WONDERFUL PORTUGAL - Get to know the History and Culture
Day 1 – Welcome to Lisbon
Arrival and reception in Lisbon with a private driver to take you to the hotel. Accomodation in Lisbon.
Day 2 – Lisbon / Sintra
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, our tour begins. We will discover the most important sites in Lisbon like Marquês de Pombal Square, Eduardo VII Park, Rossio and Terreiro do Paço. So you know, the Portuguese discoveries were an extremely important event in our History, to understand it better, we will start with Belém, where is strategic located Belém Tower, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, that played a significant role in Portuguese maritime discoveries. We also will visit Jerónimos Monastery, builted on XVI century. An extraordinary magnanimous monument,also classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the most prominent example of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline architecture. On this day, we will end our tour with a walk throughout the center of the Portuguese capital, still having time to stop and taste the delicious “Pastéis de Belém”, produced since 1837.
After lunch, we continue towards the stunning Sintra blessed with natural beauty, where we will find Sintra National Palace, the best preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal and part of the Cultural Landscape. In the historic center of this romantic village you will have some shops with local handcraft products, where you can buy souvenirs to witness your stay in Portugal. Afterwards the westernmost point of Portugal will be waiting for us, the Roca Cape, an edge between land and ocean drawing a breath taking landscape.
Returning to Lisbon you will be able to appreciate the scenery along the coast, passing through the towns of Cascais and Estoril.
Accommodation in Lisbon.
Day 3 – Lisbon / Porto
Buffet Breakfast in the Hotel. In the morning there will be a transfer from the Hotel you are staying in, to Santa Apolónia (Lisbon) railway station. Trip by train to Porto. Arriving in Porto (Campanhã railway station), we will provide a transfer to your Hotel. In the beginning of the afternoon, continues our journey, this time throughout the so called “Northern capital”. Porto is one of the oldest European centers, classified World Heritage Site in 1996 by UNESCO. As you can imagine its History is immense, to start solving some of its mysteries, our tour will take us to visit the most emblematic monuments such as Clérigos, São Bento railway station and the Cathedral.
Along with the city, runs the most famous river in the north, Douro, between two margins that complement themselves. On one hand, Porto, which named Portugal’s most required product of exportation, the Port wine. On the other side, Vila Nova de Gaia, where the wine is stored in several wine cellars, we will explore both and finish with a magnificent wine tasting. Accomodation in Porto.
Day 4 – Braga and Guimarães
Buffet Breakfast in the Hotel. Towards Minho region, we will begin with Bom Jesus Sanctuary in the city of Braga. A notable example of pilgrimage site with an endless however monumental baroque stairway.
Then we head to Guimarães, profoundly connected with the “birth” of Portugal, where you can observe the immortalized D. Afonso Henriques statue, the conqueror and 1st King of Portugal. This guided tour includes the visit to the major sites like Guimarães Castle and its historic center considered World Heritage. Accomodation in Porto.
Day 5 - Douro
Buffet Breakfast in the Hotel. The route continues in the morning, from Porto to the oldest demarcated wine region, Douro, with a beautiful, organized landscape, where the vineyards are queens. In March 2010, was considered by National Geographic, the 7th Best Destination of Sustainable Tourism in the World. Going ahead, we will pass through Amarante, located near Tâmega River, to visit in the center of the city, Saint Gonçalo Church, honoring the local patron worshiped by the locals. Our next city will be Régua, to a guided visit to a wine estate producer with a wine tasting.
Then we go north until Pinhão, the center of Port wine demarcated region. Meanwhile, Pinhão's railway station its a pleasant surprise, you will be amazed with 24 splendid tiles panels, with a total of 3047 tiles illustrating landscapes and Douro Wine Region traditions. Take the change to visit its Wine House and museum with half hundred artefacts and tools, related to the hard life of those who produce the wine. Accomodation in Porto.
Day 6 – Aveiro to Coimbra / Lisbon
Buffet Breakfast in the Hotel. On this day Aveiro is the next destination, the so called, small “Venice of Portugal”, due to its beautiful canals and characteristic boats known as “moliceiros”, which form an quite colorful landscape. You will also have the chance to taste the traditional sweets and so delightful “ovos-moles”.
In Coimbra, discover the “Students City” and why is called that way. Enjoy a guided tour to one of the oldest Universities in Europe and its baroque architectonic style, Joanine Library, having richest decoration, from the walls, through the bookcases, the desks, João V painting and finally its great valuable content. Going ahead, we will visit Saint Clara Church where lies the Queen Elizabeth’s tomb known from the miracle of the roses. We will still have time to admire the ceramics in the historic center. Transfer to Coimbra railway station. Trip by train to Lisbon. Arriving in Lisbon is provided a transfer to the Hotel. Accomodation in Lisbon.
Day 7 – Óbidos / Batalha / Nazaré / Fátima
Buffet Breakfast in the Hotel. Óbidos will be our first stop on this day, were you can let yourself be involved in the medieval atmosphere spread to the streets, the walls and the Castle. Keep on going with our tour, Nazaré presents you a adorable very traditional fishing village, although nowadays this village is famous for being the best surfers destination.
Then we go to Batalha, where its Monastery is the main attraction, because it was built in commemoration of the Aljubarrota Battle, in which Portuguese came out victorious. Inside lies the tomb of Henry, the Navigator, pioneer in Portuguese discoveries adventures.
Finally, we arrive to Fátima, the religious center of Portugal and the destination of thousands of pilgrimages from all over the World. Here we will visit the Sanctuary and the Apparitions Chapel. You will also have time to do some shopping and other activities. Return and accommodation in Lisbon.
Day 8 – Returning to Lisbon
Buffet Breakfast in the Hotel. Leaving the Hotel we provide a private transfer to take you to Lisbon Airport. End of our tour
- Official Driver/Guide
- 07 Nights in a Double/Twin Room with Breakfast Buffet in a central Hotel
- Modern and Comfortable Bus or Mini-Bus
- Departure and Arrival at the Hotel
- Transfers Lisbon Airport / Hotel / Lisbon Airport
- Transfer Hotel / Train Station / Hotel
- Train-Tickets 1st class Lisbon-Porto / Coimbra-Lisbon
- Entrance fees at: Carriage Museum, Sintra National Palace, Port Wine Cellar with Port Wine Tasting, Estace Producer on Douro Valley with Wine Tasting
Prices do not include:
- Lunches and/or dinners
- Personal expenses
- Other expenses not mentioned above
- Flights to and from Portugal
Prices p.p. from
- 975 €