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Rich history and cinematic natural landscapes

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20212022
8 days From £1,099 per person
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2022 Tour code: 22OLF

About the tour

Soak up a rich historical legacy and stress-free culture blended with cinematic natural landscapes in Portugal. Discover colourful Lisbon, the stunning palaces of Sintra, picture-perfect Porto and the breathtaking Douro Valley.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - To Lisbon

Fly from London or your local airport to Lisbon, and transfer to your hotel for four nights. Lisbon is bursting with history, filled with renovated palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle that beautifully reflects the city's rich cultural heritage. Set on seven hills, Lisbon's cobblestone pavements and narrow streets full of Art Nouveau cafés are a pleasure to explore.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - Lisbon

Explore the historic heart of Lisbon on a guided tour. Lisbon is full of diverse architecture, superb food, and fascinating history, from its time as a Roman settlement to its rebirth as a major elegant European city. Begin at Rossio Square, Lisbon's grand central plaza and social hub. The statue of Dom Pedro IV casts a shadow across the mosaics of this beautiful square towards the impressive National Theatre of Lisbon. Continue through steep, narrow streets to Belem. This pretty area of Lisbon is well-known as the aristocratic quarter of the city; a fact made clear by the gentle fountains, extensive parkland, and grand old buildings.

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  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Sintra

Take the train to Sintra, an old Moorish city nestled in the hills high above Lisbon. Composed of charming pastel-coloured buildings and hidden deep in the pines and hills of Serra de Sintra, this town is a true delight to explore. Sintra served as the summer residence of Portugal's royal family for over 600 years. As a result, the town is full of grandeur and sophistication, from its majestic palaces and elaborate Romantic architecture to ruins of ancient Moorish castles.

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Cascais

You take the train to Cascais, a nearby coastal resort town that's known for its golden beaches and lively marina. You have free time to explore this traditional Portuguese fishing town which, like Sintra, was used by the royal families of Portugal when they wanted to escape to the beautiful coastline around Lisbon. Stroll down the cobbled streets lined with whitewashed buildings, and perhaps head to the Museum Quarter for a dose of culture.

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  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Porto

Take the train to vibrant Porto. Once the edge of the known world, Porto bears one of Portugal's greatest legacies, as it was from here that daring explorers set off to discover the New World. Set upon the outlet of the golden River Douro, this extraordinary city takes its architectural cues from all aspects of its history including Art Deco flourishes, romantic seafront houses, and 19th-century palaces. The city is built upon a set of hills, the peaks of Porto, meaning that merely walking up a street means you're granted superb views. Check into your hotel for the next three nights before a guided tour that showcases the best of the city's rich history and heritage.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Douro Valley

Enjoy an excursion by rail into the stunning Douro Valley. Here, lush, scenic hills and vineyards slope gently upwards from the tracks, each dotted with scattered farmhouses and sleepy villages. The Douro winds through this landscape, originating in Spain and flowing all the way across Portugal and out into the Atlantic Ocean through Porto. Arrive in Pinhao, a pretty little town surrounded by rolling hills. The quintas and terraced vineyards around here produce some of the finest port wine across the world, with many of the world's most famous brands owning a number of quintas which are hidden away in the hills. You visit the historic estate of Quinta da Pacheca, where you're treated to a tasting of this excellent local port.

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  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Porto

Your day is free in Porto. Perhaps continue your sightseeing with a visit to the city's historic heart, medieval Ribeira or 'Riverside'. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this central part of the city is the heartbeat of Porto, and is packed with market squares and multi-coloured buildings with flower-filled balconies. Perhaps dip into one of the cafés or wine bars along the route, for a pleasant time soaking up the local life in this bustling part of town.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Home

You bid a fond farewell to Portugal today as you transfer to Porto's airport for your flight back to London, or your local airport. On arrival, your tour concludes.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Exe Liberdade

Exe Liberdade, Lisbon

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Grande Hotel do Porto, Porto

Grande Hotel do Porto, Porto

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Mr P Carter

3 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2018

Dirty hotel in Lisbon. Hotel not set up to cater for evening meal. Porterage non-existent Oporto hotel much better.. Tour guide eas excellent. He agreed rooms were not up to standard - carpet was filthy with wine etc stsins and cig. burns

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Mr D Baker

4 stars

Submitted 03 Oct 2018

The two cities were historically most interesting. Lisbon with its castle, mosaics, and wonderful places to eat out, and Porto with the riverside charm and of course the port!

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Mrs H Elliott

4 stars

Submitted 03 Oct 2018

I enjoyed the trip but it was too hectic and not quite sociable enough.

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Mrs G Mee

4 stars

Submitted 04 Jul 2018

New to this type of holiday, it went very well with stays at very good hotels. The tour manager(NIEL) made the holiday even better.

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Ms E Caplin

4 stars

Submitted 23 May 2018

It was well organised and guided. Interesting places to visit. Enough time to do own thing. Hotels reasonable - although poor location and food in Lisbon hotel

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Mr D John

5 stars

Submitted 01 Nov 2017

Very well organised and good value for money.

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