10-Day Escorted Tour of Portugal

10-Day Escorted Tour of Portugal Incl. Air
Visit Porto, Tomar, Evora & Lisbon!

Trip Highlights

On a tour of Porto, visit the Church of Sao Francisco, the Stock Exchange and a Port Wine Cellar for a tasting. Enjoy a full day to explore this UNESCO World Heritage city independently or choose to join the optional Medieval Portugal tour, heading inland to the heart of Minho province. Drive south through the Buçaco National Park to Coimbra and visit the university, among the oldest in Europe, then stop in Fatima, the site of the famous religious miracles, to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Visit the hilltop Convent of Christ with its famous Manueline window, then drive across the Tagus river to Castelo de Vide and enjoy a stroll through the old Jewish Quarter. In Evora, discover the town’s massive walls, Roman Temple, early Gothic Cathedral and Sao Francisco Church, famous for its Ossuary chapel.

Continue to Lisbon and view the Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. Plus, walk through the cobbled alleys of Alfama, the seaman’s quarter. Lastly, explore the countryside around Lisbon including medieval Obidos, with its whitewashed houses and beautiful vistas, Alcobaca to visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery, and the charming fishing harbor of Nazaré.

Package Includes

  • Flights Montreal-Porto, Lisbon-Montreal.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations 
    • 3 nights Porto
    • 1 night Tomar
    • 1 night Evora
    • 3 nights Lisbon
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Visit the Stock Exchange, renowned for its exquisite façade and ornate gilded Arabian Hall in Porto
  • Enjoy a Port Wine Tasting in Porto
  • Visit Coimbra University, one of the oldest universities in Europe
  • Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world  
  • Tour the Convent of Christ in Tomar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stop and view the unique Ossuary Chapel in Evora
  • Tour Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery and the charming Alfama district
  • Enter the Church and Monastery of Santa Maria, the first Gothic buildings in Portugal in Alcobaca

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday – Depart for Portugal

Depart for Portugal

DAY 2, Sunday – Arrive in Porto

Arrive in Porto and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Portugal’s second largest city. In the evening, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers and enjoy a Welcome Dinner and orientation on the sensational journey that lies ahead
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday – Porto City Tour

Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Porto with a local guide. Take a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, and visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Stock Exchange, renowned for its exquisite neoclassical façade and ornate gilded Arabian Hall. Finish the tour with a visit to a Port Wine Cellar for a tasting. Spend the balance of the day at leisure or choose to participate in the optional Douro River Cruise with dinner. Cruise along the colorful river valley, viewing the city from a new perspective. Pass by the numerous port wine cellars and under the magnificent bridges crossing the valley. Afterwards, a meal of local specialties in a typical restaurant with drinks is included
Optional: Douro River Cruise with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday – Full Day in Porto

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this UNESCO World Heritage city or choose to join the optional Medieval Portugal tour. The tour heads inland to the heart of Minho province to the former Roman ‘Bracara Augusta’. Here, drive to the top of the 1,300 foot high hill of Bom Jesus, from where you can overlook the city of Braga and admire the famous Holy Way staircase, the most popular place of pilgrimage in the north of Portugal. Proceed to the town of Guimaraes for a walk through the medieval alleys. Enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to the hotel
Optional: Medieval Portugal (AM)
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday – Coimbra, Fatima, Drive to Tomar

This morning, drive south through the Buçaco National Park to Coimbra, the third-largest city in Portugal, to visit the university of Coimbra, among the oldest universities in Europe, with more than 700 years of history. In the afternoon, drive to Fatima, one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Fatima’s fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Here, visit the great Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary built in neoclassical style, flanked by colonnades linking it with the extensive convent. Continue your journey to Tomar, one of Portugal’s historical jewels for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tomar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday – Convent of Christ, Castelo de Vide, Drive to Evora

Start the day with a visit to the hilltop Convent of Christ with its famous Manueline window. Later, drive south and cross the Tagus river. Stop in Castelo de Vide and enjoy a stroll through the old Jewish Quarter. Here you can find one of the oldest synagogues in the country, although all that remains is one modest little room. Continue to Evora for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Evora
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday – Evora City Tour

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Evora. Discover the town’s massive walls and Roman Temple, early Gothic Cathedral, and Sao Francisco Church that is famous for its Ossuary chapel, whose walls are decorated with thousands of human bones and skulls. Head on to see Evora’s main square, the Praça do Giraldo, and the cobbled streets of this former Royal town. Later, continue to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, over 2,000 years old, and capital of Portugal since 1147. Tonight attend the optionalFado Dinner. Travel to one of Lisbon’s oldest districts and join one of the popular performances of local songs and traditional dances accompanied by a gentle guitar playing Portuguese melodies. Enjoy dinner with wine before a brief drive through the illuminated city
Optional: Fado Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday – Lisbon City Tour

Today’s tour of Lisbon highlights the variety of heritage and styles that make it one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. You begin with a view of the treasured 16th century Belem Tower, a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery. Continue to visit the Jeronimos Monastery, an impressive symbol of the country’s power and wealth and resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama. Take a walk along the winding cobblestone streets to Alfama, the old Fisherman’s Quarter, nestled between the Grand Castle and the River Tagus. The afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional tour to quaint Sintra, the “Glorious Eden” of Lord Byron, and ancient summer retreat of the royal court, highlighted by lavish romantic castles and stunning monuments. Visit the Sintra Royal Palace, a 15th-century royal residence, containing one of the largest tile collections in Portugal. Then enjoy some free time in the Village Historical Center before returning to Lisbon
Optional: Half Day Sintra Tour (PM)
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9,  Sunday – Full Day in Lisbon’s Countryside

Enjoy a full day excursion to explore the countryside around Lisbon. The first stop on the northbound journey is medieval Obidos, with its historic center, and a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets, whitewashed houses, and beautiful vistas. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery. It was the first building in Portugal to adopt the Gothic style and is the largest church in the country. See the decorated tombs of King Pedro I and his lover Inês de Castro. Lastly, stop at the charming fishing harbor of Nazaré before heading back to Lisbon. Tonight, a delectable dinner of Portuguese specialties at a local restaurant
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday – Depart Portugal

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Price per person in Canadian dollars, double occupancy. Applicable to May 17, 2018 departure, other dates available at various prices. Includes 9-night accommodations, flights, airport taxes & fees, most meals plus sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary as well as the services of an English speaking tour manager throughout. OPC Indemnity Fund fee of $1 per $1,000 of travel products sold and optional travel insurance are additional. Limited space, other conditions and restrictions may apply. Not all travel dates available. Offer expires April 12,2018 and is subject to change or cancellation at any time.