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Lisbon, Porto and the delectable Douro Valley

8 days From £999 per person

2020 Tour code: 20OLF

About the tour

Discover the historic legacies of Portugal, from vibrant Lisbon, the palaces of Sintra, to Porto and the stunning scenery of the Douro Valley.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - To Lisbon

Fly from London to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon today. On arrival into this wonderful European capital, transfer to the Exe Liberdade Hotel where you enjoy dinner later on tonight.

Includes
  • Dinner
To Lisbon
Day 2 - Exploring Lisbon

Explore the historic heart of Lisbon on this morning's guided tour.

Resplendent, exquisite and unique, Lisbon is full of diverse architecture, superb food and fascinating history. From its time as a Roman settlement, to its destruction by one of the worst earthquakes in history, to its rebirth as a major European city of taste and elegance, it is a wonder to explore.

Begin at Rossio Square, Lisbon's grand central plaza and social hub. Casting a shadow across the wave mosaics of this beautiful plaza is the enormous plinth and statue of Dom Pedro IV and at the end of the square is the impressive National Theatre of Lisbon.

Continue through steep, narrow streets to Belem. This pretty area of Lisbon is well-known as the aristocratic quarter of the city; a fact made clear by the gentle fountains, extensive parkland and grand old buildings

Includes
  • Breakfast
Lisbon
Day 3 - Sintra

Take the train to Sintra, nestled in the hills above Lisbon. Composed of charming pastel-coloured buildings and hidden deep in the pines and hills of Serra de Sintra, this town is a true delight to explore.

Beautiful Sintra was the summer residence of Portugal's royal family. As a result, the town is full of grandeur and sophistication, from the majestic palaces and Romantic architecture to the ruins of ancient Moorish castles.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Sintra
Day 4 - At Leisure in Lisbon

Today is free for you in Lisbon and the surrounding area - perhaps take the train to nearby Cascais. Like Sintra, this small town was used by the royal families of Portugal as a holiday destination on the beautiful coastline around Lisbon.

Includes
  • Breakfast
At Leisure
Day 5 - Porto

Today you take the train to vibrant Porto. Once the edge of the known world, Porto bears one of Portugal's greatest legacies, as it was from here that daring explorers set off to discover the New World.

Set upon the outlet of the golden River Douro, this extraordinary city takes its architectural cues from all aspects of its history including art-deco flourishes, romantic seafront houses and 19th century palaces. Built upon a set of hills, the peaks of Porto, mean that upon ascending a street,you are granted superb views across the entire city.

Enjoy a guided tour here, then check in to Grande Hotel do Porto for three nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Porto
Day 6 - Douro Valley

Enjoy an excursion by rail into the stunning Douro Valley. Lush, scenic hills and vineyards slope gently upwards from the tracks, each dotted with scattered farmhouses and sleepy villages. The Douro winds through this landscape, originating in Spain and flowing all the way across Portugal and out into the Atlantic Ocean through Porto.

Arrive into Régua, a town known for its spectacular scenery where you visit a vineyard for a wine and cheese tasting. The vineyards here, or quintas as they are known, produce some of the finest port wine across the world, with many of the most famous brands owning a number of quintas which are hidden away in the hills.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Douro Valley
Days 7-8 - At leisure in Porto and Home

Your day is at leisure in Porto so perhaps continue your sightseeing with a visit to the city's historic heart, medieval Ribeira or 'Riverside'.

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this central part of the city is the heartbeat of Porto, packed with market squares and multi-coloured buildings, bedecked with flower filled balconies lining the cobbled streets. Perhaps dip into one of the cafés or port wine bars along the route, for a pleasant time soaking up the local life in this bustling part of town.

On Day 8 we bid a fond farewell to Porto and Portugal as you transfer to Porto's airport for your flight back home. On arrival, your tour concludes

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Porto

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Exe Liberdade

Exe Liberdade, Lisbon

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Grande Hotel do Porto, Porto

Grande Hotel do Porto, Porto

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Reviews

81% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mr D Baker

Submitted 03/10/2018

The two cities were historically most interesting. Lisbon with its castle, mosaics, and wonderful places to eat out, and Porto with the riverside charm and of course the port!

Mrs H Elliott

Submitted 03/10/2018

I enjoyed the trip but it was too hectic and not quite sociable enough.

Mrs G Mee

Submitted 04/07/2018

New to this type of holiday, it went very well with stays at very good hotels. The tour manager(NIEL) made the holiday even better.

Ms E Caplin

Submitted 23/05/2018

It was well organised and guided. Interesting places to visit. Enough time to do own thing. Hotels reasonable - although poor location and food in Lisbon hotel

Mr D John

Submitted 01/11/2017

Very well organised and good value for money.

Mrs J Smith

Submitted 01/11/2017

Comprehensive, informative tour, excellent guides, good free time with recommendations

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