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11 days package
English, Portuguese, Spanish and French
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Tour Highlights

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Visit the most fascinating and captivating historical cities across the rolling countryside of Portugal

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Explore with the help of an expert guide that will introduce you to local legends and hidden gems

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Get an authentic taste of local life everywhere from the metropolitan cities to the picturesque countryside villages

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Learn more about the complex cultural history that makes up this richly layered country

Why we chose this tour

Our Highlights of Portugal 11 Day Package Tour takes you across this incredible country, stopping to see religious sites, historic medieval cities, stunning natural splendor, and so much more. With the help of our expert local guides, you'll uncover centuries old legends and see some of the best spots off the beaten path, and you'll leave with unforgettable memories and photographs. This tour is available on selected dates and leaves with guaranteed departures.


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Itinerary - Highlights of Portugal 11 Day Package Tour

Day 1 - Lisbon, Óbidos, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Batalha, Fátima
  • Your first day won't waste any time, starting with pickup in centralized Lisbon locations and immediately heading to Óbidos, a picturesque village surrounded by medieval walls, windmills, and fruit orchards, where you'll admire an array of local handicrafts and ginginha: a bitter cherry liqueur that the region is famous for.
  • The next stop is Alcobaça, a city boasting the first and largest Gothic church in all of Portugal with a tragic love story full of murder, betrayal, and forbidden love that you'll learn more about, that of D. Pedro and Inês de Castro.
  • Navare, a stunning seaside resort, is your next destination, where you'll have free time to walk the promenade and get lunch on your own.
  • You'll continue across the scenic landscape to Batalha to visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a Gothic masterpiece that houses the tomb of Henry the Navigator, a prince famous for his maritime discoveries and exploration.
  • This whirlwind day ends in Fátima, a critical Catholic site with its world-renowned Marian Shrine, with the option to assist in the stunning candle procession, depending on seasonality. 
  • Overnight in Fátima.
Day 2 - Fátima, Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto
  • After breakfast at the hotel, you'll head to Coimbra, a city rich with history and home to one of the oldest universities in the world where students still wear capes to class and Fado music can be heard rippling across the campus and the incredible Baroque library.
  • You'll make a stop at Saint Clara Church, where Queen Saint Isabel is entombed: she's famous for feeding the poor against the wishes of her husband, one day, when she was leaving the palace with armfuls of bread and the kind asked what she carried, she replied roses and miraculously, the bread turned into roses in her arms!
  • Stop at the center to admire the famous local ceramics and grab some food before continuing onto Aveiro, a canal city with moliceiros, the boats that troll the waters, and ovos moles, wafer and eggs sweets that you'll get to taste for yourself!
  • Overnight in Porto(Breakfast included).
Day 3 - Porto, Guimarães, Braga, Porto
  • Savor a delicious breakfast at the hotel before heading to Portugal's second largest and richly fascinating city of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The first few hours of the day will be spend promenading along the riverside, discovering historic houses and palaces, exploring the churches that have stood for generations, and tasting traditional versions of Port wine, before you'll head off for lunch on on your own.
  • The afternoon begins by heading to Minho, a region in the northwest famous for its rolling green hills and scenic landscapes, along with its sparkling green wine that can't be found anywhere else, and the intoxicating city of Guimarães.
  • This town is known as the cradle of the nation and is famous for being the birthplace of the first king of Portugal, with a well-preserved medieval city center, where you'll visit the Sacred Hill, topped by an impressive castle, and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca, which dates back to the 15th century.
  • The last stop of the day before you return to Porto for an evening alone is Braga, known as the Rome of Portugal for its profusion of religous architecture, and home to the oldest cathedral in the country as well as the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with a curling Baroque stairway and verdant gardens.
  • Overnight in Porto(Breakfast included).
Day 4 - Free day in Porto
  • After breakfast at the hotel, the day is yours to explore the city of Porto independently!
  • Overnight in Porto(Breakfast included).

Optional Add-onsOptional Day tour of Santiago de Compostela
The capital of Galicia and the center of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela a World Cultural Heritage Site and you have the entire day to freely discover this fascinating city. Wander its historical streets and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes.

Optional evening activity
Fado Experience

Day 5: Porto, Amarante, Vila Real, Douro Valley, Lamego, Urgeiriça
  • After a hotel breakfast, you'll make your way to Amarante, a storybook town famous for helping couples marry and conceive, and that houses the remains of the priest Goncalo do Amarante on the banks of the river and across from the bustling local market that sells everything from chickens to cloth.
  • The next stop is Vila Real, where you'll visit the manor verdant formal gardens of the Mateus Manor, whose facade features on many a bottle of Portuguese Rose and is well worth the visit in person.
  • You'll travel from there to the rolling green hills and twisted olive groves of the Doura Valley, famous for growing and producing Port wine, where you'll make a stop at shrine in Lamego before continuing onto the village itself where you'll visit Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, one of the most important shrines in the country and covered with Baroque staircases.
  • Taste some local delicacies, like local ham or the Bola de Lamego before heading to the mountain hinterlands of Viseu, the center of the Dão Vineyards the home of Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. 
  • You'll walk past the Cathedral and busy city center before finishing for the day and heading to Urgeiriça.
  • Overnight in Urgeiriça(Breakfast included).
Day 6 - Urgeiriça, Bussaco, Tomar, Lisbon
  • After breakfast at the hotel, you'll drive through the heavenly heart of Portugal until you reach the luxuriant forests that surround Bussaco, known for their incredible selection of rare trees and exotic plants of otherworldly beauty, and home to a former royal hunting lodge that's been converted to a romantic hotel.
  • Tomar is your next stop: this city was gifted to the Knights Templar in 1159 by Dom Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, for their work in sacking and reclaiming the land for Christianity, and where you'll see the remarkable Convent of Christ.
  • Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, founded the castle here and built the Convent of Christ, an intricate building that has expanded and changed with the influence of various architectural styles over the years, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Overnight in Lisbon(Breakfast included). 
Day 7 - Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo Da Roca, Cascais, Estoril, Lisboa
  • Your day begins with a picturesque drive north to Sinta, a picturesque town in the foothills that's home to the National Palace, the most well-preserved medieval palace in Portugal, and a long-beloved summer playground of Portuguese royalty and nobility.
  • The next stop will be  Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, with a scenic drive along the coast where you'll be able to spy natural grottoes, like the Boca do Inferno, and pristine beaches along the way.
  • After marveling at the panoramic views of Cabo da Roca, you'll make your way back through the famous Riviera town of Estoril, stopping for a quick look at the landscaped gardens of the largest casino in Europe before heading back to Lisbon.
  • Overnight in Lisbon(Breakfast included).
Day 8 - Lisbon, Évora
  • Leave Lisbon by driving through the picturesque and pastoral landscape of winding olive groves and sprawling vineyards on your way to Évora, a vibrant mosaic of culture, history, and unique traditions, passing over the rushing Tragus river on your way.
  • This UNESCO World Heritage Site is filled with glowing white walls and twisting narrow streets, all leading you to some of the most important monuments that the city houses.
  • You'll discover the staggering Roman Temple, the Gothic Cathedral, the Chapel of Bones at the Saint Francis Church, a macabre and impressive room, and many more.
  • A stop at the market to see some of the most exquisite regional offerings begins your afternoon, and you'll be released to enjoy a leisurely lunch and explore the local offerings, from cork handicrafts to copper works of art, or take in a wine, olive oil, and cheese tasting.
  • Overnight in Évora(Breakfast included).
Day 9 - Évora, Beja, Silves,Lagos
  • After a hotel breakfast, take a little more time to explore Évora before you wind your way south, where you'll pass Beja, a town that is bursting with medieval architecture and relics, and a number of castles and churches, including the Santo Amaro which houses one of the most important collections of Visigoth artifacts.
  • Crossing over the mountains, you'll enter Algarve, a southerly stretch of the coastline dotted with picturesque fishing villages and pristine beaches, and head to Silves, a quiet town surrounded by impregnable towering walls, a fortified brick castle, and a Gothic cathedral that stands on the remains of an ancient mosque. red brick castle, the impregnatable town walls, and the Gothic cathedral, built on the site of a magnificent mosque.
  • Your day will end with a drive to Lagos, passing the rocky shores of Praia da Rocha before reaching the charming town of Lagos, surrounded by sweeping hills and serene beaches with lighthouses scattered on the shores.
  • Overnight in Lagos(Breakfast included).
Day 10 - Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, Sagres, Cabo de São Vicente
  • After breakfast at the hotel, you'll trace your way across the raw and rugged landscape of the Algarve where you'll hear the siren call of the sea from the bleak Ponta da Piedade, a barren headland that showcases a stunning contrast between the golden hues of the carved cliffs above and the shimmering sapphire of the Atlantic below.
  • Head to Sagres, a fishing port and favored surf spot famous for the Fortaleza de Sagres, founded by Henry the Navigator before he opened up Atlantic travel and shamefully founded the Atlantic Slave Trade after his involvement with the "navigation school" and European discovery of the African coastline.
  • The next stop as you wind your way along the cliffs is Cabo São Vincente, the most southwestern point in continental Europe, before continuing to lively Lagos, the best place to taste typical regional dishes, like cataplana, fish and shellfish sauteed in a copper pan, or the famous marizpan treats stuffed with almonds and figs. 
  • After returning to the hotel, take the afternoon to laze in the sun and splash in the water.
  • Overnight in Lagos(Breakfast included).
Day 11 - Lagos, Setúbal, Serra da Arrábida, Lisboa
  • After a parting look at the waters as you return along the coast, you'll be treated to scenic views of Setubal, an industrial center and critical trade port on the northern bank of the Sado Estuary, an expansive nature preserve.
  • You'll also have panoramic views of Arrábida Mountain Range, a massive national park filled with unique vegetation and towering trees, and sweeping views over the Tróia Peninsula from the bridge over the Tagus River before you return to Lisbon and your tour is, unfortunately, over. 
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Important Details

Includes
Pick up at central Lisbon Hotel
Fully guided tour
Transport by air conditioned bus or mini van
10 Overnights in 4* hotels on bed & breakfast bases
Entrance fees: Mosteiro da Batalha, Universidade Coimbra, Palácio da Bolsa (Porto), Igreja de São Francisco (Porto), jardins do Palácio de Mateus and Convento do Cristo (Tomar)
Excludes
Lunch, dinner and drinks
Tips
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
What to Bring
Walking Shoes
Water
Hat
Sunscreen
Clothes according to the season
Essential Information
Hotels: Fatima: Hotel Aurea or Hotel Lux Fatima or similar Porto: Hotel Vila Gale Porto or Hotel Ipnema Porto or similar Urgeiriça: Hotel da Urgeiriça Lisboa : Hotel Oilissipo Marques de Sa or similar Evora: Hotel Evora Oliveo or Hotel Vila Gale Evora Lagos: Hotel Marina Club or Hotel Vila Gale Lagos
NB: Please note that the hotels are subject to availability and can be changed
Please contact us for travel dates between March - October 2021
The package is available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Please let us know at the moment of the booking which language you require
NB: All times are approximate
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