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Family Vacation in Portugal, 9 Day Country Tour

Tour Description

More and more families with kids are choosing Europe for their holidays and we understand the itinerary needs to contain fun activities for everyone that sometime may be different than museums and history dense monuments. We have researched great ways to keep the kids entertained in this fabulous country and activities that will keep their attention captivated and trigger lots of curiosity.  Our Portugal Family Vacation is designed to be a fun and safe environment for both kids and adults while learning the culture and history of the country. We figure if the kids are relaxed and having a great time, they will learn a lot more and this is our desire. Our guides will be informed of the ages so they can plan ahead their presentation. The driver will be thinking of the kids in his choice on where to make stops.

This private driving tour covers the best of Portugal in 9 days with the assistance of private driver-guides and local guides in different locations making it easy for families or people with disabilities. This tour package allows you to experience Portugal's major highlights and it is designed for people who want a nice balance and would like to set their own pace to enjoy their preferences of travel whether they be monuments, food and wine, long walks or museums.  

  • 9 days/8 nights accommodations in charming, centrally-located, family friendly 3 and 4 star hotels (quadruples pending availability)
  • All Breakfasts
  • Transfer into Lisbon airport and out of Porto airport
  • Transportation within Portugal (only two transfers to and from airport)
  • Private driver-guide from Lisbon to Sierra Hotel stopping at Obidos, Nazaret and Alcobaça
  • Private driver-guide from Sierra hotel to Coimbra, Conimbriga and Aveiro
  • Private driver-guide from Aveiro to Costa Nova, pastry artisans Ovos Moles and Porto
  • Private Local guides in Lisbon and Oporto
  • Private, fun, and family friendly cooking class in a rural hotel
  • Orientation meeting via skype prior to go over your itinerary
  • Reservations in selected restaurants, Fado or activities to enhance the trip
  • Our exclusive service:
  • Full planning of the entire trip. 
  • Itinerary and Documents (Day to Day, Hotel List, List of reserved services, Tips for a better trip) with reservation numbers and tickets for all transportation, hotels, etc.
  • Communication with our company via email during the process of planning the tour.
  • Recommendations and attractions for kids that are age appropriate
  • 24h Telephone Support of Letango Tours for any emergency or problem that may arise while in Portugal
    • Visit the three famous neighborhoods of Lisbon (Alfama, Baixa, Bairro Alto) via the classic yellow trolley
    • Indulge in an intimate, family friendly cooking experience in the heart of Portugal
    • Visit some of the most historic places of Portugal (Tomar, Alcobaça, Batalha)
    • Explore the famous University of Coimbra and learn about the beginning of Fado
    • Learn about Roman Portugal in Conimbriga
    • Observe the old trade of Salting Cod in Aveiro, the Portuguese Venice, where you can enjoy a fun, gondola ride
    • Walk along the waterfront of Costa Nova with its picturesque painted houses
    • Visit Ovos Moles pastry artisans 
    • Walk the medieval walls of Obidos where the King´s men used to keep watch
    • Explore Oporto and its vast history linked to wine transported via the Douro river
    • Taste Porto wines in Oporto.
    • Consider a fabulous sunset cruise to see the great views of the city of Lisbon from the Tagus river.  

      Minimum 2 people to book this tour
      Optional for this tour:
      Adding on additional days and sites to cover more destinations in Portugal.  We have selected a range of possible activities for which we have agreed on discounts with our partners for you to benefit from. For most of these we can make the reservation but you will pay directly once you are there.
      Fado dinner in Lisbon (count on €45 per person, includes show)
      Great sunset cruise via sailboat in Lisbon
      Hippotrip amphibious tour by road and water in Lisbon (ideal for kids and family)
      Horseback riding, hiking or speleology as well as possible cultural visits to Fatima, Tomar or Batalha during your stay in Serra de Aire. 
      Aveiro gondola ride
      Pottery making
      Please inquire about the different options when you book the tour

      This package can be enhanced with added optional packages
      3 to 4 nights in the Algarve
      2 days on the Duero River with wine tasting theme
      1 day Sintra or Cascais private driving trip 
      1 day Braga and Guimaraes private driving trip

      Other information
      We will contact you after you place the order to check everything is correct and to continue the process. Remember we can make manual changes to your order later on. Please refer to our terms and conditions for cancellation policies. If you are unclear on how to book, please contact us via phone or email. Thank you

      Trip Summary- Please note where indicated trip changes based on size of group * Days 

      Day 1: Arrival, private transfer from airport. Check in.  Suggestions for a walk around hotel to get acquainted with the city or ride on the famous Trolly Car. Recommendations for dinner. Sleep in Lisbon.

      Day 2: Local guide meets you at hotel for intro, going over map and questions before starting your walk of the three famous neighborhoods of Lisbon, Baixa, Alfama, and Barrio Alto.  Afternoon free to explore sites such as Estrella Basilica and gardens, Gulbenkian foundation, Oceanarium, and Tile Museum. Sleep in Lisbon.

      Day 3: On your own today.  Recommended to see neighborhood of Belem with the Tower of Belem, Monument to the Discoveries, Monastery and possibly the Maritime museum.  Break for coffee at  Pastels de Belem, famous in Portugal.  Consider a sunset cruise and dinner at the stylish Mercado de Ribiera on the return to your hotel. Sleep in Lisbon.

      Day 4: Check out, Pick up hotel, drive to Obidos, a very picturesque fortress town where you will  explore and walk the medieval walls, then a visit to Nazare, traditional fishing town. Finish by a visit to the Alcobaça Monastery, a historic landmarks for Portugal. Drive on to Serra de Aire to  peaceful hotel in olive groves.  Sleep in Serra de Aire.

      Day 5: The next day is your chance to discover the country side, choose among different options; hike with a guide, visit fabulous caves, horseback riding, or learn about the pottery makers. Free time in the afternoon to enjoy the pool, spa or massage or choose to rest. Evening cooking class. Small intimate with chef present for hands on or off but meal at the end of experience.  Can be private. Sleep in Serra de Aire.

      Days 6:  Pick up and drive in am to Roman Conimbriga for visit, then onto Coimbra, birthplace of the Fado and magnificent University. Walk in Coimbra and visit famous University library before continuing north.  Driver/guide will indicate where to go but will stay with car. We continue onto Aveiro with the chance (time permits) of stopping at either the Vistalegre porcelaine factory and town or visit the Cod museum. Sleep in Aveiro.

      Days 7:  Driver-guide will pick you up, head north along coastal area of Costa Nova with picturesque painted houses, then head to Oporto for a panoramic tour. Arrival and check in, sightseeing on own this day with recommendations. Sleep in Oporto.

      Day 8:  Historic Walking tour of Oporto with guide. Lunch and afternoon on your own to enjoy this lovely city. Sleep in Oporto.

      Day 9: Breakfast, pick up and transfer to the airport for departure

      From Oporto there are 2 different add ons that you can choose, one is a two day visit to the Douro wine country sleeping in Pinhao and tasing wine in a couple places with a river cruise and the other is a one day driving tour to the historic towns of Guimarães and Braga.

      This is a 9 day summarized itinerary and it is fully private. Some places may be added based on time.
      As this package contains private tours, there is some flexibility about the places visited. 

      Your adventure will begin in Lisbon, the country´s fascinating capital filled with hills, cobbled streets, trolley cars, winding allies in the colorful array of neighborhoods. Our guide will introduce the history starting with some of the most famous ¨barrios¨ that reflect the names of the great explorers, Kings and architects that left their legacy in this great city. On the third day of your visit, you will leave the hustle and bustle for the medieval town of Obidos that will take you back to the days of jousting knights and fair princesses. From there, on to the coast of Nazare to capture of centuries old practice of drying sardines, followed by a 12th century Gothic Monastery of Alcobaça before heading to a restful place surrounded by nature in an area rich in the tradition of olive oil, stalagmite caves, and horseback riding traditions.

      This second part of the trip allow you to relax, catch up with the diary and history while taking walks, enjoying the pool or spa, taking a massage and going for a light or serious hike with a guide to discover the customs of the region. The second day you will have a private hands on cooking experience that is both fun and educational while you drink a glass of wine. 

      The next stage includes visiting Roman Conimbriga, historic Coimbra, birthplace of Fado, and one of the most important Universities, followed by a trip to Aveiro with the possibility to learn about the history of the salted Cod or visit the Porcelaine factory of Vistalegre if time permits.
      A canal Moliceiro trip (Portuguese gondola) is a must do experience here. Then you can stroll the streets of Aveiro and visit its market.

      The final part of the trip includes a driver-guide showing you the Costa Nova picturesque and ideal houses. From here we visit a producer of famous pastry ovos moles, then head to Oporto and do a panoramic by car to get you oriented. Oporto offers many opportunities to walk around, taste wine and delicious food and learn about the history of the city which we will do on the last day followed by free time. 

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      "We love to share our culture, provide you with unforgettable travel experiences and bring you closer to the locals. Our tours mix history, exquisite food and natural beauty, seeking the uncommon and connecting you with local culture"

      We like to present ourselves as expert travel planners dedicated to making each independent trip the most memorable for our customers.

      We are a Spanish/American team who specialize in every aspect of travel in Spain, Portugal and beyond, offering great customized tours that range from a day activity to overnight packages that include hotels, private drivers, walking tours, car rentals, restaurants, events and transportation. We offer many different services that can help you get the most out of your trip to Spain and Portugal. As expert travel planners, will help you save time and money, and as a registered travel agency we can take care of all of the details, saving you from the headache of planning thus leaving you plenty of time to enjoy this beautiful country.

      Our history

      As former guides of Rick Steves Europe through the back door, Jennifer and Carlos pride themselves on years of experience taking groups around Spain and Portugal. While still guiding, Carlos Galvin who was born in Madrid, started ¨Letango Tours¨, specializing in Luxury Travel and Guiding services in both countries. Jennifer, his wife, who is from Seattle Washington, has been guiding and organizing tours and itineraries around Spain and Portugal for more than 15 years.

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      Designed for the more discerning traveller, our travel planning services and private tours, throughout Spain and Portugal, are ideal for those who don´t have time to invest in a lot of research but want the best experience none-the-less. Our services alleviate the stresses of travel and provide immeasurable possibilities for learning about the culture through fun and unique activities as a couple, families or small groups.

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      We are in a constant state of research to find interesting and inspiring activities that are ideal for our clients. Typically, we will try something out ourselves first, so we can both describe it to you and know if it will be a great match. If the activity is appropriate, we like to bring our children, 9 and 12, along to see if they will like it as well. This allows us to update our materials all the time on new great venues or restaurants, hotels, must sees and must do experiences. We live it and pass the valuable info on to you, our customer. When we can, we will let you know of interesting exhibitions going on, temporary artisanal markets, free concerts and cultural events that give you an insider´s look at the culture.

      Teaching you our travel tricks

      At Letango, we believe in approaching tourism in Spain and Portugal with the right balance. Visiting our beautiful country is not just about seeing historic cities and monuments, it is also about immersing into the culture, getting close to the locals, celebrating with them in fiestas and sampling some of the wonderful cuisine. Our days are planned around this. We want to teach you how to, essentially, do like the spaniards do while you are here. We will show you tricks on how to stave your hunger despite the late lunches, when to rest a siesta so you are ready for the energetic night, go at the best times to visit sites with less crowds, etc.

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      We go to extremes to take care of our clients, both in the planning phase and once they have arrived. If it requires a phone call or several emails back and forth, communication is vital to get the service just right. We will take the worry out of your travel by calling ahead, checking on reservations, re-confirming with guides days before the service and even following up to make sure everyone was happy with the service.

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      We like to define ourselves as your host in Spain and Portugal. Letango´s friendly staff aims to provide impeccable service and be on stand-bye if you need us while you are traveling. Our 24 hour phone line given to you while here, proves we are dedicated to our clients and devoted to good customer service from beginning to end. Letango will take care of the details that will allow you to do what you came to Spain and Portugal for…...Have a fabulous vacation!

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      From drivers to guides to experts in their specific field whether it is culinary or wine experts to art historians, we strive at finding the best people to share their knowledge with you during your travels in Spain and Portugal. Their knowledge, English proficiency along with their personality make them a great host during your time in each city.  Besides we encourage them to be as adaptable to your preferences as possible. From seniors to families with kids.

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      Our team has been dedicated to give you the best attention and customer service in English understanding your needs like no other company out there. With over 14 years of experience we have planned thousands of customized services and tours for people like you.

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      Look forward to working with you.

      Thank you and Happy Happy Travels!

      Carlos and Jennifer Galvin
      Cofounders of Letango Tours

      Come and visit Spain and Portugal, away from the crowds and large groups, by choosing one of our Spain private travel packages. For the savvy and more discerning traveler including families, small groups of friends and special interest groups who want to visit Spain,  maintaining independence but with Letango handling all of the details.  We aim to take the hassle out of your travel and provide you with memorable experiences enjoying  private guides with lots of  flexibility.

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