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Best of Portugal

8 Days from £989.10

Best of Portugal Guided Tour - Lisbon to Porto

​This fabulous journey from Oporto to Lisbon takes in the best of Portugal's highlights, from iconic monuments and sacred sites to port and vinho verde.

Departure from: May 2020 - Sep 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Gatwick with TAP Air Portugal
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide



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Included holiday highlights

  • ​Sightseeing tour of Oporto, including a cruise on the Douro River
  • Learn about Portugal's vinho verde at a quinta
  • Discover the spectacular Douro Valley
  • Port wine tasting
  • The town of Viseu
  • Visit the impressive Batalha Monastery
  • The fortified town of Óbidos
  • Tour of Lisbon by tuk-tuk
  • Lisbon's Belém district and St Jerome Monastery

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Oporto

​After flying to Oporto, we will transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2 Oporto

​After a good night's sleep you'll be ready to explore, so let's head out on a sightseeing tour of Oporto, Portugal's second-largest city. We'll begin outside the Baroque Clérigos Church and admire its striking 75-metre-tall bell tower, one of the city's most iconic sights. Next we'll visit the beautiful Lello bookstore, which is said to have inspired JK Rowling when she penned the Harry Potter story, and then there's free time for lunch. Afterwards we'll head to Ribeira, the city's UNESCO-listed Old Town, where pretty pastel-coloured buildings line the waterfront. Here we'll visit the famous Stock Exchange Palace – a magnificent Neoclassical building, with a spectacularly lavish ballroom. A memorable cruise along the Douro River completes the tour, and provides wonderful views of the city's bridges, the Old Town and Vila Nova de Gaia. This city on the left bank of the river is famous for its port wine cellars.
Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.

Day 3 Viana do Castelo, Braga & Guimarães

The choice is yours today, you can head out and make your own discoveries, or join an optional excursion and explore a little further afield. First of all you'll head to the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo. The streets of its historic centre are lined with fine examples of Manueline, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Deco architecture, and the city is known for its production of traditional gold filigree. Next you'll visit elegant Braga, the capital of the Minho province and a famous pilgrimage centre. The cathedral here is one of the oldest in Portugal, and you'll have time to step inside before visiting the famous Bom Jesus Shrine. At this popular pilgrimage site, a Baroque stairway leads up to a magnificent church, and fabulous views await those who climb to the top.
After free time for lunch, you'll visit the charming city of Guimarães whose historic town centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Guimarães is regarded as the birth place of Portugal and its extensive history is reflected in the variety of national monuments and historic buildings found within the city. Here you can wander around the narrow streets of the medieval quarter, see houses adorned with ornate balconies and admire the façade of a 1,000-year-old castle.

Day 4 Douro Valley

​After breakfast, we're going to visit Quinta da Aveleda, famous for its production of the Portuguese wine, vinho verde. The estate has been owned by the same family by for nearly 150 years. We'll learn more on a guided tour, before a tasting rounds off our visit.
The day continues as we drive towards the Douro Valley, stopping in Régua to visit a port wine producer for a tour and tasting. After free time for lunch, we'll make our way to Lamego, where the 18th century Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. A wonderful stairway decorated with colourful tiles, fountains and statues zigzags its way up to the church, and is a truly remarkable work of art.
Leaving the Douro Valley behind, our final destination today is the historic town of
Viseu, where we'll stay overnight. Its well-preserved centre is filled with winding alleys and cobblestone streets, and there are lots of lovely restaurants if you fancy heading out for dinner.

Day 5 Coimbra, Batalha & Óbidos

​Today we'll explore Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal for over 100 years. Highlights include the university, one of the oldest in Europe, and the New Cathedral with its ornate golden interior. Our next stop is the impressive UNESCO-listed Batalha Monastery, which contains the tomb of Prince Henry the Navigator – one of the early pioneers of the Age of Discovery. By now you will have worked up an appetite for lunch, so we'll head to the fishing village of Nazaré, where you'll find plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. Finally we'll arrive in the town of Óbidos, which is surrounded by an old wall flanked by round towers and square bastions. The town was given by King Denis to his young wife, a gesture that was repeated by future monarchs until 1833.

Day 6 Lisbon

​You're heading to Lisbon this morning, where a tour by tuk-tuk will introduce you to the narrow streets and best-kept secrets of the city centre. You'll pass Saint George Castle, the imposing Lisbon Cathedral and see a more traditional side of the city in Alfama, with its maze of steep and twisting narrow streets. After free time for lunch, your tour continues by coach. You'll head to Belem, the site from where Portugal's famous navigators set sail during the Age of Discovery. Nowadays it is a leafy suburb, and you'll see the St Jerome Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries and the iconic Belém Tower, with its intricate balconies and turrets.
Later, we will transfer you to the fashionable resort of Estoril for an overnight stay.

Day 7 Sintra & Cascais

​You may want to spend the final day of your holiday relaxing at the hotel or on the beach. Alternatively, if you want to carry on exploring, we offer an optional excursion to Sintra & Cascais.
Attracted by Sintra's slightly cooler climate, Portugal's noble and well-to-do citizens once built exquisite palaces and mansions in the town, including the spectacular Sintra National Palace, which we will see.
As we head back towards Lisbon, you'll stop at Cabo da Roca – the westernmost point of Continental Europe – and at Cascais, an ancient fishing village with gorgeous beaches, pretty gardens and a delightful Old Town. A tour of Estoril rounds of your excursion and this evening we'll get together for a farewell dinner.

Day 8 Lisbon/UK

We will transfer you to the airport in Lisbon for your flight back to the UK.



Please note that the itinerary for 2020 will differ slightly from that shown here. For our time in Estoril, we will now be staying at the Hotel Vila Gale Estoril instead of Hotel Inglaterra. This new hotel is also a four-star property and is just a two-minute walk from the beach.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 3 :

Hotel Suave Mar
The Hotel Suave Mar (3-star plus) is a charming hotel facing the beautiful Cávado River in Esposende. Peaceful days can be spent relaxing by the outdoor pool, before enjoying delicious evening meals served in the Foz restaurant, which serves international dishes in front of a cosy fireplace. After-dinner drinks can be enjoyed in the elegant piano bar. Other facilities include a pool-side bar, tennis courts and a gym. Guest rooms feature en suite facilities and a spacious sitting area.

Day 4 :

Hotel Grao Vasco
In the heart of Viseu, the historical Hotel Grao Vasco was the first big hotel in town. Facilities include a renowned restaurant, outdoor pool, amd a spa with indoor pool, sauna, turkish bath and gym .

Day 5 :

Josefa d'Obidos Hotel
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Day 6 - 7 :

Hotel Inglaterra
Hotel Inglaterra embraces his conservative side of "belle époque" with its new contemporary and bold side that invites all of our customers to live more than an experience during your stay in Estoril. At the hotel you can find spacious areas, elegant and cosy rooms with air conditioning and amazing views. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar, free WI-FI, gym area, swimming pool, pool bar, Spa, bike rental. Room have a/c, safe, TV, minibar.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
TOUR DURATION
DEPARTURE DATE
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8 days

Monday 04 May 2020

GUARANTEED

£844.55

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8 days

Monday 08 June 2020

GUARANTEED

£890.10

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8 days

Monday 07 September 2020

GUARANTEED

£935.10

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8 days

Monday 28 September 2020

GUARANTEED

£800.10

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DEPARTURE
DATE
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DEPARTURE
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NOW
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MON 04 MAY 20

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,198.00

£1,143.05

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Monday 04 May 2020

Departs

10:45 Manchester

Arrives

13:40 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Tap Air Portugal

Monday 04 May 2020

Departs

16:00 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

16:55 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Monday 11 May 2020

Departs

14:25 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

17:15 Manchester

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

MON 04 MAY 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,099.00

£1,044.05

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Monday 04 May 2020

Departs

12:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

14:20 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Monday 11 May 2020

Departs

12:55 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

15:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

MON 08 JUN 20

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,298.00

£1,178.10

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Monday 08 June 2020

Departs

10:25 Manchester

Arrives

13:15 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Tap Air Portugal

Monday 08 June 2020

Departs

16:00 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

16:55 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Monday 15 June 2020

Departs

14:30 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

17:20 Manchester

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

MON 08 JUN 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,199.00

£1,079.10

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Monday 08 June 2020

Departs

12:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

14:20 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Monday 15 June 2020

Departs

12:55 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

15:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

MON 07 SEP 20

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,348.00

£1,223.10

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Monday 07 September 2020

Departs

10:45 Manchester

Arrives

13:40 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Tap Air Portugal

Monday 07 September 2020

Departs

16:00 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

16:55 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Monday 14 September 2020

Departs

14:25 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

17:15 Manchester

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

MON 07 SEP 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,249.00

£1,124.10

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Monday 07 September 2020

Departs

12:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

14:20 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Monday 14 September 2020

Departs

12:55 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

15:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

MON 28 SEP 20

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,198.00

£1,088.10

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Monday 28 September 2020

Departs

10:45 Manchester

Arrives

13:40 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Tap Air Portugal

Monday 28 September 2020

Departs

16:00 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

16:55 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Monday 05 October 2020

Departs

14:25 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

17:15 Manchester

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

MON 28 SEP 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,099.00

£989.10

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Monday 28 September 2020

Departs

12:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

14:20 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Monday 05 October 2020

Departs

12:55 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

Arrives

15:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

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