7 Day Picturesque Portugal Escorted Tour

May 24 - May 30 , 2020

Join the West TN Travelers 50+ on this picturesque tour of Portugal.

RELIGIOUS LANDMARKS, MONUMENTS TO THE DISCOVERIES AND THE MELANCHOLIC TRILL OF THE FADO FOLLOW THIS 7-DAY JOURNEY FROM LISBON, PORTUGAL'S SEAFARING CAPITAL, TO PORTO ON THE DOURO RIVER.

Connect with your generous Portuguese hosts, wander through medieval cities and savour a delicious pasteis de nata or two as you wind your way north through villages, towns and cities, delving into the country's colourful history and culture.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive Lisbon (3 Nights)

Pastel and azulejo-clad façades line Lisbon's narrow streets which ramble across and over its seven hills from St. George Castle to the Tagus River. Gaze over the Portuguese capital's terracotta rooftops, soaking up its small-town atmosphere before meeting your Travel Director and companheiros for a glimpse of what lies ahead. Tonight you'll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for dinner and sample some of the local favourites that you'll encounter throughout your journey across Portugal.

 Hotel - VIP Executive Santa Iria

 Included Meals - Dinner

Day 2

Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

Explore the Age of the Discoveries and Portugal's role as a global maritime power many centuries ago when you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter before taking in views of the alabaster-white Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before taking the rest of the day to explore on your own. Hop on one of Lisbon's signature trams rolling along the city's cinematic hillsides and you'll quickly discover leafy squares and countless corner tascas (taverns) for a quick coffee and pasteis de nata (custard tartlet) fix. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Portugal's Golden Triangle of Cascais, Estoril and Sintra to see some of the country's most extravagant palaces during your free afternoon. This evening, perhaps join an optional traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of the fado.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 3

Lisbon Free Day

Que bom! A full free day in Lisboa to explore the enchanting Portuguese capital your way. The secret to living a long life lies in eating a big breakfast, but as you'll come to discover in Lisbon that may extend to a big lunch and dinner too. Spend the day indulging in a culinary adventure on your own or choose an optional visit to the fishing village of Nazaré, set on a wide bay overlooking the Atlantic. This Optional Experience also includes a visit to Óbidos where you'll have time to explore the medieval walled city with its white-washed houses and cobblestone lanes. Aside from its obvious charm and history that pre-dates the founding of Portugal, Óbidos is also home to the delightfully decadent Ginja cherry drink served up in tiny chocolate cups. Don't go home without a taste or two!

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 4

Lisbon – Fátima – Tomar – Coimbra (1 Night)

Leave Lisbon behind, bound for Fátima, a site of celebrated religious miracles where three young shepherds are said to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1917. It is here that you'll rub shoulders with visiting pilgrims who have come to pray and seek divine guidance. Explore the Basilica and Sanctuary on your own before heading to the Templar city of Tomar, a beautiful reminder of Portuguese Renaissance. Later, arrive in Coimbra for an orientation drive. This evening, enjoy dinner in your hotel with your travel companions.

 Hotel - Dona Inês

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Coimbra – Porto (2 Nights)

You'll have the whole morning to explore Coimbra your way, or head to the seaside resort of Aveiro on an Optional Experience. Don't leave town without sampling the delicious Ovos Moles sweets for which Aveiro is famous, then head north to Porto. You'll arrive in time for a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist who'll reveal the treasures in the city's UNESCO-listed medieval Ribeira Quarter, the port and the remarkable bridges that span the Douro River. With an evening to do as you wish, you may be tempted to head to the water's edge and one of the city's Port wine cellars for a tasting and insights into the centuries-old tradition of local Port production.

 Hotel - Holiday Inn Gaia

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 6

Porto Free Day

Savour a full day to go back in time and explore Porto's historic centre with its beautiful Baroque façades. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience to Braga, Portugal's religious capital. A Local Specialist will reveal insights into Braga's historic centre and you'll have an opportunity to see Europe's largest and most magnificent sculpted Baroque staircase. This evening, an optional cruise along the Douro, followed by a dinner of local specialties, is a fitting way to end your journey through Portugal. Watch the city light up as you enjoy a night cap and the fresh river breeze.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 7

Depart Porto

Say a fond farewell to our Tripeiro hosts as you prepare for your return journey home. You've explored Portugal's illustrious past, savoured Mediterranean flavours that will linger long after you leave and made lasting new friendships. All that's left is to take your airport transfer and wish your travel companions a boa viagem and até a proxima. Guests departing from Lisbon have the option of a complimentary return transfer to the Portuguese capital.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

COIMBRA

View one of Europe's oldest universities, the Old Cathedral and Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha

 

FÁTIMA

Visit the celebrated shrine

 

LISBON

View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist

 

PORTO

Explore the treasures in Porto's medieval Ribeira Quarter with a Local Specialist

 

TOMAR

See the legacy left in Tomar by the Knights Templar

All optional experiences for this trip

Book with your travel director when you travel

AVAILABLE ON DAY 2

Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado music and singing. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Adult Price: €66.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 2

The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle, we'll visit one of the impressive Royal Palaces of Sintra.

Adult Price: €46.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 5

Aveiro Experience

With our Local Specialist, we'll head to the coast to visit the seaside town of Aveiro. We'll view the colourful houses of Costa Nova and the beautiful lagoon that surrounds the town. Then, we'll enjoy a traditional Moliceiro boat ride through the canals of this picturesque Portuguese town and get a chance to taste the local Ovos Moles sweets, for which the town is famous, while drinking a flute of Portuguese Espumante.

Adult Price: €45.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 5

Old Town Braga and the Bom Jesus Sanctuary

Spend the afternoon with our Local Specialist travelling through the lush green Minho, Portugal's most northerly province, stopping at its capital, Braga. See Europe's largest and most magnificent sculpted Baroque staircase which ascends the forested hillside to the 'Bom Jesus' sanctuary. We'll arrive using a 19th-Century water-powered funicular. Finally, a walk through Braga's historic centre brings to life this ancient and innovative city.

Adult Price: €36.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 6

Douro Cruise And Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing and leisurely cruise along the Douro River. You'll have a chance to see two medieval "world heritage" cities plus six impressive bridges, one of them the famous UNESCO-listed Eiffel bridge. Afterwards, savour a typical meal in the Medieval Ribeira Quarter

Adult Price: €60.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 6

Seafood Dinner by the Atlantic Ocean

Join us for an outstanding dinner next to the beaches of the northwestern Portuguese Atlantic coast. Taste the local seafood and other delicacies with fantastic Portuguese wines while the ocean waves crush against the shore.

Adult Price: €49.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 6 Nights’ Accommodation
  • 8 Meals-6 Breakfasts, 2 Three-course dinners
  • On Trip Transport-All transport shown
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round Trip Air Fare
  • Gratuities for Driver and Tour Director
  • Meals not included in tour price
  • Personal spending while on tour

Lisbon Hotel

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Porto Hotel

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All Pricing is LAND ONLY.  Reduced Air Is Available. 

Double Occupancy

$1025.00 per person

Solo Traveler, Own Room

$1375.00 per person

Solo--Twin Share Room

$1025.00 per person