- On 17/03/2016
- In CLASSIC PORTUGAL
NORTH PORTUGAL EXPERIENCE
If you look at Portugal in the map you are drawn to consider it a small country but this country boasts a glorious History and rich culture, is full of important artistic treasures and monuments claiming no less than 16 sites classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Besides that Nature was very generous here offering lush green valleys of vineyards and orchards, fertile plains where horses and bulls run free and wooded hills of pines, eucalyptus, orange trees and cork and olive trees, not to mention its 800 km of coast ranging from windswept sandy beaches where surfers marvel, to secluded small coves with clear blue calm water.
And above all a mild climate all year round! And a hospitable population proud of their Heritage, cuisine and Language though. Nevertheless eager to share their experience with you.
Join one of our Classic Tours and enjoy a full Portugal Experience
|Day 1 – Lisbon
Arrival at Lisbon Airport. Assistance and transfer to the chosen Hotel.
Dinner and overnight.
|Day 2 – Lisbon
Morning tour of Lisbon with its monuments and breathtaking vistas.
Our guides will show you both the major monuments and the hidden places that make the capital city of Portugal a vibrant city
Lunch on your own.
In the afternoon a guided walking tour in the old city using public typical means of transport like funiculars, cable-car and trams.
Dinner and Overnight.
|Day 3 – Lisbon/Cascais/Sintra/Ericeira/Óbidos/Caldas da Rainha
Taking the coastal road, you will pass the seaside resorts of Estoril and Cascais proceeding till Cape da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe.
Then Sintra, a favorite Summer Residence of the Portuguese kings where you will visit the Royal Palace.
Typical Portuguese Lunch in Sintra
In the afternoon, Ericeira, an old fishing village now a paradise for surfers and Óbidos, fascinating village surrounded by 12th century walls. Walking tour in its narrow streets and plazas.
Arrival at nearby Caldas da Rainha. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
|Day 4 – C. da Rainha / Alcobaça / Nazaré / Batalha / Fátima
Departure to Alcobaça to visit the Cistercian Monastery where the magnificent royal tombs are kept; and Nazaré, the most picturesque fishing village of the Atlantic coast. Visit and free time for lunch.
In the afternoon departure to Batalha, and visit its monastery church and cloisters, masterpiece of the Portuguese Gothic.
In the late afternoon arrival at Fátima renowned catholic shrine. Short visit of the Apparition Chapel and basilica.
Dinner and overnight In hotel.
|Day 5– Fátima / Coimbra / Buçaco / Guimarães
Departure to Coimbra, an important historical city. Visit of its monuments: the University and its rococo library, the Cathedral (the ‘Sé Velha’).
Free time for lunch.
In the afternoon a guided stroll by the Buçaco once an hermitage and now a luxuriant park and also battlefield where Wellington had his first victory over the Napoleonic army.
Proceed to Guimarães and enjoy a late afternoon tour of the medieval old town Dinner and overnight in hotel
|Day 6 – Guimarães / Vila Real Douro Valley / Oporto
Today we shall take to the most important wine region of Portugal, but before reaching the Douro Valley stop at Vila Real to visit the Mateus Palace, the façade of which has made the world tour as a label of the bottles of the famous Mateus Rosé.
Before lunch visit of the premises and vineyards of a wine producing farm. Lunch in the premises.
In the afternoon drive along the Douro Valley to Oporto.
A portion of this trip can be done by boat sailing down the river Douro.
Dinner and overnight in Oporto
|Day 7 – Oporto
Walking tour of the old town and quays “ Ribeira quarter”, cross the famous iron bridge and end your visit in a wine cellar for a free tasting of the world famous Port wine.
Special gourmet lunch of the local cuisine
Free afternoon. Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Hotel.
|Day 8 – Oporto/ Lisbon
Departure from Oporto to Lisbon by taking a fast train, or by road ( approx 4 hours drive) . Or this tour can end at Oporto airport for a connecting flight home.