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Discover Portugal: Lisbon to Porto

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,549

FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: This Portugal tour sets out from Lisbon, embarking on a weeklong journey covering the country’s best sites, including UNESCO World Heritage icons, beautiful and tasty wine regions, and splendid Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Travel with like-minded people and enjoy this small group tour.


This 11-day, small group (max 18 passengers), escorted adventure sets out from Lisbon, travelling through many of Portugal’s most historic towns before ending in Porto.

Start with a morning city tour of Lisbon, centre of what was once one of the world’s most powerful trade empires. This includes a stop at the Tile Painting Museum where you can try your hand at one of Portugal’s most beloved arts. In the afternoon, journey out to Sintra and visit the colourful Pena Palace, enjoying both its eccentricity, and views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The following day, journey up to the romantic medieval town of Obidos, taking the morning to enjoy its cobbled streets before going on to Nazare, a delightful seaside town that’s home to the tallest waves in Europe. Enjoy a cookery class followed by dinner in Alvados, where you’ll overnight. Your next stop is another UNESCO world heritage site, the Convent of Christ in Tomar. You’ll also visit the town’s 15th century Synagogue before returning to Alvados for one more night. Then set out for Coimbra, home to the most prestigious university in the Portuguese-speaking world, and the renowned Joanna Library. You’ll have some free time to explore the city itself before driving on to Viseu.

Viseu’s famous cheese makes it one of the tastiest stops on your trip before going on to the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies at Lamego. You’ll overnight in Quinta Nova before setting out for Pinhao, enjoying views of Portugal’s magnificent Douro River and a boat trip to Peso da Regua. The following day, stop in at the Sao Goncalo Church on your way to the Aveleda Winery. You’re not quite diving into the Port just yet, but you won’t want to miss trying this region’s delicious ‘green’ wine.

Your next day is spent exploring the historic town of Guimaraes. Take a walking tour with your local guide, learning about the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza before exploring on your own in the afternoon. Enjoy one last night with the group, including a traditional dance performance before you reach Porto.

Portugal’s great port city is the perfect blend of gritty, traditional, and urbane. See some of the city’s highlights before ending your day at the famous Port wine cellars, where you can taste your way through Northern Portugal’s most famous export. Spend a night enjoying all Porto has to offer after dark before transferring to your flight home.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,549

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Day 1

Arrive Lisbon

On arrival at Lisbon Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax before beginning your exploration of LIsbon, the City of Light.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

My Story Hotel Rossio

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    My Story Hotel Rossio



    Offering a restaurant, My Story Hotel Rossio is located in Lisbon. Free WiFi access is available. At My Story Hotel Rossio you will find a 24-hour front desk and a bar.Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage. The hotel is in Rossio, 400 …

    Offering a restaurant, My Story Hotel Rossio is located in Lisbon. Free WiFi access is available. At My Story Hotel Rossio you will find a 24-hour front desk and a bar.Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage. The hotel is in Rossio, 400 m from Chiado and 350 m from Liberty Avenue.Lisbon Portela Airport is 6 km away.

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Day 2

Lisbon to Sintra to Queluz

You'll meet with the group before delving into a full day tour of Lisbon. On a visit to the Tile Painting Museum, you'll have the opportunity to paint your own tiles. This afternoon you'll drive to Sintra, where you'll visit the famous Pena Palace. This evening, you'll enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant accompanied by a Fado performance.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Pousada Palacio de Queluz

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    Pousada Palacio de Queluz


    The magnificent Pousada of Queluz is located on a main square opposite the Queluz Palace which was the official residence of the Portuguese royal family from 1794. This luxury hotel in Queluz formerly housed the Royal Guards while resident at the Palace. It has been …

    The magnificent Pousada of Queluz is located on a main square opposite the Queluz Palace which was the official residence of the Portuguese royal family from 1794. This luxury hotel in Queluz formerly housed the Royal Guards while resident at the Palace. It has been beautifully renovated, maintaining much of the building's 18th century character.

    The Hotel Queluz is well located for visiting Lisbon and for exploring the whole Lisbon coast. The Pousada's restaurant, the Cozinha Velha ("Old Kitchen") is located across the square from the Pousada in what were originally the Palace kitchens. This restaurant is exceptional and we highly recommend it for Portuguese regional cuisine.

    The Hotel Dona Maria I has 26 rooms, including 3 superior rooms and 2 suites. All rooms have en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, safe, telephone, cable TV and internet access.

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    • Accessible Facilities
    • Air Conditioning
    • Free breakfast
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Pool

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Day 3

Queluz to Obidos to Nazare to Alvados

Today you'll visit Obidos before moving on to the charming fishing town of Nazare. This evening you'll enjoy a Portuguese cookery lesson and sumptuous dinner together in Alvados.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel

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    Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel



    Against a backdrop of mountains enfolding an enchanted valley nestles a truly special hotel where emotions flow freely both inside and out, where colours and textures mingle, and the sounds of birdsong and the caress of the breeze invites us to be at one with …

    Against a backdrop of mountains enfolding an enchanted valley nestles a truly special hotel where emotions flow freely both inside and out, where colours and textures mingle, and the sounds of birdsong and the caress of the breeze invites us to be at one with nature.

    Enjoy the freedom to explore a menu of 12 emotions, savouring them slowly one by one - the Hotel Cooking and Nature welcomes you.

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Day 4

Alvados to Tomar to Alvados

After breakfast you'll continue your journey to Tomar, where you'll visit the World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ and the 15th-century Synagogue. After sampling some of the local pastries, you'll return to Alvados.

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Day 5

Alvados to Coimbra to Viseu

Today you'll travel to Coimbra, where you'll visit the famous Joanina Library. After some free time in the city centre, the road will take us to Viseu.

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Palacio Dos Melos Hotel

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    Palacio Dos Melos Hotel


    The Hotel Palacio dos Melos is the result of an architectural renovation of an emblematic building of Viseu, maintaining the original historical characteristics and equipping it with modern and comfortable accommodations. The guests can choose between classic or contemporary-style rooms. This is the perfect starting …

    The Hotel Palacio dos Melos is the result of an architectural renovation of an emblematic building of Viseu, maintaining the original historical characteristics and equipping it with modern and comfortable accommodations. The guests can choose between classic or contemporary-style rooms.

    This is the perfect starting point to discover a city where past and present merge in harmony.

    Facilities

    • Accessible Facilities
    • Air Conditioning
    • Free breakfast
    • Free Parking
    • Outdoor Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Viseu to Lamego to Douro Valley

Today you'll visit a traditional cheesemaker, who will let you in on the secrets behind Viseu's delicious buttery cheese. After a tasting you'll move on to historic Lamego, which is home to the 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. After some free time here, it's off to the hotel in Quinta Nova.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo

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    Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo


    Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a place of extreme beauty in the heart of Douro valley and owned by Amorim family since 1999. The family connection to the wine comes from afar, through its connection with the export houses of Vila Nova …

    Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a place of extreme beauty in the heart of Douro valley and owned by Amorim family since 1999.

    The family connection to the wine comes from afar, through its connection with the export houses of Vila Nova de Gaia in the cork business. Meanwhile the dream came true and the project is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the family.

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    • Pool
    • Restaurant

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Day 7

Douro Valley to Pinhao to Peso Da Regua to Douro Valley

This morning you'll board a train and make the scenic journey to Pinhao, with plenty of magnificent views of the Douro River along the way. When you get there, you'll take a leisurely boat trip to Peso da Régua in an electric rabelo boat.

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Day 8

Douro Valley to Amarante to Penafiel to Braga

After heading to Amarante this morning (where you'll see the 16th-century Sao Gonçalo Church), you'll visit the Aveleda Winery in Penafiel. Here, you'll savour a glass of the region's famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process before you move on to lovely Braga.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Vila Gale Collection Braga

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    Hotel Vila Gale Collection Braga


    n a grand building dating from 1508, this informal hotel with original vaulted ceilings is 5 minutes' walk from Braga Cathedral and 13 minutes' walk from Braga railway station. Warm rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and safes. Room service is available 24/7. Kids …

    n a grand building dating from 1508, this informal hotel with original vaulted ceilings is 5 minutes' walk from Braga Cathedral and 13 minutes' walk from Braga railway station.

    Warm rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and safes. Room service is available 24/7. Kids age 11 and under stay at no extra cost with a parent. Amenities include 2 restaurants and a bar, plus an outdoor pool, and a kids' pool with waterslides. There's a spa, an indoor pool and a gym, as well as a garden and a play area. Breakfast is offered. Parking is available for a fee.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Free breakfast
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Outdoor Pool

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Day 9

Braga to Guimaraes to Braga

After learning about the castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the historic city centre on a walking tour with a local guide, you'll have a free afternoon to relax. This evening, you'll enjoy one last dinner together accompanied by a traditional dance performance.

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Day 10

Braga to Porto

Your journey will end in Porto, where you'll tick off some important landmarks including the Clerigos Tower, Aliados Avenue, the cathedral and the Ribeira district. This afternoon you'll visit the famous port wine cellars and indulge in a tasting before your trip ends.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Porto Bay Teatro Hotel

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    Porto Bay Teatro Hotel



    Hotel Teatro arose from the spot where the Baquet Theatre was inaugurated in 1859. A hundred and fifty-one years later, the unique, refined and bohemian environment of the Theatre has been revived here in a hotel.

    Hotel Teatro arose from the spot where the Baquet Theatre was inaugurated in 1859. A hundred and fifty-one years later, the unique, refined and bohemian environment of the Theatre has been revived here in a hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 11

Depart Porto

Today, prepare to transfer to the Porto Airport for your onward travels.

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DEPARTURES:

2021: Sep 9, 19, 30; Oct 15

2022: Mar 23; Apr 6, 20, 30; May 4, 14, 18, 28; Jun 8, 11, 18, 22; Jul 6, 27; Aug 17; Sep 1, 7, 14, 21; Oct 5, 15, 26; Nov 5

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 11-day Small Group Tour including 
    • Experienced Blue-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
    • Premium mini-coach transportation
    • 2 nights accommodation in Lisbon
    • 2 nights accommodations in Alvados
    • 1 night accommoation in Viseu
    • 2 nights accommodation in the Douro Valley
    • 2 nights accommodation in Braga
      • 1 night accommodation in Porto
      • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 5 dinners
  • Entrance fees (Jeronimo's Monastery, Belem Tower, Pena Palace, Batalha Monastery, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Conimbriga ruins, Vista Alegre Museum, Porto Cathedral and Guimaraes castle)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Itinerary change: On Day 2, the overnight will be in Lisbon, instead of Queluz. The afternoon and evening is at leisure. The Fado performance will take place on Day 1.  

Transfers on Day 10 (drop off point to Porto Hotel) is not included and must be arranged on your own. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Please note, due to COVID-19, all 2021 and 2022 itinerary's are subject to change without prior notice. Finalized itineraries will be confirmed no later than 3 weeks prior to departure.  Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.


15 Oct 2021
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