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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.
- Cruise the Douro River in a traditional-style, but electric powered Rabelo boat
- Explore the magnificent Coimbra University Library
- Visit the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon and the Shrine of our Lady of Fatima in Batalha
- 6 nights in boutique accommodation
- Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
- Premium mini-coach transportation
- Local guides in Sintra, Cascais, Lisbon & Porto
- European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D)
- Wine and port tasting
- Entrance included to: Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belem Tower, Pena Palace, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Porto Cathedral, Guimaraes Castle, Coimbra University and Bom Jesus do Monte
Tile making experience
Day 1: Lisbon
We’ll meet with the group before delving into a full day tour of Lisbon. On a visit to a tile painting atelier, we’ll have the opportunity to paint our own tiles. This afternoon we’ll drive to Sintra, where we’ll visit the famous Pena Palace. This evening, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant – accompanied by a Fado performance.
Day 2: Lisbon - Obidos - Nazare - Alvados
Today we’ll visit Óbidos before moving on to the charming fishing town of Nazaré. This evening we’ll enjoy a Portuguese cookery lesson and sumptuous dinner together in Alvados.
Day 3: Alvados - Tomar - Alvados
After breakfast we’ll continue our journey to Tomar, where we’ll visit the World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ and the 15th-century Synagogue. After sampling some of the local pastries, we’ll return to Alvados.
Day 4: Alvados - Coimbra - Viseu
Today we’ll travel to Coimbra, where we’ll visit the famous Joanina Library. After some free time in the city centre, our road will take us to Viseu.
Day 5: Viseu - Lamego - Douro Valley
Today we’ll visit a traditional cheesemaker, who will let us in on the secrets behind Viseu’s delicious buttery cheese. After a tasting we’ll move on to historic Lamego, which is home to the 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. After some free time here, it’s off to our hotel in Quinta Nova.
Day 6: Douro Valley - Pinhao - Peso Da Regua - Douro Valley
This morning we’ll take a scenic journey to Pinhão. When we get there, we’ll take a leisurely boat trip to Peso da Régua in an electric rabelo boat.
Day 7: Douro Valley - Amarante - Penafiel - Guimaraes
After heading to Amarante this morning (where we’ll see the 16th-century São Gonçalo Church), we’ll visit the Aveleda Winery. Here, we’ll savour a glass of the region’s famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process
Day 8: Guimaraes
After learning about the castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the historic city centre on a walking tour with a local guide, you’ll have a free afternoon to relax. This evening, we’ll enjoy one last dinner together – accompanied by a traditional dance performance.
Day 9: Guimaraes - 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 visit the famous port wine cellars and indulge in a tasting before our trip ends.
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