The Grandeur of Central Portugal from Porto to Lisbon
Portugal is an incredible mix of captivating cities, medieval castles, hilltop towns and stunning beaches. Try delicious ports and wines in Porto, stand on the river banks of ancient villages, be humbled by fascinating tales of knights and holy apparitions and tap your feet to the melodies of Fado. Immerse yourself in local delicacies and be stunned by breathtaking views. This engaging journey from Porto to the vibrant capital of Lisbon takes in culture, fine food and Portugal’s captivating past.
Your holiday includes:
7 excursions and visits
- Guided excursion to Guimarães and Braga (wine tasting, Ducal Palace and funicular to Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary)
- Excursion to Amarante and guided visit of Mateus Palace and gardens
- Guided excursion in Lamego (Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, a local ham tasting, and wine tasting at Quinta do Bomfin)
- Guided tour of Coimbra and Fado performance
- Guided excursion to the Schist villages with tasting of local specialities
- Full-day excursion to Batalha Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and Aljustrel
- Full-day guided excursion to Tomar (Convent of Christ and boat trip to Almourol Castle)
- Guided city tour of Lisbon, with tasting of Pasteis de Nata and Ginjinha
- 10 nights in historic pousadas and hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with TAP Portugal from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 20 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 2-11) 10 dinners (days 1-10)
- Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Porto - Amares
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Porto. On arrival we transfer to our pousada in Amares, a stunning restored 12th-century monastery.
Pousada Mosteiro de Amares (4-star)
Guimaraes - Braga
Guimarães’ historic Old Town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we’ll wander the romantic squares and winding lanes. Afterwards, we’ll visit the impressive Ducal Palace and then learn about the production of Vinho Verde at Casa de Sezim, just outside the town. Don’t worry we get to try some, too.
We’ll continue to the ‘Portuguese Rome’ to stroll through Braga’s buzzing plazas, past elegant baroque architecture and narrow streets. Then, ride the funicular to the gorgeous hillside church and sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte.
Amarante - Vila Real - Lamego
In picturesque city of Amarante, sitting proudly on the bend of the River Tâmega, we’ll stop for some free time. We’ll continue to nearby Vila Real and Mateus Palace. Built in the 18th century, this enchanting palace is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Portugal. On a guided tour we’ll discover how its famous rosé wine is produced. Maybe find a quiet nook in the splendid gardens to take in their beauty. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to Lamego.
Lamego Hotel (4-star)
Located on the shores of the Balsemão River in the Upper Douro Valley, Lamego is a town bursting with baroque style. We’ll wander the narrow lanes and explore the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios which sits majestically at the top of a hill. After working up an appetite, we’ll sample some delicious local cured ham (Presunto).
We’ll continue to a local quinta - the Quinta do Bomfin - for a tour and wine tasting and then Vila do Pinhão, to admire the beautiful tiles that decorate its local railway station.
We continue to Coimbra. Rising from the River Mondego, Coimbra’s historical buildings cling to the hillside, including those of its renowned university. The city is also famed for its Fado singers accompanied by Portuguese guitars and we’ll sip port and listen to their haunting melodies at the Fado ao Centro.
Conimbriga Hotel do Paço, Coimbra (4-star)
We’ll wind our way through well-trodden paths to discover a magical cluster of Schist villages, built to blend in with the natural landscape, hidden between mountain slopes and dense forest. The smell of wooden-oven bread and fresh goat’s cheese lingers, as we enjoy a taste of some local specialities and watch the work of local craftsmen.
Batalha - Fátima - Ourém
Today is a full day of exploration. We’ll discover the gothic splendour of the UNESCO-listed Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, feeling like royalty as we stroll under the impressive cloisters. Our spiritual journey continues as we make our way to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima. It was here back in 1917 that three young shepherds saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary and there’ll be a chance to visit Aljustrel, the location of the home of the shepherds.
We’ll make our way to Ourém for a two-night stay.
Pousada Ourém (4-star)
Be transported back to the legends of battling knights, kings and castles today, as we travel to Tomar, known as the city of the Knights Templar. We’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Convent of Christ and its magnificent 12th-century rotunda. Later, we’ll enjoy a boat ride along the glistening waters of the Tejo River, towards mystical Almourol Castle.
Lisbon - Cascais
Lisbon’s seven hills overlooking the Tejo River and the Atlantic, give the city a distinct charm - the cobbled streets, ornate buildings, white-domed buildings and the rumbling of trams and funiculars are present at every turn. We’ll be driven around the city, stopping at iconic landmarks including Belém Tower, before sitting down to try some delicious Pasteis de Nata (custard tarts) accompanied by Ginjinha (cherry liqueur). We’ll continue to the pretty seaside town of Cascais, for a two-night conclusion to our holiday.
Hotel Vila Galé Cascais (4-star)
Today is completely free to explore Cascais at your own pace. Perhaps head to the beaches and quiet coves or wander in the pretty Old Town. Or you can easily take the train along the coast, through Estoril and back to Lisbon for more sightseeing. In the evening, we’ll have a final dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11 Cascais - Lisbon - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.