NORTH OF PORTUGAL TOUR 6 DAYS

6 DAYS - NORTH OF PORTUGAL TOUR (CL5)

DEPARTS LISBON / SATURDAYS : April 2017 - March 2018

2017 departure dates: October 7, 21; November 11; December 9

2018 departure dates: January 13; February 10; March 10; April 7, 21; May 5, 19; June 2, 16; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; September 1, 15; October 6, 20; November 10; December 08

2019 departure dates: January 12; February 09; March 10

(April 2017-March 2018 printer friendly version PDF)

Visits: Lisbon, Obidos, Alcobaca, Nazare, Batalha, Fatima, Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto, Guimares, Braga, Barcelos, Amarante, Vila Real, Douro Valley, Lamego, Viseu, Urgeirica, Busaco, Tomar

2017-2018 Itinerary:
Day 1 (Saturday)        LISBON / OBIDOS / ALCOBAÇA / NAZARE / BATALHA / FÁTIMA
Depart Lisbon at 09:00am, driving through a rich agriculture region we arrive in Obidos, surrounded by a medieval wall, we can admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicraft and taste the famous Ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Then continue onto Alcobaça. Visit the first and largest gothic church in Portugal. Inside are the tombs of D. Pedro and D. Ines de Castro, known by its love story. Stopping in Nazare, a typical fishing village and seaside resort, with its traditions and legends. We continue to Batalha and visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal, where we can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of maritime discoveries. Next we arrive in Fatima, the famous Marian Shrine. Possibility to assist the candle procession. Accommodation in Fatima.
 
Day 2 (Sunday)          FATIMA / COIMBRA / AVEIRO / PORTO
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Coimbra, visit the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterised by ancient traditions and customs such as the black cape of the students and the Melancholic fado music. Stop at St. Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the miracle of the roses. In the centre you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro, city of the canals, known as the Portuguese Venice, where you shall have time to see the graceful boats “moliceiros” and taste the local sweets “ovos moles”. Drive to Vila Nova de Gaia, nearby Porto. Accommodation in Porto.
 
Day 3 (Monday)         PORTO GUIMARÃES / BRAGA / PORTO
Breakfast at the hotel. Porto the 2nd city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living amphitheatre inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces, churches that history has made eternal and Port wine, known worldwide. We continue to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimarães - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic centre, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the “Bom Jesus do Monte” Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens.Accommodation in Porto.
 
Day 4 (Tuesday)        PORTO / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / PORTO
Breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Santiago de Compostela; the capital of Galicia and the centre of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela World Cultural Heritage and you have the entire day to freely discover this fascinating city. Wander its historical streets and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes. Accommodation in Porto.
 
Day 5 (Wednesday)   PORTO / AMARANTE / VILA REAL / VALE DO DOURO / LAMEGO / URGEIRIÇA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante, a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo known for the promotion of love and marriage were the monastery facing the river houses his tomb and his lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real – visiting the gardens of the manor of Mateus, which façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rose wine bottles. Then we enter in the Port wine region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego, overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines “N. S. Remédios” with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Maybe you will try some of the local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland to Viseu, centre of the Dão Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Along the centre we find a busy commercial area. Arrival to Urgeiriça. Accommodation in Urgeiriça.
 
Day 6 (Thursday)       URGEIRIÇA / BUSSACO / TOMAR / LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the heart of Portugal until Bussaco, well known for the luxuriant forest, made up of selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, where a charming and romantic hotel was built, before a royal hunting lodge. We continue to Tomar. The development of the city is closely linked to the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (The First King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the territory. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, this retains the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centrepiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We follow the journey till Lisbon. END OF SERVICES.

2017 Departure Dates
Saturdays
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
September 2, 16
October 7, 21
AUD 1450 AUD 1750
November 11
December 9
AUD 1420 AUD 1620
2018 Departure Dates
Saturdays
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
January 13
February 10
March 10
AUD 1420 AUD 1620
  • (B/L/D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • All rates per person unless otherwise stated
  • Seasonal supplements may apply.
COACH TOUR INCLUSIONS:
  • Accommodation (as below) with buffet breakfast
  • Transport by air conditioned bus or minivan, as per detailed itinerary
  • Multilingual guide during all tour
  • Entrances into following monuments: Batalha Monastery (Batalha), Coimbra University, Bolsa Palace (Porto), St Francisco Church (Porto), Gardens of Palácio Mateus, Convent of Christ (Tomar)
EXCLUSIONS: Lunches, dinners, entrances into monuments not mentioned above, expenses other than mentioned, porter fees at the hotels, personal expenses.
 
4* Hotels used or similar: Fatima - Hotel Santa Maria, Porto - Hotel Ipanema Porto, Canas de Senhorim - Hotel da Urgeiriça
 
Departs Lisbon (Marques de Pombal), Saturdays @ 0900
Pick-up from Lisbon hotels may be included. Pick-ups available at extra cost from other locations.
 
Departures require a minimum of 4 passengers to be guaranteed.
Please note: Itinerary is subject to change without notice.
Generally, coach tours in Portugal use local guides in cities and destinations visited. Tours are also normally accompanied by a multilingual tour escort unless they are specifically listed as only ‘English Speaking’. Your tour may comprise a combination of tours and other participants in your tour may be going to or leaving for other destinations. Your tour escort may also change during the course of your program. Your fellow travellers could be from all over the world, speaking various languages. Tour information and descriptions will be given in English, and possibly Spanish and other language(s) depending on those spoken by tour participants.
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