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Discover Portugal Back Roads: Lisbon to Porto

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,199

This Portugal tour sets out from Lisbon, embarking on a weeklong journey covering the country’s best sites, including UNESCO World Heritage icons, places of pilgrimage, and splendid Gothic and Romanesque architecture.


Join one of our unique small group Back-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. Click here for all the EXCLUSIVE DIFFERENCES.

This 9-day adventure sets out from Lisbon, travelling through many of Portugal’s most historic towns before ending in Porto.

Start with a full day city tour of Lisbon, centre of what was once one of the world’s most powerful trade empires. Visit the cathedrals, monasteries and museums of the capital, and the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Belem. The following day, palaces dot the road to Sintra, where you’ll tour the Pena Palace and enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean. Then journey up to the romantic medieval town of Obidos, taking the morning to enjoy its cobbled streets before visiting another UNESCO site, the Batalha Monastery, built to commemorate Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1385.

The next day starts with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, which the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared before three local shepherd children in 1917. You’ll also roam the Roman ruins of Conimbriga, an area that’s been inhabited as far back as the Iron Age in the 9th century BC. Then, class is in session in Coimbra, a university town boasting some of Portugal’s loveliest Romanesque and Gothic buildings. Go on to Aveiro, a city criss-crossed by beautiful canals, then admire Portugal’s porcelain treasures at the Visa Alegre Museum.

Port connoisseurs will fall in love with the Douro Valley, the region that created the wine. Even for non-drinkers, the valley is an impressive route to Porto. Portugal’s second largest city is one of Europe’s oldest, with many surviving landmarks including the San Francisco Church and Boisa Palace. Take a sight-seeing tour and enjoy a wine tasting before spending the afternoon at leisure.

Your final stop is Guimaraes, the birthplace of Portugal’s first king. Explore the old town and the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte before returning to Porto, where your tour disbands.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,199

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Day 1

Lisbon

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
Day 2

Lisbon - Obidos - Nazare - Alvados

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

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

Alvados - Tomar - 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Alvados - Coimbra - Alvados

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Viseu - Lamego - Quinta Nova

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
Day 6

Quinta Nova - Pinhao - Peso Da Regua - Quinta Nova

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Quinta Nova - Amarante - Quinta Da Aveleda - Guimaraes

After heading to Amarante this morning (where you'll see the 16th-century Sao Gonçalo Church), you'll visit the Aveleda Winery. Here, you'll savour a glass of the region's famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process. Your day will end in Guimaraes.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

Guimaraes

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Guimaraes - Porto

Your journey will end in Porto, where you'll tick off some important landmarks -- including the Clérigos 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

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Mar 16, 30; Apr 17, 20; May 1, 4, 8,15, 18, 22, 29; Jun 1,3, 12, 19, 26; Jul 6; Aug 10; Sep 4, 14, 16, 18, 21, 25; Oct 3, 5, 16

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Tour leader
  • Driver and mini-coach transportation
  • Local guides in Lisbon and Porto
  • European breakfast daily
  • Evening meals
  • Fado experience
  • Pasteis de Belem tasting
  • Port wine tasting
  • Suckling Pig and sparkling wine
  • 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
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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.

TB BACKROALIS19SGCAD: PORT
16 Oct 2019
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