A Week In… Portugal - 8 Days

A Week In… Portugal

Spend two nights in the ancient port city of Porto with guided visits to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Douro Wine Region and the historic center of Oporto. Your unique accommodation in Évora is a converted, 15th-century convent, setting the scene for guided exploration of the Convent of the Order of Christ and the historic city, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, plus wine and olive oil tastings in the country; and in Lisbon, a two-night stay in Portugal’s capital city includes excursions to seaside Cascais and Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unique experiences include visits to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites on guided visits with local experts; private dinner at the National Palace of Queluz (Palacio de Queluz); and tastings of world-famous port wine and olive oil during a tour and lunch at a renowned winery.

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Private dinner at the lavish Palacio de Queluz

Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, entertainment, special dinners, sightseeing, porterage, and the services of local guides, drivers and the Tauck Director are included. Transportation from a Porto Airport to the Freixo Palace Hotel is included, regardless of the time you check in to the hotel, provided you have furnished us with accurate flight information at least three weeks prior to the start of your tour. If you are arriving into a local train station please retain a receipt for your transfer and submit it to your Tour Director for reimbursement. Transportation from the Lisbon Hotel to Lisbon Airport is also included when you check out of the hotel. Transportation to and from airports and train stations may be shared with other Tauck guests.

Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked and will vary based on departure date.

Day 1
Arrive Porto

Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Hotel Infante Sagres. A transfer is included from Porto Int’l Airport to Hotel Infante Sagres in the city’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you’ll get a guided tour of Porto’s historic district and its beguiling architecture, from medieval to baroque to Beaux-Arts, winding alleyways, miradouros (lookout points), opulent palaces and churches. Public art is everywhere in the boldly colored painted tiles (azulejos) that adorn city buildings. Following your city tour, go for a ride along the Douro River aboard a traditional, flat-bottomed rabelo boat like those used for centuries to transport port wine down the river. This evening, please join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner at the hotel.

Meals – Dinner

Lodging – Hotel Infante Sagres

Day 2
Porto & Portugal's mountain vineyards

Colorful, eclectic Porto rises on staggered hills beside the Douro River where the river empties into the Atlantic. Port wine originated here in the 17th century and is still the region’s mainstay product, brought down from the vineyards of the Douro River Valley. Begin the day with a drive through the valley and some of the most unusual and breathtaking wine country in the world – where the serpentine river winds along deep gorges and mountains ringed with terraces and carved into vast patchworks of vineyard estates, and baroque villas, like hilltop castles, dot the landscape. The hardy grape varieties suitable for port are all native to the region and thrive in the sandy, infertile soil with roots that reach down thirty feet or more in search of water. Stop at a winery for a tour and tasting, followed by lunch. Return to your newly restored hotel in Porto’s historic district to relax and spend the afternoon and evening as you please.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Lodging Hotel Infante Sagres

Day 3
Coimbra, Tomar & Praia D'El Rey

This morning travel to Coimbra, located on the Mondego River in central Portugal, for a guided tour of one of the oldest universities in the world. The University of Coimbra was actually founded in Lisbon in 1290 but relocated here in 1308. While walking through the campus, take note of the uniforms its students wear; they were the inspiration for the attire worn by Harry Potter and his classmates. Visit its 18th-century library, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some 56,000 volumes, many of which date from the 16th to 18th centuries. After lunch in Coimbra, head to the town of Tomar, set within one of the most fertile regions on the Iberian Peninsula. One of Portugal’s historical jewels, the town was established inside the walls of the Convento de Cristo, a former Roman Catholic convent originally built as a stronghold of the Knights Templar in the late 12th century. On a guided tour of the Convento, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the wonders inside this labyrinthine complex that includes the fortified Round Church, the “Bread” Cloister, the Refectory and more, and learn how the Convento and Tomar itself became especially important in the 15th century as a center of Portuguese overseas expansion under Henry the Navigator. Continue on to the seaside Praia D’EI Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort in Óbidos for an overnight stay.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
More history in Óbidos & Évora

Spend the morning exploring on your own in the hilltop walled town of Óbidos, described by Condé Nast Traveler as “a medieval town that looks like it was lifted from the pages of a fairy tale.” Enjoy time to wander along its cobbled streets that meander up to the ramparts, passing picturesque whitewashed houses charming with cascading bougainvillea and painted doors of every color. According to a popular legend, ever since King Dinis gifted this pretty town to his beloved Queen Isabel de Aragon in the 13th century, princes have offered it to their brides too. After lunch, head for Évora, a walled medieval town of whitewashed houses and wrought-iron balconies, where you’ll visit a family-owned cork factory with your local guide. Check into your luxury hotel, a restored 15th-century convent outside of town, where dinner tonight is at your leisure.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – Convento do Espinheiro

Day 5
Exploring Évora

Start your day with a walking tour of Évora’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s history reaches back 2,000 years; Portuguese kings resided here during the country’s Golden Age, and you’ll see royal palaces rich in Manueline architecture as your local guide peels back Évora’s layers of history with stories about its Roman roots, its Moorish influences, and its glory years in the Middle Ages as a seat of learning and the arts. After lunch, return to your hotel in Évora and spend the rest of the day and evening as you wish.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – Convento do Espinheiro

Day 6
Cascais, Lisbon & more

Depart Évora and head for Portugal’s colorful capital city of Lisbon. En route, meander through picturesque landscapes to the beach town of Cascais on the Portuguese Riviera for a walking tour and lunch as you wish. Arrive this afternoon in Lisbon for a city tour, followed by time to explore on your own. Check into your landmark Lisbon hotel on the luxurious Avenida da Liberdade, and spend the evening as you please in this historic city.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa

Day 7
Sintra & a Palacio de Queluz farewell

Today, visit Sintra – a romantic city of castles, monuments, and palatial estates. A city tour includes the National Palace of Pena, a Romanesque retreat crowning a mountain peak, and resplendent with yellow and pink painted buildings, crenellated turrets, and a medley of architectural styles; it was inspired by castles on the Rhine. Return to Lisbon for an afternoon spent as you please. Then join us for a very special, Tauck Exclusive farewell evening featuring a private tour, reception and dinner at yet another Portuguese national treasure – the Palacio de Queluz, a lavish 18th-century royal retreat, one of the last great Rococo palaces built in Europe.

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Lodging – Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa

Day 8
Journey home

Tour ends: Lisbon. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa to Lisbon Airport. You

should allow a minimum of 31⁄2 hours for flight check-in.

Meals – Breakfast

What's Included

  • Two nights at the Freixo Palace Hotel, a restored 18th-century palace in charming Porto
  • Visits to Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic centers of Porto, Évora and Sintra, Tomar’s Convento de Cristo & the University of Coimbra
  • Wine tasting tour and lunch in the Douro Valley; wine and olive oil tastings in the Alentejo region
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 18 meals; service charges, gratuities to local guides, mission fees, taxes and porterage

Nights 1-2 Porto, Portugal

Hotel Infante Sagres

Hotel Infante Sagres has been a city-center meeting place for Porto’s élite and the residence of choice for discerning travelers and international celebrities for more than six decades. Renowned for its stylish ambience, personalized service and unique blend of timeless elegance and contemporary sophistication, in 2018 the Hotel Infante Sagres emerged fresh from an extensive renovation with every guest room refurbished to bring the hotel back to its former glory as Porto’s premier historic luxury hotel. All guest rooms are equipped with king-size beds, flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning, safety deposit box and more. The hotel’s Vogue Café offers food and drink that is simply and beautifully crafted and presented.

Night 3
Óbidos, Portugal

Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort

Where the green meets the sea… Set along the pristine shores of Portugal’s Silver Coast, the exclusive Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort is home to miles of golden beaches, a world-class golf course and long days of plentiful sunshine. At this beautiful resort, all rooms have private terraces or balconies offering unique views of the Atlantic Ocean. In-room guest amenities include a safe, flat screen TV, and mini-bar, luxurious bathrooms, hair dryer, bathrobes, iron/ironing board, balcony or terrace. Dining is a pleasure, and there’s a selection of restaurants; cuisine is taken very seriously, and the chefs take great pride and pleasure in their creations. All-day restaurant Tempera offers Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine by the sea; the romantic decor of Romy features an extensive choice of wines and champagnes; and light meals can be enjoyed at Contato Lobby Bar – the views are beautiful! A state-of-the-art fitness center is available for a workout, with an indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath. Also available is the Kalyan SPA where you can choose a relaxing or invigorating massage or several beauty treatments.

Nights 4-5
Évora, Portugal

Convento do Espinheiro

Convento do Espinheiro, located conveniently close to the charming World Heritage Site of Évora, dates back to the 15th century when, during the reign of King Alfonso V, a church and convent were built. Today, Convento do Espinheiro is a luxurious 59-room hotel set amid eight hectares of beautiful gardens. Sumptuously decorated guest rooms offer air conditioning, international direct-dial telephone, LCD TV, in-room safe, minibar, luxury bathroom amenities, bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer. The Health Club, overlooking the outdoor pool, features the latest technology in exercise equipment – and the Diana Spa has a heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, Turkish bath and a variety of treatments. The Cisterna, located in the Gothic water depository, and Pulpitus, set in the old kitchen once used by the monks, are delightful places to indulge in a nightcap. Convento do Espinheiro is a proud member of Starwood’s The Luxury Collection.

Nights 6-7 Lisbon, Portugal

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa

The grande dame of hotels in central Lisbon, Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa is a true Lisbon landmark, delivering exceptional hospitality since 1933. Today, as ever, it is the place to see and be seen, a natural meeting point for celebrities, heads of state and royalty alike. Sightsee in the heart of the city, shop till you drop in Avenida da Liberdade and Chiado’s luxury stores, or simply unwind by the oasis of the hotel’s unique swimming pool amidst the fronds of its semi-tropical garden. Guest rooms feature comfortable beds and the hotel’s signature bed linens, and are equipped to cater to your every whim – lazy afternoons on the balcony, reviving in the walk-in shower, or unwinding in the large bathtub. Wining and dining are paramount in European tradition; join in the thriving and bustling ambience of the Cervejaria Liberdade and indulge yourself with the best fish and seafood in Lisbon, sourced from the Portuguese coastline. For more relaxed moments, step into the luxurious world of Anantara SPA.

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