Portugal 13-Day Trip

$3,900 – Trip Cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement.” The single supplement fee for this trip is $675. If you would like your own room, you can purchase the additional supplement at check-out. We have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible so that those traveling solo are not discouraged from traveling with us because of a costly single supplement fee.

If you are comfortable sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender and would like to be paired with someone on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately so that we can try our best to accommodate your preferences.

What is included :

  • 12 nights accommodation (Double occupancy)
  • Local Portuguese guide and driver
  • Breakfast served daily
  • 4 lunches & 1 dinner with Fado show
  • All activities as noted on the itinerary
  • Airport pick-up

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Airport drop-off
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers.  We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, and it is not covered in the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary.

  2. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to late 60s/early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    We like to think of our trips as get-togethers at amazing destinations.  Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic and the friends they made were one of the highlights of the trip.

  3. While most daily activities are already included in the trip price, you will have some free time which the guide can recommend and/or help arrange any activity that might interest you. Most of the activities can be arranged with little to no notice. Optional activities are not included in the trip cost and will be paid at your own expense.

  4. The official currency of Portugal is the Euro (EUR).

    We strongly recommend that you use ATMs while in Portugal as they usually offer the best exchange rates. The easiest way is to pull money out from the ATM at the airport upon arrival and throughout your trip.  It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card.

    You can find ATMs at almost all bank branches, as well as at most large supermarkets, some petrol stations, in shopping malls, airports and some post offices.

    It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in Ireland. Some banks block transactions in foreign countries or currencies if they haven’t been forewarned of your travel plans.

    Since euros are a popular currency most banks in your home town/city will exchange your local currency to euros.  This a very convenient way to get euros but be aware that some banks might not have favorable exchange rates or charge additional fees to exchange. It is best to check with your bank to see what fees are associated with exchanging money in your home town.

  5. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunches and dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    We suggest having access to $500 – $800 USD either in cash or by credit/debit card.

  6. Americans, Australians, and Canadians traveling to Portugal for less than 90 days DO NOT need a visa.

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally.  Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  7. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Portugal, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below :

    Welcome to Portugal! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data. Otherwise, all hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi and most restaurants and other public places will offer it as well.

  8. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet.  Plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like this:

    In Portugal, the power plugs and sockets are of type C, E and F.  Type C are also known as the standard “Euro” plug. This socket also works with plug E and F.

  9. Portugal’s weather is relatively the same throughout the country.  It might drop a few degrees colder when we go to Douro Valley.

     

  10. Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable :

    • Sunglasses/hat
    • Umbrella
    • Rain jacket
    • Warm jacket/coat/hoodie
    • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine
    • Bathing suit

    All of our hotels will have a hairdryer in the room so you do not need to bring one with you.

  11. Portugal does not have a strong tipping culture. In restaurants, taxis and for personal services, all tips are at your discretion and if you do decide to tip, around 10% of the total bill is appreciated.

    Tipping your tour guide : If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from $5 – $15 a day.

  12. Almost all of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services at a fee;  if needed.

  13. Yes, many of the restaurants and pubs offer a wide variety of foods. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, etc… Alternative options will always be possible throughout the trip.

  14. Yes, we offer private tours to Ireland for groups of 4 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Visa

Nationals of Australia, Canada, and the United States do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after the date you plan to exit Portugal or the Schengen Area.

If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with your nearest embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Portugal.

Flights

Your arrival city is Lisbon (LIS) and your departure city is Porto (OPO).

Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

The hotels and accommodations in which you will be staying in Portugal are handpicked. We try our best to select accommodations with impeccable service, old world charm, and a central location.

Lisbon

Our accommodation is a 19th-century building in a vibrant area with easy access to shops, restaurants, cafes, and landmarks on foot. The location is in the center of everything!

Évora

Set among gardens in Évora’s historic center with just a 5-minute walk to the main square, this upscale hotel is 1 km both from the Cathedral of Évora and from the Roman Temple of Évora.

Other amenities include gardens, an outdoor pool, and a bar, as well as a lounge with a fireplace.

Óbidos

Along a narrow cobbled street, this library-themed hotel is in a restored 18th-century convent.

Amenities include a rustic-chic restaurant with arches, columns, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, as well as a gin bar with literary-inspired cocktails. There’s also a bookshop/lounge, plus a wine cellar where massages are available.

Coimbra

This 4-star hotel has a trendy coffee shop downstairs where you can have a fresh cup of coffee while sitting outside.  The breakfast is out of this world and should not be missed.  It is centrally located to major landmarks.

Amenities include a chic restaurant/bar, along with a fitness room, and an indoor pool.

Douro Valley

This 4-star hotel is surrounded by beautiful vineyards with an outdoor pool and stunning views of Douro Valley and River.

Nearby is one of the most superb vineyards in the Valley of the Douro River.

The boutique hotel consists of 10 guest rooms that are tastefully decorated including underfloor heating in the bathroom.

 

Porto

Set in Porto’s theater district, this chic, upscale hotel features gold and bronze decor throughout.

The hotel features a theater-inspired restaurant and a sophisticated bar with vintage photographs, as well as a gym and a secluded courtyard.

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

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