Splendid Evasion

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SPLENDID PORTUGAL HIGHLIGHTS15 DAYS

Duration
15 days
Period
January to December
Geographic area
  • norteNorth
  • centroCenter
  • sulSouth
Level of effort
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Participants
Min: 2Max: 12
Accommodation type
  • HotelHotel
  • Rural Tourism UnitRural Tourism Unit
  • ApartmentApartment
Interest
  • NatureNature
  • CultureCulture
  • Wine & GastronomyWine & Gastronomy
Prices from
2.315EUR
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This trip will take you on a 14-night/15-day tour exploring the North, Center and South Region of Portugal Mainland. Being developed for those who seek HIGHLIGHT circuits, during these days you will have the opportunity to enjoy the most of Lisbon and mystic Sintra, the legacy and heritage of the Centre Region: Mira de Aire Caves, Alcobaça, Batalha, Nazaré, Tomar & Coimbra, the Mountain Schist Villages, the glamour of Porto, the Minho Region: Braga & Guimarães, Douro Valley Wine Region and the Alentejo countryside: Crato, Arraiolos, Estremoz, Monsaraz & Évora.

Program

  • Day1
    • ARRIVAL DAY
    • Private Transfer to your Accommodation.
    • Free time for a first glance of Lisbon.
    • Accommodation at an Authentic Apartment stay at Lisbon Downtown.
  • Day2
    • HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PORTUGUESE CAPITAL
    • Private half-day walking tour crossing the downtown of Lisbon. Visit Baixa the old downtown district of the city tasting the famous Pastel de Nata along the way, explore Rossio with Figueira and Comércio Squares and enjoy Chiado the glamorous part of the city with its iconic cafés and shops. You will have the opportunity to take a ride on the vintage tram to Alfama.
    • Free afternoon to explore Lisbon at your own pace.
    • Dinner included enjoying a Fado live performance, at one of the most refined and typical restaurant.
    • Accommodation at an Authentic Apartment stay at Lisbon Downtown.
  • Day3
    • SINTRA: A FAIRY TALE DESTINATION
    • Private transfer to on a full day tour to Sintra, taking a special route: side by side with Tagus River, you will be driven until the most western point of mainland Europe, the impressive Cabo da Roca (Roca Cape) that extends its beauty ripping the Ocean on a dramatic setting. Afterwards, drive to Sintra and visit its charming downtown, as well as 2 monuments of your choice (options: Pena National Palace & Park, Monserrate Palace, the Moorish Castle, the National Palace of Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira).
    • Accommodation at an Authentic Apartment stay at Lisbon Downtown.
  • Day4
    • CENTRE REGION: HERITAGE & HIGHLIGHTS
    • Travel to the Centre Region, a territory full of must-sees and with a great variety of historic heritage sites (ca. 130 km - 1h45).
    • For this day we suggest you to choose two of the following places:
    • 1. Mira de Aire Caves - for a different touch, visit one of Portugal\'s Natural wonder: Mira de Aire Caves. Delight yourself with the beauty of this hidden treasure; http://www.grutasmiradaire.com/pt/3/grutas
    • 2. Monastery of Alcobaça - the first fully gothic Portuguese monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site;
    • 3. Monastery of Batalha - another UNESCO World Heritage site. This important monument was built during the XIV century and it stands as a memorial of the battle of Aljubarrota, a decisive military event that allowed the country to maintain its independency against the Spanish kingdoms at those ages.
    • 4. Nazaré - You can take the opportunity to visit as well the fishermen\'s village of Nazaré famous for its huge waves;
    • 5. Tomar and the Templar\'s Knight Convent of Christ - this UNESCO World Heritage site was initially built by the Grand Master of the Temple Order in Portugal itself. This was back on 1160 and his name was Gualdim de Pais. The place was set as a fortress, a temple and there are those who claim that was a place for secret meetings and rituals, enveloping it in a halo of myths and legends.
    • 4-Star Hotel or Countryside House accommodation.
  • Day5
    • CENTRE REGION: THE SCHIST VILLAGES & COIMBRA
    • Meet & greet your guide and set off for an afternoon of hiking along the green mountains of Serra da Lousã, following a path of both natural and historical importance: traveling back in time, we walk along the mountainous routes of the ancient villagers, crossing a Castle and a Chapel before we make way through the 2 of the Official Mountain Schist Villages.
    • Free afternoon devoted to visit Coimbra and its legacy along with the University UNESCO Heritage Site, one of the oldest in all Europe.
    • 4-Star Hotel or Countryside House accommodation.
  • Day6
    • PORTO: BEST EUROPEAN DESTINATION 2017
    • Travel from Coimbra to Porto (ca. 125 km - 1h20).
    • Private and adjustable walking tour in UNESCO Heritage Porto historical centre, presenting the history and main attractions from the Cathedral down to the unique Douro riverbanks. Porto is an inviting city of contrasts, with countless museums and ancient churches and it is no wonder that it has won more than once the title of Best European Destination. You will visit as well 3 local small restaurants and try some of our local delicacies!
    • Later, one of the most iconic and must experiences in town: guided tour & tasting at an exquisite Port Wine Cellar a real legacy full of history.
    • Accommodation at an Authentic Apartment stay at Porto Downtown.
  • Day7
    • PORTO & ITS GLAMOUR
    • It is time to explore Porto, its glamour and flavours opting for one of these options that we offer for you, so let us know which one suits you best:
    • OPTION 1: During this out of the circuits experience you will learn and taste something that is deeply connected with Portugal’s history and legacy: The Sea! You will have the chance to interact with several stages of the fish production. The day will begin by visiting a nearby beach waiting for the traditional fishermen’s boats to arrive from the sea with the catch of the day. Already on shore the selling and bargaining between fishermen and local sellers begins, where everyone tries to get the best and earn their living. We will visit a very small fish market, while the fishermen arrive with the live fish and do the trade with the local fish sellers. After enjoying this emblematic moment, we will set to visit a top quality sardine canning factory, a typical Portuguese delicacy that is known all over the world. This unit is carefully selected by our team due to its near 100 years of history and the manual labor process that is a live legacy of tradition! At the end of the visit there will be a can fish tasting. This morning of culture and tradition will end at the market where you will have the chance to choose your fresh fish directly from a traditional fish seller, to then be prepared at a restaurant close to the market.
    • OPTION 2: We invite you to meet an ancient artisanal Portuguese goldsmithing technique passed down from generation to generation: the filigree, which consists in the art of creating very thin wires of gold or silver, twisted and flatten, applied through a gentle work of detail and patience. With the private pick-up at your stay, travel towards Gondomar to have the opportunity to learn and experience some ancestral techniques in a filigree workshop. The itinerary includes a visit to a traditional workshop where the author will explain the entire production process and you can buy directly at the best price true works of art. The visit will end in Casa Branca do Gramido (tourist office) where you can take a look at the exhibition “Alchemy of Filigree” and taste some of our local delicacies overlooking the Douro River.
    • OPTION 3: We dare you on this day to release your inner chef in our deliciously fun, technique based, hands-on cooking classe! Enjoy yourself in the kitchen with a professional Chef, teaching and working with you preparing a full meal! We can promise of course a lot of mess :), having some glasses of wine and enjoy the all process. It will be performed on a professional hotel school used to this kind of experiences.
    • Free afternoon in Porto.
    • Accommodation at an Authentic Apartment stay at Porto Downtown.
  • Day8
    • MINHO REGION: BRAGA & GUIMARÃES
    • Travel to Minho Region more precisely to Braga and then to Guimarães (ca. 80 km - 1h10).
    • The North West corner of the country filled with historic legacy of Portugal\\\'s routes and locals begins with Braga and its important sanctuaries as well as the historic center. Then it is time to explore the city of Guimarães, the birthplace of our nation where the first King of Portugal cried out for freedom!
    • Free time in Guimarães.
    • 4-Star Hotel or Countryside House accommodation.
  • Day9
    • DOURO VALLEY: TOURING & TASTING AT WINE ESTATE
    • Travel from Guimarães to Douro Valley Wine Region (ca. 120 km - 1h40).
    • Guided tour & tasting at one of the most exquisite Wine Estates & Producers of Port and Douro Wines.
    • Picnic-style (gourmet) lunch at the winery, among the vineyards and contemplating the river.
    • Free afternoon.
    • Accommodation at a Wine Estate Property in Douro Valley.
  • Day10
    • DOURO VALLEY: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
    • From the quay in Pinhão, 2-hour boat trip on Douro River in a rabelo (typical wooden boat used to carry Port Wine to the warehouses in Porto/Gaia).
    • Free afternoon in this amazing region.
    • Accommodation at a Wine Estate Property in Douro Valley.
  • Day11
    • HISTORIC VILLAGES HEADING ALENTEJO REGION
    • Travel from Douro Valley to Crato in the Alentejo Region (ca. 280 km - 3h20).
    • On the way make a detour to visit the historic village of Belmonte.
    • Belmonte, (http://www.aldeiashistoricasdeportugal.com/en/belmonte) was the birthplace of the famous Portuguese Sailor Pedro Álvares Cabral who discovered Brasil in 1500. We will visit this ancient place, one of the official historical villages of Portugal, a network of important sites that had crucial roles on the country\'s legacy. During the medieval times this important town and surroundings became a refuge for the Jews escaping the persecution of the Inquisition. The Jewish community took a part of the local community and influenced their culture and habits. There is a Synagogue and a Jewish Museum that you can visit there besides the majestic Castle.
    • Free time in Crato.
    • Accommodation at Pousada Mosteiro Crato Monument Hotel.
  • Day12
    • ALENTEJO: FLAVOURS & LANDSCAPES
    • Travel from Crato to Arraiolos (ca. 90 km - 1h10).
    • Guided Tour & Wine Tasting to a very special Wine Estate & Producer of the Alentejo Wine: visit to the vineyards, winery, the working bottling line and cellars, topped with a visit to their private and impressive Carriage Museum.
    • Enjoy a typical lunch at the Wine Estate Property.
    • Located in the heart of the Alentejo, the quality of the motifs and unique stitches of Arraiolos carpets as well as the peculiar circular castle puts the typical and ancient village on anyones route.
    • Free time in Évora.
    • 4-Star Hotel or Countryside House accommodation.
  • Day13
    • ESTREMOZ & MONSARAZ IN ALENTEJO COUNTRYSIDE
    • Travel from Évora to Estremoz (ca. 50 km - 0h40).
    • Visit to this white and noble village. Estremoz has a rich cultural heritage, in which stands the castle with its medieval walls and the old citadel of the 13th century where is currently located Pousada Rainha Santa Isabel. Estremoz became known mainly for the extraction and exploitation of high quality white marble. Equally famous are the red muds of the region, which gave rise to traditional dolls so easy to find in the village\'s craft shops.
    • Travel from Estremoz to Monsaraz (ca. 65 km - 1h00).
    • In this afternoon it is time for you to go to a very special village deep in Alentejo, Monsaraz. This blessed fortified place with narrow streets and typical constructions stands on a natural hill facing the big Alqueva lake where centuries ago the rulers and guardians of the region watched as sentinels for invadiers coming from Spain... Estimated time of travel: 3 hours.
    • Return to Évora.
    • 4-Star Hotel or Countryside House accommodation.
  • Day14
    • LISBON FOR A LAST PICTURE
    • Travel from Évora to Lisbon (ca. 140 km - 1h30).
    • Free time in Lisbon to buy the last mementos and to say farewell to Portugal.
    • Accommodation at an Authentic Apartment stay at Lisbon Downtown.
  • Day15
    • DEPARTURE DAY
    • Private transfer from your hotel unit to Lisbon Airport.
    • Departure from Lisbon Airport.

Included in the Tour

14-Night accommodation as described on each day

 

Meals as follow (soft drinks, beer and house wine included):

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch on Day 2, 3 and 4
  • Dinner on Day 1 and 7

 

Activities as mentioned on the program, namely:

  • @ LISBON: Private half day walking tour
  • @ LISBON: Live Fado show during dinner on day 2
  • @ LISBON: Full-day tour to Sintra (includes tickets for 2 major attractions)
  • @ CENTRE REGION: visit to two of the mentioned places on day 4
  • @ CENTRE REGION: Half-day hike in the Schist Villages
  • @ PORTO: Private half-day walking tour
  • @ PORTO: Visit Port Wine Cellar with tasting
  • @ PORTO: Private Half-Day Experience - 1 Tour of your choice
  • @ GUIMARÃES: Free visit to the Castle and Ducal Palace (tickets included)
  • @ DOURO: Visit with lunch and tasting at a wine Estate Property
  • @ DOURO: Boat cruise in the valley
  • @ ALENTEJO REGION: Visit, tasting and lunch at a Winery

 

Private airport transfers

Touristic City Tax in Lisbon and Porto

Personal travel journal developed by our team with all the route and coordinates required for the trip (contacts, names, suggestions, etc)

Welcome reception by a member of our team

Permanent local assistance

Not included in the Tour

Meals not specified as included

Any transportation not refered as included on the program

Flights

Personal Expenses

Rental Car

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