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9 nights Delights of Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto & Surrounds

Prices from 2645 EUROS PER PERSON

9 nights Delights of Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto & Surrounds

Prices from 2645 EUROS PER PERSON

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Trip Overview:

Discover Lisbon, the magnificent city on the Tagus River, destroyed almost completely by an earthquake and tsunami in the mid-18th century and re-built in all its glory by the remarkable Marquis of Pombal.  Stroll the streets of the Alfama in the shadow of the Castelo de San Jorge and visit the royal retreat of Sintra and the elegant beachtown...

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Trip Summary:

A perfect itinerary for those who wish to comfortably experience three of Portugal's principal cities - the exciting capital Lisbon, the University city of Coimbra and the, once again, thriving and charming city of Porto - as well several other historical Portuguese jewels.  After getting to know Lisbon and it's wonderful people and fo...

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Daily departures.

Flying into Lisbon International Airport.  

Departure from Porto International Airport.  

Totally Spain does not arrange flights so you have the flexibility to book the flights you prefer. We can recommend a travel agent with whom you can book your international flights if required. Otherwise a website such as Skyscanner is very useful for checking up-to-date flight schedules and prices.

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Itinerary

Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon where you will be met at the airport by your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally-located Lisbon hotel for 4 nights.

Lisbon - which emerged from a terrible recession energised and up for anything - has found itself in the wonderful position of being Europe's new capital of hip. As construction cranes start to dot the city's skyline again, once-decaying palaces and mansions are being renovated and restored to their former glory as hipster hangouts, from gourmet dining halls to charming small hotels; and the city's once-sleazy waterfront along the Tejo River is in the midst of a wonderful makeover. On a visit to Lisbon, you’ll notice that the city retains a strong sense of nostalgia—keeping close watch on preserving the past even as it grows and expands.  Whether you while away the hours with a coffee on one of the beautiful tiled squares or stroll and mooch around the winding side streets of the Bairro Alto, there is so much to appeal to the curious traveller in Lisbon. Portugal’s capital welcomes travelers to a decadent old world anew, where ancient castles meet modern art galleries and sleepy old shopfronts give way to buzzing nightclubs.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Lisbon Airport to your Lisbon hotel
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Lisbon, Portugal

You’ll be met at your hotel by your expert local guide for a fun and educational half day private tour in Lisbon, combined with a gastronomic tour.

This is a walking tour in the historical center of Lisbon that includes several specially chosen stops in both traditional and modern shops and cafes with delicious portuguese products.

Immerse yourself in the portuguese culture and taste some amazing food and wine, while exploring in the company of your friendly guide the narrow streets of the city and unveiling the secrets of beautiful Lisbon.  You'll finish-up in a charming locale in the Bairro Alto for a sitdown, smorgasboard style lunch with wine.

 

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day Walking & Gastronomic tour in Lisbon with expert, English speaking guide. Food and drinks included.  Tapas-style snacks initially, finishing-up with a sit-down, smorgasbord-style tasting of local cheeses, cured meats and Portuguese wines.
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Early Dinner (the food consumed on your walking tour with constitute a meal)

Lisbon - Daytrip to Sintra & Cascais, Portugal

Following a tasty buffet breakfast at your hotel your destination today is Sintra and Cascais.

You'll be met by your driver and guide after breakfast and will proceed to Sintra. Sintra lies 30kms to the northwest of Lisbon and was the favoured summer residence of the kings of Portugal for six centuries and which spawned the building of numerous mansions and palaces in the surrounding area.  Loved by artists, Sintra is “the Glorious Eden”, as Lord Byron called it, and a UNESCO World Heritage village with centuries and centuries of stories to tell. You'll visit the town and the Pena Palace, the colorful architectural extravaganza on the hill above Sintra town boasting double chimneys and multiple design styles.  

Your guide will assist with arranging a suitable place for lunch according to your requirements.

Following your tour here, you continue on to the nearby coastal resort of Cascais known by some as the Portuguese Riviera. You´ll see the town and the Citadel of Cascais, built between the 15th and 17th centuries as a summer retreat for royalty, today a museum and a deluxe hotel.  Also the original glazed azulejo tiles of medieval Nossa Senhora da Assunção church.

Return to Lisbon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Chauffeured private day trip from your Lisbon hotel to Sintra
  • Full day service of an expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for the Palacio da Pena in Sintra
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Lisbon - Daytrip to Evora, Portugal

Today is about getting to know the beautiful Alentejo region.  Set off with your private driver and guide to the ancient walled town of Evora.   The Alentejo region is Portugal’s agricultural center with its bountiful fields of wheat, fragrant vineyards, olive & citrus groves, and cork tree plantations. You'll enjoy a guided tour of the old city – a university town, prosperous regional capital, and UNESCO heritage site, thanks to the many relics from its Roman and Moorish past.  See the Roman temple, the 12th-century cathedral, central Giraldo Square, and the Church of St. Francis, home of the 16th-century Chapel of Bones adorned with human skulls and bones.  Then you'll have free time to explore this Golden Age city independently, enjoy lunch and time relaxing.

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Chauffeured private day trip from your Lisboa hotel to Evora
  • Full day accompany with an expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for the Chapel of bones
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for the Cathedral
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request
     

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Lisbon - Obidos - Alcobaca - Coimbra, Portugal

Leave Lisbon today with your private driver and travel north. You'll stop in the classic fortified town of Obidos, where you'll explore at your leisure its medieval streets.

Afterwards continue to Alcobaça where you can visit Alcobaça Monastery, a Unesco World Heritage Site considered a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art.

Arrive to Coimbra in the late afternoon and check in at you centrally located 4 star hotel for your next 2 nights.

 

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Lisbon Hotel to your Coimbra hotel with sightseeing stops in Obidos & Alcobaça. Option to add a local if desired.
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Coimbra, Portugal

Meet your Coimbra expert local guide today for a walking tour including the 13th-century university, a UNESCO site.

The Guardian Newspaper is a big fan of Coimbra’s “fairytale history” and so are we. Best known for its university and Romanesque cathedral consecrated in 1184, Coimbra was the first capital of Portugal back in the 12th century. The city became a World Heritage Site in 2013 and has long been an obligatory stopping point between Lisbon and Oporto.

We love its charming cafes and pastry shops that tempt you in, as you walk up the cobblestoned hill overlooking the city. As the road snakes around on its way up to the university, you’ll pass student halls of residence and quite a few student bars to remind you that this is a living university city!

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Coimbra with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for the University in Coimbra
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

 

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Coimbra - Porto, Portugal

Today you'll be transferred to Coimbra train station for your short train journey to Porto.

Arrive in Porto where you’ll be met at the train station by your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally-located 4 star Porto city centre hotel, your base for the next 3 nights.

Unlike the larger and very decadent Southern Portugal capital of Lisbon, UNESCO-listed Porto is an edgier city with a very different pace and identity. Conde Nast Traveller describes it by highlighting the old-town neighbourhoods of Vitoria, Ribeira and Miragaia where “clog-makers jostle with tin-beaters, sewing-machine repairmen and other practitioners of long-forgotten trades.” The Guardian agrees that the “past defines much of Porto’s look, but her people have found a way to get on and look forward with hope and panache.” It’s the hope and panache that makes Porto so special. At times, you need to scratch a little under the surface – but it’s so rewarding when you do.

This afternoon you'll enjoy a visit to a wine cave in Vilanova de Gaia (across the river from Porto) and a Wine Tasting afterwards. During the tasting, you will have the opportunity to listen to and be entertained by traditional Fado players  which is the typical music from Portugal.


Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from Coimbra Hotel to Coimbra train station
  • Train from Coimbra to Porto – 1st class
  • Private transfer from Porto train station to your Porto Hotel
  • Port Winery visit including tasting in Vilanova de Gaia (opposite riverbank to Porto)
  • Pre-Booked Fado show in Porto (1 hour duration)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

 

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Porto, Portugal

Today your expert Porto guide will meet you at your hotel for a private guided city tour which includes the 13th century cathedral, set on a rocky outcrop; the exterior of the 18th century San Joao and the magnificent church of Sao Francisco.  You'll also see, among other sights, the 18th century Clerigos tower which is Porto’s main landmark and panoramic view point dating back to the 18th century. 

This afternoon join a fun, small group, gastronomic tour of Porto. You'll be taken off the beaten path to experience how the city’s past is influencing its future in terms of local cuisine, architecture and culture.  This food tour will give you the opportunity to taste traditional Portuguese dishes, regional table wines, local pastries, and, of course, Port wines. You will also have the opportunity to meet passionate local families in their small restaurants, cafes and bars. This walking tour lasts roughly 3 ½ hours and you will visit 7 unique tasting locations, where the new generation of locals are reviving Porto’s gastronomy. You will also receive a mini-masterclass in Port wine.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private Half-Day Walking tour in Porto with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for Lello bookshop
  • Small Group Guided Gastronomic walking tour. Includes delicious tapas and drinks (10 participants maximum)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request

 

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast
  • Tapas style dinner

Porto - Daytrip to Guimaraes & Braga, Portugal

Following breakfast meet-up once more with your local expert guide and driver for a full day private excursion to the picturesque Minho region, the greenest region in Portugal is also the birthplace of Portugal and of the unique vinho verde wine.  The region is extremely lush and provides exceptional growing conditions for camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas which reach enormous proportions and afford impressive displays amidst the oak and chestnut woods that fill the valleys of the Minho.   Tour the emblematic towns of Braga and Guimarães (UNESCO)  both of which have well preserved castles, city walls and elaborate churches. Their mediaeval centres have charming narrow streets and immaculately cared for public gardens that are lovely to explore.

 


 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private full day guided tour with an expert, English speaking driver-guide
  • Transport in a comfortable touring vehicle
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for the Castle in Guimaraes
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for the Duke’s Palace in Guimaraes
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for the Cathedral in Braga
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade available on request


Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast


Would you perhaps like to visit a winery in the Minho region today? We can arrange that too.  Just let your Totally Spain representative know this when planning your trip.

Departure,

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from your Porto hotel to Porto airport

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

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This Trip Includes

Accommodation (based on 2 people sharing)

  • 9 nights accommodation in quality 4-star hotels in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request.

Meals

  • Full Buffet breakfast daily
  • Tapas style dinner in Lisbon. All food and drink included.
  • Tapas style dinner in Porto. All food and drink included.

Transport

  • All private transfers from airport / stations as indicated above
  • Full-day private driver for the Sintra & Cascais tour
  • Full-day private driver for the Evora tour
  • Full-day private driver-guide for the Braga and Guimaraes tour
  • ​Train Coimbra to Porto (1st Class)

Private Guided Tours

  • Private Walking tour in Lisbon, combined with gastromomic tour, with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Excursion from Lisbon to Sintra & Cascais with expert English speaking guide (includes transport + private driver)
  • Private Excursion from Lisbon to Evora with expert English speaking guide (includes transport + private driver)
  • Private Walking tour in Coimbra with expert English speaking guide
  • Private Walking tour in Porto with expert English speaking guide
  • ​Private Excursion from Porto to Braga and Guimaraes with expert English speaking driver-guide (includes transport)

Pre-Booked Entrance Tickets

  • Sintra – Palacio da Pena
  • Evora –Chapel of bones & Cathedral
  • Coimbra – University
  • Porto – Lello bookshop
  • Braga – Cathedral
  • Guimaraes – Castle & Duke’s Palace

Group Guided Tours

  • Gastronomic guided tour with a small group in Porto. All food and drink included.

Special Highlights

  • Fado show in Porto (1 hr duration)
  • Port Winery visit & tasting in Porto (45 min approx)

Other

  • Comprehensive personalized trip documentation including local maps, guides and tourist information
  • Totally Spain's specialist trip planning service and support
  • Government tax


NOT INCLUDED
Flights, Personal Travel Insurance, Porterage (not commonly available in Portugal), Tourist Tax in Lisbon and Porto (paid at your hotel), Tips, Meals, drinks or hotel extras other than those described above. Anything else not specified above.

 

 

 

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2645 EUROS PER PERSON

Customer Reviews

Another perfect vacation! Thank you so much for all your hard work - we loved the hotels, the tour guides were amazing, and we so appreciated you’re making all those restaurant reservations. It was an unforgettable trip. I hope to work with ...

Vita Chu, Garden City, NY, USA
2018-10-04

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