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10 days from £1,529 per person

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Capturing a piece of Portuguese history in each of the three pousadas on this tour.

Summary

Beyond Portugal’s exciting capital city lies a land of beautiful ancient towns, varied culture, wild landscapes and elegant pousadas (historic converted hotels). On this excellent-value tour, you’ll get to stand before the dazzling 110m marble façade of the Duke’s Palace, Vila Viçosa. To breathe in the wildflower scents of the tranquil Serra da Estrela mountains. And, along with your new travel companions, to toast adventure with a delicious port wine in Porto, its city of origin.

Your holiday includes:

8 excursions and visits

  • City tours of Arraiolos; Évora (including cathedral, San Francisco Church & Chapel of Bones); and Porto
  • Guided tour of Palácio Ducal in Vila Viçosa
  • Excursion to Viana do Castelo (with Costume Museum & Santa Luzia Basilica), including Ponte de Lima and Valenca do Minho
  • Visits to Castelo Branco; Aveiro
  • Port tasting in Porto

Plus:

  • 9 nights in pousadas (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with TAP Portugal from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 18 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 9 dinners (days 1-9)

Plus

  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • VIP Outbound2

    UK - Lisbon - Vila Viçosa

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Lisbon. On arrival, we transfer to the delightful town of Vila Viçosa. We’ll check into our pousada, a luxury 16th-century converted convent, right next to the palace and full of history and character.

    Pousada Convento Vila Viçosa (4-star)


  • Day 2 Vila Vicosa

    Vila Viçosa

    Today we explore this small, marble-clad town. Known as the ‘Princess of Alentejo’, it’s home to a splendid palace, charming streets and a sprawling plaza dotted with orange trees. We’ll take a guided tour of the majestic Renaissance-style Palácio Ducal or Duke’s Palace - the symbol of the city and once one of the most important noble houses in Portugal. The 110-metre façade is totally covered in marble from the region making this unique building the town’s most symbolic monument.

    • Guided tour of Palácio Ducal in Vila Viçosa (morning)

    Pousada Convento Vila Viçosa (4-star)


  • Day 3 Closter of the Evora Catherdral

    Arraiolos - Évora

    Enjoy a morning tour of Arraiolos, a small town overlooked by the ruins of a Moorish castle, to discover the town’s history and famous carpet-making tradition. In the afternoon we head to Évora, a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage city that dates back to Roman times. Our guide will bring the history of this bustling university town to life as we visit the cathedral, San Francisco Church, university and the Chapel of Bones.

    • City tour of Arraiolos (morning)
    • City tour of Évora, including cathedral, San Francisco Church & Chapel of Bones (afternoon)

    Pousada Convento Vila Viçosa (4-star)


  • Day 4 Cathedral of Viseu

    Viseu

    Today we wave goodbye to Vila Vicosa and journey towards medieval Viseu. On the way, we’ll stretch our legs among the tree-lined squares and boulevards of Castelo Branco, the provincial capital. This evening we arrive in Viseu and check into our imposing pousada, a one-time 19th-century hospital.

    • Visit to Castelo Branco (morning)

    Pousada de Viseu (4-star)


  • Day 5 Serra da Estrela National Park

    Viseu

    Today is yours to spend completely as you please in Viseu, or perhaps join our full-day optional excursion to the Serra da Estrela Mountains. The highest mountains in Portugal, this range forms a beautiful park of craggy peaks, hidden lakes, thick forest and historic villages full of character. Look out for the iconic Estrela Mountain Dog.

    Pousada de Viseu (4-star)


  • Day 6 Aveiro

    Viseu

    Today is reserved for leisure time. Perhaps take a walk in the park, around the town, or just relax at the pousada.

    Pousada de Viseu (4-star)


  • Day 7 Santa Luzia Basilica

    Aveiro - Viana do Castelo

    We continue north and stop en route in coastal Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal due to several canals crossing the town. We continue to our next historic pousada, high above Viana do Castelo’s sailing port and the estuary on which it lies.

    • Visit to Aveiro (morning)

    Pousada do Monte de Santa Luzia, Viana do Castelo (4-star)


  • Day 8 Porto

    Viana do Castelo

    Take a morning tour of the coastal town of Viana do Castelo, with its opulent mansions, winding streets and intimate squares, and rich Minho folklore. Together we’ll explore the Santa Luzia Basilica and the Costume Museum. The nearby towns of Ponte de Lima, named after the Roman bridge that aided pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela, and Valença do Minho, are included on this tour.

    • Excursion to Viana do Castelo, with Costume Museum & Santa Luzia Basilica, including Ponte de Lima and Valenca do Minho (morning)

    Pousada do Monte de Santa Luzia, Viana do Castelo (4-star)


  • Historic City of Porto

    Porto

    Today we explore Porto. The city that gave its name to Port wine sits along hills tumbling down to the famous Douro River. Here, you may see some of the elegant, traditional, wooden sailing barges - barcos rabelos - used to transport the famous wine; and Porto’s landmark, the impressive two-tier bridge - Ponte de Dom Luis I.

    We’ll amble Porto’s historic Ribeira district together. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its cobbled streets and impressive buildings and grand churches dripping in gold, gives a glimpse into its Roman past. Portugal’s second city never fails to impress. As part of our tour, we’ll stop for a tasting at a historic Port cellar.

    • City tour of Porto, with Port tasting (morning)

    Pousada do Monte de Santa Luzia, Viana do Castelo (4-star)


  • VIP Inbound

    Day 10 Viana do Castelo - Porto - UK

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home


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Important information about your destination

Please note: • 15 June 2021 departure stays in Arraiolos, Serra da Estrela and Viano do Castelo with amended excursions - please call for details. • 18 May 2021 departure stays in Arraiolos, Viseu and Viano do Castelo with amended excursions - please call for details.

Climate

Your Pousadas Accommodation

Pousada da Assuncao

Originally a 16th century monastery, the restoration has preserved the beauty of the historic renaissance-style cloister and chapterhouse decorated in sculptures depicting the parental Alentejo whilst adding modern day comforts in the both the guest rooms and public areas. Thirty air-conditioned en-suite rooms each with cable TV, mini-bar, hair drier, bathing gown, safe, telephone and wireless internet. Public facilities include elegant lounge, bar, an outdoor swimming-pool, tennis court, billiards room and delightful gardens.

Pousada do Convento do Desagravo

What a gem! An 18th century convent with a varied and fascinating past, in a stunning rural location. Twenty four air-conditioned en-suite rooms each with lovely views of the countryside, TV, mini-bar, hair drier, and wireless internet. Public facilities include elegant lounges, bar, an outdoor swimming-pool,tennis court, billiards room and delightful gardens.

Pousada do Monte de Santa Luzia

Built in 1918. The restaurant and terrace have stunning views of the hills and coastline. Forty seven air-conditioned en-suite rooms each with cable TV, mini-bar, hair drier, telephone and wireless internet. Public facilities include elegant lounge, bar, an outdoor swimming-pool, tennis court, billiards room and delightful gardens.


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