Tour Price: $3689.00
October 17-24th 2020
With a private guide and driver, embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon, the city of seven hills, has layers of history dating to occupation by the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors. Visit the heart of the city, Rossio Square, then spend some time in Alfama, the Old Quarter. See the Lisbon Cathedral, with history dating back to the 12th century, and admire views of St. George’s Castle, a Moorish fortification, while catching a stunning panorama over the city from the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte lookout. In Belem, the city’s monumental district, walk alongside a pair of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the stunning 16th century Jeronimos Monastery, and the Belem Tower on the bank of the Tagus River. Enjoy a short stop at the Monument to the Discoveries, celebrating the influential 15th-16th century Portuguese Age of Discovery before a transfer back to your hotel.
Accompanied by your private guide, depart on a scenic coastal drive, spotting several sandy beaches hidden within the cliffs, protected by the 17th century fortresses along the coast. Arrive to the beautiful resort town of Estoril, famous as the home of the Casino Estoril and Hotel Palácio, known rendezvous points for WWII spies and their handlers, while Portugal remained politically neutral. Take a stroll on the Tamariz Beach promenade, admiring the 17th century Forte da Cruz castle, set behind a backdrop of palm trees. Continue to Cascais, once a small fishing village, the town has managed to maintain its seafaring traditions combined with the aristocratic and royal presences of the late 19th and early 20th century, as it shifted into a luxurious resort town on the Portugal Riviera. Passing through its animated town center you’ll find a cosmopolitan life side by side with stunning Atlantic beaches. After, head to Sintra, where hundreds of years of history and culture await, surrounded by lush vegetation. After a short walk in the old city center, find yourself surrounded by the old houses that are now converted into small quaint handicraft shops and traditional pastry shops. Ascend the mountain by shuttle for a visit of the 19th century Pena Palace, Sintra’s undisputed highlight, a most incredible combination of architectural styles, colors, and shapes, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a fairytale. Conclude your day with a return to Lisbon.
Enjoy a private transfer with vehicle and driver-guide to Porto, making a 2-hour stop at Coimbra along the way. With its many archaeological ruins dating back to the Roman period, and its 13th century university that’s classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s a multitude of sites to discover, and options for how you can spend your time in this city. Perhaps even just soak in the atmosphere as you find a place to take lunch at leisure – it’s up to you! Afterward, you’ll continue on to Porto
A Walk Through the Past
A private guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel to escort you on a half day tour of Porto and its historic city center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the exterior of the 18th century Porto Cathedral, one of Porto’s oldest monuments, followed by a panoramic viewpoint over the Douro River where you can take in views across to the city Gaia. Head to Batalha Square where you can spot the 18th century Batalha Palace, then walk Santa Catarina Street, the city’s main shopping street, buzzing with action. Head to Liberdade Square where the monument to King Peter IV is centralized within a number of beautiful neoclassical facades, and continue to see the Clérigos Church and Tower, a dominating the city at 250 feet tall. Pop in and visit the beautiful Lello Bookstore, considered among the best in the world, and venture to Ribeira Square, with its riverview and three-storey high monumental fountain. If desired, you can also make an optional (not included) visit to Porto Wine Cellars, for a wine tasting. Conclude with a return transfer to your hotel.
Taste and Tipple on a Vineyard Visit
Your private driver and guide will chauffeur you from your hotel to various stops along your full day tour of the Douro Valley including some marvelous local wine-tasting. In each area you will discover something wonderful; In Amarante, visit the Sao Gonçalo Monastery and historical city center. Enjoy the views as you are driven through a picturesque valley followed by a stop in Régua to take a walk along the riverside. From here, you’ll get to visit the renowned train station in Pinhão. Along the way you stop at two local wineries; Quinta da Pacheca visit and Quinta do Seixo, each offering you the opportunity to try some different local wines. A locally-inspired lunch is included at one of the wineries, or weather permitting a picnic can be arranged.
Until Next Time…
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
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