Portugal in 13 Days

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Lisbon
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Discover the vibrant cities of Portugal on a journey through its most inspiring destinations. Explore the lively neighborhoods of Lisbon, the fairytale castles of Sintra and travel to Fátima, filled with enigmatic spiritual landmarks. Uncover the heart of Porto, known for its wine, before heading to the Atlantic island of Madeira to discover its lush landscapes and unique traditions.

12 days trip including flights*

12 days and 11 nights in destination

1

LON - LIS

Lisbon

2

Lisbon

3

Lisbon

4

Fatima

5

Porto

6

Porto

7

Lisbon

8

LIS-FNC

Madeira

9

Madeira

10

Madeira

11

Madeira

12

FNC - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Lisbon

Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of Portugal? Arrive at your departure airport, ready to catch a flight to Lisbon.* Touch down in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, known for its dramatic coastline and pastel-colored buildings. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Why not explore the oldest parts of the city to admire the ornate architecture or simply enjoy the views of the River Tagus from one of the many riverside cafes and bars. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a full day tour of Lisbon for an eye-opening overview of this incredible city. Begin with a fascinating walking tour of Alfama, one of the oldest areas in the city, perched upon the hillside with spectacular views across the sprawling cityscape. End your morning tour at the church of the Monastery of Jerónimos, home to the tomb of Vasco da Gama and the famous poet Camões. Stop for a moment to contemplate the incredible Belém Tower before heading to the Pastéis de Belém for a mouth-watering pastry tasting session. Be sure to try a delicious Portuguese Tart, perhaps the most famous pastry in the country. In the afternoon, explore the city center on a walking tour around the Praça do Comércio Square and Rossio Square before enjoying some free time to discover the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

*Optional Dinner & Fado Show: Head to the historic neighborhood of Alfama to indulge in an evening of traditional Portuguese cuisine accompanied by the melancholic sounds of Fado music. Soak up the warm atmosphere and listen to the soft melodies of the Portuguese guitar as you experience the authentic musical heritage of Lisbon for yourself! 

Why not upgrade your trip with our Portugal Highlights package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Included
Full-Day Tour of Lisbon
Optional
Dinner with Fado Show
Optional
2 Excursions package - Highlights of Portugal
3rd Day: Lisbon - Sintra - Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an excursion to Sintra, an unforgettable town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with 19th-century Romanticist architecture, fairytale castles and exquisite gardens. Here you'll visit the Quinta da Regaleira Gardens and Palace considered the most enigmatic of all the estates in Sintra. The palace is a fusion of ornate and colorful architectural styles but the main attraction is the extensive gardens, filled with symbolism and intriguing constructions. After the tour, enjoy free time in Sintra to explore at your own pace. In the afternoon head to Cape Roca, the most westerly point of the European continent. Here you can soak up the views of the Atlantic Ocean and explore the village of Cascáis, once the chosen beach destination of the aristocracy. Return to Lisbon and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the delights of this cosmopolitan city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

Included
Excursion to Sintra
4th Day: Lisbon - Óbidos - Nazaré - Fátima

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to Óbidos today, one of the best-known villages in Portugal thanks to its magical cobblestone streets and charming architecture, enclosed within medieval city walls. Next, visit Nazaré, a surfers paradise, home to some of the largest waves in the world and the most popular beach destination on the Silver Coast. Finish the day in the historic and fascinating city of Fátima, one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Catholics. Sacred sights here include the Capelinha das Aparições, where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to local children in 1917, the Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário, with its golden angels, and the modern church of Igreja da Santíssima Trindade. Spend the evening at your leisure, discovering the sights and sounds of this beautiful city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Fátima.

Included
Obidos, Nazare & Fatima Excursion
5th Day: Fátima - Coímbra - Aveiro - Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Bid farewell to Fatima today as you set for Tomar to visit the famous Convent of Christ complex, once a stronghold of the Templars in the 12th-century. Uncover the history of the Templars in Portugal, including the beautiful medieval chapel and the ornate cloister, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Explore this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site before continuing to the city of Coimbra, once the capital of Portugal and today a student city, home to the oldest university in the country. As the day draws to a close, travel to Porto, in northern Portugal on the banks of the Douro River. With its stunning Old Town, Porto is one of the highlights of any trip to Portugal. Spend the evening at your leisure, exploring the city's atmospheric streets. Overnight stay in Porto.

Included
Christ Convent in Tomar & Coimbra Tour
6th Day: Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a panoramic tour of Porto to see the main attractions of the city such as the exterior of Clérigos Tower, Aliados Avenue and the impressive Sao Bento train station. Afterwards, visit Bolsa Palace, a stunning 19th-century neoclassical Stock Exchange and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Church of Saint Francis, decorated with ornate golden gild work, typical of the Portuguese Baroque era. In the afternoon, soak up the delights of Porto at your own pace, admiring the famous tiled facades or sampling the authentic local port in a cosy cafe. Alternatively, we recommend an unforgettable boat tour on the River Douro.* Overnight stay in Porto.

Optional River Douro Boat Tour: In the afternoon, set off on an unforgettable boat tour on the Douro River to enjoy spectacular views of the city. After cruising on the river, visit a local port wine cellar and enjoy a tasting session of this typical Portuguese drink. 

Please note: Entrance to the Bolsa Palace (10 euros per person) and Church of Saint Francis (8 euros per person) is optional and is not included. 

Why not upgrade your trip with our Portugal Highlights package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Included
Panoramic Tour of Porto
Optional
River Douro Boat Tour
7th Day: Porto - Aveiro - Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Porto this morning, headed for the charming coastal city of Aveiro where you can enjoy some free time to explore its picturesque canals and colorful architecture. In the afternoon, return to the capital of Lisbon and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to soak up the ambience of this lively city or do some last-minute shopping. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

Included
Visit to Aveiro
8th Day: Lisbon - Madeira

Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Madeira.** Arrive on the Portuguese island of Madeira, part of the Madeira archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Transfer to the hotel and get settled before enjoying the remainder of the day at your leisure, discovering the delights of the capital, Funchal. We recommend starting your time in Madeira in a memorable way with an optional 'typical night in Madiera' experience!* Overnight stay in Madeira.

* Depending on the flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** Optional Typical Night in Madeira: Spend the evening dining on traditional Madeiran cuisine of marinated beef, delicious fried maize, homemade bread and local wines at an authentic restaurant and enjoy live entertainment by a Madeiran folklore group. Available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only.

Optional
Typical Night in Madeira
9th Day: Madeira

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Maderia, exploring the verdant landscapes of the interior of finding the perfect spot on the beach to spend a relaxing day. We recommend an optional tour to Porto Moniz to discover the unique natural landscapes of the island.* Overnight stay in Madeira. 

Optional full-day tour to Porto Moniz: Start with a visit to the fishing town of Camara de Lobos and the coastal village of Ribeira Brava before journeying into the lush interior of the island to the Encumeada mountain pass, for breathtaking views across the entire island. Descend to the north coast until reaching Porto Moniz, famed for its volcanic rock pools and dramatic landscapes. After lunch, continue inland to the Paúl da Serra viewpoint, where you can contemplate a beautiful panorama of Madeira's unique landscape. Finally, explore the southwest coast, including Calheta, Ponta do Sol and Cabo Girão. Please note: this excursion is vailable on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only.

Optional
Full-day tour to Porto Moniz
10th Day: Madeira

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy another day to explore Madiera at your own pace. Known as the 'island of eternal spring', the subtropical climate ensures pleasant weather all year round, so get out and discover the rich landscapes, botanical gardens and rugged coastline. We recommend an optional excursion to the charming village of Santana or an exciting Toboggan Ride experience, an authentic Madeiran tradition!* Overnight stay in Madeira.

Optional excursion to Santana: Journey through the landscapes of towering Pico do Arieiro and Ribeiro Frio before arriving at charming Santana, home to colorful A-framed cottages, topped with traditional thatched roofs. Furthermore, the gardens surrounding the village are known for their beautiful flowers. After lunch, continue along the north coast to visit Porto da Cruz and soak up the mountain views from Portela. Continue to Machico, where explorers first landed in Madeira and finally visit Camacha, home to a famous wickerwork factory. Please note: this excursion is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only.

Optional Toboggan Ride: Experience Madeira's most curious tradition as you take a wicker basket toboggan ride from Monte to Livramento. Travel downhill at speeds of up to 30-kilometers an hour, guided by a professional toboggan runner. An exhilarating and fun experience! Duration: 10 minutes.

Optional
Excursion to Santana
Optional
Traditional Toboggan Ride
11th Day: Madeira

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend your final day in Madeira at your leisure. Soak up the atmosphere of Funchal's pretty harbour or perhaps visit the Contemporary Art Museum, housed within the São Tiago Fortress. We recommend an optional excursion to Eira do Serrado or an awe-inspiring dolphin and whale watching experience.* Overnight stay in Madeira. 

Optional Half-Day Eira do Serrado Excursion: Set off for Eira do Serrado viewpoint, stopping along the way at Pico dos Barcelos for amazing views of Funchal. At Eira do Serrado, soak up the views of the island and the charming village of Curral das Freiras below. Head to Monte, known for its beautiful church and toboggan run, and visit a local embroidery producer to learn about this traditional Madeiran handicraft as you sample a little Madeiran wine! Please note: this excursion operates on Monday and Thursday only.

Optional Dolphin and Whale Watching Boat Tour: Set off on a boat tour around the coast of Madeira in search of marine life! Keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphin pods, frequently sighted in the Atlantic waters of Madiera. If you are lucky, you might even spot a whale or sea turtle too!

Please note: you can only choose one of the two available optional excursions on this day.

Optional
Dolphin and Whale Watching Boat Tour
Optional
Half-day Eira do Serrado Excursion
12th Day: Madeira - UK/Ireland

Breakfast* at the hotel. It's time to bring your journey through Portugal and Madeira to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Accommodation: 11 Nights

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Included

Included activity for day 2 in Lisbon

Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Full-Day Tour of Lisbon

An eye-opening overview of this incredible city. Stroll through the neighborhood of Alfama, see the historic Monastery of Jeronimos and Belem Tower and visit Pasteis de Belem for a mouth-watering pastry tasting session before exploring the city centre!

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Included

Included activity for day 3 in Sintra

Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Excursion to Sintra

Visit the Quinta da Regaleira Gardens and Palace considered the most enigmatic of all the estates in Sintra. In the afternoon head to Cape Roca and explore the village of Cascais.

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Included activity for day 4

Duration 10:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Obidos, Nazare & Fatima Excursion

Explore the cobblestone streets and charming architecture of Obidos and pay a visit to Nazare, a surfers paradise, home to some of the largest waves in the world! Finish the day in the historic and fascinating city of Fatima, a Catholic pilgrimage site.

What's included: Transport, guides

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Included activity for day 5

Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Christ Convent in Tomar & Coimbra Tour

Head to Tomar to visit the famous Convent of Christ complex, once a stronghold of the Templars in the 12th-century. Afterwards, continue to the city of Coimbra, once the capital of Portugal and a student city, home to the oldest university in the country.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 2 in Lisbon

Dinner with Fado Show

Head to the historic neighbourhood of Alfama to indulge in an evening of traditional Portuguese cuisine accompanied by the melancholic sounds of Fado music. Soak up the warm atmosphere and listen to the soft melodies of the Portuguese guitar.

What's included: Entrance, Fado show, main dish, desert, selected drinks and coffee. Not included: Pick up and drop off

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 2 in Lisbon

2 Excursions package - Highlights of Portugal

Make the most of your time in Portugal with this pack of two unmissable experiences: a Dinner & Fado Show and a boat tour in River Douro

What's included: A complete dinner with Fado Show in Lisbon and a boat tour in River Douro Not included: Transfers and any other service not mentioned on the details of each excursion.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 6 in Porto

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

River Douro Boat Tour

Set off on an unforgettable boat tour on the Douro River to enjoy spectacular views of the city. After cruising on the river, visit a local port wine cellar and enjoy a tasting session of this typical Portuguese drink.

What's included: 50 minutes boat tour in Douro river ( boats have seats and covered areas) with english explanations. Visit of a famous wine cellar with wine tasting at the end.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 8 in Madeira

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 20:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Typical Night in Madeira

Spend the evening dining on traditional Madeiran cuisine of marinated beef, delicious fried maize, homemade bread and local wines at an authentic restaurant and enjoy live entertainment by a Madeiran folklore group.

What's included: Sightseeing tour with english explanation about the history and geology of the island. Lunch included. Not included: No entrances included.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Lisbon, Madeira - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flight: Lisbon - Madeira.*
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  • 11 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels. **
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  • 11 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking guide.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Tax*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Approximately €2 per person, per night in Lisboa and Porto.

Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** Hotel rooms in Portugal are usually equipped with one double bed. If you require twin beds, please let us know at the time of booking and we will try our best to accommodate your request, although it cannot always be guaranteed.

In the event of closures or special events, the order of the itinerary may change. In this case, all tours and excursions mentioned in the itinerary will go ahead, but possibly in a different order.

Please note: Travelers are required to pay a municipal tax (approximately €2 per person, per night) directly to the hotels in Lisbon and Porto upon departure. A credit card must be presented as a guarantee to the hotels upon arrival.

  • Entry requirements
    Identity Card.
  • Visa
    No visa is required.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    Portuguese.
  • Electricity
    230 V. No adapter required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
  • Time zone
    UTC.
  • Other useful information
    The price of petrol is much higher than in Spain.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.visitportugal.com

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

 

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