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clock-o6 days (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Discover the wonders of northern Portugal on this 6-day tour from Lisbon. Travel with your guide by coach to top cities such as Braga and Porto, and learn about historical and sacred sites like the Batalha Monastery, Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary, and the UNESCO-listed Convent of Christ. You’ll also enjoy free time to explore on your own. This tour includes five nights of accommodation in superior-class hotels and breakfasts.
  • 6-day tour of northern Portugal's most important cities and landmarks
  • Walk around Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal, and the charming medieval village of Óbidos
  • Explore Porto's city center, the Stock Exchange Palace and St Francisco Church
  • Enjoy free time in the villages of Guimarães, Nazaré, Tomar and Barcelos
  • Discover the University of Coimbra, one of the most ancient universities in the world
  • Visit the charming villages of Braga, Batalha and Fátima
  • Go up the Sacred Hill in Guimarães and take in views of the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and the Royal Castle
  • Five nights of accommodation and transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned motor-coach
Your 6-day northern Portugal tour begins with hotel pickup in Lisbon. In addition to receiving insight from your guide, you'll enjoy free time to explore on your own.

Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.

Itinerary


Day 1: Lisbon – Óbidos – Alcobaça – Nazaré – Batalha – Fátima

From Lisbon, relax on a comfortable coach and enjoy the drive north, past fields of fruit trees and windmills. When you arrive in Óbidos, take a guided walking tour of this beautiful medieval city. Continue to Alcobaça, where the Alcobaça Monastery's towering Gothic church, one of the first Gothic manifestations in Portugal, overlooks the city. Visit the monastery and see the famous delicate tombs of Don Pedro and Inês de Castro. Next, have lunch in the fishing village of Nazaré (own expense) and wander along the coastal paths while hearing interesting stories from your guide. The Batalha Monastery, the final resting place of Prince Henry the Navigator, is your next stop. After you visit the monastery, relax on the drive to Fátima, your last stop of the day. Have free time to explore the city, visit the Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary and enjoy a local dinner (own expense).

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Maria or similar in Fátima

Day 2: Fátima – Coimbra – Aveiro – Porto (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and set off to cover 167 miles (270km) in one day! First, visit Coimbra, home to one of the oldest universities in the world with a beautiful, Baroque-style library. After a tour of the university, visit the Church of Santa Clara and Coimbra's town center, where shops display local ceramic works. Have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and then relax on the coach drive to Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal due to its canals. Here, look over the famous moliceiro boats (half-moon shaped vessels).

Next, head off to Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto, a beautiful city built on the hillsides of the Douro River mouth. Visit the city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have free time to explore the city and enjoy a delicious dinner (own expense).

Accommodation: Hotel Ipanema Porto or similar in Porto

Day 3: Porto – Guimarães – Braga (B)
Have breakfast at the hotel. Porto the second largest city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living amphitheater inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces, churches that history has made eternal and Port wine, known worldwide. We continue to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimarães - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic centre, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the “Bom Jesus do Monte” Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens. Return to Porto.

Accommodation: same hotel in Porto

Day 4: Porto – Santiago de Compostela – Porto (B)
On your forth day, enjoy Breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and the centre of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela World Cultural Heritage and you have the entire day to freely discover this fascinating city. Wander its historical streets and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes.

Accommodation: same hotel in Porto

Day 5: Porto – Amarante – Vila Real – Vale do Douro – Lamego – Urgeiriça (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante, a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo known for the promotion of love and marriage were the monastery facing the river houses his tomb and his lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real – visiting the gardens of the manor of Mateus, which façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rose wine bottles. Then we enter in the Port wine region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego, overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines “N. S. Remédios” with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Maybe you will try some of the local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland to Viseu, center of the Dão Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Along the centre we find a busy commercial area. Arrival to Urgeiriça.

Accommodation: Hotel da Urgeiriça or similar in Urgeiriça

Day 6: Urgeiriça – Bussaco – Tomar – Lisbon (B)
Eat a good breakfast to prepare for the longest day of your trip, during which you will travel 226 miles (365km)! Relax on your comfortable coach and take in views of the beautiful Portuguese countryside as you set course to Bussaco. Here, visit the romantic Hotel Palace, a former royal hunting lodge located in the Serra do Bussaco mountain range. Continue to the village of Tomar, whose lands were bestowed to the Order of the Knights Templar in 1159 for its assistance to Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques, in the Christian re-conquest of these lands. Here, tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Convent of Christ, the city's pedestrian-friendly historic center and the riverside. Finally, admire more views of the Portuguese countryside as you head back to Lisbon.

Reviews

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n
, Nov 2016

6-day North Portugal tour of September 17th 2016
Negative feedback for this tour
We were very disappointed by the tour handled by Cityrama/Grayling with a bad start, becoming a tri-language tour and an attempt to make a drastic change on the initial program we paid for.
Pick up time was set for 09.00hrs, another couple waiting with us were told 08.30hrs we were not able to connect with anyone and finally we were picked up by 10.00hrs. The pick up exercise ended at 10.30hrs with 52 people on board, half french, half english with 2 persons from Argentina. On the first day we were told it was a bilingual tour and during the visit our guide would translate in Spanish without the microphone since they were seated at her side. The next day the tour became tri-language with the micro and during the entire visits. The group did complained since we were delayed by this exercise without success, our guide was stubborn.

During the tour we were always running out of time, sometimes with too many little attractions convent, churches and university site we never stop for lunch before 14.00hrs, on two occasions we stopped at 15.00hrs for lunch. In Tomar we were told all kitchen at restaurants were closed since it was after 15.00hrs. We had to eat sandwiches. Every evening the tour ended after 19.00hrs for dinner. No possibilities to have a free evening.

We spent only 20 minutes in Obidos, a charming middle-age village. We spent only 1 hour in Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal, not even able to do the famous gondola 50 minutes tour.
We arrived in Fatima at 19.00hrs at dust and we had to visit the site at 07.00hrs the next morning before the tour departure.
The Porto disaster
Our program we bought specified a 3 nights stay in Porto. ONE HOUR before arriving in Porto we were informed by hour guide a major change in the program as Porto destination was to be changed to Santiago de Compostela. There was almost a riot on board the bus since most people bought the tour to visit PortoAfter 4 surveys under pressure and numerous calls to the tour operator by our guide it was decided that 10 people in our group would go to Santiago de Compostela. Then we heard the real story, there was an hotel overbooking in Porto. The Ipanema hotel 4 listed in our program was not available and we had to split in two different hotels for the first night -3hotel. There was about an hour drive between the 2 hotels and our free time in Porto just vanished since we check-in at 19.00hrs for dinner. The second night had to be spent in the city of Braga an hour drive from Porto since no hotels were available for us in Porto. The third night we came back to Porto at the same 3 hotel, 20 minutes taxi drive for Porto downtown. Beside the program in Porto we had only 2 hours of free time in our 3 days in Porto.

In this adventure I must say the guide did not tried to alleviate these events and became very adversarial. Obviously she was also a victim of the situation but did not do any effort to diminished our frustrations. Considering the problems we had in Porto, not being able to enjoy the city and staying in a -3 stars hotel

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Normand from Canada

b
, Jun 2016

This tour was great. Except one thing - we did not spent enough time in Porto as was promised. Instead we traveled to Santiago de Compastelo Spain. I preferred to stay in Porto. I believe that Viator should change the description of that.
Our guide Ana is very knowledgeable. She gave us a lot of very interesting information.

M
, Jun 2016

I HAVE TO SAY I REALLY ENJOYED THIS TRIP. MY ONLY COMPLAINT WAS THAT WE HAD TO GO THROUGH ENGLISH POUTUGESE and SPANISH WHICH SEEMED TO GO ON FOR SO LONG. OUR GUIDE JOANNA WAS EXCELLENT and MUCH TO MY DELIGHT WE VISITED SAN T AGO WHICH WASNT LISTED ON YOUR ITINERARY BUT WE WERE TOLD IT HAD BEEN CHANGED FOR 2 YEARS. VERY IMPRESSED. I WILL DEFINATLEY DO ANOTHER ONE.

M
, Oct 2015

You must change the program and include Portugal city tour because then program was very boring

J
, Oct 2015

Interessante, mas muito corrido. Uma maratona. Merece revisão da validade de algumas paradas.

t
, Jun 2015

Very pleased with this tour. Tour guide knew his material, answered all our questions, and made the trip stress free. We learned about the foods, the people, and the spirit of Lisbon Yes, and the places we went to see. The difference is in such a short period he brought his city to life and gave us the best of it. Have traveled a great deal would recommend this guide doing this tour.

h
, Jun 2015

it was relaxing and informative, We saw a lot with the stress of waking up at six or sept oclock,

P
, Oct 2014

Portugal was very interesting, full of beauty and history. I would definitely recommend this tour. I was very disappointed with our guide, and that we had two people that spoke Spanish and two that spoke Portuguese. It was very annoying to have to listen in three languages on an English speaking tour. It made it very difficult to comprehend what she was telling us, as her English was difficult. She did not introduce us or suggest seat rotating.


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