Portugal – 9 Days

Students spend nine days in Portugal exploring the capital city of Lisbon and the picturesque coastal city of Porto. This educational tour is a great introduction to Portuguese culture, and even includes a cooking class!


Program Summary

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Round trip flights to your destination
  • Motor coach transportation throughout your trip
  • Professional tour manager with your group throughout the tour
  • Four nights hotel accommodations in Lisbon
  • Four nights hotel accommodations Porto
  • Breakfast included at the hotel daily
  • 2 Dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant & a Portuguese cooking class in Lisbon
  • Guided Walking Tour in Porto
  • Guided Tour of Castelo de São Jorge
  • Free time in Praca do Comércio
  • Free Time at Mercado da Ribeira
  • Guided City Tour of Lisbon
  • Guided Tour of The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém, commonly called the Jerónimos Monastery
  • 1.5-hour Lisbon Sunset Cruise
  • Guided Tour of the National Palace of Pena
  • Day trip to Sintra

Daily Itinerary


You’ll depart on your flight.


Once your flight arrives, you’ll be met by your tour manager.

Your bus will pick you up and you’ll continue your trip.

You’ll take a guided city tour of Lisbon. Stops will include the historic Belém district and Belém Tower; the exquisite Jerónimos Monastery and visit to the iconic bakery to indulge in the renowned Pastel de Belém; the charming Alfama district, including the São Jorge Castle and Lisbon Cathedral; Rossio Square and Chiado. Finally, you’ll ascend the Elevador de Santa Justa for breathtaking panoramic city views.

You’ll have free time to shop or grab lunch (not included) at the Mercado da Ribeira (once also known as Mercado 24 de Julho), Lisbon’s main food market since 1892.

You’ll arrive at your hotel and check in. If your rooms are not ready, you’ll store your bags and continue on your tour.

You’ll have dinner at a local restaurant.


You’ll have breakfast.

You’ll take a guided tour of The Castelo de São Jorge, or the Castle of São Jorge, a historic fortress located in Lisbon, Portugal. Set atop a hill in the city’s Alfama district, the castle has a rich history dating back to Roman times.

You’ll have free time in Praça do Comércio, a historic and iconic square located in the heart of Lisbon. The centerpiece of the square is the imposing Arco da Rua Augusta, an iconic triumphal arch that serves as the gateway to the square. It’s a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike, hosting various events and festivals throughout the year.

You’ll take a guided tour of The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém, commonly called the Jerónimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Portuguese architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You’ll take a 1.5-hour sunset cruise around the Tagus in the evening sun, offering the best views of Lisbon’s illuminated sights.

You’ll have dinner on your own (not included).


You’ll have breakfast.

Today you’ll take a captivating day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that enchants with its fairytale-like charm. Nestled amidst lush green hills, Sintra beckons with its awe-inspiring palaces, including the colorful Pena Palace and the historic Sintra National Palace. Wander through enchanting gardens, explore narrow streets adorned with quaint shops, and immerse yourself in the romantic atmosphere that has inspired poets and artists for centuries.

You’ll take a guided tour of the Pena National Palace, which is like a sacred jewel crowning the Serra de Sintra. The surrounding park is very in tune with the fairytale character of the palace and is a pleasure to explore!

You’ll have free time to explore and have lunch.

You’ll have dinner on your own (not included).


You’ll have breakfast.

You’ll have the day free to explore Lisbon on your own.

Tonight you will take a hands-on cooking class and cook your own authentic Portuguese meal. Get to know the story behind the recipes and ingredients passed down through generations and discover the secrets of Portuguese culinary tradition.


You’ll have breakfast.

You’ll check out of your hotel room, board your bus and begin the driver to Porto, making a stop in Coimbra for lunch.

You’ll stop in the historic town of Coimbra, midway between Lisbon and Porto. Here, you can explore the renowned University of Coimbra, one of Europe’s oldest academic institutions. Meander through the town’s old quarter and absorb its medieval charm and cobblestone streets. Admire the splendor of the Coimbra Cathedral and immerse yourself in history at the Santa Cruz Monastery. Take a leisurely stroll along the tranquil Mondego River and then savor local cuisine, embracing Coimbra’s culinary delights before continuing your journey.

In the late afternoon we’ll continue the drive to Porto.

You’ll arrive at your hotel and check in.

You’ll have dinner on your own (not included).


You’ll have breakfast.

Positioned on Portugal’s northwestern coast along the Atlantic Ocean, Porto is renowned for its charming bridges, breathtaking beaches, and its role as a hub of win production. This morning you’ll take a walking tour of city center. The medieval enclave of Ribeira boasts meandering cobblestone alleys adorned with shops. São Francisco Church is celebrated for its opulent baroque embellishments and magnificent gilded sculptures. The 19th-century Palácio de Bolsa was built to dazzle European investors with its opulence.

After the tour you’ll have the rest of the day free.

You’ll have dinner on your own (not included).


You’ll have breakfast.

You’ll have the final day of your trip to Portugal free to explore on your own.


You’ll have breakfast.

You’ll head to the airport for your return trip home.

Our Price Guarantee

We know how hidden costs can ruin a program. Our tours are fully inclusive; there are no hidden costs or surcharges. Once your group enrolls in a trip, the price will never change. Here is what you will get on every trip:


Every program is unique & tailored for your group.

Flexible Payments

A variety of online, scheduled & recurring payment options.

Affordability & Quality

Providing the best experience & best value for your dollar.

Chaperones Travel Free

Just tell us how many free places you need.

Insurance Plans

Medical, trip delay cancellation & optional “any reason” option.

Transportation Covered

We include all transportation to, from and during your trip.

Paid Entrance Fees

Fees and/or tickets are covered if included in your itinerary.

Paid Meals

You choose which meals are included in your program.