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9 Days / 8 Nights

Day 1 - Lisbon
Only a full day spent exploring Lisbon on foot does this beautiful city justice. As we wander through cobbled back streets, a treasure trove of delights reveal themselves. Looking up, we'll spy fairytale beasts on the upper balustrade of the Jeronimos Monastery. This is Manueline-style architecture at its most stunning and which, along with the nearby Tower of Belem, is aUNESCO World Heritage site. Later on, we'll pop into a tiny, tiled bakery to taste Pastéisde Belem, Lisbon's famous egg custard tart - fresh from the oven. If we still have room after these sweet cinnamon spiced treats, there's an evening welcome dinner waiting in alocal restaurant, accompanied by the mournful laments of Fadosingers. (D)
Overnight: Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 - Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Lisbon
This morning we drive up thepine covered hills to picturesqueSintra - dotted with turretedpalaces, grand villas and plentyof wow factor. We'll visit thefamous 19th century PenaPalace, extravagantly furnishedin late Victorian style, completewith oil paintings and pricelessporcelain. We then continue tothe busy fishing port of Cascais,enjoying the breezy views ofthe Atlantic Ocean and ruggedcoastline on the way. In the OldTown, winding streets lead toperiod mansions and the smartnew marina. The evening is thenours, back in Lisbon. (B)
Overnight: Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel (or similar)

Day - 3 Lisbon - Nazare - Batalha

Our first stop today is the romantic village of Obidos. Perched on a hill, surrounded by medieval walls, it gazes out onto a tapestry of vineyards, windmills and terracotta-roofed home steads. After walking around the charming fishing town of Nazare by ourselves, weregroup to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of BatalhaMonastery. It's easy to sense this building's importance, being the monastery that commemorated Portugal's independence from Spain in 1385. A delicious dinner awaits us this evening in Batalha.(B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Mestre Afonso Domingues (or similar)

Day 4 - Batalha - Fatima - Conimbriga - Coimbra
Do you believe in miracles? Either way, you'll be intrigued by the world-famous Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. It's claimed that in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared “more brilliant than the sun” before three young shepherd children. After seeing the spot for ourselves, we travel even further back in time to Conimbriga - home to one of the largest Roman settlements in Portugal. There's also fascinating archaeological evidence that this area was inhabited during the Iron Age. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in Coimbra.(B, D)
Overnight: Quintas Lagrimas (or similar)

Day 5 - Coimbra - Aveiro - Coimbra
What better way to begin today than with a stroll around Coimbra's river front, leafy parks and gardens. This buzzing university town is an intriguing maze of medieval streets, Romanesque and Gothic buildings. Later, we'll navigate another unique city, Aveiro,‘the Venice of Portugal'. Here,colourful ‘barcos moliceiros'drift by in the old fishermen's quarter, north of the central canal. An excursion to Vista Alegre presents exquisite wares produced by this renowned Portuguese porcelain factory. Once back in Coimbra, we have the evening to enjoy at our leisure. (B)
Overnight: Quintas Lagrimas (or similar)

Day 6 - Coimbra - Douro Valley
Remote. Majestic. Wild. It must mean we're in Douro Valley - the region devoted to port wine. As the hills fall steeply away to the river's edge, further inland we're greeted with impressive views of vines and olive groves.We take a scenic boat trip along the Douro River on an electricrabelo boat, followed by a winetasting at a luxury 19th century house. It's a fitting place to raise a toast to this wonderful valley, enjoy dinner and rest overnight.(B, D)
Overnight: Quinta Nova (or similar)

Day 7 - Douro Valley - Porto
We drive up to hilly Porto today,Portugal's second largest city with a Ribeira district that's one of Europe's oldest centres. After getting our fill of medieval lanes, churches and small squares, we'll tick off some important landmarks along the riverside promenade, including the Bolsa Palace, San Francisco Churchand Porto Cathedral in all its Romanesque splendour. The cool depths of one of the many wine cellars here beckons us in to taste some port, beforespending the rest of the day aswe wish. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira (or similar)

Day 8 - Porto - Guimaraes - Porto
All hail to the birthplace ofPortugal's first king. HistoricGuimaraes is often referred toas ‘the cradle city' - boastingan imposing medieval castle,churches and the lovely cobbledstreet, Rua de Santa Maria. Afterstopping by the Old Town, we drive to the imposing Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, an important pilgrimage site since1811. It's known for its intricate, zigzag, Baroque-style staircase leading several hundred feet upto the main basilica. We thenreturn to Porto for a farewelldinner together. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira (or similar)

Day 9 - Porto
Back in Porto, our tour endsafter breakfast. After reflectingon all the wonderful sights, sounds and history that we've encountered in northern Portugal, we bid one another“boa noite”. (B)

Pick-Up & Drop-Off
This tour commences from Hotel Heritage Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, Av. da Liberdade 28, 1250-145 Lisboa, at 9.00am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure. The tour finishes at 10:00am at Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira, 4050-296, Rua do Infante D. Henrique 1, Porto.

         
    2017    
         
    Departure : April to October, 2017    
         
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Apr 18 $3,485 $4,100
    May 02, 16, 30 $3,690 $4,330
    Jun 06, 13, 20, 27 $3,690 $4,330
    Sep 05, 12, 19, 26 $3,690 $4,330
    Oct 03, 10, 17 $3,485 $4,100
         
Tour Inclusions:
  • 8 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Local guides in Sintra, Cascais, Lisbon & Porto
  • European breakfast daily
  • 5 x evening meals
  • Fado performance
  • Pasteis de Belemwine and port tasting
  • Douro River cruise
  • Included Entrances: Jeronimo's Monastery, Belem Tower, Pena Palace, Batalha Monastery, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Conimbriga ruins, Vista Alegre Museum, Porto Cathedral, Guimaraes Castle and Bom Jesus do Monte.
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