6 June 2019 • 23 Days Timeless Portugal & Madeira • Small Group Luxury Touring

  • Pricing

    $13,795 per person twin share


    $15,790 single person 

    Land only and business class flights available, pricing on request

    Inclusions

    • THAI Airways economy class return fights ex Australia. Airport check-in assistance (Brisbane). Airport departure taxes
    • Convenient 1 night Bangkok airport hotel stopover incl. buffet breakfast and transfers en route to Europe, meet and greet and assistance during outbound fights
    • Airport transfers and airline check-in assistance in Europe
    • Economy class return fights from Lisbon to Madeira
    • Economy class return fights in Europe and 1 night London airport hotel including buffet breakfast at the end of the tour (if flying THAI)
    • 19 nights in charming heritage accommodation (Pousadas) including daily buffet breakfast, 3 course dinner with wine, mineral water, coffee/tea based on typical traditional regional cuisine.
    • Luxury coach travel in Europe, entry fees covering sightseeing and entertainment, hotel service
    charges, city taxes, most tipping, baggage handling (1 bag pp)
    • Services of a full-time professional tour director and local city guides

  • Itinerary 

    DAY 1 – DEPARTURE AUSTRALIA: Airport Stopover (1 night)
    Meet your tour representatives for assistance with your airline check-in (for Brisbane passengers). En route to Europe, interstate passengers will meet up at our stopover hotel. Sit back and relax and enjoy a good fight followed by transfer to your airport hotel. You will enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast included and the next day you will have access to your room until check-out in the early evening. The time in between outbound fights is at your leisure. There is time to explore the local surrounds on a guided tour, do some shopping, visit the day spa at the hotel or simply relax with a book around the pool. You will be offered assistance and advice during your stopover. (B/Airline in-flight service)

    DAY 2 – ARRIVAL LISBON – EVORA: Alentejo Region (3 nights)
    In Lisbon, our modern coach and tour director will be awaiting you at the airport for transfer to your hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to settle in, relax or explore the local area. Our hotel in Evora is situated in the centre of the historic town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beautiful Pousada, originally a 15th century convent, has been carefully restored, retaining the wonderful ornately painted walls and ceilings sumptuously decorated with rich velvet upholstery and gilt mirrors. The hotel itself is considered one of Evora’s most impressive historic buildings. At night a welcome dinner is planned at the hotel’s charming restaurant offering typical regional cuisine and wine. Bem Vindo or welcome as we say in Portugal! (D)

    DAY 3 – EVORAiStock-478897762_web resized.jpg
    Enjoy a sleep-in and a relaxing breakfast as the morning is at your leisure. Nicknamed ‘Land of bread’, the Alentejo is the largest and fattest of the Portuguese regions. It has a distinctive character and beauty with vast plains dotted with cork and olive trees. This area is also rich in handicrafts, rustic pottery with native colourful designs, rugs and tapestries. After lunch and now settled in, we start with a walking tour of Evora with its long and rich history, taking in the
    fortress-like Cathedral, Roman temple, St. Francis Church and the Chapel of Bones. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 4 – MONSARAZ – HERDADE DO ESPORAO
    Today we visit the charming village of Monsaraz, visible from miles around, arguably one of the most attractive fortified hilltop villages in Portugal and explore the best on offer. We continue with a visit and wine-tasting to a local vineyard in Herdade do Esporao. With its many sun hours, this part of Portugal produces typical full-bodied red wines and the name Borba comes to mind. At night dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 5 – VILA VICOSA – ESTREMOZ – ELVAS: Alentejo Region (3 nights)
    After hotel check-out we venture north and break the journey in Vila Vicosa to visit the Royal Palace with its impressive facade followed by free time. Upon arrival in Estremoz, an elegant town of startling whiteness, thanks largely to its extensive use of high-grade marble, we visit the nearby quarries. The town is also famous for its pottery, markets, preserved plums and goats cheese. After free time for lunch, we continue our day with a visit to Elvas, a fortifed frontier
    town close to the Spanish border, boasting the most sophisticated 17th century military architecture in Europe with well-preserved moats, bastions and gates. Our hotel is located on the northern edge of the sunny Alentejo region and is an architectural masterpiece. Previously a palace, convent and castle, the Pousada was the home of the Hospitalliers of the Order of Malta and their distinctive motif is featured throughout. Dinner tonight at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 6 – MARVAO – CASTELO DE VIDE76973816_l_Porto_web resized_left.jpeg
    Relax and enjoy as we drive through the Sao Mamede mountain ranges to Marvao, a seemingly picture perfect hilltop village offering immaculate little houses with Manueline windows, Renaissance doorways and cobbled streets. Around lunchtime we visit Castelo de Vide, sitting high above the surrounding olive plains, this ancient spa town with narrow lanes offers true character and charm. We visit a 14th c. castle during a walking tour and have a panoramic
    stop at the Belvedere. For all who have a passion for horses, in the afternoon, we will visit the ‘Coudelaria de alter do Chao’, one of the most famous stables in Portugal. At night we sample some of the local cuisine during dinner at the tables of our residence. (B/D)

    DAY 7 – TOMAR – ABRANTES
    Perfect for a morning wander and historically outstanding, Tomar is best known for its Convento de Cristo, former headquarters of the Knights Templar, one of the most signifcant religious monuments in the country, it also happens to be home to one of Portugals few
    remaining medieval synagogues. After the visit to the monastery, we will view Almourol Castle, set on its own small island in the Tagus River, one of the most romantic and surrounded by myths. It is said there are 101 castles in Portugal, most of which were built or rebuilt between the 12th and the 14th centuries. At night dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 8 – CASTELO BRANCO – MONSANTO: Central Portugal Region (2 nights)
    After hotel check-out, we cross the Tagus Gorges and arrive in Castelo Branco to visit the Bishop’s Palace gardens in true 18 c. Baroque style. We continue with a visit to Monsanto, built around and atop a steep rocky mass and once declared the most typical village of Portugal to enjoy lunch. We finish the day visiting charming Idanha a Velha. The luxurious Pousada of Belmonte is a former convent situated on the slopes of the Serra da Esperanca in central Portugal. An original amphitheatre can be found in the surrounding woodland as well
    as a 18th century chapel. This charming hotel has panoramic views over the plains across to the peaks of the Serra da Estrela mountain range. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)shutterstock_181439801_SP_web resize.jpg

    DAY 9 – PIODAO – BELMONTE
    Driving through the Acor mountain ranges while taking in incredible views, springs and pasture land, we arrive in Piodao to enjoy free time followed by lunch. The historical village is reminiscent of a crib because of the harmonious way in which its houses are arranged in
    the form of an amphitheatre. At night, when the lights are turned on, this picture is particularly
    magnificent. The distinctive feature of this mountain village with its narrow winding streets is schist, a stone found in great abundance in the region and used to build the houses and pavements. Dinner is planned at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 10 – CRUISING THE DOURO VALLEY: Northern Portugal Region (1 night)
    After hotel check-out, we set out to start our river cruise, sit back and relax and take in the best of the stunning Douro river district. The Douro is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, flowing from its source near Duruelo de la Sierra in Soria Province across
    northern-central Spain and Portugal to its outlet in Porto. Along the way you will admire breathtaking landscapes and view vineyards, towns and villages. In the evening, dinner in the elegant dining room of the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 11 – VILA REAL – CHAVES: Northern Portugal Region (2 nights)
    In the morning we visit the gardens and home of the famous Casa de Mateus. Built in the first half of the 18th c., the palace, set in beautiful gardens, is considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque civil architecture in Portugal. Its interior decoration includes intricately carved wood ceilings, furniture from several periods, 17th and 18th century paintings, silverware, ceramics and an impressive library. After lunch, we drive to Chaves for a walking tour and free time. Dinner again at the tables of our hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 12 – A DAY AT YOUR LEISUREPousada M Guimaraes 2_web resized.jpg
    Enjoy a late start and a relaxing breakfast as today is at your leisure. Take in the unique atmosphere of your hotel and reflect on the many interesting visits to date. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 13 – GUIMARAES – BARCELOS: Northern Region (1 night)
    UNESCO listed and birthplace of King Afonso Henriques, first king of Portugal, the historic town of Guimaraes is best known as the cradle of the Portuguese nation. Today we visit the well-preserved former Duques Palace and the old centre during a walking tour followed by free time. Located in the Minho region, a visit to Barcelos, famous for its iconic cockerel motif to be seen all over Portugal, especially in pottery form, is a must. Enjoy the best of this famous town. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 14 – PORTO: Central Portugal Region (2 nights)
    After hotel check-out, we explore the town of Porto taking in the city’s most important landmarks including a visit to the church of San Fransisco and the Bolsa de Porto. A visit to this enchanting town is not complete without a visit to a port wine cellar on the banks of Vila
    Nova de Gaia. Overlooking a beautiful blue lagoon, the Pousada Torreira Murtosa
    is located in Aveiro’s preserved area of unique natural beauty. Surrounded by water, the Pousada is an ideal base for fishing, water sports or visiting the local beaches. This hotel has stunning views over the Ria de Aveiro where you can often see the traditional fishing
    boats, generally brightly painted, with religious motives typical of the area. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 15 – ILHAVO – PRAIA DA BARRA – AVEIROPousada M Guimaraes 3_web resized.jpg
    Today we set out to Ilhavo for a visit to a fascinating museum dedicated to the history of fishing and continue with a drive to Praia da Barra to view the brightly coloured fishermen`s wooden painted houses. We stay at the seaside to visit Aveiro, once an important fishing port, these days salt is the mainstay of its economy. The town offers a picturesque setting with pastel-coloured houses bordering the canals and narrow lanes around the fish market. Best known for its
    high prowed ‘Moliceiros’ boats, we naturally have to set sail and enjoy a boat tour on the canals. Dinner at the hotel tonight. (B/D)

    DAY 16 – COIMBRA – BATALHA: Lisbon Region (1 night)
    Located between Porto and Lisbon once the country’s capital and one of the highlights of this part of Portugal is a visit to Coimbra. Perched high above the Rio Mondego, the city is best known for its ancient university, founded in 1290, a visit to the impressive library with its 300,000 mostly leather bound books will help you understand why. After a walking tour in the centre to enjoy time for lunch, we drive further south and continue our day with a visit to Batalha, known for its World Heritage listed Gothic Manueline style monastery and
    abbey. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 17 – FLIGHT FROM LISBON TO FUNCHAL: Madeira (4 nights)
    After breakfast we are heading for Lisbon International Airport to board our fight into Madeira. Funchal’s history goes back over five centuries when early Portuguese settlers colonised the coast of a bright and sunny bay where fennel (funcho) grew in abundance, giving its name to the new town of Funchal. Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, has long been known as ‘The Pearl of the Atlantic’ or the ‘Floating Garden’. Located east of Casablanca and north of the Canaries, it comprises 4 islands off the north-west coast of Africa. Known for its namesake
    wine and warm subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs and pebbly beaches. The island is blessed with the trade winds resulting in a temperate climate year round which many describe as the ‘eternal spring’ which is reflected in Madeira´s abundance of flowers. The island is well known for its folklore, typically shaped houses, traditional flower festivals and dramatic coastline offering magnificent viewpoints. The
    afternoon is free to explore. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 18 – SANTANA – PORTO MONIZ
    Get ready for a panoramic day out taking in the remote, northern side of the island with an organised lunch included. The lush mountainous island of Madeira was once totally covered with ‘Laurissilva’ forest, a relic from pre-historic times and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    This region lives essentially from agriculture, craftwork and tradition. Characterised by the small thatched triangular houses, Santana is a beautiful village on the north coast. These tiny houses built of natural stone and thatched with straw have served the locals for centuries
    as stables and dwellings. Porto Moniz seems to have fallen from above into the northern sea and has long been famous for its natural swimming pools and pure, beautiful scenery. The evening is at your leisure. (B/L)

    DAY 19 – FUNCHAL
    Funchal’s botanical garden is perhaps the most famous of all parks on the island with over two thousand species of exotic plants. Madeira has long been called the ‘Garden Isle’ and it seems that almost anything will grow in its fertile soil. In Funchal, the island’s capital, many tropical plants have found a home and the visitor can see Hibiscus and Bougainvillea in flower almost all year round along with Jacaranda, Spathodeas, Erythrinas and Bauhinias in their season. We
    continue with a walking tour of Funchal’s centre including a visit to the local market and Cathedral and we finish the tour with a tasting of the famous Madeira wine. At night we will enjoy a night out to experience a typical folklore evening including dinner. (B/D)iStock-615523404_web resized.jpg

    DAY 20 – CAMARA DE LOBOS – CABO GIRAO
    Today offers more panoramic highlights of this captivating island, a scenic drive passing banana plantations giving way to vineyards. Nearby Camara de Lobos, a traditional fishing village, inspired the late Sir Winston Churchill to paint its lovely surroundings. Camara de Lobos is also home of ‘poncha’, a mixture of lemon juice, honey and sugarcane spirit, available at the many local taverns. Further along the road and up into the mountains we will arrive at Cabo Girao, the second highest cliff face in the world, the view is incredible. Curral das Freiras (‘Nuns Valley’) is a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains in the heart of the island.
    The village is very isolated and the community mainly live off what they can grow. The local chestnuts are delicious and are used in everyday cooking. The ‘Chestnut Festival’, is an event celebrated annually, originating when the local parish had a surplus of the crops. They were then used in several culinary delights from soup to cakes and puddings to liqueur. Today the festival is a big attraction with an abundance of food, music, dancing and of course wine. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 21 – FUNCHAL AIRPORT: Airport Stopover (1 night)
    All good things come to an end, after breakfast and hotel checkout, we head for Funchal International Airport for airline check-in covering our fight to London. Upon arrival in the UK, we check in at our airport hotel. (B)

    DAY 22 – LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORT
    After breakfast and hotel check-out, we head for London Heathrow Airport for airline check-in. (B/Airline in-flight service)

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