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Portugal’s Golden Cities

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy sweeping views of Lisbon from São Jorge Castle, a Moorish wonderland that sits perched upon a hilltop overlooking the city.
  • Explore the grounds of the historic University of Coimbra, Portugal's oldest university.
  • In Coimbra, hear the haunting melodies of Portugese Fado, sung only by men.
  • Indulge in Portugal's famous cuisine. Be sure to try bacalhau, caldo verde, and pastel de nata.
  • Treat yourself to a ride down Porto's Douro River, enjoying scenic valley views and indulging in a glass (or two) of local wine.

Short Description

Discover three diverse gems of Portugal with this 7-night vacation package. Explore Moorish palaces, visit historic universities, and treat yourself to scenic river rides, all in the country's most famous cities!

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent 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 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Lisbon
End City Porto

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Lisbon (LIS), out of Porto (OPO)
  • Manual car rental for duration - upgrade to automatic available
  • 3 nights in Lisbon at the Hotel Lisboa Plaza, or similar
  • 2 nights in Coimbra at the Hotel Tivoli Coimbra, or similar
  • 2 nights in Porto at the Hotel Das Artes, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Lisbon!

Arrive at the airport, pick up your rental car, and make your way to picturesque Lisbon! Start your Portugese adventure by navigating through the maze-like streets of Alfama, Lisbon's oldest district.

Take a ride on the iconic Tram 28, where you'll pass through the city's historic neighborhoods, streets, and hills while aboard a train dating back to the 1930s!

Day 2: Lisbon

Spend an entire day discovering the sights and secrets of Lisbon today! Head to the historic district of Belem, where ancient monuments and extravagant castles await. Discover the cloisters and stone carvings of Jeronimos Monastery, then wind down at the picturesque gardens. Be sure to stop by Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, the rumored birthplace of the Portuguese egg tart!

Take a walk along the waterfront to Belem Tower, a symbol of the city which boasts a blend of architectural influences from Moorish to Venetian.

Day 3: Lisbon

Continue exploring Lisbon today, or hop in your car and take a day trip to Sintra, about a 30-minute drive away. Discover the fairytale-like Pena Palace, enjoy sweeping views of the city at the Castle of the Moors, then discover the city's Moorish history at the Palace of Sintra.

Day 4: Lisbon - Coimbra

After breakfast, begin your journey north to Coimbra, a former home of the King of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own, exploring this ancient city!

Tonight you may want to experience the city's famous twist on Portugal's popular musical style, Fado; in Coimbra the haunting melodies are sung only by men.

Day 5: Coimbra

Coimbra may be the country's former capital, but it is still the current capital of knowledge! Explore the grounds of the University of Coimbra, Portugal's oldest college, dating back to 1290.

Continue onto the religious highlights of the the city. Explore the chilling 10th century Romanesque Sao Salvador, or visit the burial chambers of Portugal's first two kings at the Monastery of Santa Cruz. Continue onward and discover the secrets of the 12th century Sao Tiago, which hides in plain sight on one of the city's many narrow roads.

Day 6: Coimbra - Porto

This morning, depart Coimbra and drive approximately 80 miles to Porto. Start your adventure off in one of Porto's most famous and oldest districts: Ribiera. Make your way through the narrow streets, stopping at the many shops and cafes along the way!

Along the banks you'll pass by dozens of old Rabelo boats, loaded with Port Wine cellars - treat yourself to a ride on one, sipping wine while coasting along the river Douro!

Day 7: Porto

Start your day off with a stroll through the picturesque Crystal Palace Gardens. Located at the highest part of the city, this royal garden provides visitors with sweeping views of Porto from above.

After, you may want to pay a visit to the modern artworks housed at the Serralves Museum, or admire the architecture of (or catch an opera) at the Casa di Musica.

Spend your last evening in Porto in the vibrant downtown area, sipping on locally-produces wines, dancing the night away at one of the many clubs, or enjoying some live music alongside a crowd of locals.

Day 8: Depart Portugal

Your tour of Portugal's golden cities come to an end today! Make your way to the airport for your departure flight; make sure to leave enough time to drop off your rental car at the rental area.

Fly home!

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