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Portugal Explorer

New for 2019

Price per person
from £821

Price based on
London Gatwick
12th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 7 days

  • Europe

  • Leisurely pace

  • Cosmos Lite

Bundling freedom, flexibility, and affordability like never before, Cosmos Lite presents the world’s first à la carte tour package. While offering all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos tour, Cosmos Lite provides a blank canvas at each destination for custom tailoring, leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you.

Join us for à la carte touring on your escorted vacation in Portugal—home to many of history’s great explorers. With so much to see and do in this beautiful country, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would leave to discover the world! From the international flair of Lisbon, to the cobblestone charm of Obidos, to the history of Coimbra, and the wine cellars of Oporto, your Tour Director will point you in the right direction to discover a new world of your own!

Your escorted tour of Portugal begins in the capital city of Lisbon. Enjoy three nights in this dramatic seaside city, with lots of free time to dine, explore, and enjoy its nightlife. You can also choose an optional walking tour of the cobblestone streets, or find other excursions on MyCosmos. Travel along the Atlantic coast to stop within the medieval walls of Obidos on your way to lively Coimbra. Your CosmosGO mobile app is full of directions and recommendations for the best eateries and bars. On to the artistic city of Oporto, an artist’s haven and colorful ceramic tilework to the city’s famed street art and prolific graffiti. The real star of this region, of course, is its Port wine. You can reserve your space on our optional walking tour of Oporto, with lunch and wine-tasting in a local winery. Tap your CosmosGO mobile app for the best eateries and libations with optional guided tours of Portugal’s colorful and culinary delights!

This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 8 days: Douro River Cruise

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

Join us for à la carte touring on your escorted vacation in Portugal—home to many of history’s great explorers. With so much to see and do in this beautiful country, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would leave to discover the world! From the international flair of Lisbon, to the cobblestone charm of Obidos, to the history of Coimbra, and the wine cellars of Oporto, your Tour Director will point you in the right direction to discover a new world of your own!

Your escorted tour of Portugal begins in the capital city of Lisbon. Enjoy three nights in this dramatic seaside city, with lots of free time to dine, explore, and enjoy its nightlife. You can also choose an optional walking tour of the cobblestone streets, or find other excursions on MyCosmos. Travel along the Atlantic coast to stop within the medieval walls of Obidos on your way to lively Coimbra. Your CosmosGO mobile app is full of directions and recommendations for the best eateries and bars. On to the artistic city of Oporto, an artist’s haven and colorful ceramic tilework to the city’s famed street art and prolific graffiti. The real star of this region, of course, is its Port wine. You can reserve your space on our optional walking tour of Oporto, with lunch and wine-tasting in a local winery. Tap your CosmosGO mobile app for the best eateries and libations with optional guided tours of Portugal’s colorful and culinary delights!

This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts

UK - Lisbon, Portugal

Day
1

Fly to Lisbon where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Soak up the Capital Sights

Time to dive in and explore this capital city—easy to navigate, both on foot and with public transport. Feel free to get started enjoying Lisbon’s highlights. Hop on a ride on Tram number 28, see the Belem Tower, or take the Santa Justa Lift. Simply tap your CosmosGO app for directions and suggestions, or find a relaxing spot to soak up the rich Portuguese culture. Your Tour Director will be available in the early evening to provide suggestions on how make the most of your time throughout your tour.

Lisbon

Day
2

Food, Glorious Food

Today, we offer the option to join us on a guided walking tour of the city, with insight into life in Lisbon in the past and in the present. If you are passionate about food, you’ll want to purchase an evening culinary experience to learn how to prepare some traditional Portuguese delicacies and the fine art of enjoying them in good company. MyCosmos makes it easy to secure your reservation for optional activities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lisbon

Day
3

A Little Night Music

Now that Lisbon has captured your heart, enjoy another full day to discover more! There are countless museums to visit, quaint cafes for lingering, or how about a romantic boat trip on the Tagus river? If you prefer to venture out into the landscapes, we suggest you join our optional excursion to Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At day’s end, celebrate with Lisbon’s exciting nightlife, including passionate fado music.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lisbon - Obidos - Coimbra

Day
4

Learning from the Locals

Leaving the capital, we follow the Atlantic coast to stop in charming Obidos, a labyrinth of cobbled streets surrounded by medieval fortress walls. Later, we head to Coimbra, known for its historical university, still attracting students from around the world. This university town makes for lively nightlife, with many bars and restaurants. Go out and join the locals!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Coimbra - Oporto

Day
5

A Life of Art—A Love of Wine

Oporto’s connection with Port wine is undeniable, but that’s just one aspect of this colorful city. Built on the banks of the Douro River, it’s been an inspiration for art and culture for centuries; from traditional azulejos to graffiti, you’ll see evidence of its artistic history around every corner. We recommend our optional walking tour with a local guide, highlighting the twists, turns, and secrets of this fascinating city, including a sample of its gastronomic delicacies with lunch at a traditional winery.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oporto

Day
6

Creative Arts and the Legend of the Cockerel

Take advantage of your time in Oporto to explore the city your way. The Tour Director is on hand with suggestions, and your CosmosGO app shows you the way. Unleash your creativity by joining an optional excursion to Barcelo, recently nominated Creative City by UNESCO for crafts and folk art. We’ll take you to a fun workshop to make your own souvenir of Portugal and learn about the legend of the cockerel, the country’s symbol.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oporto - UK

Day
7

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Porto

Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and the chance to meet the crew. If you've booked either of the optional excursion packages, join a tour to explore the charms of Porto by night.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Porto

This morning, take an optional guided tour of historic Porto either on foot (Classic), or by tram - with a visit to the Tram Museum (Discovery). The afternoon is at leisure - you can ask to be dropped off in the city centre via rabelo boat. Tonight, enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - Régua

The morning is at leisure, or perhaps join an optional excursion to Guimarães - the birthplace of Afonso Henriques and renowned for its historical treasures and museums (Classic), or a guided hike along the Douro river (Discovery). Return on board and cruise to Régua, passing through the gigantic lock at Carrapatello.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Régua - Vega de Terron

This morning's optional excursion (Classic and Discovery) is to Vila Real to visit the beautiful manor and gardens of Solar de Mateus. Later, your ship continues cruising amid the steep, terraced vineyards that line the banks of the river, en route to Vega de Terron. Enjoy a flamenco evening on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barca d'Alva - Salamanca

After breakfast, join us for an optional full-day excursion to the Spanish city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The city has been well-preserved and has beautiful stone-built noblemen's houses, convents and palaces scattered among the faculty buildings. Discover the city on foot (Classic) or by bike (Discovery). Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barca d'Alva - Ferradosa - Pinhão

Continue your voyage through the stunning countryside of the Douro Valley, arriving in Ferradosa after lunch. Today's optional excursion (both packages) in the afternoon takes you along the Porto Wine Route, through pretty vineyard towns and to a quinta for a traditional port tasting. Back on board, enjoy a gala evening tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Pinhão - Porto

The optional excursion today (both packages) takes you the ancient town of Lamego, 12km from the banks of the Douro. This includes a visit to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary, 600 metres above the town, the medieval castle, the church of Almacave with its azulejo lined walls and gilded woodwork on the altars, and the Cathedral. After lunch on board, the ship continues its journey to Porto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional folk songs of Portugal.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Lisbon - Roma

Located on one of Lisbon's main avenues, Avenida de Roma, which is an important residential and shopping area, Hotel Roma provides a range of exclusive, high-quality services that are unique in a unit of this category.

  • Location

    Avenida De Roma, 33 Lisbon, Portugal

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Coimbra - Hotel D. Luís

Hotel D. Luis is located near downtown Coimbra, in a quiet area with stunning views of the city, the Mondego River and the University of Coimbra.

  • Location

    Santa Clara, Coimbra, Portugal

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Oporto - Tryp Centro

Our central hotel is located near Rua de Santa Catarina, just a few minutes away from main points of interest, lively taverns and luxury wine museums. The Airport lies 13 km away and the metro station, Marquês, is right nearby.

  • Location

    Rua da Alegria 685-689, Oporto, Portugal

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

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