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Best of Portugal

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11 Days from $2,108 per person
Red roofs of Alfama district in Lisbon, Portugal

Countries Visited

Portugal ...more Portugal

Locations Visited

Lisbon, Panoias-Ourique, Portimao, Evora, Viseu, Porto, Mateus, Vila Nova de Gaia, Fatima, Tomar, Coimbra, Batalha ...more Lisbon, Panoias-Ourique, Portimao, Evora, Viseu, Porto, Mateus, Vila Nova de Gaia, Fatima, Tomar, Coimbra, Batalha
  1. Day 1 Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)

    Bem-vindo a Lisboa. 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 travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past the city's most iconic sights.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Turim Marquês/Marriott
  2. Day 2 Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

    Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover the 'New World'. We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus and Belém Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 16th-century Manueline architecture and art. There's time to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, haunting sounds of the fado.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Lisbon – Algarve Region (2 Nights)

    We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air as we 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were once reared at the pleasure of King João VI in the 18th century. Our journey continues further south, bound for the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve - our home for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Agua Riverside
  4. Day 4 Algarve Excursion

    The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula provide 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.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Algarve Region – Évora

    Journeying north, we travel across the Serra do Caldeirão to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Then, spend the rest of your day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praça do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel M’ar de Ar Muralhas
  6. Day 6 Évora – Castelo de Vide – Viseu

    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, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, seeing the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grão Vasco
  7. Day 7 Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Porto (2 Nights)

    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 Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the seaside town of Porto where we will spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Carrís Ribeira/Neya
  8. Day 8 Porto Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a sightseeing tour in Porto, which takes you past Baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro River. 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, then 'Dive Into Culture' and 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 centre of Porto and admiring the azulejo-clad façades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest bookstore with its iconic red staircase.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Porto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima

    Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, 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 centre of Fátima, where we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to this pilgrimage site, where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Fátima
  10. Day 10 Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Óbidos – Lisbon

    En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is the fishing village of Nazaré, before we visit the medieval walled city of Óbidos with its whitewashed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner with wine.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Turim Av Liberdade/Occidental
  11. Day 11 Depart Lisbon

    Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Portugal
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Dining Highlights

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Coimbra, Tomar, Nazaré and Óbidos
  • VISIT the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Évora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace and Arabian Hall in Porto, 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 Óbidos
  • VIEW the Castle of Guimarães

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Optional Add-Ons

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

After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle, we'll visit one of the impressive Royal Palaces of Sintra.
Adult Price: € 46

Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savor a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado music and singing. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: € 66

Algarve

Faro And Almansil Excursion

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. After having seen the marshes of Ria Formosa, we'll head to Almansil to visit one of the most impressive hidden gems of the Algarve: The Church of Saint Lawrence and its unique painted tiles
Adult Price: € 38

Algarve Dinner

Join us tonight for an authentic local dinner, where we’ll taste delicious dishes cooked in a traditional ‘Cataplana’, accompanied by other specialties and delicious Portuguese wines.
Adult Price: € 49

Evora

Monsaraz And The Deep Alentejo Drive

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.
Adult Price: € 34

Viseu

Ínsua Manor - Food And Wine Pairing Experience

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.
Adult Price: € 54

Beira Dinner in a Dão Wine Cellar

Today we drive into the heart of the well-known region of Dão Wine, to visit and enjoy our Beira Dinner in a Wine Cellar producing some of the best wines of this region.
Adult Price: € 49

Porto

Douro Cruise And Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing and leisurely cruise along the Douro River. You'll have a chance to see two medieval "world heritage" cities plus six impressive bridges, one of them the famous UNESCO-listed Eiffel bridge. Afterward, savor a typical meal in the Medieval Ribeira Quarter
Adult Price: € 60

Old Town Braga and the Bom Jesus Sanctuary

Spend the afternoon with our Local Specialist traveling through the lush green Minho, Portugal's most northerly province, stopping at its capital, Braga. See Europe's largest and most magnificent sculpted Baroque staircase which ascends the forested hillside to the 'Bom Jesus' sanctuary. We'll arrive using a 19th-Century water-powered funicular. Finally, a walk through Braga's historic center brings to life this ancient and innovative city.
Adult Price: € 36

Seafood Dinner by the Atlantic Ocean

Join us for an outstanding dinner next to the beaches of the northwestern Portuguese Atlantic coast. Taste the local seafood and other delicacies with fantastic Portuguese wines while the ocean waves crash against the shore.
Adult Price: € 49

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Robert Bergad
Monday, November 11, 2019
Service
Registration was handled flawlessly, including air research reservations
Vacation
Although the trip was enjoyable and places visited were interesting and lovely, too much time was spent on the bus traveling and the group was too large. Fewer churches could have been visited. More natural history explored, some agricultural sites explored would have increased the interest. Other folks in the group expressed the same concerns.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your suggestions and feedback. We will share this with our team at Trafalgar and ask them to review for future trips.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Judith McGee
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Service
Alyssa Rucker is pleasant, thorough, and responsive to questions and concerns. All arrangements went smoothly. it's hard to ask for more.
Vacation
My friend and I wanted to see more of Portugal than other companies offer. (Most just throw in Lisbon and maybe one other location with a trip to Spain.) Grand European's itinerary of Portugal was complete, covering all the areas we wanted to visit. Our tour director and our local guides show deep knowledge, love, and pride for their country. Our tour director (Rita) was a joy to travel with, well-organized, full of surprises, and managed to keep track of all of us. (I'd love to share some pictures, but I haven't been through all of them yet!)
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so appreciate your business and couldn't be happier to see that your trip was able to check all the boxes for Portugal. We'd love to see those pictures when you have them sorted out.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
William Orrico
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Service
This was our fifth trip with Grand European Travel and once again Josh Pericas set the trip up perfectly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We loved seeing your pictures and appreciate you sharing them.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
Portugal pricing is very reasonable from wine prices to great restaurants.
Venetia De Silva
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Service
Very helpful which facilitated my booking
Vacation
We had a wonderful guide. He was very knowledgeable about the country. Very accommodating of our needs and had a great sense of humor. He made the trip worthwhile it was a busy itinerary but we had options which made us pick our space. We had a wonderful diverse group. Which added to it all
Brian Mauer
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Service
Smoothest tour ever. Everything was great!
Vacation
Fabulous, Portugal was beautiful.
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 24, 2019
Service
Booking and getting the necessary information was great as well as sending the travel documents on time.
Vacation
Everything went smoothly. The tour director could have assembled us in one room to make the introductions instead of 2 in a noisy restaurant. When the introductions were made on the bus nobody could see the person who spoke.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for that suggestion. We will be sure to pass it on. Glad to see you enjoyed beautiful Portugal.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Carol Bocook
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Service
Josh was very helpful in helping 2 sisters from opposite ends of the US get this Portugal trip booked. This is my second GET tour but maybe not my last.
Vacation
The Best of Portugal trip was indeed awesome and we covered the entire country. That being said it was also grueling. One and two night hotel stays. My mind was swimming with info - I still need to review the itinerary and write a synopsis of what I saw and where and when. I started out with notes but got waylayed after a few days. Now our guide Rui Veloso was the absolute best guide EVER. Being from Braga Portugal he has such a passion for his country and the love came out every day. He made the trip worthwhile. So GET you need to use guides from the country of the tours. He often reminded us that this was NOT a vacation but a TOUR.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Service
extremely helpful with all questions
Vacation
Guide was great. Many very interesting experiences. However some of the stops weren't worth the time and others could have used more.
Karen Thomas
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Service
The customer service was great and the representative followed through on everything. The rep also found us great airlines rates.
Vacation
The tour gave us a great view of many places.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Service
We have also had good experiences booking our 6 or 7 trips thru Grand European and will use them again in the future. We recommend GET to others.
Vacation
Our trip met all of our expectations and more. Our tour director (Tiago) was awesome and maybe our best tour director so far.
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