Any wonderful places to stay before or after the tour? Travel writer Rick Steves offers an itinerary to help you start on your journey of getting to know Portugal. My favorite parts are the self guided walking tours that Steves has created for each of the major areas. Walked around the town, walked the boardwalk to Estoril, then boarded a train back to Lisbon. Inside Rick Steves Portugal you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Portugal Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites Top Tour Lisbon's cobbled lanes, cruise the Douro River, and soak up the sun on Algarve beaches: with Rick Steves on your side, Portugal can be yours! We had a lovely seaside lunch and having the guide really helped us enjoy Sintra. We took this tour in 2016. Visited small, off the tourist beaten track places, ate delicious seafood and tasted coffee at the only roaster in the city.
Take the Elevador de Gloria up to the Alcântara miradouro. Had to go there the following morning, but it was totally worth it for me. Your choices will not impact your visit. Tour Lisbon's cobbled lanes, cruise the Douro River, and soak up the sun on Algarve beaches: with Rick Steves on your side, Portugal can be yours! Made it back to meet my sister in law and a few new friends at a nice restaurant. Take the train to Coimbra.
When you exit the ferry, turn right and walk along the river. I would have enjoyed an additional day and night. We extended our time after Porto. Their farm has become a popular stop on our Portugal tours. We took a tour to Sintra and Cascais using Your Friend in Lisbon. Checked this book out from the library in preparation for a month long trip this coming summer, planning on just reading the sections on the cities we were already planning on going to and ended up reading it cover to cover like a novel.
I took public transportation to the train station where I boarded a quick little train to Cascais. Privacy Settings This site uses functional cookies and external scripts to improve your experience. Getting around While this itinerary is designed to be done by car, it can also be done by train and bus. Visit for more information about this destination and other destinations in Europe. I've been gnawing away at this book for ages, as I was to visit the country in January, got ill, and had to re-schedule the journey - just got back on Monday 15 May, so here I am highly recommending it to you - I a See also my just-written review of the Rough Guide to Portugal, as together with Rick Steves's books make a wonderful pairing for your travel in Europe. After the tour I spent 4 additional nights in an apartment in Porto, and took day trips to Guimaraes, to Santiago de Compostela, and to the rural area Tras-os-Montes, either on my own or with a day tour by van. Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip! Views from the opposite side of town.
His insights and ratings of city highlights were on point and his restaurant recommendations never failed! Saving the capital city of Lisbon for another episode, we'll dance on the beach at Nazaré, marvel at a medieval abbey in Batalha, visit a royal library and revel with university students in Coimbra, savor port wine with the people who made it along the Douro River, and get to know Portugal's gritty and fascinating second city, Porto. If you like big cities, Lisbon is worth an extra day. While I don't always agree with Rick Steves, he is usually on the right track about most places, and he has Portugal down quite well. We visited the Tile Museum which my wife thought was great but I found a bit boring. We arrived 2 days early and took a small guided day tour to Sintra, Cascais and Cabo Roca. See also my just-written review of the Rough Guide to Portugal, as together with Rick Steves's books make a wonderful pairing for your travel in Europe.
I just wrapped up — laughing, learning, and exploring with a great group of 25 new friends. Beautifully constructed, well written, and compiled with an eye for genuine experiences over fancy cultivated ones. But at one venerable cloister, I noticed our group was pointing and laughing at something carved into a fine old relief. It was a character, chiseled 500 years ago, that was the spitting image of our president. He does such a thorough job of explaining economical and easy ways to sightsee his favorite sites, but he skips over those he doesn't like--and three of the towns we're visiting in Portugal he doesn't like. I traveled with my sister in law and we arrived in Lisbon 4 days before the tour started. Take a taxi or tuk-tuk to the Graça miradouro.
We flew to Madrid x 4 nights, day trip to Toledo, train to Barcelona x 4 nights. See the sights near Nazaré by bus, using Nazaré as your home base. I like to explore new cities on foot, wan Checked this book out from the library in preparation for a month long trip this coming summer, planning on just reading the sections on the cities we were already planning on going to and ended up reading it cover to cover like a novel. Traveling along the beautiful Atlantic coast you will enjoy Europe's westernmost point. I was able to use his directions and maps in the book to navigate around the cities of Portugal fairly easily. In Porto we took an Uber to the Taylor Fladgate bodega where we had a fabulous lunch and port tasting.
We arrived a few days early and enjoyed the tour hotel. Many thanks for your always thoughtful recommendations! I had wanted to see the little fishing village of Cascais. And see the map from above, really neat. Porto is a bit gritty but, in hindsight, we probably could have spent another day. We're also interested in any tips or discoveries you made while in Europe. Your comments help us improve our guidebooks for future travelers.
Inside Rick Steves Portugal you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Portugal Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites Top sights and hidden gems, from the the bone chapel of Évora and the palaces of Sintra to seaside street food and lush vineyards How to connect with culture: Chat with locals in charming small towns, enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood stew, or spend an evening at a bluesy fado bar Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a glass of local port Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums Detailed maps for exploring on the go Useful resources including a packing list, a Portuguese phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading Over 400 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down Complete, up-to-date information on Lisbon, Sintra, Salema, Cape Sagres, Lagos, Tavira, Évora, Nazaré, Batalha, Fátima, Alcobaça, Óbidos, Coimbra, Porto, Peso de Régua, Pinhão, and more Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Portugal. For example, on my , we visited a tile factory and learned about the tiles that are so integral to Portuguese cityscapes — and we each got a chance to paint our own tile as a souvenir of the trip. Does anyone know if there are things not included on this tour that we should see in those cities? Email him at and follow his blog on Facebook. Here are a few highlights from our time together: Dinner — and Lots of Wine — in Porto Photo: Bin Lee The wine is so good in Portugal, it can be tough to stop at a couple of glasses. Went to the Tile Museum and São Vicente de Fora Monastery.
Usually Rick Steves is my go-to guy for travel books, but this one didn't meet my needs. They are so eager to show us around, they built a special trailer for their tractor so that whole groups can ramble around the farm together while the sons talk about their work and the cork industry. After about 10 minutes, you will see two restaurants right on the river side. We have found this very helpful. This was a great prelude to the tour! Did the day trip to Sintra. © 2000 Rick Steves' Europe After rummaging through the riches of Portugal's Golden Age in Lisbon's Belém district, we head north to eat barnacles in the salty old fishing village of Nazaré, ponder the local Romeo and Juliet in the fascinating abbey in Alcobaça, march with pilgrims to Fátima on the anniversary of a miracle, and sample the vibrant student life in the college town of Coimbra.