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Glittering Portugal - 11 Days September 2018

Price $5,987


Destination

LisbonBatalhaCoimbraPorto


Category
Group Tours

Duration
11 days 10 nights
Tour Details

Portugal: 11 - 21 September 2018 A$5,987 plus airfares

From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto’s medieval cobblestone streets, Portugal is a country of glittering contrasts. 

The remote natural gem of the Douro Valley, Roman ruins and world-famous pilgrimage sites are guaranteed to impress on this tour, which gives us a taste of the real Portugal, still basking in the glow of ancient customs 

Will you join us? 

Don’t forget, if you fancy even more adventure, our Portugal and Morocco Tours can be booked as ‘back to back’ tours!

Day 1: LISBON

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 2: LISBON

Today we’ll explore Lisbon on foot, looking up at fairy-tale 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 a UNESCO World Heritage site, where later on you might want to taste a Lisbon’s famous egg custard tart – Pasteis de Belem. Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner together. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: LISBON – SINTRA – CASCAIS – LISBON

This morning we drive up the pine covered hills to picturesque Sintra – dotted with turreted palaces, grand villas and plenty of wow factor. We’ll visit the famous 19th century Pena Palace, extravagantly furnished in late Victorian style, complete with oil paintings and priceless porcelain. We then continue to the busy fishing port of Cascais, enjoying the breezy views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline on the way. In the Old Town, winding streets lead to period mansions and the smart new marina. The evening is then ours, back in Lisbon. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: LISBON – NAZARÉ – 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 homesteads. After walking around the charming fishing town of Nazare by ourselves, we regroup to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Batalha Monastery. It’s easy to sense this building’s importance, being the monastery that commemorated Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1385. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: BATALHA – FÁTIMA – 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. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: COIMBRA – AVEIRO – COIMBRA

What better way to begin today than with a stroll around Coimbra’s riverfront, 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. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: 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. 

It’s a fitting place to raise a toast to this wonderful valley. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: 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 landmark along the riverside promenade, such as the Porto Cathedral. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: PORTO – GUIMARAES – PORTO

All hail to the birthplace of Portugal’s first king. Historic Guimaraes is often referred to as ‘the cradle city’ – boasting an imposing medieval castle, churches and the lovely cobbled street, Rua de Santa Maria. 

After stopping by the Old Town, we drive to the imposing Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, an important pilgrimage site since 1811. It’s known for its intricate, zigzag, Baroque-style staircase leading several hundred feet up to the main basilica. 

We then return to Porto. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: PORTO

Before our tour ends around midday, we’ll cruise under Porto’s famous six bridges during a boat ride. The afternoon is yours. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: PORTO DEPARTURE

Today you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Porto airport. 

Meals : Breakfast

Geography

Portugal is a country in Southwestern Europe, on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula. To the north and east, the territory is bordered by Spain, and to the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean.

Capital and largest city: Lisbon
Area: 92.090 km²
Population: 10.562.178 (2011 census)

Language

The official language is Portuguese.

Timezone

UTC 0 | UTC +1 summer time (from the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October)
Currency & Banks

Portugal has the euro (EUR) as its currency. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Automated Teller Machines (ATM) can be found all over Portugal, including small villages. Banks are open from 8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Electricity | Plug System

Electrical supply: 230 V | Frequency: 50 Hz

Communications

To make a call to Portugal from abroad dial +351 (the international country code). Roaming service is available from Meo, Vodafone and Nos mobile operators. Get in touch with your mobile phone company to make sure that you can use your mobile in Portugal. WiFi is available all over the country. The majority of hotels, many public spaces and larger shops offer free WiFi.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink and of good quality throughout Portugal. Local bottled mineral water is available from shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.

Health | Vaccination

Travellers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunisation to enter Portugal. Visitors from EU member states should carry their European Health Insurance card to be entitled to free medical and hospital care. Visitors from other countries are advised to take out a personal medical insurance policy. Medical care in Portugal is available through both public and private hospitals.

Passports & Visas

Citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein need only a valid ID card or passport. Citizens from Canada, US, South America, Australia, New Zealand and from most Asian countries traveling to Portugal do not need a visa for stays under 90 days; only a valid passport is required. Citizens from other countries should see here to find out if they are required to have a valid visa.

Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping in Portugal is not obligatory, even in restaurants and bars. Tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor (5 to 10 percent is customary). Hotels and restaurants in Portugal do not add service charges to their bills.

Religion & Worship

The majority of the Portuguese are Roman Catholic, but other religious denominations are also represented in Portugal, including Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, having places where to conduct their rituals.

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Tour inclusions:

  • 10 nights in 3 star accommodation in your own room — always! 
  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia. 
  • Experienced Tour Leader. 
  • A private luxury vehicle with a driver. 
  • Itinerary flexibility. 
  • Meals as per itinerary: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners. 
  • Local guides in Sintra, Cascais, Lisbon & Porto. 
  • Wine and port tasting. 
  • Entrance included to: Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belem Tower, Pena Palace, Conimbriga ruins, Batalha Monastery, Vista Alegre Museum, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Porto Cathedral, Guimaraes Castle, Coimbra University, Bom Jesus do Monte. 
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance underwritten by CHI Travel Insurance (Underwritten by Allianz) or QBE. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medical condition or wish to extend your travel dates. Refer to the CHI or QBE PDS for more 

Tour exclusions:

  • Airfares are not included in the tour price. 
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion. 
  • Meals, social drinks, items of a personal nature and entrance fees. 
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation. 
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour. 
  • Pre and post tour accommodation. 
  • Transfers. 
  • Visa costs. 
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