Art & Soul: Portugal By Design

Art & Soul: Portugal By Design

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Art & Soul: Portugal By Design

8 Days Starting in Lisbon and ending in PORTO

Visiting: Lisbon, Tomar, Nossa Senhora do Pranto, Coimbra, Porto

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Fully Guided

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25 - 36

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From: $2220 $2064 Operator discount: -$97 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$58

NB: Prices correct on 22-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Sparkling wine or soulful Fado? Roll by bike along the river or revel by boat on the Ria de Aveiro? Pastel-hues of Sintra’s palaces or plaza-hopping, expeditions through Lisbon? No matter how you awaken your spirit in Portugal with complimentary YourChoice Excursions, you choose how to be moved by cinematic scenery, soul-stirring traditions and centuries-old history on this 8-day tour of northwestern Portugal.

Why This Tour Is Sweeter Than Pastel de Nata:
•A mix of canals and the coastal cities of northwestern Portugal.
•Medieval marvels, mellow vintages, and mind-blowing music.
•Included YourChoice Excursions in Lisbon and Coimbra.
•You had me at bom dia!


  • Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.

  • DORNES Orientation walk.

  • TOMAR Guided sightseeing includes the Convent of Christ.

Places You'll See

Holiday Inn Lisboa

Dos Templarios

Donas Ines

Holiday Inn Porto Gaia


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Day 1 : Arrive In Lisbon

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Lisboa

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 : Lisbon

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Lisboa

Meals Included: Breakfast

LISBON Guided sightseeing includes a photo stop at Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.

YourChoice Excursions will include one of the following activities of your choice:

DELVE: TRAM-endous Lisbon!
Hop on one of Lisbon's legendary trams to soak-in the lively rhythm of the city and walk the narrow streets, alleyways, and cobblestones to discover old taverns in centuries-old squares.

GAZE: Gardens & Glittering Palaces
Discover Sintra, one of Portugal's most beautiful places. Like a page of from a fairytale, Sintra delivers stories complete with mystery and magic in the forests, mountains, and sea.

Day 3 : Tomar

Location: Tomar

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dos Templarios

Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast

TOMAR Guided sightseeing includes the Convent of Christ.

Day 4 : Tomar-Dornes-Coimbra

Location: Tomar, Nossa Senhora do Pranto, Coimbra

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Donas Ines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

DORNES Orientation walk of the village and free time.
COIMBRA Visit the University. Dinner with regional specialties at a local restaurant.

Day 5 : Coimbra

Location: Coimbra

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Donas Ines

Meals Included: Breakfast

COIMBRA YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

CLAP: Fancy Some Fado?
Discover Coimbra through the ancient and winding streets of its medieval center, Savor the unique heritage of the city's confectionery culture in a region filled with monasteries and convents that created some of Portugal's most signature specialty sweets. Your walking tour arrives at a local home to enjoy the soul of Portuguese music deep in the heart of the city. Try to resist being moved by the rhythmic and soulful strains of the Fado de Coimbra!

SIP: Bubbly Below Bairrada
Discover the Bairrada region in the ancient province of Beira Litoral. Stretching along Portugal's central coastline, it is blessed with an Atlantic climate of mild and rainy winters and summer sea winds that create the perfect place for prized Portuguese wines. Discover two wine producers continuing their tradition of more than 90 years of wine-making as you visit their wine cellars to tempt your taste buds with their award-winning sparkling wine.

Day 6 : Coimbra

Location: Coimbra

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Donas Ines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

COIMBRA YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

PEDAL: Rolling by the River
In the morning, we will steer in direction of the sea and make a small stop at the Environmental Interpretation Centre to make a bicycle tour, that will take you to discover areas of great natural beauty, such as paddy fields, marshes, reed beds and rushes. The presence of "Rio Antuã" and "Esteiro de Salreu", connected by a network of ditches, allows communication between all habitats, explaining the high levels of biodiversity that exist.

TASTE: The Sweet Side of Portugal
Satisfy your sweet tooth in a tiny town halfway between Lisbon and Porto and indulge in Pastéis de Tentúgal. These irresistible thin, flaky pastries filled with rich egg custard and dusted with powdered sugar were created by the resident Carmelite nuns in the 16th century! Hear the history of Tentúgal as you learn how its favorite confection is made, while enjoying a perfectly paired glass of wine or cup of tea.

FLOAT: Art Nouveau in Aveiro
Take a canal cruise on the Ria de Aveiro to explore the four waterways of the city known as the Portuguese Venice. Float along the main source of Aveiro's wealth and heritage, and discover the city's heart and soul while crossing its serene water roads. Passing by the City Center, you'll discover the colorful buildings that reflect the delightful Art Nouveau movement in this city where the past and present blend to reveal a remarkable landscape! A light lunch at a local restaurant is the perfect ending to this artful adventure.

Day 7 : Coimbra-Porto

Paul Allen

Location: Coimbra, Porto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Porto Gaia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

PORTO Follow your Local Guide for a walking tour in the city center. Enjoy a glass of Porto. This evening relax on a river cruise followed by farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8 : Porto

Paul Allen

Location: Porto

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast in the morning.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel


Breakfast Daily, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners


Lisbon:Holiday Inn Lisboa
Tomar:Dos Templarios
Coimbra:Donas Ines
Porto:Holiday Inn Porto Gaia


Belem Tower in Lisbon|Convent of Christ in Tomar|Historic Centre of Porto

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    Usually max 43 people.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?


  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?


  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?


  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    For over 90 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    The Globus Lighthouse Project - an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe's greater good. Globus, along with sister companies Avalon Waterways and Cosmos, invite our travellers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.

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I have done Newfoundland & Labrador with Iceberg Festival tour with Globus in June 2024. It was absolute rubbish for the price I paid towards the tour. Terrible hotels, horrible meals, barely any sightseeing that is worth while the visit, most importantly, the Iceberg festival never happened. Globus sold this specific tour departure date as the only way to attend this supposed Iceberg Festival. I felt cheated after paying 3527£ for a 13 day tour considering the only reason I picked this departure date was because I wanted to attend this Iceberg festival. I could have used my time and money in a better way doing a different tour with another company. A Canadian company who did the exact same tour is doing it for £2400. I have been travelling with Globus and Cosmos tours since 2008. However, this company tours have been terrible after the covid shutdowns. They are charging more than the premium companies and not providing the equivalent service on par with the prices. Safe to say that I won't be recommending Globus and Cosmos tours to anyone. Try other tour companies that are on the market.

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