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PORTUGAL SMALL GROUP TOURS

Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe,having kept the same borders for more than 800 years. Its history is mirrored in the countless prehistoric,Roman,Celtic and Middle Age remains. Portugal is also one of the countries with the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as being one of the rare countries which receive more visitors  Experience the Portuguese lifestyle with a small group of 12/14 travelers only! This unique tour takes you to discover the unspoilt beauty of a magical land, with its stunning diversity of enchanting landscapes, long white beaches and pretty coves and fascinating history of proud independence from, and distrust neighboring Spain.

Travel to Portugal with its idyllic climate, dramatic vistas, rolling hills and mountains, lively markets, hearty cuisine, glorious art and architecture, that embodies all things Portuguese. From the warm hospitality of its people to the pleasures of the Alentejo wine route and Lisbon’s sights, tastes and sounds.Portugal is a country of rugged landscapes, sophisticated cities, rural backwaters and sharply contrasting traditions.

A land of surprises and we are excited to discover it together!

SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS
  • Guaranteed departures group travel: small,friendly group of 12/14 participants only!
  • Guided tour of LISBON with its historical treasures & popular markets
  • An included visit to the JERONIMOS MONASTERY  in Lisbon
  • Try delicious “PASTEIS DE BELEM”
  • Visit fairy tale UNESCO site of SINTRA and its 19th century “PENA PALACE”, summer residence of the Portuguese monarchy
  • Remote fortified towns and monasteries
  • Experience the famous AZULEJOS – the art of Portuguese ceramic tiles
  • Elegant, ancient city of EVORA with visits to the BONES CHAPEL & ST FRANCISCO CHURCH
  • Experience the Portuguese French riviera and the charming fishing village of CASCAIS
  • Discover whitewashed MONSARAZ 
  • ALENTEJO FAMILY OWNED OLIVE OIL FARM
  • RABELO DOURO RIVER CRUISE
  • Unknown BELMONTE with its 13th century CASTLE and the JEWISH MUSEUM
  • Home-hosted lunch in a 14th century MANOR HOUSE
  • UNESCO GUIMARAES with its 10th century CASTLE
  • A family owned PORT WINE ESTATE for your farewell dinner
  • Scenic DOURO VALLEY vineyards
  • CULINARY LESSON in the house of SOFIA
  • Stunning MATEUS PALACE
  • Biblical OBIDOS
  • Discover the popular University town of COIMBRA
  • Guided tour of historic PORTO with its historical treasures and markets and many other experiences to enjoy
  • BRAGA and UNESCO BOM JESUS DO MONTE
  • Popular UNESCO World heritage sites
  • Experienced Tour guide to accompany you throughout your journey
  • Included entrances to Portugal sites
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned luxury 16 seats motorcoach
  • Included hotel city tax
  • No hidden extras
  • Early arrival/Late stay options: We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Secret Portugal tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 15.00 in order to take part in your welcome drink and dinner.We strongly recommend arriving a day or more prior to tour start.We’ll be happy to make these arrangements for you.
  • Our included regional meals: All breakfasts, 3 foodie experiences, 4 dinners, 4 lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee/ tea only)
  • Arrival in Portugal: The tour begins with transfers from Lisbon airport at scheduled times to our hotel on Day 1 and transfers from our hotel in Oporto on Day 11
  • Tour itinerary: 3 nights in LISBON, 2 nights in EVORA, 2 nights in PINHAO,3 nights in PORTO in Five-Star properties
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ ( View Here)
  • Trip Interruption & Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health insurance is strongly recommended
  • Personalize your adventure with a Pre-and Post Trip Extension to MADEIRA ISLAND 5 nights from only € 1,100 per person or
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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

TAPESTRY OF PORTUGAL & DOURO VALLEY TRAVEL ITINERARY

PORTUGAL SMALL GROUP TOURS

TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM LISBON TO PORTO

DAY 1: WELCOME TO PORTUGAL & LISBON

Welcome to Portugal! Arrive at Lisbon International Airport and travel to the city center for a three nights stay at the 5 stars “ALTIS AVENIDA HOTEL“or similar, a charming boutique hotel which enjoys an excellent location close to the city’s architecturally treasures. At night a welcome dinner is planned at a local restaurant offering typical regional cuisine and wine.Overnight in LISBON

DAY 2: DISCOVER LISBON’S HIGHLIGHTS: BELEM & BIBLICAL OBIDOS

Portugal’s capital offers an irresistible combination of ancient and modern sights. We’ll begin our day with a bus tour through Lisbon with over 20 centuries of history to BELEM District,with its grandiose monuments and churches that mirrored the spirit of the time.Two of the finest examples of exuberant and exotic Manueline style of architecture are the XVI century JERONIMOS MONASTERY and the TORRE DE BELEM. The ambitious building reflects the confidence Portugal enjoyed when its explorers roamed the seas. One of the greatest navigators, Vasco de Gama is buried in the monastery’s church.Standing prominently on the Belem waterfront is the huge angular structure, the MONUMENT TO THE DISCOVERIES, built in 1960 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death  of Henry the Navigator. After a local street food experience of Pasteis de Belem (custard tarts) and an included lunch on the riverside, you will head to the picturesque Medieval walled town of OBIDOS, with its gorgeous historic center of a labyrinth of cobblestone streets and flower bedecked, whitewashed houses livened up with dashes of vivid yellow and blue paint.Return to the hotel on time for your free evening.Overnight in LISBON

DAY 3: WALKING TOUR OF LISBON’S ALFAMA, THE PORTUGUESE RIVIERA & FAIRY-TALE SINTRA

In the morning we’ll visit the labyrinthine ALFAMA, one of the oldest and most atmospheric quarters in Lisbon.You’ll find yourself wandering through colorful XVIII century squares downtown and getting lost in the medieval maze of the Alfama district overlooked by an ancient castle.Compact houses line steep streets and stairways,their facades strung with washing,and daily life still revolves around local grocery stores and small,cellar-like taverns. Here we will visit the TILE MUSEUM where you’ll be introduced to five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles AZULEJOSContinue travelling along the Portuguese riviera where as far as the late 19th century wealthy Lisboetas have built holiday villas in the seaside town of CASCAIS. After free time for lunch,we drive to the quaint and aristocratic UNESCO town of SINTRA, for a visit to one of Europe’s most emblematic palaces, the 19th century PENA PALACE, which includes a drawbridge, a conglomeration of turrets, ramparts, domes and a gargoyle above a Neo-Manueline arch, all washed in an array of pastel shades.The extravagant interior is decorated in late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings, rich ornaments, paintings and priceless porcelain preserved just as the royal family left them.The remainder of the day is on your own.Overnight stay in LISBON

DAY 4:THE ALENTEJO REGION: CORK FACTORY,OLIVE OIL FARM & MEDIEVAL MONSARAZ

Embark on a fascinating drive to the wine-growing region of the ALENTEJO, through sparsely inhabited plains and gently rolling terrain dotted with vineyards, cork trees, olive groves and several prehistoric monuments.We’ll be visiting first a local CORK factory where we learn about cork production in Portugal followed by a drive to nearby Monte da Oliveira for visiting a family OLIVE OIL FARM for a tasting.Continue to the charming medieval walled town of MONSARAZ perched above the Guadiana river on the frontier with Spain, one of the most attractive fortified hilltop villages in Portugal and explore the best on offer.After lunch on your own, drive to EVORA one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns for your next two nights at the 5 stars “CONVENTO DE ESPINHEIRO” or similar.Dinner is included in a local restaurant.Overnight stay in EVORA

DAY 5:UNESCO MUSEUM CITY OF EVORA & COOKING AT SOFIA’S HOUSE 

Today we discover the whitewashed UNESCO 2000 year old city of EVORA, an enchanting place to delve into the past.The town rose to prominence under the Romans and flourished throughout the Middle Ages as a center of learning and the arts.The elegant town is considered a museum city, shaped as it is by more than 20 centuries of history. It was once the residence of Portuguese kings in the 15th century, the beginning of the town’s golden age.Begin your exploration of the town at the ROMAN TEMPLE,before heading to the 12th century CATHEDRAL. Later,walk in the cobbled alleys to the bustling Praca do Giraldo with whitewashed houses adorned with wrought-iron balconies, where to view the ruins of the TEMPLE OF DIANA and the intriguing CHAPEL OF BONES. At 18.00 meet our friend Sofia in her wonderful 18th century house in the historical center of Evora, as you are invited for a fun culinary class with an included dinner.Experience Portugal through the eyes of the locals!Overnight stay in EVORA

DAY 6: BACK-ROAD PORTUGAL: UNKNOWN JEWISH BELMONTE & DOURO VALLEY -MONUMENTAL LANDSCAPE

Early morning departure to unknown BELMONTE, considered the spiritual center of Crypto-Jewry, a place where an entire community of Conversos kept large parts of their faith intact and after 500 years, returned to it en mass. Here we will have a walking tour to discover this charming little hill town with time to visit the Jewish Museum and the Medieval Castle. After a lunch in a Portuguese POUSADA near Belmonte, continue to the DOURO VALLEY, land of Port wine for your next two nights at the 5 stars “VINTAGE HOUSE HOTEL” or similar, with breakfast included.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight stay in PINHAO

DAY 7: PINHAO, RABELO CRUISE & PORTUGUESE QUINTA

Today’s venture takes you to an epicurean experience through the unspoiled and enchanting Porto wine region.The Region of Douro covers approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are vines.In the morning,board a typical RABELO boat for a river cruise discovering Douro’s lush vineyards of enchanting natural beauty.Drive to a Portuguese QUINTA for an included lunch accompanied by a local wine tasting.We enjoy the remainder of our afternoon and evening at leisure to get acquainted with Pinhao further on our own.Overnight in PINHAO

DAY 8: ENCHANTING MATEUS PALACE, UNESCO GUIMARÃES & BRAGA BOM JESUS SANCTUARY

Our days starts with a visit to the splendid manor house MATEUS PALACE, built in the early 18th century by the architect Nicolau Nazoni, one of the few noble palaces that has remained with their original owners to our days.The Palace is surrounded by gardens,tree covered walks and allegorical statues. The day continues to the fascinating Celtic site of GUIMARAES, the first capital of Portugal and birthplace of the nation’s first king. It is one of the country’s most historic cities and its World Heritage medieval streets make it one of the most attractive places to visit in Portugal.Visit the imposing Medieval Castle with eight crenellated towers 28m (92ft) high, built in the 10th century to protect the population from attacks by the Moors and the Normans. It was then extended to its present size in the 12th century by Afonso
Henriques, the first king of Portugal, who was baptized in the small Romanesque chapel next to the castle.
After lunch on your own,we’ll enjoy a walking tour of the historical center followed by a drive near Braga to visit the BOM JESUS SANCTUARY, with its splendid baroque staircase, the target of penitent pilgrims who come to make offerings at altars on the way to the mountaintop throughout the year. Spend the last three nights in PORTO staying at the central 5 stars “PORTOBAY FLORES” or similar. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight stay in PORTO

DAY 9: COLORFUL PORTO,PORTUGUESE TAPAS & FADO EVENING

The morning starts with half day guided tour of fascinating UNESCO OPORTO, Portugal’s second largest city, named for port wine.This morning, we’ll take a walking tour of Porto’s riverfront Ribeira district, including the lavish rooms of its Stock Exchange Palace, the exquisitely gilded Church of São Francisco, and the Mural Artwork inside São Bento train station.Throughout three generations, many masters and craftsmen worked towards the building of this 19th century architectural jewel in neoclassical style.We complete the morning visit with an included Portuguese Tapas lunch. Then you’ll have time to wander on your own through Porto’s lively city center — or seek out some more sipping at an old port-wine lodge.The melancholic fado music is unique to Portugal,an expression of longing and sorrow.It is sung by women as men and is always accompanied by a Portuguese guitar and an acoustic Spanish guitar. In the evening at 18.00 enjoy a performance of FADO. Overnight stay in PORTO

DAY 10: UNIVERSITY TOWN OF COIMBRA & FAREWELL DINNER IN VILA NOVA DE GAIA

Enjoy a day at leisure to make your own explorations of the stunning city of OPORTO or join us on an included discovery by train of the historic COIMBRA, one of the oldest university cities in the world, where we take a walking tour of the 13th century university- a UNESCO site. The University campus is an architectural delight. We’ll discover the University library, which houses over 35,000 books, many dating back a century or more. This epic library is reminiscent of a scene right out of a Harry Potter movie.We’ll return to Porto on time for your afternoon free.Tonight we’ll celebrate your Portuguese adventure with your last meal at one of the old wineries in VILA NOVA DE GAIA. Adeus from all of us at Secret Tours!!!Overnight stay in PORTO

DAY 11: ADEUS BEAUTIFUL PORTUGAL

Morning transfers to PORTO airport or train station. 

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2020 TOUR PRICE: € 3,600       SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 800       Currency Converter 

Price is per person based on double room occupancy for 11 days/10 nights

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