Porto & Lisbon - The Great Cities Tour
Porto & Lisbon - The Great Cities Tour

A Trip to Lisbon & Porto

Ref. 11201GO
Guided Walking & Sightseeing

This Tour will give the best of the two major cities of Portugal, both steeped in history, yet vibrant and modern at the same time. The tour has many highlights and includes walks to iconic spots, a river trip in the Douro River and a visit to a Port Lodge.

  • Type of Tour Guided Group Tour
    Duration 8 Days
  • Holiday Style Walking, Heritage
    Food&Wine
  • Activity Level Easy
    2/8
  • Group Size Small - Medium

A Trip to Lisbon & Porto
Guided Walking & Sightseeing

Highlights

  • Dates with Guaranteed Departure in 2021
  • Typical neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto, Alfama and Graça in Lisbon
  • Historic monuments in Lisbon
  • The Ribeira neighbourhood in Porto, world heritage site
  • Cruise in the River Douro
  • Port lodges
  • Historic monuments in Porto
  • A fantastic itinerary of walks, designed by local resident leaders
  • The amazing Portuguese gastronomy and wines
  • Dedicated tour leader to make sure everything runs smoothly

This Tour will give the best of the two major cities of Portugal, both steeped in history, yet vibrant and modern at the same time.

Lisbon is so many special things; it’s the sound of vintage trams rambling up and down cobblestone streets, a medley of heartfelt Fado songs, an open-air gallery of historic heritage, a haven for free spirits, a surprise for fashionable shoppers and Portugal’s ‘coolest’ city.

Steeped in history and culture, this enchanting ‘city of light’ boasts a natural luminosity and effortless charm unlike any other in the country and has become a popular European destination for its exciting diversity, beautiful sites and enviable, sunny climate.

Marking every spot in the city with a touch of tradition, Lisbon is all about preserving the beauty of ‘old’, whether embodied by friendly flower sellers and chestnut vendors on the streets, its majestic azulejo adorned architecture and typical pastry shops or charming, tavern-inspired restaurants.

Porto dramatically perched at the mouth of the Rio Douro has a wonderful atmosphere. It is packed with ancient and great monuments rubbing shoulders with everyday Portuguese life.

The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of historic buildings and outstanding monuments as well as quaint medieval streets.

Highlights of this wonderful city include the formidable Porto cathedral, the Torre dos Clérigos and the famed Port wine lodges that dominate the hillside of Vila Nova de Gaia.

Porto offers a compelling synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions and it is a delight to stroll gently through its diverse landscape.

In this small group tour, you will be led by an experienced local guide.

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What's included in this tour Items covered in the cost of tour price.

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax (3 & 4**** hotel)
    4 nights in Lisbon
    3 nights in Porto
  • Shared ensuite room with a travelling companion of the same sex
  • Fit for solo travellers – single room with surcharge (limited availability)
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel

Transport

  • Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel on the first day, at 12:00h – group transfer
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Airport on last day, at 12:00h – group transfer
  • All transports to walks and activities (as outlined) with dedicated driver and vehicle
  • Additional transfers available on request at an extra cost

Tour Leaders

  • Dedicated English speaking local tour leader
    The tour leader will assist and guide the group throughout the holidays, handle all the arrangements and other needs that might arise, making sure that you don’t have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday Each evening, your tour leader will discuss the details and program for the following day

Activities

  • Walks and Activities according to program
What's not included in this tour Items not covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Any services not listed as included
  • Flights to and from Portugal
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments
  1. Day 1 Arrival to Lisbon

    Fly to Lisbon and transfer to Hotel.

  2. Day 2 Bairro Alto, Rossio and Praça do Comércio

    This morning we discover the Bairro Alto enjoying the sights down to Rossio & the famous Praça do Comércio.

    Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon’s most picturesque, bohemian and alternative neighborhoods.

    It was designed in the 15th century to host merchants and sailors from the overseas expansion. Eternally associated as the city’s bohemian haunt of artists, its grid of streets is quiet during the day but transformed at night into one of the city’s most vibrant nightlife quarters.

    Rossio is the centre for culture and local meetings. Its home to fabulous architecture from its famous train station, with its impressive 19th century façade or Café Nicola, an art deco café founded in 1787.

    Praça do Comércio is Lisbon’s largest square. Located near the Tagus River it’s also known as “Terreiro do Paço” due to the Royal Ribeira Palace former location, destroyed during the 1755 earthquake.

    Historically the plaza and the port were the main entrance of wealth in the city, serving both east and west sides of the city.

    Centre to all kinds of historic moments like a king’s assassinations, this equestrian sculpture ostentation display is nowadays the centre of the events and concerts that the mayor of Lisbon offers its inhabitants and visitors.

  3. Day 3 Castelo S. Jorge, Mouraria & Alfama

    We descend one of the 7 hills of Lisbon from S. Jorge’s Castle through the Mouraria and Alfama neighborhoods, the oldest in the city, past the Cathedral and then on to downtown.

    São Jorge Castle is one of Lisbon’s most emblematic landmarks. Dated from the medieval period, it stands out in a commanding position in one of the seven hills of Lisbon, the highest one in the city.

    Between the castle and the old neighborhoods, we find the National Pantheon or church of Santa Engrácia –a grand Baroque building housing the tombs of the country’s most distinguished figures. Built in the 16th century as the church of Santa Engrácia by Princess Dona Maria, daughter of King Manuel I, the church never fulfilled its purpose.

    Alfama is the oldest quarter in Lisbon. Hardly affected by the 1755 earthquake due to its solid rock foundations, it was home for the Visigoths, the Romans and the Moors that left the cobbled streets, the small squares and the whitewashed houses as their unmistakable heritage. Being part of history where most of the Fado songs where written and sung, it’s today an old cosmopolitan neighborhood.

  4. Day 4 Nazaré

    Today we say farewell to Lisbon as we travel north to Portugal’s second city of Porto, located on the banks of the Douro River. En route we make a stop in the lovely seaside village of Nazaré, where we have time for a stroll along the coast to see the lighthouse and free time for lunch.

  5. Day 5 Discover Porto

    Today we’ll dedicate our day to Porto. Our stroll will bring us from the top of the Ponte Luis I – where we get some of the most beautiful views in town – to S Bento Station, to view the beautiful tiled panels.

    We’ll have time to enjoy some superb buildings, like the Carmo Church, the Clérigos Tower – and its singular architectural style of Nicolau Nasoni, the frontage of Lello bookshop – a 200 year old bookshop, famous to have served as an inspiration to J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books and, the cathedral of Porto.

    The Ribeira do Porto area on the beautiful Douro river margins will welcome us for lunch.

    In the afternoon, there will be free time to explore this truly amazing town.

  6. Day 6 Douro River & Gaia: a River Trip and a Port Lodge Visit

    The Douro River is one of the major rivers in the Iberian Peninsula, with its 897kms.

    Born on the hills of Urbion in Spain, it stretches from eastern Spanish hills to the Porto’s estuary in the west. Along its margins, its importance is still visible. In the past, the renowned Port wine was taken downriver in flat-bottom boats called rabelos, to be stored in barrels in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto. Nowadays, this an area of the Douro Valley is a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

    On our boat trip, we’ll be gifted with a different perspective of the river and its two different but similar margins.

    In the afternoon, we’ll learn more about the trade, the production and the different kinds of this famous wine in a unique Port lodge guided visit and wine tasting experience!

  7. Day 7 Stock Exchange Palace & S. Francis Church

    Today we explore some of Porto’s iconic sites: the Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa) and the S. Francis Church (Igreja de S. Francisco).

    On our guided visit of Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace), we’ll learn how this part of the former St. Francis Convent was converted into a Neoclassical Palace to house the Commercial Association on Porto in the 19th century. Classified as a National Monument since 1982, this fabulous building provides a fabulous architecture discovery experience!

    In the afternoon and to continue in greatness, we’ll visit the S. Francis Church (Igreja de S. Francisco). The origins of the Franciscan Order in Porto date from the 13th century. The built of this impressive worship site crossed centuries, kings and architectural styles. In our guided visit, we’ll be able to understand and admire this impressive building dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi.

  8. Day 8 Departure

    At convenient time transfer to the airport

Vip Executive Eden - Lisbon (4****) or similar

Offering a terrace bar with panoramic views over Lisbon, the VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel is centrally located in Baixa Pombalina, in Lisbon’s Old Town.

The large studios and apartments each have a working area and well-equipped kitchens. All rooms have a TV, air conditioning, internet access and a private bathroom. The VIP Executive Eden also features a compact seasonal rooftop swimming pool.

Legendary Porto (3***) or similar

Centrally located on Batalha Square, Legendary Porto Hotel is a 5-minute walk from São Bento Metro Station. The recently-renovated property features a bar and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV.

The soundproofed rooms at Legendary Porto Hotel have new furnishings and blackout curtains. Each comes equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities and include a seating area with sofa and a flat-screen TV. En suite bathrooms come with hairdryer.

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Vip Executive Eden - Lisbon

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Legendary Porto



  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax (3 & 4**** hotel)
    4 night in Lisbon
    3 nights in Porto
  • Shared ensuite room with a travelling companion of the same sex
  • Fit for solo travellers – single room with surcharge (limited availability)
  • Extra nights available on request
Individual Rooms not included in the Price Single supplements available on request
Departure Dates Confirmed Dates Trip Status Availability
Friday 28 May 2021 - Friday 04 June 2021
Seats Available
Wed. 01 Dec. 2021 - Wed. 01 Dec. 2021
Seats Available
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