6 nights / 7 days at $1500 per person shared room or $2100 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 reception at 4pm with appetizers and local drinks. Get to know your fellow travelers and Happy guide for the week.
Hotel Check-in is at 2pm
4 Star Turim Terreiro do Paco
Day 2) Lisbon City Tour
Enjoy Complimentary breakfast. Start on Avenida da Liberdade, the city's big central boulevard. Although primarily known for its luxury shops and hotels, it's a great introduction to the city with its traditional pavement designs, ending at Restauradores Square where you'll find a tourism office, in case you need any information before you start sightseeing. Just steps away is the landmark Rossio Station with its unusual façade, and Rossio Square, the heart of the city. It's faced by the neoclassical National Theater, and it's where the Portuguese cobblestone pavement designs were born(these similar wave patterns are now famous in former Portuguese colonies, such as in Rio de Janeiro's beaches). Comércio Square which opens to the river, and where thousands of Jews were forced to be baptized in the 15th century.
CHIADO NEIGHBORHOOD| Lisbon's most elegant and trendiest neighborhood is where everyone meets for coffee, shopping, or before dinner and a night out in neighboring Bairro Alto. Most of the buildings are from the 1700s, although
many were restored in the 1990s by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, after their destruction by a devastating fire in 1988. It's a neighborhood that flashes back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the "Belle Époque" when writers such
as Fernando Pessoa and Eça de Queiroz used to write at the now-historic cafés. It's also the neighborhood of theaters, of charming old bookshops and major international brands, giving it a lively cosmopolitan ambience at any time of the
day. While visit Chiado, you'll pass by well-known international brands, but as you walk up Rua Garrett you'll see other local
treasures, like the world's oldest bookstore, Livraria Bertrand. A little further up is Café A Brasileira, where everyone
stops for coffee in the company of a statue of poet Fernando Pessoa. Another poet is remembered in Camões Square
just steps away.
FREE AFTERNOON IN LISBON
Hotel | Lisbon
Porto Bay Marquês 4*
Day 3) SINTRA: LENGEDARY CASTLES | NATURE AND ARCHITETURE
Enjoy complimentary breakfast. 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.
Dinner on your own
Overnight in Porto
Day 4) Porto Walking Tour, 6 Bridge Tour, and Port Wine Tasting
Enjoy complimentary breakfast. 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.
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
Hotel | In Porto
Hotel Portobay Teatro 4*
Day 5) Douro Valley / Winery Tour
Enjoy complimentary breakfast. 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.
Overnight in Douro Valley
Day 6) Depart for Obidos and Lisbon
Enjoy complimentary breakfast. 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
4 Star Turim Terreiro do Paco
Day 7) Today is your departure day.
Enjoy complimentary breakfast. There are no activities scheduled and checkout is at 11am
Airport is approximately 20-40 minutes away depending on traffic.
• Private transportation in comfortable Tour Bus with AC
• Guided Tours : Half Day Lisbon day OCT 7 / Full Day OCT 8, 9, 10 and 11.
• Tickets entrance: in the monuments/experiences ( S. Jorge Castle, Pena Palace, 6 bridges cruise Douro River,Wine Tasting Old Cellar Gaia, Wine Tasting Douro Pacheca )
• All Breakfasts Dinner in hotel in Douro Villa Galé Collection Douro
• Travel Agency Assistance on site.
• Professional tour guide in English.
What's not included
- Meals other than mentioned above.
- Airfares/Airport Taxes/Airport Transfers
Any other extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
Trip Insurance and if still required Covid Testing
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
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Terms and Conditions
Group Trip Cancellations.
If YCSMH has to cancel a group trip because a country has closed its borders, everyone will have a choice of receiving a refund or being rolled over to another group trip. The decision to cancel a group trip will be determined by myself and our local guides.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT
If you cancel a booking and cannot find a replacement the FULL deposit amount will be lost from the original person making the reservation.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT - $100 Penalty
If YOU cancel and find your own replacement that “helps” but it doesn’t alleviate the time and effort I must spend to get your replacement up to speed (answer questions and send previous emails). A $100 fee will be charged if you cancel and find your own replacement.
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
Full payments for all Happy trips are due 60 days before departure. If you cancel the trip you will not be eligible to receive a refund. You will need to file a claim with your insurance provider. As a rule most tour vendors, charter companies and hotels require full payment 60 days before arrival. Once we have made reservations MOST resorts, Charter companies, rental shops, etc hold YCSMH financially responsible (i.e. we have to pay them, hence we expect YOU to pay us).
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
In the event of a cancellation, YCSMH will gladly help find a replacement but the responsibility to find the replacement is that of the person canceling. If you find a replacement to fill your spot you will be eligible for a full refund minus a $100 fee.
If YCSMH finds you a replacement you will receive a refund minus the trip deposit. As I mentioned there is a considerable amount of time and effort spent to send out emails to your replacement to get them up to speed.
I hope this helps clarify our terms as we all navigate through this post pandemic world. For those of us who are passionate travelers the small inconveniences of testing, insurance and entry requirements are well worth it.
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