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The North of Portugal Escorted: Lisbon to Lisbon

Duration
6 Days
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US$ 1,192

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.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,192

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Day 1

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.

Duration1 Night
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Santa Maria

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    Santa Maria



    The Hotel Santa Maria is located in the heart of Fatima, close to the Sanctuary. The hotel has been recently renovated according to the most modern concepts of Architecture and Design, achieving a decoration that is an invitation to peace and tranquility. The light that ...

    The Hotel Santa Maria is located in the heart of Fatima, close to the Sanctuary. The hotel has been recently renovated according to the most modern concepts of Architecture and Design, achieving a decoration that is an invitation to peace and tranquility. The light that flows in every corner of the hotel creates a warm atmosphere. Coming into the lobby, two works by Pedro Calapez, expressly painted for the Santa Maria Hotel - "Journey" and "Garden of Heaven" - will take you on a spiritual journey.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newspapers
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Terrace
    • Wakeup Calls Available

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Day 2

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.

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Duration3 Nights
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Ipanema Porto

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    Ipanema Porto



    Visit Oporto and stay in one of the most characteristic hotels of this city, full of charm and natural beauty. The hotel is located in the centre of Oporto, near Avenida da Boavista, within a business centre and a renowned shopping area. Benefit from our ...

    Visit Oporto and stay in one of the most characteristic hotels of this city, full of charm and natural beauty. The hotel is located in the centre of Oporto, near Avenida da Boavista, within a business centre and a renowned shopping area. Benefit from our location and rent one of the bicycles we have available to go for a ride along the Douro River - it is just 5 minutes away. From this hotel, you have easy access to the public means of transport in Porto, such as the metro or the bus.

    Facilities

    • Bicycle hire
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Service
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 3

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. In the afternoon you will tour Oporto at your own pace, exploring some of the available attractions. Oporto is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of Sao Francisco, and modern buildings, such as Casa da Musica and the Serralves Museum. Overnight in Oporto.

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Day 4

Guimaraes to Braga and Barcelos

After breakfast at the hotel you will depart on a full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal, which is home to natural green scenery and the sparking "green wine". The first stop will be in Guimaraes, which is the "grade of the nation". This is the birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic centre, one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the castle, as well as the Place of the Duques of Braganca, where the original building dates back to the 15th century. You will then continue with a drive and stop in Braga, known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture. Braga also has the oldest cathedral in the country and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, with its famous baroque stairway and gardens. Your next stop is Barcelos, a historical city rich in popular handicraft, and where the "Galo de Barcelos" ("the rooster of Barcelos") legend was born - making the rooster the Portuguese icon. Return to Oporto for the night.

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Day 5

Oporto to Amarante, VilaReal, Douro Valley, Lamego and Viseu

Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel, followed by your departure for Amarante. This is a pretty town and home to Sao Doncalo, 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, clothes... and a variety of other popular items. The next stop is in Vial Real, where you will visit the gardens of the manor of Mateus, whose façade 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. The day ends with the night in Viseu.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Urgeirica

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    Hotel Urgeirica



    Hotel Urgeirica is situated in Canas de Senhorim about 25km from Viseu and Estrela mountains. For a long time it's been a privileged place for some Portuguese people. In the hear t of Beira Alta, in the region Dao Lafoes, offering you the quality of ...

    Hotel Urgeirica is situated in Canas de Senhorim about 25km from Viseu and Estrela mountains. For a long time it's been a privileged place for some Portuguese people. In the hear t of Beira Alta, in the region Dao Lafoes, offering you the quality of one of the best hotels in the country.

    Facilities

    • Children's Facility
    • Games Room
    • Garden
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)

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Day 6

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.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Feb 18; Mar 11; Apr 8, 22; May 6, 20; Jun 3 ,17; July 1, 15; Aug 5, 19; Sep 2, 16; Oct 7, 21.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 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)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Entrance to monuments not listed
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

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