Discover Portugal 2022

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10 Days / 9 Nights
Availability : May - October
Start: Lisbon, Portugal
End: Porto, Portugal

Discover Portugal: 2 nts Lisbon, 2 nts Alvados, 1 nt Viseu, 2 nts Douro Valley, 2 nts Braga

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

From charming medieval villages to the cobbled streets of Porto, the empires of the past have left their mark on this captivating Iberian nation. Uncover the real Portugal as we journey from Gothic cities to cinematic rural scenery – taking in world-famous pilgrimage sites, sumptuous local cuisine and ancient customs as we go.

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Enjoy a scenic ride along the Douro River in a traditional rabelo boat
– Indulge in a tasting of delicious locally produced cheeses near Viseu
– Explore the wonderfully atmospheric and history-laden streets of Coimbra

 

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

My Story Rossio Hotel  (Lisbon)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA ( Porto) (Google Map)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Try your hand at a local tile painting atelier , Guided tour of Sintra National Palace, Portuguese cookery lesson. Visit an olive oil producer
  • Visit Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, Cruise in a traditional rabelo boat, Guided walking tour in Guimarães , Time in Braga
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon – a mesmerising capital filled with Gothic glamour and enthralling culture. After meeting the group at the hotel, we’ll kick-off our adventure with a group dinner accompanied by an atmospheric Fado performance. Here’s to the journey ahead! (D)

Accommodation: My Story Rossio (or similar)

Day 2Lisbon – Sintra – Lisbon

After breakfast, we’ll pay a visit to a local tile painting atelier – where you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at producing your own keepsake before we move on to medieval Sintra. Here, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Sintra National Palace – a treasured regal residence and designated UNESCO World Heritage site. After enjoying an afternoon of free time to explore this captivating town, we’ll return to Lisbon. (B)

Accommodation: My Story Rossio (or similar)

Day 3Lisbon – Óbidos – Nazaré – Alvados

The gorgeous village of Óbidos will be our first point of call today – where we’ll marvel at the historic architecture and explore the labyrinth of cobblestoned streets on an orientation tour. Our next stop is the charming fishing town of Nazaré. Here, we’ll enjoy some free time to wander at our leisure before continuing to Alvados – where a Portuguese cookery lesson and sumptuous dinner awaits. Ready to roll up those sleeves? (B,D)

Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel (or similar)

Day 4Alvados – Tomar – Alvados

Today we’ll continue our journey to Tomar, where we’ll visit the World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ. Known as the Knights Templar City, Tomar is a historic jewel just waiting to be uncovered – and we’ll have some free time to do just that. Before returning to Alvados, there’s a treat in store for the food connoisseurs among us! We’ll pay a visit to an olive oil producer, where we’ll learn about their production processes and have the chance to taste some of the local oil. This evening is ours to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the surrounding walking trails. (B)

Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel (or similar)

Day 5Alvados – Coimbra – Viseu

Along the road to Viseu, we’ll travel to Coimbra – where a visit to the famous University and legendary Joanina Library awaits. Enjoy wandering the historic grounds and admiring the magnificent views over the River Mondego before having some free time to explore the city’s medieval centre. Later, we’ll make tracks to Viseu. Here, a traditional cheesemaker will let us in on the secrets behind Viseu’s delicious buttery cheese and we’ll have the chance to taste some for ourselves. Then, the evening is ours to enjoy at leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Palacio dos Melos (or similar)

Day 6Viseu – Lamego – Pinhão – Peso Da Régua – Douro Valley

First up today, Lamego: a historic town nestled deep within the Douro Valley and home to an astonishing Baroque staircase. After an included visit to the beautiful 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, we’ll have some time to explore at our own pace. Later, we’ll turn our attention to Pinhão -where a cruise in a traditional rabelo boat awaits. Bask in the cinematic scenery of the Douro Valley as we enjoy a leisurely ride to Peso da Régua. And tonight? There’s another sumptuous dinner in store at our hotel. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Quinta Nova (or similar)

Day 7Douro Valley

The scenic, vineyard-dotted landscapes of the Douro Valley make a serene backdrop for our free day today. Enjoy the day relaxing by the pool at our hotel or exploring the surrounding landscape on a leisurely hike – there’s plenty of time to indulge in a drop or two of the region’s famous wines before we reconvene for a delicious dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Quinta Nova (or similar)

Day 8Douro Valley – Amarante – Penafiel – Braga

After breakfast, we’ll head to Amarante – a sleepy riverside town dominated by its striking arched bridge and 16th-century São Gonçalo Church. We’ll take some time to marvel at the lofty interiors of the church before exploring the town at our leisure. After lunch, we’ll set a course for Penafiel where we’ll savour a glass of the region’s famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process. An evening of leisure awaits once we arrive in lovely Braga. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Galé (or similar)

Day 9Braga – Guimarães – Braga

This morning we’ll set our sights on Guimarães – where we’ll learn about the castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the historic city centre on a guided walking tour. After our tour, we’ll have time to roam the medieval streets at our own pace before returning to Braga for an afternoon of free time. While you’re here, be sure to tick off the Bom Jesus Sanctuary – it’s one of Portugal’s most famous attractions for good reason! This evening, we’ll tuck into one last dinner together – with a traditional folk performance as the grand finale. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Galé (or similar)

Day 10Braga – Porto

Our final destination will be Porto, where we’ll tick off some important landmarks – including the Clérigos Tower, Aliados Avenue, the Ribeira district and the cathedral on an orientation tour. Later this afternoon we’ll say our goodbyes as our journey comes to an end. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: March 23 $4,489 $5,789
2022: April 6, 20, 30 $4,489 $5,789
2022: May 4, 14, 18, 28 $4,829 $6,239
2022: June 8, 11, 18, 22 $4,829 $6,239
2022: July 6, 27 $4,739 $6,109
2022: August 17 $4,739 $6,109
2022: September 1, 7, 14 $4,829 $6,239
2022: September 21 $4,739 $6,109
2022: October 5, 15, 26 $4,739 $6,109
2022: November 5 $4,739 $6,109

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

We recommend combining with: Iberian Inspiration before and/or our new tour A Taste of the Camino: Porto to Bilbao after

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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