- Beautiful Serra da Estrela National Park
Grand Designs of Portugal
- VIP door to door
Old towns, ancient landmarks and historic Pousada hotels
Beyond Portugal’s exciting capital city lies a land of beautiful ancient towns, varied culture, wild landscapes and elegant pousadas (historic converted hotels). On our excellent-value Portugal tours, you’ll get to stand before the dazzling 110m marble façade of the Duke’s Palace, Vila Viçosa.
To breathe in the wildflower scents of the tranquil Serra da Estrela mountains. And, along with your new travel companions, to toast adventure with a delicious port wine in Porto, its city of origin.
9 nights in pousadas
18 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 9 dinners (days 1-9)
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- City tours of Arraiolos; Évora (including cathedral, San Francisco Church & Chapel of Bones); and Porto
- Guided tour of Palácio Ducal in Vila Viçosa
- Guided excursion to Viana do Castelo (with Costume Museum & Santa Luzia Basilica), including Ponte de Lima and Valenca do Minho
- Visits to Castelo Branco; Aveiro
- Port tasting in Porto
†Prices are based on return flights with TAP Portugal from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Day 1 UK to Lisbon to Vila Viçosa
- Day 2 Vila Viçosa
- Day 3 Arraiolos to Évora
- Day 4 Viseu
- Day 5 Viseu
- Day 6 Viseu
- Day 7 Aveiro to Viana do Castelo
- Day 8 Viana do Castelo
- Day 9 Porto
- Day 10 Viana do Castelo to Porto to UK
Pousada Convento Vila Viçosa
Pousada de Viseu Hotel
Pousada de Viana do Castelo Hotel
Day 1 UK to Lisbon to Vila Viçosa
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Lisbon.
On arrival, we transfer to the delightful town of Vila Viçosa. We’ll check into our pousada, a luxury 16th-century converted convent, right next to the palace and full of history and character.
Day 2 Vila Viçosa
Today we explore this small, marble-clad town. Known as the ‘Princess of Alentejo’, it’s home to a splendid palace, charming streets and a sprawling plaza dotted with orange trees.
We’ll take a guided tour of the majestic Renaissance-style Palácio Ducal or Duke’s Palace - the symbol of the city and once one of the most important noble houses in Portugal. The 110-metre façade is totally covered in marble from the region making this unique building the town’s most symbolic monument.
Day 3 Arraiolos to Évora
Enjoy a morning tour of Arraiolos, a small town overlooked by the ruins of a Moorish castle, to discover the town’s history and famous carpet-making tradition.
In the afternoon we head to Évora, a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage city that dates back to Roman times. Our guide will bring the history of this bustling university town to life as we visit the cathedral, San Francisco Church, university and the Chapel of Bones.
Day 4 Viseu
Today we wave goodbye to Vila Vicosa and journey towards medieval Viseu.
On the way, we’ll stretch our legs among the tree-lined squares and boulevards of Castelo Branco, the provincial capital.
This evening we arrive in Viseu and check into our imposing pousada, a one-time 19th-century hospital.
Day 5 Viseu
Today is yours to spend completely as you please in Viseu, or perhaps join our full-day optional excursion to the Serra da Estrela Mountains.
The highest mountains in Portugal, this range forms a beautiful park of craggy peaks, hidden lakes, thick forest and historic villages full of character. Look out for the iconic Estrela Mountain Dog.
Day 6 Viseu
Today is reserved for leisure time. Perhaps take a walk in the park, around the town, or just relax at the pousada.
Day 7 Aveiro to Viana do Castelo
We continue north and stop en route in coastal Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal due to several canals crossing the town.
We continue to our next historic pousada, high above Viana do Castelo’s sailing port and the estuary on which it lies.
Day 8 Viana do Castelo
Take a morning tour of the coastal town of Viana do Castelo, with its opulent mansions, winding streets and intimate squares, and rich Minho folklore. Together we’ll explore the Santa Luzia Basilica and the Costume Museum.
The nearby towns of Ponte de Lima, named after the Roman bridge that aided pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela, and Valença do Minho, are included on this tour.
Day 9 Porto
Today we explore Porto. The city that gave its name to Port wine sits along hills tumbling down to the famous Douro River. Here, you may see some of the elegant, traditional, wooden sailing barges - barcos rabelos - used to transport the famous wine; and Porto’s landmark, the impressive two-tier bridge - Ponte de Dom Luis I.
We’ll amble Porto’s historic Ribeira district together. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its cobbled streets and impressive buildings and grand churches dripping in gold, gives a glimpse into its Roman past. Portugal’s second city never fails to impress.
As part of our tour, we’ll stop for a tasting at a historic Port cellar and have some time to wander at leisure.
Day 10 Viana do Castelo to Porto to UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.