The North of Portugal Escorted: Fatima, Porto & Urgeirica
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,234
MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: On this program you will travel through the diverse and beautiful cities of northern Portugal. Some of the highlights include Obidos, UNESCO monuments in Batalha and Alcobaca, Coimbra University, Porto and the Douro River, the Order of Templars in Tomar and so much more!
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$ 1,234
Itinerary View Trip Map
Lisboa - Obidos - Alcobaca - Nazare - Batalha - Fatima
Departing from Lisboa through a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees, we arrive in Obidos surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Visit Alcobaca with the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of the doomed lovers Pedro and Ines de Castro. Stopping in Nazare, a typical fishing village and seaside resort immersed in tradition and legend. We continue to Batalha - visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the Gothic architecture in Portugal where we also encounter the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the mastermind behind Portugal's era of maritime discoveries. After we arrive in Fatima, the famous Marian Shrine, there is the opportunity to attend the candle-lit procession.
Fatima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Porto
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Coimbra - visit to the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterised by ancient traditions and customs such as the black student capes and the melancholic fado music. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the "miracle of the roses". In the city centre, there is a chance to admire Coimbra's exclusive ceramics. In the afternoon, we continue to Aveiro, a city of canals and known as the "Venice of Portugal", where you shall have time to see the graceful "moliceiro" vessels and taste the local sweet delicacy "ovos moles".
Porto - Guimaraes - Braga - Porto
Breakfast at the hotel. Porto, the 2nd city of Portugal and a UNESCO classified world heritage site - a living amphitheatre inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces and churches that history has made eternal and served up with a glass of the world famous port. 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 Bragança 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.
Porto - Santiago de Compostela - Porto
Breakfast at the hotel before setting 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.
Guests may opt to have a day to themselves in Porto.
Porto - Amarante - Vila Real - Vale do Douro - Lamego - Urgeirica
Departure for Amarante, a pretty town proud of its Saint Goncalo, renowned for promoting love and marriage and where the river facing monastery houses his tomb and with a lively, bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, fabrics and an immense variety of other popular items. Afterwards, we drive onto Vila Real - visiting the gardens of the Mateus estate, whose facade is still depicted on the well- known Portuguese rose wine bottles. Then, we enter the demarcated port region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego, overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines N. S. Remedios with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Here, you can sample some of the local delicacies, including the local ham and the famous "Bola de Lamego" (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue on through the mountainous hinterland to Viseu, centre of the Dao Vineyards and a city connected to Portugal's oldest hero, Viriato, a Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. We tour the centre and its busy commercial zone. Arrival in Urgeirica.
Urgeirica - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisboa
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the heart of Portugal to Bussaco well known for its luxuriant forest, made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, and hosting a charming and romantic hotel, formerly a royal hunting lodge. We continue to Tomar, a city whose development is closely interlinked with the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance given to Dom Afonso Henriques (the first King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the country. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ within. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, the complex displays the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centrepiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We continue our journey until Lisbon.
2021: Mar 13; Apr 3, 17; May 1, 15; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17; Aug 7, 21; Sep 4, 18; Oct 2, 16
- 6-day escorted coach tour in air-conditioned coach or minivan including:
- Hotel pick up and drop off from hotel to meeting point
- Experienced Tour Manager
- Guided visits to Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, Palacioda Bolsa (Porto), St. Francisco Church (Porto), Gardens of Palacio Mateus, and Convento do Cristo (Tomar)
- Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)
- 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.
17 Oct 2020