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.
Arrive in time for a traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado music performance in Alfama, one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods. (2D)
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. (2B)
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. (2B)
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. (2B, 2L)
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. (2B)
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. (2B)
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. (2B)
Depart at any time. (2B)
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