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Northern Portugal and Santiago de Compostela


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North of Portugla with Santiado de Compostela tour

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Description

6 Days / 5 Nights - Northern Portugal is not only the birthplace of the nation, but a must-visit location for travelers who love to explore. In Northern Portugal, you can see colorful villages, historic cities, ancient castles, and religious shrines. Enjoy the picturesque drives along the vibrant mountains and rivers, or spend your days experiencing the flavors of Northern Portugal's gastronomy and famous vineyards. A voyage through the north is a unique experience and yours to treasure. Combine a visit to this region with a day trip to Santiago de Compostela for an unforgettable experience!

Itinerary

Day 1: Lisboa - Obidos - Alcobaca - Nazare - Batalha - Fatima (195 Km/122 miles)

As you depart from Lisbon, you'll ride through a landscape rich with windmills and fruit trees. Take in the incredible sights at four different stops, before arriving in Fatima where you will spend the night.

Highlights:

  • Medieval architecture in Obidos
  • Ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur) - Obidos
  • Largest Gothic church in Portugal - Alcobaca
  • Tombs of D.Pedro and Ines de Castro - Alcobaca
  • Seaside fishing village of Nazare
  • Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria - Batalha
  • Tomb of Henry the Navigator - Batalha
  • Marian Shrine in Fatima

 

Day 2: Fatima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Porto (223 Km/140 miles)

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you'll depart for Northern Portugal and the famous city of Porto. On your way, visit the historic city of Coimbra, where you can take in the University's baroque library and ancient traditions. You'll also get to experience "Portuguese Venice" as you stop in Aveiro before continuing on to Porto for the night.

Highlights:

  • Coimbra University
  • Fado Music
  • St. Clara Church - Coimbra
  • Tomb of Queen St. Isabel - Coimbra
  • Canals of Aveiro
  • Moliceiros (boats) and Ovos Moles (sweets) - Aveiro

 

Day 3: Porto - Guimaraes - Braga - Porto (138Km/88 miles)

On your third day, you'll get a full day tour of Minho, the northwest region of Portugal. You'll get a chance to see the natural green countryside, the birthplace of the first king of Portugal, the oldest Cathedral in Portugal, and more spectacular sights. You'll then return to Porto for another night.

Highlights:

  • Sacred Hill - Guimaraes
  • Palace of the Dukes of Braganca - Guimaraes
  • Roman architecture in Braga
  • Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary - Braga

 

Day 4: Porto - Santiago de Compostela - Porto (464Km/290 miles)

Set off for Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia in Spain. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela a World Cultural Heritage center, and you have the entire day to freely discover this fascinating city before returning to Porto for the night.

Highlights:

  • End of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route
  • Praza do Obradoiro
  • Parque de la Alameda
  • Delicious drinks and seafood

 

Day 5: Porto - Amarante - Vila Real - Lamego - Viseu - Urgeiriça (232Km/145 miles)

Take the inland route as you begin your journey south to Lisbon once more. As you travel, you'll get to experience the stunning landscapes and vineyards of the Douro Valley, delicious foods, popular markets, and more.

Highlights:

  • Markets of Amarante
  • Tomb of Sao Goncalo - Amarante
  • Manor of Mateus - Vila Real
  • N.S. Remedios shrine - Lamego
  • Bola de Lamego (smoked ham dish) - Lamego
  • Dao Vineyards - Viseu
  • Viseu Cathedral

 

Day 6: Urgeirica - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisboa (312 km/195 miles)

On the last day of your tour, you'll get a chance to experience the luxurious and exotic forests of Bussaco. Then you'll travel to the city of Tomar, which was built with assistance from the Order of the Knights Templar. Then, you'll return to Lisbon, where your adventure ends.

Highlights

  • Rare trees of Bussaco Forests
  • Royal hunting lodge - Bussaco
  • Convent of Christ - Tomar

It is recommended you book an extra night in Lisbon as the tour ends in the afternoon. Please contact us if you wish us to book an extra night.

Photos

Porto city at night
Visit Portugal - Obidos village and castle - north of Lisbon - Portugal
castle - Braga - Portugal
Batalha Monastery
Porto's Traditional boats on the Douro river in Porto
Amarante. Photo by Paulo Magalhaes. Turismo de Portugal

What's Included

Includes

  • Accommodation on buffet breakfast basis in the following hotels, or similar: 4 star Hotel Santa Maria, in Fatima, 4 star Hotel HF Ipanema Porto in Porto, 4 star Hotel da Urgeiriça in Canas de Senhorim
  • Guide during entire tour
  • Entrancees into following monuments: Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, Palacio da Bolsa (Porto), S. Francisco Church (Porto), Gardens of Palacio Mateus (Vila Real), Convento de Cristo (Tomar)

Optional Tours/Activities

  • Day 3 - Porto-Regua (by cruise) Regua-Porto (by train) - $128.00 per person
  • Day 4 - Fado Night - $107.00 per person

Not included

  • Other expenses than above mentioned, porterage fees at the hotel, lunches or dinners, personal expenses, entrances other than mentioned
  • Meals other than breakfast

Departures

  • Departs on Saturdays per date and rates table
  • Tour begins in the morning around 9 a.m. ends in the afternoon. If you are flying in/out it is recommended you book pre and post tour nights. Contact us for a quote

Language

  • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

 

Dates & Rates

Prices per person in US Dollars
Single = 1 person per room
Double = 2 persons per room
Triple = 3 persons per rooms

General

Booking your Tour Package

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $50.00 per person is required to confirm and hold your reservation
  • Tour departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change until confirmed
  • Full payment due 45 days from departure

Booking your Tour Package with Air

  • This tour package does not have an airfare option. We can hold your tour package land reservation while you book air. Once you confirm your air itinerary we can then proceed with collecting a deposit and confirming your land portion

Cancellation Policy

  • Deposit is non-refundable
  • Cancellation 45 to 22 days prior to departure: 20% of total price minus deposit
  • Cancellation 21 to 8 days prior to departure: 30% of total price
  • Cancellation 7 to 2 days prior to departure: 50% of total price
  • Less than 48 hours, "no shows" and unused services - No refund

I want to book. What do I do next?

  • Click on the "Book Now" button to send your reservation request
  • No payment will be collected at this time
  • Our travel Associate will contact you via email to answer any questions and book your Package
  • If you don't plan to book at this time please click here to contact us with any questions or concerns about your trip or your holiday

Booking Changes

  • A fee of $35 per person, per transaction, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. 

Travel Insurance

  • We strongly recommend you purchase travel/cancellation insurance

Hotels

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 .

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