10 Days from$2,455 p/p in USD
Independent, Self Drive
Luxury, Mid Range
This Portuguese adventure starts in Lisbon with a gourmet food experience and side-car tour, then fly to the Azores for fantastic whale watching as well as a mountain bike tour, botanical garden visit and speleology (cave) experience. Fly back to Lisbon where you collect your rental car and drive to the stunning Algarve region with a jeep safari and wine tasting on the way. Explore this region and enjoy time on the beautiful beaches.
Safari types:Beach Safari, Cultural Safari, Whale Safari
You will visit:Ponta Delgada, Furnas, Terra Nostra Park, Sao Jorge Island
Wildlife:Birds, Whales, Dolphins, Turtles
Activities:Boat Cruise, Bicycle, Sightseeing Tour, 4x4 Tour, Whale Watching, Wine Tasting, Cultural Experience, Culinary Experience, Caving
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle, Flight
Start/end:Start in Lisbon, end in Faro
Price Per Person – EUR
From EUR 2,275 per person
- Accommodations: Three/four-star rural boutique hotels or glamping (Lisbon: 2 nights, Ponta Delgada: 4 nights, Lagos: 3 nights)
- Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- Transport: Private transfers by car to/from airport (arrival and departure day)
- Flight Lisbon – Ponta Delgada – Lisbon
- 4 day rental car
- Lisbon food tour
- Lisbon sidecar city tour
- Gastronomic experience Ponta Delgada
- Whale watching in Azores
- Mountain bike adventure
- Speleology (cave) experience in Azores
- Évora wine, oil and cork tour
- Professional English speaking guides for excursions
- International flights
- Personal expenditures
- Most meals
- Entrance fees to monuments during excursions except where indicated in the itinerary
- Tourist tax paid directly to the hotel in Lisbon/Porto/Azores
- Any options or suggestions listed in the trip plan
Day by Day Overview
Welcome to Portugal! Upon your arrival in Lisbon, you will be met by a driver who will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Take some time to rest before you start exploring this incredible city. When evening hits, you’ll take part in a gourmet food tour in Lisbon — a great way to experience the city for the first time! Wear a good pair of walking shoes because you, along with your English-speaking guide, will meander through a series of authentic winding alleys tasting the incredible flavors of Portuguese gastronomy, especially in the neighborhood of Campo de Ourique — practically a city within the city — that sets the food culture and culinary trends of Lisbon. Over the course of four hours, you will visit seven delicious spots that brilliantly link tradition with modernity. Experience ways that locals have reinvented restaurant concepts, including a market and hotel school, while getting a taste of culinary recipes that have become world-famous.
Visit Lisbon’s famous sights and unknown places of rare beauty in a unique way. Let yourself be guided by breathtaking landscapes and dare to know the most famous secrets of our local lifestyle. A wonderful sightseeing journey, authentic and genuine to the sights, sounds and flavors of the most iconic tourist destinations in Portugal. You will enjoy a half-day ride (±3hours) at morning or afternoon.
• Belém, historical section (pastry tasting is optional)
• Torre de Belém ex-libris of Lisbon jewel of manueline art.
• Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a modern monument dedicated to the Portuguese maritime discoveries
• Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, greatest example of manueline art
• Alfama – Mouraria, ride through the oldest and most picturesque section of Lisbon
• Praça do Comércio, the biggest and most beautiful square in Lisbon
• Baixa-Rossio-Avenida da Liberdade, Marquês de Pombal, city center
• Major belvedere of Lisbon
• Santa Luzia – Senhora do Monte – São Pedro de Alcantara – Graça – Santa Catarina
In the evening, you can dine at one of the best Fado restaurants in Lisbon for traditional Portuguese cuisine interspersed with authentic singing and music.
In the morning you will make your way to the airport to catch a plane to Azores Island. When you arrive on São Miguel, the “Green Island,” you’ll be transferred to your hotel in spectacular Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores. After you check in, take the rest of the day to relax and explore Ponta Delgada and its surroundings before your gastronomic experience. There’s much to discover depending on your interests and energy level. Amble through town, perhaps stopping at the striking and spiritually revered Convento de Nossa Senhora da Esperança, a 16th-century convent with an opulent Baroque altar. You could wander the port and explore the Forte de São Bras, an imposing fortress erected in 1552 to guard the city, then stop for a bite and sink your teeth into the island’s unique pineapples. If natural history’s your thing, consider a self-guided tour of Museu Carlos Machado, the oldest museum in the Azores; dedicated to the 19th-century eponymous naturalist, the museum offers exhibits on geology, mineralogy, and an array of local flora and fauna classified and tagged by Machado himself.
In the afternoon, you’ll learn about local culture and cuisine with the help of a private guide who will offer you a broader context of Ponta Delgada’s importance in the Azores as well as the city’s treasures. In classic Portuguese tradition, you’ll learn through storytelling and food on a culinary exploration about town. Walk through downtown with your guide, exploring artisan eateries and restaurants, highlights and off-the-beaten-path gems, in a dynamic mix of sightseeing, delicious food, and great stories. You will enjoy a progressive menu — from timeless recipes to innovative modern cuisine — that includes the unique Azorean pineapple, physalis and blackberry jams, and seafood and organic meat delicacies. You’ll finish your discover with homemade desserts such as passionfruit bavaroise or green tea ice cream! After, amble through town armed with recommendations from your guide or stop through any sights you may have missed the day before.
Whale watching in the Azores Islands is unquestionably one of the most exciting and unforgettable adventures! Join an exciting tour with Biologists and Naturalist Guides, to see and learn more about whales, dolphins, turtles, fish, birds, and the season’s marine biodiversity of the Azores Islands. Unlock the island’s scenic coastline, the sandy beaches and the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, along with all the best kept secrets of sea life in the heart of the Atlantic.
The journey starts with a short informative briefing introducing to cetacean (whales and dolphins) local species, their natural habitat, communication, migration and behavioral patterns as well as onboard safety. Everyone will follow the guide and skipper to board their designated boat and go out to sea. Our lookout high inland will then locate our friends, and provide directions via VHF Radio to where the boat will travel – initially at high speed. Marine wildlife can be observed year round. Sperm whales are resident alongside 3 additional cetacean species and an abundant marine biodiversity. While approaching our friends carefully, your guide will keep you informed, collect data and photography for research and is always available throughout the tour to provide answers to any specific questions – feel free to ask.
Upon return to the Marina, the boat will tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for a close look at the volcanic marvel and resident wildlife.
Today you will explore the magical valley of Furnas. The bike tour is developed in a circular route (10,5 kms) which starts in Furnas village and follows to calderas area by Lagoa das Furnas, where locals cook in the ground. We then continue along the dirt road that surrounds the lake, until reaching the highest point of this tour – Pico dos Milhos – where we can admire the parish. The descent is made by secondary paths leading back to the beginning point.
After lunch in restaurant in Furnas village (the food cooked in the ground), time to visit Terra Nostra Park. This is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens of the 18th century, where one can find species of flora from different regions of the world. After a brief guided tour by the garden paths, we recommend a thermal bath in the outdoor pool. After this moment of relaxation, the return to Ponta Delgada is via the north coast of the island, including a stop at the local tea factory, an unique place in Europe.
You will have the rest of the day to relax at the beach or choose from the range of outdoor activities:-
Optional Adventure Activities
- Hike route to Pristine
- Off road safari Sete Cidades & Ferraria
- Canyoning adventure
Today you will discover the charms of the underground of Sao Jorge Island, volcanic caves, lava tubes and algares. The island of Sao Jorge offers several volcanic cavities to practice speleology (study of caves). It is on this island that you can find the largest vertical cave (algar) in the Azores and one of the largest in Portugal. Here there are many other and extremely beautiful cavities of easy access. All through the route you are monitored by your guide, who handle the ropes to descend as well as monitor the safety of each participant. You will leave a real adventure underground on this 7-hour day trip.
- Accredited guides
- All equipment (harness, gloves, helmet)
- Snack and water
In the morning, you will make your way to the airport and catch your flight back to Lisbon. Upon arrival pick up your rental car and drive south to the Algarve. On the way you stop in Évora for a 4×4 tour. Évora is a UNESCO-recognized city, filled with monuments including some dedicated to the golden age of Portuguese maritime discoveries.
Évora Tour – Wine, Olive Oil and Cork: go on a jeep adventure, a safari through the cork oak and holm oak forest, the natural habitat of the well known Iberian black pig, which eats the acorns that fall to the ground. Feel the scents of nature, touch the trees that give us cork, learning all about this ecosystem. Discover the story of an English family that planted new roots in the Alentejo in the 19th century. Explore the vineyards with different varieties (Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional and Aragonez). Taste the award-winning wines that are a result of the union between the clay-lime soils, the Alentejo climate and the knowledge of the winemaker and winemaker.
After the tour continue south to the Algarve.
Take the entire day to explore the incredibly scenic area in and around Lagos, its nearby beaches, and the larger Algarve Region any way you’d like. If you haven’t spent much time in the port city of Lagos yet, it’s worth taking some time to wander through its 16th-century inner walls for cobbled streets and inviting squares. You’ll also find a great range of restaurants and nightlife options both inside and outside the walls (not surprisingly, outside is more modern).
If beaches are high on your list, you’ll find several dreamy options to choose from offering a variety of services, water-sports and boat excursions. For example, there’s Pinhao Beach, a peaceful cove known for its secluded, picturesque setting. Another great spot is the Ponta da Piedade, which features more dramatic sandstone cliffs and bright turquoise water (a range of boat tours depart from here). Meanwhile, Praia do Camilo gives way to a memorable view from the top of a staircase whose 200 wooden steps lead to down to a sheltered sandy cove. The scenery doesn’t stop there: if you have a car, the surrounding Algarve region offers plenty to see and do within its pristine natural parks, bustling resort towns, and authentic white-washed villages.
Today you can get in the car and head east towards Tavira which is arguably the Algarve’s most charming town. The ruins of a hilltop castle, an old Roman bridge and a smattering of Gothic and Renaissance churches are among its historic attractions. An enticing assortment of restaurants and guesthouses makes it an excellent base for exploring the Algarve’s eastern reaches. Along the way you can make stops in Albufeira, with the lovely beach of Praia da Galé to the west. You can also spend time exploring the pretty inland villages and the area’s high-quality rural restaurants.
Today you will drive to Faro airport to drop off your car rental and catch your flight back home.