THE BEST OF PORTUGAL - INDEPENDENT

A perfect mix of small group touring! 9-nights discovering Porto, Braga, Guimaraes, Duoro Valley, Coimbra, Obidos, Peniche, Lisbon, Cintra, and Cascais.

THE BEST OF PORTUGAL - INDEPENDENT

A perfect mix of small group touring! 9-nights discovering Porto, Braga, Guimaraes, Duoro Valley, Coimbra, Obidos, Peniche, Lisbon, Cintra, and Cascais.

Tour Highlights

  • Guaranteed tour dates - with a minimum of 2 passengers.
  • Private and small group touring throughout.
  • 24/7 Celtic Help Line always available.

Smart Tour Includes

  • Welcome briefing.
  • Daily breakfast (except day of arrival).
  • 3-nts in Porto, 1-nt in Douro Valley, 1-nt in Coimbra and 4-nts in Lisbon in beautiful 4* hotels.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Half-day Small Group guided visit or Porto and 6 Bridges Cruise.
  • Full-day private visit of Douro Valley, wine estates visits, wine tasting, and lunch.
  • Transfer from the Douro to Coimbra.
  • Guided visit of Coimbra.
  • Transfer from Coimbra to Lisbon with an en-route stop in Peniche and Obidos.
  • Full-Day Private driver escort visit of Lisbon.
  • Full-Day Private driver escort visit of Sintra, Cascais.
  • Full-Day Private driver escort visit of Evora.

Hotels used in conjunction with this tour

  • Porto: HF Fenix, Mercure Porto, Das Artes
  • Douro: Vintage House, Quinta Nova, Quinta de Casaldronho
  • Coimbra: Quinta das Lagrimas, Vila Gale, Sapientia Boutique
  • Lisbon: Marques de Pombal, Turim, Libertade, HF Fenix Musica, Turim Marques

Additional Notes

Hotels are confirmed approximately 21 days prior to tour start date.

Single rooms are on a request basis only and cannot be booked online. Request must go to our European office for approval.


Itinerary

Day 01: Porto

Morning arrival in Porto. Private transfer included in your package. Late afternoon meeting with your local assistant for a welcome briefing. Porto is then yours to enjoy independently. Overnight in Porto.

Day 02: Porto

Today, explore the city of Porto, voted Best European Destination 2012 by the European citizens. This  is also known as “Cidade Invicta” (unvanquished city). It’s this distinct and unique character that gave Porto a World Heritage classification. Aligned with the river Douro, rich in contrasts and well-preserved treasures, an ancient city of the Port of immeasurable beauty. The tour will end with a cruise of the Six Bridges (pick up at your hotel is included). Overnight Porto. (B) 

Day 03: Medieval Gems: Braga & Guimaraes

Today, join a small group excursion to Minho and visit the cities of Braga and Guimarães, where you feel like returning to medieval times. Walk through the old streets, visit monuments like the famous castle or palace, or have a drink in one of the most beautiful Portuguese squares. First a Roman city, capital of Galicia, Braga was conquered by the Sueves, before the Visigoths and Muslims moved in. It was a mid-11th century before the city was reconquered by Christians and the archdiocese restored to Bishop Pedro. Throughout Muslim rule, the bishops had moved their place of residence to Lugo (Spain). The Se de Braga, also called the Santa Maria de Braga Cathedral, is the oldest in Portugal and was the major religious reference point throughout centuries. Thus comes the popular saying "older than the Braga Se," to denote something that is extremely old. Guimarães is one of the most fascinating cities in Portugal, whose center was the medieval and sixteenth-century and was classified as UNESCO World Heritage site. Associated with the founding of the kingdom of Portugal and D. Afonso Henriques. We return to Porto. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in Porto. (B) 

Day 04: Douro Valley

Meet your private driver-guide and explore the wonderful Douro Region today. A traditional place born in the culture of wine production. Visit the most famous Wine Estates and taste their delicious Port Wines.  Embark on this adventure through the Douro Valley on a river cruise and enjoy the majestic vineyards around you. Discover one of the most beautiful roads in the World, N222, which connects Peso da Régua to Pinhão. The journey includes a guided tour to two of the main Douro Wineries with commented tastings of wines of excellence. You will enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant (vegetarian option available if requested at time of booking. Overnight in Douro Valley. (B,L)  

Day 05: Coimbra

Meet your driver and motor to Coimbra, one of the most charming cities in this country. Here you will enjoy a visit with an expert local guide. The city was for some time the residence of Count Dom Henrique and Dona Teresa, the parents of the first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, who was born here. It was the latter king who integrated the city into the Portuguese territory in 1131. Coimbra was the setting for the forbidden love of Dom Pedro I (1357-67) and Dona Inês, a lady at court. Inês was executed at the orders of the king Dom Afonso IV, who saw in this romance the danger of Portugal being submitted to the rule of Castile. As an inspiration to poets and writers, their story still forms a major part of the city's rich heritage. Coimbra was the capital of Portugal during the Middle Ages, but it was the Renaissance that transformed the city into a place of knowledge, when Dom João III (1521-57) decided to move the University to the city on a definitive basis, whilst at the same time numerous colleges were created to provide an alternative to the official form of teaching. In the 17th century, the Jesuits arrived in the city, immediately announcing their presence with the building of the Sé Nova (New Cathedral). In the following century, the royal work instituted by Dom João V (1706-50) was to enrich some of Coimbra´s monuments, including the University. Dom José I (1750-77) also introduced some alterations into the city through the influence of his minister Marquês de Pombal, particularly in the field of education. Overnight in Coimbra. (B)

Day 06: Obidos & Peniche

Meet your driver and transfer from Coimbra to Lisbon. You will have an en route stop in Obidos and Peniche. The mediaeval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. Quite close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled prior to the Romans’ arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century. Being the favorite site of the Queen, she built an incredible number of churches in this small place. Peniche and the sea are inseparable. It is one of the largest traditional fishing ports in Portugal and a major Atlantic hub for maritime-tourist activities. Before heading to the beach, your visit to Peniche must include a walk through the historic center. Besides the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Sanctuary, the São Pedro, and Misericórdia Churches, the Peniche Fort is a must-see. It was built in the 16th/17th centuries to defend the coast, together with the Fort on Consolação beach and the fort on the Island of Berlengas. Overnight in Lisbon. (B)

Day 07: Lisbon

You will enjoy a full day visit of Lisbon with an expert driver escort, who will introduce to the most beautiful sites of the city on the Atlantic Ocean. This tour is a unique way to see and experience historical Lisbon. Insider guides give you a great insight into Lisbon’s lifestyle, history, and culture, as well as useful tips. Visit the major sites of central Lisbon. Walk through Baixa, the old downtown district of the city. Tasting the famous Pastel de Nata (custard tart) along the way. Explore the amazing Rossio, Figueira, and Comércio Squares. Get to know Chiado, the glamorous part of the city with its iconic cafés and shops. Take a ride on the vintage tram to Alfama, a beautifully ancient Moorish neighborhood. Stop for a wine tasting at a wine bar located in a medieval palace. Overnight in Lisbon. (B) 

Day 08: Cascais & Sintra

Join a small group tour to Cascais & Sintra. A visit to Sintra is the first wish for those who have seen wonderful fairy-tale Pena Palaces on a postcard from Portugal. An 8-hour tour; "Sintra Amazing Daily Tour Pick-up Tickets Included," you will explore magical UNESCO listed Natural Landscapes of Sintra-Cascais and many art treasures. Discover exotic gardens, lakes, and caves surrounding the historical monuments. Admire the magnificent nature of Lisbon Riviera on the way back to Lisbon. Overnight. (B)

Day 09: Evora

Meet your driver guide and motor to Évora, a book of Portuguese art history. The best way to see the city is on foot, walking through its narrow streets lined with white houses, discovering along the way the monuments and details that reveal the history of Évora and its rich heritage. Judging by the calm, welcoming surroundings, one easily sees why this city, which dates from the Roman era, was chosen by the kings of Portugal in the 15th century to serve as their residence. In fact, that contributed to its development and cultural importance in the following centuries. It was due to Évora´s long history and its urban center, typical of the 16th to 18th centuries, that it has been preserved to our days and that lead UNESCO to classify the city as a World Heritage site. Overnight in Lisbon. (B)

Day 10: Lisbon - U.S.

Check out of your hotel after breakfast. Transfer included to airport where you bid farewell to Portugal. (B)

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Porto Hotel Porto
Douro Hotel Douro
Coimbra Hotel Coimbra
Lisbon Hotel Lisbon

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Accommodation Details

Porto -

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Douro -

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Coimbra -

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Lisbon -

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Pricing

This package is based on a minimum of two (2) persons traveling based on sharing one double room. This tour can be booked online or via our call center. A max of 6 passengers can be booked online. If you have more than 6 passengers, you must contact reservations in our call center. Single rooms are solely on request and cannot be booked online. Triple rooms offer a reduction.

This tour does not include:
  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • City Tax to be paid locally

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) months from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one begins in Portugal. Air date should be booked one day prior to allow for overnight flights to Portugal.