Departure Date: 08/04/2020
Experience the best of Portugal as you discover Lisbon, Vilamoura, The Algarve, Porto, Fatima and more. Wander through medieval cities and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious Pasteis de Belem or two along the way.
DAY 1. ARRIVE LISBON (2 NIGHTS)
Bem vindo a Lisboa. A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past the city's most iconic sights. Hotel - Marriott/Turim Marques. Included Meals - Welcome Reception.
DAY 2. LISBON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover the 'New World'. We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus and Belem Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th-century Manueline architecture and art. There's time to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. In the evening enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, haunting sounds of the fado. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
DAY 3. LISBON – ALGARVE REGION (2 NIGHTS)
We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrabida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air as we 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were once reared at the pleasure of King Joao VI in the 18th century. Our journey continues further south, bound for the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve - our home for the next two nights. Hotel - Agua Riverside. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast, Lunch.
DAY 4. ALGARVE EXCURSION
The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning coastal drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach, before continuing along the coast to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. We end our excursion with a visit to the resort town of Lagos - once the home of Henry the Navigator.
Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
DAY 5. ALGARVE REGION – EVORA
Journeying north, we travel across the Serra de Caldeirao to the ancient Alentejo city of Evora. Join your Local Specialist for a visit to the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Then, spend the rest of your day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praca do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel in Evora. Hotel - M'ar De Ar Muralhas. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
DAY 6. EVORA – CASTELO DE VIDE – VISEU
Our first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white facades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter. Travel north towards the Serra de Estrela mountains and arrive later in Viseu, set high on a plateau near the famous Dao vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, visiting the 12th-century Se, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city. Hotel - Grao Vasco. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
DAY 7. VISEU – MATEUS – GUIMARAES – PORTO (2 NIGHTS)
Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley, where port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We continue via Guimaraes for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the seaside town where we will spend the next two nights. Hotel - Crowne Plaza/Carrís Ribeira. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
DAY 8. PORTO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour in Porto, which takes you past Baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada's Alhambra, then 'Dive Into Culture' and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic centre of Porto and admiring the azulejo-clad facades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest bookstore with its iconic red staircase. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
DAY 9. PORTO – COIMBRA – TOMAR – FATIMA
Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. We arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fátima, where we'll dine in our hotel. Hotel - Ftima. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
DAY 10. FATIMA – BATALHA – NAZARE – OBIDOS – LISBON
This morning, we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the pilgrimage site of Fatima, where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin. En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is the fishing village of Nazare, before we visit the medieval walled city of Obidos with its white-washed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner with wine. Hotel - Marriott/Turim Av Liberdade. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner.
DAY 11. DEPART LISBON
Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Included Meals - Buffet Breakfast.
Return airport transfers on first and last day of the trip*, 10 nights’ 4 and 5 Star hotel accommodation, 10 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch (including Be My Guest), 4 dinners, sightseeing tour included in each major city, travel by luxury air-conditioned coach, services of a professional Travel Director, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes, must-see sights with VIP entry and queue jump, unique insider experiences and free time included.
10 Nights from R29,880 pps
Valid for travel on 8 April or 15 April 2020. Valid until 3 October 2019. *For a limited time only. Trafalgar’s 2020 Europe & Britain Pre-sale pricing is available on select itineraries identified as "Pre-sale 2020" only, and is valid for bookings until 3 October 2019. A non-refundable deposit of R3000 per person is required per standard booking conditions to lock in this price. If the holiday price is higher once the main brochure is released in early October, Trafalgar will honour the lower Pre-sale rate; if it is lower, Trafalgar will refund the difference. Final payment for early payment discounts will be 18 December 2019. The 5% VIT discount is combinable, final payment for VIT discount will be 2 December 2019. Not combinable with Costsaver, custom groups or any other offers. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Please note additional products such as (but not limited to) extra nights, pre-paid gratuities or transfers cannot be added to the booking until the 2020 itineraries are on sale in early October. Note that itineraries, hotels and prices are subject to change until the release of the 2020 Europe brochures. Where there are any major itinerary changes (number of days, cities visited or number of overnight stays in each city location) Trafalgar will advise you accordingly. Excl. Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature. These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements, increases and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.