Images of Portugal: Small Group: Lisbon to Porto
- 7 Days
- 7 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,700
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.
- 7 Days
- 7 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,700
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Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal's vibrant capital. One of Europe's most pleasant and affordable capital cities, Lisbon combines the best elements of Portuguese life, offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood and non-stop nightlife. You will be taken to our centrally located joining hotel (details are in your travel documents) from Lisbon airport. While it's of course up to you, we recommend arriving and departing by train where possible within Europe, due to this method of transport's minimal carbon emissions. In the evening, 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 your hotel). Here your leader will give a briefing of what lies ahead on your trip. This is followed by a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.
This hotel enjoys a privileged location right in the city centre. From the trendy lobby and to the preserved 16th-century well and the original, exposed stone walls, the Tejo offers something old, something new . Good choice a weekend away in Lisbon. This stilish yet ...
This hotel enjoys a privileged location right in the city centre. From the trendy lobby and to the preserved 16th-century well and the original, exposed stone walls, the Tejo offers something old, something new . Good choice a weekend away in Lisbon. This stilish yet traditional hotel is located right in the centre of Lisbon next to PRACA DA FIGUEIRA within distance of Alfama and the Castelo. All the rooms are medium in size, all non-smoking decorated in a minimal nautical theme. Bathrooms are clean and white with marble sinks. Suites are larger and include a sitting room with a sofa and television.
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Today you'll explore the treasures of Lisbon, which is located on the banks of the Tagus (Tejo) River and is 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. We will visit one of the most symbolic buildings in the city, Lisbon Cathedral, which was built on the site of an old mosque in 1150 by Lisbon's first bishop, Gilbert of Hastings. Inside are nine chapels, each with their own story to tell, and the wonderful Gothic cloister. After the guided tour you will have time to visit the medieval citadel of Sao Jorge Castle at your own pace. The citadel 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 different towers remain today. Look down on a city swarming with endless angular white houses and buildings with distinct red terracotta rooftops. The afternoon is free to make further discoveries of Lisbon - roam through the charming narrow streets of local neighborhoods and see local life play out, visit Belem Tower (a wonderful building originally designed as a lighthouse) and the vast, spectacular Monastery of the Jeronimos.
Travel outside of the city today for a full-day excursion from Lisbon. First to Sintra, which is an absolute jewel of Portugal. This bewitching place, with its fairytale atmosphere, is set amidst lush vegetation and rugged, mystical hills. The cooler climes made it a summer retreat for royalty, and it has drawn and inspired many poets, writers and travellers for centuries, including Lord Byron. Spend some time here exploring Sintra's Pena Palace and Gardens. The views across the Serra de Sintra mountain range are stunning. Then we continue to Cabo da Rocha, a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. After the colourful Bay of Cascais and its dazzling beaches, stop in cosmopolitan Cascais. Once a quiet fishing village, later Cascais became a residence of the Portuguese royal court in the 19th century, and is now a glamorous holiday destination of designer boutiques and upscale restaurants. During your free time here, why not sit down in one of the little restaurants and try some local delicacies? On the drive back to Lisbon along the coast in the afternoon, see a different perspective of the capital as you approach it from the other side of the Tagus River. After a great full day of sights, enjoy this evening at your leisure in Lisbon.
This morning, farewell Lisbon and travel to the impressive Monastery of Batalha (approximately 2 hour), 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 destination for today, and base for the evening, is the university city of Coimbra (approximately 1.5 hour). Sitting dignified on the banks of the River Mondego, Coimbra was once the capital of the county, and its royal heritage can be felt in its ancient streets and buildings. Join your tour leader on a wander through the lanes and squares of the Old Quarter and University of Coimbra -- the oldest in Portugal. This evening, regroup and experience more of Portugal's cultural heritage with an evening that includes traditional 'Fado' music show. Tonight's dinner is at your own expense.
Vila Gale Coimbra
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.
- 2 Restaurants
- 24 Hour Room Service
- Outdoor Parking
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Wireless Internet Access
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Leaving Coimbra today, travel northbound to Portugal's second largest city, Porto (Oporto), the capital of the north that sits between the River Douro and the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 1.5 hours). This will be your base for the next two nights. The World Heritage-listed Ribeira district is filled with a collection of twisting alleys, crisscrossing staircases and baroque churches. On a guided tour, discover one of Portugal's most romantic cities. Passing majestic bridges, medieval riverside district with cobbled streets, merchants' houses and cafes, stop by the cathedral, the Tower of Clerigos, and the impressive hall of Porto's Sao Bento Railway Station. The tower offers sensational sweeping views across the whole city, while the grand train station and its historic entrance hall panels evokes a more refined age of rail travel. On our exploration today we will also discover lesser known parts of the city; in fact known well, but only to the local people and experts. We'll go under the skin of this beautiful city by tasting some of the best coffee and pastry in town, in small, classic cafes, enjoying best local Port wine in cozy local taverns and sampling some of the local specialties like codfish and the Francesinha. You can spend the evening soaking up the atmosphere of this coastal strolling along the riverside or observing local life in action from one of many rooftop bars.
Hotel Vila Gale Porto
Hotel Vila Gale Porto
Located in the heart of Porto, a 10 minutes' walk from the famous Rua de Santa Catarina, Hotel Vila Gale Porto was recently renovated in 2014. The metro station Campo 24 de Agosto, located just outside the hotel, also allows you easy access to anywhere ...
Located in the heart of Porto, a 10 minutes' walk from the famous Rua de Santa Catarina, Hotel Vila Gale Porto was recently renovated in 2014. The metro station Campo 24 de Agosto, located just outside the hotel, also allows you easy access to anywhere in the city. The hotel offers standard rooms and executive rooms with a privileged service, a restaurant, two bars, multipurpose rooms for events and meetings. On the top floor, the hotel offers an indoor pool, gym, sauna, Turkish bath and massage rooms, with amazing views over the city. The hotel offers free WIFI access in all areas.
- Event Space
- Indoor Pool
- Laundry Service
- Meeting Rooms Available
- Turkish Bath
- Wheelchair Accessible
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Today you will journey outside of Porto to Guimaraes (approximately 1 hour). Portugal's first capital and the birthplace of the country's first king ('the conqueror', which gives the town its name), the town consists of a well-preserved old city and an impressive castle. Explore Palace of the Dukes of Braganza located in the historical center of the city and witness the greatness of the Guimaraes Castle, one of the most complete medieval strongholds in Portugal, dating from the 10th century. As the believed birthplace of King Afonso Henriques, the castle is something of a national shrine. Next it's on to Braga (30 minutes), considered by many to be one of Portugal's most stunning cities. It has long been a religious center, and overflows with churches, monasteries, and chapels. The charm of this place lies in its impressive Baroque buildings, most notably the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. On the western slopes of Monte Espinho, the sanctuary is lead to by a magnificent crisscrossing staircase that has 14 different chapels, each representing a station of the cross. Drive back to Porto after your day of exploration, and then enjoy a final farewell and celebratory dinner at a local restaurant as this Portuguese adventure comes to an end.
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Today your Portugal adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned so you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there's so much to see and do in the exciting city of Porto, however, we recommend extending your stay for a few nights. If you need further accommodation, our reservations team would be happy to assist (subject to availability).
2019: May 4, 11, 15, 17, 25; Jun 1, 8, 22; Jul 6; Aug 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 19
2020: Apr 11; May 2, 9, 13, 15, 23, 30; Jun 6, 20; Jul 4; Aug 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct 17
- 6 nights' accommodation
- 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches
- Transport by Minibus, Tram
- Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
- Castle of Sao Jorge
- Explore Lisbon with a Local Guide
- Pena Palace Sintra
- Monastery of Batalha
- Coimbra - Fado Show
- Porto guided food tasting tour
- Guided tour of Guimaraes
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Optional excursions
- 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.
14 Sep 2019