• 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 $3,295 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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

Dates & Prices

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    • Apr 6–Apr 17 (Mo–Fr)
    • $3,295 + Air

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    • $3,395 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Portugal come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Lisbon walking tour • Fado performance • 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 • Conímbriga Roman ruins and museum • Coimbra University tour • Coimbra musical performance • Port wine tasting and lunch • Porto panoramic bus tour • Porto food tour • Douro River cruise (weather permitting) • Porto walking tour • Porto's Stock Exchange Palace…and more
  • All group transportation from Lisbon to Porto
  • 11 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel 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.

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Portugal

We'll gather at our Lisbon hotel at 5 p.m. for a short meeting, followed by an orientation walk through our neighborhood and a "Welcome to Portugal" dinner together. Sleep in Lisbon (3 nights). No bus. Walking: moderate.

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. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Seafaring Belém and the Gulbenkian

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

Day 4: Historic Évora

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

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." Sleep in Óbidos (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

Day 6: Royal Intrigue, Alcobaça, and Nazaré

We'll begin today with a visit in 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. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Batalha and Fátima

We'll continue our journey north, stopping in Batalha to visit its grand Monastery of Santa María, a symbol of Portuguese pride and its victory (with help from English archers) over Spanish domination 600 years ago. Then we'll visit the nearby pilgrimage site of Fátima — a favorite of Pope John Paul II — where three children shared controversial visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. This afternoon, our destination is Portugal's historic capital of Coimbra, where we'll tour the city's maze of narrow lanes and its steeped-in-tradition 700-year-old university. The palatial university library — with 30,000 books from the 18th century — is like nothing you've seen before. We'll end our day with dinner together in the heart of the Old Town. Sleep in Coimbra (2 nights). Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Classic Coimbra

This morning we'll journey back to Portugal's ancient Roman past, wandering the evocative remains and perfectly preserved mosaics of once-prosperous Conímbriga. The rest of your day will be free back in Coimbra for making more discoveries on your own. Tonight we'll rendezvous for a performance of Coimbra's unique style of fado…more likely devoted to revolutionary student ideals than lost love. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Douro Wine Country

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

Day 10: Vineyard Views and Porto

Today we'll travel through terraced wine country on our way to the port city of Porto. On arrival in this rustic Portuguese San Francisco, we'll take a panoramic bus tour of Porto's classy neighborhoods, dynamic downtown, and bustling port. After checking in to our hotel, 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). Sleep in Porto (2 nights). Boat: ¾ hour. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Savoring Proud Porto

This morning we'll take a walking tour of Porto's riverfront Ribeira district, including the lavish rooms of its Stock Exchange Palace, the exquisitely gilded Church of 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! No bus. Walking: strenuous.

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

James

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was a great way to see Portugal and understand their history as well as to see the country and some of it's uniqueness. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and also entertaining at times. We have visited many countries in the past 15 to 20 years but we would never been able to see Portugal and it's different areas if we had done this by ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting a cork farm and going on a tour was very interesting"

Amber

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were first time Rick Steve's travelers and LOVED the experience. Portugal is a beautiful country with so much culture, history, and passion. We could not be more pleased with the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many unforgettable moments. I loved all the unique opportunities that I would never have been able to replicate on our own. The family cork farm, the private fado performance/dinner, the wine tour, etc."

Jerry

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Lisbon was a disappointment. Little variety in the various neighborhoods. Only passable wines in most restaurants in a country with beautiful wines- why so little promotion of this strength. Hotel was very well situated. I missed having a professional lecture on its history rather than disjointed pieces. The interior was better altho the guides were unprepared or unaware of festival days closing sites. Porto was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm was excellent. Information from the owner made it special. The accommodations were special."

Jeffrey

Fortuna, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a very rewarding experience traveling through Portugal thanks to Cristina's energy and passion for her native Portugal. She shared so many insights into Portugal's history and culture with her breadth of knowledge. I also appreciated her humor and candor. Cristina always went out of her way to accommodate us. This was my first experience on a guided tour and, though I am not usually a fan of this type of travel, I saw more than I would have ever been able to do om my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experiences included the visit to the cork farm/winery complex in the Alentejo region as well as the time spent touring the Douro Valley visiting the quinta."

Robert

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It's always important to orient trip members to the public transportation, and this was always done. Good!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima took us to mass at Fatima and preceded that with very personal stories about her family and their connection to Fatima. I am not Catholic, nor did I have any knowledge of the story behind Fatima, but this was a very moving, special experience. The tour at the cork farm and at the port wine quinta were excellent. Getting to know the families and their stories really enriched the experience."

Eric

Glen Rock, NJ

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Fatima was simply AMAZING!!. Her love and passion for her country, ability to make us feel as family and helping some of us with dietary issues was very much appreciated.We had a fantastic group of fellow travelers. Hotels were all good with exception of River suites in Coimbra which was a awful.Perhaps the tour can be tweeted to spend 1 less day in Coimbra.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments.Portuguese meals at the cork farm and Douro Valley winery.Lady at Fatima holy site was very special.Fatima's " surprise" dinner was SO much fun!I can still taste the bakery fresh Pasteis provided by Fatima on a cold rainy morning."

Carol

Gold Canyon, AZ

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and ran without a hitch.....it was what we have come to expect from a Rick Steve's tour. Portugal was a fascinating country to see and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be honest I don't think we had what I would call a real"wow" experience. We immensely enjoyed the cork farm, Fatima and the Douro valley."

David

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the personal touches from our guide. The hotel locations are Always the best. The vineyard tours and dining are to die for. I could go on and on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Duro Valley hotel and vineyard lunch was one of my favorite "WOW" moments."

Laura

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I traveled with my sister and her family to visit the home country of our great-great grandparents. I learned so much about Portugal's history and political issues the probably led up to our ancestors leaving, and identified so many things that are traditionally Portuguese, that we do, have, or eat in our family. It was wonderful! The tour gave us the perfect balance of planned activities to free time. The hotels we stayed in were clean and comfortable, and the breakfasts were mostly very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moments were when we would tour a city and see ruins 1000 year old beside 500 year old cathedrals and 200 year old buildings housing modern homes and businesses. Every city had ruins and modern businesses side by side. I also loved the market place and kitchen in the monastery in Alcobaca. It was a WOW moment when I realized that fresh bread, vegetables, seafood, and wares sold in each city's markets were the norm; the instant pre-made stuff we buy here in the US is hard to find."

Susan

Glen Rock, NJ

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 1st Rick Steves tour and it exceeded all expectations. Fátima, our guide, treated us like family. She is so passionate about her country & her job and made every day fun and informative. Portugal is beautiful and felt safe; the people are very sweet and welcoming. The tour was well paced. Learned a lot about the culture and history. Food was superb. Except for the hotel in Coimbra, the experience was first rate from start to finish. Already planning our 2nd Rick Steves trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Soooo many. Great tour group. We had a private Fado concert with a gourmet dinner. Loved the night Fátima surprised us with a party on the terrace including live music, dancing and dinner. Wonderful interacting with the family at their winery. The 1 night in the Douro Valley was heaven. Wish it was for 2 nights.Great choice of small towns to stay in."

Scott

Margate City, NJ

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a fabulous country to visit. The trip was organized, safe and comfortable. Our RS tour guide Fátima, made our trip worthwhile. She guided 28 people in a foreign country seamlessly and effortlessly. I'm sure lots of people buy RS books and try to duplicate his itineraries but they'll always fall short. Because for a RS tour to work, you got to have a great tour guide and be part of the traveling RS group. That's the experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved going to Fátima. For some reason I had to go there. The best way I can describe the experience is to say that on that day, I felt the energy of the universe and it was incredible."

Terri

Sparta, MI

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour in Portugal was absolutely wonderful. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and passionate about her country of Portugal and I gained such a new cultural and historical insight. Transportation was easy and comfortable and the accommodations were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The douro valley and the terraced wine vineyards. I had an idea in my head of what it would look like but when we arrived that idea was put to shame. Any one visiting Portugal must include visiting and experiencing the douro valley."

Rosemary

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The history of Portugal was totally new to me and, because of that, I found that I got lost in the multitude of monasteries, churches and dynasties. I needed a Cliff Notes to Portugal that was probably in the portion of the guidebook I'd left at home since I tore it into sections for the cities we were visiting! A brief outline and timeline of the history would have helped me immensely!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Obviously the cork farm is a "wow" moment. I had no idea how cork was harvested, and I learned so much! It was fun and the meal was one of the best on the tour! I was also VERY touched by Fatima. I can hardly talk about that experience even now. It was so rich and filled with hope and faith and awe. I was overwhelmed by the experience and ended up getting lost trying to find the bus on time. Reality hit hard when I heard that I should have been left behind because I was late."

Lee

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved learning Portuguese history and culture. And the food - so good! Not to mention the wine. Really enjoyed seeing the small towns as well as the big cities,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unfinished chapels in Batalha! Just amazing!"

Ana Maria

Fontana, CA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip far exceeded my expectations! Both Claudia nd Nygil are walking encyclopedias. I learned so much about this wonderful country through them. The tour was so well planned - the hotel choices, the dinners, the time allotted at each site. What I truly loved was the immersion in to the Portuguese culture - the cork farm, the tile factory and winery visits were outstanding. And I made 30 new friends - our two wonderful guides and the people on the tour were so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Duoro Valley!!!"

Randy

Palmetto, FL

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Portugal Trip was well run, the selection of sites visited was unique and we greatly enjoyed the group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite WOW moment(s) was the opportunity to enjoy all of the small restaurants and dine with local folks and eat local dishes."

Lawrence

South Easton, MA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour guide. Full schedule of visits. Could have used larger bags/ purchased and used recommended bags Excellent variety of types of places visited. Would recommend adding a day in Isbin with visit to Sinatra Only disappointment. Had good friends fromenglandmeeting us in Porto day 11. Had asked if they could join Porto tour day 11 and pay rick steves forthis Claudia thought it should be possible but request turned down by Rick Steves office in Edmonds when requested By Claudia

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fado concerts in Lisbon and coimbra"

Jennifer

Dallas, TX

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Seves tour and I really enjoyed it. The itinerary, the people and the tour director were great. I'v been with other tour groups but this tour seemed to provide a more intimate view of the country. Maybe that was because Claudia is Portugese and she brought it. I liked that there were meals and entertainment planned as part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Douro wine country as the bus went along the valley edge. It was beautiful!"

Barbara

South Easton, MA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just about everything was great. The group seemed a bit large to me but I got to know everyone and it turned out fine, most of our hotels were very nice and located close to the center of things. Packing light was a challenge for me. We did not have many opportunities to wash clothes so that was a problem. Overall, it was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into the Douro valley."

Joan Easton

Great Neck, NY

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

tour was well paced & well run. Our tour guide was outstanding Food also was outstanding. Accommodations were good--centrally located; 2 were quite beautiful. As a single traveler, I could have used less free time or perhaps more direction as to free time. Normally I love free time--free to explore & roam as you please. However, not traveling with anyone, I found this difficult--especially at meal time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evora at night---the illumination of the remaining Roman ruin"

Sherry

Steger, IL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved nearly everything about this tour. It was our 9th, and each one has been great. Rafael was wonderful and a pleasure to travel with for 12 days, the country was beautiful and the hotels were lovely. I enjoyed the food, and the music, and was exhausted when the trip was over!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments. The Fado music events were great, I loved going to the Cork farm and having a wonderful lunch with the family, and the view from the upper part of Nazare was spectacular . We saw so many wonderful things, and places, it's hard to pick just one."

Rosemarie

Langhorne, PA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've taken multiple tours with you, so obviously we think highly of your approach. A good tour goes beyond the obvious landmarks, which is why we especially appreciate your guides' often going beyond merely showing us the obvious sights and discussing their personal lives, culture, history, food, music, current events, etc.; making us comfortable using local transport; patiently helping us overcome our disorientation and navigate city on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments were Rafael's passionate, eyes-closed renditions of poems about Portugal and what it means to be Portuguese."

William

Sedalia, MO

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first "RS tour" and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I had watched many of his videos on YouTube and just thought if it was anything like the videos, it should be good. The tour more than met my expectations. If you want to see as much as possible in the allotted amount of time, this is the way to go. Fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to choose just one. But I would have to say the library at Coimbra University was truly amazing with an awesome guide, Cristina !"

Carol

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime. I had wanted to visit Portugal for about 10 years, so I had a lot of expectations that were all surpassed. Portugal has it all: culture, history, fabulous food, wine, music and beautiful landscapes. It's an enchanting country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it's impossible to narrow it down to just one. The private Fado concerts, the visit to the cork farm and lunch with the family members, the walking food and wine tour in Porto (loved the wines at the Prova Wine Bar), and the visit to the ceramics factory were all "wow" moments."

Cliff

Lithia, FL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed and learned more about Portugal than I thought I would. A rewarding look at Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman ruins."

Karel

Lopez Island, WA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was well thought out and perfectly planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walking tour of Evora. Visiting the Bone Chapel and getting a bit lost on the back lanes. We also had a delicious dinner of "traditional black pig", with plenty of wine to enjoy."

Bryan

Riverside, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would most likely rate the tour "Very Good" but I am giving it an "Outstanding" rating because of the hard work, dedication, knowledge and organization of our tour guide, Rafael. He's the one that made the trip outstanding. I enjoyed all aspects of the tour. In 12 days we were exposed to many aspects of Portugal's history, culture, people and food. The trip was well planned and there was mostly a good combination of planned activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the visit to the cork farm and winery. That was really interesting and I enjoyed the nice lunch and having an opportunity to eat and visit with the family members. It wasn't a "tourist stop" and felt like a special activity. The time in the Douro Valley is a close second wow moment as well."

Pat

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our group of four Canadians was pleased to join the recent Heart of Portugal Tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with a lovely group of people and an outstanding tour guide. By the end, we had a "feel" for Portugal and its history and lovely friendly people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One wow moment is tricky as the whole tour was "wow". Some experiences that stand out are the Monument to the Discoveries & map nearby, & the visit to the cork farm and ceramic factory which we could not have arranged if we were travelling on our own. We loved the beautiful Douro valley. The optional evening where we chose to attend dinner at Rafael's friend's restaurant was also lovely as we rode in tuktuks, had a wonderful local meal and saw a part of the city where tourists do not often go."

Yadira

Lithia, FL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rafael and all of the other guides at each location were absolutely outstanding. This is by far my best Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Gulbenkian Museum stands out. The guide was great."

Carole

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first tour experience and it certainly changed our preconceptions about group tours. No group hats! No mandatory seat rotation.... We loved the whole experience. Our guide, Rafael, was knowledgeable, thoughtful, and well-organized. We found our fellow travelers compatible, friendly, interested and interesting. The tour was well-planned, with a good mix of activities and locations. The food was great and accommodations were very good. We hope to do another Rick Steves' tour soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had worried about the tour because I have a very restricted diet. However, Rafael went our of his way to ensure that my food needs were well met. Something I will always remember is that during the food tour in Porto, I was desperately craving dark chocolate and asked Rafael to point out a place where I might be able to buy some. Soon after he appeared with fancy fish-shaped chocolates in a little box. It was so thoughtful and so appreciated."

Richard

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I were in Lisbon a few years ago after our Best of Spain tour. This trip with Rafael was great. He was a wonderful tour guide and made history relevant to today. We enjoyed the small towns of Evora and the great guide there. I enjoyed the cork farm day. Felt like this was the highlight of the trip. The food was an interesting mix, but perhaps we had too much codfish...the hake in Basque Country was better. I also really liked our wine farm experience...great food and wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me was watching the cork being cut/peeled from the tree. The entire discussion about cork and sustainable farming was fascinating."

Debra

Dayton, OH

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and it was beyond our expectations! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pressed the info in a fun and sincere way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, to e honest, it was the entire trip but I enjoyed Porto the most!"

Kenneth

Hampton, GA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rafael was excellent.. Of the 5 trips have I made so far he is the best tour guide by far.

Thomas

Steger, IL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this tour was enjoyable. The scenery was great, especially in the Douro valley. The number of vineyards was incredible. The guide, Rafael was very knowledgeable. I thought the food was mostly good, but I found out that I'm not a big fan of cod. And that was very popular. The hotels were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My top three were 1. Driving or riding on the bus thru the Douro valley. 2. Visiting the cork farm and seeing them actually get cork from the tree and then having lunch with the family. 3. The Roman Temple ruins in Evora. 4. Oh, and the Chapel of the Bones by the Church of St. Francis."

Mario

Feasterville Trevose, PA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've taken multiple tours with you, so obviously we think highly of your approach. A good tour goes beyond the obvious landmarks, which is why we especially appreciate your guides' often going beyond merely showing us the obvious sights and discussing their personal lives, culture, history, food, music, current events, etc.; making us comfortable using local transport; patiently helping us overcome our disorientation and navigate city on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Duoro Valley. The hotel and views were great, but there was so much more jaw dropping views to see. The views from the bus were wonderful, but it would be so much better if there'd be a way to do a, say, 2-hour walk through the hills there so we can truly savor the views."

Daniel

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed our Heart of Portugal trip. We had a nice group of people and some with walking difficulties, however the pace was good for all. We were fortunate with the weather not being too hot. Hotels were more than adequate, food choices were outstanding at breakfast. Meal locations for the group were great and accommodations were made as necessary. Outstanding execution of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was WOW'ed twice. There was a stunning Cathedral believe in Ovidos that's interior was mostly white. As you entered it was so tall and clean and plain and bright. I loved that. Second was the Duro Valley. The terracing, sloping hillsides of green grape vines. It was beautiful. However it was Lisbon that I would like to go to again as there is so much more to see. Porto was better visually but so much to do in Lisbon."

Keith

Dayton, OH

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was skeptical about taking any tour. This tour, with Rafael as our guide, alleviated all of my concerns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley."

Frida

Sedalia, MO

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The phrase that comes to mind is "jam packed" with wonderful, unique memorable experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Among many, the Douro Valley stands out, with the scenery, the history, the food, the wines, including Port of course. The tour of the family vineyard and winery with lunch was memorable."

John

Powell, OH

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a wonderful tour. Met some awesome people on this trip. appreciated the abundant time to do things/explore on our own. Our tour guide, Raphael, put his heart and soul into what he does. Learned so much about the country and its history, its people, and so much more. Can't go wrong on this tour! Every day was different and exciting! Truly appreciated the 'back door' access to places and off the beaten path.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many; from the Duoro Valley to the ceramics factory to the pastias., to the cork farm and everything in between."

Lloyd

Shelby Township, MI

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork tour"

Meredith

Tinley Park, IL

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! The accommodations were all very nice with lovely breakfasts to start each day. Great balance of tour time with free time. Wonderful variety of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I particularly loved the trip to the cork farm followed by a wonderful lunch at the family's home. Watching them harvest a cork tree was so interesting. Lunch was amazing and the family was so gracious. It was such a delightful day."

Ingrid

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Portugal in 12 Days Tour was our first experience with Rick Steves. It was a great first experience, and we look forward to more Rick Steves tours in the future. Cristina was very enthusiastic about her country; she obviously loves Portugal and she loves what she is doing to share it with the tour participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have the itinerary with me at this moment, so I can't tell you the name of the place. We enjoyed Coimbra very much, and the tour of the Roman ruin outside of Coimbra was probably the best WoW experience. The mosaic floors that were still there and being able to see where the rooms were was mind-boggling. That was so long ago!"

Susan

White Rock, BC

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my sixth Rick Steves Tours and it was definitely one of my favorites. We saw a lot, had a ton of fun and learnt a lot about this beautiful country. The tour members were all amazing and we blended together effortlessly. There was lots of jokes and camaraderie. I was sad when the tour was over leaving wonderful Portugal behind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple but the tuk tuk ride in Lisbon is something I won't forget."

Arthur

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour. We like the quality of the tour leaders and tour guides. Very informative. Cristina was informative with a good sense of humor. She also was quite generous in adding extra meals and drink. Hotels were quite comfortable/pleasant. Transportation was comfortable. Food and drink was outstanding and inexpensive. We were lucky to view the harvesting of cork on our trip which Cristina said she hadn't seen in 10 yrs. Really enjoyed the hospitality at the farm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say it was the cork farm and the meal afterwards including the port. The second was in the Douro Valley. It was quite beautiful and the meal at the winery was wonderful, had a nice walk along the river and an exquisite hotel. Liked the food/drink walk in Porto."

Judy

Frankfort, IL

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and my first European vacation. I was leery about a tour as I thought it would be riding a bus around and looking at sights out of a bus window boy was I wrong. The Portugal tour was very active, lots of walking and our travel group was a blast. Our tour guide Cristina set the environment for a very fun, active and social tour. She made the trip the success it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two. The first day in Lisbon when we toured the Sao Jorge Castle and then walked down back to our hotel. Cristina told so many wonderful stories and facts about Lisbon and the neighborhoods we toured it was personal and fantastic. I knew then that I was in for something really special it was only day 1! Fatima on Sunday blew me away. Turning the corner from the street and being launched into a resonating beauty of chorus, prayer and weeping. An experience I will not forget"

Suanne

Shelby Township, MI

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew very little about Portugal before our tour. Christine did an excellent job of explaining the history of the country. Being able to travel the length of the country and somewhat into the interior allowed me to discover the landscape and the main revenue sources for the country. The wine and company were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was seeing the Douro Valley. The scenery was beautiful and I wish that we could have spent more time in the peaceful area. The hotel there was wonderful. It did make me sad to see the influx of cruise tourists arriving for a few hours."

Philip

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have several positive comments to share. First we thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide,Christina Duarte. Her knowledge was impressive & her enthusiasm and sense of humor made each day enjoyable. The lunches & dinners were excellent. The local tours, especially the Roman ruins outside of Coimbra, were very enjoyable. Thank you.

Ann

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour and Portugal. Fátima was a wonderful tour guide and gave us so much information about the country as well as sharing the pride the people have of their country

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one wow moment. The local guides as well as the cork farm and the winery visit were such a great insight into the culture and the people"

Phillip

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour, our 4th RS tour. Portugal had just the right amount of time spent at each place and spent on the bus. I learned so much and have a new appreciate for Portugal. I would say that in places the hills were very steep and these were listed as strenuous which was correct. I wonder if some people might be offended by the degree of Catholicism but I guess that is reality. Great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto"

Karen

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent trip. My only complaint is about the "whisper" head sets. When doing a city tour the group got very strung out and if you weren't at the head of it, it was very hard to hear.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Douro Valley! It was stunningly beautiful!"

Theresa

Farmington, ME

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fatima was amazing. Her love, passion, and knowledge of Portugal were obvious in everything she said and did and it was contagious. The bonus stops that are so Rick Steves--a cork farm and lunch with the family, a port vineyard and lunch with the family, a tile factory and making our own tiles--are the value added that no other tour offers. I felt like a traveler and not a tourist. I learned so much and enjoyed it all. Hotels were great as were the bus drivers and local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"#1 visiting the cork farm and learning so much about how this family runs their business and about cork and how it's grown and harvested. #2 seeing the "Stonehenge" of Portugal."

Ramon

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great overall experience. I am amazed at how we were able to see so much of Portugal without a single problem. The variety of tour activities allowed us to see and experience multiple elements of Portugal and its culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, the cork farm/winery was a "wow"moment for me.For me it represented the Portugal of today, its past and the future. Recognizing the past accomplishments and challenges, the family accepts the responsibilities of being stewards of the land and make a responsible profit from their work, as they carry the family legacy."

Charles

Katy, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A new surprise everyday and so well thought out! We are recommending to all our friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cork Farm and the stone circles at Evora (side tour)"

Laura

Camas, WA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I came to love Portugal, but I have mixed feelings about the tour. I was chagrined at the start by Fatima's reaction to my personal introduction. I said that I had just finished up the Best of Spain in 14 Days tour three days earlier, and was looking forward to understanding the differences and similarities between Spain and Portugal. She immediately and forcefully interjected that there were absolutely NO SIMILARITIES between Spain and Portugal. I felt chastened. Did she really need to do that?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The working cork and olive farm with vineyard (Rovisco Garcia)! The young man in the family (whose name I forget) was very informative, and I was totally impressed with all enviromentally conscious practices that they had incorporated in their various endeavors. It was such a hopeful outlook they had, preserving their family heritage and passing it on to the next generations, with concern for the future. After that, we went to picturesque Óbidos and stayed in a lovely old "medieval" hotel!"

Scott

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our first trip with Rick Steves. Fatima really helped us to appreciate what an amazing country Portugal is and how many fun places it has to visit. Her reputation for being a super tour guide is very well deserved. We queried others on the trip, who had been on other RS trips, whether she is an exception. They said she was really good, but that all the RS guides they've had were also really good. We were happy to hear that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gulbenkian museum in Lisbon. So many truly amazing items in one museum. He has an awesome eye for art and artifacts. Very well presented. Got to see art by artists you know but won't see anywhere else."

Karen

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cork Farm tour was fascinating and something I knew nothing about and didn't expect. The owner/guide was exceptional and the demo most interesting. I was also wow'd by Fatima's surprise evening. Not that I was surprised that should could pull something like that off, but just the way she did it made it so special!"

Linda

Katy, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was extremely pleased with my recent tour of Portugal with Rick Steves guide Fatima. My husband Charles and I really enjoyed the tour including the history lessons, the route plan and the hotels booked on the tour. We especially enjoyed the special event planning like the visit to a port grape winery and luncheon, the cork farm (and luncheon), and several group dinners with fantastic menus. The hotels were comfortable and first rate. I am recommending this Portugal tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The top event for me was the cork farm and the luncheon at the estate where we met the farm owners and they ate lunch with the group. I also enjoyed a field trip to ancient stones in a Stonehenge dating from 5000 BC. Porto is my favorite city and I would return there for another vacation."

Regina

Banning, CA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely well organized and achieved seeing "greatest hits" sights and unexpected delights. Our tour director, Fatima, was absolute perfection! The buses were comfortable and our hotels' locations were thoughtfully placed to maximize independent exploration opportunities. The group and weather were wonderful which only add to the great memories. All and all a very positive first experience traveling with Rick Steve's Tours and I look forward to the next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Fatima was very important to me. Eating fresh barnacles and lovely sardines will be lifelong memories."

Phyllis

Parker, CO

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves tour . i feel bad that i didn't fill out trip evals on my other trips because they were all fabulous . This one was my absolute favorite . Our tour Guide Fatima was so passionate about her country and giving us such great information on each adventurer we had. I came to Portugal to find Peace and i truly found it. each and every Local Guide inspired me and gave me Faith in my fellow men and women. Most all My Tour Guide Fatima. She helped me to restore my faith .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I experienced a WOW moment every single day and several times a day. The warmth and love of the Portuguese people was so real and tangible.The beauty of every place we went was awe inspiring I will be coming back to this glorious country again very soon. The Algarve will be my next destination very soon. Our whole group seemed to be hand picked for all of us, we blended together as if we were family.Including our Guide Fatima and all the local guides as well. My life has been forever changed ."

Linda

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Maria was fantastic - so fun to be with and she shared so much information with us as we toured Portugal in an easy-to-follow manner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two favorite "wow" moments. First was at the cork farm where we toured through the cork trees and then got to watch as cork was harvested from a tree. We were fortunate to be there during the harvest time. The lunch with the family members was something special. The second wows were the Fado performances. I had never heard anything like them and were such cultural experiences."

Gary

Cresson, PA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the trip (our first Rick Steves) and it certainly lived up to its good reputation. Compared to other tours we have taken, we had a bit more time to explore (less "hand holding") which we liked as we tend to be a little more adventurous than some. Our hotels were always in perfect locations and although certainly not 5 star were comfortable and accommodating. Our tour guide (Maria) was one of the best we have ever used. Excellent people skills and organizational talent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although the trip had many "wow" moments, the trip to the cork farm and the individual trip we took to the Coach Museum in Lisbon were our two favorites."

Cynthia

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When I was younger I did all my travel on a shoestring and either alone or with family. I had no idea what to expect from a guided tour and was a little worried I might hate being cooped up on a bus with the same strangers for almost 2 weeks. But everyone was nice. The group was really just the right size -- you didn't have to be totally compatible with everyone to still have plenty of company. Portugal was beautiful and easy to navigate, and the tour was active without being exhausting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, there are so many it's not even fair to ask for one, but I was very surprised when we went to the Palacio do Bolso in Porto. I was thinking "why are we going to this financial building" and then Maria revealed the amazing ballroom. And how beautiful the Douro Valley was. And the cork plantation. And the visit to the Serralves Museum that we did on our own on the last day after the tour ended, using our amazing travel skills."

Judy

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour, and it was wonderful. Our guide, Maria, was great! She was extremely knowledgeable and her humor was delightful. There was plenty of time to explore on your own, which I appreciated. I also met many wonderful travelers / new friends on this tour, which was a bonus! :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm, watching them harvest the cork, and then being served and enjoying the MOST DELICIOUS lunch ever was definitely my favorite "WOW" moment."

Ralph

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of our 4 RS tours, this was our best. History lessons and scenery were outstanding. Maria went far beyond expectations in all ways. Both drivers were excellent. Great group of friendly and engaged fellow travelers. Good balance between planned and free time. We learned a lot about Portugal' uniques history post the era of exploration. Our only suggestion might be to add a couple of days to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. It seemed every day was better than the previous. We never understood why people spoke so highly of the cork farm until we went. By accident, we learned that we had a remote connection to the owner of a caves at Porto. We spent an entire afternoon being treated like close friends. We highly recommend Churchill's... special small producer products. Also eating on the terrace at Cruz' as recommended by RS and Maria. Cruz white ports and salads were superb. Every day was wow."

Judie

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I heard that Portugal was a wonderful country to visit but was very overwhelmed at how beautiful the country and the people are as well as the delicious food. This was my first Rick Steves tour and I had the best experience with the tour highlights, the extras that we would never have experienced, the chosen hotels and especially the wonderful guide, Maria. I have already booked my next Rick Steves tour and am planning another!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Douro Valley and the beautiful Pinchao. The hotel was amazing, the river, the landscape and the wine was fantastic."

Jeri

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second RS tour and it was terrific. I have no doubt there will be others. Professional, knowledgeable, entertaining and engaging personnel - guides, drivers and location ancillary hotel and food service staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt the Cork Farm. Who knew???"

Faranak

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best way to get familiar with Portugal culture and history. I had an opportunity to sit down with Portuguese people and discuss about their life and social issues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment of this trip was traveling by bus through Portugal and watching green mountains."

Sherri

Blanchard, OK

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm."

Bill

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide,Maria was the best. Knowledgeable with a pleasant personality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the cork farm and winery in the Douro valley were both outstanding. The hotel in the Duro valley was great, needed another night."

Kathryn

Cresson, PA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Portugal. Liked the entire experience of learning about the history and all the personal touches provided by our tour guide. The small group made it easy to get around and all accommodations were comfortable. There was enough time to explore on your own but also many group experiences. A perfect trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was personally touched with my visit to Fátima. Being of Catholic religion I am familiar with the story and visions of Fátima. I have always wanted to visit this holy site. I only wish we had more time there."

James

Severna Park, MD

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour director, wonderful itinerary, and good food. I really liked the cork farm and winery tours. This tour delivered on the promise of some immersion in the Portuguese culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in the Douro Valley, the winery tour, and the fabulous luncheon. Enjoyed eating with members of the managing family."

Zeno

Arlington, VA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thought I'd enjoy Lisbon, but wasn't too sure about the other towns as to my interested level. I was TOTALLY impressed and it ended up with Porto being my favorite city we toured. Our tour guide was AWESOME!!! (Claudia) she really added to the enthusiasm of the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't seem to pin it down to just one ... sorry"

Margaret

Severna Park, MD

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized tour with excellent guide, Claudia who was very informative and fun. She made us feel as though we were her favorite group. She did an excellent job of integrating the history, culture, food, wine and music into our stops. We loved her attempts to teach us the language along the way. All but one hotel was very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Coimbra. 2. Cork farm was fascinating. 3. The family Douro Valley winery."

John

Tampa, FL

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized with variations in daily activities that provided an excellent balance between tours and education of important sites and unique, small group experiences as well as periods of free time. The primary tour guide was excellent as were the city guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the small group experiences that one would never be able to arrange on one's own were real highlights."

Yasuhiko

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed Portugal's culture, especially the seafood. We are from Japan and we love seafood. Most of the seafood we had was very tasty, cod (bacalhau), sardine, sea bass, eel, octopus, squid, even barnacle. I was delighted to see many old buildings were preserved very well. I suspect Portugal had not experienced damages from WWI and WWII. I loved Roman ruins. It is sad that many Portuguese people are poor and many people leave the country to work in other EU country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Roman temple in Evora lit up at night. I also loved Coimbra seen from Santa Clara Bridge both day and night."

Karen

Reno, NV

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

WE ARRIVED IN LISBON, PORTUGAL AND GOT TO OUR HOTEL WITH NO PROBLEMS THANKS TO THE STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED TO US. WE MET OUR LOVELY GROUP AND TOUR GUIDE, CLAUDIA COSTA AND STARTED OUR WALKING TOUR OF LISBON. HER ACCENT WAS HARD TO UNDERSTAND AT FIRST, BUT AFTER A WEEK WE LEARNED IT A LITTLE BETTER. THE DINNERS AND HOTELS WERE TOP NOTCH. WE ENJOYED THE MANY DIFFERENT CITIES AND PRIVATE TOUR GUIDES AT EACH LOCATION. ALWAYS WORTH OUR TIME TO TRAVEL WITH RICK STEVES.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THE CORK FARM WITH THE GENERATIONAL FAMILY WAS REALLY GREAT. THE TIME THEY TOOK TO COOK US A HOMEMADE MEAL, ENTERTAIN US AT THEIR PRIVATE HOME AND EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY SITTING AT A SEPARATE TABLE WAS REALLY SPECIAL. NICE PEOPLE AND GREAT FOOD."

Mary

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We felt like we hit the jackpot by having Cristina as our guide. Her knowledge of Portuguese history and also current events was amazing. We were very pleased with the hotels on this tour--we found them a cut above the usual Rick Steves experience, and that was very much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were lucky to hit Fatima on a Sunday so that we could experience the outdoor service. We were both overwhelmed with emotion there. It definitely would not have been the same had we been there on a weekday. We also found the cork farm to be very interesting, and we really enjoyed the lunch there. The personal interactions with private families is a highlight of your tours."

Linda

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We learned so much about Portuguese history and culture and loved the beauty of the country. Our goals on travel are to experience the people and their lives and we believe this tour allowed us to do that. Christina was passionate about her country and its exciting elements and she did a great job of showing us so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a few. One was Sintra which is not on the tour but should be. It is so close to Lisbon and an extra day or two to explore the area would be worth it. Fado was a true surprise. We loved the two performances we saw. The performers were amazing and the music much more engaging than we expected. Fatima on Sunday was a moving and meaningful experience."

Cheryl

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick tour and it did not disappoint. Enjoyed the beautiful country of Portugal and all it had to offer. I always say the tour guide makes the trip and this one was no exception. Cristina was the best! Always on top of things, her wit and wisdom made every story she told a pleasure to listen to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley was a high for me. I loved looking at all of the scenery as we were driving to our hotel along the Douro River. Loved the two farms we visited and the Food Tour through Porto."

Robert

Springfield, NJ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cristina is undoubtedly one of your best guides. She gave it her all on this tour. Amazing. It was a tight-knit group, and she was the glue that brought everyone together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm"

Shelley

Springfield, NJ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband's and my 6th RS tour and it didn't disappoint. Everything was organized and planned out very well. There was enough "down time" for us to explore ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed going in and out of castles, the cork farm and the food crawl in Porto"

Leslie

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well run. Great guide. Nice group of people.

Paul

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm pretty familiar with the RS tours, and this one did not disappoint! We went to so many interesting places and had some great experiences. The cork farm, tile factory and port winery were great diversions. As always the local guides were exceptional. Did I mention Christina, out tour leader? Amazing guide and person. All that and she's funny! I'm not sure I'd change anything. Sintra would be a nice excursion but I understand why its not part of the trip. Too much effort for the payoff

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. Some day I'll go back there and do a deeper dive."

Gary

York, ME

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our best Rick Steve's tour yet. A wonderful guide, a great group of fellow travelers, and a country of friendly people, wonderful history, and world-class art and architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at the Monastery of Batalha."

James

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour lead by Cristina, who was outstanding in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley and the wonderful meal we had at the hosted luncheon. Porto was another "wow" - we loved it!"

Susan

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another Rick Steves tour for us, and again, it was another incredible and unique travel experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking in the view from above looking down on the beautiful beach at Nazaré on a sunny day."

Terri

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fatima walks on water. What an amazing person she is. I loved her history lectures as we walked and drove through Portugal. She also gave us political commentary as well that was enlightening. There are not enough positive adjectives in the English language to describe her excellence. She was so kind and personable. She treated us like family and welcomed us into her country. I could not believe how she surprised us with an evening of food, song and dance in Obidos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our surprise dinner and dancing evening on the terrace of our hotel in Obidos. Fatima had a beautiful medieval costume on and had flower crowns for the women to wear. She arranged for an accordion player and had all of us on the dance floor. We also had a wonderful appetizers and dinner."

Patricia

Westerville, OH

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful from beginning to end. The beauty of the country, the kindness of the people and the love of our tour guide, Fatima, touched my soul.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cork Farm was the best. I loved the ride thru the farm, the walking tour of the property, the informed lecture by the manager and the lovely lunch with the family."

Eloise

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While Portugal was a rare gem, we realize that the guide plays a huge part in the group. Fátima was awesome. She was genuine in her love for her Native Portugal and in bringing us together. Our fellow travelers were also awesome. Except for one person, all were Rick Steves veterans.we all plan to make a RS tour together next year.

Marie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was the only novice Rick Steves tourist The trip seemed pricey at first but I was joining good friends. Everything far exceeded my expectations- The excellence of the experience pivoted around our guide Fatima who added the personal touch that I would miss from any trip otherwise. She brought to us a feeling for what it is to love Portugal- the country, history and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm. I loved the countryside -beauty and quiet. But the experience with the owner who knew so much about the economics was amazing. He clearly understood world economics and was applying principles to sustain as well as profit. He was a study in family history and how family influences you as well as a study in ongoing self taught education."

Ginnie

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As expected, the Heart of Portugal tour provided all the hallmarks of a RS tour that I have come to appreciate and love. A big thank you to you and your team for making it possible. This is my first trip to Portugal. The tour provided me a general sense of Portugal, its landscapes, its food, its culture, its history and most important to me, its people. I totally got them from this wonderful trip. If opportunities arise in the future, I would not mind going to Portugal again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was visiting the Roman site at Conimbriga. The unearthed mosaics hinted at so much potential and work still needed to be done. This site could rival Ephesus, Turkey in size and importance. I hope it too can become 'World Heritage' status to get more funding for preservation. This is a diamond in the rough."

Dwight

Davis, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fatima was the best tour guide. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her nation, Portugal. She went out of her way to make the trip the best ever. I enjoyed her conversation about all the many interesting topics. She was quite informative. The group was very cohesive, bonding almost the first day. Everyone was eager to participate and contribute to whatever event or subject that arose. We even had extra parties and everyone brought wine, cheese, bread, and fruit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although the whole trip was a woow, the group itself was a woow. As to sights they all were great. The sight that moved me the most emotionally was in Fatima. Seeing those women crying on their knees and headed to the church was a tear jerker."

Teri

Crozet, VA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip; probably the best of the 4 tours taken. The guide was exceptional as were our fellow travelers. The food and wine were outstanding and the sites we visited were varied giving us real insight into Portugal and its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sunset by the Douro River in Porto with the lights coming on in the City. It was magical."

Stephen

Crozet, VA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary Dynamic guide Lots of new friends

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Private lunches at the Cork Farm and Douro Valley Quinta."

Hildtraud

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. The balance between group activities and personal time was well chosen. The group got along very well too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of one specific wow moment. There were many wonderful experiences. My favorite city was Porto."

Mike

Alamo, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fátima was amazing, This was our fourth Rick Steve's tour and all our guides have been great, but Fátima was exceptional ! We loved Portugal and are recommending this trip to everyone. Portugal is a wonderful country and Fátima is the perfect guide to show it off. Her personal involvement in every aspect of the trip was very much appreciated. When we went to the hotel where Fátima had the room decorated with hearts and bottle of champagne waiting for us. Thanks for a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many: Visiting Fátima on our 30 year wedding anniversary and having our guide surprise us with a blessing from one of the priests there. We were extremely touched by this . Visiting the cork farm , Rovisco Garcia and having lunch with the owners. Wine tasting at Quinta Santa in the Douro Valley."

Karen

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't say enough about our guide, Fatima. She made us all feel like family. She's bright, funny and energetic. The trip was well orchestrated with a wonderful mix of culture and history. We weren't overwhelmed with facts and figures but rather allowed to fall in love with Portugal slowly with exposure to the people there, the pride and love of country they exhibited, with the knowledge of some of the struggles and challenges they've endured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments but the time at the cork farm and meeting the family and enjoying lunch with them was truly special. The Roman Ruins in Conimbriga were a real surprise. Learning about the traditions of the students in Coimbra and being there as they were robes and set to graduate make it even more special. Also, both Fado performances were really special."

Edward

Social Circle, GA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour. All were outstanding. Our guide in Portugal, Fatima, was excellent, and we had a wonderful group to travel with. We had many opportunities to meet and mingle with locals, and found them to be friendly and very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was our visit to Roman ruins."

Philip

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The people of Portugal (and our tour leader Fahtima) were so nice and appreciative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fahtima, Portugal and the holy experience of being on sacred ground."

Bob

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was just about perfect in every way. The hotels were outstanding as was the food. Will definitely use Rick Steves tours again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The luncheon with the family at the cork farm. You don't get these kind of Rick Steves exclusives with other tour companies. I also loved the lunch with the family at the quinta in the Duoro valley and the tour of the artisan ceramics shop."

Jamie

Blacksburg, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mid May was a great time to visit Portugal--the weather was perfect with a brilliant blue sky and it was not too hot or cold. What I like about Rick Steves tours is that we experience the country in many different ways but also have scheduled free time to do what we want. The Whisper audio system allows everyone to hear what the guide is saying as we are able to look around while still listening. We don't miss information because we are not right next to the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't choose one WOW moment as there were many: the beautiful tiles throughout Portugal; the Gulbenkian Museum; the cork experience; eating barnacles!; the simple yet elegant single cross at Fatima, the Douro Valley; the amazing food, wine and port. I can't choose one WOW moment as there were many: the beautiful tiles throughout Portugal; the Gulbenkian Museum; the cork experience; eating barnacles!; the simple yet elegant cross at Fatima; the amazing food."

Terri

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was unique as Portugal is a small country. Having a guide who is a native added depth to learning about the culture and traditions. You could feel Maria's love of her country. The group was great fun, the weather fantastic, and bus rides short. We visited many different places-palaces, monasteries, ruins, walled cities, a cork farm, wineries, & churches. The tiles on walls inside and out were stunning. I learned about a country I knew little about and will cherish this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to limit to one as the cork farm and the Duoro Valley were outstanding. I have to go with Fatima as it was a very moving experience for me. Walking into the huge square with the 2 churches anchoring the square took my breath away. Watching the people crawling on their knees brought me to tears. I loved seeing part of the outdoor mass and the procession of the return of the statue of Mary to the chapel with the church bells ringing. A wonderful and spiritual day for me."

Robert

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 9th RS tour, and, as always, it was a very good experience (well organized, efficient,pleasant, and a great value in time and money).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one moment stands out, but there were lots of great moments. I did not think I would enjoy Fatima, but, after being there, I am glad it was included (lower case wow). Walking the wall in Obidos gets my highest wow."

Leslie

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent due to our guide Maria who made sure everyone understood what was happening and who took great care to make us aware of anything that could cause us harm. She was always available to answer questions and explained everything very well. I don't think we could of had a better tour guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few, the amazing churches with their beautiful decorations, all the cities and the beautiful Douro Valley."

Bob

Chatsworth, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We won the weather lottery, sunny, cool in mornings not too hot. Each of the hotels was perfect for the city they were in, and the staff was happy to help us whenever we needed. I felt pampered. This was our first Rick Steves trip and our guide, Maria, helped and encouraged us to be independent on the time we had on our own, 24hr rail passes, great instructions and access to good maps. The Whisper Audio system, comfortable coaches and relatively small group size added to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our last day in Porto we had a great time. We crossed the bridge across the Duro on the top, resting at the park Jardim do Morro. Then we went back on the lower level when a young diver jumped off the bridge. What a great day. But the killer moment was at our farewell dinner in the Palacio da Bolsa (Chamber of commerce) when the President of Portugal - Marcello Rebelo de Sousa - going to his banquet in the main hall, waved hello to us and Tour Guide Maria Jose Aleixo. We felt welcome."

Diana

Chatsworth, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit and lunch at the cork and olive farm."

Rollin

Valatie, NY

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I found Portugal somewhat disappointing compared to other RS tours I have been on. Especially since this tour is so popular and highly touted. The food was not that great. The annoying custom of bringing unwanted items to the table when we ate on our own was irksome. The best part of the tour was the last 4 days in northern Portugal. The first 8 days were mediocre. I suppose my critism is more of the country than the tour. Out guide was great and it was a good group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vineyards of the Douro Valley are spectacular."

Scott

Broadview Heights, OH

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall tour experience was excellent. We enjoyed Maria's low key but very effective leadership and support. We also enjoyed the many extras thrown in by Maria. Nice balance of group time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moments included the day at the cork farm with the wagon ride and wonderful lunch on the property. Another wow moment was entering Sao Jorge Castle at the top of Lisbon and seeing the magnificent views of the city, the bridge, the water, and the surrounding areas. Other wow moments included Fatima on a Sunday morning and the beauty of the Douro wine country."

Michael

Morton, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, Great weather, interesting and different sites, good food and wine. Maria is a great guide. She was enthusiastic, patient, knowledgeable and caring, Tour people were fun and engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was experiencing the Douro valley. It was so beautiful and peaceful. I would enjoyed more time there."

Gabrielle

Yorktown, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group was congenial and fun. We laughed so much on the bus and enjoyed every moment. I loved how we got into the real Portugal with the people. The cork farm, vineyards in the Douro valley, as well as the painting experience at the pottery factory were exceptionally enjoyable. I felt we did more than just see Portugal. We experienced it. The extra free time we had most afternoons gave us an opportunity to explore on our own and try out foods and shop. And the delicious food and wine!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Obidos, Evora, Cascais, Nazaré, and the Jeronimo Monastery! It is really hard to say that there was one "wow" moment. There were so many. I really loved the Douro valley. So beautiful! The small towns were more appealing to me than the larger cities, although Lisbon was easy to navigate. The cork farm tour and lavish luncheon with the family who owned the farm was outstanding! Loved the vineyard tour also. Painting tiles at the pottery was fun, too. Such nice people!"

Margaret

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience with fantastic tour guide who knew so much and did a lot to create a good feeling of community among the larger group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley, hands down"

Halina

Saunderstown, RI

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Friendly, Fun, Filing (mentally, physically and gastronomically. My only disappointment was Coimbra, I am glad I saw the old library but otherwise I could have done without it. Tile factory was great, I hope the owner can keep that going for years to come. Loved the Cork Farm, Loved Óbidos, but could live without the beach town. I live in RI which is almost one big beach and apparently a beach town is a beach town wherever you go,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked the cork Farm and the Roman ruins - the cork farm a surprise and something I never knew about where I felt welcome. Roman ruins something Ihave always wanted to see and they were up close - I could brush against a rock wall that had been there for a few thousand years. Raphael tying together the history with all of our sites step by step was masterfully done."

Diana

Woodland, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the tour! Rafael was awesome and imparted his knowledge and passion for Portugal so that we could feel it too. The group was really solid and we morphed from being 28 individual travelers to feeling like a family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one [INVALID] I think my favorites were the times where we were able to feel a sense of actually getting to meet real people [INVALID] the extra dinner up on the hill, lunch at the cork farm, the winery in the Douro Valley. The afternoon hanging out on the estate in the Douro Valley was also great."

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Portugal was a great experience from the beginning in Lisbon to our ending in Porto. Our accommodations, food, guide, 26 new friends were all outstanding. My own personal experience would maybe offer a couple of refinements to this tour. Not sure how you do this but some days there was just Too Much information/ History to totally comprehend and process in an intelligent way. One other small comment would be to start a little later in the morning a few days. Can't write anymore!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm, Fado music,vineyard."

Pamela

Richmond, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good food, great guide, and new sights were seen. The Portuguese people that we met were friendly and helpful. I learned my five useful Portuguese phrases and it was appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The University of Coimbra was amazing! I read a lot and to see that many rare and old books in three different rooms made me feel very happy. It was a worthwhile visit."

Inna

Foster City, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a second tour with your company. Tour was organized very well. Most of all I love the visits to the Cork farm, vine making family, ceramic company. This trips give me a chance to interact with real people, learn about the country and their views on life there.

Robert

Orinda, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. We are already planning our next tour for next year. I found virtually every aspect of my tour to exceptional. Raphael was a critical element and his passion for his country, for history, and for our experience was so present every day of the tour. The unique personal experiences during the trip were extraordinary and form a foundation of deep and lasting memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour of the library at the University of Coimbra was overwhelming. The most beautiful library I have ever seen in my life."

Patricia

Goshen, IN

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a wonderful country to visit and this is a great tour. The tour is well-planned to cover much of the country and expose us to a variety of regions, each with slightly differing geography and climate. We learned some of Portugal's history (both ancient and more recent), politics, and economics and visited a variety of beautiful and interesting sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm was absolutely fascinating. The family conveyed their passion for the land and their work and were gracious and enthusiastic hosts. I never knew growing, harvesting, and selling cork could be so interesting. This reinforced my belief that RS tours provide experiences and knowledge beyond what we could do on our own. The free afternoon in the Douro Valley was also a real treat, and the tiles decorating the buildings in Lisbon, Porto, and other cities are beautiful."

Carol

Panama City Beach, FL

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time in Europe, so we have nothing to compare, however, I don't think anything can top this fantastic journey through Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro valley was beautiful. I loved the wine tour and the afternoon of relaxation in the fabulous wine country estate that we spent the night. Both families made you feel welcome at their establishments."

Michael

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With Rafael's information and the help of location specific guides, we learned and saw much more than possible with independent travel. great way to get to know a country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Got to narrow down to 3. 1. Cork farm and long term family commitment to the land and their crops 2. Duro Valley estate and the same comment as above\ 3. Gulbarkian (sp) museum in Lisbon and the finest personal collection I have every seen"

Debby

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I thought the tour was a good opportunity to be exposed to Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto"

George

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our time in Portugal was fun and multifaceted. Great group of tour members and delicious food and wine... plus port! Both Rita and I collaborated on this eval.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm visit was educational and inspiring. Who knew cork was such a versatile and sustainable crop? Our walk through the family's estate and the excellent lunch provided a memorable glimpse into Portuguese culture. The Douro vineyard stop was a close second."

Lynda

Aspley, QLD

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves' tours are fabulous because of the type of people that join them. This was our second tour & again the group were very welcoming to the invading Aussies, interested in our country & lifestyle. The fact that Portugal turned on glorious weather & had so much to teach us, made this a very memorable holiday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering around old walled cities at night, imagining people's lives of long ago is always enjoyable. I love the fact that we stay there rather than just day visit like so many other tourists."

Brenda

Aptos, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the itinerary, pace of the trip and our guide, Javier Menor, was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley"

Becky

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS Tour..so much fun. We had a delightful group of travelers. Some newbies to RS tour travel and some repeat RS tour travelers. Everyone got along, shared lots of laughter, perhaps a bit of Portuguese "Vinho" and helped each other out when needed. The Portuguese people are so lovely and hospitable. Our guide Javier was delightful..funny, patient, and what a talent for walking backwards!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the bus, as we entered the Douro Valley..hillsides so green, so beautiful. My pictures do not reflect the beauty of this entire valley. I tried."

Don

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

outstanding. Great people and tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duoro valley"

Linda

Louisville, KY

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Varied activities of interesting historical and cultural import balanced with time to explore on our own, thus making our own personal discoveries enhance what the tour offered. Our tour leader, Javier, was fabulous: present, enthusiastic and interesting, and treated us like adults. I liked how he made the bus driver an integral part of the group. We did such a variety of activities that taught us very personally about Portugal and the Portuguese that we really had an excellent introduction.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vineyards in the Duero Valley. Our local guide kept repeating, "in my grandfather's time...in my great-grandfather's time"; the sense of continuity and commitment in their craft, crop and business is not something you'd experience often in the States. And it was beautiful."

Wendy

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of people who were all friendly, supportive and kind. Javier, our guide, was organized, informative and had the right mix of humor and empathy that a great tour guide should have. The tour itself included the right mix of large cities and small villages, seaside and country, so I felt that we got a good glimpse of the variety of Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few but I'd have to say our tour of the cork tree farm was the biggest "wow." The whole process of growing and harvesting cork was very interesting and an eye opener. Hearing about the sustainable practices of the farm was very enlightening. I also very much enjoyed the lunch afterwards....not only the food and wine....but especially the family sitting at our tables and sharing and answering questions we had. Definitely one of the highlights!"

Maya

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a beautiful country. It is often underrated, but offers the big city, small countryside towns, large cathedrals and intimate establishments. The people were so friendly, and always treated us with a smile. The pace was comfortable...we never seemed rushed and were able to appreciate the history, the narrow streets that wove through a city, and the people at the farms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Leaving Coimbra, the scenery was much like that in California. But as we climbed higher, and into the Douro Valley, the terraced hillsides took our breath away. They were so manicured and clung to the hills above the river. We wondered how the vines were planted in such tight rows and places, only to be told that the terraces were decades old. The quilted hillsides were a spectacular sight. We also liked the food tour in Porto. History and food...what a combination!"

Judith

Louisville, KY

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good guide(s) Good balance of planned and free time Good accomodations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Terraced hills in Duoro Valley"

Ann

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The history gets a bit complicated: a visual aid, like a timeline, would have been helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm"

James

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time on a Rick Steves tour and I was very impressed. I loved learning the history and culture of Portugal. The tours and guides were excellent. Everthing is well organized and runs like clock work. I especially enjoyed the spacious bus, it takes a lot of the stress out of traveling when the trips from town to town is handled. Even the driver was excellent. A professional with a real sense of humor. I found Portugal, to be somewhat similar to Italy but 30 to 40% of the cost.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No doubt about Our Lady of Fatima shrine. Our guide, Fatima, was able to get us in the museum even though it was closed. Seeing how the bullet taken from Pope John Paul II fit perfectly in the crown was incredible."

Marcia

Maggie Valley, NC

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a wonderful, warm, safe and easy country to visit. The tour length was perfect as well as the areas covered. Bus rides were generally 2 to 3 hours and the activities and sites visited were interesting and exciting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed the cork farm sites, explanations,and wonderful lunch with the engaging family who owned it The family has gone to great lengths to make the tour relaxing and informative. They only do this tour for Rick Steves groups, so they make you feel very special and welcome. We also loved the food and wine walking tour. Fun!"

Shauna

Reston, VA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed our trip to Portugal. The lovely countryside, interesting history, friendly local people and delicious food & wine, combined with our wonderful guide, Fatima, and our easy going group members all came together for a very happy experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the relaxation I felt by the water: the beautiful beach and ocean of Nazare, the Douro River boat ride, and pedestrian bridge/waterfront walks with wonderful views of the Rabelo boats in Porto. I also found the Canha da Silva family international collection of nativity scenes in the Church of St. Francis, Evora, to be very special, each uniquely handcrafted."

Maria

Atherton, CA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed towns we went to. Itinerary was good. Guide was good but talked for long periods with travelers zoning out. Would have enjoyed more free time. Hotel location was excellent. Would have liked to try more real local food rather than Americanized version. Winery visit was fun but not very educational. Cork farm tour was same. Would have liked to visit a cork factory. Pottery factory was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"cork farm or pottery factory because they were a break from "sites". Enjoyed seeing how local business is run. Fado was awesome."

Dona

Orangevale, CA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very passionate guide, Fatima. Great hotel locations and generally higher class hotels. Great informational visits to cork farm and winery estate. Great walking tours in each city. Excellent bus driver. Best seafood ever everywhere! Would have liked to go to Algrave. I did go to Sintra on a tour did on my own before tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto and the boats that carried port barrels. Second was Monestary of Jeronimos with all the fantastic building design and sculpture on buildings."

Lynda

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a good trip, as we were expecting from a Rick Steves tour. This was our fourth.

Claudia

Lake Zurich, IL

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We decided to do the Portugal tour for our 25th wedding anniversary since neither of us had ever been there and it didn't disappoint. We were never bored because of the variety of activities included and the numerous towns visited; all different in their own way. But I have to say that our guide, Fatima, really made this tour fantastic for us. She was a wealth of knowledge historically about her homeland and her personality was a total delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but probably the shrine of Fatima, the cork oak forest visit and our surprise medieval dinner/dance party"

Cathy

Bend, OR

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous trip.I loved it. Portugal is such beautiful country with warm and friendly people; stepped in history,culture and great food. Yummy grilled octopus and tiger prawns and its fresh and local too. Fatima, our guide was amazing. Not only is she a great leader,she is very professional, very personable and lots of fun. I really enjoyed her own personal insights into various historical events, customs and contemporary issues of Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment had to have been the cork tree farm. That was amazing. The setting and grounds were beautiful. Our host/owner shared his knowledge and love for sustainable cork tree farming in a way that I will never forget. It certainly changed the way I look at cork. The day was delightful and the lunch was delicious."

Don

Maggie Valley, NC

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved Portugal with all it's history and culture. The food was amazing and people were wonderful. It was so easy to travel as English was spoken everywhere. We have been on 13 tours and have to rank this one at the top. What made it exceptional was Fatima! She was incredibly good as a guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm and lunch with the family."

Abigail

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third tour with RS, and once again, it was fabulous! As always, the pace was managed beautifully, exposing us to the many riches of Portugal as well as giving us time to explore on our own. The hotels were particularly excellent this time, as was the food provided by the tour. Our guide, Maria Jose Alexio, was beyond wonderful, as was our great driver, Paulo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As there are 2 of us, we get 2 "wows" We both loved the tour of the Rovisco Garcia cork farm and the owner's expertise, as well as his passion for sustainability. It is always memorable to spend time with Rick's local "finds". We also were blown away by the gorgeous gilded Cathedral of Sao Francisco in Porto. To say that we were "awe struck' is putting it mildly!"

Rick

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Portugal trip was our 6th tour and would rate as one of the best. As usual the special events such as the visit to the cork farm, tour of the vineyard, and the Fado concerts were all outstanding. The Fado concerts were a very pleasant surprise. The group dinners were generally very good. The hotels were especially good and seemed more modern on this tour. It was a busy tour and the amount of walking in hilly cities and on cobblestones were somewhat of a surprise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moment was the visit to the cork farm. What a wonderful family and their enthusiasm for the environment besides their love of their business was wonderful."

Patricia

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was so much fun [INVALID] from our first meeting with our group to last day. Portugal is a unique country and we were exposed to the richness of their culture, cuisine, music and history. The visits to the Cork farm, the winery, and the Countess's estate were so unique. Don't think most people get to experience that. So much fun meeting and enjoying meals with these wonderful folks that shared their family stories and histories with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't have just one wow moment. Just loved experiencing the whole country from Lisbon to Porto. Each day was a wow. Did really enjoy our Fado evenings. Really unique experience."

Sarah

Addison, PA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our "Heart of Portugal " tour. Maria was truly wonderful She took care of sick travelers, and made sure myself and another gluten sensitive participant always had meals and snacks that were appropriate. I can't thank her enough for her care and concern. We were surprised at the topography of Portugal we didn't realize it was so mountainous ! Our legs really got a workout with the steps, steep hills, and narrow passage ways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was our trip to Fatima. Seeing the pilgrims make their way to the shrine was inspiring . We loved the cork farm too"

Carleen

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour and it ranked up with the best of them. Maria our guide was excellent, our fellow travelers were congenial and fun, and Portugal is a fascinating, beautiful country; forward looking and proud of its' hard won freedom after years of a dictatorship. I loved the two very different fado performances and the opportunity to explore and dine in gorgeous sites, especially in Porto and Lisbon, that I would never have discovered on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely our visit to the cork farm, which also produces it's own wines and olive oils. I was so impressed with the family's progressive and long range thinking re sustainability in all areas, from production to maintaining a low carbon footprint, to the way in which they cared for the trees, plants and wildlife on their land. We also shared a wonderful lunch there and had the opportunity to interact with members of the family."

Patrick

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely well researched and planned. At the finish it really felt like we had experienced Portugal. Size of the group was small enough that we developed good camaraderie and had great interactions with our guide Maria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Roman ruins up close."

Adria

Forest Hills, NY

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, a very good trip. Compared to the three trips I've taken with Rick Steves (Best of Turkey, Best of the Adriatic, Best of Sicily (winter season), Heart of Portugal felt much slower paced -- which surprised me. Enjoyed all of the sites and cities, though I think the visit to Fatima is too long.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow discovery is how much I enjoyed the Portuguese people. Portugal is truly one of the friendliest countries I've ever visited. I consistently found the Portuguese to be warm, kind, patient, approachable, and eager to connect. I really loved that. My wow "moment" is: Fado! Beautiful, beautiful Fado!"

Linda

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in Portugal. Excellent guides, food and stops along the way. Everything was managed well and we were pleased with our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved everything about the tour but especially our stop at the Cork Farm, where we toured the farm with one of the owners and then had lunch there."

Cynthia

Temple Terrace, FL

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time on our 8th Rick Steves' tour. Javier was a great guide. He made Portugal come alive! We enjoyed our fellow tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the cork farm visit and the food and wine tour. Porto was our favorite city!"

Patricia

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Javier was outstanding leader and guide. Very inclusive and enthusiastic about all of our visits in Portugal. Made sure everyone had what they needed. Enjoyed the locations we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tile paining at the tile factory was great fun for me. The extension in Santiago and learning about the pilgrims was awesome and very touching for me."

Don

Silver City, NM

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Twelve days is a long time for a group of 28 people to remain civil, positive and united toward a common goal. Through out the tour we managed to do this and much of the responsibility lay squarely on the shoulders of our guide, Javier Menor. This was my first RS tour, so I had few expectations and solely the hope for an awesome experience. My expectations were surpassed easily by the third day as the camaraderie built. The tour pacing, with two/four hours of free time each day was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow event was not a singular moment but the accumulation of daily experiences with warm/friendly/welcoming locals at every stop. My "ah ha" walk away was that the Portuguese people just get it. They understand that we are not tourist invaders, but simple travelers visiting places in the world to appreciate the people/food/beverage/sites/culture of others. An attitude which the Portuguese openly accepted and fully embraced."

Priscilla

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being able to visit cities and towns from the perspective of the people who live there was a different and unique experience. We roamed the streets and byways of large cites and small towns. We learned the history and the culture of Portugal, by visiting historic monasteries and Roman ruins, even tried our hand at painting ceramics! We sampled Portuguese food, wine & music. Our guide, Javier, was excellent, our bus driver, Nuno, was amazing, and the group an absolute delight!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman ruins at Conimbriga absolutely blew me away! The size and detail of the parts that have been excavated are mind-boggling, especially the mosaics! One of our group members who has visited Pompeii said that the ruins that we saw were better than the ones in Pompeii. These ruins were a highlight of my trip."

Jackie

Barrie, ON

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful chemistry,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm was amazing. It was nice to see and hear the passion the owner had for his business."

Diane

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was everything we expected. The group dynamics were quite different. We have been on five RC Tours and our groups were truly family and we made friendships that lasted beyond the tour. This trip started out with NO last names divulged which was a bit odd. In the past, we always had companiions in our "free" time. This time, everyone just went off on their own. That was our biggest disappointment and maybe it's because we are older now and times have changed. Our last tour was 2007.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm was so interesting. I'll never look at another cork the same again."

Jean

Glendale, AZ

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our "Heart of Portugal in Twelve Days" tour was pure joy from start to finish. This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we would definitely recommend it. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed each day's itinerary. The cities and tours selected for each day were diverse and interesting. We felt like we got a great taste of Portugal and learned so much about it's culture and people. Beautiful country, beautiful people, and beautiful tour! Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the tour of the cork farm. The family members who manage the farm were so passionate about what they did as well as how and why. It was the most interesting tour I have ever taken. The lunch they shared with us was delicious, and the fact that each one of them sat at our tables at lunch and talked about their lives made it such a personal experience. I thought this tour was exceptional!"

Dennis

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was an amazing country that is still undiscovered Beautiful country and friendly people. It was an emotional time for me reconnecting to my roots

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through alfama and catching the smells of a local woman who gave us fried cod cakes that brought me back to my vava's kitchen it brought me to tears with a flood of lost memories"

Jo

Johns Island, SC

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Portugal was wonderful and we had a very compatible group (as always)! It was a nice mix of city and countryside and every day had some memorable experience. The only reason I gave the tour very good instead of outstanding is because of the itinerary as described below.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A favorite part was visiting the cork farm and having lunch with members of the family in the beautiful dining room with fabulous food. Also I'll always remember visiting the University of Coimbra and the library. Magnificent! It is hard to wrap your head around a university founded in 1290; and the students in their black capes was impressive!"

David

Johns Island, SC

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I agree with my wife's evaluation form, but have a few additional comments. I think your groups are a little large. I wish they were only 18-24. I do like your way of weeding out the high maintenance folks by having everyone carry their own bags to and from the bus. I'd leave Fatima off the itinerary. No one on our tour really wanted to be there and certainly not for four hours on our own.

Elizabeth

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing - I might not fit the typical Rick Steve's profile - but as a mom with 2 kids still at home, this tour will have lasting effects on me AND my family. ( I traveled with my stepmom and aunt/uncle) I really appreciated not only the beauty but the differences in our daily lives vs daily lives in PO. The ability to relax; not make decisions and just soak in the country was a gift. I know for sure I want to share Portugal with others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many -Fatima on a Sunday - seeing the priests giving mass under the white umbrellas and the smell of wax; the cork farm (they focus on cork, but be sure to ask about boar hunting); Douro Valley - stunning; feeling like I was traveling with 20 friends"

Jerome

New Haven, MO

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Probably rates second only to Italy in my experience with RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duoro valley. The bus ride up the valley and the hotel stay in the valley. Would recommend that the bus take the entire trip to Porto along the river."

Stephen

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have no complaints, tour was as expected and our guide knew her stuff. thank you for not playing the ridiculous name game.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the quality of the wine. You can order the best wine on the menu for about 22 Euro. The food exceeded my expectations."

Paulette

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To me, Portugal was the quintessential Rick Steve's tour experience. Small group, great sites, food, wines (especially) and hotels with the perfect locations. And of course, a fantastic tour guide in Cristina. I've been on 11 other Rick Steve's tours, all of which were good. Portugal ranks in my top 4 (I can't keep it to top 3).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was sitting on the outside patio of the Vintage House Hotel overlooking the Douro river, drinking wine with our newest friends on the tour. Memorable."

Rick

Cochrane, AB

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS Tour and like the previous 4, did not disappoint in any way. Our guide Cristina was terrific and virtually every day she went out of her way to do something special for us. The hotels and provided meals, including wine were beyond our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm was very interesting and the provided lunch was great as was the Douro Valley winery visit. Favourite locations visited were Evora, Obidos, Douro Valley and Porto."

Arlene

Cochrane, AB

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves' tour and once again we were totally impressed. The country, the food and the wine were all exceptional but the most impressive aspect was our tour guide. Cristina was not only extremely knowledgeable but also went out of her way to enhance our experience with unexpected stops and frequent surprises.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the cork farm as well as the Douro Valley winery."

Larry

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed Portugal even more than we expected. The highlights of the tour were several: visit to the cork oak planation, being in Coimbra as the term ended, being in Fatima on Sunday, the visit to the St. Eufemia winery. These highlights reminded us why we appreciate Rick Steves Tours -- that we simply could not have arranged all these events on our own. The Douro valley was so beautiful that we want to go back. Both Lisbon and Porto were attractive cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most exhilarating moment was walking onto the enormous terrace at the church in Fatima during the Sunday worship service."

James

Excelsior, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour. We had high expectations and found all of them exceeded. Our guide (Christina) was absolutely superb. Our companions on the trip were wonderful - we found ourselves wishing we had more time to get to know each couple better. They never missed a departure time, were fast on and off the bus and extremely considerate of everyone else. The diversity of the itinerary was delightful - never a long bus ride without an interesting stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The timing of the tour enabled us to experience two rare events: university graduation week in Coimbra and the religious festival of Fatima. Both events were unique in our experience and we were honored to be participants/spectators at them."

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was a largely unknown to us. Thanks to our very enthusiastic guide, Christina, we leaned a great deal about the culture and people of that great but underrated country. We would like to go back at some point and explore further - which is really the point of traveling - experience new places and peoples. Excellent tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"University of Coimbra (the "Oxford" of the Portuguese speaking world) was a great experience. We could really sense the student enthusiasm (end of term) and the "Harry Potter" flavor of the place. Also found the cork farm very interesting. Porto is a lovely "vertical" city with many "wow" moments. Finally, we found the Fatima pilgrimage site very moving."

Beth

Wallingford, PA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our trip to Portugal was wonderful for many reasons. We appreciated the depth of our tour guides knowledge and passion for tour leadership. The length of the tour enabled us to see most of the country and the diverse eco systems. The accommodations were comfortable and we had positive group dynamics. So too, we used the RS's book to hire additional guides before the tour started and during the tour our guide assisted us to hire another guide to see the Neolithic ruins near Evora. Such win-wins

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Duoro Valley spoke to us. The visit to the vineyard was enjoyable and the scenery beautiful. We wish there would have been additional time to visit a second active vineyard or a defined walk somewhere."

Edward

Sheffield Village, OH

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip revealed Portugal as an absolutely gorgeous country. While not huge geographically, there are so many different landscapes, with enchanting towns, breath taking vistas, and of course a very friendly and outgoing population.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there were quite a few WOW moments; seeing the Douro valley for the first time, visiting the cork farm, touring the port winery, sword fighting with Soren the Viking in our Obidos hotel, then being accused of "treason", and hauled away to "jail", the one moment that really stands out was when Sharon sang a capella in the Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria in Alcobaca. Her voice and the marvelous acoustics were almost surreal. It was a truly memorable experience."

Carolyn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A wonderful introduction to Portugal. We saw main sights in major cities, key achievements in rural areas, walked small villages, famous religious sights, an ancient university, and were exposed to culturally relevant performances, food, and drink. The depth and breadth was varied, interesting, and impressive. Our tour leader, Rafael, was smart, helpful, generous, humble, and provided benevolent leadership, as well as corrective counsel. The other tour participants were pleasant and thoughtful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From the tour: Alcobaça. The amazing kitchen, with its giant chimney, and the dining hall with its acoustic attributes (brought to life by the riveting singing of one or our tour members). On our own time: Seeing the Megalithic sites near Èvora. We were able to coordinate a guide to the sites. Walking among these ancient stones, appreciating their positioning, touching their raised carvings--older than Stonehenge--was a dramatic high point."

Brian

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Over all my tour experience was exceptional due to the unexpected beauty of Portugal as a unique region and the beauty of her people, culture and traditions. These experiences were passionately conveyed by the expertise and love for their country by Rafael and Claudia who's diligent effort ensured that we as travelers feel the true beating heart of a culture and it's people. The tour was flawless and conducted with the utmost precision thanks to our lovely travel companions Rafael and Claudia!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fri. 26 April: The squares and streets of Lisbon were packed with all the people and families of the city for the purpose of exercising their right to peaceful assembly and political protest. It was a real treat to be amongst them for what felt like a sacred and solemn duty of a citizenry. Was all peaceful with music, drums, singing, speeches and no violence!!"

Ida

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall met all expectations. This one is one of the most enjoyable because of our tour guide. Rafael ranks top on my list among RS Tour guides I have toured with. Weather at beginning of tour in Lisbon was rainy and windy, but Rafael's genuine enthusiasm and can-do attitude lifted the group's spirits, and he sets the tone of comradery for the group. Loved all the "surprises" along the way - a ginjinha stop at Alfama, pastel de Belem in front of the Belem tower, Barnacles tasting at Naraze.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. My favorites include the incredibly spectacular library at the University of Coimbra, the kitchen in the monastery of Alcobaca (what a kitchen!). As I walked through and listened to Rafael & the local guide, I marveled at the breathtaking architecture, rich history and the people behind all of these amazing places."

Soren

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alentejo and Douro valley"

Sandy

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good balance of scheduled time and unscheduled time to use as you choose. A wide range of types of things we did - hit the high points of the main tourist kinds of things, but also some special hidden surprises. I also really enjoyed the others in the group - flexible, curious and pleasant people to explore with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro wine valley - beautiful scenery, enjoyed the tour of the vineyard and getting to know the family that operates and how they live. It was nice to get away from the more "touristy" things for a bit. I also loved where we stayed - what a unique experience - even though things were a little musty - but all part of the unique experience."

Gail

Tequesta, FL

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 6th RS tour did it disappoint. Another great group of travelers and Rafael who was delightful, educated, fun and engaging. The hotels were above average, the group meals exceptional. We rode tuk tuks, drank wine , boated on the Duoro, ate pastries and saw Fado. Beautiful scenery, experiences you can only get on a RS tour. Highly recommend. Portugal is full of surprises with lovely people and the tour is organized with plenty of time for rest and relaxing. One of our favorite RS tours!!!,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many great moments. The hotel in Duoro Valley was amazing . The group meals on the cork farm and at the winery were great. Beautiful Porto and the food tour. Rafael always getting us pastries and Ginjinha. The amount of meals with wine. Dinner on the roof in Óbidos. Rafael is a delight. We had plenty of time to wander on our own as there is not a ton of bus time. The final dinner in Porto was outstanding! We fell in love with Porto!"

Michael

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved how everything was well planned and organized, Our guide kept us on schedule and was very knowledgeable and patient. Saw many things I likely would not have done on my own. Met some wonderful people in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow" moments to list, but here are a couple. Loved the visit to the cork farm. The hosts were so welcoming and the lunch and wine there was fabulous. Seeing the vineyards in the Duro Valley was stunning. I had never seen olive trees or almond trees before so I enjoyed seeing them."

Andrew

Bar Harbor, ME

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a poor but upcoming country. People are friendly and walking is safe. Prices are low. Seafood is great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: 1) The Duro Valley 2) Visiting the cork farm 3) Visiting the Lisbon aquarium and zoo on my own."

Douglas

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was so well organized but we were also given personal time to allow us to just do our own thing some of the time. Portugal itself was beautiful, the Portuguese people were very proud of their country. The seafood and wine were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the vineyards where port is produced."

Roberta

Oden, MI

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned about Portugal's history and culture. Fátima helped me fall in love with the country and it's people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our experience at the cork farm. Learning how through the last two generations it came to be what it is today and their visions for the future."

Leila

Marlborough, CT

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip to Portugal was great. The hotels were outstanding and location was great. Fatima made sure everything ran smoothly. I enjoyed the monasteries, the cork farm and of course the wine. The food tour we took in Porto was very informative and tasty.

Ann

Marlborough, CT

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well run. Learned a great deal about the culture of Portugal. I was amazed to visit so many splendid monasteries and churches. Lots of architectural treasures! All of the people we encountered were very friendly, welcoming, and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one moment. Seeing the vastness of the Roman ruins was fascinating. Another indication of Portugal's rich and complex history."

Mark

Austin, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fabulous time, great guide (Fatima) and fun fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm visit, really enjoyed this."

Karen

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well. Our guide made the whole trip exciting, informative and totally fun. She kept everyone engaged and on track with our schedule. Not easy! Fatima also made the 'bus time' enjoyable with lots of information about Portuguese culture, etc. Our fellow travelers were lots of fun. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the various hotels we stayed at! On your tours it is lovely to experience so many towns. A great way to get a taste of a country, and long for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Uh oh - several "wow" moments! I loved the cork farm. I loved hearing about all the family does to keep the farm on track. I loved the winery and the views there were fabulous! Never knew Portugal had homes with tile on the outside. Beautiful and surprising! I had a birthday while on this trip. So sweet to be acknowledged by our wonderful guide and fellow travelers! Very unexpected but lovely and touching. Great cake too! A giant THANK YOU to Fatima!"

Andrew

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the city experiences in Lisbon, with its colorful, distinct neighborhoods, Porto's waterfront and vibrant streets, and Coimbra's university character, history, and dining. Douro River valley is beautiful - I had no idea of this beforehand. Also loved the broad variety of experiences on the tour. Every day different and enriching. Rainy and chilly weather impacted some activities; perhaps this tour is better if taken later in May or June or in the fall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fado singers and guitar players and dinner at the private club in Lisbon and being in Fatima on a Sunday morning for the procession and services - a definite "wow." Also loved the beautiful vistas and river scenes in the Douro Valley, open-air dinner on the Porto waterfront on a beautiful evening, and the gorgeous riverside setting at Hotel Vintage House on the Douro River (take me back there!)."

Kristy

Austin, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved this tour. Not knowing what to expect it totally exceeded my hopes. Our guide Fatima was just the best. She's so passionate about Portugal and wanted to share her love with us. The variety and unique experiences were my favorite. Learning the customs and history of Portugal was very interesting and I can't wait to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I actually had had two wow moments aside from saying wow each time I walked into a church or monastery. I absolutely loved the cork farm and how genuine the family was about their families history and the work that goes into running a cork farm and vineyards. They were so welcoming. I also enjoyed the the family winery and how gracious the family was to all of us. You could just feel the dedication and love they had for their family and business."

William

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wasn't quite sure what would be found in Portugal but must say it was overwhelming! What a country! Our guide Fatima was very knowledgeable and proud of her country which came through in her delivery and from all the daily guides we had the pleasure to spent time with. Have traveled quite a bit in recent years and don't remember a country with such a positive atitude as Portugal. Thanks Fatima!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima, the church service has to be seen!"

Ronald

River Forest, IL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful.I was told by 3 dedicated travelers that I had to go to Portugal and I am so happy that I took their advice.I learned a lot ,had fun and ate great food what could be better.The overall pace of this tour was excellent.I think we had the correct balance between seeing attractions and doing other fun activities.I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always there were many wow moments for me however I think the best was the cork farm visit.Seeing this entire family being dedicated to this farm and how they are committed to sustainable farming was amazing.Learning how the cork is taken off the trees was very interesting.The meal they served was terrific.I also purchased a bottle of their reserve red wine for only 10 Euros which turned out to be the best wine I had on the trip."

Jim

Fort Smith, AR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely well run, saw amazing sites every day. Enjoyed the tour with lots of new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima, our tour guide, describing Fatima, Portugal and the vision of Mary by the three kids."

Daniel

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good people on tour. No cliques formed. Fatima is an excellent guide. She was always engaged with the group, gave us interesting insights into her country, had just the right amount of energy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the designs on the sidewalks -- mosaics of light and dark stones, many different patterns."

Joan

Bar Harbor, ME

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fátima was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I would have liked lessons in Portuguese each morning. In the half tour evaluation, I asked for more, but she seemed to feel that she had taught us enough. The sites we saw were wonderful. The food was very heavy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The map in the sidewalk in Lisboa that showed where the Portuguese had colonies and the dates of those colonial "conquests". It was torrential rain when Fátima gave that lecture. It was worth it in spite of the weather."

Angelika

River Forest, IL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fatima, our guide, and all the people we met along the way made Portugal such a warm, welcoming place. The fact that most Portuguese speak some English was a pleasant surprise making travel there easy. Nuno, our driver, was also very personable, helpful and above all concerned with getting us around safely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm, the Duoro valley winery, the roman archeological site, all tie for me. The first 2 though are experiences I'd not be able to arrange on my own outside a RS tour, so am especially grateful for them."

Kelle

Fort Smith, AR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Ricks Steves tour - and it was, again, excellent. Our guide, Fátima, was passionate about her country, very knowledgeable, and entertaining as well. I thought it was a very good mix of activities, and we had a great tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one "wow"moment. I loved the tiled buildings, the cathedrals and monasteries, the Roman ruins, and the visits to the cork farm and winery. I enjoyed Porto much more than I expected to, especially the food tour."

Stephen

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group of people. Great guide.

Susan

Monticello, FL

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We so enjoyed this recent Heart of Portugal tour, the best of my ten RS tours. The tour itinerary was a perfect mix of city and country. Tasting delicious food, seeing how far along economically this proud, little country has come since joining the EU, learning its long history, and hearing the mournful, lilting notes of fado swirl around us. I do feel 28 tour members are too many for this tour. So lucky Xavier was along to take Robin back to Lisbon and get her on the plane after her accid

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Rovisco-Garcia cork farm and estate!!!!"

Susan

Boise, ID

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my eighth RS tour. Portugal is a delightful destination and the people are warm, friendly and gracious. Maria is an excellent guide and Javier was an excellent assistant. The itinerary was a good one. In my opinion, the visit to Fatima is not worth the time. Delete! Please add at least half a day at the lovely Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Varzea. Our time there was much too short. Two nights would be wonderful. I do realize it was probably the most expensive hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the visit to the Cork Farm and the luncheon. It was beautiful, educational and delicious. I didn't want to leave."

Lawrence

Bonners Ferry, ID

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As always, the tour guide was very pleasant and most accommodative. The tour was well planned and well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm."

Carlotta

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had looked forward to Portugal, but now feel we waited too long. Lisbon, in particular was too crowded, overrun with tourists and pickpockets. Once we got out of the city it got better. We loved Coimbra and Porto and if returning to Portugal would skip Lisbon, fly into Porto and stay in the country and smaller cities. Overall there were too many churches. Fátima was a real bust. Leaving the "sites" and walking narrow streets near our hotel in Porto was wonderful. We missed the "back door."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "special"events -- Theresa's vineyard and lunch, the cork farm and lunch with the family, the ceramics painting -- truly were special. These are the sort of events we take Rick Steves' tours for. Any opportunity to actually talk with locals, which given the frequency of these tours must be hard to choreograph, makes the trip feel special."

Suzanne

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I have travelled with other tour companies in the past and in comparison, this tour thoroughly impressed me, and I would not hesitate to sign up for another of his thoughtful, well-planned journeys. I very much appreciated the emphasis on local culture, food and activities and entertainment. There is so much to learn about other countries, their history and way of life and these tours make it all possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. One was tasting the Pastel de Nata custard tart. Another was our arrival at the Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes Da Varzea. Another was the wonderful guided tours and lunches at the cork farm (quinta) at Rovisco Garcia and the Quinta Santa Eufemia famous for their port wine. The scenery of Nazare and the Douro Valley, the architecture of Portugal."

Suzanne

Crown Point, IN

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of Portugal was excellent. Maria was an outstanding guide along with help from Javier. She provided some delicious treats along the way especially the Pasteis de Belém. All the tour members were friendly and enjoyed our journey together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was the visit to the cork farm and the lovely and delicious lunch with the family. Now when I see a cork stopper from a bottle of wine, I will always think of our visit."

Larry

Tehachapi, CA

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip would have been better without all the rain. That is not your fault. There were of course unexpected but enjoyable learning events. Who knew cork came from trees or that two crazy Portugese were the first to cross the Atlantic? I had never put together that the Portugese were exploring the world while people in America were still running around in loin cloth undies. We were blessed with a laid back, interesting group of people. The only downside was Robin shattering her ankle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arabian hall in the stock exchange palace and the marble map."

Constance

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader Maria was an excellent and well organized leader. My husband and I especially enjoyed the other travelers. The hotels were attractive and comfortable. As always the food was an important window into the country. We loved the special excursions, Fado, cork farm and pottery studio.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Serendipity is the biggest wow factor in travel."

Valerie

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour! This was my 5th RS tour and I, again, had a excellent experience. Our guide Maria was fantastic. She was knowledgeable, fun, and made sure we were taken care of. All of the experiences were great and the food and hotels were superb. Everything about the tour was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the cork farm experience, the Douro valley wine tour, and everything we did in Porto. The cork farm was a great learning experience and having lunch with the family members was a nice personal touch The winery we visited in the Douro valley, "Theresa" being our host, was extremely informative and the lunch was great, too. She was such a hospitable host and I enjoyed talking to her. Finally, everything we did in Porto was breathtaking and enjoyable. I must visit again!"

Donna

Dayton, OH

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful even though the weather wasn't. I learned about Portugal and its history, but also about cork farms, ceramic manufacturing, port production, and pastel de nata! I would recommend this adventure to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments, but the best was possibly the simplest. We were staying one night in Lamego, a beautiful vineyard with impeccable grounds and such beauty. I checked into my room and when going out again to return to the main house, I opened the double doors leading to the terrace, and there was a spectacular double rainbow over the Douro Valley vineyards and it was heavenly! A double WOW!"

Theodore

Missoula, MT

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this tour. I liked both of our tour guides. They gave us lots of good advice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "wow" experiences. One was visiting the cork farm, and the other was the dinner we had in Coimbra -- the roast suckling pig."

William

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great diversity of activities on this tour --fado performances, cork farm, tile painting, tasting tour of Porto along with the 'usual suspects' of visits to major sites. Mario truly superior guide, very knowledgeable with a calming influence but also fine sense of humor. Good fortune to have Javier on tour as major injury to client in Obidos allowed him to stay behind to help arrange her evacuation to US. Óbidos a theme park from the 50s not worthy of inclusion and slippery when wet

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sun came out in Porto and my daughter and I walked across the Ponte de Luís to Gaia and back on the gondola across the top of the bridge then to pick our way thru medieval streets back to Riberia, great views and everyone enjoying promenading. Visit to cork farm another unexpected highlight. Enjoyed Fado performance in Lisbon more than I expected.one"

Renee

Corrales, NM

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour; most of the others had been on several before this one. I now know why people keep coming back--a very well organized, varied and interesting tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I enjoyed the "sights" -- castles, monasteries, walled towns, churches -- the most interesting parts to me were the tours of the cork farm, the Pottery factory and the Douro Valley vineyard and winery. It's the people I met that are most memorable, particularly at the cork farm, because the family made such an effort to make us welcome. A family member sat at each of our tables at lunch -- we felt more like guests than paying customers."

Diana

Missoula, MT

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is beautiful & has a fascinating history. My husband & I spend a lot of time reminiscing about the delicious food - we got hooked on pastels de nata. There's nothing like them here and we miss them. At our first group dinner, we were overwhelmed with platters of perfectly-grilled meats (and bowls of warm potato chips). I discovered I really like bacalhau - and then, there was succulent suckling pig - and francesinha sandwiches, smothered in cheese. We need to go back & try the tripe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm! It was a sunny, warm day and the fields were blanketed with wildflowers. I'm a gardener and was missing my own garden, so this helped ease the homesickness. It turns out that cork production is fascinating! The family and employees were so welcoming and knowledgeable. They gave us a delicious lunch with wine produced on the estate. It was a lovely respite between cities."

Carole

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very good and I did enjoy it. We had a good combination of city, towns and countryside. In Lisbon, it would have been nice to have another 20 minutes at the Sao Jorge Castle. Douro Valley was my second Wow place especially at Quinta Santa Eufemia. Therese was a wonderful hostess. It was a wonderful group of people. Overall, it was a first rate tour. I want to take another tour with you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Carvalho Rovisco Garcia cork oak farm. Goncalo lead the tour and gave a very interesting talk on the history of the farm and the farming practices. I was very impressed to learn how dedicated they are to not only managing the high quality of the their products but also the short and long term interest in sustainable land management. The day was beautiful and sunny so the ride through the forest with all of the wild flowers was a treat as was the lunch."

Robin

Cushing, OK

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves Tour. I love the format. I really enjoyed Portugal, the guides, Maria and Javier were incredible. My tour was cut short due to a fall/injury in Obidos. My care received from my guides was outstanding. I had to return to the US after only six days into the tour. I hope to return and see the rest of Portugal someday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the cork farm, the tour of the grounds and the lovely meal with the family/owners."

David

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It had all the elements of a Rick Steves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have a wow moment on this tour. I just learned about Portugal."

James

Lockport, IL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than expected. Guides go all out.

Glen

Simpson, SK

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I did not know much about Portugals history and nothing about the language. I have heard how nice the people are and the food. We had a great tour with knowledgeable guides and intresting destinations each day. I enjoyed the farm visits but we saw a few to many churches etc. Almost all the hotels were above expectations with one minor exception. Location of the hotels was great and the food was very good in all cases. However the best part of the entire tour had to be the other members of tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment for me was the cork farm tour. Closely followed by the winery tour."

Lesli

Tracy, CA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was thoroughly enjoying the tour and Lisbon so much. Unfortunately, halfway through the tour I fell and broke my leg. So my experience can only reflect the first half of the tour. So upsetting as we were having such a great time and loving both our guides. We were traveling with a wonderful group of people that got along beautifully!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of the cork farm and the meal following the tour with the owners and their family! Wonderful people!"

Lori

Oakland, CA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a marvel, so much rich history and treasures in this tiny country. I am easily bored by churches/monuments, but I found all on this tour to be breathtaking, unique, and worth the time. The Portuguese people are, dare I say, friendlier than most others on the Continent. Of the 7 RS tours I have taken, the hotels on this tour were the best by far: we stayed at three 4-star hotels! Rainy, unseasonably cold weather made for a less comfortable tour, but it added to the drama of Portugal!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto! Yes, the entire city! (though, I particularly enjoyed the food tour and Palais) ... hot pasteis de nata from Belem ... the mighty waves in Nazare ..."

Elizabeth

Northport, NY

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our 10th RS tour, and as with all the others, a great trip with friendly tour mates and excellent guides. I didn't know much about Portugal beyond the famous explorers and the Fatima story, but the country is so much more! Welcoming people, interesting scenery, excellent food and wine, a pivotal role in European history and an extensive influence all over the world. Learned so much about cork and port--the farm and vineyard visits were definitely a trip highlight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide, Cristina, was my wow moment. Everyday, she amazed me with her organizing skills, whether it was reorganizing our first night dinner within 15 minutes of finding out that the restaurant flubbed the reservation, juggling our itinerary because of Easter holidays, or managing a tourmate's emergency. Her passion for Portugal showed in her childhood memory of liberation day. Her storytelling sound effects made me laugh daily. Claudia was her outstanding assistant. A wow team!"

Rachel

Port Matilda, PA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour. It was beyond wonderful. Cristina was delightful. Our tour mates were the best yet and that's saying a lot. Portugal is a beautiful and fascinating country. Highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it's difficult to choose, the Duoro River Valley was just beautiful. We hope to go back there to spend more time. Loved Porto too."

Joye

East Falmouth, MA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS Tour. Congenial group led by a FANTASTIC tour guide, Raphael. He was so knowledgeable and thoughtful - we enjoyed the walking tours as well as the commentary on bus. Especially enjoyed the "immersion" experiences at both the cork farm and the winery. Hotels were a mixed bag, all fine but some very small and bathroom/showers challenging. That said, other hotels were nicer/roomier than expected. Group dinners were above average. Overall I'd give this an 8 out of 10!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset in Lisbon."

Karen

Chelan, WA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour; it exceeded my expectations for the quality of the hotels, as well as the variety of experiences packed into 12 days that I never would have discovered on my own. I really enjoyed the company of everyone in our group, who were experienced and engaged travelers. The group meals definitely contributed to developing camaraderie. Based on the tour description, I had expectations for a more physically active tour from a walking perspective, however.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm tour was fascinating, and I found it especially interesting how the family has adapted to modern practices through their ecologically sustainable farming. The lunch that followed was memorable for the food (dogfish soup, chicken pie and homemade strawberry ice cream!), the estate wines, the unique venue and the conversations with the owners and management."

Gloria

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was truly remarkable. I had no expectations about Portugal (except what I learned from Somebody Feed Phil),and fell in love with the country and its people, music, scenery, history, and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oddly, I don't have one. I loved pretty much everyday. Porto was perhaps my favorite city."

John

East Falmouth, MA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour with an outstanding, extremely professional and knowledgeable guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to narrow down to one. The various monasteries and cathedrals were all incredible and the time spent at the cork farm and Douro valley winery were great diversions from that."

James

Glenview, IL

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well done. We enjoyed the excellent mix of large and small cities and the itinerary as a whole. The tour guide, Raphael, did an excellent job in combining history, humor, and personal observation throughout the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cork farm followed up with lunch with the family who owned the farm and the surrounding real estate. Three generations were represented and they were all very personable throughout the visit. The entire family was very genuine and made a sincere effort to present their story as the owners of a legacy business in Portugal."

Raymond

Ringgold, GA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again I was very pleased with the travel experience provided in my recent Rick Steves tour. I feel like I really got to experience the culture and learn about the history of Portugal. Raphael, our guide was awesome, the hotels were varied and very nice, the cities and areas we visited were outstanding. I only wish we had more time there!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really thought the experience in Obidos was something I will always remember. The hotel was very unique and filled with Middle Age antiques. The town was small enough to explore thoroughly in a short period of time. The imagery of the walled city was unique and interesting."

Nancy

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour after several independent trips to Europe using R.S. Guidebooks. I was most impressed with our tour guide Rafael. The trip itself was a delightful introduction to Portugal. Traveling with the group, we were able to see and do things such as visit the cork farm that we would not have been able to do on our own. And the Porto food tour was an unexpected highlight!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to hear from and talk to the owners of the cork farm and the winery that we visited. It was extremely interesting to get their perspective on their business and the world. This kind of experience is tough to get and tends to happen by chance when traveling independently. Having this built into the trip was fabulous."

Sharon

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was not on my lifelong travel bucket list but its location and my scattered knowledge made me want to visit. My experience with Steves tours made me choose 12 days in Portugal. And you gave us Rafael.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was delightful but I'll have to admit that the autumn colors of the terraced vineyards in the Douro wine country was spectacular. The trip up hill to Rafael's friend's restaurant for one of our optional dinners in Lisboa was also a wow. I didn't know cars could go straight up."

Doralina

South Miami, FL

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the Portugal tour! I really enjoyed the history, art, culture, people, language, music, food and wine. Our tour guide Rafael was OUTSTANDING!. We had a great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was a "wow" moment!"

Jill

Ringgold, GA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was my 3rd trip with Rick Steves and I think it was definitely one of my favorites. The hotels were a notch above where we had stayed on previous trips and it seems like we had WAY more dinners provided on this trip. Our guide, Rafael was fantastic!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cork form visit. So informative and beautiful."

Connie

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm was surprisingly enjoyable, especially since we had such a pretty day to walk around."

Linda

Albany, NY

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall liked the tour and would not change anything. Loved the farm experience, tour of the winery in Douro Valley, tile experience , riding the tuk-tuk, Roman Food tour in Porto was oaky Some tour members would like the tour to be a couple days longer to slow the pace. My husband feels that but I did not

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband's favorite was the Gulbenkian Museum"

Tony

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learned much about Portugal. Loved the sights, it's people and could not have asked for a better group of people to travel with...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman Ruins"

Daniel

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very scenic from urban to rural environments. Great food and wine. Our group was super and got along well. No selfish outliers.......

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duero Valley was magnificent in in beautiful rolling hills and mountains covered in vineyards and olive trees."

Christine

Leichhardt, NSW

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Portugal was an eye opener. The effect that the tour leader and the tour members have on the tour can't be overstated, these things can make or break the experience. They also present quirky, unexpected effects which whether good or bad can be gold. My friend, who is gluten intolerant, was given every consideration and Cristina never forgot. The hotel in Evora looks really great but it's really not. Loved the Cork, Olives, Duoro.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cloister at Alcobaça is amazing, the largest I have ever seen. The service at Fatima (we were there on Sunday) was very moving and momorable, especially the copious candle throwing demonstration by reams and reams of people, quite bewildering. Conimbriga - what can I say, amazing. The Druro Valley scenery and visit to the winery was extremely special."

Garry

Coeur D'alene, ID

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an amazingly well organized learning experience. Christina, our tour guide, was informative, caring, watchful and humorous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro region."

Wendy

C, VT

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was superb! Her breadth of knowledge of history, art history and ethnic culture was appreciated. The timing and pace of the trip was great. I like the balance of free time and group meals. The group meals seemed to be timed when energy to venture on our own was low! Accommodations were all very good. I enjoyed the unexpected surprises that were interjected into the tour. The local guides on this trip were also very good, as well as the hosts at the vineyard and cork farm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima. Again, timing was everything. Good info ahead of time and then arriving at the end of the Sunday mass to see the spectacle of the crowd was amazing. The guide's presentation of Portuguese explorations was done with the use of the world map embedded in the square by the Monument of the Discoveries. She "walked" from country to country to show the routes and the visual really highlighted the whole picture and period of time. Cork farm as a family-run business."

Irma

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Portugal and Cristina!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Has to be the Douro Valley on the top of a long list which would include oak tour, Fado, Porto, Fatima, Coimbra and all the fabulous tiles!"

Richard

San Leandro, CA

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This group was phenomenal. We had so much fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot decide. I was wowed everywhere we went. I especially loved the wine country and the Roman ruins."

Terri

Bertram, TX

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves tour, and for some reason, I think this trip was my favorite of all of them, even though our first trip to Paris was our dream/bucket list destination. Very surprising, but I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone. It may have had a lot to do with our very congenial tour members and our extremely knowledgeable guide, Robert, but something about Portugal just drew me in, and I loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So very difficult to choose just one moment, with the Douro Valley vinyard, the surprisingly amazing cork farm tour, and the outstanding beauty of the expected "wow" sites in the cities, plus the quaint villages! But for us, thinking back on the entire trip throughout the country, I'd have to say it was the wonderful food - the perfectly prepared whole fish, the prawns, octopus, clams, mussels, etc., etc.! We love fish and seafood, and had some of the best ever here in Portugal."

Eileen

Colchester, VT

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and it was wonderful. Our guide, Robert, was the best. Extremely knowledgeable about Portugal, passionate about the country's history, people, food and culture. And delightful and caring to we tourists. This tour encompassed a nice balance of historical sights,amazing architecture, delicious food,up close and personal tours and visits with wonderful families who ran their own farm,vineyard and factories for generations. And then there was the fado performance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visits to both the cork farm and the winery. Learning about the environmentally friendly and organic processes of removing the bark from the cork trees and the cultivating and harvesting of the grapes for port and wine production."

John

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. We were educated but I'm glad there isn't a test.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The library in Coimbra. I could see the Beauty and The Beast modelled after it. Second place the waves at Nazare."

Don

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it far exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide, Robert, was incredible. Portugal's history is very complex and Robert was able to connect the dots with the places we visited. That provided context to what we saw and heard. Robert's professionalism and caring nature also was evident throughout the trip. The bus driver's ability to navigate the traffic and narrow by-ways was amazing and he did it all with good humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of "wow" moments but what stood out for me was the connections to local people that were incorporated into the tour. This was something that could not be accomplished if travelling on our own. As an Anthony Bourdain fan I have to say that seeing, and interacting with, the fish wives at the Porto market was special (see Bourdain's Porto episode)."

Raleigh

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very well organized and well run tour. Portugal a must see country and experiencing it on a Rick Steves tour makes it easier to come back and spend time on our own.

Lynda

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steve's tour was amazing and very informative. The small size of the group added to the favorable experience. We were guided to an experience of the true Portugal for it's history, proud people, and beautiful scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the number 1 wow moment among many wows, was the Family Vineyard and lunch prepared according to Portugal's customs."

Frank

Farmingdale, NJ

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were surprised that the hotels were above our usual expectations, one was better than the next

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Coimbra, steeped in history and architecture. Classy"

Jacqueline

Farmingdale, NJ

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall was a relaxing trip a bit slower paced then other RS tours. We learned the history, agricultural practices and experienced the regional food and wine of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the ceramic factory, lunch at Taylor in Porto, Coimbra was a charming city, and the tile work everywhere was amazing. Was also moved learning about the Carnation Revolution."

Susan

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. Since Portugal is a small country there were no long bus rides. That gave us more time at our destination. The people were friendly and everybody spoke English. I would like to go back and spend more time. I truly enjoyed our lunches at the vineyards. Interacting with those families was fun and made it personal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown Portuguese soldier from WWI. A very poignant moment."

Jeannette

Incline Village, NV

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fatima was an excellent guide, with a passion for her country that made us love it, too. Very interesting experiences That we would not have found on our own, lots of good surprises, wonderful meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The family farm that grew grapes for port, where we had a great lunch and tried several ports, and walked around and Saw beautiful views. Wonderful family, introduced us to a different way of life."

Bonnie

Bedford, NH

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As a first time Rick Steve tour and solo traveler I enjoyed my trip to Portugal. The cork farm and vineyard tours were especially great. The food tour in Porto was fun as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the visit to the Quinta in th Duro Valley"

Norma

Stillwater, OK

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was excellent. If we had a problem we would have called. We are booking another tour with our two granddaughters for Ireland next summer.

Nancy

Easton, MD

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour; fabulous and guide! Portugal was always a mystery to us which led us to sign up for this tour. We were not disappointed! Embracing the Portuguese spirit, Fatima brought the country alive to us. History passionately told, the current state detailed with enthusiasm and anticipation held our attention as we rolled though beautiful lands! This has been the best tour we've taken with any tour group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the tour of Porto most!"

Robert

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Fatima was great. She poured her heart into showing us her beautiful country. Portugal Rocks!!! It is a beautiful land with great coasts and rivers. The cities are charming and the history is grand. Some of the best food on the planet is to be enjoyed in Portugal. Best of all, the people are extraordinarily nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is a close call between the library at the University of Coimbra and seeing the faithful at Fatima. I would have to give to the faithful at Fatima. There was such a beautiful moving energy among them that one could not help but be moved by the experience."

Joyce

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was a great place to visit and we are happy to have traveled there before it is even more crowded. We visited a few too many monastaries and churches. Although they were interesting, some of the visits were too long. Otherwise, we thought all attractions scheduled were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to decide between The Duoro Valley and the Cork Farm. Both were very interesting. Of course, the hotel in the Douro Valley was "top notch". Also enjoyed the Fado concerts as it was a form of music we are not familiar with."

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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 online customer 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 customer 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.