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Discover Portugal


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Discover Portugal

Global Coach Tours» Back-Roads Touring » Portugal


From charming medieval villages to the cobbled streets of Porto, the remote Douro Valley and countless world-famous pilgrimage sites, this tour will give us a taste of the real Portugal - which still basks in the glow of ancient customs.

9 Days from £2,240 per passenger

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Day 1 - Lisbon - Sintra - Queluz 

Our journey will begin in Lisbon, where we’ll meet the group and kick off our itinerary with a visit to a tile painting atelier. You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at producing your own keepsake before we move on to Sintra. We’ll enjoy a welcome dinner in a restaurant in Queluz this evening – accompanied by an atmospheric Fado performance. Accommodation: Pousada Palácio de Queluz (or similar)
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Day 2 - Queluz - Obidos - Nazare -Alvados 


Today we’ll visit the historic medieval village of Óbidos before moving on to the charming fishing town of Nazaré. After taking some time to explore, we’ll hit the road to Alvados – where a Portuguese cookery lesson and sumptuous dinner awaits. Ready to roll up those sleeves? Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel (or similar)
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Day 3 - Alvados - Tomar - Alvados 


After breakfast we’ll continue our journey to captivating Tomar, where we’ll visit the World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ. Before we return to Alvados, there’s a treat in store for the foodies among us: a visit to a local olive oil producer, where we’ll have the chance to taste some of the produce. Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel (or similar)
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Day 4 - Alvados - Coimbra - Viseu 


Today we’ll travel to Coimbra, where we’ll visit the famous University (the oldest in Portugal) – which houses the remarkable Joanina Library. After some free time in the medieval city centre, our road will take us to Viseu – where a traditional cheesemaker will let us in on the secrets behind Viseu’s delicious buttery cheese (with the chance to taste some for ourselves). Accommodation: Hotel Palacio dos Melos (or similar)
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Day 5 - Viseu - Lamego - Douro Valley 


First today: we’ll have some time to explore Viseu at our own pace before we move on to historic Lamego – the home of the beautiful 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. Tonight, there’s another sumptuous dinner in store at our hotel in the Douro Valley. Accommodation: Hotel Quinta Nova (or similar)
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Day 6 - Douro Valley - Pinhao - Peso Da Regua - Duoro Valley 


This morning we’ll travel through scenic, vineyard-dotted landscapes to Pinhão – where we’ll take to the water for a leisurely ride in a rabelo boat. We’ll then trade Pinhão for sun-soaked Peso da Régua before indulging in a wine tasting session in historic Quinta Nova. Accommodation: Hotel Quinta Nova (or similar)
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Day 7 - Duoro Valley - Amarante - Penafiel - Braga 


After heading to sleepy Amarante this morning (where we’ll see the 16th-century São Gonçalo Church), we’ll set a course for Aveleda Winery in Penafiel. Here, we’ll savour a glass of the region’s famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process before we move on to lovely Braga. Accommodation: Hotel Vila Galé (or similar)
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Day 8 - Braga - Guimaraes - Braga 


Onwards to Guimarães, where we’ll learn about the castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the historic city centre on a walking tour with a local guide. Then: take some time to explore the pretty town of Braga. While you’re here, be sure to tick off the Bom Jesus Sanctuary – it’s one of Portugal’s most famous attractions for good reason. This evening, we’ll tuck into one last dinner together – with a traditional folk dance performance as the grand finale. Accommodation: Hotel Vila Galé (or similar)
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Dinner 


Day 9 - Braga - Porto 


Our journey will end in Porto, where we’ll tick off some important landmarks – including the Clérigos Tower, Aliados Avenue, the cathedral and the Ribeira district. This afternoon we’ll have enough time to visit the famous port wine cellars (and indulge in a tasting) before our trip ends.
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The Back-Roads Difference



  •  Enjoy a ride along the Douro River in a rabelo boat

  •  Explore the magnificent Coimbra University and the Joanina Library

  •  Taste delicious buttery cheeses at a traditional farm near Viseu




  • Accommodation



    8 nights in boutique accommodation


     





    The Crew



    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver


     





    Transport



    Premium mini-coach transportation






  • 28th July 2019
    Review rating     
    There were too many small towns where we stopped for lunch with absolutely nothing to do. Most shops were closed. 2hours plus was too long at theses destinations. Tour guide was friendly, but a bit indecisive. Lisbon, Nazare, Duoro Valley and Oporto were excellent. Fatima was good too, but only if you were interested.
  • 27th July 2019
    Review rating     
    Excellent guide, good hotels in convenient locations, well-planned itinerary
  • 21st July 2019
    Review rating     
    The whole trip experience was well organized and set out. However, we (my wife and I) were required to complete a form attesting to our fitness to carry a suitcase, walk for several hours, etc., but, in talking to our fellow travellers, most knew nothing about such a form, particularly emphatic was one who booked direct on the Back Roads web site. You need to be consistent and some on our trip certainly could not, in all honesty, complete the form we signed.
  • 20th July 2019
    Review rating     
    Our guide was very knowledgeable and looked after our group well. I felt cared for as the lone vegetarian she made sure I had menu choices to suit ahead of the meal venue. Much appreciated. All our tour guides were exceptional. Our group melded well which added to the fun. Accommodation all memorable in a good way. Coach comfortable and drivers smooth.