Lisbon, Sintra, Evora, Obidos, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto & Guimaraes
Gourmet & Wine, History & Culture
Portugal is a country of bucolic landscapes and culturally vibrant cities. The legacy of Portugal’s former wealth and power can be seen in its capital Lisbon, superbly seated on the Tejo river estuary with grand Manueline architecture and medieval alleyways.
Porto meanwhile, the country’s second most prominent city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best place to sample Portugal’s port wine while you explore the surrounding old-fashioned countryside, rolling hills and stunning coastline.
In between, you will visit fisherman’s town, gothic monastery, synagogues, fortress, castle, university town and many more.
Upon arrival at airport, you will be transferred to hotel.
Embark on half day Lisbon walking tour. Start in the emblematic neighbourhood of Bairro Alto, where you can feel the “Fado” while the tram passes by. Continue downhill to Chiado, where writers and philosophers once gathered to exchange ideas back in the early 20th century. Head to Baixa Pombalina, the historical centre rebuilt after the earthquake in 1755. The new wide streets and 5 floor buildings gave a new dimension and image to the city. Set out to the hilly Alfama neighbourhood to visit the 12th century Sé de Lisboa (Cathedral) and uphill to enter castle of São Jorge from where we can admire Lisbon and the Tejo river.
Experience the glory of Portugal through Belem, the opulent centre of a vast empire during the Age of Discoveries. Part of the wealth from these expeditions was used to build extravagant Manueline architectures. Continue via Marginal road and the white sandy Estoril Coast to Cascais for lunch. Stop in Sintra, where hundreds of years of history and culture awaits. Visit the 19th century Pena Palace and the old city centre with its old houses converted into quaint handicraft shops and traditional pastry shops. Return to Lisbon.
Optional: Fado Show Experience – UNESCO-inscribed musical characterized by mournful lyrics, performed at Casa de los Condes de Linhares (starts at 9pm; includes dinner, tickets and 4-hour driver service)
Drive 40mins for wine tasting at Quinta da Bacalhoa, a Renaissance manor in Arrabida Peninsula formerly owned by the Portuguese Royal Family. Continue 1h 15mins to Evora, capital of the Alentejo region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site known its medieval vibe. Visit the Cathedral of Evora, Bones Chapel and the 1st century Roman Temple. Drive 50 mins to Monsaraz to stay for the night.
Stroll the stunning Monsaraz village’s narrow streets and churches into Monsaraz Castle which guards the Guadina River. From the top of the castle, admire the view of Alqueva Lake and the countryside. Continue 40mins drive to Vila Viçosa, the land of marble where you will get acquainted with the interesting patrimony and the 16th century Bragança Family Palace. Drive about 2.5 hours to Obidos.
After a morning tour of Obidos Castle, we drive 40mins to Nazaré’s white-washed fishing village to admire the coastline and monster waves (Oct-Mar) from a clifftop. Learn about its tradition through rows of horse mackerel hung out to dry in the sun. Drive 1 hour to Tomar’s Jewish Museum Abraham Zacuto to understand the importance of the city’s Jewish population. On the top of the hill, you will find the Convent of Christ, which was the bastion for the Order of Christ, one of Portugal’s most important religious orders. Continue 1 hour to Coimbra.
Entering the city of Coimbra we will find several traces of the past. Nevertheless, there is still a blow of youthfulness with the big student community arriving every year to the old University. This monument should indeed be one of the highlights of your visit and you cannot miss the University Chapel and its Baroque library. Continue downhill to Machado de Castro Museum (displaying sculpture, archaeology, painting, goldsmithery and ceramics) and the Sé Velha (Ancient Cathedral). Our last stop will be the Santa Cruz Church with the tombs of the two first kings of Portugal (Afonso Henriques and Sancho I).
Drive 50mins to the small riverside city of Aveiro with its coloured Moliceiros (traditional local boats), Museum of Aveiro and Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory and Museum. Continue 50mins drive to Porto.
Less than an hour’s drive away, set out to Guimaraes’ old castle on the top of the highest hill and the 15th century Dukes of Bragança Palace. Then, walk through the narrow streets into square of Oliveira (UNESCO) lined with charming street cafes. Continue to Braga, a city with a strong religious background. Do not miss its 11th century Cathedral, the oldest of its kind in Portugal. Near the city centre, on top of a hill, you will also find the monumental Shrine of the “Bom Jesus of Braga” with its magnificent Baroque staircase. Return to Porto with 40mins’ drive.
Start at the trendy and culturally vibrant Boavista and Foz, home to the city’s best museums and upper-class residences between the Atlantic and the Douro river. Continue to the UNESCO-listed historic centre to explore the Church of São Francisco. This old simple gothic Franciscan church is now known as “the cave of gold” in an astonishing exhibit of wealth and power. Right next door is the Stock Exchange Palace with incredible granite work and magnificent neo-Arab influences. On your way up to the Cathedral, admire the glazed tiles of the São Bento Railway station. Conclude at Matosinhos area and the Leixões Port.
Free at leisure until your departure to airport for flight back.
Brown’s Central Lisbon • Montimerso Monsaraz • Pousada Vila Obidos • Sapientia Boutique Hotel Coimbra • Pestana Goldsmith Porto
Located in the centre of Lisbon, the 4-star Browns Central Hotel is set on an 18th century building which was renovated according the new design trends. The lively district of Bairro Alto is just a 10-minute walk away. The historic neighbourhood of Alfama is 1 km away and the shopping area of Chiado is just a 2-minute walk. (Opened: 2014; Rooms: 84)View More
Located 3.9 km from Monsaraz Castle, the hotel has a garden and a terrace. The whitewashed walls, an ode to Alentejo’s original housing, are combined with Montimerso’s own modern, minimalist character. (Opened: 2020; Rooms: 11)View More
Just 200 metres from the Castle is an authentic traditional Óbidos house from the 18th century. Divided into 2 buildings, the Pousada Vila Óbidos offers a relaxing stay and an authentic experience in closer proximity to the local community. (Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 17)View More
The only hotel located in the University of Coimbra, the most ancient one in Portugal, among the oldest in Europe and officially declared a UNESCO site in 2013, along with Rua Sofia and the town’s upper side. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 22)View More
Set at the heart of the city just within walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops. Made up of five buildings from the 19th century, it is listed as Municipal Heritage. The 4-star hotel is inspired by Portuguese filigree, the art of working gold and other metals into intricate patterns. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 27)View More
Barrio Alto Lisbon • Sao Lourenco do Barrocal Monsaraz • Pousada Castelo de Obidos • Quinta das Lagrimas Coimbra • Maison Albar Hotels or Yeatman Porto
Welcome to the heart of this noble, bohemian and inspiring city, where tradition meets irreverence at every corner. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Bairro Alto Hotel is a pioneer when it comes to 5-star luxury boutique hotels in Portugal. (Refurbished: 2019; Rooms: 87)View More
Located in the foothills of medieval Monsaraz and nearby the Alqueva lake, the 1927-acre estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. At its heart an ancient farming village brought back to the rhythms of rural daily life, this remarkable hotel represents understated luxury, set amidst ancient oaks, olive groves and vineyards. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 40)View More
This property has been in the castle of the medieval village of Óbidos since 1951. Referred to as one of the 7 wonders of Portugal, it is presently awaiting the UNESCO World Heritage List classification. (Refurbished: 2009; Rooms: 17)View More
A 5-star hotel set in a medieval palace, it features botanical gardens and a state-of-the-art spa with views across Coimbra. Bamboo Garden Spa provides a range of luxury treatments and beauty therapies and there is a library filled with thousands of ancient books. (Refurbished: 2016; Rooms: 52)View More
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace: Located in a renovated historic building from 1923, this 5-star property has two restaurants, a bar, indoor swimming pool and a Spa & Wellness Centre. It is just 400 metres from City Market Bolhao and Clerigos Tower. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 72)View More
The Yeatman: Located in the heart of one of Europe's most important wine capitals, The Yeatman is a haven for wine lovers. Stylish, dark wood headboards and elegant ottomans are among the chic furnishings fitted in each of The Yeatman’s luxurious rooms. (Refurbished: 2016; Rooms: 82)View More
Luxurious and spacious, each room features an elegant décor with classic elements. Starting from 42sqm, some rooms have large balconies, and all private bathrooms come with free L’Occitane toiletries. (Refurbished: 2014; Rooms: 282)
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