Discover Portugal

National Geographic Journeys, Lisbon to Porto

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Step back in time to the history of a country rich with architectural marvels, culinary traditions, and cultural wonders. This eight-day tour through Portugal takes curious travellers through ancient streets lined with colourful manors along the cobblestoned paths of the country's most prestigious university, and down the shipping routes for fortified wine. History buffs, gastronomes, and culture seekers alike will find themselves immersed and compelled at every stop.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cork Farm Experience, Évora Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Knights Templar Historic Tour, Tomar Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon Culture & History: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto
  • Lisbon orientation walk
  • Fado performance with traditional Portuguese dinner
  • Guided tour of Palace of Pena in Sintra
  • Chapel of Bones visit in Evora
  • Diana's Temple visit in Evora
  • Guided tour of Coimbra University
  • Porto orientation walk
  • Douro River boat cruise and port wine cellar and tasting
  • Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations

Highlights

  • Discover an array of architectural gems
  • From the colorful manors of sintra to the roman temples of évora
  • Venture into the countryside to learn about the production of cork and olive harvesting
  • Enjoy a mesmerizing fado music performance in lisbon
  • Float down porto’s "river of gold
  • ” taking in timeless scenes of rolling green hills.

Itinerary

Day 1 Lisbon (1D) Arrive in time for a traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado music performance in Alfama, one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods. Additional Notes: To ensure you are able to join the group for dinner, please arrive in Lisbon by 4pm. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal
Day 2 Lisbon (1B) Escape reality during a visit the fairytale town of Sintra and lose yourself exploring the colourful manors, medieval palaces, and lush gardens of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free to discover Lisbon. Included Activities: Pena Palace and Park Guided Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 28km) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 29km)
Day 3 Lisbon/Évora (1B) Travel to Évora in the heart of the Alentejo region, enjoying a tour to the haunting, but mesmerizing Chapel of Bones and visit Diana's Temple, one of the best preserved Roman temples on the Iberian Peninsula. Included Activities: Chapel of Bones Visit Diana Roman Temple Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Évora (1B, 1L) Visit a cork farm and learn about the cork production, as well as other activities particular to the Alentejo region like honey production and olive harvesting. Enjoy a traditional cork stripper's meal before returning back to Évora for free time. Included Activities: Cork Farm Experience
Day 5 Évora/Coimbra (1B) Continue to Tomar, where we visit the Templar Castle. Founded in 1160 by Gualdim Pais, grand master of the Knights Templar, the vast complex of the Convent of Christ is an incredible feat of medieval architecture. Continue on to Coimbra for the evening. Included Activities: Knights Templar Historic Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 225km) Private Vehicle (0.90 hour(s), 75km)
Day 6 Coimbra/Porto (1B) This morning, enjoy a tour around the University of Coimbra, Portugal's most prestigious university and a World Heritage Site. Enter through the 10th-century Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra. Walk through the campus along mosaic cobblestone paths and visit the ornate Joanina Library, Chapel of São Miguel and the botanical gardens. Later, catch the train to Porto. Included Activities: University of Coimbra Visit Transport: Local train (1.50 hour(s), 120km)
Day 7 Porto (1B) Board a boat down Portugal's "river of gold", floating along the route that port shippers took to age their fortified wines. Take in the sights of the rolling green, terraced hills of the Porto region. Visit a local wine cellar, then end the day with a glass of port - an unmissable regional specialty. Included Activities: Douro Valley Cruise Port Wine Cellar Visit
Day 8 Porto (1B) Depart at any time.
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