Stay in and discover Portugal's monasteries and palaces, visiting Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Sintra, Guimarães, Braga, Setúbal and Sesimbra
Guimarães - 2 nights
Condeixa-a-Nova - 2 nights
Palmela - 3 nights
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.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
7 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Group Size: 6 – 18
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)
A former 7th-century Augustin monastery, set on a hill overlooking the city with gardens and close to the historical centre of Guimarães. Restaurant, outdoor pool, WiFi (free) and 51 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, safe, mini-bar and TV.
A former noble manor house from the 16th century with large gardens and located near Coimbra. Restaurant, outdoor pool, WiFi (free) and 43 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and TV.
A former convent with amazing views overlooking Serra da Arrábida. Restaurant, bar, garden and WiFi (free) and 28 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A central 4-star hotel set in beautiful gardens with views over Estoril and the Bay of Cascais. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free) and 161 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
TAP Portugal from Gatwick
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Mar 20, Oct 30
Single supplement £395
(Mar/Oct 2021 £265)
Half board (6 nights) £185
TAP Portugal Business Class from £245
Fado Show with Dinner £50
Extra Nights - Estoril
(per night) £95
Single supplement £70
Arrival transfer from Queluz £35
Departure transfer to Lisbon airport £40
Add £795 per person
Arrival transfer add £55
Departure transfer add £80
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.
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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