Beloved Portuguese Discovery, Portugal
CURATED SIGNATURE JOURNEYS
SIGNATURE JOURNEYS - BELOVED PORTUGUESE DISCOVERY
This is a ThirdHome tailored private journey (ideal for 2-6 people) and not a commercial group tour. Our customized journeys allow members to set their own travel dates and include their individual personal interests along with specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities that they may wish to experience for the perfectly-personal journey experience.
Experience 7 nights/8 days exploring the historical sights, tasty cuisine and great wines of Portugal on this self-driving journey. In addition to a traditional Fado show in Lisbon, visit the town of Coimbra, the medieval capital of the country, taste the fantastic wineries of the Douro Valley and stroll scenic Porto.
BELOVED PORTUGUESE DISCOVERY Journey Itinerary in brief:
DAY 1: ARRIVE LISBON
Upon arrival into Lisbon, take private transportation from airport to hotel and check into your choice of hotel (choose from 4-star Deluxe or 5-star Luxury accommodations). Evening at leisure to relax and enjoy a wonderful local restaurant.
DAY 2: LISBON
Departing after breakfast, take a guided stroll and discover the immense beauty that creates what truly is Lisbon. During the day of adventure, enjoy a special authentic Portuguese lunch at Restaurant Doca Peixe for its signature fresh baked rock salt fish or Lobster Rice along with other local delicacies. After lunch, remainder of the afternoon is free. This evening enjoy a wonderful Fado show at Cafe Luso, a historically restored 17th century stable and one of Lisbon's oldest fado houses. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
DAY 3: LISBON TO COIMBRA
After breakfast, pick up your rental car at a convenient downtown location for your drive to begin the journey to the Pousada de Condeixa a Nova, Santa Cristina, a former palace built in the 16th century. Over the years the Santa Cristina has housed European nobility, has been a hotel inn, and served as both an orphanage and an asylum for the homeless elderly. Today, the property is completely transformed into a beautiful charming hotel where you will enjoy a stay. Evening at leisure to relax and try one of the local restaurants if you wish. (Breakfast included)
DAY 4: COIMBRA TO THE DOURO VALLEY
After breakfast, depart on a relaxing scenic drive into the countryside to the Solar da Rede, an 18th-Century manor house with a breathtaking view of the River Douro. Upon arrival unpack and relax or explore the property. Evening at your leisure. (Breakfast included)
DAY 5: DOURO VALLEY
After breakfast, enjoy a guided city-regional tour. Remainder of the day and evening at leisure. (Breakfast included)
DAY 6: DOURO VALLEY TO PORTO
After breakfast, drive to the lovely town of Porto. Porto is as pretty as Prague, as sunny as Dubrovnik and with far fewer tourists, making it the perfect ending to your journey. Enjoy a Porto River cruise through the heart of town and afterwards visit the Calem Wine Cellars where you will have the opportunity to discover true port wine as produced in the world’s oldest demarcated wine region - the Douro Valley - under supervision of the Port Wine Institute. Evening is on your own. (Breakfast included)
DAY 7: PORTO
After breakfast, the morning is open to explore Porto further on your own. Enjoy a wonderful lunch at the Restaurant D. Tonho - this contemporary restaurant is set amidst the beautiful Esplanada do Calem on the river beneath the Dom Luis Bridge. Afternoon is at leisure and evening is free to enjoy as you wish. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
DAY 8: DEPART PORTO
Depart Porto after breakfast to make your way as needed for your return home; OR perhaps consider an extension to this journey to the gorgeous Algarve region relaxing on the sun-baked sands of world-renowned beaches and idyllic coves.
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
- Wine Country
Places of Interest
- Lisbon & Coimbra
- Douro Valley
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