6 nights / 7 days at $1400 per person shared room or $1900 for your own private room. 3 nights in Lisbon- 2 nights in Porto, and 1 night in Douro Valley. This Happy trip to Portugal is loaded with some of the best tours you could image. Our hotels on this tour are all 4 star properties located in the heart of the city center. The trip originates and ends in the gorgeous city of Lisbon. Here are some of the highlights. (A detailed tour of each day can be found by clicking on the itinerary button)
Day 1) Arrive into Lisbon (LIS)
Today is your arrival day. We will have a meet and greet at 4pm at the Santa Marta Restaurant which is located across the street. To make things easy let's all meet at the hotel lobby at 3:45pm and we will walk over to the restaurant together.
Hotel Check-in is at 2pm
Night accommodation | Inspira Boutique hotel 4*
Day 2) Lisbon City Tour
On the right bank of the broad Tagus river estuary, the capital of Portugal graciously reclines over rolling hills. This is a spectacular geographical location and does much to explain the cosmopolitan history of the city. Its exceptional natural light, which has long inspired writers, photographs and filmmakers.
Start by explore the most iconic places of Lisbon downtown | Park Edward VII, Avenida da Liberdade, Squares of Rossio and Restauradores, St. Dominic's Church (18th century), taste the Ginjinha liquor, Baixa Pombalina (Pombaline Downtown), Praça do Comércio.
WALKING TOUR ALFAMA | Alfama is one of Lisbon’s most genuine neighborhoods – its architecture presents the unique characteristics of old and colorful buildings that give it a joyful character and tranquility. While walking throughthe disordered and narrow streets of Alfama, you’ll feel like you’re in a small village, witnessing conversations between neighbors, listening to Fado echoing through the stairways and being able to see the Tejo River from another perspective.
CASTELO DE SÃO JORGE | One of Lisbon’s most distinctive monuments, being situated on the city’s highest hill.It is generally agreed to afford the best view over the city and the River Tagus.
Day 3) SINTRA: LENGEDARY CASTLES | NATURE AND ARCHITETURE
SINTRA is a town of palaces, landscapes, culture, Art and also of great romantics who passed through here. Learn about the ancient myths of Celtic bards, the Moorish legends, the passions of the Christian Reconquest and a masonry that makes this site so unique in the world and yet so magical! There were several romantic figures that have passed in Sintra. From literature to music, the town of Sintra has inspired various figures and dazzled others with its mystical and charming environment.
In the morning, we visit the Historical Centre of Sintra, with visit to the traditional narrow streets full of flowers and local craft shops, viewpoints. Continue to PENA ROYAL PALACE (Tickets entrance included on the budget), in the top10 of the most beautiful palaces in the world!
A real enchanted palace. One of the most beautiful examples of the romantic revival of the 19th century. Built on the site of a former convent of friars from the Order of St. Jerome. A fantasy from King Fernando of Saxe Coburg-Gotha. A palace with a complexity of styles: neo-Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Islamic and neo-Renaissance.
Depart from Sintra after lunch to Porto.
Dinner on your own
Overnight in Porto
Day 4) Porto Walking Tour, 6 Bridge Tour, and Port Wine Tasting
On this walking tour, do not miss MIRADOURO DA VITÓRIA, between Flores Street and Ribeira. Yes, Porto is beautiful every day and from every side. But you can always find secret hideaways where the view is even nicer.
Lello & Irmão book store.
São Bento Railway Station (consider one of the most beautiful railway stations in the all world).
Free time for lunch in Porto Downtown.
2:30 pm – We will embark for the 6 Bridges Cruise in the Douro river, during one hour.
4:00 pm - Port Wine Old Cellar tour with a special tasting of these wines.
Dinner on your own
Overnight in Porto
Day 5) Douro Valley / Winery Tour
In the morning, we leave Porto to discover the enchanted Douro Valley. On the way to Douro Valley, we make our first stop in AMARANTE.
All visitors, in Amarante, will most certainly be impressed by two imposing natural features: the great Serra do Marão rising above the city in a series of majestic landscapes and the River Tâmega, the longest tributary of the river Douro, whose journey begins in Galicia and which flows through the heart of Amarante, giving added colour to the picturesque houses standing on its banks.
The bridge at Amarante perpetuates the memory of the local population ́s heroic resistance against Napoleon's troops, who invaded Portugal in the early nineteenth century. Amarante's sweets and cakes are extremely famous and easy to find in many of the region's cake-shops and cafés.
We continue our way towards the great Douro Valley passing through some small hilltop villages with granite “espigueiros” (granaries used for drying and storing corn), breathtaking landscape and then going down towards the Douro River, where the vines grow in terraces on the banks of the river, lending great beauty to the landscape, with large estates and manor houses.
Afternoon | Winery Experience
Visit a family winery famous for producing famous Red table wines and Green Table Wines, a light chilled wine only produced in this area with Alvarinho grape variety.
Guided visit to Quinta da Pacheca Estate and wine stomping. Visit the vineyards, the winepresses, the old winery, the wine Cellar, and tasting with 2 Douro wines and 2 port wines. After this tour there is a possibility to participate in the wine press to tread the grapes as tradition dictates. Shorts will be provided for participation in the grapes treading. There will also be a zone for customers to change. You will be offered an official vintage t-shirt for the current year. (There are no dates for next year's harvest season yet. The harvest is expected to take place on 13 September, but this is not taken for granted as it depends on several factors. Thus this last activity will take place if the harvest season has already opened)
Enjoy a traditional Buffet Dinner. It includes starters buffet, soup, meat barbecue, desserts, fruit and Coffee. Beverages: Quinta da Pacheca wine selection, soft drinks and mineral water.
Hotel | Douro Valley Quinta da Pacheca Estate
Day 6) Depart for Obidos and Lisbon
Depart from Douro Valley after lunch to discover an amazing medieval town in the West Coast. Óbidos is a charming and picturesque medieval hilltop village. The delightful town of Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. D. Dinis later presented it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. From then until 1883, the town of Óbidos and the surrounding land was always the property of the queens of Portugal.
Explore Óbidos by foot, visit the historic heritage of Óbidos, covering the different monuments and places of interest of the town, such as: Town Gate, St. Mary's Square, St. Mary's Church, Almshouse Church, St. Peter's Church, Main Street and the Castle, among others.
We plan to arrive back to Lisbon between 5-6pm
Hotel | Lisbon
Inspira boutique 4* http://www.inspirahotels.com/en/boutique-hotel-in-lisbon
Day 7) Today is your departure day. There are no activities scheduled. Checkout is at 11am
Airport is approximately 20-40 minutes away depending on traffic.
6 Night accommodations with breakfast included
Private Transportation in a Mini Bus.
Fuel, tolls and parks.
Private Professional Tour Guide in English.
Travel Agency Assistance on site.
Entrance tickets to the monuments and activities as described . São Jorge Castle in Lisbon, Pena Palace in Sintra, , Wine Tour and wine tasting in a Port Wine cellar in Porto, Lello & Irmão Library in Porto, Visit to a Douro Wine Valley, Wine Tour with Wine Tasting and dinner in Quinta da Pacheca Estate, Traditional Grapes Stomping, Under the 6 Bridges Douro Cruise in Porto).
- One dinner at Pacheca Estate.
- Not Included
- Meals other then mentioned above.
- Airfares/Airport Taxes/Airport Transfers
Any other extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
Lisbon touristic fee: 1 EUR per night and per person Porto Touristic fee: 2 Euro per night and per person
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Getting to Lisbon
There are nonstop flights to Lisbon (LIS) on almost every major North American carrier. Tap Air also operates nonstop flights Boston, New York, Miami, and Newark. You can also connect thru many European gateways. Here are a list of airlines serving Lisbon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon_Airport