Best of Portugal Escorted: Porto, Evora, Lagos & More
- 11 Days
- 11 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,418
FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: This Portugal tour takes you to most of the country’s key heritage sights, lingering in highlights such the Algarve, and giving you time to enjoy the country’s beautiful beaches.
This 11-day escorted round-trip from Lisbon, staying in 4 star accomodations, is the ideal all-round introduction to Portugal.
Set out from Lisbon bound for the medieval city of Obidos, where you can sample the famous cherry liquor, and Alcobaca, home to the largest gothic church in Portugal. Stop at Batalha to visit the tomb and monastery of Henry the Navigator before staying overnight in Fatima. Your next stop is Coimbra, famed for having one of the world’s oldest universities, with a magnificent baroque library and a great reverence for its traditions and culture. Go on to visit Aveiro, a city of channels known as ‘Portugal’s Venice’, before overnighting in Oporto.
Featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Oporto boasts a rich heritage of wine, religion and discovery, all yours to explore over a full day’s sightseeing that includes its most picturesque churches and monuments. Spend another night here before setting out for the Minho region. Visit the birthplace of Portugal’s first king, try some of the region’s famous ‘green wine,’ and be awed by the diverse religious architecture of Braga, home to the oldest cathedral in Portugal. And if you have ever wondered why the rooster or Galo is such a famous Portuguese symbol, the charming town of Barcelos has your answer.
Your next day is devoted to the romance of everyday life, starting with the home town of Sao Doncalo, famed promoter of love and marriage. The local monastery houses his tomb, and his local market is still a popular place to find fresh produce, poultry and clothing. Afterwards, you’ll wander the gardens of Mateus, before going in search of samples in the Port wine regions of the Douro Valley. Your final day takes you back to Lisbon, passing through the exotic trees and plants of Bussaco. Discover the hidden Templar history of Tomar, not that you’ll have to look too hard. Much of the original 12th century architecture remains, and is another UNESCO World Heritage site.
With two nights back in Lisbon, you’ll take a day trip to explore the palaces and gardens of Sintra and Estoril. This is also a day for exploring Portugals’ sparkling coastline, where it’s easy to contemplate the vast influence this country once had on world exploration and trade. Set out from Lisbon and discover the charms of Evora, the UNESCO World Heritage listed city notable for unique structures including Saint Francis Church and the eerie Chapel of Bones. Sampling the local wine and cheese is highly recommended before staying overnight and having the next morning free to explore. Head south to Beja, where medieval castles tower over the historic streets. Then cross the mountains to Algarve, a region of orange groves with castles of its own dating back to Moorish times. Enjoy the sands of Praia da Rocha before overnighting in Lagos.
Located on Portugal’s southern tip, Ponta de Piedad offers dramatic views over the Atlantic. Follow the cliffs to the fishing port of Sagres and Cabo Sao Vincente, the most south-westerly point of Europe. Take some time to explore Lagos on your own, perhaps taking a swim before returning inland. The trip back to Lisbon takes you via Setubal and the Arrabida mountain range, one of Portugal’s most impressive natural parks known for its limestone formations and a wide variety of animal and plant life.
- 11 Days
- 11 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,418
Itinerary View Trip Map
Lisbon to Fatima
This morning you will be picked up at the hotel of your choosing in Lisbon. The departure time is 9:00am, so please ensure you are ready in your hotel lobby at least 15 minutes before the pickup time. From Lisbon the tour will head to Obidos surrounded by medieval walls to see the unique architecture and crafts, and taste the famous bitter cherry liquor. The next stop is Alcobaca with the first and largest gothic church in Portugal and burial site of Ines de Castro. To see a traditional fishing village and seaside resort, a stop is made in Nazare. Heading to Fatima for the night a stop is made in Batalha at the famous monastery and tomb of Henry the Navigator. Overnight in Fatima.
Fatima to Porto
After breakfast at the hotel the bus departs for Coimbra to see one of the oldest universities in the world with its magnificent baroque library. You will see St. Clara Church where lies Queen St. Isabel. In the afternoon you will enjoy Aveiro, known as Portugal's Venice because of its many canals and graceful boats. The tour continues to Porto. Overnight in Porto.
Guimaraes and Braga
After breakfast at the hotel, this morning will lead you to a riverside living amphitheater with old houses, palaces and churches. We continue to Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and sparkling "green wine". Stop at Guimaraes - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic center, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, with original building dates back to the 15th century. Then drive to Braga known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairways and gardens. After continue to Barcelos, an historical city rich in popular handicraft where the Galo de Barcelos (the rooster of Barcelos) legend was born making the rooster a Portuguese icon. Return to Porto for overnight.
Santiago de Compostela
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and the centre of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela World Cultural Heritage and you have the entire day to freely discover this fascinating city. Wander its historical streets and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes.
Porto to Viseu to Urgeirica
The first stop today is in Amarante, a pretty town known for the promotion of love and marriage and its beautiful market. The drive continues to Vila Real to visit the gardens of the manor of Mateus. You enter the port wine region to travel through vineyards and breathtaking landscapes. A stop is made in Lamego, overlooked by N.S Remedios, and trying some of the local delicacies here is highly recommended. Continue to the mountainous land of Viseu, a beautiful city in the shadow of a cathedral. We tour the centre and its busy commercial zone. Arrival in Urgeirica.
Urgeirica to Lisbon
After a hotel breakfast, the tour continues to Bussaco with its forest of exotic trees. Then on to Tomar, a city whose development is closely interlinked with the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance given to Dom Afonso Henriques (the first King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the country. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ within. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, the complex displays the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centrepiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Return to Lisbon for overnight.
Sintra and Estoril
Make a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra and Estoril. In Sintra, you will tour the charming town befire enjoying the amazing views from the westernmost point of mainland Europe (Cabo da Roca). Along the coast, we pass one of the most famous surfing beaches, the incredible Hell’s Mouth, cosmopolitan Cascais and the gardens of Estoril Casino. Overnight in Lisbon.
Today the tour departs from Lisbon to spend the day exploring Evora, a UNESCO world heritage site. The most important monuments here are the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-gothic cathedral, Saint Francis Church with the 'Bones Chapel', and the University. The market is a great spot for lunch and to shop for crafts. Here you have free time in the afternoon to explore the city. Overnight in Evora.
Evora to Lagos
Spend a morning of leisure in Evora before the tour departs for Beja where you will see Portugal's highest medieval tower. Beja is a pleasing town with whitewashed houses and a 13th-century castle. Next you will travel to Silves, dominated by its red sandstone castles. The last stop today will be in Lagos, situated on a stunning coastline of wide golden beaches, jagged cliffs and crystal clear waters. In the charming and historic city visitors will discover interesting historical monuments, fine cuisine and a lively nightlife. Overnight in Lagos.
Lagos to Cabo de Sao Vicente
Today you will travel to Ponta de Piedad for a magnificent view of the Atlantic. The tour continues to Sagres, a fishing port, for a visit to the fortress which was once the mythical navigation school. Upon your early return to the hotel you will have time to explore Lagos on your own or to relax with the beach and dip in the sea. Overnight in Lagos.
Lagos to Lisbon
As the bus travels back to Lisbon, get a last look at the sea. You will have a stop at Setubal, a major port and industrial centre, and then in the mountains of Arrabida, a Portuguese national park. Upon arrival in Lisbon, the tour is concluded.
2021: Jan 16; Feb 13; Mar 13; Apr 3, 17; May 1, 15; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17; Aug 7, 21; Sep 4, 18; Oct 2, 16
- 11 day Escorted Coach Tour including:
- Transportation in air-conditioned bus or minivan with Experienced Tour Guide
- 1 night first class accommodations in Fatima
- 3 nights first class accommodations in Porto
- 1 night first class accommodations in Urgeirica
- 2 nights first class accommodations in Lisbon
- 1 night first class accommodations in Evora
- 2 nights first class accommodations in Lagos
- Entrance fees to: Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, 'Palacioda Bolsa' (Porto), St. Francisco Church (Porto), 'Gardens of Palacio Mateus', Convento do Cristo (Tomar), Palacioda Pena (Sintra), Bones Chapel (Evora), Sao Francisco Church (Evora), Evora's Cathedral, and Sao Vicente Fortress (Sagres)
- Entrance fees to monuments not mentioned
- Travel insurance
- Visas if required
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
- Beverages unless specified
- All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
Hotel accommodations are subject to change and based on availability at time of booking.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.
17 Oct 2020