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This Best of Portugal journey reveals a nation’s proud history, warm-hearted locals and soul-warming cuisine. Starting in Lisbon, you’ll travel north and south to explore a Templar stronghold, watch thoroughbreds perform at an Alentejo farm and visit the Algarve.
Welcome to LisbonA 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 travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most iconic sights.Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
Discover Colorful Lisbon Dive Into CultureDelve 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’. With our Local Specialist, see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus, and Belém Tower, built as a fortress protecting the city of Lisbon. Dive Into Culture on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 16th-century Manueline architecture and art. There’s time to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the soulful and touching sounds of the fado.Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
Journey to the Algarve Region Connect with LocalsWe journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air at our Be My Guest experience as we Connect With Locals over a traditional lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were once reared at the pleasure of King João VI. Our journey continues further south, bound for the holiday paradise that is the Algarve – our home for the next two nights.Accommodation: Água Hotels Riverside
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Cliffs, Beaches and More in the AlgarveThe dramatic landscapes of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach, before continuing along the coast to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. Enjoy your free afternoon in the resort town Lagos – once the home of Henry the Navigator.Accommodation: Água Hotels Riverside
Onwards to Elegant ÉvoraJourneying north, we travel 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 medieval village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel.Accommodation: M'ar de Ar Muralhas
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
Venture Past Mountains to ViseuOur first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white façades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter. Travel north towards the Serra de Estrela mountains and arrive later in Viseu, set high 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 much of the city.Accommodation: Grão Vasco
Through the Douro Valley to PortoVineyard-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 Rosé wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the riverside town of Porto where we will spend the next two nights.Accommodation: Carris Ribeira
Explore Vibrant Porto Dive Into CultureJoin 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 center of Porto admiring the azulejo-clad façades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest bookstore.Accommodation: Carris Ribeira
On to Coimbra and Pilgrimage to FátimaSoak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities with a Local Specialist, then stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar. We join a Local Specialist to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Later, we arrive in the pilgrimage center of Fátima, visited by millions of Catholic pilgrims, where three young shepherds famously saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary.Accommodation: Fátima
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
Experience Village Life Returning to LisbonEn route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late 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 streets. Celebrate our last evening in Portugal together at a Farewell Dinner in an family ran vineyard, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Toast to an incredible journey over organic wine and locally sourced flavors.Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá, Smy Lisboa, Neya Lisboa
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
Farewell LisbonSay a fond adeus to your fellow travelers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday.
- 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
- 10 Breakfast (B)
- 1 Lunch (L)
- 3 Dinner (D)
Be My Guest
- Panoias-Ourique: Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked Be My Guest lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo.
Dive Into Culture
- Lisbon: Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.
- Porto: Savor the flavors of Portugal's centuries-old Port heritage and gain insights into its local production at a tasting in a Port cellar.
- Lisbon: Explore with your Local Specialist, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the medieval Belém Tower.
- Algarve: Explore the history of the Algarve in depth.
- Évora: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Specialist and see the famous Roman Temple. Witness the fascinating cathedral and its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
- Castelo de Vide: See the traditional cobblestone streets and whitewashed homes of Castelo de Vide.
- Casa de Mateus: Admire the Baroque architecture of Mateus Palace and its gardens.
- Douro Valley: Marvel at the extensive terraced vineyards as you travel through the Douro Valley.
- Guimaraes: See Guimarães Castle and the Palace of Dukes before walking through the medieval squares of central Guimarães.
- Porto: See the Clérigos Tower, Avenida dos Aliados and the Palácio da Bolsa former stock exchange.
- Coimbra: With a Local Specialist, visit the University and witness the triumphal arches, painted ceilings, and walls of ancient tomes in the Joanina Library.
- Tomar: Dominating the town is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ. During your visit with a Local Specialist, see the Manueline Window and follow the story of the mysterious Knights Templar.
- Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
- Batalha: See the Monastery of Batalha, with included entry to the cloisters and chapels.
- Nazaré: Enjoy time at leisure on Portugal's Costa de Prata.
- Obidos: Stroll along the cobblestone streets and view the traditional azulejos of medieval Óbidos, perhaps stopping in a local shop to try the regional cherry liqueur, Ginja.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
- Lisbon: Bid farewell to your Portuguese adventures at the award-winning organic vineyard Vale da Capucha. This family-ran farmhouse prides itself in producing organic and biodynamic wines.
- : Explore Lisbon, Coimbra, Tomar, Évora and Porto with a Local Specialist
- : Discover the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Nazaré and Óbidos
- : Visit the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Évora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace, Arabian Hall and a local port wine cellar in Porto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar and the Gothic Monastery at Batalha
- : View the Castle of Guimarães and the Shrine at Fátima
- : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
- : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- : Optional Experiences and free time
- : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Optional Experiences and free time
- On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
Health and Safety Protocols for Trafalgar Tours
Trafalgar has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.
You can travel with Trafalgar and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.
In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Trafalgar is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.Expertly Trained Travel Directors
Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Trafalgar will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.Stringent On-the-Road Protocols
The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Trafalgar have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.A Full Team of Support 24/7
It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.Physical Distancing
Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards
Trafalgar is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Trafalgar does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Trafalgar only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.Always in the Know
As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Trafalgar is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.
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The Best of Portugal trip was an amazing journey with an experienced tour guide and the fellow travelers. There was an incredible opportunity not only for sightseeing but an immersive experience in the history, traditions and culture of Portugal! We would strongly recommend this trip and will definitely do it with Trafalgar again!
We had a great trip with Trafalgar. Everything was top notch, the tours, the accomodations, the local guides, the bus driver, and the head guide were superior. I will use Trafalgar again.
Excellent trip to Portugal! Our tour director was outstanding and we felt safe and relaxed throughout the trip.
Great Tour Director! The hotels were good and were located near activities.
Trafalgar's Best of Portugal Tour 2022 was an excellent tour visiting an amazing diversity of Portuguese destinations. There was a good mix of visits to key historical and cultural places, combined with many unique experiences about Portuguese agriculture, industry, education, art, food, wine, and music. Our tour director handled all aspects of our trip quickly and efficiently, and added special cultural treats and experiences beyond the planned itinerary almost every day. All hotels were very good to excellent in both quality and location. All provided meals were very good to excellent in variety and quality. We did end up spending more money that we had planned (with all the additional excursion costs), but in the end it was a worthy trip overall.
Great experience ++++
The tour was well organized, the tour director and wellness director friendly and helpful, and the driver was careful and skilled. We loved the food and wine, and the optional tours overall were good. We loved Portugal!
This tour was very well prepared and executed. We are so happy with this tour.
One of the best tours we've taken. I felt very safe.
Best experience, lot information about history and traditions
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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