Tour “Elegantly Portugal”

Day 1 - Arrival to Lisbon & Transfer to the Hotel

Arrival transfer by private car from Lisbon airport to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 2- Visit to the city of Lisbon, Sintra & Estoril Coast

Lisbon city tour in the morning. Sintra and Estoril Coast in the afternoon

Private car with driver/guide.
Begin your day with a private tour of Lisbon, one of the oldest settlements in Europe.

Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors appreciated it’s location on the estuary of the river Tejo. Among the sights you will see: São Jorge Castle, high on one of the city’s hills and the ancient Alfama district built by the Moors in their typical winding, narrow street pattern. The Portuguese Age of Discoveries in the 15th & 16th Centuries led to the building of the magnificent Monastery of Jerónimos, a splendid example of Portuguese Gothic style known as Manueline.
 
In the afternoon drive to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in beautiful wooded mountains to the west of Lisbon. Long a summer retreat for royalty and the wealthy, the city today is a charming collection of 19th Century chalets, villas and trendy shops. Visit the medieval Vila Palace, the summer residence of Portuguese kings and queens and an excellent display of the famous Portuguese glazed tiles known as “azuleijos”. You will notice these decorative tiles throughout your Portugal tour. Return to Lisbon along the coast, past the resort cities of Estoril and Cascais.

Overnight in Lisbon with buffet breakfast

Day 3 - Free day in Lisbon

Optional full day tour to Fátima, Óbidos, Nazaré and the monastery of Batalha.

Optional half day tour to Fátima or half day tour to Óbidos.

Private cars with driver/guide. See below for prices.

Day 4 - The Alentejo Region and the city of Évora

Full day tour to Évora and a Wine Estate by private car with driver/guide

Travel eastward from Lisbon through the plains of the Alentejo, a vast agricultural area of cork oak, olive groves, vineyards and orchards of almond and oranges. Rising from the plain is the enchanting walled city of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Within its walls are a 1st Century Roman temple, a Moorish neighborhood of winding, narrow streets, a medieval cathedral and the famous “Bones Chapel”. Your guided walking tour of the city will explain its wonders. Time for lunch (not included) in one of the many cafés offering the local cuisine.

In the afternoon, travel to a typical Alentejo winery (quinta). Enjoy a private visit followed by a wine tasting. Alentejo wines aren’t as well known as the wines of the Douro and Dão but they are excellent. Return to Lisbon in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Lisbon with buffet breakfast

Day 5 - Lisbon to Porto by first class train

First class train tickets will be provided from Gare Oriente train station in Lisbon to Campanhã train station in Porto. Travel time is about 3 hours.  Transfers to/from the train stations are not included. *Taxis are the suggested means of transfer. Upon arrival in Porto, the balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Porto with buffet breakfast

*Note
: If you prefer private car transfer to/from train stations, please let us know.

Day 6 - Full-Day tour of Porto by private car

Full-Day Private Tour to Porto with driver (all-day) and guide (during the morning)

A driver and private car will be available to you from 9:00am to 6:00pm. During the morning you will also have a licensed guide who can accompany you into the city’s most important monuments. Start the day with a panoramic tour towards the trendy and cultural areas called Boavista and Foz. This is where the Douro River and Atlantic meet. It’s also the area for some of the best museums. On to the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The wealth of  Portugal’s colonies poured into Porto and it’s evident in the extraordinary amount of gold in the Church of São Francisco and the magnificent Arabian room of the Stock Exchange Palace. Fame and fortune also came with the popularity of Port wine. Enjoy a guided visit to one of the Port wine cellars.

Stop for lunch (not included) before continuing your tour to the Clérigos Church and the shopping district of Santa Catarina Street. Let your driver know what else you would like to do and see. More wine tasting perhaps? More sightseeing?

Overnight in Porto with buffet breakfast

Day 7 - Full day tour to Guimarães and Braga by private car/driver

Meet your driver at your hotel at 9:00am for a tour to the “Minho” region of Portugal. The town of Guimarães is considered the “cradle” of Portugal. Stop at the Castle (now in ruins) located alongside the magnificent Ducal Palace. Walk through the narrow city streets to reach the small squares and little corners that make Guimaraes one of the most interesting cities of Portugal. Free time for lunch (not included). Continue to Braga, home to the famous Sanctuary of Bom Jesus with its magnificent, cascading Baroque staircase.

Overnight in Porto with buffet breakfast

Day 8 - Porto to Lisbon by first class train

Return to Lisbon today from Campanhã train station to Oriente train station. Transfers from your hotel to the train station aren’t included.

Overnight at Hotel Olissipo Oriente (4 stars) with buffet breakfast

Day 9 Lisbon

Program ends at check out. Private transfer to Lisbon airport.

Note
: It’s also possible to end your tour in Porto on Day 8. Please advise us if you would like this option.

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