Day 1 - Arrive Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive in Lisbon, where you are met and transferred to your
hotel. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director and
fellow guests for drinks and a welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Lisbon
Enjoy a tour of Lisbon with an expert local guide. See the
Belém Tower and visit the Jeronimos Monastery. Later,
attend a hands-on workshop at the National Tile Museum, where you are introduced to this ancient Portuguese craft.
This evening, experience a private dinner and performance
of fado, the characteristic and emotional folk music of the
Day 3 - Lisbon
This morning, travel just outside Lisbon to the village of
Sintra. In this town of palaces, enjoy a guided tour of the
Pena Palace, decorated with vivid colors and evocative stone
carvings. Return to Lisbon, where the afternoon and evening
are at leisure for you to explore.
Day 4 - Nazaré
Depart Lisbon for Alcobaça Monastery. This UNESCO
World Heritage Site was founded by Portugal’s first king in
1153 and became one of the most important monasteries
in the country. Continue to nearby Nazaré, a picturesque
coastal village that is also home to some of the world’s largest
surf. Savor a seafood lunch, then take a funicular to the old
neighborhood of Sitio atop the cliffs. Later, arrive in Coimbra
and check in to your hotel.
Day 5 - Coimbra
Join a local expert for a tour that introduces you to the University
of Coimbra, the oldest in Portugal, and its Johannine Library.
Built between 1717 and 1728, this library contains over 50,000
volumes and was constructed on the ruins of a medieval prison.
Then, enjoy lunch at leisure and time to explore. Continue to
your hotel in the Douro Valley.
Day 6 - Douro Valley
Drive along the beautiful Douro Valley, a place of lush,
rolling hills terraced by rows of grapevines. Then, take to the
water as the locals have for centuries on a traditional rabelo
boat. Embark on a scenic cruise down the Douro Valley,
admiring its vineyards and whitewashed estates. Cap off your
cruise with a winery visit, picnic lunch, tour and tasting.
Then, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 7 - Douro Valley
Meet a local viscountess, and learn about the history of
her family and their estate. Enter the old kitchens, where
you learn to cook using the original wood-burning stoves.
Indulge in the hearty lunch that you helped prepare, and then, journey to Porto, Portugal's second-largest city, for
time at leisure.
Day 8 - Porto
This morning, explore the Cais da Ribeira, the quayside
of the fascinating Ribeira district, and see some of the city's
most beautiful monuments including the São Francisco
Church; the Romanesque Cathedral; and the opulent
19th-century Palácio da Bolsa, which once functioned as
a major stock exchange. The afternoon is yours to further
explore, and afterward, savor a farewell dinner at one of
the city’s famous port lodges.
Day 9 - Depart Porto
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.