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 your Portugal escorted tours holiday, you’re presented with the enviable task of deciding whether you stay on the mainland, with its rich culture, history, and beautiful landscapes; opt for a slice of paradise with a tour of Madeira, the island of eternal spring; or island hop on the exotic Azores.
Our handpicked selection of escorted tours to Portugal ensures you get to experience the wealth of attractions this vast and vibrant country has to offer, from medieval castles to cosmopolitan cities, tantalising cuisine to picture-perfect vistas.
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 guided tours have something for everyone.
Portugal is a country of enormous variety. Having been home to Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Christians over the centuries, it’s easy to see where the Portuguese get their indomitable spirit. Each culture is etched into the landscape, from its vast mountain ranges and lush green valleys, to its flat, dry plains, and enticing coastline with its crystal-clear azure seas. Every settler has made their mark on this magical country, and with our Portugal escorted tours, you’ll get to experience the magic first-hand.
For those seeking a cultural tour, firmly rooted in the proud heritage of the country, our Pousadas of Portugal guided tour is for you. Set to the backdrop of dramatic landscapes, you’ll stay in specially selected former monasteries and palaces and live like Portuguese royalty. 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.
Our Portugal River Cruises take passengers along the Douro river, where you’ll see Portugal from vistas new, whilst experiencing fine Portuguese cuisine and of course the deliciously sweet wine. Our Grand Tour of Portugal is perfect for first-timers and frequent visitors alike. On these escorted tours to Portugal you’ll explore the most important cultural cities and uncover the Gothic, Baroque, and Romanesque architecture that prevails throughout the regions.
For a slice of paradise, with an abundance of exotic flora and fauna, our Portugal escorted tours to Madeira offers you a break that is both relaxing and full of exploration. The only thing you have to do is to choose between our A Slice of Madeira tour or our The Garden Isle of Madeira trip.
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.
Our escorted tours to Portugal will provide you with so many unique experiences, you’ll want to return time and time again.
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 escorted 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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For all 2022 bookings made by 31 August 2021, deduct £60 per person
A new itinerary introducing the Douro cruise of our longstanding European partner, CroisiEurope at a special introductory tariff from Porto to Spain enjoying seven excursions including Porto, Guimarães and Salamanca
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Save up to £150
(4 June, 27 August & 22 October 2021)
Following the retirement of our favourite of many years, the Douro Prince, we are excited to offer limited dates for a special promotion at a very favourable tariff on the former Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, offering greater quality, space and comfort with just 15 spacious cabins
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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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An exceptional collection of small group tours and cruises around the world, with 2021 & 2022 departures.
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