Grand Tour of Portugal
Explore Portugal by rail visiting the most important cultural cities from the South to the North whilst travelling through Portugal’s beautiful countryside
When choosing a Portugal holiday, you’re presented with the enviable task of deciding whether you stay on the mainland, rich in culture, history and beautiful landscapes; opt for a slice of Madeira, the island of eternal spring; or island hop on the exotic Azores.
Whether you’re looking to travel with friends, take a well-deserved solo break or treat your loved ones to an exciting trip away, our Portugal tours have something for everyone.
Portugal is a country of enormous variety. The land ranges from mountains and green valleys to flat, dry plains and an enticing coastline. Lovers of history and architecture can come together to marvel at the likes of the Medieval city of Guimarães, the hilltop citadel of St. George’s Castle and the palaces of Lisbon. You’ll also be taken aback by the Ribeira district, now a UNESCO site, with its labyrinth of narrow Medieval streets, time-worn, pastel-hued buildings and authentic old-world charm.
For a taste of paradise, travellers can visit the island of Madeira. Boasting contrasting landscapes, an abundance of flora and fauna, a temperate climate and an absorbing history, this destination is ideal for all explorers. With garden and island tours on offer, you will have the chance to visit charming valleys, quaint villages and tropical gardens on your Portugal trip – the perfect relaxing break.
Alternatively, the nine volcanic islands of The Azores will captivate the romantic in you with their intriguing legends and stunning natural beauty. You’ll discover peaceful lagoons, soaring cliffs, undulating countryside, secluded coves and tempting thermal waters. Between April and October, you may even be lucky enough to spot some incredible whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Whether you’d prefer to do an exclusive cruise along the Douro River through northern Portugal to Spain, or take a stroll through the Quinta da Aveleda estate before beginning your wine tasting, our guided tours to Portugal provide you with many opportunities to try something new.
As one of the warmest European countries, Portugal has an average temperature of 15 degrees in the north and 18 degrees in the south, while Madeira and the Azores can often be wetter or warmer.
If you’re a sun-worshipper and can’t think of anything better than being in Portugal at its warmest, spring and summer would be the perfect seasons to travel for you. With temperatures as high as 40 degrees, you’ll get your fair share of sunshine on your Portugal tour. For those of you that prefer it a little cooler, book your Portugal trip in autumn, when it’s milder.
If you like the sound of experiencing new cultures and destinations on a well-organised trip led by expert guides, our Portugal escorted tours are for you. With over 40 years of experience creating the most unbelievable breaks, here at Jules Verne we pride ourselves on providing individuals with memories to last a lifetime.
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Weather & Climate
Portugal is one of the warmest European countries with an average temperature of 15°C in the north and 18°C in the south, while the Azores and Madeira are wetter and hotter respectively.
When to go
Spring and summer see temperatures soar to as high as 40°C around the interior and 35°C in the north. Autumn is milder but with some rainfall.
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