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Country Roads of Portugal

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $2,950 per person
Obidos, Portugal

Countries Visited

Portugal

Locations Visited

Lisbon, Algarve, Porto, Douro Valley
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Lisbon

    On arrival at Lisbon International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Settle in and relax before joining your Travel Director at 6 pm for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travelers during a pleasant evening of good food and wine. 

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Altis Grand Hotel (Superior Rooms)
  2. Day 2 Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries

    Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço, the finest square in the city, named after the palace that was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1755, along with much of the rest of the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, erected to protect Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you visit. With free time in the afternoon, perhaps take the funicular railway up into the steep alleyways of the old town or explore the terraces of the Alfama district.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Altis Grand Hotel (Superior Rooms)
  3. Day 3 The Algarve

    Cross the River Tagus and head for the sun-drenched southern coast to reach Lagos, a fishing port nestled on the bay of Meia Praia. After free time to explore, continue to your resort hotel set within a magnificent 360-acre estate. Simplicity is in the soul of Algarve cuisine, along with seafood so fresh it still tastes of the sea. The small coastal towns and fishing ports house a rich variety of restaurants and your Travel Director knows the best!

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ria Park Hotel & Spa
  4. Day 4 Everlasting Évora

    Journey to the medieval walled city of Évora where cathedrals, churches, aqueducts and ancient castle walls all serve to create the feeling that this beautiful city is a living, breathing museum to Portugal's rich past. Join your Local Expert to explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Roman Temple and visit the Capela dos Ossos, an extraordinary 17th-century chapel comprising the skulls and bones of 5,000 bodies. Visit the cathedral with its attractive mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. With the afternoon at leisure, you may wish to continue to stroll through Évora's unique historical center, or the serene city park, following the aqueduct inside the city walls.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel M'Ar De Ar Aqueduto
  5. Day 5 Monsaraz and Évora

    Travel to the striking white village of Monsaraz, situated on an imposing hilltop, surrounded by cork oaks and vineyards. From the castle ruins, admire the spectacular views across to the dry Spanish plains, contrasting with the blue of one of Europe's largest artificial lakes. Meet a local boat captain and hear tales of life upon the water during your leisurely cruise. Sit down to a delicious Highlight Lunch in a local restaurant that was formerly an olive oil mill. Savor the local cuisine as your menu is typical of the local Alentejo region and accompanied with wine. Return to Évora where the evening is at your leisure to explore this beautifully preserved regional capital.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel M'Ar De Ar Aqueduto
  6. Day 6 Scenic Drive to Obidos, Fatima & Tomar

    Pass cork oak forests and expansive rice fields as you journey to the fortified town of Óbidos. Walk inside its walls to explore the craft shops, art galleries and flower-laden houses that line the narrow, medieval streets. Continue to Fátima, Portugal's most renowned place of pilgrimage. See the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Proceed to Tomar and visit one of Portugal's historical jewels, the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your Local Expert, explore the octagonal Templars' Rotunda in the cloister and glimpse the day-to-day life of a warrior monk in the domestic areas. Outside on the battlements, the Manueline Window is a national masterpiece. You also visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal, housing a small Jewish museum.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Dos Templários
  7. Day 7 Coimbra, The Douro & Pinhao

    In Coimbra, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the Old Town, including a visit to the impressive baroque university library. Journey through the rolling vine-laden hills and along the left bank of the Douro to arrive at Quinta de Marrocos, the home of the Sequeira family for the past 4 generations. Learn about the family's passion for wine-making as you join them for a wonderful Farm-to-Table Dinner, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients and of course accompanied by wine from the estate.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Vintage House
  8. Day 8 Guimarães & Porto

    Journey to Guimarães, known as the Cradle of Portugal. From the ruined castle there are wonderful views and down in the historic heart lies a web of washing-hung alleyways, cobbled streets and cozy squares with tiny bars and cafes. Continue towards the bright lights of Porto, situated on the Douro and celebrated as the Port wine capital of the world. These famous Port wines are housed in the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores. Walk along corridors of casks and get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. In the evening you are at leisure to enjoy your boutique, five-star hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, in the heart of Porto's historic district. The decor is a mix of classic and contemporary and each room is individually decorated with original artwork.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Infante Sagres
  9. Day 9 Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro

    With a full day free to enjoy at your own pace, why not take a stroll to admire the multi-colored houses, churches covered in beautiful glazed tiles and the iconic bridges? For a different perspective and excellent views of the city, perhaps embark on a relaxing Douro cruise. In the evening, bid adeus to your Travel Director and fellow travelers with a mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with wine, at an authentic Porto restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Infante Sagres
  10. Day 10 Return To Lisbon

    Enjoy a relaxed start in Porto before traveling to Lisbon, arriving at your hotel in the early evening.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Dom Pedro Lisboa
  11. Day 11 Depart Lisbon

    After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Lisbon Portela Airport at 7 am or 9:30 am.

    meals Breakfast
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Included Quality Dining 

10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine, 4 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee. 

Top Rated Highlights

  • Lisbon: There is no better way to explore a city, than with your Local Expert. Wander from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. In the Belém Quarter see the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries.
  • Lagos: Explore this coastal town nestled on Meia Praia, with your Travel Director.
  • Evora: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site guided by your Local Expert and see the famous Roman Temple. While sightseeing, witness the fascinating cathedral one of the oldest in Evora and be charmed by its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
  • Evora: Witness one of the most visited sites in Evora, the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, meaning the Chapel of Bones, a chapel decorated with human remains.
  • Monsaraz: Surrounded by cork oaks and vineyards, wander through the castle ruins to admire the incredible view over the Spanish plains that contrast with the blue of one of Europe's largest artificial lakes.
  • Obidos: Lead by your Travel Director, walk through the picturesque narrow streets up to the main square of this ancient walled town.
  • Tomar: Dominating the town is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ. During your visit with a Local Expert, see the Manueline Window and follow the story of the mysterious Knights Templar.
  • Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Tomar: Guided by your Local Expert, visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal.
  • Tomar: Learn about the history of the town through its architectural influences as you take a tour guided by a Local Expert.
  • Coimbra: With a Local Expert, visit the University and witness the triumphal arches, painted ceilings, golden flourishes and walls of ancient tomes.
  • Coimbra: Guided by your Local Expert, head through Old Town and pass by the Old Cathedral and the Almedina neighborhood.
  • Guimarães: Enjoy views from the ruined castle and explore the maze of streets in the historic Old Quarter.
  • Porto: See the iconic bridges and buildings decorated in tiles.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the view as you travel through the Alentejo region and along the Tagus and Douro rivers.
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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

Cascais, Estoril & Queluz Excursion

Like the Kings of Portugal before you, travel to the glamorous resort of Cascais, a veritable jewel in the crown of Portugal. Via the wealthy playground of Estoril, with its famous Casino, we'll continue with our Local Expert to the Portuguese Riviera and through the forest of Sintra to visit one of the Royal summer palaces before heading back to Lisbon.
Adult Price: €46

Fado Evening

Known as ''the soul of the Portuguese identity'', Fado is the emotive national song. Take in an unmissable performance of this UNESCO-recognised art in one of the country's famed fado houses. To complete the experience, savour a typical Portuguese dinner with wine included.
Adult Price: €66

Seafood Dinner by the Tagus River

Across the mighty Tagus River await Lisbon's famous seafood restaurants and wonderful views of the city. Board your ferry to cross the wide blue waters for a delightful evening of Portuguese seafood and fish specialities. After dinner, encounter more sweeping views over the Portuguese capital, as you return to your hotel via the impressive suspension bridge.
Adult Price: €53

Evora

Cork Factory Visit

As we drive through the arid Alentejo region, notice the red bark of the cork trees. This precious, naturally occurring and regenerative resource sits all around us. As a guest of the Caeiro family, we'll learn how they've worked with cork for generations to produce much more than the humble – yet vital – wine bottle stopper. Cork, as you will discover, is a versatile natural material, the attractiveness of which has been recently recognised by fashionistas the world over.
Adult Price: €18

Porto

Dinner by the Douro and River Cruise

Aboard a traditional Rabelo boat, marvel at the sites along Porto's Douro River and its delta. As the setting sun highlights Porto's historic skyline, enjoy a range of Portuguese specialities with wine from the comfort of your riverside restaurant.
Adult Price: €59

Braga & Bom Jesus

Spend your morning with a local guide 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 ascending the forested hillside to the 'Bom Jesus' sanctuary. We 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

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Eric Gruber
Travel date: Monday, May 27, 2019
Service
Easy and helpful. Made it easy to goto London first and then Lisbon.
Vacation
Vania and Manuel (driver) were great. Knowledgeable and helped with where to eat and explore. Would recommend to anyone
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, May 27, 2019
Service
Have used them before and smooth arrangements. No issues to report.
Vacation
You get a great overview of Portugal. Each area had special moments.
Thomas Marshall
Travel date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Service
An exceptional experience, 5 star thru out the complete trip. Sara our tour director was outstanding in all areas of our travels, very caring and taking care of all of our needs every day, very knowledgeable and a great young lady. Our bus driver was the best you could ask for, a safe and experienced driver. Overall, already planning our next trip with GET. Tom & Terry Marshall
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing! We're happy to know your trip to Portugal was everything you wanted it to be. Thank you, as well, for being a part of our travel family. We're excited to see where you go next!
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Vacation
Great buy for your money !
Barbara Cassani
Travel date: Monday, May 7, 2018
Service
Booking with them is always a pleasure to deal with.Out tour director was super so much and our GET tour Dave always does a super job for us.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much Barbara! We appreciate your repeat  business and will be sure to share your feedback with Dave.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Vacation
Always great prices when you book early and pay in full.
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