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.
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.
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.