Trip reference number: 103792
Trip Operator: Wexas Travel
Combine Portugal's two greatest cities, Porto and Lisbon, with five days relaxing by the beaches of the Algarve. You'll begin with the luxurious Yeatman Hotel and a tour of the city and its famous port cellars. Then, take the train to Portugal's capital, Lisbon, for a stay at the Olissippo Lapa Palace, the perfect base for exploring Portugal's capital – a gift to foodies, shoppers, history buffs and art lovers alike. Then, collect your hire car for the scenic drive down the coast to the Epic Sana Resort in the sun-kissed Algarve.
Day 1: UK/Porto
Enjoy included airport lounge access before your flight to Porto and included transfer to your hotel - found within historic Vila Nova de Gaia, a district that lines the south side of the Douro River. It’s here that port houses have aged their valuable wine for over three centuries. Rooms combine contemporary furnishings with pieces borrowed from various museums around the city. Facilities include indoor and outdoor infinity pools. UNESCO-listed Porto has a rich and varied history, seen in everything from its Romanesque cathedral to its neoclassical Stock Exchange.
Day 2: Porto
Everybody says it is the most beautiful lady of Portugal and since 1996 Porto has enjoyed UNESCO World Heritage status. Spend today exploring one of the most ancient cities of Europe, packed full of historic and cultural highlights.
Take a tour through the Barrio da Se', the heart of historic Porto before finishing at one of the famous Port wine cellars in the heart of Vila Nova de Gaia or take an option of a serene Rabelo boat trip crossing the city by boat and be amazed with magnificent views of bough banks of the Douro river and its beautiful 6 bridges, the perfect end to your Porto experience.
Days 3-4: Lisbon
Make your way to the railway station in time for your train to Lisbon, a city considered by many as one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Enjoy a city tour today: first you will be driven across the 25th April Bridge to Belem, the historical section of Lisbon, where you'll admire Torre de Belem, ex-libris of Lisbon and jewel of manueline art. You will then head to the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, a modern monument dedicated to Portuguese maritime history. From here you'll visit of the church at the Monasteiro dos Jeronimos before continuing to the Coach Museum, which is home to one of the most impressive coach collections in Europe. Continue along the river and arrive at Alfama, an old traditional district where you will have the opportunity to walk its narrow streets and visit a handicraft shop where you'll enjoy a taste of Porto wine. You'll then continue to Praca do Comercio, the biggest and most beautiful square in Lisbon before finally finishing your tour at the Avenida da liberdade and Marques de Pombal.
Days 5-8: Algarve
Pick up a rental car and drive to the Algarve* where you'll spend the next four days. Soak up the sun, sea and sand of one of Europe's most beautiful beach destinations as you enjoy the first class facilities of the superb Epic Sana Resort, one of the region's leading resorts. Enjoy everything from indulgent spa treatments to fine dining and restful days next to its sprawling pools.
*It is also possible to arrange private transfers or train between Lisbon and the Algarve
Day 9: Depart for UK
Drive to Faro airport, return your rental car and fly home.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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