Portuguese Escape

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Western Europe

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

Discover lively cities, ancient monasteries and fishing villages on this Portuguese Escape in the off-peak season. Try heritage port in the wine cellars of Porto, linger over tapas in a bucolic wine garden and lose yourself in the narrow, sloping lanes of Lisbon’s fado quarter.

At a glance


  • Lisbon Tour the capital city with a local guide, visiting the Baixa quarter (town centre), Jeronimos Monastery and Moorish Alfama district, where fado was born.
  • Nazaré Discover medieval Obidos, visit the 12th-century Church of Santa Maria in Alcobaça and stop for lunch in the fishing village of Nazaré.
  • Coimbra Visit the ornate baroque Biblioteca Joanina, an 18th-century library. Drive past ancient Buçaco Forest en route to Porto.
  • Porto Sightseeing with local guide, port tasting session and a tapas meal.
  • Belmonte Explore the Jewish Quarter and museum, enjoy an olive oil tasting session.

 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Service charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners

UK - Lisbon

Day
1

Fly to Lisbon, meet your Tour Director and enjoy a welcome dinner with your travelling companions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lisbon - Obidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Fatima

Day
2

Stop in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gate in the impressive perimeter wall and walk along the narrow streets. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the Church of Santa Maria, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. See the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover, Inês de Castro. The fishing harbour of Nazaré is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch break. In the afternoon, mix with the pilgrims at the country's hallowed national shrine, Fatima's Sanctuary Of Our Lady of the Rosary. Overnight in Tomar, the historic seat of the mighty Order of the Knights of Christ.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tomar - Coimbra - Porto

Day
3

Visit the hilltop Convent of Christ with its famous Manueline Window. Continue to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. After a visit to the gilded baroque library of its 700-year-old university, drive by ancient Buçaco Forest on your way to Porto, Portugal's second-largest city. Tonight, why not join an optional cruise on the Douro River, followed by dinner at one of Porto's fine restaurants?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto

Day
4

Sightseeing with a local guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated church of Sao Francisco, and the Stock Exchange with its contemporary Arabian hall, inspired by Granada's Alhambra. Next, visit the famous Sandeman & Co. port wine cellar to taste the port wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley.

No meals included

Porto - Guimaraes - Viseu

Day
5

Viseu Enjoy a walk through the medieval centre of Guimaraes, often referred to as the "Cradle of Portugal" because of its association with the country's first king, Alfonso Henriques. Next, taste Portuguese tapas at the Quinta da Aveleda Winery and visit its splendid gardens. From here, a scenic road through the port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, where a dinner of local specialities and wine awaits you at Forno Da Mimi restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Viseu - Belmonte - Castelo De Vide - Evora

Day
7

This morning, stop in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish awakening, for a visit to the Jewish Museum. Also enjoy an olive oil tasting, for which the area is famous. Afternoon break in Castelo de Vide, with time to walk through the Jewish quarter with its white-washed houses and its medieval synagogue. Before arriving in Evora, the cultural centre of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, visit a Cork factory and learn about the many ways this material can be used.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Evora - Lisbon

Day
8

A massive wall surrounds Evora's medieval centre, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early Gothic Cathedral, Portas de Moura fountain, and Sao Francisco Church. Visit the Ossuary Chapel, whose walls are covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Tonight, take in the spectacular panoramic views at Lisbon's Varanda restaurant while enjoying a cocktail and a special farewell dinner with your travelling companions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lisbon - UK

Day
9

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar 

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Lisbon: Mundial
  • Tomar: Dos Templarios
  • Oporto: NH Collection Porto Batalha or Crone Plaza Oporto
  • Viseu: Pousada de Viseu
  • Evora: M'ar de Ar Aqueduto

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