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Glittering Portugal - 11 Days September 2018 - ONE PLACE LEFT

Price A$5,987


Destination

LisbonBatalhaCoimbraPorto


Category
Group Tours

Duration
11 days 10 nights
Tour Details

Portugal: 11 - 21 September 2018 A$5,987 plus airfares

From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto’s medieval cobblestone streets, Portugal is a country of glittering contrasts. 

The remote natural gem of the Douro Valley, Roman ruins and world-famous pilgrimage sites are guaranteed to impress on this tour, which gives us a taste of the real Portugal, still basking in the glow of ancient customs 

Will you join us? 

Don’t forget, if you fancy even more adventure, our Portugal and Morocco Tours can be booked as ‘back to back’ tours!

Day 1: LISBON

Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital! One of Europe’s most pleasant and affordable capital cities, Lisbon combines the best elements of Portuguese life, offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood and non-stop nightlife. You’ll be taken to your hotel from Lisbon airport. In the evening, meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions at a Welcome Meeting where you’ll be given a briefing of what lies ahead! 

Accommodation: My Story Lisboa Tejo 

Day 2: LISBON

Today we’ll explore the treasures of Lisbon, located on the banks of the Tagus (Tejo) River and truly one of Europe’s greatest cities. Much of Lisbon’s character and charm lies in its beautiful renovated buildings, grand boulevards and impressive castles and churches. We’ll visit one of the most symbolic buildings in the city, Lisbon Cathedral, which was built on the site of an old mosque in 1150 by Lisbon’s first bishop, Gilbert of Hastings. Inside are nine chapels, each with their own story to tell, and the wonderful Gothic cloister. After the guided tour you’ll have time to visit the medieval citadel of Sao Jorge Castle at your own pace. The citadel dates back to Moorish times and sits on the highest point of the Old Town. Although much of the original castle has been destroyed throughout history, some sections of walls and 18 different towers remain today. Look down on a city swarming with endless angular white houses and buildings with distinct red terracotta rooftops. 

The afternoon is free to explore - roam through the charming narrow streets of the local neighborhoods and see local life play out. Visit Belem Tower (a wonderful building originally designed as a lighthouse) and the vast, spectacular Monastery of the Jeronimos. 

In the evening enjoy a local Portugese dinner. 

Included Activities 

Castle of Sao Jorge 

Explore Lisbon with a Local Guide 

Accommodation: My Story Lisboa Tejo 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: SINTRA – LISBON

Today we head off on a full-day excursion from Lisbon to Sintra, an absolute jewel of Portugal. This bewitching place, with its fairytale atmosphere, is set amidst lush vegetation and rugged, mystical hills. The cooler climes made it a summer retreat for royalty, and it has drawn and inspired many poets, writers and travellers for centuries, including Lord Byron. We’ll spend some time here exploring Sintra’s Pena Palace and Gardens, taking in the stunning views across the Serra de Sintra mountain range. Then we continue to Cabo da Rocha, a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. We take in the colourful Bay of Cascais and its dazzling beaches, before we stop in cosmopolitan Cascais. Once a quiet fishing village, later Cascais became a residence of the Portuguese royal court in the 19th century, and is now a glamorous holiday destination with designer boutiques and upscale restaurants. Make the most of some free time and and try some local delicacies in one of the local restaurants. On our drive back to Lisbon along the coast in the afternoon, we’ll see a different perspective of the capital as we approach it from the other side of the Tagus River. Enjoy this evening at your leisure in Lisbon. 

Included Activities 

Pena Palace Sintra admission 

Accommodation: My Story Lisboa Tejo 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: OBIDOS – BATALHA

This morning we say farewell to Lisbon and travel to the walled city of Obidos. Óbidos’ gorgeous historic centre is a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets and flower-bedecked, whitewashed houses livened up with dashes of vivid yellow and blue paint. 

We head to the impressive Monastery of Batalha, one of Europe’s best examples of Gothic architecture and a World Heritage-listed structure, built to celebrate Portugal’s 1385 victory over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota. 

We dine in a local restaurant tonight. 

Included Activities 

Obidos stop 

Monastery of Batalha admission 

Accommodation: Hotel Lis Batalha 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: FÁTIMA – CONIMBRIGA – COIMBRA

This morning we depart for the pilgrimage town of Fatima, where we join pilgrims on their visit to the Sanctuary of Fatima. 

We then continue our journey south and stop at the Conimbraga for a self-guided visit to the Roman ruins. 

We’ll visit Repuxos House and enjoy its wonderful garden which still preserves the original hydraulic infrastructure with over five hundred water jets, surrounded by a magnificent set of mosaics representing hunting scenes, mythological passages, seasons, monsters, birds and sea animals. 

We’ll also visit the museum and discover what everyday Roman life used to be like, with artifacts discovered after many years of excavations. 

Included Activities 

Fatima visit 

Conimbraga Roman Ruins visit 

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Gale 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: AVEIRO – COIMBRA

Sitting on the banks of the River Mondego, Coimbra was once the capital of the county, and its royal heritage can be felt in its ancient streets and buildings. We’ll wander through the lanes and squares of the Old Quarter and University of Coimbra – the oldest in Portugal. In the afternoon we head to Aveiro, a unique, and largely undiscovered treasure along the northern Portuguese Coastline. We’ll visit the Vista Alegre museum and trace the aesthetic evolution of porcelain and its significance in Portuguese society. 

We retirn to Coimbra for an evening of Portugese cultural heritage with a traditional ‘Fado’ music show. 

Included Activities 

Aveiro visit 

Vista Alegre Museum visit 

Fado Show 

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Gale 

 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: DOURO VALLEY

The Douro Valley could just as easily be called the enchanted valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer. After a brief visit to the town of Pinhao, where we enjoy some of the local produce at a wine tasting, we head to our accommodation for our overnight stay. 

Included Activities 

Wine tasting with lunch 

Accommodation: Hotel Regua Douro 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: PORTO

Today we travel northbound to Portugal’s second largest city, Porto (Oporto), the capital of the north that sits between the River Douro and the Atlantic Ocean. This will be our base for the next two nights. The World Heritage-listed Ribeira district is filled with a collection of twisting alleys, criss-crossing staircases and baroque churches. The remainder of the day is yours to soak up the atmosphere, stroll along the riverside or observe local life from one of many rooftop bars. 

Accommodation: Hotel Gale Ribeira

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: GUIMARAES – BRAGA – PORTO

Today we head to Porto to Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and the birthplace of the country’s first king (the ‘conqueror’, which gives the town its name). The town consists of a well-preserved old city and an impressive castle. We’ll explore the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, located in the historical centre of the city and Guimarães Castle, one of the most complete medieval strongholds in Portugal, dating from the 10th century. As the believed birthplace of King Afonso Henriques, the castle is something of a national shrine. Next, it’s on to Braga, considered by many to be one of Portugal’s most stunning cities. It has long been a religious centre, and overflows with churches, monasteries, and chapels. The charm of this place lies in its impressive Baroque buildings, most notably the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. On the western slopes of Monte Espinho, the sanctuary is lead to by a magnificent criss-crossing staircase that has 14 different chapels, each representing a station of the cross. 

Included Activities 

Guided tour of Guimarães. 

Accommodation: Hotel Gale Ribeira 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: PORTO

This morning we enjoy a 1-hour traditional ‘six bridges’ boat cruise, an experience most visitors to Porto try. The beauty of being in the middle of two cities, along with the magnificent views are truly unforgettable. 

The remainder of the day is yours at leisure. 

Included Activities 

Six Bridges Cruise 

Accommodation: Hotel Gale Ribeira 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: PORTO DEPARTURE

Today you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Porto airport. 

 

Meals : Breakfast

My Story Lisboa Tejo: Situated in the Baixa neighborhood, this refurbished hotel provides 58 stylish and well-equipped guestrooms and is close to public transportation. The Hotel Lisboa Tejo is eight kilometers from the Lisbon International Airport. It is also just 100 meters from the subway. Located in the downtown Baixa neighborhood, guests are a very short subway ride away from the historic city center where guests can explore many cultural attractions as well as shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The on-site restaurant serves a variety of local and international cuisine. 

Hotel Lis Batalha: In the historic center of the city and a 4-minute walk from the Gothic Batalha Monastery, this upscale and modern hotel is also 14 km from medieval Leiria Castle. The understated, slick rooms are equipped with wood floors, marble bathrooms and minibars, as well as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemakers. Some rooms have balconies, while suites add living areas with sofas. Room service is offered 24/7. Complimentary amenities include parking, and breakfast served in the cool restaurant or in the sidewalk bistro-style cafe offering monastery views.

Hotel Vila Gale: A 7-minute walk from Tavira Castle, this polished hotel is also a 13-minute walk from the train station and 5 km from the beaches of Tavira Island. Featuring tile floors and warm, wooden furnishings, the subdued rooms and suites have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and cofeemaking facilities. Some add balconies, while suites include sitting areas. Room service is offered 24/7. Free breakfast is served in a bright, open restaurant. There's an inner courtyard with an outdoor pool, a sundeck and a poolside bar, as well as a bar/lounge and a kids' club. Other amenities include a spa with an indoor pool, a hot tub, a hammam and a gym.

Hotel Regua Douro: This hotel in Peso da Régua offers a splendid view over the Douro River and the green, mountainous landscape. Luxury amenities include an outdoor pool and massage treatments. Rooms offer satellite TV and are air conditioned. Each is simply furnished and is fitted with a minibar. Sailing trips can be organised on the Douro River where you can enjoy views of the picturesque landscape and terraced vineyards. Alternatively, a range of cardiovascular equipment is offered at the fitness centre. Hotel Régua Douro’s restaurant serves a choice of traditional Portuguese and international cuisine. A drink from the bar can be enjoyed while watching the sun set from the veranda. Régua Douro is strategically located in the town, close to Peso da Régua’s railway station.

Hotel Gale RibeiraSet in 4 restored Pombaline-style buildings across the road from the Douro River, this chic art-themed hotel is 2 km from São Bento metro station and 3 km from the landmark Porto Cathedral. Polished rooms feature murals that celebrate classic artists. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV and minibars; some have balconies and/or river views. Room service is available. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served in a cozy restaurant/bar that has vibrant portraits and a piano. There’s also a furnished terrace with river views. Parking is provided for a surcharge. Kids age 16 and over are welcome.

 

Geography

Portugal is a country in Southwestern Europe, on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula. To the north and east, the territory is bordered by Spain, and to the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean.

Capital and largest city: Lisbon
Area: 92.090 km²
Population: 10.562.178 (2011 census)

Language

The official language is Portuguese.

Timezone

UTC 0 | UTC +1 summer time (from the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October)
Currency & Banks

Portugal has the euro (EUR) as its currency. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Automated Teller Machines (ATM) can be found all over Portugal, including small villages. Banks are open from 8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Electricity | Plug System

Electrical supply: 230 V | Frequency: 50 Hz

Communications

To make a call to Portugal from abroad dial +351 (the international country code). Roaming service is available from Meo, Vodafone and Nos mobile operators. Get in touch with your mobile phone company to make sure that you can use your mobile in Portugal. WiFi is available all over the country. The majority of hotels, many public spaces and larger shops offer free WiFi.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink and of good quality throughout Portugal. Local bottled mineral water is available from shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.

Health | Vaccination

Travellers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunisation to enter Portugal. Visitors from EU member states should carry their European Health Insurance card to be entitled to free medical and hospital care. Visitors from other countries are advised to take out a personal medical insurance policy. Medical care in Portugal is available through both public and private hospitals.

Passports & Visas

Citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein need only a valid ID card or passport. Citizens from Canada, US, South America, Australia, New Zealand and from most Asian countries traveling to Portugal do not need a visa for stays under 90 days; only a valid passport is required. Citizens from other countries should see here to find out if they are required to have a valid visa.

Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping in Portugal is not obligatory, even in restaurants and bars. Tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor (5 to 10 percent is customary). Hotels and restaurants in Portugal do not add service charges to their bills.

Religion & Worship

The majority of the Portuguese are Roman Catholic, but other religious denominations are also represented in Portugal, including Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, having places where to conduct their rituals.

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Tour inclusions:

  • 10 nights in 3 star accommodation in your own room — always! 
  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia. 
  • Experienced Tour Leader. 
  • A private luxury vehicle with a driver. 
  • Itinerary flexibility. 
  • Meals as per itinerary: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners. 
  • Local guides in Sintra, Cascais, Lisbon & Porto. 
  • Wine and port tasting. 
  • Entrance included to: Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belem Tower, Pena Palace, Conimbriga ruins, Batalha Monastery, Vista Alegre Museum, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Porto Cathedral, Guimaraes Castle, Coimbra University, Bom Jesus do Monte. 
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance underwritten by CHI Travel Insurance (Underwritten by Allianz) or QBE. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medical condition or wish to extend your travel dates. Refer to the CHI or QBE PDS for more 

Tour exclusions:

  • Airfares are not included in the tour price. 
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion. 
  • Meals, social drinks, items of a personal nature and entrance fees. 
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation. 
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour. 
  • Pre and post tour accommodation. 
  • Transfers. 
  • Visa costs. 
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