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6 to 8 Nights Small Group Tour of Portugal

From $2813 Small Group Tour package is not your standard 45 people bus tour reduced to 12 people. This tour is in a category that sets it apart for its quality of services, and we're convinced that you will not find anything similar in Portugal. When you join the Small Group Tour you are deciding to experience the following; 1) A personalized itinerary assuring coverage of all major highlights of Portugal; 2) Professional guidance by the best available and best qualified guides in Portugal; 3) Top rated accommodations; 4) Accommodations chosen to fit the spirit of the itinerary; 5) Intimate almost private group atmosphere only possible in a small group setting; 6) Time and privacy to wonder on your own when necessary; 7) Able to get into areas not accessible by larger buses; 8) Price characteristic of small group tours. Cannot be compared with standard large tours. 

Designed to pamper you, this feature rich tour was the response to our customers seeking a deluxe and almost private solution to large group tours. It provides you with a Tourism Board of Portugal certified tourist guide, and takes you the hidden gems that big bus tours could never dream of reaching. You'll stay in some of the best hotels and manors in Portugal and will have the undivided attention of the team. It is an "almost private" tour experience with group tour rates.

7 Days/ 6 Nights with option for 2 more nights pre and post tour (9 days/8 nights). tour package beginning and ending in Lisbon. This wonderful, almost-private tour will take you where the big bus tours can’t go. Journey deep into the heart of Portugal to experience its culture, history and taste its cuisine and wines among the 15 included meals. With your professional tour escort you will explore walled villages as well as the great cities. Travel by deluxe minibus to your luxurious and enchanting hotels which include former palaces and monasteries.


Day 1 - Tour Departs. Visit Lisbon - Estoril - Cascais - Cabo da Roca - Sintra - Lisbon (+- 95 km | 60 miles)

Depart this morning for the coastal cities of Estoril and Cascais, once the summer residences of aristocrats and now attracting an international clientele to its elegant hotels, casino and shops. Then on to Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), the westernmost point of continental Europe. Lovely, wooded Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is your next destination and location for a gourmet lunch with wine (included) at a local restaurant. Perched high above Sintra is the Pena Palace, a 19th century eclectic mixture of architectural styles. Entrance is included. The view from the terraces encompasses the Atlantic to the Tejo river. On another peak are the ruins of an 8th century Moorish castle. Return to Lisbon to see this European capital from its fishing village beginnings to its modern cosmopolitan present. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery, Tower of Belem and the Monument to the Discoveries.
Lunch are included today
Accommodation in Lisbon at Pestana Palace.

Day 2 - Lisbon - Evora - Marvao - Castelo de Vide - Belmonte (+- 421 km | 263 miles)

Depart Lisbon this morning, heading east to the Alentejo region, characterized by sweeping plains, cork trees, wheat fields, vineyards and almond orchards. Look for the many walled cities and castles perched on the isolated hills. The most famous is Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will have time to walk the narrow medieval streets and have lunch in one of its many restaurants (lunch not included). Continue to Marvao, a walled city set atop a 3,000 foot peak near the Portuguese-Spanish border. From the ramparts you can see the military value of this outstanding site during the long border disputes between these two countries. Your final destination today is Belmonte, a hilltop city near the Serra da Estrela (Star Mountains) where you will enjoy dinner at Pousada do Convento in Belmonte.
Breakfast and dinner are included today.
Accommodation at the Pousada do Convento de Belmonte.

Hotel description: The Belmonte Pousada results from the reconstruction of the ruined Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, and features a small 13th Century chapel. The Pousada preserves all the historical architecture of the convent, including an amphitheatre in the woodlands.

Day 3 - Belmonte - Viseu - Lamego - Wine Estate - Solar de Mateus - Amarante (+- 232 km | 145 miles)

Start the day visiting Belmonte, a beautiful small village where one of the oldest Jewish communities in Portugal. Visit the town's castle and walk the narrow streets. Then journey into the Douro River region, famous for its vineyards. Continue to Lamego for a visit to Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary. Enter the Douro Wine district where you will visit a wine producer at their "Quinta" (estate) for a private tour of the production methods followed by a wine tasting and lunch (included). The tour continues towards Vila Real to Solar de Mateus, a beautiful Portuguese Baroque Manor House and famous as the label on Mateus wine. Your final stop today is in Amarante, one of Portugal's prettiest towns. Your hotel for tonight is the charming Casa da Calcada, located in the heart of Amarante's historical center, an ideal location for an evening stroll. Dine this evening in the hotel's gourmet restaurant (included).
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included today.
Accommodation in Amarante at Casa da Calcada

Hotel description: Located near the old bridge (13th C) over the River Tamega in the historic heart of the small town of Amarante, Casa da Calçada is an impressive, refined hotel set in a XVI century Palace and is the former residence of the Counts of Redondo. Magnificent gardens, gold colored walls and elegant lounges welcome guests as they arrive at this beautiful manor house.

Day 4 - Amarante - Braga - Ponte de Lima - Guimaraes 

(+- 169 km | 106 miles)

After a visit to the historical center of Amarante, continue towards Braga, an important religious capital. Visit the sanctuary of Bom Jesus of Braga with its magnificent baroque staircase, cascading down a mountain. On to the lovely town of Ponte de Lima, home of Portugal's Vinho Verde (green wine) for a stroll through the town center which reveals its wealthy past. Free time for lunch in the town center. The city is known for its beautiful local embroidery. The day ends in Guimaraes, one of the most historic cities of Portugal. Enjoy dinner this evening (included) of Northern Portugal cuisine in a local restaurant.
Breakfast and dinner are included today
Accommodation at the Pousada de Santa Marinha.

Hotel description: One of the most spectacular Pousadas in Portugal. A former 12th C Augustine convent, situated on a wooded hillside overlooking Guimaraes. Its gardens, fountains, cloisters balconies and azulejos (glazed tiles) are delightful

Day 5 - Guimaraes - Porto 

(+- 51 km | 32 miles)

A tour this morning of the medieval center of Guimaraes includes the castle (depicted on the Portuguese coat of arms) and the palace of the dukes of Braganza, the illegitimate branch of the royal family who ascended the throne. Then on to Porto, Portugal's "second city". Your tour of Porto will include the UNESCO World Heritage historical center of the city including the Church of Sao Francisco with its intricately carved interior covered in gold and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange. Free time for lunch before an afternoon private tour and tasting at a Port Wine Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river from Porto. Vila Nova de Gaia is home to the Port Wine Cellars where the grapes grown up river are bottled and aged. At the day's conclusion, enjoy an included cruise on the Douro River before dinner at a selected restaurant (included).
Breakfast and dinner are included today.
Accommodation at Intercontinental Porto-Palacio das Cardosas (5*)

Hotel description: Built into an 19th century palace, this 5* hotel is within convenient walking distance to many of Porto's most interesting sights..

Day 6 - Porto - Coimbra (+- 122 km | 78 miles)

Morning at leisure. Free time this morning in Porto. Depart for Coimbra in the early afternoon. Coimbra is home to one of Europe's oldest universities, founded in 1290. A visit to the extraordinary 18th C university library is included in your walking tour of the university and medieval heart of the city. Visit the church of Santa Cruz, where the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, is buried in an elaborate tomb.
Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel's restaurant.
Breakfast and dinner are included today.
Accommodation at Quinda das Lagrimas in Coimbra

Hotel description: A former 18th C palace surounded by magnificent gardens. Beautifully decorated in the traditional Portuguese colors. Legends says that this is the place where Portugal's Prince Pedro lost his lover, Ines, to his father's assassins. Her tears (lagrimas) gave the name to the estate (Quinta).

Day 7 - Coimbra - Fatima - Batalha -Alcobaca - Obidos - Lisbon (+- 256 km | 160 miles)

Continue south today to visit Fatima, one of the most revered shrines and pilgrimage destinations in the religious world. Then to Batalha for a visit to the 14th century Santa Maria da Vitoria Monastery, one of Portugal's architectural masterpieces, built to celebrate an important victory over Spain in a nearby plateau. Continue to Alcobaca, Portugal's largest church and home to the tombs of King Dom Pedro I and Ines de Castro, ill starred lovers of the 14th Century. Your last stop before reaching Lisbon is charming, walled Obidos, a medieval village clinging to a hillside. Entering the old city gates is stepping back in time. Stroll through its narrow streets among whitewashed, flower bedecked houses. 

Optional farewell "Fado" dinner and show this evening if you choose to partake.

  • Rates are per person in US dollars
  • Dates shown are for tour land departure. If you are taking an overnight flight to reach the tour city of origin plan to leave one day earlier than date shown in table
  • Rates do not include cost of flight.This vacation does not have an air option. We can however hold your land reservation while you book air. Once you confirm your air itinerary we can then proceed with booking your land portion.

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Included in tour:

  • 6 nights luxury accommodation in deluxe, charm hotels and Pousadas
    Note: If hotels named in itinerary are full, other hotels of equal quality and charm will be provided.
    6 full buffet breakfasts
  • 7 gourmet meals with local wines and beverages (lunches or dinners)
  • Transportation in deluxe, air-conditioned minibus
  • Expert, licensed bilingual guide (English/Portuguese)
  • All entrance fees to cultural and historic sights mentioned in itinerary

Extend your stay 2 nights (recommended) 

  • Optional "Before and After Tour" Pack: $450 per person
  • Private arrival Airport Transfer from Lisbon Airport to your Lisbon Hotel
  • Hotel 2 Night Accommodation (with breakfast) at Pestana Palace Hotel *****Luxury, based on double room occupancy
  • Private departure Airport Transfer from Lisbon Hotel to Lisbon Airport

Optional Fado Night (Day 7): $145 per person

  • Includes transportation, guide escort, dinner with drinks and Fado show at Casa de Linhares or similar
Batalha Monastery - Portugal
Temple of Diana - Roman ruins in Evora
Obidos village in Portugal
Sintra's castle - Sintra - Portugal
Douro river
Marvao Castle. Photo by Jose Manuel. Turismo de Portugal
Bridge April 25, lisbon. Photo by Antonio Sacchetti. Turismo de Portugal
Dom Luis I bridge - Porto
Portugal travel and Tours - Mnsaraz old village |
Portugal Travel and Tours - Monsaraz - Alentejo |
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castle - Braga - Portugal
Ponte de Lima - North of Portugal
Note: Hotels shown are for reference only. Tour operator reserves the right to change hotels based on availability, group size or other factors. Final hotel list is available up to 45 days before departure. Alternate hotels will be of same or better quality of service for respective hotel package category.

Superior Hotels

Belmonte - Pousada do Convento de Belmonte


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Set in the medieval Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, this charming boutique hotel features a restaurant serving traditional dishes from the Castelo Branco district. It is located on the slopes of Esperança Mountains.

The elegant restaurant offers local dishes with a Nouvelle cuisine touch, and a seasonal mushroom menu. The chapel has been converted into a lounge and bar, yet keeping many original features.

All the rooms of Pousada de Belmonte have a balcony overlooking the Estrela Mountains Nature Reserve. They feature antique furniture, wrought-iron bed frames, and are decorated with stonework and relaxing sand colors.

Pousada de Belmonte has a large terrace with a swimming pool and loungers. Guests can enjoy horse riding, fishing and trekking in the local area.

The town of Belmonte is 1 km from the Pousada de Belmonte.

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Guimaraes - Pousada Mosteiro de Guimaraes


Pousada Santa Marinha is situated in a 12th century Augustin Convent, overlooking the city of Guimaraes. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities including air conditioning and cable TV.

Each of the individually decorated rooms are located in what used to be cloisters. All rooms of Pousada de Guimarães Santa Marinha offer a private bathroom.

Pousada de Guimarães Santa Marinha is within walking distance of the center of Guimarães, just one mile from Guimarães' shopping district.

Guests can enjoy Pousada Santa Marinha's outdoor pool or a stroll around the landscaped grounds.

The Pousada offers free private parking on site. Guimaraes Sports Pavilion is 2 miles away.

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Premier Hotels

Amarante - Casa da Calcada


Casa da Calcada is a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel set in a 16th century manor and located in central Amarante with views over the Tamega River. It offers an outdoor pool, nearby golf facilities and free parking. 

Casa da Calacada's chic guestrooms feature antique furnishings and features. Renovated in 2001, the rooms combine old decor with modern amenities such as satellite TV and air-conditioning.

At Casa da Calcada guests can enjoy local specialties with an international touch at the restaurant. The hotel's bar serves a selection of wines produced in the nearby Douro Valley and champagne produced in-house.

Other facilities of the Casa da Calcada Relais & Chateaux include a solarium and a bike rental.

The hotel is located less than one hour from both Porto and the Douro Valley. Francisco de Sa Carneiro airport is also less than one hour away and the hotel provides a private shuttle service.

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Porto - Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas


"A historical Palace at the heart of the City Center. The InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas opened in July 2011 following the restoration of a palace dated from the end of the 18th century which was, at first, intended to become a monastery.

The Palacio das Cardosas is located in Porto's main city square, within walking distance from all the major cultural highlights - such as the Bolhao Market, the Ribeira and the Clerigos Church. The Palacio das Cardosas comprises 105 spacious rooms and suites, each exuding great warmth with a Portuguese flavor and lofty ceilings. It has also a restaurant and a bar, a Gym, a Wellness Center, two meeting rooms and the ancient Cafe Astoria. Cafe Astoria offers a wide range of Portuguese dishes with a contemporary twist, as well as selection of Portuguese wines. The Cardosas Bar provides a relaxing setting, best enjoyed with a cocktail or a Port Wine glass.

Featuring high ceilings, Palacio’s stylish rooms offer flat-screen TVs and WiFi throughout. Marble bathrooms include a separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Some rooms feature a seating area with plush chairs.

Guests can workout at the 24-hour Fitness Center, which is equipped with the latest equipment and weights. The on-site spa has 3 treatment rooms and a sauna.

 In the evening, guests can visit the lively Galerias de Paris 200 meters away. Crossing the D. Luis I Bridge, 1 km away, guests can visit the famous Port Wine Cellars. Porto International Airport is located 20 minutes or 10 km away.

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Lisbon - Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument


The 5-star Pestana Palace Hotel is a restored 19th-century palace, featuring private parkland and views of the Tagus River. It has 2 swimming pools, a sauna and spa center.

Each spacious room is elegantly furnished and fitted with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Many also open onto a furnished balcony with views of the lush garden. Some feature a sitting area with a plush sofa.

Overlooking the gardens, the chic, sophisticated restaurant at Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument serves traditional Portuguese dishes. The bar has a range of snacks and drinks. In the summer months, a poolside restaurant also serves light refreshments.

Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument features a steam bath and a hot tub. It has a business center as well.

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Coimbra - Quinta das Lagrimas


Quinta das Lagrimas, a small luxury hotel is located in a historic medieval setting. The Quinta features botanical gardens and a state-of-the-art spa with views across Coimbra.

Quinta das Lagrimas has three room types: Palace Rooms, that once accommodated the Duke of Wellington, and Garden Rooms overlooking the botanical garden. Spa Rooms include a hydrotherapy bath tub and boast stunning views of the Quinta das Lagrimas outdoor surroundings.

The two restaurants at Hotel Quinta das Lagrima serve seasonal dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients grown on the estate. Dine al fresco whilst enjoying selected local wines from the cellar.

Bamboo Garden Spa provides a range of luxury treatments and beauty therapies, and there is a library filled with thousands of ancient books. Quinta das Lágrima has a golf driving range and a 9-hole course.

Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas is 80 minutes’ drive from Porto Airport. Free on-site car parking is available.

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Booking your Vacation with Air

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Cancellation Policy

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  • Cancellation 45 to 22 days prior to departure: 25% of total price minus deposit
  • Cancellation 21 to 8 days prior to departure: 45% of total price
  • Cancellation 7 to 2 days prior to departure: 65% of total price
  • Less than 48 hours, "no shows" and unused services - No refund

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