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Porto, Lisbon & the Algarve

 

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  • Overview

    highlights

    • Discover the ancient city of Porto
    • Visit the capital, Lisbon
    • Explore the awe-inspiring Algarve’s beautiful beaches
    • Take in beautiful coastal towns and villages
    • Take in Spain's charming Salamanca and Burgos

    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 the alluring Algarve’s breath-taking beaches and charming towns.                 Read More

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    • Great for - Beach
    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery


    Porto
    We’ll begin our holiday in beautiful Porto, enjoying time at leisure to take in the city’s many sights, before enjoying an included excursion to Braga and Guimaraes. Braga, known as the ‘Rome of Portugal’, is filled with incredible ancient sights, while Guimaraes is considered the birthplace of Portugal. It was here, in 1109, that Afonso Henriques was born - he would later go on to become the first King of Portugal.

    We stop en route is Fatima, a famous pilgrim site. In 1916, three children were tending a flock of sheep when they saw an angel, and a year later the Virgin Mary also appeared to them, and since then thousands have flocked to the small village to the site of this miracle. 
    We then spend the night in the suburbs of Lisbon. Portugal's hilly, coastal capital city, Lisbon is a sun-kissed, terracotta hub against the deep blue Atlantic Ocean backdrop.


    We continue our journey to the stunning Algarve, our base for the next three nights. Here we'll explore the Eastern Algarve with visits to Faro and Tavira, as well as the Western side with a stop in Lagos. 

    Lagos is known for its important role in the Portuguese ‘Age of Discovery’, when the country was at the peak of its naval discovery and overseas exploration. We'll also visit Cliff Richard's vineyard, known as Adega do Cantor or Winery of the Singer, which produces quality wine and combines traditional and innovative wine making techniques. 

    On our way home we'll stop in Salamanca for two nights. This Spanish city 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. 

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  • The Hotels

    YOUR HOTELS


    VIEW ALL HOTELS Hotel Axis Porto Vila Gale Ampalius


    Hotel Axis Porto
    Situated in Porto’s historical city centre, the Hotel Axis Porto is ideally-placed for exploring this wonderful destination, and also boasts comfortable guest rooms.
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    Hotel Axis Porto

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    Situated in Porto’s historical city centre, the Hotel Axis Porto is ideally-placed for exploring this wonderful destination, and also boasts comfortable guest rooms. 

    • All rooms are en suite, with TV and a balcony
    • Lift access
    • Bar area
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Wi-Fi
    • Official four-star rating
    • Please note: Additional charges may apply for the use of certain hotel facilities.
    Vila Gale Ampalius
    Situated just a few metres from the beautiful Praia da Marina, the Vila Gale Ampalius offers fantastic amenities.
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    Vila Gale Ampalius

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    This hotel provides excellent rooms, many with balconies and panoramic views, and is centrally situated in Vilamoura and just a few minutes away from the Marina. Facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, and a spa and wellness centre.

    • All rooms are en suite, with air-conditioning, TV, and Wi-Fi
    • Lift access
    • Bar area
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming pools
    • Tennis court
    • Official four-star rating
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Fatima
    En Route: 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.  
    Bom Jesus
    Full Day: Braga and Guimaraes

    Once the centre of the Roman province of Gallaecia in Roman times, and known as Bracara Augusta, the wonderful city of Braga is filled with wonderful sights. Take in this beautiful scenery and architecture with our exciting guided tour, visiting the Braga Cathedral. This is one of the city’s most important monuments, and its magnificent façades features incredible Romanesque and Gothic architecture. We will also be taking a tourist train ride around the city.

    Algarve
    Full Day: 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 boarder. Throughout our excursion, our experienced tour guide will give us extra insight into this fascinating towns. 
    Church of St Anthony
    Full Day: Lagos and Cliff Richard's Vineyard

    Explore the beautiful Western Algarve with us, taking a scenic drive through stunning scenery. 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.

    Then we'll visit Cliff Richard's vineyard, known as Adega do Cantor or Winery of the Singer. Learn more about the production of wine here and even try a sample!

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Lisbon
    Lisbon Guided Tour

    We’ll discover gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums on our guided tour of Lisbon, 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.

    Port Wine barrells
    Port Wine Tasting

    In Porto, we’ll be treated to an optional port wine tasting excursion, which will give us a chance to sample this delicious wine for ourselves.

    Salamanca
    World Heritage Site of Salamanca
    Discover the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salamanca, famous for its magnificent Old City and beautiful selection of fascinating sights. 
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What's included

  • Return travel by Grand Tourer coach
  • 15 nights half-board accommodation
  • Free Home Connect Service
  • Services  of a dedicated tour manager
  • Personal audio guide
  • 5 sightseeing excursions
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Hotel Axis Porto

Situated in Porto’s historical city centre, the Hotel Axis Porto is ideally-placed for exploring this wonderful destination, and also boasts comfortable guest rooms.

Learn more about the hotel

Hotel Axis Porto

  • hotel axis porto

Situated in Porto’s historical city centre, the Hotel Axis Porto is ideally-placed for exploring this wonderful destination, and also boasts comfortable guest rooms. 

  • All rooms are en suite, with TV and a balcony
  • Lift access
  • Bar area
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Wi-Fi
  • Official four-star rating
  • Please note: Additional charges may apply for the use of certain hotel facilities.
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