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6 Days North of Portugal with Compostela


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North of Portugla with Santiado de Compostela tour

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Description

6 Days / 5 Nights - The North of Portugal is not only the birthplace of the nation, but a must for those that  like to explore a mix of colorful villages, cities steeped in history, ancient castles, religious shrines, picturesque drives along rivers, famous vineyards (as the renown Port wine region) and through verdant mountain areas, enjoying the flavors of its gastronomy, the variety of its handicraft and the charm of the old legends. A voyage through the north is a unique experience and yours to treasure.

Itinerary

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

Ride through a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees we arrive to Obidos(stop), surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Visit Alcobaça (stop) with the first and largest Gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Ines de Castro, known by it’s love story. Stopping in Nazare (stop), a typical fishing village and seaside resort, with its traditions and legends. We continue to Batalha (stop) - visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal where we can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of the maritime discoveries. After we arrive to Fatima (stop), the famous Marian Shrine. Possibility to assist the Candle procession. Fatima- overnight.

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

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Coimbra (stop) – visit of the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterized by ancient traditions and customs such as the  black cape of the students and the melancholic Fado music. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. In the center you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro (stop), city of the canals, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, where you shall have time to see the graceful boats “moliceiros” and taste the local sweets “ovos moles”. Drive to Oporto.  Porto  – overnight.

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

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green countryside and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimaraes (stop) - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic center, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca, which original building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga (stop) known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens. Return to Porto. Porto – overnight.

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

Breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, Spain, and the center of pilgrimage a the end of the Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela a Wordl Cutlural Heritage center and you have the entire day to freely discover this fascinating city. Wander its historical streets and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes. Return to Porto to overnight.

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

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante (stop), a pretty town proud of Sao Goncalo known for the promotion of  love and marriage were the monastery facing the river houses his tomb and his lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real (stop) – visiting the gardens of the manor of Mateus, which façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rose wine bottles. Then we enter in the Port wine region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego (stop), overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines N.S. Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Maybe you will try some of the local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland to Viseu (stop), center of the Dao Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Along the center we find a busy commercial area. Arrival to Urgeiriça. Urgeiriça/Caldas da Felgueira –overnight.

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

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the heart of Portugal till Bussaco well know for the luxuriant forest, made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, where was built a charming and romantic hotel, before a royal hunting lodge. We continue to Tomar. The development of the city is closely linked to the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the First King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the territory. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, this retains the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centerpiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We follow the journey till Lisbon where your tour ends.

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.

 

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

Departure DateSingle SuperiorDouble Superior
8/4/2018$1556$1345
8/18/2018$1556$1345
9/1/2018$1556$1345
9/15/2018$1556$1345
10/6/2018$1556$1345
10/20/2018$1556$1345
11/10/2018$1485$1322
12/8/2018$1485$1322
1/12/2019$1485$1322
2/9/2019$1485$1322
3/10/2019$1485$1322

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

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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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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
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