The North of Portugal Escorted: Lisbon to Lisbon
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,170
While Lisbon gets a lot of the attention, this north Portugal tour opens up another beautiful corner of a fascinating country. Visit one of the world’s oldest universities, the burial site of Henry the Navigator, and heritage listed Oporto.
This 6-day escorted trip through northern Portugal, staying in 4 star hotels, departs Lisbon taking you on a journey that balances the history and local charm of this corner of Europe.
Set out from Lisbon bound for the medieval city of Obidos, where you can sample the famous cherry liquor, and Alcobaca, home to the largest gothic church in Portugal. Stop at Batalha to visit the tomb and monastery of Henry the Navigator before staying overnight in Fatima. Your next stop is Coimbra, famed for having one of the world’s oldest universities, with a magnificent baroque library and a great reverence for its traditions and culture. Go on to visit Aveiro, a city of channels known as ‘Portugal’s Venice,’ before overnighting in Oporto.
Featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Oporto boasts a rich heritage of wine, religion and discovery, all yours to explore over a full day’s sightseeing that includes its most picturesque churches and monuments. Spend another night here before setting out for the Minho region. Visit the birthplace of Portugal’s first king, try some of the region’s famous ‘green wine,’ and be awed by the diverse religious architecture of Braga, home to the oldest cathedral in Portugal. And if you have ever wondered why the rooster or Galo is such a famous Portuguese symbol, the charming town of Barcelos has your answer.
Your next day is devoted to the romance of everyday life, starting with the home town of Sao Doncalo, famed promoter of love and marriage. The local monastery houses his tomb, and his local market is still a popular place to find fresh produce, poultry and clothing. Afterwards, you’ll wander the gardens of Mateus, before going in search of samples in the Port wine regions of the Douro Valley. Your final day takes you back to Lisbon, passing through the exotic trees and plants of Bussaco. Discover the hidden Templar history of Tomar, not that you’ll have to look too hard. Much of the original 12th century architecture remains, and is another UNESCO World Heritage site.
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,170
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Lisbon to Fatima
This morning you will be picked up at the hotel of your choosing in Lisbon. The departure time is 9:00am, so please ensure you are ready in your hotel lobby at least 15 minutes before the pickup time. Your tour begins in Lisbon and departs for Obidos. The city is surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire architecture, crafts and famous cherry liquor. The next stop is Alcobaca home to the first and largest gothic church in Portugal and burial site of Ines de Castro, famed for her love story. To see a traditional fishing village and seaside resort, a stop is made in Nazare. Heading to Fatima for the night a stop is made in Batalha at the famous monastery and tomb of Henry the Navigator. Overnight in Fatima.
Fatima to Coimbra, Aveiro and Oporto
Today beings with breakfast at the hotel before departing towards Coimbra. Here you have a stop to visit the University, one of oldest in the world. There is a magnificent baroque library and a unique atmosphere characterized by ancient traditions and customs, such as the black cape of the students and melancholic music. The next stop is at the St Clara Church, wherein lies the tomb of Queen St Isabel, the protagonist of the "miracle of the roses". In the centre you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro, the city of channels (known as "Portuguese Venice") for a stop to admire the graceful boats ("moliceiros") and taste the local sweets ("ovos moles"). The day wraps up with the drive to Oporto. Overnight in Oporto.
This city is a UNESCO world heritage site. This morning will lead you to a riverside living amphitheater with old houses, palaces and churches. We continue to Minho, region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and sparkling "green wine". Starting in Guimaraes - the cradle of the nation and birthplace of the first king of Portugal where, walking through the historic centre, one is plunged for moments back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca with its original buildings dating back to the 15th century. Drive to Braga known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, including the oldest cathedral in the country and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with its famous baroque stairway and gardens. Return to Porto.
Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast at the hotel, set off for Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and the centre of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela World Cultural Heritage Site and you have the entire day to freely discover this fascinating city. Wander its historical streets and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes.
Oporto to Amarante, VilaReal, Douro Valley, Lamego and Urgeirica
Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel, followed by your departure for Amarante. This is a pretty town and home to Saint Goncalo, known for the promotion of love and marriage, where the monastery facing the river houses his tomb. His lively bustling market is still present, where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, fabrics and a variety of other popular items. The next stop is in Vila Real, where you will visit the gardens of the manor of Mateus, whose facade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rose wine bottles. You will then enter the Port wine region, traveling through the vineyards and breathtaking landscape of the Douro Valley. You will stop in Lamego, where you might have time to try some local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous "Bola de Lamego" (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). You will then continue on to the mountainous hinterland of Viseu. This is the centre of the Dao Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal's oldest hero - Virato (the Lusitanian chief). In the shadow of the cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town. We tour the centre and its busy commercial zone. Then we arrive in Urgeirica.
Urgeirica to Bussaco, Tomar and Lisboa
After breakfast at the hotel you will begin the drive back to Lisbon. You will drive through the heart of Portugal and pass through Bussaco, known for the luxurious forest made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty. You will continue to Tomar, where the development of the city is closely linked with the Order of the Templars. The Order received the lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the first king of Portugal) in the Christian re-conquest of the territory. It was Dome Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, who founded the castle and the remarkable Covent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, this retains the influences of various architectural styles - it is the centerpiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The day ends with your return to Lisbon. Upon arrival, you are under your own arrangements.
2019: Jan 12; Feb 9; Mar 9; Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1 ,15; July 6, 20; Aug 3, 17;
Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 16; Dec 7
2020: Jan 11; Feb 15; Mar 14
- Nightly accommodation with daily breakfast
- Transport in air conditioned bus or minivan
- Guide during all tour
- Entrances in the following monuments: Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, 'Palacioda Bolsa' (Porto), St. Francisco Church (Porto), 'Gardens of Palacio Mateus', and Convento do Cristo (Tomar)
- Entrance to monuments not listed
- Travel insurance
- Visas if required
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
- Beverages unless specified
- All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
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 enquire.
14 Mar 2020