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Discover Portugal
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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Explore the manors, palaces, and gardens of Sintra—a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Visit Diana’s Temple, one of the best preserved Roman temples in the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Visit a cork farm to learn about the production cycle and enjoy a traditional cork stripper’s meal.
  • Float down the Douro River, tracing the route that port shippers took to age wine.
Itinerary

Step back in time to the history of a country rich with architectural marvels, culinary traditions, and cultural wonders. This eight-day tour through Portugal takes curious travellers through ancient streets lined with colourful manors along the cobblestoned paths of the country's most prestigious university, and down the shipping routes for fortified wine. History buffs, gastronomes, and culture seekers alike will find themselves immersed and compelled at every stop.

Day 1: Lisbon

Arrive in time for a traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado music performance in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods.

Day 2: Lisbon

Escape reality during a visit the fairytale town of Sintra and lose yourself exploring the colourful manors, medieval palaces, and lush gardens of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free to discover Lisbon.

Day 3: Lisbon/Évora

Travel to Évora in the heart of the Alentejo region, enjoying a tour to the haunting, but mesmerizing Chapel of Bones and visit Diana's Temple, one of the best preserved Roman temples on the Iberian Peninsula.

Day 4: Évora

Visit a cork farm and learn about the cork production, as well as other activities particular to the Alentejo region like honey production and olive harvesting. Enjoy a traditional cork stripper's meal before returning back to Évora for free time.

Day 5: Évora/Coimbra

Continue to Tomar, where we visit the Templar Castle. Founded in 1160 by Gualdim Pais, grand master of the Knights Templar, the vast complex of the Convent of Christ is an incredible feat of medieval architecture. Continue on to Coimbra for the evening.

Day 6: Coimbra/Porto

This morning, enjoy a tour around the University of Coimbra, Portugal's most prestigious university and a World Heritage Site. Enter through the 10th-century Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra. Walk through the campus along mosaic cobblestone paths and visit the ornate Joanina Library, Chapel of São Miguel and the botanical gardens. Later, catch the train to Porto.

Day 7: Porto

Board a boat down Portugal's "river of gold", floating along the route that port shippers took to age their fortified wines. Take in the sights of the rolling green, terraced hills of the Porto region. Visit a local wine cellar, then end the day with a glass of port - an unmissable regional specialty.

Day 8: Porto

Depart at any time.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.