Essence of Portugal

Discover the best of Portugal from the majestic city of Lisbon to the far north city of Porto
Explore wine-rich Porto, elegant Lisbon, majestic Sintra, and medieval Portuguese towns on a journey along with the renowned signature cities of Portugal. Admire the walled city of Obidos, one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. Visit Fatima, the most important pilgrimage site in Portugal. See Coimbra, famous for its University, the oldest in Portugal. Sip and sample the best of the Douro Valley's culinary offerings, with spectacular viewpoints
8 Days from $3119/person CAD
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Primary Location

Portugal, Europe

Departures

2023 Departures: April 15, May 20, July 1, September 16 & October 21

Included:

  • 7-nights accommodation in first-class hotels
  • Arrival transfer from Lisbon airport to the hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Professional English-speaking tour director throughout
  • A welcome reception in Lisbon (heavy hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink)
  • A lunch with wine tasting in the Douro Valley
  • A farewell dinner in Porto (coffee or tea included)
  • Tasting a typical cherry liquor in Obidos
  • Porto boat ride six bridges and local wine tasting
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Sightseeing tours with licensed local guides
  • Admission fees included to sites and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Luggage handling at the hotels
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Departure transfer from Porto hotel to Porto airport
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Not Included:

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary
  • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy, and for travel in low season
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change

Optional Extras:

  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • Dinner with Fado show in Lisbon (day 2)
  • All optional excursions are subject to change and are based on availability. Optional excursions can be booked with the Tour Director

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Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO LISBON

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The day is at leisure to begin exploring on your own. Later, gather with your tour director and your fellow travelers for a welcome reception.

Accommodation at the Real Palacio, or Lisbon Marriott Hotel, Lisbon, or similar

DAY 2: LISBON SIGHTSEEING

This morning we stroll through Baixa, Lisbon’s historic heart and commercial center. We then drive to Belem to view Belem Tower and the Discovery Monument. The Vasco de Gama tomb in the Jeronimos Monastery is next on our journey. After our tour, enjoy the beautiful streets of Lisbon on your own. The evening is at leisure. or join an optional Fado show with dinner. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Real Palacio, or Lisbon Marriott Hotel, Lisbon, or similar

DAY 3: SINTRA, CABO DA ROCA, CASCAIS & ESTORIL

This morning we depart on a half-day private sightseeing tour to Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, and Cabo da Roca. Sintra boasts a historic Centre that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After our visit to the Sintra National Palace, we continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost cape in Continental Europe. Thereafter, we travel to Cascais, a picturesque fishing town with some quirky museums, beautiful gardens, and a lively fish market. Then we’re off to Estoril, a former fishing town turned cosmopolitan destination for well-heeled travelers. We return to Lisbon early in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Real Palacio, or Lisbon Marriott Hotel, Lisbon, or similar

DAY 4: FATIMA

After breakfast, we leave Lisbon and depart towards the north. Our first destination is Obidos, a charming village of white houses on a hill, surrounded by fourteenth-century walls. Here we stop for a tasting of cherry liquor. We proceed to Nazare after the tasting. Nazare is a popular tourist attraction and picturesque village located on the Atlantic coast. Our next stop is the Monastery of Batalha, a Dominican Convent. We finish the day in Fatima, a Catholic pilgrimage destination and home to sacred sites and religious artifacts. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Aurea or Estrela De Fátima, Fatima, or similar

DAY 5: COIMBRA

In the morning, we travel to Tomar for a half-day sightseeing tour and visit the Luso-Hebrew Museum. We then proceed towards Buçaco to visit the famous Buçaco Forest and for an outside view of Buçaco Palace. In Coimbra, our half-day sightseeing tour includes a visit to the University and Library. Meals: B

Accommodation at Vila Gale Coimbra, Coimbra, or similar

DAY 6: PORTO

We continue to Aveiro and Costa Nova for an orientation tour and then travel through the Douro Valley, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Traditionally, the wines from this region were transported downriver in flat-bottomed boats called “rabelos”. The wine was stored in barrels in cellars of the Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto. After our lunch with wine tasting in the Douro Valley, we continue to Porto. Meals: B, L

Accommodation at Eurostars Das Artes, Porto, or similar

DAY 7: PORTO

During our half-day sightseeing tour of Porto, we visit the Palacio de Bolsa (the stock exchange palace) and end our tour in one of the famous wine cellars where we have another tasting. After this, we continue with a boat excursion, one of the most spectacular experiences in the city. Our afternoon is free, at leisure. In the evening gather with your fellow travelers and your tour director for our farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at Eurostars Das Artes, Porto, or similar

DAY 8: PORTO DEPARTURE

Breakfast and followed by a transfer to the airport. Meals: B


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