portugal

why go?

Looking for a trip that has it all? Portugal can't be beat.

From the colorful Lisbon to the stunning medieval castles of Sintra and the most unique beaches you've ever seen on the Algarve Coast, you'll be blown away by everything this country has to offer. Open yourself to adventure by trying delicious pastéis de nata (with extra cinnamon and sugar, of course), wandering the historical winding walkways of Lisbon with live Fado music playing in the distance, feeling like royalty in the storybook Palácio da Pena, and kayaking through the turquoise grottos of Lagos. Not only will you be able to experience the rich history and culture of Portugal, but you'll also be able to let loose on sunny beaches and maybe even a party boat (or two!). 

 

dates

 

July 20th - 28th, 2019

 

what's included? 

 

  • 8 nights | 9 days 

    • All accommodations have been personally stayed in and chosen by TWC.

    • *Note that Night 1 is your overnight flight.

  • 7 free and delicious meals

    • Picture a breakfast spread of homemade Belgian waffles, fresh paninis, chorizo, eggs, and fluffy cakes.

  • Transportation between cities 

    • Enjoy comfy executive seats that allow you to recline back and rest up before arriving in the next city. 

  • Airport transfer service

    • You'll have nothing to worry about as you arrive in Lisbon. 

  • Several fun excursions

    • See the full itinerary below for specific details on included excursions. 

  • Individual TWC Traveler Account and access to a private group Facebook for the trip 

    • Each TWC Traveler will be given access to their own account where they will find a trip-specific packing list, options to contact their trip consultants with any questions, a link to a private Facebook group for just the Portugal TWC travelers and trip consultants, and more information. 

  • Personal trip consultants for the duration of the trip.​​

              *Note that your international flights to and from Lisbon are not included.

 

*Full Trip Itinerary below*

 

 

Check out @travelworldculture and #travelworldculture on Instagram for more photos of the trip.

what do past twc travelers think of the trip?  

"in love with Portugal"

"Seriously such an incredible experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you for EVERYTHING. I wish we could've stayed in each place longer! I am so in love with Portugal and the hostel accommodations were nothing short of incredible! Thank you for setting us up with such amazingly wonderful places to stay!" -TWC Traveler 

trip itinerary

Day 1: FLIGHT

  • Highlights 

    • Who doesn't love a travel day?  Grab those free meals and drinks on your overseas flight.

    • Mentally prepare yourself for the best trip you'll ever go on.

    • The flight will most likely be an overnight flight due to the time change, so get some sleep and watch some free movies!

 

you'll be dreaming about the pastries and medieval castles awaiting you in portugal as you nap on your flight!

Day 2: Lisbon

 

  • Highlights 

    • Arrive in Lisbon, the oldest city in Western Europe and the capital of Portugal. Upon arrival, you will instantly see the vastness of the city built on seven hills and feel the incredible Portuguese culture.

    • Transportation from the airport to the highly awarded and hand-chosen hostel is included.

    • Grab a drink, play some pool, and meet the group at the highly-rated hostel before the Welcome Orientation. 

    • After the Welcome Orientation and a short tour around the area, mingle with the group and enjoy free beer and sangria during Happy Hour.

 

  • The rest of the evening is yours! Recommended Optional Excursions include:

    • Grab some new friends from the group and join the Pub Crawl that leaves from the hostel to experience the nightlife in Lisbon. Stop by the famous clubs on Pink Street, and, yes, the street is literally pink!

    • Wander around the Torre de Belém along the river.  

    • Walk or ride the historic and famous San Francisco-like trams around the historic district of Alfama.

    • Eat dinner and enjoy the famous Portuguese Fado.

    • Lisbon is known for its amazing architecture and stunning tile buildings. You can see the beautiful examples at the National Tile Museum.

 

 

lisbon is picturesque everywhere you look.

Day 3: Lisbon

 

  • Highlights 

    • Indulge in a large included breakfast with pancakes!

    • Spend the day exploring all that Lisbon has to offer.

 

  • You can join the group for a Walking Tour through the center of Lisbon that leaves right from the hostel. Experience the beautiful capital of Portugal and learn about Portuguese history, myths, and legends with passionate local guides. 

 

  • Recommended Optional Excursions

    • Wander around the Torre de Belém along the river.  

    • Walk or ride the historic and famous San Francisco-like trams around the historic district of Alfama.

    • Eat dinner and enjoy the famous Portuguese Fado.

    • Lisbon is known for its amazing architecture and stunning tile buildings. You can see the beautiful examples at the National Tile Museum.

 

 

take in all that lisbon has to offer, and don't forget to try pastéis de nata!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4: Sintra

 

  • Highlights 

    • Wake up and enjoy the free breakfast.

    • Enjoy an included Sintra Tour led by a local tour guide with transportation and entrance to Pena Palace Parque included! 

      • Check out the colorful castles and palaces that make this the most popular day trip from Lisbon. You'll feel like you've been taken back several centuries as you take in the amazing hilltop views.

      • We will guide you around the most picturesque city in Portugal.

 

  • Recommended Optional Excursions in Sintra include:

  • Quinta Regaleira

  • Monserrate Palace Entrance

  • Cabo de Roca

 

 

 

sintra will make you feel as if you're in a medieval storybook.

Day 5: Lagos

 

  • Highlights 

    • Dive into a complimentary breakfast.

    • Transportation in comfy executive seats is included on the way to the beautiful Lagos.

    • After settling in and having the day for any excursions you'd like, join the group by the hostel's rooftop pool for an included Happy Hour and to catch the amazing sunset views.the

 

  • After the rooftop Happy Hour, you can choose to join and contribute to a group picnic dinner led by Gavin and Jess on a beautiful overlook to see the sunset.

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  • Recommended Optional Excursions

    • You can join a free Pub Crawl that leaves from the hostel lobby.

    • Kayak Tour of Lagos's amazing turquoise grottos, Ponta da Piedade caves, and beaches. 

    • Private tour to the unbelievable Benagil Cave.

    • Shopping day while walking the picturesque white streets of Lagos. 

    • Request a rock climbing and bouldering tour to the incredible sandstone rocks on the Algarve Coast. 

 

 

 

enjoy the views from the hostel of the adorable small town of lagos.

Day 6: Lagos

 

  • Highlights 

    • Wake up and enjoy a complimentary breakfast complete with delicious homemade pancakes.

    • Free day!

    • Join your guide on an included excursion in the afternoon to do the famous hike along the most picturesque beaches and cliffs of Lagos!

      • Spend time on the beaches, exploring the endless caves and taking in the warm sun. 

      • End at the lighthouse and viewpoint of Ponte de Piedade for the most beautiful sunset you've ever seen.

 

  • More recommended optional excursions include: 

    • You can join a free Pub Crawl that leaves from the hostel lobby.

    • Kayak Tour of Lagos's amazing turquoise grottos, Ponta da Piedade caves, and beaches. 

    • Private tour to the unbelievable Benagil Cave with unlimited food and drinks. 

    • Private tour the West Coast of Portugal and "The End of the World" in Sagres (the Bachelor Finale lighthouse, anyone?!) with unlimited food and drink. 

    • Shopping day while walking the picturesque white streets of Lagos. 

    • Request a rock climbing and bouldering tour to the incredible sandstone rocks on the Algarve Coast. 

 

 

spend your day surrounded by views like these. 

Day 7: Lagos

 

  • Highlights 

    • Wake up and enjoy a complimentary breakfast complete with delicious homemade pancakes.

    • Free day! Spend time on the beaches, exploring the endless caves and taking in the warm sun. 

 

  • You can choose to sign up for and join a Booze Cruise in the afternoon along the famous Algarve Coast with the whole group. Drink, party, snack, and take all the photos you want! You're on a party boat off the coast of Portugal!

 

  • More recommended optional excursions include: 

    • You can join a free Pub Crawl that leaves from the hostel lobby.

    • Kayak Tour of Lagos's amazing turquoise grottos, Ponta da Piedade caves, and beaches. 

    • Private tour to the unbelievable Benagil Cave.

    • Shopping day while walking the picturesque white streets of Lagos. 

    • Request a rock climbing and bouldering tour to the incredible sandstone rocks on the Algarve Coast. 

 

 

 

live it up! you're on the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Day 8: lagos & Lisbon

 

  • Highlights

    • Wake up in paradise and enjoy another complimentary breakfast. 

    • Enjoy your morning in Lagos.

      • Take one last walk on the beach or go for one of the excursions, such as a beautiful morning kayak through the turquoise grottos along the coast. 

    • Transportation in comfy executive seats is included on the way back to Lisbon.

 

 

  • The rest of the day is all yours. There is so much to do and see in Lisbon. Recommended Optional Excursions include:

    • Grab some friends from the group and join the Pub Crawl that leaves from the hostel to experience the nightlife in Lisbon. Stop by the famous clubs on Pink Street, and, yes, the street is literally pink!

    • Wander around the Torre de Belém along the river.  

    • Walk or ride the historic and famous San Francisco-like trams around the historic district of Alfama.

    • Eat dinner and enjoy the famous Portuguese Fado.

    • Lisbon is known for its amazing architecture and stunning tile buildings. You can see the beautiful examples at the National Tile Museum.

 

 

 

walk along the river at sunet in belem

to take in some of lisbon's richest history. 

Day 9: Flight home

 

  • Highlights 

    • Grab some coffee and one last included breakfast!

    • Transportation to the airport is included. 

    • Enjoy some more free drinks and meals on the flight back home.

    • Think back on all of your adventures from this trip, say bye to all of your new friends, and enjoy your last day!

 

 

 

this will be one adventure you'll never forget!

*Please note that you will not be provided accommodation for any nights prior to the 21st or later than the 27th. Additionally, if your flight arrives earlier than the 21st or leaves later than the 28th, you will not be guaranteed airport transfers.

 

Find TWC on Instagram @travelworldculture, and check out the hashtag #travelworldculture ! 

 

Find the TWC founders, Gavin and Jess, on Instagram @travelwithgavin and @jesspinktravels

 

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"Best trip i've ever been on"

"TWC is an incredible company run by two incredible people! I went on the spring break Portugal trip and it was by far the best trip I’ve ever been on/best travel experience I’ve ever had. The accommodations and excursions are hand picked and have all been highly rated/recommended. I felt like I got to experience the culture of the cities as a traveler rather than just a tourist and got to see so many different aspects of the country. Jess and Gavin do an amazing job of planning trips in a way that gives you both guidance and freedom to get to see the best parts of the country you visit. I genuinely can’t rave about them enough!!!! I can’t wait to go on more TWC trips in the near future!!" -TWC Traveler

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