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Street view of Porto, Portugal

Treasures of Portugal

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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
11 days
From: $ 2,399 $ 218 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Walking Tour of Porto
  • Visit the Royal Palace (Coimbra)
  • Enjoy beautiful view of Marvao Medieval Village
  • Visit Fatima
  • Visit the Cathedral and Cloisters of Evora
  • Enjoy Wine Tasting (Evora)
  • Explore Belem Riverside District (Lisbon)
  • Obidos Medieval Fortress
  • Fado Show with Dinner

Short Description

Porto is the Portugal’s second-largest city, where you’ll begin your guided tour on foot. See Porto’s beautiful historical center which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Explore Porto independently. Explore the beautiful historic center with its magnificent castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate.

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Portugal
End City Lisbon

Destinations

Portugal

Attractions & Cities Visited

Coimbra Lisbon Porto

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your exciting journey to the best cities in Portugal begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Porto.

Day 2: Arrive Porto (Portugal).

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: HF Ipanema Park Hotel

Arrive this morning in Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, where you’ll begin your guided tour on foot. See Porto’s beautiful historical center which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Walk along Avenida dos Aliados, the boulevard at the heart of Porto and see Porto Se Cathedral, the oldest surviving structure in the city. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 3: Porto.

Meals: Breakfast

Today is at leisure to explore Porto independently. Consider an optional half-day excursion to Guimaraes, considered to be the birthplace of Portugal. While in Guimaraes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the beautiful historic center with its magnificent castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate. You may also consider an optional Douro Boat Cruise. On this optional cruise you’ll enjoy a wine tasting with cheese as you take in the beautiful views of Porto.

Day 4: Porto/Coimbra.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tivoli Coimbra Hotel

After breakfast this morning depart for Coimbra. Along the way stop in Aveiro, located on Portugal’s west coast and often called the Venice of Portugal for its canals and colorful boats. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the city’s urban heritage and culture as you walk the city’s narrow streets in the old quarter and see the beautiful pastel-colored homes. Next, visit Guarda, Portugal’s highest town at 3465 ft, where you’ll have time to wander Guarda’s unique squares and streets. Guarda’s height made it an ideal defensive sight and is believed to be a military base for Julius Caesar and later the Visgoths and Moors. Continue to Coimbra, an ancient city and the first capital of Portugal in the 12th century. This evening is at leisure.

Day 5: Coimbra.

Meals: Breakfast

Begin your sightseeing tour after breakfast, with a visit to the University of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The university was established in 1290 at the top of a hill overlooking the city, and has expanded over the centuries. Visit the Royal Palace which the University purchased from the Royal Family in 1597. Here, you’ll find the Great Hall of Acts where the school’s ceremonies are held, the Private Examination Room which used to be the King of Portugal’s bedroom and now serves as a room for graduate exams, and the Arms Room where the former Royal Academic Guards’ weapons are displayed. You’ll also see St. Michael’s Chapel which dates back to the 16th century, and the gorgeous Baroque Library. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 6: Coimbra/Fatima/Evora.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Vila Galé Évora Hotel

Depart after breakfast this morning for Evora. Along the way, stop in Tomar, a 12th-century settlement built by the Knights Templar. Continue to Fatima, where many believe three shepherd children saw visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. Today, this famous Catholic pilgrimage site attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. Stop in Marvao, a beautiful medieval village with cobblestone streets and beautiful views from its hilltop. Later, arrive in Evora and check in at your hotel.

Day 7: Evora.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, travel to the highest point in the city to visit the Cathedral and Cloisters of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This medieval cathedral’s first building was constructed between 1184 and 1204 and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Evora’s Chapel of Bones, part of the Royal Church of St. Francis, where the walls and columns are decorated with thousands of human bones. Next, peruse the local handicraft and food markets, and then enjoy a wine tasting and olive tasting with snacks. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 8: Evora/Lisbon.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Mundial or similar

After breakfast this morning, depart for Lisbon. Explore Belem, Lisbon’s riverside district and see the 16th-century Monastery of Jeronimos, a prime example of Portuguese Manueline-style architecture. Next, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Belem Tower, where soldiers once watched the Tagus River for incoming invaders. You’ll also pass the Monument to the Discoveries which honors Portugal’s navigators who explored trade opportunities with the Orient and India. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 9: Lisbon.

Meals: Breakfast

Today is at leisure to explore Lisbon independently.

Day 10: Obidos Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today, travel outside Lisbon to visit Obidos, a picturesque, medieval walled town. In the 13th century, Queen Isabel remarked on the beauty of Obidos and her husband gave the town to her as a gift, making Obidos part of the Queen’s estate. Today, visitors will find cobblestone streets lined with bookstores, whitewashed homes with splashes of blue and yellow paint, and a well-preserved hilltop castle. This afternoon, return to Libson where you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner with a Fado show, featuring traditional folk music. This music, which can be traced back to the early 1800’s, typically features a melancholic tune and includes mandolins and guitars.

Day 11: Lisbon/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Return home full of wonderful memories of Portugal.

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Price Per Day: $ 218 per day
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Treasures of Portugal

Wonderful experience, well-deigned by SmarTours

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The Treasures of Portugal trip focuses on the highlights of the cultural and artistic heritage of this fascinating country. The chosen destinations and sites rarely disappointed, and there was always something awe-inspiring at each stop. The tour provides a great balance between programmed and free time, allowing you to see what you want or find time to explore on your own. The fact that few dinners and no lunches were provided afford you the opportunity to discover the places and tastes that intrigue you as you discover the variety of offerings available in each location.

The destinations chosen are smart and live up to the promise that these are the country's treasures. Our guide was brilliant - she knew well the backstory of the locations and the significance of the art and architecture. Each part of the tour was a lesson in history, presented with excitement and passion. Her adoration of the history and culture of her countrymen was palpable and infectious, and gave the touring experience much added value.

Well planned, organized, balanced, affordable, and utterly enjoyable. Very highly recommended.
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As this was our first organized/group tour I didn’t know what to expect

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As this was our first organized/group tour I didn’t know what to expect. We booked our airfare independently as wanted to visit Dubai prior to the start of the tour. Upon arrival in Cairo at the Marriott Cairo a day before the tour started, our room was assigned already and the check in process was seamless. We had a welcome dinner the next day and met up with our group of 16 people and our exceptional Egyptologist & tour guide, Mrs. Enas Hassan. I cannot say enough about the knowledge, courtesy, patience and professionalism of Enas. This tour would have not been the same without her. I believe this in-depth tour was a fantastic way to visit Egypt. We were a bit apprehensive about travel to Egypt but now freshly back in the states, I have absolutely no qualms that we made this trip of a lifetime. After researching several aspects of travel to this region, I discovered that crime in a Egypt is less than half of a percent compared to crime in the USA which is 12%. Everyone we encountered was genuinely friendly and accommodating. Vendors at the markets & bazaars will approach you for a sale but not at all intimidating or threatening. Be ready to bargain with them as you would expect. Such a great feeling to get a good deal on souvenirs and priceless goods. The itinerary was comprehensive and learned so much further than that from lessons learned earlier in life. There was an equal amount of discovery and education compared to some needed downtime. As a gay married couple, we were a bit apprehensive about this tour as uncertain about visiting the a Middle East but the apprehension quickly subsided once we met our fellow travelers within our group and our trustworthy guide, Enas. We are ages 47 and 53 and we were the youngest within our group with the exception of a 24 year old daughter of other group attendees that happen to also be from Central Florida. I think our only negative feedback would be that we would have liked additional “free time” at each location but as the ages of our fellow travelers were greater than our own, they did not have the stamina to do more which is understandable, I suppose. We also had a couple that did not seem to be satisfied with accommodations, food, activity, etc. This was somewhat discerning as everyone else in the group was having a fantastic time and their energy was unnerving. When visiting a foreign country, you cannot expect things to be the same as in the USA. You need to have an open mind and experience a culture that is different than your own. I have gained so much valuable insight into the culture, history, incredible & unbelievable sights we were afforded to see on this amazing adventure. This trip, again, would not have been the same without the exceptional guidance of Enas Hassan, please request her for a truly Egyptian experience that you will never forget.
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It was excellent. Our Tour Director & Egyptologist Mohamed Atef was one of the best that I have seen in my 40 years of worldwide travels. He was very knowledgeable and an excellent communicator. What set him apart was that he and his team took personal interest in the needs and welfare of every tour member. The hotels accommodations, Nile river boat Movenpick MS Royal Lily, local tour Buses and the meals were all wonderful. Their logistics management, baggage handling, room check-ins, meals and transfers to and from the airport were impeccable. Each and every historical site and the museums that we visited was beyond fabulous. The sites, statues are magnificent and the colors inside the Tombs are still vibrant after 4700 plus years. The Egyptian people are are quite friendly and very welcoming. One does run into vendors trying to sell you the local papyrus, books and clothing artifacts at these sites. But we recognized that this is their livelihood and were not bothered by it. We were very fortunate to have such a nice and fun group. Everyone had become friendly during the tour. The farewell dinner ended on a festive note with birthday celebrations for a couple of people in the group. I highly recommend this tour.
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tour was outstanding

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tour was outstanding. our egyptian tourguide /egytologist achmet meligie was the highlight of the tour- outstanding in every- made the tour for me, really. keep him on staff!!! pace and tours were excellent and the extra side excursions were necessary and excellent. food ,hotels, bus, and selected shops were top notch-- will book with smart tours very soon best steven moberg
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We love it!

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We've just returned from the Splendors of Egypt 10 days tour. We love it! Arrangements and logistics were set up and managed to the highest quality standards. Hotels, transportation, cruise, meals, luggage handling - everything was excellent. However, the top highlight of the tour was our Tour Director - Noha Ouf. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion made our experience unique. Her pride of Egyptian history and culture and the way she was delivering information excited us a lot. SmarTours is lucky to have Noha! We recommend this tour, in general, to those who is interested in exploring Egypt and to learn about its long history and rich heritage and, specifically, choosing smarTours for its organization and care. And, if you decide to go, request Noha - it will add value for the money paid!
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Trip was excellent

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Trip was excellent with the exception of having to be on a flight to Aswan after arriving in Cairo requiring we all get up at 2:30 a.m. creating a major sleep deficit right off the bat. Following that we had to fly to Abu Simbel making for a very long day. We had several people become ill with diarrhea and being dehydrated and I wonder if lack of sleep might have contributed to this condition. I did not but my partner did being up all night and suffering the following day. To repeat Tour Guide Dina Talaat was terrific! Don't know how you provide such a quality trip for so little money. Great value!
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Optional Activities

Treasures of Portugal Optional tours below are the details:

Porto: Half-day excursion to guimaraes from approx. $39.36 per person

Porto: Douro river cruise from approx. $44.98 per person

Coimbra: Half-day excursion to the conimbriga ruins from approx. $20.24 per person

Lisbon: Half-day baixa district tour from approx. $29.24 per person

Lisbon: Sintra excursion from approx. $67.47 per person

Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation policy

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 90 days before departure: $300

89-60 days before departure: $1000

59-45 days before departure: $1500

44-30 days before departure: $2000

29 days or fewer before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

We recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance. Insurance premium is non-refundable and cannot be transferred from one departure to another in the event of a reservation change.

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What's excluded

  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
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  • Items of a personal nature

Meals Included

9 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners

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