Lisbon, Porto & Douro Valley
Few countries can boast as much historical depth and complexity as Portugal, nor do many countries succeed as well at preserving their glorious past. In fact, Portugal is a fascinating mix of the ancient and the modern, something that is fully explored in our tour of Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley.
Portugal's past was influenced by some of the most remarkable people and events in world history. The Moors invaded in 711, ruling the land for centuries. Their influence is particularly strong in the southern half of the country where their architecture and cuisine continue to fascinate in the modern era. The Visigoths left their mark as well, and so did the Celts. Portugal was formally established in June of 1128 after the Battle of Sao Mamede with Afonso Henriques eventually proclaiming himself King of Portugal. Despite later incursions by the Moors, Portugal remained independent, finally becoming an empire and recognized world power in the 15th and 16th centuries. The influence of this wealthy and powerful nation eventually declined, but this incredible and complex history is well preserved to be explored by modern travelers.
Portugal's rich past is highlighted in unforgettable destinations like the Baixa District in Lisbon and the palaces of Sintra. Porto also awaits discovery. With its gorgeous bridges, cobbled streets and stately churches, it's possible to lose days happily wandering here. Then, there's the breathtaking Douro Valley with its winding river and picture-postcard landscapes. It's no wonder that visitors here can't wait to make a return trip.
Throughout it all, there are countless opportunities to sample remarkable wines, tour vineyards and speak with the people who have devoted their lives to producing some of the finest wines that you're ever likely to taste. A simple picnic becomes a memorable feast when it features rare, local delicacies paired with an unmatched port wine. In fact, wine-making conditions in Portugal are so ideal that it is the home of many varieties, each of which is bound to become a new favorite during your journey here.
The friendly, charming people of Portugal await the opportunity to share their culture, history and wine with you. Fabulous accommodations and ancient sights and scents can all be yours when you venture into Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley.
This is truly European Travel at its finest!
If you've ever wanted to see and learn more about Portugal, we have the trip for you. Travel with us through Lisbon, Porto, and the Duoro Valley over eleven days, with plenty of stops at local wineries and vineyards, where you'll be charmed by delicious tasting tours and picnics. You'll also experience walking tours through the old cities of Porto and Coimbra, as well as Lisbon's Baixa District, a day sailing down the gorgeous Duoro River, and several group dinners that will leave you with new friends and new memories. You'll also have the opportunity to explore these history-filled cities on your own, to take in the richness of tastes, sights, and scenes that this country has to offer.
Fly into Lisbon
Transfer to Hotel
Afternoon Walking Tour of Baixa District
3 Night Stay at city center hotel w/ daily breakfast
Half Day Tour of Lisbon - tasting tour
Afternoon at leisure
Dinner on own in Lisbon
Visit to a Centenary Winery w/ stop in Sintra
Group Dinner w/ wine
Lisbon - Porto
Morning at leisure
Private Transfer to Port w/ stop in Obidos
Walking Tour of the Old City of Porto
Dinner Experience - Flavors of Porto
2 Night Stay in Porto w/ daily breakfast
Morning at Leisure
Afternoon Tour of Porto on the Rocks w/ tasting & lunch
Dinner on own in Porto
Private Transfer to Douro Valley
Picnic in the Vineyards
3 Night Stay in Douro Valley w/ daily breakfast
Full Day Sailing on the Duoro River w/ lunch
Dinner on own
Morning Winery Tour
Evening Dinner w/local wines
Duoro - Lisbon
Private Transfer w/ stop in Coimbra
Short Walking Tour of Old City of Coimbra
Lunch on own
Afternoon at leisure upon arrival in Lisbon
Dinner on own
2 Night Stay at city center hotel w/ daily breakfast
Day at leisure in Lisbon (Optional Day Tour)
Farewell Dinner w/ wine pairing
Private Transfer to Airport
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