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Description

9 Days / 8 Nights. This week long “Elegantly Portugal” private tour was designed for those wanting to stay at the best hotels while not having to worry about driving or joining group tours.  You will  explore Portugal's main regions while spending while spending your nights in Lisbon and Porto, therefore allowing to really explore the two cities and surrounding ares during your free time.

The Elegantly 8 day package was designed to offer the best luxury/price value possible with three price levels depending on the chosen hotels. All hotels are top notch within their categories of 4 and 5 stars. Enjoy the luxury and the attention to detail offered by the daily private tours with official, licensed, English speaking, tourism driver/guides.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lisbon

Arrival transfer by private car from Lisbon airport to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 2- Lisbon, Sintra & Estoril Coast

Lisbon city tour in the morning. Sintra and Estoril Coast in the afternoon
Private car with official guide.

Begin your day with a private tour of Lisbon, one of the oldest settlements in Europe.

Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors appreciated it’s location on the estuary of the river Tejo. Among the sights you will see: São Jorge Castle, high on one of the city’s hills and the ancient Alfama district built by the Moors in their typical winding, narrow street pattern. The Portuguese Age of Discoveries in the 15th & 16th Centuries led to the building of the magnificent Monastery of Jerónimos, a splendid example of Portuguese Gothic style known as Manueline.

In the afternoon drive to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in beautiful wooded mountains to the west of Lisbon. Long a summer retreat for royalty and the wealthy, the city today is a charming collection of 19th Century chalets, villas and trendy shops. Visit the medieval Vila Palace, the summer residence of Portuguese kings and queens and an excellent display of the famous Portuguese glazed tiles known as “azuleijos”. You will notice these decorative tiles throughout your Portugal tour. Return to Lisbon along the coast, past the resort cities of Estoril and Cascais.

Day 3 - Lisbon

Free day at leisure to explore Lisbon.

Optional full day tour to Fatima, Obidos, Nazare and the monastery of Batalha. 
Click here for full day private tour
Click here for full day regular (bus) tour

Day 4 - Alentejo Region and Evora

Departure to Evora for a visit of the city with Official Guide and visiting a winery, including wine tasting. Travel eastward from Lisbon through the plains of the Alentejo, a vast agricultural area of cork oak, olive groves, vineyards and orchards of almond and oranges. Rising from the plain is the enchanting walled city of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Within its walls are a 1st Century Roman temple, a Moorish neighborhood of winding, narrow streets, a medieval cathedral and the famous “Bones Chapel”. Your guided walking tour of the city will explain its wonders. Time for lunch (not included) in one of the many restaurants offering great local cuisine.

In the afternoon, travel to a typical Alentejo winery . Enjoy a private visit followed by a wine tasting. Alentejo wines aren't as well known as the wines of the Douro and Dao but they are excellent and have won the respect of renowned wine reviewers. Return to Lisbon in the late afternoon.

Day 5 - Lisbon - Porto

First class train tickets will be provided from Gare Oriente train station in Lisbon to Campanha train station in Porto. Travel time is about 3 hours. 

Transfers to/from the train stations are not included. Taxis are the suggested means of transfer. Upon arrival in Porto, the balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Porto with buffet breakfast

*Note: If you prefer private car transfer to/from train stations, please let us know.

Day 6 - Porto

Full Day Tour of Porto with driver (full-day) plus official guide (during the morning only) .
A driver and private car will be available to you from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. During the morning you will also have a licensed guide who can accompany you into the city’s most important monuments. Start the day with a panoramic tour towards the trendy and cultural areas called Boavista and Foz. This is where the Douro River and Atlantic meet. It’s also the area for some of the best museums. On to the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The wealth of Portugal’s colonies poured into Porto and it’s evident in the extraordinary amount of gold in the Church of São Francisco and the magnificent Arabian room of the Stock Exchange Palace. Fame and fortune also came with the popularity of Port wine. Enjoy a guided visit to one of the Port wine cellars.
Stop for lunch (not included in price) before continuing your tour to the Clerigos Church and the shopping district of Santa Catarina Street. Let your driver know what else you would like to do and see.

Day 7 - Porto and North

Meet your driver at your hotel at 9:00 am for a tour to the “Minho” region of Portugal. The town of Guimaraes is considered the “cradle” of Portugal. Stop at the Castle (now in ruins) located alongside the magnificent Ducal Palace. Walk through the narrow city streets to reach the small squares and little corners that make Guimaraes one of the most interesting cities of Portugal. Free time for lunch (not included). Continue to Braga, home to the famous Sanctuary of Bom Jesus with its magnificent, cascading Baroque staircase.

Day 8 - Porto - Lisbon

Hotel Check-out and transfer to Porto's Campanha train station. Travel to Lisbon in first class.

Day 9 Lisbon

Program ends at check out. Private transfer to Lisbon airport.

Note: It is also possible to end your tour in Porto on Day 8. Please advise us if you would like this option. 

Towns and places to visit

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, located at the mouth of the Tagus River - 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 center of a large empire, still visible in the monuments of Belem section. Lisbon is well known for its historic traditional neighbors, 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 from the top of its hill.

Sintra and Estoril Coast is one of the sites you shall not miss in Portugal. Sintra was declared as a World Heritage Site by  the UNESCO for its great natural beauty and architecture with fairy tale palaces and lush vegetation. 

Evora is a beautiful small town in the Alentejo region. It is surrounded by the old walls and it is also a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and it will attract you for its medieval appearance, the narrow streets, the historic center and for 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, known as one of the regions in Portugal with more traditional and quality at this level. You shall also not miss the opportunity of having a meal in one of the city's great restaurants.

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 as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and it 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 center (also declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO) until you get to the charming Praça da Oliveira (Oliveira Square).

Braga is known for its religious past, due to the importance and power of the church, still visible in the numerous churches and other religious buildings standing out the Cathedral (the oldest of Portugal) and the monumental Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga.

Rates are per person in US dollars
Single = 1 person per room
Double = 2 persons per room
Triple = 3 persons per room
4 P (2 room) = 4 persons in two rooms

Includes

  • 8 nights in standard double or twin rooms nights in hotels mentioned in the program or of similar quality, based on double occupancy/twin share.
  • 8 full breakfast
  • Private round-trip transfers from Lisbon airport and hotel on luxury vehicles
  • Official, licensed English speaking driver/guides
  • Deluxe transportation during described tours
  • Visits and entrance fees to monuments referred to in the sightseeing tours
  • Wine tasting at a traditional Wine Estate in the Alentejo
  • Round-trip first class train tickets Lisbon-Porto-Lisbon
  • All taxes
  • Welcome Manual to Portugal in English

    Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in program
  • Transfers not mentioned in program
  • Travel Insurance

Optional, private car tours from Lisbon

With official, licensed guide Full day tour to Obidos, Nazare, Monastery of Batalha and Fatima (8 hours). Visit the charming medieval, walled city of Obidos, seaside town of Nazare, the UNESCO World Heritage monastery in Batalha and Fatima, one of the major world pilgrimage destinations.

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Note: Hotels shown are for reference only. We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability, group size or other factors. Should alternate hotel be required, it will be of same or better rating .

Comfort Hotels

Lisbon - Hotel Britania

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Located on a quiet street alongside Avenida da Liberdade, this art décor hotel offers warmly decorated rooms with cork floors and free Wi-Fi.

The guest rooms of Britania include double glazing, flat-screen TVs and CD/DVD players. They have private bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers.

Hotel Britania offers 24-hour room service as well as a breakfast buffet until 12:00. The hotel bar reminds guests of colonial times with its many paintings of Portugal's overseas empires.

The Britania Hotel is situated 7 km from Lisbon Airport. The Avenida Metro Station is a 5-minute walk away.

Coracao de Jesus is a great choice for travelers interested in cathedral, beach walks and cleanliness.

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Porto - Hotel do Teatro

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Hotel do Teatro is located in the center of Porto, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Hotel Teatro provides to this historical city a contemporary touch without interfering and neglecting about the historical aesthetic references of the surrounding areas. The decor has the signature of the renowned interior designer Nini Andrade e Silva, that conceived a unique urban decoration, that just like a stage, sees its character expressed in every color, shape, aroma and original sounds, providing pleasant sensations to all its guests.

 The Hotel Teatro is also the first Hotel in Porto to belong to the Design Hotels group. More than just a collection of Hotels the Design Hotels is a collection of stories. Every Hotel expresses the ideas of a visionary and original Hotelier/Designer with a true passion for hospitality. This is a project where the cultural authenticity is provided by the "provocative" architecture and design. The main entrance of the Teatro Hotel greets all of those who visit it with the words of a poem by Almeida Garrett - the great Poet of Porto.

The Front Desk represents a ticket office where every guest will receive a ticket that will give access to the room. Inside the hotel you will find 74 sophisticated and comfortable rooms, where gold and bronze colors prevail, distributed by the Hotel's 6 floors. The typologies range from: Gallery, Tribune, Audience, Junior Suite and Suite. The Hotel Teatro also has rooms prepared to receive handicapped guests, connecting rooms and it's a non smoking hotel. All the rooms are equipped with a Minibar, Safe, LCD TV and Wi-Fi Internet Access. The Hotel Teatro has also available for its guest's room service, laundry services, gym and a parking garage.

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Superior Hotels

Lisbon - Hotel Bairro Alto

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Named after Lisbon’s fashionable and lively Bairro Alto district in Lisbon, this 5-star boutique hotel offers luxurious rooms with a flat-screen TV. Its terrace offers panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River.

The air-conditioned rooms at Bairro Alto Hotel are decorated with Brazilian wood flooring and painted wooden paneling. All rooms have a DVD player, a minibar, and a work desk. Some rooms have a separate living area.

Guests can enjoy a range of therapeutic massage treatments at the massage room, or work out at the well-equipped fitness center. Hotel Bairro Alto also offers a personal shopper service, limousine rental, and a boutique.

The Flores do Bairro Restaurant serves traditional Portuguese gourmet cuisine mixed with different world flavors. The Caffee Bar offers cocktails, light meals, and live performances.

The Castelo is 1.5 km from Bairro Alto Hotel, and Se Catedral de Lisboa is 1 km away. Many boutique shops, galleries, picturesque streets and restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.

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Porto - Hotel Infante De Sagres

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"The Hotel Infante de Sagres is located few meters far from Porto's famous thoroughfare, the Avenida dos Aliados, and right in the heart of the city`s main shopping and banking districts.

A first choice among visiting royalty and other dignitaries, it offers an unparalleled level of service for guests staying in its 73 rooms, which are all equipped with satellite TV, mini-bar, stylish traditional furniture and double-glazed windows. Wide and luxurious spaces recently decorated with a unique sensibility, adapted in the perfection to the realization of a whole type of events.

Supported by traditional kitchen of high quality. Rare works of chimney cuts, ceilings and walls, Chinese porcelains or vitrais of Ricardo Leone and the historical involvement of the noble center of the city provide a unique experience that the staff of the Hotel Infante Sagres complements with the passion imposed to the art of well serve."

This 5-star hotel is located in central Porto, a 4-minute walk from Alliados Metro Station. It features a spa center with massage facilities and a fine dining restaurant.

The soundproofed rooms of the Hotel Infante De Sagres combine neo-baroque and custom-made furnishings. Antique chandeliers come together with satellite flat-screen TVs and air conditioning.

Fine dining and a broad list of Douro and Port wines can be enjoyed at the Boca do Lobo Restaurant. The award-winning chef prepares a fusion of contemporary dishes focusing on fresh and local ingredients.

Situated in Porto’s UNESCO Heritage city center, Infante De Sagres is a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral and a 10-minute drive from Rem Koolhaas's Casa da Música Concert Hall. A shuttle can be arranged for Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport, a 20-minute drive away.

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Lisbon - Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument

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The 5-star Pestana Palace Hotel is a restored 19th-century palace, featuring private parkland and views of the Tagus River. It has 2 swimming pools, a sauna and spa center.

Each spacious room is elegantly furnished and fitted with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Many also open onto a furnished balcony with views of the lush garden. Some feature a sitting area with a plush sofa.

Overlooking the gardens, the chic, sophisticated restaurant at Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument serves traditional Portuguese dishes. The bar has a range of snacks and drinks. In the summer months, a poolside restaurant also serves light refreshments.

Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument features a steam bath and a hot tub. It has a business center as well.

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Porto - Pousada Do Porto - Palacio Do Freixo

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Overlooking Douro River in Porto, Palacio Do Freixo is set in a restored 18th-century Baroque building. It offers aristocratic public areas with stately architecture, combined with modern rooms with flat-screen TV.

Rooms at Pousada Do Porto - Palacio Do Freixo are spacious, air-conditioned and have a separate seating area. Bathrooms include luxury amenities and a hairdryer. Some rooms offer Douro River views.

Guests can relax on a sun lounger next to the hotel's infinity pool which overlooks the river. The spa has a Turkish bath, heated indoor pool and a sauna. Massage treatments are also available.

The restaurant at Pousada Do Porto -- Palacio Do Freixo serves a daily buffet breakfast cooked with fresh ingredients. Guests can order light snacks at the pool or evening cocktails at the hotel’s bar.

The hotel is situated 2.5 km from the Dolce Vita Shopping Area and 1 km from Campanha Train Station. Porto Airport is a 20-minute drive away and free parking is available. Pousada Do Porto - Palacio Do Freixo offers free transfer to the city center.

Campanha is a great choice for travelers interested in UNESCO site, art and tourism.

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Lisbon - The Vintage House

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The 5-star The Vintage House is situated just 300 meters from Lisboa’s lively Avenida da Liberdade. It features a rooftop bar with panoramic views over the city.

Rooms at The Vintage House comes with free Wi-Fi and feature large windows and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Each en suite bathroom is stocked with bathroom amenities and a bathrobe. Rooms also have a separate seating area.

Vintage Restaurant Bar serves traditional Portuguese cuisine. Cocktails and wine are served at The Vintage House’s Lobby Bar.

The hotel’s modern spa facilities include massage rooms, a sauna and Turkish bath. A heated indoor pool and well-equipped gym are also available.

Avenida Metro Station can be reached with a 10-minute walk. Portela Airport is 6 km away. Staff at the 24-hour reception desk can arrange car rental service.

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Premier Hotels

Porto - Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas

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"A historical Palace at the heart of the City Center. The InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas opened in July 2011 following the restoration of a palace dated from the end of the 18th century which was, at first, intended to become a monastery.

The Palacio das Cardosas is located in Porto's main city square, within walking distance from all the major cultural highlights - such as the Bolhao Market, the Ribeira and the Clerigos Church. The Palacio das Cardosas comprises 105 spacious rooms and suites, each exuding great warmth with a Portuguese flavor and lofty ceilings. It has also a restaurant and a bar, a Gym, a Wellness Center, two meeting rooms and the ancient Cafe Astoria. Cafe Astoria offers a wide range of Portuguese dishes with a contemporary twist, as well as selection of Portuguese wines. The Cardosas Bar provides a relaxing setting, best enjoyed with a cocktail or a Port Wine glass.

Featuring high ceilings, Palacio’s stylish rooms offer flat-screen TVs and WiFi throughout. Marble bathrooms include a separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Some rooms feature a seating area with plush chairs.

Guests can workout at the 24-hour Fitness Center, which is equipped with the latest equipment and weights. The on-site spa has 3 treatment rooms and a sauna.

 In the evening, guests can visit the lively Galerias de Paris 200 meters away. Crossing the D. Luis I Bridge, 1 km away, guests can visit the famous Port Wine Cellars. Porto International Airport is located 20 minutes or 10 km away.

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Lisbon - Olissippo Lapa Palace

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Built in the 19th-century, this luxurious 5-star hotel is nestled on a sub-tropical garden on a hilltop overlooking the Tagus River. It has an expansive spa and indoor and outdoor pools.

For relaxation, The Lapa Palace Spa features a sauna and a Turkish bath. The masseuses are also available to provide massages tailored to the individual client. There is also a modern gym equipped with cardiovascular equipment.

The elegant rooms at the Olissippo Lapa Palace are bright and airy and include a spacious seating area, satellite TV and a marble bathroom. Most rooms have a balcony with views of the Tagus River or the pool and sub-tropical garden.

Restaurant Hotel Lapa serves fine Mediterranean cuisine and regional wines, while Le Pavillion, during summer time, serves cocktails, homemade iced teas and fruit juices around the pool. On warmer days, meals can be enjoyed on the terrace. In the evenings, the live music is featured.

Central Lisbon is a short drive from the Olissippo. Free private parking is available onsite.

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Lisbon - Ritz Four Seasons

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Featuring a fitness center on the 11th floor with an outdoor running track overlooking Lisbon, the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is located next to Eduardo VII Park. It offers a spa on site.

Luxurious and spacious, each room at the Ritz features an elegant décor with classic elements. Some rooms have large balconies, and all private bathrooms come with free L’Occitane toiletries.

Start your day with a lavish breakfast buffet, served daily at the stylish Varanda Restaurant, offering unparalleled views over the park. During the warmer months, enjoy a cocktail at the Ritz Bar’s summer terrace. In-room dining options are available 24 hours, and guests can enjoy sushi on select days of the week.

Guests wishing to pamper themselves can enjoy treatments as acupuncture and lymphatic drainage or Ayurvedic rituals at the spa. The indoor swimming pool overlooks the hotel gardens and Lisbon's Eduardo VII Park.

The trendy Avenida da Liberdade is less than 10 minutes’ walking from the Four Seasons Hotel, and the iconic São Jorge Castle is within 4 km.

The friendly and attentive staff is always ready to help, and exclusive concierge services are available at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. There is a shuttle service to Lisbon International Airport, located 7 km from the hotel.

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Vila Nova de Gaia - The Yeatman

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A great classic hotel defines a destination, providing an authentic and memorable sense of place. The magnificent World Heritage city of Porto is defined by such an iconic property. The Yeatman. The city which gave its name to Port, Porto has been the home of British wine shippers and their families for over three centuries.

Inspired by this heritage, The Yeatman blends the finest Portuguese traditions of hospitality with a uniquely British flair for understated and stylish comfort. Timeless elegance and a wealth of authentic detail create a very special atmosphere which evokes the distinctive personality of this ancient city and its historic link to the world of wine.

Occupying a commanding hillside position on the south bank of the River Douro, The Yeatman enjoys breathtaking views over the historic center of Porto from its extensive grounds and from each of its individually appointed guest rooms and suites.

Destined to become a unique and distinctive landmark in the world of classic luxury hotels, The Yeatman offers the individuality of character and the sense of effortless hospitality which makes it the address of choice for discerning travelers visiting Porto and the North of Portugal.

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