Portugal has style that has stretched through the centuries to include everything from frontier towns to Moorish fishing villages, Templar Knights to Manuelino facades and Baroque ceramics. You will be whisked away on a carpet of seduction and charm and into an atmosphere packed with tradition. With well over two weeks to travel, you will settle into the stylish rhythm of the country to explore the nuance as you hop between the untouched legends of the past. From Lisbon to Porto, this is a complete...
Lisbon – Begin With the Charming Streets of the Capital
Lisbon has soul, and it is a city that will pick you up and whisk you off in its atmosphere as every street has something that will excite your inquisitive eyes. After being greeted at the airport, you will be transferred to a boutique hotel in Baixa, the grand heart of Lisbon. The day will be at your leisure, and there is a lot to discover within walking distance. From the elegant avenues lined with Baroque architecture to the steep cobbled streets that are dotted with local cafes, you will have no shortage of options. On this first day, you will also notice how proficient the Portuguese are in understanding and speaking English, certainly more so than their Spanish neighbors, so you will easily find the many excellent restaurants are within a five-minute walk of your hotel.
Lisbon – Evocative Links to the Past and a Fabulous Private Art Collection
Lisbon – Art and Architecture of Belem
Lisbon – Palaces and Poignant Beauty Outside Lisbon
Lisbon – Extraordinary Sintra and Haunting Fado Music
Lisbon – Day at Leisure in the Portuguese Capital
Evora to Arraiolos to Redondo – Portugal’s Perfect Medieval City and a Convent in Rural Alentejo
Redondo – Day Trip to the Fortress Outposts of Merida and Elvas
Marvao – Where Few Visitors Venture: Weaving Along the Portuguese Frontier
Almourol to Tomar – Legend of the Templar Knights
Tomar – Picturesque Moorish Fishing Villages of the Atlantic Coast
Tomar – Comparing the Gothic Wonders of Alcobaca and Batalha
Coimbra – Portugal’s Ancient University City
Aveiro to Barcelos to Guimaraes – Cities From the Past and the Atmosphere of the North
Guimaraes – Day Trip Exploring Portugal’s Early Christian History
Vila Real to Amarante to Porto – The Extravagance of the Baroque
Day 17 - 18
Porto – Relaxed and Redolent Two Days in a World Heritage City
Porto – Departure
- Explore Lisbon in depth as you spend nearly a week in what has become one of the world’s most talked about city destinations
- Discover some of Europe’s finest art with access to private collections and exhibitions that fill palace rooms
- Immerse yourself in Portugal’s iconic middle age cities, where the atmosphere and architecture celebrate distant centuries
- Engage with history as you visit most of Portugal’s World Heritage Sites, including monasteries, monuments, cities, palaces, university buildings and icons of a Christian past
- Marvel at the architectural styles as you compare various versions of the Gothic style with a unique Manuelino style that is synonymous with the country
- Traverse the empty plains to explore the ancient Iberian history found on both sides of the border as old-world cities like Evora, Elvas and Merida lend insight into the ambiance of yesteryear
- Journey along the rugged Atlantic coast to explore Moorish villages and castles from past millennia
- Connect with the legends such as the Templar Knights in Tomar and the elegiac sounds of Fado music
- Conclude with World Heritage Porto with several nights spent enveloped by painted ceramic facades and the cobblestone beauty of yesteryear
Portugal has always had distinct style. The cities and villages of the nation run to their own rhythm, sometimes rooted as far back as the 12th century, or one that has been enhanced by the creativity of tomorrow. The country has always been happy to let others in Southern Europe take the plaudits, so rather than chase tourism, Portugal has mostly sat back and waited for visitors who want to uncover its secrets and its style. Only recently has Portugal come to receive international acclaim, particularly the much-talked-about capital city of Lisbon as a city getaway. While tourism is increasing at a rapid rate, visitors tend to relax on the beaches of the south or follow relatively standard routes through the interior, leaving so much of Portugal off of the beaten track.
This handcrafted 19-day tour is a celebration of Portugal’s style and rhythm. Alongside your private guides, you will hop across the country with a pace that will suit the local ambiance. Start with nearly a week in Lisbon, which will be just about enough time to really get to know the city and its breathtaking collection of art, architecture, neighborhoods, and traditions. There will be time to discover Sintra and the royal palaces, as well as the private galleries, the colorful markets and much more. The next several days will bring an exploration of the Alentejo plains, where the UNESCO World Heritage cities have a frontier feel and a wonderful sense of remoteness. You will be surrounded by the garrison feeling of old-world Iberia, with a quick jaunt to neighboring Spain and a city that was once part of Portugal.
Travel north as you continue with the last Templar Knights town of Tomar your base for several nights. Travel to idyllic Moorish fishing villages and discover how Gothic styles morphed over the centuries, and whisper the name of legends that fill this piece of Portugal. Keep traveling north over the next two days to iconic destinations like Coimbra, Aveiro, and Guimaraes, and each will feel very different to the old cities of the south. Each has its own style and atmosphere, and all are stoically preserved from every turn. Completing this private tour are several nights in Porto in a hotel amid the UNESCO World Heritage center with incredible charm found around every alleyway.
Over this 19-day adventure, you will find that the Portuguese style is idiosyncratic to its regions and destinations. The best way to explore the historical and cultural narratives is with local guides. Their insider knowledge will bring a new dimension to your discovery, as well as gain you access to sites that are usually closed to the public. With so many days at hand, you will be able to visit a handful of exceptional monuments and sites every day but can travel at a pace that is in keeping with the style. When each day is done, you can sit back on the al fresco terraces and join the locals in watching the world go by. Begin planning your dream Portugal tour by connecting with one of our luxury Portugal travel agents.
$3,795 per person (excluding international flights)
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