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Highlights of Portugal ~ 9 Days

Highlights

  • Visit & Overnight in Porto and Lisbon
  • Also Visit Viana Do Castelo, Braga, Guimaraes, Coimbra, Fatima, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Obidos, Alcobaca, Nazare, Batalha, Evora, and Estremoz.
  • Tour Code: PHOS18

Itinerary - click for more

Day 1. PORTO. Arrival at Porto airport and pick-up of the rental car. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Porto.

Day 2. PORTO. Breakfast at the hotel. With a magnificent location near the mouth of the Douro and an architectonic ensemble of exceptional value, the historic center of Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will visit[1] the 12th century Cathedral (visit to the cloisters is not include), the Church of São Francisco, whose interior is covered with gold, is one of the most remarkable examples of Portuguese Baroque. Also discover other important places, such as the Lello Bookstore, the Majestic Café and the magnificent São Bento Station. Free time for lunch. We leave in the direction of the Serralves Park which extends, from the House of Serralves, on 18 hectares which include gardens, forests, a rose garden and a romantic lake which are a real refuge for who wants to flee the confusion of the city. The day ends with a visit to a Port Wine Cellar to taste this fortified wine and with a 50-minutes boat trip on the Douro river. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Porto.

Day 3. PORTO | VIANA DO CASTELO | BRAGA | GUIMARÃES | PORTO. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Viana do Castelo, a seaside town, at the mouth of the Lima River, famous for its craftsmanship and for the colors of its regional costumes. At the top, overlooking the city, stands the shrine of Santa Luzia. Direction Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world with a vast religious heritage, as are the sanctuaries that make up the triangle of faith: the Cathedral and the Sanctuaries of Bom Jesus and Sameiro. Continuation to Guimarães, considered as the cradle of Portugal, because it was born Afonso Henriques who will become the first king of this country. Associated with the formation and identity of Portugal, the historic center of Guimarães located within the walls has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO, based on the values of originality and authenticity that have guided its renovation. Return to Porto. Overnight in Porto.

Day 4. PORTO | COIMBRA | FÁTIMA | LISBON. Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. We descend to Coimbra, the city of students, so called to host one of the first universities in Europe and the largest in the country. Stroll in the oldest part of Coimbra, made of narrow and steep streets that lead to the top of the hill. Continuation to Fátima, place of faith and a pilgrimage world center. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 5. LISBON. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the district of Castelo, to visit[2] the Castle of São Jorge, located on the highest hill of Lisbon, one of the most emblematic monuments of the capital. Then we will descend the old district of Alfama, characterized by its white houses, labyrinthine streets, inner courtyards and dead ends. Free time for lunch. We leave to Belém, where monuments referring to the Maritime Discovery era in the 15th and 16th centuries were erected, such as the Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries and the Jerónimos Monastery. Visit to the National Coaches Museum, containing one of the most important and rich collections of coaches in the world. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 6. LISBON | SINTRA | CASCAIS | ESTORIL | LISBON. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel towards Sintra, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the charms and history of the town that enchanted kings and poets. Visit to the romantic National Pena Palace. If weather permits, we will then stop at the westernmost point of mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca. On the way to Cascais along the coast, be dazzled by the seascape. In Estoril, place where Ian Fleming got the idea for the James Bond character, we highlight the gardens of one of the largest Casinos in Europe. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 7. LISBON | ÓBIDOS | ALCOBAÇA | NAZARÉ | BATALHA | LISBON. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the charming village of Óbidos. Travel back in time to this walled medieval town and admire its Gothic churches and narrow, winding streets. We continue to Alcobaça, to visit the church of the monastery of Santa Maria, the largest in the country, known for its medieval architecture. The lunch break will be at the picturesque fishing village of Nazaré, where we can enjoy the beautiful bay. Nazaré is also known for having a sea with big waves, which is the joy of surfers. We will resume our visit with a trip to Batalha, to visit the church of the Dominican monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória. This monastery, like the one in Alcobaça, has received the attention of UNESCO. Return to Lisbon. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 8. LISBON | ÉVORA | ESTREMOZ | LISBON. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Évora, a World Heritage Site: bright, surrounded by ramparts, it houses a superb monumental complex including the Roman Temple of Diana, the imposing Cathedral, the Church of São Francisco and its mysterious Chapel of Bones. Visit to a wine estate with wine tasting. Departure to Estremoz, knowned as “the white city” due to its block of houses of this color, but also to be one of the largest exporters of white marble in the world. Return to Lisbon. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 9. LISBON. Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Rental car drop off at Lisbon airport. END OF OUR SERVICES

1./2.Entrance Fees in the mentioned monuments are not included on the self-drive tour.
Most monuments are closed on Mondays and on national holidays.

2018-2019 Dates & Rates Each

Self Drive Tour Rates

Room TypeNov - MarNov - MarApr - OctApr - Oct
Double/Triple Room02 pax/car04 pax/car02 pax/car04 pax/car
3* $965$811$1294$975
Single Supp.$554$554$554$554
4*$1150$996$1653$1335
Single Supp.$831$831$1027$1027
5*$1848$1694$2403$2084
Single Supp.$1458$1458$1704$1704

Private Tour Rates

Room TypeNov - MarNov - MarNov - MarApr - OctApr - OctApr - Oct
Double/Triple Room2/34/89/152/34/89/15
3*$1930$2033$1427$1930$2033$1427
Single Supp.$554$554$554$554$554$554
4*$2875$2218$1612$3050$2392$1776
Single Supp.$831$831$831$1027$1027$1027
5*$3573$2916$2310$3799$2526$2526
Single Supp.$1458$1458$1458$1704$1704$1704
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Included & Not included - click for more

Included

Self Drive Tour

8-nights accommodation in bed & breakfast basis
Guided visit to a Port wine cellar with wine tasting
Guided visit to a wine estate with wine tasting
Manual car rental (Ford Focus or similar) for 8 days (8x24h) with unlimited km, CDW (Collision Damage Waiver), TP (Theft Protection) and taxes.
1./2.Entrance Fees in the mentioned monuments are not included on the self-drive tour.

Private Tour (without guide)

8-nights accommodation in bed & breakfast basis
Private transfer in Porto from the airport to the hotel
Private transfer in Lisbon from the hotel to the airport
Air conditioning transport during the mentioned itinerary
Transfers include the transportation of 1 luggage per person
Entrance fees at the following monuments:
Church of São Francisco, Porto
Serralves Park, Porto
Castle of São Jorge, Lisbon
National Coaches Museum, Lisbon
National Pena Palace, Sintra
Guided visit to a Port wine cellar with wine tasting
Guided visit to a wine estate with wine tasting
50-minutes boat trip on the Douro river.

Not Included

Meals and beverages
Guide service
Lisbon city tax € 1,00 p.p./nt (subject to change) / Porto city tax Porto € 2,00 p.p./nt (subject to change)
Porterage service, Personal expenses, Tips, and other services not mentioned in the program.
1./2.Entrance Fees in the mentioned monuments are not included on the self-drive tour.

 

Price per person in CAD ($) Dollars.  The CAD ($) rate is indicative of Euro price and subject to change.
Minimum 2 participants. All rates and hotel availability subject to change
High season surcharges may apply
Note:  Rates not valid at Christmas, New Year , Easter, Carnival or long weekends

 

 


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