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Best of Portugal Tour - 11 Days - Early Bird Discount - Valid: Jan & Feb.21

Best of Portugal Tour - 11 Days - Early Bird Discount - Valid: Jan & Feb.21

Lisbon, Portugal

From: R 24,035.00
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    From: R 24,035.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #9439
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    11 Days
  • Valid From

    1st of January 2021 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    12th of February 2021 (Friday)
  • Expires

    31st of July 2020 (Friday)
  • Need Visa's

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

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Wander through medieval cities and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha, and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious Pastel de Belém or two along the way.

Based on set departures from Lisbon on: 02, 15 & 29 January / 12 February 2021.

About the Holiday

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.

Hotel - Olissippo Marquês de Sá

Welcome Reception

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 today 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.

Breakfast

Day 3 Lisbon – Algarve Region (2 Nights)

We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the green 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 holiday paradise that is the Algarve - our home for the next two nights.

Aqua Riverside Hotel

Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 4 Algarve Excursion

The dramatic landscapes of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning drive. Admire spectacular views before continuing 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.

Breakfast

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

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Évora – Castelo de Vide – Viseu

Our first stop today is in the hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its white façades, narrow alleys and Jewish Quarter. Travel round the northern tip of the Serra de Estrela mountains en route to Viseu, set on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, and see the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking the city.

 Hotel - Grão Vasco

Breakfast

Day 7 Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Porto (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 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 coastal town of Porto, where we will spend the next two nights.

 Hotel - Carrís Ribeira

Breakfast

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 of Harry Potter fame.

Breakfast

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 town of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Later, we arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fátima, where we meet Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to this pilgrimage site, where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary.

 Hotel - Fátima

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Óbidos – Lisbon

En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late falmboyant 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.

Hotel - Olissippo Marquês de Sá

Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 11 Depart Lisbon

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

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 

Based on set departures from Lisbon on: 02, 15 & 29 January / 12 February 2021.

Excludes
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Health and Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages not itemised
  • Items of a personal nature
Package Conditions:

Based on set departures from Lisbon on: 02, 15 & 29 January / 12 February 2021.

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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