Make some incredible memories with a trip to Portugal that lasts eight days! Spend your time in the historic beauty of Lisbon and its fun atmosphere, followed by lovely small towns like Sintra, Estoril and Cascais. Enjoy some delicious local cuisine as you explore the wine estates of Porto before heading south to soak up the sun on Algarve’s stunning beaches – perfect for single travelers who love soaking up natural beauty.
Day 1 Porto – The city of passion
When you land in Porto Airport, a driver will be ready to take you to your 4 star hotel located at the heart of Porto. Check-in and get settled, as our singles vacation officially begins at 2:30pm with a private tour of this iconic city. Our tour leader will be there to greet and meet up with other solo travelers. (Please contact us for any travel coming from Lisbon).
Our tour of Porto’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will begin with a visit to the stunning Lello Library which is known for being the source of inspiration for the Harry Potter books and movies. Afterwards, we will head to São Francisco Church – a gorgeous golden building that has become an Instagram sensation – plus the majestic Stock Exchange Palace located next door with its intricate granite work and Neo-Arab influences (entrances not included). From there, we’ll discover some of the most breathtaking views and highlights of the city before crossing D. Luis I bridge toward our final destination: a guided visit to local Port Wine Cellars followed by wine tasting (included). Finally, transfer back to our hotel completes this memorable experience.
Tonight you will have a welcome dinner (included) where you will enjoy Porto’s local cuisine and the nightly amazing atmosphere.
Day 2 Douro Valley – Stunning views and wine time
At the start of the day, you’ll say goodbye to your accommodation and make your way to Porto São Bento Station. Here, you’ll board a picturesque train that will take you from Porto into Pinhão. Upon arrival, a local guide will pick you up and treat you to incredible views of Douro Valley. The experience will be accompanied by a delicious traditional lunch at one of the area’s prominent wineries (included). You’ll then have time to explore the vineyards and even sample some port wine before taking an evening cruise down the Douro River for spectacular views. Finally, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Porto.
Tour director tip: why not head to Jardim das Virtudes and enjoy the stunning sunset views over a cocktail (or two). Head to ribeira area for some fresh fish or try the famous francesinha and finish the night in beauty at the lively streets of Galerias de Paris, from Jazz to rock fans there’s a bar for everyone – get your dancing shoes!
Day 3 On Our way to the Capital: Porto to Lisbon
We will begin our day early as we board the fast train for Lisbon. A group transfer is organized from the station to a centrally located four star hotel. We’ll take an exclusive tour around the City with a local guide, who will show us all that Lisbon has to offer, from St. George Castle and its surrounding quarter to Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest district. Additionally, we’ll also explore Downtown and Chiado – two traditional commercial zones in the city renowned for their 18th century architecture. After concluding our private tour there will be time for sightseeing and exploring on your own; Tour director recommends tasting a bifa na or Pastel de Nata pastry along with an espresso! To end our evening we have a Welcome Fado Show and Dinner planned (included), which grants us the opportunity to experience some of Portugal’s popular cuisine while being entertained by an engaging Fado performance. This unique song style is classified as Unesco World heritage and you’ll understand why. Vegetarian options are available.
Tour director tip: After the Fado show why not stay for some drinks at Bairro Alto and enjoy it’s quiet yet lively charm?
Day 4 Sintra, the fairytale town and Cascais, Lisbon’s riviera
Following our breakfast, we will set out for a day tour to Sintra and Cascais. Located 30 km from the capital city of Lisbon, Sintra is an idyllic paradise with a permanent hint of freshness in its air due to its temperate climate, adding to the beauty of its lush vegetation. Tourists flock here to admire the grand Town Palace, Pena Palace and Moorish Castle. There’ll be some free time given for lunch. Later on, we will take a scenic route towards Cascais; this fishing village has been around since the 12th century and has been preserved until present day as it is favoured by many as place to settle in. Passing through Estoril along the coast, you can admire the picturesque beaches that are part of why this region is dubbed ‘Lisbon Riviera’. Return trip back at hotel where you have free evening awaits!
Why not enjoy a sunset in one of the many viewpoints of the city, followed by a dinner and cocktails at the trendy LX Factory area!
Day 5 Evora, the White city
Following breakfast, we’ll embark on an amazing journey to Évora, a city which has been hailed a World Heritage by UNESCO since 1986. Commonly referred to as the “White City” and the “City Museum”, visitors will be impressed by it’s captivating architecture. From monumental churches to historic squares – including white houses and narrow medieval streets – Évora is synonymous for cultural mixture. Later in the afternoon, we shall visit a Quinta (winery) where you will discover the production process of Alentejo wine and indulge yourself with both olive oil and wine tastings. Afterwards, you are encouraged to explore this enchanting city at your own leisure before ending your night here in Évora.
Tour director tip: Why not explore Chiado, followed by sunset drinks at Noobai in Santa Catarina viewpoint and go for dinner and drinks in Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodre area, with it’s unique pink street?
Day 6 Lisbon to Algarve – it’s beach time!
Following breakfast, we’ll head south on the fast train to Algarve region and transfer from the station as a group. We’ll be staying at a four star hotel in the Vilamoura area which is renowned for its modern and sophisticated holiday atmosphere. Built in the 1980s, it was initially created as an exclusive golfing centre filled with five superb courses and first-rate tourist facilities. In addition to this, Vilamoura is home to an opulent marina complex where extravagant yachts dock alongside chic bars and gourmet eateries. With regards to beaches, Vilamoura leads the way boasting Praia da Falésia with its 5km of pristine golden sands as well as Quarteira’s fishing harbour along Praia de Vilamoura beach. Time to hit up some sand!
Day 7 Vilamoura, Algarve
Today, you get to decide what your perfect day looks like. From sightseeing adventures to a peaceful afternoon by the beach or pool – it’s up to you! Later in the day, let’s come together for a memorable night of live music, exquisite views and our last evening spent together at the Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 Depart Algarve, Portugal
With your stomach full and your flight schedule in mind, the time has come to bid farewell to new friends made on this spectacular singles vacation. As you depart for Faro airport, we are available to help arrange tickets for a train journey from Faro to either Lisbon or Porto, as well as additional nights of accommodation should it be needed. So wave goodbye and prepare for the journey home!
Accomodation in 4 star hotels with breakfast included for 7 nights
Guided tours by local guides as described in program
Breaksfast across all days and all lunches and dinners that are marked as included in the itinerary
Wine tasting in Porto, Douro and Evora as described on the tours
Private Group transfers as described on the itinerary
Fast train tickets from Porto to Lisbon, Lisbon to Algarve
What’s not included
Optional Tours and activities in the Algarve will be presented to the group
Restaurant suggestions will be made for each day
Train tickets or flights to Lisbon or Porto airport – please consult us
City tax in Lisbon, Porto, Algarve, these are charged by law directly by the hotels (2€ per night)
Everything not mentioned as included in the program