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Discover Portugal: Lisbon to Porto

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,611

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.


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$ 3,611

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Lisbon to Lisbon Hotels (Day 8:00am to 8:00pm)

Duration25 Minutes

Pousada de Lisboa Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Located in Terreiro do Paco - Praça do Comercio, a historic part of the city of Lisbon, is now born a new lodging in Praca do Comercio. Historic place of unique importance, this was the place where for centuries ships with goods disembarked. Totally destroyed after the 1755 earthquake, it was Marques de Pombal the one who gave the order to rebuild almost the entire Lisbon. This is one of the most emblematic places of the city and there are several exit points from here that allow you to visit the rest of Lisbon, walk alongside the Tejo or even cross the river bank. If Lisbon was born at the castle, it was from the Terreiro do Paco (Palace Square) that it expanded. Augusta Street is the main artery that connects the Commerce Square to the beautiful Rossio Square.*Images from VFM Leonardo, Inc.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 2

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 3

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 4

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 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 9

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 10

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

Pestana Palacio do Freixo

In the most unique and vibrant city of Portugal, discover the palace of the eighteenth century that, for a few days, will be your haven. Pestana Palacio do Freixo belongs to the Leading Hotels of the World and offers a unique and absolutely memorable experience, wrapped in classic luxury and filled with contemporary comfort.

Located on the river that gives life to the best wine in the world, Pestana Palacio do Freixo rises serene, between French-style gardens and granite stonework, in a contrasting and balanced dialogue that welcomes you with care and attention.*Images from VFM Leonardo, Inc.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 11

Porto Hotel to Porto Airport (Between 8am and 8pm)

Duration1 Hour

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Mar 15, 29; Apr 16, 19, 30; May 3, 7,14, 17, 21, 28, 31; Jun 2, 11, 18, 25; Jul 5; Aug 9; Sep 3, 13, 15, 19, 20, 24; Oct 2, 4 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights' boutique 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.

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15 Oct 2019
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