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From the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Algarve to the ancient footpaths of Madiera and the lush volcanic landscape of the Azores, our small group tours to Portugal will transport you into the heart of this sought-after adventure holiday destination.

Whether you’re island hopping in the Azores or exploring the colourful Pena Palace at Sintra, our local tour leader will show you the must-see sights of Portugal as well as the hidden gems. Portugal has vibrant cities to discover - stroll the historic streets of Lisbon with the chance to hear fado music or sample port in Porto. Take a Portugal walking trip, join our cycling tour up the Douro Valley to explore one of the world’s oldest wine regions in Porto, or go whale watching from the island of Pico.

Considering a trip to Portugal but new to Explore? We've answered some of the most-asked questions about our small group tours.

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Azores Island Hopping

Azores, Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code AZ
14 Days From £1770 without flights

Levada Trails of Madeira

Madeira, Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code TM
Best seller
8 Days From £799 without flights

Highlights of Portugal

Portugal Discovery Trip code HOP
8 Days From £1160 without flights

Remote Coastal Trails of Portugal

Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code POR
Best seller
8 Days From £925 without flights

Cycle Portugal - Lisbon to Algarve

Portugal Cycling Trip code CAL
8 Days From £1099 without flights

Walking in Portugal - Eastern Algarve

Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code WIA
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8 Days From £760 without flights

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

Portugal, Spain Walking and Trekking Trip code MWW
12 Days From £1699 without flights

Walking in Portugal - Sintra and Arrabida

Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code WISA
8 Days From £899 without flights

Cycle Seville to Porto

Portugal, Spain Cycling Trip code CEX
8 Days From £1220 without flights

Self-Guided Coastal Trails of Portugal

Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code WSPO
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9 Days From £540 without flights

Madeira Island Discovery

Madeira, Portugal Discovery Trip code MDR
8 Days From £850 without flights

Cycle Portugal - Lisbon to Algarve

Portugal Cycling Trip code CAL
8 Days From £1099 without flights

Self-Guided Walking in Madeira

Madeira, Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code WSMP
Best seller
8 Days From £775 without flights

Cycling Portugal - Porto to Lisbon

Portugal Cycling Trip code CPL
8 Days From £1199 without flights

Self-Guided Portugal Walking Short Break

Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code WSSPO
5 Days From £425 without flights

Self-Guided Walking in Sintra, Portugal

Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code WSPS
8 Days From £499 without flights

Self-Guided Walking in the Azores - Sao Miguel Island

Azores, Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code WSAZ
8 Days From £695 without flights

Self-Guided Cycle South Portugal

Portugal Cycling Trip code CSPO
8 Days From £799 without flights

Self-Guided Walking in the Azores - Faial and Pico Islands

Azores, Portugal Walking and Trekking Trip code WSAF
8 Days From £780 without flights

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Portugal highlights

 

Our selection of small group holidays to Portugal will take you from the golden sandy beaches of the Algarve and bustling food markets of Porto to the exotic islands of the Azores and mossy footpaths of Madeira. Here are some of our Portugal Tour highlights:
 

Algarve

Set off on foot to discover hidden gems in an unspoilt corner of Portugal along the western Algarve on our Coastal Trails of Portugal walking holiday. The Algarve region is famous for its glistening turquoise waters, golden sand beaches, fresh seafood and delicious local wines. Uncover the jagged arches of Ponta de Piedade and take the coastal trail along towering cliffs to Europe’s most south-westerly point, Cabo Sao Vicente. Alternatively, head to Tavira on our Eastern Algarve Walking Tour for leisurely walks through picturesque villages, traditional fishing towns and untouched sandbank islands. 


Azores

Portugal’s Azores Islands are located in the mid-Atlantic and boast verdant hillsides, aquamarine seas, volcanoes and exotic flora. Visit five islands on our Azores Island Hopping Walking Holiday to see the best that they have to offer. Wander around the emerald green crater lakes of Sao Miguel, swim in the lava rock pools on the coast of Terceira, walk along the ridge of the lush Caldeira de Cima gorge on Sao Jorge, go whale watching from Pico and trek amongst blooms of wild blue hydrangeas on Faial. 
 

Porto

Jump on board a train to Porto on our Highlights of Portugal Tour. Follow your tour leader through the rustic cobbled streets and to the quayside of Casi da Ribeira where colourful old townhouses line the water’s edge. Then take some time to explore the bustling food markets, discover churches embellished with ornate azulejo tiles and relax in a cosy coffee bar. A visit to Porto wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a local port lodge too. Learn about the history and production of white, ruby and tawny port before putting them to the test with a tasting session. 
 

Madeira

Madeira is an archipelago of four Portuguese islands located off the west coast of Africa. Explore the main volcanic island on foot with our Madeira Trekking Holiday and uncover a verdant world of mossy levadas, ancient footpaths and clifftop passes. Uncover waterfalls cascading through the hillsides, take a dip in the freshwater levada pools, hike to the highest summit of Pico Ruivo, navigate your way through dark tunnels and feel your heart rate rise as you step onto the famous Balcony Walk cut into the edge of the cliff face. 
 

Solo travel in Portugal

 

Travelling alone? You’re in the right place! All of our Portugal trips are perfect for solo travellers. Many of our customers come along on their own so you’ll be in good company and you’ll most likely make new friends along the way. Let us take away the stress and worry and look after all of the logistics so you can relax and enjoy your adventure. 
 

Best time to go to Portugal


Portugal (Mainland)
Whether you want to explore the colourful city of Lisbon, cycle along the Algarve or walk the dramatic coastline of Ponta de Piedade, the best months for comfortable weather and fewer crowds are in the Spring (February to March) or Autumn (September to October). The summer months are equally as wonderful, but the temperatures will be higher and rainfall scarce. 

Azores
Hop between the lush islands of the Azores from May to October for the best weather, with lots of sunshine, comfortable temperatures and little rainfall. There will be plenty of whale-watching boat trips at this time of year too, and the aquamarine seas will be calmer. 

Madeira
Madeira is a year-round destination with warm and sunny weather throughout the year. Due to Madeira’s mountainous topography, the north of the island gets more rainfall than the south, and the south typically has more hours of sunshine each year. Explore the Levada trails of Madeira in the spring to see a spectacular display of exotic flowers burst into bloom, and to avoid the busy summer crowds.

 

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