The Portugal Experience…..on the Ground……

Our last post considered Portugal on a river cruise- this post will consider options for travelling “on the ground”- exploring Portugal either by group travel or independently…..and of course, there are lots more options- these are a minimal few for your Portugal experience!

Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden-sand beaches: the Portugal experience can mean many things. History, great food and wine, idyllic scenery and blazing nightlife are just the beginning…

Culture, History, Scenery Festivals,and Food! Portugal has it all.

Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians all left their mark on the Iberian nation. Exploring Portugal means coming face to face with the great mysteries of the past. Outside the cities, Portugal’s beauty unfolds in all its startling variety- hill-top castles, dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and granite peaks all combined with olive groves, small villages, and vineyards. And the food! For a foodie adventure, Portugal offers freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine or crisp vinho verde, chargrilled fish, cataplana (seafood stew), smoked meats – the Portuguese have perfected the art of cooking (and eating) simple, delicious meals. Festivals liven your visit, and offer a glimpse into the history, music and culture of Portugal.

Many people travel to Portugal as a place to spend their winters away from the cold of their home countries.  But Portugal is so much more. 3* hotels and guesthouses at $75-$100 per night are not hard to find in certain areas of the country- 4* hotels generally cost around $140 per night.  Public transportation in terms of trains and buses are readily available, and for the most part easy to book. Car rental is another option……

Consider some of these as options to explore Portugal:

PEIP_2016_WEBImages of Portugal offered by Peregrine. Comfort travel priced from just $2395 plus international flights.

  • Feast on traditional Portuguese dishes to the sound of traditional fado music in lively Lisbon
  • Soak up the glamour and the sun while winding along the stunning Bay of Cascais
  • Enjoy the Old World romance of the medieval citadel of Obidos – complete with charming cobblestone streets of course
  • Feel the royal heritage and the student-led vibrancy in the Old Quarter of the university town of Coimbra
  • Taste tawny and ruby ports in their birthplace – Port
  • Much like the first king of Portugal did, survey a landscap filled with history from the castle of Guimaraes

Exodus Travels offers 7 active holiday trips……3 walking trips, 2 cycling trips, 1 family adventure trip, and 1 wildlife trip of whales and dolphin watching……

lrbConsider the Self-Guided Cycling in Portugal: Mountains to the Sea, an 8 day cycling trip priced from $1675 plus international flights……the minimum age for this trip would be 14- consider taking your teenagers on a closeup and personal exploration of Portugal…….

  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 86% paved, 14% unpaved
  • Mainly flat or downhill roads with some gentle hills
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 14
  • 7 nights 3 and 4-star hotels and guesthouses
  • All breakfasts and one wine tasting included

PrintTrafalgar offers a few trips exploring Portugal as well for those preferring large group tours…….consider their Costsaver Highlights of Spain, Morocco and Portugal trip- a 16 day trip priced from $2019…..an absolutely fabulous price for this extensive trip!

Sightseeing Highlights

Madrid
Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain
Toledo
Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the synagogue and Cathedral. Visit a steel workshop
Granada
Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
Fez
Sightseeing includes a walking tour of the Medina and views of the Royal Palace
Marrakesh
Visit Bahia Palace and Djemaa el-Fna Square during your sightseeing tour
Casablanca
View the Corniche and see the Hassan II Mosque
Rabat
View the Mausoleum and Royal Palace during your orientation
Seville
Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
Lisbon
View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
Fatima
Visit the celebrated shrine
Salamanca
Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor

For details on these or any other trips exploring Portugal, don’t hesitate to contact me…….

 

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