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Historic Northern Portugal Vacation - Tour PT126

2019/ 2020
6 days/5 nights

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.

 

Guaranteed Saturday Departures, Min. 4 People:  
 2019: Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 10, Apr 6, 20, May 4, 18, Jun 1, 15, Jul 6, 20, Aug 3, 17, Sep 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 16, Dec 7
2020: Jan 11, Feb 15, Mar 14

Any other Saturday on request.

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 for their 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 gothic masterpiece. 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 in the Lux 4 star hotel.

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 Oporto. Overnight at the Sheraton 5 star Hotel.

Day 3: Oporto - Guimarães - Braga - Oporto
Breakfast at the hotel. Porto the 2nd city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living amphitheatre 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. We continue to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimarães - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic centre, 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 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. Return to Porto. Overnight in The Sheraton Hotel.

Day 4: Oporto -  Santiago de Compostela - Oporto
Breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and the centre of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela World Cultural Heritage and you have the entire day to freely discover this fascinating city. Wander its historical streets and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes. Overnight in The Sheraton Hotel, Oporto.

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 in the Hotel de Urgeiriça.

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.

2019 Price per person in Euro
($ rate varies depending the exchange)

Dates

 Double or Triple

Single

Jan - Apr

930

1045

Apr-Oct

947

1095

 Includes

  • Accommodation on buffet breakfast bases with the following hotels(or similar):
    Hotel Lux Fatima4* in Fatima, Hotel Sheraton 5* in Oporto, Hotel da Urgeiriça 4* in Urgeiriça.

  • English, Spanish, Portuguese and French speaking guide throughout the tour

  • Entrance to the Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, Palacio da Bolsa, St. Francisco Church, Gardens of Palacio Mateus and the  Convento do Cristo

Excludes:

  • Expenses other than above mentioned
  • Porterage fees at the hotels
  • Lunches or dinners
  • Entrance fees to other places than mentioned above

Notes:

  • Tour departs at 9 am from Marques de Pombal square in Lisbon or free pick up from Lisbon hotels.
  • Children (sharing with 2 adults) 0-4 years : free
  • Children 5-10 years (sharing with 2 adults): 25% off the regular price
  • Transfer price from Lisbon Airport to Hotels  (or train station to hotel) in Lisbon 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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