Days
7
Price from
$2,200USD

Explore the coast of Portugal, from Lisbon to Porto

No longer Europe’s best kept secret, Portugal is the place to come for a European holiday with a twist. Full of grand cities, medieval villages and World Heritage sites, this is a charming country where you’ll feel like a week just isn’t enough.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
As we always strive to improve our itineraries, and we listen to our travellers feedback, we have decided change few things on 2017 itinerary. Please see the changes outlined below:
Day 3 – Day trip out of Lisbon will take us to Cabo da Rocha, Cascais and Sintra. We will no longer go to Estoril as we believe Cabo da Rocha will be more interesting place to visit on this day trip.
Day 4 – on the way from Lisbon to Coimbra, we will not visit Fatima anymore, but replace it with Roman ruins of Conimbriga.
Day 6 – We will go out on a day trip to Guimaraes with guided walking tour and Braga. Visit to Citania de Briteiros will be replaced with Palace of the Dukes of Braganza


Start
Lisbon, Portugal
Finish
Porto, Portugal
Country
Portugal
Style
Peregrine
Code
PEIP
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(3 reviews)
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Feast on traditional Portuguese dishes to the sound of traditional fado music in lively Lisbon

  • Soak up the glamour and the sun while winding along the stunning Bay of Cascais

  • Enjoy the Old World romance of the medieval citadel of Obidos – complete with charming cobblestone streets of course

  • Feel the royal heritage and the student-led vibrancy in the Old Quarter of the university town of Coimbra

  • Taste tawny and ruby ports in their birthplace – Porto

  • Much like the first king of Portugal did, survey a landscap filled with history from the castle of Guimaraes

Is this trip right for you?

  • As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags or cases at home and bring a backpack instead.

  • Summer temperatures can be very high in this region (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

Itinerary

Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital. One of Europe's most pleasant and affordable capital cities, Lisbon combines the best elements of Portuguese life, offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood and non-stop nightlife. Please make your own way to the centrally located joining hotel (details are in your travel documents). While it’s of course up to you, we recommend arriving and departing by train where possible within Europe, due to this method of transport's minimal carbon emissions. In the evening, meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions at a Welcome Meeting (this is usually at 6 pm, but you will be advised as to the exact place and time in a notice placed near the reception at your hotel). Here your leader will give a briefing of what lies ahead on your trip. This is followed by a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Florida Lisbon or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Today you’ll explore the treasures of Lisbon, which is located on the banks of the Tagus (Tejo) River and is truly one of Europe’s great cities. Much of Lisbon’s character and charm lies in its beautiful renovated buildings, grand boulevards and impressive castles and churches. With your guide leading the way, hop on the ‘electrico’ (tram) and discover the city. Visit the medieval citadel of Sao Jorge Castle, which dates back to Moorish times and sits on the highest point of the Old Town. Although much of the original castle has been destroyed throughout history, some sections of walls and 18 different towers remain today. Look down on a city swarming with endless angular white houses and buildings with distinct red terracotta rooftops. You will also visit one of the most symbolic buildings in the city, Lisbon Cathedral, which was built on the site of an old mosque in 1150 by Lisbon’s first bishop, Gilbert of Hastings. Inside are nine chapels, each with their own story to tell, and the wonderful Gothic cloister. Roam through the charming narrow streets of local neighbourhoods and see local life play out. In the afternoon make further discoveries of Lisbon wonders - visit Belem Tower (a wonderful building originally designed as a lighthouse) and the vast, spectacular Monastery of the Jeronimos. This evening, regroup and experience more of Lisbon’s cultural heritage with an evening that includes traditional ‘fado’ music show. Tonight’s diner is at your own expense.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Florida Lisbon or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lisbon Cathdral
  • Castle of Sao Jorge
  • Entrance to Belem Tower
  • Entrance to Jeronimos Monastery
  • Explore Lisbon with a Local Guide
  • Lisbon - Fado Show
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel outside of the city today for a full-day excursion from Lisbon. Firstly, travel along the coast, following the estuary of the great Tejo River to reach the elegant resort town of Estoril, where you’ll stop for a short visit. The fine beach and grand villas of this town mark it as a once favourite haunt for exiled royalty. After the colourful Bay of Cascais and its dazzling beaches, stop in cosmopolitan Cascais. Once a quiet fishing village, Cascais later became a residence of the Portuguese royal court in the 19th century, and is now a glamorous holiday destination of designer boutiques and upscale restaurants. Your main destination is Sintra, an absolute jewel of Portugal. This bewitching place, with its fairytale atmosphere, is set amidst lush vegetation and rugged, mystical hills. The cooler climes made it a summer retreat for royalty, and it has drawn and inspired many poets, writers and travellers for centuries, including Lord Byron. Spend your time here exploring Sintra’s Castle of the Moors. The 8th century fortification looks down on the old town, and the views from the battlements across the Serra de Sintra mountain range are stunning. On the drive back to Lisbon in the afternoon, see a different perspective of the capital as you approach it from the other side of the Tagus River. After a great full day of sights, enjoy this evening at your leisure in Lisbon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Florida Lisbon or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pena Palace Sintra
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, farewell Lisbon and travel to the pretty medieval town of Óbidos (approximately 1 hour). On a short stroll through this romantic town enclosed by medieval walls, encounter charming cobblestone streets lined with colourful houses adorned with geranium and bougainvillea flower boxes, gothic doorways and whitewashed churches. Continue to the Monastery of Batalha (approximately 1 hour), one of Europe’s best examples of Gothic architecture. A World Heritage-listed structure, this monastery was built to celebrate Portugal’s 1385 victory over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota. Your next stop is the important religious pilgrimage site of the Sanctuary of Fátima (approximately 30 minutes), known as the site where three young girls saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The simple farming village is now a firm favourite on the Catholic pilgrimage list and is home to a basilica that sees millions of visitors. Your final destination for today, and base for the evening, is the university city of Coimbra (approximately 1 hour). Sitting dignified on the banks of the River Mondego, Coimbra was once the capital of the county, and its royal heritage can be felt in its ancient streets and buildings. Join your tour leader on a wander through the lanes and squares of the Old Quarter and University of Coimbra – the oldest in Portugal.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Vila Gale or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sanctuary of Fatima
  • Monastery of Batalha
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leaving Coimbra today, travel northbound to Portugal’s second largest city, Porto (Oporto), the capital of the north that sits between the River Douro and the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 1.25 hours). This will be your base for the next two nights. The World Heritage-listed Ribeira district is filled with a collection of twisting alleys, criss-crossing staircases and baroque churches. On a guided tour, discover one of Portugal's most romantic cities. Passing majestic bridges, medieval riverside district with cobbled streets, merchants’ houses and cafes, stop by the cathedral, the Tower of Clérigos, and the impressive hall of Porto’s Sao Bento Railway Station. The tower offers sensational sweeping views across the whole city, while the grand train station and its historic entrance hall panels evokes a more refined age of rail travel. Porto is also the birthplace of the fortified wine port, and so after your exploration of the city, descend to the banks of the Douro and visit one of the local wine cellars in Gaia. Here you’ll have the opportunity to sample some famous tawny and ruby ports. You can spend the evening soaking up the atmosphere of this coastal city in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants on offer.
Accommodation
  • Grande Hotel de Paris (Porto) or Similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Porto Cathdral - Free
Included Activities
  • Tower of Clérigos
  • Port Tasting
  • Explore Porto with a Local Guide
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will journey outside of Porto to Guimarães (approximately 1 hour). Portugal’s first capital and the birthplace of the country’s first king (the ‘conqueror’, which gives the town its name), the town consists of a well-preserved old city and an impressive castle. Explore Guimarães Castle, one of the most complete medieval strongholds in Portugal, dating from the 10th century. As the believed birthplace of King Afonso Henriques, the castle is something of a national shrine. You’ll also discover the pre-Roman archaeological site of Briteiros (30 minutes), a Celtic hill-settlement site that dates back over 2,500 years. This hilltop fort was the Iberian Celts’ last stronghold against the Romans. Next it’s on to Braga (30 minutes), considered by many to be one of Portugal’s most stunning cities. It has long been a religious centre, and overflows with churches, monasteries, and chapels. The charm of this place lies in its impressive Baroque buildings, most notably the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. On the western slopes of Monte Espinho, the sanctuary is lead to by a magnificent criss-crossing staircase that has 14 different chapels, each representing a station of the cross. Drive back to Porto after your day of exploration, and then enjoy a final farewell and celebratory dinner at a local restaurant as this Portuguese adventure comes to an end.
Accommodation
  • Grande Hotel de Paris (Porto) or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Citania de Briteiros
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today your Portugal adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned so you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there's so much to see and do in the exciting city of Porto, however, we recommend extending your stay for a few nights. If you need further accommodation, our reservations team would be happy to assist (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Minibus, Tram

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (5 nights), Feature stay (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Lisbon Cathdral
  • Castle of Sao Jorge
  • Entrance to Belem Tower
  • Entrance to Jeronimos Monastery
  • Explore Lisbon with a Local Guide
  • Lisbon - Fado Show
  • Pena Palace Sintra
  • Sanctuary of Fatima
  • Monastery of Batalha
  • Tower of Clérigos
  • Port Tasting
  • Explore Porto with a Local Guide
  • Citania de Briteiros

Reviews

Our Images of Portugal trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Images of Portugal, June 2016

Joan Turner

Images of Portugal, May 2016

Michele Zurzolo

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Important notes

Twin Share unless stated otherwise. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please see trip notes for exception nights.
Arrival transfer is not included please make your own way to joining hotel, unless you have pre booked an arrival transfer.

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