Picturesque Portugal

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Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Sep 2021
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From $2,499
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Sep 2021
Tour Overview

​When deciding where to travel solo, Portugal should definitely be your first choice. Replete with old-fashioned charm, quaint villages, and towns dotted amongst flower-strewn countryside, there's so much to take in and experience here. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a country bordering Spain and, as such, shares a warm Mediterranean climate that attracts holidaymakers of all kinds. Whether you consider yourself a culture vulture or scenery seeker, Portugal has something for everyone. As well as the mainland, Portugal also counts the picturesque island of Madeira – often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Atlantic' – among its territories. Wherever you decide to visit in Portugal, count on Just You to provide you with everything needed for the trip of a lifetime.​


  • 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 welcome & farewell drink
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure, plus other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Porto 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) and rich port wine​
  • UNESCO-listed Sintra
  • Cosmopolitan Cascais

Itinerary

Day 1 Porto

​Make your own way to Porto 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 Porto

Porto, 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 Porto 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 Porto - 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

Days 7 - 87 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

Days 88 - 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 Opera

Your hotel is located in front of the Tagus River and 10 minutes away from the historic city centre. The hotel was renovated in 2014 with modern décor inspired by opera. Many of its rooms offer spectacular views onto the Tagus River. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and Health club. Bedrooms have private facilities.