Majestic Vistas of Portugal, an hybrid independent vacation featuring the most beautiful sites of Portugal paired with local traditions, wine and gourmet highlights.
In 2018 due to our valued clients’ requests for alternative itineraries, Donna Franca is offering the 9 Days – 8 Nights Majestic Vistas of Portugal, an hybrid independent vacation featuring the most beautiful sites of Portugal paired with local traditions, wine and gourmet highlights. Pick up your date of departure between April and October and let us tailor for you a dream vacation in Portugal. The most ambitious clients travelling to Italy with us in 2018 will be able to extend their vacation to Portugal.
- Buffet Breakfast Daily
- 3 lunches (1 in Ribeira, 1 in Peso da Régua, 1 in Coimbra)
- 3 dinners (2 in Peso da Régua and 1 with Festive Fado show in Porto)
- Car, minivan or minibus with air-conditioning and English-speaking tourist driver
- Visit to two wine cellars with wine tasting
- Entrance fees to the following monuments:
- Palácio da Bolsa, Porto
- Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto
- Monastery of Jerónimos, Lisbon
- National Pena Palace, Sintra
- Chapel of Bones, Évora
Private guide service for all tours and in each city are available at additional cost. Please inquiry within.
Day 1 – PORTO
Arrival at Porto airport and private transfer to the hotel. Check- in. Rest of the day free. Overnight in Porto.
DAY 2 - PORTO
Buffet Breakfast/Lunch/Wine Tasting
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for a full day tour in Porto. São Bento Station, with its atrium lined with tiles, is an ideal starting point. Just ahead is the Cathedral, whose precinct offers the first view of the river, the cascading houses and the opposite bank. From there you descend by steps and mediaeval streets to Ribeira, with its café terraces and picturesque corners. It's worth staying a little to get a flavor of the atmosphere. Once you’ve seen the outline of the cascading houses and church towers, you will visit the Palácio da Bolsa (former Stock Exchange palace). Lunch in Ribeira. In the afternoon, we will visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, followed by a visit to a Port wine cellar. Overnight in Porto.
DAY 3 - PORTO / DOURO VALLEY / PESO DA RÉGUA
Buffet Breakfast/Wine Tasting with Lunch/Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. We set to the phenomenal Douro Region, the first demarcated wine region of the World (1756) and where the famous Port Wine is produced. We will learn more about the production of the wines, while enjoying the beautiful landscape, World Heritage by UNESCO since 2001. The tour through the Douro Valley is ideal for getting to know the culture of wine in the region of the Douro Valley, the culture of the people and the great natural beauty of the River and the Valley of the Douro River, without doubt one of the most beautiful in Europe. Lunch in a local vineyard, with visit and wine tasting. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Peso da Régua.
DAY 4 - DOURO VALLEY/PESO DA RÉGUA
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Peso da Régua.
DAY 5 - PESO DA RÉGUA / SANGALHOS / BUÇACO / COIMBRA
Buffet Breakfast/Wine Tasting with Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. We head to the Bairrada Region, with abundant rainfall and mild temperatures that helps to produce grapes with high acidity and low alcohol content, ideal for making sparkling wines. Visit to a wine cellar and wine tasting with Lunch. We proceed to the large and majestic forest of Serra do Buçaco, a genuine botanical garden with 700 species, protected by a Papal Bull issued in the 17th century. Departure to Coimbra. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Coimbra.
DAY 6 - COIMBRA / ÓBIDOS / LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Coimbra, the city of students, so called to host one of the first universities in Europe and the most important of the country. Stroll in the oldest part of Coimbra, made of narrow streets that lead to the top of the hill. Departure to the charming village of Óbidos. Travel back in time in this walled medieval town and admire its Gothic churches and the narrow winding streets in stone. Proceed to Lisbon. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon.
DAY 7 - LISBON / SINTRA / LISBON
Buffet Breakfast/ Dinner with Fado Show Entertainment
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel towards Sintra, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage village. Discover the charms and history of Sintra, starting with the visit to the romantic National Pena Palace, the town’s ex-libris. Enjoy exploring the historic center and taste the local sweet delicacies: travesseiros and queijadas. Free time to lunch. We set off to the district of Belém, where were built the monuments alluding to the time of the Maritime Discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries. We will make our first stop at the Belém Tower (classified as World Heritage by UNESCO), the 15th century fortress and starting point of caravels and sailors who gave new worlds to the world, and then visit the Monastery of Jerónimos (classified as World Heritage by UNESCO), a masterpiece of Manueline architecture. From the Monumental Lisbon we pass onto the Old Lisbon, strolling through the old and traditional district of Alfama. In the evening, dinner at a traditional restaurant while enjoying a Fado show. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon.
DAY 8 - LISBON / ÉVORA / LISBON
Buffet Breakfast/ Wine Tasting in Private Estate Cellars
Breakfast at the hotel. We set to Évora, standing in the middle of the beautiful plains of the Alentejo. This walled city was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. We will visit the Roman Temple, dating back to the 3rd century A.D. and recovered in the 19th century and the strange Chapel of Bones with its pillars and walls covered by bones, from the 17th century. Free time to lunch. Visit to a wine cellar and wine tasting. Return to Lisbon.
Overnight in Lisbon.
DAY 9 - LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Private transfer from the hotel to Lisbon Airport.
Accommodation, Departure Dates and Prices
FIRST CLASS PACKAGE
2 nights in Porto at Hotel Vila Galé Porto 4* (or similar)
2 nights in Peso da Régua at Hotel Régua Douro 4* (or similar)
1 night in Coimbra at Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra 4* (or similar)
3 nights in Lisbon at Hotel Mundial 4* (or similar)
PRICING PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID FOR TRAVEL November 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018
PARTY SIZE FIRST CLASS PACKAGE
2/3 Participants $2,549.00
4/6 Participants $1,899.00
7/8 Participants $1,649.00
9/15 Participants $1,499.00
Single Supplement $599.00 per person
VALID FOR TRAVEL April 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018
PARTY SIZE FIRST CLASS PACKAGE
2/3 Participants $2,599.00
4/6 Participants $1,949.00
7/8 Participants $1599.00
9/15 Participants $1,549.00
Single Supplement $599.00 per person
Rates and availabilities are subject to change according to Holiday departure date. Please inquiry within.
For the following dates our Apr.-Oct. rates will apply:
- March 29th to April 1st, 2018
- May 10th to 13th, 2018 (if overnighting in Lisbon)
Transfers include the transportation of 01 luggage per person. Most monuments are closed on Mondays and on national holidays. The private car driver is not allowed to do any guide service inside the monuments.