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Best of Portugal

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days
Alfama District, Lisbon

Countries Visited

Portugal ...more Portugal

Locations Visited

Lisbon, Belem Tower, Cape St Vincent, Alentejo, Sagres, ALGARVE, Lagos, Evora, Viseu, Castelo de Vide, Vila do Conde, Palacio da Bolsa, Tomar, Fatima ...more Lisbon, Belem Tower, Cape St Vincent, Alentejo, Sagres, ALGARVE, Lagos, Evora, Viseu, Castelo de Vide, Vila do Conde, Palacio da Bolsa, Tomar, Fatima
  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 Marriott/Turim Marquês
  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 15th-century Manueline architecture and art. There's time to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. In the evening enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, haunting sounds of the fado.

    meals Buffet 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 Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    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 Buffet Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Algarve Region – Évora

    Journeying north, we travel across the Serra de 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 Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    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, visiting the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Grao 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 where we will spend the next two nights.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza/Carrís Ribeira
  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. 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 Buffet 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'll dine in our hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Fátima
  10. Day 10 Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Obidos – Lisbon

    This morning, we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the pilgrimage site of Fátima, where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin. 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 Obidos with its 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Marriott/Turim Av Liberdade
  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 Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners with local wine

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • 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
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Lisbon, Évora and Porto
  • ORIENTATION of the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Tomar, Nazaré and Obidos
  • 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 Obidos
  • VIEW the Castle of Guimarães

Dates & Prices

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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 an impressive Royal Palace of Sintra.
Adult Price: €46

Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado music and singing.
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. Then, we'll visit Olhao. With its lively waterfront markets, it is one of the Algarve's best-kept secrets.
Adult Price: €37

Algarve Dinner

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

Porto

Old Town Braga and the Bom Jesus Sanctuary

Spend the afternoon with a local specialist travelling 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 centre brings to life this ancient and innovative city.
Adult Price: €36

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. Afterwards, savour a typical meal in the Medieval Ribeira Quarter
Adult Price: €55

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
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.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Service
Very good job.
Vacation
Wonderful in-depth experience of Portugal.
Bonita Chinavare
Monday, April 22, 2019
Service
they we're very helpful, answered all my questions .
Vacation
BEAUTIFUL!!! Our tour director was the BEST. Was both fun and informative.
Sue Ann Parks
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Service
Tiago our tour director was wonderful. His knowledge and all the extra's he did made the trip a wonderful experience. All parts of Portugal were unique and beautiful and the food was outstanding. I would definitely book another tour. We had a wonderful group on the bus and we all became friends quickly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your lovely comments. Out Travel Directors do a phenomenal job and we're so happy you were able to experience Tiago's expertise. We look forward to helping you plan that next trip!
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Vacation
The tour price was so reasonable for what we experienced in return.
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