An exclusive 6 day tour of all the best sights in the North of Portugal.
Experience northern Portugal on this six-day tour from Lisbon to the country’s renowned cities and historical monuments. Discover Óbidos, a beautiful medieval village; Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal; and Coimbra, home to one of the most ancient universities in the world and the beautiful Mateus Palace gardens. Spend time in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the city’s Stock Exchange Palace and St Francisco Church. See historical monuments like the Batalha Monastery (Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória), the Alcobaça Monastery, the Cathedral of Braga, Amarante’s São Gonçalo Convent, Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary and the Convent of Christ in Tomar.
During your six-day tour you will learn interesting facts about the attractions and cities from your guide, who will lead you through the main sights of the locations you visit. You will also have free time to explore more on your own in the towns of Nazaré, Guimarães, Barcelos, Viseu and Tomar.
Five nights of accommodation in superior-class hotels and five continental or buffet breakfasts are included.
Central Lisbon and centrally located Lisbon hotels
9am. Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time; you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time (contact info will be printed on your confirmation voucher).
6 days (approx.)
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm on Day 6
Day 2: Fátima – Coimbra – Aveiro – Porto (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and set off to cover 167 miles (270km) in one day! First, visit Coimbra, home to one of the oldest universities in the world with a beautiful, Baroque-style library. After a tour of the university, visit the Church of Santa Clara and Coimbra’s town center, where shops display local ceramic works. Have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and then relax on the coach drive to Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal due to its canals. Here, look over the famous moliceiro boats (half-moon shaped vessels).
Next, head off to Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto, a beautiful city built on the hillsides of the Douro River mouth. Visit the city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have free time to explore the city and enjoy a delicious dinner (own expense).
Accommodation: Hotel Ipanema Porto or similar in Porto
Day 3: Porto (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and get ready for a full day in Porto. Start with a walking tour through the lively streets, and see landmarks like the Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa), with its beautiful Arab Room, and St Francisco Church. Take in views of the Douro River as you wander around the riverside Ribeira district, and stop at a renowned and historical Port cellar for Port wine tasting (included). Then enjoy free time to have lunch (own expense) and explore more of the city on your own.
Accommodation: same hotel in Porto
Day 4: Porto – Guimarães – Braga – Barcelos – Porto (B)
On your forth day, you will cover 110 miles (178km) of Portuguese beauty! After breakfast at your hotel, get ready for a day in the beautiful Minho region, where historic monuments, lush landscapes, delicious pastries and vinho verde (wine) blend harmoniously. Approach Guimarães’ Sacred Hill, the birthplace of Portugal, crowned by the Royal Castle and the 15th-century Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Continue to the Guimarães town center, where you will have free time to admire the beautiful architecture of this medieval village.
Have lunch (own expense; try the famous Portuguese salted cod!), and then admire views of the Portuguese countryside on the drive to Braga, where you will visit the Cathedral of Braga and the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, known for its fascinating Baroque stairway. From Braga, move on to the beautiful village of Barcelos, the origin of Portugal’s cockerel icon. Explore the village and admire its many pottery shops with your guide, and then head back to Porto for dinner (own expense) and to spend the night.
Accommodation: same hotel in Porto
Day 5: Porto – Amarante – Vila Real – Lamego – Viseu – Urgeiriça (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and head to Amarante, a small town located on the banks of the Tâmega River. You’ll also visit the São Gonçalo Convent, which overlooks the river, offering a great view of colorful porches, pastry shops and the town market. Continue to Vila Real, passing through Serra do Marão. In Vila Real, follow your guide around the perfumed gardens of Mateus Palace, and then have free time in the village of Lamego. Wander around this historical village and, at your own expense, have lunch and visit Our Lady of Remédios Sanctuary, where bola de lamego (an oven-baked loaf with smoked ham) comes from.
Next, take in views of the Douro Valley vineyards on the drive to Viseu. When you arrive, visit the city center, dominated by the Viseu Cathedral. Then, continue to Urgeiriça, in the Caldas da Felgueira region, where you will have time to explore more on your own and have dinner (own expense).
Accommodation: Hotel da Urgeiriça or similar in Urgeiriça
Day 6: Urgeiriça – Bussaco – Tomar – Lisbon (B)
Eat a good breakfast to prepare for the longest day of your trip, during which you will travel 226 miles (365km)! Relax on your comfortable coach and take in views of the beautiful Portuguese countryside as you set course to Bussaco. Here, visit the romantic Hotel Palace, a former royal hunting lodge located in the Serra do Bussaco mountain range. Continue to the village of Tomar, whose lands were bestowed to the Order of the Knights Templar in 1159 for its assistance to Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques, in the Christian re-conquest of these lands. Here, tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ, the city’s pedestrian-friendly historic center and the riverside. Finally, admire more views of the Portuguese countryside as you head back to Lisbon.