Treasures of Portugal

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  • $2399
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  • 11
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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 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.

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.

Tour
Highlights

  • Walking tour of Porto
  • Aveiro
  • Guarda
  • University of Coimbra and Royal Palace (Coimbra)
  • Tomar
  • Fatima
  • 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

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip, nonstop flight
  • 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

Tour 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 evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. D HF Ipanema Park (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)

Porto/Aveiro/Guarda/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. 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. The balance of…

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 at your hotel. B Vila Galé Évora Hotel (or similar)

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 local handicraft and food markets, and then indulging in a wine tasting and olive tasting with snacks. The balance of your day is at…

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. The balance of your day is at leisure. B Hotel Mundial or…

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 our Half-Day Baixa District Tour or our Sintra Excursion. Please refer to Optional Tours for more details. B Hotel Mundial or Tivoli Oriente Lisboa Hotel (or similar)

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. B/D Hotel Mundial or Tivoli Oriente Lisboa Hotel (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

Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)

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Single room supplement is $599.

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Reservations and Payments
Reservations for tours in Portugal 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 within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

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Half-Day Excursion to Guimaraes

  • Porto
  • From approx. 35 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

  • Porto
  • 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, which includes a wine tasting with cheese.

Half-Day Excursion to the Conimbriga Ruins

  • Coimbra
  • From approx. 18 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

  • Lisbon
  • From approx. 26 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.

Sintra Excursion

  • Lisbon
  • From approx. 60 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.

Reviews

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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