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Pousadas of Portugal


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Find the spirit of Portugal's past

What better way to immerse yourself in Portugal’s past than by staying in historically fascinating Pousadas? From what was once a formidable castle to a former medieval hospital, your accommodation will tell each area’s story better than any guide! Take a city tour of hilly Lisbon, traversed by wonderfully vintage trams, and enjoy a visit to the Ducal Palace of Guimarães, long associated with the forging of Portugal’s identity. Consider taking an optional excursion to see Oporto’s port cellars – followed by a tasting or two – or from Alcácer do Sol you may choose to take a tour of Evora, wrapped up within 14th-century walls.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed10 nights in Pousadas

Dinner plate20 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) and 10 dinners (D)

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  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all Pousadas

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Tour of Ducal Palace
  • Oporto tour and port wine tasting
  • Peneda-Gerês National Park
  • Coimbra
  • Alcobaça Monastery
  • City tour of Lisbon

HeadphonesAudio headsets will be available on selected guided tours.

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Day 1 UK-Guimarães

Toural Square, Guimaraes, Portugal

Fly to Guimarães in northern Portugal and transfer to the 4-star Pousada de Guimarães (4Q) for a four-night stay. D

Day 2 Guimarães

Palace of Vila Vicosa, Portugal

Embark on a morning tour of the city. Explore the medieval centre’s warren of narrow lanes, and learn about the history of Guimarães, long associated with the 12th-century emergence of Portuguese national identity. During your city tour, you will visit the Ducal Palace.

In the afternoon, an optional tour to Ponte de Lima for afternoon tea. B,  D

Day 3 Guimarães

Oporto, Portugal

Begin your day with a tour of Porto, accompanied by a local guide. The city is located on the Douro estuary and is synonymous with the fortified wine produced upstream on the vine-clad banks of the river. Highlights include the neoclassical Stock Exchange Palace, the Gothic church of São Francisco, the iconic Dom Luis I bridge and 12th-century cathedral. What better way to spend your afternoon than on an optional excursion to a port wine cellar for a tasting discovery.

Alternatively, you can explore Porto independently. B , D

Day 4 Guimarães

Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal

Join a full day guided tour of the Peneda-Gerês National Park. The oldest and biggest national park in Portugal, Gerês was established in 1971 to preserve the natural resources of the region, and is home to wolves, wild boar, otters and wild horses. B, D

Day 5 Guimarães-Viseu

Amarante in northern Portugal

Head south for Viseu, via Amarante (111 miles, two hours and 30 minutes).

Stay three nights at the 4-star Pousada de Viseu (4Q). B, D

Day 6 Viseu

Viseu, Portugal

Experience the medieval ambience of hill-top Viseu, set on a plateau in a respected wine-growing region, on an orientation tour.

This afternoon, an optional excursion visits Santar. B, D

Day 7 Viseu

Coimbra old town, Portugal

Today, take a morning trip to the nearby riverside city of Coimbra. Featuring dark cobbled lanes and a monumental cathedral, Coimbra is also home to the country’s oldest and most prestigious university.

Spend the afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion to Coimbra University. B, D

Day 8 Viseu-Alcácer do Sol

Alcobaca Monastery, Portugal

Your journey to Alcácer do Sal is via one of Iberia’s finest monasteries (212 miles, four hours).

The Monastery of Alcobaca is praised as a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art. Its Baroque facade welcomes you through a forest of 12th-century archways and into a religious house in which 999 monks held mass in non-stop shifts. Despite its devout purpose, travellers passing through during the 18th century were shocked to see the decadence that the monks enjoyed; the grand kitchen was described as ‘the most distinguished temple of gluttony in all of Europe,’ and featured a water channel that diverted wild fish right into the kitchen! An optional excursions visits the Monastery of Batalha.

Continue to Alcácer do Sal for a three-night stay at the 4-star Pousada de Alcácer do Sal (4Q). B, D

Day 9 Lisbon

Bélem Tower, Lisbon

Just an hour’s drive from Alcácer do Sol is Lisbon, the city that legend suggests was founded by Ulysses. Enjoy an included morning city tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, D

Day 10 Alcácer do Sol

Alcacer do Sal, Portugal

Your final full day is spent at leisure, during which you can take the optional excursion to Evora. B, D

Day 11 Alcacer do Sol-UK

Transfer from your hotel to Lisbon airport for your flight back to the UK. B

Ponte de Lima and afternoon tea

Located on the southern bank of the slow-moving Lima River, Ponte de Lima is a charming Portuguese town. The position on which it is located has been used as a main river crossing point since the ancient Roman era. To immerse yourself in the local atmosphere of Ponte de Lima, enjoy afternoon tea in the town before returning to Guimarães.

Half day
Roman bridge in Ponte de Lima, Portugal
Ponte de Lima Viana do Castelo Portugal Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Port wine cellars and tasting

Just as the name ‘Champagne’ can only be applied to sparkling wine from the French region, under the Appellation System ‘Port wine’ is the name given to the fortified wine produced along the Douro Valley. Popularised by the English - who boycotted wines from France due to war - port has both an interesting history and plenty of interesting flavours for you to discover on this tour. Following your exploration of the cellars, you are invited to taste some port for yourself.

Half day
Enjoy a port tasting
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

A tour of Evora

Wrapped up by 14th-century walls, Evora is a well-preserved example of a Portuguese medieval town. It has seen settlement since the Celts and boasts an elaborate cathedral, surrounded by vaulted cloisters. Once home to a court of Portuguese Inquisition, Evora’s historic charm is owed to 19th-century decline that protected it from extensive modernisation.

Roman temple in Évora
Evora Evora Portugal Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Coimbra University

Home to Portugal’s oldest and most famous university, Coimbra exudes historic charm coupled with a vibrant cafe culture thanks to its large student population. Enjoy a half-day guided tour of the UNESCO-listed university, one of the oldest in Europe. King Dinis founded the university in 1290 and the University Library of Biblioteca Joanina houses a collection of over 300,000 books dating from the 12th-century.

Half day
Old University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Monastery of Batalha

The Monastery of Batalha was built in the 14th century to commemorate the Battle of Aljbarrota, fought between Spain and Portugal. Admire the limestone exterior before exploring the main church. Among its architectural highlights are flying buttresses and balustrades.

Half day
Cloisters in the Monastery of Batalha, Portugal
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary


The historic village of Santar is renowned for its cultural heritage and picturesque landscapes of vineyards surrounded by mountain ranges to the north and south. Visit Santar Garden Village, a project undertaken in 2013 to untie the terraced garden of the village’s manor houses. Take a unique journey through the gardens to learn of the history and cultural identity of the region.

Half day
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Pousada de Guimarães (4Q)

The Pousada de Guimarães is a beautifully converted 12th-century Augustine monastery. It enjoys extensive views of the city from its hillside location and is surrounded by nine hectares of gardens. Relax in the comfortable pillared courtyard or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. You will find this ‘Pousada’ located three kilometres from Guimaraes.

Pousada de Viseu (4Q)

Set in the centre of the charming garden city of Viseu, Pousada de Viseu was once the São Teotónio Hospital. Originally dating back to 1842, the building was completely renovated in 2009, and now boasts a well-equipped spa, with an outdoor swimming pool, plunge pool, jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath, as well as views of the historic part of the city.

Pousada de Alcácer do Sal (4Q)

Located at the top of a hill, from this Pousada you can enjoy sweeping views across to the waters of Rio Sado. As a defensive position, the castle once defied invaders and displayed impressive strength. Today it invites you to take a dip in its pool or simply enjoy the novelty of staying in a former fortress. Your accommodation for the final three nights is suitably located to enjoy Alcácer do Sal and explore the surrounding areas.

Pousadas of Portugal