Picturesque Portugal

Land of great royal dynasties and famous explorers, Portugal is a destination marked by its impressive history of several millennia: Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and more recently Christians left their mark on this small Iberian nation.

Architecture, food, green valleys, famous vineyards and a generous sunshine during all the year, many are “the reasons-why” to visit this amazing country.

Portugal is waiting for you, do not make it wait any longer !

Oh the places we'll go ......

Trip Highlights


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This tour has a $500 deposit and the remainder is due 75 prior to departure.

*Please note twinshare rooms can be compact for two people and sometimes beds may be Hollywood style.


This tour has a lot of walking and requires a moderate level of fitness. There are steep hills and cobblestone footpaths. You may need to walk several kilometers in a day. You need to be fairly fit to attend this tour.


What is not included

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Tammie Day

Tammie is the founder of Vibrant Women, a retreat and travel company. She spends her days creating inspirational journeys so you can travel in the security of a small group, whilst enjoying another culture. Tammie’s role is to ensure you feel well taken care of throughout your trip.  She is constantly sourcing the most enchanting places to run her Inspirational Journeys, places that truly capture your heart and imagination.

Travel Itinerary

Arrival to Lisbon

Arrival in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

Reception at Lisbon airport by your driver. Private transport to your accommodation. Afternoon free to discover and enjoy the city, have a rest after your flight.

Recommendation :
Take a wander and discover Lisbon’s old districts, Alfama and Graça, and the typical hillside lanes of these popular old parts of the city (approx. 2.5km walk or take the metro). Marked by the presence of the Moors and spared by the earthquake of 1755, the alleyways of Alfama and Castelo retain a village atmosphere of yesteryear.

Far from the hustle and bustle of the lower town, the inhabitants have managed to preserve the authenticity of their district. You can wander through the labyrinth of flower-lined alleyways of Alfama, resting on the shady belvederes of Graça and admiring the breathtaking views over the lower town and the Tagus.

Night at hotel in Lisbon – Olissippo Saldanha Hotel (or similar)

Olissippo Saldanha Hotel

Located less than 60 metres from Duque de Saldanha Square, the 4-star Olissippo Saldanha offers a 24-hour reception and bright, modern rooms. Saldanha Metro Station is a 4-minute walk. Rooms at Olissippo are air-conditioned and include a flat-screen cable TV. All rooms have elevator access and feature a private bathroom, and some have a seating area with a plush sofa. A breakfast buffet is served daily, including hot and cold items, and can also be served in the guests’ rooms. A bar is available for guests wishing to relax with a drink and a chat. The restaurants next door serve international cuisine.

Meals: N/A

Lisbon local tour & cooking class

Catch the metro for our morning  traditional Portuguese cooking class. Learn how to cook a typical 3-course meal, which you will enjoy with a glass of local wine. Whether you’re an expert in the kitchen or a novice, everyone pitches in for a unique and fun experience.

Includes: full meal at the end of the course, snacks, drinks.

With our local guide and on foot we spend the afternoon discovering Lisbon’s secret places. Following a theme, the aim is to immerse yourself in a capital rich in culture: the Middle Ages, Freemasonry, ancient paintings and azulejos, museums, belvederes, gardens and botany, fountain squares and underground monuments, artisans and “small trades”, markets, music, contemporary art.

Night at hotel in Lisbon – Olissippo Saldanha Hotel (or similar)

Meals – Breakfast and Lunch

Olissippo Saldanha Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Lisbon – Sintra – Cascais

In the morning we make our way to Sintra, an historic town nestled in the green hills of a UNESCO-listed national park, Sintra is the jewel of the Lisbon region.

Visit the Quinta da Regaleira, the work of the Italian architect Luigi Manini, a curious early 20th century residence belonging to a very wealthy businessman of the time. Its construction is inspired by various artistic styles and currents of thought. The visit is mainly based on the extraordinary gardens where the lake, caves, secret passages, underground labyrinths create a mystical and mysterious atmosphere. Do not miss the descent into the Poço Iniciático, a large well dug into the rock.

Lunch at one of my favourite cafes in the whole world on our way to Cascais – Moinho Dom Quixote! *self pay

The onto the small fishing village in Cascais.

After a few days of holidays spent in this small fishing village, King Don Carlos I gave Cascais a reputation that turned it into a fashionable seaside resort at the beginning of the 20th century and attracted aristocrats from many European countries. Cascais today is visited for its pleasant seaside, its sumptuous 1900s houses, its lively and colourful streets and its artistic soul.

Overnight Lisbon

Meals: Breakfast

Belém – Lisbon

A private transport will wait for the group at the hotel reception to bring you to the beginning of our morning activity, you have 2 to choose from, an Electric Bike Tour or a Tuk Tuk Tour (conditions for second option apply please see below).

Hop on your electric bike and set off from the Place du Commerce along the Tagus towards the Belem district. On this tour, you’ll pass the iconic MAAT Museum of Art and Architecture and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos Discovery Monument, built in 1960 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, with the 25 April Bridge as a backdrop, and the Church of Santa Maria, where the famous explorer Vasco da Gama is laid to rest.

Through this e-bike activity, enjoy the lovely neighborhood of Lisbon, its history and Discoveries. You’ll see the departure point of the biggest expeditions that helped Lisbon to become a global empire.

*Option to take a tuk tuk ride instead around the same area if you are not confident to ride an e-bike. This requires a minimum of 4 pax and is an additional 50 Euros.

Afternoon free to discover the city.

Suggested places to go shopping:

The capital offers plenty of places to go shopping. You’ll find major international names as well as small independent boutiques selling handicrafts.
– Avenida de Principe Real
– Avenida da Liberdade
– LX Factory
– Rua Garett (Chiado)

Olissippo Saldanha Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Coimbra – Porto

Private transport from Lisbon to Coimbra

In the morning we visit one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Built in 1308, the University of Coimbra consists of several buildings including the Royal Palace of Schools which is the historical and literary heart of the university and is composed of various rooms, then the São Miguel Chapel. The discovery ends with the Joanina Library (subject to availability), this early 18th century Baroque treasure, built on the ruins of an old medieval prison, contains thousands of books dedicated to Knowledge on three floors, with works of inestimable value due to their antiquity and exclusivity.

We then drive on to Pretty Porto!

From our hotel, the group will walk to the restaurant (12 min). Dinner with Fado performance in the centre of Porto.

Tasting menu (starter, main course, dessert and coffee/tea) with choice of drink (red wine, white wine, mineral water).

Night at hotel in Porto – Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Porto – Vila nova de gaia

In the morning, from your hotel, walk to Ribeira quay for the cruise boat: (5 min by walk)

Emblematic of the Douro River, depart aboard with Rabelo (a simple flat-bottomed boat that was once used to transport barrels of wine from vineyards) and take a cruise along the 6 giant iron bridges that are an inseparable part of Porto’s urban landscape, such as the D.Luis I Bridge, a true technical feat of its time, or Maria Pia, the work of Gustave Eiffel.

Approximately 50 minutes boat trip.

Vila Nova de Gaia awaits you for a visit to one or more wineries. If there is a lot to do on the Port side, its neighbour is not to be outdone and offers many activities. From its quays you will enjoy the most beautiful views of Porto. 

Lunch *Self-pay

Visit one of the region’s most spectacular wineries. Taylor’s, founded in 1692, is one of the oldest wineries in Oporto. The cellar is a little out of the way, so you almost feel you’re in the countryside. After the guided tour, tasting of 2 Port wines (Chip Dry and Latte Bottled Vintage) – tasting for those not wanting alcohol replaced by fruit juice and grapes.

Private transport from Vila Nova de Gaia to your hotel

Night at hotel in Porto – Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast 

Porto – Lisbon

In the morning, we will take a half-day guided tour in Porto.

Visit of the Lello & Irmão library inaugurated in 1906 considered as the most beautiful of all Portugal. It even inspired the author JK Rowling for his Harry Potter books.

We will ahve lunch in Porto before taking our private transport back to Lisbon.

Night at hotel in Lisbon – Olissippo Saldanha Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Lisbon Departure

After breakfast, free time until taken to the airport for your departure flight.

Private transfer from your hotel to Lisbon airport, according to your flight schedule.

Departure from Lisbon

Meals: Breakfast

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Trip Notes

The Trip Notes on this link are always the most up to date version. When booking a tour in advance things can change, please always refer to these notes on the website as the most recent version of trip notes for your tour.


If you wish to combine Portugal and Spain trip, you can add both trips on the booking page if you do this you receive a $100 discount. For combining 3 trips you receive a $200 discount.

You will need to purchase a flight on the 7th of September from Lisbon to Madrid the price is less than $100AUD we will notify you which flight to book.

Then for Spain and Morocco the 14th of September you will need a flight from Seville to Casablanca approx $150AUD we will notify you of which flight to book.

Under the Schengen Convention, Australian citizens intending to travel to any Schengen country*, for a holiday or business, are authorized to stay in the Schengen zone for a maximum total of 90 days, without a visa, during any six month period.

Lisbon Airport (LIS) is the main international airport of Portugal and handles the majority of routes from outside of Europe. Lisbon airport lies within the city limits and conveniently connected to the red metro line.

Up until 75 days before the start of the tour a $500 non-refundable non-trasnferrable deposit will be retained.  For between 75 days and 45 days,  50% of the final payment, this is in addition to the non refundable deposit will be forfeited.  For less than 45 days or for no shows the entire amount will be retained as we would have already had to pay for accommodation, transport, flights and activities, and this money will not be returned to us.  Once the tour has commenced no monies will be returned to you.  This is why travel insurance is compulsory.

Our rates do not include any kind of travel insurance and each guest must make sure to arrange their own necessary insurance prior arrival to Thailand. We will do everything possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. However, all travel involves some degree of risk we strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance for your adventure. 

Your insurance protection should include cover for cancellation, medical, in particular Coronavirus and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death and loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability. Insurance cover offered by credit card companies or reciprocal medical cover agreements are often not comprehensive please check this before travelling. Or contact our preferred Travel Insurance provider CoverMore

Throughout Portugal, you’ll see seven bank notes and eight coins in different amounts. Portugal currency comes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euro bills. You’ll also see 1-cent, 2-cent, 5, 10, 20, and 50-cent coins, as well as coins for €1 and €2. From experience, those €1 and €2 coins come in most handy when out and about for the day.

One thing you’ll notice in Portugal is a difference in written amounts. Large amounts of money show a decimal point where Americans are used to seeing a comma. Conversely, there’s a comma between euros and cents, instead of a decimal point. So, if you’d usually write $10,500 or $1.25 in the US, you’d write €10.500 or €1,25 in Portugal. It’s also common to see the € sign after the amount, like so: 1,25€.

A moderate level of fitness is required to enjoy all the sites we visit. Some of the days we are out and about all day you do need to be able to walk up to 5km a day and sometimes at pace if we are heading somewhere we need to be on time. Other times its more of a stroll however please consider if you think you would hold the group up. We cannot unfortunately have women travel with us who require assistance to walk, for example if you use a walking stick you will not be able to get to many of the sites we visit. Footpaths are uneven and there are lots of stairs. 

A moderate level of fitness is required to enjoy all the sites we visit. Some of the days we are out and about all day you do need to be able to walk up to 5km a day and sometimes at pace if we are heading somewhere we need to be on time. Other times its more of a stroll however please consider if you think you would hold the group up. We cannot unfortunately have women travel with us who require assistance to walk, for example if you use a walking stick you will not be able to get to many of the sites we visit. Footpaths are uneven and there are lots of stairs.