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Best of Portugal

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $2,273 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Portugal Lisbon Sunset

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Portugal ...more Portugal

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Lisbon, ALGARVE, Cape St Vincent, Lagos, Evora, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Guimaraes, Porto, Coimbra, Tomar, Fatima, Nazare, Obidos ...more Lisbon, ALGARVE, Cape St Vincent, Lagos, Evora, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Guimaraes, Porto, Coimbra, Tomar, Fatima, Nazare, Obidos
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Lisbon

    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 some of the city's most iconic sights.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Turim Av Liberdade
  2. Day 2 Discover Colourful Lisbon

    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’. With our Local Specialist, We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus, and Belém Tower, built as a fortress protecting the city of Lisbon. We'll Dive Into Culture on 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 Journey to the Algarve Region

    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 at our Be My Guest experience as we Connect With Locals over a traditional 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 Real Bellavista
  4. Day 4 Cliffs, Beaches and More in the Algarve

    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 Onwards to Elegant Évora

    Journeying north, we travel 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 medieval village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel M'ar de Ar Muralhas
  6. Day 6 Venture Past Mountains to 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 Through the Douro Valley to Porto

    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 Rosé wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the riverside town of Porto where we will spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Neya/Carris Ribeira
  8. Day 8 Explore Vibrant Porto

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 On to Coimbra and Pilgrimage to Fátima

    Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities with a Local Specialist, then stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar. ​We join a Local Specialist 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 see millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to this pilgrimage site, where three young shepherds famously saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Fátima
  10. Day 10 Experience Village Life Returning to 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 streets. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Neya/Smy Lisboa
  11. Day 11 Farewell Lisbon

    Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Portugal
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Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Lisbon, Évora and Porto with a Local Specialist
  • Discover 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, Arabian Hall and a local port wine cellar in Porto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fátima and the Gothic Monastery at Batalha
  • View the Castle of Guimarães
  • Connect With Locals Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked Be My Guest lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo.
  • Dive into Culture Savour the flavours of Portugal's centuries-old Port heritage and gain insights into its local production at a tasting in a Port cellar.
  • Dive into Culture Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.

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Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Saturday, October 1, 2022
Service
Was unhappy with GET. Their agents seemed to only care til they got your money, then they acted like you were bothering them by calling, or they didn’t return your calls.
Vacation
Trafalger runs a first class tour. Several hotels not quite up to my standards….had ants in one room, mold on ceiling on another. Tour director made the trip. His knowledge and personality was super. Learned so much and enjoyed the trip the entire time.
Trusted Customer
Monday, May 2, 2022
Service
Excellent and easy . Yes the agent responded promptly and was well informed
Vacation
The tour was awesome but... it was a bit hectic the times in which we stayed at a hotel only one night instead of two. A bit of an effort for me. Not too relaxing.
Laura Hobson
Monday, April 25, 2022
Service
Excellent tour director and coach director. Visits all went smoothly. Hotels were OK. Staff was polished and professional. Interesting sites.
Vacation
Good tour and excellent tour director. Interesting sites.
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
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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.
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