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What you can expect

Discover the thriving capital of Lisbon and embark onto a River Douro cruise in Porto

Explore Famous Portuguese Palaces and Monasteries

Sample 5 local delicacies: Port wine, Ginja liqueur, Ovos moles, Pastéis de Belém and Pastries of Sintra

Visit the medieval towns of Coimbra & Óbidos

About the trip

Visit the very West of Western Europe on this journey through a land which was once the epicentre of a vast maritime empire. A place of historic cities and delightful rural villages, of golden sand beaches and dramatic sweeping landscapes. One of the oldest established countries on the continent and a place over-ripe with history and culture. A place not only to stimulate the eyes and ears with its sights and sounds but also the taste buds with world famous port wines and a vast range of local delicacies and pastries.

Welcome then to beautiful Portugal!

Starting at bustling Porto nestled on the sweeping Douro River, before heading south and making stops at series of enchanting and historic destinations along the way such as Aveiro (Venice of Portugal), Guimarães, Braga, Barcelos, the university city of Coimbra, the important Pilgramage destination of Fatima and walled Obidos before arriving at the vibrant capital of Lisbon which will be a base for a circuit to the shaded hills of Sintra and the elegant old world resort of Cascais.

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What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport Taxes & Charges
  • Double/Twin for sole use room
  • Solos Board: Breakfast Daily & 3 Dinners
  • Welcome Drink & Information Meeting
  • Folklore evening with dinner and 1 drink in Porto
  • Guided visits: Oporto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais
  • Cruise on the Douro river (1h)
  • 5 tastings: Port wine, Ginja, ovos moles, pastéis de Belém and Pastries of Sintra
  • Admission to the following sites: Oporto: Stock Exchange Palace; Guimarães: palace of the Dukes of Braganza; Braga: sanctuary of Bom Jésus; Batalha: monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria; Lisbon: Jerónimos Monastery Church, National Coach Museum; Sintra: Quinta da Regaleira
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially protected


  • Arrival in Porto
  • Oporto – Cruise on the Douro – Gaia
  • Guimarães – Braga – Barcelos
  • Aveiro – Coimbra – Fátima
  • Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos
  • Lisbon
  • Sintra – Cabo da Roca - Cascais
  • Departure Day


  • Insurance see here
  • Tourist City Tax – EUR 2.00 per night payable to the hotel locally

What you'll be doing


Arrive in Porto

Welcome to Portugal! We will take our transfer to our hotel located in Oporto area where we will enjoy welcome drink at check-in at the hotel. We can spend the rest of our first day exploring the surrounding streets or we can simply relax at the hotel.

On this first evening we gather to enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant accompanied by a traditional Fado show.

  • Dinner included

Oporto – Cruise on the Douro – Gaia

After breakfast we meet our English speaking guide at our hotel and start to explore Portugal’s second-largest city. The “city of granite” spreads out its narrow streets between the hills and the meandering river. With its old Ribeira district classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site, its Baroque churches, metal bridges and wine cellars, the city has managed to keep intact the treasures of its commercial past.

We will visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its neoclassical Arab room, built in 1834. Take a stroll through the Ribeira district, the historic heart of Oporto and a Unesco World Heritage

After lunch we take an hour’s cruise on the Douro before heading to Gaia for a visit to a winery with a tasting of Port wines included.

Return to the hotel.

  • Breakfast Included



Guimarães – Braga – Barcelos

Today, we will discover the Minho Valley, a fertile region in the North of Portugal. First we will head to Guimarães, considered as the “cradle” of Portuguese identity because of the battle fought by King Alfonso I that led to Portugal’s independence in 1139. We will explore the old town and visit the Gothic Palace of the Dukes of Braganza.

Next stop is Braga. Surrounded by hills, the city is renowned for its religious buildings. We discover the cathedral (from the outside) and the old town before visiting the imposing sanctuary of Bom Jesus.

Finally we will  have some time at leisure to discover Barcelos, a city famous for its crafts, its emblematic rooster and its churches decorated with azulejos. Built on a hill west of Braga, this small town has a charming atmosphere and an old quarter built around a medieval bridge.

  • Breakfast Included

Aveiro – Coimbra – Fátima

After breakfast we depart Porto to head towards Aveiro, nicknamed the “Venice of Portugal” because of its lagoon, brightly-coloured houses and canals. Art Nouveau-style houses line the canals that crisscross the city. Here we have free time to discover the city centre at leisure. You will be able to taste the “Ovos moles”, a local pastry specialty.

Optional (at an extra charge): cruise on a Moliceiro, a typical boat from the region of Aveiro.

Our next stop is Costa Nova, famous for its typical “Palheiros” houses. We then to Coimbra, city of arts and letters and home to Portugal’s first
university. Visit to the university, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Fátima.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included

Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos

You will start the day in Batalha with a visit to the monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline architecture. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, it was built on the orders of the King of Portugal around the 15th century.

Next we will go on to the fishing village of Nazaré. Lunch on the way, then free time in Nazaré. Then we will drive to Obidos, an enchanting walled city where we have opportunity to taste “Ginja”, a traditional Portuguese cherry-based liqueur.

  • Breakfast Included


After breakfast at our hotel we will set of  on the guided tour of Lisbon. We will visit the Alfama, the capital’s oldest district, and the Baixa, the central and emblematic district that was hit hard by the 1755 earthquake before getting rebuilt.

After Lunch we continue to the Belém district, with the Monument to the Discoveries (outside view), the Jerónimos Monastery Church (at an extra charge: visit to the monastery cloisters with audio-guide), a true masterpiece of Manueline architecture, and the Belém Tower (outside view). Visit to the National Coach Museum. We will also do tasting of pastéis de Belém, traditional and delicious Portuguese pastries.

  • Breakfast Included

Sintra – Cabo da Roca - Cascais

We will start the day with a panoramic coach ride along the national park to Sintra. Arrive to Sintra where we start with a guided tour and taste the famous Sintra Pastry. We will then continue on to the magical place of Quinta da Regaleira, here you will visit both the castle and the Initiation Well and the caves. Our trip then takes us on to the panoramic point of Cabo da Roca. After taken in the breath taking views we continue to Cascais where our guide will also show us around. Afterwards we have free time to enjoy a stroll or stop for a drink in the sun.

After Cascais do we return back to the hotel to freshen up for tonight’s farewell dinner at the stunning location of restaurant SUD Lisboa.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included

Departure Day

After breakfast we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

  • Breakfast Included


Highlights of the Portuguese Coast

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar);

  • Porto: Hotel da Musica 4*
  • Fatima: Hotel Lux Fátima or Lux Fatima Park 4*
  • Lisbon: Hotel Lumen 4*

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
June 25 °C 18 °C
October 23 °C 17 °C

Our Reviews

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“I’ve been travelling with Solos for nearly 20 years, on and off. The reason is for exactly what you want – you meet like minded people… and have loads of fun!”

“I’ve been on loads of trips with Solos over the years and can honestly say you will not regret booking your 1st one!”

“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”


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