A Taste of Portugal
Lisbon is probably the most romantic city in Europe. With stunning Moorish tilework, medieval cobblestoned streets, exquisite 18th century palaces and San Francisco-like cable cars, it is traditional and trendy, frayed and elegant simultaneously. Oporto, Portugal's dreamily atmospheric northern city, is an ancient metropolis located right on the mighty Douro River, full of tiled facades, charming narrow streets and a host of historic Port Lodges.
Your 2-centre tour will take in the highlights of both cities with a fabulous river cruise and port tastings to make it complete.
Day 1 - Depart on a morning flight to Lisbon. On arrival you will be met by our local representative for the transfer by private coach to your hotel, with free time prior to dinner.
Day 2 - Half day guided city tour of Lisbon taking in the main sites including the Belém Tower, Hieronimite Monastery, cathedral and Nations Park. Afternoon free for individual sightseeing and shopping or alternatively an optional visit can be arranged. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3 - Full day excursion starting in Sesimbra, a lovely fishing town, with a visit to the old castle and a local handicraft centre. Afternoon visit to Arrábida mountain, a unique nature reserve stretching to the Atlantic Ocean. Travel back to Lisbon for a tasting of wines or ports at the Solar do Vinho do Porto, Lisbon's classy, 18th-century Wine Bar. Return to the hotel for dinner or alternatively dinner can be arranged in a typical “lisboeta" restaurant at a small supplement.
Day 4 - Check out of the hotel. Visit the Castle of St George, before transferring by coach to Porto with an en-route visit to Coburn’s Cellars for a tour and tasting. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 5 - Half day guided city tour visiting the main sites in the old town including the Cathedral, Church of São Francisco, Stock Exchange and Torre dos Clérigos. Free afternoon for individual sightseeing and shopping or alternatively an optional excursion can be arranged to Vila Nova de Gaia. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 6 - Full day guided “Douro” River Cruise with lunch on board the boat before docking for a visit to a local port wine cellar for a tour and tasting. Transfer to the railway station for the picturesque journey back to Porto. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 7 - Full day excursion to the town of Amarante, beside the Tâmega River. Guided tour before visiting the Quinta da Alevera to taste their local wines. Afternoon visit to the Mateus Palace and Gardens at Vila Real. Return to the hotel for dinner or alternatively a gourmet dinner can be arranged at a supplement.
Day 8 - Free time for last minute shopping and sightseeing before your return afternoon flight to the UK.
The above itinerary is flexible and can be changed to include any visits of particular interest to your group. Additional days can be added or the tour shortened to suit your group’s requirements.
- Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum), a treasure house of art, covering almost every significant epoch, which benefited greatly from a major revamp in 2001. Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Oriental art comprise half the exhibition rooms and the remainder is devoted to European art from medieval times to the early 20th century.
- Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art), essentially Portugal’s national gallery, this museum’s collections of painting and sculpture date from the 12th century and include a wide range of works by Portuguese and international artists.
- Vila Nova de Gaia - lunch and a tour/tasting at Warre’s, Taylors or Graham’s 18th century Port Wine Lodge.
- Gourmet dinner in Oporto.
PRICES FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
This tour is based on 4 star hotels in a central location. If you wish to include either a higher or lower standard of accommodation within your itinerary than those shown on this page, we will be happy to provide you with a tailor-made tour quotation based on your request.
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Flights are available daily from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Some indirect regional departures are also available. All flights and accommodation are subject to availability. For peak season dates we strongly recommend that you book early.