PORTUGAL

Portugal is one of Europe’s most picturesque countries – colorful landscapes bursting with bougainvillea, stunning coastal cliffs, golden beaches, beautiful rivers, and remarkable historic architecture. There is a warm and creative energy here that is brought to life by the hospitality and welcoming spirit of the people, the love of design and culinary arts, and the obvious zest for outdoor adventure.

Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Portugal special.

Age Related Activities

Children Under 12

— Parque das Nações (Park of Nations), site of the 1998 World Exposition.

Oceanário de Lisboa (Europe’s largest aquarium)

Enjoy a cable ride along the river at a height of 80 meters, affording excellent views of Lisbon

View Lisbon from a private Tuk Tuk!

Teen Itineraries

Enjoy a high-speed ride along the Tagus River in a RIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat). Hold on tight as you motor past Lisbon’s waterfront neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop and view of the city’s most notable landmarks.

Adult Itineraries

Douro Valley: Private Rabelo boat cruise, including wine and tapas.

Key Itinerary Content

Travelers will complete a trip planning questionnaire that will allow Global CommUnity, working with their travel advisor, to fully customize their trip according to their family interests.

 

7-Day Itinerary Lisbon - Porto

— Private behind the scenes visit of a local Craft Center to observe

— Fado performance at local venue, including dinner and transportation.

— Private boat cruise along the River Tagus from Cascais to Lisbon,

— Private Rabelo boat cruise, including wine and tapas.

— Tagus River Estuary

— Take a stroll through the LX Factory Former industrial buildings and factories have been reinvented and redesigned

— UNESCO World Heritage Site Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

— Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

— Private kayaking expedition on the Mondego River

 

Transfers, private guided tours and breakfast daily, other meals as mentioned

Pricing is based on 4 passengers, double occupancy

Four Star pricing begins at $3,080 per person

Five Star pricing begins at  $3,614 per person

 

3-DAY Extension (Under 12 ) Monsaraz - Alentejo

Spend three days at a rural farmscape retreat. The estate offers a plethora of activities ranging from hiking, biking, picnics, stargazing and more. The spa and restaurant are not to be missed and their children’s facilities are great for the kids. Enjoy a half-day private guided tour of Monsaraz and the city of Évora—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Transfers, private guided tours and breakfast daily, other meals as mentioned

Pricing is based on 4 passengers, double occupancy

Prices starting at $1,053 per person

 

3-DayExtension (Teen) Maderia

Funchal is a lovely colonial town, with fine botanical gardens and parks, and a nice array of shopping and eating possibilities. Private driver and vehicle for a half-day tour of Funchal. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. It is home to an impressive collection of art works and sculptures set in a lovely natural environment. Guided half-day hike along the “levada” trails.

 

Transfers, private guided tours and breakfast daily, other meals as mentioned

Pricing is based on 4 passengers, double occupancy

Prices starting at $1,320 per person

 

Adults 3-DAY Extension Alentejo

Enjoys 3 days at a tranquil Alentejan retreat. With unique Architecture, marked both by its simplicity and sophistication, the accommodations at Torre de Palma offer a respite from the rest of the world. Spend your time drinking wine, horseback riding, working in the garden or vineyard, hiking, golfing, and even hunting with Falcons. Half-day tour of the Évora— a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Transfers, private guided tours and breakfast daily, other meals as mentioned

Pricing is based on 2 passengers, double occupancy

Prices starting at $1,120 per person

 

Visit a Portugese palace where you will be able to see how nobles lived in 18th century Portugal. The foundation contributes to the conservation and restoration of art pieces. Visit the Craft Center to observe their restoration projects at work.

CommUnity Impact

Azurara Palace

 

Re-food is a local organization in Lisbon whose mission is to eliminate food waste and end hunger, involving the full community, in common cause. They take excess food from restaurants, cafes and markets around town, repackage them and deliver to those in need. You are welcome to help in one of the three phases – collection, packaging or distribution.

CommUnity Impact

ReFood Organization

 

In the heart of Bairro Alto neighborhood sits a hidden secret old convent with a beautiful history and a small, but beautiful, cloister. The nuns take care of the house, but mainly take care of 30 handicapped girls that have been abandoned by their families. Known for their famous for their jams (shhh – it’s a secret recipe), today you will join one of the nuns with a trip to the market to buy supplies, followed by a fun couple of hours making their exquisite jam. The jams are then sold by the nuns to help take care of the girls and their Convent.

CommUnity Impact

Community Support

Preparing for Portugal

— Children under 12 receive a new friend, Pacal, who comes with a storybook  telling what his life is like in Portugal

— The whole family will receive recipes, books and movies preparing them for their trip.

— Portugal is ideal for children of all ages. Lisbon offers much in terms of fun activities. The beaches in the south are filled with family resorts perfect for a few days in the sun.

— Spring and fall are the best times to visit weather-wise (although September is very busy, especially in the Douro Valley for the grape harvest).  The summer is also very good weather, however the crowds are much larger.

— A valid passport is required with six months before expiration for entry into Portugal.

 

Oceanário de Lisboa (Europe’s largest aquarium)

Enjoy a cable ride along the river at a height of 80 meters, affording excellent views of Lisbon

View Lisbon from a private Tuk Tuk!