8 Days - Classic Escorted Tours

Many visitors to Portugal head straight to the beaches of the Algarve, overlooking the many historical and cultural highlights of this fascinatingly varied country. For the discerning traveller, however, there is so much to discover, including vibrant cities, majestic palaces and cathedrals, the beautiful Douro Valley and delicious produce, most famously port dessert wine.  Today Portugal is a country of great contrasts; it’s modern in many ways yet still has one foot firmly set in its past. Full of history and appeal and spared from large-scale industrialisation, its well-preserved medieval towns with their tiny cobbled streets are delightful to explore.  Portugal’s landscapes are stunning. You’ll experience them in full – from coastal forests, wild seascapes, fertile fields and dramatic valleys to sweeping biscuit-coloured hillsides covered with olive trees, fragrant pine forests and lush meadows.  Experience the best of Portugal, from the maritime heritage of Lisbon to the National Palace of Sintra and Coimbra’s ancient university. Plus Porto’s port lodges, the beautiful Douro Valley and the chic resort of Cascais.

Highlights

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Guided tour of Lisbon with its magnificent squares, Baixa and Moorish quarters, including a visit to the astounding Monastery of Jeronimos
  • Visit to Sintra and its Royal Palace including entrance fees – summer residence of the Portuguese monarchy
  • Guided tour of Porto, centre of the port wine trade, including a visit and tasting at Taylor’s wine lodge
  • Full day touring the Douro, one of Europe’s most dramatically beautiful river valleys
  • See the holy shrine of Fatima and visit Coimbra University, one of Europe’s oldest seats of learning with its astonishing gilded Baroque library, with entrance fees included
  • Visit the 13th century walled city of Obidos, with its cobbled streets and lofty medieval fortifications
  • Seven nights in three-star superior to five-star accommodation including all local taxes, with breakfast and three dinners

Inclusions

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:
  • Return flights
  • Seven nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and three dinners (or one dinner if staying at the Royal Bridges Hotel) 
  • All tours as mentioned
  • All local accommodation taxes
  • All transfers
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager