About this Tour

Sip, Savour and Saunter your way through Portugal & Spain!  With dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine – Portugal & Spain conjure an array of captivating images. From flamenco dancers and matadors to port wine and vineyards, towering gothic cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins, to vast plains, high mountain peaks and stunning coastline. Experience historic cities, enchanting palaces, fascinating culture, and architectural marvels. Xplore the magnificent landscapes, uncovering the hidden beauty as we travel off the beaten track. Walking along wonderful trails, past vineyards, quaint villages, and ancient countryside. Tasting local wines along the way, soaking up the history, culture and nature that surrounds you. 

Activity Level

Although no previous experience is required, being physically capable and active is important. You must be able to walk longer distances, which may be over uneven ground and steps, climb in and out of zodiacs or small boats without assistance; walk on docks which may have steep ramps at low tide. This tour is not appropriate for people with mobility restrictions.

What's Included

  • 4 nights Penafiel
  • 3 nights Vila Praia de Âncora & Cáceres
  • 2 nights Estoril
  • 7-Guided Nature Walks, including Camino
  • 4-Guided City Walks: Porto, Lisbon, Cáceres, Madrid
  • Duoro Valley
  • Guimarães
  • Portuguese Fado Show & Dinner
  • Spanish Flamenco Show & Dinner
  • Ponte de Lima
  • Viana do Castelo
  • Duoro Valley Wine Tasting
  • Vila Nova de Gaia Wine Cellar & Tasting
  • Peneda-Gerês National Park
  • Alvão Natural Park
  • Little Portuguese Tibet
  • Sintra
  • Monte da Pehna
  • Traje Museum
  • Solar de Mateus
  • National Palace of Pena
  • Royal Palace “Palácio da Vila”
  • Quinta da Regaleira
  • Museum of Cáceres
  • Casar Cheese Tasting & Factory Tour
  • Penha Cable Car
  • Traditional Porto Tile Workshop
  • Porterage (1 suitcase)

Dates & Pricing

October 06, 2022 – October 20, 2022 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

Porto, Douro, Sintra, Lisbon

Highs23
Lows12

Madrid

Highs19
Lows11

Itinerary

Sip, Savour and Saunter your way through Portugal & Spain!  With dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine – Portugal & Spain conjure an array of captivating images. From flamenco dancers and matadors to port wine and vineyards, towering gothic cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins, to vast plains, high mountain peaks and stunning coastline. Experience historic cities, enchanting palaces, fascinating culture, and architectural marvels. Xplore the magnificent landscapes, uncovering the hidden beauty as we travel off the beaten track. Walking along wonderful trails, past vineyards, quaint villages, and ancient countryside. Tasting local wines along the way, soaking up the history, culture and nature that surrounds you. 

Day 1 – Flights to Portugal

Overnight flight from home city to Porto, Portugal 

Day 2 – Porto to Vila Praia de Âncora

Welcome to Portugal!  Upon arrival at Porto airport, transfer to the upper Douro valley or the green Minho region as it is known.  A region littered with small villages, wooded hills, vineyards, and orchards.  Stopping for lunch in a local restaurant before making our way to our hotel and home for the next 3 nights.   After a refreshing welcome drink, the remainder of the day is yours to rest or Xplore on your own before joining your fellow Xplorers for our Welcome Dinner this evening! 

Day 3 – Ponte De Lima / Santa Luzia Hill / Viana Do Costelo

Departing this morning by coach towards the Ponte de Lima region.  We Xplore this protected area on foot, to the enchanted town of Ponte de Lima, chartered in 1125AD, it is Portugal’s oldest village.  Situated on the southern banks of the slow-flowing Lima River, it has been the main river crossing since the Romans constructed a bridge here is 1AD.  This charming town’s history is reflected in the assortment of ancient houses, pretty plazas and grand religious buildings found throughout, providing a captivating mix of historical sights, pretty flower gardens, interesting museums, and stunning natural scenery.  After enjoying lunch in a local restaurant, we visit Viana do Castelo, one of the most beautiful cities in northern Portugal. Taking the funicular to the top of Santa Luzia hill offering a magnificent panoramic view of Viana do Castelo and the Lima River estuary, this panorama has been rated by National Geographic Magazine as the third most beautiful in the World.  We visit the Basilica de Santa Luiza with its imposing rose windows, the largest in the Iberian Peninsula and the second largest in Europe.  The area is also known for its traditional costume and filigree gold work. We discover the richness of Viana’s traditional costumes with a visit to the Traje Museum, located in the historical centre. Then enjoy a taste of the delicious, famous local pastry "bola de Berlim do Natário" before heading back to our hotel for the evening.

Day 4 – Peneda-Gerês National Park / Little Portuguese Tibet

We travel to Peneda-Gerês National Park for a day of Xploration.  Walking through the slopes of Penameda, weaving along the colourful terraces, stopping to enjoy the scenic landscape with amazing views of the villages below.  After enjoying a picnic lunch in the calm of nature, it is off to the village of Sistelo in the middle of the National Park, part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  Famous for its terraced landscapes, hence the nickname of “Little Portuguese Tibet”

Day 5 – Braga / Guimaraes / Douro Valley

Today we travel by coach to the city of Braga, nicknamed “The Portuguese Rome”, the historical, economic, academic, and religious capital of the Minho region. Once home to the Roman Empire, you can see many of the monuments and buildings in the city-centre were inspired by the Italian Renaissance.  Onward to the city of Guimarães, once capital of the country in 1096.  Regarded fondly by the Portuguese as the birthplace of their country, it was here the first king was born.  From its prestigious past it has preserved an air of old nobility, with its majestic facades, historic buildings, and national monuments.  Enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants before continuing along on foot, following a path through the historic centre of Guimarães.  Then into lush green forest with beautiful moss-covered trails that weave their way around gigantic granite formations, leading to the Penha Sanctuary and stunning panoramic views of the city of Guimarães and its surroundings. Scenic views continue as we ride the Penha Cable Car back down to the base of the mountain.

Day 6 – Alvão Natural Park

A morning departure to Alvão Natural Park. Walking through Alvão Natural Park you can discover several rare or endemic species, with luck on your side, you may catch a glimpse of the Golden Eagles. This small, protected area remains one of northern Portugal’s best-kept secrets and shelters a remarkable variety of flora and fauna.  With its rock-strewn highlands, schist and granite villages, waterfalls and green pockets in stone-walled pastures, this pristine park is the perfect and picturesque setting to enjoy a morning hike and picnic lunch.  In the afternoon, travel to the town of Mateus for a guided visit of Solar de Mateus, “The Palace of Mateus”.  A Baroque building dating back to the early 18th century and designated a National Monument in 1910.  It was home to generations of the Counts of Albuquerque and still owned by the family today.  Capture the classic image that adorns Mateus Rosé wine bottles, visit the chapel, intricately adorned with carvings, and stroll the beautifully landscaped gardens. 

Day 7 – Douro Valley

Today we Xplore the beautiful Douro Valley, declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Via the Fragas Más – Alijó trail, walking along ancient Roman roads, marked by centuries old milestone markers.  Reaching the village of Safres, with amazing views, stroll along the riverbank, lined with cork oaks, olive trees and the famous orange plantations typical of this region.  Stopping for a picnic lunch on the trail, then descending into the wine town of Pinhão. Located at the junction of the Douro and Pinhão rivers, this pretty town lies at the very heart of northern Portugal’s famous Port wine-making region.  The Douro Valley is the home of Port wine, the world’s first wine region to have a formal demarcation and was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Our visit to the region would not be complete with out a visit and tasting at one of the local wine-producing estates. After our tasting we ride along a stretch of scenic highway dubbed the “world’s best driving road”.  The N-222, from Pinhão to Peso da Régua, which offers spectacular views of the vineyards in the terraced hillsides of the Douro Valley.

Day 8 – Porto

Spend today getting an in-depth look at the city of Porto. One of the oldest cities in Europe, its famous bridges have inspired many artists – including Gustave Eiffel, and the brightly coloured glazed-tile facades of its old town helped propel Porto into becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During our tour, we stop for an unforgettably unique visit to the century old Lello & Irmão Bookstore, ranked the third most beautiful library in the world! With its neo-gothic façade, which is only surpassed by its stunning interior, it is said that this is where J.K. Rowling got her inspiration to write Harry Potter. After, we visit the Stock Exchange Palace and view its impressive Arab Room, considered to be the jewel of the Palace. Later in the evening, join the rest of the group for a private dinner.

Day 9 – Porto / Coimbra/ Estoril

Travelling a scenic stretch from Porto to Lisbon today, making stops along the way, driving past beautiful beaches, ultra modern cities, and historic medieval towns.  Stopping in Coimbra, Coimbra is a medieval city centre built into a hillside along the Rio Mondego and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe.  You will have some personal time to Xplore the historic streets and admire the colourful buildings, grabbing a bite to eat before making our way to Estoril, (Lisbon area) and our home for the next two nights.  Long established as the cosmopolitan holiday destination of the rich and famous on the Portuguese RivieraEstoril has an elegance more commonly attributed to resorts on the Côte d’Azur and was a haven for exiled Royalty during WWII.

Day 10 – Sintra

Spend the entire day Xploring one of the most alluring cities in the world, Sintra!  Where, enchanting palaces, historical fortifications and mysterious pathways occupy each hilltop and slope. Its unique characteristics have led UNESCO to classify it as a World Heritage Site.  Arriving at Sintra, we ride the local bus to the top of Pena Mountain for a guided tour of Pena Palace; This stunning royal residence sits high on a hill overlooking the town, surrounded by the lush greens of the Parque de Pena forest.  A captivating “fairy-tale” vision, a mix of vividly painted terraces, decorative battlements, mythological statues, and rounded towers, with an interior equally as fascinating.  

After lunch, we travel through a thousand years of history in the oldest palace in Portugal on our guided tour of The Palácio Nacional Sintra.  Located in the center of town, marking the landscape with the unmistakable silhouette of two conical chimneys, stands the only palace that has crossed the entire history of Portugal. The palace’s long history has been intertwined with the fortunes of Portugal’s ruling nobility, who resided here from the late 14th century through to the late 19th century, making it Portugal’s most lived in royal palace.  Each room is decorated differently and comes with its own history to be learned; the interior is also a surprise since it is a veritable tile museum, with examples from when tiles first began to be used in Portugal.  Continuing from here on foot until reaching Quinta da Regaleira, the grand house is split over five floors and has an ornate gothic façade, but the real attraction is to the rear with the entrancing gardens. The gardens were styled to represent ancient secret orders, with hidden tunnels and concealed symbolism.  After a fascinating day in Sintra we travel back to our hotel via the coast.  As a farewell to Portugal, this evening we enjoy an authentic cultural experience with a traditional Fado show and Dinner. Be hypnotized by the mesmerizing ambience of Fado as you listen to the melancholy music of these emotionally charged songs.

Day 11 – Lisbon Walking Tour / Caceres

This morning Xplore historical Lisbon, on a guided walking tour. Our guide provides great insight into Lisbon’s lifestyle, history, and culture. Visit the major sites of central Lisbon. Walk through Baixa – the old downtown district of the city – tasting the famous Pastel de Nata (custard tart) along the way. Explore the amazing Rossio, Figueira and Comércio Squares. Get to know Chiado, the glamorous part of the city with its iconic cafés and shops. Then head to Alfama, a beautifully ancient Moorish neighbourhood, enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the many cafés before our departure to Spain and the medieval hidden gem of Caceres.  Welcome to one of Spain's most beautiful cities, and our home for the next three nights Caceres.  Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ciudad Monumental (Monumental City) at its core is truly extraordinary. Narrow cobbled streets twist and climb among ancient stone walls lined with palaces, mansions, arches, and churches, while the skyline is decorated with turrets, spires, gargoyles, and enormous storks' nests. Protected by defensive walls, it has survived almost intact from the 16th-century. At dusk or after dark, you will feel like you have stepped back into the Middle Ages. Xplore the Plaza Mayor and streets of the old town, full of fascinating buildings, arches, and towers, with plenty of cafes and restaurants, Caceres is especially mystical at night as you wander through the cobblestone streets.  Venture down Pintores street to find the shops, selling everything from clothes to souvenirs, shoes to jewelry, bags, candy, ice cream, and more.

Day 12 – Caceres

Caceres is a strolling city, one of those places where you can breathe in the history, this morning we learn all about this fascinating city on a guided walking tour. The heart of Caceres can be found in its Plaza Mayor. A wide-open space lined with cafes and restaurants, the plaza is home to the Arco de la Estrella and the city’s most famous tower, the Bujaco Tower, one of the city’s oldest, dating back to the 12th century.  Visiting the Museum of Caceres is a must, housed in the Casa de las Veletas, the building itself is a star attraction, a landmark with a long history.  Under the museum discover a Moorish Alcazar, complete with graceful arches, it is the only remaining part of the original citadel, built between the 11th and 12th centuries, even after centuries, it still collects water.  Apart from the city’s historic relevance, another charming feature of Caceres is its huge population of feathered friends. Nesting storks love the city’s many imposing towers, and, in return, the locals treat the birds as beloved neighbors. If you have never seen storks up close, watching them glide through the sky to their nests is really something else.  The afternoon and evening are yours to Xplore on your own.

Day 13 – Camino: Caceres / Casar

Follow in the steps of the ancient Romans today.  With a guided walk along the Camino de Santiago from Caceres to Casar de Caceres, following a relatively easy flat trail on the Ruta de la Plata the Camino “Silver Route”. The origin of the Ruta de la Plata dates to Roman times and was originally a Roman road linking the north with the south. Our Camino guide will keep us entertained with more insight into the history of this route along the way.  Enjoying a picnic lunch along the trail, we continue our route to Casar, visiting an award winning cheesery for a delectable tour with tasting, of the famous "Queso de Casar", wine included!

Day 14 – Caceres / Madrid

Depart this morning for Madrid, the Capital City of Spain.  Madrid offers a wonderful blend of modern achievements coinciding with the preservation of historic landmarks.   On our guided walking tour, we can appreciate the true essence of Madrid; the Puerta del Sol square houses, numerous landmarks like “El Oso y el Madroño”, KM 0 and the most famous clock in the city; the Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Cibeles, the Royal Palace and El Retiro Park.  Take advantage of personal time to xplore more before meeting with our fellow Xplorers for a truly Spanish cultural experience at our Farewell Dinner & Flamenco Show this evening.  Flamenco is Spain’s most famous style of dance and music, known the world over for its energy, colour, and beauty.  A gracious, elegant, and passionate form of expression, steeped in history. It just might be the most mysterious and emotional kind of music there is, you can be the judge.

Day 15 – Madrid / Return Flight

Transfer to Madrid Airport for our flight home, biding ‘despidida’ with fond memories, new friends, and many stories to relate to your friends and family at home.

What you will experience on this tour

Sip, Savour and Saunter your way through Portugal & Spain!  With dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine – Portugal & Spain conjure an array of captivating images. From flamenco dancers and matadors to port wine and vineyards, towering gothic cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins, to vast plains, high mountain peaks and stunning coastline. Experience historic cities, enchanting palaces, fascinating culture, and architectural marvels. Xplore the magnificent landscapes, uncovering the hidden beauty as we travel off the beaten track. Walking along wonderful trails, past vineyards, quaint villages, and ancient countryside. Tasting local wines along the way, soaking up the history, culture and nature that surrounds you. 

Dates & Pricing

Sip, Savour and Saunter your way through Portugal & Spain!  With dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine – Portugal & Spain conjure an array of captivating images. From flamenco dancers and matadors to port wine and vineyards, towering gothic cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins, to vast plains, high mountain peaks and stunning coastline. Experience historic cities, enchanting palaces, fascinating culture, and architectural marvels. Xplore the magnificent landscapes, uncovering the hidden beauty as we travel off the beaten track. Walking along wonderful trails, past vineyards, quaint villages, and ancient countryside. Tasting local wines along the way, soaking up the history, culture and nature that surrounds you. 

October 06, 2022 – October 20, 2022 Space Available


Canadian Dollars

$5,849 Double/ Room Share

Single $6,864

All prices are per person and LAND ONLY. 

Not included in the price:

  • International airfare
  • Taxes and fees
  • Mandatory out of country emergency medical insurance, trip cancellation and interuption insurance

Gratuities included:

  • City Walk guides, Nature Walk guides

Total meals included:

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 picnic lunches, 4 dinners and 5 tastings

*Passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond your return date and must contain sufficient blank pages for entry and exit endorsements.

*Itinerary including times, attractions and accommodations are subject to change without notice.


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Sip, Savour and Saunter your way through Portugal & Spain!  With dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine – Portugal & Spain conjure an array of captivating images. From flamenco dancers and matadors to port wine and vineyards, towering gothic cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins, to vast plains, high mountain peaks and stunning coastline. Experience historic cities, enchanting palaces, fascinating culture, and architectural marvels. Xplore the magnificent landscapes, uncovering the hidden beauty as we travel off the beaten track. Walking along wonderful trails, past vineyards, quaint villages, and ancient countryside. Tasting local wines along the way, soaking up the history, culture and nature that surrounds you. 

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