Portugal’s Douro Valley & Lisbon for Solo Travellers

Selected departures up to October 2020 & April to October 2021

So much to discover

  • Experience the spectacular Douro Valley
  • Sample distinctive Douro wines 
  • Discover Lisbon’s numerous gems with a local guide  
  • Explore Porto with a local expert
  • Enjoy a visit to a renowned port wine lodge followed by a tasting
  • Marvel at the mountain resort town of Sintra 
  • Explore captivating Coimbra, crowned by one of Europe’s oldest universities
  • Wander along the canals of Aveiro, the ‘Venice of Portugal’
  • Visit Batalha’s imposing UNESCO-listed Gothic monastery
  • Enjoy the Baroque town of Lamego 
  • See charming Obidos with its medieval walls

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Selected departures April to September 2021
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Daily visits & tours
Daily breakfast & 4 dinners
Welcome drinks & dinner
Expert tour manager
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The Douro Valley presents a landscape of immense beauty and serenity; its river flows erratically yet somewhat rhythmically across northern Portugal before meeting the Atlantic near Porto. Soaring steeply into the sun-kissed hills are riverbanks dappled with terraced vineyards, charming villages and beautiful quintas where some of the best wines are produced: deliciously sweet port and refreshing vinho verde. The latter, which originates in the cooler climate of the hilly north, literally means ‘green wine’ and refers to the verdant region. 

The Portuguese are proud of their seafaring heritage and rightly so; formidable mariners such as Vasco da Gama spearheaded the discovery of sea routes to India, Africa and the New World. This opened up new possibilities and for more than a hundred years from the 15th to 16th centuries, Portugal was one of the wealthiest countries in the world. During the Age of Discovery, its empire encompassed Brazil in the west to Macau in the east. The unearthing of even more gold in Brazil financed the building of superb palaces, monasteries and cathedrals, many of which we visit on our fascinating tour. Changing markets and over-indulgence reduced its financial clout, and in the mid-18th century, the once-great nation sank into economic obscurity. 

This glorious past has inadvertently created the unique emotion known as saudade, an aching nostalgia for the past or something absent. This is perfectly captured through fado, the distinctive Portuguese style of music; its mournful melodies echo South American influences, a result of the nation’s close maritime ties.

Today, Portugal is a country of wonderful contrasts: modern in so many ways yet with one foot set firmly in history and tradition. Discover the real Portugal on our eye-opening tour as we journey from its captivating capital Lisbon, visiting the most charming towns and cities including elegant Sintra, the university city of Coimbra and finally, Porto the vibrant second city. We venture off the well-trodden tourist trail to uncover concealed gems, including Baroque Lamego, Aveiro the ‘Venice of Portugal’ and utterly charming Obidos. We will experience the very best of Portugal’s breathtaking landscapes: coastal forests, wild seascapes, fertile fields and biscuit-coloured hillsides covered with olive trees, dramatic vineyards and lush meadows. 

Savour the local flavours of Portuguese cuisine: grilled fish, smoked meats, freshly baked bread, piping-hot pastel de nata their unique custard tart, and an impressive selection of delicious wines to complement any dish. The Portuguese have truly perfected the art of cooking simple yet mouthwatering meals.

By the end of our insightful tour, you will have immersed yourself in one of the most fascinating and inviting cultures, and learned to discern the different personalities of each colourful city; as the Portuguese saying goes: Porto works, Coimbra studies and Lisbon plays. Upon returning home you may just experience a touch of saudade for this magical destination.

Your itinerary



You will be greeted at the airport by a member of the Riviera Travel team to help you check-in for your flight to Lisbon. Upon arrival, we transfer to the four-star Olissippo Oriente in the modern ‘Expo 98’ area of traditional Lisbon. 

Settle in before rejoining the group this evening for your tour manager's welcome drinks reception, followed by dinner at a local restaurant specialising in traditional Portuguese cuisine – the perfect way to meet your fellow travellers and start immersing yourself in the local culture.

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4* Olissippo Oriente - Lisbon

Well located in in the new Park of Nations area of Lisbon.

  • Modern and contemporary design
  • Restaurant
  • Casual coffee shop




This morning a short rail journey takes us into the historic core of Lisbon, where our local guide takes us on an enlightening walking tour. See the Alfama neighbourhood, once a humble fishing village and now a Moorish quarter of cobbled streets – somewhere within this maze in the 19th century, the distinctive music style of fado was born. 

Rising above this characterful neighbourhood is the Castle of São Jorge, and within its walls are the gardens and narrow streets of the delightful Santa Cruz quarter. See the Romanesque Sé cathedral, built in 1150 to commemorate the city’s reconquest from the Moors; Praça do Comércio, Lisbon’s finest square bordered by grand, Classical buildings and the triumphal Baroque arch that forms the backdrop for the statue of King José I. 

Experience the lively Rossio square, flanked by ornate fountains and where locals gather in charming pavement cafes to watch the world go by.


The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, so enjoy lunch in one of the city’s countless fantastic eateries – an ideal chance to sample classic Portuguese cuisine such as bacalhau, a delicious, salt-cured cod dish. After, you may wish to visit the castle, relax with a refreshing drink in one of the many attractive squares, or return to the hotel where you can catch the nearby cable car along the lovely riverfront area. 

In the evening, you may wish to have dinner to the sounds of fado, Portugal’s signature music style – see our Personalise Your Holiday section for details.







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Fado performance in Lisbon – From £41 per person

Experience an unforgettable night of haunting fado music at one of Lisbon’s most renowned fado houses in the heart of the old Alfama district, complete with 3-course menu and drinks. 

Please contact us to pre-book or for more information.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport or train station First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport or train station Transfer time
Lisbon Portela Aiport Lisbon 10 mins Santa Cruz do Douro Porto Airport 1 hr 45 mins


Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

We care deeply about our customers and the holiday experience they have. We’re passionate about travel and we want all aspects to be perfect, with personal service and attention at every step of the way. Our world-class holidays include everything you need, with no detail overlooked. We carefully curate every aspect of your trip based on our own first-hand experience and expertise built up over decades in the travel industry.

What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person based on sole occupancy of a twin/double room and includes:

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and four dinners, including a welcome dinner and drinks on the first night
  • All tours as mentioned
  • All local taxes and transfers
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

We guarantee there are never any hidden costs or surcharges, inflated prices or artificial discounts.

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