ARRIVAL IN LISBON
Upon arrival at Lisbon airport, and after claiming your luggage, you will be met by an English-speaking driver will for a private transfer to Lisbon. You will enjoy a panoramic city tour before arriving at Hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade for 3 nights in deluxe rooms with breakfast included. This 5-star hotel is a true landmark, delivering exceptional hospitality since 1933. Today, as ever, the place to see and be seen, a natural meeting point for celebrities, heads of state and royalty alike. The rest of the day is at leisure.
This morning we include a private walking and food tour of Lisbon. Walk past the beautiful gothic-style Rossio train station, then visit Rossio (Lisbon’s main square) and find out how much the city has changed since the devastating earthquake of 1755. Continue on this Lisbon city tour to explore the magnetic neighborhood of Mouraria – a melting pot of cultures from far and wide, and a place you won’t see on other Lisbon tours. Portugal’s seafaring past has allowed many different cultural influences to contribute to the richness of modern-day Lisbon. Pass small churches, mosques, and shops selling goods from far-flung places. Learn about Fado (Lisbon’s unique music) and walk past the birthplace of the legendary Maria Severa, Fado’s first superstar who used to sing in Lisbon’s taverns many years ago.
Our Lisbon tour then satisfies your appetite by stopping at a small, hidden bakery where traditional pastries and espresso coffee will provide a tasty pick-me-up and another insight into the local way of life, of which this Lisbon food tour shows you plenty! Soak up some Lisbon sightseeing highlights and history while visiting churches and taverns, then stop to taste Portuguese cheese and authentic, locally made marmalade. Explore the highlights of the cultural and bohemian districts of Chiado, Bairro Alto, and Bica as you travel through Lisbon. You will stop off at a gorgeous viewpoint in Bairro Alto to take in the Lisbon panorama and have a refreshing drink. Next, take a short trip to the Tagus River, the subject of many Portuguese songs and poems. Board a ferry and journey to the picturesque Cacilhas, where Portuguese green wine and freshly-caught seafood await! Enjoy magnificent views from the South Bank, then return to your hotel or your local guide will be happy to give you recommendations on other places to check out in this area.
Early morning start for your full day private tour of Sintra and Cascais. Depart Lisbon and head towards Sintra. Start the day by visiting the amazing Pena Palace. The palace's history started in the Middle Ages when a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena was built on the top of the hill above Sintra. According to the tradition, construction occurred after an apparition of the Virgin Mary, though it was sadly all but ruined in the devastating earthquake of 1755. The current palace dates back to 1839, when King Ferdinand II bought the ruins of the Hieronymite Monastery of Our Lady of Pena and started to adapt it for use as a residence according to his romantic taste. Today the palace constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century romanticism in the world. Next, you will be ready to explore the unique Sintra village, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1995. You will have some free time to explore the village that the Greeks named the "Mountain of the Moon", a true fairy tale village that is also full of Muslim influences. Here you will have free time for lunch (lunch costs are not included). Moreover, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some famous travesseiros (pillows), which are light puff pastries that are turned, rolled and folded seven times, and then filled with delicious almond-and-egg-yolk cream and lightly dusted with sugar. Or you can also enjoy the Sintra cheesecakes (the first references to the famous Sintra cheesecakes date back to the XIII century; at that time, these cheesecakes were a form of payment for rent).
Next, it is time to cross the mystic mountain of Sintra towards the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way you will have the opportunity to see the quaint Colares village and to learn more about local wines dating to the 13th century. You’ll also see Praia das Maçãs, a small and popular local beach. Reaching the coast, making a stop in one of the most picturesque seaside towns, Azenhas do Mar, which has a stunning view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is now time to leave the beautiful and magical Sintra Mountain and head in the direction of Cascais, including a stop midpoint in the wild Cabo da Roca, which is a sheer 150m cliff that forms the most western point of continental Europe. Then visit Cascais, a former fishing village that gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late XIX century and early XX century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists, as well as a village with small museums, picturesque gardens, a shiny marina and a pedestrianized old town. During our time here, try the most famous ice cream of Portugal, Santini’s Gelati, which you may then consider the best ice cream in the world. It is truly a gift from the Gods! Santini’s has been tantalizing Portuguese tongues since 1949. Finally, it is time to go back to Lisbon where the rest of the evening is free.
COIMBRA / WINE TASTING / PINHÁO
Depart Lisbon this morning with a tour escort and luxury vehicle and travel via Coimbra where we include a stop at a local winery for some wine tasting before continuing to Pinháo. Here you will check in for 2 nights at The Vintage House in junior suites. Situated in a former 18th-century wine estate, this luxury hotel overlooks vineyards and the Douro Valley. It has an outdoor pool with panoramic river views and offers spacious guest rooms with furnished balconies. Rooms include luxury bedding and modern furnishings. The rest of the evening is free to settle in and explore Pinháo.
Today, enjoy a full day visit to the Douro wine region including a visit with wine tasting at Quinta da Pacheca and Quinta Nova. We include lunch at one of the wineries before returning to your hotel for overnight.
This morning, you will depart Pinháo and travel to the city of Porto. The Portuguese city of Porto is best known for two things: its river, the Douro and its port. But the historic hillside city itself should not be overlooked. One of the oldest cities in Europe, its maze of steep and narrow cobbled streets is home to beautiful plazas, churches and houses with colorfully tiled façades. We include a private tour with a local guide here and entrance to Palacio da Bolsa and the St. Francisco Church is included. A visit and wine tasting also included in Gaia. This afternoon, you will check into the 5-star Infante Sagres for 2 nights in deluxe premium rooms including breakfast. The rest of the evening is free to settle in and explore Porto on at your leisure.
GUIMARAES / BRAGA.
Today we include a full day with a local guide and vehicle to visit Guimaraes and Braga
This morning we include a private departure transfer to Porto airport for your departing flight.