Best of Portugal - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from R21090 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"My Best of Portugal trip was fantastic"
Sharon , Jun 2014

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.

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

Trip type:
Country Explorer
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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


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


    Welcome Reception


    Turim Avenida De La Liberdade

  • 2.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining


    Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort

  • 4.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.


    This morning, travel across the Serra de Caldeirao to Evora. Join your Local Specialist and visit the elaborate Cathedral, Roman temple and the Ossuary Chapel. Evora 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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


    M'ar De Ar Muralhas

  • 6.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Grao Vasco

  • 7.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal


    AC Porto

  • 8.


    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 Wine Tasting at a port cellar. Spend the afternoon relaxing or shopping for souvenirs.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 9.


    Traverse the Buçaco National Park. In Coimbra, see ancient streets and squares and visit the Old University. In Conimbriga, visit the Roman Ruins and see some of the most beautifully preserved mosaics in Portugal. 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 Fatima. Dine tonight in your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine



  • 10.


    Visit the Shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fatima. 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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner


    Turim Avenida De La Liberdade

  • 11.


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


    Buffet Breakfast

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What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto
  • Orientations of The Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Belmonte, Viseu, Conimbriga, Tomar, Nazare and Obidos
  • View the Roman Tower of Belmonte, and the Castle of Guimarães
  • Visit the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the University Library of Coimbra, the Roman Ceramic Museum of Conimbriga, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fatima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Obidos


  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).
    1 lunch (Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Dinner With Fado Singing

    Adult Price: €64.00 An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines, watch the Portuguese demonstrate their folk dancing and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.
  • Sintra and Cascais And The Estoril Coast

    Adult Price: €45.00 We’ll leave Lisbon for the slopes of the Sierra de Sintra, an area studded with palaces. After visiting an impressive palace, you’ll see the fashionable resort of Estoril before returning to Lisbon via the quaint fishing village of Cascais.


  • Algarve Dinner

    Adult Price: €46.00 Join us for an authentic local dinner, where you’ll taste delicious dishes cooked in a traditional ‘Cataplana’, along with other specialities.
  • Faro And Almansil Excursion

    Adult Price: €36.00 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, on to Almansil and the Chapel of St. Lawrence - one of the Algarve's best kept secrets.


  • Monsaraz And The Deep Alentejo Drive

    Adult Price: €32.00 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.


  • Ínsua Manor - Food And Wine Pairing Experience

    Adult Price: €45.00 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.


  • Douro Cruise And Dinner

    Adult Price: €49.00 Enjoy a relaxing and leisurely cruise along the Douro River. You’ll have a chance to see its five impressive bridges and even pay a visit to its Port wine warehouses. Afterwards, there will be a chance to savour a typical meal in the Ribeira Quarter.
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