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PERFECTLY PORTUGAL

Porto. Aveiro . Costa Nova. Coimbra . Marinha Grande . Nazare . Lisbon . Sintra . Cascais
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Spend 7 days exploring the highlights of this coastal country packed with wonders. In Portugal, the sun is bright, the food is delicious, and the living is easy. We start our tour in Porto, where the majestic Douro Valley invites us to lounge back with a glass of port wine in hand. Felicidades!

Travel south via picturesque Aveiro to get our fill of history and culture at UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Monastery of Batalha and Coimbra University.

Finally, we travel to vibrant Lisbon, where we can munch on a custard tart while gazing at sun-dappled architecture, shop for local handicrafts or designer clothes, and enjoy delectable Portuguese dishes - and wines - each evening.  

 


 

PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfers

2 nights Porto accommodation

Welcome Douro River Dinner Cruise

Porto walking tour

Wine & port cellar visit
1 night Marinha Grande accommodation

Ria de Aveiro cruise

Coimbra University visit

Nazare beach walk

3 nights Lisbon accommodation

Tour Belem & Alfama districts 
Day tour to palaces of Sintra and Cascais beach town

All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
 

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare; tipping; meals unless noted otherwise, personal expenses

 

GRACE NOTES:
Giveback: Sociedade Protectora dos Animais

 

ITINERARY:

7

days

from $1799
per person sharing

   DEPARTURES: July through April

Day 1: Porto

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to our accommodation for tonight. 

Accommodation: Hotel Cristal, Porto

Day 2: Porto

In the morning, we'll take a walking tour of Porto with our English-speaking guide.
Afternoon at leisure.
In the evening, visit Vila Nova de Gaia wine cellar fora  tasting. Return to the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Cristal, Porto

Day 3: Aveiro - Costa Nova - Coimbra

In the morning depart to Aveiro by coach.  Stop in Aveiro for a cruise on Ria de Aveiro. Try Ovos Moles, a typical pastry of this region. Visit Costa Nova, a sandy beach known for its colorfully painted striped houses, promenade and dunes. 

Depart to Coimbra and visit the University and Library which inspired Harry Potters Hogwarts.  Continue to Marinha Grande for an overnight and a group dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Cristal, Marinha

Day 4: Marinha Grande - Nazare - Lisbon

After local sightseeing, we'll depart to the picturesque beach of Nazaré. With a pleasant climate and natural beauty, this beach is steeped in traditional fishing lore. 
In the afternoon, we'll depart to Lisbon. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Lisboa Plaza

Day 5: Lisbon

This morning, we'll discover the district of Belém, whose numerous and prestigious monuments recall Portugal's century of great maritime discoveries: the Monument to the Discoveries, the elegant Tower of Belém, built in the XVth century on the Tagus River, and the Jerónimos Monastery, built in honor of Vasco da Gama for discovering the spice route to India.  Enjoy a delicious tasting of the famous Pastel de Belém (one of the 7 gastronomic wonders of Portugal!). 
Continue to the Alfama, a traditional neighborhood, with winding streets and flower covered balconies.
Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Lisboa Plaza

Day 6: Lisbon

This morning, tour Sintra, a city of much natural, and man-made, beauty, and a favorite residence of the sovereigns who built beautiful palaces there. Enjoy a tasting of a typical queijada pastry.  Tour the palace. 
Then, visit Cabo da Roca,  the most western point of Europe. 
On the way back to Lisbon, pass by the famous seaside towns of Cascais and Estoril, popular for their climate and vacation-like atmosphere. Return to the hotel for a farewell dinner.   (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Lisboa Plaza

Day 7: Depart

You will be transferred to the airport for departure.  (B)

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