- Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Portugal. Get some rest because you’ve got more than a week of exploring ahead of you. Speaking of exploring, did you know that Ferdinand Magellan, the first person to sail around the world, was from Portugal? Well now you do.
- Day 2: Arrive in Lisbon
Welcome to Lisbon! Get ready to work those glutes, because this is “The City of Seven Hills,” a name linked to myth rather than math. Go ahead, count the hills. We’ll wait. This colorful Portuguese capital is home to classic European charm, urban innovation, and breathtaking vistas from just about anywhere you stand.
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, take the party elsewhere.
- Day 3: Discover Lisbon
Steep inclines. Iconic cable cars. A huge, red-orange suspension bridge that’s the perfect selfie spot. It’s no surprise that Lisbon has been described as the “San Francisco of Europe”, without the self-driving cars and delivery robots. As the oldest city in Western Europe, it's inscribed with millennia of stories that uniquely shaped the vibe today. Want to hear them? Great, because that’s exactly what’s about to happen.
- Meet a local guide for an in-depth tour of Lisbon (and story time, obviously).
- Get lost in the winding streets of Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon.
- Go medieval at Saint George Castle, a massive fortress overlooking the city below.
- Treat your taste buds to a pastel de nata, the most classic of all Portuguese pastries.
- Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.
- Day 4: Free Day in Lisbon + Optional Sintra & Portuguese Riviera Excursion
The day is yours to experience the best of Lisbon. Go back to some of your favorite places from yesterday, or set out on your own to explore new sights, sounds, smells, and flavors. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, head out to discover all the hills you’ve counted.
- Catch a ride from a fellow American—a historic trolley that was imported from the U.S. in 1901 and is now a Lisbon staple for navigating the steep inclines.
- Explore the city on your own, at your own pace, with as many snack stops as you want.
- Wander through Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s bohemian quarter and the ideal neighborhood for bar hopping.
Free Time Suggestions
Elevator Pitch: Originally steam powered, the Elevador de Santa Justa is the handiwork of Gustave Eiffel’s apprentice, so it might look a little familiar. A ride up gives you awesome views of the city skyline.
Portu-gas: Take a gastronomic world tour at Mercado Fusão, a food market, where kiosks serve up everything from Brazilian cakes to sushi. Don’t miss the famous samosas at Kebab Ali House.
Sintra & Portuguese Riviera (extra cost)
Crest the Sintra Mountains for a visit to the regal Palácio da Pena—Portugal's crown jewel palace. Then, take the long way back to Lisbon, basking in the magnificent coastline of Cascais village for lunch and free time.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
- Day 5: Travel to Évora
Time to travel inland—and back in time—to Évora, an idyllic medieval city a few hours away from Lisbon. The city is home to Portugal’s second oldest university, first opening its doors in 1559. Looking for restaurant and bar recommendations? Pro tip: Follow the students. Just not into their classrooms. Once you arrive, a local guide will show you the ropes, while subconsciously convincing you to stay there forévora...get it?
- Grab your selfie stick as you pass through Arrabida Park for scenic views of the ocean.
- Join a local guide in Évora for a two-hour tour of the city’s highlights.
- Reach the highest point of the city for views of the Roman Temple.
- Say “I see dead people” at the Bone Chapel, a small church covered in—you guessed it—human bones.
- Walk through Praca do Giraldo, the central plaza of Évora.
- Day 6: Explore Estremoz Village
Trivia: Which Portuguese city is most famous for its insane amount of marble? Answer: Estremoz. And today, you’re going there. There’s more to the town than this classy rock; a 13th century castle sits atop a hill, medieval walls enclose the old quarter, and more than a few low-key plazas decorate the town. Trivia #2 (and this one’s for all the marbles…wink wink): What are the cobblestone streets made of? Think about it for a second…Answer: marble, of course!
- Get out of town for a few hours to enjoy some time in Estremoz with your group.
- Walk the cobblestone streets as you follow your nose to find some good eats.
- Stop in the neighboring town of Borba for views of a castle and a taste of the region’s famous wine.
- Head back to Évora for a free evening to do as you please.
- Day 7: Travel to the Algarve Region
A summer trip to Portugal is not complete without a couple of days to relax on the beach. Which is why you’re going to the Algarve region, located along the southern coast. The region boasts some of the country’s most pristine beaches, breathtaking cliffs, and castles of the stone and sand varieties.
- Hop on the bus to the Algarve region.
- Orient yourself to the area around your hotel with your group.
- Head to the beach, dip your feet in the sand, then into the water, and then repeat this for as long as you want.
- Quench your thirst at a local bar; Port wine is always a good option. (It’s from Portugal, ya know?)
- Day 8: Relax on Ilha Deserta
You’re headed to a deserted island. This sunny strip of beach is complete with untouched nature and pristine waters, and will be your home for the day. And the night, if you miss the last ferry. Punctuality, people! Now, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy a day of sun, sand, and utter island bliss on one of the most picturesque beaches in the Algarve Region.
- Stroll along the Santa Maria boardwalk and experience the biodiversity of Ilha Deserta. If there was a prize for natural beauty, this place would take home the crown and sash.
- Splash around in the clear blue waters off Ilha Deserta Beach ‘til your fingers start to look like raisins.
- Enjoy the “southern hospitality” at Cape St. Mary, the southernmost point of mainland Portugal.
- Attempt to get all of the sand out of your hair, and head back to the mainland for the night.
- Day 9: Free Day in Algarve Region
If you’ve been craving some free time, today is the day for you. You’ve got the whole day to wander around and do exactly you want—within the constraints of the law, of course. Hit the coast for more beach time or head inland for quaint towns, castles, and so many ways to get those steps in.
- Sleep in, or wake up early—don’t let us tell you what to do on your free day!
- Relax at any one of the cafes or restaurants around the hotel for some tasty Portuguese eats.
- Perfect your sand angel (yes, like a snow angel in the sand) at the beach.
Free Time Suggestions
Take a walk: Via Algarviana is the best way to appreciate the landscapes of the Algarve region. The entire trail is almost 200 miles long, but you can hop on at any point. Just don’t forget your phone—the path is one big Instagram oasis.
Cave the day: Add a bit more adventure to your day with a trip to the Benagil cave, located just 500 feet from Benagil beach. While it’s ill-advised to swim there, it’s easy enough to get there by boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. And once you reach the cave, you can sit back and enjoy the serene rock formations all around you.
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
- Day 10: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends! Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.
Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5
Based on 3 authentic traveler reviews
I wish I could have stayed fo-évoraJade, traveled May. 2019
I went on the Highlights of Portugal trip and I had such a blast! This was my first international trip and my first trip with EF and it was such an amazing experience I wouldn't trade for anything. I met people so many kind people and experienced so much. On this trip I had fun at every stop but my favorite place was Évora. This history, the beauty, the peop... See more
Book this trip now!Kymari, traveled May. 2019
This trip is amazing! Chris was great and I'd love to do another trip with him as the tour director. The sights were so beautiful, everything was well organized, and just extremely fun. I also made great friends. Portugal truly has something for everyone!
Amazing Trip with even more potentialJoseph, traveled Jun.. 2019
After doing 6 EF trips, I’ve gotten a good feel for EF in general and the individual trips. Pros of this trip: Lisbon and Lagos (although we stayed 15 mins from it) are amazing. Portugal in all seems to be a pace in between Spain and Italy. Not quite the party style Spain is known to be but also not as laid back as Italy. It’s a nice In between. Also big sho... See more