Country Roads of Portugal

Portugal’s great New World discoveries brought the country trade and wealth, and left their mark throughout the Kingdom. Witness this legacy, from the sunny beaches of the Algarve to the vineyards of the Douro Valley.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Lisbon

On arrival at Lisbon International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Settle in and relax before joining your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers during a pleasant evening of good food and wine.

Day 2: Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries

Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço, the finest square in the city, named after the palace that was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1755, along with much of the rest of the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, erected to protect Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you visit. With free time in the afternoon, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Royal Portuguese Riviera to explore the glamorous resort of Cascais, the wealthy playground of Estoril and visit one of the Royal summer palaces?

Day 3: The Algarve

Cross the River Tagus and head for the sun-drenched southern coast to reach Lagos, a fishing port nestled on the bay of Meia Praia. After free time to explore, continue to your resort hotel set within a magnificent 360-acre estate. Simplicity is in the soul of Algarve cuisine, along with seafood so fresh it still tastes of the sea. The nearby coast houses restaurants and bars overlooking the beautiful coastal waters.

Day 4: Everlasting Évora

Journey to the medieval walled city of Évora where cathedrals, churches, aqueducts and ancient castle walls all serve to create the feeling that this beautiful city is a living, breathing museum to Portugal’s rich past. Join your Local Expert to explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Roman Temple and visit the Capela dos Ossos, an extraordinary 17th century chapel comprising the skulls and bones of 5,000 bodies. Visit the cathedral with its attractive mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. With the afternoon at leisure, you may wish to continue to stroll through Évora’s unique historical centre, or the serene city park, following the aqueduct inside the city walls?

Day 5: Monsaraz and Évora

Travel to the striking white village of Monsaraz, situated on an imposing hilltop, surrounded by cork oaks and vineyards. From the castle ruins, admire the spectacular views across to the dry Spanish plains, contrasting with the blue of one of Europe’s largest artificial lakes. Meet a local boat captain and hear tales of life upon the water during your leisurely cruise. Sit down to a delicious Highlight Lunch in a local restaurant that was formerly an olive oil mill. Savour the local cuisine as your menu is typical of the local Alentejo region and accompanied with wine. Return to Évora where the evening is at your leisure to explore this beautifully preserved regional capital.

Day 6: Scenic drive to Óbidos, Fátima and Tomar

Pass cork oak forests and expansive rice fields as you journey to the fortified town of Óbidos. Walk inside its walls to explore the craft shops, art galleries and flower-laden houses that line the narrow, medieval streets. Continue to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned place of pilgrimage. See the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Proceed to Tomar and visit one of Portugal’s historical jewels, the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your Local Expert, explore the octagonal Templars’ Rotunda in the cloister and glimpse the day-to-day life of a warrior monk in the domestic areas. Outside on the battlements, the Manueline Window is a national masterpiece. You also visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal, housing a small Jewish museum.

Day 7: Coimbra, the Douro and Pinhão

In Coimbra, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the Old Town, including a visit to the impressive baroque university library. Enjoy a wonderful Farm-to-Table Dinner, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients at Quinta da Roêda, renowned as the “Jewel of the Douro”. Home to one of the most distinguished port houses, tantilise your taste buds with a tasting of port produced by the Croft family.

Day 8: Guimarães and Porto

Journey to GuimarÃes to admire the views from the ruined castle and explore the cobbled streets and cosy squares. Next, continue on to Porto, where we are guided by our Local Expert to explore Portugal’s second city, a World Heritage town and where Portugal originates. In the evening you are at leisure to enjoy your boutique, five-star hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, in the heart of Porto’s historic district. The decor is a mix of classic and contemporary and each room is individually decorated with original artwork. Alternatively, why not join an Optional Experience to see the pastel-painted houses in Porto’s Ribeira district before cruising on a traditional Rabelo boat and finishing off the evening with a Portuguese dinner in the comfort of your riverside restaurant?

Day 9: Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro

With a full day free to enjoy at your own pace, why not take a stroll to admire the multi-coloured houses, churches covered in beautiful glazed tiles and the iconic bridges? For a different perspective and excellent views of the city, perhaps embark on a relaxing Douro cruise? In the evening, bid adeus to your Travel Director and fellow travellers with a mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with wine, at an authentic Porto restaurant.

Day 10: Return to Lisbon

Enjoy a relaxed start in Porto before travelling to Lisbon, arriving at your hotel in the early evening.

After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Lisbon Portela Airport at 07:00 or 09:30.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 20$3,995.00Price on Application
March: 27$4,050.00Price on Application
April: 03, 10, 17$4,050.00Price on Application
April: 24$4,075.00Price on Application
May: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$4,125.00Price on Application
June: 05, 12, 19$4,125.00Price on Application
June: 26$4,150.00Price on Application
July: 10, 24$4,325.00Price on Application
August: 07, 21$4,325.00Price on Application
September: 04$4,650.00Price on Application
September: 11$4,275.00Price on Application
September: 18, 25$4,150.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Greece

Greece’s classical culture meets modern metropolis as you pass through Athens, Mycenae, Olympia and more on this 8 Day Best of Greece Tour. Cast your mind back over millennia, your footprints following those of Alexander the Great, Aristotle and Plato. Explore the mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, from the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Parthenon and Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th century Temple of Apollo and greet the gods and goddesses of Olympia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Athens

Put the ‘oh’ in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink.

Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis, 2 nights

Day 2: Athens

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the ‘Cradle of Western Civilisation’. Along our journey into antiquity, we’ll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We’ll admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum, and see Hadrian’s Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka, people watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city’s tastiest souvlaki – the choice is yours.

Day 3: Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nafplion

We depart Athens this morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, where we’ll see the Beehive Tombs, (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’. Later, we’ll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient Theatre and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later, we’ll dine in our hotel this evening.

Hotel: Amalia Nafplion

Day 4: Nafplion – Olympia

We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening, we ‘Connect With Locals’ joining the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm for a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, some traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.

Hotel: Amalia Olympia

Day 5: Olympia – Patras – Delphi

We join a ‘Local Specialist’ this morning to delve into centuries of history. We’ll visit the ancient Olympic site, the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia, we skirt the coastline north to Patras, crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi, our home for the night.

Hotel: Amalia Delphi

Day 6: Delphi – Thermopylae – Kalambaka

Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your ‘Local Specialist’ and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the ‘bread basket of Greece’, the travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

Hotel: Amalia Kalambaka

Day 7: Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens

The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens, where we’ll enjoy a rousing Farewell Dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.

Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis

Day 8: Depart Athens

We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and the treasures of Greece after an unforgettable journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 03, 06$2,725.00$3,745.00
April: 10, 13, 17$3,325.00$4,705.00
April: 20, 24, 27$2,950.00$3,970.00
May: 01, 0408, 13, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29$2,950.00$3,970.00
June: 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29$2,950.00$3,970.00
July: 03, 06, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31$2,950.00$3,970.00
August: 03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31$2,950.00$3,970.00
September: 04, 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28$2,950.00$3,970.00
October: 02, 05, 09, 12$2,950.00$3,970.00
October: 16, 19, 23$2,750.00$3,770.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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