Portugal Uncovered

Portugal Uncovered

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Portugal Uncovered

12 Days Starting and ending in London, UK

Visiting: Porto, Guimaraes, Viana do Castelo, Geres National Park Tours | meeting point (by TrekPortugal Tours), Douro, Pinhão, Coimbra, Óbidos, Evora, Sintra, Lisbon

Tour operator:

Wendy Wu

Tour code:

2199

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 26

Physical rating:

Level1

Age range:

12-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History, Rail Tours

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Tour Overview

Small in size but rich in history, extravagant architecture and spectacular landscapes, Portugal punches well above its weight to earn its place as one of Europe's most rewarding travel destinations. Join us on this exhilarating journey from colourful Porto, rising theatrically up the banks of the Douro River, to the ornately cobbled streets of the capital Lisbon. Along the way, sample Portugal's mouth-watering cuisine and world-class wines, and experience the rich musical traditions of Fado. Witness sweeping Atlantic vistas, arid mountain sierras and immaculately manicured vineyards, while discovering castles, cathedrals and monasteries and so many other legacies of Portugal's golden past.

Highlights

  • Discover the colourful backstreets and hidden squares of Porto

  • Soak up the beauty of the Douro Valley

  • Explore the rural beauty of Alentejo

  • Take a privately-chartered No. 28 tram through Lisbon’s most characterful districts,

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival In Porto

Location: Porto

Meals Included: Dinner

Fly to the vibrant and colourful city of Porto, on the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure to start soaking up the culture of Porto's picturesque city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Discover Porto

Location: Porto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Porto is a city best explored on foot and today we discover its most famous monuments and some of its hidden secrets on a comprehensive walking tour. Along the way your guide will tell you about the politics, religion, local customs, traditions, gastronomy, wines, and everything else you need to know about Porto's local customs. After lunch in a traditional taverna, continue to one of Porto's oldest port cellars, where you will learn all about the wine after which the city is named, and sample three different vintages.

Day 3: Via Guimarães And Braga To Viana Do Castelo

Location: Guimaraes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head north to the historic town of Guimarães and enjoy a walking tour through its UNESCO listed medieval centre to the castle, known as the birthplace of the kingdom of Portugal, and to the colossal Palace of the Dukes. Pause for lunch in one of the city's medieval squares before continuing to Braga, the religious heart of Portugal, to visit the Bom Jesus do Monte complex. This neoclassical church sits at the top of a monumental 17-flight stairway. Continue to Viana do Castelo, often called the 'Jewel of the Costa Verde', to sample the fresh seafood for which the town is famous.

Day 4: Viana Do Castelo To Gerês National Park

Location: Viana do Castelo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, discover the fabulous Manueline, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Deco architecture of Viana do Costelo on a guided walking tour, then drive to the historic town of Ponte de Lima with its famous medieval bridge. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the town square and then continue to Quinta do Ameal, a wine estate dating back to 1710 in the heart of the Vinho Verde region. Here you can visit the cellar and learn about its fully organic wine production, with tastings of some of the estate wines. Finally drive to your hotel on the western edge of the Gerês National Park.

Day 5: Explore Gerês National Park And Drive To Douro Valley

Location: Geres National Park Tours | meeting point (by TrekPortugal Tours)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will experience the wild natural beauty of Gerês National Park. Transfer to the park entrance and enjoy a relaxed and gentle-paced walk to see crystal-clear streams, hidden waterfalls and peaceful lakes. Take the opportunity to swim, if you like, in the refreshing waters after a picnic lunch at the water’s edge. Then continue to the attractive town of Vila Real, pausing to visit the baroque masterpiece Mateus Palace, and finally drive into the scenic Douro Valley region to our hotel overlooking the famous terraced hillsides.

Day 6: Douro Valley By Water And Rail

Location: Douro, Pinhão, Douro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, drive to the lovely town of Pinhão in the heart of the Douro Valley. Here, board a historic Rabelo boat for a relaxing cruise on the Douro River, flanked by wineries on both riverbanks. Next, step aboard a local train and enjoy a scenic rail trip along the Douro River to the town of Peso da Régua. Continue by coach to a local family-run winery in the Douro Valley. Here enjoy a leisurely tour of the vineyard and learn about the wine making process, while sampling some of the wines. Return later to your hotel for some time at leisure.

Day 7: Douro Valley To Coimbra

Location: Coimbra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today head south from the Douro Valley to the wildlife-rich hills of the Serra da Lousã. Here explore some of the region's characteristic schist villages, built almost entirely of schist and surrounded by wooded hills. Sample talasnico, a local pastry made with honey, chestnuts and almond, along with local cheeses, wines and other produce. Continue to beautiful Coimbra and take a guided walk through the university town, whose historic centre is a multi-coloured collage of buildings spanning nearly a millennium.

Day 8: Coimbra To Caldas Da Rainha

Location: Óbidos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

First visit the small town of Tomar, the last Templar town to be commissioned and considered one of Portugal's finest historical jewels. Admire the UNESCO listed Convent of Christ while learning about the history and legends of the Templar Order and the Christ Order. Next visit two nearby monasteries, also UNESCO protected: first explore the 14th century Monastery of Batalha, with its spectacular flamboyant gothic architecture, then the earlier 12th century Alcobaça Monastery with its remarkable early Gothic façade. Enjoy lunch at the traditional fishing village of Nazare, famous for its big wave surfing, then head to the medieval, walled town of Obidos. Here, try some of the sweet cherry liqueur known as ginja and soak up the ambience of the cobbled paths and tiny medieval houses.

Day 9: Caldas Da Rainha To Évora

Location: Evora

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head south to the Alentejo region. First visit a working cork farm, set in a rural paradise of rolling hills, cork forests, olive groves and vineyards, with the occasional medieval fortress or abandoned chapel. Learn about cork farming along with all the other farm activities, plus the local fauna and flora. At the farmhouse, enjoy a tasting of the delicious wines produced here. Later arrive at Évora and set out on a walking tour of the town. Explore the UNESCO listed city centre, which dates right back to Roman times, and climb to the roof of Évora Cathedral to admire the view of the city and its surroundings.

Day 10: Sintra And Old Lisbon

Location: Sintra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

First drive to Sintra and visit the historic heart of this fabulously romantic 19th-century town, with its ornate and vividly painted villas and palaces, set in luxuriant parks and gardens. The whole area is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Later in the evening, having checked in at your city centre hotel, set out on a walking tour to experience the emotion of Fado, the evocative, haunting and deeply traditional Portuguese music. Guided by your Fado singer, discover some of the traditional Fado haunts of Old Lisbon, and visit a Fado House, where you will enjoy an incredible live performance and be transported to another world.

Day 11: Lisbon And Belém

Location: Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set out on an action-packed final day with a guided walking tour of Lisbon's beautiful historical centre, then board your private 'No. 28 Tram'. These tiny, colourful trams date back to the 1930s and the No. 28 route takes you through the oldest and most picturesque districts of Lisbon.

Next all aboard our fleet of electric tuk-tuks for an enjoyable ride from Lisbon to Belém, passing by the river and watching the bustling city life. Explore a host of Belém's famous monuments, legacies of Portugal's 'Golden Age of Exploration', before ending the day with a relaxing journey back to Lisbon along the Tagus River by sailing boat.

Finally, enjoy a farewell dinner at a rooftop restaurant with views across the city and the river.

Day 12: Depart Lisbon

Location: Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to Lisbon Airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Local Taxes

  • Meals – Full Board

  • Train Tickets

What's Not Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Drinks with Meals

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    yes

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    yes

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    no

  • Company Instant Book

    yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    yes

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    yes

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

    yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    no

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4 star

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    yes

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    26

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will endeavour to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any changes to confirmed bookings need to be sent to us in writing via your travel agent. Please refer to our booking conditions for further information and fees.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Customers booking to travel solo can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable them to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share, thus avoiding the need to pay single room supplements. Note that ‘Happy to Share’ requests can be received when you make your booking with us but will not be confirmed until your final payment due date.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your Final Travel Documents are usually sent to you 2-3 weeks prior to your departure. Your travel pack will include your tour itinerary, hotel details, flight e-tickets and a travel guide. If you have booked with a travel agent, your tickets will be dispatched to your travel agent unless we have been otherwise informed.

  • Will I be travelling with passengers from other countries?

    Our passengers generally enjoy the mixture of British, Australian and American clients on tour. Occasionally we are joined by English-speaking passengers from other countries.

  • Do you allow children on your tours?

    We allow children 12 years and over on our group tours. We recommend that families with children of any age take advantage of our private or tailormade tours. This will give you more flexibility while on tour.

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Operator discount: -$127

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$200

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Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Wendy Wu allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 0 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Wendy Wu requires a minimum deposit of 350 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of wendy wu charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 41 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • How we Keep you safe on our Tours

    Your safety and well-being will always be our Number 1 priority which is why we’ve instituted the most stringent COVID health and safety protocols on all of our tours. Here is a brief summary of the steps we are taking to ensure you will be safe, secure and satisfied when you travel with us.


    Guides and National Escorts
    Our National Escorts and guides will conduct a Health and Safety briefing with you before the tour begins and will help everyone ensure they adhere to social distancing, hygiene practises and local regulations. They will carry a supply of face masks and hand sanitiser for you to use free of charge and will, of course, observe the highest level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Should anyone on the group fall ill your National Escort will ensure the individual receives swift medical attention and can only return to the group once cleared to do so.


    Transport & Sightseeing
    Vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant after each excursion service, overnight and between different groups.

    You will always have at least one seat between you and your fellow tourers, hand sanitiser will be given to the group on each embarkation and vehicles will be thoroughly ventilated prior to passengers boarding.

    Drivers will always embark vehicles after clients, disembark the group vehicle prior to clients disembarking, and maintain social distancing and a high level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Your guides will assess the situation on the ground avoiding large crowds – where possible, alter timings and splitting the group into smaller sizes.


    Accommodation
    Wendy Wu Tours will only offer hotels that have undergone a detailed hygiene assessment, have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with government standards.

    We will ensure these protocols include staff practising social distancing and wearing appropriate PPI, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in all areas and food safety.


    Dining
    All the restaurants we visit will be researched and inspected regularly to ensure that they follow the strictest health, cleanliness and safety guidelines.

    All waiting staff will wear face masks and gloves and we will arrange à la carte dining, waiter-served meals or waiter-assisted buffets throughout the tour. We will not share open-buffet meals with other hotel or restaurant guests.

    Hand sanitiser will be provided to the group before and after every food and beverage service.

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