Best of Portugal
Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2018
From the colorful streets of Lisbon, to the lush Douro Valley, to the traditions of Porto this 8-day "best of" itinerary celebrates art & architecture, food & wine, and the warmth of the Portuguese spirit
starting at $3495 per person
- 7 nights’ accommodations in boutique 3 & 4-star guesthouses
- Welcome dinner and cultural fado show
- Guided tour of Lisbon with stops at major sites
- Day-long excursion to Sintra with lunch and a stop in the beautiful beaches of Cascais
- Visit to our local community partner to learn about social inclusion through urban art + trip donation to their organization
- Boat tour of Porto and Port tasting at a local wine cellar
- Douro Valley day trip with wine tasting
- Farewell ferry and dinner experience
- Daily breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, multiple wine tastings
- All activity transportation, including private van and train between destinations
- Transfers to/from airport
- 2 Traverse guides 24/7 + local guides and drivers
- Small group experience, max 12 people
Day 1: Sunday - Arrival, Bem Vindo
Welcome to Lady Lisboa! Upon arrival at the Lisbon airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your home for the next several nights. Get yourself settled in and rested—the cobblestone streets, sounds of music, and tastes of the city await. We’ll enjoy a fantastic dinner and fado show (meaning “fate” or “destiny”), a popular Portuguese music style noted for its melanchonic tones and lyrics of the sea.
Day 2: Monday - explore lady lisboa
Today we’ll explore the 7 hills everyone’s talking about, including the Moorish Alfama neighborhood, the Castelo de São Jorge, incredible views of the Tagus river, 19th century historical squares, and stones that resemble the waves of the nearby ocean. Just remember to put your camera down long enough to breathe in the smell of fresh pastéis de nata, the famous Portuguese egg tart pastries. We’ll enjoy lunch at one of Europe’s most hip spots, Time Out Market, which brings together Portugal’s most famous and revered chefs and restaurants.
Day 3: Tuesday - sintra day trip
Situated in the lush hills outside of Lisbon the storybook castles of Sintra served Portugal’s most elite and royal families. Incorporating several architectural styles and surrounded by gorgeous gardens, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into a fairy tale. On our way back, we’ll stop in the beautiful beaches of Cascais before returing to Lisbon with time for dinner and libations (or for a nap if dreamy Sintra left you needing some dreams of your own).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: wednesday - social change & urban art
Portugal’s magic is best felt through the eyes of those who live it. We will spend the morning doing just that in a very unique neighborhood outside of Lisbon where urban art is a medium for social inclusion. We’ll walk through the barrio and see its murals while learning from our local guide how urban art has united the community and given it hope. We don’t just want to see these places, we want to do our best to know them and what makes them so unique. That’s what differentiates a tourist from a traveler. In the evening, we’ll hop on a northbound train headed toward wine country: Porto here we come!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: thursday - porto
Porto is said to feel like a pop-up book for the way its incredible architecture, treasure trove of street art, and color-filled markets pop up along the winding banks of the Douro River. The city is filled with retro cafes, cool bistros and - of course - Port wine, which is stored in barrels along the river. We’ll see the city by the river in the morning with the afternoon at your leisure and will regroup in the evening for a special tasting of what this city is best known for – Port!
Meals: Breakfast, Port wine tasting
Day 6: friday - vinho in the douro valley
Today we get to explore the magical vine-draped land of the Douro Valley, birthplace of port wine and the second UNESCO World Heritage Site of our trip. We’ll visit two local vineyards with breathtaking landscapes as well as enjoy multiple wine tastings while gaining rich knowledge from the local farmers about the passion behind their craft and the way they take care of the planet in the process. And fun fact: did you know the human foot applies just the right amount of pressure to release the juices from a grape without crushing the seeds that would result in bitterness?! We’ll return to Porto in the evening with time for dinner at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: saturday - return to lisbon
Today we’ll take our time as we drive back to Lisbon, stopping for lunch at a charming midieval village that will take you back in time. After checking back into our hotel, you’ll have the afternoon at your leisure before our farewell dinner ferry that takes us across the river so we can admire our new love from afar.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: sunday - departure
This morning your transfer will take you to the Lisbon airport according to your flight schedule. Checkout is at 10:00; if your flight is later in the day you can leave your bags with the concierge until your pickup time.
Trip price based on double occupancy. You'll be paired with a roommate of your same gender unless you request your own room.
$3495 per person, double occupancy
+$500 per person, single occupancy "my own room" option
Trip Does Not Include:
- Additional meals, excursions and activities
- Required travel insurance
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YOUR Traverse GUIDE
Ashley Blake is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and language enthusiast with a background in tourism, entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker with conversational Portuguese skills and is just starting to study Arabic. Ashley has worked and traveled in 35+ countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has led in Spain, Germany, China, Canada, Ecuador & Nicaragua.
Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement.
Terms & Conditions
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A $250 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.
Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $250 deposit on booking + payment schedule per registration. Payments will be invoiced via e-mail for credit card or Paypal payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Journeys and send to PO Box 40516, Austin, TX 78704.
Cancellations, less the trip deposit ($250), are refundable July 27th, 2018. Please refer to the full Payment Plan for details. We do allow for last minute transfers of the same gender for a $150 admin fee. Please notify us immediately in the case of a transfer.
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