A Peice of Portugal

A Piece of Portugal

Day 1 Lisbon

Arrival in Lisbon where you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 2 Lisbon

Breakfast. A morning tour today to the suburb of Belem, where you will visit the Torre de Belem, the Jeronimos Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries. A gourmet highlight today is a stop at the famous “Casa Pasteis de Belem” to sample a delicious ‘pastel de nata’ or Portuguese custard tart. Your driver will then take you back to the city centre, to the Castelo San Jorge where your tour services come to an end. Afternoon free. Overnight.

Day 3 Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Lisbon

Breakfast. Today enjoy an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Sintra. Sintra's stunning setting on the north slopes of the granite Serra, among wooded ravines and fresh water springs, made it a favourite summer retreat for the kings of Portugal. The tall conical chimneys of the Palacio Nacional de Sintra and the fabulous Palacio da Pena are unmistakable landmarks. On your tour, you might like to visit one or two of these beautiful palaces and enjoy strolling the pretty cobbled streets of the old town, Sintra Vila and perhaps sample queijadas, the local sweet pastry (entrance fees payable locally). Continue to Cascais where you will have free time for lunch and a visit. Return to Lisbon. Overnight.

Day 4 Lisbon - Porto

Breakfast and transfer to the train station for your train north to Porto. Arrival and transfer to your hotel for check-in. The present city of Porto occupies the site of the Roman town of Portus, sprawling down the long, steep north bank of the Douro, 6km from the sea. Tonight enjoy a Fado dinner and show. Overnight.

Day 5 Porto

Breakfast. A full day to explore the sights of the city at leisure. The heart of the city is the wide, grass-lined, Av dos Aliados, which runs five blocks inland from the river. All of the sights lie south of this landmark. Overnight.

Day 6 Porto - Douro Valley - Porto

Breakfast. A tour today to the beautiful Douro Valley. Home to the first demarcated wine region in the world, the steep hills of the valley are lined with vines and famous port estates. You will first stop in Amarante where you will visit the S. Gonçalo Church and historical centre. Departure towards Mesao Frio, with a stop to appreciate the view of the Douro River before continuing to Peso da Regua for a visit and wine tasting at the lovely Quinta da Pacheca. Free time for lunch. After lunch we will visit Pinhão a small town 25km east of Peso da Regua, famous for its quality port-wine production followed by a short visit to Vila Real's historical centre. Arrival back in Oporto. Overnight.

Day 7 Porto

Breakfast and farewell the city as you are transferred to the airport for your flight out of Porto. End of services.