Portugal from North to South
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Group Size: Max 24
Trip code: CTPT
Duration: 9 days
This unforgettable 9 day trip is drenched in sun and packed with wellness vibes, designed to dive deep into the unique beauty and culture of Portugal. Journeying from Lisbon to Porto, via a stop at a beach-side yoga and surf camp, this trip hits iconic destinations, uncovers Portuguese culture & soaks up the good vibes and free spirit of surf culture across the azure shores of Portugal’s beautiful coastlines.
- Visit the town of Evora, one of Portugal's most beautifully preserved medieval towns
- Find your zen & do yoga on the beach
- Visit the moving religious site of Fatima
- Sample the delicious food and wine scene in Lisbon
- Explore the beaches and coastlines of the Algarve
Day 1 - Arrive into Lisbon
Day 2 - Porto via Fatima and Coimbra
See ya, Lisbon. We'll never forget your culinary and cultural charms. En-route to Porto we've got a few special stopovers, such as the sacred place of miracles: Fatima. Said to be the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to peasant children, Fatima attracts 6 million people a year. Today there are two ginormous basilicas to mark the site.
Nexy up is Coimbra. This lively city is bursting at the seams with historical monuments. It's home to Portugal's oldest university, and when we stop for lunch we'll fall in love with the old stone walls and tumbling terraces of pastel coloured buildings.
Cruising into the terracotta washed city of Porto, we'll explore this city on foot, seeing all the main sites like the lavish São Fransisco Church and 19th century Palácio de Bolsa, and sneaking in some cheeky port tasting on the way. An optional E-bike tour is on offer, allowing you to breeze through Porto’s iconic sites with the help of a hill-conquering engine when you need that extra push (it’s not cheating if you pretend to pedal and put on your most determined face).
Day 3 - Porto
Day 4 - Santa Cruz via Aveiro to Abidos
We're saying 'Tchau' to Porto today. After breakfast we're taking the coach towards Santa Cruz.Next up is Aveiro - this mini-Venice is a gorgeous town built on canals. We'll have an optional traditional boat tour to cruise the winding canals, admiring the colourful houses and learning about the area's history.
We stop for lunch at Obidos, another stunning historic old town to enjoy it in. Obidos will charm us with its whitewashed houses and ruddy blooms of flowers.
Roll into Santa Cruz later today. Located on the glorious shores of Ericeira, on Portugal’s West Coast, Noah’s Surf House has one motto “At Sea We're Home.” That’s why the entrance is on top of the sand, why the windows and balconies face the azure ocean, and why chilled surf culture informs everything they do. Whether you're looking to kick back or get involved with surfing, skating or yoga, this is so much more than just a place to stay.
Day 5 - Santa Cruz
Day 6 - The Algarve via Evora
It's time to drag ourselves away from Santa Cruz this morning as we head to Lagos. We make a brief stop and another trip to the past as we head inside the 14th century walls of Evora, home to grandiose medieval cathedrals, roman baths and a spectacular town square. After wondering the cobbled streets we'll head on towards Lagos. This picture perfect port town retains Evora's quaint cobbled lanes but adds a whole bunch of stunning beaches.
Day 7 - The Algarve
Today is yours to enjoy The Algarve. Play golf, eat, take a boat trip, swim, soak up some rays or enjoy some watersports. The choice is yours in this sun-drenched playground.
Day 8 - Lisbon via Cascais and Sintra
After breakfast, we head north back to Lisbon stopping en route in Cascais and Sintra. See ya the Algarve, thanks for the good times! We head to the coastal town of Cascais, known for its stunning beaches and tasty seafood. Stroll along the marina or opt in for a community experience hosted by local residents. This tour showcases the culture of a neighbourhood shaking off old perceptions by creating an urban art gallery unlike anywhere in the world.
We have one last stop to make in the UNESCO town of Sintra, before heading back to Lisbon. This fairytale town features turreted palaces and castle ruins with the real star of the show being the insta-famous Pena Palace.
Later, we'll enjoy an optional farewell feast - the perfect chance to reflect on how much we've fallen in love with Portugal, and say our sad goodbyes.
Day 9 - End in Lisbon
Portugal, it's been emotional. Your delicious food, rich culture, paradisaical coastlines and glittering waters will stay in our memories forever. But we'll be back soon enough.
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The trip starts in Lisbon on day 1 at 4pm. We advise you arrive by midday in order to meet the group in the afternoon. An airport transfer is not included but is easily arranged locally.
The trip ends in Lisbon on day 9 at 8am. You can depart at any time.
We have selected some unique places for you to stay during your trip. 8 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip. Rooms will mostly be dorms of 6-8 people.
Below are some examples of the hotels that you may stay in on this trip:
- Selina Secret Garden, Lisbon
- Selina Porto, Porto
- Noah Surf House, Santa Cruz
- Carvoeiro Plaza, Algarve
8 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.
The minimum age to join trip is 18. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.
UK citizens can travel to countries in the European Schengen area (including Iceland) for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.
All visa, passport and entry requirements are subject to change so we recommend travellers check the most up to date information with the relevant embassies before travel.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.