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Our most recommended Centro Region Food & Gourmet Tours

Serra da Estrela Private Tour

1. Serra da Estrela Private Tour

After being picked up in a minivan from your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia, begin your tour to one of the biggest mountains in continental Portugal. Enjoy the magnificent views, valleys, rivers, and lagoons. Discover the region which is also rich in tradition, history, culture, and gastronomy. Visit the Serra da Estrela cheese factory which produces a creamy scented cheese that is appreciated across the country. Enjoy a tour of the factory and taste some cheese for yourself. Make a stop at the Bread Museum and learn about the traditional bread of the region called Seia bread. Learn about bread making tradition and try some samples. After this, enjoy free time to explore the mountains, ride the chairlift, and participate in snow activities in the winter.

Lisbon: Nazaré Waves and Village Private Full-Day Tour

2. Lisbon: Nazaré Waves and Village Private Full-Day Tour

Follow in the footsteps of legendary surfers, like Garrett McNamara, Sebastian Steudtner, Carlos Burle, Rodrigo Koxa, and many others, on a full-day private tour dedicated to the big waves of Nazaré. Following a pick-up from your hotel at 8:30 AM, transfer along the coast by air-conditioned vehicle. The early start ensures enough time to enjoy the program without rushing, and the program can always be changed to best suit your preferences. Admire the views on the 1.5-hour drive to Nazaré. After a quick tour of the traditional fishing village, go to the wave watching site where the waves can be enjoyed for as long as you wish. Take a break from watching the surfers, and go to Forte S. Miguel Arcanjo, the closest fort to the sea that you can get to without having to suit up and swim. Pause for lunch in one of the many seafood restaurants, preferably one where McNamara himself always eats. Savor some of the best fish and seafood in the world. After lunch, and depending on the tides, there may be some more time to watch the waves before your return transfer to Lisbon. Alternatively, if there is still time, you can visit one of the neighboring places like Alcobaça or Obidos before the drop-off at your hotel at around 5:30 PM. Please note that waves or surfers in Nazaré cannot be guaranteed. The most probable time for waves to happen is between October and March but the local partner can only predict them a few days in advance. If there are no waves or the time you wish to spend seeing them is shorter than allocated, the local partner will always find alternatives in the nearby area to show you the best of Portugal's West Coast.

Fátima: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

3. Fátima: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

Enjoy a full-day private excursion from Lisbon to Fátima, one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the Catholic world. In addition to the Sanctuary you’ll see the house of Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, the 3 young shepherds who claimed to have seen the apparition of the Virgin Mary. In 1917, when news of the apparition of the Virgin Mary spread, this once-sleepy rural village turned into an important Catholic pilgrimage site. Visit Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary (Nossa Senhora de Fátima Santuario), a place of worship visited each year by more than 4 million pilgrims, who come to pay their respects and worship at the shrine. You’ll see the Chapel of the Apparitions, built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to the 3 young shepherds, and also see the tombstones of 2 of the 3 shepherds who reported the apparition.  In Batalha you’ll visit the monastery and admire its gothic architecture. In the old fishing village of Nazaré, you’ll take in the belvedere over the beach area and the headlands. Finish off with a stop in medieval Óbidos before heading back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, & Nazaré Private Tour

4. From Lisbon: Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, & Nazaré Private Tour

Begin your tour by meeting your friendly guide for the morning pick-up at your hotel or previously designated location. Head first to Fátima, approximately one hour away from Lisbon. The religious capital of Portugal became famous after sightings of the Virgin Mary appeared here. Pay visits to both the old and new sanctuaries and the Sanctuary Square, the location of the shrine.  Next, head to the Monastery of Batalha, elected one of the Seven wonders of Portugal and UNESCO World Heritage It’s one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the country. Then continue to Nazaré, host to some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. You will have a break for lunch and you will have the opportunity to choose from one of the many tasty seafood restaurants. (At your own expense).   After lunch, continue the journey along the coast towards the historic village of Óbidos. This village of singular beauty is situated inside ancient medieval fortress walls dating back to the XII century. Its narrow streets, tiles, white-painted houses and ramparts should not to be missed! You will also get to enjoy a sample of “Ginginha”, a famous cherry liquor drunk from a chocolate cup.  To finish your tour, sit back and enjoy the picturesque coastline views offering a spectacular end to an adventurous day!

Óbidos/Nazaré/Alcobaça/Mafra Private tour from Lisbon 9 hour

5. Óbidos/Nazaré/Alcobaça/Mafra Private tour from Lisbon 9 hour

On this full-day tour from Lisbon, discover the heritage left by the Cistercian order in Portugal and visit the Monastery of Alcobaça. After lunch in Nazaré, a village made famous by its giant’s waves, discover Óbidos, a medieval village completely surrounded by the old castle walls and classified as a literary town by UNESCO. Before leaving, taste the typical gastronomy, chocolate and “Ginja de Óbidos,” a kind of world-famous cherry liqueur. In the middle of the 12th century, the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques agreed with the Religious Order of the Cisterians to build the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça (UNESCO heritage site), the first entirely Gothic Portuguese construction. Throughout the remaining Middle Ages, the Cistercian monks had a major role diffusing the young Portuguese language and in the development of agricultural techniques. At the abbey, since 1269 the first public school was established and also assistance and work for the less favored. Here, you will also find the remarkable tombs of King Peter I and Ines de Castro, a tragic and beautiful love story, now lovers side by side for eternity. Upon arrival, it is strongly recommended to drink a cup of coffee and try the famous monastic pastries at the Alcoa pastry coffee shop. After the visit to the Abbey, you will pay a short visit to SPAL Ceramics. Afterwards, enjoy free time for lunch at the fishing village of Nazaré, outstanding for its sea related traditions and sightseeing. Stanley Kubrik and Cartier-Bresson were some of the world famous photographers that lost their way photographing the village and its traditions. The giant 30 meter waves that Garrett McNamara surfed are also famous worldwide. After lunch, stroll through the narrow alleys of Óbidos, a medieval wall surrounding the village conquered from the Moors in 1148, and taste the famous Óbidos cherry liqueur, a cultural heritage from that era.   

Oporto, Braga, or Guimarães: Coimbra and Aveiro Private Tour

6. Oporto, Braga, or Guimarães: Coimbra and Aveiro Private Tour

This full-day premium tour onboard a comfortable minivan is escorted by a certified guide who will personalize your experience to the fullest. You will visit both Coimbra, the city of the students and ancient capital of Portugal, as well as Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal. You will start the day by visiting the oldest Portuguese University, the University of Coimbra. Here you will find the world-renowned Joanina Library and the Royal Palace. During this guided visit your knowledgeable and friendly tour guide will take you back in time to explain the important role of this city and Portuguese Independence. Learn about the history of the university and how students celebrate their 500-year-old traditions. Be enchanted by a Fado performance, played and sung by students Following your time at the university, you will go through the old Moorish town to discover the old cathedral’s facade, the narrow alleys, and stairways that will lead you to the commercial street of the city center. Enjoy the town at your own pace, absorb the local atmosphere, and listen as your guide informs you of all of your surroundings. After your walk have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the unique city of Aveiro which is considered Portugal's Venice. Cruise along the canals in a traditional Moliceiro boat. Admire the Art Nouveau buildings and the interesting fishermen's architecture. Witness the place where the Ria and Ocean meet as your tour concludes.

From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

7. From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Sesimbra, you will head to Fatima, where you will enjoy one of the most important places of Christianity around the world. Once in Fatima, you will visit the sacred sanctuary, the memory chapel, and the Basilica of the Holy Trinity which in 2009 received the outstanding structure award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. You will also visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Rosary, which was built at the site of the Marian apparitions which were reported by three Portuguese children in 1917, and better known as Our Lady of Fátima. Later you will see the tombs of Blessed Francisco Marto, Blessed Jacinta Marto and Sister Lúcia dos Santos and the three children, with scenes of the Marian apparitions shown in stained glass. Afterwards, you will be driven west where you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery of Batalha, which was built in a Gothic style and classified a world heritage site by UNESCO. On this private tour you will then take a break for lunch in the colorful fishing village of Nazaré, where you can have a meal of fresh fish. Nazaré is composed by a sandy beach where you can listen to the rhythm of the pounding waves. It is also a perfect place for undisturbed walks along the shore, surfing, tanning, and of course, visiting the biggest wave in the world located on the north beach. You will be driven along the beautiful west coast where you can observe the multiple wild beaches of this remote area. The last stop is in the medieval village of Óbidos, famous for cobbled streets and steep staircases which wind up to the ramparts. From here you can gaze across a countryside of windmills and vineyards.

From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

8. From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

Departing from the city of Porto, in a short, comfortable and private trip of 30 minutes, discover the beauty of the city of Aveiro and its famous Ria de Aveiro. Enjoy the peace and tranquility that this place provides. At your own pace and away from the crowds, interact with the community and learn about their stories in a mix between nature and gastronomy, in a unique and unforgettable experience. Have a memorable lunch at a local restaurant and choose the places to enjoy: • discover why it is known as the Venice of Portugal • explore its numerous canals and bridges. • visit the fish market, past Art Nouveau buildings, and colorful moliceiro boats. • Add a cruise on the Ria Aveiro, to further explore the city from the Ria. • discover Costa Nova, where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the colorful fishermen's houses, typically painted with vertical stripes. The journey continues to the historic city of Coimbra. The city of students and the oldest university in the country, (12th century), and one of the oldest in the world. Take the time to: • visit the Joanina Library with its collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts in the entire country. • visit the Old Romanesque style Cathedral (Sé Velha). • crossing the river to visit the Santa Clara Convent and the Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), where the love between Pedro and Inês blossomed. • having a lunch at one of the taverns downtown, where you can find the most delicious snacks. Return comfortably to your hotel in Porto after a day filled with culture and beauty that will surely stay in your best memories.

From Lisbon: 5-Day Private Portugal Tour

9. From Lisbon: 5-Day Private Portugal Tour

Day 1: Lisbon Spend a full day exploring Portugal's charming capital city. Take a guided walking tour and become acquainted with one of Europe's most fascinating cities. With your informative guide, see and learn about some of this city's most famous historical landmarks. Return to your hotel in Lisbon and stay overnight (not included).   Day 2: Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril On the second day, visit Sintra, the Portuguese Aristocracy paradise and discover the charm of its narrow alleys and the typical shops. Visit a local pastry shop where the famous sweets Queijadas de Sintra and Travesseiros de Sintra will be waiting for you. Then, customize your tour and choose from the many palaces to visit in the area, including Quinta da Regaleira and Moorish Castle Palaçio da Pena. Later, visit the geological formation of Cabo da Roca, also known as "The Snout of the Rock" or "Promontory of the Moon," and marvel at the unimaginable beauty of the area. Next, it's time to explore Cascais, an ancient fisherman village turned beautiful and cosmopolitan beach resort. Return to your hotel in Lisbon and stay overnight (not included). Day 3: Lisbon, Fatima, Coimbra, and Oporto On the third day, escape the bustle of Lisbon and head out to Fatima, where you'll visit three places of interest and attend a mass (optional). Then, make your way to Coimbra and start the tour of the city at the oldest University in Europe. See the highlights including the Joanine library, built in the XVIII century on the grounds of the former prison of the University and marvel at one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, Then, transfer to your hotel in Oporto and stay overnight (not included). Day 4: Oporto and Gaia Start your day tour of Oporto at the central Avenida dos Aliados, a famous spot for celebrations and events. Admire the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Walk around the city center and past the Lello Bookstore with its renowned staircase, known for its link to the Harry Potter series. Then visit Gaia, a hub of the port wine industry where the wine is being aged in hundreds of different cellars. Visit a local winery, where you will be shown the various aspects of winemaking and also taste some of the best wines in the world. At the end of your day, return to your hotel in Oporto and stay overnight (not included) Day 5: Douro Valley Check-out at your hotel in Oporto and take your luggage with you as you will be taken to the airport in Lisbon or Oporto at the end of the day (if desired). The day starts with a visit to Amarante in the Douro Valley, where you can see numerous examples of the Romanesque and medieval buildings. Then, stroll along the S. Gonçalo bridge and enjoy some of the most popular sites of the city, including the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo and the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum. Next, head over to the market where you see vendors selling the delicious S. Gonçalo sweets, always a source of curiosity and great laughter due to their phallic appearance.

Lisbon & Fátima: Private 8-Hour Tour with Food Tastings

10. Lisbon & Fátima: Private 8-Hour Tour with Food Tastings

Discover Lisbon and Fátima on this private tour with tastings of traditional local delicacies. You will start the day at the Sanctuary of Fátima, the location where apparitions were witnessed in 1917. Since then, this place has been considered one of the most important Christian shrines in the world and is visited by more than 5 million people every year. Explore the sanctuary and see the Chapel of the Apparitions, the basilica, and the Church of the Holy Trinity. Take part in the exhibition and browse through the numerous souvenir shops. You will then head to Lisbon in the afternoon, where you will explore the magnificent Avenida da Liberdade and the beautiful Baixa district. Visit the magnificent cathedral and enjoy the view from the lookout of Graça. Pass by the Monastery of São Vicente and the National Pantheon on the way to the main streets of Chiado and Estrela. See the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, the Belém Tower, and the impressive Monument to the Discoveries. Here you can sample Pastel de Belém (a Portuguese egg tart pastry), the most famous dessert in Portugal.

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Gold Compass is great! Choose that company.

The Gold Compass company was extremely professional. I was very satisfied with the service provided. From the punctuality, to the guide's presentation (Francisco was a show!), impeccable clothing, serious, insightful. It made our tour very pleasant, peaceful and really personalized! It was much more than expected. Congratulations! I 100% recommend the Gold Compass.

Great tour! Tourist guide (Manoel) has a vast knowledge about all the places visited and typical dishes tried in each place. The guide is an excellent professional and a great travel companion. I highly recommend the company and tour.

It's definitely worth it. The guide Diego, not speaking Italian correctly, went out of his way to explain a lot of things to us anyway. Overall well worth the money to recommend

Pedro made the day absolutely exquisite. He was kind and knowledgeable. He made sure he customized what our priorities were and tailored the day. Couldn’t have asked for better.

An unforgettable experience

Bernardo our guide was very good and patient. I recommend it