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Waiting to inspire you are Portugal’s enchanting towns and fascinating landscapes ! Stroll through the unique historic quarter of Porto on the banks of the Douro. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Knights Templar and enjoy the spectacular panoramic Atlantic setting of the Cabo da Roca.

Day 1: Travel to Lisbon

Flight from England to Lisbon. Our friendly professional English-speaking tour guide will meet us at the airport. We then travel together to our hotel in the Lisbon area, where we stay for 2 nights.

Day 2: Lisbon (UNESCO World Heritage)

Awaiting you today is Lisbon, the fantastic capital city of Portugal. Use your free time to roam through the charming alleyways of this enchanting harbour city. As an optional extra, you can book a fascinating tour of the city conducted by us. This takes in the famous Monastery of the Hieronymites (admission included), an amazing UNESCO World Heritage site. You can also marvel at the incredible Tower of Belém, as well as the monument commemorating the Portuguese Discoveries, and the historic heart of the city: the Baixa district.

Day 3: Tomar & Coimbra (2× UNESCO World Heritage)

After breakfast, we head for the venerable city of Tomar, whose setting is dominated by the awe-inspiring Convent of Christ (UNESCO World Heritage site). The Knights Templar erected this majestic castle-convent combination on a hill overlooking the city. Shortly afterwards we arrive in Coimbra, renowned for its university, also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2013. Housed in the ancient palace of the first Portuguese monarchs, it is not just the oldest university in Portugal, but also among the oldest in Europe. You can request a university visit with us. Overnight stay in the Coimbra area.

Day 4: Aveiro, Guimarães & Braga ( 2x UNESCO World Heritage)

Today we move on to Aveiro, known as the “Venice of Portugal”. After this, we go to Guimarães, whose historical centre is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is also dubbed the “cradle of Portugal” due to it being the birthplace of the country’s first independent king. Enjoy the marvellous sight of Nossa Senhora de Oliveira church and the famous palace of the Dukes of Braganza. Shortly afterwards, we arrive in the archdiocese of Braga, with its outstanding religious architecture such as the Bom Jesus do Monte church, which is since 2019 also an UNESCO World Heritage site. 2-night stay in the Minho region.

Day 5: Porto (UNESCO World Heritage)

Refreshed by a good night’s sleep, we move on to Porto. The city on the banks of the Douro has much to offer. Our schedule takes in the astonishing São Bento railway station and its beautifully preserved artistic wall tiles, and also the exterior of the São Francisco church. Then we explore the old town of Porto, one of the best preserved historical sites in Portugal (UNESCO World Heritage site). Our tour includes the Ribeira quarter, lying right on the banks of the Douro and one of Porto’s most beautiful spots. You have plenty of time to stroll around here and take it all in. An optional excursion you can book lets you board a ship for a breathtaking trip up the Douro river. From on board you can feast on the stunning view of the city’s most famous architectural landmarks. After this, you move to the other side of the river for a visit to a traditional winery where you will enjoy some wine tasting: a relaxing and very enjoyable way to see out a day full of impressive sights.

Day 6: Batalha (UNESCO World Heritage), Nazaré & Fátima

Today sees us move on to Batalha, where we take in sights including the monastery with its stunning exterior (UNESCO World Heritage site). Construction of the monastery spanned many years, explaining the different styles visible in its architecture. The afternoon sees us in Nazaré, a small fishing village with its spectacular white sandy beach. We will watch as the fishermen lay out their nets on the beach to dry and undergo repairs. We then make our way to the small town of Fátima, famed for its reported apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917. Overnight stay in the Fátima area.

Day 7: Óbidos, Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage), Cabo da Roca & Estoril

Óbidos is the first exciting destination on our schedule today: a medieval village dominated by an ancient castle and completely encircled by its walkable fortified wall. Then it’s on to the small town of Sintra, renowned for its numerous love stories and fairy tales, with its romantic architecture and its UNESCO World Heritage listing. We finally reach Cabo da Roca, mainland Europe’s most westerly point. From here, 140 metres up above the glittering Atlantic Ocean, we can drink in the sensational panoramic view. Afterwards we will see the picturesque fishing and beach resorts of Cascais and Estoril, both home to Portuguese royals in former times. Overnight stay in the Lisbon area.

Day 8: Homeward journey

Our amazing week’s holiday has simply flown by. It’s now time to swap addresses as the bus heads for the airport. Because we’re all keen to go on more tours together – meaning, of course, one of our next excellently organised cultural tours.


Including a spectacular range of excursions !

Package includes:

  • Return flights with a reputable airline3 to Lisbon
    incl. hotel transfers
  • 7 nights in a double room in selected comfortable and 4-star hotels (national category)
    7× tasty breakfast
  • Fascinating cultural tour of Portugal in our modern, air-conditioned travel coach with the 7 most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites
    Look forward to a spectacular range of excursions (as per itinerary), including:
    • Tomar (World Heritage)
    • Coimbra (World Heritage)
    • Guimarães (World Heritage)
    • Porto (World Heritage)
    • Batalha (World Heritage)
    • Sintra (World Heritage)
    • Lisbon
    • Aveiro
    • Braga (World Heritage)
    • Nazaré
    • Fátima
    • Óbidos
    • Cabo da Roca
    • Cascais
    • Estoril
  • Qualified, English-speaking tour guide


³e.g. TAP Air Portugal (Star Alliance Member – largest aviation alliance in the world).


On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special prices:

Explorer package:

The package includes the 3 fascinating excursions ”City tour of Lisbon incl. entry to the Monastery of the Hieronymites (World Heritage)”, “Guided tour incl. entry to Coimbra University (World Heritage)” and “Breathtaking Douro boat trip & visit to a winery in Porto incl. wine tasting”: only £149 per person

Single room surcharge £329 per person (subject to availability)

You will love our selected comfortable and 4-star hotels !

example hotels

Comparison of temperatures

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lisbon111313152023242523201514
London68911152021201915107

Location:

Most westerly point of the European continent and the Iberian Peninsula; North-South: 577 kilometres; East-West: 286 kilometres

Form of government:

Parliamentary Republic. As President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has been the head of state since 9 March 2016. As Minister President, António Costa has been the head of government since 26 November 2015.

Capital:

Lisbon (Lisboa), city centre 547,631, incl. fringes (“Grande Lisboa”) 2.04 million inhabitants

Religion:

79.5 per cent Roman Catholic

Language:

Portuguese

Climate:

Atlantic and Mediterranean climate

Electricity:

Electricity in Portugal is supplied at a voltage of 220/400 V and in the form of alternating current with a frequency of 50 Hertz. An adapter is required.

Local time:

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is applied on the Portuguese mainland during the winter months. Summer time commences at 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in May after which GMT + 1 hour applies on the Portuguese mainland.

Making telephone calls:

To make phone calls to the UK, pre-dial 0044 (+44). To make phone calls from the UK to Portugal, pre-dial 00351 (+351).

Entry requirements for British citizens:

British nationals can stay in Portugal as tourists for up to 3 months. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
Portugal is a contracting party to the European Agreement concerning the movement of persons between member states as agreed by the European Council on 13.12.1957. With the exception of provisional ID cards, travel documents must not have expired by more than one year. It must be noted, however, that departure from Portugal by air is only possible with a valid ID document on account of the prevailing aviation security requirements. As a general rule, these entry requirements apply for all citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA).
Travelling after BREXIT: The UK government recommends that travellers going to the EU after BREXIT have six months left on their passport, and is also advising that any extra months which have been added to a 10 year passport will not be valid. You can check your passport validity here: https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-apassport. For up to date information on developments regarding BREXIT, please visit the ABTA page at regular intervals: https://www.abta.com/.
Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Portugal has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following extras:
Gourmet package: The package includes 7× sumptuous evening meals (2 course menu): only £139 per person.
Explorer package: The package includes the 3 fascinating excursions ”City tour of Lisbon incl. entry to the Monastery of the Hieronymites (World Heritage)”, “Guided tour incl. entry to Coimbra University (World Heritage)” and “Breathtaking Douro boat trip & visit to a winery in Porto incl. wine tasting”: only £149 per person.

Currency:

The currency is the Euro. Exchange rate (as at November 2019): 1 GBP = 1.16 EUR; 1 EUR = 0.86 GBP.

Banks/Credit cards:

Purchases can be paid for in cash and using the most popular credit cards. This payment system is typical in Portuguese shops; the symbols of credit cards accepted are usually displayed at the entrance to shops. ID cards are required when paying by credit card. Travellers’ cheques (in dollars or Euro) can also be cashed in banks. It is also possible to withdraw cash from ATMs using EC/ Maestro cards but high fees may be charged by the respective bank.

Customs regulations:

Private persons travelling within the EU can purchase and export goods without limits on quantities if they are for personal use and not intended for resale. The customs regulations for the UK can be viewed on the British Customs Web site www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk or queried by phone.

Special criminal provisions:

Pepper spray is covered by the Weapons Act in Portugal; possession is only authorised for holders of a cat. E firearms licence. Violations usually result in criminal charges.

Safety instructions:

Crime: Vigilance should be exercised regarding pickpockets and petty crime in larger tourist centres in particular. The number of pickpocket thefts has significantly increased in recent months. In Lisbon, the historical trams are traditionally affected to a particular degree. As for any holiday trip, the rule is to only ever carry what is absolutely necessary when out for a walk or on an excursion. Large amounts of cash and original identification documents should always be deposited in the hotel safe. If necessary, only carry secure credit cards (protected by PIN) on your person. Take photocopies of your documents with you when you travel. Alternatively, you can save the files on a private e-mail account, enabling them to be accessed wherever you are in the world. You should try to steer clear of large groups of people and keep an eye on your valuables at tourist spots, airports, including in the security area, railway stations, the metro, buses etc. Keep your valuables close to your body.

Medical information:

Vaccinations: Prior to travelling, the Foreign Office recommends examining whether routine immunisations are up to date in accordance with the recommendations of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (see www.travelhealthpro.org.uk) and supplementing them where necessary. This includes vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), possibly against mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza. Hepatitis A is recommended as a travel vaccination and hepatitis B and rabies for long-term stays or special exposure.

Medical care:

The quality of medical care is generally satisfactory. In Portugal, anyone with state insurance in the UK is entitled to medical treatment – where urgently necessary – by doctors, dentists, hospitals etc. registered with the foreign statutory health insurance association. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Replacement Certificate must be presented as proof (both documents can be obtained from your health insurance company).
Please note: In the event of a no-deal BREXIT, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid.
Nonetheless, you are urgently recommended to take out travel health insurance for the duration of your holiday which covers risks not assumed by the statutory health insurance companies (e.g. repatriation to the UK in the event of illness, treatment by private doctors or in private hospitals). You can also contact your health insurance company for information on current regulations. Please note that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.

Customers must ensure that they are in good physical and mental health in line with the trip in question. Customers must enquire about the physical mobility and psychological autonomy required for this trip.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: February 2020

“A brilliantly organised tour with expert tour guides, covering a variety of carefully selected sights in Portugal. Highly recommendable.”

Mr J. from H. travelled 25 October 2017²


“You can’t really get any better than this.”

Mr W. from L., travelled 15 November 2017²


²RSD Travel Ltd. and RSD Reise Service Deutschland GmbH belong to a European group of tour operators that organises tours for customers from a number of European countries. The survey focused on tourists who travelled with RSD in 2018 / 2019.

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