Discover Portugal 2020

Small Group Tour with Back-Roads Touring Co.

Lisbon, Coimbra, Douro Valley and Porto

From charming medieval villages to the cobbled streets of Porto, the remote Douro Valley and countless world-famous pilgrimage sites, this tour will give us a taste of the real Portugal – which still basks in the glow of ancient customs.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Enjoy a ride along the Douro River in a rabelo boat
  • Explore the magnificent Coimbra University and the Joanina Library
  • Taste delicious buttery cheeses at a traditional farm near Viseu

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Itinerary

DAY 1 LISBON – SINTRA – QUELUZ

Our journey will begin in Lisbon, where we’ll meet the group and kick off our itinerary with a visit to a tile painting atelier. You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at producing your own keepsake before we move on to Sintra. We’ll enjoy a welcome dinner in a restaurant in Queluz this evening – accompanied by an atmospheric Fado performance. (D)

Accommodation: Pousada Palácio de Queluz (or similar)

DAY 2 QUELUZ – ÓBIDOS – NAZARÉ – ALVADOS

Today we’ll visit the historic medieval village of Óbidos before moving on to the charming fishing town of Nazaré. After taking some time to explore, we’ll hit the road to Alvados – where a Portuguese cookery lesson and sumptuous dinner awaits. Ready to roll up those sleeves? (B,D)

Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel (or similar)

DAY 3 ALVADOS – TOMAR – ALVADOS

After breakfast we’ll continue our journey to captivating Tomar, where we’ll visit the World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ. Before we return to Alvados, there’s a treat in store for the foodies among us: a visit to a local olive oil producer, where we’ll have the chance to taste some of the produce. (B)

Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel (or similar)

DAY 4 ALVADOS – COIMBRA – VISEU

Today we’ll travel to Coimbra, where we’ll visit the famous University (the oldest in Portugal) – which houses the remarkable Joanina Library. After some free time in the medieval city centre, our road will take us to Viseu – where a traditional cheesemaker will let us in on the secrets behind Viseu’s delicious buttery cheese (with the chance to taste some for ourselves). (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Palacio dos Melos (or similar)

DAY 5 VISEU – LAMEGO – DOURO VALLEY

First today: we’ll have some time to explore Viseu at our own pace before we move on to historic Lamego – the home of the beautiful 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. Tonight, there’s another sumptuous dinner in store at our hotel in the Douro Valley. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Quinta Nova (or similar)

DAY 6 DOURO VALLEY – PINHÃO – PESO DA RÉGUA – DOURO VALLEY

This morning we’ll travel through scenic, vineyard-dotted landscapes to Pinhão – where we’ll take to the water for a leisurely ride in a rabelo boat. We’ll then trade Pinhão for sun-soaked Peso da Régua before indulging in a wine tasting session in historic Quinta Nova. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Quinta Nova (or similar)

DAY 7 DOURO VALLEY – AMARANTE – PENAFIEL – BRAGA

After heading to sleepy Amarante this morning (where we’ll see the 16th-century São Gonçalo Church), we’ll set a course for Aveleda Winery in Penafiel. Here, we’ll savour a glass of the region’s famous green wine and learn more about the winemaking process before we move on to lovely Braga. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Galé (or similar)

DAY 8 BRAGA – GUIMARÃES – BRAGA

Onwards to Guimarães, where we’ll learn about the castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and the historic city centre on a walking tour with a local guide. Then: take some time to explore the pretty town of Braga. While you’re here, be sure to tick off the Bom Jesus Sanctuary – it’s one of Portugal’s most famous attractions for good reason. This evening, we’ll tuck into one last dinner together – with a traditional folk dance performance as the grand finale. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Galé (or similar)

DAY 9 BRAGA – PORTO

Our journey will end in Porto, where we’ll tick off some important landmarks – including the Clérigos Tower, Aliados Avenue, the cathedral and the Ribeira district. This afternoon we’ll have enough time to visit the famous port wine cellars (and indulge in a tasting) before our trip ends. (B)

Please note: Prices shown based on low season travel - details on request

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

9 days from

$4,292*

Includes

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Tile painting workshop in Lisbon
  • Fado performance in Queluz
  • Portuguese cookery lesson in Alvados
  • Olive oil tasting session  in Tomar
  • Cheese tasting session in Viseu
  • Wine tastings in Quinta Nova and Penafiel
  • Rabelo boat ride on the Douro River
  • Walking tour with a local guide in Guimarães
  • Private folk dance performance in Braga
  • Walking tour with a local guide in Porto
  • Port tasting in Porto
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 dinners (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: the Convent of Christ, Coimbra University and the Joanina Library, the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies and São Gonçalo Church

Bonus

Earlybird offer - Save 10%. Was from $4769 pp. Book by 30 September 2019

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