Country Roads Of Portugal
Lisbon, Algarve, Évora, Tomar, Douro Valley, Pinhao, Porto
Portugal's great New World discoveries brought the country trade and wealth, and left their mark throughout the Kingdom. Witness this legacy, from the sunny beaches of the Algarve to the vineyards of the Douro Valley.
Our prices start from3,875 LAND ONLY
11 Days • GUIDED • 15 MealsOperated Tour
- 10 nights accommodation
- Services of a travel director
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Conditions apply.
- Airport transfers at specified times on arrival and departure days
- 10 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners
Day 1 - Welcome To Lisbon
On arrival at Lisbon International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel. Settle in and relax before joining your travel director for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travelers during a pleasant evening of good food and wine.
Day 2 - Lisbon And The Age Of Great Discoveries
Your guided sightseeing with a local expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço, the finest square in the city, named after the palace that was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1755, along with much of the rest of the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém, from the patisserie that has been using the same secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, erected to protect Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you visit. With free time in the afternoon, perhaps join an optional experience to the Royal Portuguese Riviera to explore the glamorous resort of Cascais, the wealthy playground of Estoril and visit one of the Royal summer palaces.
Day 3 - The Algarve
Cross the River Tagus and head for the sun-drenched southern coast to reach Lagos, a fishing port nestled on the bay of Meia Praia. After free time to explore, continue to your resort hotel set within a magnificent 360-acre estate. Simplicity is in the soul of Algarve cuisine, along with seafood so fresh it still tastes of the sea. The nearby coast houses restaurants and bars overlooking the beautiful coastal waters.
Day 4 - Relaxed Start - Everlasting Évora
Journey to the medieval walled city of Évora where cathedrals, churches, aqueducts and ancient castle walls all serve to create the feeling that this beautiful city is a living, breathing museum to Portugal's rich past. Join your local expert to explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Roman Temple and visit the Capela dos Ossos, an extraordinary 17th century chapel comprising the skulls and bones of 5,000 bodies. Visit the cathedral with its attractive mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. With the afternoon at leisure, you may wish to continue to stroll through Évora's unique historical center, or the serene city park, following the aqueduct inside the city walls.
Day 5 - Relaxed Start - Monsaraz And Évora
Travel to the striking white village of Monsaraz, situated on an impoling hilltop, surrounded by cork oaks and vineyards. From the castle ruins, admire the spectacular views across to the dry Spanish plains, contrasting with the blue of one of Europe's largest artificial lakes. Meet a local boat captain and hear tales of life upon the water during your leisurely cruise. Sit down to a delicious highlight lunch in a local restaurant that was formerly an olive oil mill. Savor the local cuisine as your menu is typical of the local Alentejo region and accompanied with wine. Return to Évora where the evening is at your leisure to explore this beautifully preserved regional capital.
Day 6 - Scenic Drive To Tomar
Journey to Tomar and visit one of Portugal's historical jewels, the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your local expert, explore the octagonal Templars' Rotunda in the cloister and glimpse the day-to-day life of a warrior monk in the domestic areas. Outside on the battlements, the Manueline Window is a national masterpiece. You also visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal, housing a small Jewish museum.
Day 7 - Relaxed Start - Coimbra, The Douro And Pinhão
In Coimbra, your local expert will show you the highlights of the Old Town, including a visit to the impressive baroque university library. Enjoy a wonderful farm-to-table dinner, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients at Quinta da Roêda, renowned as the "Jewel of the Douro." Home to one of the most distinguished port houses, tantalize your taste buds with a tasting of port produced by the Croft family.
Day 8 - Relaxed Start - Guimares And Porto
Journey to Guimarães to admire the views from the ruined castle and explore the cobbled streets and cozy squares. Next, continue on to Porto, Portugal's second city, a World Heritage town and where Portugal originates. Enjoy exploring Porto. Choose between joining your local expert for a walk to visit the São Bento Railway Station and walk on the Dom Luis I Bridge or alternatively, join your local expert shows you the Clerigos Tower, the beaches along the Atlantic coast, the mouth of Douro and the main Liberdade Square. In the evening you are at leisure to enjoy your boutique, five-star hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, in the heart of Porto's historic district. The decor is a mix of classic and contemporary and each room is individually decorated with original artwork. Join an optional experience to see the pastel-painted houses in Porto's Ribeira district before cruising on a traditional Rabelo boat and finishing off the evening with a Portuguese dinner in the comfort of your riverside restaurant.
Day 9 - Relaxed Start - Porto, Grande Dame On The Douro
With a full day free to enjoy at your own pace, why not take a stroll to admire the multi-colored houses and churches covered in beautiful glazed tiles. For a different perspective and excellent views of the city, perhaps embark on a relaxing Douro cruise. In the evening, bid adeus to your travel director and fellow travelers with a mouth-watering celebration dinner with wine, at an authentic Porto restaurant.
Day 10 - Obidos, Fatima and On To Lisbon
Pass cork oak forests and expansive rice fields as you journey to the fortified town of Óbidos. Walk inside its walls to explore the craft shops, art galleries and flower-laden houses that line the narrow, medieval streets. Continue to Fátima, Portugal's most renowned place of pilgrimage. See the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917.
Day 11 - Depart Lisbon
After breakfast, you will depart from Lisbon Portela Airport.
2021 Tour Dates
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on March 19, 2021 travel date. International airfare is additional.
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