Dennis G. | Ireland | October, 2022

Dennis took a trip to Portugal in October 2022 and enjoyed visits to Porto, Lisbon, and the Algarve region. He left the below comments about his trip for Josie.


“Hi Josie,

I just completed the evaluation form and rated the trip a 5 of 5 experience. Everything went smoothly from our arrival in Porto to our departure from Lisbon. As you know our trip to Portugal proved a challenge but the airline folks bent over backwards to redirect us. We basically lost about five hours but still arrived at our hotel on the Douro before dark.

Each day proved to be a fun, educational experience. We had only one rainy day and that was a travel day for us so it didn’t disrupt any plans. We had a great time in the Algarve region and I would recommend, if you have to do it over again, to direct folks down there. Our last two days with Carlos were great. He should be recognized for the great host he was. As I mentioned in the evaluation, the only thing I might change was the trip to the Pena Palace. While it was very interesting, the crowds were just too much.

Thanks again for going outside your comfort zone to help us plan our Portugal adventure. We had a terrific time.

Thankfully yours,


How would you rate your trip? 5/5
Who was your travel expert? Josie
How were your accommodations? Great
What did you love? Each stop was unique and wonderful.  From the river cruise on the Douro to the day at Sintra, each day was terrific.
Did everything go smoothly with your transportation? Yes
What did you love? Virtually everything.  We had a great two days with Carlos who seemed to know everything about everything.
What tours, attractions, or activities did you particularly enjoy? The river cruise on the Douro, the exploration of the megalithic sites with Sira , our relaxing time in the Algarve region, and finishing up in Lisbon/Sintra.  Wonderful, memorable experiences all.
What was your favorite part of the trip? Hard to say.  Everything went smoothly, the weather was great, food was interesting, and people very friendly
Would you travel with us again? Yes
How can we improve for next time? Perhaps the only thing I might rethink was the trip to the Pena Palace.  The crowds were a bit much especially for folks who don’t like the crush of other tourists.
Any other questions or comments? I would really like to tip my hat to Carlos who was a great tour guide for our last two days around Lisbon/Sintra.