Arrival in Lisbon, transfer to hotel in Lisbon. Following lunch (at your own discretion or from one of our suggestions), a 4-hour Bohemian tour of Lisbon by foot accompanied by an official English-speaking guide. Our guide will take you through the historic districts of Principe Real and Bairo Alto, the bohemian Chiado district, and the ancient Arab quarter of Alfama. You will be inspired with the spirit of one of the most distinctive cities in Europe, in which you can travel not only in space but also in time. The narrow streets of the Alfama quarter around the Cathedral will immerse you in a Middle Aged atmosphere. Travel back in time to the 18th century when arriving at the “lower city”, the Baixa and the aristocratic Chiado district with its bookstores and the famous “A Brasileira” café (the first ever in Portugal and still in business today) will take you to the 19th or early 20th centuries.
09:00 – Departure from Lisbon. Travel along the longest river of the Iberian Peninsula, the Tagus River, to the famous “25 de Abril” suspension bridge (one of the twenty longest suspension bridges in the world) which connects northern Lisbon with its suburban areas and through the Serra de Arrábia until you arrive at Quinta da Bacalhoa (https://www.bacalhoa.pt/) for wine tasting and lunch.
14:00 – Departure from Quinta da Bacalhoa to Herdade do Mouchão (http://mouchao.pt/?lang=en ) for a tasting of 5 locally produced wines and regional products.
17:30 – Departure from Herdade do Mouchão
18:00 – Arrival at the Torre de Palma Wine hotel (https://www.torredepalma.com/en/). Check-in.
19:00 – Dinner at the Torre de Palma Wine hotel
09:00 – Breakfast at the Torre de Palma Wine hotel (https://www.torredepalma.com/en/).
10:00 – Vertical Wine tasting of 4 locally produced wines (white or red) + regional products
11:30 – Departure from Torre de Palma Wine hotel to Coimbra
14:00 – Arrival in Coimbra + Lunch at local Restaurant
15:30 – Walking tour of Coimbra, where you will discover the old capital of Portugal and it´s rich history. Walk through the cobblestone streets and visit the remarkable University of Coimbra and its historic library, Cathedrals and Monasteries.
18:00 – Check-in at Quinta das Lágrimas
19:30 – Dinner at Arcadas Restaurant at Quinta das Lágrimas
09:00 – Departure from Coimbra
11:00 – Arrival in Porto
11:30 – Wine tasting at Ferreiras Caves https://winetourism.sogrape.com/en/visit/ferreira-cellars or Calems https://calem.pt/en/
13:00 – Wine tasting and lunch at Graham´s https://www.grahams-port.com/
18:00 – Check-in and drop off at hotel in Porto
19:30 – Dinner at local restaurant
08:30 – Half Day Porto Tour - Oporto is a romantic city, but also the toughest in the north. This cobblestone city is characterized by a mix of architectural styles and has attracted the attention of thousands and thousands of curious tourists. In Oporto each obblestone is a story keeper, in which each page is a mystery. In Oporto´s historic district we will visit attractions such as the Se Cathedral (XII century) with its massive altar of chased silver, and the Bishop's Palace (Palácio do Bispo) with its 60-foot high facade - a masterpiece of the Portuguese Baroque architecture of the XVIII century. Charming old streets will lead us to the popular, Ribeiro promenade. It was here, in the past where the first caravels left these shores in route to discover the new world. Cross the D. Luis I bridge (ponte de D. Luís I), project of the famous Eiffel, to the other side of the Douro river (Rio Douro) where the famous cellar of stored and aged port are located. We will visit one of these cellars and, of course, taste some port - the masterpiece of Portuguese winemaking.Following the wine tasting, head to the Prince Henry the Navigator Square (Praça do Infante D. Henriques). Here you encounter the pompous Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa) comfortably settled, a monument in honor of Prince Henry the Navigator and the Church of St. Francis (Igreja de São Francisco) - the only religious building in the city, built in Gothic style and one of the most beautiful of the Iberian Peninsula. The next stop our route – São Bento Train Station (estação ferroviária de São Bento), famous for its magnificent tile (azulejo) panels depicting scenes of the history of Portugal. Walk towards the Liberty Square (Praça da Liberdade). In the middle of the square is a monument dedicated to King Peter IV (a monarch closely linked to Oporto). Stop at
the magnificent Church of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos) with its famous 76-meter bell tower, the Clerics Tower (Torre dos Clérigos) - a symbol of the city of Oporto. Nearby is one of the most beautiful bookstores of the world - "Lello and brother." The visit is worth the while. Facing the University building take a minute and admire the enchanting Four Lions fountain and and the charming churches in the surroundings such as the Carmo Church (Igreja do Carmo) and its spectacular facade covered with stunning tile (azulejo) panel. Departure for Quinta da Aveleda
13:30 – Wine tasting and lunch at Quinta Aveleda https://www.aveleda.com/pt/enoturismo/quinta#
15:30 – Departure to Quinta do Vallado
16:30 – Arrival at Qunita do Vallado
17:00 – Wine tasting at Quinta do Vallado https://www.quintadovallado.com/en/
18:30 – Departure from Quinta do Vallado
19:00 – Dinner at local restaurant
21:00 – Departure from restaurant
23:00 – Estimated arrival at Porto Hotel
Day 609:00 – Departure from Porto to Guimarães. Northern Portugal is by right regarded as the cradle of the country. Guimaraes is the birthplace of the independent kingdom of Portugal at the time it separated from Castile in the XII century. The magnificent fortress of the XI century – The Castle of Guimaraes (Castelo de Guimarães) is one of the greatest and most beautiful monuments of the country. The castle´s observation tower offers wonderful views of the city and the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança (Palácio dos Duques de Bragança).
Braga - a city with more than 2,500 years of history - in the distant past, it was once the capital of the Roman province of Galicia. Braga is a city that has maintained a great belief in the Christian faith throughout its history, and has retained its religious significance to this day. This city is proud of its architectural monuments: the Cathedral, the famous Pelicano Fountain (Fonte do Pelicano) in the center of the Municipal Square, and many old churches attract the attention and admiration of visitors.
The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga was the site of holy pilgrimage of Catholics, before the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Today is a great place to relax. The church is located at the top of a hill and has a magnificent 254 step staircase. There is a special atmosphere here. The mountain is accessible by foot or by lift. Following Braga, we proceed to an enchanting and distinctive city, Viana do Castelo is a city immersed in history, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Lunch suggestion at the Pousada Viana do Castelo https://www.pousadas.pt/en/hotel/pousada-viana/dining . After lunch we will head off to the Solar de Merufe https://solardemerufe.pt/vinhos/ for an afternoon of wine tasting. Return to Porto Hotel.
Day 7Transfer from Porto Hotel to Porto Airport or
Transfer from Porto Hotel to Lisbon Airport or
You can opt to continue the tour and instead of overnighting in Porto, overnight in Viana do Castelo (Pousada Viana do Castelo)
09:00 Departure from Porto or Viana do Castelo to Vigo
11:00 Estimated Arrival in Vig o
12:00 Check-in at Hotel in Vigo (Suggestion: AC Hotel Palacio Universal 4*)
13:00 Lunch at local restaurant, Vigo is known for its seafood and wine.
15:00 Walking tour of Vigo
The tour begins with a short walk through ancient Vigo: a one mile route across the streets of the Old Town, where you'll discover that the heart of Vigo hides its history carved in numerous stone buildings. This route through ancient Vigo’s architecture will help you experience the city’s history on foot.
Walk up to the Praza da Princesa square and the Porta do Sol, from the top of Paseo de Alfonso XII Avenue and to your right, you’ll see O Berbés square. Continue walking and we´ll reach the lower part of the area, where there’s a square of arcades; this was once a beach where fishermen secured their boats and you can still see the city’s oldest seafaring buildings.
From this lower part of the city, you can walk up calle Real street, with its stately houses, such as Bárcena, Pazos and Figueroa and, most importantly, Casa de Arines or Ceta, dated from the 15th century and the oldest and most emblematic in Vigo’s Old Town; it’s currently the headquarters of the Camões Institute of the Portuguese language.
Before reaching the end of calle real, close by is the Cesteiros street and its many artisan shops. Once in Praza da Constitución, you’ll find the old town hall, and the Colegiata, the city’s most important church.
Take some time for shopping at the local shops.
19:00 Return to hotel
20:00 Dinner at local restaurant.
10:00 Departure from hotel to the bay of Vigo.
11:00 Departure from the bay of Vigo by ferry. This excursion will take you out of the city, crossing the bay of Vigo on board a local ferry to the small fishing village of Cangas. During the 20 minute voyage, take in and learn more information about the landscape and the history of the region and how fishermen catch all those delicious fish and seafood!
11:20 Arrival at the port of Cangas, transfer to the starting point of our walk along a four-kilometre seaside trail. Enjoy the landscape of beautiful golden sand coves, which dot the beautiful line of coastal escarpments. From the trail, also view the Cíes Islands Terrestrial Maritime National Park.
Upon returning to the city, see the charming fishing boats and stop at a local tavern to enjoy delicious tapas and wines from Galicia. Taste four varieties of tapas: Pulpo (octopus), Tetilla cheese, Croquetas and peppers, all of which of course, paired with local wines, such as the famous white Albariño and Godello and the red Mencia. They are young wines, but full of personality and taste. Feel free to learn more about the different wines of the Galicia region. 16:30 Return to the port of Cangas.
17:30 Ferry departure to Vigo get on board the boat and return to the city to enjoy more of Vigo
17:50 Arrival in Vigo
18:00 Transfer to Hotel
19:30 Dinner at local restaurant
Day 1009:00 Departure from Vigo do Castelo to Santiago de Compostela
10:00 Arrival at Adegas Gran Vinum for wine tasting http://www.adegasgranvinum.com/EN/#
12:00 Departure from Winery to Santiago de Compostela
13:00 Estimated arrival in Santiago de Compostela check-in at hotel and lunch at local restaurant
14:30 Walking tour of Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela - the third holy city of the Catholic world (after Rome and Jerusalem).
In the city´s Cathedral, according to legend, are buried the remains of the Apostle James found in the IX. Since then, in the early middle Ages Santiago de Compostela was the center of pilgri mage for Christians who came here on foot from all over Europe. This journey, which still exists today is called “The Way of Saint James” and thanks to which the city received the name" Christian Mecca. "
Santiago da Compostela´s old part of town, as well as "The Way of Saint James' are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The tour runs through the old part of town. Its main visit is to the Cathedral - a religious shrine of the Catholic world. In addition, tourists will see a number of monumental buildings, unique medieval streets and squares, as well as ancient buildings of the University, which recently celebrated its 500th anniversary.
Walking tour of the city, lasts approximately 4 hours (extra 1:00 gives free time to visit the souvenir shops and independent walks around the city).
Souvenirs and handicrafts: various images of religious shrines and other items related to "The Way of St James'; silverware, including agate (black amber), almond cake," Torta de Santiago "
18:30 Estimated return to hotel
20:00 Dinner at local restaurant
09:00 Transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Porto Airport.