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Pastel and azulejo-clad façades line Lisbon’s narrow streets which ramble across and over its seven hills from St. George Castle to the Tagus River. Gaze over the Portuguese capital’s terracotta rooftops, soaking up its small-town atmosphere before meeting your Travel Director and companheiros for a glimpse of what lies ahead. Tonight you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for dinner and sample some of the local favourites that you’ll encounter throughout your journey across Portugal.
Explore the Age of the Discoveries and Portugal’s role as a global maritime power many centuries ago when you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter before taking in views of the alabaster-white Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before taking the rest of the day to explore on your own. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Portugal’s Golden Triangle of Cascais, Estoril and Sintra to see some of the country’s most extravagant palaces during your free afternoon. This evening, perhaps join an optional traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of the fado.
Que bom! A full free day in Lisboa to explore the enchanting Portuguese capital your way. The secret to living a long life lies in eating a big breakfast, but as you’ll come to discover in Lisbon that may extend to a big lunch and dinner too. Spend the day indulging in a culinary adventure on your own or choose an optional visit to the fishing village of Nazaré, set on a wide bay overlooking the Atlantic. This Optional Experience also includes a visit to Óbidos where you’ll have time to explore the medieval walled city with its whitewashed houses and cobblestone lanes. Aside from its obvious charm and history that pre-dates the founding of Portugal, Óbidos is also home to the delightfully decadent Ginja cherry liqueur served up in tiny chocolate cups. Don’t go home without a taste or two!
Leave Lisbon behind, bound for Fátima, a site of a celebrated religious miracle where three young shepherds are said to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1917. It is here that you’ll see visiting pilgrims who have come to pray and seek divine guidance. Explore the Basilica and Sanctuary on your own, before heading to the Templar city of Tomar for a sightseeing tour, a beautiful reminder of Portuguese Renaissance. This evening, enjoy dinner in your hotel with your travel companions.
Enroute to explore Coimbra your way, or head to the seaside resort of Aveiro on an Optional Experience. Don’t leave town without sampling the delicious Ovos Moles sweets for which Aveiro is famous, then head north to Porto. You’ll arrive in time for a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist who’ll reveal the treasures in the city’s UNESCO-listed medieval Ribeira Quarter, the port and the remarkable bridges that span the Douro River. With an evening to do as you wish, you may be tempted to head to the water's edge and one of the city’s Port wine cellars for a tasting and insights into the centuries-old tradition of local Port production.
Savour a full day to go back in time and explore Porto’s historic centre with its beautiful Baroque façades. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience to Braga, Portugal’s religious capital. A Local Specialist will reveal insights into Braga’s historic centre and you’ll have an opportunity to see Europe’s largest and most magnificent sculpted Baroque staircase. This evening, an optional cruise along the Douro, followed by a dinner of local specialties, is a fitting way to end your journey through Portugal. Watch the city light up as you enjoy a night cap and the fresh river breeze.
Say a fond farewell to our Tripeiros hosts as you prepare for your return journey home. You’ve explored Portugal’s illustrious past, savoured Mediterranean flavours that will linger long after you leave and made lasting new friendships. All that’s left is to take your airport transfer and wish your travel companions a boa viagem and até a proxima. Find out more about your available transfers at costsavertour.com/transfers.
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.
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.
Available on Day 2
Take your tour of Portugal to the next level as you immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of Lisbon with a night on the town. Savor a typical meal with local aperitifs and drinks included as you listen to the melodic sounds of beautiful Fado singing, an expressive musical art with more than 200 years of history. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: € 67
Venture outside Lisbon with our Local Specialist to experience some of the region's most wonderful sights. After passing through the fashionable Estoril Coast, 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 Portugal nestled in the Sintra Mountains.
Adult Price: € 46
Available on Day 3
Led by our Local Specialist, we'll travel north to the medieval walled town of Óbidos, famous for its well-preserved castle and mighty walls – along with the delectable cherry liquor, Ginjinha. We'll continue to Nazare, home of the biggest waves in the world, and then to the famous Sanctuary of Our Lady shrine, relishing scenic vistas along the way. Finally, enjoy free time to relax by the beach or shop the boutiques, before traveling back to Lisbon.
Adult Price: € 49
Available on Day 5
Head for the coast with our Local Specialist, making your way to the seaside town of Aveiro. Check out the picturesque colorful houses of Costa Nova and the beautiful lagoon that surrounds the town, before enjoying a traditional Moliceiro boat ride through the canals. Taking time to taste the local Ovos Moles sweets and sample a flute of Portuguese Espumante, you'll love seeing another side of Portugal.
Adult Price: € 45
Available on Day 5
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, basking in the atmosphere of Porto as the ocean waves crash against the shore. Yep, your holiday dreams just became a reality.
Adult Price: € 49
Available on Day 6
Led by our Local Specialist, travel through the lush green province of Minho, stopping at its charming capital, Braga. See the magnificently sculpted Baroque staircase, which ascends the forested hillside to the UNESCO-protected 'Bom Jesus' sanctuary - where we'll arrive using a unique 19th-Century water-powered funicular! Finally, a walk through Braga's historic center brings to life this ancient and innovative city.
Adult Price: € 36
Enjoy a glass of port and a relaxing, leisurely cruise along the Douro River, where you'll have the chance to see two medieval heritage-listed cities, plus five impressive bridges including the Eiffel Bridge. Afterward, savor a traditional meal in the Medieval Ribeira Quarter to top off your unique sightseeing experience.
Adult Price: € 60
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