Elegance and authenticity are inevitable on this nine-day journey through three of Portugal’s most enriching hubs. Travel to Portugal for architecture, cuisine, and history as you dive into the cultural traditions and exquisite offerings in Porto, Lisbon, and Alentejo.
Travel to Portugal with Ker & Downey
Suggested journey at a glance: 9 days/8 nights including three days each in Porto, Lisbon, and the Alentejo region.
This suggested journey is just one way to see Portugal on your own customized Ker & Downey journey. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible when you travel to Portugal with Ker & Downey.
Your Portugal journey begins amidst the charm and history of Porto. From your boutique accommodations you’ll explore Porto’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on an in-depth walking tour. Your private guide will introduce you to incredible architectural wonders like the “cave of gold” Gothic Saint Francis church and São Bento Railway Station. You will also receive an introduction to Port wine production at one of the most iconic cellars in Portugal, and enjoy an exclusive after-hours tour through the ornate Stock Exchange Palace. Head into the Minho Region to tour two magnificent homes that date into the Renaissance period and earlier, enjoying a relaxing lunch in Braga that will certainly allow you to enjoy the pleasures of the cuisine of northern Portugal.
Catch a high-speed train to Lisbon on day four, traveling in luxury through the Portuguese countryside. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and home to a lively culture and history just waiting for discovery. A special tour of Lisbon’s traditions will immerse you in the food and drink specialties of the country, while a unique evening “Fado” restaurant experience will introduce you to the soul of the city. An entire day has also been set aside to explore the wonders of Sintra and the Estoril Coast, two quintessential traditional Portuguese town marked by such highlights as the 19th century Pena Palace, the quaint fishing village of Cascais, and 17th-century fortresses of Estoril.
Your final destination is Alentejo, a serene and lesser-visited region in southern Portugal famous for its local cuisine, castles, Roman ruins, wines, olive-oil, marble, and cork. Stop for lunch in the winding, walled city of Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region, before continuing onward to your countryside escape at São Lourenço do Barroca. Kept in the sample family for over 200 years, this estate is an ideal haven for those in search of idyllic lakeside picnics, leisurely wine tastings, and surprising late-night star gazing activities.