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Experience more with so much included

  • Experience the spectacular Douro Valley and a relaxing journey along the river
  • Sample distinctive Douro wines in the vineyards of your idyllic hotel
  • Discover Lisbon’s numerous gems and the soul of the city with a local guide
  • Explore Oporto, the second-largest city, with a local expert and enjoy a visit to a renowned port wine lodge, followed by a tasting
  • Marvel at the mountain resort town of Sintra with its flamboyant palaces and pastel-hued villas
  • Explore captivating Coimbra, crowned by one of Europe’s oldest universities
  • Wander along the canals of Aveiro, the ‘Venice of Portugal’, and admire its colourful gondola-style boats
  • Enjoy the Baroque town of Lamego and charming Obidos with its medieval walls
  • See the coastal towns of Ericeira and Nazaré, both celebrated for their dramatic coastlines and thunderous waves
  • Return travel from a selection of regional airports, plus all hotel transfers
  • Seven nights in excellent four-star accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, plus breakfast and five dinners, including a welcome dinner on the first evening to meet your fellow travellers
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout

Selected departures from April to October 2018

 
At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast, 4 dinners & Welcome Dinner
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

The Douro Valley presents a landscape of immense beauty and serenity; its river flows erratically yet somewhat rhythmically across northern Portugal before meeting the Atlantic near Oporto. Soaring steeply into the sun-kissed hills are riverbanks dappled with terraced vineyards, charming villages and beautiful quintas where some of the best wines are produced: deliciously sweet port and refreshing vinho verde. The latter, which originates in the cooler climate of the hilly north, literally means ‘green wine’ and refers to the verdant region.

The Portuguese are proud of their seafaring heritage and rightly so; formidable mariners such as Vasco da Gama spearheaded the discovery of sea routes to India, Africa and the New World. This opened up new possibilities and for more than a hundred years from the 15th to 16th centuries, Portugal was one of the wealthiest countries in the world. During the Age of Discovery, its empire encompassed Brazil in the west to Macau in the east. The unearthing of even more gold in Brazil financed the building of superb palaces, monasteries and cathedrals, many of which we visit on our fascinating tour. Changing markets and over-indulgence reduced its financial clout, and in the mid-18th century, the once-great nation sank into economic obscurity.

This glorious past has inadvertently created the unique emotion known as saudade, an aching nostalgia for the past or something absent. This is perfectly captured through fado, the distinctive Portuguese style of music; its mournful melodies echo South American influences, a result of the nation’s close maritime ties.

Today, Portugal is a country of wonderful contrasts: modern in so many ways yet with one foot set firmly in history and tradition. Discover the real Portugal on our eye-opening tour as we journey from Oporto, the second-largest city, along the remarkably unspoilt Douro Valley, visiting the most charming towns and cities including elegant Lamego, the university city of Coimbra, fortified Obidos and finally, Lisbon the captivating capital. We venture off the well-trodden tourist trail to uncover concealed gems, including Baroque Lamego, Aveiro the ‘Venice of Portugal’ and utterly charming Obidos. We will experience the very best of Portugal’s breathtaking landscapes: coastal forests, wild seascapes, fertile fields and biscuit-coloured hillsides covered with olive trees, dramatic vineyards and lush meadows.

Savour the local flavours of Portuguese cuisine: grilled fish, smoked meats, freshly baked bread, piping-hot pastel de nata their unique custard tart, and an impressive selection of delicious wines to complement any dish. The Portuguese have truly perfected the art of cooking simple yet mouthwatering meals.

By the end of our insightful tour, you will have immersed yourself in one of the most fascinating and inviting cultures, and learned to discern the different personalities of each colourful city; as the Portuguese saying goes: Oporto works, Coimbra studies and Lisbon plays. Upon returning home you may just experience a touch of saudade for this magical destination.

Your Itinerary

Watch Portugal’s Douro Valley to Lisbon for Solo Travellers Video

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on a twin room for sole occupancy. The price includes return flights, three nights’ accommodation in Lisbon with breakfast and two dinners, three nights’ accommodation in the Douro Valley with breakfast and dinner, and one-night accommodation in Coimbra with breakfast, all tours as mentioned, all local accommodation taxes, all transfers and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Included excursions are: a guided walking tour of Lisbon, visit to the Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoveries, visit to Sintra, a guided tour of Coimbra, visits to Batalha Obidos, guided tour of Oporto including a visit to Taylor’s Port Lodge and a boat trip along the Douro River.

 

Personalise Your Holiday

Fado performance in Lisbon - from £41 per person

Nothing captures the mood of Portugal more than the haunting sounds of fado, the unique song style that tells tales of tragic love and maritime adventures. Come with us for an unforgettable night of music at one of Lisbon’s most renowned fado houses in the heart of the Alfama district, complete with 3-course menu and drinks.

Please contact the reservations team to pre-book this experience. 

Masters of Wine Susie Barrie and Peter Richards on Douro Valley Wines

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport or train station First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport or train station Transfer time
Porto Airport Santa Cruz do Douro 1 hr 45 mins Lisbon Lisbon Portela Airport 10 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 to 40 mins
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Time zone: GMT
  • Country: Portugal

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