Portugal by train

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Portugal by train

Portugal by train

The self-directed train tour was created for those who desire all the advantages of an accompanied tour without being in a group. Taking the train allows you to avoid the stress of driving while enjoying the beauty of the countryside. Everything is reserved in advance: your itinerary, hotels, train tickets, visits and transfers. This tour is ideal for independent tourists who prefer to travel alone with the benefit of reserved ground facilities.

This itinerary can be adjusted to your personnel needs and preferences.

Highlights

  • Independent tour
  • Centrally located hotels
  • 2 days in the Douro
  • Lisbon & Sintra
  • Obidos & Nazaré
  • Porto, Guimarães & Braga
  • Aveiro & Coimbra
  • Sun, beach & discovery in the Algarve
  • Madeira
  • Wine and food lovers’ paradise

Included

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Flights

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Transfers to/from the airports

Portugal

Trains

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Accommodation

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All breakfasts

tour guide

Several visits

Travel Information

Coded: POE1

Journey intensity

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Price

16 days

Departure from Montreal to Lisbon.

Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to get acquainted with the capital city of Portugal.

Overnight in Lisbon 

Half day guided tour starting with the Rossio, the central square of Lisbon, followed by Alfama, (the old town), a typical Lisbon district full of narrow streets leading up to the Sao Jorge cathedral. Continuing along the majestic Tagus River will bring you to the neighborhood of Belem to visit the impressive Jeronimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Manuelinian style architecture. Next you will visit the National Coach Museum which houses the largest collection in the world. Finally you will admire the two most emblematic sites of Lisbon, The Tower of Belem with its pride of place next to the Tagus River, and the Discoveries Monument, built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Lisbon 

Half day excursion of the sun-soaked coast and its beaches, starting with Estoril, known for its golf and casino, and arriving in Cascais, an ancient fishing village which is now a seaside resort 30 minutes from Lisbon. You will pass through Guincho with its beaches and sand dunes to arrive in Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in Europe, boasting a magnificent view of the sea and its cliffs (visit not available between November 1 and the end of February) before heading to Sintra, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful old towns of Portugal. You will visit the 14th century Pena Palace which houses one of the most remarkable collections of Mudejar tiles in the world.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Lisbon

A day full excursion starting with the charming medieval city of Obidos with its white houses covered in colorful honeysuckle. Next you will visit the church of Alcobaca, famous for the purity of its architecture, where you will find the tombs of Dom Pedro and Ines de Castro. On to the little town of Nazare named after a 4th century monk who brought the statue of the Virgin here from Nazareth. After this, arrive in the town of Batalha with its superb Gothic monastery dating from the 14th century and displaying the elegant blend of gothic and manuelian styles, resplendent of the era. The day ends with Fatima, home to the Sanctuary of Fatima, a Catholic pilgrimage site where the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary took place in 1917.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
Overnight in Lisbon

Train to the Douro region, paradise of Porto wines. Rest of the day free to relax and discover the area.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in the Douro wine region

A free day to explore Regua, a picturesque town nestled between the fertile hills of the area and typical of those in this pleasant corner of Portugal. 

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in the Douro wine region

Train from the Douro region to Porto, a pleasant ride offering beautiful scenery.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Porto

Half day tour of Porto starting in the charming old city which captivates visitors with its colored houses. The Bairro da Sé, a medieval quarter, is a must see and a wine tasting in one of the many Porto cellars situated in Vila Nova de Gaia on the riverside facing the city.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Porto

Another day full of excursions in the region of Minho, the greenest part of the country, full of mountains, valleys and rivers. Start in medieval Guimares, another Unesco World Heritage site and birth place of Portugal. You will never forget its walls full of emblems and coats of arms, its many shaded arcades and the 10th century Guimares Castle on the hilltop. Later visit the impressive Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, built at the top of a monumental baroque stairway. Finally arrive at the city of Braga, known for its religious heritage which enhances its magnificent architecture exemplified by its cathedral.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Porto 

Departure toward Aveiro, nicknamed the “Venice” of Portugal for its many canals and boats. You will have a chance to walk on the beach of Costa Nova where you can admire the multi-colored houses overlooking the sea. Continue to Coimbra, Portugal’s medieval former capital and home to the most famous university in the country. Perched on a hill, the University of Coimbra was the former 16th century palace of King John the third, an avid patron of the arts. Free time to explore this charming city and to visit the Convent of Santa Clara (optional).

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Porto

Option 1 – Algarve:

Transfer to Porto Airport for flight to Faro in Algarve. Transfer to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in the Algarve

Free time in the enchanting Algarve, known for the beauty of its beaches and unusual rock formations. Use this time to relax or discover Algarve’s colorful towns and fishing villages.

Meal: Breakfasts
Overnight in the Algarve 

Train to Lisbon, transfer to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in the Algarve

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Montreal.

Meal: Breakfast

Option 2 – Madeira Island:

Transfer to Porto Airport for your flight to Madeira, arrival and transfer to your hotel. Situated off the coast of Morocco, the island of Madeira boasts a spring-like climate all year. Madeira is a feast for the eyes with its flowers, its cliffs and its charming little villages. A delightful and picturesque end to your visit to Portugal. 

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Madeira

Free days to enjoy the beauty of Madeira.

Meal: Breakfasts
Overnight in Madeira

Transfer to Lisbon Airport for your return flight to Montreal.

Meal: Breakfasts

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DATES

Daily departures

INCLUSIONS

This trip includes:

  • Return flights from Montreal to Lisbon
  • Internal flights Porto/Faro (option 1) or Porto/Madeira/Lisbon (option2)
  • Trains Lisbon/Douro/Porto in economy class
  • Transfers to/from the airports
  • 14 nights accommodation in the selected hotel category
  • 14 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • 4 (multilingual) half day visits:  Lisbon and its old center Alfama; Sintra and its palace; Porto and its colorful historic center; Aveiro, Coimbra and its university
  • 2 (multilingual) full day visits: Obidos/Alcobaca/Nazaré/Batalha/Fatima; Guimaraes/Braga
  • Airport taxes

This trip does not include:

  • Items of personal nature such as mini-bar, safety-box, wi-fi etc.
  • Baggage handling at airports/hotels
  • Tips for guides, drivers, waiters etc
  • Portugal Tourist tax
  • All types of travel or personal insurance
  • PCR tests
  • Anything not stated explicitly in the inclusions
  • Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents: 3.50$ per 1000$

Featured Hotels

Package in standard hotels (or similar)

Lisbonne Don Carlos Liberty 3*
Douro Quinta do Vallado 4*
Porto Grande Hotel do Porto 3*
Algarve Santa Catarina 3*
Madère Orquidea 3*

Package in superior hotels (or similar)

Lisbonne Mundial 4*
Douro Quinta do Vallado 4*
Porto Eurostars das Artes 4
Algarve Pestana Dom João II 4*
Madère Suite Hotel Eden Mar

Remarks

For more flexibility, this tour can be modified to include longer stays in certain cities, first class train tickets or added private guided visits.

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