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Food & Drinks
7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Flights and airport transfers
Regional Departures available
Flights from London to Lisbon and from Porto to London
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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
Day 2 - Exploring Lisbon
Explore the historic heart of Lisbon on this morning's guided
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the
same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed
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.
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.