Portugal Student Tour

8 Days / 6 Nights

Discover Portugal’s vibrant culture, fascinating history, and rich cuisine on this 8-day student tour. Experience the soulful melodies of Fado in Lisbon, journey through medieval towns and picturesque fishing villages along the Atlantic coast, and explore the enchanting fairytale castle, Palacio de Pena, in Sintra. This educational adventure unveils Portugal’s rich maritime legacy set against breathtaking coastal and mountain vistas.

Portugal Student Tour

8 Days — 6 Nights
  • Fly overnight to Lisboa, Portugal.

  • Welcome to Lisboa, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city! Your Forum Tour Manager will greet you at the airport and remain with your group for the duration of your stay.

  • Your adventure in Lisboa will start on foot: from the city center head to Portas do Sol, one of Lisbon’s many “miradouros” or look-out points. Here you can enjoy a scenic view of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River). On your way you will pass by the famous Rua Augusta, the Santo Antonio Church, and the Cathedral.

  • Enjoy a meal with your group at a local restaurant.

  • After breakfast at your hotel, head to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Make sure to stop at Pastéis de Belém, one of Lisboa’s most famous pastel de nata bakeries, which began making the sweet treat in 1837 following the ancient recipe from the monastery.

  • Next, visit the Belém Tower. Built in the 16th century, this Manueline (Gothic) style tower marked the beginning of a voyage for Portuguese explorers and was the last sight of land they saw when heading out to sea.

  • Then, make your way to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos – a monument dedicated to Portugal’s maritime discoveries.

  • After some free time for lunch, visit the Castelo de São Jorge, and appreciate another magnificent view of Old Lisbon. You will then walk through the Alfama Quarter to Praça do Comercio.

  • Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant followed by a night of Fado, Portugal’s traditional music genre, granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. Tonight, the Portuguese guitar and the voices of Fado will capture your full attention!

  • After breakfast at your hotel, depart towards Azeitão. Located at the foot of the Arrábida mountains, here you will taste the famous Azeitão cheese, a handcrafted, unpasteurized sheep’s milk cheese specific to the region.

  • Continue to the “museum town” of Évora, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns, Évora is an enchanting place to delve into the past.

  • Enjoy some free time for lunch before boarding your bus back to Lisboa.

  • Enjoy a meal with your group at a local restaurant.

  • After breakfast, board your private bus to Sintra, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Discover the magnificent Palácio da Pena, the former Royal summer residence. This palace is said to have inspired many writers and poets, such as Lord Byron who named it “The Garden of Eden.”

  • Enjoy some free time for lunch. Why not trying some Queijada de Sintra, a local treat similar to a cheesecake!

  • Continue your journey to Cascais. En route, you will make a stop in Cabo da Roca, the most western point of continental Europe.

  • Explore Cascais, a former fishing village that gained fame as a resort for Portugal’s royal family in the late XIX century. Walk through the typical streets before returning to Lisbon for dinner.

  • After breakfast, board your private bus to Porto.

  • On the way, you will discover the pilgrimage site of Fátima and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary.

  • Continue on to Coimbra, birthplace of six kings and home to Portugal’s oldest university. After some free time for lunch,
    follow your Tour Manager on a walking tour of the city. Visit the prestigious university and its famous 18th-century library.

  • Head to Porto for dinner and night accommodation.

  • After breakfast, start your day in Porto on a guided walking tour from the famous Avenida dos Aliados to the riverfront.

  • Visit the medieval quarter with its colorful houses facing the river and its picturesque boats.

  • Visit the lavish São Francisco Church, boasting one of the most fabulously opulent interiors in all of Europe. There is little that is not covered in gold, and it is said that there are 400kg of the precious metal!

  • Head to the Mercado Bolhão, a traditional produce market.

  • Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the Douro River and see the six bridges that connect Porto.

  • Enjoy a farewell meal with your group at a local restaurant.

  • After breakfast, board your private bus to the airport.

  • Say a fond “adeus” to your Forum Tour Manager before boarding your return flight home.

What’s included

All-inclusive pricing makes it easy for teachers,
parents, and students. This trip includes:

Private group tour
Expert local guides
emergency support
Personalized itinerary
Centrally-located hotels
Travel insurance
Tour Manager 100%
dedicated to your group
Authentic meals
Airfare & ground

What our teachers are saying

We had a wonderful trip again this year. Sharmila makes the planning exceptionally easy. She is so responsive and accommodating! In Spain, everything always runs like clockwork. We feel very lucky with how well planned out the trip is. We will definitely travel with Forum again!

Ellen C., Teacher from Metairie, LA, Spain Cultural Tour

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