Picturesque Portugal

From $2,149
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Sep 2021
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From $2,149
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Sep 2021
Tour Overview

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

  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Excursions Included
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guides
  • 7 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 9 Included Meals : 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners including a welcome & farewell drink
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure, plus other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Oporto tour including River Douro cruise
  • Visit Gaia’s famous port wine cellars for a tasting
  • Douro Valley, including visits to Guimaraes, Mateus & Pinhao
  • Tours of charming Viseu & Aveiro – the ‘Venice of Portugal’
  • Visit the medieval towns of Coimbra & Obidos
  • Lisbon city tour
  • Sample traditional pasteis de Belem (custard tarts) & rich port wine​
  • UNESCO-listed Sintra
  • Cosmopolitan Cascais

Itinerary

Day 1 Oporto

​Make your own way to Oporto where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. Get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner this evening.​
Meals included: D

Day 2 Oporto

Oporto, known for its production of port wine, is a lively city set on a great gorge of the River Douro. We’ll explore on today’s tour, taking in the Baroque Clérigos Church, whose soaring bell tower can be glimpsed throughout the city, before stepping inside the famous Lello Bookstore (at additional cost), one of the country’s oldest bookshops and amongst the best in the world. 

Perhaps join some of your fellow travellers for lunch before we visit 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.

Meals included: B

Day 3 Oporto - Douro Valley

With a UNESCO-listed historic centre, Guimarães is the 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.​

Meals included: B

Day 4 Viseu & Aveiro

​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, where we stay tonight.​

Meals included: B

Day 5 Douro Valley - Coimbra

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. Our final destination today is Lisbon .

Meals included: B

Day 6 Lisbon

The beautiful Alto do Parque Belvedere offers stunning views of 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. We’ll then have the chance to sample the famous ‘pastéis de Belém’ – a deliciously sweet pastry at Belém’s famous pastry shop.​

Meals included: B

Day 7 Sintra & Cascais

​Sintra is an enchanting town with a fascinating UNESCO-listed centre, and it’s the first stop on today’s tour. See the spectacular Sintra National Palace, which for an extra cost you can enter, or enjoy a delicious 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 thanks to its gorgeous beaches, picturesque gardens and pedestrianized 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.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport​, please see www.justyou.com/transfers

Meals included: B

Accommodation

Vila Gale Porto

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.

Hotel Regua Douro

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.

Hotel Dona Ines

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.

Vila Gale Estoril

Vila Gale Estoril is located in a very picturesque setting and combines this with a great range of facilities. Guests can enjoy local food and wine at the in-house restaurant, and there is also a bar to relax in. There is also an outdoor pool, and the beach is just a short walk away. Rooms come furnished with air-conditioning and a TV.