Portugal in Depth

This guided Portugal in Depth tour is a relaxed pace, thanks to the well-planned 2-night stopovers in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve, and overnights also in Tomar, Viseu, and Evora. Start and end in Lisbon, and see the interior and almost the entire coastline of Portugal.

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

Day 1: Arrive In Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Mundial or Double Tree by Hilton Lisbon Fontana Park, 2 nights

Day 2: Lisbon

Lisbon was the centre of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares and a walk along the cobblestone alleys of quaint Alfama, the popular quarter of seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Also visit Jeronimos Monastery with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An optional excursion is available to the royal palace of Queluz, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fadostyle entertainment.

Day 3: Lisbon – Obidos – Nazaré – Alcobaça – Fátima – Tomar

Stop in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gate in the impressive perimeter wall and walk along the narrow streets. Then onto the fishing harbour of Nazare, the perfect place for a leisurely break. Continue to Alcobaca to visit the Church Of Santa Maria Monastery, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. See the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover, Ines de Castro. In the afternoon, mix with the pilgrims at the country’s hallowed national shrine, Fatima’s Sanctuary Of Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary. Overnight in Tomar, former seat of the mighty Order of the Knights Templar.

Hotel: Dos Templarios

Day 4: Tomar – Coimbra – Porto

Visit the hilltop Convent Of Christ, which was constructed in the late 12th century and became the headquarters of the Order in Portugal. Hear about the fascinating history and admire its famous Manueline Window. Continue to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. After a visit to the 700-year-old University, drive by ancient Bucaco Forest on your way to Porto, Portugal’s secondlargest city. Tonight, why not join an optional cruise on the Douro River, followed by dinner at one of Porto’s fine restaurants?

Hotel: NH Collection Porto Batalha or Vila Galé Porto, 2 nights

Day 5: Porto

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated Church Of Sao Francisco, the most important gothic monument in Porto and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also visit the Stock Exchange with its contemporary Arabian Hall, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Of course, a Port Wine Tasting has been included at the famous Sandeman & Co. Port Wine Cellar to sample the delicious wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley.

Day 6: Porto – Guimaraes – Viseu

In Guimaraes, often referred to as the “Cradle of Portugal” because of its association with the country’s first king, Alfonso Henriques, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through the medieval centre. Next, taste Portuguese tapas at the Quinta da Aveleda WINERY and visit its splendid GARDENS. From here, a scenic road through the port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, where dinner with local specialties and wine awaits at Forno da Mimi restaurant.

Hotel: Grao Vasco

Day 7: Viseu – Belmonte – Castelo De Vide – Evora

This morning, stop in Belmonte, for a visit of the Jewish Museum. Also enjoy an Olive Oil Tasting, for which the area is famous. Take an afternoon break in lovely Castelo de Vide, one of the best-preserved medieval fortified towns in Portugal. The Jewish quarter with its whitewashed houses and its medieval synagogue are worth seeing. Before arriving in Evora, the cultural centre of southern Portugal, visit a Cork Factory and learn about the many ways this material can be used.

Hotel: M’AR de AR Aqueduto

Day 8: Evora – Algarve

A massive wall surrounds Evora’s medieval centre, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early gothic Cathedral, Portas de Moura fountain, and Sao Francisco Church. Visit the Ossuary Chapel, whose walls are covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Next, proceed across the arid Alentejo plain to the Algarve, Portugal’s most popular seaside area. Tonight, why not try one of the seafood restaurants for which the Algarve is famous?

Hotel: Tivoli Marina Portimão, 2 nights

Day 9: Algarve – Coastal Excursion

Highlight today is a visit to the wind-swept Promontory Of Sagres, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. Only a few miles away is Cape St. Vincent, the southwestern corner of continental Europe, a dramatic cliff defying the powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Time to wander around Lagos before returning to your hotel.

Day 10: Algarve – Azeitao – Lisbon

Take the scenic route over the Serra da Arrabida and savour sweeping views of the Troia Peninsula. Catch glimpses of the castle at Sesimbra, which recall fierce medieval battles between Christians and Moors. Stop in Azeitao to visit a traditional Tile Workshop. After crossing the Bridge of April 25th, you’re back in Lisbon. Tonight, enjoy a spectacular panoramic view at Varanda restaurant while having a cocktail and a farewell dinner with your travelling companions.

Hotel: Mundial or Double Tree by Hilton Lisbon Fontana Park

Day 11: Lisbon

Your Portugal in Depth tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 02$3,169.00$Price on Application
April: 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30$3,269.00Price on Application
May: 02, 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23$3,269.00Price on Application
May: 28, 30$3,389.00Price on Application
June: 04, 06, 11, 13, 18, 20$3,389.00Price on Application
June: 25$3,519.00Price on Application
June: 27$3,459.00Price on Application
July: 02, 16, 30$3,489.00Price on Application
August: 13, 20$3,489.00Price on Application
August: 27$3,389.00Price on Application
September: 03, 05, 10, 12, 17, 19$3,389.00Price on Application
September: 24, 26$3,269.00Price on Application
October: 01, 03, 08$3,269.00Price on Application
October: 10$3,169.00Price on Application
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
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 Portugal

Discover the Best of Portugal. Let the melancholic trill of the Fado Guitar follow you from Portugal’s Manueline Lisbon to Baroque Oporto and the sun-soaked beaches of Vilamoura. Wander through the medieval cities of Obidos, Évora and Guimarães. Visit the religious landmarks of Fatima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery. Enjoy a delicious ‘pasteis de nata’ or two along the way.

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

Day 1: Arrive Lisbon

Bem-vindo a Lisboa. A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past the city’s most iconic sights.

Hotel: Marriott or Turim Marquês, 2 nights

Day 2: Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

Delve into Lisbon’s centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover the ‘New World’. We’ll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus and Belém Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s expedition. We join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 16th-century Manueline architecture and art. There’s time to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, haunting sounds of the fado.

Day 3: Lisbon – Algarve Region

We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air as we ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were once reared at the pleasure of King João VI in the 18th century. Our journey continues further south, bound for the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve – our home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Agua Riverside, 2 nights

Day 4: Algarve Excursion

The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning coastal drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach, before continuing along the coast to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. We end our excursion with a visit to the resort town of Lagos – once the home of Henry the Navigator.

Day 5: Algarve Region – Évora

Journeying north, we travel across the Serra do Caldeirão to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Then, spend the rest of your day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praça do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.

Hotel: M’ar De Ar Muralhas

Day 6: Évora – Castelo de Vide – Viseu

Our first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white façades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter. Travel north towards the Serra de Estrela mountains and arrive later in Viseu, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. Explore the city’s rich art and architectural history, seeing the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.

Hotel: Grao Vasco

Day 7: Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Porto

Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley, where port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the seaside town of Porto where we will spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Carrís Ribeira or Neya, 2 nights

Day 8: Porto Sightseeing and Free Time

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ today for a sightseeing tour in Porto, which takes you past Baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro River. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada’s Alhambra, then ‘Dive Into Culture’ and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic centre of Porto and admiring the azulejo-clad façades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city’s oldest bookstore with its iconic red staircase.

Day 9: Porto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima

Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe’s greatest and oldest universities and stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. We arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fátima, where we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to this pilgrimage site, where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Hotel: Fátima

Day 10: Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos – Lisbon

En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is the fishing village of Nazaré, before we visit the medieval walled city of Óbidos with its whitewashed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner with wine.

Hotel: Turim Av Liberdade or Occidental

Day 11: Depart Lisbon

Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 25$3,195.00$4,145.00
April: 01, 08$3,195.00$4,145.00
April: 15, 17, 22, 24$3,295.00$4,245.00
April: 29$3,350.00$4,300.00
May: 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29$3,350.00$4,300.00
June: 03, 05, 10, 12, 17, 19 $3,350.00$4,300.00
June: 24, 26 $3,325.00$4,275.00
July: 01, 03, 08, 10$3,395.00$4,345.00
July: 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 $3,450.00$4,400.00
August: 05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28$3,450.00$4,400.00
September: 02, 04, 09, 11$3,495.00$4,445.00
September: 16, 18, 23, 25$3,425.00$4,375.00
September: 30$3,350.00$4,300.00
October: 02$3,350.00$4,300.00
October: 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23$3,295.00$4,245.00

Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: 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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Highlights of Spain & Portugal

Kick off your Iberian adventure in Madrid before heading to the hanging houses in Cuenca and devouring delicious paella in Valencia. See the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Visit the 14th century Alhambra Palace and experience the passionate Flamenco in Seville before heading to Portugal’s Algarve. Then on to its hilly capital, Lisbon, and Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles.

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

Day 1: Arrive Madrid

The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the vibrant city atmosphere, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city’s iconic sights.

Hotel: NH Collection Eurobuilding

Day 2: Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia

Witness the dramatic honey-coloured clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca, before your journey continues to Valencia, renowned for its modern verve and spirit of innovation. An orientation drive will include views of the 15th-century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening, consider indulging in Valencia’s fragrant flavours and aromas of paella.

Hotel: Tryp Oceanic

Day 3: Valencia – Guadix – Granada

Our journey takes us through the sierra of Spain, before arriving in Guadix to view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Witness how generations of Guadix locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds, then travel through the jagged Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe. This evening, sample the hearty flavours of Andalusia during a special Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Catalonia

Day 4: Granada – Córdoba – Seville

Tread in the footsteps of Spain’s last emirs, joining your ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the incredible Alhambra, with its amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere in quiet courtyards, follow its colossal ancient walls and admire the ornate stone carvings. We leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ to visit the mesmerising Cathedral of Córdoba, the former mosque of the caliphs and a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Our final stop for the day is alluring Seville, our home for the next three nights.

Hotel: Meliá Lebreros, 3 nights

Day 5: Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

Seville takes centre stage today as we explore this charismatic city. We’ll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower with a ‘Local Specialist’, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition. The park was built in a Moorish style and features half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings. We’ll walk through the imposing Plaza de España and visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Consider an Optional Experience this evening to witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets at a fiery flamenco performance.

Day 6: Seville – Jerez and Cádiz Excursion

We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop. Tread in the footsteps of Columbus, who used this historic port city as his launch pad to the ‘New World’, and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city, said to have been brought here by him upon his return.

Day 7: Seville – Évora

Leaving the zesty scents of Seville behind, we head to the golden landscapes of the Alentejo, where the Brito Paes family await our arrival for a special ‘Connect With Locals’ experience on their traditional Stud Ranch, which has been rearing Lusitano horses since the 18th century. Enjoy a traditional ‘Be My Guest’ lunch in the home of their ancestor before continuing to Évora for a guided sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’ to its cathedral, Roman temple and Chapel of Bones. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: M’Ar de Ar Muralhas

Day 8: Évora – Lisbon Sightseeing

We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon, where we’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights including the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery and the Belém Tower.

Hotel: Olissippo Marquês de Sá, 2 nights

Day 9: Lisbon Free Day

Today is yours to connect with the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata and venture to the Castle of São Jorge and admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon’s seven hills. You may choose to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

Day 10: Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, a site of celebrated religious miracles. We leave Portugal, travelling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca with its golden-hued façades and ancient university heritage, where we will visit its 18th-century Plaza Mayor during our orientation tour.

Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

Day 11: Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid

See the walled city of Ávila, the town of stones and saints, so named for its vast collection of Romanesque and Gothic churches. We arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo and join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walk through its streets. We’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’ and the former Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Later, ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness local craftsmen at work creating inlaid steel the traditional way. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon, 2 nights

Day 12: Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we’ll see the Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the royal family. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your own terms. Admire the world’s finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed City of Segovia. This evening marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13: Depart Madrid

For now it’s time to say a fond adiós to our travelling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,850.00$4,820.00
May: 03, 10, 17$3,850.00$4,820.00
May: 24, 31$3,875.00$4,845.00
June: 07, 14, 21$3,875.00$4,845.00
June: 28$3,895.00$4,865.00
July: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,895.00$4,865.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,895.00$4,865.00
September: 06, 13, 20$4,025.00$4,995.00
September: 27$3,975.00$4,945.00
October: 04, 11$3,975.00$4,945.00

Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 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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