Overview

Guimarães - 2 nights
Condeixa-a-Nova - 2 nights
Queluz - 3 nights

POUSADAS OF PORTUGAL

Stay in and discover Portugal's monasteries and palaces, visiting Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Sintra, Guimarães, Braga and Fátima

Often located in dramatic countryside settings, Pousadas offer a welcome retreat after a day of touring and each have a restaurant serving regional cuisine and Portuguese wines. For this special programme we have therefore selected historic Pousadas in a former monastery and palaces, all in magnificent settings.

The popular Portuguese refrain “Porto works, Coimbra studies, Lisbon plays” describes not only the defining characteristic of each city in the Portuguese psyche but also the fact that these are the three cities closest to the Portuguese soul. Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra enjoy spectacular hilltop locations, serving as sentinels to the beautiful Tagus, Douro and Mondego rivers respectively and all three are also affectionately remembered for their roles in establishing Portugal as a nation.

This itinerary also reveals medieval Guimarães, coastal Estoril, the holy heritage of Braga and Fátima and the royal splendour of Sintra, summer residence of the kings of Portugal.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
7 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Local Expert Guides
Historic Accommodations
Group Size: 6 - 25

 

Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Porto and transfer to the Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães for two nights. (D)

Day 2 Morning city tour of Guimarães with the opportunity to visit Ducal Palace independently. Continue to Braga, Bom Jesus do Monte and Citânia de Briteiros. (B)

Day 3 Morning visit to Quinta da Aveleda with a wine tasting. Afternoon visit of Porto, including one of the Port wine cellars. Continue to Condeixa-a-Nova for a two-night stay at the Pousada de Condeixa. (B)

Day 4 Visit Coimbra in the morning, including a tour of the university. Continue to Tomar, with time to independently explore the Convent of the Christ and medieval areas. (B)

Day 5 Visit Fátima and the Batalha Monastery. Continue to the historic monastery of Santa Maria in Alcobaça. Visit the ancient walled town of Óbidos before arriving at the Pousada D. Maria I in Queluz for a three-night stay. (B)

Day 6 Morning city tour of Lisbon including Terreiro do Paço, Belém and Alfama. Afternoon at leisure to explore Lisbon further, before returning to the hotel. (B)

Day 7 Half day visit of Sintra and its National Palace. Continue to Cabo da Roca, Cascais and Estoril. Optional Fado show with dinner (£45). (B)

Day 8 Transfer to Lisbon airport for the return flight to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2019

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
TAP Portugal from Gatwick

Date Price
April 20 £1345
May 4 £1295
June 15 £1295
September 7 £1345
September 14 £1295
October 19 £1245
October 26 £1145
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability on this date:
Oct 26 2019 

Single supplement £325
(Oct 26 £275)

Accommodation Upgrades

Half board (6 nights) £175

Flight Options

TAP Portugal Business Class from £245 

Optional Excursions

Fado Show with Dinner £45

Extension Options

Extra nights - Cascais
Pestana Cidadela Cascais*
(per night) £95 

£95 (Jun & Oct £110; Sep £150)
Single supplement £85
(Jun & Sep £135)
Arrival transfer £35
Departure transfer £35

Privately Guided

Add £795 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £200 
Arrival transfer add £55
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
*An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €1 per person per night.

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