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Discover Portugal Back Roads: Lisbon to Porto

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 2,861

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$ 2,861

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Day 1

Lisbon

Meet with the group before we delve into a full day tour of Lisbon. With an included visit to the Tile Painting Museum, watch and learn as local artisans showcase the authentic colours of Portugal plus get the opportunity to paint your own tile. Tonight, there's an evening welcome dinner waiting in a local restaurant, accompanied by the mournful laments of Fado singers.

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 to the picturesque Sintra - dotted with turreted palaces, grand villas and plenty of 'wow' factor. We'll visit the famous 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 scenic views and rugged coastline on the way.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Lisbon to Nazare to Alvados

Our first stop today is the romantic village of Obidos. After walking around the charming fishing town of Nazare by ourselves, we regroup to enjoy an included cooking class and sumptuous dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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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 Fatima to 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 visiting Fatima, we go to a local olive oil co-op to learn the secrets of oil production. After seeing the spot for ourselves, we traveled even further back in time to Coimbra - home to a historic university and included entrance to St. Michael Chapel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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 Lamego to Douro Valley

Remote. Majestic. Wild. It must mean we're in Douro Valley - the region devoted to port wine. On the way to the Douro Valley, we make time to visit Lamego, a small town located on the shores of the Balsemao River that is famous for its architecture and hilltop views. After lunch, we will visit a local winery to experience the regional tipples, while still finding time in the afternoon to take a scenic boat trip along the Douro River on an electric Rabelo boat (if you wish). Raise a toast to this beautiful valley and rest overnight.

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The Vintage House Hotel

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    The Vintage House Hotel



    The Vintage House is a very special Hotel in a privileged location at the heart of the Douro region, a hilly and tranquil area of Portugal known for its wines of extraordinary quality. The most internationally known of them all is, needless to say, Port ...

    The Vintage House is a very special Hotel in a privileged location at the heart of the Douro region, a hilly and tranquil area of Portugal known for its wines of extraordinary quality. The most internationally known of them all is, needless to say, Port wine.

    The old house and the lands around it are part of an 18th century estate, exquisitely renovated into a magnificent 5 star hotel with all comforts, facilities and high standard service whilst maintaining the charm of the old days in the traditional architecture that has been carefully preserved.

    The Vintage House Hotel will be a perfect and fascinating base to visit one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal, the Douro Region.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Billiard
    • Games Room
    • Garden
    • Library Bar
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Reception
    • Tennis Court
    • TV Room
    • Wine Shop

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Day 6

Douro Valley - Porto

This morning, we visit a local vineyard for a morning of wine tasting. The day continues with a drive to Porto, Portugal's second largest city. 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. Tonight, we will enjoy a farewell dinner and reminisce on our fabulous tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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 7

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 impressive Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, an important pilgrimage site since 1811, before our tour ends on return to Porto.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Oct 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.

TB BACKROALIS18SG: PORT
19 Mar 2018
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