The Pros :
My wife and I travelled to Portugal for our Honey Moon and we wanted to see as much as we could in 10 days. It was the most amazing trip we have ever been on. We located the local agency through Evaneos and reached to see if they had availability for our tour.
Tiago contacted us via skype and we provided our initial requirements for the trip. Tiago was very personable and made us feel like he would take care of the arrangements. Several weeks later he contacted us with the proposed itinerary and it was absolutely amazing. We covered the country from Lisbon in the south to Porto in the north and other cities like Sintra, Cascais, Obidos, Batalha, Guimaraes, Marvao, Boscras, Tomar, Evora, Monsaraz, Mertola, Tavira, Coimbra, the Algarves and I am sure I forgot some.
Tiago took us throughout Portugal and travelled with us to every city we visited. To say it was truly amazing is such an understatement that I cant really find the words to say how amazing this trip was
I would like to break this into several categories
1. Requirements – We presented our requirements to Tiago which were
a. We wanted to visit medieval architecture but also wanted to explore some coastline
b. We did not want to walk so far every day that we were totally exhausted at night. This also included walking down hill rather than up
c. We wanted to eat and sleep local so no tourist places
I can honestly say that Tiago met every single requirement to the point where when we got to the bottom of the walk he would go back up, get the car and pick us up. Truly amazing. The historic hotels we stayed in were magnificent.
2. Knowledge – In every place that we visited Tiago was able to provide knowledge of that area from an historical perspective. He was able to respond to the question we had and he add context. He was really knowledgeable and most personable. I feel like he was our friend and not our tour guide.
3. Flexibility – My wife’s grandparents were originally from Portugal in a town called Boscras. My wife had no knowledge of the location but wanted to visit to see if she could find anyone who knew her grandparents. Tiago drove us to the area and walked around the town until he found a contact for us to speak to. From there we were able to speak with a few of the town folk and they identified her grandparents and the actual church they were married in.
Traditional tours would not have provided us that opportunity. Other times we spent more time in some locations based on our interest and less in others and Tiago was patient and kind in the process
We also stopped off at points that were not on the itinerary but because Tiago knew we would be interested in those places
We spent a fair amount of time in the car with Tiago and he was able to converse on many topics and conversation was very easy and comfortable. I only speak English but my wife speaks Portuguese and so Tiago would speak in good English so that I could understand.
He is a perfect gentleman, perfect host. Portugal is more beautiful than I ever imagined so if you have not been there I highly recommend contacting Tiago.
We covered the country from Lisbon in the south to Porto in the north and other cities like Sintra, Cascais, Obidos, Batalha, Guimaraes, Marvao, Boscras, Tomar, Evora, Monsaraz, Mertola, Tavira, Coimb...We covered the country from Lisbon in the south to Porto in the north and other cities like Sintra, Cascais, Obidos, Batalha, Guimaraes, Marvao, Boscras, Tomar, Evora, Monsaraz, Mertola, Tavira, Coimbra, the Algarves and I am sure I forgot some.