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Savvy Livin does Portugal May 6th 2019

May is the absolute best time to visit Portugal as the flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining and the heat is not too overpowering. With that said it is also a very busy time so we do not have much time to book. Space is limited and the hotels have only given us a short window to reserve. If you need someone to share with don't wait, just register and we will help to match you with someone who is in the same boat!

Join the Savvy Livin Group on this exclusive custom tour of Portugal.

Nestled between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal offers abundant seafood and a majestic coastline. Traveling inland the diversity of Portugal’s landscape unfolds from the vineyards of the Douro Valley to the mountainous interior dotted with rustic villages, magical woodland and hilltop castles. With architecturally-stunning cities, and fewer crowds than its European neighbors, this romantic country brims with old-world charm. Find the essence of Portugal on your exclusive adventure with Concierge Travel.

We begin in Porto, the town that gave the country (and port wine) its name. The old town was built on the hills overlooking the Douro River, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Traveling inland we discover the wine-draped enchanting Douro Valley and the pine-clad mountains of Serra da Estrela. We’ll visit cobblestone villages where the smell of bread baking wafts through the air, indulge in wine tastings at local estates, and listen to soul-stirring Fado music.

At weeks end, you will come to understand the true meaning of the Portuguese word saudade describing the intense longing towards the country and its people. In short, it’s a chance to experience the fabric of this still-undiscovered European gem and the history, people, and landscapes that have come to define it.

1. Lisbon’s timeworn charm “Set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this dainty sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairytale of timeworn manners and traditions,” says Telegraph Travel’s Lisbon expert, Guyan Mitra. “Check out the century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that still lurch and rumble their way through the city. Or witness the best of this bygone heritage by wandering through the Baixa district, where age-old herbalists, haberdashers and tailors rub shoulders in the baroque streets of the ornate city centre.”
2. Pretty Porto “With its medieval heart, contemporary buzz, magnificent gold-leaf-laced churches – oh, and a rather nice signature tipple – Portugal’s second city merits a visit at any time,” writes Telegraph Travel’s Adrian Bridge. Carved in two by the Douro river, downtown Porto has a faded sophistication, while the seaside suburbs have witnessed something of a renaissance in recent years, home as they are to a burgeoning collection of bars, restaurants and cafes, which offer an authentic slice of local life.
3. The wine, of course Portugal’s national drink (port or porto) is ubiquitous across the country, particularly in its eponymous home. Any bar and restaurant worth its salt will sell the fortified wine, but for larger quantities head to one of Portugal’s plentiful off-licences, which sell anything from dusty, 100-year-old bottles worth €1,000, to more affordable vintages.
4. It’s home to Europe’s most underrated river The Douro might not conjure the imagery of the Seine or even the Thames, but it’s comfortably one of the most beautiful waterways in Europe, as it snakes through vineyards, bucolic villages and Porto, where it is spanned by the city’s iconic iron bridge.
5. Sintra is a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, near the capital, Lisbon. A longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-coloured villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palace is distinguished by dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tilework. The hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace is known for a whimsical design and sweeping views.

Depart Toronto Evening flight on May 5th 2019

Day 1 : Depart Toronto for a direct overnight flight to Lisbon.

Day 2. Arrival in Lisbon airport, meet with your guide at the airport to gather the group for transfer to your Hotel. Stop off at Nazaré for lunch (not included) and stroll along the coast. Continue journey to Porto, and free time in the afternoon. Hotel for overnight in Porto.

Day 3 : PORTO . Breakfast and meet with your guide for a full day visit of Oporto. Capital and gateway to the north of Portugal, Oporto is both the city that provided a nation with a name and a fortified wine known world-wide: port. Panoramic trip through the city, viewed from Castelo do Queijo, Foz (river mouth), the beaches, Avenida da Boavista and the historical centre, declared World Heritage in 1996 by UNESCO: Avenida dos Aliados, Baixa (Downtown) of Oporto, Praça da Liberdade, São Bento station, with its tile panels depicting the history of Portugal, passing by the church of Torre dos Clérigos, the city’s most distinctive monument, a genuine baroque masterpiece designed by Nicolau Nasoni. Visit to the Palácio da Bolsa to admire the superb Arabic arquitecture. Free time to have lunch that we suggest to be in Cais da Ribeira, facing the Douro River. In the afternoon we will enjoy a boat trip in a typical Rabelo (50 min) . Visit and wine tasting in the cellars of the famous Port wine (included). Continue trip to the hotel, overnight in Porto.

Day 4 : GUIMARÃES / BRAGA . Breakfast and begin your journey with a visit to Guimarães. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide you will have the opportunity to visit the Castle, where D. Afonso Henriques was born, walking through the historical town (an open air museum). Free time for lunch . Head towards Braga, where you will visit the Santuario do Sameiro and Bom Jesus and passage by the fabulous Municipal Stadium of Braga, a master piece with a signature from the architect Souto Moura. We will find next the historical zone, known as the Portuguese Rome, with emphasis to the Avenue Central and Jardim do Paço. Overnight at the Palace hotel in Braga.

Day 5: LAMEGO / DOURO VALLEY . Breakfast at the Hotel. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide you will visit Lamego, where we will find the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remédios and many other historical places. Lamego is near the Douro riverbanks, which allows us to admire the wonderful views to the vineyards where the grapes for the famous Port Wine are picked. We will take the road between Pinhão, in all the Douro, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The small hills reveal contiguous vine terraces, all following the curves of the mountain and forming an impressive landscape.

Visit the railway station in Pinhão, built at the end of the nineteenth century, the inside of which is entirely lined with panels of azulejos . Lunch and visit a wine production farm in Porto, Quinta de Marrocos (or similar) (included). We will them go to the small town of FAVAIOS, where Quinta da Avessada is located, in the centre of 1000 hectares of vineyards producing muscatel grapes. Tasting of the famous Moscatel de Favaios (included). Return trip to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Braga.

Day 6 : BRAGA . Breakfast and Free day. Overnight at the hotel in Braga.

Day 7 : LISBON . Breakfast at the Hotel and continue trip towards Lisbon. In the afternoon, meet your guide at the Hotel. Enjoy a panoramic view of Lisbon, Campo Pequeno, Praça de Espanha, Parque Eduardo VII, Marquês de Pombal and Avenida da Liberdade, Rossio, Praça do Comércio until the downtown - Baixa: the light, the tradition, the beauty and the ancient culture we find in every corner. On the banks of the Tagus we will find the Torre de Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos inaugurated in 1960. Not far away, we will visit to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos - an impressive example of Manueline architecture and a World Heritage site. We will have the opportunity to taste the famous “Pastéis de Belém” (included). Return to the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 8: LISBON / SINTRA / CABO DA ROCA / CASCAIS / ESTORIL / LISBON . Breakfast. The day begins with a journey Sintra. A beautiful town at the foot of the mountain range of the same name, its unique characteristics has led UNESCO to classify it as a World heritage site. Time to visit Palácio Nacional de Sintra , The most striking and distinctive feature of the palace is the two large conical chimneys of the kitchen and Quinta da Regaleira. Near Sintra we will pass by: Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of Europe mainland), Cascais, a traditionally fishing village and Estoril, a world-famous resort, and a true cosmopolitan centre with wonderful nightlife, having all the conditions to be a summer centre - beaches, excellent hotels, golf courses, a casino and even a motor-racing circuit. Return to the hotel, overnight in Lisbon.

Day 9: DEPARTURE . Breakfast at the Hotel . At the agreed time, transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Price Per Person $2995 based on double occupancy. (twin Beds are available) Single Supplement $700 per person .. Half Board- (evening meals each day $280)

INCLUDED FEATURES:

  • Direct Flight from Toronto
  • All Taxes and hotel resort fees where applicable
  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels all with BB basis
  • 4 evening dinners included
  • Wine tastings and entrances as indicated
  • 2 nights in Porto (Novotel Porto Gaia Hotel 4*)
  • 3 nights in Braga (Vila Gale Collection Braga Hotel 4*)
  • 2 nights in Lisbon (Sana Lisboa Hotel 4* )
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary in modern A/C motor coach
  • Local guides
  • Concierge Service for the duration
  • Optional 3 night extension to Algarve Coast.

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Created with images by Jennvmy_ - "Goddess Castle" • Li Jiachun - "One day in Lisbon" • Pedro Nuno Caetano - "Porto I" • VinoFamily - "Porto Palo, vendemmia sul mare di Cantine Settesoli" • mat's eye - "The Douro Valley" • jganzarain - "portugal sintra castle" • Kačka a Ondra - "Palacio da Pena" • AL-MUT - "window portugal sintra" • AL-MUT - "arches portugal sintra" • Red Mirror - "untitled image" • realfaketraveler - "lisbon portugal ocean"

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