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10 Day Luxury Small Group Lisbon to Porto Portugal Tour

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10 Day Luxury Small Group Lisbon to Porto Portugal Tour

From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto’s medieval cobblestone streets. The remote, natural gem of the Douro Valley to Roman ruins and world-famous pilgrimage sites. This tour gives us a taste of the real Portugal, still basking in the glow of ancient customs.

Our adventure map

Map of Discover Portugal | 2017

Day by day

First Day welcome to Lisbon

Arrive into Lisbon and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Second Day we sample Lisbon

Only a full day spent exploring Lisbon on foot does this beautiful city justice. As we wander through cobbled back streets, a treasure trove of delights reveal themselves. Looking up, we’ll spy fairy-tale beasts on the upper balustrade of the Jeronimos Monastery. This is Manueline-style architecture at its most stunning and which, along with the nearby Tower of Belem, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later on, we’ll pop into a tiny, tiled bakery to taste Pastéisde Belem, Lisbon’s famous egg custard tart – fresh from the oven. If we still have room after these sweet cinnamon spiced treats, there’s an evening welcome dinner waiting in a local restaurant, accompanied by the mournful laments of Fadosingers. (D)

Hotel:    Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel 

Third day its onto Sintra then Cascais and back to Lisbon

This morning we drive up the pine covered hills to picturesque Sintra – dotted with turreted palaces, grand villas and plenty of wow factor. We’ll visit the famous 19th century Pena Palace, extravagantly furnished in late Victorian style, complete with oil paintings and priceless porcelain. We then continue to the busy fishing port of Cascais, enjoying the breezy views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline on the way. In the Old Town, winding streets lead to period mansions and the smart new marina. The evening is then ours, back in Lisbon. (B) 

Hotel:    Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel 

Fourth day explore Nazare then dine in Batalha

Our first stop today is the romantic village of Obidos. Perched on a hill, surrounded by medieval walls, it gazes out onto a tapestry of vineyards, windmills and terracotta-roofed home steads. After walking around the charming fishing town of Nazare by ourselves, we regroup to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Batalha Monastery. It’s easy to sense this building’s importance, being the monastery that commemorated Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1385. A delicious dinner awaits us this evening in Batalha.(B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Mestre Afonso Domingues 

Fifth Day we visit Fatima and Conimbriga then Coimbra 

Do you believe in miracles? Either way, you’ll be intrigued by the world-famous Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. It’s claimed that in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared “more brilliant than the sun” before three young shepherd children. After seeing the spot for ourselves, we travel even further back in time to Conimbriga – home to one of the largest Roman settlements in Portugal. There’s also fascinating archaeological evidence that this area was inhabited during the Iron Age. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in Coimbra.(B, D)

Hotel:    Quintas Lagrimas 

Sixth day tour Coimbra then Aveiro then return to Coimbra

What better way to begin today than with a stroll around Coimbra’s river front, leafy parks and gardens. This buzzing university town is an intriguing maze of medieval streets, Romanesque and Gothic buildings. Later, we’ll navigate another unique city, Aveiro,‘the Venice of Portugal’. Here,colourful ‘barcos moliceiros’ drift by in the old fishermen’s quarter, north of the central canal. An excursion to Vista Alegre presents exquisite wares produced by this renowned Portuguese porcelain factory. Once back in Coimbra, we have the evening to enjoy at our leisure. (B)

Hotel:    Quintas Lagrimas 

Seventh Day we travel to Douro Valley 

Remote. Majestic. Wild. It must mean we’re in Douro Valley – the region devoted to port wine. As the hills fall steeply away to the river’s edge, further inland we’re greeted with impressive views of vines and olive groves. We take a scenic boat trip along the Douro River on an electric rabelo boat, followed by a wine-tasting at a luxury 19th century house. It’s a fitting place to raise a toast to this wonderful valley, enjoy dinner and rest overnight.(B, D)

Hotel:    Quinta Nova 

Eighth Day we explore Porto

We drive up to hilly Porto today, Portugal’s second largest city with a Ribeira district that’s one of Europe’s oldest centres. After getting our fill of medieval lanes, churches and small squares, we’ll tick off some important landmarks along the riverside promenade, including the Bolsa Palace, San Francisco Church and Porto Cathedral in all its Romanesque splendour. The cool depths of one of the many wine cellars here beckons us in to taste some port, before spending the rest of the day as we wish. (B)

Hotel:    Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira 

Ninth Day its Historic Guimaraes then back to Porto

All hail to the birthplace of Portugal’s first king. Historic Guimaraes is often referred to as ‘the cradle city’ – boastingan imposing medieval castle, churches and the lovely cobbled street, Rua de Santa Maria. After stopping by the Old Town, we drive to the imposing Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, an important pilgrimage site since 1811. It’s known for its intricate, zigzag, Baroque-style staircase leading several hundred feet up to the main basilica. We then return to Porto for a farewell dinner together. (B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira 

Tenth Day Breakfast in Porto 

Back in Porto, our tour ends after breakfast. After reflecting on all the wonderful sights, sounds and history that we’ve encountered in northern Portugal, we bid one another“boa noite”. (B)

Travel Highlights

  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Local guides in Sintra, Cascais, Lisbon and Porto
  • European breakfast daily
  • 5 x evening meals
  • Fado performance
  • Pasteis de Belemwine and port tasting
  • Douro River cruise
  • Included Entrances: Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belem Tower, Pena Palace, Batalha Monastery, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Conimbriga ruins, Vista Alegre Museum, Porto Cathedral, Guimaraes Castle and Bom Jesus do Monte.

The Difference

Cruise the Douro River in a traditional styled, but electric powered, rabelo boat

Be moved by the folk music of traditional Fado singers

Visit the magnificent UNESCO-listed Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon and the Shrine of our Lady of Fatima in Batalha

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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