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  • 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 $3,495 per person + air

Single Supplement $775

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

Dates & Prices

2022

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 20 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

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

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

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Portugal come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Lisbon to Porto
  • 11 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

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.

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

Day 2: Neighborhoods of Lisbon

This morning we'll take a walking tour through Lisbon's colorful downtown neighborhoods — the Bairro Alto, the Alfama, and the Baixa. Along the way we'll learn about "village" Lisbon's neighborhood life, the poetry of the revered Fernando Pessoa, and Portugal's "Carnation Revolution," which peacefully ended nearly five decades of fascist rule in 1974. You'll have the rest of your afternoon free to visit any of Lisbon's "niche" museums (tile, fado, port wine, and other Portuguese specialties). Tonight we'll regroup and enjoy a soulful fado performance with dinner.

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

Day 3: Seafaring Belém and the Gulbenkian

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

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

Day 4: Historic Évora

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

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

Day 5: Olives, Oaks, and Óbidos

This morning begins with a memorable visit to a working farm and estate. We'll have a chance to meet farming locals and taste-test their olive oil. Then we'll wander through their forest of cork oaks, learning how the bark is harvested and how it's being regulated today. We'll cap off our visit with lunch together, including some of the estate's wines. This afternoon we'll follow the sun as we make our way to the medieval walled town of Óbidos. Upon arrival we'll take an orientation walk through the perfectly preserved cobblestone streets and learn why this is known as Portugal's "wedding city."

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

Day 6: Royal Intrigue, Alcobaça, and Nazaré

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

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

Day 7: Batalha and Fátima

We'll continue our journey north, stopping in Batalha to visit its grand Monastery of Santa María, a symbol of Portuguese pride and its victory (with help from English archers) over Spanish domination 600 years ago. Then we'll visit the nearby pilgrimage site of Fátima — a favorite of Pope John Paul II — where three children shared controversial visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. This afternoon, our destination is Portugal's historic capital of Coimbra, where we'll end our day with dinner together in the heart of the Old Town.

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

Day 8: Classic Coimbra

This morning we'll twist through Coimbra's maze of narrow lanes to its steeped-in-tradition, 700-year-old university. The palatial university library — with 30,000 books from the 18th century — is like nothing you've seen before. After our visit, the afternoon is yours to make your own discoveries in Coimbra. Tonight we'll rendezvous for a performance of Coimbra's unique style of fado…more likely devoted to revolutionary student ideals than lost love.

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

Day 9: Douro Wine Country

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

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

Day 10: Vineyard Views and Porto

Today we'll travel through terraced wine country on our way to the port city of Porto. On arrival in this rustic Portuguese San Francisco, 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).

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

Day 11: Savoring Proud Porto

This morning we'll take a walking tour of Porto's riverfront Ribeira district, including the lavish rooms of its Stock Exchange Palace, the exquisitely gilded Church of São Francisco, and São Bento train station. Then you'll have time to wander on your own through Porto's lively city center — or seek out some more sipping at an old port-wine lodge. This evening we'll enjoy a final dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Saúde!

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

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Carolyn

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group of 26 was lucky enough to have Fatima as our guide - there is no better guide on the planet! We learned much, saw this beautiful country and met even more beautiful people thanks to her. There's much more in Portugal to see - this was just a taste (tasty, too!). We made it through a heat wave together with laughs, oohs and aahs. What a wonderful birthday I had in Coimbra, complete with Fado signing. Thank you, Fatima, for showing us your country - until we return, Obrigada!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful Portugal is rich with history and Roman ruins that surpass most everywhere, but it's the people that wowed me the most. They are open, warm and quick to smile and share stories. My travel companions and I made new friends at every stop, every cafe, every Uber. Small restaurants in Lisbon, the Avis County cork farm/winery and vineyards in Duoro received us with open arms. Being invited in to see an Obidos tavern owner's renovations and hearing his story was a special wow moment."

Dorothy

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Fatima, was very enthusiastic and did an excellent job sharing her enthusiasm for her country. I experienced the culture of Portugal through the people we met, the food, the wine and the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. I loved visiting and learning about the cork farm, and enjoying the excellent lunch there. I also loved the beautiful Douro Valley, and hearing about how they grow the grapes. The most unexpected wow moment was the opera singer in the city of Alcobaca. His singing was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes."

Cheryl

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is an amazing country. Fatima is an outstanding guide- informed, interesting, kind, entertaining and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had lots of wow moments but I think my favorites were the visit to the cork farm and vineyard and the happy hour in Obidos"

Nancy

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves tours take the stress out of traveling and add such rich unique moments and insights - I'll never travel alone again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tour in Porto."

Neil

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was amazing. She helped us in so many ways and provide context for the places and people we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm visit was astounding, as was tour of the Douro valley vineyard."

Heather

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was outstanding! I hadn't been a tour since I turned 18 years old and went to Europe with a group of other teens from across the U.S. Since then, I have traveled extensively in Europe (on our own) with family and friends. I am amazed at how much I was able to see on this tour of Portugal, the history that I learned, and the experiences of local culture that we had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It really is hard to choose as there were so many! If I had to chose, I would say my favorite "wow" moments were listening to Fado singers in Lisbon in a historic restaurant and an impromptu opera concert arranged by our tour guide. Both of these moments brought me to tears!"

Rhonda

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Claudia, made the trip outstanding. My favorite Claudia quote is "sometimes you have to find joy in the day." She always did!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one wow moment, but the whole country, the people and the culture. And the food and wine of course. I enjoyed the fado and was suprised to learn that Coimbra fado is different from Lisboa fado."

Robert

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. Portugal is a beautiful country filled with interesting sights and wonderful people. We enjoyed it immensely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fado concert in Coimbra. I had seen clips of fado performances on the Rick Steves shows about Portugal and listened to some before we went on the tour, but the live performance far exceeded any expectations."

Thomas

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cathedral in Lisbon oddly enough."

Geoffrey

Tour: 06/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great RS Tour! We are glad to be back in Europe enjoying the culture, sites and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Cork Farm" was one of the most unusual visits we've had on numerous RS tours. Beautiful scenery, fascinating background on cork production and wild game management, and a wonderful lunch at the end."

Beverly

Tour: 06/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent mix of history, art, religious history,, music, and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed our visit to the cork farm. I learned so much about cork production, land management, and wildlife management. Our lunch with the family was delightful and personal. Donna Maria was turning 97 the day we visited, and it was special to be able to sing Happy Birthday to her."

Cheri

Tour: 06/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was on the tour where 11 people out of 28 got Covid so it was an interesting experience. I also got a really bad cough/Cold (not Covid as confirmed by a per test) so I'm afraid these things colored my experience of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"touring the Douro Valley"

Benjamin

Tour: 06/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide and great itinerary. Cases of Covid within the group and precautions taken to keep people healthy hindered us from getting to know other travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all the magnificent tile work through out the country and visiting the Quinta in the Douro Valley. It was like traveling back in time."

Ann Marie

Tour: 06/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though we left the tour halfway through due to COVID concerns about getting home in time for other commitments (nine people exited early) it was a fabulous tour. Maria, our guide was caring, knowledgeable, fun and made sure we were cognizant of pick pockets in the towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending the cork farm tour was just beautiful. The family welcomed us with grace and were so genuine. The lunch was delicious and the wine flowed freely. Also, attending a gathering with Maria & the group on the hotel rooftop in Evora was special. We got to bond a little more with folks while enjoying fruit & wine."

Lonnie

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Portugal tour had it all. There were breathtaking views, striking architecture, welcoming people, fascinating history and delicious pastries. :The tour was brought to perfection by Cristina through her charm, extensive knowledge, attention to detail and her love of Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Douro Valley, the significance of Fatima, the charm of Porto and the impressiveness of the Monastery of Jeronimos were just a sampling of the WOW moments. Every day had significant highlights, great fun"

Eduardo

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good experience, did not have to worry about anything except being on time for the guided tours. Our guide was so knowledgable about the history of Portugal. Many details and interesting facts were given and discussed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all the beautiful churches and sights in Portugal."

Timothy

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Days 1-3 were spectacular! We loved Lisbon (and Sintra, which we recommend visiting before the start of the tour), the food, wine, history, and the Portuguese people. Cristina was an amazing tour guide. On Day 4, a positive COVID test for one of us required that we leave the tour and isolate for a week in Evora. We made the best of the situation and after the quarantine period made it to Porto, where we explored on our own for several days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seriously, there's a lot to see and do in Evora. It helped tremendously that one of us tested negative throughout, so important provisions like carryout food and wine could be easily obtained throughout our week there. We ended up with an unexpected chance to appreciate the food and wine, and the history, architecture, and culture of the Alentejo region."

Regena

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We especially loved our trip to the cork farm and the family winery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Portugal."

Nancy

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steves tour, and this one was just as excellent as all the others. Our guide, Cristina, was fabulous - so knowledgeable, interesting, funny, with the perfect amount of "Mother Hen" in her to keep us all safe and happy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Portugal is a "WOW". But I loved the Douro Valley, with the rolling green hills covered in vineyards, and particularly enjoyed our fabulous lunch at a winery. The port wine was delicious! And that day was capped by an overnight stay at a fabulous resort-style hotel with a gorgeous view of that valley. I just sat out on our patio for several hours relaxing and taking it all in."

Carolyn

Tour: 05/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Portugal!! Our fabulous guide Fatima shared her deep love and pride in her country and its people, and was beyond generous with her time and support. We felt we gained a rich understanding of Portugal's history and proud heritage, and certainly great admiration for its people. Great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the "Oaks, Olives,and Obidos day." The visit and tour of the cork farm was mind-blowing. The dedication and commitment of this family to the ecosystem and the generational inheritance of this farm was mind-blowing. The lunch and wine with this lovely family may have been the best we had during the entire trip."

Barb

Tour: 05/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour. Perhaps the best of our 6 RS Tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected tours to family owned farms and wineries. Very Special!"

Joy

Tour: 05/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour. Everything is well organized and planned to a tea. The knowledge of our guides (main and local) is exceptional! The opportunities that we have to see things we wouldn’t have as an individual traveler are priceless! Love the connection our guide has with local vendors and the appreciation they have for RS tour groups is unique and touching. It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm … loved the winery, cork tour and Santa Clara church was beautiful!"

Margaret

Tour: 05/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent itinerary, amazing guide for a fun and interesting country. The tour was well-organized with side adventures and free time. I especially appreciated the two farm tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the renovated chapel of Santa Clara in Porto. Incredible detail work over several years to bring the chapel back to life after a century of neglect."

James

Tour: 05/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the usual awesome Rick Steve's tour experience. Couldn't have been better and learned a lot about Portugal. All as a result of our guide Cristina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm and wine tour were tied for our favorite. Cork farm hosts were wonderful, educational, interesting, and fun."

Michele

Tour: 05/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Portugal and its people. Found the entire country a welcoming community. Loved our guide Cristina and bus driver .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: all of Sintra, the Quinta run by Theresa and Maria and the beauty of the Duoro Valley, the cork farm and its family, the Roman ruins in Coimbra"

Thomas

Tour: 05/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of my favorite Rick Steve's tours. I really did not know what to expect on this tour being that Portugal was not my first choice. However, Portugal and its people proved to be far better than I could imagine. The tour was managed perfectly. We were exposed to various aspects of the culture and country. I could not have asked for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was not one single site or event. It was the people of Portugal. They were always kind and helpful and full of life. They always made me feel at home and comfortable. They are a very proud and seemingly happy people and it was refreshing to experience their accepting and friendly country."

Chuck

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall we had a great tour of Portugal. Guides were all great and fellow members very friendly. But we did grow concerned over the possibility of testing positive for covid at end of tour and possibility of quarentine. Although we wore masks virtually all the time , the close quarters with public, etc makes this type of travel unfortunately a risk with the current regulations. Luckily we tested negative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day trip to the cork farm was very nice and the family hosts were great."

Cheryl

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had no expectations of Portugal, other than other people have loved traveling there, so I was open to whatever the country had to offer. It did not disappoint with diverse topography, beautiful coastal views, impressive tiles, traditional architecture well-preserved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views of the Douro region, tour of the family vineyard and winery, lunch there."

Kathy

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Maria, was wonderful - very knowledgable and full of information. We also had a great group of people. our tour group was a little smaller than what we've had previously, so there was plenty of room on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm was interesting because I never really thought about where cork came from. It was also interesting to see the pilgrims journeying to Fatima, both along the highways at at the Basilica in Fatima."

Susan

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour leader Maria, was amazing, very knowledge and enthusiastic. Always organized & helpful. She was organized & made the events happen so that they were al enjoyable....a great adventure! No complaints & the size of 21 people was perfect. The variety of activities was balanced & well planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved it all but especially the wineries / cork farm & walking in the fields. Loved the fado performance in Coimbra. Wow! Along the Duoro Valley. Then there was amazing Porto! Loved it."

Diane

Tour: 04/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed our day in the Douro Valley. The ride to the valley was beautiful. The walk through the vineyard was very pleasant and informative. We had a delicious lunch served by the cooks at the vineyard and sampled the delicious Port wine. Later that day we stayed in a beautiful hotel on the Douro river."

Mary

Tour: 04/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun, educational, paced just right. It's a pleasure to travel with people who follow the RS philosophy and are curious, considerate, eager for new experiences, and always on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This question is impossible to answer! Day after day, we had new and often surprising wow moments. Part of the beauty of Portugal and of this itinerary is the variety of experiences. I really hadn't expected to enjoy all of them as much as I did."

Christine

Tour: 04/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip from start to finish was wonderful! Our guide Fatima was so full of energy and personality and treated everyone as if she was there to personally make sure we had a good time. The places we visited and the people we met were incredible! The weather was perfect and our group were some of the nicest people I have ever met. Everything combined to make a memorable trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I think the things that were most memorable to me were when we met the people-at the cork farm and the winery. To see how welcoming, humble, and proud they were. I found the cultural aspect so memorable"

Michele

Tour: 04/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! After two years of travel shut down because of Covid, it was exhilarating to be able to travel with others. Our guide was organized, fun, and caring. The tour group was a cohesive, fun group and Portugal was a wonderful destination!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to pinpoint a favorite "wow" moment. While we saw many beautiful castles and cathedrals, visited a cork farm, tasted port wine, tasted incredible food, I think my favorite "wow" moment was in the simple gazing of the views. I have so many pictures in my head of throwing open the hotel windows to gaze out at the beautiful views. For example, I loved looking out my hotel window in Obidos to look at the castle wall at night and then, out at the countryside in the morning. Beautiful!"

Angela

Tour: 04/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country and the people are so very friendly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the production of port wine from a small, family operated business"

John

Tour: 04/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Personal touches made by our guide made this a truly wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't a single WOW moment, everyday was memorable."

Deborah

Tour: 04/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of fellow travelers. Excellent guide. Good food, good wine, good scenery. The Portuguese people were warm and proud to be Portuguese. We had no safety concerns.W

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley was the most scenic part of the tour. Also, we really enjoyed an informal lunch with our guide which several tour members participated in. It was a good cultural and dining experience."

Stephen

Tour: 04/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our tour of Portugal; the history, the buildings, the countryside, the food, the music, the Portuguese people, the guide and the fellow travelers were all great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite was the Douro Valley and the tour of the vineyards, the meal and the Port sampling. We had a great time and was so beautiful. Loved meeting the people at the vineyard as well."

John

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of our three RSteves tours, this group of fellow travelers was the most cohesive. We bonded quickly and it enriched the full experience. Also the most active/strenuous with LOTS of up and down- hills, steps, eat and repeat. It’s good when you wish you could stay a bit longer at each place along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was our Cork Farm Safari. An immersive educational stroll through a large estate that produces cork, pine nuts, olive oil, wine, and beef cattle. Then a wonderful luncheon prepared by the farm employees, seated in a large but cozy dining room decorated with mounted trophy heads of game. And I had the pleasure of sitting next to Gonçalo, the managing director, at lunch. I get like an his invited guest of honor, and I learned so much!"

Anna

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent from the start to the end. Fantastic guides at every stop, nice hotels, good food, and wonderful fellow travelers. I had the best time imaginable. This trip exceeded my expectation on all fronts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many but I would say being at Fatima during a Sunday mass was incredibly moving and spiritual."

Mark

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an experiential tour. We were given information about Portugal’s history, world influence, it’s arts and culture, it’s politics, it’s strengths and it’s challenges.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm and the port wine farm, the amazing meals after the tour. Sunsets over Porto."

Anne

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 9th Rick Steves tour. All have been quite exceptional, and this one was no exception! Portugal is a lovely country. The tour was well organized, and the guide Claudia was simply fabulous. As has been my previous experience, the group members were so compatible--flexible, friendly, having a team spirit, great senses of humor, and just generally delightful. I think the expectations established by Rick Steves and the climate created by Claudia contributed to this! Thank you, RS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. Here are a few: the tour of the olive tree farm in Alentejo region, the lunch at the winery and just the Douro Valley in general, the wine throughout, my first taste of a pastel de nata at Manteigaria in Lisbon, and the church at Tomar. Portugal in general is an utter wow! A hilly one at that! Most strenuous tour I have done."

Victoria

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We usually travel independently, but this time we wanted the carefree ease of a tour. Portugal is beautiful! We had so many diverse, enriching experiences. Our warm, engaging leader, Claudia, spoiled us with treats and taught us so much about the proud history and rich culture of her country. Our tourmates were fun! Fast friendships formed during our free-time impromptu social gatherings. We had delicious food and wine, including 2 group dinners that weren't even on the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the sunny, warm day when we were the guests of the four-generation Rovisco Garcia family, hiking on the paths of their cork farm to learn all about the production of cork, then enjoying a bountiful home-cooked meal with members of the family seated among us at the tables. We’ll long remember this family’s beautiful property and their warm hospitality. It was a delightful cultural exchange."

Mary

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had fun - first RS tour. Great tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the ceramics factory"

Melinda

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As on past tours we've done, this one took us to places we would never have gone to on our own - a cork farm, a small factory making hand painted ceramics. Both were a great change from the usual tour of museums and old ruins.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the cork oak farm was such a novel experience. Seeing people who are such good stewards of their land, and being willing to take the long view rather than looking for quick profits was such a unique slice of Portugal,"

Theodore

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, the tour was well run and the fellow travelers were sensible and fairly easy to get along with. COVID didn't impact the tour which was an added bonus. I feel that the tour covered the variety available in the country well, although it certainly could be expanded to 14 days (which would conveniently fit a 2-week vacation window, although not everyone has to accommodate work schedules).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the students in Coimbra and Porto celebrating the end of the academic year and welcoming the new students (with their unique brand of hazing that looked like real life Harry Potter meeting a drag show) was fascinating. I also enjoyed the medieval walls of Obidos."

Darcie

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

For our first trip in 2+ years I very much enjoyed this trip and am looking forward to participating in more Rick Steve's adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "commentary" provided by our guide Raphael while on the tour bus. He provided excellent information on Portugal that made me appreciate this country more than I had originally though I would."

Nancy

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steves tour and it was excellent as usual. The tour guide, Rafael, was especially good - he was personable, knowledgeable, well organized, and a good teacher. The people in our tour group were friendly, interesting, and well-traveled. The sites we visited in Portugal covered a wide range from large cities to small villages. I learned so much about the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite place was the Duoro Valley and the visit to the family vineyard there. The landscape was so beautiful and peaceful. The homecooked meal we had there was my favorite on the trip. A close second favorite experience was our visit to the cork farm. I had no idea cork could be so interesting!"

Tim

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned, well run and enjoyable tour. Tour guide Rafael went to great lengths to assure a great experience for everyone

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vineyard visit in Douro valley. Cork farm visit"

Mary

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful sites, interesting history and culture, good food and wine/ Port, friendly people both on the tour and in the service industry in the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Port vineyard and cork oak plantation."

Bill

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was planned well. It had history, culture and current society trends. The bus was very comfortable. The Tour guide was outstanding. Food tours were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed everything the Port tour was the wow in the Duro Valley"

Brenda

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group to travel with, great guides in Christina and Maria

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley"

Susan

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cristina was an awesome tour guide. We are lifelong learners and truly enjoyed learning about the history as well as just seeing the beauty of the country. Cristina was passionate about teaching, taking us to the next level of traveling. I think because of the philosophy as a company it attracts likeminded people and makes for enjoyable trip. Our group was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the cork farm and the winery. Being able to spend time with people and learn about their way of life was such a treat and not something you could get just traveling on your own."

Rose

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first Rick Steve’s tour with limited International travel experience. Excellent communication from when I first signed up and throughout the tour, packing list worked well for me. Main tour guide was excellent; a knowledgeable local with a great sense of humor, an obvious love for her country and concern for everyone’s safety. Hotels ranged from 3-5 star; all very clean and centrally located for ease of exploring. Food was wonderful. Tour activities varied and were fun and interestin

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many WOW moments. I most enjoyed my experience on the family owned farms. Both the cork farm and the vineyard in the Duro Valley we’re wonderful despite rain on both days. The family members that gave us a tour of their farms were enthusiastic, informative and kind. Both meals at the two farms were my favorite meals."

Marcelino

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific guide in Cristina. She is a strong storyteller that made history come alive. She provided a great background for what we visited and saw. We saw a variety of churches and visited both urban and rural areas. We ate well and laughed a lot. Cristina's use of the tile world map in Belem was a strong history lesson

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork Farm was a tremendous experience to understand the industry and the intricacies of small business ownership in Portugal. The port wine vineyard followed that same vein. Views in Douro valley were extraordinary Many other moments along the way...too many to choosr"

Lori

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous and Cristina was a terrific guide. She is knowledgeable and passionate about Portugal history. Everyone on the tour was friendly and fun to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow was arriving in Porto and feeling at home."

Janet

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide, sights, port, bargains in Portugal!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Newly restored church in Porto covered in gold leaf was pretty wow!"

Dan

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Cristina did an excellent job in all aspects of the tour. Beginning to end!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything and everyone, even the individuals from Arizona!! Just kidding, my buddy was from Arizona!"

Elizabeth

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went to Portugal knowing little about the country or it’s people.Everything turned out to be a wow from this perspective.It is an impressive country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the family farm visits and the Fado singers."

Maria

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was outstanding. It was the relief I wanted after the dumpster fire that was Covid that kept us stationary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several moments actually. The Fado in Lisbon, Coimbra, Obidos castle, etc…"

Michael

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was very interesting, full of variety, nice mix of structured and unstructured time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman ruins in Coimbra"

Doris

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We selected this tour with no real expectations other than exploring new places and experiencing a new culture. We were very excited to be traveling again, and were looking forward to another wonderful Rick Steves tour. What we experienced was a beautiful country, incredibly friendly people, great food and drink, and one of the best tours we've ever taken. Our guide, Fatima Bugarin, did an excellent job navigating us through the current Covid rules and dealing with a positive case early on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rick Steves "extras" (cork farm, vineyard) were very special. Family-style lunch with Fatima at a "hole in the wall'" was unforgettable; even the tripe was good! (Doris Fox) The gorgeous Monastery of Jeronimos and the modern crucifix and golden mosaic in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Fatima offered an amazing contrast. If I had to choose one moment, it would be our guide fighting back her tears as she greeted one of the local guides for the first time in more than two years. (Dale Fox)"

Mary

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt the tour was well organized and extremely educational. I loved the tours and our guide, Fatima, was excellent. The group was so nice and welcoming! The hotels were very nice with the exception of the hotel we stayed at in Lisbon. I would recommend this trip to anyone considering visiting Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments but the seaside town of Nazare was charming. And both of the Fado performances were fabulous!"

Mark

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely Outstanding... It's professionalism taken to the next level...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovisco Garcia &"

Janelle

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great history of Portugal provided by our guide. The information was reinforced with the sites visited on the tour. I loved the amount of free time provided to just walk around and stumble upon my own special discoveries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the pottery factory. Watching the skills required to hand paint the ceramics to seeing it all on display in the showroom."

Tryon

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was exactly what I had hoped for, great guide, great food, great wine, great people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Douro Valley and meal at Quinta Santa Eufemia. Spectacular scenery and wonderful dinner with beautiful wine and ports."

Thomas

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maria was a wonderful tour guide. She was patient, helpful, and knowledgeable. Portugal is a beautiful country with a fascinating history that I knew very little about prior to this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all of the photo opportunities the tour presented. On our last full day in Porto, the weather and the angle of the sun were ideal for photography. I was able to spend a few hours along the south bank of the river photographing the small boats that were used to transport the casks containing wine down to Porto."

Laurel

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

It was not great. We enjoyed the cork farm and the winery. Fatima was a disappointment beyond words. Overall the cities are very capitalistic and lack charm. We needed to use cash quite frequently and very few people spoke enough English to be able to ask the where the WC was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm"

Cheryl

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, although we had been to Europe many times before. We were very pleased with the tour group and especially our tour guide Maria, who was beyond outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As winemakers, we were especially excited to visit the wine producing regions of Portugal, and we were especially thrilled with the visit to the vineyards and winery in the Douro Valley, which was spectacular!"

Susan

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual with Rick Steves tours, there was a great range of experiences. The pacing was terrific because we were in cities, then villages and then next to rivers and thrr we n the Atlantic Ocean. Time in the group and time apart…

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both of the private Fado concerts! The first one was incredible especially with excellent meal and then the second Fado performance was so different and also wonderful!"

Bob

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, great food, great cities, great country with a rich history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Douro Valley and the cork farm."

Charlotte

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. This was my first Rick Steves tour and first trip to Europe. Their hotels, food and entire

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was our first Rick Steve’s tour and first trip to Europe. Our entire experience was outstanding! The hotels, food and daily trips exceeded my expectations. Claudia our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and an overall joy to be around. We Left traveling in Portugal and can’t wait for our next trip."

Behrooz

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a safe and fun adventures touring Portugal with lots information from our wonderful guide Claudia and local guides. We received our info the night before preparing us for sites and events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved our visits in Lisbon with many wonderful sits and specially Gulbenkian Museum"

Paul

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall great as usual, was our 6th RS trip.

Joan

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a beautiful country and our tour took us to a wide variety of places. We had a great group of people who were excited about traveling again after the pandemic. Our guide, Claudia helped us to gain an historical and cultural appreciation of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery along the Douro River valley was spectacular! Our visit to the winery and vineyards after the incredible expertise of our bus driver on that winding, narrow road was super. These people work so hard to do what they love."

Margaret

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I learned a lot about Portugal , its history and present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring independently with a small group and finding the outdoor escalator in Porto. We were getting tired and hungry. The restaurant we wanted to eat at was uphill. It was a win win!"

Mark

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and it continued a streak of fantastic adventures in Europe over that last several years. Our tour guide Claudia was ready to go and navigated the COVID19 requirements and restrictions with ease. I loved Portugal, the people we met were all very happy to see us back visiting their country. The food, if you like seafood, which I do, was fantastic, the group meals were all very good. This is a great tour and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was our visit to the cork farm and winery at Rovisco Garcia. Our host did a wonderful job of explaining how the cork is grow and the time it takes to grow the trees. Our ride in the farm wagon around the orchard was great. We then got to have lunch and sample the different varieties of wine they produce along with the olive oil they are now making. I have a family members who work in the wine industry and getting to see this unique part really made this a memorable visit."

Leslie

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, bus driver, bus, and fellow travelers were all top rate! Portugal is a beautiful, interesting, safe and friendly country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We arrived at our hotel in Pinhão in the Douro valley. We were all shown to our rooms and we ran outside to our individual patios or balconies overlooking the river and gasped at the beauty. Everyone else was outside, too! That lead to a large outdoor happy hour amongst this wonderful group of people."

Rebecca

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful mix of big cities -Lisbon and Porto - and smaller villages and family wineries. Our guide Claudia was very knowledgeable and shared lots of fascinating Portuguese history about every place we visited. She was obviously very proud of her country. All other guides and hosts at wineries were also welcoming and happy to have visitors after the two-year pandemic hiatus. There was just the right mix of free time and time with the group sharing meals and walking tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be hard to choose just one - but visiting a cork oak farm and having lunch there with the family was a highlight. We toured the cork trees in an open air bus and learned about how cork is harvested - it takes many years. Growing and harvesting and using cork is very sustainable and I may never buy wine with a screw top or plastic stopper again! We were then treated to an amazing lunch and wine selections."

Jane

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We all learned so much because our guide gave us history, geography, culinary, architectural, and cultural lessons as viewed the Portuguese countryside or urban life. She was also always ready to answer questions about any facet of Portuguese life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful vineyards and history of growing, harvesting, managing the family land in the Douro valley"

Douglas

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was educational, fun, enlightening, and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spiritual experiences, despite not being very religious. Taking in the marvelous views from the Óbidos walls, Douro cork farm and Rovisco Garcia cork farm."

Robert

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour name should be changed to "Eat, Drink and Walk your way through the Heartland of Portugal! So much to see and experience here. The Portuguese people are warm, kind and generous in spirit and action. Leave your diet thoughts/worries behind you as you will burn up in calories everything you choose to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the one-off visits to family run businesses, including a vineyard, cork farm and ceramic factory. The pride and commitment these families make to maintain and excel at their chosen calling was to say the least impressive. Opening one's home or factory to a group of 20 or more and making them feel like cherished guests speaks volumes for the warmth of this Country. Fado demonstrations were terrific too and far exceeded what I expected"

Ruey

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful and enriching tour of Portugal, the food, the people and the landscape.

Holly

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide, thoughtful itinerary.

Edward

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After many years of using Rick's book for our travel, we decided to take a tour. We had a great time and enjoyed our traveling partners. However our guide Cristina was fabulous. Her personality and knowledge made the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the cork farm in Aldeia Velha. We got to spend time learning about growing and harvesting cork. We had lunch with the family that operates the farm and enjoyed a great meal, good wine and welcoming locals."

Marilyn

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour - and Cristina was a huge part of that. The guiding was outstanding. The itinerary was great! Sintra would have been an excellent addition to the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many favourites - the ramparts at Obidos, the Duoro valley, the family vineyards and Porto were some of my favourites."

Marian

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with an organized group. We have been going to Europe for years (using Rick Steves' guide books), but we have always hesitated joining an organized tour. We loved it! We made some new friends and enjoyed being with like-minded travelers. But the very best part of our trip was our guide, Cristina Duarte! Not only was she so much fun and full of knowledge, she exudes a passion for her "work" that overflowed through our entire tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we spent in the Douro Valley at the Quinta was amazing. While we loved the beauty of the valley, the best part was having a private tour and an incredible meal with a real family at a true estate/winery. I don't think we could have arranged such an intimate experience with any other tour group and certainly not on our own."

Helen

Tour: 03/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting and informative

Jonathan

Tour: 03/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic experience. I felt so fortunate to be a part of the first trip back to Portugal in 2022. Maria was just a phenomenal host and guide, and we met lots of fun folks. This was our first RSE tour and I’m very sure now not our last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surveying the picturesque Douro Valley from a family vineyard and experiencing the warm hospitality of the Portuguese people was my #1."

Sandra

Tour: 03/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Maria did a fine job; she kept us moving to new sights and towns for the entire tour. The hotels were very nice - some even upscale. The breakfast offerings were good and plentiful. The service at all of the hotels was excellent. We had several dinners as a group and I'm sorry to say that the food was terrible.

Robert

Tour: 03/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour gives you a real good feel for Portugal overall except for the Algarve region which is not part of the itinerary but could easily be done on your own either pre or post trip. The country is very hilly and picturesque with easy access to mountains and the Atlantic ocean and compact enough to see lots of key sights on this 12 day tour. You'll also get a good feel for Lisbon and Porto, the two largest cities which both have their distinctive charm and sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Key wow moments for me were touring the cork tree and cattle farm/winery estate with a lovely lunch on site, Douro Valley and winery estate tour also with a hosted lunch onsite (totally stunning scenery, and 100,000's of acres of impossibly steep terraced grape vines on the huge hillsides), spending a perfect sunny afternoon along the ocean at Nazare and the Porto food tour."

Paul

Tour: 03/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well balanced and incorporated a number of different types of venues for interest and completeness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No real "wow" moment other than realizing Portugal due to many factors and many beyond my knowledge base squandered their fortunes amassed in the exploration age."

Rebecca

Tour: 03/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An excellent introduction to Portugal, and good way to get back into travel mode! As one of the first tours back, there was certainly some rust to be kicked off, but everything proceeded smoothly and our guides and tour stops were so delighted to see us. Our guide, Maria, had all the COVID test locations scoped out and even made appointments if needed. Nice overview of Portugal's role in the world, historically and present-day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley views were fantastic - spring trip so everything was just starting to green up. Cork farm was fascinating. So much to do in Porto, very workaday vibe combined with tourism scene."

Deborah

Tour: 03/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was a wonderful overview of Portugal. I thought our tour director, Maria, did an outstanding job of ensuring all the tour participants had the best possible introduction to her country. I liked the use of local city and museum guides to enhance our tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up and looking out my hotel room window at a beautiful scene that included the Douro River and a vibrant vineyard."

Thomas

Tour: 03/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide, fantastic itinerary, amazing co travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the vineyard in Douro Valley"

Richard

Maricopa, AZ

Tour: 10/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour offered a wonderful introduction to a country few North Americans understand. Our guide did a very good job connecting us to Portugal's people, culture an history. The pace of the tour was brisk but not overwhelming. Our experienced guide Fátima clearly has a passion for her country and it's culture. Overall a very good experience comparable to some of our best Rick Steves to date.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Couldn't choose just one. We enjoyed the two Fado performances where we were introduced to a style of music unique to Portugal. The cork farm tour and lunch was fantastic. We also enjoyed the Porto food tour. Great way to see the city."

James

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour of Portugal lead by an amazing guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of moments that were surprising. I think I enjoyed to cork farm the most. Never gave where cork comes from much thought before so the visit to the farm was quite fascinating."

Carol

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duoro Valley. The winery was fantastic and the hotel on the Duoro was amazing! Wished we could have stayed longer."

David

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Though Portugal has no Wow sights, I loved the tour because of the Portuguese people. They are the warmest and friendliest people I've ever encountered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no Wow moments."

Tim

Lino Lakes, MN

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour. Good variety of activities. Good balance of group time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Cork farm and the beauty of the Douro Valley"

Dalyce

Qualicum Beach, BC

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was our 6th RS Tour and we were not disappointed. Our guide Cristina and driver, Helder were such fun and really made the trip that much more enjoyable. And of course we cannot forget to mention the other tour members. Everyone was so nice. We really enjoyed travelling with them all. The food was of course amazing and the Pastel de Nata - well, were heavenly. Cristina made sure we tried several tasty treats during our visit. The tour was a great look at this part of Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley was my favourite. And at this time of year with all the fall colours it was beautiful. It's always hard to pick just one wow moment. The cities were fun but we also enjoyed the country side as well. The people are very welcoming."

Teresa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd wanted to visit Portugal for the last 40 years. It absolutely lived up to my expectations. Great tour, delicious food, marvelous hotels, and friendly people. All in all, a superb and memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed by all the beautiful tiles everywhere we went!"

Margaret

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves tour and I have been happy with all the tours I have gone on. Our tour guide was great and we had nice people in our group. We went to interesting sites. My husband felt that our group was too big, and sometimes it would have been nicer to have had a smaller group. I wish I had spent more time reading the guide book before our trip since I would have gotten more of the tour if I did. I have a feeling that most people do not read the book before the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick just one "wow" moment. In Lisbon, I enjoyed walking around the different neighborhoods. The Chapel of Bones in Evora was very interesting and eerie. The farm we visited where they grow cork trees was fascinating. Obidos and Nazare were very pretty. I found mass at Fatima to be moving. The monasteries in Belem and Batalha were great too. The farm in the Douro Valley was beautiful with the grape vines were turning color. No I can't pick just one "wow" moment."

James

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip. The highlight for me was the cork oak farm in Alantejo. Christina is a 5-star leader; on top of the trip the whole way without a single glitch, and she could be a stand-up comedian as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm. Beautiful, and a wonderful presentation of the underlying agronomy and management."

Jan

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, leader and participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the cork oak farm."

Jeannie

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 10/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, the guide made it an exceptional trip. My one criticism would be that the guide did not talk about the difference between the qualities of the cork products we would see for sale. This was something I learned slowly by myself. I would really have liked to have had this knowledge by the time we started seeing cork products for sale.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm was extremely interesting to me."

Cynthia

Houston, TX

Tour: 10/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Portugal tour was varied and exciting and tiring and mind expanding. I loved the contrast between the cities and countryside. I want to read more about Portugal. The people,the guides especially Susanna, were knowledgeable, funny and enthusiastic. I did not come with any expectations or actually a lot of pre knowledge but I left adding a new country and culture to my world. It was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork forest was my wow. All I knew about cork was that it grew on a tree. i will never look at cork the same way and I am astounded by the amount of work and care that must go in to its production."

Michael

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 10/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The farewell dinner was spectacular."

Donna

Queen Creek, AZ

Tour: 10/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour, each day filled with thorough activities, giving me new knowledge. Group was kind and respectful of each other. Tour guide, Susanna, set the tone for the tour with her kindness and professional skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima...I learned about Fatima when I was 7 years old in Catechism. It was amazing to actually be there."

Clifford

Queen Creek, AZ

Tour: 10/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had always wanted to visit Portugal, since I first heard of the exploriers in the grade school. This tour led by Susanna fulfilled my every expectation and more. I was constantly amazed by the knowledge of our guide and guides. The food was exceptional, sites were amazing, the drives were always scenic and the historical monuments topped each location we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the tribute to the explorers."

Allan

Calgary, AB

Tour: 10/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Being experienced travelers, we appreciate that Rick Steves Tours treat us like adults by orientating us to a new setting and then providing free time to further explore scenarios of interest to us. This was my 4th tour with your group and I have no hesitation to recommending all the tours I have done, i.e., Croatia, France, Scotland, Portugal to friends and family

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of impressive moments but ultimately the time spent in the Douro Valley was the "wow" moment. The fado performance arranged for the tour group in Lisbon was a close second."

Colette

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 10/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour, and I loved it. It was the perfect balance between guided tours and free time to explore on our own. It was so nice to have all of the logistics handled for us so that we were free to enjoy our vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought that the tour of a cork farm was going to be boring, but I was wrong. The tour was so informative and entertaining, and the owner was so clearly passionate about his work. I loved it! I certainly have a new appreciation for the dedication and hard work that goes into cork farming."

Sandra

Lake Havasu City, AZ

Tour: 10/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour experience. Susanna was outstanding and so good at getting all of us where we were supposed to be when we were supposed to be there. She is so knowledgeable and was complemented by all of the local guides who were all outstanding as well. The experience was made better by our travel partners. We learned together, got wet together, laughed a lot together, did laundry together and got to know each other in those 12 days we shared in Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a difficult question to answer. Almost every time we got off the bus was a "wow" moment. The monasteries, the tile art, the cork farm, the Monument of the Discoveries, walled towns of Evora and Obidos, the sea town of Nazare, the Douro Valley and our time at the wine and olive farm and Porto. Portugal's art and history is a "wow" moment."

Sue

Manhattan, KS

Tour: 10/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tours like this give us the opportunity to see unusual spots like a cork farm. A single tourist would not have that opportunity

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm and vineyard"

Lois

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 10/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. I loved that all the organizational details were taken care of and that our tour included several events that had I been a tourist on my own I would not have even thought to do, e.g. the 2 Fado performances, the visit to the cork farm, and the food tour to mention just a few. From Susanna to the several local guides we had, I sensed a love for the town/city/country as well as a deep knowledge of the local history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the visit to the cork farm. The "owner/manager" was brilliant, animated, and articulate and I learned so much about not just cork, but also about pine nuts, olive trees, and sustainable agriculture. Of course the wonderful lunch with the family's wine made the visit all the more special."

Carol

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was another great tour. My favorite parts were the cultural experiences like the food tour in Porto, the cork farm and the lovely winery and olive oil vineyards. We saw a bazillion churches, cathedrals and basilicas..... actually a few too many although each was different. I had just come from the Spain tour so was on church overload!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say the cork farm was very interesting and I learned so much about growing harvesting and government regulation. It is quite an operation and the family was delightful."

Cheryl

Jupiter, FL

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Claudia, our tour guide, was FANTASTIC! If she didn't already have a mother, I would adopt her. This was my first Rick Steves tour and at age 71 I was apprehensive about handling my own luggage. I was prepared to climb many flights of stairs but was pleasantly surprised to see all our hotels had lifts. Our local tour guides were also excellent. Christina was the best museum docent I have ever experienced and I spent my career as an art educator. Ricardo's food tour was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best were the "experiences": cork farm, winery, and tile factory. Conversation with the families at lunch was outstanding. Seeing how the products were made made me appreciate products which I then purchased and love. These are not just souvenirs. They recapture great experiences."

Barbara

Canton, MI

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In spite of some rain it was a very good tour but very strenuous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lighted castle from the hotel window in Obidos. The Fado performances, the tile museum, the view over Lisbon from the castle and the cork farm."

Michael

Lake Barrington, IL

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was just as described in all of the literature that preceded it. There were really no ugly surprises. Our Guide Claudia was superb, a consummate professional yet warm and caring- a difficult blend to maintain when dealing with the public. The hotels were in great locations and the facilities met our needs. I was really impressed with the meals which were included with tour - top flight. In all, the tour was very complete and, I believe, a great travel value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the library at University of Coimbra knocked my socks off. It was so majestic and large, I actually felt smart just hanging around in those hallowed halls. I just wish it were possible to take a pic or two, but I completely understand."

Russell

Canton, MI

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The history and culture you are exposed to on this tour is very interesting. Of the twelve previous RS tours, this one was among the most strenuous because of the steep hills in several of the cities. Also, because of the stones used in many streets, good footwear is essential. Portugal is a also a quite scenic country which makes the bus rides more pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if I would consider it a "wow" moment, but I thought the visit to the cork farm was one of the more interesting things I have done on a tour. It was well done and very educational."

Patricia

Lake Barrington, IL

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Claudia was an excellent guide. She was knowledgeable, has a good sense of humor and did little extra things to make the tour even more enjoyable. I liked having a couple of nights in a city so that you didn't feel like you were constantly unpacking. I thought the selection of cities visited gave a wonderful feeling for the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very moved by our visit to Fatima. We were there on a Sunday while there was a celebration of family. There were reportedly 100,000 people in Fatima that day. Even with the crowds, Claudia was able to take us to view the important chapels, etc. It was very moving for me to be a part of that day."

Andra

Franktown, CO

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Definitely outstanding! I loved Portugal and can't wait to go back. The hotels were for the most part, 5* and the only one that wasn't was like the provided hotels when I first began traveling with ETTBD; clean and tidy, centrally located and with an excellent and friendly staff, in short well beyond "fine"! The provided group meals were also impressive. What made this tour particularly special was the quality and number of experiential experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As mentioned above, the particular experiences on this tour-the cork farm, the family quinta; the overall beauty and magnificence of the University library at Coimbra; comparing the two different types of Fado (Lisbon I think? and Coimbra) we were privileged to hear; the extraordinary food tour in Porto."

Jude

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I always look for the magic in every day of my life. Claudia and Rich provided magical moments all day, every day. Highlights were the cork farm experience, the winery and the food tour we took in Porto. The food tour provided not only great local food, but a tour of the local sites with opportunities to explore later on our own. Another great Rick Steves experience..... Thank you Jude

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a "Wow" moment.... Portugal was a beautiful place to visit and possibly go back to someday."

Phil

Coronado, CA

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was interesting, varied, well planned, and flexible enough to accommodate the weather when needed. The tour was well paced. We never felt rushed. The meals were a good sampling of the local cuisine with plenty of variety.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour was flexible enough to attend an early music concert by members of the Evora Cathedral School of Music. This late 16th century music is rarely performed, so to hear it performed in the cathedral with the original organ and other period instruments was magical. The tour of the cork farm provided entirely new information. The meal with the family was a wonderful window into the history of the Duro valley."

Leslie

Churubusco, IN

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was enjoyable and well planned. Appreciated the variety of sites visited. The people were open and very accommodating. Was pleased with the other tour members who were open to traveling, finding new experiences and comradeship. The accommodations were pleasant and convenient to locations visiting. I was appreciative of the unscheduled times to rest up or further explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience was the day at the cork farm. Enjoyed the wagon ride and the information about Portugal's history. The meal at the farm was the best of the trip."

Jim

Bowdoinham, ME

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very enjoyable and enlightening tour. I found all of the people that we met to be very polite and pleasant. I enjoyed the culture of the country and the complex history. This was our third RS tour and overall found it to be the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of unique experiences on this tour including the visit to the sustainable cork farm, the visit to the pottery factory and the Roman ruins to name a few. The visit to the library in Coimbra was an unexpected wow moment for me. All of those ancient books were very impressive and blew me away."

James

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Usual RS quality. Only issue was occasional tardiness of tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm"

Gregory

The Dalles, OR

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The adouro valley."

Jodi

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth tour and I think perhaps my most enjoyable. I have loved all of them but this one was exceptional because of our guide, Raphael. His passion, knowledge, energy and enthusiasm took it over the top. I felt that he genuinely wanted to introduce us to, and help us understand the heart of Portugal. The relationships he fostered with the other guides, and hosts gave us an exceptional experience. As always, I love the combination of learning, travel, independence and enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "off the beaten path" components - the cork farm tour and lunch, the visit to the ceramics factory and tile painting, the tour and lunch of the family winery and the Porto food tour. All of these activities let us have a glimpse into the lives of the people and in my opinion enriches the travel experience."

Candace

Eugene, OR

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour and-as usual-it did not disappoint! Our guide, Rafael, was terrific; passionate about his native Portugal, he regaled us with history, literature, as well as general political and geographic information. Plus, he was just fun to be around! We seemed to be a group of like-minded spirits careening around Portugal under the watchful eye of Rafael. The hotels, breakfasts and meals in general seemed better than ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rafael had "surprises" for us; one was homemade lunch brought to us in a park by his wife and nine-month-old baby! We loved the private tours and lunches at family farms The private guides were all good; the food tour in Porto with Bruno Mars lookalike Miguel even had spur of the moment music thrown in.... Speaking of music, loved the fado."

Michael

Eugene, OR

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the pacing and time spent in each town was just right, despite being in a couple for only one night each. It was nice to see the differences of climate and topography in the areas of Portugal. Rafael was the perfect guide with his combination of historical, political, cultural, and artistic knowledge of and passion for his homeland. The tours of the farms and vineyards were wonderful, as were our gracious hosts. Culinary choices and suggestions were perfect, and Fado evenings were A+.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I just went back through all my photos to remind myself of a WOW moment - that made it even harder...! Really enjoyed the overview of Lisbon (walking) and Porto (in bus) at the beginning of our time in those cities. Food Tour in Porto with the excellent Miguel, was a great way to learn more about an area. Hope to do that in other tours."

Dennis

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was great. Your organization continues to present first class itineraries and excellent guides. The several sites we visited, winery, cork farm and many others were all great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening in Coimbra when the university students were taking their "before class starts" break was legendary... It reinforced the notion that I did indeed go to the wrong school. That celebration along with the city itself was by far the most excellent experience of trip for me. The tying event was in a quiet square, listening to our guide Raphael recite a poem, first in Portuguese then in English..."

Teresa

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth RS tour. Each tour was unique and fabulous in their own way. This tour exceeded my expectations for a few reasons. First, the hotels were SO nice - exactly the sort of hotel I would pick to stay in. Second, Rafael was charming, funny, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Portugal. I could not have asked for a better guide. There are not enough superlatives to describe his competencies as a tour guide. Hang on to this guy - he's a gem and a wonderful ambassador.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always, there are many "wow" moments on RS tours. My personal "wow" moment was in the library of Coimbra as well as the little chapel. I've had that library on my bucket list for a very long time. The little chapel was stunning, the tile patterns so inspired me I purchase a watch, eyeglass cleaning cloths and a scarf in the same patterns. These items are constant reminders of my trip."

Marilane

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is an amazing country and Rafael has true pride of his country and its history. Diversity of landscape and the explanations of its effect on life and history is so interesting. Great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork Farm tour and lunch. I learned so much. Picnic lunch with Rafael's family in the park. These are the moments that set Rick Steves apart from the crowd."

Michael

Columbia, MO

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour. My wife had already taken a tour so I was expecting a great time based on her comments. The first night we met our guide, Rafael, and the 26 other tour members. We had a quick tour and then dinner, where we got to know a few of the group. The next day we took off and explored Lisbon with the mot knowledgeable and passionate guide. Rafael continued to surprise me with his knowledge of many different things about Portugal and its history and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many for me during this tour, but I really enjoyed the cork farm tour. The owner's son shared his family's history, conflicts and progress in the cork, wine and olive oil operation. This tour was just one of several that amazed me throughout the trip."

Timothy

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience for me was wonderful. My wife and I wanted to get a good overview of Portugal, and "mission accomplished". The cities and towns we visited were culturally rich. The people we met were wonderful. We now know our way around the country, it's food, and it's customs. Our tour guide was outstanding. And our tour group was great - 25 fun-loving people who were easy to get along with and who were enjoying the experience as much as we were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was great seeing all the castles, churches, etc., but my two favorite stops were the cork farm and the port winery. I loved seeing two Portuguese family businesses, unique in the products they produce, and getting time to talk with the owners. I don't feel we would have had those experiences on our own."

Lynette

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. The itinerary was perfect. We liked the fact that we weren't on the bus for lengthy periods. Our driver, Carlos, was amazing! We especially enjoyed the visit to the cork forest, the vineyard and the ceramics factory, as well as the food tour. The hotels and food were great, and sharing the experience with 26 fellow travelers from different parts of the country (and world) added to the experience. We love the fact that Rick Steves tours are active tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the cork forest and having lunch with the family. The vineyard visit rates a close second."

Sean

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very fun and informative introduction to Portugal. Both urban and rural settings were effectively displayed. Accommodations and Meals were always acceptable. And our tour guide was just an amazing talent: vastly knowledgeable, insightful and articulate and wickedly funny!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the Douro Valley vineyard and winery was both educational and enthralling. I loved hearing from the family that has shepherded this enterprise for generations. And, for the first time, I actually tasted Port that I liked!"

Gary

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rafael is the best guide I have ever encountered. He went way above and beyond his required duties. His inclusion of many of the optional tours really added to the overall experience. The tour itself was a great experience. The tour of the cork farm and the vineyard in the DouroValley were the most memorable parts of the adventure. We were also very pleased with the hotels and are happy to see Rick has upgraded the accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork forest and the vineyard. The lunches and meeting the two families is something I will never forget. Additionally, I was very moved by the Fado experience. Both performances were very moving. I didn't expect to enjoy them, but was very taken by them. Proves that keeping an open mind is one of the important factors while traveling."

Martha

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Portugal trip with Christina was outstanding! I couldn't have asked for anything better. We thoroughly enjoyed all the sights, I didn't realize there was so much to see!! I loved the mixture of the big city with the small towns. Everything went very smoothly thanks to our outstanding guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There we too many to count. A few favorites, visit to the cork farm, Douro Valley. Even though I am not Catholic, the city of Fatima was very moving for me. Absolutely loved Porto !!"

Rose Anne

New London, CT

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our group and Christina was a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the carriage museum and the tile factory"

Robert

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Heart of Portugal is a perfect name for this tour because I felt that Cristina introduced us to the heart and soul of this soulful, exuberant and proud country. Best of all was the many opportunities we had to hear, learn and savor the the Portuguese spirit, warmth, pride, and willingness to share. Several highlights: The beauty and romance of the countryside. The friendliness, openness, knowledge, and professionalism and insight of the guides, patrons, hotel and restaurant staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the cliff at Nazare, overlooking the Atlantic ocean; scalloped waves along the beach fronting the city, the fish drying racks and fishing boats, the trajectory of narrow streets and buildings snaking up steep slopes. A scene meriting that much abused adjective...Awesome! PS: The Atlantic Ocean is the key planetary element that supported Portugal's ascendancy to world dominance, and still serves as a reminder of how important it still is in the lives of citizens and travellers."

Mona

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable. Christina was very professional, knowledgeable, accessible & enthusiastic. The majority's of sights were well worth seeing. The camaraderie of our group added to our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 'wow' moment for me was touring the library in Coimbra. It is inspiring this gem is still maintained And remains accessible for research purposes. Other highlights include the cork tour & luncheon, the Douro valley wine tour & luncheon. "

Carol

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was great and we had an exceptional group of people who toured. Christina was knowledgable, funny, entertaining and full of enthusiasm and love for her country. Her talks on the bus were really, really fun and intriguing. We were late in the year so some things were closed (the market in Batalha), but it was nice to have fewer tours and crowds. The hotels were all very good and so was the food. Christina was a thoughtful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork forest/farm visit was my personal favorite, but I love and am fascinated by plants!"

Edward

Sequim, WA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on Rick Steve's Portugal tour. It was just the right balance of a guided tour and independence to explore on your own. Both the accommodations and food were great! What made the trip most memorable was our tour guide Cristina and the other 26 members of the tour. Cristina was truly an "Edutainer" (educator and entertainer) which made the tour informative and fun. The other travelers were great to be with and I hope to meet them again at the reunion

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had some of the best cuisine in both Lisbon and Porto."

Steve

Detroit, MI

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Group size was TOO LARGE. Made it very uncomfortable on walking tours and made us feel like the ugly Americans RS always warns against being. Will never use RS again unless smaller group size is guaranteed. Way too hurried - not enough time in each stop - would prefer fewer stops and more time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto was wonderful - would have stayed an extra few days if possible."

Gary

Carmel, CA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good and knowledgeable tour leader. For the most part, a very nice group of people in our group. Good variety of places and things to see and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No wow moment. Lots of interesting sights and memories, but nothing jumped out at me."

Sara

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was a great way to get a feel for Portugal. Good variety of places visited. We were comfortable every day of the tour. It more than lived up to our expectations for it. We would definitely recommend Rick Steves tours in general, and this one in particular. Now if you could just flatten out Lisbon a bit...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our own, we came across the Galleria Perve in Lisbon. I looked in the door, was impressed by the art I could see. The young woman at the desk came to the door and invited us in. We were able to see the show and also talked with the gallery owner. Both he and the young lady gave us some very good history on Portuguese art, and how the country's history and landscape has affected its creativity. Not a tour experience, but definitely confirmed what we learned from Cristina."

Don

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I have traveled throughout our 47 years of marriage, including multiple trips in Europe, all on our own. This was our first tour experience. It was an experiment which we thoroughly enjoyed. Cristina lead a great group of people on an excellent tour of sites of Portugal. She was informative, friendly, fun but firm when that was required. We enjoyed the fact that an expert(s) had formulated an appropriate agenda, made all of the critical arrangements AND drove us around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many of those to give one "favorite"."

Sherry

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sights, knowledgeable guide, amazing group. I'd highly recommend it to friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day at the Winery. It was a gorgeous day and we were able to see some of the harvest. The countryside was stunning."

Nanette

Blaine, WA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Friends who have gone to Portugal said, "You'll love it!", and we did! We loved the beauty of the country, being part of the culture and the places we visited. We felt like we were introduced to the DNA of Portugal and its warm and friendly people by being in the heart of cities and villages. It was a good mix of monasteries, university life, Roman ruins, the beautiful Douro Valley, cork and wine tours and the exuberant life of Porto and its Palace & Church. Wonderful to the max!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moments The cork farm....it was a fascinating, factual and well planned tour. Plus, a delightful lunch was served in a very unique room, paired with wine and olive oil tasting. The owner was an excellent guide/teacher. The wine/olive tour in the Douro Valley was also superior. It was great walking the hectares of vineyards and joining some of the grape pickers. The family church was amazing as were all the family members whom we met. AND another great lunch!"

Margaret

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took my 90 year old mom and she and I had a great time. This is our third Rick Stve's tour and this was the best one. First of all our group was great. Even though i had a system to carry our bags and hold onto my mom's arm..... my bags were wrestled away. In addition the most was made of our group time when we were in the cities and looking at churches, museums etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm and the vineyard. Sustainable farming."

Kathy

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have filled out our evaluation together with my husband John A as loved to travel and this was the best trip trip yet..we have gone on five RS trips...so see John A's form..thanks

Ken

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour turned out to be much better than I had anticipated - kinda between VG and Outstanding. It opened my eyes to this little corner of Europe. Since it is a rather compact country little time is wasted on long bus rides while still offering wide diversity of terrain. The Douro Valley is really a hidden gem. The hotels were excellent - much better than typical RS hotels. The Gulbenkian Museum was excellent. Rovisco Garcia cork farm v enjoyable with excellent hosts who made us feel v welcom

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many excellent sights and experiences along the way, but, of course, the most memorable has to be the visit to the Quinta Santa Eufehia vineyards and the "Grape Stomping" in the beautiful Douro Valley."

Victor

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Fatima, made this tour very special. I didn't have special expectations of this tour, going only because our close friends were going. It turned out to e a very memorable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Organization of the tour was great and timing of the visit I. The village of Fatima on a Sunday was great."

Allison

Ocala, FL

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was outstanding! Let's start with Fatima! This was our 16th trip and she was truly fabulous, knowledgeable and passionate about her country! So many "wow" moments! We knew nothing about Portugal and we were fascinated with the country, it's traditions and of course the food and wine! She needs a raise!! There was nothing Fatima wouldn't do for us and she willingly shared her "off time" with all of us. She even very nicely helped us with our final four days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count. Going to Fatima! Crushing wine! Loved Porto! Loved our night in Obidos where she got into costume and threw a party for us!"

Karen

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best Rick Steve's tours we have ever taken. Different than traveling to countries where we have some familiarity, Portugal was entirely unknown territory. Every day we said it just can't keep getting better, and it did! We learned so much about the culture, history, landscape. Definitely set us up to return sometime in the near future. We would highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were very fortunate to be touring Fatima on a Sunday when Mass was being celebrated. It was very moving to see the thousands of people gathered in the square, all coming together as a community."

Thomas

Altamonte Springs, FL

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was my 14th Euro country visited and my 5th RS Tour.I don't know how we could have packed more value added and varied experiences in 12 days than we did on this sojourn. And the glue that held it all together and made it more enriching was our incomparable leader Fatima, so proud of her country and heritage and thankful to us for taking the time to explore it with her. We all fell in love with her. On my own I visited the beautiful Queluz Palace.It should be in Rick's tour book!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many WOW moments but a few stand out. The wine grape crushing to music in the Douro Valley. The beautiful and moving Mass at Fatima. Everything about the walled medieval town of Obidos...the gorgeous sunrise at the castle ruins, the amazing bakery, our lodging with warrior artifacts and decor and topped off by Fatima's surprise dinner party with music on the patio. An amazing lunch feast in Coimbra hosted by the brothers that was as local and non-touristy as you could imagine."

Kathy

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First our tour guide, Fatima, was delightful. The best ever Also the scheduled activities were varied and enjoyable Portugal was a very welcoming country from our experience and one that we could easily return to

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes was a blast and being in Fátima on a Sunday was very emotional and told us a lot about the strong religious beliefs of the Portuguese people"

Mary Anne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was Fátima. She was delightful as well as knowledgeable. She was a delight to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I still liked the grape stomp and the visit and lunch to the winery."

David

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fatima was an excellent guide and the tour was a wonderful introduction to a heretofore neglected but very interesting country. We visited Spain on our own afterwards and it was amazing how much more we got out of our travels because of what we had learned in Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me a lunch place that Fatima took us to in Coimbra; for my wife grape stomping in the Douro Valley."

Darlene

Vernon, BC

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fatima was incredible. She went above and beyond to make the tour awesome I would love to have an experience of a spa perhaps would be fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes. Crashing a wedding for our last dinner. These were awesome wow moments. Having fatima put on a special dinner at hotel and brought her husband was a wow. Fatima one of many surprises she showered us with."

Greg

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved Portugal. Fatima's passion and love for her country made this, our 12th Rick Steves tour, our best ever. Every day brought unexpected beauty, wonderful food and wines, and a great appreciation for the hardworking Portuguese people. It was fascinating to learn that today's Portugal is only 45 years old, yet they have centuries of intriguing history, architectural wonders and world wanderlust.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fátima was my daily "wow" moment. Visiting Belem, Fatima showed us all of the islands and countries the Portuguese navy and merchant ships discovered on a tiled world map on the ground. Truly amazing. Stomping grapes at the Eufemia winery was an unexpected highlight, as was the cork farm visit and witnessing the procession in Fatima."

John

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The country was far more interesting than expected; the tour itself was more professionally conducted & thoroughly enjoyable than any of our four previous RST tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, our guide (Fatima) from start to finish was the standout; she kept surpassing a previous memorable event or stop with even more stupendous experiences. Her depth of knowledge of Portugal added to our edification. My wife & I came home knowing much more about the people & the place, which is why we travel."

Steve

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best First time on a 28 day trip and could have done more. Gulbenkian museum Évora cork farm Nazaré. Fatima mass. Douro wine the bear. A perfect experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Above"

Mark

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well orchestrated

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duoro valley"

Sterling

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall....FANTASTIC! A great exposure to Portugal culture, history, landscape, and people. Suzanne was a great guide, providing the right amount of information and linking our group up with outstanding local tour guides to highlight city architecture, history, and importance. She also provided several wow moments to highlight visits to Lisbon (Fado), Porto (Fado), and the Cork Farm (Safari and lunch).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, hard to single out one. Both Fado performances were memorable, the Cork Farm Safari was an unforgettable graduate degree education on sustainable cork forestry , and a performance by a Choir from the Netherlands at the "end of tour" dinner was a once in a lifetime priceless event."

Melinda

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's tour and was as outstanding as the first. Our first tour was 16 years ago, the 21 day tour of Europe. The hotel choices this trip through Portugal were outstanding. The hotel on the Douro river was beautiful and all the restaurant choices were also beyond wonderful. I must say though that our guide Susanna is the person who made the trip so very special. She was so knowledgeable, caring and extremely organized. She is a very special person and guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in a he Douro valley during harvest so about a dozen of us got to do grape stomping with accordion must being played which was a total hoot! Also the cork farm was fantastic with a very welcoming family and a great lunch."

Phyllis

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Super experience! Overall, hotels were excellent. Meals were great, wines were good. Service in restaurants was overall very good. The one thing that brought the experience over the top was our guide, Susanna. She was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro River, winery, Hotel was a wow. So much fun and beautiful. The cork farm was also excellent. Learned so much about cork. The family was so friendly, knowledgeable, and welcoming. Loved it."

Mary

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all the extra surprises the cork farm tour and lunch and the Douro Valley wine stomping and lunch were standouts. Despite misgivings about the fado performances, I found I loved the emotional traditional music."

Kristin

Dublin, OH

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last dinner was amazing. An all woman choir from Netherlands serenaded us. Venue was nice also, it was thoughtful of Susanna to have a slice of cake and gifts for my birthday. Suzanna celebrated my birthday with a cake slice and gifts. It was awesome when I was far from home. A nice touch."

Susan

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome tour, well planned, excellent hotel accommodations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping the grapes at the winery in the Douro Valley!"

Jennifer

Burien, WA

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour with a great balance of sights, education and fun. As with all Rick Steves tours, time is managed very well: the tour is orchestrated to get to places before or after the masses to maximize the experience. We had a great group of travelers and are already planning our next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes at the port wine vineyard was a hoot. Also, our visit to the cork farm was very enjoyable and educational. It was memorable to meet the families of both and share in their traditions. The scenery of the Duoro Valley was another wow. Beautiful."

Bob

Middletown, MD

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour leader Maria was great. Good choices for group meals and tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Winery tour. Scenery was amazing and a family business that was 250 years old was humbling."

Annette

Middletown, MD

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Didn't know what to really expect about Portugal, beyond what I learned from reading and RS episodes. The tour far far exceeded my expectations which started out as cautiously positive. Thanks to this trip I can now speak enthusiastically about too-long-ignored Portugal to others ("Where exactly is that?" "Is it part of Spain?"), and encourage more to travel there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grape stomping. Unexpected highlight of the trip. So much fun with a very fun group of fellow travelers. Quite bonding and very Facebook worthy. No one I knew had ever done that before and everyone got quite a chuckle from it"

Peter

Henrico, VA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves trip. Perfect balance of group time and free time. Great group of fellow travellers and excellent itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro valley and grape stomping; close 2nd was the cork farm."

Jeffrey

Longmeadow, MA

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour with fantastic fellow travelers. Very enjoyable swing through a beautiful country. Particularly enjoyed the more remote locales. However Porto was a fine memory as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without question the opportunity to stomp grapes in the beautiful Douro Valley. We were lucky enough to be there for the harvest at a spectacular vineyard. Exceptional presentation by the local family to treat us to this once in a lifetime experience."

James

Austin, MN

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide, Rafael, was very good. He had excellent people skills and very knowledgeable. The history was a little overwhelming with a lot of dates but it did add to the understanding of the different sites and their relationship. Our favorite activities were the cork farm visit and the Douro winery and wine stomp. Rafael was good with having snacks at in between times to manage hunger and fatigue. Restaurants and hotels were good. The balance of time between tours and free time was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery visit was a highlight. There were several nice dinners and the wine get together in Evora."

Gabriela

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was a complete surprise to me. I don't expect such an abundance of well -educated English speakers, so much history, culture and wonderful food. But the person that made this tour so pleasurable was Rafael, our tour who shared his love for his country and his encyclopedic knowledge of Portugal with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've thought a lot about this and there were so many WOW moments it's hard to select one. I guess I would say my first glimpse of Porto. I'd read it is a factory town; industrial and not as picturesque as Lisbon; that tourism had arrived only recently and it wasn't even comparable to Lisbon. Boy, we're my expectations shattered, in a good way. Porto is a wonderful river town, close to the Douro Valley and full of life. We loved Porto and plan to return soon."

Polly

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided us with an overview of Portuguese history and the richness and complexity of Portuguese culture. Traveling to the Alentejo and up to the Douro Valley, we could see marked differences in landscape and climate. I am grateful for the typical Portuguese experiences that were included; listening to fado, visiting a cork farm, and stomping grapes in a vineyard. I enjoyed visiting the Alcobaca, Batalha, and Jeronimos Monasteries, each from an important period in Portuguese history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I was "wowed" by the Arabian Hall in Porto's Palacio da Bolsa and some of the stone carving and architecture in the monasteries, my "wow" was the respect and appreciation I developed for the rich culture and the warm and helpful people of Portugal. The "wow" was really the result or totality of all that I experienced."

Michael

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rafael was great. My only issue was that we began the day too early for me. I would have prefer more time in the morning before we began the day and got on the bus. I believe others on the tour had similar feelings. The other recommendation was that when we were only spending one night in a location we should arrive at that location early in the afternoon. In one case we didn't arrive until 5 PM or 6 PM. We were only spending one night on the farm and leaving the next morning at 8:15 AM.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The archeological site and museum was amazing and Miguel on the food tour in Porto was great."

John

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous trip. Very strenuous but them we saw a did a lot of things. The accommodations were excellent and well located. The sites, especially the rural locations, were all good and offered us a much appreciated insight into Portugal and its people. Rafael, our guide, was a great leader and very knowledgeable and visibly proud of his homeland. The meals he ahared also helped us understand Portugal at a level few tourist will experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rafael's explanation of the Portuguese term "saudade" (A longing for someone or something that you remember fondly but know you can never experience again) will stay with me forever since it describes exactly the feelings I had upon losing a loved one, in my case a long-time spouse to death. He explained it as both "the presence of absence" and the "absence of presence." It fits perfectly and I will always remember this part of the trip and be ever grateful to Rafael for this bit of healing."

Katherine

Fairfield, CT

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a quintessential Rick Steves tour and I loved every minute of it! We saw and experienced many different facets of Portugal and now I can't wait to return on my own. Our guide Raphael was exceptional, and as with all RS tours, he really made the trip. It was the perfect way to experience the Portuguese people and their history, culture, religion, art, architecture, food & wine. Learning about how their geography formed them as a people was fascinating and informed all the sites we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 4 wow moments. Ascending and descending the terraced vinyards of the Douro Valley was breathtaking. Stomping grapes was unforgettable. Visiting the ceramics factory in Coimbra and watching the painters hand paint each piece in such glorious detail was humbling. Experiencing the Roman ruins in Conimbriga and seeing the floor tile mosaics with Raphael setting the scene was fantastic...and I've seen a lot of Roman ruins all over Europe!"

Ralph

Holland, MI

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour to Portgual, was good, not as exciting for me as others that we have taken with RS. Everything was as expected with RS and our tour guide was great. Christina, was an excellent guide, has a big heart, shares her expertise, and is a fun loving person, who wants to make sure that you enjoy her country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess my favorite moment was the grape stomping at the winery. What a great experience followed up by a most spectacular lunch. That experience wills stay with us for ever. What a great time, great people, and a wonderful experience. My other wow moment was having lunch with the owner of the cork farm, and hearing first hand of the challenges of a global business owner. This is something that you cannot get from any other tour company."

Stuart

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had a great group of people and Christina was knowledgeable with a sense of humor. However, walking tours are not my thing. Neither is art, churches, and castles. I did not like walking slowly and stopping to listen to the next lecture. Strolling and standing aggravate my back so I often found a place to sit and listen. While I enjoyed many parts of the whole experience, the overall structure did not suit my preferences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes."

Joan

Saugatuck, MI

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Cristina's knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm for her country's history and it's people made our trip the memorable experience that is was. On a daily basis, Cristina's enthusiasm was readily apparent in every planned venue. Cristina's thoughtfulness was apparent when she presented a gift to a young female accordion player at a restaurant where we dined, a bouquet of flowers from a market for a Rick Steve's guest's birthday as well as in our daily pastries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 3 "wow" moments from the tour. Visiting the vineyard in the Duoro Valley and experiencing it through the eyes of the sisters running the operation was amazing. Partaking in the grape smashing ritual as well as the delectable meal prepared for us were also magical moments. Visiting the family run cork farm and estate and partaking in a luncheon with the estate's owner were memorable moments. Attending Coimbra's unique style of fado made for a magical evening."

Anne

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people and a wonderful guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes at the winery...what fun!"

Patti

Youngstown, NY

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very active and busy tour. We had a wonderful group of well travelled visitors. We had lots of fun and really enjoyed talking with everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the medieval town of Óbidos and the cork farm. I could have spent another day or two in the area. Just beautiful!"

Bob

Youngstown, NY

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Best guide so far. Her humor and enthusiasm carried the day. Herding 28 tourists for 12 days could not have been easy but she made it look easy. Accommodations were fine, breakfasts good, and dinners provided fun and varied. The size of the group made mixing and mingling somewhat difficult. The visits to local venues(tile factory, vineyards, wine/food tasting, cork farm, Fado) were highligbts. Christinas love for her country's history was infectious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grape stomping"

Susan

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Heart of Portugal trip was wonderful. The schedule & sights were amazing. Our travel group "clicked" and enhanced the experience. Our guide, Christina was awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork Tree Farm & Estate was my favorite moment. A very relaxing & educational day away from the hustle & bustle of the cities. Our hosts, the Garcia's were gracious, intelligent and loved what they do."

Maryann

Holland, MI

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, I was most impressed with the amount of knowledge that is passed on to Rick Steves tourists. From the planning, to travel to executing the tour, everything was as we have come to expect from these tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was the grape stomping. Not only was it fun, actually a hoot, but also, it was added insight into the business as it was explained by the delightful sisters who own and work the vineyard. It was a much needed break from the academics that are a major part of every day."

Barbara

Burlington, VT

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Smart, Talented Energetic Tour Guide. "Fatima taught us so much history". The trip surprises, and, thought that went into this tour was truly amazing.This tour was so much more than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We all went our seperate ways for lunch. Fatima told us about a "hole in the wall restaurant in Coimbra" She did not disappoint.... Coimbra University music students and professors broke into song, celebrating something, and invited us to join in. THE PEOPLE OF PORTUGAL----- LOVE THEM ALL."

Iva

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fatima was fabulous. Every day - no matter what was on the schedule, she added an element of fun and surprise. The amount of time spent in each city/village/town was balanced between history, food and comfort stops as well as walking tours of the cities. It was magical.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Out Portugese "bbq" dinner at the hotel in Obidos. The accordion player, Fatima dancing, traditional dishes and costumes, made for an unforgettable night. A close second, of course was crushing the grapes at the vineyard. What fun!"

Ken

Vista, CA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic! The accomodations, food and activities far exceeded our prior experiences with tours, including our previous experience with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There e=were many highlights to the trip, the cork farm, grape stomping and historical sights were great. What struck me the most was the pride of the Portuguese people in their young country. People were friendly and shared their commitment to making their country a success."

Jane

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All events appeared to be well organized and ready when we showed up. We had a very congenial group. Our guide was very energetic and knowledgeable Free time which showed up on the daily activity roster often did not happen or not for as long as per the daily plan. I missed having that time to explore the side streets and find my own hidden parts of a city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grape stomping. It was a never to be forgotten experience."

Judy

Brookings, SD

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This being my fourth Rick Steves Tour, I can tell you that they never disappoint. The high quality guides make the tours special. I always enjoy opportunities to get out into the countryside and this tour provided that in visits to a cork farm and winery. The hotels on this tour were especially nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the visit to the cork farm. I enjoyed learning about cork and pine nut production. The tour was capped off with a lovely meal."

Michael

Hanover, PA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Travel is a great way to counter confirmation bias. This most definitely applies to Portugal. For 30 years this country was "forgotten" by most of the world and only recently has caught my attention as a travel destination. This trip confirmed that this is a good time to visit this country and learn their wonderful culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list. We interacted with the locals in a way that left us with a true understanding of what we were observing. Harvesting cork, olives, grapes, pine nuts on the Garcia estate was wonderful. Stomping grapes in the Douro Valley Eufemia Quinta was indescribable. I have a new appreciation for Portugal tile painters. And wine. And more wine."

Jeanne

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a jam-packed tour filled with adventures, often including surprises not listed on the itinerary. Our guide was enthusiastic, energetic and eager to teach us about her beloved country. It was a fascinating mix of history, wining/dining, music, never-before-done activities (e.g. grape stomping which, due to the timing of our trip, we were lucky enough to do), and, my favorite, interactions with locals. Our hotels were beyond our expectations and group dinners were fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course there were unforgettable activities such as the cork farm and ceramics factory, but the moments that actually made me say "wow" involved scenery. My favorite occurred when we stopped at a look out point upon arrival to Porto. I loved the view of the city with the pastel buildings climbing the hills, the boats on the river, the color of the sky. Breathtaking to me."

Joe

Plymouth, WI

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Portugal tour was our fourth tour with Rick Steves'. Having been very impressed by the with the firts three tours I was prepared to accept perhaps a nitch down in the level of experience. Indeed that was not the case as, to date, I would have to rate it the best tour yet. Clearly, in my opinion, the tour guide makes the tour. Fatima's passion for her country, wit, humor was contagious. Her attention to detail and ability to relate to everyone in our group was simply amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough one for me for the whole tour was pretty much a "wow" moment. I would have to say Fatima was the "wow" moment!. Her professionalism, sincere passion for her country and tireless efforts throughout the tour had me sitting back and saying "wow"...that lady is good! That said, probably the Cork Farm was the most interesting."

Sharon

Rockingham, VA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is great. Our guide (Fatima) was so enthusiastic, personable, informative and proud of her country. Bus was comfortable. Coimbra accomadations had a VERY small shower but were clean and adequate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm and the family who owns it"

Gregory

Kihei, HI

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide absolutely made this trip. Fatima is both fun and knowledgeable. I didn't know all that much about Portugal before but learning from her was a blast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't even explain how much fun squashing the grapes with our feet was.. This trip had too many "WOW" moments to limit them to 500 characters. Ruins, food, the Portuguese people ....."

Wendy

Kihei, HI

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is its people. They are friendly, helpful and heartwarming. They are so proud of their country. This was my fourth Rick Steves tour and it was the best. Our guide Fatima was amazing. She has a vast knowledge of her country and shares that with you. Traveling with her was like going on vacation with your craziest and most fun friend.. She created many adventures for us, some not even on the itinerary . The experiences with local people really add to your tour---

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments. Local music professors from Coimbra University breaking into song at a small family restaurant. Stomping grapes at the vineyard (think I Love Lucy moment). party in Obidos on the roof with medical castle lit up at night, doing "Chicken Dance" to accordion music."

Chris

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maria knows Portugal & showed us her beautiful country and the people. In the 12 days I think we covered what is normally covered in a 13 day tour. So much to see. The food & hotels were excellent. Because the country is smaller than other trips the the time in the bus appeared to be much less than other trips. This was my 4th R S tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments but my 2 favorites were the visits with lunch to the cork farm and then the Douro Valley vineyard. They were rich experiences as the the families shared their history while teaching us how their family business worked."

Timothy

Perth Amboy, NJ

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Your trips are always well organized. I liked the balance between city and country. The balance between free time and scheduled time worked for me. It gave me a chance to walk and see the city. I found several nice little restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Duro valley was specular. I enjoyed the tour of the vineyard and the meal that they served. It was the real deal."

Virginia

Grand Junction, CO

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

i enjoyed the trip very much. Maria was so knowledgeable about the history of the country and the places we visited. I learned so much about Portugal. We especially enjoyed our meals at the Cork farm and Vineyard. My favorite was Obidos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Gulbenkian museum was amazing. Our guide in the museum highlighted the most rare pieces and why A particular piece was so rare and priceless."

Christopher

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our sixth tour with RS. We are pretty easy going. Really loved the pace of this tour. It was a nice pace with a nice group. All the boxes were checked in the positive +++ (hotel, food, sites, etc.) and Maria is fantastic. Can't wait until the next one. Every time we take a RS tour to Europe, I say I want to move to Europe. This was the first time my wife agreed that she would move. I think the pasties da nata in Lisbon may have been a deciding factor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This one is difficult to answer... so many great moments. I wouldn't change the itinerary at all. Loved the variety. I wasn't expecting to do any tile painting. I was wowed for the photo opportunities in Nazarre with the women selling sun-dried octopi on the beach. And two blocks over there was a professional volleyball match happening. Then up on the hill nuns at a barnacle stand. Food at the cork farm and winery were outstanding."

Marie

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish the tour of Portugal showed its travelers the highlights of the country along with Portugal through the backdoor-both were filled with beauty,history,culture and all that makes this country what it is today.When visting a region for the first time the tour/tour guide are the key to a great trip.Our guide&tour were excellent.Maria's knowledge of the region was outstanding.With her soft spoken voice and gentle mannerisms it was a pleasure listen to her everyday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with all of the RS tours there is always more than one"wow"moment.For this tour,the Monastery of Santa Maria in the town of Batalha was filled with beauty-from its exterior to the magnificent unfinished chapel with the light from the sky shining through.The second "wow" moment was the Douro Valley-driving through the valley with our smiling bus driver Ricardo,who did a fantastic job.Seeing the valley & staying at the magnificent Vintage House Hotel-Ohhh such beauty and memorable times.WOW!!!"

Stephen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From day one this was a fabulous tour. Our group of fellow travelers were great as was our tour leader Claudia. All of the local guides really brought life to the tour as well as the history and good humor. The hotels and food were some of the best I have experienced on tour. Each destination had their own "wow" moments. I think this tour could easily go for at least fourteen days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment happened almost daily. I have to say that I was really moved by the Fado both in Lisboa and Coimbra. Who would have known what it takes to put a Cork in a bottle of wine. The cork farm was a real eye opener. Then to see the Douro Valley with all its terraces!!"

Karen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, this tour was everything I expected and much more. Our guide, Claudia, was outstanding! The cork farm was enlightening in so many ways as was the tile factory, for entirely different reasons. The Douro Valley was breathtaking, and I absolutely loved Porto. The group of travelers was exceptionally compatible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moments are hard to choose, but mine would have to the the Douro Valley. I can't believe the work that goes into making wine in that location. Fabulous!"

Kathleen Dienhofer

Brevard, NC

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very lucky & travelled with a wonderful group of people from all over the US. We also had another amazing Rick Steves tour leader , Claudia, who went beyond her call of duty when my husband developed chest pain during the night. She arranged EMS & accompanied me ( wife) to the ER & helped with all that took place. She then continued on the next day as thought she had a great nights sleep- which we know she did not ! Thanks to all the great Rick Steves guides, especially to Claudia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"when my husband was ruled out for a MI when we made in that morning back to the hotel to join the tour for breakfast as though nothing had happened during the night."

Robert

Brevard, NC

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Claudia da Costa was outstanding. The weather was great, the guests all got along well.The hotel accommodations were very satisfactory. We especially liked the hotel in Porto, with its location so close to the riverfront.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Fado performance"

Michael

Dallas, OR

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork Oak farm tourh"

Barbara

Dallas, OR

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an extraordinary time. It exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley"

Robert

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hard to believe that so many individually precious experiences could be so artfully packed into a short trip that is regularly punctuated by free time to explore.I am grateful that I was able to attend!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite was wandering alone along the uphill backstreets of Obidos with the breathtaking light just before sunset, away from the tourists, camera in hand!"

Nadine

Monmouth, OR

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and first time in Europe. This tour exceeded ALL expectations! I just can't count the number of times I rounded a corner or looked in a different direction and said "Ohhhhhh My!". We couldn't have been more fortunate than to have Claudia as our tour guide. She brought such depth and breadth to every single day. And the other tour guides were equally talented in showing us "their' home town or countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Lisbon was my wow moment. Never having been in Europe before, I was amazed and thrilled with everything from the cobblestone streets, the colorful homes, the gorgeous castle illuminated at night, walking through Claudia's neighborhoods, the beautiful squares, the yellow buses.....it was all so exciting and was so new to me I was enthralled in it all. Coimbra was also a Wow kind of place. Loved it"

Elena

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was really well organized. It was great friendly atmosphere from the very beginning to the end of the tour. We were able to see some of the places that you could not see if traveled by yourself. Very pleasant feelings!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley winery and lunch with the owners; Museu Galouste Gulbenkian- very good exhibition; Cork trees farm ( forest)."

Brian

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although Portugal does not have the "Big Attractions" offered by the other venues the combination of unique experiences (Cork Safari, backsteet Lisbon,Port Wine day, and University tour) made this one of our favorite trips. Claudia's amazing knowledge, personal touch and organizational ability absolutely made this trip exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Coimbra University library (Harry Potter connection aside) and the Douro port wine making region experience and overnight stay were certainly jaw dropping."

Norbert

Venice, FL

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Heart of Portugal Tour was very informative from a historical, cultural, culinary, artistic, architectural, political and personal point of view.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Duoro Valley. Vineyards and river vistas !!!!!"

Christine

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time on a Rick Steve's tour. The thought of traveling with 27 others made me nervous. I was ready to embrace the experience and see how it was. The tour was organized, and balanced with tours of the cities versus free time. The guide was knowledgeable and I learned so much more of Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will try to explain this. As you are looking at one thing in front of you and you are saying "Wow", the surprising thing was, as you turned to look in the back of you, it was another "Wow". I was surprised how colorful and artistic Portugal was. The tile facades on houses, to the Fado music you listened too. I can not name one thing. But look around yourself. Beauty everywhere."

Roxane

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide, great group and gorgeous country

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the winery tour and feast in the Douro valley"

Rebecca

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was stunning. There were so many great experiences. I love the fact that only Rick Steves groups get to go to the cork farm. It was an edifying experience. I had no clue where cork came from!!! As always the tour had just th right about of free time. This was my 7th Rick Steves tour. Can't wait for the next one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but I think sitting down with the matriarch of the "cork" family. She was an absolute delight. I always appreciate the opportunity to spend time with locals. Experiencing their food and way of life."

Leslie

Cypress, TX

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour. I have to say that the hotels on this tour were excellent (appreciate the elevators!)and the restaurants were awesome. Rafael did an exceptional job at introducing us to Portuguese history and made the sights truly memorable. Really appreciate the cork farm, cermanic factory, winery and food tour in Porto. They help to connect the group to "real life" Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the visit to Rovisco Garcia for the cork farm tour. Not so sure how much longer groups will be welcomed here...some in the group did not have a very pleasant lunch experience with the owner. Fortunately, I was at a different table, so my experience was great."

Bruce

Severn, MD

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very happy with the content of our first Rick Steves tour. We really enjoyed visiting Portuguese family run businesses especially the winery and cork oak farm. They welcomed us in for a wonderful meal and talked with us like we were special visitors.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Fado music. Listening really helped me to "feel" the culture."

Ruth

Severn, MD

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never been on any type of tour prior to this one. It was beyond our expectations! The first day we looked at each other and said "Wow. Where are we going with RS next?" It is so well organized but more important- FUN!The group was great with everyone really enjoying each other and sensitive to each others feelings and needs. Most important was our guide Rafael. I'll praise him later. We really did get a feel of the country and the people. Just loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Physical- looking down from cliff in Sitio to the Nazzare' beach. I love the ocean. Heart- sharing a meal with the family at the cork farm and feeling so welcomed by them."

Elizabeth

Cypress, TX

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 1st guided tour & definitely the way to go. Each destination was visit was thorough & adequate. Rafael our guide was not only knowledgeable about Portugal and relayed It's history passionately from his heart.

Kelly

Cornelius, OR

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. It was much more than I had expected. The places that we saw, and the things that we experienced, were unforgettable. The weather was a bit warm, but was sunny and beautiful everyday. Everything was so well organized. Our tour group of 28 people, got along very well and had so much fun together. The guide was outstanding. We had an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moments were the cork farm and Douro valley."

Scott

Canton, OH

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour to Portugal was outstanding. There were many wonderful moments. Our tour guide, Rafael was wonderful. We have had many great tour guides over the years with these tours. He certainly ranks among the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many such moments. The cork farm was a very interesting and enjoyable tour. Our lunch there was wonderful and conversation with the owner of the farm was very interesting. The wine tour was also excellent. While standing on a stone map of the world at the explorers monument, Rafael's explanation of Portugal's place in the seafaring exploration of the world was tremendous. He had an entire crowd, most not even with our tour, enthralled with his explanation."

Jason

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Heart of Portugal Tour exceeded all of my expectations! I learned a great deal about Portuguese history, international breakthroughs in sea trade and discovery, breaking through and beyond preestablished limits and boundaries, forever changing the face of the way nations did business at that time. The people, the food, the natural topography, coupled with the music, the sites, and the weather all combine to an unforgettable travel experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rafael's recitation of a poem by Fernando Pessoa was my favorite "wow" moment. First recited in Portuguese and then in English in front of the poet's former residence in Lisbon, the words were at once heartfelt, illustrating Portuguese national pride, and thirst for discovery. It provided us an image and perspective on where sea trade had gone, and then the extent to which Portugal's sea exploration took international sea trade and relations to another level altogether!"

Fran

Canton, OH

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was FABULOUS! I would imagine many people from Ohio will be signing up for trips with how I have been raving about this one. The country is beautiful and Rafael is such an amazing guide!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was wow but I always really enjoy the 'home' tours/Lunches."

Clifford

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with the passion and love of Portugal expressed throughout the tour by Rafael and the local guides. Portugal was somewhat of a mystery compared to other European destinations we have visited but we learned more than enough during our 12 days to bring us up to speed regarding this marvelous country. Rafael had an uncanny command of history, dates and facts that sometimes overwhelmed me. Better too much info than too little, I suppose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being from California's wine country, the remarkable geography of the Douro region was definitely a WOW. Also, the sense of sailing into the unknown that seemed to still embody the Belem tower and monument brought to me a whole new perspective on the Age of Discovery."

Susan

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The people of Portugal were extremely friendly and helpful. Our guide,Rafael was passionate about his country and very knowledgeable about his country's history. I was glad to have him as our guide. The pace of the tour felt just right and we had a good group that all seemed to have the same expectations of the tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the town of Coimbra but I think the Douro Valley was a highlight for mean. The scenery was spectacular."

Elaine

Lincoln, MA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had not been on a group tour before and it was great. There are certainly pros and cons to travelling in a group and at the group's speed. I found myself at times wishing I had more time to sit and take in the atmosphere of where I was. At the same time, I learned more about Portugal than any other coutrry I have been to. I loved hearing the fada music, and the concept of sole dade. If I had travelled alone, I would not have learned as much or gone to as many places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"our guided tour of a neighborhood in Lisbon"

Steven

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time on a Rick Steves' tour. I have been on many guided tours in Europe over the years and this experience was the best. What made it different was the excellent guide, limited size group, fellow travelers, no optional extra cost excursions, and well located hotels. When I consider another guided European tour in the future, I will only book a Rick Steves' tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the Douro Valley. Everything from the beauty of the terrain, the great vineyard visit, and the beautiful hotel on the side of the river."

Robert

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had little knowledge or perspective on Portugal and its history before the tour. I found the country to be a wonderful place to visit. We enjoyed getting to know the people, which was particularly aided by our fantastic Tour directer, Fatima. She made the trip a special experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think there were several, linch with the family at the cork farm, the drive through and visit to the Douro valley, and the visit to Porto."

Pamela

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour certainly met my expectations! I learned so much about the people,customs, history, and food of the Portuguese people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great moments on our tour. I loved seeing the University in Coimbra, visiting the cork farm and eating with the owners, and touring the vineyard and winery in the Douro Valley."

Jim

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th RS tour,my first in Portugal, and it bettered my expectations.We saw and experienced a wide variety of what Portugal has to offer.And once again,every tour member was outstanding and a pleasure to be with. Our outstanding tour guide,Fatima, planned several fun activities that I would never had considered doing had I been on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. I enjoyed visiting the cork farm and being able to access the tile factory was a real unexpected treat."

Alan

Boulder, CO

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed learning about the history, culture and politics of Portugal. The Portuguese people are the best! - always friendly and welcoming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm tour"

Michael

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is an excellent destination for travelers looking to get the most bang for their buck in Europe. Almost everyone speaks English, costs are modest, and food and accommodations are on par or better than anywhere I've ever been. If you go in summer, plan to deal with heat. The full sun exposure there can make even 85º feel like a heatwave. And anywhere you want to go is going to be uphill. Despite this, the gracious people and the Old World charm are sure to win you over.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to chose from. I will say I really loved the insights Fatima provided about her country's history, politics, and culture. Her personal and forthright perspective provided depth to what would have otherwise been superficial tourist stops. Fatima helped me fall in love with Portugal."

Jinna

Vashon, WA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was very well done. i liked all the choices of places to see and stay. I would have preferred to spend more time in the country (e.g. Douro Valley) than the cities. I felt the pace of the tour was good for the most part. i like an active tour with free time to roam on your own-this tour was a bit lacking in free time. An afternoon promised would turn out to start at 3-4pm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley in all its splendor. The tour of the property was wonderful and the meal was terrific!"

Jon

Vashon, WA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As I have come to expect, an exceptionally well organized itinerary highlighting the history, culture and passion of the Portuguese together with unique visits to locations, families and events we very likely would not have experience on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow 1- The Douro Valley is the most stunning wine region I have ever visited and no pictures can do it justice. Wow 2- The passion, pride and friendly nature of the people, always a smile and a kind word, second to none."

Rhonda

Salinas, CA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where do I start. Great guides, great tour members, food, wine, experience. I have been on eight pervious RS tours. When I think I know the formula, I get surprised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can you limit to just one. Our surprise dinner in Obidos, the views of the Douro Valley. Hearing the story of King Pedro and Ines in the Monastery of Santa Maria. Too many to choose from."

Gail

Pawleys Island, SC

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. Thoroughly enjoyed the rich history and culture of Portugal. Was delighted with the friendly locals and obvious pride in their country. Loved the fresh food,excellent breads, the fish and domestic beers, wine and port.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than one.... Roman ruins, Gulbenkian Museum, Cistercian Church and monastery, markets with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, views of Atlantic at Nazare, University at Coimbra, Douro Valley, fado and working cork and wine estates. Many more "WOW" moments, too many to recount. Not a fan of the visit to Fatima. Would not have felt deprived if not on the itinerary."

Mary Beth

Madison, WI

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour that exceeded my expectations. Fatima was a joy; very knowledgeable, helpful and caring. She added spice to the tour with her stories about the culture of and life in Portugal. She also planned some surprises for us along the way (no spoiler for others here) which added delight to the trip. Accommodations were wonderful with character and charm. I learned so much about the country, its history and the people. Plus I traveled with a delightful group of people who added fun and joy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many; the visit to the cork farm was a stand out moment when we shared lunch with the family who has run the farm for generations. The opportunity to chat and exchange stories over lunch was special."

Lee

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the tour, guide, and group. It didn't feel rushed and I learned a great deal about the culture and history of Portugal. The only criticism is that we had an initial walking tour of Lisbon that was very long and involved lots of standing around. My lower back was extremely sore for several days afterwards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the intact mosaic floors at the ruins of Conimbriga. I hope they get enough funding to fully excavate the site."

Elaine

Pawleys Island, SC

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A spectacular Rick Steves trip! The fellow travelers, Fatima, our leader were the best. The sites we saw were stunning, and such a variety, not just churches, etc. Especially liked the lunches we had with local people. The food was delicious! Enjoyed going to some of the local markets. The people from Portugal were so friendly and accommodating. I love learning about the history of wherever we are, Fatima was so passionate, describing this to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At Nazare, looking at the shore from high above. The Duoro Valley wine country. Stunning!"

Victoria

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another glorious adventure, as usual!! The RSE vow of excellence was again in evidence in every aspect of the tour - thoughtful itinerary, first rate hotels, excellent meals, lovely local wines and ofcourse thoroughly enjoyable pastry shops & gelato!, expert guides all tied together by the engagingly enthusiastic Fatima.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the crenellated walls of a Medieval fortress and envisioning history - invaders and re-conquest, boundary pushing exploration, riches that bring magnificent grandeur and world power all momentarily marching below until . . . . . .my focus changes to the terraced fields and farms below and I begin to contemplate my next food experience! Ahhhhhhhhh . . . . ."

John

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's Tour, although we have used your books for other trips and found them very informative and useful. The trip was wonderful and exceeded my expectations . I am recently widowed and have always traveled with my wife and/or friends. I was somewhat apprehensive about not knowing anyone, but Fatima and her engaging personality set the stage from our first meeting that we would all have a great time...and she was right! The group got along well and we all had fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments from the beauty of the Douro River Valley and the wineries to the fascinating tour of the cork farm. I think the history of Portugal that Fatima shared as we were touring the beautiful country really had an impact. It was fascinating."

John

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great vacation. The primary guide was awesome - she was knowledgeable, friendly, and gave great insight into life in Portugal. The sites and activities we visited were fantastic - the cork farm and ceramic shop stood out. The other travelers were a fun bunch. My first guided tour was wonderful. I'll be back next year for another European tour.

Louis

Springfield, OR

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this trip to Portugal. Fatima was a great guide and wealth of information about Portugal and it's culture. The hotels and meals we had were excellent (as was the wine and port we had with meals!) The local guides were also very good to excellent. Our bus drivers were great and bus the was extremely comfortable and the people in our group were fun and caring to be with. Just an overall great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was the drive through the Douro Valley and the spectacular scenery of the vineyards, which culminated with an excellent tour of the vineyard's and superb lunch."

Theresa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a fantastic experience. I had few preconceived notions about Portugal; everyone who'd been there loved the country for being cheap and accessible. The tour constrained personal exploration, but with our day ahead and free time, we safely wandered the streets of Lisbon to explore coffee and pastries, open cafes, cobbled streets and architecture. I loved the smaller villages, found Porto too busy, yet filled with great coffee and friendly people. What I miss now: good espresso everywhere!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley, and this from a non-drinker! Loved the Quinta: we tasted grapes on the vines, listened to our charming family guide explain everything from what makes port wine special, to the climate and political events that affect their business. Loved the farm lunch after the tour, seeing the elegant modern methods that maintain the traditional ways of creating beautiful ports. The money spent to check the bag for the olive oils we brought home? WELL worth it. Douro Valley was revelation."

When To Go & Weather

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

Portugal / Lisbon

Portugal Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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