• Lisbon
  • Monument to the Discoveries, Belém district, Lisbon, Portugal
    Lisbon's Belém District
  • Roman Temple, Évora, Portugal
    Roman Temple in Évora
  • Cork farm, Alentejo region, Portugal
    Cork Farm Visit
  • Óbidos, Portugal
    Óbidos
  • Nazaré
  • Cistercian Monastery in Alcobaça
  • Fado Performance
  • Douro Valley, Portugal
    Douro Valley
  • Port Tasting
  • Port wine boats along Cais da Ribeira, Porto, Portugal
    Porto

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Heart of Portugal in 12 Days Tour

from $3,895 per person + air

Single Supplement $825

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Starting in lively Lisbon and ending in proud Porto, our Heart of Portugal tour combines a dazzling mix of Roman, Moorish, and Baroque architecture with the small towns, coast, 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!

Book a 2025 tour by 6/30/24 and save $100 per person! See details.

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

You'll get at least 19 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 2025 Portugal tour:

  • Lisbon walking tour
  • Fado performance
  • Monastery of Jerónimos
  • Monument to the Discoveries
  • Gulbenkian Museum
  • Évora walking tour
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Cork farm
  • Alcobaça Monastery
  • Nazaré day trip
  • Batalha's Monastery of Santa María
  • Fátima
  • Coimbra university tour
  • Coimbra musical performance
  • Port wine tasting and lunch
  • Porto food tour
  • Porto river cruise (weather permitting)
  • Porto walking tour
  • Porto's Stock Exchange Palace

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 group transportation from Lisbon to Porto
  • 11 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 6 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Portugal

We'll gather at our Lisbon hotel at 4 p.m. for a short meeting, followed by an orientation walk through our neighborhood and a "Welcome to Portugal" dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Lisbon.

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. 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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Lisbon.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in Lisbon.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Évora.

Day 5: Olives, Oaks, and Óbidos

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 medieval walled town of Óbidos. Upon arrival we'll take an orientation walk through the perfectly preserved cobblestone streets and learn why this is known as Portugal's "wedding city."

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Óbidos.

Day 6: Royal Intrigue, Alcobaça, and Nazaré

We'll begin today with a visit to Alcobaça to tour the ornate Baroque-Gothic Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria, where we'll hear the star-crossed story of King Pedro and his doomed mistress, Inês. Later we'll enjoy some fun in the sun in the old coastal fishing village of Nazaré. Splash in the waters of the Atlantic, sample the local specialty — barnacles — or take the funicular up to the historic Sítio neighborhood to enjoy its sweeping cliff-top views. This evening we'll return to Óbidos for dinner on your own.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Óbidos.

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. This afternoon, our destination is Portugal's historic capital of Coimbra, where we'll end our day with dinner together in the heart of the Old Town.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Coimbra.

Day 8: Classic Coimbra

This morning we'll twist through Coimbra's maze of narrow lanes to 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. After our visit, the afternoon is yours to make your own discoveries in Coimbra. Tonight we'll rendezvous for a performance of Coimbra's unique style of fado…more likely devoted to revolutionary student ideals than lost love.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Coimbra.

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, with all evening free to relax and savor the sunset.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in the Douro Valley.

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, a savvy guide will show us how to explore the city through our taste buds with a sampling of delicious local cuisine, teaching us about history, architecture, and culture along the way. We'll end our day with a relaxing cruise on the Douro River (weather permitting).

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Boat: ¾ hour. Sleep in Porto.

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 São Francisco, 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-wine lodge. This evening we'll enjoy a final dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Saúde!

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Porto.

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.

Physical Demands

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 (possibly several blocks) 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

Robert

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great time!!!! Portugal is such a neat place to explore. Our guide made the trip the best we have gone on so far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the cork farm and learning how cork is used for so many products."

Rosana

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was great, some accommodations were not adequate

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing university graduations celebrations in Coimbra. Cork farm, Quinta visit. Gulbenkian Museum,Óbidos, the Douro Valley (wishing it would had been a longer visit there), the Exchange Palace, the train Station, the tiles everywhere. "

Michaelyn

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The soup at the cork ranch"

Marietta

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized tour with outstanding guide, Fatima. We learned so much about the history and culture of Portugal, and thoroughly enjoyed the country as it is today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Fado performances, one in Lisbon and one in Coimbra, were mesmerizing. Our tours of the cork farm and winery, both family owned, and the wonderful lunches following, were a highlight."

Caroline

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm experience and meal"

Joan

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our guide, Fatima, exuded the spirit of Portugal! She was knowledgeable and fun loving. Too much time was spent at churches and monasteries, especially standingi in long lines in 90 degree heat. Meeting Portuguese people going about their daily lives was wonderful. I loved that our bus driver shared some meals with us. With the current itinerary, I would not recommend this tour. Perhaps schedule a day or two in a small coastal town. More people to people time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro valley was amazing and we were all impressed by our bus driver’s ability to navigate very narrow, hillside roads."

Abraham

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience, shared with wonderful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting the owner of a small Portugal restaurant, who shared his background about his families escape from Nazi Europe during and after WWII."

James

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"cork farm"

Aziz

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wow, it was my first trip with Rick Steves 'tour and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro valley"

Gary

Tour: 05/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Totally great time. Informative, good destination towns/cities and sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The library at the university in Coimbra."

Jeff

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed Portgual, particularly Lisbon and Porto. They are beautiful! The variety of experiences throughout the country made the tour interesting from start to finish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying barnacles in Nazare. The cork farm tour was amazing as well!"

Lydia

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour for discovering most of Portugal! Our tour guide, Maria, was fabulous--so knowledgeable, experienced, patient, and good humored. The itinerary was well structured, the logistics very well organized, and I liked the mix of activities we did. For me, personally, however, I would have liked this tour to be one or two days shorter and with fewer dinners on one's own. I also wish we could have covered the Algarve as well to get a complete feel of Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wonderful moments: the Gulbenkian, visit to the cork farm, the winery lunch with the beautiful view, the charm of Evora and Obidos, the market in Alcobaca, and the food tour in Porto. In addition to our great guide, Maria, the local guides and other Portuguese were fabulous in bringing the past and present of Portugal alive. "

K Blair

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the tour of the ceramics factory in Coimbra!"

Richard

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour guide and a great group of tour members. We learned alot about Portugal and have many stories to tell.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley. What a beautiful setting to spend time at. It was the most beautiful place we visited in Portugal. "

Heather

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lovely, engaging experience. Portugal was beautiful and easy to navigate. Loved the variety of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day in Evora, which started with a fantastic local guide (who kept us cool on a very hot day), continued with a guided tour of nearby megaliths (a small group of us booked this on our own), was sweetened by Maria's wine and snacks happy hour at our gorgeous hotel, and concluded with an unforgettable meal of Alentejo classics at a nearby recommended eatery."

Ginger

Tour: 05/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were so fortunate have Rafael as our guide. He has a unique ability to connect philosophy, history, art, religion and culture in a way that allowed us to share in his passion for his country. Each day was a new adventure with plenty of time to explore on our own after an action-packed morning with an excellent local guide. It was fun to have a variety of hotels including the medieval themed inn to the luxurious Grande Hotel da Porto. Our fellow travelers were curious and kind!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to choose just one!!! The cork and pine plantation- a whole new world./The family owned port wine vineyard nestled in the Duora Valley./ The ceramics factory and the owner who was so proud of his pottery. Then, add in the Fado concerts, the exuberant seniors celebrating graduation at the University of Coimbra, the medieval walled cities and the distinctive monasteries. Who can forget Rafael’s goal that we would gain 3 pounds with his offerings of delicious pastries? Did you? Abrigada…"

Patricia

Tour: 05/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-designed and very interesting. Portugal is a beautiful country with a complex and rich history of many groups that overtook its rule and strong influence from the Catholic Church. The Portuguese are understandably proud of their history exploring the seas and discovering India as well as Brazil. The sights selected and the guide's instructive talks gave excellent background on this aspect of the country. It was also fascinating and instructive to visit the farm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the farm and learning about cork as an agricultural crop. Wow, what dedication it takes to wait for the tree to mature enough to be able to harvest the cork. Learning about port was also very interesting, and it was very enjoyable tasting the product."

Graham

Tour: 05/22/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fantastic guide, full of stories and history and a love for his country. Great group. Good hotels (generally better than our Amsterdam to Rome trip). Good balance of activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots; there isn’t one in particular that stands out."

Benjamin

Tour: 05/22/24

Ellen

Tour: 05/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and excellent communication from when we book throughout the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Like asking who’s your favorite child! Port wine farm, cork farm or ceramic factory. But wait, the churches all had the Wow factor upon entering."

Anne

Tour: 05/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met all my expectations and more! It was a good mix of big cities to small towns to ancient ruins. Rafael kept us informed and on pace with humor and charm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the ceramics factory near Coimbra was amazing. "

Diane

Tour: 05/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would recommend this tour to everyone, especially if they can get Rafael as their trip guide. Rafael made history come alive and with each stop explained how each location and era made Portugal what it is.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day at the cork farm was one of my greatest memories from this trip. "

David

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Cristina was excellent, but it became clear she didn't like to be interrupted while sharing information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley was stunningly beautiful, lunch was excellent and I also enjoyed the cork/olive/wine farm and lunch served there. Both were excellent!"

Barbara

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I enjoyed all of it. The guide, the fellow travelers, the itinerary, the food, the wine, everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was amazing. Loved visiting the two family owned wineries. The outdoor mass in Fatima was very moving."

Carol

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything was wonderful! Christina, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and personable, and she made sure we all got as much out of our tour as possible. The restaurants selected for group dinners were all quite good. Enjoyed the two weeks very much with all our tourmates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the Douro Valley and experiencing Fatima on a Sunday morning."

Charles

Tour: 05/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greate knowledgable time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto"

Martha

Tour: 05/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides were very informative, caring, and personable.. We enjoyed all the places we visited. We were also very pleased that all the tour members were so friendly and outgoing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed seeing so many places in Portugal, trying the food, and meeting the Portuguese people. But our “wow” moment was the visit to the Cork farm. We learned so much, enjoyed meeting some of the owners, and enjoyed the delicious meal they served us. I really liked learning the different ways the farm is a sustainable farm!"

Virginia

Tour: 05/15/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very good tour that was so well managed by our guide, Todd. He gave us handouts of information about the country and culture that was very interesting and where really good authentic restaurants were in each place we stayed. However, at least 7-8 people got sick, 4 with COVID. A family of 4 did not fully participate in the tour and relate to others. Those were unfortunate things. Todd did handle the sickness well, having them wear masks and eating at a separate table from others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow was the visit to the cork farm with a delicious lunch prepared by the family and wine from their vineyard. So interesting to see how cork is farmed and its importance to the economy. "

Wendy

Tour: 05/15/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Portugal trip. Our guide,Todd, was very well organized and provided detailed handouts summarizing history, gastronomy, key points of interest, as well as activities to do with free time. These handouts will be useful as we look back on the trip and absorb what we have learned along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say I/we had a jaw-dropping "wow" moment. Every place we visited had its own impression on us. We found the cork farm tour very interesting as well as the impromptu stop at a church near Castelo de Arraiolos."

Andrea

Tour: 05/15/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour was very good. Todd was a realty good guide. He was quite knowledgeable of Portugal. We learned much about the culture, architecture, and gastronomy of the various regions of Portugal. Todd was quite organized and his handouts were very helpful. Overall, we found this tour to be very enjoyable.Yet, I have a few recommendations. First, any tour of Portugal should include Sintra. We had to leave the group to see it. Also, some the restaurants made us want to sing a sad Fado song.Chris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed seeing the iconic Moment to the Discoveries in Lisbon. We had seen it in various forms of media for our whole lives, and it was thrilling to realize that we were standing in the land where many explorers ventured out to discover the new world. The museums were great. All the places that we saw were great. The timeless stories of some of the place were poignant even today after centuries had passed.We'll never forget sad story of Inez De Castro and Prince Pedro's forbidden love."

Charles

Tour: 05/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful Rick Steves tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Porto was beautiful"

Kaitlin

Tour: 05/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 9th Rick Steves tour, and as always I enjoyed every moment of the tour (best of Portugal). I loved hour the itinerary for this tour was organized and the activities we did. I also enjoyed the several surprises that our guide Todd had for us throughout the tour. The food and wine were wonderful in Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my wow moment was when we visited the cork farm. Until I took this trip, I didn't Portugal produced so much cork and used to make several products (e.g., purses, shoes, hat, etc). I also enjoyed having lunch at the cork farm and speaking with the family who owned the farm. "

Stephen

Tour: 05/15/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This being our 2nd RS tour, we enjoyed the country, the cities, the people, the scenery, the history and of course, the food. Our leader, Todd did a heck of a job. His information on the history, the architect, olive oil, wine/port and other tidbits was very helpful along with all the special guides for tours scheduled on our trip. Our guides, Isabel, Ju, Maria, Christina and Ronaldo were excellent. Accommodations overall were good. Loved the Cork farm and Vineyard's families.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many. Rovisco's cork farm and awesome lunch along with Quinta Santa Eufemia winery was personal, beautiful and welcoming. I enjoyed these events more than what Lisbon/ Porto offered. The historic buildings were enlightening along with their culinary opportunities but give me the country landscape and uncrowded tourists. Our free time was used to the Max. Really appreciated Todd's suggestions for exploring Sintra as well as journeys via bus to the mouth of the Douro River. "

Kathleen

Tour: 05/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Compatible group, excellent tour guide and loved the itinerary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but the cork farm and family winery visit were special"

Marlene

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fatima was an excellent guide. She made the culture and sites of Portugal come alive with her knowledge and passion for her country. The hotels were wonderful. Our local guides were very informative and did an excellent job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments. The Duoro Valley wine tasting and lunch was one of my favorite experiences. I also enjoyed meeting the many friendly people we came in contact with while on tour. "

Roger

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour and Fatima was an outstanding tour guide. Our Guide is the the "heart of Portugal" as she shares fascinating details on the history and culture of Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the visit to the cork farm/winery. The people on the farm were so welcoming and enjoyed the wines of the Douro valley. "

John

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. Our 2nd, and like the 1st, we had high expectations of a RS tour, and it exceeded our expectations. Fatima B was an excellent tour guide who I now count as a friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the size of the huge crowd at Sunday mass at the shrine of Fatima, Portugal."

Sharon

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour that had a variety of what Portugal has to offer. I learned about the history, culture, foods, and people. The guide, Fatima, was amazing. She had so many insights into the life of the Portuguese people and the country. She also pointed out great places to eat and a few special extras too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was going to both Fatima Shrine and Nazare. I chose this tour as they were the only one I could find that went to Fatima. My grandmother talked about this a lot as she was a young girl in the north of Portugal when Our Lady of Fatima presented to the shepherd children. I also love the beach and enjoyed seeing the massive beach of Nazare and dipping my toes in the Atlantic Ocean, which I've not done before living on the west coast. "

Steven

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour all around. Could have been made better by making the coach museum in Belem more accessible. Also, the Obidos, Nazare, Fatima, Batalha group could maybe be organized differently. Maybe Obidos is not the best place for 2 nights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a wine industry professional, the tour of the cork farm was a standout visit, as was the visit to the port winery."

Bryan

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wide variety of exposure to the history and culture of Portugal

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but to pick 2 it was seeing cork trees and understanding how cork is harvested, and the mountains of vineyards in the Douro Valley."

Rose Wright

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide, Fatima, made our trip over the top great. She is knowledgeable, carrying, and goes the extra mile to make everyone feel comfortable and accepted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Lady of Fatima, the Douro Valley and the opera singer. There is no way you can list just one."

Lori

Tour: 05/08/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our Portugal tour with Claudia was wonderful- she was informative, friendly, and fun and we really enjoyed her mannerisms joie de vivre! We had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many- the visit to the cork farm, the olive mill (I learned SO much about olive oil!), and the tour of the family quinta. The Douro region was the most beautiful I have ever seen. "

Mary

Tour: 05/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th RS tour and, as always, the guide was excellent, we experienced the culture of the country, saw the beautiful and historic architecture and got an understanding of the country and the people. Our tour companions were delightful - I miss htem all already and hope our pahts will cross again someday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The experiences that stand out are the visits to the cork farm, winery and tile factory. It was so interesting to get a peak into the workings of the factory and farms and learn about their processes (I had no idea that grapes were still processed by workers stamping on them!) The cork farm was fascinating and touring the tile factory made me appreciate the craftmanship that goes into making the beautiful Portuguese pottery and tiles "

Donna

Tour: 05/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific tour that included major cities and rural communities. Our guide, Claudia, was terrific as well. So upbeat and enthusiastic about sharing the history and culture of her country. Great group of people who were a pleasure to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can´t narrow it down to just one: Evorra; the cork oak farm; and the Santa Eufemia vineyard were stand-outs for me. "

Jill

Tour: 05/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful trip highlighting Portugal's beauty and history. The Portuguese people were welcoming and helpful making the trip relaxing and rewarding. Our tour guide, Claudia, was a delight. We loved hearing her stories and learning about her experiences growing up in Lisbon. It added a personal perspective. The unique stops at family owned farms,vineyard and factory really were highlights of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing the Monument of the Discoveries in Lisbon. It was much more impressive in person than in photos and really highlighted the vast history of Portugal explorers. "

Dorothy

Tour: 05/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Our guide, Claudia, was outstanding. We loved joining our two travel couple buddies (4th trip together) and making new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the cork farm and the wine and food tasting. "

Dean

Tour: 05/08/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great group of people and a great guide, which always helps to make the tour fun. I felt it was well-paced with a plenty to see and do, combined with sufficient down time to explore on our own. Bus time was appropriate and often informative and entertaining thanks to the insight and knowledge of our guide, Claudia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm. Fascinating. And we were treated so well by the staff. "

Michael

Tour: 05/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, a great experience and introduction to the people, culture and history of Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say cork farm, followed by the Port winery. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A well organized, fun and wide ranging experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duoro Valley"

Peggy

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything and more than we imagined. The locations were great and our tour guide was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting both a cork farm and a winery estate in the Douro Valley."

Alan

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very positive. Well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably viewing the Douro valley and the incredible landscape"

Marta

Tour: 05/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was my second trip with Rick Steves. I can say that it was incredible. I really enjoyed the country and the people in the group. I think Todd, the guide is excellent, very professional, well educated, it made the difference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm visit and the library in Cumbria."

Adam

Tour: 05/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like the pace of the tour and diversity of sites in the country including cork farm and winery. Excellent guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fado in Lisbon"

Thomas

Tour: 05/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed Portugal more than I thought I would (I.e, I was surprised, in a good way, by a number of things). The people are warm and welcoming, the food unique and delicious, the architecture gorgeous (I discovered Manueline), and the Douro Valley jaw dropping. I had thought Portugal might be very similar to Spain but it was a totally different experience (both good).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dramatic landscape of the Douro Valley followed closely by the revelation of Manueline architecture in Alcobaça and Batalha. "

Steve

Tour: 05/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Culture, food, music, agribusiness, architecture, history, so much goodness - loved it all, not run of the mill.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nazare - it was stunning."

Randall

Tour: 05/01/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good experience and travel group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duoro Valley scenery, vineyards and wine tasting."

Cynthia

Tour: 05/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Todd, did an outstanding job of leading the group and helping us to learn about and experience the culture of Portugal. Our fellow travelers were friendly, energetic and fun and we really enjoyed each other's company. All in all, this was another memorable Rick Steves adventure and we're planning a fifth tour next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour included a terrific variety of unique cultural and historic sites, but my favorite "wow" moment was touring the Douro Valley wine country and the visit to the old family estate and winery and learning about their generational transitions and sustainable growing of the vineyard and wine making. "

Janet

Tour: 05/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic, informative tour with an excellent and experienced guide as well as local guides who gave us more in-depth information. Also, the people I traveled with were interesting and caring. I love the camaraderie of Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can I have more than one wow moment? Nazare was amazing and beautiful, the cork farm/winery we visited was so informative, and the towns of Evora and Obidos were beautiful, historic and fascinating. The trip was a wow experience from the first day in Lisbon through the Douro Valley and on to Porto at the end."

Brian

Tour: 05/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative, varied experiences, fun group of people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm "

Randall

Tour: 05/01/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary, our leader Todd, and our very lovely and congenial fellow travelers created a wonderful tour experience. All of our accommodations were very staffed with welcoming and patient employees and our rooms very clean and comfortable. Our tour director provided us with a number of very detailed information sheets that provided excellent background for our tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One "wow" moment for us was the beautiful dinner/Fado music performance in Lisbon. The day at the Cork farm and the winery accompanied by fabulous local cuisine meals were outstanding. "

Jeannie

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our lead guide John and the local guides added much appreciated context and background about Portuguese history, royalty and wine! Our bus driver was a pro and negotiated some tricky roads. The sites we visited, our guides, and our group were the highlights of the tour. One bit of feedback: I would encourage tour organizers revisit the hotels in the rotation, especially for Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto. Improving the accommodations would make the tour outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm going to give you a few: Pastel de Belem with cinnamon; the Manueline architecture especially at the Jeronimos Monastery & the Imperfect Chapel; our tractor-pulled 'Rick Steves Special'buggy tour of a cork forest and pine tree farm followed by the most amazing lunch; the Quinta tour around the family-run vineyards and the hearty lunch and port wine; the expressive Fado in Lisbon and Coimbra; the imposing and Harry Potter-esque Coimbra University library; witnessing the vintage port uncorking"

Pam

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Poor hotels on general. A few were terrible especially Porto when my room overlooked an alley and night club. Windows had to be open because the air conditioning didn’t work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm"

John

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very pleasant. Excellent group of fellow tour members. Learned a great deal about Portuguese history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Library of Joao III at Univ d Coimbra. My wife disagrees- she votes for the cork farm visit. "

Susan

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the perfect blend of cities and countryside towns, and each place had unique, charming characteristics. We had a great guide and a terrific group of fellow travelers. Take this tour even if you're concerned about the language barrier (Portuguese is tough to learn). Most people we encountered spoke English and everyone was helpful and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the cork farm to learn about how cork and pine nuts are harvested was my favorite experience among a couple of great experiences. We learned so much and then got to enjoy a fantastic lunch. "

Paul

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very nice pace, well executed and very good guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm, winery tour. "

Robert

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm"

Kenneth

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Adequate exposure to the country, but not much variety in cities or food compared to other countries I have visited with your tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm and port country winery"

Joanne

Tour: 04/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is called Heart of Portugal, but our Tour Guide Fátima is indeed the Heart of Portugal. Her knowledgeable, witty and passionate personality allowed tour members to become a cohesive group that learned so much about this beautiful country while having a fantastic and fun experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being out on the streets of Lisbon on the 50th Anniversary of the Carnation Revolution and watching the citizens of Portugal celebrate the reenactment of the surrender of Antonio Salazar (with military tanks, flyovers and bands was a truly emotional experience."

Francisco

Tour: 04/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Portugal is its people. We were warmly welcomed everywhere we went, with an eagerness on the part of the Portuguese to be discovered or rediscovered. Fatima, our wonderful guide, was the epitome of grace, pride, and dignity. Her flexibility and ability to think on her feet are top-notch. There were two holidays “thrown in” during our tour, and she handled the needed adjustments without seemingly breaking a sweat. We thank Fatima for these small miracles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful and creative use of azulejo tiles across the places we visited was a string of “wow” moments for me. However, nothing beats experiencing the exuberance of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Carnation Revolution. Fatima’s and the group’s adaptability and flexibility allowed us to experience key moments of the reenactment of the peaceful revolution. It’s as if it was planned for us to be at the exact place at the exact moment to see the proud Portuguese in joyous celebration."

Donald

Tour: 04/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was outstanding in every way from the sites seen, accommodations and meals provided, and free time allotted. Fatima, our guide, is a true professional bringing to life the Portuguese history from ancient times to the present day. Most of the sites included in the itinerary were unique to Portugal and not readily found in other countries. As in Rick Steves tour fashion, our tour group bonded such that we drove around Portugal as one big happy family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 25th of April celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the overthrow of Portugal's dictatorship, Port winery in the Douro Valley, and the cork farm. "

Joan

Tour: 04/24/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fátima, our tour guide made this a very enjoyable trip! Really enjoyed all of the locations we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Especially enjoyed Douro Valley and the visit to the cork forest. "

Charles

Tour: 04/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 11th RS tour and all have been great. Portugal is certainly among our favorites. The itinerary seemed just right, the guides, as always, are great. The hotels were good, the provided meals were good and the special stops at the cork oak farm and winery were real highlights. We can't think of anything we would change.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unusually, Our favorite wow moment occurred in Lisbon during the 50th anniversary of freedom parade on April 25th. Our RS guide, Fatima, was walking us through the city and explaining the significance of the day as the planes flew overhead and the veteran's in military vehicles made their way up to the past dictator, Salazar, office/residence where he was peacefully removed to create a democracy. Seeing the joy and pride on Fatima's face and thousands of Portuguese people was spectacular."

Michael

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Claudia, was exceptional. The food was fantastic, particularly at the Cork Farm and winery. The group we were with made the tour even better. A great balance between tour activities and free time. Enjoyed the chance to learn more about Portugal and their culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say but really enjoyed the tour and lunch at the Cork Farm. The time at Fátima was also special. "

Alan

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was an excellent experience and introduction to the history, culture, politics and geography of Portugal. Claudia, our guide, made the difference. Is there anyone she doesn't know in Portugal? We felt as if we were being invited into her home for 12 days. We thought the food, accommodation, transportation, and the local guides were at a high level.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s a challenge to decide on one Wow moment. There were many highlights that made the tour special: 1. Fatima on a Sunday morning while the outdoor services were going on. Not having any connections to any religion, we found the whole place so different from anything we've experienced. 2. Nazare with its long beach and gorgeous waves. 3. The Gulbenkian museum. 4. Views in the Douro Valley. 5. Hotel in Pinhão (WOW). 6 The walled town of Obidos and its castle. 7. Cork farm. 8. Port Quinta."

Gregory

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fabulous tour of Portugal. Learned a lot about the history and culture of the people and it gave me a better understanding. The tour was well managed and balanced with scheduled activities along with free time. Our guide, local guides, and bus driver were all great - they really added to the positive experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm tour and lunch was fantastic. Margarita the family member who gave us the tour was funny and passionate about her family's many generations of work. The visited finished with a great meal including their wine, port and olive oil. "

Gretchen

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was terrific! From the genuinely friendly hotel experiences to the delicious food to our knowledgeable guide, each day promised and delivered memories to savor. Our tour group was especially friendly and inclusive, making this trip one of my best Rick Steves excursions. Thank you for a wonderful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was especially enchanted by the tour of the cork/oak farm. Munching on pine nuts right off the trail, the river of purple and yellow flowers that accompanied us as we travelled through the cork forest, and the unforgettable fish soup at lunch! One of many unforgettable experiences on our Portugal tour."

Florence

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour, but it won’t be our last! Everything was top notch - the leader, the group members, the hotels and meals, and the daily activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the library at the University of Coimbra was amazing - so much baroque decoration and gold leaf on every surface!"

Wendi

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love the balance between structured time and free time. Claudia was able to navigate our visits between times when there was a mass or something else and make sure we still were able to see everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm was so interesting and it was great to get to eat lunch with family members. The food was amazing!"

Charles

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch at the winery."

Edward

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting country and great itinerary. Loved the cork farm and the Douro Valley

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Roman temple ruins in Évora"

Margaret

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, another fabulous RS experience! This was our tenth tour and it always impresses me how well done the activities, hotels, food, the guides, the free time and the size of the group are just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I agree with some of the other reviewers, the unique experiences were the highlight of the trip. For me it was a three way tie between the cork farm, the fado performances and the ceramic factory."

Polly

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 6th Rick Steves tour did not disappoint. I enjoyed the leadership and organization of our guide, Claudia, who taught us so much about her home country. It was a very active tour, but well planned with a great mix of activity and relaxation. The included meals were excellent, especially the Fado dinner, cork farm lunch and Douro Valley winery meal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day truly brought a new WOW moment! "

Janet

Tour: 04/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My days in Portugal were well balanced between organized activities and free time. The tour hit my expectations for a first look at the countries’ people, history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Must call it a tie between the visit to the Cork Farm, Rovisco Garcia and the Quinta-Féria Winery in the Douro Valley. Each of these families were warm, welcoming, talented and knowledgable hosts "

Samuel

Tour: 04/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour, and it had been over 30 years since I had been to Europe. Our Tour Guide Maria was outstanding. The convenience, education and experiences through Rick Steves Is well worth the investment. With the logistics, tickets, travel etc. taken care of, it allowed more time to focus and enjoy our locations in Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There really were a too many Wows to pick one."

Barbara

Tour: 04/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew nothing about Portugal and our guide,Maria, shared her country in an interesting and fun way. So much amazing history and architecture, all the beautiful tiles, the treats along the way, custard tarts-yum!, and the beautiful countryside. A good mixture of big cities and rural areas. Mild weather with only a little rain in Porto. Lisbon was my favorite big city with so many neighborhoods and the wonderful Gulbenkian museum. Belem with the Jeronimos Monastery and Monument to the Discoveries

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments for me were the cork farm and the wonderful meal there and the quinta in the Douro with a walk in the vineyards and a lovely lunch with delicious wines. "

Tony

Tour: 04/17/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed our immersion in Portugal -- the people, places and culture. Plenty of great experiences while learning more about Portuguese history and society.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley and wineries was a scenic WOW experience. Other Wow moments included the Gulbenkian Museum and the city of Porto."

Deborah

Tour: 04/17/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good variety of activities, balanced with time to do our own exploring. Amiable travel companions - cheerful compliance with "no grumps" rule! Tour guide Maria capable, competent++; driver Fernando skillfully navigated many tight spots

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three way tie: Fado dinner in Lisbon; cork farm and our tour of/lunch at Quinta de S. Eufemia in the Douro Valley."

Lisa

Tour: 04/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is well managed and balanced with scheduled activities along with free time. We saw so many amazing things and yet it felt relaxed. The tour includes so many special visits such as the cork farm, wine tasting, fado performance. In addition, our tour guide, Maria , always offered suggestions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm tour and lunch was outstanding. The family representative was so knowledgeable and passionate about her family's life work. We visited the farm on a perfect day when the air smelled so fresh, we learned the history of the farm, how the family takes on sustainability of the farm, and then finished the tour off with an incredible meal. It was just so special."

Deborah

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country, lovely group and excellent tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a perfect day at the cork working farm and estate. The tour guide was fantastic. We learned so much about the daily workings of a Portuguese estate. The group lunch was the best meal of the entire trip. "

Jackson

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful dive into Portugal; creativity designed and well managed tour. Excellent guide and friendly, seasoned RS travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I’ll remember beer and barnacles on the Nazare beach, pastel de nata fresh out of the oven for 1.3 €, the cork oak tree, the stunning Douro valley, learning/enjoying port wine, old world ambience of Lisbon, Porto and Óbidos. "

Robyn L

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

as usual quality content and excellent guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the cork farm with Christina and crew- awesome story of their heritage and up to date concerns with their products. the best lunch and wine was served to us there. Also I loved the Taste Porto Food Tour with Andre,again a local connection for us to get to know someone who lives there and has history of their family food business"

Daniel

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Portugal, warm and lovely, provided a great setting for our tour. We had a very competent guide, a brand new bus and congenial group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a delightful day visiting the cork farm. It was pleasant touring the farm and hearing about cork. We were served a wonderful meal in their dining room."

Joe

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide John was funny, helpful and very informative

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the country. The river hotel in Douro Vally was the nicest Rick Steves Hotel we have stayed in on our eight tours"

Stephen

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Portugal Tour was excellent. It felt like a tour of Italy with a price break! It had the right blend of big city touring, open countryside with vineyards and cork oak farms, and wonderful small villages. The Portuguese people were very friendly and welcoming of their foreign guests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For us, it had to be visiting the Rovisco Garcia Cork Oak Ranch. One of the owners (a family-owned ranch since the 1700's), Sophia, met us with a custom-made touring rig pulled by a tractor. Her passion for the cork oaks, her vineyard, the livestock, and her staff was very real and genuine. The everything "fresh and local" luncheon she hosted at the hacienda for the Rick Steves group was truly wonderful and something my wife and I will remember forever."

Diane

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized. Hotels were great. Guide was very knowledgeable and worked very hard to make it a fun experience for everyone. Our tour group was very friendly and we enjoyed getting to know them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm tour and the winery tour were excellent. What a unique experience. The scenery in the Douro Valley was another "wow" moment."

Barry

Tour: 04/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Priscilla

Tour: 04/10/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my 11th RS tour and it didn't disappoint. Everything was organized well and our tour guide Cristina was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had seen the Monument of the Discoveries on travel shows but to see it in person was a "wow" moment. I've never seen a monument that illustrated actual movement as shown by the individual people. It was impressive. The embedded map in front of the monument was also a work of art. "

David

Tour: 04/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time, well organized with a good group of fellow travelers and the weather was great. When we arrived at the Lisbon airport we were almost fooled by an unlicensed cab ( no meter)the guy tried to direct us to his car while we were still in the terminal. Real cabs don’t do that.Other than that no other problems during my stay.our guide Cristina and the local guides did a great job in pointing out pickpocket tactics and even pointing out some local personalities in Lisbon and Porto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro valley and also the stock exchange in porto"

Madelyn

Tour: 04/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well orchestrated, outstanding knowledgeable guide, and interesting sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visitation of the family cork oak farm was a wow experience for me. Learning about the lifecycle of growing cork was really interesting, but their emphasis on sustainability and their love of the land was most impressive. The Caravlho Rovisco Garcia family hosted us in a day of learning, feasting, and wine tasting….a truly memorable day."

Robert

Tour: 04/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exceptionally coordinated. Our guide, Christina, was outstanding. While we did not go south of Lisbon we did a variety of locations and have a good feel for the northern portion of portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The miradours overlooking Lisbon were breathtaking, but probably the "wow" moment has to be the tile work in the São Bento train station. When were at the station, approximately 9:30, it was literally standing room only. When my wife and I went around 2:00 PM there were about a dozen people there making the tiles much easier to see and enjoy."

Robert

Tour: 04/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. Very informative and fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The meals with fellow tourists"

Christina

Tour: 04/10/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour. Cristina was an excellent guide, very experienced, knowledgeable and patient. We saw a lot and received a good overview of the country. Some days were too hectic, in my opinion, and I would have preferred more free time. Overall, we had a fabulous time and enjoyed our other travelers, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both the cork farm and the Duoro valley vineyard were highlights — just amazing. I was also very moved by visiting the site of Our Lady of Fatima."

Barry

Tour: 04/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall great tour. Wonderful tour guide, Christina. Good mix of cities/small towns. Lots of fun experiences and good travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite part of any RS tour is always the unique experiences. Tours of the cork farm, Douro Valley winery, ceramic factory and Fado performances were highlights for this tour!"

Deborah

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Fatima was wonderful and despite being challenged in a couple of unavoidable situations, she kept us all on track and the tour group progressing along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were more than one WOW moments but visiting the Douro Valley and Eufemia Winery is at the top"

Pegi

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour in Portugal. Our guide Fatima was outstanding! I learned so much. Loved learning about the Portuguese history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can I pick two? I loved our visit to both farms/vineyards. Visiting the cork farm and visiting the vineyard in Douro Valley."

Patricia

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent Our guide, Fatima was awesome as well as our local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At several points on our tour I thought, today is the most amazing day of this tour. The next day I would again think the same thing The tour and dinner servers at the winery in the Douro Valley along with Cork Farm tour were among my favorite days "

Philip

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, a well, organized, educational, and fun Rick Steves tour! Fatima is a gem..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm!"

Alex

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just fabulous! Fatima was perfect as our host/guide while in Portugal! Her knowledge and enthusiasm was unparalleled in my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list but if I must I would say our visit to the cork farm and Douro Valley winery."

Elizabeth Joan

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I really didn't know what to expect. However, I didn't expect each day to be filled to the brim with excellent experiences, conversations and treasured memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. I'd have to say the visit to the Cork Farm....I loved every second of the history, meeting the family and having an outstanding lunch. Seconded by the visit to the Duoro Valley winery. Another historical perspective from family and extended family that welcomed us beyond expectations ....definitely ones to remember."

Joyce

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well informed and dynamic guide, group dynamics always pleasant, reasonable bus travel times( as outlined in itinerary), great sites to visit and explore , good weather, great food. My 10th RS tour and it did not disappoint. As good as I knew it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima. I am not a Catholic or a Christian but I can appreciate what this site means to believers. I’m glad to have visited."

Janice

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima with Fatima! She whirled us around sharing all her knowledge & love of Portugal's holy shrine, tips & tricks so we could absorb & experience it all in 2 hours: the 3 churches, Berlin wall, mass, Communion, front row viewing the final procession, saint's tombs, candle lighting, how to a acqire"real" holy water, AND the emotion she said we'd experience. I doubted I would experience that emotion...I was wrong...I had tears. All impossible if we would have been there without Fatima!"

Joan

Tour: 04/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel like we were able to see all the highlights that Portugal has to offer. Our guide, Claudia, was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm with Gonsalvo and his family. They were so generous with their time and shared their knowledge and experience with us. They also prepared us a wonderful lunch and shared the meal with all of us."

Linda

Tour: 04/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our (my husband and I) second Rick Steves tour and both trips were amazing. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and so personable. The agenda each day provided enough planned activities/free time where you didn’t feel rushed or overwhelmed. The selection of hotels and restaurants were unique and ones we probably would not have found on our own. We really enjoyed the people on our tour as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the Cork farm. "

Larry

Tour: 04/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience - great guide, amazing agenda, lovely people traveling with us on the tour, very nice hotels, comfortable bus and excellent drivers, blessed with good weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour and lunch at the cork farm. "

John

Tour: 04/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! It was the perfect itinerary that gave me insight into Portugal's history, culture, food and people. The hotels, food, bus and organized events were very nice. My 27 other travel mates were wonderful people who I would travel with anywhere. Our guide, Claudia da Costa was outstanding! She treated us like treasured family members and deeply cared about our experience in her native Portugal. Thank you Claudia for bringing Portugal to life for me!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Chapel of the Bones in Evora moved me. Before entering I thought it would be a macabre experience, but actually I was at peace in the chapel. It made me realize how finite life is and how you need to enjoy and be thankful for every moment you live. In Obidus a group of us walked the top of the walled city. It was thrilling, exhilarating and beautiful! Everyday I had a "Wow" moment. This tour was full of them."

Mark

Tour: 04/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Portugal Tour was great. Great guide and great people. Portugal is a very friendly and beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cork Farm and Lunch, as well as the Doro Valley Vineyard tour and lunch. Also the Chapel of Bones"

Martha

Tour: 04/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th tour with Rick Steves and, as usual, it did not disappoint. The itinerary, accommodations, transportation, group dining and local guides were all top notch. We were fortunate to have beautiful spring weather and a companionable group of fellow travelers. The icing on the cake was our wonderful guide, Claudia, who brought Portugal to life for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one moment as each day seemed to unveil something wow-worthy. From the mosaic sidewalks of Lisbon, the medieval walled town of Obidos, the beautiful beach of Nazare, the pilgrimage site at Fatima, the university at Coimbra, the stunning Douro Valley and the lively port city of Porto -- every day was truly special. The visits to the cork farm and Douro Valley family estate were particularly memorable. "

Keith

Tour: 04/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Claudia is one of the best. Has depth of knowledge. Always even tempered and professional. Traveling as a group was easy. 100 percent of the fellow travelers were polite and engaging. Tour provided great education of the country. The cork farm guide, son, was very knowledgeable but should have quit talking and taken questions. There were many unanswered. Local woman from quinta said little, could have been much shorter. Brief trips to Nazare and Fatima are especially important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saturday evening in Evora in April. Very few tourists just locals into football. Alentejo is charming area of history, culture and gastronomy."

Alan

Tour: 04/03/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Portugal was new to us and a great discovery. The guide (Claudia) was excellent; only qualify that her narration over the Whispers sometimes became a bit rote and repititious -- but still interesting. As to the itinerary, we would only qualify that the tour devotes most time to visiting old castles, old shrines, and old monasteries. Our only contact with young Portuguese was a chance conversation with a female student at Coimbra; would like to know more re immigrants from former colonies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either the walking tour of vineyards at Sta Eufemia, or the day at RoviscoGarcia cork plantation."

Cindy

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, this was a great tour for the cost. We got to see and do so many things in just 12 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The architectural marvels we got to visit were awe inspiring- I can’t possibly pick just one. They were all simply amazing. "

Joan

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a beautiful country & I enjoyed getting to experience so much of it! Our tour guide, Fatima was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley"

Diana

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience thanks to our tour guide Fatima.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duro valley It's amazing that they can dig & plant grapes on the hillsides. The wines & ports are so yummy "

Linda

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best group tours I've experienced with Rick Steves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the important "extras" & unique experiences that our guide Fatima helped make happen; our trip to the famers market, rescuing a stranded dog in the canal & the impromptu Opera performance, which brought tears to my eyes. The extra "day off" visit to the ceramics factory was a highlight for me as well!"

Rod

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations. We have traveled to all 7 continents and all but a handful of countries in Europe. Guide Fatima was outstanding for adding so many spontaneous moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. Okay, there were “cool” experiences every single day. But I wish I had spent lots more time beyond our 1 1/2 hour guided tour in this amazing place. WOW!"

Melissa

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Heart of Portugal Tour was a feast for our mind, body and spirit. We explored the history, culture and economy of this diverse and complex country, Each day was emerged us in past and present. Big cities, quaint villages and breathtaking countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We started in Lisboa and the city was a bit overwhelming at first. When the actual tour started, our guide, Fatima, took us on a walking tour. The city came to life. There was a moment when she took us to a viewpoint and we look out and said, “Wow, we love alibis!” One more; The Douro Valley was just stunning. We will remember it all our lives. The visit to a family owned and operated farm was so moving."

Nili

Tour: 03/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been on other Rick Steves tours and expected well planned, extremely knowledgable guides and that is what I had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Obidos, we walked out for our orientation tour just as the Palm Sunday procession past our hotel. Wow!"

Tracey

Tour: 03/20/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We learned a lot about the history of Portugal and its culture. Our guide Claudia was fantastic, enthusiastic and caring, with a wealth of knowledge about her country, and very organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably touring the Chamber of Commerce building in Porto, where every room we entered was better than the one before it. A true feast for fans of the Decorative Arts!"

Bonnie

Tour: 03/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was perfect for an in depth introduction to Portugal. Our only true disappointment was the rainy weather, which was beyond our control.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm experience was incredible and so very interesting to learn more about the process. The meal at the farm was incredible and was a favorite moment for many of us, enjoying the wines and olive oils of the Roscovio Garcia family."

Jerald

Tour: 03/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Except for poor March weather, everything was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork forest."

Sherry

Tour: 03/20/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our group, our tour guide. We learned so much about Portugal! But, the rain put a damper on exploring. We braved the wind, rain,and cold, just wish it could have been better weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the hotel in Evora, loved the cork farm, and the family- run winery in the Douro Valley."

Sharon

Tour: 03/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Great guides, easy schedule and comfortable accommodations and transportation . Especially loved the visit to the cork farm and tile factory and the museum in Lisbon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, all of the beautiful tiled buildings in Portugal. The tile museum and the museum in Lisbon. "

Christopher

Tour: 03/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was a great blend of cultural education, exploration, and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one but the port winery and cork farm tours were my top two."

John

Tour: 03/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To simply, overall, everything about the tour was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, I wasn't expecting the food to be consistently as good/great as it was. The meals at the cork farm and winery are stand outs. "

Anne

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great experience all around . Great group of people, tour was well planned showing us the many sides of Portugal, led by our excellent, knowledgeable guide Cristina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a favorite, I think our visits to the cork farm and Port and wine vineyards were very meaningful. Each of these families have such a wonderful love and connection to the land. Also amazing lunches at both places!"

Gerard

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was beautiful, interesting and had good food, not to mention our great tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Duro River Valley was the highlight. From the winery visit and lunch to the Vintage House Hotel and dinner it was all fantastic."

Dawn

Tour: 03/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a truly fabulous trip! Cristina Duarte was our guide, and she was wonderful. She has such a great sense of humor, a ton of knowledge, and is a dynamo. I think she has spoiled me for any other Rick Steves' guides! My tourmates were also incredible--we all bonded and looked out for each other. The tour was very well prepared and managed. This was my second RS tour, and I'm already perusing the other tours being offered. Just outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the tour and meal at the cork farm. This was such a unique experience. The tour of the farm was fascinating, and the meal at the end was delicious. "

James

Tour: 10/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Very well planned, as always!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through wine country the Douro Valley and visiting a winery. "

Susan

Tour: 10/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved the tour. Our guide was amazing -very organized and helpful throughout and a wealth of knowledge about history and the culture. The tour felt vey balanced with free time, touring and learning!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! I was just amazed at the overall beauty of Portugal and the history as well as the architecture. I think driving into the Douro valley was absolutely stunning and the location of our hotel there! "

Alan

Tour: 10/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was excellent. Fatima is a great guide and a very nice person. I really liked seeing a lot of one country as Portugal is small and we saw a lot in a short time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the cork farm and the winery in the Douro valley"

Elaine

Tour: 10/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A rainy week but that didn’t matter. We had a great time being immersed in Portuguese history & culture. Fatima was outstanding!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto & Douro Valley was fabulous, Cork Farm tour with Sophia was excellent "

Donna

Tour: 10/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susan

Tour: 10/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Besides more rain than I'd like (when will you learn to control that, Rick Steves!?!?), I really felt like I got a great feel for the people and the country of Portugal. Fatima is beyond wonderful. We had a great group and just had a memorable experience overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to pick one. Even though there wasn't much time - Fatima took us to the light house side of Nazare because it seemed like maybe there would be large waves based on the crowds - walking up to the view point there was gorgeous and memorable. I also really loved the food tour in Porto and learning about Cork Farming and the Duoro Valley views were stunning."

Myong

Tour: 10/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal history

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Village of Nazare, the water of Atlantic "

Jordan

Tour: 10/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed learning about Portuguese history and culture with a team of curious tourists. The variety of accommodations and experiences made for a pretty good broad-based view of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the walls of Obidos at sunset revealed not only spectacular views, but also an appreciation for how difficult it was to build and defend hilltop towns."

Laurie

Tour: 10/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had many days of rain, but put on our raincoats and carried umbrellas to make the most of it. Our guide, Maria, was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork tree farm and lunch!"

Joan

Tour: 10/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although we had so many rainy days, our guide was outstanding and gave us a superbly memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour, lunch, and wine tasting at Quinta de Santa Eufemia was just delightful. Teresa was delightful and so gracious. I loved every minute."

Mark

Tour: 10/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an eyeopening and pleasant trip to Portugal. Maria Jose Aleixo was a fantastic tour guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A "Fado" performance on the evening of my Birthday in the City of Lisbon. Beautiful!"

Patricia

Tour: 10/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was so awesome! The only downside was it rained everyday so that was a bit of a downer. That is Mother Nature though and not the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm!!! "

Carolyn

Tour: 10/18/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Portugal is a lovely country--and Maria, the tour guide, was amazing. The downsides were beyond my control--it rained every single day of the 12 day trip, often quite hard; can't control the weather! That definitely put a "damper" on the experience! Also, despite wearing an N95 for all travels by air, train, and bus, and being careful, I got a very bad cold that lasted the whole tour. I entered the tour knowing that I am not a group tour person, but wanted to try it on for size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm tour was outstanding! Loved every minute--despite the rain and wind. Also loved the Santa Eufemia port tour in the Douro Valley."

Sharon

Tour: 10/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, attention to detail, very knowledgeable and helpful. Nice people on the tour. Visited places I might not have picked out for myself. Good size of group,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Cork Farm"

Yiqing

Tour: 10/18/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I like Portugal very much. Unfortunately the weather was terrible during our trip. The first hard-coughing people didn't wear mask in the bus or at the dinner table. Then more and more people became sick. Many of them never wore masks even when our guide provided it. This made me realize that an immunocompromised person like me should not take a group trip during the fall season.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gulbenkian Museum, Obidos. Cork tree farm and its dining place. Coimbra Univ. library. Fado music."

Joan

Tour: 10/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful tour leader Maria made the best of every day. We had adequate time on our own with recommendations from Maria about places to visit and restaurants. Very good sampling of Portugal’s cities and villages .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro valley was gorgeous!"

Karen

Tour: 10/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a beautiful country! We learned so much about the country on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm was exceptional from beginning to end!"

Houston

Tour: 10/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our sixth RS tour. The food, wine and the group were wonderful, the accommodations good but the weather was terrible. It rained nearly every day yet we continued to do activities outside as best we could. Christina did her best to improvise due to the weather but we still had to buy clothes and another suitcase to carry our wet clothing. This was also the only RS tour that didn’t have a place to leave laundry during the tour. Portugal is a beautiful country but not with the rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved a rainy lunch at Taverna de Baixa near hotel in Lisbon, te cork farm and lunch near Evora and the vineyard Eugenia and lunch In Duoro valley "

Karen

Tour: 10/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cristina was a superb tour guide. She was very well informed about her home country of Portugal and it was clear she loves it and wanted to share her knowledge. I especially enjoyed her information on the financial aspects of the country since that is my background.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the truck ride through the cork, pine nut, olive and grape orchard, Very jolly with all of us slowly rding along in the sunshine. Then later, a superb lunch and of course, wine. "

Rich

Tour: 10/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

lots of information and fun facts. great leader. she was very enthusiastic..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Library at University in Coimbra"

Maggie

Tour: 10/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fascinating, educational and very, very enjoyable. We did so much, yet also had enough free time to catch our breath. Claudia, our guide, was brilliant - clever, calm, with a wicked sense of humour. One of the best guides I've ever had. There were unexpected extra delights - apéros, an extra meal, little treats. The quality of the hotels and restaurant meals was way higher than expected. The bus was comfortable, and the driver, Victor, a magician at tight, seemingly impossible maneuvers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been dreading the fado: the clips I'd seen online were so depressing. But it was so surprisingly enjoyable, fun even, that we voluntarily went to an extra show on our own! We got a front-row table at the fabled Café Santa Cruz in Coimbra, where the avuncular waiter persuaded me to try a porto-tonico cocktail. Another revelation. Then there was the food: everywhere it was delicious - fresh, well-prepared and good value. The private cork farm visit and lovely lunch was another highlight."

Richard

Tour: 10/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Claudia da Costa, provided an outstanding tour that showed us important historical sites, taught us about Portuguese culture, and introduced us to locals who broadened our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Interacting with locals at the cork farm and at the ceramics factory were my wow moments. The evening Fado dinner in Lisbon was also an unforgettable experience. I came away from each with a better understanding of Portuguese life that you can't get from reading a book, visiting a church, or seeing another monument."

Jeffrey

Tour: 10/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a thoroughly delightful trip. We are Americans now living in France but had never been to Portugal. Our guide was world-class, the hotels -- with one exception -- we would gladly go back to and we would recommend this tour to everyone. Rick's Monday Night Travels helped us get through Covid -- we had curfews in France -- and we wanted to show our gratitude by signing up for some tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gold-leaf beauty of the University of Coimbra library."

Valerie

Tour: 10/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 10th RS Tour and although all of them have been excellent, this tour was exceptional primarily due to the leadership of our guide, Claudia Da Costa. Her historical and cultural knowledge of Portugal was wonderful and her passion for her native country was evident. She was very clear in her directions prior to each segment of the journey, very aware of the needs of each group member, fun to be around, and made adjustments to the agenda as needed due to weather concerns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found both the visits to the Cork Farm and the Ceramic Factory to be very memorable. Both visits gave me opportunity to meet local businessmen who took great pride in their efforts. The Prado performance in Lisbon was exceptional as well. One other "wow" moment was the library of Coimbra. "

John

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves Tour. Our guide, Fatima Bugarin, was outstanding. Her infectious personality, her love of her country, her energy, and her desire to make sure her "tour friends" learned about Portugal's history, food and wine, and "special surprises", made this the best tour we have taken to date. I highly recommend visiting Portugal and hopefully you will be lucky enough to have Fatima as your tour guide. Fatima is a 10 out of 10.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss-up between a private group tour of a cork farm and a private group meal with wine tasting in the Douro Valley and visit to a family run vineyard."

Eddy

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour. This was our sixth one and they keep getting better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lunch we had at the cork farm."

Robert

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was amazing. Fatima's knowledge of the History and Culture of Portugal was deep and intense. My learning experience was more than satisfied. The Tour achieved its goal of displaying the Heart of Portugal. Each stop provided a new insight and understanding of this nations varied ethnicity cultural trends, past inluences, current problems and future goals. The everday people that we encountered could not have been more accomodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was the Douro Valley and the Quinta de Santa Eufemia Port Wine vineyard. The valley itself was a beautiful terroir with a climate and location that supports the grapes which produce Port Wine. More important was our interaction with the family. The history of the founding of the winery, the growth and continued family involvement in the production of their Port imparted a sense of pride and closeness to the land. It was a beautiful moment. I felt at home. "

Mary Pat

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt like I really experienced Portugal, the past, present, the people, the culture, and the food. Fatima made the trip wonderful with her energy, enthusiasm, and experience and her special surprises and food/drink treats.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved it all and especially the cork farm and lunch there, the ceramic factory tour, and the food tour in Porto."

Sarah

Tour: 10/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first guided tour experience. We loved the ease of not having to make major planning decisions, we loved the many guides and their breadth of knowledge, we loved meeting new friends from our group and we loved the perfect ratio of group vs free time. And, of course, Portugal was a magical place to discover!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto food tour"

William

Tour: 10/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather was fantastic, our guide John was very knowledgeable, all the tours were interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food was my Wow moment. I have to admit I was not looking forward to the food, I am not a seafood/shellfish eater, but found every meal fantastic."

Elizabeth

Tour: 10/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with the quality tour and all that it offered. The people of Portugal are very friendly and treat tourists with the upmost respect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one. The opulence of the cathedrals was over the top; enjoyed the wine tour and the cork farm tour."

Joni

Tour: 10/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, well planned itineraries, nice lodging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel in Lisbon delivered champagne to our room for my birthday and we brought it down to bar / lounge area and shared it with some of our Fellow travelers. "

Suzanne

Tour: 10/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour and it was an exceptional experience as much as the first three. I love the beautiful hotels with friendly and helpful staff, amazing meals together, special events—like a visit to a family-run cork farm, and fantastic local guides and experts. Everything is well-coordinated and our transportation throughout the country was seamless. An amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved our afternoon at the cork farm and the fantastic “wow” meal prepared by the estate’s team of cooks and staff. It was a beautiful meal of delicious fish soup, melt-in-your mouth chicken pie, and over-the-top dessert. Also the monasteries we visited were some of the best in Europe—just took my breath away. "

Christine

Tour: 10/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour and guide. I learned about Portugal's history, geography, architecture, food and the people who live there. Having only heard about Lisbon, exploring the other areas of the country was fascinating. Lisbon highlights were National Tile Museum, Gulbenkian Museum, Fado concert and Museum, Belem, exploring the neighborhoods on foot, pastel de nata tasting. Tour favorites were cork farm tour, Batalha, Combria University tour, castles, quinta tour Duoro Valley, food tour Porto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The people of Portugal were so friendly. The tiles everywhere were "wow". The carved details in stone at Monastery of Santa Maria in Batalha were "wow". The lunches at the cork farm and the quinta were " wow." Discovering Portugal was "wow"."

Nancy

Tour: 10/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the orientation meeting to our first get to know the city walk, I could tell we were going to have a great tour. Our guide was friendly, informative and enthusiastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"visiting Nazarene was so beautiful, the panoramic view was spectacular"

Toni

Tour: 10/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed this tour in Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the town of Óbidos. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 10/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good guide. Nice fellow travellers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm"

Martin

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first experience on a group tour so it took some getting used to being with a group of 28. The people we were with were delightful and we enjoyed the interactions with them. The local city guides were all outstanding giving us much information about the cities, the people and the histories of each locality. They did so with personality and appropriate humor that enhanced the tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the cork oak estate - learning about the cork industry and having a fabulous lunch."

Gene

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought some of the Local Tour people gave much too much information when in museums. My back got very sore from standing too long. One museum tour was over 2 hours. Otherwise, it was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The palatial university library and the Fado concert in Coimbra."

Lois

Tour: 10/02/23

The tour was well-organized, as I'd expect, and the pace was fine. Hotels were generally OK, although not outstanding, as were the group meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say! The cork farm and meal there were great, as was the visit to the port winery and the foodie tour in Porto."

Shlomo

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

David

Tour: 09/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a bit hesitant about a tour with so many different cities (lots of bus time and hotel changes) but it was glorious to see so much of Portugal. But what really made it all sing was our tour guide, Claudia. She was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the cork farm was a truly unique experience. But the “wow” moment was being in the Duoro Valley."

Melinda

Tour: 09/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved Portugal. It was so beautiful but wow was it hot in October!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Lisbon, but Porto was amazing also. Every place we visited had such charm and I absolutely have too many wow moments…and the group was just amazing! I was the only single and felt very comfortable."

Geraldine

Tour: 09/27/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved Portugal. Unseasonably hot which of course is not controllable. In all the years we have been traveling to Europe, we have never experienced so many travelers. It was a bit overwhelming. Was not crazy about Portuguese food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had several. Museum ,which I can’t remember the name of, in Lisbon of 1 man. Believe his name started with a “G.” Loved the Duro Valley the cork farm. While Sinatra was not on the scheduled RS tour, we spent 2 full days there and loved it."

Susan

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So many things to do and see, it was a mind blowing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the shrine at Fatima was truly an inspiring experience. "

Claudia

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It remains impossible for me to separate the beauty & soul of Portugal's geography, culture, and loving people from the indominable spirit, vitality, and generosity of our extraordinary guide Fatima. Her going 110% beyond all expectations echoed all I experienced in Portugal. Heart of Portugal is sculpted by diverse family-run accommodations, quintas, landmarks & museums, with a wide scope of geography enriched by personal & welcoming family insights into culture & history. Truly unforgettable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enthralled in kindness, humility, and hard-nosed brilliance by Teresa of Douro's Carvalho Family revealing what it takes to operate Quinta Santa Eufemia all those generations before the Douro Valley bridges connected those splendid hills; Bathed in Joao Paulo Ferreira's sublime voice in Alcobaca alcove; tour's timing best light to photograph my 'capstone' in 16th century architecture -Manueline gemstone - Jeronimos Monastery - but BEST WOW is our guide Fatima's " going beyonds" EXTRAORDINARY !"

Babs

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Fatima, was passionate about her country and that came through in everything she said and showed us. She was a great guide and made our trip memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many, Fado performances, opera on the street by Joao Paulo Ferreira (he is singing at Carnegie Hall this month), surprise medieval dinner with music and dance, Chapel of Bones, beautiful Douro Valley"

Sally

Tour: 09/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Javier was an excellent guide, and we had a great group of experienced travellers who were fun and interesting. I have many wonderful memories of visiting Portugal and learning about the amazing history of this beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour/lunch at the cork farm was a highlight. It was fascinating to hear from one of owners of the estate, and the meal was the best of the trip. A day I'll always remember."

Tamra

Tour: 09/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and also the first time my husband and I had not planned the trip ourselves. I really enjoyed having everything planned ahead of time and meeting the wonderful people on the tour. The guides were very informative and helpful, The hotels were fun, funky and in some cases luxurious. The Bus transportation was comfortable and the drivers we had were awesome the way they traversed the streets and countryside roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best moment was at the Cork Tree Farm and the meal that followed the tour. I was so impressed with Maria and all her family does to maintain the farm that was in their family for over 400 years. Learning how the methods they use agriculturally were fascinating and the meal was absolutely delicious. You felt like you were just a member of the family at a gathering. The wine was also delicious! "

Theresa

Tour: 09/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Javier was an excellent tour guide, as were the local experts. The Heart of Portugal captures the very essence that is Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The University library was my favorite wow moment. "

Nancy

Tour: 09/20/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is my 3rd Rick Steve's tour and per usual, the tour was well planned and orchestrated and our guide, Javier was personable, knowledgeable and fun. I think some activities should be eliminated such as the number of churches and monasteries, add in Sintra, which I did tour on my own, more time in Nazare, travel further south to Algarve.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm was interesting and the meal was great. The views of the douro valley vineyards was beautiful. The bridges of Porto and Ponte 25 in Lisbon."

James

Tour: 09/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great cities and hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn’t really have one"

Amy

Tour: 09/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good mix of city , town and countryside

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro valley was beautiful as well as the hotel we stayed in"

Stan

Tour: 09/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour. Loved all the small towns we visited. Plenty of free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley winery and Cork Farm visits. "

Harold

Tour: 09/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fabulous Rick Steve’s tour completed… This was Best of Portugal and it truly was the BEST. The reason we select Rick Steve’s tours is because you see, do and learn so much, without the hassle of dealing with coordinating it. Our Guide Javier worked so had to ensure that everything was perfect. His knowledge and attention to detail was perfect. We loved this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments it’s hard to decide which was a favorite. I would say seeing the Roman ruins in Evora was one of my favorites. "

Amy

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Maria is an excellent tour guide! She's informative, warm and calm, which helped given that our tour had 10 people come down with Covid over 7 days. The people are wonderful and the cities and coastal areas are beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing how cork is harvested and stomping grapes in the Douro Valley. The coastal area of Nazare and the library in Coimbra"

Mary Lou

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour made even better by Maria our tour guide. We were able to keep up with the pace even though we were tired at the end of some days

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to specify one thing but probably the cork farm tour"

John

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley"

Thomas

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour but COVID outbreak took out eight tour members, so that lowered my rating. Guide Maria was outstanding dealing with the outbreak and keeping others informed and in good spirits. Experiential visits were the highlights. As others have noted, there are too many churches on this tour. Why don't your listen to your tour members about this? Also, certain days can be exhausting, such as marching all over Coimbra on a boring walking tour because the restaurants don't open until 7.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top moment was stomping grapes in Duoro Valley. Other highlights were the cork farm and ceramics factory tour. Least favorite moment was visiting all the churches--talk about overload. You could easily cut one or two of them and give tour members more free time."

Harry

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

first hotel room was very bad. covid infected 10 of 28 tour members. tour group seemed a little clique-ish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"douro valley winery and lunch. such wonderful hosts! cork farm and lunch were also exceptional. "

Kathy

Tour: 09/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every thing was wonderful. We learned so much about Portugal from the big city to small towns. All the guides showed their expertise when talking about their area. The hotels were very European and charming. Our guide Cristina was the best. She was most knowledgeable and full of love for her country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say Cristina. She was fun. This was my fifth tour and I just loved her passion and she kept us going with a variety of things to do. I came back home and rewatched her on the RS Dvds. She was passionate."

Kathy

Tour: 09/13/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Cristina out tour guide was very good as were the tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm tour and lunch"

David

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WONDERFUL guide, exposure to many different parts of Portugal, good hotels in convenient locations, delicious food, and terrific fellow members of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the thousdands of pilgrims at a service in the plaza at Fatima."

Charles

Tour: 09/06/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

very comprehensive tour, excellent guide in Claudia, saw a lot of churches, had otherwise good variety of things to see. All hotels except one were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Douro Valley and visiting the winery for that whole experience...stomping grapes!"

Thomas W

Tour: 09/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great experience and really enjoyed all the sights. Our guide, Claudia, was exceptional with her knowledge and handling of the logistics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had two: the cork farm tour and the Duoro Valley grape stomping plus lunch and tasting."

Cynthia

Tour: 09/06/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was great. The tour guide, Claudia, was just fantastic. The sights selected to be seen were wonderful. Generally the accomodations and meals provided were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the cork farm and the winery in Duoro Valley were our favorites. Claudia went above and beyond in both instances as did the owners of these establishments. We were lucky enough to be at the winery just in time for a grape stamping which was loads of fun!"

Patricia

Tour: 09/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour leader—Claudia, great group and beautiful country

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our winery visit in the Douro Valley with a special treat from Claudia as she arranged for us to participate in grape stomping. "

Deborah

Tour: 09/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was interesting, informative, and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide arranged for us to stomp grapes, it was a wonderful and unexpected pleasure."

Mikhail

Tour: 09/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is not our first tour with your travel company and we were ready for a high quality tour, but this tour exceeded even these expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolute "wow" was our tour Director - Claudia Da Costa. Not only is she deep in her knowledge of Portugal, she is a multi-faceted, interesting, charismatic leader, with aabsolutely humanistic human values"

Carolyn

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was wonderful. I had a excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Portugal. The lodging accommodations were very comfortable and conveniently located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The places that we visited in Porto. It is a beautiful city."

Nancy

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I had hoped for and so much more - amazing sites, delicious food, beautiful weather, a great group of people and an awesome guide to oversee it all! Thank you, Rafael, you made the trip a memorable one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most memorable for me was the moment in a small square in Lisbon, as dusk was falling, our group standing before a headless statue holding a book as Rafael recited to us a poem in both Portuguese and English which expressed the "saudade" (that deep yearning for something you love but is long gone). It was done with such passion that I think everyone there was moved - very WOW!"

Ingrid

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to Portugal, a place about which I knew very little. By the time I left, I felt I knew something of its geography, history, culture and people. This trip, my 5th Rick Steves tour, far exceeded expectations. We had a most outstanding tour guide, Rafael Pereira. He made Portugal come alive. He was thoughtful, caring, kind and a font of knowledge. Bus rides weren't boring because he was giving us history lessons or reading poetry or starting interesting conversations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How could I just pick one? I thoroughly enjoyed the Fado concerts in Lisbon and Coimbra and the visits and meals at the cork oak farm and the port winery. Our hosts could not have been nicer."

Diane

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My fourth Rick Steves tour did not disappoint. Impressed by warmness, helpfulness of Portuguese people. Lisbon and Porto were quite crowded, many Amerticans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the cork farm and winery visits/lunches. It was great to interact with local population. We were in Douro Valley during grape harvest. We were invited to "stomp grapes" which was great fun. These were our two best meals in my opinion."

Renee

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

GREAT TOUR GUIDE, MARIA! NICE HOTELS GOOD FOOD GREAT ACTIVITIES

Favorite "WOW" moment

"STOMPING THE GRAPES IN DOURO VALLEY"

Richard

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great from beginning to end Maria Jose was a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite was the Cork Farm, followed by the the stomping of the grapes."

Deborah

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent trip. Great guide. Fun, active group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm."

George

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm"

Richard

Tour: 08/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Christina, was terrific. As a Portuguese person, she added so much to our experience. She was organized, entertaining, and always helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One favorite moment was being in Fatima. Our tour guide, Christina, encouraged us to open our hearts, and it was a very meaningful experience."

Gary

Tour: 08/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Meeting new people. Great information from Christina about history & cultural events. All events were very fun & interesting. I would recommend this tour to friends & family. Would like the tour to be a few days longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greatly enjoyed the cork ranch tour. Very informative & fun. The ranch owner was a delight to meet & discuss the ranch operation. "

Kaye

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well planned with a balance of free time and guided tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour to the cork tree farm where we saw cork being harvested."

Wade

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I’m usually a fan of the smaller quaint towns, Porto for some reason really struck me. It helped that our Porto food tour guide, Miguel, was truly exceptional. You need to recruit him to guide full time for you."

Tammy

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So good!!! Raphael was exceptional! My tour group was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Harvest of the cork trees, Fado, ceramic factory…each day I was amazed at how interesting and how much fun the tour was"

Russ

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour allowed us to really get to know the full character of Portugal. Our guide was the reason we had such a great experience, he was more than that, he was an historian and an ambassador. He connected the cultural, historical, topographical, and philosophical threads of the country's history for us. We went beyond the major cities and major sites and really got a deep sense of the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duoro Valley. And Lisboa's neighborhoods."

Grace

Tour: 06/26/23

My family of four loved the Portugal trip. Our guide, Raffael, was knowledgeable and attentive and made the journey even better with constant delicious local treats and great restaurant recommendations. I also loved our friendly group of fellow tourists. We quickly became friends while hiking, drinking, and eating throughout Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I must pick one, it would be the palatial library at the University of Coimbra. I never had to get vacuumed to enter a library! "

Kevin

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Roberta Gonzalez was amazing. I loved the local guides we had thought the tour, they are so very passionate and knowledgeable about their city. I enjoyed trying all the food and wine from the regions and learning the history of its origin. We had the most amazing group of people on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

". I was going through a hard time in my life and decided to go on my first Rick Steve’s Tour as a single person. It was the best thing I could have done. The people on the tour were so welcoming and included me in everything. I will remember this tour for the rest of my life. I loved staying in the Douro Valley. I would like to have stayed one more night there. "

David

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first time on a Rick Steve’s tour and I must say the tour surprised me. My wife and I had a great time. So informative, so many fascinating places to see and so well led. A great group with good spirit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork and port farm tours with their lovely meals and hospitality. To see how things are grown, harvested and made ready for sale was very interesting. We loved the candid conversations about the challenges and rewards of working these farms. The meals were the icing on the cake. So good."

Debra

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First RS tour. Well planned, good guide, interesting sites, good good, plentiful wine. Just a lot of time with people. We were experimenting on how we’d do in a group setting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vineyards in the Douro valley"

Vincent

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized, great tour guide (Roberta) and local tour guides, great bus drivers, comfortable buses, great venues/hotels/meals, great collegiality among participants, great everything, including the weather! Great balance between guided tours and free time for personal touring. Extremely educational - the history, the people, the culture. We feel that we really got to experience Portugal - big cities, small towns, and the countryside. We're planning to return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list."

Kelly

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip met all my expectations. From a wonderful guide, to mini-guides, to sites, to travel to food and the lodging...it was a wonderful tour. Several friends have asked how it was and I give it a 5 star rating!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Portugal and its monasteries/churches/monuments as well as the landscaping in the Duoro and both Lisbon and Porto....I guess my "wow" was how fabulour the mini-guides were (re Cork farm, winery, ceramics studio - the "extra" guides and being able to share in their lives and experience."

Nancy

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour lived up to what I’ve come to expect in a RS tour! Great guide(s), fun and curious travel companions, active days, a variety of experiences (city and country), and many special surprises I don’t think we would get elsewhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lunch at the cork farm. Incredible!"

Zachary

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of tour mates and guide. BeU country and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fado music with Coimbra University students, winery tour in Douro Valley ."

Joseph

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great time on our first vacation since Covid hit. We reconnected with the world. Guide Claudia is a Portugal native and very passionate about her country and fellow citizens. Her passion and personality made this a great trip for us. As did our tour group. We enjoyed spending time with every person in the group. Bus driver, Augustos, was top notch and very personable. People were great. Food and drink were great. Seemed like we ate 5 or 6 times a day. Lots of great sites and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the cork farm, but I think we enjoyed the 3 course gourmet meal that followed even more. If you like great food and drink, there's plenty on this tour. The 2 Fado shows were fun. I really enjoyed visiting the Roman Ruins. Portugal needs to continue excavating the site. It could be a real gem. Vineyard and lunch was great. And the book store that introduced the 1st Harry Potter book & J.K. Rowling was fun. Rick's Through the Back Door Pass is the way to beat the long line to the store!"

Barbara Joan

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour was very good. Claudia, our guide, always had a vested interest in everyone in our group. She was always present physically and emotionally. She got us where we needed to go in a timely manner and shared interesting facts about the people of Portugal and its history. Often she treated us to Pastel de Nata and other treats.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fado music. It was way more than I expected and I loved it. Also, the Duoro Valley winery tour was very interesting. "

Aurora

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel so fortunate that for my first ever Rick Steves' tour that I had Claudia Da Costa as my tour guide. She was absolutely incredible and I don't think my experience would have been as good without a guide that experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, and fun! Everything was so seamless and I loved not having to plan anything - breakfasts, hotels, transportation, tickets to get into things. Already booked my tour for next year!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Private fado show in Lisbon just for our group! "

Eileen

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, our guide (Claudia) was organized, knowledgeable, and welcoming. We appreciated all the special touches she added to the tour. We loved everything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley vineyard and winery and the cork farm were highlights. The scenery was beautiful and the meals were excellent!"

Sherry

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mary

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Claudia was so informative and fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima Sunday Mass"

Tommy

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good hotels and locations, a terrific guide, a great group of travelers and wonderful weather made the trip to Portugal memorable. Too many cobblestones and hills for my weary knees however. Food was just OK.. but the wine flowed freely. Claudia was a fountain of knowledge...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Food Tour and Market visit in Porto. Delightful guide, lots of samples...and again, good wine. "

Robert

Tour: 06/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really nice hotels, itinerary, transportation, and excellent tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the cork farm and port vineyard"

Kathleen

Tour: 06/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first RS tour and we didn’t know what to expect. We have used RS books for years for our many European trips. We have always appreciated his take on travel. Our experience definitely exceeded out expectations! We were able to see things that we would never have been able to see on our own. It was also fun to have experiences with other travelers. We felt lucky to have such a wonderful group to travel with. Our guide was amazing, she showed us a Portugal that she loved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to pick just one WOW moment. I would have to say anytime we were able to experience Portugal through the eyes of the people who lived there. The cork farm tour was so much fun. We learned so much but also enjoyed the hospitality of the family owners. We also enjoyed the tour of the winery in the Douro Valley. Beautiful land, great wine, lovely hosts, and great food! What more could you ask for."

Belen

Tour: 06/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was beautiful and is such an underrated country to visit. the Food and drinks were delicious. The people were kind and accommodating. Fatima, our guide, just made things 10,000% better. She was so sweet and really helped out my parents who spoke Spanish. She was kind and made things so fun! I felt that I was totally immersed in the city, culture, and history. No amount of photos will ever do the trip justice in my opinion. I would do this tour over again in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was visiting the smaller towns between Lisbon and Porto. Evora was beautiful, Obidos was so quaint, fado in Coimbra was magical, but Douro Valley was the creme de la creme! The views, wine, port, and hotel were hands down the best part of the trip. I didn't want to leave! "

John

Tour: 06/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Your was fantastic. It moved but we got to see so much and truly get the feel of the country from so many vantage points.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult as there were so many wow moments. The Douro Valley and the visit to the vineyard along with the experience and hospitality at the cook farm were just two of the many. "

Joyce

Tour: 06/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our time in Portugal. The only reason I didn’t rate it outstanding that we didn’t find the country as I interesting as some other European countries. Our guide, Fatima wa so experience, knowledgeable and fun. She really knew how to bring the group together and that made traveling in a bigger group easier than I thought it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour in the Douro Valley of the winery. Such a beautiful part of the country and the pride the owners take in their wine and port was really inspiring. Love the strong family ties to the land and their product. "

Curtis

Tour: 06/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Superb. The right mix of time on our own, directed tours by our guide and the local guides, and other opportunities that the tour included. The flexibility that our guide showed was outstanding to deal with the inevitable curve balls that get thrown our way. Right mixture of direction and allowed wandering

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our cork farm tour, the winery tour, the ones where we got to interact with the locals, Your choice - all excellent. One was ending up for the St John's celebration in Porto. Completely random, but what an experience to tend the tour."

Eugene

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well-organized; good combination of structured and free time; excellent quality of meals provided; fascinating and delightful special "events -- Fado; cork farm; port vineyard/winery; possibly the best group of travelers of all our Rick Steves trips; high quality local guides. What keeps rating from outstanding was shortfall in enthusiasm/engagement of tour guide (which I assume I will be able to elaborate upon later in this survey).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Intimate (and not at all touristy) Fado "concerts" in Lisbon and Coimbra, especially the opportunity to discuss with the singers in Coimbra the similarities and differences between the two cities in singing "styles" and the ways the classical and Portuguese guitars are tuned. Moments that make RS tours unique and that keep us coming back."

Laura

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about the tour! What is particularly unique about Rick Steves that we like is the variety of experiences and the effort to have us meet and engage with the local people of the country we are visiting. There were many such experiences, including our visit to the cork farm, port winery, two fado concerts and the food tour of Porto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the fado concert in Cambois, where we met the musicians over a glass of wine after the performance. "

Anita

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful group of people, interesting tour, good guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the vineyards of the Duoro Valley."

Steven

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gary

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

With a great tour guide, great local guides and the sights of Portugal it was hard to go wrong on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was touring the cloister of the St. Jeronimos Monastery. The Manueline decorated arches glowing in the sunshine was incredible."

Donna

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was super ! The tour guide was super chill and knowledgeable and the other tour members were delightful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The library! Even only if was for few minutes"

Linda

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour; I knew very little about Portugal and enjoyed learning about its history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all the ceramic tiles on the buildings, both churches and secular buildings, so I guess I had lots of wow moments viewing the beautiful tiles."

James

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

John, our tour guide was was outstanding. Always kept us on time and had a wealth of information. Very easy to be with. Over all, tour was very good. Got to know a lot of different people, in a good way. Saw a lot of religious locations. Big cities were interesting, but celebrations were noisy at night. Same of the small locations were great. Tours of cork farm and winery were very good. Overall I had a great time and would recommend this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have never seen a library like the university library in Coimbra. That was my WOW moment. Taking second for wow would be all the over the top gold and elaborate cathedrals. They must have had lots of money and person availability. "

Joni

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide John was excellent! Tour was fantastic. Before going I had no knowledge of Portugal. I felt like I really got to know Portugal after this trip. It is a very active trip from morning till night. Lots of walking on cobble stones. Ladies, only bring your sneakers! This was our 3rd RS tour and we look forward to the next one! The people on the tour were very nice too. We got to Lisbon 2 days earlier and went to Sintra and Cascais before tour started. Would highly recommend doing that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments! Loved all the places we went. I thought being in Fatima on a Sunday was amazing! Thought the cork farm was super fun and interesting and that the food we had for lunch there was delicious! Really enjoyed the hotel in the Douro valley and loved all the small towns we visited. Wonderful tour! "

Thomas

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Portugal tour was so well organized and had so much substance. We really enjoyed the mixture of scheduled activities and free time. Such a fascinating country with so much to see and very friendly, helpful people. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept the group on schedule in a gentle (but firm) manner. Thanks John!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along the cobblestone streets and sidewalks, surrounded by beautiful tiles and charming architecture all added up to a wonderful trip. Porto was especially interesting and a great place to end our fantastic trip."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and June and from September through October are good times to visit Portugal. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for offering good weather, long days, fewer crowds, and the full range of tourist fun.

Portugal / Lisbon

Portugal Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Lisbon (LIS) and out of Porto (OPO) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Portugal.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Portugal guidebook.