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Discover Portugal Back Roads: Lisbon to Porto

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 2,782

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.


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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$ 2,782

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Day 1

Lisbon

Only a full day spent exploring Lisbon on foot does this beautiful city justice. As we wander through cobbled back streets, a treasure trove of delights reveal themselves. Looking up, we'll spy fairy tale beasts on the upper balustrade of the Jeronimos Monastery. This is Manueline-style architecture at its most stunning and which, along with the nearby Tower of Belem, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later on, we'll pop into a tiny, tiled bakery to taste Pastéisde Belem, Lisbon's famous egg custard tart - fresh from the oven. If we still have room after these sweet cinnamon spiced treats, there's an evening welcome dinner waiting in a local restaurant, accompanied by the mournful laments of Fadosingers.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel

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    Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel



    The Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel is the Hoteis Heritage Lisboa's latest project and is located on the avenida da liberdade, in the historic center of Lisbon. It is a restored late XVIII century building, the decoration of which was entrusted to Miguel Câncio Martins - ...

    The Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel is the Hoteis Heritage Lisboa's latest project and is located on the avenida da liberdade, in the historic center of Lisbon.

    It is a restored late XVIII century building, the decoration of which was entrusted to Miguel Câncio Martins - a Portuguese architect who is renowned for his work on mythical spaces like the Thiou and the Buddha Bar in Paris, the Strictly Hush in London and the Man Ray in New York.

    His design combines the city's own traditions and lifestyle with the most modern technology.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Pool

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Day 2

Lisbon to Sintra to Cascais to Lisbon

This morning we drive up the pine covered hills to picturesque Sintra - dotted with turreted palaces, grand villas and plenty of wow factor. We'll visit the famous 19th century Pena Palace, extravagantly furnished in late Victorian style, complete with oil paintings and priceless porcelain. We then continue to the busy fishing port of Cascais,enjoying the breezy views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline on the way. In the Old Town, winding streets lead to period mansions and the smart new marina. The evening is the nours, back in Lisbon.

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Day 3

Lisbon to Nazare and Batalha

Our first stop today is the romantic village of Obidos. Perched on a hill, surrounded by medieval walls, it gazes out onto a tapestry of vineyards, windmills and terracotta-roofed home steads. After walking around the charming fishing town of Nazare by ourselves, weregroup to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of BatalhaMonastery. It's easy to sense this building's importance, being the monastery that commemorated Portugal's independence from Spain in 1385. A delicious dinner awaits us this evening in Batalha.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Mestre Afonso Domingues

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    Hotel Mestre Afonso Domingues



    The Mestre Afonso Domingues Hotel is ideally located in the historical centre of Batalha. The hotel is right next to the Santa Maria da Vitoria Monastery in the centre of the town, one of the wonders of Portuguese history. The hotel has recently undergone extensive ...

    The Mestre Afonso Domingues Hotel is ideally located in the historical centre of Batalha. The hotel is right next to the Santa Maria da Vitoria Monastery in the centre of the town, one of the wonders of Portuguese history. The hotel has recently undergone extensive renovation and the mouthwatering local cuisine prepared at our restaurant Vintage will also ensure you have an unforgettable stay.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Elevator
    • Free WiFi
    • Heating
    • Laundry
    • Luggage Storage
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 4

Batalha to Fatima to Conimbriga and Coimbra

Do you believe in miracles? Either way, you'll be intrigued by the world-famous Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. It's claimed that in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared "more brilliant than the sun" before three young shepherd children. After seeing the spot for ourselves, we travel even further back in time to Conimbriga - home to one of the largest Roman settlements in Portugal. There's also fascinating archaeological evidence that this area was inhabited during the Iron Age. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in Coimbra.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Quinta das Lagrimas Palace Hotel

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    Quinta das Lagrimas Palace Hotel



    Located a short walk from the Coimbra science center, the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, and in the downtown core, this hotel is the perfect place to stay and enjoy Coimbra. The hotel was once an estate used by visiting Kings and Noblemen, but is now ...

    Located a short walk from the Coimbra science center, the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, and in the downtown core, this hotel is the perfect place to stay and enjoy Coimbra. The hotel was once an estate used by visiting Kings and Noblemen, but is now open to all, especially those who wish to discover the love story of Prince Pedro and Ines de Castro, Coimbra's most famous legend. The estate is named for her tears at the tragic end of the story. During your stay enjoy a pool, spa, and 12 hectares of peaceful back garden.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Coimbra to Aveiro to Coimba

What better way to begin today than with a stroll around Coimbra's river front, leafy parks and gardens. This buzzing university town is an intriguing maze of medieval streets, Romanesque and Gothic buildings. Later, we'll navigate another unique city, Aveiro,'the Venice of Portugal'. Here, colourful 'barcos moliceiros'drift by in the old fishermen's quarter, north of the central canal. An excursion to Vista Alegre presents exquisite wares produced by this renowned Portuguese porcelain factory. Once back in Coimbra, we have the evening to enjoy at our leisure.

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Day 6

Coimbra to Douro Valley

Remote. Majestic. Wild. It must mean we're in Douro Valley - the region devoted to port wine. As the hills fall steeply away to the river's edge, further inland we're greeted with impressive views of vines and olive groves.We take a scenic boat trip along the Douro River on an electric rabelo boat, followed by a wine tasting at a luxury 19th century house. It's a fitting place to raise a toast to this wonderful valley, enjoy dinner and rest overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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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 Porto

We drive up to hilly Porto today,Portugal's second largest city with a Ribeira district that's one of Europe's oldest centres. After getting our fill of medieval lanes, churches and small squares, we'll tick off some important landmarks along the riverside promenade, including the Bolsa Palace, San Francisco Church and Porto Cathedral in all its Romanesque splendour. The cool depths of one of the many wine cellars here beckons us in to taste some port, before spending the rest of the day as we wish.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira

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    Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira



    This is a four-star superior hotel with 90 rooms which is the result of the recent complete restoration of five listed buildings. Located in the old quarter of Porto, overlooking the river Douro, the Carris Porto Ribeira is very close to the Ribeira Square, the ...

    This is a four-star superior hotel with 90 rooms which is the result of the recent complete restoration of five listed buildings. Located in the old quarter of Porto, overlooking the river Douro, the Carris Porto Ribeira is very close to the Ribeira Square, the Palacio da Bolsa and the Centro de Congressos da Alfandega. Just a 5-minute walk from the train and tube stations and a 20-minute drive to the airport. The hotel has also its own restaurant, 'Forno Velho', with Show Cooking.

    Facilities

    • Cafe
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • WiFi

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Day 8

Porto to Guimaraes to Porto

All hail to the birthplace of Portugal's first king. Historic Guimaraes is often referred to as 'the cradle city' - boasting an imposing medieval castle,churches and the lovely cobbled street, Rua de Santa Maria. After stopping by the Old Town, we drive to the imposing Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, an important pilgrimage site since 1811. It's known for its intricate, zigzag, Baroque-style staircase leading several hundred feet up to the main basilica. We then return to Porto for a farewell dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Porto

Back in Porto, our tour ends after breakfast. After reflecting on all the wonderful sights, sounds and history that we've encountered in northern Portugal, we bid one another "boa noite".

The tour finishes at 10:00am at Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira, 4050-296, Rua do Infante D. Henrique 1, Porto.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17.

2018: Feb 26; Mar 19; Apr 16, 19, 30; May 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 28; Jun 4, 11, 18, 25; Jul 9; Aug 6; Sep 3, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22

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.

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