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Join us on this fascinating tour which takes you from the cobbled streets of Lisbon to the verdant Douro valley, admiring thundering waterfalls and charming medieval villages. Undoubtedly the biggest highlight of this tour is staying in the beautiful Pousadas, buildings of historic significance lovingly restored to luxurious hotels and for you to enjoy.
Depart London on your direct flight to Lisbon where you will be transferred to your Pousada uniquely located in the guardhouse of the baroque Queluz Palace.
Following breakfast, you will enjoy a tour of Lisbon, Portugal's capital and Europe's second oldest city. Admire the impressive Abril Bridge, a suspension bridge connecting Lisbon to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tagus River and one of Lisbon's most notable landmarks. Continue to the UNESCO listed Belem Tower, arguably one of Lisbon's most iconic symbols, the tower was built as a defensive fortress on the orders of King Manuel 1. The intricately carved stone of maritime motifs honours the navigators who departed from the waterfront to chart unknown lands some 500 years ago. Your tour concludes at the S. Jorge Castle, a Moorish castle which stands majestically on a hilltop above Lisbon. Climb the towers and meander along the ramparts for the most breathtaking views of the city or simply enjoy this oasis of calm and relax in the gardens with a chilled glass of wine.
Today is at leisure in Queluz, wander around the National Palace admiring its historical gardens which are one of the most remarkable examples of the harmonious link between landscape and palatial architecture in Portugal. Alternatively, you can embark on the optional excursion to Arrabida National Park, a glorious protected area covered with pines offering stunning landscapes, golden beaches and chalk cliffs. Perched on the hills is a dazzling 16th-century Franciscan monastery surrounded by five hilltop monasteries once used for solitary meditation.
Following breakfast this morning you begin your journey towards Crato. Stopping en route at the beautiful city of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will enjoy a guided city tour. Check in at your Pousada and the rest of your day is at leisure to unwind. Originally a 14th-century convent, Pousada do Crato has operated as a castle, a Palace, and is now a modern luxury hotel.
Today's tour takes you to Cratos surrounding areas. Delight in the medieval charm of Castelo de Vide, walk the cobbled streets and admire the whitewashed houses whilst enjoying the tranquillity of the Jewish Quarter where time seems to have stood still. Continue to the 14th-century castle which affords incredible views of the town and neighbouring landscapes. Later today you will visit Marvao, a dramatic medieval hilltop walled village housing one of the best-preserved castles in Portugal dating back to the 13th century. The views from the castle are truly breath-taking incorporating the wild rocky landscape towards Spain and the Serra da Estrela mountains in Portugal
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before travelling through Portugal towards Viseu. On arrival in Viseu, check into your Pousada and relax for the rest of the day.
Today enjoy a full day excursion to explore charming Viseu. Start your day by admiring the famous 17th-century Cathedral built around a Romanic construction. A majestic facade delimitated by two tall bell towers welcomes you once you reach the churchyard. Continue to the old town of Viseu, meander through the traditional small streets, paved with granite flagstones, view the traditional classic houses, decorated with shields bearing coats of arms and admire the 3rd century Roman Wall of Viseu.
Following breakfast, you will travel north to Amares, stopping in beautiful Porto before you reach your destination - a true highlight of the tour. Here, explore the city sights on a guided tour before visiting a port wine house for a tour and tasting of the region's famed drink. Check in at your Pousada which is nestled between the historic city of Braga and the Peneda Geres National Park. Spend the remainder of your day enjoying the serenity of this mountainside retreat.
Today is at leisure or alternatively enjoy an optional excursion on a picturesque river cruise towards Porto along the Douro River one of Europe's most scenic rivers.
Explore the beauty of the Geres National Park, Portugal's only national park. A vast area which hugs the border between Portugal and Spain. Throughout your day you can admire thundering waterfalls, towering cliffs, deep ravines, traditional villages and castle remains.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:
|Age in Years||Up to 64||65 - 74||75 - 85|
|Up to 10 days cover||£21||£42||£62|
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Your TAP Air Portugal flight will depart from London Gatwick South Terminal. Baggage allowance is 23 kg. of hold baggage.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of passengers on your tour will be 15 and the maximum number of passengers will be 35. If in the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum passenger numbers, then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. English speaking guide for Arrival & Departure Transfers Excursion on the 2nd day, 5th day and 10th day
The currency in Portugal is the Euro. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Approximately (£300-£400) per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion; However we would recommend approximately (2-3 euros) per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged. As normal practice you may be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay. If you do not have a credit card, you may be asked for a cash deposit. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|24 May 2018||03 Jun 2018||£1089pp|
|07 Jun 2018||17 Jun 2018||£1129pp|
|14 Jun 2018||24 Jun 2018||£1229pp|
|06 Sep 2018||16 Sep 2018||£1189pp|
|13 Sep 2018||23 Sep 2018||£1189pp|
|11 Oct 2018||21 Oct 2018||£1119pp|
|25 Oct 2018||04 Nov 2018||£1069pp|
|08 Nov 2018||18 Nov 2018||£969pp|
The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.
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