Highlights of Portugal

Portugal
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Take in the highlights of the sun-kissed splendour of Portugal on an eight-day sightseeing adventure from Porto to Lisbon. Taste port in its birthplace, explore riverfront Coimbra and its historic university, and weave through the verdant countryside all the way to the capital. From the leafy Schist Villages to a traditional Fado show, you’ll be experiencing the best of Portugal’s arts and culture. Oh yes – they have pretty good custard tarts too. Put Portugal on your itinerary today with a small-group journey that gets you to the places you need to see.

Availability

From 20/04/2024 to 25/10/2025

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Apr Sat 20 2024 to Apr Sat 27 2024
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    $2,385*
  • Apr Sat 27 2024 to May Sat 04 2024
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    $2,889*
  • May Sat 04 2024 to May Sat 11 2024
    Limited Availability
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    $3,600*
  • May Sat 11 2024 to May Sat 18 2024
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    $2,974*
  • Jun Sat 08 2024 to Jun Sat 15 2024
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    $2,950*
  • Jun Sat 22 2024 to Jun Sat 29 2024
    Limited Availability
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    $3,540*
  • Jul Sat 27 2024 to Aug Sat 03 2024
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    $3,275*
  • Aug Sat 10 2024 to Aug Sat 17 2024
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    $3,210*
  • Sep Sat 07 2024 to Sep Sat 14 2024
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    $3,435*
  • Sep Sat 14 2024 to Sep Sat 21 2024
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    $3,470*
  • Sep Sat 21 2024 to Sep Sat 28 2024
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    $3,610*
  • Sep Sat 28 2024 to Oct Sat 05 2024
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    $3,305*
  • Oct Sat 05 2024 to Oct Sat 12 2024
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    $3,140*
  • Oct Sat 12 2024 to Oct Sat 19 2024
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    $3,180*
  • Mar Sat 22 2025 to Mar Sat 29 2025
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    $3,400*
  • Mar Sat 29 2025 to Apr Sat 05 2025
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    $3,400*
  • Apr Sat 05 2025 to Apr Sat 12 2025
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    $3,400*
  • Apr Sat 12 2025 to Apr Sat 19 2025
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    $3,400*

What's included

Take a walk through the idyllic coastal city of Porto and understand why the birthplace of fortified wine is renowned for its narrow lanes, charming buildings and delicious cuisine.
Explore the country’s oldest university when discovering the historic riverfront city of Coimbra – once the capital of Portugal.
Take in all the highlights of Portugal’s arts and culture scene with an included traditional Fado show in Coimbra.
Walk through the secluded Schist Villages, a set of 27 settlements hidden between the mountain slopes and away from daily life.
Join your leader in Lisbon for sunset views while enjoying a glass of local wine and some tapas – this is European living.
Breakfasts Included: 7.
Hotel (6 nights),Guesthouse (1 night).
Train,Private vehicle.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Porto - Port Wine Tasting.
Coimbra - Evening Fado Performance.
Schist Villages - Village Walk.
Lisbon - Drink and Local Bites.
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Porto Welcome to Portugal! Stretching along the banks of the River Douro, Porto is one of Portugal's most romantic cities. Known for majestic bridges, medieval riverside district with its cobbled streets, merchants' houses and cafes, Porto is also well known for one more thing; surprise surprise - Porto is the birthplace of the fortified wine, port. Today, there's an important welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your group leader and fellow travellers. After your meeting, why not get the crew together and head out to an optional dinner - your group leader will know of some great spots to go.
  • 2 - Porto Take a leader-led orientation walk with your group this morning to get your bearings. Otherwise, the day is free to do as you please. The city's World Heritage-listed Ribeira district is packed with twisting alleys, staircases, and baroque churches, and is great to explore on foot. Sao Francisco church is known for its lavish interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palacio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors. Make sure you also visit Mercado do Bolhao, Porto's market, one of the city's institutions since 1914. For a sensational view of the whole town head to the Torre dos Clerigos (Clerigos Tower), or head down Allies Avenue to see the French-inspired buildings. Late afternoon, meet your leader and the rest of the group again to test out Portugal's famed wine on an included port tasting. Oh, and in the evening, why not book yourself on a Rio Duoro cruise on one of the historic 'rabelo' boats to see the city from the water.
  • 3 - Porto The morning is free for you to explore Porto at your own pace. As you'll be traveling over to Coimbra after lunch, there will be a place to store your luggage for the day. With early evening arrival at your hotel, you can either relax or embark on a stroll to begin exploring Coimbra.
  • 4 - Coimbra Enjoy an easy day in Coimbra at your leisure. Sitting dignified on the banks of the River Mondego, Coimbra was once the capital of the country, and its royal heritage can be felt in its historic streets and buildings. Join your group leader on a wander through the lanes and squares of the Old Quarter and be sure to pass by the University of Coimbra - the oldest in Portugal. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you please before meeting with your group again for an evening Fado show. Coimbra's version of the fado is linked to the academic traditions of its university and musicians wear the traditional academic outfit: dark robes and capes. The music is characterized by sombre tunes and lyrics, often about the life of the poor, and inspired by mourning and melancholia.
  • 5 - Schist Villages Travel to Pi?d?o, an enchanting historical Schist Village celebrated for its distinctive architecture and breathtaking natural setting. Tucked away in the Serra do A?or mountains, Pi?d?o resembles a scene from a fairytale, showcasing charming schist and slate houses nestled into the verdant mountainside. Take a leisurely stroll through the village's narrow, winding streets before heading towards Aldeia das Dez, a typical mountain village located on the slopes of Serra da Estrela. Also known as Aldeia das Flores, its inhabitants have it as a tradition to decorate their streets with beautiful and colourful flowers. Experience the allure of rustic beauty, picturesque landscapes, and a slower pace of life, and immerse yourself in the rich local culture, creating lasting memories in a quaint setting that seamlessly blends tradition with modern comfort.
  • 6 - Lisbon Travel back to Coimbra in a private vehicle and from there transfer to Lisbon by train. After a brief orientation walk, you are free for the afternoon. Much of Lisbon's character and charm lies in its beautiful renovated buildings, grand boulevards, impressive castles and churches. Maybe visit one of the most symbolic buildings in the city, Lisbon Cathedral, which was built on the site of an old mosque in 1150 by Lisbon's first bishop, Gilbert of Hastings. Inside are nine chapels, each with their own story to tell, and the wonderful Gothic cloister. Another option is to visit the medieval citadel of Sao Jorge Castle. The citadel dates back to Moorish times and sits on the highest point of the Old Town. Although much of the original castle has been destroyed throughout history, some sections of walls and 18 different towers remain today. Look down on a city swarming with endless angular white houses and buildings with distinct red terracotta rooftops.
  • 7 - Lisbon Make some further discoveries of Lisbon in the morning at your own pace. Roam through the charming narrow streets of local neighbourhoods do a spot of people watching, visit Belem Tower (a wonderful building originally designed as a lighthouse) and the vast, spectacular Monastery of the Jeronimos. Otherwise, head out for a day trip to Sintra - a royal sanctuary full of pastel coloured Romanticist buildings. In the evening, regroup and experience more of Portugal's way of life by enjoying a glass of wine and some local bites while watching the sunset with your group.
  • 8 - Lisbon With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave at any time. That doesn't mean your Portuguese adventure has to come to an end! If you wish to spend more time in Lisbon, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
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