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Best of Portugal 2020/2021

Best of Portugal 2020/2021


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Wander through medieval cities and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious Pastel de Belém or two along the way.

Day 1 - Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)
Bem-vindo a Lisboa. A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past the city's most iconic sights.
Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time
Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover the 'New World'. We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus and Belém Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 16th-century Manueline architecture and art. There's time today to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, haunting sounds of the fado.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Lisbon – Algarve Region (2 Nights)
We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the green pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air as we 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were once reared at the pleasure of King João VI in the 18th century. Our journey continues further south, bound for the holiday paradise that is the Algarve - our home for the next two nights.
Accommodation: Aqua Riverside
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Algarve Excursion
The dramatic landscapes of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning drive. Admire spectacular views before continuing to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. We end our excursion with a visit to the resort town of Lagos - once the home of Henry the Navigator.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Algarve Region – Évora
Journeying north, we travel across the Serra do Caldeirão to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Then, spend the rest of your day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praça do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.
Accommodation: M’ar de Ar Muralhas
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Évora – Castelo de Vide – Viseu
Our first stop today is in the hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its white façades, narrow alleys and Jewish Quarter. Travel round the northern tip of the Serra de Estrela mountains en route to Viseu, set on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, and see the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking the city.
Accommodation: Grão Vasco
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Porto (2 Nights)
Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley, where Port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the coastal town of Porto, where we will spend the next two nights.
Accommodation: Carrís Ribeira
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Porto Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a sightseeing tour in Porto, which takes you past Baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro River. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada's Alhambra, then 'Dive Into Culture' and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic centre of Porto and admiring the azulejo-clad façades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest bookstore with its iconic red staircase of Harry Potter fame.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Porto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima
Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to town of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Later, we arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fátima, where we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to this pilgrimage site, where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary.
Accommodation: Fátima
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 10 - Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Óbidos – Lisbon
En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late falmboyant Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is the fishing village of Nazaré, before we visit the medieval walled city of Óbidos with its whitewashed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 11 - Depart Lisbon
Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available.
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Lisbon, Évora and Porto
  • ORIENTATION of the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Coimbra, Tomar, Nazaré and Óbidos
  • VISIT the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Évora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace and Arabian Hall in Porto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fátima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Óbidos
  • VIEW the Castle of Guimarães

Dining Highlights

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Questions & Answers

Question: Where does the flight depart from the US, and is the fare included in the package

Airfare is not included in the price of the tour. Air prices vary depending on where you live and the dates of travel. If you’d like us to include airfare in your quote, simply let us know and we’ll be happy to provide those details to you.

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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.1

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Ratings based off 47 reviews - currently showing 18 reviews with comments only

Our trip to Portugal was so exciting. We saw and did remarkable things. Our Director, Jake, was so very good. We truly enjoyed it all, and hope to travel with you again! On the downside, those very tall bathtubs were a true danger for me. Next time I'll ask for a handicapped room. The tubs were too tall, slippery, and had very few handles to grab onto, if any. Truly scary! Solution? Maybe put a door in the back of the tub, so you don\t have to climb in and out. Better solution? Offer a bathroom with a shower with handles to hold. The second thing were the 7 or 8PM dinners. Not appropriate for us. If we could have some lunches instead? Even a late lunch. And the third thing is to give us a room by the elevator (a handicapped room), not far down at the end of the hallway.

the only negative with this trip were the number of people on it and one room had ants in it that got on me.

The trip was enjoying except the first two hotel accommodations. Some rooms did not have hot and tissues.

the tour group was too large and the bus became very loud ay many times during this tour.

The first room in Lisbon was very small Included meals had volume but no quality with buffets. The farewell dinner was excellent. I would shop around and not necessarily use this company

Portugal was an amazing country. Jorge was an amazing tour guide. His love and passion for his country was evident as he explained the history of all the wonderous places we visited. The fish dishes and the wine were superb.

Pedro was amazing. He demonstrated enthusiasm, professionalism, knowledge and dedication.

The hotel rooms provided by Trafalgar were better than what I expected. I only wish I had more time to enjoy the facilities and the surrounding area.

We enjoyed the entire experience. Could not recommend a single improvement to the tour.

The main complaint was that there was just too many people on this tour. I liked the fact, that as a single (room/person) I had my own seat on the coach throughout the tour. However, getting on and off, especially at some of the more tourist sites, an inordinate amount of time was spent queung for the bathroom, with this large a number. I was very disappointed in the food. When my husband and I traveled on another Trafalgar tour (S.P and Morocco) we had fantastic food. Fresh, fresh, and a variety of seafood. This was a number of years ago, and I can only assume that Portugal's fish and seafood prices have risen a lot. The wine was fantastic on this tour. I compliment you on that for dinners. There could have been couple of days when we did not rise to early. Again probably because the amount of persons on this tour. Compliments on the pickup at the airport. Despite being delayed, person was there to pick me up.

Several hotels' facilities and services were well below my expectation. Poor quality. Several hotels were very good. Optional dinners were poor. Trafalgar provided dinners were good.

The Best of Portugal tour from Trafalgar was great, we visited lots of villages in Portugal and key places. Lots to see in 11 days but worth it.

The tour was fantastic. However if the traveler has special dietary or medical needs, you need to be extremely careful and perhaps even bring your own food. Despite assurances that they could accommodate us, ultimately they didn't and at one point the tour director advised us that we should go to the local supermarket to find what we needed. Unfortunately that's what we had to do.

We had an enjoyable trip. Our tour guide and driver were excellent. Rooms were decent. Some bathrooms had a musty smell. Food in provided meals was good. Bus was comfortable and seat rotation allowed everyone the chance for good seats. We usually takes tours with smaller groups, but all travelers were congenial.

We spent a lot more time on the road and less time at destinations than I expected. A suggest extending the itinerary by at least 2 days without adding stops, just giving more time at the stops. For example: In Fatima we arrived later in the afternoon. After our city orientation and group photo there was not much time left before things closed up and the next morning we left at 9:30 when things only opened at 9:00. I ended up skipping breakfast so that I could "beat any lines" to get into the basilica and back to the bus in time to leave. I also suggest the tour manager giving out "local" maps and a list of highlights so we have some directions for the very little time we have at some of the more highlighted stops. This has worked well for me and others on previous trips but I assume this is something the tour manager does not the company.

Everything about my trip worked out well. 

As usual Trafalgar created a perfectly enjoyable and wonderful experience. I am getting ready to book my next trip with them.

Trafalgar is an excellent company and our guide was outstanding. We enjoyed our tour immensely and would not hesitate to book with them again. 


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