Treasures of Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Coimbra & Porto

Treasures of Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Coimbra & Porto

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DETAILS

We begin in Lisbon and visit the Director of Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Driving along the banks of the
Tagus to the Tower of Belém, we will see the Jerónimos Monastery. Visit Antonio Medeiros e Almeida’s casa-museum before continuing to Sintra for a guided tour of Quinta da Regaleira, a romantic palace with luxurious wooded gardens. Stop at Portugal’s Centro Region and the ancient town of Coimbra to explore the university, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic city of Porto offers splendid examples of Baroque and Gothic architecture, as well as modern architecture at the Serralves Foundation. We will then wend our way through the Douro Valley wine-producing region, where highlights include strolling through beautiful gardens and tasting vinho verde and Port wine at historic vineyards.

Pricing from
$4,999
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Apr 18, 2022 - Apr 25, 2022

HOTELS

POUSADA DE LISBOA, Lisbon
Located on Terreiro do Paço – Praça do Comércio, the city’s most emblematic square. This river-side square was once where all ships used to anchor to unload their merchandise brought from across the globe. The Pousada de Lisboa is housed within a stately building that once housed the Ministry of Internal Affairs and also a police station. All rooms are generously sized, elegantly decorated in a classic style with modern touches. There is also a spa, swimming pool, sauna, treatment room and fitness centre. There are two bars and an à la carte restaurant.

LE MONUMENTAL PALACE, Porto
The hotel enjoys a privileged location on the emblematic Aliados Avenue, in the center of Porto. The hotel is located within an impressive historic building that dates back to 1923. Le Monumental Palace opened in 2018 after the building was converted into a hotel, maintaining its striking façade. The rooms are spacious and offer a lot of natural light. The decoration combines French elegance with the character of Porto. Le Monument is the hotel’s haute-cuisine restaurant, under. Café Monumental and Bar Americain are the perfect setting for an afternoon coffee or cocktail looking out of the Aliados Avenue. The hotel’s Spa by Nuxe is the first one of its kind in the Iberian Peninsula.

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    April 18 DEPARTURE

    Overnight flights to Lisbon, Portugal

  • day 2

    April 19 LISBON, PORTUGAL

    Arrive this morning and transfer to the hotel. Guests opting for the suggested flights will be met at the airport and take the group transport to the hotel. Spend the afternoon in one of Lisbon’s most outstanding but little-known museums, the former residence of Antonio Medeiros e Almeida which houses a priceless collection of 17th- to 20th-century fine art pieces. The collection ranges from porcelain and furniture, to silverware, paintings by artists such as George Romney and Thomas Gainsborough. One of the highlights is furniture by François Linke, one of the most celebrated furniture makers of the 19th century. Gather this evening for a festive welcome dinner.

  • day 3

    April 20 LISBON

    Drive along the banks of the Tagus to the Torre de Belém and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a 15th-century monastery that is a stunning example of Manueline architecture. After lunch, visit the Director of the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, the meticulously curated collection of masterpieces purchased by Mr. Gulbenkian from the Hermitage in the 1920s. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover this alluring city. Embark on a walking tour of the Alfama district. You may enjoy an independent dinner or attend a performance of Lisbon’s distinctive fado music.

  • day 4

    April 21 LISBON / SINTRA

    Depart for Portugal’s Centro Region and the ancient town of Coimbra. Tour its university, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where highlights include its famous Joanina Library and the Chapel of San Miguel. After lunch, continue your drive to Porto with check in upon arrival. The balance of the day is at leisure to visit Porto’s art district and galleries along Miguel Bombarda Street or walk along the numerous quays along the Douro River.

  • day 5

    April 22 LISBON / COIMBRA / PORTO

    Depart for Portugal’s Centro Region and the ancient town of Coimbra. Tour its university, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where highlights include its famous Biblioteca Joanina and the Capela de São Miguel. After lunch, continue your drive to Porto with check-in upon arrival. The remainder of the day is at leisure to visit Porto’s art district and galleries along Rua de Miguel Bombarda, or walk along the numerous quays that line the Douro.

     

  • day 6

    April 23 PORTO

    On an exploration of this hilly yet charming city, begin with a visit to the iconic Mercado do Bolhão, a market housed in a neoclassical building from 1914. Continue along Rua de Santa Catarina and the beautiful Majestic Café, where JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter novels. Pass by Estação Ferroviária de São Bento, a railway station known for its azulejos (decorative ceramic tiles) depicting scenes of Portuguese history. Arrive at the Igreja dos Clérigos, and ascend its bell tower for stunning views of the city. Along the river is the Igreja de São Francisco, a former church constructed in a striking combination of the Gothic and the Baroque. Admire the architectural styles at Palácio da Bolsa (the city’s historic Stock Exchange Palace), and view the landmark 21st-century Casa da Música, which was designed by architect Rem Koolhaas. After lunch, drive to the Fundação de Serralves complex for a special architectural tour of its Art Deco villa, formal gardens, and contemporary art museum, which were designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. Later this afternoon, cross the Ponte de Dom Luís I, the city’s famous bridge. Visit the Graham’s 1890 Lodge to learn the process of making Port wine, followed by a vintage Port tasting session. Dinner is at leisure.

  • day 7

    April 24 PORTO / DOURO VALLEY

    This morning, transfer to the train station for a scenic train ride to the Douro Valley. Arrive in Peso da Régua, located at the heart of the Douro Valley, the world’s oldest regulated and demarcated wine-producing region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour followed by an estate lunch. Later, view 6th-century Flemish tapestries and religious art at the Museu de Lamego, located in the 18th-century Paço Episcopal (Episcopal Palace), former residence of the city’s bishops. Attend a farewell dinner at a restaurant overlooking Porto.

  • day 8

    APRIL 25: PORTO / RETURN

    Depart the hotel early this morning for flights home

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