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Northern Portugal Vacation

Departures from Lisbon 2017 and 2018

Jan 2017 -  April 2018
6days/5nights

Northern Portugal is the most historic part of this ancient country, where one of Europe's first states formed. Ancient towns, quaint fishing villages, venerated universities, rich monasteries,  Roman remains, UNESCO World heritage Sites and lots and lots of history enhance your cultural experience in this westernmost country of Europe.

Northern Portugal tour Obidos


Book by 30 October 2016 and receive 5% early bird discount on 2017 departures
Guaranteed Departures dates with minimum 4 passengers on the following Saturdays:
 

Jan 14, Feb 18, Mar 11, Apr 8, 22, May 6, 20, Jun 3, 17, July 1, 15, Aug 5, 19, Sep 2,16, Oct 7, 21 Nov 11, Dec 9, 2017    and Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, 21, 2018. Any other Saturday on request.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Lisbon - Óbidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Batalha - Fátima
Departure Lisbon and drive to Óbidos, the city surrounded by medieval walls. Admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur).Visit Alcobaça and the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by it’s love story. Stop in Nazaré a typical fishing village and seaside resort, with its traditions and legends. After continue to Batalha and visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal. Here you can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of the maritime discoveries. After arrive in Fátima and see the famous Marian Shrine. Posibility to assist the Candle procession. Fátima- overnight.

Day 2: Fátima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Oporto
Morning departure to Coimbra and visit of the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterised by ancient traditions and customs such as the black cape of the students and the melancholic fado music. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. In the center you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro(stop), city of the canals, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, where you shall have time to see the graceful boats “moliceiros” and taste the local sweets “ovos moles”. Drive to Vila Nova de Gaia, near by Oporto. overnight.

Day 3: Oporto
Spend the day in Porto the 2nd largest city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living amphitheater inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces, churches that history has made eternal and Port wine, known worldwide. Afternoon free. overnight

Day 4:Oporto -  Guimarães -  Braga -  Barcelos - Oporto
After breakfast take part in a full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimarães(stop) - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic center, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga(stop) known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens. After we shall continue to Barcelos(stop), an historical city rich in popular handicraft where the Galo de Barcelos (the rooster of Barcelos) legend was born becoming, the rooster, a Portuguese icon. Return to Porto. Oporto-overnight.

Day 5: Oporto- Amarante - Vila Real - Douro Valley - Lamego - Viseu - Urgeiriça
Morning departure to Amarante. Visit this pretty town proud of São Gonçalo and its lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real and visit the gardens of the manor of Mateus, which façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rose wine bottles. Then we enter in the Port wine region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley .Stop in Lamego(stop), overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines N.S. Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase.Maybe you will try some of the local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland to Viseu(stop), center of the Dão Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets
and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Along the center we find a busy commercial area. Arrival to Urgeiriça. Urgeiriça/Caldas da Felgueira –overnight

Day 6: Urgeiriça - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisboa
Morning departure to Bussaco well know for the luxuriant forest, made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, where was built a charming and romantic hotel, before a royal hunting lodge. We continue to Tomar. The development of the city is closely linked to the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the
assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the First King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the territory. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, this retains the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centerpiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We follow the journey till Lisbon. End of the services.

Price per person for the (First Class) Tour in Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange)

Dates Price per person based on double or triple accommodation Price per person based on single
Jan- 31 Mar 2017 830 945
1 Apr - 31 Oct 2017 847 995
1 Nov 2017- Mar 31 2018 830 945


Premium (First Class) Tour Includes

  • Accommodation on buffet breakfast bases with the following hotels, or similar:
    Hotel Santa Maria,4* in Fatima, Hotel Ipanema Porto, 4* in Oporto, Hotel da Urgeiriça,4* in Canas do Senhorim.
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese and French speaking guide during the tour
  • Entrancees into following monuments: Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, "Palacio da Bolsa"(Porto), St. Francisco Church (Porto), “Gardens of Palacio Mateus", Convento do Cristo (Tomar)

Premium tour does not not include:
Expenses other than above mentioned, porterage fees at the hotels, lunches, or dinners, personal expenses, entrance fees to other places than mentioned above

Tour departs 9am from terminal Marques de Pombal in Lisbon  or free pick up from Lisbon hotels.
Children (sharing with 2 adults) 0-4 years : free
Children 5-10 years (sharing with 2adults): 50% off the regular price

 

Transfer price from Lisbon Airport to Hotels  (or train station to hotel) in Lisbon or v.v: 
Euro 45 per car each way (1-3 pax) - night supplement 8pm-8am : Euro 18 per transfer

Lisbon city package with city tour and excursions is also available! Please check our
City packages / Lisbon page!

 

 

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