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Discover the best of Portugal with its diverse ethnic influences, unique cultural traditions and a history of exploration that at one time made it the most powerful kingdom in Europe. Portugal’s Age of Great Discoveries, from the 15th to 17th centuries, brought trade and wealth which left its mark throughout the country. Explore this legacy with stays in Portugal's two largest cities, the capital of Lisbon, point of departure for many voyages of exploration, and Porto, the longtime hub of the trade in Port wine, the sweet fortified wine the area is famous for and Portugal's main exported wine since the 17th century.
Begin in Porto located in the Douro River valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. Birthplace of Henry the Navigator who launched Portugal’s voyages of exploration, Porto is also celebrated internationally as the port wine capital. On a tour of the Port Wine Museum, learn how port wine is made and explore how its production has been adjusted and improved throughout the centuries. Continue your port wine education - getting to know your tawnies from your rosés - during a tour and tasting at Calem Winery, one of the area's most celebrated wineries. You'll also get to appreciate Porto's well-preserved historic buildings on a city tour and during a relaxing cruise on the Douro River. See the city from a different perspective as you glide under the city's famous bridges while enjoying excellent views.
Depart for Lisbon with a stop in Coimbra en route to enjoy a guided tour of the famous university, founded in 1290 and among the oldest universities in Europe. Then it's on to Lisbon, the oldest city in Europe and the home port of the celebrated explorers of the 15th to 17th centuries. The voyages they made to the Far East and Brazil brought a period of great wealth to Portugal, influencing the country's art and architecture for centuries. An included tour takes you to many of the city's landmarks including Eduardo VII Park, Se Cathedral and the Tower of Belém which stands on the former beach at Restelo, point of departure for sea voyages. Also visit the Castle of São Jorge, the centuries-old Moorish castle overlooking the city's historic center.
Conclude your Portuguese adventure with an excursion along the coast. See the Bay of Cascais and its dramatic Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth) chasm before arriving at Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe and the last point of land that sailors would see as they ventured west across the Atlantic.
• 7 nights accommodations: 3 nights in Porto and 4 nights in Lisbon
• Meals - Daily breakfast and 5 dinners, including Welcome and Farewell Dinners
• Local sightseeing by private air-conditioned motor coach
• Services of a professional English-speaking Tour Director plus local English-speaking guides in Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon
• Sights – Douro River cruise in Porto; city tours of Porto and Lisbon; guided visit to the University of Coimbra; coastal excursion to Cabo da Roca
• Flavors – Visit to the Port Wine Museum and Calem Winery Tour and Tasting
• Round-trip airport transfers
Day 1 - Arrive in Lisbon
You’ll be met at the Lisbon airport by your tour manager and transferred by motor coach to the northern city of Porto. Upon arrival, take a relaxing Douro River cruise under the Porto’s famous bridges and enjoy excellent views of the city. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Accommodation: Mercure Porto Centro Hotel - 3 nights
Day 2 - Porto Sightseeing
Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Porto that includes the Gothic cathedral and the narrow cobbled streets of the historic city center. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Day 3 - Wine Tastings
Enjoy a morning visit to the beautiful Church of São Francisco. This afternoon, visit the Port Wine Museum and take a wine cellar tour with port wine tastings at Calem Winery. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Day 4 - Coimbra to Lisbon
Depart Porto this morning and travel to Lisbon. En route, stop in Coimbra to visit the University of Coimbra. Established in 1290, it is one of the oldest universities in Europe and is housed in the former Royal Palace. Continue to Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. The afternoon is at leisure followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: HF Fenix Lisboa Hotel - 4 nights
Day 5 - Lisbon Sightseeing
Enjoy a morning guided tour of Lisbon, including Eduardo VII Park, Castle of São Jorge, Sé Cathedral and the Belém Tower. The afternoon is free for more sightseeing, shopping or other activities.
Day 6 - Coastal Excursion
Enjoy an afternoon excursion along the coast. See the Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth) and the Bay of Cascais. Continue to Cabo da Roca, the continent’s westernmost point. Return to Lisbon for dinner.
Day 7 - Free Day in Lisbon
Today is entirely at leisure to shop, relax or visit more sights. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 - Depart Lisbon
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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