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.
Alternatively spend the day wandering around this fantastic city at leisure. Your choice.
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)
- 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.