12 days / 11 nights
•Porto •Douro •Coimbra
In 1143, Portugal was declared an independent country. From the simple and humble roots of our nation to the most luxurious palaces in Sintra, embark on an adventure to meet Europe’s westernmost country.
With the Portugal Wonders discover our traditions and culture, our history and our gastronomy. Feel the warm embrace of our people and breath in our incredible landscapes. Portugal is a country of passion, fierce people and warm hearts.
Day 1 | Welcome to Porto and Portugal
After a complimentary transfer from the airport to your hotel, settle in and relax. Meet your guide for a pleasant evening dinner and wine glass, where you can discuss the exciting places you will be visiting on your tour.
Accommodation – Porto| Meals included – Dinner
Day 2 | Porto’s old quarter
Porto is a city of contrasts. On this walking tour, we’ll take you through the narrow streets of the old quarter, where the granite contrasts with the colorful houses.
The Cathedral and the Clérigos tower are two of the most emblematic buildings in the city. In the last couple of years, the Lello bookshop seems to have acquired a magical aura. These are a couple of the mandatory stops on your city stroll.
To end this walking tour, we’ll visit the world-famous Port-wine cellars where you’ll enjoy a port-wine tasting. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace.
Accommodation – Porto | Meals included – Lunch | Duration – Half-day | Attractions included – Porto’s Cathedral and visit and taste to a port wine cellar
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, the oldest in Portugal.
Accommodation – Porto | Duration – Full-day | Attractions included – Castle of Guimarães and Braga’s Cathedral
Day 4 | Douro Valley Wine Region
Drive to the Upper Douro region, a Unesco World Heritage site. While heading to the Douro Valley, appreciate the breathtaking panoramas.
Admire the beautiful ‘azulejos’ (tiles) depicting the wine harvest at Pinhão’s train station.
As one of Douro’s wonders is the terraced landscape, experience a mini-Douro cruise (1 hour), and enjoy the majestic views from the river.
No visit to the Douro is complete without a stop at a local ‘quinta’ (wine-producing estate) to learn about port-wine traditional production methods and enjoy a wine tasting.
Accommodation – Porto| Meals included – Lunch at a Douro winemaker estate | Duration – Full-day | Attractions included – visit and taste to a Douro winemaker
Day 5 | Coimbra
After breakfast at the hotel (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 richly golden 18th-century library. ‘The most spectacular library in the world,’ according to The Telegraph. Visit Santa Cruz Church, where Afonso Henriques, 1st Portuguese king, is buried.
Check-in at the hotel, the rest of the day free.
Accommodation – Coimbra| Duration – Half-day | Attractions included – Coimbra University
Day 6 | Tomar and Nazaré
Visit the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the main stronghold of the Templar Knights, one of Portugal’s historical jewels, under the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1983
Continue to Nazaré to admire the sunset in this typical fishing town and witness the Big Waves at Praia do Norte. Between October and March, these waves can go up to 30 meters high, depending on the sea storms.
Return to Coimbra.
Accommodation – Coimbra| Meals included – Lunch at Nazaré | Duration – Half-day | Attractions included – Visit the Convent of Christ
Day 7 | Alcobaça and Óbidos
Check out from the hotel (Coimbra). Departure to Alcobaça to visit its monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Here you will find the tombs of D.Pedro and D.Inês de Castro. Learn more about the most Shakesperean Portuguese love story.
Continue to the immaculate hilltop village of Óbidos, a medieval village, where you can walk along the walls and visit the castle ruins. Do not forget to have a Ginginha (sour cherry liqueur).
Drive to Lisbon.
Accommodation – Lisbon| Duration – Half-day | Attractions included – Visit the Alcobaça monastery
Day 8 | Medieval Lisbon
Alfama, Baixa and Bairro Alto are some of the most picturesque and popular neighborhoods in Lisbon. Visit Saint George’s Castle, once a Moorish stronghold, dominating Lisbon. Continue to the Cathedral and the grand 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, to the São Pedro de Alcantara belvedere, the best sightseeing point in the city.
At the Bairro Alto quarter, visit “A Brasileira”, and take a picture sitting next to the statue of Fernando Pessoa (writer), an habitué of this café.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your own pace.
Accommodation – Lisbon| Duration – Half-day | Attractions included – Elevador de Santa Justa and custard tart for each participant.
Day 9 | Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril
Departure to Sintra, situated on the northern slopes of Serra de Sintra. 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 to Portugal for the summer – and Estoril – a long favored beach village of the rich and famous, and a well-known nest of spies during WWII.
Return to Lisbon.
Accommodation – Lisbon| Meals included – Lunch at Cacais| Duration – Half-day | Attractions included – Visit the Pena Palace
Day 10 | Évora
Departure to Évora to visit this historic city, capital of the Southern province of Alentejo and Unesco World Heritage site.
Start at the ruins of Diana’s Roman Temple. Continue to the Cathedral, a majestic church built in the transition between Romanesque and Gothic styles. Do not miss the spooky Bone Chapel, totally ornamented with real human bones.
Be surprised by the excellence of the wines boasting from Alentejo, visiting a wine estate, and tasting some of their beautiful products.
Accommodation – Lisbon| Meals included – Lunch at an Alentejo winemaker estate | Duration – Full-day | Attractions included – visit and taste to an Alentejo winemaker
Day 11 | Discoveries Lisbon
Join your guide to visit the Belém neighborhood, one of the main launchpads for Portugal’s Age of Discoveries. 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 masterpiece of the Manueline architecture, classified as a World Heritage site. Not to be missed, a stopover at the “Antiga Confeitaria de Belém” to taste the world-famous ‘pastéis de Belém’, prepared according to a recipe 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 melancholic Portuguese song.
Accommodation – Lisbon | Meals included – Fado show and dinner| Duration – Half day + 3h evening | Attractions included – Jerónimos Monastery
Day 12 | Farewell to Lisbon and Portugal
Buffet breakfast at the hotel (Lisbon). The day is free to enjoy at your own pace. Complimentary transfer to Lisbon Airport according to your departure schedule.
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The Portugal Wonders tour includes:
- 11 nights with breakfast at selected hotels in Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon
- 5 meals plus 1 fado show in Lisbon
- Transfer airport in / out
- Private guide/driver during your stay
- Attractions and tours according to the itinerary: Porto’s Cathedral, visit and taste to a port wine cellar, Castle of Guimarães, Braga’s Cathedral, visit and taste to a Douro winemaker, Coimbra University, Convent of Christ, Alcobaça monastery, Elevador de Santa Justa, Pena Palace, visit and taste to an Alentejo winemaker, Jerónimos Monastery and a fado show.
- Modern and comfortable car, mini-bus or minivan
- Civil liability insurance
Free quotation. Prices vary according to the time of the year your are visiting Portugal and hired services.
Hotels are selected according to your trip profile. By default, accommodation is based on central 5 stars hotels with breakfast included in Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon.
Departures to Portugal can be scheduled all throughout the year and to your convenience. Flights are not included in our tours, however, we can help you with your reservations.
Portugal Wonders is one of the many options for a tour. We want to make your visit to Portugal absolutely unforgettable. We specialize in tailor-made tours. Let us know what you like to do, how long you want to stay and we will take care of the rest for you.