Ferragudo, Algarve
Ferragudo, Algarve
Douro Valley vineyards, Cape St Vincent
Douro Valley vineyards, Cape St Vincent
Minho, Portugal
Minho, Portugal
Sample local port and Pasteis de Nata
Sample local port and Pasteis de Nata
Lisbon and the Algarve
Lisbon and the Algarve
Lisbon and the Douro river region
Lisbon and the Douro river region
Belem Tower in Lisbon, Porto cityscape
Belem Tower in Lisbon, Porto cityscape

Best of Portugal - Escorted Tour

11 nights from £2,599 per person Including Flights

Overview

Explore Portugal's proud history, meet with welcoming locals andenjoy enticing local cuisine on this beautifully curated tour. Start in Lisbon and travel both north and south to discover a Templar stronghold, watch thoroughbreds perform at an Alentejo farm and visit the stunning coastal region of the Algarve. (TT)

Highlights:

Lisbon   -  Algarve  -  Douro Valley  -  Porto  -  Fátima

2024 definite departure dates:

March: 22, 29
April: 5.
May:  1, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
June:  5, 7, 19, 26
July:  10, 24, 31
August:  7, 14, 21, 28
September:  11, 13, 20,  27
October:  9, 16, 25
November: 1, 15, 22
December:  23, 27


2025 definite departure dates:

March:  7, 14, 21, 28
 

 

 

 

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  • Transfers
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Day 1   Lisbon

A welcoming sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital.  Take the opportunity to explore the city before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most iconic sights.

Hotel:  Turim Av Liberdade Lisbon
Dinner included



Day 2   Lisbon

Thankfully you'll have more time to explore one of Europe's most popular cities today.  Delve into the centuries-old seafaring legacy, admire the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus river and visit the UNESCO-listed Hieronymute Monastery.

Hotel:  Turim Av Liberdade Lisbon
Breakfast included

Experiences included:
- Lisbon City Tour
- Hieronymite Monastery
Other experiences available at an additional cost

 

Day 3   The Algarve

Journey across the Tagus and venture south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains.  You'll be met with the hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken for lunch in Alentejo as you connect with locals at a stud ranch.  Here you'll learn about the Lusitano horses and how they were reared for the pleasure of King João VI, before continuing to the sandy shores of the Algarve.

Hotel:  Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa Albufeira
Breakfast included


Experience included:
- Lunch with locals Tiago and Vera

 

Day 4   The Algarve

The impressive cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for your morning coastal drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach followed by a visit to the resort town of Lagos – once the home of Henry the Navigator.

Hotel:  Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa Albufeira
Breakfast included

Experience included:
- In-depth history of the Algarve


 

Day 5   Évora

Time to travel north and visit the ancient city of Évora and explore the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chaple of Bones. Continue exploring this enchanting, medieval city and trace centuries-old city walls.


Hotel:  M'ar de Ar Muralhas Évora
Breakfast and dinner included

Experience included:
- Évora City Tour
Other experiences available at an additional cost

 

Day 6   Viseu

En-route to Viseu you’ll stop in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide.  With its charming façades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter, it’s a stop not to be missed.

Continue your journey northwards to the Serra de Estrela mountains before arriving in Viseu, perched high on a plateau.   Enjoy this city’s rich art and architectural history and admire the 12th-century Sé, imposingly sat atop the hill.

Hotel:  Hotel Grão Vasco Viseu
Breakfast included

Experience included:
- Explore Castelo de Vide


Day 7   Douro Valley and Porto

Enchanting vineyards adorn the hills and provide a charming backdrop for your journey through the Douro Valley, where Port wine is produced.  Explore the magnificent gardens at the Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus, before continuing onward via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the delightful riverside town of Porto.

Hotel:  Hotel Neya Porto
Breakfast included

Experiences included:
- Palácio de Mateus visit
- Scenic drive through the Douro Valley
- Visit the “Birthplace of Portugal”
Other experiences available at an additional cost

 

Day 8   Porto

Today you will hop aboard a sightseeing tour of Porto, taking you past baroque churches and along the windowing cobblestone streets that roll down to the Douro River.  Admire the Gothic Church of St. Francis and the abundance of bridges that span the river.    Take your time to stroll through the historic centre of Porto and experiences local delicacies with a drop of Port.


Hotel:  Hotel Neya Porto
Breakfast included

Experiences included:
- Flavours of Portugal’s Port Heritage
- Porto City Tour
Other experiences available at an additional cost

 

Day 9   Coimbra & Fátima

Soak up the grandeur of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities with a Local Specialist, then stroll through the ancient streets of Coimbra, before discovering the Templar city of Tomar. Visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century.  Later you’ll arrive in Fátima, visited by millions of Catholic pilgrims, where three young shepherds famously saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

Hotel:  Hotel Fátima
Breakfast included

Experiences include:
- Coimbra University visit
- Tomar Templar Castle visit
- Chaple of Apparitions visit

 

Day 10   Return to Lisbon
Admire the imposing monastery of Batalha en-route to Lisbon - this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the best examples of late Gothic architecture in Portugal.  Your next stop is the fishing village of Nazaré, before visiting the medieval walled city of Óbidos with its whitewashed houses and cobblestone streets.


Hotel:  Smy Lisboa Lisbon
Breakfast and dinner included

Experiences include:
- Batalha Visit
- Nazaré visit
- Explore ÓBIDOS
- Vale da Capucha Farewell Dinner


 

Day 11   Departure
Bid a fond farewell to newfound friends and the treasures of Portugal after an unforgettable journey.

Breakfast included

 

  • Return flights
  • Internal travel: luxury air-conditioned coach with on-board restroom and extended leg room
  • Hotels as described or similar (10 nights)
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Most excursions (please enquire into additional excursions should you wish to add these on)
  • Professional Tour Director throughout plus local guides

Not included: (please ask your sales agent for further details)

  • Transfers to your UK airport - these are available at an additional cost
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Gratuities may be pre-paid at the time of booking.

 

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