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Best of Portugal - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

 

Overview

Hotel description:

12 days | 10 nights

Wander through medieval cities and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious Pastéis de Belém or two along the way.

Trafalgar Highlights

  • Connect with Locals: Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked Be My Guest lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo. (Day 4)
  • Dive into Culture: Sample the Douro Valley's delicious Port wine-making tradition at one of the local Port wine lodges. (Day 9)
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Lisbon, Évora and Porto.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Lisbon, Évora and Porto.
  • ORIENTATION of the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Tomar, Nazaré and Óbidos.
  • VISIT the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Évora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace and Arabian Hall in Porto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fátima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Óbidos.
  • VIEW the Castle of Guimarães.

Travel Highlights
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Lisbon (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 10 nights of accommodation
  • 15 meals (10 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 Connect With Locals lunch, 4 dinners) 
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Sightseeing as described
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience (described in the itinerary below; 1 voucher per person)
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles


Itinerary


Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Lisbon.

Day 2        Welcome to Lisbon
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.

Meal(s): Welcome Reception

Day 3        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 a new world. We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, Belém Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th-century Manueline architecture and art. Spend the rest of your day meandering through the cobblestone lanes of Bairro Alto, join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz or enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, melancholic sounds of Fado.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Optional Experiences

  • Portuguese Fado Evening of Music & Song With Dinner (66 EUR): An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You'll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.
  • The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast (46 EUR): After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle, we'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra. On occasions where Sintra is not available you will be offered a visit of the Palace of Queluz.


Day 4        Lisbon - Algarve Region
We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra de Arrábida 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 João 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.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast, Connect With Locals (lunch)

Optional Experiences

  • Algarve Dinner (49 EUR): Join us for an authentic local dinner, where you'll taste delicious dishes cooked in a traditional 'Cataplana', along with other specialties.


Day 5        Algarve Excursion
The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula, at the very edge of Portugal, provides 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, today a picturesque seaside retreat of winding cobblestone roads and quaint squares encircled by 16th-century walls.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Optional Experience

  • Faro & Almansil Excursion (37 EUR): With your Local Specialist you'll head to Faro, the historical capital of the Algarve, to visit the old walled town and to have some time for souvenir shopping. Then, we'll visit Olhao. With its lively waterfront markets, it's one of the Algarve's best-kept secrets.


Day 6        Algarve Region - Évora
Meandering north, we travel across the Serra de Caldeirão to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your Local Specialist and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Spend the rest of our 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 Praça do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz set against the stunning backdrop of golden olive groves. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Optional Experience

  • Monsaraz & The Deep Alentejo Drive (34 EUR): Follow your Local Specialist through the vineyards and groves of cork oaks to charming Monsaraz, one of the most famous and beautiful 'white villages' of the Alentejo, inhabited since prehistory. You'll admire the castle which overlooks Spain and see views of the largest artificial lake in Europe, before tasting typical local refreshments.


Day 7        Évora - Castelo de Vide - Viseu
Our first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white façades, 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 Dão vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, visiting the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Optional Experience

  • Ínsua Manor - Food and Wine Pairing Experience (52 EUR): Situated in the heart of the famous wine region, join us on a short drive to the spectacular Ínsua Manor, an 18th-century manor house and estate, where you'll enjoy a gourmet experience matching local food with different local wines.


Day 8        Viseu - Mateus - Guimarães - Porto
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 beautiful baroque Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We then continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle before arriving in Porto where we will spend the next two nights.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Day 9        Porto Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour of Porto, which takes you past Baroque churches and along the winding 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, before we Dive Into Culture and gain insights 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 center of Porto.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Optional Experience

  • Douro Cruise & Dinner (55 EUR): Enjoy a relaxing and leisurely cruise along the Douro River. You'll have a chance to see two medieval "world heritage" cities plus six impressive bridges, one of them the famous UNESCO-listed Eiffel bridge. Afterwards, savour a typical meal in the Medieval Ribeira Quarter.


Day 10        Porto - Coimbra - Tomar - Fátima
Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and meander through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra this morning, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century and today an exquisite reminder of the Portuguese Renaissance. We arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fátima where we'll dine in our hotel.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 11        Fátima - Batalha - Nazaré - Obidos - Lisbon
This morning we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fátima. En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery at Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is at the quaint fishing village of Nazaré before we visit the medieval walled city of Obidos with its quaint 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.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast, Farewell dinner

Day 12        Lisbon - Return to Canada 

Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Twin Room

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Lisbon:  Marriott/Turim Marquês or similar (2 nights)
  • Algarve Region: Agua Riverside or similar (2 nights)
  • Évora: M'ar De Ar Muralhas or similar (1 night)
  • Viseu: Grao Vasco or similar (1 night)
  • Porto: Crowne Plaza/Carris Ribeira or similar (2 nights)
  • Fátima: Hotel Fátima (1 night)
  • Lisbon: Marriott/Turim Av Liberdade or similar (1 night)

Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together
Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

 

 

Important notes

2019 Tour Start Dates
August 7, 14, 21
October 11

Departure Dates:
Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

Airport transfers:
On arrival at Lisbon Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Lisbon Airport at 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Pre-Paid Gratuities Option:
For an additional $134 CAD per person, travellers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

Optional Experiences:
Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of November 1, 2018 and are subject to change without notice.