SOLO TRAVEL - Picturesque Portugal - 8 Days from $ 2099
From $2,099.00 CAD
Discover charming old towns, golden sands and tempting local delicacies on this wonderful tour, which includes visits to bustling Oporto, historical Lisbon and Aveiro – the 'Venice of Portugal'. Taste port wine and traditional pastries, and delve into the diverse highlights that await in the Douro Valley, including a memorable cruise along the river.
- 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels (own room)
- 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- All excursions included
- Specialist Local Guide
- Welcome & farewell drink
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Audio Guide
- Oporto tour including a river cruise
- Visit Gaia’s famous port wine cellars for a tasting
- Douro Valley, including visits to Guimarães, Mateus & Pinhao
- Tours of Viseu & Aveiro - the ‘Venice of Portugal’
- Visit the medieval towns of Coimbra & Óbidos
- Lisbon including tasting of pastéis de Belém
- UNESCO-listed Sintra
- Cosmopolitan Cascais
Day 1 – Oporto
Make your own way to Oporto, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Get to know your travelling companions over a welcome dinner this evening.
Day 2 – Oporto
Oporto, known for its production of port wine, is a lively city set on a great gorge of the River Douro. We'll explore on today's tour, taking in the Baroque Clérigos Church, whose soaring bell tower can be glimpsed throughout the city, before stepping inside the famous Lello Bookstore (at additional cost), one of the country's oldest bookshops and amongst the best in the world.
Perhaps join some of your fellow travellers for lunch before we continue our exploration with a visit to the town's old quarters, Ribeira, and the neo-classical Stock Exchange Palace.
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro – a chance to enjoy fantastic views of Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia, which line the banks of the river. Admire the six bridges that unite these two delightful towns before stepping ashore in Gaia, also famed for its production of port wine, which is made exclusively in the Douro Valley. What better way to end the day than with a visit to one of the town's numerous port wine cellars for a tasting of this sweet red wine, before heading back to the hotel.
Day 3 – Douro Valley
With a UNESCO-listed historic centre, Guimarães is the birthplace of Afonso Henriques, Portugal's first independent king. We'll head here today, where there will be the opportunity to discover castle ruins, charming narrow streets and the beautiful square of Largo da Oliveira. After time to explore and enjoy lunch, we'll head to Vila Real to discover the 18th century Mateus Palace. We'll also take in Pinhão's pretty train station, decorated with tiled panels depicting traditional scenes of the Douro region, before reaching our hotel in the Douro Valley.
Day 4 - Viseu & Aveiro
A delightful city with a well-preserved historical centre and a maze of cobbled streets, Viseu is our destination this morning as we leave the Douro Valley behind us. We'll then continue to Aveiro, known as the 'Venice of Portugal' and one of the world's most beautiful destinations. Admire the traditional seaweed-harvesting 'moliceiro' boats, stunning natural lagoons and elegant 19th century architecture, before we reach Coimbra for an overnight stay.
Day 5 – Coimbra & Obidos
Today we'll explore Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal for over 100 years. Discover one of the oldest universities in Europe and the New Cathedral – the current bishopric seat of the city. Next we'll visit Óbidos, surrounded by an old wall flanked by round towers and square bastions. The town was given by King Denis to his young wife, a gesture that was repeated by future monarchs until 1833. We'll explore the town, which is also known for its unique cherry liqueur.
Day 6 – Lisbon
The beautiful Alto do Parque Belvedere offers brilliant views over Lisbon, and we'll head here to gaze over the city this morning. Admire the bronze statue of the Marques of Pombal, who rebuilt Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake, and explore the historic Rossio Square. A walking tour of the historic centre will introduce us to the magnificent St George Castle, which watches over the city from a towering hill, and Lisbon Cathedral – the city's oldest church and a National Monument. Next we'll explore the cobbled alleys and steep stairways of the ancient Alfama district, the Belém Tower, the imposing St Jerome Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries, before taking the opportunity to sample 'pastéis de Belém' – a deliciously sweet pastry served at Belém's famous pastry shop.
Day 7 -Sintra & Cascais
Sintra is an enchanting town with a fascinating UNESCO-listed centre, and it's the first stop on today's tour. See the spectacular Sintra National Palace, which, at an additional cost, you can enter, or enjoy a spot of lunch before we begin our journey back to Lisbon.
En route, we'll stop at Cape Roca – the most westerly point of Continental Europe – and Cascais, an ancient fishing village which has been transformed into a cosmopolitan hotspot thanks to its gorgeous beaches, picturesque gardens and pedestrianised Old Town.
Just before we reach Lisbon, we'll take a panoramic tour of Estoril, once a summer retreat for royal families and now known for its sandy beaches and popular casino.
This evening we'll gather together for a farewell dinner.
Day 8 – Departure Day
At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.
Tour Start Date
Tour Ending Date
Number of Days
April 8, 2019
April 15, 2019
May 6, 2019
May 13, 2019
June 3, 2019
June 10, 2019
September 2, 2019
September 9, 2019