Portugal Golden Cities

9
NIGHTS
TRAVEL YEAR ROUND

Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Douro Valley

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Lisbon
  • 2 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Coimbra
  • 2 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Porto
  • 2 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Douro Valley
  • Private Tour of Lisbon with a Licensed English-Speaking Guide
  • Private Tour of Estoril, Cascais & Sintra with Licensed English-Speaking Guide
  • Private Tour of Coimbra with Licensed English-Speaking Guide
  • Private Tour of Porto with Licensed English-Speaking Guide
  • Quinta Visit and wine tasting in Douro Valley
  • Private Car and driver for the whole itinerary
  • Breakfast Daily & VAT included
Portugal Vacations with Travelive, Romantic Explorer Package

ITINERARY DETAILS

DAY 1

Lisbon


Start your day by discovering the must-see monuments of Lisbon together with your private guide. Begin in the historic Belem neighborhood, the same place many great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages of discovery: Prince Henry the Navigator was the first overseas expedition to conquer Ceuta in Morocco, while Bartholomeu Dias to round the Cape of Good Hope. The first voyages of Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India also began here. Visit the Belem Tower, originally built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, or the Discovery Monument, built in honor of Henry the Navigator, who led Portugal's discovery expeditions into the New World, during the country's heyday in the 15th century. Continue your exploration of Jeronimo's Monastery, the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery, built by King Manuel I in 1502, to commemorate Vasco da Gama's voyage and to thank the Virgin Mary for its success. Following along the riverbank, towards commerce Square, you will pass through the Alfama neighborhood, highlighting the city's Moorish legacy, before heading to the Pombalina district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the lively Rossio Square, Liberty Avenue, and the Marques of Pombal roundabout.

DAY 2

Lisbon – Half-day Tour


Explore the iconic sites within the city center with a private local guide. Experience Baixa – the old downtown district of the city – tasting the famous Pastel de Nata (custard tart) along the way. Explore the amazing Rossio, Figueira, and Comércio Squares. Get to know Chiado, the glamorous part of the city with its iconic cafés and shops. Finally, travel back through time as you discover the secrets of Alfama, a hauntingly beautiful Moorish neighborhood of Lisbon.

DAY 3

Lisbon – Estoril – Cascais – Sintra – Coimbra


Today you will have the opportunity to explore charming towns surrounding Lisbon. After meeting your private driver and leaving the city, you’ll head straight to the World Heritage Site of Sintra where hundreds of years of history and culture are waiting for you to discover. Doing a short walk in the old city center you'll find yourself surrounded by the old houses now converted into small quaint handicraft shops and traditional pastry shops. Driving around the mountain you will pass by amazing Royal Palaces, Chalets, and Aristocratic residences in the most incredible combination of architectural styles, colors, and shapes that you will find in Portugal. Your driver guide will include stops for you to explore the local churches, including the Igreja Ulgueira, and Igreja Paroquidal de Sao Pedro de Sintra. You will also see the colorful Pena Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and if you wish your guide will purchase tickets on the spot. After lunch in one of the many restaurants available in town, it will be time to head to Cascais. Once a small fishing village only, the town of Cascais managed to maintain its seafaring traditions combined with the aristocratic and royal presences of the late 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Walking by its animated town center you'll find the cosmopolitan life side by side with the Atlantic. You will then board a sailboat to return to Lisbon, giving you the chance to observe this magnificent coast from a different perspective. Revel in the sight of white sandy beaches and amazing 17th-century palaces starting from the town of Estoril and its famous casino.

DAY 4

Coimbra – Half-day Tour


During today’s tour, you will have the opportunity to explore Coimbra. Coimbra was the capital of Portugal during the Middle Ages, but it was the Renaissance that transformed the city into a place of knowledge when Dom João III (1521-57) decided to move the University to the city on a definitive basis, whilst at the same time numerous colleges were created to provide an alternative to the official form of teaching. A center of learning, par excellence, the University of Coimbra was founded in 1290 and is one of the oldest in Europe and was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; this classification includes also Uptown and Sofia Street.

DAY 5

Coimbra – Aveiro – Porto


While you are driving from Coimbra to Porto, you will stop in Aveiro, the picturesque town known as the "Portuguese Venice". This memorable city is dominated by the Ria de Aveiro described by Saramago as "a living body that connects the land and sea like a huge heart". Once you arrive, you will meet your local guide who will share the secrets of the city followed by a Moliceiro ride on one of the typical boats that were used to transport salt. Your exploration will end with the tasting of the renowned Ovos Moles, a local delicacy.

DAY 6

Porto – Half-day Tour


Upon meeting your guide and driver, you will explore the historical center, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and pass by one of the trendiest and most cultural areas of the city called Boavista and Foz. This is where the Atlantic meets the Douro River providing the ideal location for upper-class residences. After exploring the aristocratic part of the city and the Avenida dos Aliados, famous for its banks and trendy shops, you will leave the car behind for a walk down the well-known Santa Catarina Street to get a feel for the city and its people. Some time at leisure can be given for a coffee or some shopping. You will then visit the Stock Exchange Palace with incredible granite work and magnificent neo-Arab influences. No visit to Porto is complete without a visit to one of the Port wine cellars located on the south bank of the river Douro. After the visit, you will have the chance to taste some of the wines and ports.

DAY 7

Porto – Douro Valley


After breakfast, you will meet your driver and begin your trip toward Douro Valley. The region is globally known for its long tradition of winemaking. It houses some of the finest vineyards in Portugal worth exploring!

DAY 8

Douro Valley – Quinta Visit and wine tasting


Today you will explore one of the best wine estates in the Douro which is one of the most highly rated wine tourism spots in Portugal. Visit the winery and enjoy a wine tasting in the facility and lunch. As you tour the winery you will learn about the precision of the vinification process and the complexity of each harvest.

DAY 9

Douro Valley - Obidos-Lisbon


On today’s transfer to Lisbon, you will have the opportunity for one last stop: The picturesque town of Obidos. Encircled by a ring of medieval walls and crowned by the Moorish castle rebuilt by D. Dinis, Óbidos is one of the most perfect examples of our medieval fortress. After exploring the town, you will continue your trip.

DAY 10

Departure


After meeting your driver, you will be transferred to the Airport for your departure flight.

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vacation packages with Travelive, luxury travel agency
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Conveniently situated in the Santa Maria Maior district of Lisbon, The Ivens Autograph Collection is set only a short walk from Commerce Square, Rossio, and Ribeira Market, while most of the important sites of the city are also within range. The property was once the home of the first luxury warehouse in the city back in the 19th century. The 87 rooms and suites are elegantly decorated, with large windows and comfortable beds, while the bathrooms are spacious with all modern amenities.

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Situated in the center of Lisbon, Pousada de Lisboa is in the heart of the chicest part of the city. The Small Luxury Hotel has been completely restored, transforming it into luxury urban accommodation that would satisfy the most demanding guest. Perfectly combining tradition and trend, Pousada de Lisboa offers elegant accommodations with rooms and suites that feature wooden flooring and fine materials. The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool with a private sunbathing deck, a completely equipped fitness center, and a spa where you can enjoy Magic Spa’s signature massages and treatments.

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Located in the heart of Lisbon and only a short walk away from the prestigious Avenida da Liberdade and Praca dos Restauradores, The One Palacio da Anunciada is a new 5* hotel with a long history. The building itself goes back all the way to 1533 and still maintains its majestic character. The hotel offers guests 83 elegant rooms and exquisite gardens, while the original noble rooms of the Palace have been turned into elegant dining areas. Guests can also enjoy Condes de Ericeira restaurant, and O Jardim Wine Bar, as well as the fully equipped Despacio Spa.

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Originally built as a palace during the 19th century, Olissippo Lapa Palace is a 5* hotel on top of a hill that overlooks the Tagus River. With lush gardens, a pool area, and an extensive range of Spa treatments the hotel is the perfect choice for guests who wish to relax after a long day of exploring. Individually decorated, the rooms are inspired by the property’s origins, combining classic furnishing with modern amenities. Some of the rooms come with hand-painted floor tiles and beautiful views of the river, the gardens, or the city.

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Housed in an 18th-century building that was designed by Miguel Cancio Martins, this 4* hotel still maintains its original blue façade and many more of the original architecture. Guests can still admire the ashlar and the wooden main door, as well as the Pombaline tiles in the interior of the hotel. The rooms and suites feature stylish furnishing and elegant details, perfectly combining classic and contemporary elements. The 42 rooms and suites come with spacious bathrooms that offer Molton Brown amenities.

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For centuries a private sanctuary that welcomed Kings and Emperors, the Quinta das Lágrimas Hotel is for travelers that appreciate the art of fine living and those that want to discover the love legend of Prince Pedro and the fair Ines de Castro. Guests can choose between three different atmospheres: the Palace, Garden, and Spa guestrooms. The Palace rooms offer direct access to the botanical garden, the Garden rooms overlook the famous stage for the love of Pedro and Ines, while the modernly designed Spa rooms offer beautiful views of Quinta’s woods and Coimbra.

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Centrally located and only a short distance from the train station, Hotel Mondego is a 4* hotel, a fully renovated hotel in the heart of the town, in the UNESCO protected area. The rooftop bar offers the guests incredible views of the University and the typical house rooftops of the Alta de cidade. All 29 rooms of the boutique hotel feature wooden or parquet floors, fine bed linens, and large bathrooms with all modern amenities.

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Destined to be your 5* home away from home, Le Monumental Palace is designed based on the elegant French art of living. Built in 1923 in a Neoclassical style, the hotel is located in the very heart of the city. Only a short walk away from the city’s most important sites and famous venues such as Clérigos, Bolhao market, and Dom Luís I Bridge, the hotel features white marble, black ironwork, and high ceilings with a luminosity that will take your breath away. At the hotel’s famous restaurants guests can enjoy dishes of French gastronomic excellence with three different locations placed under the high command of a French Michelin-starred chef.

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This iconic 5* hotel is one of the most prestigious hotels in Porto. Located in the heart of the city, Infante Sagres has been a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The hotel has been renovated in 2018 and the rooms and suites were refurbished to offer guests premium accommodation in this historic luxury hotel. The hotel has accommodated the city’s elite and a great number of international jet setters and celebrities over its six decades of operation and guests can choose from eight different room types with spectacular views.

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This 5* hotel is set in the heart of the centuries-old Port wine cellars, in Vila Nova de Gaia. The Lodge Hotel was highly inspired by the long tradition of winemaking in the region and was designed to combine the scenic environment of Douro with timeless elegance. It features a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a bar, and a beautiful terrace. The hotel has a modern design with warm colors that transmit a feeling of comfort. The rooms and suites are decorated with elegant and contemporary lines that blend with the warm tones of the decoration, inspired by the Douro terroirs.

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In a prominent location on Rua das Flores right next to Misericordia Church, the hotel is only a stone away from the main tourist attractions. With a long history of 500 years, the hotel’s architecture is a fusion of the Classic and Contemporary. The hotel is comprised of two different buildings, a 16th-century palace, and a completely new wing. With 66 rooms and suites, 11 of which are in the original building, the hotel provides spacious accommodation for its guests, with beautiful views and neutral décor. It also has a restaurant and a bar with access to Rua das Flores, as well as spa and gym facilities. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the 18th-century chapel that is part of the property.

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Conveniently located in the theatre district, right in the heart of the historical center of the city, this 4* hotel has been renovated at the beginning of 2021 and is ideal for those who wish to explore and experience the vibes of the city. Designed in a contemporary and natural style the 74 rooms are spacious and with minimal décor, using neutral tones and luxurious fabrics. The wooden floors create a comfortable feeling. The hotel shares an entrance with “Il Basilico” restaurant, which offers Italian food and has an indoor terrace.

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Located on a hilltop, Six Senses is in the Douro Valley, Portugal’s celebrated wine region. The striking terracotta-hued 19th-century manor is all about well-being: From river-view rooms to ancient trees in the grounds’ nature trails. This luxurious 5* resort offers its guests a variety of amenities, such as an outdoor infinity pool, and a state-of-the-art Spa facility. The 71 rooms and suites come with panoramic river views and floor-to-ceiling windows. Carefully decorated rooms have been designed to respect the natural surroundings. Guests can also enjoy the organic produce from the kitchen’s own gardens and taste the finest wines of the region at the Wine Library.

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Nestled in the beautiful landscapes of Castelo de Paiva, the Octant Hotel features a stunning infinity pool that overlooks the Douro River. The hotel offers 55 rooms and 6 suites, all offering panoramic views. Elegantly decorated, the rooms are modernly decorated, with the interior spaces beautifully combining the natural surroundings and light. The property also houses two unique restaurants, that offer local cuisine and an extensive wine list with local premium labels, as well as a Spa and gym.

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Located along the bank of the Douro River, this 5* hotel has stunning views over the valley. Surrounded by old vineyards and with magnificent views from the common areas and also the rooms, the hotel features elegant accommodation, with spacious and bright rooms equipped with all modern amenities. All rooms come with comfortable and modern furnishing, minimal design, and neutral colors, perfectly blending with the beautiful scenery. Douro Royal Valley features a restaurant, outdoor and indoor pools, a tennis court, and a Spa & Wellness center.

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The Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa boasts spectacular views and offers accommodations with a refined and cozy atmosphere. Surrounded by the ancient vineyards of the Douro region, classified as a World Heritage Site, the property enables its guests to form a close relationship with nature. The 60 contemporary rooms are stylishly designed and all feature river-facing balconies. The property offers 2 bars, including an elegant piano bar, a spa with a pool, and Hamman as well as a restaurant that serves refined regional cuisine.

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3 Nights Madrid Extension

The cosmopolitan city of Madrid radiates the essence of Spain. Discover the vibrant atmosphere of the Spanish capital while exploring its elegant squares, stately Habsburg architecture, leafy boulevards, and world-renowned museums in your Spanish holiday destination. It’s no wonder people keep coming back for more!

3 Nights Marrakech Extension

Recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Marrakesh is no longer the secret of the travel elite that it was fifteen years ago. With the design flair of Paris, the ethnic diversity of New York, the commercial heartbeat of Hong Kong, and a history to rival any city in Europe, Marrakech is above all a city of heart and soul–a city of sunlight on rough pink walls, of fragrant, richly-hued spices, and of rose petals floating in slowly trickling fountains.

Deborah and Gerald Sampson, IL  - Travelive Reviews

Deborah and Gerald Sampson, IL

Portugal was unexpectedly magical.

We absolutely loved it and are so happy we went for this destination when planning our 30th Anniversary. We are grateful to Travelive!

Deborah and Gerald Sampson, IL – 30th Anniversary: Lisbon, Madeira & Azores

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Alicia and George Evans, NY  - Travelive Reviews

Alicia and George Evans, NY

Our trip to Portugal was wonderful. The hotels were fabulous, in great locations, and boutique.

The guides were professional, charismatic, and knowledgeable. We mostly enjoyed Porto! Definitely planning on another trip! Thank you!

Alicia and George Evans, NY – Honeymooners: Porto, Lisbon, Algarve & Alentejo

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