Portuguese Escape

New for 2019

Price per person
from £983

Price based on
London Gatwick
23rd Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 9 days

  • Portugal

  • Steady pace

  • Escapes by Globus

Escapes by GLOBUS

Off-season shouldn't mean second-class travel. With milder temperatures and smaller crowds, our Escapes tours mean Globus quality whilst taking advantage of off-peak deals.

Discover lively cities, ancient monasteries and fishing villages on this Portuguese Escape in the off-peak season. Try heritage port in the wine cellars of Porto, linger over tapas in a bucolic wine garden and lose yourself in the narrow, sloping lanes of Lisbon’s fado quarter.

At a glance


  • Lisbon Tour the capital city with a local guide, visiting the Baixa quarter (town centre), Jeronimos Monastery and Moorish Alfama district, where fado was born.
  • Nazaré Discover medieval Obidos, visit the 12th-century Church of Santa Maria in Alcobaça and stop for lunch in the fishing village of Nazaré.
  • Coimbra Visit the ornate baroque Biblioteca Joanina, an 18th-century library. Drive past ancient Buçaco Forest en route to Porto.
  • Porto Sightseeing with local guide, port tasting session and a tapas meal.
  • Evora Explore the UNESCO-listed medieval centre and with a local guide to show you the key sights, and visit the Ossuary Chapel - made of bones.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Service charges
  • 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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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 VIP home pick-up service.

Overview

Discover lively cities, ancient monasteries and fishing villages on this Portuguese Escape in the off-peak season. Try heritage port in the wine cellars of Porto, linger over tapas in a bucolic wine garden and lose yourself in the narrow, sloping lanes of Lisbon’s fado quarter.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Lisbon, Portugal

Day
1

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

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your tour director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Lisbon

Day
2

Lisbon was the centre of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a local guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint Alfama, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit Jeronimos Monastery with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An interesting optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lisbon - Obidos - Alcobaca - Nazare - Fatima - Tomar

Day
3

Stop in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gate in the impressive perimeter wall and walk along the narrow streets. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. See the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover, Inês de Castro. The fishing harbour of Nazaré is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch break. In the afternoon, mix with the pilgrims at the country’s hallowed national shrine, Fatima’s Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Overnight in Tomar.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tomar - Coimbra - Porto

Day
4

In Tomar, the historic seat of the mighty Order of the Knights of Christ, visit the hilltop Convent of Christ with its famous Manueline Window. Continue to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. After a visit to the 700-year-old university, drive by ancient Buçaco Forest on your way to Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Tonight, why not relax during an optional cruise on the Douro River, followed by dinner at one of Porto’s fine restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Porto

Day
5

Sightseeing with a local guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated Church of Sao Francisco and the stock exchange with its contemporary Arabian Hall, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Porto - Guimaraes - Viseu

Day
6

Enjoy a walk through the medieval centre of Guimaraes, often referred to as the “Cradle of Portugal” because of its association with the country’s first king, Alfonso Henriques. Next, taste Portuguese tapas at the Quinta da Aveleda winery and visit its splendid gardens. From here, a scenic road through the port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, where dinner at a local restaurant awaits!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Viseu - Belmonte - Castelo de Vide - Evora

Day
7

This morning, stop in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish awakening, for a visit to the Jewish Museum. Also enjoy an olive oil tasting, for which the area is famous. Enjoy an afternoon break in Castelo de Vide, with time to walk through the Jewish quarter with its white-washed houses and its medieval synagogue. Before arriving in Evora, the cultural centre of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, visit a cork factory and learn about the many ways this material can be used.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Evora - Lisbon

Day
8

A massive wall surrounds Evora’s medieval centre, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your local guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early gothic cathedral, Portas de Moura fountain, and Sao Francisco Church. Visit the Ossuary Chapel, with walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travelling companions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lisbon - UK

Day
9

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


 Lisbon Mercure Lisboa or Novotel Lisboa 

Tomar Dos Templarios 

Oporto NH Collection Porto Batalha 

Viseu Grao Vasco

Evora M’ar De Ar Muralhas

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