From Porto to Lisbon – 10100G

Small Group Sightseeing

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

This Tour will give the best of the two major cities of Portugal, both steeped in history, yet vibrant and modern at the same time, and visit less touristic regions with secrets little known.

There is much to see but there will be plenty of time to relax as well. Our intention is that you will have the experience of a life time.

  • Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax

Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.

 

This Tour will give the best of the two major cities of Portugal, both steeped in history, yet vibrant and modern at the same time, and visit less touristic regions with secrets little known.

There is much to see but there will be plenty of time to relax as well. Our intention is that you will have the experience of a life time.

 

Porto

Porto, dramatically perched at the mouth of the Rio Douro has a wonderful atmosphere. It is packed with ancient and great monuments rubbing shoulders with everyday Portuguese life.

The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of historic buildings and outstanding monuments as well as quaint medieval streets.
Porto offers a compelling synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions and it is a delight to stroll gently through its diverse landscape.

 

Coimbra

Home to one of the world’s oldest universities, Coimbra is a timeless destination that has inspired the works of acclaimed poets and writers, a long-standing tradition of soulful Fado serenades and a truly unique legacy of high-spirited academic rituals.

 

Batalha Abbey & Alcobaça Abbey

We will visit two important and World Heritage sites, the Batalha Abbey, one of Europe’s greatest Gothic masterpieces and the 12th century Abbey of Alcobaça, originally given to St Bernard of Clairvaux, the founder of the Knights Templar, and the burial site of Portugal’s most famous royal lovers.

 

Lisbon

Lisbon is so many special things; it’s the sound of vintage trams rambling up and down cobblestone streets, a medley of heartfelt Fado songs, an open-air gallery of historic heritage, a haven for free spirits, a surprise for fashionable shoppers and Portugal’s ‘coolest’ city.

Steeped in history and culture, this enchanting ‘city of light’ boasts a natural luminosity and effortless charm unlike any other in the country and has become a popular European destination for its exciting diversity, beautiful sites and enviable, sunny climate.

 

Sintra

Sintra is all about scenic splendour, a realm of romance where majestic fairy tale-like palaces, a grandiose castle, regal estates and charming red-tiled houses stand amidst a landscape of luxuriant, semi tropical forests and hilltops.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival to Porto

Transfer from airport to Hotel and orientation walk.
Welcome drink and dinner.

 

Day 2 – Visit Porto

Explore the town which is the ‘capital of the north’ and Portugal’s second city.
We’ll visit some of Porto’s most iconic monuments and places such as the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange, Lello’s Bookshop, and Casa da Música.

 

Day 3 – River Douro Trip & Port Lodge Visit

Today we visit the Ribeira, a quaint lively area, and a World Heritage Site.
A river trip will then allow us to enjoy the spectacular view from the river and a visit to a Port Lodge to get to know the history of this world famous wine and taste it, of course.

 

Day 4 – Porto – Coimbra Walk & Visit

Today we visit Coimbra, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. But the city is no historic relic, it is an affluent city that is both liberal and forward thinking, in part due to the large student population.
Steeped in history and long regarded as Portugal’s cultural and intellectual centre, Coimbra is a timeless destination that has inspired the works of acclaimed poets and writers, a long-standing tradition of soulful Fado serenades and a truly unique legacy of high-spirited academic rituals.
It is acclaimed as the city of love. Coimbra, perched over the lovely Mondego River (the longest Portuguese river), is a varied and captivating city boasting an extensive history. It is crammed with interesting historical monuments, such as the famed university, but equally has a lively and vibrant atmosphere and great nightlife.

 

Day 5 – Batalha Abbey & Alcobaça Abbey

Today we transfer to Lisbon.
On our way through the center of Portugal, we cross the Ribatejo, green and tranquil area.
The region was the headquarters for the Order of the Knights Templar founded alongside Portugal itself.
We will visit two important and Wolrd Heritage Heritage sites, the Batalha Abbey, one of Europe’s greatest Gothic masterpieces, and the 12th century Abbey of Alcobaça, originally given to St Bernard of Clairvaux, the founder of the Knights Templar, and the burial site of Portugal’s most famous royal lovers.

 

Day 6 – Day in Lisbon

Our day in Lisbon will give a wide overview, not only of one of the most picturesque old quarters in the city, but excellent views over all the rest.
Lisbon has charming neighbourhoods with narrow, cobbled streets, secular houses, small traditional shops, restaurants and nightlife venues.
The Jeronimos Monastery is a royal foundation that dates back to the late 15th century. This stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site will sweep you away with its majestic display of Manueline opulence portraying the wealth of the crown.
Further down river, the magnificent tower of Belém, built in 1520 as part of the Tagus estuary defense system, is one of the greatest symbols of Portugal’s Age of Discovery and World Heritage Site.
This day does not include entrances in any monument.

 

Day 7 – Day in Sintra

Sintra is all about scenic splendour, a realm of romance where majestic fairy tale-like palaces, a grandiose castle, regal estates and charming red-tiled houses stand amidst a landscape of luxuriant, semi tropical forests and hilltops.
Characterised by its singular mystique and peacefulness, the Sintra area offers scenery of striking beauty with its rocky mountain range, lush greenery and sweep of pristine beaches. Named ‘Hill of the Moon’ by its Celtic settlers and ‘Mons Lunae’ by the Romans, Sintra’s sleepy mountain range is also home to an extensive natural park that stretches out to Cascais and its wave-lapped coast.
For five centuries, Portuguese royalty used their sumptuous, hilltop mansions and luxurious estates in Sintra as summer residences to enjoy the crisp air and refreshing microclimate of its mountain range far from the city heat. Once described as ‘Glorious Eden’ by 19th Century English poet Lord Byron, this dreamy, fairy tale land continues to draw the attention of world-class writers and film makers, who find inspiration in Sintra’s unparalleled beauty, history and legends.
Farewell dinner in traditional restaurant.

 

Day 8 – Departure

Transfer from Lisbon to Airport.

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax
  • Shared ensuite room with a travelling companion of the same sex
  • Single supplement available with a surcharge
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
  • 2 Dinners with drinks included

Transport

  • Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel on the first day – group transfer
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Airport on last day – group transfer
  • All transports to walks and activities (as outlined) with dedicated driver and vehicle
  • Additional transfers available on request at an extra cost

Tour Leaders

  • Dedicated English speaking local tour leader
    The tour leader will assist and guide the group throughout the holidays, handle all the arrangements and other needs that might arise, making sure that you don’t have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday
    Each evening, your tour leader will discuss the details and program for the following day

Exclusions

Any services not listed as included

  • Flights to and from Portugal
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments

Insurance

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