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Best of the Azores: 7 days in São Miguel Tour

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Best of the Azores: 7 days in São Miguel

I felt safe, supported and well informed. The tour itself is well thought out and included most of my meals!

Highlights of Portugal Tour

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Highlights of Portugal

Itinerary was just what I was looking for. Everyone could choose what they wanted to do during the day.

Best of Portugal (11 Days) Tour

Best of Portugal (11 Days)

Portugal is full of history and lots of beautiful palaces and medieval villages. Its vineyards and orchards are a sight to behold.
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Portugal: Lisbon, All-inclusive Algarve w/Douro valley cruise Tour

Portugal: Lisbon, All-inclusive Algarve w/Douro valley cruise

They gave us clear directions each afternoon and helpful suggestions. Whenever I asked a question they were quick to respond.

Hiking the Azores Tour

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Hiking the Azores

The hikes and info were great, even though some last minute changes were necessary.

Best of Lisbon Tour (with Sintra, Évora and Cascais) - 5 Days in Portugal Tour

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  • Wine tasting

Best of Lisbon Tour (with Sintra, Évora and Cascais) - 5 Days in Portugal

Lisbon's Fado-filled alleys set the stage, Cascais offered a coastal escape, and Évora's historic charm and wine-tasting sealed the experience.

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Highlights of the Azores Tour

Highlights of the Azores

A very beautiful place with wonderful landscapes, thermal baths, cheese and wine.

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Highlights of Portugal W/Hanging Garden of Europe

The price was good and the hotel & food was top class. We will not hesitate to book through you again.

Walking in Madeira Tour

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Walking in Madeira

Group size excellent and social occasions planned with skill and knowledge. All team members were included and catered for.
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Best of Portugal Tour

Best of Portugal

The itinerary was well planned and enough time to see the places. I enjoyed the 11 day tour and will recommend it to anyone.

Portugal in Depth Tour

Portugal in Depth

The bus had 42 passengers but was very comfortable and modern.

Lisbon, Porto And Azores Tour

Lisbon, Porto And Azores

Northern Portugal Discovery Tour

Northern Portugal Discovery

The trip was extra special. We feel grateful to have made two new friends.

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We had a fantastic time. Exploring the island through jeep tour and kayaking was exhilarating. The whale watching and local food experiences were delightful, and the guides were truly local and knowledgeable. This tour was an unforgettable journey, would take it again, thank yuou.
We had a great group. Itinerary was just what I was looking for. Everyone could choose what they wanted to do during the day.
Above and beyond my expectations attributed to the tour guide Ana Rita and the bus driver Mario..

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"Guide Summer was terrific, humorous an knowledgable. Tour was overpriced for level of a couple of hotels (Portugal not expensive). Had to pay for farewell dinner, really. Not a very nice gesture. Could have pulled this off by myself and saved approximately $2,500. Boat trip needs to include Duro Valley for this price.

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"The great thing was that we saw everything advertised but the guide was flexible for our needs and wants.

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"I had a wonderful time and the experience was amazing. Our CEO was fantastic and the pace of the trip and the activities were great!

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Best Of Portugal Guided Tour

Best of Portugal

This Best of Portugal journey reveals a nation’s proud history, warm-hearted locals and soul-warming cuisine. Starting in Lisbon, you’ll travel north and south to explore a Templar stronghold, watch thoroughbreds perform at an Alentejo farm and visit the Algarve.

Great Iberian Cities Guided Tour

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2 Countries

Blaze a trail on this exhilarating Spain and Portugal trip, as you travel from Gaudí’s Barcelona to Portugal’s 'Golden Age of Discoveries' in Lisbon. See the tomb of Columbus, admire great works in the Prado Museum and enjoy sweet sangria in Andalusia.

Days Of Devotion Guided Tour

Days of Devotion

3 Countries

Travel with faith, tracing the paths of pilgrims to some of Europe's most sacred centers – a spiritual and cultural journey to Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela and Fátima, with an opportunity to attend Mass.

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Highlights Of Spain And Portugal Guided Tour

Highlights of Spain and Portugal

A round-trip featuring all the highlights of Spain and Portugal. Spend time in the pilgrimage center of Fátima, join a family on their stud farm in the Alentejo and explore the icons left behind by Catholic kings and Moorish sultans.

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Experience Portugal differently. Enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences and uncover local secrets when our friends across the country open their doors to you. Here’s just a sample of the rich experiences you can expect.

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"Portugal is a little rectangle located by the Atlantic ocean where you will find a big diversity of landscapes, picturesque towns and villages, people, and... Oh! Its amazing food and wines!"

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Take in the colors of the romantic Portuguese capital Lisbon

Feel the sheer delight of the colorful city of Lisbon, set over tram-lined hills beside the intersection of the Tagus River and Atlantic Ocean. Intricate hand-painted tiles, flower-filled balconies and numerous antique stores dazzle between alfresco dining and monument hoping.

Enjoy the sounds of fado

Experience a pleasant rush of emotion in the talented guitar sounds of traditional fado. Telling stories of days gone by when lonely sailors and poor families, a sentimental fado will move you to your core and connect you with Portuguese culture.

Stroll through the historic center of Porto

Be compelled to Portugal’s north by the city of Porto that dates back to the year 300 BC. When not busy sampling fermented grapes here in the home of port wine, peruse the elaborate bookstore of Livraria Lello and soak up art nouveau architecture and ice cream at the beloved Majestic Café.

Go inside the Church of Saint Lawrence in Algarve

A symbol of Portuguese faith and opulent Baroque design, find breathtaking delight in the Church of Saint Lawrence. Though the exterior appears as an unremarkable landmark, the interior’s intricate blue and white tiles and sparkling gold altar make it one of the essential things to do in Portugal.

Visit the religious landmarks of Fátima

Declared the altar of the world for the Catholic religion, Fátima is a pilgrimage site of great importance, where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1917. Beyond the religious structures of the Sanctuary of Fátima, find joy in the town’s limestone caves and nature reserves.

Our top 5 things to do in Portugal

From the soul-stirring sounds of fado music to the gold altar of the Church of Saint Lawrence, we’ll guide you through the most incredible things this country has to offer. 

Gulbenkian Museum

Step inside Lisbon’s Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and enter a world of masterful art housed in a remarkable building that brings the outdoors indoors. Admire statues framed by floor to ceiling windows with foliage-covered views before moving to the garden to contemplate the collection by a pond.

Serralves Museum

Dive into the world of contemporary masterpieces within the art deco walls of Serralves Museum. Found in a striking peach building less than 10-minutes from the heart of Porto, you will quickly understand why this is the most visited museum in the country.

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Peel back layers of creative talent and history at Portugal’s national museum of ancient art. Allocate a few hours to strolling these well-dressed halls, found in Lisbon’s historically significant Palácio Alvor-Pombal building featuring an iconic pink and yellow facade.

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Portugal tours with Trafalgar unravel the best of the country’s many museums, from the masterful art of Gulbenkian to Porto’s art deco Serralves Museum.

Pastel de Nata

A delicious pastry tart of baked custard and cinnamon, the pastel de nata is best served fresh from the oven in its hometown of Belém. First made by Catholic Monks in the late 17th century, each bite is a taste of culture and history.

A simple preparation of dried and salted codfish, bacalhau is known as a national obsession. Though there’s an accurate Portuguese saying that says there is a different variety of Bacalhau for every day of the year, the most traditional accompaniments are potato and wine.

Often referred to as the Portuguese paella, Cataplana is a fragrant dish featuring pork and clam or mixed seafood with a side of rice. Flavored by piri-piri sauce, wine and garlic, it is best sampled in the Algarve straight from a copper pot.

Best food in Portugal

Savor every bite as we journey through Portugal’s culinary best, sampling moreish custard tarts and fresh seafood until our hearts are content. Here are just some of the Portuguese foods that will entice our trip.

What to pack for Portugal

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A Portuguese phrase book

Though many travelers can manage a few words next-door when visiting Spain, Portuguese basics are not as widely known. Pack a Portuguese phrase book so you can attempt conversations and courtesies to the praise of locals.

Enjoying over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Portugal’s warm and sunny climate calls for an oversized hat. It’s also the perfect way to complete your outfit for a day at the beach or taking guided walks of the cities.

An appetite for seafood

Visiting an alfresco cafe for an abundant seafood meal is a daily – sometimes twice daily – occurrence on a Portugal trip. With reasonable price tags, pack an appetite for seafood and prepare to indulge.

A camera with a wide lens

Known for its remarkable countryside and beautiful beaches, a wide-angle lens will see you perfectly capturing the landscapes of Portugal.

Little markets and hole in the wall cafes may not accept card as payment. Carry euros on hand so that you never get stuck or miss out on a unique souvenir.

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A perfect little pocket of European bliss.

It’s not just the birds that are heading south – flocks of travelers have discovered that   Spain’s   little neighbor packs a mighty punch. A country of historically mixed fortunes, Portugal is having a moment in the spotlight which will almost certainly linger. From the Algarve’s dramatic coastline to the terraces of the Douro Valley wine region, from Lisbon’s steep cobbled streets to the Azores’ volcanic peaks, Portugal is packed with history, beauty and some of the most welcoming people you’ll ever encounter. And the food? Just you wait.

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Portugal at a glance

Capital city.

Lisbon (population approximately 2.8 million)

Approximately 10.2 million

(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London



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Culture and customs.

Portugal is a Roman Catholic country that has been influenced by many cultures over the years. The Portuguese hold onto traditional family values and are renowned for their appreciation of food and the arts, with three Portuguese cities – Lisbon, Porto and Guimaraes – having been designated   European  Capitals of Culture.

Walk the streets of a Portuguese city and you’ll be greeted by color and chatter. The locals love nothing more than having a chat with each other, or with tourists, be it about the weather or politics or football. More often than not, these conversations take place during one of the day’s endless number of coffee breaks, or around the lunch or dinner table. Debates are encouraged, particularly with a glass of port in hand.

Pop into a bar in Lisbon and you may be greeted by the mournful sound of ‘fado’, a Portuguese style of music that’s listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The lyrics often relate back to the sea and a sense of nostalgia, homesickness and longing, and it holds such a special place in Portugal’s heart that when Amalia Rodrigues, the so-called ‘Queen of Fado’, died in 1999, three days of national mourning were declared.

This love of the arts isn’t limited to music either; Lisbon is jammed full of art galleries and even the pavements, all over the country, are patterned and decorated in a mosaic style. It’s just one example of the Portugal’s love of beauty, whether that beauty is found in art, food or each other.

History and government

The Iberian Peninsula was once made up of various tribes including the Celts, Aquitani, Iberians and Turdetani. Trade had been established across the Mediterranean by the   Greeks  and Phoenicians, though the Romans came to control the entire peninsula. As the Roman Empire began to weaken, the peninsula was invaded by various barbarian tribes and the Visigoths came out victorious. They controlled the entire Iberian Peninsula and converted to Catholicism.

The Moors and Reconquista

Meanwhile, Islamic forces had been slowly sweeping from the   Middle East   to Northern Africa and in AD711 the Moors crossed the Gibraltar Strait and defeated the Visigoths. They pushed north and conquered nearly all of the peninsula, though the Christian kingdom of Asturias held strong in the northwest thanks to the protection of the surrounding mountains. The Iberian Peninsula was known as Al-Andalus and became a centre for science and progress, though infighting eventually led to the area being split into a number of independent Muslim states.

In the 11th century, Christian soldiers from across   Europe  answered the call to fight the ‘infidels’ during a period known as the Reconquista. The Moors were pushed south and, in 1139, Afonso Henriques declared himself the King of Portugal after defeating the Moors in the south. The Algarve was conquered in the late 13th century and Portugal’s borders were defined.

Global expansion

After securing their borders, the Portuguese turned their attention abroad. Nearby   Morocco  was the first target and Portugal’s victory spurred the country into global exploration.   Africa , Southern India and   Brazil   followed, as well as trading posts in Timor,   China   and more. Their plan was simple: despite having a relatively tiny population, they would build their empire through trade.

This, of course, was unsustainable for such a small nation and they eventually found themselves in and out of Spanish rule towards the end of the 17th century. A period of peace and prosperity ensued until a giant earthquake hit Lisbon in 1755, leveling the city and causing tens of thousands of deaths. The Prime Minister at the time, Marques de Pombal, famously promised to ‘bury the dead and heal the living,’ and somehow did just that.

19–20th centuries

After Brazil’s independence was recognized in 1825 the Portuguese focused in on the domestic front. Education improved, as did women’s rights, and slavery was ended across the Portuguese colonies. Still, discontent was spreading as inequality rose and the monarchy was seen as a cause of this: the king, Carlos, was assassinated and his son was exiled to the UK – an unstable republic was born.

Over the following 16 years there were 45 changes of government. Coup after coup after coup took place, with Portugal supporting the Allies in WWI and remaining neutral in WWII. The post-war years saw yet another coup in Lisbon, known as the Revolution of the Carnations, led by military personnel sympathetic to the colonies, and the decolonization of territories swiftly followed. Countries like East Timor and Angola were plunged into chaos and by the late 1970s, Portugal was equally, if not more, unstable.

It’s been a long slog for Portugal and the economy is by no means safe. The country was in a serious recession for years, but the past five years have seen unemployment drop and wages rise. There’s been a heavy investment in green energy too. And though tourist numbers continue to swell and boost the economy, the cities are facing similar problems to a lot of European hotspots: rising rents and cost of living, thanks to tourism, are forcing locals out of the city centres. But for now, Portugal is going from strength to strength and looking positively towards the future.

Geography and environment

Portugal is located on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula. It shares an extensive land border with   Spain   to the east and north, while the west and south of the country are hugged by the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s geography varies from north to south and is a nice mix of plains, woodlands, mountains and beaches.

The extensive coastline is known for its dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches, with the south of Portugal, an area known as the Algarve, being particularly popular with tourists. The northern coast is equally beautiful but more influenced by the Atlantic and experiences more rain and wild weather, particularly during the winter.

To the west of Portugal is the island archipelago known as the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal. These islands have been visited by sailors for centuries and are renowned for their dramatic beauty. The volcanic peaks, lush landscapes and colourful fishing villages host some 250,000 residents across nine islands. The Azores has a subtropical oceanic climate, which is warm in summer but by no means a ‘tropical paradise’. The Atlantic makes the temperature much more mild than the islands of the Mediterranean.

Inland Portugal is defined by the Douro River, which empties through Porto, and the Tagus River, which empties through Lisbon. Portugal’s south features rolling plains with a relatively warm and dry climate, while the north is far more mountainous with a wetter climate. The highest point on mainland Portugal is Torre (1993 m/6539 feet) in the Serra da Estrela range, which is a popular skiing destination in the winter.

Eating and drinking

It’s unsurprising, given Portugal’s location, that seafood plays a massive role in the Portuguese diet. In fact, the national dish of bacalhau (salted cod) can supposedly be cooked in over 365 ways, one for each day of the year. But it’s not just seafood that’s on the menu – the Portuguese have a varied and, quite frankly, mouth-watering range of dishes as well as a world-class wine industry.

Keep an eye out for some of these while traveling through Portugal: 

  • Caldeirada This stew, which is packed with several different types of fish, is one of Portugal's most popular and enduring dishes. Expect sardines, cod, haddock, tuna and mackerel, doused in white wine and olive oil, served with a chunk of crusty bread. Simple but effective!
  • Pasteis de Nata The Portuguese custard tart has wrapped its delicious ­– and admittedly non-existent – arms around the globe and the world’s tastebuds are cheering. These gooey little goodies feature flaky pastry and custard filling and can be eaten by the dozen (but shouldn’t be, for health reasons).
  • Carne de Porco á Alentejana The popular Portuguese version of surf and turf hails from the Alentejo region but can be found served all throughout Portugal. Featuring pork and clams as the hero ingredients, white wine, paprika and coriander add flavor that is difficult to resist.
  • Feijoada Brazil's national dish was actually invented by the Portuguese and this stew still endures as a common favorite in Portugal. Featuring beans, pork or beef and vegetables, this hearty stew is typically served with rice, although regional differences make this dish a different proposition every time.
  • Entrecosto com Mel Meat lovers will salivate over these succulent pork ribs marinated in honey, garlic and liquor. Served with a side of chili sauce, this oven-roasted feast is perfect for a decadent celebration.
  • Francesinha This is Porto’s sandwich to end all sandwiches. Translating as the ‘Little Frenchie’, this dish is anything but. It’s the Portuguese adaptation of the classic   French  toastie and features bread, pork, sausage, bacon and beef, topped with cheese and a fried egg and served with fries on the side. Give it a try ­– you won’t regret it (you almost certainly will).
  • Port Portugal’s Douro Valley, upriver from Porto, is the third-oldest wine region in the world and the only one capable of producing port wine. Fortified wines are made all over the world but only wines from the Douro can be labelled as ‘port’. A sweet red wine, usually served for dessert, port has been made in the Douro since the mid-18th century and the landscape is as beautiful as the wine is delicious.

Festivals and events

If you're traveling to Portugal you better pack your party shoes. No matter what time of year you're visiting, you'll see the locals take to the streets for some kind of 'festa'.

Santo Antonio Festival

Sometimes known as the Festival of Sardines, this festival takes place in mid-June though it’s part of a full month of celebrations in Lisbon. Portugal’s capital is filled with people grilling fish in the street and celebrating St Anthony, the patron saint of the city. The streets are filled with revelers, with the party beginning in the afternoon of June 12 and continuing until sunrise – June 13 is a bank holiday.

If you can’t make it to Brazil for Carnaval and happen to be in Europe, Portugal is the place to head for some wild times. Colorful parades and heaving street parties take place all over the country in celebration of the beginning of Lent.

Obidos Medieval Festival

From mid-July to August, Obidos hosts a medieval festival filled with jousting knights, feasts and performances, all in front of the city’s imposing castle. The town recreates medieval Europe with banners and flags strung across the town and soldiers, jugglers, minstrels and more wandering the streets.

Music festivals

Portugal’s summer features a number of hugely popular music festivals that attract superstar acts from across the globe. Some of the biggest are Primavera Sound in Porto, the Portuguese adaptation of the Barcelona-based festival, and Rock in Rio, which is held every two years in Lisbon, as well as NOS Alive.

Public holidays that may impact travel include:

  • Liberty Day
  • Portugal Day
  • Corpus Christi
  • Assumption of Mary
  • Republic Implantation
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Restoration of Independence
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Please note that the dates of  Portugal's public holidays  may vary.

Portugal offers up the full gamut of shopping experiences from big city malls to dusty little antique stores hidden in the winding backstreets. Shopping not really your thing? That's fine, just eat your way through the country instead.

Remember, it's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

A great keepsake from a trip to Portugal is a bottle of fortified from its spiritual home. Wander down Porto’s steep streets to the harbor and spend some time visiting the port houses lining the water. You can do tastings, enjoy a meal and pick up a bottle from famous houses like Taylor’s and Sandeman’s, or opt for something a little different like Kopke, which is the oldest port house in Porto and has been producing the sweet stuff since 1638.

Azulejos are colorful, decorative tiles that can be found on surfaces all over Portugal. They were used as a form of art as well as to control the temperature in homes. The tiles are classically blue and white, although they are found in other colors, and can be bought brand-new or found in antique stores across the country.

Galo de Barcelos

The Rooster of Barcelos is the unofficial symbol of Portugal. There are various legends surrounding the rooster, but they all come back to a passing pilgrim claiming his innocence and declaring that a cooked rooster on the dinner table would rise and crow at the hour of his hanging. Every souvenir shop in the country will have various gifts relating to the rooster, but it’s worth keeping an eye out in the various markets for a more authentic, locally crafted example.

Top places to visit in Portugal

Sip on a snifter of port in its city of birth. A colorful, cobbled city, Porto is an intoxicating concoction of harbor history, winding streets and hidden gems.

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There’s a patch of sand for everyone along the dramatic Algarve, whether you’re there to surf, party or simply soak up the sunshine.

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Live that cosmopolitan life in Portugal’s most exciting city. Architecture, nightlife, seafood and a haunting fado performance await.

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Home to Portugal’s oldest university and (maybe) the world’s most beautiful library, Coimbra is a cultural experience like no other.

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Further reading

For inspiring stories to prepare you for your Portugal adventure, check out these books:

  • The Book of Disquiet   – Fernando Pessoa
  • Night Train to Lisbon   – Pascal Mercier
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon   – Jose Saramago
  • Baltasar and Blimunda   – Jose Saramango
  • The Portuguese: A Modern History   – Barry Hatton

Portugal travel FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Portugal?

The months of May, June and September are considered some of the best times to see Portugal as the weather is usually fine (yet not too hot) and the attractions are less crowded than during the peak months of July and August. Autumn and winter are typically rainy and windy, yet sunny days aren't rare either. If you’re after a beach holiday, keep in mind that the water temperature on Portugal’s north coast will be very cool, even during the summer months.

Is it safe to visit Portugal?

Yes, it is safe to visit Portugal. Travelers should exercise normal precautions and keep a close eye on their belongings in crowds and heavily touristed areas.

Do I need a visa to travel to Portugal?

Portugal is a member of the Schengen Convention, which means that if you travel to an EU member country or countries, like Portugal, for a total of less than 90 days, a visa is not required. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, the UK and other member countries of the EU and Schengen area are included under this arrangement.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your country of origin. Check the Essential Trip Information section of your tour itinerary for more information.

Is tipping customary in Portugal?

Tipping isn’t customary in Portugal except at restaurants. Adding 10 percent to the bill should be fine, or more if the service has been exceptionally good. Rounding up to the nearest euro will be appreciated by bar staff and taxi drivers too, but this is not expected. When staying at a hotel it's also standard to tip the luggage porter one euro per bag.

What is the internet access like in Portugal?

Internet access in Portugal is generally good with widespread wi-fi in both cities and smaller towns. You may wish to purchase a local SIM. The main domestic carriers are Vodafone, TMN and Optimus, but make sure your phone is unlocked before purchasing a prepaid SIM.

Can I use my cell phone while in Portugal?

Travelers should be able to use their cell phones across Portugal. The most economical way to use your phone in Portugal is by purchasing a local prepaid SIM. If you wish to use your own SIM, be sure to activate global roaming before departing your home country and always check with your carrier as to any additional charges that may be incurred.

What are the toilets like in Portugal?

Flushable, Western-style toilets are the norm in Portugal. Please be aware that sometimes a small fee is required to access public toilets, so it’s worth having a small stash of euro coins for when the need arises.

Can I drink the water in Portugal?

The tap water in Portugal is safe to drink unless marked otherwise. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water and fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Portugal?

Most restaurants, hotels and larger shops in Portugal’s cities and tourist areas will accept credit cards. Smaller eateries and shops may not, so make sure you have some euro on you for smaller purchases or when visiting less frequented areas.

What is ATM access like in Portugal?

There are ATMs in all cities and most towns in Portugal. The smaller villages may not have ATMs so once again, make sure you have some cash if you plan on heading somewhere more rural.

What is the weather like in Portugal?

Portugal is one of Europe’s warmest countries. Yearly temperature averages are about 55°F in the north and 64°F in the south.

Spring and summer months are usually warm and sunny, with July and August averaging maximums between 77°F and 86°F in Porto, around 86°F in Lisbon and 86–95°F in the south. These coastal areas tend to be cooler thanks to the ocean breeze.

Is Portugal safe for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

Portugal legalized same-sex marriage in 2010 and has passed legislation protecting LGBT-identifying people from discrimination. Most Portuguese are open-minded and unconcerned when it comes to sexuality, particularly in the more touristed areas of Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve, but it’s worth remembering that Portugal is a Catholic country in which homosexuality is still not regarded as being ‘normal’.

As far as scenes go, Lisbon has a more prominent community and the annual highlights are the Lisboa Pride Festival in June and September’s QueerLisboa Film Festival. For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting  Equaldex  or  ILGA  before you travel.

If you are traveling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travelers who do not wish to share a room.

Is Portugal accessible for travelers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Facilities for people with physical limitations are lacking in Portugal when compared to many other European countries. On top of this, Lisbon and Porto are very hilly, with lots of stairs and cobblestones, and visitors with disabilities may have trouble getting around.

That said, things are improving and newer hotels and restaurants, as well as modern museums, have accessible facilities. The best transportation for those with disabilities is train, with an increasing number of stations having ramps, lifts and disabled bathrooms.

As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What to wear in Portugal

Pack for Portugal as you would for any other coastal European destination. If you’re traveling in the summertime, loose clothing that protects from the sun is best for the daytime, but be sure to cover your shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites. The winters can get quite cool, as can the evenings in spring and autumn, so pack a warm jumper and a raincoat too. See our   ultimate packing list   for advice on what to bring.

What's the accommodation like in Portugal?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Portugal, you may find yourself traveling by:

Most hotels used on Intrepid tours through Portugal are small, family-run guesthouses, so expect staircases instead of lifts and small rooms big on character.

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Best of Azores - 7 days in Sao Miguel

Best of Azores - 7 days in Sao Miguel

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Best of Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days

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Best of Porto & The PRESIDENCIAL Train by the Wonders of Douro Valley

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Best of Lisbon with Sintra, Cascais and Évora - 5 Days

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Charming Portugal Highlights - 10 Days

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Douro Valley River Cruise All Inclusive - Spirit of Chartwell (5 Days)

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Best of Lisbon with Madeira: Island of Eternal Spring - 9 Days

Highlights of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Sintra, Porto and Douro Valley

Highlights of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Sintra, Porto and Douro Valley

Best of Sea and Countryside: Lisbon and Algarve - 9 days

Best of Sea and Countryside: Lisbon and Algarve - 9 days

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The Best of Porto with a Douro Valley River Cruise All Inclusive - 6 days

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The Best of Porto with a Douro Valley River Cruise All Inclusive - 7 days

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A gem of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a paradise. On the coasts, sun-soaked beaches meet breathtaking hillside towns all down the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the cities, ancient structures rise up shoulder-to-shoulder with modern living. Everywhere you turn, you can find mouth-watering food paired with delicious local wines, medieval architecture paired with Moorish artistic influence, and friendly locals paired with charming attitudes. No matter what you seek, when you go, where you look, or how long you stay, Portugal offers something for every traveler.

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The Algarve is alluring for its stunning coast and laidback feel. Coastal Algarve receives much acclaim for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. But it is also rich in history. There are Moorish and Renaissance influences abound. Here, the famous voyager, Prince Henry the Navigator, began his explorations and Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his epic voyage of discovery. The enchanting inner Algarve boasts pretty castle towns and historic villages, cork tree– and flower-covered hillsides, and birdlife.

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Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon offers all the delights you’d expect of Portugal’s star attraction, yet with half the fuss of other European capitals. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are all part of the colorful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in wandering the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets. The Lisbon experience encompasses so many things, from enjoying a fresh pastry and bica (espresso) on a petite leafy plaza to window-shopping in elegant Chiado. It’s mingling with Lisboêtas at a neighborhood festival or watching the sunset from the old Moorish castle.

In the blue Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and America, the 9 islands of the archipelago are an autonomous region of Portugal. Rich in culture, abundant in wildlife and one of the best whale watching spots in the world. The array of activities offered means you could be visiting a UNESCO World Heritage site one day, walking up a snow-capped mountain and soaking in thermal rock pools the next day, and then swimming with wild dolphins and watching sperm whales the day after. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, nature lover or just want to relax on a beautiful exotic island, The Azores is an archipelago of lush green volcanic islands ready for you to explore.

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Portuguese Riviera:

The Riviera stretches from Lisbon and Cascais. The coastline has become a place where the elite vacation between September and October, and a popular tourist destination for its chic look. Removed from the city, the Lisbon coastline is easy access to all the culture that Lisbon offers. It has become a hotspot for major international celebrities from the world of fashion, sport, and entertainment. The Riviera is also known for its world-class conditions for surfing.

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Fado Performance:

Fado is a popular style of music in Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, Fado is always sung by a solo performer, while in other regions of Portugal it is typically performed in a group. Fado can be traced back to the 1820s, but it is said to have much earlier origins. This style of music has a dramatic sound with lyrics that speak of the struggles of daily life, and the melodies, performed by string instruments, are melancholy.

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Alentejo Wine Region:

The Alentejo region is a land reminiscent of Tuscany, with its vast landscape dotted with vineyards, cork oaks and olive trees. The land has seen occupation of the Romans and Moors which is reflected in the well-preserved city of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wine is perhaps its biggest treasure. Here there are more than 250 wine producers who create aromatic, fresh white wines and more intense, smooth, ruby reds.

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São Miguel Island:

Known as “The Green Island,” this is the largest in the archipelago. Dazzling lakes, sandy beaches and dramatic mountains provide a stunning backdrop while tea plantations and pineapple groves make full use of the hillsides. Visit fascinating villages like Furnas, built inside a volcanic crater; and geological wonders such as Sete Cidades, twin crater lakes linked by narrow passage. It is also an excellent base from which to explore the wide variety of outdoor activities that make The Azores a top destination.

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Similar to Spain’s paradors, Portugal’s pousadas began to operate in the mid-20th century and showcase a true taste of their location. In addition to regional hospitality and cuisine, these beautiful hotels — often in idyllic locations — offer visitors a sense of history, culture and tradition. They are uniquely Portuguese and reside in some of the most beautiful areas; some actually sit in the shadows of historic monuments. These luxurious accommodations highlight great attention to detail, exceptional service and warm hospitality. From historic castles and former monasteries or convents to palaces and fortresses, they embody the Explorations concept of accommodations that capture the spirit of your destination.

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Step back in history as you explore ancient palaces in Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit historical cities like Lisbon, Porto, and Guimarães. Portugal's past comes alive as you walk through cobblestone streets, grand palaces, and centuries-old neighborhoods. Portugal is a culinary paradise, and our tours offer you a taste of its finest offerings. Savor fresh seafood, indulge in delectable pastries like pastéis de nata, and sip on world-renowned wines. Venture into the heart of Portuguese winemaking in the Douro Valley and Vinho Verde region. Taste exceptional wines, stroll through terraced vineyards, and learn about the art of winemaking that has thrived for generations. From the fairy-tale allure of Sintra to the coastal charm of Cascais, from the vineyard-covered hills of Douro to the spiritual sanctuaries of Fátima, Portugal's tapestry is rich, diverse, and waiting to be explored. Book your Portugal tour today, and let the adventure begin!

Portugal is a place where history, culture, and natural beauty come together to create an unforgettable travel experience. Embark on a journey through Portugal's historic cities, such as Lisbon, Porto, and Sintra, where cobblestone streets lead you to grand palaces, ancient castles, and charming neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in in the rich history and vibrant food culture through tours with local guides. Step back in history as you explore ancient palaces in Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit historical cities like Lisbon, Porto, and Guimarães. Portugal's past comes alive as you walk through cobblestone streets, grand palaces, and centuries-old neighborhoods. Portugal is a culinary paradise, and our tours offer you a taste of its finest offerings. Savor fresh seafood, indulge in delectable pastries like pastéis de nata, and sip on world-renowned wines. Venture into the heart of Portuguese winemaking in the Douro Valley and Vinho Verde region. Taste exceptional wines, stroll through terraced vineyards, and learn about the art of winemaking that has thrived for generations. From the fairy-tale allure of Sintra to the coastal charm of Cascais, from the vineyard-covered hills of Douro to the spiritual sanctuaries of Fátima, Portugal's tapestry is rich, diverse, and waiting to be explored. Book your Portugal tour today, and let the adventure begin!

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If you’re considering one of our guided tours of Portugal, you’ll notice that departures are available throughout the year. That’s because it’s an excellent destination to travel to in any month—and the best time to visit depends on your preferences.

Bordering Spain on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal lies in the southwestern part of Europe. It has some of the warmest year-round temperatures on the continent, experiencing hot summers and wet winters. Conditions vary from the coast to inland regions like the Douro River Valley.

In the capital city of Lisbon , which you can visit on our Portugal tour packages, the average temperature in January is 53°F. During July, the average rises to 73°F and sunny weather is quite common.

The good news when planning a trip to Portugal? Its small size makes it relatively easy to cover during one trip. Must-visit spots along the coast include the stunning Algarve region, Lisbon, and Porto, while the appeals more inland include the Douro Valley, Évora, and the Alentejo region.

You can often pair Portugal with another destination or two if you have some more time to spare. Here are some of our Portugal tours that may fit your interests:

  • For an introduction to the country, try our 9-day trip, Portugal: Porto, the Algarve & Lisbon .
  • For foodies interested in one of our Portugal small group tours, our Food & Wine: A Taste of Portugal trip could be the perfect fit.
  • For an immersive journey through the Iberian Peninsula, check out our 15-day Grand Tour of Portugal & Spain: Porto to Barcelona .
  • For a deeper dive into the surrounding region, spend 16 days on tour in Portugal, Spain & Morocco .

Have a question about any of our trips to Portugal? Give us a call—a Tour Consultant who specializes in this region can help you out.

While traveling on one of our guided trips to Portugal, you’ll have the opportunity to savor delicious food that may be brand-new to you. Traditional cuisine here is fresh and tasty. Salted cod, called bacelhau , is one of the most popular ingredients on the menu and can be mixed with everything from eggs to potatoes. In addition to seafood, some notable dishes to try are piri piri chicken and pastéis de nata , a famous custard tart.

While on Portugal escorted tours, you can also sip some local specialties. Porto’s famous Port wine gets its sweet signature flavor from the grapes of the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley. Seek out aromatic white wines in the Alentejo region, and fruity, fortified Moscatel de Setúbal wine in the Setúbal region.

Packing light is the recommendation for our Portugal guided tours—or any vacation, for that matter! While you’re on-the-go, you should feel comfortable managing your baggage. One suitcase and one carry-on bag per person is a good guideline to keep in mind when prepping for your trip.

Bring along lightweight clothes that can be easily layered, so you're prepared for any type of weather. A comfortable pair of shoes that you can easily walk in, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a light jacket are all key items to pack too. Once you’ve booked a Portugal tour, we’ll send you even more information about getting ready to go—and you can also download our mobile app for a detailed packing list.

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Wine tasting tour and lunch in Porto

Visits to Portugal's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic centers of Porto, Évora and Sintra & the University of Coimbra


Two nights at the Hotel Infante Sagres, the charming city of Porto's first five-star hotel

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

Discover the seafaring charms of the coast, the lush river valley vineyards, the hilltop castles and villages in its alpine interior and monuments to grandiose man-made achievements... Portugal may be small... but it's big on vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty that invites intimate exploration.

Portugal's rabelo boats, only on the douro… the romance of the rabelo.

With a name that translates to "little tail" (for the long piece of timber extending from its stern that's used to steer it), the traditional wooden Rabelo boat carried passengers and cargo along Portugal's Douro River for centuries. Found nowhere else in the world, this flat-bottomed, shallow-draught sailboat became the fastest and most efficient way to transport casks of prized Port wine between Douro Valley vineyards and the city of Porto at the river's mouth. Although no longer used commercially, these iconic workhorses can still be seen plying the waters of the Douro today.

Tauck Exclusive – Private evening at Palacio de Queluz

Get the royal treatment at lisbon's palacio de queluz.

Often referred to as the "Portuguese Versailles," the Palácio de Queluz (Palace of Queluz) was one of Europe's last significant Rococo structures. It served as the royal residence of Portugal's King Pedro III and Queen Maria I (a.k.a. Maria the Pious or Maria the Mad, due to the mental illness she suffered later in life) in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries. Today, the magnificent estate and its gorgeous formal gardens are a National Monument of Portugal… and the setting for your Tauck Exclusive private tour and dinner.

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Enjoy the rebirth of a Porto legend... Hotel Infante Sagres

Named for Porto's native son, 15th-century Prince Henry the Navigator (also known as the Prince, or Infante, of Sagres), the Infante Sagres first opened in 1951 and served as the city's most prestigious luxury hotel for more than 60 years. In 2018, this legendary grande dame of Portuguese hotels reopened its doors after a meticulous renovation in which a team of leading designers and master craftsmen transformed its graceful heritage interior, elevating it to an unprecedented level of refinement.

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If you are a U.S. citizen traveling internationally, you will need a passport valid for six months beyond the completion of your Tauck journey to enter Portugal.

You are not required to obtain a visa for the short duration of this tour. Please note that longer stays abroad for any purpose may require additional travel documentation.

If you are a citizen of another country traveling internationally, you should contact an embassy or consulate of Portugal to determine what travel documentation is required.

We recommend that you make at least two photocopies of all the travel documents that you bring with you. Include copies of the photo page of your passport that contains the date of issuance, the date of expiration and your citizenship. Secure one set of copies in the safe in your room while traveling and leave one set behind with someone at home who will assist you in the event your documents are misplaced, lost or stolen.

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TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN AS A GUARDIAN: If you are traveling as the guardian of a child/children, we strongly suggest that you carry a letter from both parents of the child authorizing emergency treatment in the event of illness or accident. For travel abroad, many foreign countries have specific entry requirements for children under 21 who are traveling internationally without BOTH parents. (These requirements are in response to the increased incidence of children being abducted and taken abroad.) PLEASE NOTE THAT TAUCK IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for the disruption of travel caused by improper documentation for children traveling without both parents.

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  • Interest in our specially negotiated airfares

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Deposits & Final Payment

Deposits and fees for the optional Protection Plan or Cancel Fee Waiver [CFW] coverage are due at time of booking.

The deposit amount is $600 per person

Final Payments:

Final Payment is due to Tauck  90  days before departure for lands trips, and  120  days before departure for cruises and rail journeys. If your deposit was made by credit card, final payment will be automatic unless you opted out at time of booking. Bookings without full payment at this time may be subject to cancellation without notice. Failure to make payment will be a considered a cancellation by the guest and all applicable cancellation fees will apply.

Travel Protection Plan

Effective for plans purchased as of July 1, 2021:

Tauck's Guest Protection

Tauck's Guest Protection provides you with cancellation protection before your journey begins as well as insurance benefits while you are traveling. Guest Protection includes the following:

Cancellation Waiver – Provided by Tauck:

Under Tauck's Cancellation Fee Waiver you can cancel your tour for ANY REASON up to the day before departure and receive a money-back refund (except in Extreme Circumstances*) on the land tour cost, based on your original method of payment.

*Extreme Circumstances:  In the event of an act of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorism, accident, natural disaster, outbreak of disease, or other event or circumstance beyond our control that contributes to or results in cancellation rates above our historical cancellation rates in the absence of such event or occurrence, Tauck reserves the right to issue a credit to you in lieu of a money-back refund, applicable to a future Tauck journey.

Travel Insurance Benefits – Underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company.

  • Trip Cancellation –  If you must cancel your tour due to a covered reason, the plan provides coverage for the amount you paid for your travel arrangements. Since the non-insurance cancellation waiver takes care of the land package cancellation fees already, this benefit reimburses the airfare cancellation charges up to the value of your original airfare purchase.
  • Trip Interruption –  If you have to interrupt your tour for covered reasons, the plan provides reimbursement to catch up to your tour or return home.
  • Travel Delay –  Provides reimbursement for missed, prepaid travel arrangements if you are delayed by a common carrier, natural disaster, unannounced strike, or other reasons as cited in the plan.
  • Medical Expense –  Reimburses covered medical expenses incurred in the event you become injured or sick during your trip. 
  • Baggage / Personal Effects Protection –  Provides reimbursement in the event your luggage or personal effects are, lost, stolen, damaged or delayed during your trip.
  • Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services –  Provided by Carefree Travel Assistance; 24-hour emergency telephone assistance hotline for medical and travel related problems.

The cost of Tauck's Guest Protection is: $449  per person

This protection provides insurance coverage that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.

This optional Guest Protection must be requested at time of booking and fee must be included with initial payment. Fees are based on costs as of July 1, 2021, and are subject to change. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your tour reservation. Guest Protection does not protect travel agent commissions. Reimbursements will be made according to original method of payment. The amount of any refund shall be reduced by any recoveries obtained by you from any third parties.

The Guest Protection plan waives cancellation fees outlined below, provided we are notified of cancellation before your tour departs. Tour cancellation fees are waived regardless of reason, without written notice, and Tauck will refund land tour cost.

To obtain your state-specific Certificate of Insurance that contains the complete terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of the certificate, visit .

If You Have To Cancel

If you cancel within 10 days of initial deposit Within the first 10 days after you place your initial deposit, you may cancel your reservation for any reason with no cancellation fees. If you cancel more than 10 days after initial deposit Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed bookings. These fees vary from tour to tour. Therefore, the following fees apply.

Cancellation Fees with Tauck's Guest Protection Plan:

Loss of Guest Protection fee, per person 

Cancellation Fees without Tauck's Guest Protection Plan :

90 days or more before departure = $600 per person

89-8 days before departure = $900 per person

7-1 days before departure = $1500 per person

Time of cancellation will be when notice is received in our Wilton Woods, CT office.

In the event of an unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, Tauck reserves the right to amend the cancellation terms outlined herein.

Note:  All Guests, regardless of residency, who book a Tauck journey have the option of purchasing the Cancellation Waiver provided by Tauck in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations. Tauck's Guest Protection, which includes both the Cancellation Fee Waiver and the Travel Insurance Benefits and Assistance Services described above, is not available to residents of Puerto Rico.

Travel Terms and Conditions

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Travel Requirements For This Tour

Air Information and Luggage Restrictions

AIRFARE: Airfare to and from this destination is not included in the journey cost. If purchasing your air elsewhere, it is very important to provide us with your confirmed arriving and departing flight information no later than 3 weeks before your arrival date. Flight information can be submitted to Tauck (or verified, if you've already provided it) in the My Account section of

TAUCK AIRPORT TRANSFERS are included at the start and end of the journey between the airport and the Tauck hotel. Airport transfers are available for any pre tour or post tour hotel stays immediately consecutive to the tour, providing flight information is received in the Tauck office no later than three weeks in advance. Details on locating your transfer upon arrival to the tour start city will be included in your final documents.

AIRLINES and CHECKED LUGGAGE: Due to space limitations during your Tauck journey, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one average-size suitcase per person. Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and are free to revise luggage policies without notice. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies. PLEASE NOTE that if you are booked on a tour that includes on-tour flights, the checked luggage weight restrictions for these flights may be lower than the weight restrictions for your international flights.

Checked Luggage – General

Due to space restrictions, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one suitcase per person weighing no more than 50 pounds (23 kg) and with overall dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 62 inches (158 cm).

Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and luggage exceeding airline standards for size or weight may result in expensive overage fees or other consequences.

Airlines are free to revise luggage policies without notice, and certain airlines have different baggage allowances for different classes of service. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies.

Tauck luggage tags will be provided by your Tauck Director on Day 1 of your itinerary. Please do not attach a Tauck luggage tag to any carry-on items, as the Tauck tags designate luggage that is to be handled and transferred by ground operators and hotel staff during your journey.

Carry-on Luggage - General

Although oversize bags and wheeled, carry-on luggage are popular for airline travel, they are often not convenient or appropriate for motor coach travel or for many on-tour flights. Most modern sightseeing motor coaches offer limited space for numerous or larger items. Space under seats or in the overhead rack is typically small, and designed to accommodate items like coats, hats, purses, and small camera bags, etc.

For your day-to-day travel while on tour, we recommend that you limit your hand luggage to a small, soft-sided carry-on piece, and that you bring only those items you need handy during the day such as make-up, medications, cameras, film, etc. Items too large to fit under the motor coach seat or on the overhead rack must be stored in the luggage bays beneath the motor coach, and may be inaccessible during daytime travel.

Health, Safety and Mobility


While drinking water is generally safe at all our hotels, bottled water will be available wherever the local water is not fit to drink. We also provide bottled water on the motor coaches.

Please check with your health insurance provider to determine whether you are covered while traveling. If you will not be covered under your current policy, we strongly suggest that you arrange for adequate coverage while on tour.

If you have a medical condition which might limit your participation in activities, please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice and notify us as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. We will advise your Tauck Director accordingly.


If you are a resident of the U.S. , no vaccinations are currently required for travel to Portugal. For complete vaccination and inoculation information, please contact your physician, the public health service in your area, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to obtain information regarding vaccinations that may be required for your journey. The Travelers' Health Section of the CDC operates a 24-hour "Travelers' Health Hotline" at 800-232-4636 (toll-free in the U.S.). You may also log on to the CDC website by clicking here .

If you are a resident of another country, please contact an embassy or consulate of Portugal to determine what vaccination(s) may be required for your travel.


The restaurants, hotels, caterers and numerous other partners we work with all do their best to accommodate special dietary requests from Tauck guests. However, given the diverse nature of those food providers (from small wineries to grand hotels to world-famous restaurants in more than 70 countries worldwide), some of our partners are better able than others to accommodate such requests. We therefore cannot guarantee that all dietary requests can be accommodated at every meal. Also, please note that where dietary requests can be accommodated, choices will frequently be limited.

The tour is moderately paced. To enjoy this tour, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances, often over unpaved and uneven surfaces. Some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot. The amount of walking you do, however, is at your discretion. Portugal is home to innumerable historic buildings and sites, many dating from ancient or medieval times. Therefore, roads, walkways and architecture may present difficulties for some guests with physical disabilities. We conduct walking tours in most of the cities visited.

Many of the hotels do not provide for disabled access. Although all the hotels on this itinerary have elevators, many of the sites visited do not. Airports and train stations provide limited access to elevators. Many of the museums will have elevators; however, they are not always conveniently located for your use. Further, ramps are not commonly found in public venues.

PLEASE NOTE: We regret that this Tauck itinerary cannot accommodate wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Likewise, we regret that we're unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Tauck Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

Reading List

We have compiled a reading list of recommended books to give you more information about the destinations you will be traveling to on your upcoming journey!

You can view the reading list  here.

The climate of Portugal is among the warmest of any country in Europe. In spring and summer temperatures are extremely high, often reaching 85ºF (30ºC) and above, and most days are sunny. Evenings and nights cool down considerably. Throughout this region rainfall is minimal or non-existent during the summer months and light in late spring and early fall.

To read about current weather conditions, we suggest you log on to the Internet website by clicking here .

What To Pack

Bringing the right clothing for your trip is important – we've partnered with Necessary Gear who provide an "easy-to-use, one-stop shop" for your Tauck travel needs, specifically selected for this trip. Click here to visit their site .

Portugal is generally warm and dry from April through September. From October through November, the country experiences more rain, particularly in the North. Your journey is designed with leisure in mind. Dress for comfort and convenience with a wardrobe that is adaptable and allows for layering. Generally, during the day, casual, comfortable, cotton clothing is recommended. Cool weather at higher elevations or at night will require warmer, layered clothing.

In Europe, especially in finer restaurants, it is generally customary to dress somewhat formally. Slacks or a dress for women and a jacket for men are acceptable dining attire. It is advisable to avoid wearing jeans, sneakers or shorts for dinner. You may also wish to dress up a bit for the welcome reception and the farewell dinner, but by all means be comfortable.

You will find a hair dryer located in your hotel guest room. Irons and ironing boards are not usually available, so guests may have to give their garment to the hotel to be ironed for a fee. Valet laundry and dry cleaning services are also available for a fee.

We recommend that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medication in its original container to last through your entire journey, together with a copy of your doctor's prescription or a letter from your health-care provider on office stationery explaining that the medication has been prescribed for you, a list of the generic names of your medication, your travel documents and a change of clothing in your carry-on bag to avoid any inconvenience in the event that your flight or luggage is delayed.

Following is a list of recommended items to pack for your trip to Portugal:

  • Casual daytime wear – shorts, slacks, long and short-sleeved shirts
  • An optional jacket and tie for men
  • Casually elegant evening wear for ladies
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat
  • A light sweater or jacket for higher elevations or a breezy night
  • Binoculars (7x50 preferably)
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera, lenses, batteries, memory cards and chargers
  • Lightweight, comfortable, sturdy walking shoes that have already been broken-in
  • Travel alarm clock/cell phone with alarm function (many hotels do not have clocks in the rooms)
  • Rain poncho and collapsible umbrella
  • Daypack for camera equipment
  • Sundries and toiletries that may be difficult to find en route
  • Copies of your travel documents that should be secured in the safe in your hotel room while traveling

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36 Hours in Porto, Portugal

By Seth Sherwood May 30, 2024

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People standing in a natural outdoor area, overlooking a river and a bridge.

By Seth Sherwood Photographs by Matilde Viegas

Seth Sherwood, based in Paris, is a longtime contributor to the Travel section who has been writing about Portugal since 2006.

First Lisbon; now Porto. The whole world seems to have fallen in love lately with the nearby beaches, old churches, seafood-heavy cuisine and historical UNESCO-listed streets of Portugal’s second-largest city, where the number of tourists has doubled in a decade. (The circus-like atmosphere along the Douro riverfront and outside Livraria Lello , a neo-Gothic 19th-century bookstore, are only the most obvious signs.) And the home of port wine is keeping pace with a slew of new offerings. Recent years have seen the opening, upgrading or expansion of museums , art centers , food markets , food halls and hotels aplenty — along with the inauguration of World of Wine, a dining and entertainment district .


  • Cozinha das Flores , a classy nouveau Portuguese restaurant led by one of the country’s most successful international chefs, features design elements from a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, the Porto-area native Álvaro Siza Vieira.
  • The Serralves Museum , a collection of contemporary art on the park-like grounds of the Serralves Foundation — a decades-old private institution that works closely with the Portuguese government — has a new wing by Mr. Siza.
  • Mercado do Bolhão , a 19th-century food market, reopened two years ago after a total renovation.
  • The World of Wine district, like a theme park for epicureans, features several food- and drink-themed museums, a wine school, and numerous restaurants and bars.
  • Jardins do Palácio de Cristal , a 19th-century park, features fountains, ponds, peacocks, an art museum and views of the Douro River.
  • The exterior of Capela das Almas church is covered with blue-and-white azulejos (painted and glazed ceramic tiles, brought to Portugal and Spain during the Middle Ages from Moorish North Africa) depicting biblical scenes.
  • A Pérola do Bolhão is a fine-food boutique that sports an authentic Art Nouveau exterior.
  • Café Majestic , opened in the 1920s, houses a soaring Art Nouveau dining room and serves everything from pastries to pastas to steaks.
  • Igreja de Santo Ildefonso , an 18th-century church, features a facade covered with azulejo tiles.
  • Batalha Centro de Cinema , an Art Deco movie theater, was renovated and reopened in 2022 with a bookshop and bar.
  • Igreja de São Francisco is a church that dazzles with its gilded Baroque woodwork.
  • Labels of Tomorrow is a two-level emporium with contemporary unisex fashion by Portuguese and international designers.
  • Coração Alecrim specializes in vintage clothing for women and has its own retro-inspired line.
  • Musubu Porto , a Japanese vegetarian cafe, operates from a niche in the back of Coração Alecrim.
  • Apego jazzes up Portuguese cuisine with French ingredients and techniques.
  • Fiasco serves creative cocktails and sells a wide range of vinyl albums.
  • Terraplana Café channels an old-time urban saloon and has a backyard where you can enjoy the bar’s craft beers and signature cocktails.
  • Capela Incomum is a wine bar inside a former 19th-century chapel.
  • Genuíno is a lively bar that draws oenophiles for its natural wines from local vineyards.
  • Design savvy and art-filled, the Rebello opened last year in Vila Nova de Gaia and offers knockout views of Porto, across the Douro River, from many of its 103 apartment-style rooms. A roof bar, pool, spa, restaurant and cafe are also in the converted 19th-century stone building, which is near the Ferreira port-wine house. Rooms from around 450 euros, or about $488, in June.
  • The six minimalist white rooms of the Babel guesthouse, tastefully furnished with vintage and modern furniture, offer an excellent city-center base. Its lively downstairs restaurant serves local Portuguese ingredients with splashes of flavor from North Africa, the Middle East and beyond. Rooms in June start around €138.
  • Roughly a mile east of the city center, a drab residential street hides Outsite Porto-Mouco , a modernist white building with 12 apartments, a coworking cafe, a library, a pool and grassy grounds. Apartments from around €123 in June.
  • For short-term rentals among the central districts, Ribeira is rich in historical buildings and lies closest to the picturesque riverside, while Clérigos abounds with dining and nightlife.
  • An efficient bus system and ever-expanding modern metro network cover much of Porto and surrounding areas, from the airport to the city center to the nearby coastal towns. An Andante card, available in metro stations, allows travel by bus or train in central Porto for €1.40 per ride. (Zones farther from the center have higher fares .) A three-day card for the entire bus and train network costs €16. Taxis are abundant and fairly cheap, as are trips with the ride-hailing app Uber.

A person stands in a manicured garden, with several paved paths and a fountain in the center of the frame.

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Gazing at the bridges and passing ships on the Douro River is a favorite Porto pastime. For sublime views far from the dense crush of the waterfront walkways, the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal , a manicured 19th-century park, is a relaxed, bucolic alternative and a favorite with locals. In addition to tree-shaded lookout points, the park includes ponds, fountains, lawns, flower beds and rotating art exhibitions in the free, multilevel Galeria Municipal do Porto . As you stroll, keep your ears open for the calls of the park's resident ducks and peacocks.

A person wearing a white t-shirt and an apron is working behind a bar in a restaurant that appears to be empty.

Cozinha das Flores

After decades abroad, cooking alongside international legends (Wolfgang Puck, Ferran Adrià) and helming kitchens of beloved London restaurants (Viajante, Chiltern Firehouse), the chef Nuno Mendes has planted his flag once again in his native land, overseeing the precise neo-Portuguese cuisine at Cozinha das Flores , a year-old restaurant along the pedestrianized Rua das Flores. Try tasty tiny snacks (crunchy sourdough crackers with razor clams), elegant comfort food (Azores squid sliced into pasta-like strands with a zesty stew of chickpeas and cod tripe) and unusual desserts (ice cream, made from and resembling egg yolk, on ribbons of sugary, fried egg-yolk, sprinkled with ham shavings). Note the abstract drawings on the pink-and-green mosaic wall: the Pritzker Prize-winning architect (and Porto-region native) Álvaro Siza Vieira contributed both. Dinner for two costs about 120 euros, or about $130, without drinks.

People sit in chairs and banquettes in a dimly lit bar with red walls and orb-like light pendants suspended above.

If you’re keen to avoid thronged streets and blasting music — hallmarks of the Mardi Gras-like Clérigos nightlife district — head east to Bomfim, a laid-back bohemian neighborhood of art galleries and indie boutiques. Sporting red walls and red banquettes, Fiasco is both Porto’s sultriest new cocktail bar and a mecca for vinyl record collectors, thanks to numerous racks of rock, rap, indie, electro, world-beat and other albums for sale. A Lusco Fusco Groove cocktail (Ysabel Regina brandy, Campari, fortified Portuguese wine and coffee) runs you 9 euros. Down the street, Terraplana Café channels an old-time urban saloon (tin ceiling, checkerboard floor) while dispensing original cocktails. The back garden is perfect for a Tropicalia cocktail: ruby port, sparkling rosé and guava-hibiscus syrup, brightened with salt (€11).

A park with manicured lawns and flowers. A large modern dome of a building rises in the background.

The Super Bock Arena, also known as Pavilhão Rosa Mota, seen from the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal.

Two people sit in armchairs in a museum space, looking at a flatscreen television mounted on the wall.

Álvaro Siza Wing

Now 90 years old, Mr. Siza, the architect whose touches you spotted at Cozinha das Flores, has been keeping busy. This year, the Serralves Museum — a world-class contemporary art museum that he designed in the 1990s — added a splashy new wing that he also designed. Known as the Álvaro Siza Wing , the jagged white addition displays plans and models from the architect’s long international career, as well as works from the permanent collection, including strange fairy tale-like paintings from Paula Rego and abstract lithographs by Gerhard Richter. An apocalyptic installation by the Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai and a haunted playerless piano from the French artist Philippe Parreno are particularly potent. Admission to all buildings and grounds is €24.

A display of several wheels of cheese, some cut in half.

Mercado Bolhão

Bearded and bespectacled, Joaquim Lucas resembles a scholar as he carefully slices presunto (€65 a kilo) from aged hocks of Alentejo ham. His stand, Charcutaria Princesa , is one of dozens inside Mercado Bolhão , a recently upgraded 19th-century covered food market in the city center that reopened in 2022. The smorgasbord also includes spice dealers, fruit sellers, cheese specialists, wine stands and more. Raw surf-and-turf comes courtesy of Casa das Ostras — which cracks open sea urchin (€5 each) and shucks Algarve oysters (three for €7) — and Talho do Toninho , a butcher stall serving toast slices topped with beef or deer tartare (€1.50). For dessert, Doçaria Portuguesa does a chocolate-rimmed pastel de nata (€2), the classic Portuguese egg tart. For a sit-down meal, several restaurants occupy the upper level. And a short walk south is a new food hall from Time Out, opened in May.

Strolling nearby Rua Santa Catarina, a car-free shopping boulevard, provides both a digestive walk and an architectural exhibition. Start at Capela das Almas , an 18th-century church covered with blue-and-white azulejos (added in 1929) depicting divine episodes filled with saints, apostles, magi and cherubs. Heading south, you can admire the Art Nouveau façade of A Perola do Bolhão , a fine-food shop dating to 1917, and the grand Belle Epoque interior of Café Majestic , which opened in 1921. Finally, stop in Praça da Batalha, home of the azulejo-covered Igreja de Santo Ildefonso , an 18th-century church, and the Batalha Centro de Cinema , a 1940s Art Deco movie theater that was restored and reopened in 2022. In addition to an eclectic roster of films, the center offers a library, bookshop and bar.

A person stands in a well decorated space, with a brown leather couch, textured concrete walls, textiles hanging on the walls, and various ceramic bowls displayed on a low table.

Coração Alecrim

Your Saturday night wardrobe awaits inside Labels of Tomorrow , a two-level international fashion emporium a few blocks north of Livraria Lello in the Cedofeita neighborhood. Portuguese labels take center stage, from button-up blue maritime jackets for men from Sanjo (€149.90) to gauzy takes on 1950s ladies’ bowling shirts (€130) by Mustique. After your fitting-room adventures, a terrace cafe-restaurant and a backyard bar provide refreshment for shopping fatigue — or fuel for another spree. If you prefer threads with history, the nearby Coração Alecrim shop sells vintage clothing — fur coats (€70), sheer paisley dresses (€40) — and its own line of retro-inspired jackets, shirts and more. A Japanese vegetarian cafe, Musubu Porto , is tucked in back.

If France is too far away, you can enjoy Gallic flavors at Apego , a homey little restaurant in a quiet street north of Trinidade train station. Global music echoes off the high stone walls and yellow banquettes as the Franco-Portuguese chef Aurora Goy reinvents local cuisine with dishes like a savory tarte tatin (which replaces apples with eggs and mushrooms) and a bed of pomme paillasson — a crispy-fried cake of shredded potato — topped with mackerel and leeks in white-wine sauce. Desserts include a French-style sablé biscuit with pear and custard-like sabayon incorporating Madeira wine. A three-course dinner for two, without wine, costs around €90.

People sit in a bar, which has red hanging light pendants and red chairs in the foreground.

Gallery district by day, the zone around Rua Miguel Bombarda morphs into a destination for wine lovers as night falls. Occupying an elegantly repurposed 19th-century chapel, Capela Incomum allows acolytes of the grape to sip vintages likes Lapa dos Gaivões (€4.50 a glass) — a smooth red blend from the Alentejo region — in its burgundy-painted lounge or tree-shaded front yard. A block away, Genuíno is a lively Brazilian-owned restaurant and natural-wine bar outfitted with a disco ball, playful wine-themed posters, and vintage tables and chairs. Most wines come from small regional producers, including an agreeably dry, concrete-aged orange wine from Folias de Baco (€5.50 a glass).

A view over red-tiled rooftops and a European cityscape beyond, including a bridge.

A view over the museums in the World of Wine (WOW) district, with the Dom Luís I Bridge in the distance.

The inside of a church with an extremely ornate, carved-wood interior.

Igreja de São Francisco

By now you have noticed: Old churches beckon from nearly every corner. If you venture inside only one, Igreja de São Francisco pays off in gold — literally. Erected in the medieval period, the church’s soaring stony interior was enriched in the 1700s with talha dourada — elaborately carved and gilded wood. The effect is a dazzling symphony of radiant decorative themes — spiral-twist columns, swirls, floral patterns, coats of arms, cherubs and disembodied faces that burst from every surface. Downstairs, in the crypt, a transparent floor panel reveals a sea of white bones lurking below ground. Admission €10.

Melted chocolate runs from a metal tap in a gleaming kitchen.

The Chocolate Story museum in the WOW district.

Did you know that the Chinese village of Jiahu might have produced the world’s first wine, several millennia before Christ? That Muscat from Alexandria was Cleopatra's favorite wine? That the signing of the Declaration of Independence was celebrated with a toast of Madeira? Educational nuggets fill the Bridge Collection (entry €25), a museum with a staggering array of historical wine information and antique drinking vessels in the World of Wine (WOW) entertainment district. Opened in 2020, WOW encompasses several museums — including ones devoted to chocolate, cork and rosé wine — as well as boutiques, a wine school, and numerous restaurants and bars. Root & Vine serves up a classic international brunch — eggs on toast, salmon bagels, waffles — and panoramic views of the city for a final snapshot. Museum admission €25 each.

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Taylor Swift Gives Emotional Speech at 2nd Lisbon Eras Tour Show, Says It's an 'Absolute Dream' to Be There

"I've just never seen a crowd like this in my life," Swift said during her final Portugal show on her Eras Tour on May 25

  • Taylor Swift performed her second show in Portugal on Saturday night
  • The musician told the crowd it was "an absolute dream" to be there
  • Swift's Eras Tour rolls on to Madrid, Spain next weekend

Taylor Swift is getting emotional in Lisbon!

The pop superstar, 34, gave a heartfelt speech to fans during the second show for her Eras Tour in Lisbon, Portugal , on Saturday, May 25, as she shared how much fun she is having performing there and called it "an absolute dream" to be with the Portuguese crowd.

In a video from the concert posted on X (formerly Twitter), Swift began, while standing center stage, by explaining that "we are currently in the Red era" of her show, before discussing how she previously released albums such as Fearless , Speak Now and Red and then went on tours for them.

“And during the course of those tours... we made so many fun memories, but the one thing that I wish I would have done differently is I wish I could have brought every one of those tours to come see you in Lisbon,” the singer continued.

She then explained that she had designed the Eras Tour "to be all of my favorite memories from those tours in the past and put them all in one show, so that now we can all experience those memories together. And that's why I think I’m having this much fun with you on this tour,” Swift said as the crowd cheered.

The singer then added, “I have to say. I’ve just never seen a crowd like this in my life … There have been moments in this show already where I like, forget what I’m supposed to do next or what I’m supposed to say because I’m just so distracted by how much fun you’re having and how you’re performing in the audience. I love this.”

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“You’re just so in the moment and I cannot tell you how special that is for us as performers to get to look out and make eye contact with you and connect with you in this way,” Swift continued.

The singer added that it was "an absolute dream it is to be here with you here tonight. There is, before I start crying, there is one song that I want to play you from the red album if you happen to have about 10 minutes to spare. Do you have 10 minutes?"

Swift then began playing the 10-minute version of “All Too Well.”

The singer performed two shows as part of her Eras tour in Lisbon on May 24 and May 25. Her tour stops in Portugal mark her first and second time ever playing in the country. 

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During her first show on Friday, May 24, Swift surprised fans by speaking Portuguese . In a video posted from the start of her concert by The Hollywood Reporter on X, Swift said to the crowd, “Muito obrigada,” which translates as “thank you very much" in English. The singer later on in the show also beckoned security in Portuguese as she urged for fans to be helped in the crowd, according to videos posted on social media.

During the show, one of her surprise songs included her playing an acoustic guitar mashup of " The Tortured Poets Department ," the title track of her  record-breaking new album , for the first time, along with "Now That We Don’t Talk" from the  1989 (Taylor’s Version)  vault .

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Pedro Gomes/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management Taylor Swift performs on May 24, 2024 in Lisbon, Portugal

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Taylor Swift and her trip through Spain and Portugal: Which car has she chosen for her Eras Tour?

The icon ordered two Land Rover Defenders for her travels around the Iberian Peninsula.

Taylor Swift and her trip through Spain and Portugal: Which car has she chosen for her Eras Tour?

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Taylor Swift might have eclipsed Real Madrid recently by storming to the stage at the Santiago Bernabeu to deliver a masterclass in tour performances as her Eras Tour rages on to Portugal, but how is she getting around Iberia? What are the details of her trusty motors, tasked with keeping her on schedule?

Swift sang her heart out in front of 65,000 fans who travelled to the soul of the Spanish capital to watch her as two Land Rover Defenders ensured she didn't keep the crowd waiting for more than a second longer than they had to in the sweltering heat.

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Although it may surprise you, the singer is a big fan of cars... since he was 18 years old, the date on which she received her first car: a pink Chevy Silverado from her then record label Big Machine Records. This pickup was later donated by Swift to a children's charity.

In some interviews, however, she has revealed that she is not very fond of driving her cars (sports cars such as the Audi R8 or the Ferrari 458 Italia, and other larger options such as a Mercedes Viano or a Toyota Sequoia are also attributed to her) in the first person...

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What are the specs of her two new cars?

According to MARCA, the singer's team has chosen the Land Rover Defender for Swift's movements in the stages of the Eras Tour of Portugal and Spain.

The 4x4 Land Rover cars, a staple of the countryside since their origin in the United Kingdom in 1948, turned radically to become a luxurious off-roader that maintains a good part of its country qualities, but has greatly improved its ability to offer comfort on the road.

So, this model in question has been chosen expressly by the artist's team, for which they have rented two aesthetically identical units, with a five-door body, but with different engines, a PHEV plug-in hybrid (the P400e with 404 horsepower) and a D250 diesel, with 249 horsepower.

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As a curiosity, the first of them moves in a range of prices between $91,450 and $127,700 meaning it will have no problem moving around Madrid in the event that the artist wants to see the streets and boulevards of the capital city.

The Diesel, on the other hand, ranges between $86,600 and $111,540 dollars and, as it has a hybrid power unit advertised by the ECO label, enough to be able to enter Madrid Central by pleasing the PSOE's environmental targets.

Swift also had the support of the National Police, who escorted the singer from her arrival at the airport to her hotel, and on her transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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