The Best of Portugal

Adventure into a memorable tour around picturesque Portugal and spend 11 days discovering its most important cities and authentic villages, natural beauty, and rich history. Begin the journey in Lisbon, drive through spectacular landscapes, and visit Portugal´s magnificent towns and villages. Admire Obidos, surrounded by medieval walls, Alcobaca with the first and largest gothic church in Portugal, and the inspiring Sanctuary of Fatima. Explore stunning Oporto, Portugal´s second city, famous for its meaningful history and tasty wine. Let lively Lisbon impress your eyes and visit the magnificent cities and world-famous landmarks that surround it. Discover Evora with its ancient traditions and finish the tour with a relaxing day in Algarve, followed by an unforgettable drive back to Lisbon.

per adult from

$3,739

NZD

Duration

11 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • 10x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 10 nights
    • Operated with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese - speaking licensed guide on a shared basis
    • Air conditioning bus or minivan, as per detailed itinerary
    • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University
    • Palacio da Bolsa in Oporto, Sao Francisco Church in Oporto, Gardens of Palacio Mateus, Convent of
    • Christ in Tomar, Palace of Pena in Sintra, Capel of Bones in Evora, Sao Francisco Church in Evora
    • Evora Cathedral, Sao Vicente Fortress in Sagres
    • 10 accommodation nights’ on a bed-and-breakfast basis
    What's excluded :
    • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, laundry, drinks and meals not stated explicitly
    • explicitly in the programme, including drinks during meals
    • Tips and porterage
    • Entrance fees not mentioned in the included items
    • Any charges not mentioned in the included items
    • International flights
    • Arrival airport transfer / departure airport transfer
    • All types of travel or personal insurance.

  • Day 1: Day 1 : ARRIVAL LISBON – OBIDOS – ALCOBACA – NAZARE – BATALHA – FATIMA (195 km- 3hrs)

    Stop At: Marquis of Pombal Square, Praça Marquês de Pombal, Lisboa, Portugal
    Begin your adventure with a pick-up at Marques de Pombal Square in Lisbon, at 8:30 hrs (we recommend to arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the indicated) to start the journey. Driving through landscapes rich in windmills and fruit trees, we arrive at Obidos, the beautiful city surrounded by medieval walls. Admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and indulge in the famous “ginginha” (bitter cherry liqueur). Afterwards, visit fascinating Alcobaca and admire the first and largest gothic church in Portugal, hosting the tombs of the doomed lovers Pedro and Ines de Castro. Then, stop in Nazare, a typical fishing village and seaside resort immersed in tradition and legend. We continue to Batalha to visit the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture in Portugal. Here we find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the mastermind behind Portugal’s era of maritime discoveries. Today´s adventure ends in mesmerising Fatima, where we have the opportunity to attend the candle-lit procession.
    Overnight in Fatima.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Santa Maria or Lux Fatima or similar 4*

    Day 2: Day 2 : FATIMA – COIMBRA – AVEIRO – OPORTO (225km – 2.45 hrs)

    Stop At: Hotel Vila Galé Porto, Av. de Fernão de Magalhães 7, 4300-190 Porto, Portugal
    Enjoy a tasty breakfast at the hotel before heading towards Coimbra. Visit the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterized by ancient traditions and customs such as the black student capes and the melancholic Fado music. Stop at Santa Clara Church, where you can find the tomb of Queen Santa Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. In the city centre, there is a chance to admire Coimbra’s exclusive ceramics. In the afternoon, we continue to Aveiro, a city of charming canals, known as the “Venice of Portugal”, where you will have time to see the graceful “moliceiro” vessels and taste the local sweet delicacy “ovos moles”. Afterwards, drive to Oporto to check in and get ready for a new adventure.
    Overnight in Oporto area hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Sheraton or Hotel Vila Galé Porto or similar 4*

    Day 3: Day 3 : OPORTO – GUIMARAES – BRAGA – OPORTO (140km – 2hrs )

    Stop At: Hotel Vila Galé Porto, Av. de Fernão de Magalhães 7, 4300-190 Porto, Portugal
    Begin your day with a tasty breakfast at your hotel in Oporto, the second city of Portugal and a UNESCO classified World Heritage site. It is a charming living amphitheatre inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces, and churches that history has made eternal. Before starting a new adventure, indulge in a glass of the world famous Port wine. We continue to Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and sparkling Vinho Verde (green wine). Start in Guimaraes, the cradle of the Nation and birthplace of the first king of Portugal. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well as the Palace of Dukes of Braganca with its original buildings dating back to the 15th century. Drive to Braga known as the “Portuguese Rome” for its concentration of religious architecture, including the oldest cathedral in the country and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, with its famous baroque stairway and gardens. Then, return to Oporto to rest and prepare yourself for more surprises.
    Overnight in Oporto area hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Sheraton or Hotel Vila Galé Porto or similar 4*

    Day 4: Day 4 : OPORTO – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – OPORTO (460km – 5hrs)

    Stop At: Hotel Vila Galé Porto, Av. de Fernão de Magalhães 7, 4300-190 Porto, Portugal
    Indulge in a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Oporto before begining today´s adventure. Then, head towards charming Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and the centre of pilgrimage at the end of Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela a World Cultural Heritage Site. Enjoy this day to freely discover the beautifully aranged streets and hidden gems of the city. Wander its historical alleys and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes.
    Overnight in Oporto area hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Sheraton or Hotel Vila Galé Porto or similar 4*

    Day 5: Day 5 : OPORTO – AMARANTE – VILA REAL – LAMEGO – URGEIRICA (235km – 3hrs )

    Stop At: Estrada da Urgeiriça, 3040, Portugal
    Have breakfast at the hotel and prepare yourself for another memorable day in Portugal. Depart to Amarante, a pretty town known for its fascinating natural features and mouthwatering sweets. In addition, the charming city is very proud of its St Goncalo, a famous promoter of love and marriage, celebrated on the first Saturday of June. Stroll the charming streets of Amarante, relax by the river, and explore the bustling market where you can find a diversity of local products. Afterwards, drive to tranquil Vila Real. Luxuriate in the peaceful vibe while visiting Vila Real´s main attractions. Let the gardens of the Mateus estate amaze your eyes with their beautiful facades still depicted on the well-known Portuguese rosé wine bottles. Continue your adventure driving through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego and sample some of the local delicacies, including the local ham and the famous “Bola de Lamego”, a mouthwatering loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham. Continue through the mountainous hinterland to the centre of the Dao vineyards, arriving in Viseu, a city connected to Portugal’s oldest hero, Viriato, a well-known Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. We tour the centre, see its busy commercial zone, and leave for Urgeirica to check-in and rest.
    Overnight in Urgeirica area hotel on a bed-and breakfast basis.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel da Urgeiriça or similar 4*

    Day 6: Day 6 : URGEIRICA – BUSSACO – TOMAR – LISBON (310km – 3.5hrs)

    Stop At: SANA Malhoa Hotel, Av. José Malhoa 8, 1099-089 Lisboa, Portugal
    Delight in a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Then, drive through the heart of Portugal to beautiful Bussaco. This city is a breath of fresh air for all nature lovers. With its luxuriant forest hosting a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty as well as a charming and romantic hotel that used to be a royal hunting lodge, Bussaco promises to impress you. After getting in touch with nature, we continue our tour, going to breathtaking Tomar. The development of this lovely place is closely interlinked with the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance given to Dom Afonso Henriques (the first King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquers of the country. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the complex displays the influences of various architectural styles and it is the centrepiece of the city. We continue our journey to Lisbon.
    Overnight in Lisbon area hotel on a bed-and breakfast basis.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Sana Malhoa or Olissipo Marques de Sá or similar4*

    Day 7: Day 7 : LISBON – SINTRA – CABO DA ROCA – CASCAIS – ESTORIL – LISBON (95km – 2hrs)

    Stop At: SANA Malhoa Hotel, Av. José Malhoa 8, 1099-089 Lisboa, Portugal
    After a delectable breakfast, leave Lisbon, heading to mesmerising Sintra for a day of unforgettable beauty. Visit the charming Palace of Sintra, walk through this stunning town before going to the westernmost point of mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca to admire the breathtaking views. Afterwards, we drive along the coast passing one of the most famous surfing beaches, the incredible Hell’s Mouth, cosmopolitan Cascais, and the gardens of Estoril Casino. This superb day ends when you return to Lisbon to spend another relaxing night at your selected hotel.
    Overnight in Lisbon area hotel on a bed-and breakfast basis.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Sana Malhoa or Olissipo Marques de Sá or similar4*

    Day 8: Day 8 : LISBON – EVORA (135km – 1.5hrs)

    Stop At: Hotel Vila Galé Évora, Avenida Túlio Espanca, 7005-840 Évora, Portugal
    Start your day with a tasty breakfast at your selected hotel. Then, we leave Lisbon, crossing the bridge over the river Tagus and driving through a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards. We arrive in marvellous Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will conquer your heart. Go back in time while exploring Evora´s narrow streets and visiting the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, St. Francis Church with its “Chapel of Bones” and the University. We stop at the local market to see the richness of the products used in preparing the mouthwatering dishes of Portugal. Throughout the visit, we also get to admire the diversity and authenticity of local handicrafts with cork, ceramic and copper objects. Enjoy a delicious lunch and some free time to explore the city on your own. We suggest you indulge in gourmet standard wine, cheeses and olive oil. In the evening, go to your selected hotel and rest because a new memorable day will follow.
    Overnight in Evora area hotel on a bed-and breakfast basis.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Vila Galé Évora or M’Ar de Ar Muralhas or Olive or similar 4*

    Day 9: Day 9 : EVORA – BEJA – SILVES – LAGOS (245km – 3hrs)

    Stop At: Hotel Vila Galé Lagos, Rua Sophia de Melo Breyner Andresen, 8600-295 Lagos, Portugal
    Enjoy a rich breakfast at the hotel, preparing for a new surprise. Relax or explore the inspiring streets of Evora on your own, before driving towards Beja to admire the highest tower in a Portuguese medieval castle. We catch a glimpse of the impressive tower dominating the town and continue the journey. Crossing the low mountain range, we reach the outstanding region of Algarve. Admire the vast fields of orange trees and stop in gorgeous Silves. Known for its interesting history and for formerly hosting a famous cork industry, the captivating town is dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back to Moorish times. We continue driving, heading towards Lagos while catching sight of Portugal´s dazzling landscapes. Reach Lagons, check-in, and spend the rest of the day unwinding or exploring the interesting surroundings.
    Overnight in Lagos area hotel on a bed-and breakfast basis.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Marina Club or Vila Galé Lagos or similar 4*

    Day 10: Day 10 : LAGOS – PONTA DA PIEDADE – SAGRES – LAGOS (70km 1.5 hrs)

    Stop At: Hotel Vila Galé Lagos, Rua Sophia de Melo Breyner Andresen, 8600-295 Lagos, Portugal
    Enjoy a delightful breakfast at your hotel before continuing your adventure in Portugal. We drive to Ponta da Piedade to admire the magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean and cliffs, whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. Continue to Sagres, a fishing port, for a visit to the fortress that was the mythical “navigation school” forever linked to the presence of Prince Henry the Navigator. Proceed along the cliffs to Cabo de Sao Vicente, the most south-western point in mainland Europe. The city of Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with a marina and fishing port is home to some of the most delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a “cataplana” copper pan, as well as tasty sweets such as the famous marzipan, almond and fig cakes. Return to the hotel, where an afternoon at leisure invites you to take a dip in the sea.
    Overnight in Lagos area hotel on a bed-and breakfast basis.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Marina Club or Vila Galé Lagos or similar 4*

    Day 11: Day 11 : LAGOS – SETUBAL – SERRA DA ARRABIDA – DEPARTURE LISBON (320 km – 3.5 hrs)

    Stop At: Marquis of Pombal Square, Praça Marquês de Pombal, Lisboa, Portugal
    Indulge in a tasty breakfast before bidding farewell to Algarve. The return trip to Lisbon takes you through the city of Setubal, a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then comes a scenic route over the Arrabida Mountain Range. Catch a glimpse of the Natural Park, admiring the amazing scenery, unique vegetation and the sweeping views of the Troia Peninsula. Crossing the Tagus River bridge, we arrive in Lisbon and drop you off at the indicated location.
    Breakfast included
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Day 1: Pick-up at Marques de Pombal Square in Lisbon, at 8:30 hrs. We recommend to arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the indicated time.
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 4/1/2020 - 10/31/2020
    Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    11/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    4/1/2021 - 10/31/2021
    Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    11/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
    Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Pick-up at Marques de Pombal Square in Lisbon, at 8:30 hrs. We recommend to arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the indicated time
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Drop-off at Marques de Pombal Square in Lisbon at 18:00 hrs
    • No refund for unused services. Splitting of package is not allowed
    • Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice
    • For the arrival transfer from the airport, clients will be met at the exit of the arrivals hall by an English speaking driver. The driver will be holding a board with clients’ name. In the event that they are unable to locate the driver, they should contact at once the emergency number before leaving the airport or making any alternative arrangements
    • For the departure transfers clients will be collected by the driver from the hotel reception area. Clients shall be ready in the reception 10 minutes prior to pick up. In the event that the driver has not arrived at the scheduled time, please contact the emergency number before making any alternative arrangements. Transfer takes 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to clients’ flight departure time.
    • What do I need to bring? Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Portugal. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Covid-19 risk assessment of the activity completed (routes, visit of sights, possible crowds, number of people in the group, reduced services).
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

2

Organised by Destination Services Portugal

Activity ID: V-247130P10

More like this

Is this your business?

If this is your business, Claim Your Listing so you can manage and update your profile through our Business Portal.

Or you can improve this listing by Suggesting an Edit .