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Best of Portugal

11 Days 1 Country 20 Cities

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

"We will treasure the memoreis"

Marilyn from Canada, August 2016

About this trip

Following a loop from Lisbon, this journey around Portugal brings together the beaches of the Algarve, the unique port wine of the Douro and multiple UNESCO World Heritage listed sites.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… experiencing the intense berry flavours and mellow warmth of Port in Sandeman's Wine Cellars. A connoisseur describes the age-old techniques still used to make the jewel of the Douro today.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: PORT

10 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 5 dinners.

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Day 1

Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)

Day 2

Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 3

Lisbon – Vilamoura (2 Nights)

Day 4

Algarve Excursion

Day 5

Vilamoura – Évora

Day 6

Évora – Castelo de Vide – Belmonte – Viseu

Day 7

Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Oporto (2 Nights)

Day 8

Oporto Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 9

Oporto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima

Day 10

Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos – Lisbon

Day 11

Depart Lisbon

Day 1

Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)

Welcome to Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Relax after check-in or spend time exploring the city's colourful landscape. Later join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an orientation drive through the city followed by a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Turim Avenida Liberdade

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

See Lisbon's landmarks including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Later in your free time perhaps join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Lisbon – Vilamoura (2 Nights)

Cross the River Tagus and drive south towards the Serra de Arrabida Mountains. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch where the Lusitano horses are reared before arriving on the Algarve coast and the town of Vilamoura – your home for the next two nights.

Hotel

Pestana Vila Sol Algarve

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 3

Day 4

Algarve Excursion

This morning enjoy a scenic coastal drive to the Sagres Peninsula. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach before continuing your journey along the coast to Cape St. Vincent for beautiful sea views from the south-western most point of Portugal. Visit the resort of Lagos, where Henry the Navigator lived.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Vilamoura – Évora

This morning travel across the Serra de Caldeirao to Évora. Join your Local Specialist and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Évora is one of Portugal's most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Spend time this afternoon seeing the 14th century walls, winding lanes and other enchanting sights at your own pace or join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

M'Ar De Ar Muralhas

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 5

Day 6

Évora – Castelo de Vide – Belmonte – Viseu

Continue north to Castelo de Vide and wander through narrow alleys and the town's Jewish quarter. Cross the valley of the River Tagus towards the Serra de Estrela mountains. See the Roman tower in Belmonte. Arrive later at Viseu, a bustling town with historical buildings, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards.

Hotel

Grao Vasco

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Oporto (2 Nights)

Travel through the beautiful Douro Valley where port wine is produced. Explore the magnificent gardens at the Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. Continue via Guimarães for views of the impressive castle. Tonight enjoy a Regional Dinner on the waterside of Oporto.

Hotel

Vila Gale Porto

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 7

Day 8

Oporto Sightseeing and Free Time

Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Oporto. See the remarkable bridges across the Douro River and the Baroque Church of St. Francis. Visit Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall and then experience a Cultural Insight into the traditions of the local wine produce at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the afternoon relaxing or shopping for souvenirs.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

Oporto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima

Traverse the Buçaco National Park. In Coimbra see ancient streets and squares and visit the old university. In Tomar visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Arrive later in the city of Fátima. Dine tonight in your hotel.

Hotel

Fatima

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 9

Day 10

Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos – Lisbon

Visit the shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fátima. Visit the monastery at Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Stop at the fishing village of Nazaré on the coast and visit the medieval city of Obidos. Tonight in Lisbon celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine.

Hotel

Turim Avenida Liberdade

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

Depart Lisbon

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 11

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto

    • Orientation of The Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Belmonte, Viseu, Conimbriga, Tomar, Nazaré and Obidos

    • Visit the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, 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 Roman Tower of Belmonte, and the Castle of Guimarães


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 5 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

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


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 81 Reviews

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    Service rating : Service was very good. Tour director new his history of Portugal, but I live in Australia and am not really interested in the E.E.C.to the extent that he went on about it.Some of the one night stays should be 2 nights (Lisbon should be changed , Fatima should be 2 Nightsas the

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    Thorough! Local!

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    Service rating : Overall we were happy with the excellent service provided by the Trafalgar tour director. In general hotels were excellent and in good location except in Oporto. Special tour of Sandeman port winery was fascinating. Breakfast were excellent throughout. Other meals were good

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    Service rating : Service was excellent!. More than I expected/ I especially liked the "little surprises." They were great! Certainly unexpected.........Product : Well planned! Enjoyed especially "Be MY Guest." visit to the ranch. The Best. No changes or improvements necessary.

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    Service rating : Pedro the tour director was excellent- passionate about promoting his country and making memories for participantsProduct : Hidden treasures novel and interesting. Maybe lessen the mileage on the long haul days

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