Explore Portugal by rail visiting the most important cultural cities from the south to the north whilst travelling through Portugal’s beautiful countryside
Faro - 2 nights
Évora - 2 nights
Lisbon - 2 nights
Coimbra - 2 nights
Porto - 2 nights
Travelling by train through Portugal is a simple and leisurely way to journey whilst taking in the delightful scenery of the Portuguese countryside. This tour encapsulates the regional capital cities of historical importance, stretching from south to north where Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque architecture prevail.
Faro, best known as the gateway to the Algarve offers an attractive harbour and old town which lies behind medieval walls with cobbled, winding streets. At Évora you will be mesmerised by the ancient Roman temple, Moorish alleys and medieval walls.
The capital Lisbon is spread across seven hills overlooking the expansive estuary of the Tagus, its magnificence deriving from a combination of setting, layout, rich history and unquestionable charm.
The river front city of Coimbra, boasts a medieval old town and the oldest university in the country built on the grounds of a former palace.
Coastal Porto enchants visitors with its medieval Ribeira district on the River Douro and port wine production.
Cultural & Rail Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Sites
Local Expert Guides
Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Faro for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Eva in Faro.
Day 2 Faro walking tour including the Sé cathedral, Archaeological Museum, City Hall and city wall gates. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 3 Train to Évora (4 ½ hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Hotel M’Ar de Ar Muralhas. (B)
Day 4 Évora walking tour including the Roman Diana Temple, Cathedral, St. Francis Church and Chapel of Bones. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 5 Transfer to the station for the train to Lisbon. Transfer to the 4-star My Story Hotel Tejo in Lisbon for two nights. (B)
Day 6 Lisbon walking tour including the Sé cathedral, Praça do Comércio square and the Gothic-style Santa Justa lift to the Chiado district. Afternoon at leisure perhaps to visit the Torre de Belem or St. George’s Castle. (B)
Day 7 Transfer to the station for the train to Coimbra. Transfer to the 4-star Hotel Dona Inés. (B)
Day 8 Coimbra walking tour including the University and Cathedral. Afternoon free. (B)
Day 9 Transfer to the station for the train to Porto. Transfer to the 3-star Grande Hotel do Porto for two nights. (B)
Day 10 Porto walking tour including the Stock Exchange Palace, Ribeira district and a port wine tasting. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 11 Transfer to Porto airport for the return flight to London Gatwick. (B)
Travel in between cities will be on Portuguese public trains which operate to pre-scheduled departure times and are generally reliable, clean and efficient. Rail journeys will vary from approximately one hour to just over four hours. Transfers from hotel to station and vice versa will be escorted and during each train journey you will be escorted to your train by a local guide and be required to carry your luggage through the station and onto the train. Whilst on the train you will have WiFi access (free) and an allocated seat number. Food and drinks are usually sold on board.
A centrally located 4-star hotel with restaurant, bar, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 134 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €1.50 per person per night.
A 4-star hotel in the historic centre of Évora, five minutes’ walk from the Giraldo Square with restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 91 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel is located in the heart of Lisbon, close to the tram network, railway station and a choice of metro stations. Restaurant and WiFi (free). 135 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2 per person per night.
A 4-star hotel within walking distance of the old town centre with restaurant, bar, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 122 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A charming 3-star hotel, centrally located in a pedestrian zone. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 94 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. Breakfast included. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2 per person per night.
per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement £445
Arrival transfer add £13
Departure transfer add £23
Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, itinerary as described, services of a guide and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2 per person per night in Lisbon and Porto and €1.5 per person per night in Faro.
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