A Week In... Portugal

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Start: Porto, Portugal
Finish: Lisbon, Portugal
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Overview

Discover the seafaring charms of the coast, the lush river valley vineyards, the hilltop castles and villages in its alpine interior and monuments to grandiose man-made achievements... Portugal may be small... but it’s big on vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty that invites intimate exploration. 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 includes 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, and tastings of world-famous port wine and olive oil during a tour and lunch at a renowned winery. .......read more
Highlights
  • Wine tasting tour and lunch in 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
  • Two nights at the Hotel Infante Sagres, a restored 18th-century palace in charming Porto
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted

Itinerary

Location: Porto, Portugal

Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Hotel Infante Sagres. A transfer is included from Porto Int’l Airport to Hotel Infante Sagres in the city’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided ride aboard a traditional Rabelo boat along the Douro River in Porto this afternoon. Please join us tonight for a welcome reception followed by dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Infante Sagres

Meals: Dinner

Location: Porto, Portugal

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 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, including the historic São Bento train station, which you'll see. Visit a port wine cellar for a tour and tasting before lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Douro. Return to your newly restored hotel in Porto’s historic district to relax and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening as you please.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Infante Sagres

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: Óbidos, Portugal

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 in Coimbra, head to the town of Tomar, set within one of the most fertile regions on the Iberian Peninsula. One of Portugal's historical jewels, the town was established inside the walls of the Convento de Cristo, a former Roman Catholic convent originally built as a stronghold of the Knights Templar in the late 12th century. On a guided tour of the Convento, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the wonders inside this labyrinthine complex that includes the fortified Round Church, the “Bread” Cloister, the Refectory and more, and learn how the Convento and Tomar itself became especially important in the 15th century as a center of Portuguese overseas expansion under Henry the Navigator. Continue on to the seaside Praia D’EI Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort in Óbidos for an overnight stay.

Accommodation Name: Praia D'El Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Evora, Portugal

Spend the morning exploring on your own in 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. After lunch, head for Évora, a walled medieval town of whitewashed houses and wrought-iron balconies, where you'll visit a family-owned cork factory with your local guide. Check into your luxury hotel, a restored 15th-century convent outside of town, where dinner tonight is at your leisure.

Accommodation Name: Convento do Espinheiro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Evora, Portugal

Start your day with a walking tour of Évora’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including its beautiful botanical gardens. The city’s history reaches back 2,000 years; Portuguese kings resided here during the country’s Golden Age, and you’ll see royal palaces rich in Manueline architecture as your local guide peels back Évora’s 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. After lunch, return to your hotel in Évora and spend the rest of the day and evening as you wish.

Accommodation Name: Convento do Espinheiro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Depart Évora and head for Portugal's colorful capital city of Lisbon; upon arrival, enjoy a guided visit to the Gulbenkian Museum, followed by a walk and food tasting tour of the Alfama and Mouraria districts with your local guide. This afternoon's sightseeing includes a guided tour of the Belem district, a visit to the Monument to the Discoveries, and Jeronimos Monastery, where Vasco da Gama and Portugal’s kings are buried (subject to availability).  Check into your landmark Lisbon hotel on the luxurious Avenida da Liberdade, and spend the evening as you please in this historic city.

Accommodation Name: Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Today, visit Sintra – a romantic city of castles, monuments, and palatial estates, where your morning includes a tour of the National Palace of Pena, a Romanesque retreat crowning a mountain peak, and resplendent with yellow and pink painted buildings, crenellated turrets, and a medley of architectural styles; it was inspired by castles on the Rhine. After some free time to explore as you wish in Sintra, meander through picturesque landscapes to the beach town of Cascais on the Portuguese Riviera for a walking tour; return to Lisbon for an afternoon spent as you please. Then join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner at a local venue in Portugal's historic capital.

Accommodation Name: Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Tour ends: Lisbon. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa to Lisbon Airport. You should allow a minimum of 3½ hours for flight check-in.

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

  • Wine tasting tour and lunch in 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
  • Two nights at the Hotel Infante Sagres, a restored 18th-century palace in charming Porto
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted

Reviews

5* Unforgettable Portugal Trip
This is our 4th Tauck trip and it was as fabulous as the rest! The hotels and food were excellent and the local guides very knowledgeable. Our tour director was attentive and took great care of us. An additional day in Lisbon would allow time to visit sites like Alfama and Rua Augusta not covered on the tour. Cork factory tour not needed. Dinner at the Queluz Palace, Porto boat ride, tile painting in Lisbon, all the sweets and treats we were surprised with daily, Fourth of July decorations in the bus.
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Date: 16-Jul-2018

5* Wonderful !!!!
From start to finish, TAUCK exceeded my expectations !! This 8 day itinerary was well thought out to give us quick access to many known sites from Porto to Lisbon. This travel to Portugal was exactly what I was looking for. Not too much big city, lots of interesting History and culture, Accommodations with comfort, class, and local flare! It would be hard to pick my favorite because I so enjoyed everything we saw. Evora, with the Convento do Espinheiro Hotel. The Knights templar history to the Palace for dinner outside Lisbon to our visit to the castle in Sintra. I also enjoyed fellow travelers, fun tour guide, and felt all my senses were filled to great satisfaction!
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Date: 05-Jun-2017

4* Portugal Today
We enjoyed our adventure in Portugal. This is the 5th tour Tauck had in this region. Still a few kinks in the trip. The one night stay in a northern town was way too quick. A two night minimum would be best. The food selections were only about 70% on target. This may be Portugal or not. Nonetheless not 100% as in our other Tauck trips. The winery in Oporto.
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Date: 19-Jun-2017

5* A Week in Portugal
Toured 16-26 May 2018. I've taken 9 trips with Tauck and this one was right up there with Italy and Ireland, my two favorites. 1st day: Train/bus trip up Duoro valley from Porto, boat down Duoro River to Porto. GREAT day trip. 2nd-9th days: comprehensive coverage of muslim period, Knight Templars, Henry the Navigator, gilded cathedrals, special TOMAR: The monastery here holds much of Portuguese history within its walls - It began as an 8th C. moorish fortress until taken by the Knight Templars in the 12th C., served as their monastery until bequeathed to the order of Christ in ca. 14th C. Prince Henry the Navigator became the order's master ca. 15th C. and began the Age of Exploration.
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Date: 06-Jun-2018

5* Maravilhoso Portugal!
This was my fifth Tauck trip, and it lived up to all of the expectations of prior trips. The itinerary was a great general overview of what Portugal is and has to offer. Our Tour Director was well-organized, fun, and instructive. The hotels were all top-notch. The food-delicious. The other guests congenial. I wouldn't change a thing! Pena Palace in Sintra. Queluz Palace for a private dinner. Evora and Obidos.The friendliness and helpfulness of the Portuguese people.
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Date: 15-Jun-2018

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Start: Porto, Portugal
Finish: Lisbon, Portugal
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