Sku: 234044SINTRA

Exploring Portugal has never been easier than with the Explorer tour Essence of Portugal! This 8-day package will take you from Lisbon to Porto and beyond, allowing you to discover all that this beautiful country has to offer. Included in your tour are accommodation at a hotel, meals, guided tours, transportation and more. Begin your Portuguese adventure today with Essence of Portugal!


Tour highlights

Embark on a fascinating tour of Portugal, and experience the beauty of its renowned signature cities. Begin in Porto, known for its rich wine culture, followed by Lisbon’s elegance. Then marvel at majestic Sintra before heading to the enchanting walled city of Obidos – one of the most beautiful and well-preserved towns in Portugal. Afterwards, travel to Fatima – an important pilgrimage site for locals. While in Coimbra, take time to appreciate its famous university which dates back centuries as one of Portugal’s oldest.



Tour itinerary

After your arrival, a transfer to one of the city’s fine hotels awaits. Once comfortably settled in, take some time to explore the neighborhood and discover what Lisbon has to offer. Later on that evening, join your fellow travelers and tour director for a welcome reception held at either the Real Palacio or Lisbon Marriott Hotel, or similar establishments.

To begin our day, we take a leisurely walk through Baixa – the historic heart and commercial center of Lisbon. Afterwards, we make a stop at Belem to admire the iconic Belem Tower as well as the Discovery Monument. Our journey then leads us to the final destination: The Jeronimos Monastery that houses the Vasco de Gama tomb. Once our tour is completed, you will have free time to explore the streets of Lisbon on your own or join an optional Fado show with dinner in the evening.

We’ll begin our half-day tour of the sights of Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Estoril early in the morning. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the historic centre of Sintra where we will visit the Sintra National Palace. After that, Cabo da Roca is next on our itinerary; the westernmost cape in Continental Europe. Then we’ll travel to a quaint fishing town; Cascais that has interesting museums, gorgeous gardens and an abundant fish market. Our last stop in before returning to Lisbon is Estoril which was originally a fishing town but now draws affluent visitors from all over with its many attractions. The evening will be yours to explore at leisure before retiring for the night to either Real Palacio hotel or Marriott Hotel Lisbon (or similar). Meals included: Breakfast only

Once our breakfast was finished, our journey took us northwards out of Lisbon. Our first port of call was Obidos, a picture-perfect village situated atop a hill, defended by walls constructed in the fourteenth century. We paused here for a sample of cherry liquor before moving on to Nazare – a captivating seaside town popular among tourists. From there we made our way to the Monastery of Batalha; a Dominican Convent located nearby. Ultimately the day brought us to Fatima, an important site for Catholic pilgrims which houses many sacred sites and religious artifacts. Accommodation at Aurea or Estrela De Fátima in Fatima, or similar establishments were provided during this trip as well as meals throughout the day.

Our morning commences with a half-day tour of the historic city of Tomar. Here, we will take time to explore the Luso-Hebrew Museum and immerse ourselves into its fascinating history. From there, our journey continues towards Buçaco to uncover the beauty of Buçaco Forest and admire the exterior façade of Buçaco Palace.

Onwards to Aveiro and Costa Nova,where an orientation tour awaits us. UNESCO recognised the Douro Valley as a World Heritage Site and justly so. For centuries, the wines of this region have been transported downriver in flat-bottomed boats called “rabelos”. The wine is stored in barrels at cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia across the river from Porto. Post lunch with wine tasting, off to Porto! Meals: B, L. Accommodation at Eurostars Das Artes, Porto or similar.

After a pleasant sightseeing tour of the city of Porto, we end up in one of the renowned wine cellars where we enjoy a tasting. To top off the day, a captivating boat excursion awaits us – an experience not to be missed. Later on, with some free time on hand, travelers come together in the evening for a farewell dinner hosted by our tour director. Meals: B, D. Accommodation at Eurostars Das Artes or similar is arranged for us throughout our stay here.

After starting off the day with a hearty meal, we made our way to the airport.



What’s included

7-nights accommodation in first-class hotels
Accommodation at the Real Palacio, or Lisbon Marriott Hotel, Lisbon, or similar
Accommodation at the Aurea or Estrela De Fátima, Fatima, or similar
Accommodation at Vila Gale Coimbra, Coimbra, or similar
Accommodation at Eurostars Das Artes, Porto, or similar

Professional English-speaking tour director throughout

Breakfast daily
Welcome reception in Lisbon (heavy hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink)
A lunch with wine tasting in the Douro Valley
Farewell dinner in Porto (coffee or tea included)

Additional Services
Tasting a typical cherry liquor in Obidos
Porto boat ride six bridges and local wine tasting
Sightseeing tours with licensed local guides
Admission fees included to sites and monuments as per the itinerary
Luggage handling at the hotels
Whisper technology enhanced touring
Departure transfer from Porto hotel to Porto airport
Hotel taxes and service charges

Touring by modern air-conditioned motorcoach

What’s not included

Flights are not included

Insurance is not included

Pre and Post Accommodation
Dinner with Fado show in Lisbon (day 2)
All optional excursions are subject to change and are based on availability. Optional excursions can be booked with the Tour Director

Additional Services
International or domestic airfare
Gratuities to guides and drivers

Travel insurance
Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary
Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary
Local city tax for overnight stays
Visas required for entry into the country as necessary
Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “The Magnificence of Portugal”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Voucher Info:
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Local Operator Information:
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Back to Top