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Portugal: Lisbon, Porto & the Douro Valley

Coastal gems, sun-drenched vineyards, and a castle in the clouds await on our gay Lisbon tour.

Savour the soul of Portugal, where centuries-old architecture fuses with contemporary artistry amidst a mosaic of terracotta rooftops. Discover historic Porto and the Livraria Lello bookshop which inspired the library at Hogwarts, tour the ornate Ducal Palace, cook with The Countess, then set sail on a river cruise through the spectacular Douro Valley, famous for its wineries. Explore coastal Nazaré, medieval Óbidos, and gay Lisbon, then indulge in a fairy-tale ending at Palacio da Pena, a vibrant castle and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sintra.

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Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marvel at the grandeur of Palacio da Pena, a “castle in the clouds” in Sintra
  • Discover Porto’s historic city centre on a guided walking tour
  • Enjoy skip-the-line passes to Livraria Lello bookshop, the inspiration for the Hogwarts library in Harry Potter
  • Explore centuries-old Ducal Palace
  • Bask in the beauty of Braga, the “birthplace of Portugal”
  • Visit alluring Amarante and its Romanesque architecture
  • Soak in the spectacular scenery of the Douro Valley
  • Pair a vineyard tour with a wine tasting at a Douro Valley winery
  • Cruise the Douro River on a traditional Portuguese wooden boat
  • Take a cooking lesson with ‘The Countess’ at her stunning estate
  • Tour the coastal village of Nazaré & the medieval village of Óbidos
  • Wallow in Lisbon’s most iconic sites, such as Rossio Square, St. George’s Castle, Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries
  • Set sail on a 1-hour Tagus River private cruise with included sparkling wine

DATES AND PRICES

2025
May 3-11, 2025 (From $7,995 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $7,995.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,650.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: 25% Deposit - Balance due 90 Days prior to trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Frano Novljan
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Porto

Olá! And welcome to Portugal. Our adventure begins with a short Group Meeting at 6PM. This evening, we’ll get our first taste of delicious Portuguese cuisine during our official (and included) Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Porto

Bom dia! Ready the cameras, because today’s guided walking tour begins at Porto’s historic city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, we’ll visit the Porto Cathedral, gaze over the Douro River, spot Batalha Palace, and browse the lively Santa Catarina Street. Today’s included lunch is a simple and savory francesinha sandwich – famous in Porto. This afternoon we’ll enjoy skip-the-line passes to the stunning Livraria Lello bookshop, known as the inspiration for the Hogwarts library in Harry Potter. Afterwards, we’ll tour the neoclassical facades of Liberdade Square, behold the massive spire of Clerigos Church, and end our day with the colourful vibrance of Ribeira Square. Tonight, we’re free to enjoy dinner at our leisure or join an optional group dinner (not included).

Day 3 Guimarães & Braga

After breakfast, we’ll take a private transfer to historic Guimarães and nearby Braga, the “birthplace of Portugal.” Begin with a tour of the ornate Ducal Palace, built in the 15th century by one of the richest and most powerful families on the Iberian Peninsula. After an included lunch and another short transfer, we’ll discover the lush central square of Braga and its cathedrals which form the triangle of faith, devotion, and pilgrimage. We’ll visit the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, notable for its stairway containing 17 landings adorned with symbolic fountains, statues, and Baroque-style decorations. This evening, we return to Porto for some free time.

Day 4 Amarante & Douro Valley

Rise and shine! After breakfast, transfer to the enchanting Douro Valley, famous for its spectacular scenery and legendary vineyards. We’ll start in Amarante, where the houses take riverside living to a whole new level, before we visit the 16th century Church of Sao Goncalo Monastery. After lunch, we’ll be treated to scenic views of vineyards on inclined terraces, then we’ll stop at one of the best wineries for a delicious tasting where we’ll gain insight into this verdant region’s history. We’ll round out the afternoon aboard a traditional Portuguese wooden rabelo for a 2-hour private river cruise before returning to our hotel to feast on an included dinner.

Day 5 Douro Valley

After breakfast we’ll depart the hotel to cook with ‘The Countess’ at her estate, the stunning House of Viscondes da Várzea. Savour stories of Maria Manuel Cyrne’s rich history while learning to use ancient cookware on wood-burning stoves. After our lesson, an included lunch will be served with a wine pairing in one of the dining rooms or al fresco on the patio. Later, we’ll return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon of free time and another included dinner at our hotel.

Day 6 Nazaré & Óbidos to Lisbon

Up and at ‘em! After breakfast, we’ll see the charming countryside via our private transfer to the coastal village of Nazaré, famous for its massive waves. Notably, the HBO docu-series 100 Foot Wave is set in Nazaré. After exploration and an included lunch, we’ll transfer to the cute medieval village of Óbidos, known for its whitewashed houses adorned with blooms of bougainvillea flowers. Upon arrival, we’ll indulge in a cherry liquor tasting, then stroll through the old streets and visit the castle. Later, we’ll continue with a 1-hour transfer to Lisbon, where we can stretch our legs on an orientation walk followed by a group dinner accompanied by a Fado show, a haunting and distinctive style of music that originated in Lisbon’s rustic neighbourhoods.

Day 7 Lisbon

Good morning, Lisbon (or as they say, Lisboa). After a hearty breakfast, we’ll embark on a tour of this picturesque city’s most iconic historical sites such as Rossio Square, the Lisbon Cathedral, St. George’s Castle, the Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries. Along the way, we’ll indulge in stunning panoramic views of the city from the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte lookout. After a break for lunch, we’ll reconvene for a 1-hour Tagus River private cruise with included sparkling wine. Tonight, you’re free to spend the evening at leisure, or join the group for an optional dinner.

Day 8 Lisbon & Sintra

The beauty of Portugal’s coastline is on full display today! During a quick morning transfer, we’ll stop at the resort town of Estoril, admire 17th-century fortresses, stroll along the Tamariz Beach promenade, meander through the luxurious town of Cascais, and explore the westernmost point of the continent at Cabo da Roca. After a lunch break, we’ll forge onward to Sintra to witness one of Portugal’s most stunning architectural masterpieces, the Palacio da Pena. Here, we’ll marvel at the one-of-a-kind beauty and grandeur of this colourful castle and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, we’ll give our adventure its own fairy-tale ending at an included Farewell Dinner near the hotel.

Day 9 Lisbon

There are no activities planned today until your complimentary departure transfer. Safe travels home!


GUIDES AND HOSTS

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
  • An LGBTQ+ Out Adventures host and an English-speaking local guide throughout
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All land transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles with bottled water available on the bus
  • Gratuities for hotel porters, drivers, and guides

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International airfare
  • Other activities, meals and extra costs at hotels not mentioned
  • Gratuities for host and local guide (budget approximately $130 – $180 USD)  
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.

LGBT INFO FOR Portugal

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What to bring, visa information, required
vaccinations, travel insurance and more.
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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Porto
Axis Porto Club Aliados
Exterior
Porto
Axis Porto Club Aliados
Lobby
Porto
Axis Porto Club Aliados
Standard Room
Porto
Axis Porto Club Aliados
Bathroom
The Douro Valley
The Wine House Hotel
Pool
The Douro Valley
The Wine House Hotel
Standard Room
The Douro Valley
The Wine House Hotel
Standard Room
The Douro Valley
The Wine House Hotel
Tasting Room
Lisbon
My Story Hotel Figueira
Exterior
Lisbon
My Story Hotel Figueira
Double Room
Lisbon
My Story Hotel Figueira
Twin Room
Lisbon
My Story Hotel Figueira
Bathroom
Lisbon
My Story Hotel Figueira
Restaurant



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