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Treasures of Portugal

PORTO, COIMBRA, FATIMA, EVORA, LISBON

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  • Duration: 11 days
  • Price: from $2,199

 

    Save up to $1000 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple on this unforgettable tour of Portugal. Reserve by November 16, 2017 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour of Portugal includes
  • 2 nights in Porto
  • 2 nights in Coimbra
  • 2 nights in Evora
  • 3 nights in Lisbon
  • Walking Tour of Porto
  • Royal Palace (Coimbra)
  • Marvao Medieval Village
  • Fatima
  • Cathedral of Evora
  • Wine Tasting (Evora)
  • Belem Riverside District (Lisbon)
  • Obidos Medieval Fortress
  • Fado Show with Dinner
  • Round-trip, non-stop airfare from New York (EWR)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 11 Meals: 9 Breakfasts (B) and 2 Dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Reserve by Nov 16 2017

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Apr 17

Apr 27

$ 2199

$ 2299

$ 2699

May 1

May 11

$ 2199

$ 2299

$ 2699

May 15

May 25

$ 2199

$ 2299

$ 2699

May 29

Jun 8

$ 2199

$ 2299

$ 2699

Jun 12

Jun 22

$ 2299

$ 2399

$ 2799

Sep 4

Sep 14

$ 2199

$ 2299

$ 2699

Sep 18

Sep 28

$ 2199

$ 2299

$ 2699

Oct 2

Oct 12

$ 2199

$ 2299

$ 2699

Oct 23

Nov 2

$ 1999

$ 2099

$ 2499

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
For more information on this Portugal tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations for tours in Portugal can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exciting journey to the best cities in Portugal begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Porto.
Day 2
Arrive Porto (Portugal).
Arrive this morning in Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, where you’ll begin your guided tour on foot. See Porto’s beautiful historical center which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Walk along Avenida dos Aliados, the boulevard at the heart of Porto and see Porto Se Cathedral, the oldest surviving structure in the city. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. HF Ipanema Park Hotel (D)
Day 3
Porto.
Today is at leisure to explore Porto independently. Consider an optional half-day excursion to Guimaraes, considered to be the birthplace of Portugal. While in Guimaraes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the beautiful historic center with its magnificent castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate. You may also consider an optional Douro Boat Cruise. On this optional cruise you’ll enjoy a wine tasting with cheese as you take in the beautiful views of Porto. (B)
Day 4
Porto/Coimbra.
After breakfast this morning depart for Coimbra. Along the way stop in Aveiro, located on Portugal’s west coast and often called the Venice of Portugal for its canals and colorful boats. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the city’s urban heritage and culture as you walk the city’s narrow streets in the old quarter and see the beautiful pastel-colored homes. Next, visit Guarda, Portugal’s highest town at 3465 ft, where you’ll have time to wander Guarda’s unique squares and streets. Guarda’s height made it an ideal defensive sight and is believed to be a military base for Julius Caesar and later the Visgoths and Moors. Continue to Coimbra, an ancient city and the first capital of Portugal in the 12th century. This evening is at leisure. Tivoli Coimbra Hotel (B)
Day 5
Coimbra.
Begin your sightseeing tour after breakfast, with a visit to the University of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The university was established in 1290 at the top of a hill overlooking the city, and has expanded over the centuries. Visit the Royal Palace which the University purchased from the Royal Family in 1597. Here, you’ll find the Great Hall of Acts where the school’s ceremonies are held, the Private Examination Room which used to be the King of Portugal’s bedroom and now serves as a room for graduate exams, and the Arms Room where the former Royal Academic Guards’ weapons are displayed. You’ll also see St. Michael’s Chapel which dates back to the 16th century, and the gorgeous Baroque Library. The balance of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 6
Coimbra/Fatima/Evora.
Depart after breakfast this morning for Evora. Along the way, stop in Tomar, a 12th-century settlement built by the Knights Templar. Continue to Fatima, where many believe three shepherd children saw visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. Today, this famous Catholic pilgrimage site attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. Stop in Marvao, a beautiful medieval village with cobblestone streets and beautiful views from its hilltop. Later, arrive in Evora and check in at your hotel. Vila Galé Évora Hotel (B)
Day 7
Evora.
After breakfast, travel to the highest point in the city to visit the Cathedral and Cloisters of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This medieval cathedral’s first building was constructed between 1184 and 1204 and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Evora’s Chapel of Bones, part of the Royal Church of St. Francis, where the walls and columns are decorated with thousands of human bones. Next, peruse the local handicraft and food markets, and then enjoy a wine tasting and olive tasting with snacks. The balance of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 8
Evora/Lisbon.
After breakfast this morning, depart for Lisbon. Explore Belem, Lisbon’s riverside district and see the 16th-century Monastery of Jeronimos, a prime example of Portuguese Manueline-style architecture. Next, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Belem Tower, where soldiers once watched the Tagus River for incoming invaders. You’ll also pass the Monument to the Discoveries which honors Portugal’s navigators who explored trade opportunities with the Orient and India. The balance of the day is at leisure. Hotel Mundial or similar (B)
Day 9
Lisbon.
Today is at leisure to explore Lisbon independently.  (B)
Day 10
Obidos Excursion.
Today, travel outside Lisbon to visit Obidos, a picturesque, medieval walled town. In the 13th century, Queen Isabel remarked on the beauty of Obidos and her husband gave the town to her as a gift, making Obidos part of the Queen’s estate. Today, visitors will find cobblestone streets lined with bookstores, whitewashed homes with splashes of blue and yellow paint, and a well-preserved hilltop castle. This afternoon, return to Libson where you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner with a Fado show, featuring traditional folk music. This music, which can be traced back to the early 1800’s, typically features a melancholic tune and includes mandolins and guitars. (B,D)
Day 11
Lisbon/USA.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Return home full of wonderful memories of Portugal. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to Portugal more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer optional tours. The optional tours must be paid in cash (Euros). Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Day 3
Porto: Half-Day Excursion to Guimaraes (35 EURO per person)
Enjoy an excursion to Guimaraes, considered to be the birthplace of Portugal. While in Guimaraes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the beautiful historic center with its magnificent castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate.
Day 3
Porto: Douro River Cruise (40 EURO per person)
Enjoy beautiful views of Porto during your round-trip Douro Boat cruise which includes a wine tasting with cheese.
Day 5
Coimbra: Half-Day Excursion to the Conimbriga Ruins (18 EURO per person)
Travel to Condeixa a Velha and visit the Conimbriga Ruins, the largest and best-preserved Roman settlement in Portugal. Examine the beautiful mosaics and walk the interior gardens of the noble houses as you discover this ancient city.
Day 9
Lisbon: Half-Day Baixa District Tour (26 EURO per person)
Explore the Baixa District located at the heart of Lisbon. This vibrant area is filled with old-world cafes, gorgeous plazas, boulevards and avenues, and neoclassical architecture.
Day 9
Lisbon: Sintra Excursion (60 EURO per person)
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pena Palace, a gorgeous red and yellow castle featuring a mix of Egyptian, Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance elements. The castle was commissioned by King Ferdinand II and constructed at the top of a hill overlooking the city in 1854.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from Newark International Airport to Portugal and back to Newark are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive in EWR at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. 

Departure Date

Airline

Depart

Return

2018: Apr. 17, May 1, May 29, Jun. 12, Sep. 4, Sep. 18, Oct. 2

TAP Portugal 8:00PM

4:00PM

2018: Oct. 23

TAP Portugal TBA

TBA

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight times are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

TAP Portugal does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. A visa is not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tourPlease make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

November through April, daytime highs are typically in the high 50’s to low 60’s with nighttime lows in the 40’s. May through June, and during October enjoy daytime temperatures that can reach the mid-60’s to low 70’s with nighttime temperatures dropping to the 50’s and low 60’s. The warmest time to visit is July through September with daytime temperatures from the mid-70’s to the 80’s depending on your altitude and location, and pleasantly cool nighttime temperatures in the high 50’s to mid-60’s.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdrawal local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. 

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) maximum 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Your carry-on must not exceed 18″x10″x8″. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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