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Best of Portugal

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Alfama District, Lisbon
Tour Style: First Class
12 Days from $1,823 per person

Let the melancholic strumming 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. Welcome to Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Relax after check-in or spend time exploring the city's colorful landscape. Later join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for an orientation drive through the city followed by a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Turim Avenida Liberdade
  3. See Lisbon's landmarks including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Later in your free time perhaps join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.
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  4. Cross the River Tagus and drive south towards the Serra de Arrabida Mountains. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch where Lusitano horses are reared before arriving on the Algarve coast – your home for the next two nights.
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    hotel:Vacation Inn Algarve
  5. This morning enjoy a scenic coastal drive to the Sagres Peninsula. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach before continuing your journey along the coast to Cape St. Vincent for beautiful sea views from the south-western most point of Portugal. Visit the resort of Lagos, where Henry the Navigator lived.
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  6. This morning travel across the Serra de Caldeirao to Évora. Join your Local Specialist and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Évora is one of Portugal's most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Spend time this afternoon seeing the 14th century walls, winding lanes and other enchanting sights at your own pace or join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. Dine tonight at your hotel.
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    hotel:M'AR De AR Muralhas
  7. Continue north to Castelo de Vide and wander through narrow alleys and the town's Jewish quarter. Cross the valley of the River Tagus towards the Serra de Estrela mountains. See the Roman tower in Belmonte. Arrive later at Viseu, a bustling town with historical buildings, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards.
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    hotel:Grão Vasco
  8. Travel through the beautiful Douro Valley where port wine is produced. Explore the magnificent gardens at the Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. Continue via Guimarães for views of the impressive castle. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal on the waterside of Oporto.
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    hotel:Vila Gale
  9. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Oporto. See the remarkable bridges across the Douro River and the Baroque Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall and then experience a Cultural Insight into the traditions of the local wine produced at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the afternoon relaxing or shopping for souvenirs.
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  10. In Coimbra see ancient streets and squares and visit the old university. In Tomar visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Arrive later in the city of Fátima. Dine tonight in your hotel.
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    hotel:Fátima
  11. Visit the shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fátima. Visit the monastery at Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Stop at the fishing village of Nazaré on the coast and visit the medieval city of Obidos. Tonight in Lisbon celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine.
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    hotel:Turim Avenida Liberdade
  12. Say a fond farewell to your fellow travelers at the end of a spectacular Portuguese vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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2018 Preview

Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
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  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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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, Belmonte, 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 Roman Tower of Belmonte, and the Castle of Guimarães
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Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 25-100% discount on standard single supplement.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $450 p.p.

Triple Discount: $50 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $79 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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  • 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.

Reviews

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.
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.
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
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.
Vacation : Great trip. Beautiful country. Perfect weather. Trip leader was organized, knowledgeable, helpful and funny.
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
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.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Service rating : I am very pleased with their services.
Vacation : Excellent
Thursday, October 13, 2016
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Service rating : N/a
Vacation : Perhaps there should not be such a hectic schedule - several of our co-travelers commented on this.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Service rating : Made all arrangements but toured with Trafalgar.
Vacation : Comprehensive trip was well planned. Hotels and tours were fine. Restaurants and included meals were mediocre.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
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Service rating : Perfect Tour Guide. Well Organized. Very Good Hotels. Great Restaurants and Excursions
Vacation : Excellent Itinerary.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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Service rating : Some of the hotel choices were less than satisfactory--the tour director was the best we've ever had and very helpful--overall the experience was good--like a new car, some of the details could be improved upon
Vacation : The tour director made the trip quite enjoyable--he treated us to different regional delights which was a welcomed surprise--the choice of specialists at various historic site was first rate
Thursday, August 11, 2016
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Service rating : Trafalgar was wonderful. Their choices of optional excursions were exceptional although I have nothing else to compare them with but it gave everyone participating the flavor of the country with more of its music, history, lifestyles, etc.
Vacation : Would recommend Portugal to everyone interested in traveling.

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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