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Best of Portugal

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Alfama District, Lisbon
Tour Style: First Class
12 Days from $2,048 per person

Let the melancholic trill of the Fado Guitar follow you from Portugal's Manueline Lisbon to Baroque Oporto and the sun-soaked beaches of Vilamoura. Wander through the medieval cities of Obidos, Évora and Guimarães, and visit the religious landmarks of Fatima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious pasteis de nata or two along the way.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Bem vindo a Lisboa. On arrival at Lisbon Airport transfers will operate at 9.30 am, 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past the city's most iconic sights.

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    hotel:Turim Av Liberdade
  3. Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover a new world. We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, Belém Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th century Manueline architecture and art. Join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz or enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of the fado.
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  4. We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra de Arrábida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air as we share a traditional Be My Guest lunch with the owners of a stud ranch where Lusitano horses were reared at the pleasure of King João VI in the 18th century. Meandering further south, we arrive on the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve – our home for the next two nights.
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    hotel:Agua Riverside
  5. The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula, at the very edge of Portugal, provides a stunning backdrop for our morning coastal drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach before continuing along the coast to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. We end our excursion with a visit to the resort town of Lagos – once the home of Henry the Navigator.
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  6. Meandering north, we travel across the Serra de Caldeirão to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your Local Specialist and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Spend the rest of our day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz set against the stunning backdrop of golden olive groves. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.
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    hotel:M'ar De Ar Muralhas
  7. Our first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white façades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter. Travel north towards the Serra de Estrela mountains and arrive later in Viseu.
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    hotel:Grao Vasco
  8. Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley where port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the beautiful baroque Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We then continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th century castle before arriving in the seaside town where we will spend the next two nights. This evening we enjoy a memorable dinner together.

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    hotel:Vila C Boutique
  9. Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour in Oporto which takes you past baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada's Alhambra, before experiencing a fascinating Cultural Insight into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic center of Oporto.
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  10. Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and meander through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra this morning, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. We arrive in the pilgrimage center of Fátima where we'll dine in our hotel.
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    hotel:Fátima
  11. This morning we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fátima. En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery at Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is at the quaint fishing village of Nazaré before we visit the medieval walled city of Obidos with its quaint white-washed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner with wine.
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    hotel:Turim Marques
  12. Say a fond adeus to your fellow travelers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese vacation. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Lisbon Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Conditions apply.

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Single Room Supplement: from $570 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $107 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Lisbon Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Lisbon Airport at 7:00 am and 9:30 am.

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Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch (Be My Guest), 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo

Cultural Insight

  • Sample the Douro Valley's delicious Port wine-making tradition at one of the local Port wine lodges

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Lisbon, Évora, Oporto
  • Orientation of The Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Tomar, Nazaré, Obidos
  • Visit the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Evora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace and Arabian Hall in Oporto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fátima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Obidos
  • View the Castle of Guimarães

Reviews

Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Service rating : When I have traveled with Grand European before the groups were much smaller. This group of 50 was far too many to offer a quality experience. It was impossible to even develop meaningful relationships with fellow travelers. This was not what I expected from Grand European.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very sorry to see that you were disappointed.  The size of the groups can vary from 35 to 52 guests depending on the destination and the operator.  The Best of Portugal was one of the most popular trips we sold this year so the size of the groups were all near capacity. We hope that you were able to enjoy the other aspects of the trip and thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Vacation : A group of 50 is too many in order to give a quality experience. It doesn't allow for quality relationships to be had. It also makes it difficult to follow and understand the tour guide and other expert presenters.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Service rating : Without reservation, I would recommend the GET trip I have recently completed. The choice of tour director was inspired. Rafael Moreno's skill is unparalleled. The itinerary allowed our group to see far beyond the capital city of Lisbon and the Douro Valley. Many personal touches by Sr. Moreno, like a special Fado performance with an introduction by a renown guitar master, and a visit to a cork factory with a professor who explained the production process, as well as a boat cruise along the exotic coastline of the Algarve enriched the entire experience as did the musical selections during the long coach rides.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your lovely review and recommendation.  We will see you on your next trip!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Vacation : There was ample opportunity to buy Portugal's best products and artisania. I especially selected a number of cork products and Port wine, of course. Obidos offered the ideal opportunity to find artworks, music CDs, and to taste the cherry cordial or ice cream.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
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Service rating : The agent that set up the tour for me was very efficient, no nonsense. She did it and did it well. Answered all my questions and concerns . Her calm and efficient way reassured me totally. Her name is Alyssa Rucker in Oregon. Highly recommend her for promotion. Hope to deal with her again in a year or two.f
Vacation : It was a well organized, uneventful and smoothly executed tour.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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Service rating : Excellent guide (Pedro Pinto). Very nice restaurants and good food. Some hotels were good; but one, the holiday inn, was very bad and not clean. Beach there was beautiful. Charge a little more and upgrade those hotels. Portugal is a beautiful country.
Vacation : Because of the hotels. Showers did not work in several, hotel breakfasts were just ok. Some were not clean. All I ask is for clean, they do not need to be fancy.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Service rating : We have traveled with GET 3 times now. They make sure you are cared for, have a good itinerary and we can leave the driving to them.. There are things I would prefer to be corrected but why talk about the bad at this point.
Vacation : Traveled with Trafalgar instead of GET and the standards were not the same. Lots of cut backs.. Our guide was excellent. But hotels were not the same as in the past, etc.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for honest review.  GET has not operated their own tours for over 3 years now and we sell our sister brands, Insight Vacations and Trafalgar Tours and Uniworld River Cruises exclusively.  While every trip and destination is different, we are sorry to see that this trip didn't meet your expectations.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017
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Service rating : tour guide was very knowledge and caring about everyone on the trip.
Vacation : excellant tour for the price
Saturday, July 8, 2017
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Service rating : We had free treats in three cities; we were able to choose our menu, dinner was at a traditional restaurant, not hotel buffet except for two places.
Vacation : A lot of the other tours charge more and it's mostly dinner at the hotel.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
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Service rating : Great service and very satisfied. Yes, we would use them again.
Vacation : We were more than satisfied with everything we received and all the extras that were included.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
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Service rating : Grand European was responsive to any questions. The itinerary was wonderful.
Vacation : I thought the tour was a great value. Only one hotel in Porto needed updating.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
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Service rating : For starters, I thought it would be an INSIGHT tour. To get our travel papers 2-3 weeks before departure and see we are with Trafalger..nothing we could do at that point. Traflager doesn't have the best food or hotels, overcrowded buses. I had no idea since we traveled last time that GETOUR (Insight) took over or combined with Trafalger and a couple other groups. I won't say NEVER, but doubt we'll travel with you again. Insight was so gracious and perfect for Spain and Europe. I do want to give 5 stars to Alex the guide and Victor the driver. They were wonderful...It wasn't all bad. But the days were jammed packed and tiring. up at 6ish and bus by 8. We were exhausted with NO down/free time. That trip was a huge surprise to me because I thought it would be a slower pace and more relaxing and not so rushed and crowded.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that you were unaware this trip was operated by our sister company Trafalgar Tours.  Grand European Travel, Insight Vacations and Trafalgar Tours are all part of the same company, The Travel Corp.  We do try to mark our brochures, website and payment invoices clearly by highlighting which of our brands is operating each trip.  Please accept our apologies if this was not communicated correctly when you booked with us.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Vacation : I assume you mean souvenirs? Portugal didn't have anything outstandingly unique? We bought a hand made sweater, some pottery dishes and knick knacks and the filigree silver/gold jewelry.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
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Service rating : Very professional and always answered my questions
Vacation : Great value for the money
Saturday, May 6, 2017
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Service rating : Well planed.
Vacation : Well organized. The group was may be too big.The guide excellent. Accomodation excellent, except in Lisabon, the room too small. The tours well planed. More legroom in the bus would have been nice. The British airways plane terrible,the service as well!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
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Service rating : Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. Good discounts on trips. Will book more trips with them.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much. As a loyal past guest, we appreciate your business and look forward to helping you arrange your next trip.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Vacation : Great trip. Beautiful country. Perfect weather. Trip leader was organized, knowledgeable, helpful and funny.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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Service rating : Excellent itinerary, group leader, bus driver, most hotel selections, food selections. But too large and unwieldy a group to really enjoy it.
Vacation : Everything about the trip was handled well except 46 is way too many people in a group. The bus driver was exceptional and the tour leader did a great job; however, the group was huge (with several needing canes). Every occasion on/off the bus took forever.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Portugal must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Portugal.

  • The currency in Portugal is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Portugal. We recommend bringing a credit card for purchases and informing your financial institutions of your travel plans before leaving home to avoid having your purchases flagged as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • With Portugal’s long coastline, seafood is featured prominently on their menus. Popular dishes include sopa de mariscos (a shellfish soup) and bacalhau (dried codfish), and Portuguese grilled chicken prepared with chili, garlic and olive oil. For dessert, don’t miss out on the famous pastéis de nata custard pastry or arroz dolce (rice pudding) and a glass of port wine. 

  • Portugal has a temperate marine climate with hot summers and wet winters. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is less common in Portugal than in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two or up to 5-10 percent for great service. Leave your tip on the table rather than adding it to your credit card slip to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Lisbon

The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

Adult Price: € 46

We'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra before passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril. Then, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences.

Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

Adult Price: € 65

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.

Algarve

Algarve Dinner

Adult Price: € 49

Join us for an authentic local dinner, where you’ll taste delicious dishes cooked in a traditional ‘Cataplana’, along with other specialities.

Faro And Almansil Excursion

Adult Price: € 37

With your Local Specialist you’ll head to Faro, the historical capital of the Algarve, to visit the old walled town and to have some time for souvenir shopping. Then, on to Almansil and the Chapel of St. Lawrence - one of the Algarve's best kept secrets.

Evora

Monsaraz And The Deep Alentejo Drive

Adult Price: € 33

Follow your Local Specialist through the vineyards and groves of cork oaks to charming Monsaraz, one of the most famous and beautiful 'white villages' of the Alentejo, inhabited since prehistory. You’ll admire the castle which overlooks Spain and see views of the largest artificial lake in Europe, before tasting typical local refreshments.

Viseu

Ínsua Manor - Food And Wine Pairing Experience

Adult Price: € 49

Situated in the heart of the famous wine region, join us on a short drive to the spectacular Ínsua Manor, an 18th century manor house and estate, where you'll enjoy a gourmet experience matching local food with different local wines.

Oporto

Douro Cruise And Dinner

Adult Price: € 53

Enjoy a relaxing and leisurely cruise along the Douro River. You'll have a chance to see two medieval "world heritage" cities plus five impressivebridges, one of them the famous UNESCO-listedEiffel bridge. Afterwards, savour a typical meal in the Medieval Ribeira Quarter

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