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Images of Portugal: Small Group: Lisbon to Porto

Duration
7 Days
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Discover the colour and history of some of Portugal’s oldest and most interesting cities and towns. These include the capital, Lisbon, the old university city of Coimbra and the charming second city of Portugal, Porto plus enjoy visits to a number of interesting sites.


On this Europe tour, small group means small group. With an average of 10 participants, and a maximum of 16 on each departure, you’ll feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller, discovering Europe with friends at your side.

 

Start your tour in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon built on seven hills and situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Spend 3 nights getting to know this colourful city.

A sightseeing tour on an electrica (streetcar) takes you first to Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon. It spreads down the southern slope from the Castle of Sao Jorge, a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic centre of Lisbon. Alfama is made up of a labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares. It is an historical quarter occupied by Fado bars, restaurants, and homes with small shops downstairs. Also visit Lisbon Cathedral dating back to 1150. There is time to wander the charming narrow streets of local neighbourhoods.
The afternoon is free but it is suggested to consider visiting the Belem Tower and the Monastery of the Jeronimos.

Next is a full day to nearby attractions. Head first to the elegant resort town of Estoril
followed by the colourful Bay of Cascais with its dazzling beaches and the cosmopolitan resort of Cascais. The main destination today is Sintra - an absolute “jewel”. This bewitching place with its fairytale atmosphere is set amid lush vegetation and mystical hills and has inspired many poets, writers and travellers for centuries. Spend time here including exploring Sintra's Castle of the Moors.

Leave Lisbon and travel north to the university city of Coimbra. En route, stop at the medieval coastal village of Obidos with its cobblestone streets and colourful houses. Afterwards, visit the gothic styled Monastery of Batalhas and the Sanctuary of Fatima, the site where three young shepherds saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. On arrival in Coimbra, Portugal’s oldest University City, have a walking tour through the ancient streets and squares of the Old Quarter and the University of Coimbra. There are many archaeological structures in Coimbra which date back to the Roman era.

Heading north once more, arrive in Porto (also known as Oporto) for a 2 night stay. It is a UNESCO World Heritage city well known for Port wine and also for its ancient churches and monuments such as the Cathedral and the Church of Sao Francisco plus also modern buildings such as the Casa da Musica.

A tour here takes in the cathedral, the Tower of Clerigos and the impressive hall of Porto’s Sao Bento Railway Station. Porto is famous for its tawny and ruby ports so afterwards, descend to the banks of the River Douro and visit one of the local wine cellars in Gaia where there is the opportunity to sample some of these famous ports.

From Porto, travel out of town the next day to first Guimereas, Portugal’s first capital and the archaeological site of the pre-Roman Celtic settlement, Briteiros, dating back 2500 years. Continue to Braga, considered by many to be one of Portugal's most stunning cities with its impressive baroque style buildings including the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. Return later back to Porto. The next morning your Images of Portugal terminates.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,165

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Day 1

Lisbon

Your trip starts today with your arrival in Lisbon, Portugal's vibrant capital. Please make your own way to the joining hotel that is centrally located (details are in your travel documents). Whilst at your discretion, we recommend arriving and departing by train where possible within Europe due to this method of transport's minimal carbon emissions. In the evening you meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions at a Welcome Meeting (this is usually at 6 pm, but you will be advised as to the exact place and time in a notice placed near the reception at our hotel), where you are given a briefing of what lies ahead on the tour. This is followed by a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation Hotel Florida Lisbon or similar.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Florida Lisbon

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    Hotel Florida Lisbon



    With a convenient location near many attractions, Hotel Florida is a premier Lisbon luxury hotel choice. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city as it sits steps away from an underground station. Delightful and welcoming, guests will enjoy a true sense ...

    With a convenient location near many attractions, Hotel Florida is a premier Lisbon luxury hotel choice. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city as it sits steps away from an underground station. Delightful and welcoming, guests will enjoy a true sense of style and design. Explore the historic city and return to delicious dining, comfortable and spacious guestrooms, and great service. Hotel Florida is a top Lisbon hotel.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Baggage storage
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Terrace
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Lisbon

Today you explore the treasures of Lisbon, located on the banks of the Tagus (Tejo) River and truly one of Europe's great cities. Much of Lisbon's character and charm lies in its beautiful renovated buildings, grand boulevards and impressive castles and churches. With your guide leading the way, you hop on the 'electrico' (tram) and tour the city. You visit the Castle of Sao Jorge, which dates back to Moorish times and sits on the highest point of the Old Town. Although much of the original castle has been destroyed throughout history, some sections of walls and 18 towers remain today. You also visit one of the most symbolic buildings in the city, Lisbon Cathedral, which built on the site of an old mosque in 1150 by Lisbon's first bishop, Gilbert of Hastings. Wander through the charming narrow streets of local neighbourhoods and see local life play out. The afternoon is free to make your own discoveries - a visit to Belem Tower is recommended as is a visit to the Monastery of the Jeronimos. This evening regroup and experience more of Lisbon's cultural heritage with an evening that includes a traditional 'fado' music show. Tonight dinner is at your own expense.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Lisbon

Today you embark on a full day excursion from Lisbon. Firstly travel along the coast, following the estuary of the great Tejo River to reach the elegant resort town of Estoril, where you stop for a short visit. Then following the colourful Bay of Cascais with its dazzling beaches, visit cosmopolitan Cascais. Once a quiet fishing village Cascais later became a residence of the Portuguese royal court in the 19th century and is today a glamourous holiday destination. Today's main destination is Sintra - an absolute 'jewel' of Portugal. This bewitching place with its fairytale atmosphere is set amidst lush vegetation and mystical hills and has inspired many poets, writers and travellers for centuries, including Lord Byron. Spend your time exploring Sintra's Castle of the Moors. On your drive back to Lisbon in the afternoon, see a different perspective of the capital as you approach it from the other side of the Tagus River. After a full day of touring, enjoy an evening at leisure in Lisbon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Coimbra

This morning say farewell to Lisbon and travel to the pretty medieval town of Obidos. On a short stroll through this romantic town, encounter charming cobblestone streets lined with colourful houses adorned with geranium and bougainvillea flower boxes, gothic doorways and whitewashed churches. Then continue to the Monastery of Batalha - one of Europe's best examples of Gothic architecture. A World Heritage listed structure, this monastery was built to celebrate Portugal's 1385 victory over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota. Your next stop is the important religious pilgrimage site of the Sanctuary of Fatima, known as the site where the three young shepherds saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Your final destination for today and base for the evening is the university city of Coimbra, where with your local guide you wander through the ancient streets and squares of the Old Quarter and University of Coimbra - the oldest in Portugal. Accommodation Hotel Vila Gale or similar.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Vila Gale Coimbra

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    Vila Gale Coimbra



    Located in the historic centre of Coimbra, with a stunning view over the Mondego River, Hotel Vila Gale Coimbra is a modern hotel that opened in 2010. The proximity to the historic centre of Coimbra, allows easy access to major cultural interest areas such as ...

    Located in the historic centre of Coimbra, with a stunning view over the Mondego River, Hotel Vila Gale Coimbra is a modern hotel that opened in 2010. The proximity to the historic centre of Coimbra, allows easy access to major cultural interest areas such as the long staircase Quebra-costas, the Ancient Cathedral, the Church of Santa Cruz, the prestigious University of Coimbra and its majestic library of the eighteenth century, the Botanical Garden, the New Cathedral of the sixteenth century and the National Museum of Machado de Castro. In the downtown area, you will find lively streets, full of typical restaurants, bars and shops.

    Facilities

    • 2 Restaurants
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Garage
    • Garden
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Outdoor Parking
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Wireless Internet Access

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Day 5

Porto

Leaving Coimbra today, travel northbound to Portugal's second largest city - Porto (Oporto), situated on the banks of the Douro River. This will be your base for the next two nights. On a guided tour of the city, discover the cathedral, the Tower of Clerigos and the impressive hall of Porto's Sao Bento Railway Station. Porto is famous for its tawny and ruby ports, so after your exploration of the city, descend to the banks of the Douro and visit one of the local wine cellers in Gaia, where there's the opportunity to sample some of these famous ports. Accommodation Grande Hotel de Paris (Porto) or Similar.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Grande Hotel De Paris

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    Grande Hotel De Paris



    The charming Grande Hotel de Paris has a long and rich experience which has been preserved since 1877, the year of its foundation. Since then, installed in a palatial house typically from Oporto nineteenth century, it has preserved its charisma and authenticity, which make it ...

    The charming Grande Hotel de Paris has a long and rich experience which has been preserved since 1877, the year of its foundation. Since then, installed in a palatial house typically from Oporto nineteenth century, it has preserved its charisma and authenticity, which make it a reference for culture and accommodation in the city. In addition to its historical witness, the Grand Hotel de Paris, provides excellent comfort and service in the heart of Oporto, World Heritage, ensuring a great quality-price-location value.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Computer Station
    • Elevator
    • Games Room
    • Heating
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Luggage Storage
    • Miltilingual From Desk
    • No Pets Allowed
    • No Smoking Hotel
    • Room Service
    • Television in Lobby
    • Tour Desk

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Day 6

Porto

Today, travel to Guimaraes. As Portugal's first capital and the birthplace of the country's first king, which the town is named after, this town consists of a well-preserved old city and an impressive castle that you explore on your visit. Here you will discover the pre-Roman archaeological site of Briteiros - a Celtic hill settlement site that dates back over 2500 years. This hilltop fort was the Iberian Celt's last stronghold against the Romans. Next it's on to Braga, considered by many as one of Portugal's most stunning cities. The charm of this place lies in its impressive Baroque buildings, most notably the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. Drive back to Porto after your day of exploration, where this evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation Grande Hotel de Paris (Porto) or Similar.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Porto

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast this morning in Porto.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 28 May; 18, 25 Jun; 2 Jul; 10, 24 Sep.

2018: 13, 27 May; 17 Jun; 9, 23 Sep.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 Nights Accommodation - Comfortable hotel (4 nights), Feature stay (2 night)
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Transport by Minibus, Tram
  • Included activities:
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Lisbon Cathedral
  • Castle of Sao Jorge
  • Lisbon - Fado Show
  • Explore Lisbon with a Local Guide
  • Pena Palace Sintra
  • Monastery of Batalha
  • Roman ruins of Conimbriga
  • Porto guided food tasting tour
  • Guided tour of Guimaraes incl.visit of the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza

PRICE EXLUDES:

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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