Welcome to Portugal
On arrival at Lisbon International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
The Day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace
Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
Overnight in Lisbon.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning make your way to the meeting point where you join the Touristic tour of Lisbon. Discover the vast riches of the city that was Europe’s first window on the world with this half-day guided excursion.
For an idea of the capital’s true scale, we start by crossing the 17km Vasco da Gama Bridge – Europe’s longest – over the River Tagus for some breathtaking views over Lisbon and its seven hills. Then we drive back into the city to explore the suburb of Belem, where there are some important monuments dating back to the Age of Discovery. We stop at the 16th century Tower of Belem, a Unesco World Heritage site, which was the point of departure for the caravels sailing out in search of new worlds. Nearby is the Monument to the Discoveries, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. Afterwards we visit the Jeronimos Monastery (also a Unesco World Heritage Site), a masterpiece in the Manueline style, and the Carriage Museum (as these are closed on Mondays, the itinerary includes Ajuda Palace or Medeiros and Almeida Foundation instead). Then, following the Tagus, we visit Alfama, the old town, where you can sample a glass of port in a craft shop. We return to our starting point through the heart of Lisbon, passing through the Praça do Comercio and the Praça do Rossio and then the Avenida da Liberdade, the city’s main boulevard.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today visits to five fascinating towns north of Lisbon are on the itinerary of this intriguing full-day guided excursion. Explore the historic and cultural attractions of Obidos, Nazare, Batalha, Fatima and Aljustrel as well as the chance to enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and journey north to Obidos through scenic landscapes dotted with windmills and orchards. This medieval walled town is famed for its well-preserved hilltop castle. Whilst here, take the opportunity to try the delicious local cherry liqueur. Afterword’s, take a trip Nazare, a charming fishing village with large beaches where you will have plenty of time to discover the fascinating legends and traditions of this jewel of Portugal’s Atlantic coast. From the fresh air of the seaside, head back inland to Batalha, a small village with a big attraction: the Dominican Monastery, a late Gothic architectural masterpiece declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. Here lie the remains of Prince Henry the Navigator, who pioneered European exploration and maritime trade with other continents. Next, travel to one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, Fatima. Here, you can admire the various religious buildings that make up the sanctuary and even attend Mass. Before driving back to Lisbon, finish the tour with a visit to Aljustrel, the birthplace of the three little shepherds of Fátima, Lúcia dos Santos, and Francisco and Jacinta Marto, who claimed to have witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary Our Lady of Fátima.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and the driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight to Porto. On arrival in Porto airport, the driver will be waiting for you and drop you to the hotel and check-in.
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.
Overnight in Porto.
After breakfast take a tour of colorful tumbledown Porto, one of the most ancient and most beautiful cities in Europe. With its baroque churches, magnificent 19th-century buildings and medieval center, Porto is an architect’s dream, but it’s also home to a lively cultural scene, with music, art, and theatre everywhere you look. This half-day tour will give you the chance to experience Porto’s unique architecture, ambiance, and color, with a guided tour of the medieval center followed by a trip to a port cellar. Begin with a tour of the tiny cobblestone alleys of the Bairro da Sé, the medieval heart of Porto, where flapping sheets are hung out to dry between the buildings, and the locals sit in the shade in village-style plazas. Here the beauty and age of the buildings, as well as the Roman archaeological remains, have won the area Unesco World Heritage Status. Don’t miss Porto Cathedral, the Romanesque icon of the city.
No trip to Porto would be complete without a chance to sample the city’s most famous export: port wine. At the end of your visit, you’ll cross the lazy river Douro to visit the famous port cellars of Caves Croft, in Vila Nova de Gaia. The huge barrels of the port is carefully aged to perfection in the cool stone cellars before being exported all over the world, and there’s plenty of opportunities to stock up on your favorites before returning to your hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and the driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight to Madeira. On arrival at Madeira airport, the driver will be waiting for you and drop you to the hotel and check-in.
Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is an archipelago comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s known for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly beaches, and settlements on deltas of the Fajã River. Capital Funchal has botanic gardens and is known for its harbor and a large New Year's fireworks show.
Overnight in Madeira.
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover Madeira’s wild side with a tour that takes you from north to south covering all the main bases. The highlights of the tour include Explore coasts and mountains, See the second tallest cliffs in the world, Visit pretty villages and towns along the coast. A popular excursion of the entire island, this is a tour that takes you to explore the diverse nature of Madeira’s landscapes in just one day. Visit the quaint fishing village of Camara de Lobos and the pretty Ribeira Brava and travel through the lush valley region to the Encumeada mountain pass which takes you 1007m above sea level. As we drive along, panoramic views over the north and south coast unfold before you; transporting you to the heart of tropical Madeira. We descend from high ground to the rugged north coast towards Porto Moniz, famed for its volcanic rock swimming pools, passing through São Vicente and Seixal with a stop for lunch. From here it’s time to climb the mountains to Paúl da Serra and descend back down to the southwest coast to Calheta and Ponta do Sol. The tour ends on a high note at the towering cliffs of Cabo Girão - the second highest in the world!
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 8650/- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights.
Destinations: Lisbon Porto & Madeira.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
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Please ensure that the names given to us for reservations match the names in your passport, as hotels, sightseeing tour companies are very particular about name changes. Mismatched names may result in heavy amendment penalties. We strongly recommend travel insurance as part of your package – we have excellent rates with the world’s best companies – please let us know if you wish us to add this to your package.
Economy class, Dubai / Lisbon / Dubai.
Internal flight Lisbon / Porto / Madeira / Lisbon.
3 nights in Lisbon based on twin sharing basis.
2 nights in Porto based on twin sharing basis.
2 nights in Madeira based on twin sharing basis.
Return airport in a private car.
Tours in Lisbon, Obidos, Nazare, Batalha, Fatima, Aljustrel, Porto & Madeira.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Portugal: Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.
Trip Planning: The planning stage of your trip can be instrumental in its success and an enjoyable part of the experience itself. You have a world of options...and plenty to consider.
Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the Portuguese consulate website: www.vfsglobal.com/portugal/uae
Portugal is part of the 26 Schengen State Countries.
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Things do & see:
Lisbon – Portugal’s capital is a gem of a city. It’s a city I instantly fell in love with when I visited. It’s got mystique, history, beautiful and friendly locals, and great food. It is compact so it is easier than other cities walk around. Take a trip to the Castle of St Jorge. Explore the churches. Listen to Fado. Eat the food. Enjoy life. This is one of the most amazing cities in Europe!
Fátima-is a central Portuguese town that's home to the Sanctuary of Fátima, a Catholic pilgrimage site. The Capelinha das Aparições marks the spot where the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared in 1917. Other sacred sites include the Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário, with its golden angels, and the modern church of Igreja da Santíssima Trindade. The Museu de Arte Sacra e Etnologia exhibits religious artifacts.
Batalha – Built in 1388 and protected as a World Heritage Monument, Batalha is one of Europe’s
Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is an archipelago comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s known for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira-is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly beaches and settlements on deltas of the Fajã River. Capital Funchal has botanic gardens greatest Gothic masterpieces and is a popular day trip from Lisbon. On walking through the gigantic and impressive gothic doorway, you’ll see that the interior of the church features 16th-century stained-glass windows. The building has seven chapels that are unfinished and therefore roofless.
Abbey of Santa Maria – The Abbey of Santa Maria is Europe’s largest building of the Cistercian order. You can wander around the abbey at your leisure and find out more about the different parts of the building: its five cloisters, seven dormitories, a library, and huge kitchen. The church is free to enter but the monastery is not.
Evora – Another one of Portugal’s World Heritage sites is Evora, a small town that offers an array of beautiful and historic buildings. Its most famous landmark is the Temple of Diana but there is also the Praça do Giraldo, the town’s main square. This is small-town Portugal at its best.
Azores islands – These nine islands lie about 930 miles from Lisbon (a two-hour flight) in the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the islands offer a peaceful and slow-paced way of life, unique wildlife, and stunning beaches. These islands are very off the beaten track and a good “out of the way” place to go.
Religious Monuments in Braga – The beautiful city of Braga provides many Baroque monuments, including one of the country’s best-known sights, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. The old and the new city are connected by the main square, Praça da Republica. The city’s cathedral is also very much worth a visit, as it is the country’s oldest!
Lagos – Lagos, a small town on the Algarve is the place people go to party rather than see historic sites or sit in pretty squares. It is an excellent place to soak up the sun and truly relax on the beaches and then go out for dinner and on to a bar. During the summer months, this is one of Europe’s premier party destinations with young travelers coming here to take part in bar crawls that last until the morning.
Sintra – Lord Byron, writing in the 18th century, said that the town was “perhaps in every respect the most delightful in Europe.” If you are visiting Lisbon you should definitely make an effort to come here with its palaces, wonderful views, and museum collections. The train takes about 40 minutes.
Porto – Porto is where the world famous port wine originates so take the opportunity to visit Cais De Gaia’s port wine cellars as well as taking in some of the cities beautiful architecture by renowned architects before taking a stroll along the port to admire the boats. For even more wine, visit the surrounding Duoro Valley and its many vineyard.
Knights Templar in Tomar – The big attraction in the town of Tomar is the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ on the hill. It was the headquarters for the Knights Templar in the 12th century and contains one of the country’s most impressive monuments, the Convent of Christ.
Aveiro- around 45 miles south of Porto, lies on what’s known as the silver coast. This is a small university town, and part of the historic center is built on canals, giving rise to the name “the Venice of Portugal.” The winds here create good opportunities for windsurfing and surfing.
Coimbra – Another university city, Coimbra is home to the world’s ninth-oldest campus. There is a famous, beautiful old library that you can tour, but the real thing to do in Coimbra is just to wander through the many old streets. There are many churches and gardens to visit.
Fado Performance – Whether in Lisbon or somewhere else, you shouldn’t leave Portugal without getting a sense of the country’s musical culture. Fado is a very important Portuguese tradition, with at least 200 years of history. It’s very haunting and emotional music, sung by an individual. Most of the songs follow a theme of loss and mourning. Performances normally take place in restaurants during dinner.
Faro – Faro is a common starting point for tours of the Algarve region, which is an area full of great beaches, seafood, and plenty of tourists. Faro itself isn’t a beach city, but has a lovely old town and is a great place to spend a day before you hit the real resort areas.
Cape Sagres- is the most southwestern point on the European continent. It was here that Henry the Navigator had his famous navigation school, which gave birth to the careers of some of the most famous explorers in history.
Pastéis de nata – This pastry is a Portuguese staple and you’ll find these delicious custard-filled tarts at any bakery. They’re a must for an authentic food experience.