Portugal is a small country in size, but it is filled with with a countless variety of diverse and interesting features, making it an exceptional destination for private exploration. Cities with ancient and contemporary attractions, colorful medieval villages, charming seaside towns; ancient castles, romantic palaces, and a rich architectural and archaeological heritage are all at ones fingertips. Spend as little or as much time as you like; you won’t run out of options. Here’s an independent itinerary created by Jenny Craig recently.
Arrival transfer - Airport to hotel
3 nights Lisbon Hotel Mundial 4* (or similar)
Guided tour of Lisbon with hotel pick-up and drop-off
Half Day Visiting Lisbon
Tour to discover Lisbon and its must-see monuments such as: Belem neighborhood, where we can find Belem tower and the Discovery Monument. Visiting Jeronimo's Monastery. Following the river bank towards the Commerce Square and Alfama neighborhood (Moorish legacy). Then we go to Pombalina downtown area towards Rossio Square, Liberty Avenue and Marques of Pombal roundabout etc. Balance of the day is free to explore this wonderful city on your own.
Guided tour to Sintra with hotel pick-up and drop-off
Full Day Visiting Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
This is one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal. Heading towards Sintra, we will have time to enjoy this magnificent medieval village with its 14th century Royal Palace and its quaint atmosphere and souvenirs shops. Then we continue to Cabo da Roca (western most point of continental Europe) towards the famous Guincho beach (windsurfing and surfing paradise). Following the coastal road to Cascais, an upscale beach resort with a beautiful panorama bay. Then, a stop at Estoril, famous for its casino and trendy atmosphere. Then we return to Lisbon.
Transfer from hotel to train station in Lisbon
Train tickets to Coimbra (1st class)
Stay one night at Hotel Vitoria 2* (or similar)
Day 5 - Day 13
Train tickets to Oporto (1st class)
Enjoy the next 10 days in and around Oporto. Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. São Francisco Church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palácio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors. Lots to see and do in this area.
Day 14 - Day 16
Train to Lisbon (1* Class). Pick up rental car.
3 nights Carvi Beach Hotel 3* (or similar) in Lagos (Rooms with Ocean Side View)
Enjoy free time to explore Lisbon on your own.
Return to Lisbon and drop-off car rental (Airport drop-off)
1 night Tryp Lisbon Airport Hotel 4*(or similar) (free airport shuttle service)
Return to Canada
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