Portugal North to South tour
7 days tour
With the same defined borders since 1139, Portugal is the oldest nation-state in Europe. On this north to south tour we propose 7 days between the two major cities – Lisbon and Porto.
Besides the two known cities you will discover some of the surroundings like the Douro Valley wine region and the grand Gothic Batalha Monastery, built to commemorate the Portuguese Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385.
Day 1: Welcome to Porto and Portugal
Complimentary transfer from Porto Airport to your hotel. Settle in and relax. Later, join your Tour Guide to discuss the exciting places you will be visiting in the next few days over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Day 2: Porto old quarter
Walking tour to Porto old quarter, admire the multi-colored houses and pay particular attention to the cathedral, Clérigos church and Lello bookshop.
Visit the world famous port-wine cellars and enjoy a wine tasting. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your own pace.
Day 3: Douro Valley Wine Region
Departure to the Upper Douro region, a Unesco World Heritage site. Stopover at the gracious town of Amarante, to visit São Gonçalo Monastery and cross its granite bridge over the River Tâmega.
Continue to the Douro Valley, appreciating breathtaking panoramas. Admire the beautiful “azulejos” (tiles) depicting the wine harvest at the local train station.
Stop at a local “quinta” (wine producing estate) to learn about port-wine producing methods and enjoy a wine tasting. Return to Porto.
Day 4: Coimbra and Batalha
Buffet breakfast at hotel in Porto and check-out. Departure to Coimbra to appreciate this historical city and World Heritage site. Visit Coimbra University, one of the oldest in Europe, and its lavishly golden 18th century library.
Continue to Batalha to visit the grand Gothic Batalha Monastery, a World Heritage site. The monastery was built to commemorate the Portuguese victory over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota. Continue to Lisbon
Day 5: Historical Lisbon
Join your guide to visit the Alfama, Baixa and Bairro Alto neighborhoods. Visit Saint George Castle, once a Moorish stronghold, dominating Lisbon. Continue to the Cathedral and the huge Comércio Square, by the Tagus river.
Walk along the grid of streets, built following the 1755 earthquake that destroyed most of the city, to Rossio. Take the Glória elevator, the best point in town for views of the castle and the city center. At the Bairro Alto quarter, visit “A Brasileira”, and take a picture sitting by the statue of the writer Fernando Pessoa, an habitué of this café.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your own pace.
Day 6: Sintra and Discoveries Lisbon
Departure to Sintra, situated on the northern slopes of Serra de Sintra, World Heritage site, amongst lush vegetation and spectacular mountain-top views. Visit the National Palace of Sintra, used by the royal family till 1910.
Return to Lisbon to visit the Belém neighborhood, one of the main launch pads for Portugal’s Age of Discoveries. This was the place from which the great explorer Vasco da Gama set sail to discover the sea route to India. Visit Jerónimos Monastery a master pieces of Manueline architecture, classified as World Heritage sites.
This evening, bid “adeus” to your Tour Guide at a farewell dinner at a typical restaurant listening to fado, the traditional Lisbonite song.
Day 7: Farewell to Portugal
Buffet breakfast at hotel in Lisbon. The day is free to enjoy at your own pace. Complimentary transfer to Lisbon Airport according to your departure schedule. End of our services.
- Private guide/driver during your stay
- Attractions and tours according to the itinerary: wine taste at a port wine cellar; wine taste at the Douro Valley; Convent of Christ; Jerónimos Monastery; Sintra National Palace
- 6 nights breakfast at selected hotels in Porto and Lisbon
- 5 lunches and 3 dinners plus 1 fado show with dinner in Lisbon
- Modern and comfortable car, mini-bus or minivan
- Civil liability insurance
Does not include
- Flights to and from Portugal (we can help you with the flight)
- Personal expenses