Lisbon, Center, North

Starting Point


Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

7 - 10 days

Best for

Off the beaten track

Activity Level **




- admire the grand palaces in the royal residence of Sintra
- hiking around Sintra, the Serra da Lousa mountains and the Douro Internacional Nature Park
- UNESCO world heritage at Sintra, Alcobaca, Coimbra, Tomar and the Douro Valley
- relax and unwind at a cozy quinta in the beautiful Douro Valley

This authentic Portugal at a glance tour will take you along the fantastic cultural heritage of central Portugal. Take your time traveling between Lisbon and Porto while discovering beautiful towns, hidden villages and UNESCO world heritage in the heart of Portugal. Learn about Portugal's glorious past, experience wine and relax on a quinta in the beautiful Douro Valley and enjoy soft outdoor adventures in varied authentic and rural scenery all along the way.


Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Sintra (40km)
Day 2 - discover the palaces of Sintra - coastal sunset cycling tour and dinner - overnight in Sintra (40km)
Day 3 - hiking in the Sintra Nature Park - overnight in Sintra
Day 4 - Obidos - Alcobaca - Parque Natural das Serras de Aire - overnight in Tomar (220km)
Day 5 - hiking along the Schiist villages of Serra da Lousa - overnight in Coimbra (140km)
Day 6 - relax at a wine quinta in the Douro Valley - overnight in the Douro Valley (180km)
Day 7 - hiking and eco tour in the Douro Internacional Nature Park - overnight in the Douro Valley (210km)
Day 8 - departure


- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, quintas and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

*  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.