Uncover Portugal: A journey from Lisbon to Porto
Explore the colourful streets of Lisbon and Porto, kayak through the Douro Valley and hike through Gêres National Park
Uncover Portugal: A journey from Lisbon to Porto
About your trip
This 8-day adventure will take you from the charms of Lisbon to Porto – with hiking and wine tastings included in equal measure.
Bustling food markets, colourful architecture and sunset sailing in Lisbon. Kayaking and hiking in the Douro Valley. Fairytale castles hidden amongst forests in Sintra. Heritage and wine tasting in Porto. Portugal boasts so many highlights, and we’ve made it our mission to help you experience the best of them, all with a group of like-minded solo travellers.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 Olá, Lisboa
Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal’s beautiful, cobbled capital. Known as the city of seven hills, and home to UNESCO-status gothic architecture (Belém, here we come), Lisbon is steeped in history and culture. After checking into your hotel, head out with your group for a welcome drink overlooking the city’s rooftops, followed by a tapas-style feast in a traditional Portuguese restaurant.
Day 02 Portuguese cuisine & a UNESCO fortress
This morning will begin with a walking tour through the city’s Old Quarters, from Baixa to Mouraria. Make your way through the city by hopping on and off its iconic trams, before reaching the Time Out Market in Chiado. Expect fresh seafood, traditional cured meats and modern gourmet cuisine – all served up in a huge bustling food hall in central Lisbon. In the late afternoon, work off the calories with a scenic cycle along the river, beneath the April 25th Bridge (famously resembling the Golden Gate Bridge), until you reach the Torre de Belém. Boasting UNESCO status, this is a 16th century fortress built in the typical Gothic Manueline style that you’ll see across Lisbon. Then head down to the harbour, where a sailing boat (fully furnished with drinks, of course) is waiting to take you off into the sunset horizon.
Day 03 Forests, castles & coastlines
In the morning, you’ll make the short journey from Lisbon to Sintra. Nestled between the mountains at the sea, this historical town boasts a rich cultural heritage, with plenty of intriguing landmarks to explore at leisure. Our personal favourite? The Quinta da Regaleira. Adorned with Venetian glass, mystical symbols, gargoyles and grottoes, a walk through this castle will make you feel like you’ve stepped into gothic fairytale. Come afternoon, you’ll head onwards to Ericeira, a charming fishing town with splendid beaches. Find a restaurant in town for lunch, before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the coastline. This evening, check into your nature-reserve hotel, where you’ll roll your sleeves up with a practical cooking class.
Day 04 Moorish & Baroque beauty in Coimbra
Savour a leisurely morning at the hotel, with time to unwind by the pool or explore your surroundings by bike, before heading to Coimbra just before midday. Portugal’s former capital offers a blend of Moorish history and medieval churches, and lays claim to one of Europe’s oldest universities. Spend the afternoon exploring this picturesque city at your own pace, with numerous museums and historical landmarks to intrigue you. In the late afternoon, make your way to your hotel for the evening, surrounded by the vineyards of the Douro Valley.
Day 05 Kayaking & wine tasting in the Douro Valley
This morning, head to the beautiful town of Pinhão, set against the vineyards and slopes of the Douro Valley. This will be the starting point of your kayaking adventure, as you set out with your fellow travellers to explore the Douro River. Soak up beautiful views of the valley as you paddle downriver, before stopping by a local winery. Turn your hand to mixology as you learn how to create port cocktails, then enjoy a picnic lunch with a unique wine tasting. The afternoon will then see you head to Gêres, a national park with spectacular views over the surrounding landscape. The rest of the evening is yours to acclimatise, before gathering for a three-course meal with your fellow travellers.
Day 06 Lakes & waterfalls in Gêres National Park
Today’s adventure will take you into Gêres National Park. Rolling pine forests, freshwater lakes and rocky inlets make this a region of invigorating beauty – best explored on a long, leisurely hike. You’ll be picked up at the hotel in a 4×4 jeep, which will take you deep into the mountains to the starting point of our hike. Weaving through pristine lakes, waterfalls and woodland, today’s walk will give you a flavour of rural life in the mountains. After a picnic lunch, your expert guide will take you to a beautifully secluded spot – our favourite location for an afternoon of stand-up paddle boarding. Absorb the beauty of Gêres from the water, then you’ll catch your transfer to Porto in the late afternoon. Your hotel tonight will be housed in an 18th-century converted palace, with beautiful views over the river.
Day 07 Bridge climbing & Porto city wanders
Today is yours to explore the coastal streets of Porto. Start the morning with a walking tour of Porto’s most iconic sights, weaving through the cobbled streets of Ribeira, past the Clerigos Tower and the Lello Bookshop (famous for inspiring J.K Rowling’s vision of Hogwarts). After lunch at a local restaurant (your guide will be on hand to recommend the best eating spots), take the afternoon to explore Porto’s charming streets at your own pace. Later on, gather with your group and prepare to climb Porto’s famous bridge, with the Douro River flowing beneath you. Then, as evening falls, head out together for a final feast in one of the city’s most celebrated wineries, making the most of Porto’s extraordinary wine heritage.
Day 08 Tchau, Portugal
After breakfast at the hotel, your Portuguese adventure has come to an end. It’s now over to you to make your own way onwards. If you’re looking to combine this trip with another of our European escapes, take a peek at our France itinerary, which will see you journey from Paris to Nice in 8 days.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Pestana Palácio do Freixo, Porto
Historical building in the style of an 18th-century baroque palace
History, tradition and timeless elegance combine to enchanting effect in this unique hotel – and we think you’ll feel right at home
Why we stay here
Equipped with a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre, you’ll feel relaxed and restored by your stay here.
Quinta de Casaldronho, Douro Valley
A dedicated wine hotel surrounded by the vineyards of Douro
Surround yourself with abundant nature and splendid views of the landscape, in this remote, tranquil hotel.
Why we stay here
A great place to soak up the atmosphere of the Douro Valley. This hotel boasts modern, minimalist interiors, a chic bar and restaurant, and access to beautiful walks through the hills.
Corpo Santo Hotel, Lisbon
Central hotel with panoramic views over Lisbon
With doorstep access to the city’s best sights, this historical hotel is a great place to unwind after a day of sightseeing.
Why we stay here
Comfortable, elegant rooms. A restaurant and bar with an extensive menu. Sweeping views over the city and the sea. These are just a few reasons why we love this hotel.
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Fly into Lisbon Airport (LIS) and out of Porto Airport (OPO). Please arrive before 5pm on day 1, in time for your welcome reception at 7pm. We suggest departing after 12pm on day 8, so that you can enjoy a leisurely morning in Porto.
As the airport is well-connected to the city through public transport, we suggest taking the ‘Aeroporto – Saldanha’ line into central Lisbon – this will be the quickest and cheapest option for you. We can, however, arrange an arrival and departure transfer for you, but please note that this is an optional extra and not included in the price.
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.
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