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Portugal's Delightful Duo

 

Overview

Hotel description:

9 days / 7 nights

Explore Portugal's two largest cities over nine days, with ample time to discover both Lisbon and Porto at your own pace. Your package includes city tours in both places to give you a head start on visiting all the highlights. You'll also enjoy excursions to the Douro Valley and Sintra, where you can see this beautiful country's stunning countryside and sample delicious Port wine.

With a country as vast and bountiful as Portugal, travelling by train is a great way to cover as much ground as possible while also taking in the breathtaking sights. Let the smooth ride, great service, and amazing vistas transport you from city to city. The train tickets and hotel stays are included in the package, along with some meals and many other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.

Location

Porto and Lisbon

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Flight to Porto; Return from Lisbon (If flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Airport  and train station transfers in Porto and Lisbon
  • Train ticket between Porto and Lisbon (Economy class)
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • Half-day city tour of Porto with English or French-speaking guide
  • Full-day excursion to Douro Valley with 1-hour cruise on Douro River with English or French-speaking guide
  • Half-day city tour of Lisbon with English or French-speaking guide
  • Full-day excursion to Sintra with English or French-speaking guide
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 wine tastings
  • Earn Aeroplan Miles

Itinerary


Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Porto.

Day 2        Welcome to Porto
Upon arrival in Porto, transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights.

Day 3         Porto
After breakfast, embark on a guided tour through Porto, built on the banks of the Douro River. See Porto's beautiful cathedral, the Sao Bento train station and the incredible Lello bookshop. You will also visit a wine cellar and sample the rich flavours of Port wine.

Meal(s): Breakfast and a wine tasting

Day 4         Porto - Douro Valley - Porto (270 km)
Explore the Douro Valley on a full-day guided excursion. This charming and unique region in northern Portugal was the first demarcated wine region in the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage area. Visit Lamego, and the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary. Next, head to Pinhao for a one-hour cruise on the Douro River. Finish the day with a Port wine tasting.

Meal(s): Breakfast; Lunch and a wine tasting
 
Day 5        Porto - Lisbon (310 km)
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station for your train to Lisbon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and check-in.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6        Lisbon
Today, discover Lisbon with the help of a half-day sightseeing tour. Visit Belem quarter, stopping briefly at its famous tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, the National Coach Museum and the Alfama and Rossio quarters. Along the way, sample some delicious Port wine.

Meal(s): Breakfast and a wine tasting

Day 7        Lisbon - Sintra - Lisbon (85 km)
Embark on a full-day excursion to Sintra. Begin in Sintra village, and continue to the National Palace for a guided visit. Next, head to Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of continental Europe, followed by stops in Guincho Beach and Boca do Inferno for views out over the coast before visiting Cascais and Estoril before heading back to Lisbon.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8        Lisbon

Continue exploring this incredible capital city at your own rhythm. Lisbon is home to several museums, charming neighbourhoods and great shopping.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9        Lisbon - Return to Canada
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meal(s): 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.

3-star Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip. The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Porto: Hotel Quality Inn Porto or similar
  • Lisbon: Expo Astoria or similar

Room occupancy:
Maximum 3 persons

4-star Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip. The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Porto: Vila Gale Porto or similar
  • Lisbon: Hotel Mundial or similar

Room occupancy: Maximum 3 persons

Important notes

2018 Departure Dates
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 8 - September 21

City Tax
City taxes are applicable for hotel stays in Lisbon and are payable in local currency upon checkout. Rates vary from 1 EUR to 5 EUR depending on hotel star rating and location and are calculated per person, per night. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Language Preference
At time of reservation, please indicate if you would prefer an English-speaking or French-speaking tour guide. 

Not included in package
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance