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8 Day Affordable Portugal 2021-2022 (Tuesday Departure)

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Tuesday- Depart for Portugal
Depart for Portugal.

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Lisbon
Arrive in captivating Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, on the journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Thursday - Lisbon City Tour
Begin the tour of Lisbon, with a stop at the top of Edward VII's Park to enjoy a magnificent view over the hills of Lisbon and the River Tagus. Next, view the treasured 16th century Belem Tower, a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, visit the ornate Jeronimos Monastery, an impressive symbol of the country's power and wealth and resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama. 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, spend some free time in the Village Historical Center before returning to Lisbon. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Sintra Tour (PM)

DAY 4, Friday - Excursion to Evora
This morning, head to Evora. Take a guided tour and 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. Continue to Evora's main square, the Praça do Giraldo, and walk through the cobbled streets of this former royal town. Later, return to Lisbon. Tonight, attend the optional Fado Dinner. Travel to one of Lisbon's oldest districts and join one of the popular performances of local songs, accompanied by a gentle guitar playing Portuguese melodies. Enjoy dinner with wine before a brief drive through the illuminated city. (Breakfast)

Optional: Fado Dinner (PM)

DAY 5, Saturday - Fatima, Drive to Tomar, Convent of Christ
Leave Lisbon behind and travel north through the scenic Portuguese countryside 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 historic jewels. Upon arrival, visit the hilltop Convent of Christ with its famous Manueline window. Tonight, dinner is at your hotel*. (Breakfast, Dinner)

*Nov 10 departure will overnight in Fatima.

DAY 6, Sunday - Coimbra, Travel to Porto
Depart Tomar this morning and drive north to Coimbra, the third-largest city in Portugal. Visit the University of Coimbra, among the oldest universities in Europe, with more than 700 years of history. Continue your journey to Porto, Portugal's second largest city. Arrive in Porto with free time for lunch on your own. Afternoon is at leisure or, choose to participate in the optional Douro River Cruise with local meal. 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. Afterward, savor a meal of local specialties in a typical restaurant. (Breakfast)

Optional: Douro River Cruise with Local Meal (PM)

DAY 7, Monday - Porto City Tour
Today, take a sightseeing tour of Porto with a local guide. Begin with 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. Tonight, enjoy a delectable Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8, Tuesday - Depart Portugal
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

Map
All This Included
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 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

Highlights
  • Take a tour of the Jeronimos Monastery, resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama
  • Excursion to the unique Ossuary Chapel in Evora
  • 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
  • Visit Coimbra University, one of the oldest universities in Europe
  • Admire Porto’s Stock Exchange, renowned for its exquisite façade and ornate gilded Arabian Hall
  • Enjoy a Port Wine Tasting in Porto

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodations
Lisbon: Hotel Mundial
Tomar: Dos Templarios
Porto: Crown Plaza Porto
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobblestone streets, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Some hotels in Porto are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. This is an Off Season program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.