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8 Days from $1,949

Sep 2018 - Sep 2019 Departures

Discover charming towns, golden sands and tempting local delicacies on this wonderful escorted tour, which includes a scenic cruise along the Douro River and visits to Oporto and Lisbon.

Overview

What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host 
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels 
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners 
  • All excursions included
  • Specialist Local Guide 
  • Welcome & farewell drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation 
  • Porterage 
  • Audio Guide

Included excursions

  • ​Oporto tour including a river cruise 
  • Visit to the famous port wine cellars with tasting 
  • Douro Valley, including visits to Guimarães, Mateus & Pinhao
  • Tours of Viseu & Aveiro 
  • Coimbra & Óbidos 
  • Lisbon including tasting of pastéis de Belém 
  • Sintra & Cascais

Itinerary

​Make your own way to Oporto, where we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.
HOTEL VILA GALE PORTO, OPORTO (4 STAR)

​Oporto is a lively city set on a great gorge of the River Douro known for the production of port wine. We'll explore the city on today's tour, taking in the Baroque Clérigos Church, before stepping inside the famous Lello Bookstore (at an additional cost). One of the country's oldest bookshops and amongst the best in the world, this is sure to be a memorable stop on our tour. Perhaps join some of your fellow travellers for lunch before we continue our exploration with a visit to the town's old quarters, Ribeira, and the neo-classical Stock Exchange Palace.
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro – a chance to enjoy fantastic views of Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia, which line the banks of the river. Admire the six bridges that unite these two delightful towns before stepping ashore in Gaia, also famed for its production of port wine, which is made exclusively in the Douro Valley. What better way to end the day than with a visit to one of the town's numerous port wine cellars for a tasting of this sweet red wine, before heading back to the hotel.
HOTEL VILA GALE PORTO, OPORTO (4 STAR)

​With a UNESCO-listed historic centre, Guimarães is the proud birthplace of Afonso Henriques, Portugal's first independent king. We'll head here today where there will be the opportunity to discover castle ruins, charming narrow streets and the beautiful square of Largo da Oliveira. After time to explore and enjoy lunch, we'll head to Vila Real to discover the 18th century Mateus Palace.
We'll also take in Pinhão's pretty train station, decorated with tiled panels depicting traditional scenes of the Douro region, before reaching our hotel in the Douro Valley.
HOTEL REGUA DOURO, DOURO VALLEY (4 STAR)

​A delightful city with a well-preserved historical centre and a maze of cobbled streets, Viseu is our destination this morning as we leave the Douro Valley behind us. We'll then continue to Aveiro, known as the 'Venice of Portugal' and one of the world's most beautiful destinations. Admire the traditional seaweed-harvesting 'moliceiro' boats, stunning
natural lagoons and elegant 19th century architecture, before we finally reach Coimbra for an overnight stay.
HOTEL DONA INES, COIMBRA (3 STAR)

​Today we'll explore Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal for over 100 years. Discover one of the oldest universities in Europe, with its magnificent baroque-style library and the New Cathedral – the current bishopric seat of the city. Next we'll visit Óbidos, surrounded by an old wall flanked by round towers and square bastions. The town was given by King Denis to his young wife, a gesture that was repeated by future monarchs until 1833. We'll explore the town, which is also known for its unique cherry liqueur, before finally heading to Lisbon for 3 nights.
HOTEL VILA GALE OPERA, LISBON (4 STAR)

​The beautiful Alto do Parque Belvedere offers brilliant views over Lisbon, and we'll head here to gaze over the city this morning. Admire the bronze statue of the Marques of Pombal, who rebuilt Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake, and explore the historic Rossio Square. A walking tour of the historic centre will introduce us to the magnificent St George Castle, which watches over the city from a towering hill, and Lisbon Cathedral – the city's oldest church and a National Monument. Next we'll explore the cobbled alleys and steep stairways of the ancient Alfama district, the Belém Tower, the imposing St Jerome Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries, before savouring the opportunity to sample the 'pastéis de Belém' – a deliciously sweet pastry served at Belém's famous pastry shop.
HOTEL VILA GALE OPERA, LISBON (4 STAR)

​Sintra is an enchanting town with a fascinating UNESCOlisted centre, and it's also our first stop on today's tour. See the spectacular Sintra National Palace where there will be free time to enter the palace and explore further if you wish (payable locally) or enjoy lunch before we begin our journey back to Lisbon. En route, we'll stop at Cape Roca – the most  westerly point of Continental Europe – and Cascais, an ancient fishing village which has been transformed into a cosmopolitan hotspot with its gorgeous beaches, picturesque gardens and pedestrianised old town. Just before we reach Lisbon, we'll take a panoramic tour of Estoril, once a summer retreat for royal families and now known for its sandy beaches and popular casino. This evening we'll gather together for a farewell dinner, the perfect finalé to y our Portuguese vacation.
HOTEL VILA GALE OPERA, LISBON (4 STAR)

At the end of the tour, you can join your fellow travellers
on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own
arrangements.

Accommodation

Located in Porto, close to the metro station, the hotel is only a 10 minute walk away from the famous Rua de Santa Catarina. Hotel facilities include restaurant and bar, as well as Health Club with a heated indoor pool, sauna and gym. Bedrooms have private facilities.
Located on the Douro, the hotel offers fantastic views over the river. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a bar, as well as an outdoor pool. Bedrooms have private facilities.
The hotel is located in the city beside the River Mondego and is a ten minute walk from the centre of Coimbra. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities.
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Vila Gale Porto

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Monday 06 May 2019

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Monday 03 Jun 2019

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Monday 02 Sep 2019

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