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Highlights of Portugal – Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

17 days - from only £1,649pp

ABOUT THE TOUR

Highlights of Portugal – Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

Famous for its Port wine, opulent architecture, and wonderful medieval city centre, Porto makes for an incredible sight. Explore at leisure to admire its many historical sights, before we take in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, and a sun-kissed, terracotta hub against the deep blue Atlantic Ocean backdrop. Complete our Portuguese odyssey with time exploring the alluring Algarve’s breath-taking beaches and charming towns. In addition, enjoy the delights of the historical Spanish cities of Seville and Salamanca.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 15 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 13 evening meals
  • 1 night on board ship in en-suite cabins
  • Local joining points

17 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Local departure by coach or Home Connect service, then to Plymouth for the overnight crossing to Santander.

  • Day 2:

    We disembark in Santander and head to our hotel in northern Spain for overnight.

    Included meals: Dinner

  • Day 3:

    We continue to the picturesque city of Porto today, known for its ancient heritage and colourful cityscape. This medieval city is also well-known for port wine. We stay in Porto for three nights.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4: Porto

    Relax at the hotel, explore Porto at leisure, or join our optional tour to enjoy a Port wine tasting in the atmospheric cellars.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Porto

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2022 2023
    • Porto Wine Tasting
    TBC TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 5: Braga and Guimaraes

    Our excursion today takes us firstly to Braga, known as the ‘Rome of Portugal’. Once the centre of the Roman province of Galicia in Roman times, and known as Bracara Augusta, the wonderful city of Braga is filled with incredible sights, including the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary. Take in this beautiful scenery and architecture with our optional guided tour, visiting the Braga Cathedral. </p>We continue to Guimaraes, considered the birthplace of Portugal, where we visit the stunning Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. This is one of the city’s most important monuments, and its magnificent façades features incredible Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, Braga

    Braga
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    Included Highlights

    • Guimaraes
    • Braga

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2022 2023
    • Braga Guided Tour
    TBC TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 6: Fatima

    Continuing southwards today, we call at beautiful Fatima. Famous for being a well-known pilgrimage site, Fatima is home to one of the most important Catholic shrines dedicated to the Virgin Mary. During our en route visit, spend time admiring Fatima’s Sanctuary. This beautiful sanctuary was constructed after three children witnessed the apparitions of an angel. We continue to the capital Lisbon, the City of Seven Hills, for a two-night stay.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Fatima

    Fatima

    Included Highlights

    • Fatima
  • Day 7: Lisbon

    Enjoy a full day exploring Lisbon and join our optional guided tour. We’ll discover gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums, as well as many other delights in Portugal's capital city. Bright yellow trams wind their way through hilly, tree-lined streets, whilst the locals stroll peacefully through the old quarters. The city is set on seven hills where a number of spectacular monuments sit protectively, such as the iconic Belem Tower. Whilst in Lisbon, enjoy the local delicacy Pastel de Nata, a local custard tart.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Lisbon

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2022 2023
    • Lisbon Guided Tour
    TBC TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 8:

    Spend a leisurely morning in Lisbon before we continue to the southern tip of Portugal and to the Algarve, where we stay in Albufeira for three nights.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9: Eastern Algarve

    Explore the eastern Algarve, beginning in the ancient city of Faro, the capital of the Algarve. We’ll then continue to the Moorish town of Olhao, known for its important fish market; then to Tavira, with its attractive Old Town. Our final calling point will be Vila Real de Santo Antonio, situated on the Spanish border. Throughout our excursion, our experienced tour guide will give us extra insight into this fascinating towns.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Tavira

    Eastern Algarve

    Included Highlights

    • Eastern Algarve
  • Day 10: Lagos

    Explore the beautiful Western Algarve with us, taking a scenic drive through stunning scenery on our optional excursion. We’ll visit Lagos first, where we can uncover Portugal’s fascinating history. This city was integral to Portugal’s ‘Age of Discovery’, when the country’s naval exploration was at its peak. Admire the city’s ancient walls, which circle the Old Quarter, and perhaps visit one of its stunning beaches.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Lagos

    Lagos

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2022 2023
    • Lagos
    TBC TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 11:

    Leaving the Algarve behind, we’ll head northwards to Seville, where we stay for two nights.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 12: Seville

    Uncover Seville’s fascinating history and ancient sights. See the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Alcazar, the Cathedral, and the General Archive of the Indies. Be amazed by the expansive Plaza de Espana, and soak up the bustling atmosphere this city is so well-known for. </p>Join our optional guided city tour, including a visit to the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz which is known for its winding streets and as the prettiest area of the city. See the incredible Cathedral, the third largest church in the world and over 500 years old.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Plaza de Espana

    Seville
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    Included Highlights

    • Seville

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2022 2023
    • Seville Guided Tour
    TBC TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 13:

    We leave Seville and head north to Salamanca, where we stay for two nights.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 14: Salamanca

    Enjoy a day at your leisure in Salamanca, where there is much to see, including the new and old cathedrals, bustling Plaza Mayor square and the Casa de las Conchos, named after the 300 scallop shells on the buildings façade. Salamanca dates back to the Celtic era and is known for its ornate sandstone buildings. Its Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its University is one of the oldest in Europe.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Salamanca

    Salamanca

    Included Highlights

    • Salamanca
  • Day 15:

    It is time to leave Spain behind and start our journey back towards the UK. We will cross the border into France and overnight in the Bordeaux area.

    Included meals: Breakfast

  • Day 16:

    We continue our journey through France to the Paris area for our last overnight.

    Included meals: Breakfast

  • Day 17:

    Return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £699.00 (17 days).

Hotels

You will stay in 3-star and 4-star hotels in Spain and Portugal. Overnight stays in France will be in city-style hotels.

  • Brittany Ferries

    Sail on Brittany Ferries’ cruise ferry, the Pont-Aven, enjoying the stunning features this wonderful ship has to offer. There’s a pool and leisure area, cinema, wrap-around promenade for scenic, leisurely strolls around the deck – and even an impressive five-deck high atrium, complete with panoramic views from the lifts.

Joining points

Travel from most joining points is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement of £20pp. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

See our full list of our joining points.

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