Splendid Evasion

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SPLENDID PORTUGAL HIGHLIGHTS8 DAYS

Duration
8 days
Period
January to December
Geographic area
  • norteNorth
  • centroCenter
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
1.500 EUR
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This trip will take you on a 7-night/8-day tour exploring the North and Center 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 & heritage of the Centre Region: Óbidos, Mira de Aire Caves, Batalha, Tomar and Coimbra, Douro Valley Wine Region and Porto.

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 to 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 - tickets are included). Afterwards 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 and from there to Cascais and Estoril before returning to Lisbon.
    • Accommodation at an Authentic Apartment stay at Lisbon Downtown.
  • Day4
    • CENTRE REGION: LEGACY & HERITAGE
    • Travel from Lisbon to your next destination: Coimbra (ca. 205 km - 2h15).
    • It is time to do the travel between Lisbon and Coimbra and on the way there are some must-sees you shouldn\'t miss. So please let us know the ones you prefer:
    • OPTION 1) Óbidos - explore the fortified Medieval Town of Óbidos with its narrow streets and local shops;
    • OPTION 2) Mira de Aire Caves - for a different touch we suggest a visit to one of Portugal\'s Natural wonder: The Mira De Aire Caves. Delight yourself with the beauty of this hidden treasure. http://www.grutasmiradaire.com/pt/3/grutas;
    • OPTION 3) Monastery of Batalha - UNESCO Heritage site;
    • OPTION 4) Tomar and the Templar\'s Knight Convent of Christ - Take your time and visit Tomar where the Templar\'s Knight Convent of Christ UNESCO Herirage Site stands. This special place stands in Tomar and was initially built by the Grand Master of the Temple Order in Portugal itself. This was back on 1160 and his name was Gualdim 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
    • COIMBRA & PORTO: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
    • Free morning in Coimbra. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know a bit more about it as well as its University one of the oldest in Europe and UNESCO\\\'s Heritage Site.
    • After lunch self-drive to Porto (ca. 120 km - 1h25).
    • Included at a local typical Portuguese restaurant in Porto Downtown.
    • 4-Star Hotel accommodation.
  • Day6
    • PORTO: THE CITY OR THE SEA
    • It is time to explore Porto and its glamour opting for one of these options that we offer for you, so let us know which one suits you best:
    • OPTION 1) The City - 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!
    • OPTION 2) The Sea - 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.
    • 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
    • DOURO VALLEY: TOURING & TASTING AT WINE ESTATE
    • Full day tour to Douro Valley Wine Region, a charming and unique region in the North of Portugal known for its demarcated wine region (the first in the world) and its landscape UNESCO World Heritage site.
    • The tour takes you to Galafura where you will visit São Leonardo de Galafura viewpoint.
    • Lunch included during the tour.
    • A 1-hour cruise in the Douro River will give you a different view from this stunning region.
    • You finish the day with a Port Wine tasting at a Wine Estate in the area.
    • Accommodation at an Authentic Apartment stay at Porto Downtown.
  • Day8
    • DEPARTURE DAY
    • Private transfer from your hotel unit to Porto Airport.
    • Departure from Porto Airport.

Included in the Tour

7-Night accommodation as described on each day

 

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

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch on Day 6 and 7
  • Dinner on Day 2 and 5

 

Activities as mentioned on the program, namely:

@ LISBON: Private half-day walking tour in Lisbon downtown

@ LISBON: Live Fado show during dinner on day 2

@ LISBON: Full-day tour to Sintra, Roca Cape and Cascais

@ CENTER REGION: Private half-day experience (1 activity of your choice)

@ PORTO: Private half-day experience (1 activity of your choice)

@ PORTO: Visit and taste at a Port Wine Cellar

@ DOURO VALLEY: Full-day tour to this stunning region

 

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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