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“I Love Lagos”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Different Portugal

Different Portugal
Ranked #17 of 92 Food & Drink in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Different Portugal is an Animation Tourism Company that organises sightseeing private tours in Portugal, including day tours, multiday tours and wine & food tours. Isn't it amazing when we visit places where friends live and they show us around all the sites only locals know? The greatest memories we take back home are of moments lived in the authentic country, not only in the touristic sites. That is the story behind Different Portugal. We want to share real places and experiences in Portugal in a unique, warm, friendly way. At Different Portugal we provide both regular private tours and tailor-made private tours in Portugal allowing you to know the real Portugal in a customised and memorable way. Our private tours include historical places throughout the country, from Sintra, Cascais and Lisbon to Porto, Guimaraes, Coimbra. We also organise private tours in Alentejo and Algarve regions showing you the best of our country in each place. The extensive knowledge of our local guides will also take you to several off the beaten path places in Portugal. Our knowledge of the country is much wider as our local guides are foodies and wine lovers. We organise a wide range of wine and gastronomical private tours, from half-day tours to multiday tours. The extensive knowledge of the country, love for gastronomy and wine of Different Portugal’s owner, Filipe, also a local guide, allow us to develop charming, tailor-made and creative tours, where all details are important. Different Portugal started its business in 2011 and has received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence since 2012. Choose one of our day tours, multiday tours or wine & food tours and let us be your Portuguese pal! Come with us and discover a Different Portugal!!
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“I Love Lagos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

We've just returned from a 2 day tour of Lagos and the Algarve with Different Portugal. This is our third year using Different Portugal and we just keep coming back. Filipe is so personal and professional and takes great pride to ensure a spectacular experience for his clients. This was the first time that we had ever traveled to The Algarve. We've heard that parts of the Algarve is overrun with tourists, but Filipe assured us that Lagos is still a diamond in the rough and he was, once again, spot on. The beaches in and around Lagos are stunning. Monoliths of rock jutting out of the prettiest green-blue water. We journeyed by boat through many of the rock formations, even entering caves with crystal clear water. We also traveled to Sagres to visit the Southern most point of Portugal. Also very lovely and pretty remote. I could've stared at the steep cliffs forever. Filipe knows his food as well, so we knew that every meal would be top notch. We had some of the best seafood that I've ever eaten. So many thanks Filipe, you've outdone yourself once again!

Visited June 2014
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Los Angeles
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“A wonderful experience!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

From the onset, Filipe was responsive to my inquiries about his company's services. We booked a day trip with him to Sintra. Filipe was on time (probably early, in fact) and had a nice comfortable air conditioned car that was even equipped with Wi-Fi.

He was very personable and shared a good amount of history. He introduced us to the local/regional foods and crafts. From my perspective, though, I probably would've wanted more of his time and knowledge. We were on our own at the sites, while he waited outside, and it would've been nice to have learned more history and fun facts (i.e. the palace and the gardens in Sintra) from him. So depending on your expectations of a guide, be sure to ask for more details so you know exactly what you're getting.

Filipe was also kind to check in on an order for us for some custom painted tiles when they didn't arrive when we thought they would. He even followed up with me again to see if we had received them (we did).

Overall, you'll enjoy your time with Different Portugal.

Visited April 2014
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WINSTON SALEM
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“exceeded our expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

We toured Portugal for 7 days with Filipe and found everything about him and his small company to be exceptional. He was responsive to all of our pre-trip inquiries and even managed to move everything back 2 days when our flight to Europe was cancelled. As he likes to say, "there is a solution to everything except death and taxes." He had a planned itinerary for every day but gladly made adjustments based on our preferences. We saw many sights and ate at many restaurants the tour buses never get to. If you want a thoroughly professional and knowledgable tour guide who keeps the tours casual and enjoyable then Different Portugal is for you. Different Portugal is not only a model of what a top quality tour company should be but of how a small business should be run.

Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Wine and Cultural Tour, Lisbon - Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Manny (Manuel) picked us up on time from our hotel and spent the next 90 mins driving 4 of us to the Wine region, spouting facts about Portugals history amoungst other amazing things that Portugal can be rightly proud of. We think Manny would make a fortune on Sale of the Century or other quiz shows.
Well travelled, excellent English and a great sense of humour, Manny took us to two wineries-the last with a traditional 'Picinic' which was more of a gastronimc feast, as well as the church of 'Bones'. Nothing was too difficult for him, including helping the sales staff in a cork shop 'sell' the staple of that district appart from Wine.
"Different Portugal" responded to e-mails promptly and nothing was too difficult including changing the itinerary to suit us.
You won't find this company in the Tourism Office nor advertised in hotels, however I would highly recommend this company to anyone wanting a few hours to a few days touring.

Marita, Peter, Brian & Annie - Australian Travellers

Visited June 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Above and Beyond”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

We had such an amazing time with Filipe! My friend and I did a day trip to Sintra, and by the end of the day we had had so much fun that we booked a cooking class with him the following night through his company Cooking Lisbon. He is just so on point and ready to help you with anything. When we told him we would be heading to Porto and wanted to go to the Douro Valley, he even set up a picnic for us at one of the vineyards, Quinta do Popa. He messaged and called them for us and took care of everything. I would definitely recommend Filipe's company to anyone going to Portugal. He goes above and beyond what you expect from a tour company!

Visited May 2014
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