Luxury Portugal Holidays 2017, 2018

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From enviable beaches and eclectic architecture to quaint fishing villages and famous vineyards, Portugal is a culture-rich country brimming with old world charm.  Lisbon, drizzled across seven hills, is Europe's oldest city. Alongside Roman stones and medieval convents, it sports exquisite tile work on every corner: rich with a history of exploration and discovery, many buildings and monuments reflect its maritime past. Contemporary Lisbon can be described as both cosmopolitan and quaint, where modern architecture blends in with ancient monuments and a zest for life is reflected in an insatiable appetite for music and nightlife.

The World Heritage Site of the Douro Valley is as spectacular as it is tasty: with vertiginous riverbanks sculpted by centuries of vineyard cultivation, the world's oldest wine producing region is also the home of famous port. Nearby Lamego pours stunning architecture into the bottle with its 12th-century castle, Gothic cathedral and Renaissance and Baroque mansion.

Porto, the country's second largest city, is a tightly-clustered assortment of colourful tumbledown houses, soaring bell towers and stately Baroque churches, connected by a winding network of narrow streets and zigzagging staircases which emerge in pretty, sun-drenched plazas.

Portugal's best-known holiday region is the Algarve, famous for its year-round championship golf courses, lively social scenes and beaches that range from broad swathes of golden sand to small and sheltered coves. Despite its popularity the area has retained its local charm.

Portugal with A&K

generous hand of attractions, from surf-lashed Atlantic beaches to the wonderful city architecture and world famous vineyards has always delighted our returning guests. But that very diversity makes it more important to place your travel in expert, experienced hands, who can seamlessly combine some or all of the country's highlights - and that means A&K.

Our European team has provided luxury travel to every corner of the continent for over 25 years with knowledgeable staff, long established contacts and superb multilingual guides. They offer you unique insight and access from tours with historians, artists and botanists to gourmet cooking lessons. There's an awful lot to Portugal, and with A&K it's all possible.

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Best time to be there

Spring and autumn are the most pleasant times to visit. July and August can be very hot, especially in the sheltered bays of the
Algarve in the south, though this region is especially pleasant and mild during the winter months. Madeira and the Azores benefit from the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, so can be visited year round.

Fly to

Faro and Lisbon (British Airways); Porto and Funchal (Tap Air Portugal)

flying time

2 hours

time difference

Same as GMT

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Regions in Portugal

Regions in Portugal

Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Portugal

Nights: 6 | from £1,395pp

Link Portugal’s two main cities via a combination of flamboy-ant palaces, fishing villages, world-class wineries, tumbling towns and an abundance of delicious... Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa


Endless views to the horizon with the luxuriant greenery of the gardens and the sparkling blue of the Atlantic Ocean, create an extravagant display of...Find out more

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The Yeatman


Neighbouring the ancient houses of Vila Nova de Gaia, where wine has aged for more than three hundred years, The Yeatman is named after a port dynasty....Find out more

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Adventure & Culture

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Bairro Alto Hotel


There's no doubt that Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon's most luxurious hotels. Named after the lively and fashionable Barrio Alto district in the heart of...Find out more

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Six Senses Douro River Valley


Set high upon a sun-kissed hillside in Northern Portugal, Six Senses Douro Valley is a romantic 19th-century manor house which has been lovingly restored...Find out more

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Sheraton Algarve & Pine Cliffs Resort


Overlooking the sparkling azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean sits the Pine Cliffs Resort. As one of the leading luxury and family in Europe, Pine Cliffs...Find out more

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Europe team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 703 or enquire online

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Thank you for all your help in making our holiday so superb. Everything worked like clockwork, our hotels were mainly excellent, the guides very good and are various tours were extremely interesting. We loved the extras that you (Debbie Rawnsley) suggested, the street food tour in Hanoi with Mark Leveson, and the cooking course at Mango Mango in Hoi An

- JH, West Sussex

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