PORTUGAL LUXURY TOUR (14D/13N)from €1710
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 1
Lisbon has justly won 3 of the 2009 World Travel Awards for Europe: Europe's Leading City Break Destination, Europe's Leading Cruise Destination and Europe's Leading Destination. These are only some of the reasons why you should not miss one of the most charming cities in the world: LISBON.
Arrival at Lisbon Airport. Accommodation at the Hotel.
Visit Lisbon's downtown ("Baixa"). ( Lisbon - Alfama, Baixa and Bairro Alto).
Overnight in Lisbon.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 2
In the morning, head for the Belém district, where you will find some of the most famous monuments in Lisbon: Belém Tower, Discoveries Monument and Jerónimos Monastery . This is a very pleasant area in Lisbon, go for a stroll along the river, where you can sit at many of the cafés and restaurants facing the Tejo (river Tagus). Relax at Cafetaria Quadrante (Inside Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathe in the special atmosphere of this beautiful spot. In the afternoon you can visit some Museums. Here, you are spoilt for choice: See old, beautiful coaches at Museu dos Coches, admire modern art at Centro Cultural de Belém or go further north and visit the excellent art collection at Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art)( Lisbon - Estrela, Lapa and Doca de Alcântara).
And why not end your day at one of the most elegant Lisbons restaurants?. Eleven restaurant has a a unique location just above Parque Eduardo VII with a stunning view over Lisbon and the River Tagus. With a warm and sophisticated atmosphere and outstanding food that is an ongoing celebration of the art of living life to the full.
Overnight in Lisbon.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 3
Lisbon / Cascais / Lisbon / Sintra
Leave Lisbon and head for Cascais on the "Estrada Marginal". This road drives you along the river Tejo until it meets the sea in Caxias. This "encounter" is signalled by a small lighthouse in the middle of the waters, "Farol do Bugio". Apart from this, you will go past forts, beaches, Manor Houses until you reach the magnificent view over the Cascais bay and its palacial houses. Stop at Cascais for lunch and take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk or just walk through Cascais´s squares and charming places. Head north towards Cabo da Roca, the westermost point of Continental Europe. Continue your trip through the meandering roads of Sintra mountain until you reach Sintra, a fairy-tale village. The whole village is enthralling, from the tiniest corner to the most exuberant of palaces. Places to visit: the exquisite Sintra National Palace, the mystical Quinta da Regaleira, the enigmatic Monserrate Park or the magnificent Pena National Palace, where you can have a well-deserving break and sit at the terrace whilst enjoying the superb views. Seteais Palace, now a 5-star hotel, is the perfect place to have a coffee or a cup of tea, overlooking the gardens.Sintra has been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. An absolutely must see!!
Overnight in Lisbon.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 4
Lisbon / Évora
Roughly 150km south east of Lisbon, Évora stands out quite distinctly on the vast horizon of the Alentejo plain. Its historical centre is protected by a vast ring of fortified walls, currently considered World´ss Heritage by UNESCO. There is plenty to see in Évora. Stroll along the narrow rodas, visit many of its outstanding churches and monuments, have lunch at one of Évora's magnificent restaurants and visit one of the may Wine Estates around the city. Near the on the ruins of the Roman Temple you can Visit Boa Boca, a store that sells traditional gourmet products and where you can have a coffee whilst trying one of their high quality specialties. In Évora you will stay at one of the most luxurious Hotels in Portugal: Convento do Espinheiro. Be prepared for a big treat!!
Overnight in Évora.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 5
Évora / Monsaraz / Évora
Leave Évora and head for Monsaraz, a beautiful little village perched on top of a hill. Stroll along its roads, pay a visit to Loja Mizette which sells hand-woven wool blankets and have lunch in one of the restaurants. In the afternoon you can visit Amieira Marina and go for a boat trip on the Alqueva dam!
Overnight in Évora.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 6
Évora / Marvão / Belmonte
Leave Évora and head North, towards Marvão. This little village on top of a steep hill canot be missed! Climb up to the stone passageway that runs along the battlements and walk its entire length circling the town. The view is absolutely wonderful. Have lunch at the Pousada's restaurant boasting breathtaking views over the hills and plains. In the afternoon head for Belmonte. Visit the Castle in the morning and be surprised by its remarkable manueline window as well as Cabral family coat of arms. Pedro Álvares Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil, (The Discoveries) was born here. Also, Belmonte is known for its Jewish community and Synagogue.
Overnight in Belmonte.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 7
Belmonte / Peso da Régua
Leaving Belmonte and heading for the Alto Douro Wine Region, you will be surprised at the magnificence and beauty of the landscape. I From Mesão Frio to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, almost on the border with Spain, the Douro Wine Region is one of the most striking and beautiful areas to explore. It is an imposing landscape, in which the large vineyards, arranged in terraces and tended by hand, descend gracefully almost to the banks of the River Douro. Visit the many estates, sample their nectars or even join in with the harvest in September. The region was justly awarded World Heritage status by Unesco in 2001, in the Cultural Landscape category. Definitely not to be missed on your visit in Portugal.
Overnight in Peso da Régua.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 8
Peso da Régua / Lamego / Peso da Régua
There is plenty to see in the Alto Douro Wine Region. Go to Lamego, one of the cities with a higher number of monuments per square metre. You can visit Lamego Cathedral and stop by Sé Gourmet, a special place where the consumer can calmly appreciate, taste and buy a diversify of high quality local products.
If you wish to get to know this region deeper, go to Pinhão. Look at the azulejo panel at the train station, clim up to Casal de Loivo's terrace, from where you will have a breathtaking view over river Douro and its terraces. Also, a good option is simply to stay at your Hotel and relax! You deserve it!
Overnight in Peso da Régua
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 9
Peso da Régua / Porto
Roughly in 45 minutes you are in Porto, the second biggest city in Portugal. It includes the greater part of the city where you can taste various confectionary specialties at Magestic Café. This place tells us about Portos's history, with a service of excellence and quality plus its gastronomic specialties. Also, the city's centre is not to be missed (Porto - Central Porto).
Discover the city centre on foot. Do not miss Lello Bookshop, visit the Palácio da Bolsa (the Chamber of Commerce) with its splendorous Arabian Hall, the S. Francisco Church with its overwhelming gilded carved wood decoration.
Overnight in Porto.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 10
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 11
Porto / Guimarães / Braga / Porto
Continue until the birthplace of our nation, Guimarães. It is believed that the first king of Portugal was born here, D. Afonso Henriques. Visit Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church and walk through the historic centre of this charming city. Unwind at many of Guimarãe's cafés and esplanades. In Braga the Cathedral, the oldest in Portugal and Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, The beautiful sanctuary lies in the outskirts of Braga and consists of a church on top of a hill which is reached by climbing a colossal stairway built into the hillside.
Overnight in Porto.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 12
Porto / Coimbra
There’s a story to be told on each small lanes, stairways and terraces, and endless hidden corners, from the lower to the upper zone of Coimbra. The New Cathedral cannot be missed by its glorious gilded wooden altarpiece in the chancel from 16th century. However, if you are a nature lover go on a boat trip on the river Mondego where you can appreciate all the surrounding nature. One of Coimbra's magnificent spots, Café Santa Cruz where you will be surprised by the domed ceiling and the stained glass windows.Leave Coimbra in the direction of Aveiro. We suggest you stop at Buçaco, whose Neo-Manueline Palace invites one to have a romantic time and dream!
Overnight in Coimbra
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 13
Coimbra / Lisbon
On your way down to Lisbon, stop at Alcobaça and pay a visit to the renowned Alcobaça Monastery, a Unesco Heritage Site. The Gothic church, with its baroque façade along with the cloister, make it one of the most beautiful pieces of Cistercian architecture in Portugal.Have a break in one of the terraces near the Monastery and try the local specialties in the restaurants around the square. Alternatively, you can visit Batalha Monastery, a fine example of gothic architecture. Should you be more interested in visiting picturesque villages do not miss Óbidos, a charming little village inside a castle.
Overnight in Lisbon.
Portugal Luxury Tour - Day 14
On your last day in Lisbon be sure not to miss the Eastern part of Lisbon (Lisbon - Eastern Lisbon). This is a new, urban hub for commerce and leisure activities. Do not miss the Oceanário, one of the greatest aquariums in the world, the sculptures and gardens spread throughout the whole area, and go for a ride on the cable car, from where you can enjoy spendid views over the river Tejo, the Parque das Nações and the bridge Vasco da Gama.
This tour includes:
• Welcome at the airport and transfer to your first hotel.
• Accommodation (breakfast included).
• A Rental Car.
• A Pre-programmed GPS with your itinerary on a day-by-day basis.
• Our 200 page exclusive Portugal Travel Guide (see a sample).
• A Roadbook (see a sample), with tips, directions and pertinent information that will be very useful while on the road.
• A Portugal road map.
• A helpline (phone number) to assist you while on holiday.
• Transfer from your last hotel to the airport.
Portugal Trails can adapt this tour to your specific needs or design a tailor-made tour exclusively for you. Contact us.
With this self-guided tour you can travel independently: no herding of people on and off buses. At the same time, you will not feel alone since Portugal Trails is only a phone call away.
Our deep knowledge of Portugal allows us to make the best selectionof itineraries and hotels at the best prices.
If you book a tour with us you will receive a Travel Kit, that includes our exclusive 200 page Guide Book (see a sample), maps and a roadbook with tips and suggestions tailored to your interests and a pre-programmed GPS.
While in Portugal we will be here to support you through our helpline.
As part of our self-drive tours, we will provide you with a GPS which will be pre-programmed according to your itinerary on a day-by-day basis. You will not have to be a technology expert, nor have to enter by hand any city names, addresses or coordinates, either
All you have to do is to start the engine, turn on the GPS and be prepared to enjoy your day with just a few clicks of the GPS.
Should you prefer not to drive, we will be happy to provide pricing for a guide or a driver. Alternatively, we can design a different tour in which you can travel by train or bus.
Senior discount if you are 55 or older! Portugaltrails can get you a better deal based on our partner’s discounts. If you are 55 or older, please let us know, and we will apply any available discounts to your tour price!
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