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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal

Cities Visited

Coimbra, Evora, Lisbon, Porto

Tour Itinerary

Discover an array of architectural gems, from the colorful manors of Sintra to the Roman temples of Évora, Venture into the countryside to learn about the production of cork and olive harvesting, Enjoy a mesmerizing Fado music performance in Lisbon, Float down Porto’s "river of gold,” taking in timeless scenes of rolling green hills.

Step back in time to the history of a country rich with architectural marvels, culinary traditions, and cultural wonders. This eight-day tour through Portugal takes curious travellers through ancient streets lined with colourful manors along the cobblestoned paths of the country's most prestigious university, and down the shipping routes for fortified wine. History buffs, gastronomes, and culture seekers alike will find themselves immersed and compelled at every stop.

Day 1: Lisbon
Arrive in time for a traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado music performance in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods.
Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Activity: Sit down to a traditional meal and lend your ears to the sound of a performance by Portuguese folk music artists.
Accommodation: My Tejo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner (Traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado performance.)

Day 2: Lisbon
Escape reality during a visit the fairytale town of Sintra and lose yourself exploring the colourful manors, medieval palaces, and lush gardens of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free to discover Lisbon.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Situated in the hills of Sintra, Pena Palace and its surrounding park are one of the greatest expressions of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal. With clear Manueline influence and Moorish architectural styles, the palace is built in a such a way as to be visible from any point in the park. Tour the Palace and park and learn about the Palace's origins and influences throughout Portuguese history.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: My Tejo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Lisbon/Évora
Travel to Évora in the heart of the Alentejo region, enjoying a tour to the haunting, but mesmerizing Chapel of Bones and visit Diana's Temple, one of the best preserved Roman temples on the Iberian Peninsula.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit the most famous sight in Évora, the Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones. Take care if squeamish - built in the 1500s by a Franciscan monk, the walls are covered with human skeletons as a reminder to fellow monks that life is fleeting.
Activity: Take a visit to the best preserved Roman structure on the Iberian Peninsula, assumed to have been constructed in 1 AD.
Accommodation: Vitoria Stone Evora (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Évora
Visit a cork farm and learn about the cork production, as well as other activities particular to the Alentejo region like honey production and olive harvesting. Enjoy a traditional cork stripper's meal before returning back to Évora for free time.
Activity: Learn about cork harvesting from a local archaeologist and conservationist at a traditional cork farm in Alentejo, the region where most of Portugal's cork is grown. Then sit down for a traditional lunch in a family-run restaurant on the farm's property.
Accommodation: Vitoria Stone Evora (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 5: Évora/Coimbra
Continue to Tomar, where we visit the Templar Castle. Founded in 1160 by Gualdim Pais, grand master of the Knights Templar, the vast complex of the Convent of Christ is an incredible feat of medieval architecture. Continue on to Coimbra for the evening.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: In Tomar, 14th-century Portugal's headquarters for the Knights Templar Order, take a guided walk with a historian to learn about the country during the time of the Crusades. Visit the impressive Templar Castle and Convent of Christ, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Oslo Hotel Coimbra (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Coimbra/Porto
This morning, enjoy a tour around the University of Coimbra, Portugal's most prestigious university and a World Heritage Site. Enter through the 10th-century Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra. Walk through the campus along mosaic cobblestone paths and visit the ornate Joanina Library, Chapel of São Miguel and the botanical gardens. Later, catch the train to Porto.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Activity: Portugal's most prestigious university, the University of Coimbra is a must see landmark. Explore the World Heritage Site as you enter through the Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra constructed in the 10th century. Walk through the campus along mosaic cobblestone paths, explore it's botanical gardens and Chapel of S. Miguel and opt to visit the ornate Joanina Library.
Accommodation: Mercure Porto Centro (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Porto
Board a boat down Portugal's "river of gold", floating along the route that port shippers took to age their fortified wines. Take in the sights of the rolling green, terraced hills of the Porto region. Visit a local wine cellar, then end the day with a glass of port - an unmissable regional specialty.
Activity: Board a boat down Portugal's Douro River, or "river of gold". Float along this ancient route used for centuries as a port wine shipper's route. Marvel in the beauty of the terraced hills along the way.
Free Time: Enjoy all the gems of this coastal city. Visit the medieval Ribeira district with its narrowed cobbled stone streets. Marvel in the baroque architecture of São Francisco Church and discover the palatial 19th century Palácio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, built to impress potential European investors. But most importantly, make sure to try a glass of port wine.
Activity: Finish off the day with a tour of the cellars of the region's famed export - Port wine. Learn about the art of Port making and the processes that render its rich taste. Indulge in a tasting and raise a glass to a day well spent. Saúde!
Accommodation: Mercure Porto Centro (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Porto
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Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport
Walking, bus, boat, train.

Inclusions
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cork Farm Experience, Évora Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Knights Templar Historic Tour, Tomar Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon Your Hands-On Moment: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto. Lisbon orientation walk. Guided tour of Palace of Pena in Sintra. Chapel of Bones visit in Evora. Diana's Temple visit in Evora. Guided tour of Coimbra University. Porto orientation walk. Douro River boat cruise. Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations.

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Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts).

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

National Geographic Tours Customer Reviews

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Accommodations
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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
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