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

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Heart of Portugal in 12 Days Tour

from $3,295 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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

Dates & Prices

2020

What's Included

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

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Portugal

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

Day 2: Neighborhoods of Lisbon

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

Day 3: Seafaring Belém and the Gulbenkian

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

Day 4: Historic Évora

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

Day 5: Olives, Oaks, and Óbidos

This morning begins with a memorable visit to a working farm and estate. We'll have a chance to meet farming locals and taste-test their olive oil. Then we'll wander through their forest of cork oaks, learning how the bark is harvested and how it's being regulated today. We'll cap off our visit with lunch together, including some of the estate's wines. This afternoon we'll follow the sun as we make our way to the medieval walled town of Óbidos. Upon arrival we'll take an orientation walk through the perfectly preserved cobblestone streets and learn why this is known as Portugal's "wedding city." Sleep in Óbidos (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

Day 6: Royal Intrigue, Alcobaça, and Nazaré

We'll begin today with a visit in Alcobaça to tour the ornate Baroque-Gothic Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria, where we'll hear the star-crossed story of King Pedro and his doomed mistress, Inês. Later we'll enjoy some fun in the sun in the old coastal fishing village of Nazaré. Splash in the waters of the Atlantic, sample the local specialty — barnacles — or take the funicular up to the historic Sítio neighborhood to enjoy its sweeping cliff-top views. This evening we'll return to Óbidos for dinner on your own. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Batalha and Fátima

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

Day 8: Classic Coimbra

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

Day 9: Douro Wine Country

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

Day 10: Vineyard Views and Porto

Today we'll travel through terraced wine country on our way to the port city of Porto. On arrival in this rustic Portuguese San Francisco, we'll take a panoramic bus tour of Porto's classy neighborhoods, dynamic downtown, and bustling port. After checking in to our hotel, a savvy guide will show us how to explore the city through our taste buds with a sampling of delicious local cuisine, teaching us about history, architecture, and culture along the way. We'll end our day with a relaxing cruise on the Douro River (weather permitting). Sleep in Porto (2 nights). Boat: ¾ hour. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Savoring Proud Porto

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

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Gregory

The Dalles, OR

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The adouro valley."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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..."

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."

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!"

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."

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

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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"."

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."

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. "

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

Mark

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well orchestrated

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duoro 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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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 ....."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!!!"

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."

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)."

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 !!!!!"

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"

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."

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"

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!!"

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"

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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!"

Michael

Dallas, OR

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork Oak farm tourh"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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.

Sue

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour in Portugal. What made it so special for us was traveling with a smaller group and a wonderful guide Fatima. She was very knowledgeable about the country and people. We all loved her little surprises she arranged especially happy hour with Queen Fatima. The itenarey was great, we saw so many cool things and experienced such wonderful things like the cork farm, tile manufacture company and Doura Valley.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fatima and Doura Valley. It would have been great if those that wanted to had an opportunity to stay at Fatima longer."

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."

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 . . . . ."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

Mary

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was friendly, and gave very good tour talks. Our group was very engaging with all in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Vally was beautiful, peaceful and quiet. Friendly citizens. Excellent food."

Marilane

Waltham, MA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maria- was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable in Portugal history and future state She never lost patience with us

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Belem area"

Paul

Lexington, KY

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time! We learned about Portugal's history and geography while visiting beautiful cities and tasting great food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked it all, but especially the Gulbenkian Museum and the Duoro Valley. The museum was great because it represented things that a collector would want -- kind of the best of the best. Plus I thought the story of the collection was interesting. I loved the terraced vineyards in the Duoro VAlley and hearing the story of the family vineyard."

Don

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour with Maria, who is wonderful, but also a group of people that coalesced very well. As far as I could tell no one felt left out of anything or that they weren't having a wonderful time. Maria managed to fit in a lot more extras in the budget than most tours (that was our 8th), but that might just be an advantage of really reasonable prices in Portugal. But she kept surprising us and we kept loving it! Overall Grade: A++

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always, it is hard to pick one. 2nd place for me included both the incredible library and ruins, but oddly #1 for me was the cork farm. Having our incredibly educating tour was great, the meal where each table had 1 or 2 family members joining us was so delightful. During lunch, my wife sister and I discussed our post tour trip to the Azores. The family told us to contact them if we needed help in Sao Miguel because they would be there too! Feeling a connection with real people was awesome."

Robert

Champaign, IL

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous trip that was well paced and had many unique experiences that you don't get with other tours. Our guide Maria was super- knowledgeable, friendly and made the tour a success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wonderful experiences, but I really enjoyed the cork forest and learning about the whole process of harvesting cork. The family was super nice and I enjoyed sharing lunch with them."

Rosa

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' tour, and it was another outstanding experience! Very balanced and good mix of experiences to learn more in depth about Portugal's history, culture and influence throughout the world. Our tour guide, Maria, provided an exceptional tour experience full of learning opportunities and fun activities. We had so much fun with all my fellow tour travelers! Great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm and learning about cork oak trees and the harvesting process."

Vicki

Escondido, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's Tours . When I was teaching high school French I loved showing my students all the tapes of Rick Steve's visiting regions of France so I knew I would experience special and unique experiences ( and I did!) plus my brother Don and wife Joyce have raved and raved about all of their wonderful experiences. So many things that one would never experience on a regular tour- like the ceramics factory and tile painting and the Taste Porto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was just one WOW after another. I found Évora to be extra special... the capela dos Ossos was quite amazing unlike anything I had ever seen. I was a little disappointed in Fatima which seemed too commercial and a little difficult to navigate on our own.. Two fado experiences to know the differences was interesting."

Ben

Medina, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, another great trip, full of culture experience, knowledge of locals and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When our guide, Maria came down to the group party with medieval dress in an old castle hotel in O'bidos."

Kathleen

Lexington, KY

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our time in Portugal! We loved walking the streets of its cities, looking at the countryside, hearing of its history and meeting its beautiful people. We had a great group of 28 diverse people who became a "family" under the leadership of our great guide, Maria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite "wow" moment was visiting the cork farm. I was fascinated by the owner's description of how they harvest the cork and his commitment to his farm's sustainability. His family was very hospitable. And I always love seeing the ocean -- first in Navarre and then in Porto."

Phil

Geelong, VIC

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Maria was fantastic. The other guides and hosts likewise made for a most enjoyable tour from first night to our final breakfast. To single out one highlight would take away from our other experiences. My one comment on our guide is her positive attitude throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was fortunate as my knowledge of Portugal was very limited. The tour design was excellent with active days and moderate pace - my view is that added to the overall enjoyment of each day. The hill towns, the winery, even the cork farm, not to mention the high standard of the final dinner all added to the enjoyment of the tour. Just don't mention the hills..."

Jeffrey

Fortuna, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every moment of it, even though we had a Mr. and Mrs. Grump as buddies... Cristina did an amazing job to try and accomodate them. Coimbra hotel was the least favorite, but was manageable bacause it was close to interesting activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm definetely!!!!!!!!!!!"

Jerry

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amber

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terri

Sparta, MI

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

Margate City, NJ

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Glen Rock, NJ

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Gold Canyon, AZ

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Glen Rock, NJ

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ana Maria

Fontana, CA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Duoro Valley!!!"

Jennifer

Dallas, TX

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lee

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unfinished chapels in Batalha! Just amazing!"

Barbara

South Easton, MA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into the Douro valley."

Lawrence

South Easton, MA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fado concerts in Lisbon and coimbra"

James

Columbia, MO

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour value for the dollar was an outstanding feature about this tour. The knowledge that Claudia possessed in order to explain all the historical parts of the different cities and her English doing this was a real plus. She is one of the best tour guides I have ever experienced. The tour and Claudia kept surprising us with extra dinners and lunches which were not listed in the tour package. The local guides were also very knowledgeable. Nygil added a great deal of knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think going to the Cork farm and vineyard visits being able to meet with the families who owned these farms. The beauty of the Euro valley and its many vineyards. Churches yes also and the age of the cities and sites."

Rosemary

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judith

Columbia, MO

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I fell in love with the country, the language and the people. I cannot wait to return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Obidos and the great medieval hotel. I am now making Ginja in Missouri Best meal was with the family at the cork farm. Shark soup to die for! Loved dining with the mother of the family."

Joan Easton

Great Neck, NY

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randy

Palmetto, FL

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Steger, IL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karel

Lopez Island, WA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was well thought out and perfectly planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mario

Feasterville Trevose, PA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rosemarie

Langhorne, PA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bryan

Riverside, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carole

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherry

Steger, IL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Sedalia, MO

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Powell, OH

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Yadira

Lithia, FL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pat

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debra

Dayton, OH

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cliff

Lithia, FL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman ruins."

Carol

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Keith

Dayton, OH

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley."

Richard

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frida

Sedalia, MO

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kenneth

Hampton, GA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Susan

White Rock, BC

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Meredith

Tinley Park, IL

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Philip

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Ingrid

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Arthur

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suanne

Shelby Township, MI

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lloyd

Shelby Township, MI

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork tour"

Judy

Frankfort, IL

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phyllis

Parker, CO

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Katy, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ramon

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Regina

Banning, CA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phillip

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto"

Theresa

Farmington, ME

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Camas, WA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Katy, TX

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

Cresson, PA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathryn

Cresson, PA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherri

Blanchard, OK

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm."

Ralph

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeri

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Faranak

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judie

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Loraine

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In spite of some allergies(?) or a viral cold(?) that started a couple of days in, I thoroughly enjoyed the Heart of Portugal tour. Maria Jose was an excellent guide. I learned a lot from her and from the other local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down my favorite WOW moment was the visit to the cork farm. We had the good fortune of being there during harvest time and we got to see the cork harvested from a cork oak. I'm a sucker for Roman ruins, so a very close #2 was the visit to the Roman ruins at Conimbriga."

Linda

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Zeno

Arlington, VA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Severna Park, MD

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Severna Park, MD

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Tampa, FL

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Yasuhiko

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Reno, NV

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryl

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Springfield, NJ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm"

Shelley

Springfield, NJ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Paul

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

York, ME

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Hildtraud

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terri

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bob

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Philip

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Westerville, OH

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Social Circle, GA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dwight

Davis, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mike

Alamo, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eloise

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Teri

Crozet, VA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Crozet, VA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary Dynamic guide Lots of new friends

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ginnie

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jamie

Blacksburg, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terri

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gabrielle

Yorktown, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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