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Best of Portugal Tour - 11 Days - Early Bird Discount

Best of Portugal Tour - 11 Days - Early Bird Discount

Lisbon, Portugal

From: R 25,740.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices

    From: R 25,740.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #9439
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    11 Days
  • Valid From

    10th of April 2019 (Wednesday)
  • Valid To

    20th of May 2019 (Monday)
  • Expires

    30th of January 2019 (Wednesday)
  • Need Visa's

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

Experience the best of Portugal as you discover Lisbon, Vilamoura, the Algarve, Oporto, Fatima and more. Price WAS R28 600 NOW From R25 740 per person sharing.

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, and visit the religious landmarks of Fatima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious pasteis de nata or two along the way.

About the Holiday

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • City tour in Lisbon, Évora and Oporto 
  • Orientation of The Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Tomar, Nazaré and Obidos 
  • View the Castle of Guimarães 
  • Visit the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Evora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace and Arabian Hall in Oporto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fátima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Obidos 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)

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.

Meal(s): Welcome Reception

Hotel: Turim Av Liberdade

Day 2 Lisbon Sightseeing

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, Belém Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th century Manueline architecture and art. Spend the rest of your day meandering through the cobblestone lanes of Bairro Alto, join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz or enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of the fado.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences: Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.

Adult Price: €66.00

The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle we'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra. On occasions where Sintra is not available you will be offered a visit of the Palace of Queluz.

Adult Price: €46.00

Day 3 Lisbon – Algarve Region (2 Nights)

We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra de Arrábida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fill the air as we share a traditional Be My Guest lunch with the owners of a stud ranch where Lusitano horses were reared at the pleasure of King João VI in the 18th century. Meandering further south, we arrive on the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve - our home for the next two nights.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining: Hotel Agua Riverside

Optional Experiences

Algarve Dinner

Join us for an authentic local dinner, where you’ll taste delicious dishes cooked in a traditional ‘Cataplana’, along with other specialities.

Adult Price: €49.00

Day 4 Algarve Excursion

The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula, at the very edge of Portugal, provides 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, today a picturesque seaside retreat of winding cobblestone roads and quaint squares encircled by 16th century walls.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Faro And Almansil Excursion

With your Local Specialist you’ll head to Faro, the historical capital of the Algarve, to visit the old walled town and to have some time for souvenir shopping. Then, we'll visit Olhao. With its lively waterfront markets, it's one of the Algarve's best-kept secrets.

Adult Price: €37.00

Day 5 Algarve Region – Évora

Meandering north, we travel across the Serra de Caldeirão to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your Local Specialist and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Spend the rest of our 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 set against the stunning backdrop of golden olive groves. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine

Hotel: M'ar De Ar Muralhas

Optional Experiences

Monsaraz And The Deep Alentejo Drive

Follow your Local Specialist through the vineyards and groves of cork oaks to charming Monsaraz, one of the most famous and beautiful 'white villages' of the Alentejo, inhabited since prehistory. You’ll admire the castle which overlooks Spain and see views of the largest artificial lake in Europe, before tasting typical local refreshments.

Adult Price: €34.00

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, visiting the 12th century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Hotel: Grao Vasco

Optional Experiences

Ínsua Manor - Food And Wine Pairing Experience

Situated in the heart of the famous wine region, join us on a short drive to the spectacular Ínsua Manor, an 18th century manor house and estate, where you'll enjoy a gourmet experience matching local food with different local wines.

Adult Price: €52.00

Day 7 Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Vila do Conde (2 Nights)

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 beautiful baroque Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We then continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th century castle before arriving in the seaside town where we will spend the next two nights. This evening we enjoy a memorable dinner together.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine

Hotel: Vila C Boutique

Day 8 Oporto Excursion

Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour in Oporto which takes you past baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro. 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, before experiencing a fascinating Cultural Insight 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 Oporto, admire the azulejo-clad façades or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest book store with its iconic red staircase.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Douro Cruise And Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing and leisurely cruise along the Douro River. You'll have a chance to see two medieval "world heritage" cities plus six impressive bridges, one of them the famous UNESCO-listed Eiffel bridge. Afterwards, savour a typical meal in the Medieval Ribeira Quarter

Adult Price: €55.00

Day 9 Vila do Conde – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima

Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and meander through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra this morning, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century and today an exquisite reminder of the Portuguese Renaissance. We arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fátima where we'll dine in our hotel.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Hotel: Fátima

Day 10 Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos – Lisbon

This morning we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fátima. En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery at Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is at the quaint fishing village of Nazaré before we visit the medieval walled city of Obidos with its quaint white-washed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner with wine.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Hotel: Turim Marques

Day 11 Depart Lisbon

Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 10 Nights Accommodation in cherry-picked hotels
  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners with local wine 
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing 
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals 
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) 
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted 
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences 
  • Optional Experiences and free time 
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities 
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras 
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver 
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes 
  • VIP entry to many sights 
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Meals not itemised
  • Items of a personal nature
Package Conditions:

R3000 deposit to secure your trip and full payment by 31 January 2019. Set departure dates between: 10 APR 2 019 & 22 May 2019. *** Book & pay by 31 January2019 & SAVE R2 860 per person - discount already included in the price. ***
The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel ie visas, innoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passport. 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.
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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 printing on 26 August 2018.

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