Portugal remains one of the hottest destinations for 2020. I think it’s been on the top 20 lists for the past 3 years. Have you been yet? Want to go?

Here are 22 reasons why everyone wants to go to Portugal, outlining everything from the country’s time-worn charm, to cities like Porto, to wine, to Harry Potter, to Madeira, to being Europe’s Hawaii, to the Douro River, to it’s wonderful value, and much more besides  22 things . And here’s another article that also espouses the Unesco World Heritage sites, the food, the weather, and more. See  Why Portugal is Europe’s Hottest Destination

So, are you ready to go? It’s the new year, right? You’d made all those resolutions a couple of weeks ago. Wasn’t ‘have more fun’ and ‘travel more’ on the list? (If not, it should have been! :-)…)

In this week’s ezine, I’m taking the time to highlight a couple of ways to travel to Portugal. I have outlined some scheduled and escorted group land travels, a cruise, and a river cruise or two. The Douro river is really popular right now, and those river cruises often sell out far in advance of travel. I also have a solo traveler tour in September, where everyone has their own room. (You don’t have to be single – just solo.) There are lots of ways to see Portugal.

If any of the specific trips I’ve highlighted below might interest you, please contact me to book – I’ll waive my engagement fee for you (and then you can book your own air, and/or we can engage the services of my air desk to sort the air for a small fee). And in many cases with my Virtuoso partners like Tauck and Uniworld and others, there are special perks you cannot get if you book on your own, so make sure you book through me.

Of course, if you want me to customize a trip to Portugal and/or it’s neighboring country Spain, and/or you’d like a long term stay; of course we can work together to do that too. I’ve sent many families and small groups to Portugal over the last couple of years, and I have built relationships with feet-on-the-ground experts there; so I can leverage those relationships to help you travel.

So let’s tempt you a bit more to get you to Portugal.

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And now for some specific ideas. Keep reading.

Some travel ideas that may interest everyone (and a special trip for solo travelers is highlighted below.) And I’ve included a range of budgets/ comfort levels. Let me know what might be right for you.


Land tours – small escorted groups

Portugal Real Food Adventure – https://www.intrepidtravel.com/ca/portugal/portugal-real-food-adventure-featuring-galicia-124488

Portuguese Camino https://www.intrepidtravel.com/ca/portugal/portuguese-camino-124219

Ultimate Spain and Portugal https://www.gadventures.com/trips/ultimate-spain-and-portugal/ESLM/

Iconic Portugal and Spain – National Geographic Journeys /https://www.gadventures.com/trips/ngj-portugal-spain/EPSNG/

A Week in Portugal https://www.tauck.ca/tours/week-in-portugal-guided-tour?tcd=po2020


River Cruise

Douro Discovery: A Family River Cruise in Portugal https://www.tauck.ca/tours/douro-valley-river-cruise-for-families?tcd=zd2020

Exploring Spain & Portugal Douro River Cruise https://www.tauck.ca/tours/exploring-spain-portugal-douro-river-cruise?tcd=qiw2020

Douro River Valley https://www.uniworld.com/ca/river-cruise/europe/spain-portugal/douro-river-valley/2021-porto-to-porto/

Portugal, Spain, and The Douro Valley https://www.uniworld.com/ca/river-cruise/europe/spain-portugal/portugal-spain-and-the-douro-valley/2021-porto-to-lisbon/



Treasures of Spain and Portugal https://www.tauck.ca/tours/treasures-spain-portugal-cruise?tcd=lbe2020

London to Lisbon https://www.oceaniacruises.com/baltic-cruises/london-to-lisbon-SIR200924

Portugal cruises https://www.royalcaribbean.com/spain-portugal-cruises


Customized Trip or Long Stay?

Want a customized trip? Or want a long stay? Want something built for you and/or your family to go exactly where you want to go, by yourselves, and have the itinerary suit exactly what you would like? No problem. I have partners that I’ve built relationships with, and can customize something for you. For a bespoke/ made-to-measure trip, though, we’d need to schedule a call, and get into the details. Let me know if that might interest you, and we can work together to build the right trip for you!


Portugal – September 2020 – details below. Putting together a small group of solo travelers from Ottawa, each in their own solo room, to visit Portugal. This is a great option for adult mothers and daughters, or sisters and brothers, to travel together, and have their own room – or perhaps a spouse taking a trip alone. Details below. Portugal on Sept 7th, 2020. Guaranteed departure. Discover charming towns, golden sands and tempting local delicacies on this wonderful tour, which includes a scenic cruise along the Douro River and visits to Oporto and Lisbon. Pricing $2,449/p CDN (before int’l air). All breakfasts. 2 dinners.
Would you like to join this solo traveler group? Only requirements – you have to be 18+. Normal trip demographics – 80% female, 20% are married (solo travelers, not necessarily single), average age is 55.  I’m holding 10 spots, and have booked several already. So, kindly do advise if you would like to join. (I will waive normal engagement fee. You can book your own air either on points or independently. Or seek assistance.)


  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guides
  • 7 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 9 Included Meals : 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners including a welcome & farewell drink
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure, plus other transportation & porterage


  • Oporto tour including River Douro cruise
  • Visit Gaia’s famous port wine cellars for a tasting
  • Douro Valley, including visits to Guimaraes, Mateus & Pinhao
  • Tours of charming Viseu & Aveiro – the ‘Venice of Portugal’
  • Visit the medieval towns of Coimbra & Obidos
  • Lisbon city tour
  • Sample traditional pasteis de Belem (custard tarts) & rich port wine​
  • UNESCO-listed Sintra
Additional excursions are available on option. Contact Sheila at sheila@lushlife.ca call 613-837-0699.