From the colourful backstreets of Lisbon to the wilds of the Algarve Coast, Portugal is a picture of seaside perfection.
Portugal’s Algarve region is filled with whitewashed cliffs and limestone grottoes carved by ocean waves. Spend your days exploring caves and reclining on golden beaches, before heading to the country’s coastal lagoons for some birdwatching and wildlife spotting. If it’s the urban experience you’re after, hillside Lisbon provides voyagers with incredible ocean views over pastel-coloured buildings and clattering trams where you can wash down the city’s maritime cuisine with a glass of the celebrated port wine. Whether it’s the stout winds off the Atlantic or the warm breeze from the Mediterranean, the coast of Portugal is Adventure Cruising at its best.
Land and sea cruises
One could spend a lifetime cruising the coastlines of Europe and Asia, but there’s plenty more to experience on terra firma. Peregrine’s new Land and Sea Cruises deliver the best of both worlds: small-ship coastal cruising and classic Peregrine adventures on land.
Browse our range of Land and Sea Cruises
Highlights of Portugal
Search for birdlife in Ria Formosa Natural Park
Ria Formosa is a protected area of coastal lagoon considered to be one of Portugal’s Seven Natural Wonders. The park is an important birding area, providing a stopover point for many migrating birds such as the purple heron and the red-rumped swallow; for others, like the purple swamphen and the black-winged stilt, it’s a permanent home.
Sample the seafood in Lisbon
A town of many personalities, Portugal is known for stunning Atlantic Ocean views, the giant Cristo Rei statue of Christ (the reward for many a climber), and quaint trams that trundle their way down narrow lanes. But for many travellers its best spoils are Epicurean; it’s a case of come for the Portuguese tart, stay for the grilled octopus and fresh clams.
Explore the ruins of Silves
Silves was a major trading port during the medieval age when Portugal was under Moorish rule. Remnants of the era can still be found in the historic buildings dotted throughout the urban centre. Despite the earthquake that rocked the region in the 18th century, the impressive red brick castle still looms over the city.
Excursions and experiences
Each of our tailored itineraries is sprinkled with what we call 'Peregrine Moments', those special experiences you'll only have while travelling in a small group with one of our local leaders. Here are just a few of the experiences you'll share in Portugal.
Enjoy a guided boat tour of Ria Formosa Natural Park, exploring the wetlands and looking out for flamingos, herons and hundreds of other bird species.
Jump in a small boat at Carvoeiro for a cruise around some of the most beautiful coastal caves in the world.
Step back in time a thousand years exploring the great Moorish castle complex at Silves.
Tour the old walled town of Lagos, the cobblestoned city that blends history and coastal scenery like nowhere else in Portugal.
The Peregrine difference
The Harmony V accommodates 49 guests in 29 cabins and a crew of up to 18. Enjoy the sea breeze while dining al fresco on the sundeck, or just grab a book and pull up a lounge to soak in the sun. The indoor dining room has panoramic windows, so you can appreciate the view of the water while sampling some of the local flavours. And the spacious lounge and American bar are the perfect places to grab a drink with your fellow passengers.
- Half Board meal plan (breakfast plus one other meal daily while on board)
- Service of one or two local tour leaders (depending on passenger number)
- Turn down service twice a day
- Fully equipped laundry service
- Towels for swimming
- Swimming platform (weather permitting)
- Wi-Fi is available for a small charge, though signal can be spotty at a time and sometimes unavailable in more remote locations
- Use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment
- Mini library
- Board games
- Central music
- CD and DVD player
- Audio-visual equipment in a lounge.
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