Europe & Britain First Class 2018: Best of Portugal Summer 2018
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain First Class 2018
Let the melancholic trill of the Fado Guitar follow you from Portugal's Manueline Lisbon to Baroque Oporto and the sun-soaked beaches of Vilamoura. Wander through the medieval cities of Obidos, Evora and Guimaraes, and visit the religious landmarks of Fatima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious pasteis de nata or two along the way.
- City tour in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto
- Orientation of The Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Tomar, Nazare and Obidos
- View the Castle of Guimaraes
- Visit the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Evora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace and Arabian Hall in Oporto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fatima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Obidos
- 10 hot buffet breakfasts
- 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
- 5 dinners with local wine
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- VIP entry to many sights
- Tour Operator
- Trafalgar Tours
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 11 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Lisbon||Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights): Bem vindo a Lisboa. A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past the city's most iconic sights.Welcome Reception|
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|Day 2||Lisbon||Lisbon Sightseeing: Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover a new world. We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, Belem Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th century Manueline architecture and art. Spend the rest of your day meandering through the cobblestone lanes of Bairro Alto, join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz or enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of the fado.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 3||Algarve Region||Lisbon - Algarve Region (2 Nights): We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra de Arrabida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fill the air as we share a traditional Be My Guest lunch with the owners of a stud ranch where Lusitano horses were reared at the pleasure of King Joao VI in the 18th century. Meandering further south, we arrive on the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve - our home for the next two nights.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining|
|Day 4||Algarve||Algarve Excursion: The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula, at the very edge of Portugal, provides a stunning backdrop for our morning coastal drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach before continuing along the coast to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. We end our excursion with a visit to the resort town of Lagos - once the home of Henry the Navigator, today a picturesque seaside retreat of winding cobblestone roads and quaint squares encircled by 16th?century walls.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 5||Evora||Algarve Region - Evora: Meandering north, we travel across the Serra de Caldeirao to the ancient Alentejo city of Evora. Join your Local Specialist and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Spend the rest of our day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praca do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz set against the stunning backdrop of golden olive groves. This evening we dine at our hotel in Evora. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
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|Day 6||Viseu||Evora - Castelo de Vide - Viseu: Our first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white facades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter. Travel north towards the Serra de Estrela mountains and arrive later in Viseu, set high on a plateau near the famous Dao vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, visiting the 12th century Se, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 7||Vila do Conde||Viseu - Mateus - Guimaraes - Vila do Conde (2 Nights): Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley where port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the beautiful baroque Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We then continue via Guimaraes for views of its impressive 10th century castle before arriving in the seaside town where we will spend the next two nights. This evening we enjoy a memorable Regional Meal together.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
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|Day 8||Oporto Excursion||Oporto Excursion: Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour in Oporto which takes you past baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada's Alhambra, before experiencing a fascinating Cultural Insight into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic centre of Oporto, admire the azulejo-clad facades or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest book store with its iconic red staircase.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 9||Fatima||Vila do Condo - Coimbra - Tomar - Fatima: Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and meander through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra this morning, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century and today an exquisite reminder of the Portuguese Renaissance. We arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fatima where we'll dine in our hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
|Day 10||Lisbon||Fatima - Batalha - Nazare - Obidos - Lisbon: This morning we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fatima. En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery at Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is at the quaint fishing village of Nazare before we visit the medieval walled city of Obidos with its quaint white-washed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner with wine. Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner|
|Day 11||Depart Lisbon||Depart Lisbon: Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast|
- Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 04 April, 02 May, 30 May, 29 August, 26 September and 17 October 2018 include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
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Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Europe & Britain First Class 2018Let the melancholic trill of the Fado Guitar follow you from Portugal's Manueline Lisbon to Baroque Oporto and the sun-soaked beaches of Vilamoura.