Porto + Douro + Lisbon
Day 1 – Lisbon / Porto
Day 2 – Porto / Douro
After meeting with the guide at the hotel lobby, leave for a tour of the downtown area of Porto. Passing Avenida dos Aliados, famous for its banks and trendy shops, we will head towards Santa Catarina street to get a feel of the city and it's people. Some time at leisure can be given for a coffee or some shopping!
We will then visit the Stock Exchange Palace with incredible granite work and magnificent neo-arab influences and S. Francisco church, also called the Golden Church. A passage by the famous Clérigos Church and Lello Bookshop is also on the program.
Day 3 – Douro
THE DOURO VALLEY
The River Douro rises in Spain and flows more or less East / West across Northern Portugal reaching the sea at Portugal's second city, Oporto. Once a fast flowing river of rapids and narrow ravines it has been tamed over the past 25 years by the construction of 8 dams along its length giving it, in most places, a tranquil, lake-like appearance.
The valley is spectacularly beautiful with the hills falling steeply down to the water´s edge becoming more and more sparsely populated and wild the further inland one travels, with more of the land being given over to terraces of vines and, to a lesser extent, olive groves.
This is port country and was, in fact, the world´s first demarcated wine region being established in 1756. Evidence of the port industry can be seen along the valley with all the famous company names - Cockburns, Taylors, Sandeman and others - appearing on large placards on the hillsides. The colour of the land changes throughout the year as the vines mature.
QUINTA DE MARROCOS WINE ESTATE
In the beautiful Douro Region, you will find the old Franciscan monastery that today comprises the main house of the Quinta de Marrocos estate. The estate enjoys a lovely location by the left bank of the Douro river, nestled between the snow on the Marão mountain range, the history and art of Lamego and Vila Real, the traditions and customs of the villages and towns, the nature of the Douro valley. The 17th century house is decorated with (country style) family antiques. It is one of the oldest estates in the Douro, and has maintained its own winery activity for over 4 generations, producing famous Port and Douro wines.
Day 4 – Douro / Lisbon
Near the Tagus River, Casal Branco Estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. It has been creating Lusitano horses since the 19th century and producing top quality wines for more than one hundred years.
Family, tradition and a big passion for what they do keeps it going and justifies the recognition that is continuously receiving.
Day 5 - Lisbon
HALF DAY TOUR LISBON
Leave the hotel heading towards downtown, passing Rossio Square and the trendy shopping & cultural district of Chiado. From here we will take one of the famous Lisbon Trams and you will experience a unique ride until reaching the the old quarters of Alfama. Here we will visit the Castle of St George from where one can admire one of the best views over Lisbon. We will then walk trough the old quarters until downtown and will visit the Commerce Square, located right at the river. After some time at leisure for shopping or coffee we will return to the hotel.
SUNSET CRUISE LISBON (optional – not included)
The river is one of the places not to be missed when you are visiting this beautiful city. Lisbon colours and light are one of the things most people remember and there is no better time of the day than sunset, when the sun turn orange, pink and red and everything changes.
But there is more than just the light, it is from the river that we can have a unique view of the most important UNESCO monuments of the city, these include the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. And you will also have a particulat view of the Monument to the Discoveries which symbolizes the efforts and ventures of our glorious sailors.
Day 6 - Lisbon
THE ENCHANTED VILLAGE OF SINTRA
Located right in the central western Portuguese coast, just a short drive from Lisbon. Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage since 1995, is steeped in history and offers some of the most exquisite natural and architectural sites in the country. Here, at the northern-most extent of the protected Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, history, archaeology, architecture and natural beauty combine to create a compelling and enduring centrepiece that has enjoyed centuries of popularity.
After visiting the Pena Palace, a fairytale castle built for Prince Dom Pedro in the 1750's still well preserved and with beautiful gardens (on the photo) some time at leisure will be given for exploring the beautiful village with it's narrow streets and beautiful parks, and to do some shopping! Do not forget to taste the typical regional pastries, the “Travesseiros de Sintra” or the famous “Queijadas”.
On the way back to the hotel, there is still time for a visit to Cabo da Roca which is, as described by the famous Portuguese poet Luís de Camões, the place "where the land ends and the sea begins". It is the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe.
Day 7 – Lisbon / ...
Adeus and have fun!
1 night at Hotel Teatro (www.hotelteatro.pt) in Porto
2 nights at NAU Vintage House (www.hotelvintagehouse.com) in the Douro Valley
3 nights at Inspira Santa Marta (www.inspirahotels.com) in Lisbon
Private Tours/Special Experiences
Half day visit to Porto
Visit to Quinta de Marrocos wine estate
Half day Tour of Lisbon
Full day Tour of Sintra and Cascais
Necessary entrance fees
Private transfers including to and from Porto
Private driver for Porto, Douro, Lisbon and Sintra tours
Lunch at Quinta de Marrocos (including drinks)
Lunch at Quinta do Casal Branco (including drinks)