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VIP Private Portugal Tour


From $3542

Description

Big bus tours not your style? Move up to Portugal.com’s Exclusive Expeditions. Designed to pamper you, these feature-rich journeys were created for customers seeking a deluxe and “almost private” alternative to large group tours. Each private tour accommodates a maximum of 6 clients on a personalized itinerary to experience the country’s most fascinating destinations and overnight in its very finest properties. It is the perfect solution for family members or friends who want to see Portugal together in style but don’t have time to plan an independent vacation. You’ll move around the country in a Mercedes minibus that can enter historic areas that large buses only dream of reaching. And a Turismo de Portugal professional guide will offer insightful and individual attention to each traveler in your group. Every night, you’ll sleep peacefully in historical hotels, many of which began life centuries ago as a monastery or palace. Again, these properties cannot accommodate large groups of tourists so your party will enjoy intimate hotels that celebrate the spirit of the day’s itinerary – not to mention restaurants that showcase the unique tastes of Portuguese food and wine. The 9 Days, 8 Nights itinerary delivers the heart of Portugal - the rural countryside, the mountain villages and the coastal towns of this beautiful country.

 Itinerary -  VIP Portugal Tour  
 

Day 1 – Welcome to Portugal

Transfer Airport / Hotel and  rest of the day free.

 

 Day 2  - See Coastal Resorts & Lisbon Landmarks

Lisbon - Estoril - Cascais - Cabo da Roca - Sintra - Lisbon (95 km|60 miles)

Meet your guide/driver at the reception of the hotel and depart Lisbon heading north to the sunny coastal towns of Estoril and Cascais. You’ll think “Côte d'Azur” when you lay eyes on the jetsetting clientele of the beaches, hotels, casinos and shops in the area, which was formerly the summer residence of Lisbon’s aristocratic set. Move on to the famous Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), the westernmost point of continental Europe, and then to one of Lord Byron’s favorite spots: Lovely, wooded Sintra. You’ll enjoy a gourmet lunch with wine in this UNESCO World Heritage town before visiting the Pena Palace. Perched high above Sintra, the 19th century castle incorporates a fanciful mix of architectural styles, including Romanticism, Moorish, Bavarian, Gothic and more! The palace terraces offer almost-360-degree views that extend from the botanical masterpiece Pena Park surrounding the castle out to the Tejo River and the Atlantic Ocean. Return to Lisbon and spend the rest of the day marveling at one of Europe’s oldest capital cities, from its fishing village-origins to its cosmopolitan present. Your guide will show you the most illustrious sites: the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Check in to Lisbon’s famed Pestana Palace, the elegantly restored 19th century manor Valle-Flôr, with luscious tropical grounds and spectacular views of the Tagus River.

 

Day 3: Journey from Alentejo Country to Beiras Mountains

Lisbon - Evora - Marvao - Castelo de Vide - Belmonte (421 km|263 miles)

Head east to the sweeping plains of the Alentejo today. The famed agricultural region of Lisbon is known for its cork trees, wheat fields, vineyards and almond orchards. You’ll see walled cities and castles on hills standing guard over their fields as they have for centuries. The most famous of these is Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will have time to get lost in its narrow, medieval streets. Continue to Marvão, an 8th century walled city set atop a 3,000 foot peak near the Portuguese-Spanish border that has played a key military role during centuries of border disputes. Your final destination today is Belmonte, a Beirasvillage near the Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s highest mountain range. Dine and overnight at the Pousada do Convento in Belmonte, the 13th century Nossa Senhora da Esperanca convent that has been reborn as a luxury property offering original architectural details, gourmet cuisine and expansive views of the valley from its pool deck and amphitheater.

 

Day 4: Get a Taste of the Douro River Wine Region

Belmonte - Viseu - Lamego - Wine Estate, Solar de Mateus - Amarante (232 km/ 145 miles)

Explore the historical village of Belmonte, home to the largest community of Portuguese Jews (marranos). Wander the lanes and visit the castle before heading toward the famed winemaking region of the Douro River. Your first stop will be in Lamego for a visit to the sacred sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Then, you’ll enter the official Douro Wine district where grapes for Port and many other wines are grown. Meet a wine maker at his or her "quinta" (estate) for a private tour of production methods followed by a wine tasting and lunch at the vineyard. Cross the Douro River at Peso da Regua and drive on to Vila Real for a visit to Casa de Mateus, an exquisite 18th century Baroque manor house. Head west to the Romanesque town of Amarante on the Tâmega River where St. Gonçalo arrived in the 12thcentury and the locals battled Napoleon’s army in 1763. Your hotel for tonight is the charming Casa da Calçada, overlooking the old bridge over the River Tamega in a 16th century palace. Magnificent gardens, gold colored walls and elegant lounges welcome you at this beautiful manor house where you will eat dinner before an evening stroll on the town’s cobblestone streets.

 

Day 5 – Wonder at the Spiritual Braga

Amarante - Braga - Ponte de Lima - Guimaraes (169 km/106 miles)

After a visit to the center of Amarante, continue your historic expedition of the Minho region in BragaMarvel at Bom Jesus do Monte, a spectacular Christian pilgrimage site with an extraordinary Baroque staircase cascading 381 feet down a hillside. Move on to Ponte de Lima, home of Portugal's Vinho Verde (green wine) for a stroll through the town center and a glimpse of its wealthy past. The town is known for its intricate embroidery. The day ends in Guimarães, one of the most historic cities of Portugal. Tonight you’ll taste Northern Portugal cuisine in a fine restaurant before adjourning for the night to the Pousada de Santa Marinha, one of the most spectacular pousadas in Portugal. A former 12th century Augustine convent replete with gardens, fountains, cloisters, balconies and exquisite tile work, this hotel is situated on a wooded hillside overlooking Guimarães.

 

Day 6 – Get In-Depth Up North

Guimaraes - Porto  ( 51 km/32 miles)

Your day begins where modern-day Portugal did, in the “Cradle City” of Guimarães. Henry of Burgundy named the town the administrative seat of the County of Portugal in the 1000s, the nation’s first proclaimed king was born here in 1109, and the area’s Battle of São Mamede in 1128 led to the establishment of the Kingdom of Portugal. Tour the medieval center, including the Castelo de Sao Miguel (St. Michael’s Castle) that appears on the Portuguese national coat of arms, and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, home to the illegitimate branch of the royal family who ascended the throne. Travel on to Porto, Portugal's "second city." Your guide will escort you to Porto’s UNESCO World Heritage center to see the Church of Sao Francisco with its intricately carved, golden interior and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange. In the afternoon, you will privately tour and taste the fruits of labor of a Port Wine Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river where the namesake wine is aged and bottled. Relax and take in the beauty of the Douro on a river cruise to wrap up your day. Dine on the world-class cuisine and wines of Porto before sleeping soundly at the five-star Intercontinental Porto-Palacio das Cardosas, a property that originated as a palace two hundred years ago. 

 

Day 7– Study the Beauty of Coimbra

Porto - Coimbra (122 km/78 miles)

Savor time to independently explore historically rich Porto this morning then continue to Coimbra, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities founded in 1290. See its legendary buildings – including a Baroque clock tower, a tile-covered chapel and the fabulous Joanine Library – that dominate the town’s hilltop. The ancient city center is home to Roman ruins, Romanesque cathedrals and the old maze-like streets of the Moorish quarter and the church of Santa Cruz, where the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, is buried in an elaborate tomb. You’ll spend the night at Quinta das Lagrimas, a 1329 palace surrounded by magnificent gardens, bedecked in traditional Portuguese colors and enshrouded in legend: It is rumored that Portugal's Prince Pedro lost his lover, the noblewoman Ines, to his father's assassinshere – hence the name of the estate (quinta) commemorates her tears (lagrimas).

 

Day 8 – Appreciate Portugal’s Historic Sites

Coimbra - Fatima – Batalha - Alcobaca - Obidos - Lisbon (256 km/160 miles)

Wake ready for a spiritually enlightening day that starts with a journey to Fatima, one of the Catholic world’s greatest pilgrimage sites, drawing hundreds of thousands of followers each year. Nearby, you’ll visit an exquisite 15th century masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic “Manueline” architecture and UNESCO World Heritage site, the Monastery of Batalha.Continue to the Monastery of Alcobaça, Portugal’s largest church and home to the tombs of King Dom Pedro I and Ines de Castro, the star-crossed lovers of the 14th century, mentioned above. Your last stop before reaching Lisbon is picture-postcard Obidos, a walled, medieval village of whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets clinging to a hillside. Return to Pestana Palace. Finish your tour celebrating a traditional fado musical dinner and show to mark your triumphant return to Lisbon.

 

Day 9 – Farewell Portugal!

Transfer Hotel / Airport and flight back home

 

What's Included

Included in this Package:

  •  3 nts, Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument  ( Lisboa)
  •  1 nt,  Pousada de Viseu or Pousada Serra da Estrela or Pousada Convento Belmonteor  ( Viseu)
  •  1 nt, Casa da Calcada ( Amarante)
  •  1 nt,  Pousada Mosteiro Guimarães or Pousada Santa Marinha ( Guimaraes)
  •  1 nt,  Pousada Palacio do Freixo or Palacio Cardosas (Porto)
  •  1 nt, Quinta das Lagrimas (Coimbra)
  • 7 Full buffet breakfasts 
  • Arrival and departure Transfers on a luxury vehicle
  • Day Tours as per the itinerary
  • Expert, licensed bilingual (English/Portuguese) driver /guide
  • All entrance fees to cultural and historic sights mentioned in itinerary
  • Fado Dinner at a welcoming Portuguese traditional restaurant and the sound of Fado

 

Not Included

  • Lisbon City Tax: Must be pay directly by the client at the hotel (1 € per pax , per night).
  • Porto City Tax: Must be pay directly by the client at the hotel (2 € per pax, per night).
  • Lunches during the Full day Tours
  • Gratuities 

Dates & Rates

  • Rates are per person in US dollars
  • Dates shown are for tour land departure. If you are taking an overnight flight to reach the tour departure city plan to book your flight one day earlier than date shown on table
  • Rates do not include Airfare. Please choose the yes box in the reservation process when it prompts you if you wish us to quote package with Airfare.

Departure DateSingle Superior4 Persons Single Superior6 Persons Single SuperiorDouble Superior4 Persons Double Superior6 Persons Double Superior
7/19/2018$5905$3838$4762$4682$3838$3542
7/20/2018 - 7/22/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
7/23/2018 - 7/26/2018$5905$3838$4762$4682$3838$3542
7/27/2018 - 7/29/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
7/30/2018 - 8/2/2018$5905$3838$4762$4682$3838$3542
8/3/2018 - 8/5/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
8/6/2018 - 8/9/2018$5905$3838$4762$4682$3838$3542
8/10/2018 - 8/12/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
8/13/2018 - 8/16/2018$5905$3838$4762$4682$3838$3542
8/17/2018 - 8/19/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
8/20/2018 - 8/23/2018$5905$3838$4762$4682$3838$3542
8/24/2018 - 8/26/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
8/27/2018 - 8/30/2018$5905$3838$4762$4682$3838$3542
8/31/2018 - 9/2/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
9/3/2018 - 9/6/2018$5905$3838$4762$4682$3838$3542
9/7/2018 - 9/9/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
9/10/2018 - 9/13/2018$5905$3838$4762$4682$3838$3542
9/14/2018 - 9/16/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
9/17/2018 - 9/20/2018$6080$5216$4915$4810$3945$3642
9/21/2018 - 9/23/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
9/24/2018 - 9/27/2018$6080$5216$4915$4810$3945$3642
9/28/2018 - 9/30/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
10/1/2018 - 10/4/2018$6080$5216$4915$4810$3945$3642
10/5/2018 - 10/7/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
10/8/2018 - 10/11/2018$6080$5216$4915$4810$3945$3642
10/12/2018 - 10/14/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
10/15/2018 - 10/18/2018$6080$5216$4915$4810$3945$3642
10/19/2018 - 10/21/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
10/22/2018 - 10/25/2018$6080$5216$4915$4810$3945$3642
10/26/2018 - 10/28/2018$6197$5334$5033$4862$4003$3702
10/29/2018 - 10/31/2018$6080$5216$4915$4810$3945$3642

General

Booking your vacation

  • Early booking is advised. Availability of accommodations and inter-island flight is limited especially in summer months
  • If hotels named in itinerary are not available at time of booking, alternate similar same rating properties will be confirmed, and subject to new quote.
  • Order of islands visited may need to be altered due to flight schedule changes
  • Unless otherwise indicated, sightseeing tours are by private car with English speaking driver. Other languages are available upon request
  • Quotations with different hotels have a non refundable deposit of $50. Deposit will be credited towards final booking price

Booking your Vacation with Air

  • International airfare for this package is additional to price shown on Rates table. Departure cities are limited to those serviced by SATA International (Azores Airlines)
  • If you want a quote for airfare to be included make sure to check yes when prompted during the booking/reservation request process

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $200 per person per vacation is required to book and hold space for you
  • Final payment is due 45 days before departure
  • Option to pay full price up front is available

Cancellation Policy

  • $200 per person if canceled up to 45 days from day of departure
  • 25% of total reservation if canceled 15 to 45 days from day of departure
  • 50% of reservation if canceled 7 to 14 days from day of departure
  • No refunds if canceled less than 7 days or less from date of departure

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  • 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

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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

Batalha Monastery - Portugal
Temple of Diana - Roman ruins in Evora
Obidos village in Portugal
Sintra's castle - Sintra - Portugal
Marvao Castle. Photo by Jose Manuel. Turismo de Portugal
Bridge April 25, lisbon. Photo by Antonio Sacchetti. Turismo de Portugal
Dom Luis I bridge - Porto
Portugal travel and Tours - Mnsaraz old village | Portugal.com
Portugal Travel and Tours - Monsaraz - Alentejo | Portugal.com
castle - Braga - Portugal
Ponte de Lima - North of Portugal
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