Complete Portugal by Train

Complete Portugal by Train

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Complete Portugal by Train

8 Days Starting in Porto, Portugal and ending in Lisbon, Portugal

Visiting: Porto, Aveiro, Lisbon

Tour operator:

Culture Trip

Tour code:

PTR

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Light

Age range:

25-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Interests:

Cultural, Rail Tours

Private Available:

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Tour Overview

Mainland Europe’s westernmost nation is a joyful place to experience, with vibrant cities, luscious countryside and splendid beaches, not to mention an incredible food scene and an endearingly laid-back approach to life. This eight-day itinerary connects the country’s two major cities, as well as its most famous wine region and charming towns, via an assortment of scenic train journeys. After living the good life in Porto and the Douro Valley, we’ll hit the tracks south to Aveiro – the Portuguese Venice – and later the capital, Lisbon, as well as the gorgeous hilltop town of Sintra.

Highlights

  • Sip on sweet Port wine in the old cellars of Porto

  • Marvel at the majesty of the Douro Valley on a picturesque boat ride

  • Fall in love with the Art Nouveau houses and canal boats of Aveiro

  • Embark on some of the most scenic train rides in all of Europe

  • Gorge on pastel de nata and experience live music in Lisbon

  • Explore the Unesco-listed fairytale town of Sintra

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Complete Portugal By Train

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Olá Portugal!

Location: Porto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vila Gale' Porto Ribeira

Meals Included: Dinner

Upon arrival at Porto Airport (OPO) you’ll make your way into the city – this should take around 40 minutes by metro, or 20 minutes by taxi, depending on traffic. Our hotel will be nice and central, with beautiful views over the Douro River. Check-in, relax and get your bearings before the whole group gathers together for a welcome meeting, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Activities Included:
Welcome dinner

Day 2 : Marvel At The Picture-Perfect Streets Of Porto And Sample Sweet Port Wine

Location: Porto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vila Gale' Porto Ribeira

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our first full day is all about exploring Porto. Portugal’s second city is easy on the eye, particularly from the banks of the River Douro, which separates the medieval Ribeira district from Vila Nova de Gaia, connected by the awe-inspiring Luís I Bridge. You’ll spend most of the day touring the city on foot – with a bit of public transport to help get us up the city’s hills – meandering down beautiful cobbled alleys, discovering artisan shops and old churches. You’ll have the chance to visit the Palácio da Bolsa and Church of São Francisco, but the highlight of any visit to this city can only be one thing – a Port tasting. Porto was practically built on the back of this sweet fortified wine, so sampling some of the city’s finest in one of the old riverfront cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia is an absolute must.

Activities Included:
Full day Porto tour with guide
Port tasting

Day 3 : A Scenic Day Trip To The Douro Valley

Location: Porto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vila Gale' Porto Ribeira

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

You can’t visit Porto without making a trip out to the wine-producing region that is intrinsically linked to it. Barrels have been transported on traditional Rabelo boats from the Douro Valley to Porto for centuries, and today you’ll get to follow in the wine’s footsteps. First up is a bus transfer to Regua. The route we’ll take through the Douro Valley is spellbindingly beautiful, as countless vineyards wrap their way around the riverbank hills. In Regua we’ll check out the train station, which is home to gorgeous tile work that depicts the region’s wine culture. We’ll head for a customary lunch at a local winery – washed down with some fine local produce – before embarking on a boat ride down the Douro. Having enjoyed all of the beauty this region has to offer, you’ll return to Porto by train in the evening, dozing off on one of the most beautiful rail routes in all of Europe.

Activities Included:
Lunch at a local winery
Douro boat ride

Day 4 : Discover The Charming Streets And Sweet Treats Of Portugal’S Venice

Location: Aveiro

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: As Americas

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our journey south begins today as we leave Porto behind, hopping on a train to Aveiro. This lagoon city is a sight for sore eyes, with colourfully-painted Moliceiro boats gently floating by gorgeous Art Nouveau buildings on the canalfront – there’s no wonder this place is described as the Portuguese Venice. You’ll get a full walking tour of the city with our Local Insider, which includes a short cruise on a Moliceiro boat, plus a chance to taste this city’s most famous delicacy – ovos moles. This sweet treat is made with sugar and eggs, wrapped in a light crusty wafer and sold in wooden barrels all over the city. You’ll have some free time later in the afternoon, so we recommend a visit to one of the expansive Silver Coast beaches nearby, followed by an evening indulging in delicious seafood delights.

Activities Included:
Walking tour of Aveiro
Cruise on Moliceiro boat
Ovos moles tasting

Day 5 : Bask In The Beauty Of Rural Portugal On The Train To Lisbon

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Heritage Lisboa Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we embark on the longest train ride of this trip, which is also your most expansive visual insight into the splendid, ever-changing countrysides of Portugal. We’ll pass through the old capital, Coimbra, and by the epic Ponte Vasco da Gama – Europe’s largest bridge – en route to the modern capital, Lisbon! After check-in at the hotel you’ll have the rest of the day at your leisure, before reconvening for an evening Fado show. This soulful form of folk song is sung all over Portugal, but originated in Lisbon, and is a beautiful music specific to Portuguese culture. There’s no better introduction to the capital than experiencing a live Fado show in an authentic establishment.

Activities Included:
Fado Show

Day 6 : Famous Sights And Local Delicacies In Lisbon

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Heritage Lisboa Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is dedicated entirely to exploring the many delights of Lisbon. You’ll embark on a full guided walking tour of the city centre with our Local Insider. Along the way you’ll also get a tasting experience of the city’s most iconic delicacies, from cod fritters and Ginjinha berry liqueur to the most famous of them all, the pastel de nata – there’s no better place on Earth to gorge on these sweet treats. We’ll then hop on the tram to Belem, home to two of the city’s most beloved sights, Saint Jeronimo Monastery and Belem Tower. The rest of your evening can be spent at your pace. Top tip – the nightlife here is out-of-this-world.

Activities Included:
Full day tour of Lisbon
Delicacies tasting (inc. Ginjinha tasting)
Visit of Belem
Visit of Saint Jeronimo Monastery

Day 7 : Fall In Love With The Fairytale Town Of Sintra

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Heritage Lisboa Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our last day trip is focused on the magical hilltop town of Sintra, just an hour's train ride from Lisbon. Surrounded by luscious pine forest and centred around the striking yellow structure of Pena Palace, this Unesco-listed town really is like something out of a fairytale. You’ll get a tour of Sintra, as well as a visit to the striking gothic palace of Quinta da Regaleira, before hopping on a bus to Azenhas do Mar. This nearby seaside town is a charming spot for us to have an authentic Portuguese lunch before returning to Sintra. Spend the next few hours wandering around Sintra, imagining yourself at the heart of a romantic fairytale. In the evening we’ll hop on the train back to Lisbon for our farewell dinner back in the capital.

Activities Included:
Visit to Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira
Lunch in Azenhas do Mar
Farewell dinner

Day 8 : Tchau For Now!

Location: Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

After your final breakfast in Lisbon – last chance to cram in as many de natas as you can! – it’s time to say goodbye and part ways. You’ll need to check-out of the hotel by late morning but whether you head to the airport or not is up to you. Is this really the end, or just the beginning of your Portuguese adventure?

What's Included

  • Local Insider

  • Accommodation

    7 nights accommodation

  • Meals described in the itinerary

    7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Local Transport

    Train Tickets

  • Full day Porto tour with guide

  • Port tasting

  • Douro boat ride

  • Walking tour of Aveiro

  • Cruise on Moliceiro boat

  • Ovos moles tasting

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What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Visas (if required)

  • Optional activities

  • Resort Taxes (Where applicable)

  • Insurance

Accommodation

Vila Gale' Porto Ribeira
Stay right in the heart of Porto’s most picturesque neighbourhood, Ribeira, with this hotel on the banks of the Douro. Not only are you perfectly placed to explore the city, but you’ll also be able to relax in the artfully designed rooms, some of which have views of the Douro. The outdoor terrace of Bar Fidélio is perfect for al fresco dining, or a glass of wine as the sun goes down over Porto.

As Americas
You have to keep it Art Nouveau if you’re staying in Aveiro, which is exactly what this stylish four-star hotel does. Rooms are cosy and modern, the onsite pub is ideal for a nightcap and the breakfast spread is to die for – choose your pastry wisely!

Heritage Lisboa Plaza
This city centre haven has been a family-run hotel since 1954, found near Avenida da Liberdade, one of Lisbon’s main boulevards. The hotel has maintained a lovely sense of traditionalism despite simultaneously feeling fresh and newly renovated. Our favourite spot is the rooftop terrace, the perfect place to enjoy a bit of sunshine and views of the city, within a serene hideaway spot.


Please note that, while unlikely, the accommodation indicated may be subject to change (see T&C’s). On a rare occasion, alternative arrangements may be necessary – this may be due to a lack of availability at our preferred accommodation, or other reasons outside our control. We’ll do everything we can to prevent this from happening; however, in cases where it is unavoidable, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

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    Breakfast is included daily and then depending on your itinerary, some lunches and dinners. This is clearly indicated in the trip details or ask your Travel Expert to confirm.

  • What happens if I am travelling on my own?

    Most accommodations on our trips are reserved on a twin share basis. Therefore, if you are travelling on your own you will be sharing a room with another Culture Trip traveller of the same sex. However, most of the time it is possible to pay a supplement for your own room. Please ask your Travel Expert for more information.

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    No - our travellers come from all over the world so flights and / or transport to the start destination are not included.

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    Your arrival transfer from Francisco Sá Carneiro (Porto International) Airport (OPO) to your hotel is not included. If you would like to add a transfer onto your booking, you can contact our Travel Experts who will be able to assist. If you would prefer to make your own way to the hotel, taxis are available at the airport. The hotel is located 18.6 kms (11.5 miles) from the airport and the journey takes approximately 25 minutes. Your departure airport transfer from Heritage Lisboa Plaza Hotel to Humberto Delgado (Lisbon International) Airport (LIS) is not included. If you would like to add a departure transfer onto your booking, you can contact our Travel Experts who will be able to assist. If you would prefer to make your own way back to the airport, your Local Insider or the hotel reception will be able to arrange a taxi for you.

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    We know the world's best bits – our award-winning content proves it. Now we’re using that expertise to bring you curated trips that combine thoughtful planning with authentic experiences and hand-picked accommodation. Led by Local Insiders, our trips bring together small groups of curious travellers who embrace the value of shared experiences, cultural immersion and travel that never feels rushed.

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    We use a mix of public and private transport on our trips, but usually a small and comfortable minibus, so we can access more remote destinations that larger groups can’t get to.

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    Our maximum group size is 16, although our average group size is 10-12 people. Group travel is a great way to meet other people, and you will have the safety of travelling with a group, but you can also decide how much time you want to spend by yourself.

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    You do not have to make full payment at the time of booking. We only require a small, fully refundable deposit of $100 to secure your spot on the trip. Full payment is due at the latest 56 days prior to departure.

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  • What is a Local Insider?

    We believe there’s no better way to discover a new place and a new culture than by experiencing it through the eyes and experience of a local. That’s why we only work with local guides - whom we name our Local Insiders. They know their region inside out and have a passion for sharing it with travellers. All our Local Insiders have years of experience guiding and speak English. Importantly, they like to travel the way we like it too: away from crowds, tourist traps and queues. Focussing on the true essence of a destination, teaching you all about the local culture and profusely sharing local hidden gems and insights.

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