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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 tour accomodates a maximum of 12 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 one-week itinerary delivers the heart of Portugal - the rural countryside, the mountain villages and the coastal towns – and the price includes six buffet breakfast, seven gourmet meals with wine, and entrance fees to all of the sites mentioned below. And consider adding two nights to experience more of the wonders of Lisbon to complete your Exclusive Expedition of Portugal!

“The small group tour was fabulous - absolutely the most fantastic tour I have ever experienced! Our guide Tiago and our driver Victor made this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The hotels were first class, the small van was very comfortable, and the people were delightful…” -- Mary Beth, USA

Itinerary
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Day 1 – See Coastal Resorts & Lisbon Landmarks

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

Meet your fellow travelers, board your Mercedes Minibus 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 2: Journey from Alentejo Country to Beiras Mountains

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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 Beiras village 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 3: Get a Taste of the Douro River Wine Region

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

Amarante. Photo by Paulo Magalhaes. Turismo de Portugal

Amarante. Photo: Turismo de Portugal

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 12th century 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 4 – Wonder at the Spiritual Braga

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

Guimaraes

Guimaraes

After a visit to the center of Amarante, continue your historic expedition of the Minho region in Braga. Marvel 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 5 – Get In-Depth Up North

Guimaraes - Porto  ( 51 km/32 miles)

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Douro River Cruise

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 6 – Study the Beauty of Coimbra

Porto - Coimbra (122 km/78 miles)

Largo da Portagem, Coimbra. Photo by Jose Manuel. Turismo de Portugal

Largo da Portagem, Coimbra. Photo: Turismo de Portugal

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 assassins here – hence the name of the estate (quinta) commemorates her tears (lagrimas).

 

Day 7 – Appreciate Portugal’s Pilgrimage Sites

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

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Obidos Castle Photo: Turismo de Portugal

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. Conclude your expedition with a short hour’s drive back to Lisbon. Consider celebrating with an optional traditional fado musical dinner and show to mark your triumphant return to Lisbon.

 

Days 8-9 – Extend Your Love for Lisbon

Lisbon tourism - Jeronimos Monastery in Libon - Portugal

Jeronimos Monastery

Immerse yourself further in Portuguese culture by extending your stay for two nights in Lisbon, either before or after your Exclusive Expedition around the country. The days will be yours to wander historical neighborhoods, visit world-class museums or sample the unique taste of Portugal’s many specialty food and wine specialties – there is no shortage of things to do! You will stay two more nights at the luxurious Pestana Palace hotel as well as enjoy a private airport transfer upon arrival and departure. You won’t miss two more days at home but you might regret leaving Lisbon too soon!

“We had a great time in Portugal and returned home with many fond memories. Our guide and our driver were both outstanding… The itinerary, accommodations and food were all of an excellent standard. All in all, it was a wonderful trip and we will recommend it highly to our friends.” -- Adele & Jeff, Australia

  • 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 city of origin plan to leave one day earlier than date shown in table
  • Rates do not include cost of flight.This vacation does not have an air option. We can however hold your land reservation while you book air. Once you confirm your air itinerary we can then proceed with booking your land portion.

Departure DateSingle PremierDouble PremierOption
12/10/2016$3463$2813$144
1/21/2017$3644$2956$150
2/18/2017$3644$2956$150
3/18/2017$4038$3350$150
4/22/2017$4038$3350$150
5/20/2017$4038$3350$150
6/17/2017$4038$3350$150
7/15/2017$4038$3350$150
8/19/2017$4038$3350$150
9/16/2017$4038$3350$150
10/21/2017$4038$3350$150
11/18/2017$3644$2956$150
12/9/2017$3644$2956$150

Included in this Package:

  • 6 nights luxury accommodation in deluxe, charming hotels and pousadas.(If hotels named in itinerary are full, other hotels of equal quality will be booked.)
  • 6 full buffet breakfasts 
    Pestana Palace

    Pestana Palace

  • 7 gourmet lunches or dinners with local wines and beverages 
  • Transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned minibus
  • Expert, licensed bilingual (English/Portuguese) guide
  • All entrance fees to cultural and historic sights mentioned in itinerary

Optional 2 Night Extension (Recommended) 

  • Optional "Before or After Tour" package: $465 per person
  • Private airport transfer from Lisbon Airport to your Lisbon Hotel
  • 2 nights at the five-star Pestana Palace Hotel (based on double room occupancy) 
  • 2 buffet breakfasts
  • Private airport transfer from Lisbon Hotel to Lisbon Airport

Optional Fado Night (Day 7): $144 per personguitarra

  • Includes transportation, guide escort, dinner with drinks and
    fado show at Casa de Linhares or a similar venue
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Temple of Diana - Roman ruins in Evora
Obidos village in Portugal
Sintra's castle - Sintra - Portugal
Douro river
Marvao Castle. Photo by Jose Manuel. Turismo de Portugal
Bridge April 25, lisbon. Photo by Antonio Sacchetti. Turismo de Portugal
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Dom Luis I bridge - Porto
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Ponte de Lima - North of Portugal
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 .

Superior Hotels

Belmonte - Pousada do Convento de Belmonte

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Set in the medieval Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, this charming boutique hotel features a restaurant serving traditional dishes from the Castelo Branco district. It is located on the slopes of Esperança Mountains.

The elegant restaurant offers local dishes with a Nouvelle cuisine touch, and a seasonal mushroom menu. The chapel has been converted into a lounge and bar, yet keeping many original features.

All the rooms of Pousada de Belmonte have a balcony overlooking the Estrela Mountains Nature Reserve. They feature antique furniture, wrought-iron bed frames, and are decorated with stonework and relaxing sand colors.

Pousada de Belmonte has a large terrace with a swimming pool and loungers. Guests can enjoy horse riding, fishing and trekking in the local area.

The town of Belmonte is 1 km from the Pousada de Belmonte.

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Guimaraes - Pousada Mosteiro de Guimaraes

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Pousada Santa Marinha is situated in a 12th century Augustin Convent, overlooking the city of Guimaraes. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities including air conditioning and cable TV.

Each of the individually decorated rooms are located in what used to be cloisters. All rooms of Pousada de Guimarães Santa Marinha offer a private bathroom.

Pousada de Guimarães Santa Marinha is within walking distance of the center of Guimarães, just one mile from Guimarães' shopping district.

Guests can enjoy Pousada Santa Marinha's outdoor pool or a stroll around the landscaped grounds.

The Pousada offers free private parking on site. Guimaraes Sports Pavilion is 2 miles away.

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Premier Hotels

Amarante - Casa da Calcada

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Casa da Calcada is a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel set in a 16th century manor and located in central Amarante with views over the Tamega River. It offers an outdoor pool, nearby golf facilities and free parking. 

Casa da Calacada's chic guestrooms feature antique furnishings and features. Renovated in 2001, the rooms combine old decor with modern amenities such as satellite TV and air-conditioning.

At Casa da Calcada guests can enjoy local specialties with an international touch at the restaurant. The hotel's bar serves a selection of wines produced in the nearby Douro Valley and champagne produced in-house.

Other facilities of the Casa da Calcada Relais & Chateaux include a solarium and a bike rental.

The hotel is located less than one hour from both Porto and the Douro Valley. Francisco de Sa Carneiro airport is also less than one hour away and the hotel provides a private shuttle service.

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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 - 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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Coimbra - Quinta das Lagrimas

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Quinta das Lagrimas, a small luxury hotel is located in a historic medieval setting. The Quinta features botanical gardens and a state-of-the-art spa with views across Coimbra.

Quinta das Lagrimas has three room types: Palace Rooms, that once accommodated the Duke of Wellington, and Garden Rooms overlooking the botanical garden. Spa Rooms include a hydrotherapy bath tub and boast stunning views of the Quinta das Lagrimas outdoor surroundings.

The two restaurants at Hotel Quinta das Lagrima serve seasonal dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients grown on the estate. Dine al fresco whilst enjoying selected local wines from the cellar.

Bamboo Garden Spa provides a range of luxury treatments and beauty therapies, and there is a library filled with thousands of ancient books. Quinta das Lágrima has a golf driving range and a 9-hole course.

Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas is 80 minutes’ drive from Porto Airport. Free on-site car parking is available.

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