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LET THE MAGIC HAPPEN

THE FORMULA – LET THE MAGIC HAPPEN

Abatanado, pingado, galao, carioca, garoto, meia de leite...  You are in Portugal, one of the oldest countries in the world, where coffee is a tradition. There are many ways of serving it, and is always impeccable. You are in the best place of the globe to enjoy the perfect cup of coffee.

Sitting in an iconic confectionery with Art Decó inspiration, decorated with giant mirrors and glass showcases filled with to-die-for sweets based on ancestral recipes...

You raise your hand to order -Um café, se faz favor.
And the waiter,  smartly uniformed like in the good old days, serves you an exceptionally fully flavoured coffee in a tall, narrow cup. A full bodied and creamy cup of coffee. When you look up through the window, you see a maze of cobblestoned streets boasting with extraordinary beauty and unequaled charm, and it begins to throb with life when the sun´s light ilumines the orange covered roofs. You can feel the river behind the old buildings, that brings the boats back to port, and few further steps the city faces the vastness of the ocean...

An infinity of wonders are waiting to be discovered, a whole world to stroll round and whose streets you need to wander, giving place to the feelings. Viewpoints showing breathtaking views, old castles and monasteries, cathedrals that treasure Roman settlements, wooden trams that take you back to another era times... Getting the last sip of coffee that fills you with energy to start the day right...

"Today is going to be great", you think.

Portugal Getaways

With over 80 years of experience in designing unique customized trips for curious travellers around the world. In Portugal Escapades we strongly believe that a travel is an opportunity to learn, to improve as human beings and get to know how to appreciate the priceless value of what is different.  Travel is used as a learning tool that results in a change of traveller´s perception.

Portugal Getaways
the art
of creating
unique
experiences
Antonio Gómez Coronado

WHO’S BEHIND?

A curious traveller, a patient listener

I first traveled to Portugal when I was 17. I remember each moment of the trip, seen with the eyes of the young and unexperienced traveler. I can even recall the taste of vinho verde and petingas that I would try along the streets with my fellows: everything was a discovery, every simple moment, an adventure.

Since then I have been coming to Portugal on a regular basis, three or four times a year, so I keep many friends here and nothing in this amazing country is alien to me: I feel a proud Iberian, and as many other dreamers, I wish there would be only one big country joining Portugal and Spain. I have to laugh when I see people trying to cope with Portugal in 7 days: Portugal is a surprisingly wide country, which you won't be able to understand unless you dedicate about 10 to 12 days, not to mention the islands: only for Azores you would need to dedicate at least 7 nights. 

During the last 15 years I have run my own travel company and I have developed a wide net of vendors that help me put together consistent itineraries based on your own interests. I have sent already some thousands of satisfied travelers to Portugal, it takes only a bit of patience and a lot of hard work. Portugal is about the people and about the land. You won't really get the whole picture until you tour the small villages of the interior: the Alentejo, the Minho, Douro Valley or Serra da Estrela offer tiny locations where time stopped centuries ago and where important things are waiting for you to finally discover them.

It is only you who can decide to open the eyes for those valuable moments to happen in front of you. I can suggest the route that inspired me, I will love to offer you the itinerary that made me feel unique and appreciative of that magic moment that will stick to your soul and travel with you for the rest of your life. But the rest is on your side. You will need to put everything else... 

PORTUGAL ESCAPADES OFFERS YOU

Unique travel experiences in Portugal, Spain and Morocco tailored to fulfil your desires.

FLEXIBILITY AND PATIENCE

We are flexible:  we can adapt to you, no matter what you need. Your trip is so important that it cannot be properly designed at once. We know it takes time to convert ideas into reality. Your input is a necessity for a good tour to become a great tour.
 

DEDICATION

We know you are busy, so our job is to make it easy for you to plan and arrange an extraordinary trip. At every step, we will suggest, explain and discuss alternatives.  We will fully dedicate the time you need and deserve. The difference between an acceptable trip and a memorable one lies in the details... 
 

PROFESSIONALISM

More than 20 years of proven expertise in the travel industry are the perfect backup for your peace of mind. A complete team of multidisciplinary talents is at your disposal for trip planning

SUPPORT

We are 24/7 at your disposal. Prior, during and after your trip, you have one dedicated person working for you, booking all arrangements personally and ensuring that everything goes smooth along the way.

OUR METHOD
TRIP TUNING
First, we read your request and spend time understanding your needs. Then we make a first draft of your trip for your review. Normally, at this stage, you would just receive a short briefing with an outlined itinerary and some suggestions or comments for you to consider.  Then, at your convenience, you would give us the valuable feedback we need to prepare a more detailed plan.  We can communicate by phone, by email…  however it best suits you. It does not matter to us if this process takes hours or weeks: We will support you.
 
After some conversations, a detailed itinerary will be prepared. By this time you will have a quite clear idea of travel dates, so it should be time to book your air tickets ( We are sorry we cannot help you with this item.)  After considering your feedback about the detailed itinerary, a final itinerary listing proposed hotels, considered transportation, all inclusions and a final price will be presented.  Once more, your feedback and approval are required.

 
DETAILED ITINERARY
After some conversations, a detailed itinerary will be prepared. By this time you will have a quite clear idea of travel dates, so it should be time to book your air tickets ( We are sorry we cannot help you with this item.)  After considering your feedback about the detailed itinerary, a final itinerary listing proposed hotels, considered transportation, all inclusions and a final price will be presented.  Once more, your feedback and approval are required.

 
DEPOSIT PAYMENT
It is time for you to review the information in detail and to give us your final go-ahead. If you agree with our plans, you can commit with a 30% deposit payment.
 
After receiving your deposit, we start booking all services. You will be able to follow the process of reservation through your personal link to our reservations system. 
 
BOOKING SERVICES
After receiving your deposit, we start booking all services. You will be able to follow the process of reservation through your personal link to our reservations system. 
 
BALANCE PAYMENT
Balance payment is due 60 days prior to your arrival. By this time, all elements in your trip booking are already confirmed
10 days prior to the start of your trip (but usually right after your balance payment) you will get your e-documents as a pdf file. This contains all you need to use during your trip: hotel vouchers, train and/or plane tickets, etc. 
Our documents will include a list of our personally recommended restaurants in each location: from easy local eateries to Michelin starred restaurants. 
Finally, a useful document folder with maps and hard copies of all documents will be waiting for you at your first hotel. There will also be a beautiful Portuguese style souvenir. You are ready to start discovering our land!
 
TRIP DOCUMENTS
10 days prior to the start of your trip (but usually right after your balance payment) you will get your e-documents as a pdf file. This contains all you need to use during your trip: hotel vouchers, train and/or plane tickets, etc. 
Our documents will include a list of our personally recommended restaurants in each location: from easy local eateries to Michelin starred restaurants. 
Finally, a useful document folder with maps and hard copies of all documents will be waiting for you at your first hotel. There will also be a beautiful Portuguese style souvenir. You are ready to start discovering our land!
 
24/7 SUPPORT
You will never be alone: you will get a 24 h phone number that you can call anytime for advice or in case of any emergency. We are 100% at your disposal for any need during your trip!

 
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