13 Nights/14 Days. The extended tour “Elegantly Portugal” was designed with the objective of offering a two week private program in Portugal, at an affordable price compared with what other private tour can costs, while maintaining the service and quality expected from a private offering.
The tour begins in Porto and ends in Lisbon going as far south as Algarve. The itinerary chosen allows you to see the best Portugal has to offer. Hand-picked overnights include Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon and Algarve.
Travel between Porto, Lisbon and Algarve is via first class train, which allows you to relax while seeing the countryside from a completely different perspective...the true perspective.
Day 1 – Arrival in Porto
Private transfer and accommodation at hotel for 2 nights.
- Premier: The Yeatman *****/Intercontinental Porto *****
- Superior: Pousada do Freixo/ Infante de Sagres *****
- Comfort: Hotel do Teatro ****
Day 2 – Porto
Full Day Tour of Porto with Driver (full-day) and Official Guide (during the morning only)
Day 3 – Porto
Free day in Porto for personal activities.
Day 4 – Porto and Douro Valley
Check-Out and Departure to Douro. On the way visit the historical city of Guimarães, with driver. Accommodation in the Douro for 2 Nights.
- Premier: Six Senses Douro Valley *****
- Superior: Vintage House Douro*****/ Quinta da Pacheca
- Comfort: Delfim Douro ****
Day 5 - Douro Valley
Free Leisure Day in the Douro Valley. (Optional: Private Cruise in the Douro. Please consult us for more details)
Day 6 – Porto - Lisbon
Hotel Check-out and private transfer to Porto Train Station with driver. First Class Train Tickets to Lisbon. Free Leisure afternoon in Lisbon. Accommodation in Lisbon for 4 Nights.
- Premier: Ritz Four Seasons *****/ Lapa Palace *****
- Superior: Pousada de Lisboa *****/ Pestana Palace *****
- Comfort: Avani Av. Liberdade ****/ Hotel Britania ****
Day 7 - Lisbon and Coast
Guided visit to the city of Lisbon, Estoril Coast and Sintra with Official Guide
Day 8 - Lisbon
Free day in Lisbon for personal activities
Day 9 - Lisbon - Evora
Departure to Evora for a visit of the city with Official Guide. Visit to a local winery, including wine tasting. Return to Lisbon for overnight.
Day 10 - Lisbon - Algarve
Hotel Check-out. First Class Train Tickets to Algarve (Faro). Private Transfer From Faro Train Station to Hotel in the Algarve. Free Leisure afternoon in Algarve. Accommodation in Algarve for 3 Nights.
- Premier: Sheraton Algarve *****/ Conrad Algarve *****/Vila Vita Parc *****
- Superior: Epic Sana Algarve *****/ Hotel Belavista *****
- Comfort: Vila Monte ****/ Nau São Rafael Atlantic *****
Day 11 - Algarve
Free Day (Optional: Full Day West to the Algarve with Driver)
Day 12 - Algarve
Free Leisure Day for personal activities.
Day 13 - Algarve - Lisbon
Leisure Morning in the Algarve. Hotel check-out and private transfer from Hotel in the Algarve to Faro Train Station, departure to Lisbon by 1st class train. Accommodation in Lisbon for 1 night.
Hotel Level Premier: Myriad by Sana *****
Hotel Level Superior and Comfort: Olissipo Oriente ****
Hotel check-out and private Transfer to Lisbon airport.
Towns and Sites you will visit
Porto is at the same time the name of a city and a fortified wine, one of the most famous in the world, aged at the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, next to the Douro River. Its historical center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and preserves many beautiful monuments, namely from the Baroque period which is contemporary to the glory and wealth achieved with the trade of Port Wine. You shall not miss a visit to the Cathedral (Sé), the Church of Saint Francis and the Clérigos Tower.
Guimaraes is the cradle of Portugal as this is where our first king, Afonso Henriques, was born and where he began the nation. You shall not miss the visit of the Ducal Palace, the Castle and walking along the narrow streets of the historic centre (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO) till the charming Praça da Oliveira (Oliveira Square).
Douro Valley is where the terraced hill slopes hide one of the country's most valuable treasures: the beautiful vineyards from where the worldwide famous Port wine is still nowadays produced. Driving through Marão Mountain range get prepared to enjoy one of the most wonderful landscapes in the world, with endless rows of vines dotting the slopes in the banks of the Douro River. We advise you to visit one of the wineries in the region and taking a river cruise.
Lisbon, capital of Portugal, located at the mouth of the Tagus River and from where the Portuguese boats set sail overseas in the 15th and 16th centuries towards East. At that time, the Maritime Discoveries period, the city became the centre of a large empire, still visible in the monuments of Belém section. Well known for its historic traditional neighborhoods you'll be amazed with the sections of Chiado, Bairro alto and Alfama as well as the Castle of Saint George and the gorgeous views you can enjoy from the top of its hill.
Sintra and Estoril Coast among the sites you shall not miss in Portugal there's Sintra, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the great beauty of its nature and architecture, with fairy tale palaces and lush vegetation. Cascais and Estoril Coast are places of charm and aristocratic traditions that you'll meet along the Atlantic Ocean, the white sandy beaches and magnificent fortresses from the 17th century.
Alentejo is the widest region of Portugal. Here the landscape is "gentle" composed by rolling hills covered by cork oak trees, vineyards and wheat fields. The lifestyle is serene in the small villages with white washed houses where the time slowly passes by… The gastronomy is robust and creative with wines to match it, in contrast with the calmness of the local people of the region.
Evora is abeautiful small town in the Alentejo region. Still surrounded by the old walls it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and will attract you for its medieval appearance, the narrow streets, the historic center and the kindness of the locals. Amongst several interesting monuments, you shall not miss the Roman Temple from the 1st century, unique of this kind in both Portugal and Spain. This is also the perfect place for a great gastronomic and wine experience, as this is one of the regions in Portugal with more traditional and quality at this level. You shall not miss the opportunity of having a meal in one of the city's restaurants.
Algarve is the most famous summer retreat in Portugal with the best beaches. From the magnificent white sandy beaches to the rocky coastline and steep cliffs, Algarve is diverse with gorgeous coastal landscapes. Nightlife and animation is something that you can enjoy in this region too. This region is the most famous place in Portugal to play golf, having numerous fields of worldwide renowned quality.
The Nations Park is the former Expo-98 exhibition Area. This place became the center of several cultural activities and a new residential area, with around15.000 inhabitants. Nowadays this area is considered one of the safest and well attended of the city of Lisbon. Here you'll find many architecture important works, the amazing Oceanarium of Lisbon, one of the biggest aquariums of the world, and also pleasant Restaurants areas, the Shopping Mall, Vasco da Gama, and the Casino of Lisbon, where frequently free concerts are held.