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 ambience, 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.
- 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 Azores Extension Available in 2020:
- 3 nights in Ponta Delgada (São Miguel Island)
- Walking tour of Porto
- Aveiro, the “Venice of Portugal”
- University of Coimbra and Royal Palace (Coimbra)
- Tomar, a city built by the Knights Templar
- 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)
- Fado show with dinner
Optional Azores Extension:
- Lagoa do Fogo
- Furnas Lake
- Big Truck Experience
- Natural Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões
- Sete Cidades
- Round-trip flight New York (EWR)
- 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
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.
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. D BessaHotel Boavista (or similar)
Porto at Leisure or Optional Half-Day Excursion or Optional Guimaraes Douro River Cruise
Savor Porto independently during a day of free time. Consider taking our Half-Day Excursion to Guimaraes or our Douro River Cruise—please refer to Optional Tours for more details. B HF Ipanema Park (or similar)
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. Next, head to Guarda, where you’ll have time to wander its unique squares and streets. Situated in the Serra de Estrela mountainscape, Guarda’s lofty elevation has made it an ideal,…
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 display). Step into St. Michael Chapel and the Baroque Library, both jaw-droppingly exquisite, from floor to ceiling. Next, you’ll…
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 at your hotel. B Vila Galé Évora Hotel (or similar)
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 local handicraft and food markets, and then indulging in a wine tasting and olive tasting with snacks. The balance of your day is at…
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, enjoy a glass of wine and learn how to make a typical Portugese…
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. B Hotel Mundial (or similar)
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. B/D Hotel Mundial (or similar)
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. B
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
*October 19 Departure: Azores extension is not available.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 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 $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
- From approx. $799 Per Person
Available in 2020!
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 the Vista do Rei to admire the breathtaking landscape over a huge volcanic crater. We continue to the picturesque village of Sete Cidades, an authentic portrait of rural…
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 then take some time to explore Terra Notra Park and relax at the hot springs of Furnas Lake. Return to Ponta Delgada where you’ll have an evening to explore…
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 Ponta Delgada. On the way, you’ll have an exciting adventure traversing the Salto do…
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.
Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash (Euros). Subject to minimum number of participants and availability.
Half-Day Excursion to Guimaraes
- From approx. 50 Euro 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.
Douro River Cruise
- From approx. 40 Euro Per Person
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!
Half-Day Excursion to the Conimbriga Ruins
- From approx. 25 Euro 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.
Half-Day Baixa District Tour
- From approx. 40 Euro 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.
- From approx. 75 Euro 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.
R. Dr. Marques de Carvalho 111,
4100-325 Porto, Portugal
Tivoli Coimbra Hotel
Sleek and sophisticated, this popular downtown Coimbra hotel offers relaxing rooms, contemporary touches and facilities such as the trendy Simone Coffee Shop.
Rua João Machado 4 • 3000-226 Coimbra, Portugal
Vila Galé Coimbra
Rua Abel Dias Urbano, 20
Vila Galé Évora Hotel
Dedicated to the Alentejo culture, this Évora hotel evokes the region’s tradition and history. Settle into a spacious room, and enjoy amenities like two restaurants, a bar, an outdoor pool with water slides and a spa.
Avenida Túlio Espanca • 7005-840 Évora, Portugal
Tivoli Évora Ecoresort
Quinta da Deserta e Malina
M'AR De AR Muralhas
Travessa da Palmeira, 4/6
Ideally situated downtown, this refined Lisbon hotel has perks like a rooftop bar and lounge with 360-degree vistas, Premium Winehouse Bar & Shop and three fabulous restaurants.
Praça Martim Moniz 2 • 1100-341 Lisbon, Portugal
Hotel Marina Atlântico
- Ponta Delgada
Av. João Bosco Mota Amaral n.º1, 767
9500-767 Ponta Delgada
VIP Executive Azores Hotel
- Ponta Delgada
Rotunda de São Gonçalo, 131, S. Pedro
9500-343 Ponta Delgada – Portugal
Your flights from the U.S. to Portugal and back to the U.S. are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the origin airport at least three-and-a-half hours before the scheduled departure.
(Main Tour + Azores Extn)
|2020: Apr. 13, Apr. 20, May 4, May 18, May 25, Jun. 1||TAP Portugal||6:00PM||4:15PM||4:15PM|
|2020: Jun. 15, Aug. 17, Sep. 7||TAP Portugal||11:00PM||4:15PM||4:15PM|
|2020: Sep. 14, Sep. 21, Sep. 28||TAP Portugal||10:45PM||3:15PM||TBA|
|2020: Oct. 12||TAP Portugal||10:45PM||3:15PM||TBA|
|2020: Oct. 26||TAP Portugal||7:00PM||9:30PM||4:00PM (Nov. 9)|
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
TAP Portugal does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at your Porto hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary and end after breakfast at your Lisbon hotel on Day 11.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. No visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
November through April, daytime highs are typically in the high 50s to low 60s with nighttime lows in the 40s. May through June, and during October, enjoy daytime temperatures that can reach the mid-60s to low 70s with nighttime temperatures dropping to the 50s and low 60s. The warmest time to visit is July through September with daytime temperatures from the mid-70s to the 80s, depending on your altitude and location, and pleasantly cool nighttime temperatures in the high 50s to mid-60s.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour offer several dining choices, ranging from coffee shops to specialty restaurants. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal, per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdrawal local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18″x10″x8″. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.