Day 1 - Arrive Porto, Portugal
Welcome to Portugal. You are met on arrival in Porto, and taken directly to your hotel. Relax in your accommodation ideally located near Porto’s historic center. Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city, has a rich and colorful history.
Enjoy an afternoon tour of the highlights of the city - visit the Stock Exchange Palace, the Lello bookshop, an exquisite landmark dating to the early 1900's and St. Francisco Church.
Day 2 - Porto
Today enjoy a full day journey along the picturesque River Douro, through the Port Wine region. Meet the estate manager at a local wine estate - stroll through the vineyards as he shows you their process of producing wine, and sample their savory Port wine.
In the afternoon, take a private cruise on the Douro River, heading towards Pinhão. Dock at the Vintage House and explore the village before returning to Porto. (B)
Day 3 - Porto to Óbidos & Lisbon
This morning depart for Lisbon enjoying private visits to the impressive Batalha and Alcobaça monasteries en route.
Next, stop to visit the quaint and white walled town, of Óbidos. Founded by the Moors, in the 18th century, Óbidos has a picturesque landscape with distinctive town walls and the grand castle. Stroll through the town, with its narrow and winding streets and charming whitewashed houses.
Continuing your drive, arrive in Lisbon in the late afternoon. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal since its conquest from the Moors in 114, is a magnificent and legendary city with over 20 centuries of history. (B)
Day 4 - Lisbon
Lisbon is a wonderful example of Portuguese styling – colorful buildings with dazzling tiled façades, surrounded by mosaic pavements. Today enjoy a full day tour of Lisbon, starting with a visit to the Belem area - see the 16th century Belem Tower, and take a private tour of the Jerónimos Monastery and National Coach Museum.
In the afternoon, enjoy a private walking tour through the old Alfama district, one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon, which amazingly still retains much of its original layout. Visit the hilltop St. George’s Castle and impressive Tile Museum. (B)
Day 5 - Sintra & Cascais
This morning your full day excursion begins with a drive west to the quaint and aristocratic town of Sintra, a World Heritage Site dotted with grand palaces and castles. English poet Lord Byron lived in Sintra, and called “Paradise in Earth.” A walking tour includes the medieval city center, and guided visits to the National Palace and Pena Palace. Perched on the craggy slopes of the Serra de Sintra, with stunning views of the coast, the Pena Palace is one of Portugal's most beautiful. It offers the most complete example of Portuguese architecture from the Romantic period.
Continue following the scenic coastline, referred to as the Portuguese Riviera, with breaks to take in the wonderful vistas. Stop in the quaint town of Cascais to explore its colorful boutique shops. Take a break for lunch, and to explore this lovely fishing village. Continue your drive along the coast, then back to Lisbon, stopping in romantic Estoril, and then in Queluz for a private visit to Queluz Palace. Arrive back in Lisbon by late afternoon. (B)
Day 6 - Lisbon to Évora
Depart Lisbon this morning, and drive inland to the UNESCO World Heritage site and royal city of Évora. Enjoy a walking tour through the labyrinthine streets – admiring the Moorish courtyards, Renaissance fountains, and Gothic doorways and turrets. See some of the local monuments including the Roman Temple, dating back to the second century, the Bones Chapel, St. Francisco Church and the Medieval Cathedral.
Midday, drive to a renowned wine estate set amid the Alentejo plains. Enjoy a cellar tour, lectured wine and olive oil tasting, and a delightful gourmet lunch. Relax and enjoy the views from the estate terrace facing the Alentejo plains. Return to Évora, where you stay for the night. (B,L)
Day 7 - Évora to Arraiolos & Lisbon
Start the day visiting a charming wine estate of cork trees, walnut orchards and vineyards. The colonial style country house is landscaped with tropical and local plants and is painted in typical Alentejo colors. Your private tour is followed by a lectured wine tasting.
Depart Évora headed back to Lisbon. En route, stop in the ancient town of Arraiolos, whose history dates back to the second century BC. Visit Arraiolos’ medieval castle, built at the orders of D. Dinis (1279-1325). See the beautiful 16th century Salvador Church, known for its exquisite paintings. Your guide will help you discover why the town is internationally famous for its intricate and colorful carpets and tapestries. Arrive back in Lisbon by late afternoon. (B)
Day 8 - Depart Lisbon
Enjoy your time in Lisbon until time for your transfer to the airport for your flight home or onto your next destination. (B)