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

Spendology - Widgets


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

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
Historic Accommodations
Group Size: 6  18

Special Event

Manor House, Gardens & Tea

Visit a Baroque-style garden filled with Camellia trees forming artistic archways and alleyways, built around the 18th century, includes a tour of the splendid 17th century Manor house. Enjoy a Portuguese afternoon tea.

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

Day 2 Morning tour of Guimarães with the opportunity to visit Ducal Palace independently. Continue to Braga and Bom Jesus do Monte. Special event. (B)

Day 3 Travel to Porto for a tour, including one of the Port wine cellars and time at leisure. Continue to Condeixa-a-Nova for a two-night stay at the Conimbriga Hotel do Paço. (B)

Day 4 Visit Coimbra in the morning, including a tour of the university. Continue to Tomar, with time to explore independently the Convent of the Christ and medieval areas. Optional Fado show with dinner (£50). (B)

Day 5 Visit the historic monastery of Santa Maria in Alcobaça. Visit the ancient walled town of Óbidos and continue to Sintra and its National Palace. Three nights at the Pousada Castelo Palmela in Palmela. (B)

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

Day 7 Visit Setúbal including the Livramento local market, continue via the Arrábida Natural Park to Sesimbra for time at leisure. Continue to visit a winery with an included tasting and later visit a tile producer to see how the famous Portuguese tiles are decorated. (B)

Day 8 Return flight from Lisbon. (B) 

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


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

Date Price
March 20 £1295
May 8 £1395
June 5 £1395
September 11 £1395
September 25 £1395
October 30 £1245
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
Mar 20, Oct 30

Single supplement £395
(Mar/Oct 2021 £265)

Accommodation Upgrades

Half board (6 nights) £185

Flight Options

TAP Portugal Business Class from £245 

Optional Excursions

Fado Show with Dinner £50

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Estoril
Palácio Estoril
(per night) £95
(Sep £145)
Single supplement £70
(Sep £115)
Arrival transfer from Queluz £35
Departure transfer to Lisbon airport £40

Privately Guided

Add £795 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £200 
Arrival transfer add £55
Departure transfer add £80

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.

*An accommodation tax is payable locally in Estoril €2 per person per night.

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