Portugal Tours & Vacations
Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Vacations
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Sitting on the extreme west of Europe, Portugal has always looked out to the Atlantic and has a fascinating history of exploration. Whilst much of the country has a very well-developed tourism infrastructure, there are still some wild frontiers to explore. Portugal’s Alentejo region stretches from the Rio Tejo in the south, to the northern mountains of the Algarve. Vast in its scope, it covers around a third of the country and is home to spectacular coastlines, Roman ruins and Crusader ...
Sitting on the extreme west of Europe, Portugal has always looked out to the Atlantic and has a fascinating history of exploration. Whilst much of the country has a very well-developed tourism infrastructure, there are still some wild frontiers to explore. Portugal’s Alentejo region stretches from the Rio Tejo in the south, to the northern mountains of the Algarve. Vast in its scope, it covers around a third of the country and is home to spectacular coastlines, Roman ruins and Crusader castles. This is Portugal’s garden country, blanketed in extensive fields of olives, vineyards and cork trees. It is also blessed with some of the finest coastal walking anywhere on the continent.
Start your journey
Travel to Portugal with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL
Look at one of Portugal's biggest industriesLearn about the fascinating process of cork harvesting in a country producing over 50% of the the world's cork supply.
Hike the Fisherman's TrailFollow the famous ‘Fisherman’s Trail’ and soak up spectacular views as you hike along some of the most beautiful coastal trails anywhere in the world, hugging the rugged coastline with jagged cliffs and sandy bays.
Explore the UNESCO City of ÉvoraWander through the unspoilt historic alleyways of Évora and discover the Moorishand Roman influences housed within the medieval walls. Once the chosen home for Portugal's kings in the 1400s, the city still exudes a sense of nobility and grace.
Worship the sun and starsDedicate your days and nights to the sun and stars, as you marvel at the megalithic complex of Cromeleque dos Almendres and study the evening sky in a region without light pollution.
WHEN TO GO
Health and Vaccinations
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Portugal though you should be up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and may consider boosters for Diphtheria and Hepatitis A. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
In Portugal the official unit of currency is the Euro
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.
On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your guides will be able to advise you accordingly.
In churches and cathedrals women should cover their heads with a scarf or hat, while men should take their hats off.
Language & Religion
The official language is Portuguese, which stands as the sixth most spoken language in the world and the fastest-growing language after English. Portuguese is now the official language in ten countries and territories, including Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macau, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe.
The major religion in Portugal is Catholic Christianity, but many now consider themselves non-practising. After centuries of restrictions on religious freedoms, the constitution was rewritten after the Revolution of the Carnations in 1974, allowing all people the right to practise their religion. Moreover, the church and state were formally separated, ushering a new era of secularisation in Portugal.
Portugal follows GMT but also utilises daylight savings of GMT+1 in the summer months.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.
Travelling Solo In Portugal
All of our small group tours are designed to cater for solo travellers: the number of solo travellers will vary from tour to tour, but usually over half will be travelling alone. Get all of the excitement of discovering new places combined with the security of travelling with an organised group, with like minded people.