Holiday Itinerary Best of Portugal

Day 1 UK - Porto

Travelsphere’s Private Chauffeur service collects you from home for your flight to Porto today, after which we will transfer you to your hotel. D

Day 2 Porto

After a good night's sleep you'll be ready to explore, so let's head out on a sightseeing tour of Porto, Portugal's second-largest city. We'll begin outside the Baroque Clérigos Church and admire its striking 75-metre-tall bell tower, one of the city's most iconic sights. Next we'll visit the beautiful Lello bookstore, which is said to have inspired JK Rowling when she penned the Harry Potter story, and then there's free time for lunch. Afterwards we'll head to Ribeira, the city's UNESCO-listed Old Town, where pretty pastel-coloured buildings line the waterfront. Here we'll visit the famous Stock Exchange Palace – a magnificent Neoclassical building, with a spectacularly lavish ballroom. 

A memorable cruise along the Douro River provides wonderful views of the city's bridges, the Old Town and Vila Nova de Gaia. This city on the left bank of the river is famous for its port wine cellars. To complete our tour we head for an olive oil tasting session in the city centre where you can sample olive leaf tea, green and black olives in canapé format, and olives preserved in olive oil and seasoned with lemon, bay leaves and herbs. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 3 Esposende - at Leisure

The choice is yours today, you can head out and make your own discoveries, or join an optional excursion and explore a little further afield. First of all you'll head to the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo. The streets of its historic centre are lined with fine examples of Manueline, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Deco architecture, and the city is known for its production of traditional gold filigree. Next you'll visit elegant Braga, the capital of the Minho province and a famous pilgrimage centre. The cathedral here is one of the oldest in Portugal, and you'll have time to step inside before visiting the famous Bom Jesus Shrine. At this popular pilgrimage site, a Baroque stairway leads up to a magnificent church, and fabulous views await those who climb to the top.

After free time for lunch, you'll visit the charming city of Guimarães whose historic town centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Guimarães is regarded as the birth place of Portugal and its extensive history is reflected in the variety of national monuments and historic buildings found within the city. Here you can wander around the narrow streets of the medieval quarter, see houses adorned with ornate balconies and admire the façade of a 1,000-year-old castle. (B, D)

Day 4 Douro Valley - Viseu

After breakfast, we're going to visit Quinta da Aveleda, famous for its production of the Portuguese wine, Vinho Verde. The estate has ​been owned by the same family for nearly 150 years. We'll learn more on a guided tour, before a tasting rounds off our visit. The day continues as we drive towards the Douro Valley, stopping in Régua to visit a port wine producer for a tour and tasting. After free time for lunch, we'll make our way to Lamego, where the 18th century Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. A wonderful stairway decorated with colourful tiles, fountains and statues zigzags its way up to the church, and is a truly remarkable work of art.

Leaving the Douro Valley behind, our final destination today is the historic town of Viseu, where we'll stay overnight. Its well-preserved centre is filled with winding alleys and cobblestone streets, and there are lots of lovely restaurants if you fancy heading out for dinner. (B)

Day 5 Coimbra - Batalha - Óbidos

Today we'll explore Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal for over 100 years. Highlights include the university, one of the oldest in Europe, and the New Cathedral with its ornate golden interior. Our next stop is the impressive UNESCO-listed Batalha Monastery, which contains the tomb of Prince Henry the Navigator – one of the early pioneers of the Age of Discovery. By now you will have worked up an appetite for lunch, so we'll head to the fishing village of Nazaré, where you'll find plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from.

Finally we'll arrive in the town of Óbidos, which is 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. (B)

Day 6 Lisbon - Estoril

You're heading to Lisbon this morning, where a tour by tuk-tuk will introduce you to the narrow streets and best-kept secrets of the city centre. You'll pass Saint George Castle, the imposing Lisbon Cathedral and see a more traditional side of the city in Alfama, with its maze of steep and twisting narrow streets. After free time for lunch, your tour continues by coach. You'll head to Belém, the site from where Portugal's famous navigators set sail during the Age of Discovery. Nowadays it is a leafy suburb, and you'll see the St Jerome Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries and the iconic Belém Tower, with its intricate balconies and turrets.

Later, we will transfer you to the fashionable resort of Estoril for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 7 Estoril - at Leisure

You may want to spend the final day of your holiday relaxing at the hotel or on the beach. Alternatively, if you want to carry on exploring, we offer an optional excursion to Sintra and Cascais.

Attracted by Sintra's slightly cooler climate, Portugal's noble and well-to-do citizens once built exquisite palaces and mansions in the town, including the spectacular Sintra National Palace, which we will see. 

As we head back towards Lisbon, you'll stop at Cabo da Roca – the westernmost point of Continental Europe – and at Cascais, an ancient fishing village with gorgeous beaches, pretty gardens and a delightful Old Town. A tour of Estoril rounds off your excursion and this evening we'll get together for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 8 Lisbon - UK

Travelsphere’s Private Chauffeur service collects you from home for your flight to Porto today, after which we will transfer you to your hotel. (B)

Meals included B = Breakfast. D = Dinner

Departure dates and prices 2022 Best of Portugal

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Departure Dates & Airport Prices from Departure Dates & Airport Prices from
9 May - Manchester £1448 6 June - Gatwick
£1399
9 May - Gatwick
£1349 5 September - Manchester
£1498
6 June - Manchester
£1498 5 September - Gatwick £1498

The holiday price may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking.  Airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.  Alternative dates may be available but not yet guaranteed, call for details. Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents. All holidays subject to Travelsphere Terms & Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

 

Lisbon

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Best of Portugal

Holidays by Air 8 Days 2022

Prices from £1349

This fabulous journey takes in the best of Portugal's highlights. Start your adventure with a tour of Porto, famously the home of port wine, and where the Baroque Clérigos Church is a highlight.

Enjoy a cruise of the Douro River and indulge in an olive tasting session, before heading to Quinta da Aveleda, famous for its production of Vinho Verde wine.

Enjoy a winery tour and wine-tasting, before heading to Régua to find out about port wine. There's plenty of history and culture in store with visits the remarkable 18th century Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, and the historic town of Viseu. Explore Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal for over 100 years, with highlights including one of the oldest libraries in Europe and the impressive UNESCO-listed Batalha Monastery.

Your tour ends in Lisbon, where a tuk-tuk tour introduces Saint George castle and the imposing Lisbon Cathedral.

Best of Portugal

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Porto, including a cruise on the Douro River
  • Authentic Porto olive leaf tea and olive oil tasting 
  • Learn about Portugal’s famous Vinho Verde wine 
  • Discover the spectacular Douro Valley 
  • Port wine-tasting 
  • The town of Viseu 
  • Visit the impressive Batalha Monastery 
  • The fortified town of Óbidos 
  • Tour of Lisbon by tuk-tuk 
  • Lisbon's Belém district and St Jerome Monastery ​

Accommodation as specified or similar

Day 1 - 3 Hotel Suave Mar

The Hotel Suave Mar (3-star plus) is a charming hotel facing the beautiful Cávado River in Esposende. Peaceful days can be spent relaxing by the outdoor pool, before enjoying delicious evening meals served in the Foz restaurant, which serves international dishes in front of a cosy fireplace. After-dinner drinks can be enjoyed in the elegant piano bar. Other facilities include a pool-side bar, tennis courts and a gym. Guest rooms feature en suite facilities and a spacious sitting area.

Day 4 Hotel Grao Vasco

In the heart of Viseu, the historical Hotel Grao Vasco was the first big hotel in town. Facilities include a renowned restaurant, outdoor pool, amd a spa with indoor pool, sauna, turkish bath and gym.

Day 5 Josefa d'Obidos Hotel

This hotel has a chic modern design and is situated in the authentically Portuguese town of Óbidos. At the property there is an in-house restaurant as well as an outdoor terrace area to relax in. Complementary WIFI is available, and rooms are air-conditioned.

Day 6 - 7 Vila Gale Estoril

Vila Gale Estoril is located in a very picturesque setting and combines this with a great range of facilities. Guests can enjoy local food and wine at the in-house restaurant, and there is also a bar to relax in. There is also an outdoor pool, and the beach is just a short walk away. Rooms come furnished with air-conditioning and a TV.

Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

What's Included

  • Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service
  • Return flights from Gatwick with easyJet
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels 
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions ​

More flight choices are available, see price panel for details. Supplements may apply

Optional excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Estoril - Visit Sintra and Cascais from £51

Attracted by Sintra’s slightly cooler climate, Portugal’s noble citizens built exquisite palaces and mansions here, including the Sintra National Palace, which we’ll see. As we head back towards Lisbon, you’ll stop at Cabo da Roca – the westernmost point of Continental Europe – and at Cascais, an ancient fishing village with gorgeous beaches and a delightful Old Town. A tour of Estoril rounds off your excursion.

Esposende - Explore Viana do Castelo, Braga and Guimaraes from £52

First of all, you’ll head to the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo. The streets of its historic centre are lined with fine examples of Manueline, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Deco architecture, and the city is known for its production of traditional gold filigree. Next, you’ll visit elegant Braga, a famous pilgrimage centre. The cathedral here is one of the oldest in Portugal, and you’ll have time to step inside before visiting the famous Bom Jesus Shrine.


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