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Best of Portugal

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Experience the best of Portugal as you discover Lisbon, Vilamoura, the Algarve, Porto, Fatima and more.

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      About this trip

      Wander through medieval cities and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious Pastéis de Belém or two along the way.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: PORT

      10 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 4 dinners with local wine

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      What's Included

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        • CITY TOUR in Lisbon, Évora and Porto

        • ORIENTATION of the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Tomar, Nazaré and Obidos

        • VISIT the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Évora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace and Arabian Hall in Porto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fátima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Obidos

        • VIEW the Castle of Guimarães


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners
          with local wine


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)

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      Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

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      Lisbon – Algarve Region (2 Nights)

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      Algarve Excursion

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      Algarve Region – Évora

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      Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Porto (2 Nights)

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      Porto Sightseeing and Free Time

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      Porto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima

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      Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos – Lisbon

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      Depart Lisbon

      Day 1

      Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)

      Bem vindo a Lisboa. A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past the city's most iconic sights.

      Hotel

      Marriott/Turim Marquês

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Marriott/Turim Marquês

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time Day 2 - Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

      Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover the 'New World'. We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus and Belém Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th-century Manueline architecture and art. There's time to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz or enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, haunting sounds of the fado.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

      An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.

      Adult Price: €66.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

      After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle we'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra. On occasions where Sintra is not available you will be offered a visit of the Palace of Queluz.

      Adult Price: €46.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Lisbon – Algarve Region (2 Nights) Day 3 - Lisbon – Algarve Region (2 Nights)

      We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air as we 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were once reared at the pleasure of King João VI in the 18th century. Our journey continues further south, bound for the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve - our home for the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Agua Riverside

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Agua Riverside

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Algarve Dinner

      Join us for an authentic local dinner, where you’ll taste delicious dishes cooked in a traditional ‘Cataplana’, along with other specialities.

      Adult Price: €49.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Algarve Excursion Day 4 - Algarve Excursion

      The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning coastal drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach, before continuing along the coast to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. We end our excursion with a visit to the resort town of Lagos - once the home of Henry the Navigator.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Faro And Almansil Excursion

      With your Local Specialist you’ll head to Faro, the historical capital of the Algarve, to visit the old walled town and to have some time for souvenir shopping. Then, we'll visit Olhao. With its lively waterfront markets, it's one of the Algarve's best-kept secrets.

      Adult Price: €37.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Algarve Dinner

      Join us for an authentic local dinner, where you’ll taste delicious dishes cooked in a traditional ‘Cataplana’, along with other specialities.

      Adult Price: €49.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Algarve Region – Évora Day 5 - Algarve Region – Évora

      Journeying north, we travel across the Serra de Caldeirão to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your Local Specialist for a visit to the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Then, spend the rest of your day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praça do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.

      Hotel

      M'ar De Ar Muralhas

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      M'ar De Ar Muralhas

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Monsaraz And The Deep Alentejo Drive

      Follow your Local Specialist through the vineyards and groves of cork oaks to charming Monsaraz, one of the most famous and beautiful 'white villages' of the Alentejo, inhabited since prehistory. You’ll admire the castle which overlooks Spain and see views of the largest artificial lake in Europe, before tasting typical local refreshments.

      Adult Price: €34.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Évora – Castelo de Vide – Viseu Day 6 - Évora – Castelo de Vide – Viseu

      Our first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white façades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter. Travel north towards the Serra de Estrela mountains and arrive later in Viseu, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, visiting the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.

      Hotel

      Grao Vasco

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Grao Vasco

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Ínsua Manor - Food And Wine Pairing Experience

      Situated in the heart of the famous wine region, join us on a short drive to the spectacular Ínsua Manor, an 18th century manor house and estate, where you'll enjoy a gourmet experience matching local food with different local wines.

      Adult Price: €52.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Porto (2 Nights) Day 7 - Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Porto (2 Nights)

      Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley, where port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the seaside town where we will spend the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza/Carrís Ribeira

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza/Carrís Ribeira

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Seafood Dinner by the Atlantic Ocean

      Join us for an outstanding dinner next to the beaches of the northwestern Portuguese Atlantic coast. Taste the local seafood and other delicacies with fantastic Portuguese wines while the ocean waves crush against the shore.

      Adult Price: €49.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Porto Sightseeing and Free Time Day 8 - Porto Sightseeing and Free Time

      Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour in Porto, which takes you past Baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada's Alhambra, then 'Dive Into Culture' and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic centre of Porto and admiring the azulejo-clad façades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest bookstore with its iconic red staircase.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Douro Cruise And Dinner

      Enjoy a relaxing and leisurely cruise along the Douro River. You'll have a chance to see two medieval "world heritage" cities plus six impressive bridges, one of them the famous UNESCO-listed Eiffel bridge. Afterwards, savour a typical meal in the Medieval Ribeira Quarter

      Adult Price: €55.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Porto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima Day 9 - Porto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima

      Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. We arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fátima, where we'll dine in our hotel.

      Hotel

      Fátima

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Fátima

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos – Lisbon Day 10 - Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos – Lisbon

      This morning, we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the pilgrimage site of Fátima, where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin. En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is the fishing village of Nazaré, before we visit the medieval walled city of Obidos with its white-washed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner with wine.

      Hotel

      Marriott/Turim Av Liberdade

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Marriott/Turim Av Liberdade

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Depart Lisbon Day 11 - Depart Lisbon

      Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      • Connect with Locals
        Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked Be My Guest lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo. (Day 3)

      • Dive into Culture
        Sample the Douro Valley's delicious Port wine-making tradition at one of the local Port wine lodges. (Day 8)

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto

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        • CITY TOUR in Lisbon, Évora and Porto

        • ORIENTATION of the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Tomar, Nazaré and Obidos

        • VISIT the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Évora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace and Arabian Hall in Porto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fátima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Obidos

        • VIEW the Castle of Guimarães


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        • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners
          with local wine


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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