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Discover Portugal

8 days, Lisbon to Porto

On the western edge of mainland Europe, Portugal packs an alluring punch for curious travellers. Embark on an exploration rich in scenic beauty, fascinating history, and vibrant cultural traditions. Venturing from ancient streets and meandering rivers to an array of UNESCO World Heritage sites, encounter the multilayered legacies of Portuguese royalty and Romantics, the Knights Templar and Franciscan monks—and meet port wine makers, cork farmers, and fado folk singers along the way.

8 days - Lisbon to Porto

From$15399HKD
Valid on Sep 25 2022
Trip Code: EPENG

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On the western edge of mainland Europe, Portugal packs an alluring punch for curious travellers. Embark on an exploration rich in scenic beauty, fascinating history, and vibrant cultural traditions. Venturing from ancient streets and meandering rivers to an array of UNESCO World Heritage sites, encounter the multilayered legacies of Portuguese royalty and Romantics, the Knights Templar and Franciscan monks—and meet port wine makers, cork farmers, and fado folk singers along the way.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

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8 days - Lisbon to Porto

From$15399HKD
Valid on Sep 25 2022
Trip Code: EPENG

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Map of the route for Discover Portugal

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

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Itinerary

Day 1Lisbon

Arrive at any time. This evening, savour a traditional Portuguese dinner and performance of fado, a local folk singing tradition, in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 2Lisbon

Travel back in time to the fairytale castles and hills of Sintra, a 19th-century resort town and UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the colourful manors, medieval palaces, and lush gardens that enchanted English Romantic poet Lord Byron as well as Portuguese royalty. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover Lisbon’s pastel-hued architecture and lively plazas. Opt to soar over Lisbon on the historic Santa Justa lift, an engineering marvel that ascends 147 feet to an epic viewing platform.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Lisbon/Évora

Head to medieval Évora, in the heart of the bucolic Alentejo region, for a fascinating foray into the past. Be mesmerized by the haunting Chapel of Bones, erected by 16th-century Franciscan monks. Then pay a visit to one of the best preserved Roman temples on the Iberian Peninsula, known as Diana’s Temple.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Évora

Venture into the Montemor-o-Novo countryside, home to centuries-old cork forests. Join a local expert at a traditional farm, and learn about cork harvesting and production. Then sit down to a traditional cork stripper’s lunch at a local restaurant in town. This afternoon, return to Évora and explore its UNESCO World Heritage–designated city centre on your own, walking past whitewashed houses decorated with azulejos and wrought-iron balconies.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Cork Farm Visit Montemor-o-Novo

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5Évora/Coimbra

Spend the day in Tomar and delve into the Crusades era in Portugal. Go on a guided walk with a local expert around the vast medieval complex of the Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Templar Castle, founded in 1160 by Gualdim Pais—grand master of the Knights Templar. Continue on to Coimbra for the evening.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Knights Templar Historic Tour

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Coimbra/Porto

This morning, enjoy a tour around the centuries-old University of Coimbra, Portugal's most prestigious university and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enter through the 10th-century Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra. Following mosaic cobblestone paths around campus, stopping to see the baroque stylings of the Joanina Library, elaborate azulejo wall tiles adorning the Chapel of São Miguel, and the 18th-century Botanical Garden. Later, catch the train to Porto on the coast.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Porto

Board a boat and float past scenic terraced hills on Portugal's "river of gold," the ancient trade route that port wine shippers took to age their fortified wines. Discover the rich tradition of port making at a local wine cellar, then cap off the day with a tasting of this distinct regional specialty. In your free time, explore the cobblestone streets of Porto’s medieval Ribeira district, marvel at the baroque São Francisco Church, and admire the palatial Palácio de Bolsa, a one time stock market.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Hands-On Moment Port Wine Cellar Visit

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Porto

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cork Farm Visit Montemor-o-Novo, Montemor-o-Novo
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Knights Templar Historic Tour, Tomar
  • Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto
  • Lisbon orientation walk
  • Guided tour of Palace of Pena in Sintra
  • Chapel of Bones visit in Evora
  • Diana's Temple visit in Evora
  • Guided tour of Coimbra University
  • Porto orientation walk
  • Douro River boat cruise
  • Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations

Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Allow USD325-425 for meals not included.

Transportation

Walking, bus, boat, train.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $5299.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Discover Portugal

| 8 days - Lisbon to Porto - from $15399 HKD