Portuguese wonders route
12 days tour
Explore Portugal in depth and get to know the vast heritage, gastronomy and beauty of a single country.
From the roots of Portugal in Guimarães to the charming Pena National Palace, one of the first Romanticism style palace in Europe.
Embark on this adventure to meet the most western country in Europe
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: Guimarães and Braga
Departure to Guimarães, considered the “cradle of Portugal”, as this was the headquarters of Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first king. Visit the old town and the Castle of Guimarães.
Continue to Braga, one of the country’s oldest settlements. Visit Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary and its famous baroque staircase.
Stroll around the old quarter and visit Braga’s Cathedral. Built after the restoration of the archdiocese in 1070 and completed in the following century, it is the oldest cathedral in Portugal.
Day 4: 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 5: Coimbra
Departure to Coimbra, visit to the University, and its lavishly golden 18th century library, considered by the British newspaper The Telegraph as “the most spectacular library in the world”. Visit Santa Cruz Church where Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first king is buried.
Free time to enjoy Coimbra at your own pace, continue to Batalha
Day 6: Batalha and Fátima
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.
Departure to Fátima, to visit its sanctuary, one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the Catholic world. Continue to Nazaré to admire the sunset in this typical fishing town. Return to Batalha.
Day 7: Alcobaça, Óbidos and Mafra
Departure to Alcobaça to visit its monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Continue to the immaculate hilltop village of Óbidos.
Proceed to Mafra to visit the National Palace, a huge baroque and neoclassical monument, funded by the newly discovered gold from Brazil. It holds one of the most beautiful libraries in Europe. Continue to Lisbon,
Day 8: Medieval Lisbon
Buffet breakfast at hotel in Lisbon. Join your guide to a walking tour to Alfama, Baixa and Bairro Alto neighborhoods. Visit Saint George Castle, once a Moorish stronghold, continue to the Cathedral and the huge Comércio Square, by the Tagus River.
Walk along the grid of streets to Rossio square. Take the Glória elevator to the São Pedro de Alcântara belvedere, 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 Fernano Pessoa, an habitué of this café.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your own pace.
Day 9: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril
Departure to Sintra, situated on the northern slopes of Serra de Sintra. Visit the National Palace of Sintra, used by the royal family till 1910 and visit Pena National Palace, the first Romanticism style palace in Europe, built 30 years before Neuschwanstein Castle, in Bavaria, Germany.
On the way back, visit Cascais – a former fishing village turned into a tourist destination by 1870 when the royal court first came here for the summer – and Estoril – a long favored haunt of the rich and famous, and a well-known nest of spies during WWII.
Day 10: Évora
Departure to Évora to visit this historical city, capital of the Southern province of Alentejo and Unesco World Heritage site. Start at the ruins of the Roman Temple, continue to the Cathedral, a majestic church built in the transition between Romanesque and Gothic styles. Visit Saint Francis Church and the creepy Bone Chapel, totally ornamented with real human bones.
Be surprised by the excellence of the wines boasting from Alentejo, visiting Adega Cartuxa and tasting some of its wonderful products. Return to Lisbon.
Day 11: Discoveries Lisbon
Join your guide 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 on July 8, 1497 to discover the sea route to India.
Visit Jerónimos Monastery (1502) a master piece of the Manueline architecture, classified as World Heritage site and included in the. Not to be missed, a stopover at the “Antiga Confeitaria de Belém” to taste the world famous “pastéis de Belém”, prepared according to a formula dating back from 1837.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your own pace.
This evening, bid “adeus” to your tour guide at a farewell dinner at a typical restaurant listening to fado, the traditional Lisbonite song.
Day 12: Farewell to lisbon and 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, Guimaraes Castle and Museum, a wine taste at the producer in the Douro Valley, University of Coimbra, Batalha and Mafra monasteries, Castel of S. Jorge, Sintra National Palace and Jerónimos cloisters.
- Nights & breakfast at selected hotels in Porto (4 nights), Batalha (2 nights) and Lisbon (5 nights)
- 11 lunches and 5 dinners 1 fado show in Lisbon with dinner
- 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