The Charms of Portugal

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The Charms of Portugal - 10 Nights | 11 Days

Lisbon is Portugal's capital and the hub of a multifaceted area that appeals to different tastes and senses. Stroll through the Pombaline grid of streets in the Baixa district that opens on to the Tagus in Praça do Comércio, then follow the river to discover some of the city’s most beautiful parts: the monumental area of Belém with its World Heritage monuments, the mediaeval quarters and the latest contemporary leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Nações. Further along the coast you’ll come across the cultural landscape of Sintra, a World Heritage Site. Explore the Center of Portugal. In the interior of the country, there are mountains and villages of granite and schist. By the sea, fishing villages and cosmopolitan beaches with water sports set the pace of the day. And everywhere centuries old heritage proudly displays the history of the region. It was in the Porto and in the North regions that Portugal was founded in the 12th century and the Portuguese became a people and a nation. The region is crossed by the River Douro. In this area of mountains and natural parks, the region’s heritage is seen in its castles, such as the one in Guimarães, and the shrines and churches which are the stage for pilgrimages in the summer. You will find the Baroque architecture of Northern Portugal in its stone and gilded carvings side by side with rural chapels.

Highlights

> Tour 45 minutes by typical boat "Moliceiro", including tasting of "Ovos Moles" and sparkling wine on board (in Aveiro);
> Cruise "Six Bridges" on the Douro River in Porto;
> Dinner with Fado show on the last night in Lisbon.

Total days: 11
Start: Lisbon
End: Lisbon

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon

Arrival at Lisbon airport.
Full day to explore Lisbon.

Overnight in Lisboa
Hotel: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
 
Bairro Alto (Lisboa)

Day 2: Discovering Lisbon

In a city that has been influenced by many different far-off cultures over time, there is still a village feel in each historic neighbourhood. Stroll through the Pombaline grid of streets in the Baixa district that opens on to the Tagus in Praça do Comércio, then follow the river to discover some of the city’s most beautiful parts: the monumental area of Belém with its World Heritage monuments, the mediaeval quarters and the latest contemporary leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Nações. Don’t forget to stop for a coffe and tasting of “Pasteis de Nata”.

Overnight in Lisboa
Hotel: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
 
Castelo de São Jorge (Lisboa)

Day 3: Charms of Sintra

Visit Cascais, a seaside villa on the west coast of Lisbon. Departure to visit the green mountain of Sintra, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and visit the Royal Palace and the National Palace of Sintra. Free time to discover its narrow streets.

Overnight in Obidos
Hotel: Real d Obidos Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
 
Palácio Nacional da Pena (Sintra)

Day 4: Center of Portugal

Walking tour within the walls of the medieval village of Óbidos and taste the famous “Ginginha de Óbidos”. Depart to Nazaré, a typical fisherman village, and stop for a lunch enjoying the spectacular view of Nazaré beach. Continue to Alcobaça, Batalha, Tomar where you can visit the monasteries qualified as World Heritage by UNESCO. 

Overnight in Coimbra
Hotel: Tivoli Coimbra
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
 
Nazaré

Day 5: Coimbra

On the banks of the river Mondego, Coimbra is famous for its University, the oldest in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe, which over time has shaped its image to become "the city of students". ​ In the shopping area and area of historic cafés in the City Centre, you really must see the Monastery of Santa Cruz, and on the other bank, the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha. Depart to Aveiro, known by the “Portuguese Venice” and enjoy a 45 minutes tour in the typical boat “Moliceiros” with a tasting of “Ovos Moles” and sparkling wine on board.

Overnight in Porto
Hotel: Descobertas Boutique Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
Activity: Boat Trip in "Moliceiro" with "Ovos Moles & Sparkling tasting
 
Universidade de Coimbra (Coimbra)

Day 6: Oporto

Oporto is one of Europe's oldest tourist destinations. Its wealth of artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city. Cruise the six bridges on the Douro River, so you can enjoy the city from another angle. 

Overnight in Porto
Hotel: Descobertas Boutique Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
Activity: 6 Bridges Cruise
 
Torre dos Clérigos (Porto)

Day 7: Peneda Gerês National Park

Drive to Gerês for a walk in the Peneda Gerês National Park. Descent to Guimarães, European Capital of Culture in 2012, a Historic City and World Heritage Site. Panoramic tour through the squares and main avenues of the center and visit the Castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Return to Porto.  

Overnight in Porto
Hotel: Descobertas Boutique Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
 
Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês

Day 8: Douro Valley

Mountains, rivers, traditions, faith, culture... Discover the Douro region. Amarante and it’s panoramic view.  Vila Real where you should visit Solar de Mateus. The charming city of Lamego and visit to the Sanctuary of “ Nossa Senhora dos Remédios”. Don’t miss a stop in a vineyard for a visit and tasting one of Portugal's most famous wines - Porto Wine. Continue to Viseu, a charming city with a medieval atmosphere.

Overnight in Viseu
Hotel: Palacio dos Melos Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
 
Rio Douro

Day 9: Évora

Departure to Évora, through Estremoz, city with a medieval district near the Castle and outside the walls, Guarda and Castelo Branco. Évora guards its historic centre with a vast outer wall and represents a valuable cultural legacy that UNESCO has classified World Heritage. Visit the Cathedral and the "Capela dos Ossos" (Chapel of Bones).

Overnight in Evora
Hotel: Evora Olive Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
 
Templo de Diana (Évora)

Day 10: Fado Show

Departure to Lisbon via Sesimbra for a lunch at the seaside. Visit the Natural Park of Arrábida and the Natural Reserve of the Sado Estuary where you can enjoy a boat tour for observation of the dolphins. Diner in Lisbon with Fado show and panoramic tour (in group).

Overnight in Lisboa
Hotel: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
Activity: Lisbon Fado Night & Lisbon Panoramic
 
Espetáculo de Fado

Day 11: Departure from Lisbon

End of services.

Meals: Bed & Breakfast
 
Cristo Rei & Ponte 25 Abril (Lisboa)

Conditions:

Price per person based on twin/double room.

Package includes:

> Hotels accommodation in twin/double standard room;
> Buffet breakfast;
> Tour 45 minutes by typical boat "Moliceiro", including tasting of "Ovos Moles" and sparkling wine on board (in Aveiro);
> Cruise "Six Bridges" on the Douro River in Porto;
> Dinner with Fado show on the last night in Lisbon.

Package not includes:

> Visits, entrances or any other excursions not indicated in "rate includes";
> City tax (if applicable);
> Meals and drinks;
> Personal expenses, gratuities and extras;
> Insurances;
> Other services not indicated in the program.

Olissippo Marquês de Sá-

Nr of Rooms: 164

The Olissippo Marquês de Sá Hotel, opened in 1996 and completely refurbished in 2009, is located in one of the most elegant areas of Lisbon, near the "El Corte Ingles", Gulbenkian Foundation and Underground stations.
The hotel, located in the heart of Avenidas Novas in Lisbon, has 164 rooms divided by 9 floors, including 1 Suite in the last floor. Each floor is a different experience that will bring you new emotions. From the pacific blue to the captivating red, you choose. At restaurant Varanda do Marquês, the traditional Portuguese cuisine is the main ingredient for your satisfaction. 

Facilities:
  • Safe Deposit Box (free)
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Lift
  • Laundry (additional cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Access for people with reduced mobility
  • 24-Hour Reception
Check In: 14H00
Check Out: 12H00
Maid Service:Daily
Change of Towels/Linen:Daily

Real d Obidos Hotel-

Nr of Rooms: 18

Inspired in the town's history, the Hotel portrays the medieval era and the life of the most influential Óbidos' monarchs. Every room has been decorated and furnished differently, bearing names of kings & queens, with allusion to the various periods of region's history. In the "old wing" there's not a ceiling, a lamp or a bed alike. The design of the space, decoration and the furnishings of each room are unique!In the suite and superior rooms, care was taken to have replicas made of the furniture used at the time, combined all the comfort offered by a four-star hotel for the well-being of its guests. 
The bar has a honesty concept, because trust and making guests feel at home is the hotel's motto. It also has an exclusive covered garage for its guests, garden areas and a terrace where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and a snack. The outdoor saltwater pool offers a privileged and unique view of Óbidos' town walls.

Facilities:
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Laundry (additional cost)
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Lift
  • Access for people with reduced mobility
  • Safe Deposit Box (additional cost)
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pets are allowed (additional cost)
Check In: 14H00
Check Out: 12H00
Maid Service:Daily
Change of Towels/Linen:Daily

Tivoli Coimbra-

Nr of Rooms: 100

Coimbra is the oldest university city in Portugal, where students dressed in black roam the streets, keeping alive the tradition of the night serenades of Fado de Coimbra. The Tivoli Coimbra Hotel is the chosen place for special occasions and events. Its five meeting rooms along with the Tivoli Caffè, where it is possible to have a meal at any time of the day, are flexible and welcoming. The rooms and suites are elegantly decorated and chiefly designed to promote relaxation. With comfortable bedding and air-conditioning, you will enjoy the perfect night's sleep at Tivoli Coimbra, Portugal Hotel.

Facilities:
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room Service
  • Sala de reuniões
  • Restaurant
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Laundry (additional cost)
  • Lift
  • Access for people with reduced mobility
  • Safe Deposit Box (free)
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pets are not allowed
Check In: 14H00
Check Out: 12H00
Maid Service:Daily
Change of Towels/Linen:Daily

Descobertas Boutique Hotel-

Nr of Rooms: 18

Descobertas Boutique Hotel is located at the heart of Ribeira do Porto, offering you a modern and comfortable accommodation with free Wi-Fi throughout the building. The Hotel is only 800 meters away from Avenida dos Aliados, São Bento Train Station and the Metro Station. The iconic D. Luís I Bridge is a 2 minute walk and allows you to cross the Douro River for a visit to the famous Port Wine Cellars. The Palácio da Bolsa and the Church of São Francisco are at an equal distance. Porto International Airport is 22km away. At Descobertas Boutique Hotel you will find 18 spacious rooms that offer the perfect combination of timeless elegance, modern comfort and cultural exoticism.

Facilities:
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room Service
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Laundry (additional cost)
  • Lift
  • Access for people with reduced mobility
  • Safe Deposit Box (free)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pets are not allowed
Check In: 15H00
Check Out: 12H00
Maid Service:Daily
Change of Towels/Linen:Three times a week

Palacio dos Melos Hotel-

Nr of Rooms: 27

In an atmosphere of charm and history, quality can be found in every detail of the Hotel Palácio dos Melos. In the main building, you will find all the luxury of authentic palace style with the Deluxe and Superior category rooms. Housing the Standard category rooms, the wing alongside the main building harmoniously blends the ancient and the modern through subtle design and aesthetic simplicity, setting great store by comfort and well-being. As the main attractions are the magnificent Hotel terraces which afford a panoramic view over the city of Viseu. Night or day, at sunrise or sunset, you will surely see images which you will never forget.

Facilities:
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room Service
  • Sala de reuniões
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Laundry (additional cost)
  • Free Parking
  • Lift
  • Access for people with reduced mobility
  • Safe Deposit Box (free)
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pets are not allowed
Check In: 14H00
Check Out: 12H00
Maid Service:Daily
Change of Towels/Linen:Three times a week

Evora Olive Hotel-

Nr of Rooms: 69

Located inside the walls of the city, the Évora Olive Hotel is the starting point for an unforgettable journey across this traditional city of the Alentejo region. Inspired by the theme of olive oil, everything has been designed down to the tiniest detail and reflects the identity of the capital of the Alentejo region. Every room has air conditioning, a flat screen television and minibar. The reception is open 24 hours a day. The hotel offers services such as a bar*, a SPA & Wellness Centre*, a gym*, an indoor pool*, meeting rooms* and a kid's club *. At the Olive Restaurant *, traditional Portuguese cuisine prepared with contemporary precision and excellence. Our Chef chooses his ingredients with the utmost care, to offer a menu that changes with every season. The hotel has a terrace with a panoramic view overlooking the capital of the Alentejo region. The Évora Olive Hotel is part of the Lux Hotels Group's "Unique" segment, and aims at providing guests with a customised service in a "unique", intimate and characteristic setting.
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Facilities:
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room Service
  • Sala de reuniões
  • SPA
  • Restaurant
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Heated Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Laundry (additional cost)
  • Gym
  • Free Parking
  • Lift
  • Access for people with reduced mobility
  • Safe Deposit Box (free)
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pets are not allowed
Check In: 15H00
Check Out: 12H00
Maid Service:Daily
Change of Towels/Linen:Daily