Spend three nights accommodation in Lisbon in a standard- or superior-class hotel and enjoy four days touring Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra and the Estoril Coast. In Lisbon, wander with your local guide to historic landmarks on two small-group walking tours. Sail the River Tagus on a ferry ride sunset cruise that ends at a seafood joint overlooking the river. Plus, taste Portuguese tapas, sip liqueur, and watch a Fado show at a traditional restaurant.
Relish another day in the surrounding region and see the stunning Pena Palace in Sintra, the golden beaches in Cascais and voyage on the waterfront of the Estoril Coast.
During downtime from your tours, continue sightseeing freely or relax at your Lisbon hotel. Lodging is included for three evenings and you can select your preferred location between Lisboa Plaza Hotel (superior hotel) or Residencial Portuguese (standard hotel). Meals included on this tour include three breakfasts at your hotel and two dinners.
An example itinerary is shown below and includes a summary of each day. Please note that Day 2 and 3 may be swapped depending on the day your tour begins.
Day 1: Lisbon
Check in at your hotel in the city center, and then enjoy free time for the rest of the day to relax or explore Lisbon at your leisure. If you wish, you may join a small-group gourmet food and wine tour (own expense) to visit traditional eateries and taste some Portuguese delicacies. Your guide will give you tips on how to appreciate Portuguese wine, pastries and food.
Please note: The gourmet food and wine tour is available every day except on Sundays.
Accommodation: Standard or superior hotel in central Lisbon (depending on option selected)
Day 2: Lisbon (B, D)
After breakfast, explore Lisbon on a small-group guided walking tour with food and wine tastings. Visit the Mouraria district and learn about Fado, Portugal's UNESCO World Heritage–listed music genre. Walk around Rossio Square and Carmo Square, and go up to the top of the Santa Justa funicular. Walk through the old district of Chiado, home to boutiques and old bookstores, and compare it with Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s bohemian district.
Take a short ferry ride on the River Tagus toward Cacilhas. Your tour ends at a local seafood restaurant overlooking Tagus River, where Portuguese rice with shrimps and sparkling green wine await you (food and wine tastings are included).
In the evening, explore more of Lisbon on a sunset walking tour (March to October only). Walk along the former site of the Sant Antão gates (the old city's main entrance) and see the Casa Alentejo, which showcases the culture and food of the Alentejo region. Enjoy a short ride on a vintage tram to Our Lady of the Hills (Nossa Senhora do Monte), and admire the 25th of April Bridge, the Cristo Rei statue and São Jorge Castle.
In Graça, enjoy a refreshing beer, and then go to a local restaurant in the Alfama district to sample traditional Portuguese tapas, Ginjinha liqueur and wine while you listen to the rhythms of Fado. Outside the season, enjoy free time to relax, go shopping or explore Lisbon on your own.
Accommodation: Same hotel in central Lisbon
Day 3: Sintra, Cascais and the Estoril Region (B)
After breakfast, set off on a day trip to Sintra, Cascais and the Estoril region. Pass by Queluz Palace on the way to Sintra and walk inside Pena Park, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, before visiting the spectacular Pena National Palace (Palacio da Pena). You’ll then have free time in the town of Sintra to explore on your own and have lunch (own expense).
Next, head to Sintra Natural Park, and then enjoy a picturesque drive along the Estoril Coast to see the cliffs of Roca Cape (Cabo da Roca) — the westernmost point of Europe — and visit the surfer's paradise of Guincho Beach. Pass by the cliff at Hell’s Mouth (Boca do Inferno) and stretch your legs in the fishing village of Cascais. On the drive back to Lisbon, enjoy the scenic views of the Atlantic.
In the evening, enjoy free time to discover more of Lisbon on your own.
Accommodation: Same hotel in central Lisbon
Day 4: Lisbon (B)
After breakfast, the day is yours to do as you wish. Shop for souvenirs, or visit monuments such as Sé de Lisboa Cathedral, Foz Palace, Jerónimos Monastery or the Monument to the Discoveries.
Hotel checkout is at noon; you may leave your luggage in the hotel storage room while you explore Lisbon on your own.
Please note: If Day 1 of your tour is a Saturday, the visit to Sintra, Cascais and the Estoril Region (as described above on Day 3) will take place on Day 2 and the itinerary for Day 2 (as described above) will take place on Day 3.