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Lisbon, Porto and the delectable Douro Valley

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8 days From £1,099 per person

2021 Tour code: 21OLF

About the tour

Discover the historic legacies of Portugal, from vibrant Lisbon and the palaces of Sintra, to Porto and the stunning scenery of the Douro Valley.

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Itinerary

Day 2 - To Lisbon

Fly from London to Lisbon and transfer to your hotel for four nights.

On Day 2, 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 and its destruction by one of the worst earthquakes in history, to its rebirth as a major elegant European city, it is a wonder to explore. 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.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Lisbon
Days 3-4 - Sintra & Cascais

Take the train to Sintra, nestled in the hills 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 was the summer residence of Portugal's royal family. As a result, the town is full of grandeur and sophistication, from majestic palaces and Romantic architecture to ruins of ancient Moorish castles. On Day 4 you take the train to Cascais, a nearby coastal resort town 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 as a holiday destination when they wanted to escape to the beautiful coastline around Lisbon.

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Sintra
Day 5 - Porto

Today you 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, you're granted superb views. Check into your hotel for the next three nights before a guided tour.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Porto
Day 6 - Douro Valley

Enjoy an excursion by rail into the stunning Douro Valley. 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 into 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 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Douro Valley
Days 7-8 - Porto & Home

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, packed with market squares and multi-coloured buildings, bedecked with flower filled balconies lining the cobbled streets. 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.

On Day 8 you bid a fond farewell to Portugal today as you transfer to Porto's airport for your flight home. On arrival, your tour concludes.

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Porto

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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Reviews

81% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mr D Baker

Submitted 03/10/2018

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!

Mrs H Elliott

Submitted 03/10/2018

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

Mrs G Mee

Submitted 04/07/2018

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.

Ms E Caplin

Submitted 23/05/2018

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

Mr D John

Submitted 01/11/2017

Very well organised and good value for money.

Mrs J Smith

Submitted 01/11/2017

Comprehensive, informative tour, excellent guides, good free time with recommendations

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