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Picturesque Portugal - 7 Days - Valid. Sep 20 to Oct 21

Picturesque Portugal - 7 Days - Valid. Sep 20 to Oct 21

Lisbon, Portugal

From: R 14,400.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices From

    From: R 14,400.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #10578
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    7 Days
  • Valid From

    6th of September 2020 (Sunday)
  • Valid To

    24th of October 2021 (Sunday)
  • Expires

    18th of July 2020 (Saturday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Follow this 7-day journey from Lisbon, Portugal's seafaring capital, to Porto on the Douro River.

Connect with your generous Portuguese hosts, wander through medieval cities and savour a delicious pasteis de nata or two as you wind your way north through villages, towns and cities, delving into the country's colourful history and culture.

Please note : Based on set departures.

About the Holiday

Itinerary :

Day 1 Arrive Lisbon (3 Nights)

Pastel and azulejo-clad façades line Lisbon's narrow streets which ramble across and over its seven hills from St. George Castle to the Tagus River. Gaze over the Portuguese capital's terracotta rooftops, soaking up its small-town atmosphere before meeting your Travel Director and companheiros for a glimpse of what lies ahead. Tonight you'll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for dinner and sample some of the local favourites that you'll encounter throughout your journey across Portugal.

 Hotel - VIP Executive Santa Iria

 Included Meals - Dinner

Day 2 Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

Explore the Age of the Discoveries and Portugal's role as a global maritime power many centuries ago when you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter before taking in views of the alabaster-white Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before taking the rest of the day to explore on your own. Hop on one of Lisbon's signature trams rolling along the city's cinematic hillsides and you'll quickly discover leafy squares and countless corner tascas (taverns) for a quick coffee and pasteis de nata (custard tartlet) fix. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Portugal's Golden Triangle of Cascais, Estoril and Sintra to see some of the country's most extravagant palaces during your free afternoon. This evening, perhaps join an optional traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of the fado.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 3 Lisbon Free Day

Que bom! A full free day in Lisboa to explore the enchanting Portuguese capital your way. The secret to living a long life lies in eating a big breakfast, but as you'll come to discover in Lisbon that may extend to a big lunch and dinner too. Spend the day indulging in a culinary adventure on your own or choose an optional visit to the fishing village of Nazaré, set on a wide bay overlooking the Atlantic. This Optional Experience also includes a visit to Óbidos where you'll have time to explore the medieval walled city with its white-washed houses and cobblestone lanes. Aside from its obvious charm and history that pre-dates the founding of Portugal, Óbidos is also home to the delightfully decadent Ginja cherry drink served up in tiny chocolate cups. Don't go home without a taste or two!

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 4 Lisbon – Fátima – Tomar – Coimbra (1 Night)

Leave Lisbon behind, bound for Fátima, a site of celebrated religious miracles where three young shepherds are said to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1917. It is here that you'll rub shoulders with visiting pilgrims who have come to pray and seek divine guidance. Explore the Basilica and Sanctuary on your own before heading to the Templar city of Tomar, a beautiful reminder of Portuguese Renaissance. Later, arrive in Coimbra for an orientation drive. This evening, enjoy dinner in your hotel with your travel companions.

 Hotel - Dona Inês

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Coimbra – Porto (2 Nights)

You'll have the whole morning to explore Coimbra your way, or head to the seaside resort of Aveiro on an Optional Experience. Don't leave town without sampling the delicious Ovos Moles sweets for which Aveiro is famous, then head north to Porto. You'll arrive in time for a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist who'll reveal the treasures in the city's UNESCO-listed medieval Ribeira Quarter, the port and the remarkable bridges that span the Douro River. With an evening to do as you wish, you may be tempted to head to the water's edge and one of the city's Port wine cellars for a tasting and insights into the centuries-old tradition of local Port production.

 Hotel - Holiday Inn Gaia

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 6 Porto Free Day

Savour a full day to go back in time and explore Porto's historic centre with its beautiful Baroque façades. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience to Braga, Portugal's religious capital. A Local Specialist will reveal insights into Braga's historic centre and you'll have an opportunity to see Europe's largest and most magnificent sculpted Baroque staircase. This evening, an optional cruise along the Douro, followed by a dinner of local specialties, is a fitting way to end your journey through Portugal. Watch the city light up as you enjoy a night cap and the fresh river breeze.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 7 Depart Porto

Say a fond farewell to our Tripeiros hosts as you prepare for your return journey home. You've explored Portugal's illustrious past, savoured Mediterranean flavours that will linger long after you leave and made lasting new friendships. All that's left is to take your airport transfer and wish your travel companions a boa viagem and até a proxima. Guests departing from Lisbon have the option of a complimentary return transfer to the Portuguese capital.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.
  • 6 Nights Accommodation in Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 8 Meals - 6 Breakfasts, 2 Three-course dinners
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Passport and Visa if required
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages not specified
  • Items of a personal nature
Package Conditions:

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Lisbon
Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. It is also the seat of the district of Lisbon and capital of the Lisbon region. Lisbon is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe. It is located in the west of the country, on the Atlantic Ocean coast at the point where the river Tagus flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

During the Neolithic the region was inhabited by Iberian related peoples, who also lived in other regions of Atlantic Europe at the time. They built religious monuments called megaliths. Dolmens and Menhirs still survive in the countryside around the city. The Indo-European Celts invaded after the first millennium BC and intermarried with the Pre-Indo-European population, giving a rise to Celtic-speaking local tribes such as the Cempsi.

Lisbon is one of the mildest European capitals. Spring is cool to warm with plenty of sunshine and also some showers. Summer months are mostly sunny, dry and hot with temperatures between 16 C to 38 C. Autumn is mild and unsettled with temperatures between 8 C and 23 C and winters are typically rainy, windy and cool with some sunny days.

With whole areas of the city being turned over to the pursuit of pleasure and traffic jams at 0400-0500 at the weekend, it is obvious that Lisbon is a city that takes its nightlife seriously. Traditionally, the nightlife center has been Bairro Alto, with its fado clubs, traditional, canteen-style bars and upscale discos. The bars are often open as late as 0400. The minimum age for purchasing alcohol is 16 years. Much of the action has moved on to the Docas (Docks) district, situated just to the east of Ponte 25 de Abril. One bar after another occupies a row of converted warehouses at the Doca de Santo Amaro. Back towards the city, the Doca de Alcntara is another favorite with Lisbons moneyed professionals.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of advertising on 19 May 2020.

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