Discover Portugal

Lisbon to Porto

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Hilary Ward
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Oct 4 - 11, 2024
Group size: 8 - 16
Discover Portugal
Lisbon to Porto

Hilary Ward
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$NaN
Oct 4 - 11, 2024
Group size: 8 - 16

About this trip

On the western edge of mainland Europe, Portugal packs an alluring punch for curious travellers. Embark on an exploration rich in scenic beauty, fascinating history, and vibrant cultural traditions. Venturing from ancient streets and meandering rivers to an array of UNESCO World Heritage sites, encounter the multilayered legacies of Portuguese royalty and Romantics, the Knights Templar and Franciscan monks—and meet port wine makers, cork farmers, and fado folk singers along the way.

Inclusions

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cork Farm Visit Montemor-o-Novo, Montemor-o-Novo
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Knights Templar Historic Tour, Tomar
  • Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto
  • Lisbon orientation walk
  • Guided tour of Palace of Pena in Sintra
  • Chapel of Bones visit in Evora
  • Diana's Temple visit in Evora
  • Guided tour of Coimbra University
  • Porto orientation walk
  • Douro River boat cruise
  • Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotels (7 nts).

MEALS

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Allow USD325-425 for meals not included.

TRANSPORTATION

Walking, bus, boat, train.

STAFF & EXPERTS

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Not Included

Mandatory Insurance

International Flights

Gratuities

Optional Excursions

Meals where not listed

Available options

Itinerary

Lisbon- Porto Itinerary
DAYS 1-8

DAY 1LISBON

Arrive at any time. This evening, savour a traditional Portuguese dinner and performance of fado, a local folk singing tradition, in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Foodie Moment Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2LISBON

Travel back in time to the fairytale castles and hills of Sintra, a 19th-century resort town and UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the colourful manors, medieval palaces, and lush gardens that enchanted English Romantic poet Lord Byron as well as Portuguese royalty. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover Lisbon’s pastel-hued architecture and lively plazas. Opt to soar over Lisbon on the historic Santa Justa lift, an engineering marvel that ascends 147 feet to an epic viewing platform.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3LISBON/ÉVORA

Head to medieval Évora, in the heart of the bucolic Alentejo region, for a fascinating foray into the past. Be mesmerized by the haunting Chapel of Bones, erected by 16th-century Franciscan monks. Then pay a visit to one of the best preserved Roman temples on the Iberian Peninsula, known as Diana’s Temple.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4ÉVORA

Venture into the Montemor-o-Novo countryside, home to centuries-old cork forests. Join a local expert at a traditional farm, and learn about cork harvesting and production. Then sit down to a traditional cork stripper’s lunch at a local restaurant in town. This afternoon, return to Évora and explore its UNESCO World Heritage–designated city centre on your own, walking past whitewashed houses decorated with azulejos and wrought-iron balconies.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Journeys Highlight Moment Cork Farm Visit Montemor-o-Novo

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 5ÉVORA/COIMBRA

Spend the day in Tomar and delve into the Crusades era in Portugal. Go on a guided walk with a local expert around the vast medieval complex of the Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Templar Castle, founded in 1160 by Gualdim Pais—grand master of the Knights Templar. Continue on to Coimbra for the evening.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Journeys Highlight Moment Knights Templar Historic Tour

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6COIMBRA/PORTO

This morning, enjoy a tour around the centuries-old University of Coimbra, Portugal's most prestigious university and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enter through the 10th-century Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra. Following mosaic cobblestone paths around campus, stopping to see the baroque stylings of the Joanina Library, elaborate azulejo wall tiles adorning the Chapel of São Miguel, and the 18th-century Botanical Garden. Later, catch the train to Porto on the coast.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7PORTO

Board a boat down Portugal's Douro River, or "river of gold". Float on the typical Rabelo Boat along the riverbanks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia and marvel at the historical bridges connecting the two cities. Famous for centuries as a port wine shipper's centre, discover the rich tradition of port making at a local wine cellar, then cap off the day with a tasting of this distinct regional specialty. In your free time, explore the cobblestone streets of Porto’s medieval Ribeira district, marvel at the baroque São Francisco Church, and admire the palatial Palácio de Bolsa, a one time stock market.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Hands-On Moment Port Wine Cellar Visit

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8PORTO

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Your Organizer


HW
Hilary Ward
My love of travel has led me to this point in my life, wanting to share it all with YOU!! I am excited to bring my curiosity for life and culture to a place that allows me to share discovery with like minded adventurers. LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN!