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Pousadas of Portugal

8 Days from £1049*
Departing: May - October 2019
* Price shown: 08 October 2019 from LGW - TP0339
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON*

Savour the very best of Portugal and experience stays in three historic, charming and unique Pousada hotels along the way.

Enjoy luxurious accommodation in a trio of acclaimed Pousada hotels offering traditional hospitality in remarkable settings. You’ll discover some of Portugal’s most delightful locations as you travel through the heart of the country. Explore colourful capital Lisbon, elegant Estoril and glorious Sintra. Head north via hilltop Obidos and ‘Portuguese Oxford’ Coimbra, and savour wine-producing Viseu, Oporto and the ‘golden’ River Douro as they are all brought to life on this wonderful Portuguese journey of discovery.

Tour Highlights

  • Stay in three of Portugal’s famed Pousada hotels
  • Discover historic capital Lisbon
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Royal Sintra
  • Enjoy chic Cascais and elegant Estoril
  • Venture out to Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost point
  • Journey to medieval Obidos and Coimbra – the ‘Oxford of Portugal’
  • Taste regional wines, bread and cheeses
  • See Aveiro’s Venetian-like lagoon and canals
  • Be beguiled by Porto – Portugal’s historic second city
  • Discover the Douro Valley of the ‘Golden River’

Inclusions

  • Seven nights’ carefully chosen accommodation at the Pousada de Queluz, near Lisbon, the Pousada de Viseu, and the Pousada Mosteiro de Amares
  • Four evening meals
  • Outbound flight to Lisbon, returning from Porto
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Lisbon

Fly to Lisbon, meet your tour manager and transfer the short distance to the sumptuous Pousada de Queluz. Dependent upon your time of arrival, settle into your surroundings and perhaps wander through the beautiful palace gardens, before dinner is served in the Pousada’s Old Kitchen dining room.

Day Two: Included tour of Lisbon

Join your tour manager for a guided introduction to the historic Portuguese capital. Stand on the banks of the River Tagus and imagine the great explorers setting off for the New World, wander through the ornate Belem quarter, or explore the Baixa’s wide, tree-lined avenues fringed with cafes and restaurants. Check out the street-sellers and artists of bustling Rossio Square and stroll the narrow streets of the Alfama district. In the afternoon, perhaps enjoy a ride on a historic yellow tram. Later, stay in the city or return to the hotel to dine.

Day Three: Included tour of Cascais, Estoril and Sintra

Today’s included tour is equally memorable, as you explore the elegant Atlantic resorts of Cascais and Estoril, and journey to UNESCO-listed Sintra. Estoril’s elegant seafront, lined with bistros and old-fashioned cafes, – has long been a favoured watering hole, while Cascais, on its sweeping bay, is no less alluring. The jewel in the crown is Sintra, a former royal retreat, with its two remarkable Palacios, set in a National Park full of exotic, tropical trees and plants. After a marvellous day, which will also include a visit to windswept Cabo da Roca, at Europe’s westernmost point, you’ll return to the Pousada for dinner.

Day Four: Travel to Viseu

Travel north, calling at walled hill-top Obidos, with its cobbled lanes, walls and ancient aqueduct, and former capital and university seat Coimbra, the ‘Oxford of Portugal’, with its stunning Romanesque cathedral. By late afternoon, arrive in your second luxurious Pousada, at Viseu, set on a high plateau in heart of the beautiful Beira Alta region. Make yourself at home, perhaps enjoying a sauna or swim, or joining friends in the bar before dinner. Why not accompany your meal with a locally produced Dao wine, and wander the historic streets of the beautiful town before retiring for the night?

Day Five: Included tasting at a local quinta

Today is spent enjoying the hotel and its surroundings and making a short trip through the scenic hills to enjoy a tasting at a local quinta – Dao reds are famed for their Burgundy-like qualities and the whites are fast gaining a fine reputation. You’ll also enjoy a visit to an artisanal bakery and a local cheese-maker. The evening is free for you to explore Viseu and to enjoy dinner at your leisure in the city.

Day Six: Included tour of Porto

Journey west down the beautiful Vouga Valley to colourful Aveiro, known as the ‘Venice of Portugal’, with its canals, lagoons and gondola-like fishing boats. Perhaps try a delicious Ovos Moles de Aveiro cake with a morning coffee, before heading north to Portugal’s glorious second city Oporto, above the ‘golden’ River Douro. Enjoy an introductory tour of the city that gave its name to the country. Porto clings to the hillside above the river and is connected to neighbouring port wine centre Vila Nova de Gaia by several vertigo-inducing bridges. Highlights include the ancient cathedral and the UNESCO-listed Ribeira district, a beguiling maze of cobbled passageways lined with restaurants, bars and shops. On the quayside, flat-bottomed barcos rabelos, used to carry the port barrels on the river, add to the charm. After a marvellous few hours, re-board the coach to head to the final, truly luxurious and unique Pousada, housed in an ancient monastery in the beautiful northern Minho region. Settle into the sublime surroundings and opt for a drink in the bar, then maybe wander to the local restaurant, Cruzeiro, located a short walk away.

Day Seven: Included tour of Regua and Guimaraes

After breakfast, re-board the coach to enjoy a last memorable day’s scenic touring, heading first to Regua, the bustling Douro town that is the gateway to the wine-producing area. Take in the meandering river, and perhaps enjoy a tasting at a working quinta, before heading north once more to enthralling, UNESCO-listed Guimaraes. The city, generally regarded as the birthplace of Portugal, with its ancient Norman castle, exquisite cobbled squares and cafe-lined plazas, is a perfect place to enjoy lunch in some splendid surroundings, before you return to spend a last evening and to enjoy a farewell dinner at the Mosteiro de Amares.

Day Eight: Fly back to the UK

Bid “adeus” to your hosts and transfer to Porto Airport for the return flight to the UK, at the end of a truly marvellous holiday.

Departure Airport Date Price From
ABZ
ABZ 14 May 2019 £1369
ABZ
ABZ 04 June 2019 £1369
ABZ
ABZ 11 June 2019 £1379
ABZ
ABZ 18 June 2019 £1369
ABZ
ABZ 10 September 2019 £1469
ABZ
ABZ 17 September 2019 £1389
ABZ
ABZ 24 September 2019 £1369
ABZ
ABZ 01 October 2019 £1339
ABZ
ABZ 08 October 2019 £1309
BHX
BHX 14 May 2019 £1219
BHX
BHX 04 June 2019 £1249
BHX
BHX 11 June 2019 £1259
BHX
BHX 18 June 2019 £1249
BHX
BHX 10 September 2019 £1349
BHX
BHX 17 September 2019 £1269
BHX
BHX 24 September 2019 £1249
BHX
BHX 01 October 2019 £1199
BHX
BHX 08 October 2019 £1169
BRS
BRS 14 May 2019 £1159
BRS
BRS 11 June 2019 £1199
BRS
BRS 18 June 2019 £1189
BRS
BRS 10 September 2019 £1269
BRS
BRS 24 September 2019 £1169
BRS
BRS 01 October 2019 £1129
CWL
CWL 14 May 2019 £1269
CWL
CWL 04 June 2019 £1279
CWL
CWL 11 June 2019 £1289
CWL
CWL 18 June 2019 £1279
CWL
CWL 10 September 2019 £1379
CWL
CWL 17 September 2019 £1299
CWL
CWL 24 September 2019 £1279
CWL
CWL 01 October 2019 £1229
CWL
CWL 08 October 2019 £1199
EDI
EDI 04 June 2019 £1199
EDI
EDI 18 June 2019 £1199
EDI
EDI 10 September 2019 £1279
EDI
EDI 24 September 2019 £1189
EDI
EDI 08 October 2019 £1099
LBA
LBA 14 May 2019 £1219
LBA
LBA 04 June 2019 £1249
LBA
LBA 11 June 2019 £1259
LBA
LBA 18 June 2019 £1249
LBA
LBA 10 September 2019 £1349
LBA
LBA 17 September 2019 £1269
LBA
LBA 24 September 2019 £1249
LBA
LBA 01 October 2019 £1199
LBA
LBA 08 October 2019 £1169
LGW
LGW 14 May 2019 £1139
LGW
LGW 04 June 2019 £1159
LGW
LGW 11 June 2019 £1169
LGW
LGW 18 June 2019 £1159
LGW
LGW 10 September 2019 £1249
LGW
LGW 17 September 2019 £1179
LGW
LGW 24 September 2019 £1159
LGW
LGW 01 October 2019 £1079
LGW
LGW 08 October 2019 £1049
LTN
LTN 04 June 2019 £1159
LTN
LTN 18 June 2019 £1159
LTN
LTN 10 September 2019 £1249
LTN
LTN 24 September 2019 £1159
LTN
LTN 08 October 2019 £1049
MAN
MAN 14 May 2019 £1159
MAN
MAN 11 June 2019 £1199
MAN
MAN 10 September 2019 £1269
MAN
MAN 17 September 2019 £1189
MAN
MAN 01 October 2019 £1129
MME
MME 14 May 2019 £1319
MME
MME 04 June 2019 £1279
MME
MME 11 June 2019 £1289
MME
MME 18 June 2019 £1279
MME
MME 10 September 2019 £1379
MME
MME 17 September 2019 £1299
MME
MME 24 September 2019 £1279
MME
MME 01 October 2019 £1229
MME
MME 08 October 2019 £1199
NWI
NWI 14 May 2019 £1319
NWI
NWI 04 June 2019 £1279
NWI
NWI 11 June 2019 £1289
NWI
NWI 18 June 2019 £1279
NWI
NWI 10 September 2019 £1379
NWI
NWI 17 September 2019 £1299
NWI
NWI 24 September 2019 £1279
NWI
NWI 01 October 2019 £1229
NWI
NWI 08 October 2019 £1199
STN
STN 14 May 2019 £1139
STN
STN 04 June 2019 £1159
STN
STN 11 June 2019 £1169
STN
STN 18 June 2019 £1159
STN
STN 10 September 2019 £1249
STN
STN 17 September 2019 £1179
STN
STN 24 September 2019 £1159
STN
STN 01 October 2019 £1099
STN
STN 08 October 2019 £1059

Pousadas of Portugal Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of well-located pousadas, all of which will be of a four-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes on arrival and one hour and 15 minutes on departure.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

*This low deposit offer applies to new bookings made between 11th September and 3rd October 2018 only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.