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Enchanting Portugal

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Flanked by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal seems to enchant anyone who has made a trip along its 1,800 km of pristine coastline. With picturesque vineyards, jagged cliffs and hilly cities, history can be found on every cobblestoned street, and the Portugal experience is different for each traveller. Warm people and delicious food are central to every visit. If salted cod and fresh sardines are everyday staples, the Pastéis de Belém pastry is now an institution in its own right.

Departure Dates

2023 September 19 - October 4 Sold Out | Waitlist Available
2023 September 26 - October 11 Double Rooms Left | Single Rooms Waitlist Available
2023 October 3 - October 18 Sold Out | Waitlist Available
2024 April 29 - May 14
2024 May 13 - May 28
2024 September 16 - October 1
2024 September 30 - October 15

The Details

16 days

All-inclusive

$8,295CAD

Per person in double occupancy


Single supplement: $1,500

Max Group Size: 30 travellers

Our approach perks

Private car service to and from your home airport

International flights and transportation while abroad

Meals and excursions that are typically sold separately

Tips for all service providers

24/7 Group Guru (in addition to tour guide and local guides)

$5 million of emergency medical travel insurance coverage, as well as protection for lost, damaged or stolen luggage

All taxes at home and abroad (including airport and hotel taxes)


Total PERKS value: $3,412

This tour also includes

Tour Essentials

Tour essentials

International flights with Air Canada (details)

14 nights in first class hotels

Dedicated English-speaking tour guide and local guides

Carefully selected visits, with entrance fees

Luxury coach bus transfers and luggage porterage throughout

Sanitation protocols certified by Safe Travels

Food & drinks

Food & drink

All 42 meals, including: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners

Fado show and farewell dinner (included in meal count)

Specialty lunch in a Quinta (included in meal count)

Welcome cocktail

Port wine tasting

Bottled water daily (2 x 500ml)

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Our happy travellers rave about Portugal

We would definitely travel with Diana and Approach again

Highlights included the boat tour in Lagos; experiencing grilled sardines, a day of rest by the beach; Aveiro, the University of Coimbra; Fátima, Port & wine tastings; Nazaré was beautiful, Palácio Nacional & Cabo da Roca. All of Lisbon was a pleasure. The people in the group were fantastic. Diana was masterful in making us feel at ease, included and valued. She made a point of connecting, supporting, and ensuring we had fun. We would definitely travel with Diana and Approach again.

Anna & Joe from Dundas, ON
Joined us Fall, 2023

Everything was phenomenal

As first-time travellers with Approach Tours we were very impressed with the overall service. Hotel quality, three meals a day, transportation, luggage handling, excellent guides and tour guru, variety in cities… everything was phenomenal!

Rejeanne & William Lloyd from Wendover, ON
Joined us Spring, 2022

Caroline made this tour for me

Caroline made this tour for me. She is competent, friendly, and fun. I also appreciated the “extras” that were purchased by Approach en route. Other tours did not often do that. Jorge was a very knowledgeable guide. He is a wealth of information about his country and its history. You can’t go wrong working with him.

Wendy from Parksville, BC
Joined us Spring, 2022

Honestly blew me away

The wine tasting, lunch, and tour of the port wine facility were great! I thought it could not be surpassed, but the next day in Tomar honestly blew me away – just spectacular. Then we had a couple of relaxing days in Evora – which was great timing.

Conrad & Selena from Edmonton, AB
Joined us Spring, 2022

We enjoy the pace

Lisbon tour (old Portugal) was great; Sintra town was wonderful. Boat rides were all good (all 3 of them!) – even though I get seasick, I enjoy all of them very much! We enjoy the pace – enough time to recover between trips. All-inclusive idea was great with exclusive visits. The winery on the Douro Valley was wonderful. Good job!

John & Jennifer from Kitchener, ON
Joined us Spring, 2022

I felt very fortunate

Douro wine tasting and lunch definitely were a highlight. Algarve sea tour was excellent. Our tour group of people were wonderful and I felt very fortunate to meet such a great group of people. I wouldn’t change anything. Will definitely be recommending Approach to friends and family.

Janice from Castlegar, BC
Joined us Spring, 2022

It is the variety that makes the tour so wonderful

Wine tasting in Porto, and in the Algarve, the Templar Church in Tomar, all the monuments… truly it is the variety that makes the tour so wonderful. Marie Claude was exceptional. Very attentive, kind, and organized. She really made the whole trip.

Marie Danielle & Nicholas from Kanata, ON
Joined us Spring, 2022

The daily scheduling was great

We especially liked the trip to Sintra, the Knights Templar & the wineries in the Douro area. The lunch at the one winery was exceptional! The daily scheduling was great – not too strenuous with good start times!

Bob & Vicki from Port Dover, ON
Joined us Fall, 2019

The All-inclusive package made everything worry-free

Just returned from Portugal with Approach Tours and it was AMAZING!!!! The ALL-INCLUSIVE package made everything worry-free from the airport transfers, flights, meals, attractions, and assistance with options for free time. All we had to do was pack! The upscale hotels were conveniently located for “free time” exploration and the meals were sensational (you will never go hungry)! The itinerary allowed for sufficient aside from exploring the many wonders of the area. Our guide, Alexandra was FANTASTIC! Her knowledge of Portugal and her storytelling ability made history come alive! She was also EXCEPTIONAL at adapting to the needs of the group. Portugal is so much more than just Lisbon (not to take anything away from the city which we LOVED). However, the rest of the country has so much diversity to offer and it is absolutely safe wherever you travel. We will definitely return to Portugal again in the future as we now have more of a comfort level with the various areas. Thank you Approach Tours. Looking forward to South Africa in the spring!

Donna & Bruce from Calgary, AB
Joined us Fall, 2019

This tour’s itinerary

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DAYS 1 & 2 GOODBYE CANADA, BOM DIA PORTUGAL!

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport, where travellers departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your dedicated Group Guru and fellow travellers and fly overnight to Lisbon. Upon your arrival, our luxury coach takes you to your hotel to settle in, before an afternoon toast and welcome cocktail. Overnight in Lisbon. (L,D)

DAY 3 DISCOVER LISBON & BELÉM

Spend the morning drawn in by the bohemian neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto and Chiado, decorated by pastel-hued buildings and yellow street cars. After lunch, follow the soft ocean breeze and travel to the Age of Discoveries on a guided tour featuring Santa Maria Church and the adjoining Jerónimos Monastery. Experience Pastéis de Belém, a local institution famous for its take on the sumptuous custard-filled pastel de nata. We promise your first bite won’t be your last! After a stop at the Belém Tower, enjoy some time to explore Lisbon. Overnight in Lisbon. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 4 EXPLORE ALFAMA & NATIONS PARK

Begin the morning by exploring the pedestrian avenues around Comércio Square, Rossio Square and the winding Alfama district. After a short break, make your way to the Parque das Nações neighborhood, a redeveloped area known for the striking Camões Theatre and Lisbon Oceanarium. After lunch, amble around Lisbon at your leisure or join us for a tour of the Oceanarium, the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. Overnight in Lisbon. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 5 DAY TRIP TO SINTRA, CASCAIS & ESTORIL

Fairytale Sintra is home to exotic gardens and exquisite palaces. Appreciate the Moorish architecture of Palácio Nacional before reaching Cabo da Roca, the striking viewpoint forming Europe’s westernmost point. A relaxing afternoon tour takes you through the scenic resort towns of Cascais and Estoril. Overnight in Lisbon. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 6 MEDIEVAL Ă“BIDOS & ROUTE TO PORTO (350 KM)

Walking tour of the medieval village of Óbidos, initially a Roman settlement during the peak of the empire. Enjoy seaside scenery in the resort towns of Nazaré and Batalha, where you will visit the famous Batalha Monastery, built in 1386. Overnight in Porto. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 7 TASTE PORTO

The colourful Baroque-influenced city of Porto will tickle your senses. Visit the Dom Luís I bridge, the Clérigos Church, the Porto Cathedral, the Church of São Francisco, as well as the lively Ribeira Square. Tour a leading port wine cellar, and learn about its unique production method before partaking in a deliciously orchestrated tasting. Overnight in Porto. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 8 WINE TASTING & DOURO CRUISE (272 KM)

Marvel at the enchanting towns surrounding Porto. Begin with Amarante, famous for its pastries and the São Gonçalo Church. On to the town of Vila Real to explore its Casa Mateus gardens before sitting down for wine tasting in a Sabrosa winery. Set off on a river cruise from the port town of Pinhão and glide along the scenic Douro Valley. Overnight in Porto. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 9 AVEIRO, COIMBRA & TOMAR (266 KM)

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Aveiro, the “Venice of Portugal”. On to history- filled Coimbra to discover its Moorish-era city center as well as its spectacular medieval university, dating back to 1290. In the afternoon, visit the Sanctuary of Fátima, an important Catholic pilgrimage site. Overnight in neighbouring Tomar. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 10 TOMAR, KNIGHTS TEMPLAR & ÉVORA (191 KM)

Explore the city of Tomar, former seat of the Knights Templar. Visit the Cristo Monastery located inside the Castelo de Tomar, the Synagogue, and the vast 17th-century Pegões Aqueduct. Continue to the quaint town of Évora for the night. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 11 DISCOVER ÉVORA

Guided tour of Évora, where you will see the Giraldo Square, Rua 5 de Outubro, the Roman Temple, São Francisco Church, as well as the chilling but appropriately named Chapel of Bones. Overnight in Évora. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 12 WINE TASTING & ALBUFEIRA (279 KM)

Enjoy a guided tour and wine tasting in a traditional Monsaraz cellar before heading south to the beautiful seaside resort town Albufeira, in the Algarve region. Overnight in Albufeira (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 13 DAY TRIP TO LAGOS & PONTA DA PIEDADE (188 KM)

Day trip to the fortified city of Lagos, where you will explore the old city as well as the Ponta da Piedade, a series of unique, jagged coastline arches and caves carved by the ocean over thousands of years. Enjoy a boat tour and explore these golden sea caves that contrast dramatically with the green crystal-clear water. Overnight in Albufeira. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 14 ALBUFEIRA WANDERLUST

Discover the beaches on this idyllic coastline. Albufeira is a favourite for tourists and locals alike – the perfect place to relax, enjoy the sun and sample tasty Portuguese specialties. Overnight in Albufeira. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 15 ALBUFEIRA & FADO SHOW IN LISBON (255 KM)

Relax in Albufeira before making your way to Lisbon for our farewell dinner and authentic Fado show. Overnight in Lisbon. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 16 HOME SWEET HOME

Fly from Lisbon to Canada, with a same day arrival. Your driver will meet you at the airport to help you with your luggage and drive you home. (B)
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Hotels we've previously visited in Portugal

Lisbon Czar Lisbon Hotel
Porto Hotel Cristal Porto
Tomar Hotel dos Templarios
Évora Évora Hotel
Albufeira Quarteira Sol Hotel
Lisbon Turim MarquĂŞs Hotel
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Our unique approach

 

When we say we are all-inclusive, we mean it. Our tours have everything you need to sit back and enjoy your experience. No precious time wasted, no extra costs, no fine print.

 

While everything is included on an Approach tour, we built our experiences with different travel styles in mind. After all, your time is yours to enjoy as you please.

WHEN I'M ON VACATION...

I want free time

Feel free to break away and to rejoin the group whenever you want – we’ll even give you tips on how to get around and what there is to see. Just give us a heads up!

I want to do & see everything!

Feel free to break away and to rejoin the group whenever you want – we’ll even give you tips on how to get around and what there is to see. Just give us a heads up!

 

We sell directly to you so that you never have to pay for expensive agency commissions

 

 

From 24/7 customer service, to making every interaction as delightful as possible, we make it easy for our guests – every step of the way. Just ask.

 

MULTIPLE GATEWAYS. ONE FLAT SUPPLEMENT.

$100. Flat.
(Toronto gateways are included)

 

 

PRE TOUR

Call, message or email us anytime – we will respond 24/7

ON TOUR

Your dedicated Group Guru is available to help anytime.

 

DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE

We pick you up and drop off in a private car.
All you need to do is pack and walk out your front door!

 

WORLD-CLASS AIRLINES

  • Assisted check-in
  • Complimentary baggage allowance
  • In-flight entertainment
  • Possibility for upgrades at your discretion

FOOD IS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE

We’ve taken time to select our favourite spots for you to safely explore the local cuisine while on tour. Pack your taste buds.

HOTELS WE KNOW AND LOVE

We believe a restful night’s sleep is the cornerstone of any trip. Check out the tour pages for images from our favourite hotels for that destination.

HIGH QUALITY, MODERN COACHES

  • Air conditioning
  • Premium seating
  • Large windows to take in the view
  • Extra seating
  • Dedicated baggage storage so you can stretch out

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