Discover charming towns, golden sands and tempting local delicacies on this wonderful escorted tour, which includes a scenic cruise along the Douro River and visits to Oporto and Lisbon.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes:

Round-trip flights to Port and return from Lisbon
7 nights of accommodation at 3 and 4* hotel
9 meals: 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Airport arrival transfer
Tour Manager
Local guide
Welcome and farewell drink
Porterage
Audio guide

Included Excursions:

​Oporto tour including a river cruise
Visit to the famous port wine cellars with tasting
Douro Valley, including visits to Guimarães, Mateus & Pinhao
Tours of Viseu & Aveiro
Coimbra & Óbidos
Lisbon including tasting of pastéis de Belém
Sintra & Cascais

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June 2, 2019 $2899 + $670 tax
Victoria and Kelowna add $300 per person
Calgary and Edmonton add $200 per person

Itinerary
Day 1 Oporto
​Make your own way to Oporto, where we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.
Accommodation: HOTEL VILA GALE PORTO, OPORTO (4 STAR)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Oporto
​Oporto is a lively city set on a great gorge of the River Douro known for the production of port wine. We’ll explore the city on today’s tour, taking in the Baroque Clérigos Church, before stepping inside the famous Lello Bookstore (at an additional cost). One of the country’s oldest bookshops and amongst the best in the world, this is sure to be a memorable stop on our tour. Perhaps join some of your fellow travellers for lunch before we continue our exploration with a visit to the town’s old quarters, Ribeira, and the neo-classical Stock Exchange Palace.
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro – a chance to enjoy fantastic views of Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia, which line the banks of the river. Admire the six bridges that unite these two delightful towns before stepping ashore in Gaia, also famed for its production of port wine, which is made exclusively in the Douro Valley. What better way to end the day than with a visit to one of the town’s numerous port wine cellars for a tasting of this sweet red wine, before heading back to the hotel.
Accommodation: HOTEL VILA GALE PORTO, OPORTO (4 STAR)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Douro Valley
​With a UNESCO-listed historic centre, Guimarães is the proud birthplace of Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first independent king. We’ll head here today where there will be the opportunity to discover castle ruins, charming narrow streets and the beautiful square of Largo da Oliveira. After time to explore and enjoy lunch, we’ll head to Vila Real to discover the 18th century Mateus Palace.
We’ll also take in Pinhão’s pretty train station, decorated with tiled panels depicting traditional scenes of the Douro region, before reaching our hotel in the Douro Valley.
Accommodation: HOTEL REGUA DOURO, DOURO VALLEY (4 STAR)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Viseu & Aveiro
​A delightful city with a well-preserved historical centre and a maze of cobbled streets, Viseu is our destination this morning as we leave the Douro Valley behind us. We’ll then continue to Aveiro, known as the ‘Venice of Portugal’ and one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Admire the traditional seaweed-harvesting ‘moliceiro’ boats, stunning
natural lagoons and elegant 19th century architecture, before we finally reach Coimbra for an overnight stay.
Accommodation: HOTEL DONA INES, COIMBRA (3 STAR)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Coimbra & Obidos
​Today we’ll explore Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal for over 100 years. Discover one of the oldest universities in Europe, with its magnificent baroque-style library and the New Cathedral – the current bishopric seat of the city. Next we’ll visit Óbidos, surrounded by an old wall flanked by round towers and square bastions. The town was given by King Denis to his young wife, a gesture that was repeated by future monarchs until 1833. We’ll explore the town, which is also known for its unique cherry liqueur, before finally heading to Lisbon for 3 nights.
Accommodation: HOTEL VILA GALE OPERA, LISBON (4 STAR)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Lisbon
​The beautiful Alto do Parque Belvedere offers brilliant views over Lisbon, and we’ll head here to gaze over the city this morning. Admire the bronze statue of the Marques of Pombal, who rebuilt Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake, and explore the historic Rossio Square. A walking tour of the historic centre will introduce us to the magnificent St George Castle, which watches over the city from a towering hill, and Lisbon Cathedral – the city’s oldest church and a National Monument. Next we’ll explore the cobbled alleys and steep stairways of the ancient Alfama district, the Belém Tower, the imposing St Jerome Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries, before savouring the opportunity to sample the ‘pastéis de Belém’ – a deliciously sweet pastry served at Belém’s famous pastry shop.
Accommodation: HOTEL VILA GALE OPERA, LISBON (4 STAR)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Sintra & Cascais
​Sintra is an enchanting town with a fascinating UNESCOlisted centre, and it’s also our first stop on today’s tour. See the spectacular Sintra National Palace where there will be free time to enter the palace and explore further if you wish (payable locally) or enjoy lunch before we begin our journey back to Lisbon. En route, we’ll stop at Cape Roca – the most westerly point of Continental Europe – and Cascais, an ancient fishing village which has been transformed into a cosmopolitan hotspot with its gorgeous beaches, picturesque gardens and pedestrianised old town. Just before we reach Lisbon, we’ll take a panoramic tour of Estoril, once a summer retreat for royal families and now known for its sandy beaches and popular casino. This evening we’ll gather together for a farewell dinner, the perfect finalé to y our Portuguese vacation.
Accommodation: HOTEL VILA GALE OPERA, LISBON (4 STAR)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Departure Day
At the end of the tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.
Meals: Breakfast

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