• 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

2019

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

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Marie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ginnie

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Philip

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bob

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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.

Bob

Chatsworth, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Chatsworth, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall good

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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!"

Rollin

Valatie, NY

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vineyards of the Douro Valley are spectacular."

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."

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."

Scott

Broadview Heights, OH

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Morton, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Orinda, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Woodland, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Halina

Saunderstown, RI

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Inna

Foster City, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Carol

Panama City Beach, FL

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Richmond, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cork farm, Fado music,vineyard."

Patricia

Goshen, IN

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maya

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

outstanding. Great people and tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Duoro valley"

George

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Aptos, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Douro Valley"

Becky

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Aspley, QLD

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debby

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Porto"

Wendy

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Atherton, CA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Ann

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm"

Claudia

Lake Zurich, IL

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dona

Orangevale, CA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shauna

Reston, VA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carleen

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

Addison, PA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrick

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Roman ruins up close."

Abigail

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rick

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Temple Terrace, FL

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Johns Island, SC

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Linda

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Priscilla

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Silver City, NM

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Glendale, AZ

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Adria

Forest Hills, NY

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jo

Johns Island, SC

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dennis

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerome

New Haven, MO

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Arlene

Cochrane, AB

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rick

Cochrane, AB

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paulette

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Excelsior, MN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandy

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

Tequesta, FL

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ida

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Soren

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alentejo and Douro valley"

Edward

Sheffield Village, OH

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beth

Wallingford, PA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roberta

Oden, MI

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the vineyards where port is produced."

Jim

Fort Smith, AR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristy

Austin, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronald

River Forest, IL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Bar Harbor, ME

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kelle

Fort Smith, AR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Austin, TX

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm visit, really enjoyed this."

William

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leila

Marlborough, CT

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Karen

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Marlborough, CT

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Andrew

Bar Harbor, ME

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Dayton, OH

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Boise, ID

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Missoula, MT

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carole

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Theodore

Missoula, MT

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Tehachapi, CA

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Constance

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Serendipity is the biggest wow factor in travel."

Valerie

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Renee

Corrales, NM

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carlotta

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Monticello, FL

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Crown Point, IN

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group of people. Great guide.

Lawrence

Bonners Ferry, ID

Tour: 04/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm."

David

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It had all the elements of a Rick Steves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Lockport, IL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than expected. Guides go all out.

Lesli

Tracy, CA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lori

Oakland, CA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Glen

Simpson, SK

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Northport, NY

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joye

East Falmouth, MA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset in Lisbon."

Doralina

South Miami, FL

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Chelan, WA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

East Falmouth, MA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gloria

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jill

Ringgold, GA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Glenview, IL

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Raymond

Ringgold, GA

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sharon

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 10/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Irma

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Portugal and Cristina!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Albany, NY

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband's favorite was the Gulbenkian Museum"

Garry

Coeur D'alene, ID

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro region."

Daniel

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Connie

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendy

C, VT

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

San Leandro, CA

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This group was phenomenal. We had so much fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tony

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman Ruins"

Christine

Leichhardt, NSW

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jacqueline

Farmingdale, NJ

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Don

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

Colchester, VT

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frank

Farmingdale, NJ

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Raleigh

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Terri

Bertram, TX

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 10/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrice

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal wonderful. Tour outstanding. Guide Fatima superb!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do i really have to pick just one? Everything was great. Visits to the Roviscogarcia and Sta Eufemia particularly so."

Robert

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joyce

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Easton, MD

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the tour of Porto most!"

Jeannette

Incline Village, NV

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley"

Carole

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the group and how welcoming they were. Our tour guide Fatima went way beyond anything that was expected of here. She really tried hard to get to know each of us and worked especially well in educating us about the people of Portugal and the History of the country. It was soooo interesting! I think one of the most interesting parts of the trip was the Fanta singers and the first Cork Farm we visited. There was not a day on the tour that I didn't bounce out of bed to face all the adventure

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think a wow moment was was when we were eating grapes from the grape vines while hiking up the hill and looking at the beautiful scenery."

Bonnie

Bedford, NH

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Stillwater, OK

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour. I am in the process of booking a 14-day tour of Ireland for next August 2019 for my wife and 2 granddaughters: 15 and 13. I am waiting for writer confirmation so I can book air fare. Robert PS I am also going but only as the bag-man for the three ladies. And as my wife's 24/7 - beck and call boy. Best job I ever had with great benefits.

Norma

Stillwater, OK

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Steven

Portola Hills, CA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun tour learning about Portugal's history, its maritime history, and good food. Also, learned about the different Fado common to Lisbon versus that sung by male university students in Coimbra. The tour showed the diversity of Portugal from the big cities like Lisbon and Porto to the rustic countryside of Evora.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The library at the university in Coimbra that reflects Portugal's maritime history with gold leaf from Brazil and bookcases with asian designs based on exploration to China."

Janice

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good mix of activities, although heavy on churches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of the cork farm. Also the visit to Fatima."

Karen

Clarence Center, NY

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was the perfect blend of visiting sights, experiencing the culture (seeing the cork farm, stomping grapes at the port wine vineyard, painting ceramics,fado) and free time to explore places on our own. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The experience of visiting the cork farm and port wine vineyard was my "wow." It was the combination of learning about these farms, meeting the families who cared for them, and sharing a meal with them."

Margaret

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was not just another European tour experience. We were able to learn so much about the culture, food, and art of Portugal, not to mention the extremely informative trips to a cork farm and a small but renowned vineyard in the Douro Valley. Our tour guide, Maria, was not only knowledgeable about the history and geography of Portugal, she was an exceptional organizer and worked constantly to ensure correct hotel rooms, restaurant reservations, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I suppose the biggest wow factor for me was the visit to the working cork farm, where we were given a personal tour of the cork oak forest, and the sustainable methods they are using, as well as a tutorial on pine nuts, olive trees, and even cattle. Lunch was wonderful-in the beautiful dining area where we were served delicious food, while dining with a member of the staff and meet other family members and owners of the estate. Not only informative, but enjoyable. Vineyard comes in 2nd!"

Martin

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was made special by several factors. First, our guide Maria was knowledgeable and entertaining, and she did all of the special things that you hope for in a guide. Second, the tour provided experiences that I will always remember, like grape stomping and Fada performances. Visiting the sites in Portugal was informative and entertaining, but what I cherish is the personal involvement in Portuguese culture. Lastly, the Portuguese people were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes! We all thought Maria was kidding us Americans when she first mentioned grape stomping. This feeling remained until they told us to change into the shorts and t-shirts. And we were accompanied by an accordion during our grape stomping dances!"

Larry

Stockton, CA

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Portugal experience was very interesting and diverse. Between the big cities, Lisbon and Porto, medium cities, Coimbra, and the smaller towns. Evora, Óbidos, and Fátima, you really received a full flavor of Portugal. Also, the numerous cultural experiences including cork harvesting and port grape stomping really made the whole trip extremely memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The port wine stop, grape stomping, and lunch at the farm was unforgettable. Very effective time laughing and team building with tour members."

Robert

Meadowbrook, PA

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

our guide Maria was excellent. the Portuguese people were very friendly and warm. The lands of Portugal are very pretty and its climate inviting. As usual all the members of the tour were very nice and friendly. The cuisine was good but I felt not as interesting as its neighbors. The only aspect I found deficient was the historical aspects. Not much happening after the age of exploration except some political events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no real Wow moment but the trip kept my interest throughout"

Suzan

Folsom, CA

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great trip. I enjoyed the variety and hands-on activities. Our guide was knowledgeable and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the grape stomping, tile painting and tour. The local guides were fun and taught us many things."

Sarah

Washington, DC

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide made the trip "outstanding." Portugal is a small place with limited places to visit compared to other places in Europe. Maria managed to keep just the right level of anticipation and learning throughout the trip. She is so comfortable in her role...managing the group with a light but consistent "touch."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm and family winery tours with lunch were the "wow" moments for me. We had beautiful sunny dry weather for almost the entire trip. That also a wow factor."

Jean

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Portugal trip was a very enjoyable tour. It featured much variety in experiences and Maria was excellent as our tour guide. I have already recommended the tour to others since my return home

Mark

Madison, WI

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Maria, was outstanding; truly outstanding. The tour itself was very good. I felt that we got to see and experience a nice sampling of Portugal. The trip was way less active than advertised. The first "strenuous" day (Lisbon) was simply just walking the city. It would have been much more accurate to characterize that day as mild-moderate. The last "strenuous" day in Porto was very mild in terms of activity. The materials very much overstated the activity level.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One highlight was the visit to the cork farm, meeting the family and workers and the lunch with all of them and us together. We also very much enjoyed Lisbon, Porto and visiting the Douro Valley wiery."

James

Clarence Center, NY

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was the right length, although Sintra should have been included. Sintra offers more than some cities in which we stopped. The cork farm and vineyard visits were clear highlights. Meeting with local families added immeasurably to the experience. The tour was billed as small group; however, at 26 people, it lacked the feel of a small group. The large group became strung out frequently and the whisper system didn't work around corners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm, pottery factory, and vineyard visits were definitely the highlights. Our guide, Maria was extremely knowledgeable and personable and she made Portugal come alive."

Ellen

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rafael infused every experience with his passion for Portugal. He was informative, helpful and accessible. Rafeql went out of his way to provide interactive "extra" such as medieval dancing with the local dance troupe, a chat with a local baker and the opportunity to try her cod delicacy with cherry liqueur and a lesson in hand painting ceramic tile. Keith, Rafael and Jose were engaging, good humored and always on the look out for a local treat to share with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We both loved stomping grapes at the vineyard and have shared that video with delight with our friends at home. I was wowed by the gorgeous tile work that is so prevalent, old and well maintained"

Thomas

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Landscape, history, and culture brought to life by the most professional, knowledgeable and passionate guide of any tour we have ever experienced. Amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in Fátima was very special. The spirituality and pure emotion was unlike any experience, including several trips to the Vatican."

Ghayas

Byron Center, MI

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rafael is an excellent tour guide leader. I was impressed by his knowledge and enthusiasm. He was there for you every step of the way. A couple of things he did spontaneously like getting warm bread, olive oil and pas in Eivora because majority of us expressed interest.Hhe himself went and got those items for us. It did not cost much, but he made us all happy. On another occasion in Porto we were waiting in line for a boat tour, Rafael brought some university students to sing Fado songs.

Joy

Byron Center, MI

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall we had a wonderful tour. The group of people on the tour were compatible and enjoyable. Rafael was outstanding!

Susan

Regina, SK

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first time Rick Steves tour attendee I was more than impressed with every part of the tour and have highly recommended it to friends. Rafael added to the daily adventures with informed historical and local details. His ability to respond to queries with ease aided in decision making during free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley - sitting on the deck of our hotel with a glass of wine looking over the river and valley was a beautiful, relaxing end to the day."

Marianne

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was gorgeous. I was so impressed with the beauty of the country, the kindness of the people and the incredibly rich history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My birthday was during the tour, and Rafael arranged for the Coimbra Fado group we we seeing that evening to sing Happy Birthday to me. It moved me to tears."

Sharon

Cottage Grove, WI

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour of beautiful Portugal. Rafael was an excellent guide who shared his passion for Portugal each day wherever we went and whatever we were doing. This translated into an enthusiastic group who always seemed up for everything. Hotels, meals at hotels, and group meals were all very good. Information about history, culture, art, politics, education, health care, religion etc. was interesting and subjects well-covered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments that I won't forget. One favorite memory is the beauty of the Douro Valley as our bus wound through that area. While there, and nestled into all that beauty, we had the honor to meet family owners of a vineyard and have their delicious wine and a tasty lunch. Stomping grapes was very memorable too."

Susan

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Gorgeous views, interesting history, wonderful food and wine. Looked forward to new adventures every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this tour. Favorite would be the visit to the Douro Valley - from the vineyard stop to enjoying a glass of wine on the hotel patio with breathtaking views."

Richard

Waunakee, WI

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It has to start with a GREAT guide, followed by a great location, and finally an outstanding group of fellow travelers. Everyone was friendly, punctual, and mixed with everyone else.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be the Douro Valley, the winery tour, and most importantly, the grape stomping. The cork farm tour was also a big highlight."

Albert

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's Trip. It won't be our last. We have had very good tours with others in the past, but none were conducted with the passionate education provided by Raphael. If other tours are guided with the same level of tour leadership you are a very lucky employer indeed. All aspects of the trip were well coordinated, followed the schedule and exceeded our high expectations, from food to lodging, to travel comfort and a beautiful balance of free time with structured time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were many highlights, but I guess I'd have to vote for the grape stomping we got to do at the Euphemia Winery stop. The visit to the cork farm and winery was probably second. The tile factory and painting our own would be third. Granted all the cathedrals, the cities, the art were fascinating, but there was so much of it the above three were different enough to stand out for me."

Barry

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rafael led our tour and was a font of information throughout the duration. It was our first "Rick Steves" tour and was without a doubt an introduction to a whole new holiday experience. The activity level was perfect, plenty of exercise during which we were introduced to another portion of Portugals history or historical structures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley was absolutely amazing and beautiful. I was so impressed with what had been accomplished by the inhabitants of the area in establishing vineyards on the steep hillsides. The terracing created by physically or using oxen to haul soil to create each terraced level must have taken centuries. Of course the port and wine from the area is second to none."

Janet

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first Rick sleeves tour so not sure what to expect.we always use the books when we travel so was great to finally do a tour.I liked the small numbers in the bus and liked the walking plus we ended up doing other forms of transportation,subway,tuk tuk etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One favorite was Douro wine country, stomping grapes along with music and drums and singing and a little tour and history of the area.It was followed by an amazing lunch and wine and port sampling.The other was a tour and history of cork oaks followed by meeting family and another delicious lunch.I sat with the"general" and found her to be quite entertaining and seemed to enjoy answering questions, especially about her garden"

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and I really appreciated how unique Portugal is compared to Spain and the rest of Europe. I think there were more group activities on this tour than most but I really liked the cork farm, the vineyard and winery,both fado evenings and the ceramic factory tour. I think this tour offered more than others in terms of opportunities to meet Portugese people and experience things I wouldn't have on my own. On the flip side I wished there was a little more free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment has to be stomping grapes at the winery. I will never have another opportunity like that and I loved every minute:the singing & dancing in the vat with all my friends,the accordian & drum playing and Cristina shouting directions at us. When we were directed to look at the ceiling and breathe I was amazed at how potent the fumes were. Wow. Everyone was so happy and had such fun. It was really a great time for the whole group capped off with an amazing home cooked meal."

Rick

Vashon, WA

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour overall. We had a very pleasant group - many nice people. Covered a lot of ground. The logistics of the tour were essentially seamless - smooth transitions from city to city and venue to venue. Many fun experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the tour of the cork farm and the lunch there. Also the tour of the winery in the Douro valley."

Elise

Cambridge, MA

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour! Great group of travellers! And an amazing tour guide, Cristina!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one "wow" moment. The Portugal trip had so many lovely experiences."

Gerry

East Berlin, PA

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour, destinations, food, guide and tour group! It was one of the top tours we have done with RS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes was just a BLAST! I realize we hit the grape harvest season just right but WOW! What fun!"

Robert

Glenview, IL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great guide and driver. Also excellent local guides. The cork farm tour was an experience that was unique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving the Douro Valley and the cork farm."

Sherry

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is an amazing country; its people are the warmest, friendliest, and most helpful I have met; Fatima made it ALL come alive with her knowledge, passion and love of her country, humility and a keen sense of humor. She also has indefatigable energy. We experienced everything listed on the tour, cities, events, sites and sights with great tour guides, time to explore. I came away with a new group of friends, happy memories and a deep desire to visit Portugal again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were SO many, but I think seeing the Douro Valley stood out for its sheer immensity, and of course for the way Fatima shared its rich history, the love its inhabitants have for the land, their care & love of it. Visiting the Port winery was a stellar experience. Maria, family member & our guide exuded joy in the way she spoke of her life & her eagerness that we enjoy picking, stomping grapes & taking pictures for us so we would have those memories."

Catherine

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful from start to finish. I really didn't know exactly what to expect from Portugal, but my experiences were all positive. First of all the Portuguese people are wonderful - friendly, genuinely hospitable, helpful and very skillful with the English language. We saw wonderful sites - beautiful churches, monasteries, and university buildings, rural landscapes (Douro Valley), and a cork "farm" and winery. Our guide, Fatima, was first rate - among the best in my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is always a difficult question. My favorite church/monastery was the beautiful Monastery of Santa Maria of Victory in Batalha. The experience of standing in the unfinished chapel and gazing up past the beautiful gothic columns into the sky was awesome. My favorite experience was at the winery in the Douro Valley - first picking the grapes, then stomping them in a big vat, and finally having a lovely "farm lunch" and sampling the local wine."

Arnaldo

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What a great trip, the Douro winery tour was excellent and the working cork farm and the lunch with the family of Gonzalo was great experience. Such a warm and welcoming family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery was just a wonderful experience, from harvesting the grapes, to the stomping of the grapes. And a delicious lunch with Port tasting."

Peggy

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was fantastic. I began the tour knowing nothing about Portugal. During the tour I learned the history, economic troubles and also about the people, who I found to be delightful. The cities we visited were varied and well planned. I enjoyed every single day of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was stomping grapes at a winery in the Douro Valley. Being in a very large cement vat full of port wine grapes with many of my tour mates stomping to accordion music was very fun and definitely a highlight of the trip. Also, the beauty of the Douro Valley was awesome."

Gail

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great to get out of the cities and into the small towns and country side. These areas provided a view of the "real" Portugal. The special visits to the cork forest and farming family, tile factory and vineyard, complete with grape stomping was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How much of the old parts of Portugal still exist - walled cities, Roman aquaducts, baroque and Romanesque churches and how the country is working hard to preserve this part of its heritage."

Laura

Brandon, MB

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour! Fatima was an excellent guide. We were impressed by how friendly and helpful the Portuguese people were. We learned a great deal about the country, the people and many aspects of history and present-day life in Portugal. Really appreciated the in-depth experience the tour provided, the free time was great as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one! The Douro Valley was a real highlight - the scenery and the winery tour, including the grape-stomping and lunch."

James

Brandon, MB

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour led by an absolutely exceptional guide named Fatima. Accommodations were wonderful and pace of the tour was excellent, providing a lot of in depth experience with the real Portugal (as opposed to a panoramic big bus tour) as well as free time during which we could add experiences that we wanted, often from a list of suggestions provided by our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Douro Valley combined with the warmth of the Portuguese people throughout our tour"

Linda

Glenview, IL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. I would recommend it enthusiastically. Our guide Fatima was wonderful. She is passionate about her country and really gave us a feel for this wonderful country and it's people. Also, she was fun to be with. She was watchful and helpful to all. I feel I learned a lot about Portugal and it's history. The tours to the cork farm and the vineyard were so much fun and their owners were such wonderful people. There was a lot to do in 12 days, but still had a little down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure I had one wow moment. The highlights for me were the farm/vineyard tours and lunches with our hosts. I found myself saying "I'm headed to the library when I get home to search for Portuguese cookbooks."

William

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide, Fatima, was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the sites and very proud of her country. Great group and phenomenal itenerary.

Stephen

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal is a hidden treasure for travelers and this tour shows why this wonderful country, cities and people will not remain a travel secret for long. Our guide, Fatima, was an awesome tour leader and made this trip very memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day was a new Wow moment but I especially enjoyed the visits to the more rural areas including the cork farm and winery where we got to stomp grapes."

Mary Beth

Vernon Hills, IL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Portugal was a wonderful trip. We had a fun group of people and Fatima was great.The wide variety of experiences was greatly appreciated. Loved the food. The Portuguese people were so friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed the quality of the hotels we stayed in. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Church of Sao Francisco was my WOW moment. I have been in churches and cathedrals all over Europe, but this one was jaw-dropping beautiful."

Kevin

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overall tour! What drew me to the tour was that, with the exceptions of Sintra and the Algarve, the itinerary hits every major site described in Rick's Portugal guidebook. It would be very hard to put together an equally comprehensive 12-day overview of Portugal on your own. This is not a tour for you if you don't like hills, but in all other respects it's easy to see why this is one of Rick's best-selling tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One morning we pulled into a highway rest stop for a scheduled break, but the rest stop was closed. So, we continued a few miles to the nearest town. The driver wound his way to the center of town while our guide described the locations of the nearest cafes and restrooms, plus a set of stairs to climb to get a scenic overview of the town. If you'd been sleeping in the back of the bus, you would never guess the stop had been improvised. Impressive recovery!"

Cynthia

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another typical Rick Steves tour in that it was absolutely fantastic. Another outstanding tour guide in Fatima, great traveling buddies, can't believe the jaw-dropping scenery in the Douro Valley, and other exclusive Rick Steves activities like grape stomping, visiting a cork farm and the ceramic tile experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are always multiple daily 'wow' moments, but again, the natural beauty of the Douro Valley can't be surpassed. Every church, monastery and cathedral had it's own special beauty but being in Fatima on Sunday for a mass was beyond Wow."

Joan

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, itinerary, tour director, and day guides. We absolutely loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the grape stomping the best! But every day was something wonderful."

Annette

West Deptford, NJ

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip. Saw and did many things that would not have been possible on our own. Maria was a terrific guide, outstanding...knowledgeable, friendly, fun to be with and helpful to all. We stayed at excellent hotels and out of the way places that added to the enjoyment of our trip. All the meals we shared, both in quality restaurants and more intimate settings, were delicious and varied. Excellent wines added to the experience. Our tour group was just small enough to get to know everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just one "wow" moment, so many little things that were unexpected. The luncheon we had at the cork forest estate, shared with the 93 yr old matriarch of the family and hearing about the history behind their land, of harvesting grapes and stomping on them to accordion and drum beat, our stay at a country estate with dinner served on a patio strung with lights, being treated to a "medieval" evening of food and dancers, a food tour of Porto...all memorable moments."

Hazel

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour gave us a great overview of Portugal. There was a nice balance of organized and free time. The activities and excursions were all fun and interesting. Best of all, we had an exceptionally nice group of people. Everyone got along well, there were no "cliques" as everyone mingled at different points throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes[INVALID]something I never dreamed I'd get to do. It was surprisingly fun[INVALID]and felt great! It was very well-organized[INVALID]we were given appropriate clothes for stomping and afterwards could easily clean up for lunch. A close second was the cork forest, with the history and information about cork, as well as the companion crops of acorns, pine nuts,olives, and grapes. I was impressed not only with the care for the environment,but also having work available all year."

Gary

Northampton, MA

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Of the seven European tours I have taken with Rick Steves Tours, I found Portugal to be the least interesting and the food was underwhelming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say I experienced a real WOW moment. The most interesting activity was the tour of the cork farm."

Ed

Stevensville, MI

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another excellent tour. We learned about places we had not seen before, we had unique experiences and we interacted with interesting people. It was enjoyable and educational at the same time.

Karen

Hernando Beach, FL

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It would be outstanding except my friend I was traveling with got a cold and shared that with me and fellow travelers. Maria was guide and she was amazing. Always had time to spend with each traveler . Although I have used Ricks books in independent travel for many decades, this was the first tour I took.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was the grape crushing."

Joanne

Northampton, MA

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I very much enjoyed the trip, and was especially pleased with the nice group of people and our guide, Maria, who was knowledgable, and kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was eating our incredible food at the cork farm, where the family, the ambiance and culmination of learning highlighted the trip."

John

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Generally, a very good tour experience. Our guide, Maria, was excellent--knowledgeable, kind, patient, and supportive. We went to Sintra on our own prior to start of the tour, and am glad we did as it was one of the best two days of the trip. It is a shame that the tour does not include a night in Sintra. We may have spent a bit too much time in churches, but that is a major element in Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent at the cork forest and listening to the fellow describe the process of harvesting the cork and hearing his tremendous passion for the land and the people who work for him."

Anthony

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steve's tour, and it was wonderful and unique. Maria was our first true native guide. Like all the other tour guides on past trips, she was exceptionally wonderful. We loved Portugal. To illustrate how much I can tell you we likely will spend some of our retirement time there in the coming years. Doesn't that say it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 2, the cork farm experience/meal and the Douro Valley winery experience/meal."

Anthony

West Deptford, NJ

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Please refer to comments by my wife, Annette. We collaborated on the comments together.

Bill

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 4th Rick Steves tour was another winner and good for a first time intro to Portugal. Making it 13 days with a full day trip to Sintra from Lisbon could be a plus. Our half day taste of the Atlantic beach was just right; Algarve would be too much. Our guide Maria is a true gem: knowledgeable, very well organized, kind, funny. It's no coincidence that by the end of the tour our 27 members felt like a family - probably the most completely congenial group we have been in on any RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The idea of "Wow moments" seems a bit out of place in Portugal, which served up a steady stream of very interesting people, places, history, music, tiles, food and beverages. Porto was gorgeous and fascinating. Visits to the Alentejo cork forest and the Douro winery, and quality time with the families who run them, were also highlights. The Portuguese people we met, both in the group context as well as on our own, were very welcoming."

Grace

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great experience with a wonderful guide, group and itinerary. Our guide, Rafael, was so passionate about his country, history and people greatly enhanced the overall experience for me. He was also funny, helpful, caring and full of surprise treats. The group was great! They were fun, friendly and inclusive. The itinerary was a fun mix of large and smaller cities, with a great stay in the Douro Valley. Hotels were centrally located, which is especially great for navigating on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the visit to the winery and stomping the grapes in the Douro Valley. It was so much fun! The visit to the cork farm was very interesting and surprising."

Matthew

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A beautiful county with a rich history. Portugal is a must see country. It is simply amazing that such a small country has had such an incredible impact on mankind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing, eating and staying in the Douro wine country . . . need I say more?"

Donna

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rafael is passionate about his country, and did a yeoman's job at helping us learn about Portugal. He has an excellent knowledge of history, and is truly gifted in the way he is able to explain concepts in an interesting way. One thing I especially liked was the way he would encourage us to critically think about a belief or statement.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was the afternoon we spent at the cork farm--touring through the forest of cork oaks, learning how the bark is harvested, and ending with a delicious luncheon. However, a close second was the opportunity to stomp the grapes. We've been in vineyards many times during harvest season, but never had the opportunity to get our feet in the grapes. FUN!"

Mary

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw some amazing places! There were a variety of experiences that were very educational. The food was terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley was so beautiful. Vineyard after vinyard climbing the mountains with the river running down the middle."

Susan

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of fellow travelers. Our tour guide Rafael was fantastic. His breadth of knowledge was incredible and he spoiled us with special treats and activities. Country was beautiful especially the Duoro Valley.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stomping grapes at the winery. Hilarious and fun. Drinking the wine was special too."

Charles

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We look back and remember the perfect Photo Stops, treats of local delicacies, GREAT meals, and plenty of good wine. We won't forget Rafael's history lesson in Belem, his poems, and teaching moments. We tell our friends that Rick Steves tours are a good value - they give a great overview of the region being explored and visits to a carefully refined list of top attractions. Comfortable buses, enough seating. Hotels are all clean and safe plus they are close to the top attractions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was the Douro valley and visit to the winery. The scenery was breathtaking, the bus ride was exciting (thank goodness you have great bus drivers!). We were lucky enough to visit at harvest time and got to pick grapes and stomp grapes. The guides at the winery were very knowledgable and so much fun to visit with. Every stop on the itinerary was a hit!"

Debra

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rafael was a passionate, caring, knowledgeable tour guide with a good sense of humor. He was able to give us a sense of the history of the country and current environment. He consistently surprised us with treats. I particlarly enjoyed our trip in a tuctuc to a scenic overview followed by dinner in a little neighborhood restaurant. He had an extensive knowledge of each region and town we stayed in. His many restaurant and activity suggestions were very helpful and much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Druro Valley. The Cork farm and winery were excellent experiences that helped us to understand the country and it's people."

Marsha

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This active, busy, tour was just fantastic. The guide was such a history buff and his explanations were helpful and interesting. Portugal is absolutely beautiful and has so much history and so many UNESCO sites, it must have been hard to choose an itinerary. I enjoyed the city tours, the short travels, the country stays, and the cruise. The guide, Rafael, was very professional, fun, caring, and attentive. Also, the people on this trip were fantastic. This made the trip absolutely wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, it was getting to stomp those port wine grapes in the Douro Valley. I've just never had so much fun!! But, I also loved some of the other sites like the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon and the Gulbenkian."

Elisabeth

Guelph, ON

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel like we really experienced Portugal; it involved a variety of ways of seeing aspects of the Country, from hitting the tourist highlights, to visiting a non-touristy Cork Farm and having lunch with the family. The Guide was empowered to make various impromptu decisions (e.g., ice cream included following a long walking tour of Lisbon) that would make our experience even more unforgettable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cork Farm experience was my "wow". I learned a lot, in a fun and experiential way, met some wonderful people, and consumed delicious food and wine."

Jean

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Portugal tour is terrific and we are happy that it is a stand alone tour now. There is so much to see and do in Portugal that it easily filled the twelve days with impressive sights, fun activities, and delicious food and wine. We were very lucky with the weather so we were able to enjoy every activity thoroughly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie between two activities. I loved the visit to the Quinta in the Duoro Valley where we had the opportunity to pick and stomp grapes destined for bottles of port, followed by a delightful lunch with generous tastes of their wines and varieties of port. The second wow, was the visit to the cork farm. We learned so much and again were treated to a lovely lunch with a member of the hosting family seated at each table so that we could ask questions and get to know a bit more about them."

Nikki

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my fourth Rick Steve's tour and I was not disappointed. I always find very experienced, knowledgable and fun guides, as well as fellow travelers. The hotels are unique and very European which is truly enjoyable, as are the arranged group meals at the smaller and/or family owned establishments. I no longer want to spend valuable time worrying about transportation and lodging, or wondering how long the lines at various landmarks will be; that is efficiently taken care of for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed the tour and meal at the family owned cork farm, and the picking and stomping of the grapes at the port winery, as well as their excellent meal."

Kathee

Gainesville, VA

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I would rate it very good to outstanding. I truly have no complaints and was amazed at how compatible everyone on the tour seemed to be..I know we have made many friends from around the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Douro Valley was beautiful and the WOW moment was the grape stomping at the winery. Even the people watching had a great time."

Bob

Gainesville, VA

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a success in my eyes because our guide, Christina, made the tour interesting and informative. She painted a picture of Portugal and the Portuguese people. The use of additional guides at several locations enhanced the experience. The visit to the cork farm and the vineyard were particular highlights for me. I had no idea how cork was harvested and stomping the grapes was a rip. The mix of people worked well and we got to appreciate each other by the end of the tour.

Barbara

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Christina was a fabulous guide. She was organized, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun. We experienced many different modes of travel, bus, funicular, boat, tuk tuk, and farm wagon. The people on the tour were friendly and since I was alone on the trip, I felt included in the activities. I enjoyed the walks we did exploring the cities, markets, farms and winery. The food and wine were excellent as were the tasty little custard pies that were everywhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two, the visit to the cork farm and stomping grapes at the vineyard."

Reid

St Pete Beach, FL

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. All aspects of the tour were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a "wow" moment!"

Christopher

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very good introduction for a first-timer in Portugal. The tour was over too soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess I'm split between the fado performance and dinner and the visit and lunch at the cork oak farm. Both were memorable."

Karen

Ogden, UT

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first trip to Europe so seeing Portugal in such detail was nothing short of amazing! I loved the small tour group and our superb tour guide Christina!She had so many unexpected surprises for us that each day felt like Christmas! The places we visited were so beautiful and unique and gave me endless opportunities to embrace the Portuguese people and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Fatima was incredibly spiritual and heartfelt. My grandparents were born in Portugal so this has been my lifelong dream to come see the place where my grandmother was born. She was my most Godly influence. My cousin Lynne and niece Sarah (also on the tour) and I knelt on the pathway to the shrine and held my Grandmother's rosary and said a prayer together. "Wow" doesn't begin to describe the love in my heart for being given this moment!"

Maureen

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I fell in love with Portugal! And I attribute those feelings to the many talks that our guide Fatima gave about her country. She told us about the political hard times that her people endured and about the "Carnation Revolution ". She talked to us about their progressive drug policy and many other topics. I really enjoyed our fellow tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved stomping grapes at the vineyard in the Douro Valley and hearing about the operations of the vineyard.We were so lucky because it was harvest time and we were sent out with our buckets and shears to cut the grapes(and along the way the family picked figs for us)."

Evans

Durango, CO

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it was wonderful! My expectations regarding learning the history and culture of Portugal we're far exceeded. I enjoyed the mixture of large cities and small towns that we visited. The tour is also a great value. The quality of the food and hotels was excellent. The guides and the experiences they provided were all memorable. There were also several experiences that are available only to Rick's tours. I cannot imagine a better tour company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was a Wow moment. Experiences that particularly impressed me were the cork farm and the winery tour in the Douro valley. The Sunday procession for the Lady of Fatima was particularly moving."

Kent

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cork farm and all the family does. After that, the Douro valley and stomping grapes."

Jane

Carver, MA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steeve's tour, and it did not disappoint. It was very well organized and provided a wide variety of experiences that it is unlikely we would have had if we travelled there on our own. We enjoyed the hands on experiences and the opportunity to walk around and immerse ourselves in the local communities that we visited. It also provided a nice balance with time on our own to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to isolate a WOW moment as there were many. First of all was the ride from the airport in Lisbon to our hotel. Taking in the architecture of the city with it's brightly colored tiles was impressive. This continued throughout the trip. We enjoyed the visit to the cork farm and the winery, complete with grape stomping. Perhaps one of the most memorable moments was the trip to Fatima. It was perfectly timed as we arrived just as the procession began."

Margaret

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great trip and each day was another chapter. I found Portugal to be a warm country both in climate and hospitality. We were all fortunate to have delightful weather and a friendly tour guide in Fatima. We were hoping to get a group picture in the end, as in other tours. Overall, it was a fun trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say its two- fold: Having the opportunity to go to Fatima and see the procession of our Lady of Fatima. The Douro Valley is just beautiful and the scenery was magnificent. Great fun and hospitality at the winery. What a" hoot" that we got to stomp grapes! I think it really brought the group together."

Jeanette

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just great! Loved the fact that we went to see Portugal and really felt we had seen a large part of it. But we did not have to do all the organizing ourselves. This tour for us was part of an extended trip, just great to have someone look after all details. Our quide Fatima provided extra value by sharing personal stories about Portugal, buying us extra treats, snacks, stuff we might not have tried ourselves. Accomadation was top notch, and in the best locations. Provided meals were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to Fatima was an experience I wasn't expecting. Fatima got us there on time on a Sunday to see the end of Mass procession, lots of people, not your ordinary candle lighting."

Sylvia

Briarcliff Manor, NY

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Noel and I have always travelled through Europe on our own. This was our first experience with a tour group and I must say, I will be traveling with Rick Steves from now one. Our tour guide Fatima, the people in our group and our overall travels through Portugal made for a memorable tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the breathtaking views of the Douro Valley. Also, loved seeing a cork farm, learning about how it is harvested and having lunch and spending time with the Rovisco Garcia family. They were so welcoming."

Noel

Briarcliff Manor, NY

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In total, with a few minor glitches, I was quite impressed with the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unquestionably, the tour and stay in the Douro Valley was one of the most breathtaking visual experiences of my life."

Johanna

Kelso, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent, thoroughly enjoyable! It was great sharing the experience with the other tour members, everyone was extremely friendly and positive, wonderful travelers who added to the enjoyment and success of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were twelve days of "wow" moments! At the top of the list of "wow" moments was visiting Fatima and the Douro Valley."

Bruce

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour. We have enjoyed both of them. The other was Eastern Europe with Katka. We got to see their different styles. We got to meet other seasoned RS travelers on a fabulous journey through Portugal. Fatima did a great job and treated us as family. The weather was fantastic with 90 degree temps every day but one. The food selection was excellent. I got to eat octopus twice and had barnacles. Felt safe at all times. Hotel selection was very good. Enjoyed the trip!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 3 "WOW" moments - personal, couple and group Personal - (joke) Fatima introduced our bus driver "NU NU" with Portugese accent. I asked is "NO No" married to "YES YES" Couple - We stayed on after tour was over and went to Salema to recharge and relax. Beach scene was great! Had a great full moon lit dinner along the beach. Group - Douro Valley at Eufemia winery with grape stomping, great meal with host and the Hotel afterward with a great breakfast along the Douro River."

Sarah

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. A wide variety of experiences enhanced this wonderful country. I came away with a better understanding of Portugal's history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "wow" moments. Visiting the cork farm, learning the process of harvesting cork. Also, visiting Fatima, which was awe-inspiring."

Catherine

Durango, CO

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fatima was an upbeat & very professional guide,making the tour both very educational and fun. The local guides were also wonderful. The accommodations were top notch.the included meals & extras that Fatima did with her discretionary money were always a pleasant surprise. I loved everything about the tour with the exception of one thing that can't be fixed, and that is that there was not enough free time. Despite this I wouldn't be surprised to find myself On another great RS adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The.ruins outside Coimbra - To see the remains of the Roman civilization uneathed & so amazingly preserved out in the open, rather than in a history book was incredible. Another wow was seeing the our Lady of Fatima procession."

Dale

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding! I rate it among the top two tours I have ever taken (along with Rick's "Eastern Europe") I usually keep a diary as I travel. This time I decided to give myself a break and rely on Rick's tour outline. What a mistake on my part! The tour was so much more. The real adventure is in the details. They were varied and unique.You must live the tour to experience the warmth of the Portugese people and your fellow tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many"wows" so little space! We had the opportunity to re-create a famous episode from the T.V. show "I Love Lucy". Imagine the setting in the vineyards of the beautiful Douro Valley at harvest. There are 27 American tourists stomping grapes in a huge vat of purple liquid & grape skins. The owners of the vineyard are playing the accordian & beating the drum for us. We need to stop laughing so we don't fall in.I am still bleeding purple. Remember this while drinking red port wine in 2 years."

Jon

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Many things were a little better than I had expected. The food was more interesting, the hotel rooms were a little nicer, the neighborhoods were a little less touristy, and the Euro went farther.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting across the river from Porto (in Gaia?) on a beautiful sunny afternoon sipping glasses of port and eating amazing appetizers."

Barbara

Roeland Park, KS

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip of a lifetime. Combined this trip with Best of Spain (review of this later.) I knew little of Portugal but our wonderful guide, Maria took care of that. She was an absolute delight-patient, considerate and informative. The pace was great with time to explore on our own. Our fellow passenger were fun and friendly. We toured the best places in every city and our visit to the cork farm was outstanding. Where else could you do that? The hotels were all 4 and 5 Star, in the middle of the action

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a favorite. Obidos was amazing. We found a little bar and had "flaming sausage." Outstanding view at the hotel. Went to Douro for a wine tour and walked through the vineyard and ate grapes in the vine. Had a ball with our fun guide and all our fellow travelers. The cork farm was great too."

Chuck

Des Moines, IA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was a new adventure of sights, sounds, food, culture and people. How stimulating and just plain fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Could it be the cork farm where we learned of the importance of this product to the country and it qualities all tied together by dining with the patriarch of the family. What insights we learned of present day Portugal and his family's past. Could it be the stroll through the vineyards tasting the sun kissed grapes, beautiful vistas, learning of the family business and history of seven brothers and sisters; then having lunch and tasting wines and ports. Many not just one."

Molly

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time. Accommodations and food was outstanding. Maria was friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. The cities and countryside were beautiful. My only negative comment is shopkeepers and general public were rude. Rick Steves' does an outstanding job, I highly recommend him to everyone.

Peter

Sherwood Park, AB

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We found this trip fun and exhilarating. We met a great couple from Los Angeles who we will continue to keep in touch with. One of the best things about the trips are the people you make a connection with. We were blown away by the quality of the hotels. Our favourite was in Óbidos. The mist in the morning and street sounds coming in the open window will be with us forever. Second favourite was the hotel in Porto, an amazing city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment for both myself and my wife was the Fado performance in Lisbon. Just goes to show "it's what inside that counts and not the outside" (of the building). We also had a great evening at Óbidos with the medieval performance. The group managed to get everyone involved and laughing. A perfect night."

Armen

Glendale, CA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was tailored very well giving the utmost important point in less time in a very good price.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was impressive and thoughtful, all entertainments were very much informative and entertaining impressive. The entertainment in Obidos was very much impressive, that was a WOW moment to me."

Deborah

Des Moines, IA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip with a variety of experiences. I particularly enjoyed the city experiences in Lisbon and Porto, but our visits to the cork farm and the vineyard showed us the beautiful countryside as well as the cities. We had a very congenial group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think there was one "wow" moment, but I really enjoyed our visit to the cork farm and lunch with the family. Other favorites included making our own tile at the ceramics factory and joining in with the medieval dancers in Obidos. Visiting Navare and having a day at the beach was also very relaxing and showed a different side of Portugal."

Christie

Rochester, NY

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Since this was my first tour (Rick Steve's or otherwise) I have no comparison. I enjoyed every minute for many reasons. It was an amazing group of people I grew to value and love by the end of the tour. Our guide, Maria, was just about perfect. Had we not been on the tour we would have seen about half of what we were able to see and would have had some language frustrations even having studied some of the words and phrases beforehand.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is difficult. I guess the Portuguese tiles I saw everywhere from the subway stations to the funicular station to building outside and inside decorations. The other wow was the sense of history timeline. To see a country whose civilization goes back thousands of years through conquerors to self government by monarchy to dictator to democracy and was at the forefront of exploration in the renaissance but has come to value peace is impressive and we can learn from them."

Kathleen

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We experienced so much of Portugal - tiles, castle walls, white-washed buildings with red tile roofs, pasteis de nata (several times over), port, salted cod, beaches to mountains, fado, history from early Roman times, ornate churches, medieval dancing, gelato...... Our guide, Maria Jose, brought Portugal alive to us. She was so knowledgeable, arranging local guides, answering all our questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views of the Douro Valley from the Quinta de Santa Eufemia. Because the landscape is so rugged, the vineyards looked like a patchwork quilt."

James

Rocky Face, GA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The amazing things about traveling and touring with Rick Steve's are the extra special events that are Amazing as to the wonderful adventures that are not expected or on the itinerary. This being our 12th tour with Rick Steve's was just excellent and the group was also extra special. Maria, our guide was so nice with all the extra information and advise. Maria, took care of the entire group just like we were here family. Great adventure filled with joy and excitement.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Geological excavation of graves 1300-1500 years old ongoing within 50 feet of the front door of our My Story Tego in Lisbon. What a way to start the tour of Portugal. Chapel of Bones was a once in a lifetime event along with the geological evacuation as mentioned above. Just being able tour Portugal the way we did was outstanding and couldn't have been any better than what we all experienced. All the places we toured were more than was expected. All the hotels and Accommodations great."

Ann

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We found Lisbon to be a bit overwhelming and were happy to get to smaller towns. Our trip just got better and better and we learned so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Douro Valley-the landscape was extraordinary. The tiles are amazing!"

Stana

Palatine, IL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was energizing and we feel we really got to know Portugal. We liked the people on the tour, they were interesting and seasoned travelers that had something to say. The countryside was lovely and visiting the cork farm and vineyard gave us insights into the real lives of people. Rafael was the best tour guide I've ever seen. He had a wealth of knowledge to share and was part Dad sheparding us around and providing special treats like Natas and Ginginja.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved sitting in front of the Sandeman Port Lodge and watching the river traffic and scenery"

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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 and out of Porto ("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.