Treasures of Portugal

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  • $1,499
    Tour Only
  • $2,299
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  • 11
    Days
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PORTO, COIMBRA, FATIMA, ÉVORA, LISBON

Whether you believe in miracles or simply grasp the extraordinary power of an Old World escape, this Treasures of Portugal vacation package from the U.S. opens the door to wonderful possibilities. Your escorted tour, with airfare included, presents the very best of Portugal sites in Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Fatima, Evora and more. It’s an enticing fusion of oceanside and riverfront ambiance, sun-splashed country, medieval marvels, religious landmarks, rich traditions and mouthwatering bites and beverages. Your smarTours® guide leads, lends context and customizes dining and free time ideas, so you can ease your way through each dreamy stop.

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Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight international flight to Porto
  • 2 nights in Porto
  • 2 nights in Coimbra
  • 2 nights in Évora
  • 3 nights in Lisbon
  • Return flight to the U.S.
  • Optional 3-night Azores Extension in Ponta Delgada (São Miguel Island)

Tour
Highlights

  • Walking tour of Porto
  • Aveiro, the “Venice of Portugal”
  • Guarda
  • University of Coimbra and Royal Palace (Coimbra)
  • Tomar, a city built by the Knights Templar
  • Fatima
  • The Medieval Village of Marvão
  • Cathedral of Évora
  • Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones)/Royal Church of St. Francis (Évora)
  • Wine tasting and olive tasting (Évora)
  • Belém Riverside District (Lisbon)
  • Obidos
  • Fado show with dinner

Optional Azores Extension:

  • Lagoa do Fogo
  • Furnas Lake
  • Big Truck Experience
  • Natural Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões
  • Sete Cidades

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip flight New York Area (EWR) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 11 meals: 9 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach

Optional Azores Extension:

  • Round-trip flights
  • Accommodations at a first-class hotel
  • 5 meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary

Map

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Overnight flight to Porto. Your escorted Portugal tour package includes round-trip airfare from the U.S.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Porto on Day 2.

Arrive in Porto

This morning, we’ll land in Porto, Portugal’s northern hub, and begin our guided tour on foot. Explore the well-preserved historical center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along beautiful Avenida dos Aliados, the impressive boulevard at Porto’s heart. See ornate, architecturally diverse buildings, including Porto Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest. This day ends with a special wine tasting in a local wine cellar. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. BessaHotel…

Douro River Cruise

Today, enjoy a Douro River Cruise. Long renowned for its wine culture and stunning vineyards, the Douro River Valley provides a divine backdrop for this round-trip voyage. Navigate through the river banks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia and discover Douro River. Enjoy the magnificent six bridges that unite these two cities! The remainder of the day is at leisure or consider taking the half-day excursion to Guimaraes.

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Porto/Aveiro/Coimbra

After breakfast, we’ll depart for Coimbra. Along the way, stop in Aveiro, located on the west coast, set on a lagoon and often called the “Venice of Portugal” for the colorful barcos moliceiros (boats traditionally used to harvest seaweed) traversing its canals. Experience the city’s urban heritage and culture while strolling its narrow, old quarter streets and admiring its pastel-hued homes. Continue on to Coimbra, an ancient city and the first capital of Portugal in…

University of Coimbra and Coimbra at Leisure or Optional Half-Day Excursion to the Conimbriga Ruins

Following breakfast, tour the University of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in Lisbon in 1290, it moved finally to Coimbra in 1537, atop a hill overlooking the city. Visit the Royal Palace, where we’ll find the Great Hall of Acts (the school’s ceremonies are held here), the Private Examination Room (once the King of Portugal’s bedroom, it now hosts graduate exams) and the Arms Room (the former Academic Royal Guard’s weapons are on…

Coimbra/Tomar/Fatima/ Marvão/Évora

Depart after breakfast this morning. Stop in Tomar, built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. Journey to Fatima, the famous Catholic site where three shepherd children reported visions of the Virgin Mary and the Miracle of the Sun occurred in 1917. Today, Fatima attracts millions of pilgrims annually, from all over the world. We’ll also visit Marvão, a medieval village with cobblestone streets and picturesque hilltop views. Later, arrive in Évora and check-in…

Évora

After breakfast, travel to the city’s highest point to visit the Cathedral of Évora and its Cloisters. The cathedral began construction in 1184 and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to the Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, part of the Royal Church of St. Francis. In this 16th-century chapel, be awed by the décor: meticulously arranged stacks of human bones, as well as entire bodies. Next, we’ll celebrate life’s pleasures while perusing…

Évora/Lisbon

Depart for Lisbon this morning. Dive in to Belém, Lisbon’s riverside district. Reflect on the 16th-century Monastery of Jeronimos, a prime example of Manueline-style (Portuguese late Gothic) architecture. Check out iconic Belém Tower, where soldiers once watched the Tagus River for incoming invaders. Together, the monastery and tower are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the Monument to the Discoveries, honoring Portugal’s navigators who explored trade opportunities with the Orient and India. Next,…

Lisbon at Leisure or Optional Half-Day Baixa District Tour or Optional Sintra Excursion

Today: free time, a chance to discover intriguing Lisbon for yourself. You may also choose to take either our Half-Day Baixa District Tour or our Sintra Excursion. Both depart Lisbon this morning so you may choose only one of these two tours. Please refer to Optional Tours for more details.

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Obidos Excursion/Lisbon

Trek outside Lisbon to captivating Obidos, a medieval, walled town characterized by cobblestone streets lined with bookstores, whitewashed homes with splashes of blue and yellow paint and a well-preserved hilltop castle. This afternoon, return to Lisbon. We’ll delight in a farewell dinner with a Fado show of traditional folk music that is traceable back to the early 1800s and typically features mandolins, guitars and a melancholic tune.

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Depart Lisbon/Arrive in the U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the U.S. Return home full of wonderful memories of Portugal.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 11 in Lisbon.

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Guided Tour Pricing

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from Newark (EWR). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $599.
2022 Departures: Single room supplement is $629.

AZORES EXTENSION
2021 Departures:
Add $799 per person double occupancy / $998 single occupancy
Apr – Oct 2022 Departures: Add $999 per person double occupancy / $1,228 single occupancy
Feb, Mar & Nov 2022 Departures: Add $949 per person double occupancy / $1,178 single occupancy

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Extended Tours

Overview: Azores Extension

  • From approx. $799 Per Person

Sete Cidades (Via Big Truck)

Escorted by your tour guide, transfer to Lisbon for your flight to Ponta Delgada. Upon arrival, we’ll meet our new guide and will begin our tour of the Sete Cidades, a scenic area set against two turquoise lakes, in a Big Truck. Along the way, stop at the Pico do Carvão viewpoint to see the north and south coasts of the island, as well as the central zone, which showcases numerous volcanic cones. Continue to…

Fogo & Furnas/Ponta Delgada

Today we’ll drive to Lagoa do Fogo via the south side of the island towards Barrosa Mountain and stop at the belvederes to admire the serene lake and beautiful landscapes. Continue along the north coast to visit the city of Ribeira Grande, Sta Iria viewpoint, and Gorreana tea plantations. Plus, catch a beautiful view of the Pico de Ferro and the volcanic Furnas Lake. For lunch, savor an authentic meal at a local restaurant and…

Nordeste (via Big Truck)

This morning we will drive north towards Nordeste’s top sights including the Natural Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões which features beautiful waterfalls, windmills, and lush vegetation. Stroll through Nordeste village’s well-preserved streets, admiring flowers and quaint buildings along the way, and then stop at the coastal viewpoints of Ponta do Arnel and Ponta do Sossego e Ponta da Madrugada. After lunch at a local restaurant in Povoação, an original Portuguese settlement, we’ll head back to…

Depart Azores/USA

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the U.S. Return home full of wonderful memories of Portugal.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

*NEW* Indicated optional tours are now available to pre-book when you reserve your trip. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour!

Availability and pricing are subject to change. Optional tours require a minimum number of participants in order for the tour to operate. If you choose to book your optional tour while on your trip, payments are non-refundable and should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge).

Half-Day Excursion to Guimaraes

  • Porto
  • From approx. $61 Per Person

Venture to Guimaraes, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being an “exceptionally well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town.” While there, be immersed in the historic center with its magnificent castle and the 1420 Palace of the Dukes of Braganza.

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Half-Day Excursion to the Conimbriga Ruins

  • Coimbra
  • From approx. $31 Per Person

Travel to Condeixa-a-Velha and visit the Conimbriga Ruins, one of the largest and best-preserved Roman settlements in Portugal. Examine the lovely mosaics and walk the interior gardens of the noble houses as we discover this ancient city.

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Half-Day Baixa District Tour

  • Lisbon
  • From approx. $49 Per Person

Explore the Baixa District, located at the heart of Lisbon. This vibrant area is filled with Old World cafés, gorgeous plazas, boulevards and avenues and Neoclassical architecture.

Note: This tour is available on Day 9 at the same time as the Sintra Excursion. Travelers may choose either the Sintra Excursion or the Baixa District tour, but cannot choose both.

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Sintra Excursion

  • Lisbon
  • From approx. $91 Per Person
Venture to the municipality of Sintra to discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s also one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Pena Palace, with its hilltop vantage point and eclectic architectural styles, will take your breath away. Note: Pena Palace entrance subject to availability. If not available, entrance to Sintra’s Royal Palace will be substituted. This tour is available on Day 9 at the same time as the Half-Day Baixa District tour. Travelers may…

Reviews

Jacki

The Treasures of Portugal tour was amazing. Romina, our tour director, was absolutely fantastic. The historical information shared with us was invaluable and she watched after us every step of the way. This is my second experience with SmarTours and the accommodations, tour highlights and everything included have been an incredible value. I am looking forward to my next trip!

colleen s

Dear Smartours- We enjoyed getting a taste of Portugal-"Treasures of Portugal"; such a beautiful country with kind people. Our wonderful tour director Manuela Nikas was very rich in knowledge and highly intelligent. I was amazed at all her historical expertise which made the trip so interesting. She was great! You are very fortunate to have her! I especially appreciated her getting my bag back for me that the locally hired bus driver forgot onboard. Thanks to her, I received it before leaving Porto. Itinerary wise, I wish there were more meals included besides breakfasts. Only 2 dinners included?? Most of the group have traveled with Smartours before and were shocked not more meals were provided. This caused a huge problem for those not familiar with each city, and especially for the older people in our group. I've been on tours that set up a few lunches at cities en route. This provided a unique experience tasting the local cuisine. We did enjoy staying at least 2 nights at each city. Guarda was not worth stopping. Way out of the way and not worth it since most of the group could not even climb to the top of the fortress. In Lisbon, the walking city tour should've been included and not been an optional tour charging 40 euros. When we first landed in Porto, the city tour was included which offered a nice intro to the city. Sintra was amazing and could've included Cascais or Quinta Regaleira as well for that price. The optional tours were very overpriced. A handful of our group made their arrangements for their optional tours and paid less than what SmarTours charged. They boasted seeing way more than us paying fewer euros for double the time with added places. SmarTours should offer something unique to what local tours are offering. That way people on the tour feel they are getting something that others cannot get on their own. We also missed not having a dedicated bus driver for the entire tour. Hiring local bus drivers are not as dedicated as having just one person throughout the trip. The suggested tip should've been clarified. It stated US dollars but then to find out that in the smaller cities, it's hard for locals to exchange small amounts and service charges. People were confused why tip was in dollars but optional tours were in Euros. Be consistent, please. You can simply state the suggested tip in US dollars but clarify it should be paid in euros. Then people can do the math and figure out the exchange rate. Don't cut back on little details and short change SmarTours' good reputation. Sincerely Colleen S. And Stella M. Oct 15-25, 2019

W N

Portugal was incredible; rich in history. Our tour director, Manuela A, was wonderful; she was informative, kind, knowledgeable, helpful, and fun. Memorable trip.

Stacey

Great tour with a fantastic tour guide Romina. The tour provided a good balance of historical and cultural sites with leisure activities. I loved having time to explore the towns and villages at my own pace—shopping for tiles, soap and cork, tasting the namesake port wine and just people watching and enjoying amazing food at one of the many outdoor cafes. This is my fifth tour with Smartours and is definitely one of my favorites so far. Hotels were very good and the included breakfasts did not disappoint. I hope to return to Portugal soon, the cities and people of Évora and Porto stole my heart.

Pat M

We just returned over the weekend from Treasures of Portugal, and it was absolutely wonderful! Mina, our tour director, was excellent and made sure that every detail was perfect. I have traveled with many more expensive companies and this tour was equal to, if not better than, any of the others. I highly recommend SmarTours.

Charles s

Had a fantastic time on our tour. The country side is beautiful and the history of Portugal is amazing. Our guide was so knowledgable abut the history and the history explorers it was fantastic to learn so much and have it related to the sites we visited. The Roman ruins were fantastic to see and walk among. Have done many smart tours Portugal was among the many great ones you have provided to my wife and I.

Joyce

Excellent tour to Portugal! Guide Mena was wonderful! Joyce

Helen

Excellent tour . Well organized. Lots of cobblestones and hills however made it hard for some tour members

Helen

Excellent tour . Well organized. Lots of cobblestones and hills however made it hard for some tour nembers

Denise

SmartTour's Portugal Tour delivered a lot of quality bang for the buck. It was led by Romina, an exceptional tour guide who was fun, knowledgeable, professional but most of all, very patient and caring, ensuring that everyone's needs were being met, keeping our itinerary on target, but always mindful of potential traffic jams, long lines, crowds, etc. and ensuring that all went smoothly from our point of arrival to our moment of departure. She was a sweetie. She even tried to teach us some Portuguese! SmartTours was wise in choosing Romina, such a wonderful guide, whose English was near-native-like in proficiency. I loved Portugal, its charm, its interesting history, its amazing architecture, its beautiful azuejo tiles, its delicious wines, port, pasteis de nata, and most of all, its very warm and friendly people. I could go on and on. Please know this. This is the kind of tour to get an overview of Portugal. to get a sample of its many varied regions. If anyone wants a deeper experience, then target one place and spend a greater amount of time. I for one was blown away with the library at the University of Coimbra and later at the fortress and Knights of the Templar church in Tomar. I found the magnificence of these historical places so jaw-dropping. Later, we went to the small town of Marvão and walked through the charming narrow cobbled streets, and beautiful church gardens overlooking vistas of the Spanish frontier, I thought, this is a place I'd love to come back to, a quiet respite in the midst of such great beauty. The trip left me not just with visual memories, but musical ones, as well. The Coimbra university students' touching nostalgic fado was a special moment as was the emotionally charged fado sung by a mature woman at our farewell dinner in Lisbon. So many memorable moments! For those who may wonder if there are opportunities to meet and talk to Portuguese outside of the tour, my answer is yes, there were many. But, know this. That kind of 1:1 experience is for the tourist to seek out and seize. One cannot be a passive traveler to truly experience a new culture. One must make the effort to read up and prepare in advance for a trip, and to be willing and open engage with people one encounters. That will make any trip all the better. The Portuguese I met were friendly, open to chat, to struggle with their English and my extremely limited Portuguese, and answer questions. So, this, for me, was a truly delightful trip!

Anonymous

Guide and hotels were fine. Did not like the fact that some trips were optional and add -on costs. In past Smartour trips I have been on, all excursions were included.. Also, one excursion, on the last day, was basically a shopping trip. Cute town, but no purpose.Would have liked formal interaction/meeting/discussions about political/daily life, info on Salazar era, with people who live in Portugal. Guide alluded to it on bus, but would have like more in-depth views. Also 44 is a very large group! But, we did love Portugal, and our guide, Romina, was delightful.
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