Portugal Explorer

Join us for independent touring on your escorted holiday in Portugal — home to many of history’s great explorers. With so much to see and do in this beautiful country, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would leave to discover the world! From the international flair of Lisbon, to the cobblestone charm of Obidos, to the history of Coimbra, and the wine cellars of Oporto, your Tour Director will point you in the right direction to discover a new world of your own!

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

Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Soak up the Capital Sights. Time to dive in and explore this capital city-easy to navigate, both on foot and with public transport. Feel free to get started enjoying Lisbon’s highlights. Hop on a ride on Tram number 28, see the Belem Tower, or take the Santa Justa Lift. Simply tap your CosmosGO app for directions and suggestions, or find a relaxing spot to soak up the rich Portuguese culture. Your Tour Director will be available in the early evening to provide suggestions on how to make the most of your time throughout your tour.

Hotel: Roma, 3 nights

Day 2: Lisbon – Food, Glorious Food

Today, we offer the option to join us on a guided walking tour of the city, with insight into life in Lisbon in the past and in the present. if you are passionate about food, you’ll want to purchase an evening culinary experience to learn how to prepare some traditional Portuguese delicacies and the fine art of enjoying them in good company. Myaccount makes it easy to secure your reservation for optional activities.

Day 3: Lisbon – A Little Night Music

Now that Lisbon has captured your heart, enjoy another full day to discover more! There are countless museums to visit, quaint cafes for lingering, or how about a romantic boat trip on the Tagus river? if you prefer to venture out into the landscapes, we suggest you join our optional excursion to Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At day’s end, celebrate with Lisbon’s exciting nightlife, maybe listening to passionate live fado music.

Day 4: Lisbon — Obidos — Coimbra

Learning from the Locals. Leaving the capital, we follow the Atlantic coast to stop in charming Obidos, a labyrinth of cobbled streets surrounded by medieval fortress walls. Later, we head to Coimbra, known for its historical university, still attracting students from around the world. This university town makes for lively nightlife, with many bars and restaurants.

Hotel: Dom Luis
Day 5: Coimbra — Porto

A Life of Art-A Love of Wine. Porto’s connection with Port wine is undeniable, but that’s just one aspect of this colourful city. Built on the banks of the Douro River, it’s been an inspiration for art and culture for centuries; from traditional azulejos to graffiti, you’ll see evidence of its artistic history around every corner. We recommend our optional walking tour with a local guide, highlighting the twists, turns, and secrets of this fascinating city, including a sample of its gastronomic delicacies and a wine tasting session.

Hotel: Tryp Porto Centro, 2 nights
Day 6: Porto – Creative Arts and the River of Gold

Take advantage of your time in Porto to explore the city your way. Your Tour Director is on hand with suggestions, and your CosmosGO app shows you the way. Walk the Ribeira District, the oldest of the city, a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets, ancient houses and bags of character, take a boat tour on the Douro river or join an optional excursion. Enjoy the city’s buzzing nightlife, or a local meal in a restaurant overlooking the river.

Day 7: Porto

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 19$1,229.00$1,546.00
May: 17$1,229.00$1,546.00
June: 07, 14$1,229.00$1,546.00
July: 05$1,229.00$1,546.00
August: 16, 23$1,229.00$1,546.00
September:27$1,229.00$1,546.00
October: 18$1,229.00$1,546.00
November: 08$999.00$1,316.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 6 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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The Best of Spain & Portugal

Spain and Portugal — these are two countries with rich histories and distinct cultures, and on this affordable Best of Spain & Portugal tour, you’ll see their fascinating highlights. In Spain, you’ll overnight in Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca. In Portugal, you’ll stay in Lisbon and Oporto.

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

Day 1: Arrive In Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Praga

Day 2: Madrid – Toledo – Granada

Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century Church Of St. Tome, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.

Hotel: Alixares

Day 3: Granada – Montilla – Cordoba

Granada was the Moors’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the Alhambra Complex, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local Wine Cellar and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

Hotel: Selu

Day 4: Cordoba – Seville

With a Local Guide visit the magnificent Mezquita, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville.

Hotel: Don Paco, 2 nights

Day 5: Seville

Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colourful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcazar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the “Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo”, from Star Wars, and the “Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne”, from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de Espana and the Royal Alcazar of Seville.

Day 6: Seville – Evora, Portugal – Lisbon

Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.

Hotel: Roma, 2 nights

Day 7: Lisbon

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera.

Day 8: Lisbon – Fátima – Coimbra – Porto

Stop in Fatima to visit its world-famous Sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Porto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner?

Hotel: Portus Cale, 2 nights

Day 9: Porto

Discover Porto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a Port Wine Cellar along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimaraes, called the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Porto – Salamanca, Spain

Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.

Hotel: Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas

Day 11: Salamanca – Ávila – Segovia – Madrid

Journey to fortified Avila with its many towers and visit St. Theresa’s Convent before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid.

Hotel: Praga, 2 nights

Day 12: Madrid

The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven, according to Spaniards. Discover Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour.

Day 13: Depart Madrid

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 24$2,739.00$3,545.00
April: 07$3,169.00$3,975.00
April: 14$2,879.00$3,685.00
April: 21$2,979.00$3,785.00
April: 28$3,129.00$3,935.00
May: 05, 12, 19$2,909.00$3,715.00
May: 26$2,999.00$3,806.00
June: 02$2,939.00$3,745.00
June: 09$2,909.00$3,715.00
June: 16$2,879.00$3,685.00
June: 30$2,809.00$3,615.00
July: 14, 28$2,809.00$3,615.00
August: 11, 18$2,809.00$3,615.00
August: 25$2,839.00$3,645.00
September: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$2,909.00$3,715.00
October: 06, 13$2,909.00$3,715.00
October: 20$2,879.00$3,685.00
October: 27$2,809.00$3,615.00
December: 14$2,599.00$3,405.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 12 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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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
Inclusions 
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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The Best of Portugal

Discover the Best of Portugal and it’s greatest attractions including Lisbon, Porto and the charming villages of Sintra, Cascais, Óbidos and Aveiro across 6 leisurely days. Enjoy guided city tours, dinner and a Fado show, a traditional cruise on a Ribero, Port tastings and lunch and wine tasting in the Douro Valley.

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

Day 1: Lisbon

Welcome to Portugal’s capital Lisbon – one of the oldest cities in the world that dates to 1200BC. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a leisurely morning. Our tour begins at 2:00pm in the hotel lobby for a guided city sightseeing tour including the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. The monastery, now home to the Maritime and National Archaeology Museum, contains exquisite ornate features and shrine like entrances. The Belém Tower is iconic and played a significant role in Portuguese maritime discoveries. After tasting the famous Pastéis de Belém, continue to Alfama, the oldest part of city, that remains a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares.

Hotel: Pousada de Lisboa or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Lisbon – Sintra – Cascais – Lisbon

Enjoy an excursion to Sintra, home to royal retreats, estates and castles dotted amongst the Sintra Mountains and Natural Park. This landscape is UNESCO World Heritage Listed. Visit Pena National Palace, a national monument and one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders. Continue to the former fishing village of Cascais, before returning to Lisbon.

Day 3: Lisbon

The day is yours to explore Lisbon at your leisure. Options include visiting the shopping district of Chiado, the bustling Bairro Alto district or the Castelo de Sao Jorge for its spectacular views. In the evening, enjoy tickets to a dinner with a Fado show of traditional Portuguese music.

Day 4: Lisbon – Óbidos – Aveiro – Porto

Visit the quaint hilltop village of Óbidos. Surrounded by medieval walls, the former Roman settlement features a unique city gate decorated with intricate tiles and paintings, cobbled streets and a Moorish Castle. Continue to the charming and picturesque seaside town of Aveiro, complete with canals, small bridges and traditional building façades made of glazed ceramic tiles and painted in a variety of colours and patterns. Afterward continue to Porto, a beautiful city built on the hillside of the Douro River.

Hotel: Carris Porto Ribeira or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Porto

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Porto’s UNESCO World Heritage historic centre with its beautiful period buildings and winding narrow streets overlooking the Douro riverfront. The tour includes the Stock Exchange Palace, the Ribeira District and a visit and tasting to one of the town’s famous underground Port cellars. Finish with a wonderful cruise along the Douro River on a traditional Ribero. The rest of the day is available to self-explore.

Day: 6 Porto – Douro Valley – Porto

Today, we travel to the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage listed Alto Douro region, where landholders have been producing wine for over 2000 years. Visit a winery for a tour, wine tasting and closing tour lunch before returning to Porto for your ongoing journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 05$3,290.00$4,890.00
June: 10$3,290.00$4,890.00
July: 01, 28$3,290.00$4,890.00
September: 16$3,290.00$4,890.00
October: 20$3,290.00$4,890.00
2021 Dates & Prices
May: 05$4,090.00$6,190.00
June: 09$4,090.00$6,190.00
July: 07, 28$4,090.00$6,190.00
September: 15$4,090.00$6,190.00
October: 20$4,090.00$6,190.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport: Deluxe VIP transport
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: English Speaking Guide
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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Treasures of Spain & Portugal

Live your passions in the intense fiery capitals of Madrid and Lisbon, the sites of religious pilgrimages and cultural icons, spanning the length and breadth of the Iberian Peninsula. Live your passions in the intense fiery capitals of Madrid and Lisbon, the sites of religious pilgrimages and cultural icons, spanning the length and breadth of the Iberian Peninsula.

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

Day 1: Arrive Madrid

Kick-start your epic encounter with Spain and Portugal in Europe’s highest capital city, Madrid. Spend your day rambling along tree-lined boulevards and people-watching in the city’s lively squares before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of Madrid’s most iconic sites.

Hotel: Barceló Imagine, 2 nights
Day 2: Toledo and Madrid Sightseeing

We journey south for an excursion to the hilltop city of Toledo, where we’ll join our ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco’s most famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’, and visit the former synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. This afternoon, join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the Spanish capital, which includes views of the Royal Palace, the former residence of the Spanish royal family and Cibeles Fountain.

Day 3: Madrid – Segovia – Zamora

Journey to Segovia and see the Roman Aqueduct, by far the most impressive Roman structure in Spain – delivering drinking water across its impressive 160 arches to the people of Segovia in ancient times. View the Alcázar of Segovia and the city’s medieval and Moorish architecture. Travel to the city of Zamora in the Castilla y León region. Your orientation tour includes views of the cathedral and the Church of Mary Magdalene. Then, ‘Dive Into Culture’ and savour the fruity flavours of the city’s refreshingly sweet sangria.

Hotel: NH Palacio del Duero
Day 4: Zamora – Santiago de Compostela

Travel to Santiago de Compostela, where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’, who will share insights into the ‘Way of Saint James’ and explain why thousands of people attempt the life-changing pilgrimage annually. Visit the vast Cathedral, reputed to be the final resting place of Saint James the Great, and the Praza do Obradoiro, a square dominated by four architectural styles.

Hotel: Eurostars Gran
Day 5: Santiago de Compostela – Porto Sightseeing

Embark on a sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’ today in Porto. Wander past Baroque churches and along the winding lanes that tumble down towards the Douro. See the remarkable bridges that span the river, the medieval Ribeira Quarter and the city port. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada’s Alhambra, before you ‘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.

Hotel: Neya
Day 6: Porto – Fátima – Lisbon

Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. We arrive in colourful Lisbon later – our home for the next two nights. This evening perhaps enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of the fado.

Hotel: VIP Grand, 2 nights
Day 7: 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 a new world. We’ll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, and Belém Tower. Then, follow your ‘Local Specialist’ on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th-century Manueline architecture and art. Join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

Day 8: Lisbon – Seville

We travel east through Portugal’s picturesque rural landscapes of the Alentejo – the country’s cork capital and cross into Spain, journeying through the province of Huelva, renowned for its Jabugo ham, before arriving in Seville. The fine art of olive oil production is explored this evening as we ‘Connect with Locals’ over a memorable ‘Be My Guest’ dinner at an olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from their 6,000 trees.

Hotel: Meliá Lebreros, 2 nights
Day 9: Seville Sightseeing And Free Time

The charisma of Seville is unmistakable. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour through the city. View the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, see the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Later, we’ll visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, before taking a walk through the historic Jewish Quarter.

Day 10: Seville – Granada

Multicultural Granada takes centre stage today as we visit the magnificent Alhambra in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’. A fine example of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra complex was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Wander through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the other palaces by a covered walkway across the ravine, and admire the intricate design and detail around every turn.

Hotel: Abades Nevada Palace
Day 11: Granada – Guadix – Valencia

This morning, we journey via the Mora Pass to Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you will see the whitewashed troglodyte dwellings lodged in the ochre-coloured cliffs of the surrounding area. We travel to Valencia, where we’ll stay overnight to view the Bullring and admire the architecture of its medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Quart Towers. Embrace the city’s spirit of innovation and stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science, designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Hotel: Silken Puerta
Day 12: Valencia – Peñiscola – Barcelona

Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñíscola, the ‘City in the Sea’, to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, built by the Knights Templar and used in the film, ‘El Cid’. We continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona with its whimsical Gaudí architecture. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ and see the unfinished La Sagrada Família then explore the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name.

Hotel: Tryp Apolo, 2 nights
Day 13: Barcelona Sightseeing And Free Time

Embrace the charm of Barcelona, ramble through El Born for delicious tapas or consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna – affectionately known in Catalonia as ‘La Moreneta’ – or spend the rest of the day exploring the city’s enchanting barrios. This evening, we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 14: Depart Barcelona

For now it’s adios to Spain at the end of a memorable holiday.

Please Note: Your coach returns to Madrid from Barcelona on Day 14. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Madrid will be at the Trafalgar Madrid hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 6pm, depending on traffic conditions.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$4,425.00$5,795.00
April: 04, 11, 18$4,425.00$5,795.00
April: 25$4,450.00$5,820.00
May: 02$4,450.00$5,820.00
May: 09, 16, 23, 30$4,475.00$5,845.00
June: 06, 13, 20, 27$4,450.00$5,820.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$4,450.00$5,820.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22$4,495.00$5,865.00
August: 29$4,525.00$5,895.00
September: 05, 12$4,525.00$5,895.00
September: 19, 26$4,475.00$5,845.00
October: 03, 10, 17$4,450.00$5,820.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 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 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

Inclusions 
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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Discover Portugal

From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto’s medieval cobblestone streets, and from the remote Douro Valley to Roman ruins and world-famous pilgrimage sites, this tour will give us a taste of the real Portugal, which still basks in the glow of ancient customs.

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Day 1: Lisbon – Sintra – Queluz

Our journey will begin in Lisbon, where we’ll meet the group and kick off our itinerary with a visit to a tile painting atelier. You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at producing your own keepsake before we move on to Sintra. We’ll enjoy a welcome dinner in a restaurant in Queluz this evening – accompanied by an atmospheric Fado performance.

Hotel: Pousada Palácio de Queluz or similar

Day 2: Queluz – Óbidos – Nazaré – Alvados

Today we’ll visit the historic medieval village of Óbidos before moving on to the charming fishing town of Nazaré. After taking some time to explore, we’ll hit the road to Alvados – where a Portuguese cookery lesson and sumptuous dinner awaits. Ready to roll up those sleeves?

Hotel: Cooking & Nature Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Alvados – Tomar – Alvados

After breakfast we’ll continue our journey to captivating Tomar, where we’ll visit the World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ. Before we return to Alvados, there’s a treat in store for the foodies among us: a visit to a local olive oil producer, where we’ll have the chance to taste some of the produce.

Day 4: Alvados – Coimbra – Viseu

Today we’ll travel to Coimbra, where we’ll visit the famous University (the oldest in Portugal) – which houses the remarkable Joanina Library. After some free time in the medieval city centre, our road will take us to Viseu – where a traditional cheesemaker will let us in on the secrets behind Viseu’s delicious buttery cheese (with the chance to taste some for ourselves).

Hotel: Hotel Palacios dos Melos or similar

Day 5: Viseu – Lamego – Douro Valley

First today: we’ll have some time to explore Viseu at our own pace before we move on to historic Lamego – the home of the beautiful 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. Tonight, there’s another sumptuous dinner in store at our hotel in the Douro Valley.

Hotel: Hotel Quinta Nova or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Douro Valley – Pinhão – Peso Da Régua – Douro Valley

This morning we’ll travel through scenic, vineyard-dotted landscapes to Pinhão – where we’ll take to the water for a leisurely ride in a rabelo boat. We’ll then trade Pinhão for sun-soaked Peso da Régua before indulging in a wine tasting session in historic Quinta Nova.

Day 7: Douro Valley – Amarante – Penafiel – Braga

After heading to sleepy Amarante this morning (where we’ll see the 16th-century São Gonçalo Church), we’ll set a course for Aveleda Winery in Penafiel. Here, we’ll savour a glass of the region’s famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process before we move on to lovely Braga.

Hotel: Hotel Vila Galé or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Braga

Onwards to Guimarães, where we’ll learn about the castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the historic city centre on a walking tour with a local guide. Then: take some time to explore the pretty town of Braga. While you’re here, be sure to tick off the Bom Jesus Sanctuary – it’s one of Portugal’s most famous attractions for good reason. This evening, we’ll tuck into one last dinner together – with a traditional folk dance performance as the grand finale.

Day 9: Braga – Porto

Our journey will end in Porto, where we’ll tick off some important landmarks – including the Clérigos Tower, Aliados Avenue, the cathedral and the Ribeira district. This afternoon we’ll have enough time to visit the famous port wine cellars (and indulge in a tasting) before our trip ends.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
August: 17$4,579.00$5,729.00
August: 28$4,669.00$6,069.00
September: 14, 20$4,669.00$6,069.00
September: 27$4,579.00$5,729.00
October: 03, 09, 19$4,579.00$5,729.00
October: 24$4,299.00$5,159.00
November: 02, 25$4,299.00$5,159.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 20, 31$4,299.00$5,159.00
February: 28$4,299.00$5,159.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners,
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 8 nights in boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
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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