Portugal’s Great New World discoveries brought the country trade and wealth, and left their mark throughout the Kingdom. Witness this legacy, from the sunny beaches of the Algarve to the vineyards of the Douro Valley.
AAA Vacations Amenity
$80 optional experience voucher
- Deliciously authentic dining
- Hand-picked hotels in central and scenic locations
- Small group camaraderie: groups are never more than 40 and an average of 32
- Jerónimos Monastery
- Famous Roman Temple
- Capela dos ossos
Day 1 -Welcome to Lisbon
Day 2 – Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries
Explore the spacious avenues of the Lower Town. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, erected to protect Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you visit.
Day 3 – The Algarve
Cross the River Tagus and head for the sun-drenched southern coast to reach Lagos, a fishing port nestled on the bay of Meia Praia. After free time to explore, continue to your resort hotel set within a magnificent 360-acre estate.
Day 4 – Relaxed Start – Everlasting Évora
Journey to the medieval walled city of Évora. Join your Local Expert to explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Roman Temple and visit the Capela dos Ossos, an extraordinary 17th century chapel comprising the skulls and bones of 5,000 bodies.
Day 5 – Relaxed Start – Monsaraz and Évora
Travel to the striking white village of Monsaraz, situated on an imposing hilltop, surrounded by cork oaks and vineyards. Meet a local boat captain and hear tales of life upon the water during your leisurely cruise. Sit down to a delicious Highlight Lunch in a local restaurant that was formerly an olive oil mill.
Day 6 – Scenic drive to Óbidos, Fátima and Tomar
Journey to the fortified town of Óbidos. Walk inside its walls to explore the craft shops, art galleries and flower-laden houses that line the narrow, medieval streets. Continue to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned place of pilgrimage. See the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions. Proceed to Tomar and visit one of Portugal’s historical jewels, the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your Local Expert, explore the octagonal Templars’ Rotunda in the cloister. You’ll also visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal, housing a small Jewish museum.
Day 7 – Relaxed Start – Coimbra, the Douro and Pinhão
In Coimbra, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the Old Town, including a visit to the impressive baroque university library. Arrive at Quinta de Marrocos, the home of the Sequeira family for the past 4 generations. Learn about the family’s passion for wine-making as you join them for a wonderful Farm-to-Table Dinner, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients and of course accompanied by wine from the estate.
Day 8 – Guimarães and Porto
Journey to Guimarães, known as the Cradle of Portugal. Continue towards the bright lights of Porto, situated on the Douro and celebrated as the Port wine capital of the world. Walk along corridors of casks and get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. In the evening you are at leisure to enjoy your boutique, five-star hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, in the heart of Porto’s historic district.
Day 9 – Relaxed Start – Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro
With a full day free to enjoy at your own pace, why not take a stroll to admire the multi-coloured houses, churches covered in beautiful glazed tiles and the iconic bridges? For a different perspective and excellent views of the city, perhaps embark on a relaxing Douro cruise? In the evening, bid adeus to your Travel Director and fellow travellers with a mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with wine, at an authentic Porto restaurant.
Day 10 – Return to Lisbon
Enjoy a relaxed start in Porto before travelling to Lisbon, arriving at your hotel in the early evening.
Day 11 -Depart Lisbon
After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Lisbon Portela Airport at 07:00 or 09:30.
*10% Early Payment Discount: New bookings only. Prices are per person, land-only, and consider double occupancy (single supplements apply). Applies only to trips featuring the EPD in the price panel – see 2020 Insight Vacations Europe & Britain brochure for details. Based on availability, does not apply to all trips/departures, and may be withdrawn at any time and without notice. PAYMENT: A deposit of up to $200-$350 per person is due within 3 days of booking with full payment by 18 Dec 2019 or 60 days before departure, whichever is sooner. Further restrictions apply. Contact your Travel Advisor for details. CST No. 20687545-20.