Country Roads of Portugal

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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 Algarve to the vineyards of the Douro Valley.

Itinerary

Day 1: Your Journey Begins

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Day 2: Welcome to Lisbon

On arrival at Lisbon Portela Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Settle in and relax before joining your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travelers during a pleasant evening of good food and wine.
Hotel: Altis Grand Hotel (Superior Rooms), Lisbon
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 3: Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries

Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city, named after the palace that was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1755, along with much of the rest of the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. See the traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal’s finest pastry for almost 200 years and enjoy a tasting of the famous Pastéis de Belém. 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. With free time in the afternoon, perhaps take the funicular railway up into the steep alleyways of the old town or explore the terraces of the Alfama district?
Hotel: Altis Grand Hotel (Superior Rooms), Lisbon
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 4: 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, your resort hotel is a short drive and set within a magnificent 360-acre estate. Simplicity is in the soul of Algarve cuisine, along with seafood so fresh it still tastes of the sea. The small coastal towns and fishing ports house a rich variety of restaurants and your Travel Director knows the best! Why not join an Optional Experience and enjoy a delightful evening of wine and classic seafood dishes rooted in the region?
Hotel: Ria Park Hotel & Spa, Almancil, Algarve
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5: Everlasting Evora

(Relaxed Start) Journey to the medieval walled city of Evora where cathedrals, churches, aqueducts and ancient castle walls all serve to create the feeling that this beautiful city is a living, breathing museum to Portugal’s rich past. 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. Visit the cathedral with its attractive mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps hire a bicycle or take a stroll through Evora’s unique historical centre and follow the aqueduct inside the city walls?
Hotel: M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto, Évora
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 6: Monsaraz and Evora

Travel to the striking white village of Monsaraz, situated on an imposing hilltop, surrounded by cork oaks and vineyards. From the castle ruins, admire the spectacular views across to the dry Spanish plains, contrasting with the blue of one of Europe’s largest artificial lakes. 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. Savor the local cuisine as your menu is typical of the local Alentejo region and accompanied with wine. Return to Evora where the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this beautifully preserved regional capital.
Hotel: M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto, Evora
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Day 7: Scenic Drive to Obidos, Fatima and Tomar

Pass cork oak forests and expansive rice fields as you journey to the fortified town of Obidos. Walk inside its walls to explore the craft shops, art galleries and flower-laden houses that line the narrow, medieval streets. Continue to Fatima, Portugal’s most renowned place of pilgrimage. See the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. 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 and glimpse the day-to-day life of a warrior monk in the domestic areas. Outside on the battlements, the Manueline Window is perhaps the finest example in the country. You also visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal, housing a small Jewish museum.
Hotel: Hotel Dos Templários, Tomar
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8: Coimbra, the Douro and Pinhao

(Relaxed Start) In Coimbra, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the Old Town, including a visit to the impressive Baroque university library. Journey through the rolling vine-laden hills and along the left bank of the Duoro to 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.
Hotel: Vintage House, Pinhão, Douro Valley
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 9: Guimaraes and Porto

Journey to Guimaraes, known as the Cradle of Portugal. From the ruined castle there are wonderful views and down in the historic heart lies a web of washing-hung alleyways, cobbled streets and cosy squares with tiny bars and cafes. Continue towards the bright lights of Porto, situated on the Douro and celebrated as the Port wine capital of the world. These famous Port wines are housed in the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores. 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 historical district. The decor is a mix of classic and contemporary and each room is individually decorated with original artwork.
Hotel: Hotel Infante Sagres, Porto.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 10: Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro

(Relaxed Start) With a full day free to enjoy at your own pace, why not take a stroll to admire the multi-colored 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 travelers with a mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with wine, at an authentic Porto restaurant.
Hotel: Hotel Infante Sagres, Porto
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 11: Return to Lisbon

Enjoy a relaxed start in Porto before travelling to Lisbon, arriving at your hotel in the early evening.
Hotel: Dom Pedro Lisboa
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 12: Depart Lisbon

After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Lisbon Portela Airport at 07:00 or 09:30.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast