A Week In... Portugal

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Portugal may be small but it's big on vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty that invite intimate exploration. Discover the seafaring charms of the coast, the lush river valley vineyards, the hilltop castles and villages in its alpine interior and monuments to man-made achievements during stays in gracious palace hotels and pousadas.

Portugal may be small but it's big on vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty that invite intimate exploration. Discover the seafaring charms of the coast, the lush river valley vineyards, the hilltop castles and villages in its alpine interior and monuments to man-made achievements during stays in gracious palace hotels and pousadas. Spend two nights in the ancient port city of Porto with guided visits to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Douro Wine Region and the historic center of Oporto. Your unique accommodation in Évora is a converted, 15th-century convent, setting the scene for guided exploration of the Convent of the Order of Christ and the historic city, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, plus wine and olive oil tastings in the country; and in Lisbon, a two-night stay in Portugal's capital city showcases Jerónimos Monastery on a city tour and includes a hands-on visit to the Tile Museum, and excursions to seaside Cascais and Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unique experiences include visits to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites on guided visits with local experts; private dinner at the National Palace of Queluz (Palacio de Queluz); guided visit to the Tile Museum for unique insights on the history and craftsmanship of this revered Portuguese art; and tastings of world-famous port wine and olive oil during a tour and lunch at a renowned winery.

Highlights
Unique experiences include visits to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites on guided visits with local experts; a private dinner at the National Palace of Queluz (Palacio de Queluz); guided visit to the Tile Museum for unique insights on the history and craftsmanship of this revered Portuguese art; and tastings of world-famous port wine and olive oil during a tour and lunch at a renowned winery; enjoy stays at an historic palace and luxury hotels.
Destinations visited
  • Lisbon
  • Monsaraz
  • Douro River
  • Tomar
  • University of Coimbra
  • Coimbra
  • Cascais
  • Royal Palace
  • Sintra
  • Europe
  • Porto
  • Portugal
Tags
  • Luxury
  • Cultural
Day 1: Arrive Porto
Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Freixo Palace Hotel. A transfer is included from Porto Int'l Airport to Freixo Palace Hotel in the city's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built as a lavish residence for the Dean of Cathedral Porto in 1750, the hotel is a restored rococo palace whose interior includes a richly paneled salon and a hall of mirrors with frescoes and gilded columns. Amenities include a spa, Turkish bath, and an outdoor pool with views of the city skyline. Today you'll get a guided tour of Porto's historic district and its beguiling architecture, from medieval to baroque to Beaux-Arts, winding alleyways, miradouros (lookout points), opulent palaces and churches. Public art is everywhere in the boldly colored painted tiles (azulejos) that adorn city buildings. Please join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Freixo Palace Hotel
Meals: D
Port of Call: Porto, Portugal


Day 2: Porto & Portugal's mountain vineyards
Colorful, eclectic Porto rises on staggered hills beside the Douro River where the river empties into the Atlantic. Port wine originated here in the 17th century and is still the region's mainstay product, brought down from the vineyards of the Douro River Valley. Begin the day with a drive through the valley and some of the most unusual and breathtaking wine country in the world - where the serpentine river winds along deep gorges and mountains ringed with terraces and carved into vast patchworks of vineyard estates, and baroque villas, like hilltop castles, dot the landscape. The hardy grape varieties suitable for port are all native to the region and thrive in the sandy, infertile soil with roots that reach down thirty feet or more in search of water. Stop at a winery for a tour and tasting, followed by lunch. Return to your palatial hotel in Porto's historic district to relax and spend the afternoon and evening as you please.


Overnight: Freixo Palace Hotel
Meals: B, L
Port of Call: Porto, Portugal


Day 3: Explore Coimbra & Óbidos
This morning travel to Coimbra, located on the Mondego River in central Portugal, for a guided tour of one of the oldest universities in the world. The University of Coimbra was actually founded in Lisbon in 1290 but relocated here in 1308. While walking through the campus, take note of the uniforms its students wear; they were the inspiration for the attire worn by Harry Potter and his classmates. Visit its 18th-century library, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some 56,000 volumes, many of which date from the 16th to 18th centuries. After lunch as you wish, continue to the hilltop walled town of Óbidos, described by Condé Nast Traveler as "a medieval town that looks like it was lifted from the pages of a fairy tale." Enjoy time to wander along its cobbled streets that meander up to the ramparts, passing picturesque whitewashed houses charming with cascading bougainvillea and painted doors of every color. According to a popular legend, ever since King Dinis gifted this pretty town to his beloved Queen Isabel de Aragon in the 13th century, princes have offered it to their brides too. Stay overnight at the seaside Praia D'EI Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort in Óbidos.


Overnight: Praia D'El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Monte Real, Portugal


Day 4: Centuries of history - Tomar & Évora
After a leisurely morning, depart for Tomar and its hilltop monastery, Convento de Cristo, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1162 by the Grand Master of the Templars, the convent towers over the narrow shop-lined streets of the village below. Explore the wonders inside this labyrinthine complex that includes the fortified Round Church, the "Bread" Cloister, the Refectory and more. Enjoy lunch at a local tavern, before heading for the walled medieval town of Évora, set among cork groves of the Alentejo region. Your accommodations for the next two nights are in a restored convent hotel outside of town. Dinner tonight is at leisure at the hotel.


Overnight: Convento do Espinheiro
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Évora, Portugal


Day 5: Évora, wine & olive oil
Start your day with a walking tour of Évora's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your local guide peels back its layers of history with stories about its Roman roots, its Moorish influences, and its glory years in the Middle Ages as a seat of learning and the arts. Then drive into the heart of Alentejo wine country to the Herdade do Esporão winery, established in 1267. Learn about wine and olive oil production on a guided tour of the winery and enjoy wine and olive oil tastings during lunch on the grounds. Return to your hotel in Évora where the rest of the day is at leisure.


Overnight: Convento do Espinheiro
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Évora, Portugal


Day 6: Lisbon, painted tiles, a monastery & more
Travel to Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, this morning, for a two-night stay. En route to your hotel, visit the National Tile Museum, dedicated to the art and history of azulejos, painted ceramic tiles. A city tour includes the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery, whose Gothic cloisters are steeped in architectural art reflecting centuries of wealth from the sea trade. Dinner tonight is a Tauck Exclusive - a private visit and dinner in the gilded ballroom of Palacio de Queluz, a lavish 18th-century royal retreat, exquisitely designed and decorated.


Overnight: InterContinental Lisbon
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Lisbon, Portugal


Day 7: Sintra, National Palace of Pena, Caiscais & a farewell evening
Journey to Sintra this morning for a guided visit to the colorful National Palace of Pena, crowning a mountain peak, and resplendent with yellow and pink painted buildings, crenellated turrets, and a medley of architectural styles. Meander through picturesque landscapes to the beach town of Cascais on the Portuguese Riviera for lunch as you wish. Return to Lisbon for time at leisure before joining us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight.


Overnight: InterContinental Lisbon
Meals: B, D
Port of Call: Lisbon, Portugal


Day 8: Journey home
Tour ends: Lisbon. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from InterContinental Lisbon to Lisbon Airport. You should allow a minimum of 3½ hours for flight check-in.


Overnight:
Meals: B
Port of Call: Lisbon, Portugal


  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Private dinner at the lavish Palacio de Queluz
  • Two nights at the Freixo Palace Hotel, a restored 18th-century palace in charming Porto
  • Visits to Portugal's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic centers of Porto, Évora and Sintra, Tomar's Convento de Cristo & the University of Coimbra
  • Wine tasting tour and lunch in the Douro Valley; wine and olive oil tastings in the Alentejo region
  • Visit to the National Tile Museum to learn about the tradition of creating azulejos, ceramic tiles whose bold colors and designs are seen throughout Lisbon
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 18 meals, service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

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