeing her country through her eyes and experiences added to the richness of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is always a hard question as there is never just one "wow" moment. The cork farm and lunch was definitely a "wow" moment. Meeting four generations of the family and hearing the love of the land and the care that is invested for future generations was inspiring. The visit to the wine estate in the Duoro Valley with the luncheon served by the family was also a "wow" moment. These kind of backdoor experiences really let you see the lifestyle and culture of the people of a country."

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Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Portugal: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members will arrange to fly into Lisbon and out of Porto ("multi-city" on flight booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Portugal. Lisbon and Porto both offer good transportation options, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Portugal before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Portugal guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Portuguese and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Many of Lisbon's sights are closed Mondays. See the guidebook for more details. Confirm all sightseeing plans with any tourist information office.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Lisbon that we do not do as a group: Port Wine Institute; Museum and School of Portuguese Decorative Arts; National Tile Museum (closed Mondays); National Coach Museum (closed Mondays); Maritime Museum (closed Mondays).

If you would like to visit Sintra as a day trip from Lisbon, we recommend that you include time before your tour starts. While you will have time in the afternoon on Day 2, Sintra can be a full day outing depending on your interests. See the Rick Steves Portugal guidebook for more details.

Packing

For advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.