First Class Portugal

First Class Portugal

Day 1 Lisboa

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

Day 2 Lisboa

Breakfast. A full day to explore the sights of the city at leisure, including a walk through the historical Alfama district, the Rossio and a visit to the famous tower of Belem. Tonight enjoy a Fado dinner and show. Overnight Lisboa.

Day 3 Lisboa - Sintra - Obidos

Breakfast. This morning you will be met at your hotel by your Private Driver to commence your private tour of Portugal. Your first day of travel takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Sintra for a sightseeing stop. The tall conical chimneys of the Palacio Nacional de Sintra and the fabulous Palacio da Pena are unmistakable landmarks. Continue on your journey north through Mafra to reach Obidos, Portugal’'s whitewashed town surrounding a castle. Overnight at the beautiful castle, now a Pousada.

Day 4 Obidos - Alcobaça - Batalha - Fátima - Coimbra

Breakfast. Today you head north to Alcobaça and Batalha for panoramic tour of Batalha and on to the pilgrim’s city of Fatima. The Neo-Baroque basilica, flanked by statues of saints, has a 65m tower and an esplanade twice the size of St Peter’s square in Rome. Free time to visit the sanctuary before returning to the road and heading north to the university city of Coimbra. Portugal's original university was established in Coimbra in 1308. Overnight Coimbra.

Day 5 Coimbra - Piodao - Foz de Egua - Bussaco - Coimbra

Breakfast. Morning visit of Coimbra, Portugal's third largest city, which tumbles down a steep riverbank by the Mondego River. The city offers a regal university quarter, plus mansions, monasteries and churches, including the most imposing Romanesque church in the country.  Your journey continues to Piodão a “Historical Village of Portugal”. The typical houses of schist and slate, with modern windows painted blue, gracefully descend the slope of the mountain. As you continue your travel, you will have time to take pictures in Foz D´Égua, a site with a splendid natural beauty, including a dam that creates a water mirror, a magnificent place for summer bathing.  Continuation for visit of vast Bussaco Forest with optional lunch stop at the famous Palace Hotel do Bussaco. Return to Coimbra for overnight.                                 

Day 6 Coimbra - Viseu - Lamego - Peso da Régua - Pinhao

Breakfast. Head north through Viseu and into Lamego for a brief visit of the town & Port wine tasting. An attractive town within the demarcated port area, Lamego also produces wines, including Raposeira, Portugal's premier sparkling wine. Surrounded by vineyards, the town of Pinhao has many lodges and even the train station has azulejos depicting the wine harvest. Arrival and free time. Overnight.

Day 7 Pinhao - Mesao Frio - Porto

Breakfast. Today you will travel along the Douro river to arrive in Porto where you must farewell your driver as you are dropped off at your hotel. 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. Afternoon at leisure. We re-commend you cross over Dom Luis Bridge, over the river for a local port tasting. Overnight Porto.

Day 8 Porto

Breakfast. Farewell the city as you are transferred to the airport for your flight out of Porto.