Discovering The Best Of Portugal

Family Holiday | Active Vacation | Culture Immersion | Small Group Journey
Discovering The Best Of Portugal

Itinerary

 Day 1 - Arrival

Welcome to Portugal! Upon arrival at Porto Airport, private transfer to your accommodation. Overnight in Porto. 

 Day 2 - Porto

Embark yourself in a full day exploration of Oporto, voted Best European Destination 2012 by the European citizens. This is also known as “Cidade Invicta” (unvanquished city). His distinct and unique character gave Porto a World Heritage classification. Aligned with the river Douro, rich in contrasts and well-preserved treasures, the ancient city of the Port of immeasurable beauty. After a walking tour of the heart of the town, enjoy a tasty lunch. The tour will end with a relaxing cruise of the Six Bridges.
Overnight in Porto.
Meals : Breakfast

 Day 3 - Medieval Gems: Braga & Guimaraes

Join a small group excursion to Minho, visiting Braga and Guimarães, where medieval vibes transport you through old streets and iconic monuments like castles and palaces. Braga, once a Roman city, witnessed a tumultuous history before becoming a Christian center. Its Se, the oldest in Portugal, holds great historical significance. Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage city, played a pivotal role in the founding of Portugal by D. Afonso Henriques, boasting medieval and sixteenth-century architecture.
Overnight in Porto.
Meals : Breakfast

 Day 4 - Douro Valley

Meet your private driver-guide and explore the fantastic Douro Region, a traditional place born in the culture of wine production. Visit one of the most famous Wine estates and taste its delicious Port Wines. Embark on this adventure through the Douro Valley and enjoy the majestic vineyards around you, loaded with grapes. You will enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant.
Overnight in Douro Valley.
Meals : Breakfast

 Day 5 - Coimbra

Meet your driver and motor to Coimbra, one of the most charming cities in this country. Here you will join a tour to explore the city. Coimbra, with its rich history, was once the residence of Count Dom Henrique and Dona Teresa, parents of Portugal's first king, Dom Afonso Henriques. This city witnessed the forbidden love of Dom Pedro I and Dona Inês, a poignant story that still influences its heritage. Coimbra was the medieval capital of Portugal, but it was during the Renaissance that it became a hub of knowledge when Dom João III moved the University here permanently. In later centuries, the city saw the influence of the Jesuits and royal work by Dom João V and Dom José I, shaping its monuments and education.
Overnight in Coimbra.
Meals : Breakfast

 Day 6 - Tomar & Obidos

Meet your driver and transfer from Coimbra to Lisbon.
You will have an en-route stop in Tomar and Obidos. Tomar is one of central Portugal’s most cute small towns, with an adorable historical center and a pretty riverside park full of swans, herons, and ducks. What makes Tomar truly extraordinary is Unesco World Heritage-listed Convento de Cristo. Founded 850 years ago, this venerated headquarter of the mythical Knights Templar is a mix of Gothic and Manueline. Immersed in splendor and mystery, the Knights Templar maintained massive power in Portugal from the 12th to 16th centuries and vastly funded the Age of Discoveries.
The medieval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well-preserved in Portugal. Quite close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled before the Romans arrived on the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century. Being the favorite site of the Queen, she built an incredible number of churches in this small place. Overnight in Lisbon.
Meals : Breakfast

 Day 7 - Lisbon

Meet your knowledgeable guide in the vibrant heart of Lisbon and embark on a captivating tour of this enchanting city. Lisbon boasts a truly unique lighting ambiance, regardless of weather conditions. You will fully appreciate and absorb this special light, which mirrors the essence of Lisbon—a city steeped in rich history and enduring traditions. Framed by the picturesque Tagus River, our tour ventures to monumental landmarks, bearing witness to historic sea voyages and providing access to one of Lisbon's most enthralling museums.
Explore Alfama, an ancient and traditional Lisbon quarter resonating with the melancholic sounds of Fado, and Baixa-Chiado, the bustling commercial heart of Lisbon.
Overnight in Lisbon.
Meals : Breakfast

 Day 8 - Sintra & Cascais

Discover one of the most famous attractions in the country, grandly located at the top of the Serra de Sintra - the Pena Palace. Your expert guide will walk you through its richly decorated rooms and introduce fascinating facts about Portugal's history. In the historic centre of Sintra, enjoy free time to explore the narrow streets full of regional shops. On the return to Lisbon, discover the villages of Cascais and Estoril, traditional fishing areas known as the "Portuguese Riviera".
Overnight in Lisbon.
Meals : Breakfast

 Day 9 - Lisbon

Enjoy a day at leisure in Lisbon or add an optional experience to your journeys.
Overnight in Lisbon.
Meals : Breakfast

 Day 10 - Departure

Transfer to the airport or train station.
Meals : Breakfast

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Other Information

  • Tour Code : SMT014.24
  • Duration : 9 Nights/10 Days
  • Departure City : Porto, Portugal
  • Ending City : Lisbon, Portugal
  • Type : Private Tour
  • Departure : Guaranteed Departure
  • Grade/Difficulity : Moderate
  • Transport Mode : Car/Minivan
  • Children Allowed : Yes
  • Max Group Size : 15
  • Language Offered : English
Departure Dates
June 2024 - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
July 2024 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
August 2024 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
September 2024 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
October 2024 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
November 2024 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Tour Includes
  •  3 nights in Porto
  •  1 night Douro Valley
  •  1 nights Coimbra
  •  4 nights in Lisbon
  •  Daily breakfast
  •  Private transfer from Porto Airport to Hotel in Porto
  •  Full Day Small Group guided visit or Porto + 6 Bridges Cruise / Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  •  Full Day Braga and Guimaraes / Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  •  Full day private visit of Douro Valley + wine estate visit + wine tasting and lunch. Pick up at your accommodation in Porto / Drop off at hotel in the Douro Valley
  •  Private transfer from Douro to Coimbra
  •  Shared Guided visit of Coimbra / Meet the guide at a meeting point / Drop off in Coimbra city center
  •  Private transfer from Coimbre to Lisbon with en route stop in Tomar and Obidos
  •  4-hour Shared Tour of Lisbon / Meet the guide at a meeting point / Drop off Lisbon city center
  •  5-hour Shared Tour of Estoril, Sintra, Cascais / Meet the guide at a meeting point / Drop off Lisbon city center
  •  Private transfer from hotel in Lisbon to Lisbon Airport
  •  Digital Remote Briefing 7 days before arrival
  •  24/7 Emergency Phone to assist you during your stay
Tour Excludes
  •  Everything that is not mentioned in “Inclusions”
  •  City Tax to be paid at the hotels
  •  Transfer to meet the guide for your guided visits, unless differently specified
  •  Return transfer at your hotel after the guided visits, unless differently specified
  •  Flights are not included
  •  Personal Insurance
Notes
  •  Porto - Hotel Turim Oporto or similar
  •  Douro Valley - Hotel Quinta de Casaldronho or similar
  •  Coimbra – Hotel Vila Gale or similar
  •  Lisbon - Hotel Turim Av Libertade, Hotel Turim Marques or similar

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5 Excellent
  1. The "Discovering the Best of Portugal" tour package was an absolute gem! The guided tours were the highlight, offering an all-encompassing view of Portugal's treasures. From historic landmarks to cultural hotspots, every essential stop was covered. The centrally located hotels were convenient, although the Lisbon hotel was a tad distant from the city center, it was well-connected. The experience was enriching, providing a comprehensive glimpse into Portugal's beauty. Highly recommend for anyone seeking an immersive and fulfilling exploration!

  2. Exploring Portugal's gems was an incredible experience! The handpicked hotels were cozy retreats, offering comfort and a genuine taste of local hospitality. Guided tours were eye-opening, connecting us to Portugal's rich history and culture. From hidden corners to bustling cities, every stop was an adventure. The well-organized tours and thoughtful accommodations made this trip an absolute joy—I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat!

  3. The "Discovering the Best of Portugal" tour was a captivating journey, but the jewel was the enchanting Douro Valley hotel. Nestled amidst stunning vineyards, the hotel offered serenity unparalleled. The serene ambiance and breathtaking vistas made it an ideal relaxation spot. My only regret? Not having more days to revel in this serene haven. Highly recommended for those seeking tranquility amid Portugal's beauty.

  4. Discovering the Best of Portugal tour exceeded expectations! The guides’ warmth and deep knowledge enriched our journey. Despite a small hiccup with the Lisbon Railway Station meeting point, organizers swiftly resolved it. Exploring Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto was awe-inspiring. The itinerary showcased Portugal’s beauty, cuisine, and locals. Comfortable accommodations and a small group enhanced the experience. Immersed in Portugal’s heart, I returned with unforgettable memories and a profound admiration for its heritage and people. Highly recommend this captivating tour!

  5. Exploring Portugal through 'Discovering the Best of Portugal' tour was a captivating experience. From Lisbon's charm to Douro Valley's beauty, every moment was a treasure. Despite a guide delay in Coimbra, their expertise compensated. The itinerary was perfectly balanced, accommodations excellent, and cuisine delightful. It exceeded expectations, offering an authentic and enriching Portuguese adventure. Highly recommended!