Best of Portugal

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11 days  •  from $3399 $2999
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
based on Oct. 9, 2018 departure from EWR
$400 Early Bird Discount. Expires Nov. 16, 2017.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring Porto & its famous wine, the university town of Coimbra, Fatima & medieval Obidos, then enchanting Lisbon with a day trip to fairy-tale Sintra
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 6 open departures, May – October 2018
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip airfare from Newark (EWR), including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations in well-reviewed first class hotels with private bath
  • 11 Meals: Buffet breakfast daily and 2 dinners with wine in local restaurants
  • Comprehensive guided touring program including all entrance fees to places visited
  • Experienced English-speaking tour director
Optional
  • Cooking class in Porto
Highlights
  • Visit a Port wine cellar and enjoy a tasting
  • Cruise along the Douro River in Porto
  • Participate in a pastry workshop
  • Discover the canals of Aveiro by Moliceiro boat
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Conimbriga
  • Tour Coimbra University, Portugal’s oldest
  • Stop at the Olive Oil Museum with tasting
  • Pay a visit to the Shrine of Fatima
  • Enjoy a winery tour with tasting
  • Reach the westernmost point of Europe at Roca Cape
  • Visit the historic towns of Sintra & Cascais
  • Join a tile painting workshop
Departs Newark (EWR), Land Only (no flights) (flight schedule)
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness

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Best of Portugal itinerary

Once a global superpower and now rejuvenated as one of the trendiest destinations in Europe, Portugal will impress with its eclectic repertoire of vibrant cities and historic towns, stunning beaches and old-world countryside, and some of the best cuisine on the continent. You’ll start your journey in Porto, along Portugal’s river of gold, sampling the region’s famous Port wine from the centuries old cellars in the city. As you travel south, you’ll discover Aveiro, Coimbra and Fatima, towns that color the country’s cultural offerings. Explore medieval Portugal within the walled city of Obidos amongst its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses before you glide smoothly into three nights in Lisbon. The country’s capital is bound to enchant, with its lovingly restored yellow trams that ply the hills and the sound of melancholic and introspective Fado music joining you over a meal of freshly baked bread, olives and cheese with chargrilled fish and smoked meat.

 Portugal is at the confluence of Europe and Africa, with a history of influence from the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians. This is evident in the windswept medieval hillside castles and the superbly simple but surprisingly sophisticated cuisine, or in the ruins at Conimbriga and the five centuries old university at Coimbra, or in the well-worn and friendly people that hang at corner bakeries in Lisbon. Portugal is also one of the best values in Europe right now, where sights, food and accommodation are surprisingly affordable and English is widely spoken. The travel world has finally adjusted its focus on Portugal and Friendly Planet is excited to help you discover why.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $400 per person if you book by Nov. 16, 2017!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Tue, May 22, 2018
Returns: Fri, Jun. 1, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 22 – Jun 1 $3649 –$400 Nov 16 $3249 Select
Departs: Tue, Jun. 19, 2018
Returns: Fri, Jun. 29, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jun 19 – Jun 29 $3699 –$400 Nov 16 $3299 Select
Departs: Tue, Jul. 17, 2018
Returns: Fri, Jul. 27, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jul 17 – Jul 27 $3699 –$400 Nov 16 $3299 Select
Departs: Tue, Aug. 14, 2018
Returns: Fri, Aug. 24, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Aug 14 – Aug 24 $3699 –$400 Nov 16 $3299 Select
Departs: Tue, Sep. 11, 2018
Returns: Fri, Sep. 21, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 11 – Sep 21 $3499 –$400 Nov 16 $3099 Select
Departs: Tue, Oct. 9, 2018
Returns: Fri, Oct. 19, 2018
Book by Thu, Nov. 16, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 9 – Oct 19 $3399 –$400 Nov 16 $2999 Select

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability. (details)

Options & Fees

Best of Portugal
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$799
Transfers for Passengers Booking Land Only
Optional Airport Transfers
Arrival Transfer: Porto airport to hotel +$48
Departure Transfer: Lisbon hotel to airport +$40

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Land Only (no flights)1 –$500
Newark (EWR) included

1. If selecting Land Only, arrival and departure transfers are not included. You may select private airport transfers for an additional fee, or make your own arrangements to join the tour in Porto on Day 2 and to depart from Lisbon on or after Day 11.

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Before You Book section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $300

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Overnight Flight

  • Your journey to Portugal begins this evening as you depart from the USA

Day 2: Porto

Accommodations: 3 nights Dom Henrique Hotel, Porto or similar. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Upon arrival in Porto, following customs and immigration formalities, meet your guide and have a panoramic drive en route to your hotel.
  • Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner with wine

Old Town, PortoFull Day Itinerary: Upon arrival and after clearing customs formalities, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. En route, enjoy a panoramic tour. See the Clerigos Tower, the University of Porto, the Lello Bookshop, and the Carmo Church. Stop for some free time where you can visit  local pastry shops for coffee and a light breakfast. Transfer to your hotel in the center of the city and have the afternoon at leisure. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner with wine.

Day 3: Porto

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Explore Porto
  • Visit the Port wine cellars and enjoy a tasting
  • Relax on a cruise along the Douro on a traditional Rabelo boat

Misericordia Church, PortoFull Day Itinerary:  After breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Porto. Visit the historical center starting with the Cathedral, built in the 13th century. Continue to the Sao Bento Train Station, the interior of which is covered by historic tile paintings. Proceed on foot towards the river through Flores Street, passing the Misericordia Church from the 16th century. Arrive in the Ribeira, the most typical neighborhood of Porto along the Douro River, where fishermen and merchants used to live. Choose from a great variety of restaurants for a quick, independent lunch.

This afternoon, cross the historic Dome Luis I Bridge, built in the 19th century. Visit one of the famous Port wine cellars and learn more about this amazing wine during a tasting. Afterward, enjoy the beautiful views of the city while you cruise along the Douro River. The balance of the evening is yours to explore the city.

Day 4: Porto

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure or join an optional cooking class

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, enjoy a full day of leisure to explore all this city has to offer. Alternatively, you can join an optional cooking class.

Optional Excursion: Cooking Class, approx. $75 pp. This afternoon, join an optional cooking class! A fun and tasty experience in the center of Porto where you will learn how to prepare Portuguese delicacies. Afterward, enjoy your culinary creations with your fellow chefs. Available locally.

Day 5: Aveiro & Coimbra

Accommodations: 2 nights Vila Gale, Coimbra or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Panoramic tour of Aveiro
  • Learn how to make Ovos Moles, a typical pastry, during a pastry workshop
  • Cruise the canals of Aveiro in traditional Moliceiros 

Aveiro at nightFull Day Itinerary: This morning, depart Porto for the historic city of Coimbra. En route, stop in Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal due to its canals, for a panoramic tour. Begin on the outskirts of the city at Costa Nova Beach, famous for its colorful striped houses. Then, see the train station covered with tile paintings, the Cathedral, and the Jeronimo Pereira Campos factory, once a ceramic factory that is now a congress center. Arrive in the city center and participate in a pastry workshop where you will learn about, and create Ovos Moles, a typical Portuguese pastry. Then, board your Moliceiros (traditional boats) and cruise through the canals of the quaint, traditional town. Continue to Coimbra and check-in to your hotel.

Day 6: Conimbriga & Coimbra

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Explore the ruins of Conimbriga
  • Tour Coimbra, including the University and historic center

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, visit Conimbriga, one of Europe's great Roman archaeological finds and among the best preserved Roman ruins in Portugal. Continue to Coimbra to visit the University. Here you will see the Academic Prison, the only existing medieval prison in Portugal; the beautiful Joanina Library, this Baroque library houses collections dating from the 16th century; San Miguel Chapel, the Armory, and the Great Hall of Acts, also known as the Hall of Capelos, the main room of the University of Coimbra, and the place where the most important ceremonies of academic life take place. Walk through the medieval old town of the city, enjoy lunch on your own or return by coach to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 7: Fatima, Nazare, & Caldas da Rainha

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel SANA Silver Coast, Caldas da Rainha or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit the Shrine of Fatima
  • Stop at the Olive Oil Museum and enjoy a tasting
  • Explore the fishing village of Nazare

Sanctuary of FátimaFull Day Itinerary: This morning, depart Coimbra and head south to Fatima, one of the main Marian Shrines throughout the world, and the religious epicenter of Portugal. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Sanctuary and the Basilicas. Stop at the Olive Oil Museum, which tells the story of olive oil production in the region, and displays the equipment used in the past. At the end of the visit, enjoy a tasting.

After an independent lunch, visit the friendly fishing town of Nazare, whose inhabitants have retained their longstanding and colorful fishing traditions. You may have the opportunity to see the typical fishing boats - colorful and narrow, which resemble those used by the first fishermen of this region, the Phoenicians. Or perhaps you will witness the nazarenas (local women) wearing the traditional "seven skirts," using an ancient method to dry fish along the seawall. Continue to Caldas da Rainha and check-in to your hotel.

Day 8: Obidos, Torres Vedras, & Lisbon

Accommodations: 3 nights PortoBay Marques, Lisbon or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Explore the medieval village of Obidos
  • Tour a local winery with a tasting

Fortified village of ObidosFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, board the coach and head for the walled town of Obidos, a medieval village suspended in time. See the castle, churches, and the traditionally painted houses as you walk along the picturesque, cobblestone streets. No visit to Obidos is complete without a taste of Ginjinha, a typical liquor made with sour cherries.

Continue along the coast to Torres Vedras and stop for a tour of an architecturally unique winery. You will visit the heart of the winery and see the white and red wine press, the storage and fermentation tanks, and learn how the aromas of the wine combine with the scent of the barrels. Finish the tour with a tasting while taking in the views of the vineyard.

Later today, arrive in Lisbon and check-in to your hotel.

Day 9: Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a full day tour of Lisbon
  • Visit the Tile Museum and join a tile painting workshop
  • See Lisbon's iconic sites, including Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, and more

Belem Tower, LisbonFull Day Itinerary: Today, enjoy a full day tour of Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. Start with a visit to the Tile Museum to learn tile painting, an ancient art very popular throughout Portuguese history. Continue to the historical city center for a walking tour and see Rossio Square, Augusta Street, and Terreiro do Paco Square. After lunch on your own, proceed to the Belem district, which houses some of the main attractions of the city. Visit Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries. Along the way, stop for a taste of some traditional Belem pastries. Return to the hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Day 10: Sintra, Cascais, & Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Explore Pena National Palace in Sintra
  • Stand on the westernmost point of Europe at Roca Cape
  • Visit the coastal city of Cascais
  • See Casino Estoril and Hotel Palacio in Estoril
  • Enjoy a Fado show with your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner with wine.

National Palace, SintraFull Day Itinerary: This morning, travel north to Sintra, an amazing and romantic location where several kings of Portugal used to vacation. Visit Pena National Palace, located in the Sintra hills, it is the greatest expression of 19th century romanticism in Portugal. The palace was built in such a way as to be visible from any point in the park, which consists of a forest and luxurious gardens with over five hundred different species of trees.

Continue along the coast until reaching Roca Cape, the westernmost point of Europe. From here, proceed to Cascais, a beautiful coast city with 18th and 19th century buildings once belonging to Portuguese nobles and aristocracy. Enjoy a panoramic visit along the coast and the city, stopping in the center for free time. Continue to Estoril and drive by Casino Estoril, the biggest in Europe, and the Hotel Palacio, both locations rumored to be inspirations to Ian Fleming for his first novel, Casino Royal.

Return to Lisbon to freshen up before dinner. This evening, share one last experience with your fellow travelers while listening to a traditional Fado show during your farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 11: Lisbon/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA

 

Hotels

Hotel Dom Henrique Downtown

Hotel Dom Henrique Downtown

First Class

The Dom Henrique-Downtown Hotel, located in the heart of the traditional center of Porto, is just a few minutes from the theaters, several monuments, the Ribeira area recognized by Unesco as World Heritage, the boarding docks of the Douro cruise, Port Wine Cellars, and 5 minutes from nightlife area of the Rue de la Galerie de Paris.

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Vila Gale Coimbra

Vila Gale Coimbra

First Class

Featuring an amazing view over the Mondego River, the Vila Gale Coimbra hotel is also close to the historic city center. Coimbra is also the home of the University of Coimbra, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Easily accessible from the hotel are cultural points of interest such as the long staircase, the Old Cathedral, the Church of Santa Cruz, the Botanical Garden, the Se Nova Cathedral, and the National Museum of Machado de Castro.

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