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10 Day Classic Portugal - Sunday Departure

10 Day Classic Portugal - Sunday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal

Cities Visited

Evora, Porto, Tomar, Lisbon

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Portugal
Depart for Portugal

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Porto
Arrive in Porto and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Portugal’s second largest city. In the evening, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers and enjoy a Welcome Dinner and orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM on the sensational journey that lies ahead
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Porto City Tour
Today, embark on a sightseeing tour of Porto with a local guide. Take a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, and visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Stock Exchange, renowned for its exquisite neoclassical façade and ornate gilded Arabian Hall. Finish the tour with a visit to a Port Wine Cellar for a tasting. Spend the balance of the day at leisure or choose to participate in the optional Douro River Cruise with dinner. Cruise along the colorful river valley, viewing the city from a new perspective. Pass by the numerous port wine cellars and under the magnificent bridges crossing the valley. Afterwards, a meal of local specialties in a typical restaurant with drinks is included
Optional: Douro River Cruise with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in Porto
Spend a full day at leisure to explore this UNESCO World Heritage city, or choose to join the optional Medieval Portugal tour. Start with the town of Guimaraes for a walk through the medieval alleys. Then, head inland to the heart of Minho province to the former Roman ‘Bracara Augusta’. Here, drive to the top of the 1,300 foot high hill of Bom Jesus, from where you can overlook the city of Braga and admire the famous Holy Way staircase, the most popular place of pilgrimage in the north of Portugal. Savor a delicious lunch before returning to the hotel
Optional: Medieval Portugal (AM)
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Coimbra, Fatima, Drive to Tomar
This morning, drive south through the Buçaco National Park to Coimbra, the third-largest city in Portugal, to visit the University of Coimbra, among the oldest universities in Europe, with more than 700 years of history. In the afternoon, drive to Fatima, one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Fatima's fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Here, visit the great Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary built in neoclassical style, flanked by colonnades linking it with the extensive convent. Continue your journey to Tomar, one of Portugal’s historical jewels for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tomar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Convent of Christ, Castelo de Vide, Drive to Evora
Start the day with a visit to the hilltop Convent of Christ with its famous Manueline window. Later, drive south and cross the Tagus river. Stop in Castelo de Vide and enjoy a stroll through the old Jewish Quarter. Here you can find one of the oldest synagogues in the country, although all that remains is one modest little room. Stop at a cork factory to learn about how cork is harvested from the bark of a tree and processed into one of Portugal's major exports. Continue to Evora for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Evora
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Evora City Tour
This morning, take a guided tour of Evora. Discover the town's massive walls and Roman Temple, early Gothic Cathedral, and Sao Francisco Church that is famous for its Ossuary chapel, whose walls are decorated with thousands of human bones and skulls. Head on to see Evora’s main square, the Praça do Giraldo and the cobbled streets of this former Royal town. Later, continue to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, over 2,000 years old, and the capital of Portugal since 1147. Tonight, attend the optional Fado Dinner. Travel to one of Lisbon’s oldest districts and join one of the popular performances of local songs accompanied by a gentle guitar playing Portuguese melodies. Enjoy dinner with wine before a brief drive through the illuminated city
Optional: Fado Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Lisbon City Tour
In Lisbon, the tour begins with a stop at the top of Edward VII’s Park to enjoy a magnificent view over the hills of Lisbon and the River Tagus. Next, view the treasured 16th century Belem Tower, a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to visit the Jeronimos Monastery, an impressive symbol of the country’s power and wealth and resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama. Time for lunch on your own in this delightful setting before an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps join the optional tour to quaint Sintra, the "Glorious Eden" of Lord Byron, and summer retreat of the royal court, highlighted by lavish romantic castles and stunning monuments. Visit the Sintra Royal Palace, a 15th-century royal residence, containing one of the largest tile collections in Portugal. Then enjoy some free time in the Village Historical Center before returning to Lisbon
Optional: Half Day Sintra Tour (PM)
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Full Day in Lisbon's Countryside
Spend a full day excursion to explore the countryside around Lisbon. The first stop on the northbound journey is medieval Obidos, with its historic center, and a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, and beautiful vistas. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the Church of Santa Maria. It was the first building in Portugal to adopt the Gothic style and is the largest church in the country. See the decorated tombs of King Pedro I and his lover Inês de Castro. Lastly, stop at the charming fishing harbor of Nazaré before heading back to Lisbon. Tonight, a delectable dinner of Portuguese specialties awaits you at a local restaurant
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Depart Portugal
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Porto, Lisbon-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Porto
  • 1 night Tomar
  • 1 night Evora
  • 3 nights Lisbon
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • Visit the Stock Exchange, renowned for its exquisite façade and ornate gilded Arabian Hall in Porto
  • Enjoy a Port Wine tasting in Porto
  • Visit Coimbra University, one of the oldest universities in Europe
  • Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world  
  • Tour the Convent of Christ in Tomar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stop and view the unique Ossuary Chapel in Evora
  • Tour Lisbon's Jeronimos Monastery, resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama
  • Visit the Church of Santa Maria de Alcobaça, the first Gothic building in Portugal
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    Accommodations

    Crown Plaza Porto
    This deluxe hotel is located nearby Bessa Stadium.

    Dos Templarios
    This first class hotel is located in Tomar, surrounded by gardens overlooking the Nabao River.

    Mar De Ar Muralhas Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the Alentejo region in the World Heritage city of Evora.

    Altis Grand Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is situated in the center of Lisbon.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many people are on this tour

    Gate 1 escorted tours feature groups of 24-42 travelers

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    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
    Accommodations
    3.6
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.2
    Repeat with Operator
    3.8
    Value for Money
    4.2

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    Ratings based off 13 reviews - currently showing 9 reviews with comments only

    This trip really gives a full range of Portugal. My only recommendation would be to add on a day at each end of trip to more fully see Oporto and Lisbon.

    We were labeled as single beds, not double. Was able to change our room the 2nd night in Lisbon, but found it to be time consuming as we stayed in Lisbon 3 nights. Missed our first excursion which cost over $150. Yes, we should have been more intuned , but the tour guide should have confirmed with us the day before that we were on the list for the tour.

    Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Portugal is a beautiful county, and Gate 1 did a fantastic job.

    Needs more free leisure time to enjoy the cities on our own and do some local shopping.

    I had really good experience to travel to Portugal with Gate 1. Our leader tour Mr Americo was a very nice and knowledgeable gentleman .

    We enjoy every day of our travel. Thank you Gate 1 for this pleasure adventure. All the best to your business life.

    We enjoyed the trip however we felt the group dinners were very disappointing. The food was terrible while with the group. We'd rather pay a little more and have better quality.

    Our tour guide was excellant !!!!!!!!!!!!! Organized, spoke 5 languages kept the group informed of all the places we visited. We enjoyed all of the extra tours we purchased except the river cruise. We understood the dinner would be on the river not in a restaurant on land. The dinner was enjoyable but enough food to serve an army. The extra tour north of Porto covered three towns and was well worth the cost. Sintra was a terrific day tour and highly recommend.The hotels in Porto and Lisbon were extremely comfortable and attractive. The smaller town hotels were ok for travelers but needed some updating. Please tell your customers that this tour has hundreds of steps to climb every day.


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