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Story Land & Sea®

Wonders of Portugal


The Majesty of Portugal

Slow Travel through Portugal with Time to Enjoy the Journey

Story Land & Sea®'s Wonders of Portugal itinerary features wild, beautiful, and contradictory landscapes, villages and cities. From Celtic, Roman, Germanic, and Moorish influences to independent kingdom, Portugal boasts a dazzling blend of civilization and culture that placed her among the longest-lived colonial empires. This itinerary is a treasure chest of cultural jewels that stretch across a wide palette.

Unique Itinerary
Every day is unique. It's all about the cultural life! From Lisbon, to Evora, Obidos, the Douro Valley region, and Porto, we see and experience the life and culture of this country, which is among the 20 most visited countries in the world. Portugal seems to be a country that has a thousand different countries within. Wherever you look, Roman arches and Moorish influences meet, creating a colorful, eclectic mesh of centuries. The Portuguese are a friendly people and passionate about whatever they do. Visitors will find a wealth of cultural and gastronomic experiences. Sun and beaches are abundant, meals are diverse. The Fado is renowned, and the art historically rich. And so will be your memories of Portugal and her people.



Day 1: International Flight to Portugal

Arrival City: Lisbon | Lisboa

Day 2: Welcome to Lisbon
Your journey through Portugal begins.

Lisbon, Portugal

Located in the heart of the city is our deluxe hotel where our Story Local Host® meets you for a welcome and included Orientation Walkabout. Your Story Local Host® will be the local expert and provide you with an orientation walkabout and welcome dinner in each city.

About Story Land & Sea®'s Personalized Journeys
Imagine a Personalized Journey through Portugal complemented with the professional expertise of our local expert guides and a personal Story Local Host®  who provide a seamless traveling experience: It's the best of independent travel combined with the benefit of our local experts.



Today after meeting your host and enjoying the orientation walkabout, enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

The city is highlighted with pinks, yellows, aquas and limes. While most of Lisbon was destroyed in the 18th century, it still is that cobbled city of your imagination.

Our local, professional guide will join you today and present the most important sights:
Baxia Quarter, Pombal Statue, Avenida da Liberdade, the Alfama District with its “earthquake proof” structures (famed for surviving the 1755 earthquake), the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower which guards the mouth of the Tagus, and the Monesterio de Jeronimos, featuring a fine example of Manuline architecture, are a few of the wonderful sights we will take in during this day of discovery.

Story Way®  Dining
Enjoy a walk along the lively streets of Lisbon as you make your way to a truly unique Portugese dinner in this wonderful district of Lisbon.

Accommodation: Bairro Alto Hotel or Similar, 3 Nights


Day 3: Exploring Lisbon
Spend a Full Day Discovering the Magic of Lisbon and the Surrounding Countryside.

In the morning, meet our local expert guide in your hotel lobby for a full day professionally guided tour of Sintra,

Sintra Palace

Cascais, Belem and Lisbon.

After breakfast we will begin our tour by making our way into the misty Sierra mountains for a visit to the enchanting town of Sintra, home to ancient castles, fairy tale palaces and verdant gardens. Starting our visit with a privately guided tour of the ”National Palace of Sintra”. Lavishly decorated rooms, beautiful hand painted ceilings and decorative tiles will enhance the mystery of this outstanding Palace, the best preserved Royal Palace in Portugal and a World Heritage sight. Time permitting, admission to Jeronimos Monestery is included.

Afterwards there will be a little time to browse the narrow streets of the old town, with its boutique shops, local handicrafts and world renowned pastry shops. Departing the hills of Sintra, we’ll take in the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean as we travel along the Portuguese coast, making our way to the lovely marina town of Cascais, were we’ll take time for lunch and shopping.

Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Moderate

Then it’s back to Lisbon, arriving with spectacular views from the south, just as the great explorers of Portugal would have experienced.

Guest Choice dining this evening: Your Story Local Host®  will advise make recommendations for dinner tonight.

 


Day 4: Evora | Winery and Lunch

Evora, Portugal

This morning we will set out for a day in the Alentejos. Évora is the capital of Portugal's south-central Alentejo region. In the city's historic center stands the ancient Roman Temple of Évora (also called the Temple of Diana).

Nearby, whitewashed houses surround the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure begun in the 12th century. The Igreja de São Francisco features Gothic and baroque architecture along with the skeleton-adorned Chapel of Bones.

Story Exclusive®
We will see all the sights and have time for a little time to shop for amazing cork products before heading to a wonderful Alentejos winery for a tour and tasting with lunch.


Day 5: Obidos, Coimbra University & Mealhada

Obidos, Portugal

This morning meet the Story Local Host®  as you transfer to the walled city of Óbidos’.

The gorgeous historic centre is a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets and flower-bedecked, whitewashed houses livened up with dashes of vivid yellow and blue paint. Continuing on we will make a stop in Coimbra to visit a truly spectacular University Library Coimbra before heading to Mealhada for the night.

Story Way®  Dining
The Royal Dining Hall: The beautiful restaurant, former royal banquet hall that once host historic banquets, decorated with ten huge paintings of Camões´Os Lusiadas’, depicting scenes of Vasco da Gama's voyage to India, and under a magnificent Moorish ceiling, you will indulge with fine modern Portuguese terroir cuisine mastered by prominent Chef Dionísio Ferreira, who proposes a most authentic and creative gastronomical tour of the best local flavors.


Day 6: Douro River Valley | Mateus Palace

Douro River Valley, Portugal
Today we travel north to the spectacular Douro River Valley.



We visit the Mateus Palace for a special tour as well as a Quinto do Portal winery to enjoy a tour, tasting and lunch.

Day 7: Douro River Experience

The morning is at leisiure until we meet for our exploration on this most scenic river to gain a different perspective of the Douro Valley.

Returning mid afternoon the balance of the day is at leisure.


Day 8: Amarante, Guimaraes to Porto

Porto, Portugal

We make our way to the final stop, Porto.

We will make stops in the picturesque town of Amarante for some delightful pastries before continuing on to Guimaraes. The historic town of Guimarães is associated with the emergence of the Portuguese national identity in the 12th century. An exceptionally well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town, its rich building typology exemplifies the specific development of Portuguese architecture from the 15th to 19th century through the consistent use of traditional building materials and techniques.

Enjoy time to explore, see the sights and have lunch before continuing on to Porto.

The Story Local Host® will take you on an orientation walkabout through the streets of Porto after checking in to our hotel.

Story Way® Dining
We dine in a truly unique Porto restaurant tonight to celebrate our arrival to this magical town.

Accommodation: Hotel Porto, 2 Nights


Day 9: Exploring Porto

Giving its name to port wine, Porto’s well-known export, we intertwine the city’s historic sights with its many wineries. Sightseeing with a local guide includes the colorful market of Bolhão; Livraria Lello, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

The Afternoon is your for further exploration of Porto.

Story Way®  Dining
Farewell Reception and Dinner: We will set off for a wonderful dinner in the historic old town overlooking the Douro River with the Story Local Host®

Day 10: Departure Day

Private Vehicle Transfers from Your Hotel to the Porto airport for flights home.

 

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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

Lisbon Hotels - 3 Nights



Mealhada Hotel - 1 Night



Douro Hotels - 2 Nights



Porto Hotels - 2 Nights

What's Included in Your Personalized Journey?

Something for everyone... Whether you're a "first-timer" to Portugal or have visited many times, we invite you to join us for this exciting tour program. For one set price, you'll be staying in first-class accommodations in each city and have the experience of local, English-speaking tour guides. You'll have a chance to visit all the major, "must-see" sites, plus enough free time on your own to visit the places that really matter to you. 

Slow & Small Portugal: The Delightful Inclusions

Helpful information to better your preparation for your world-class journey through Portugal. From weather and clothing recommendations to currency and excursion details, it's all right here.

We've tried to include everything on the journey, however, make note of the following:
  • ARRIVING LISBON —  Consider Our Driver 
    Our AnyTime Arrival Transfer with professional chauffeur into Lisbon: We feature Story Land & Sea®'s Lisbon Meet & Greet with driver to the hotel. $79/person, 2 Guest Minimum. Includes all gratuities.
  • LEAVE THE WORRY TO US —  We can arrange your departure transfer to the airport in Porto.
    Departure Transfers: $79 per person, Porto Hotel to Airport, minimum two (2) guests.
  • WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE INCLUDED
    Our delightful included experience is at a wine venue with some stunning art work to boot.
  • DISCOVERING PORTUGAL'S CUISINE
    Our itinerary includes a dramatic experience with cuisine as we enjoy a variety of included dinners. Daily breakfast is included. Our Tour Captains and Guides will offer great, affordable suggestions for delicious lunches and optional dinners.
  • Story Land & Sea® WAY DINING INCLUDED —  4 Great Dinners
    4 incredibly unique dinners at authentic Portuguese restaurants (not tourist traps) are included. Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to dinner at authentic restaurants each and every night, though you may choose to explore on your own. Deluxe: 4 of 8 dinners included.
  • EXPERT LOCAL GUIDES INCLUDED
    Expert, local Portuguese guides in per itinerary. They speak English well, and possess a passion for sharing Portugal with our guests.
  • DISCOVER Story Land & Sea® IMMERSION SIGHTSEEING
    World-class sightseeing 'Immersion' ~ Story Land & Sea®'s approach to exploring the local scene while integrating lasting experiences that reflect culture and leave you, the traveler, changed for good!
  • SPECIAL ACCESS, SKIP-THE-LINE ADMISSIONS INCLUDED PER ITINERARY
  • Airfare is not included but it can be quoted by emailing here.
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation Insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation. 

    Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Portugal tour origination.
     If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your Portugal land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

That's it ~ everything else excluding personal item purchases is included.

Included sightseeing and excursions


Story Land & Sea®'s Unique Walking Tour Experience
We do walk on our small group tours of Portugal. We walk a lot, but it's unhurried and there are ample opportunities to sit and relax. But you must be physically capable of walking and experiencing the many stairs of Portugal. Please inquire with Story Land & Sea® Reservations for more details.


Wonders of Portugal Dates & Rates

 
2018 Departures

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least two (2) Story guests as a Personalized Journey. Departures with 6 or more will be operated as a Small Group Tour with Tour Captain. Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing: 1 (877) 865-6711

Published Date Tour
Size
Price
Departures in April - June 2018
April 21 Max 16 Guests $6,779
May 16 Max 16 Guests $6,779
June 8 Max 16 Guests $6,779
Departures in July-Sep 2018
Sep 10
Max 16 Guests $6,779
Sep 30
Max 16 Guests $6,779
Solo Supplement: $1749 for a private double for single occupancy use room.

2019 Departures

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least two (2) Story guests as a Personalized Journey. Departures with 6 or more will be operated as a Small Group Tour with Tour Captain. Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing: 1 (877) 865-6711

Published Date Tour
Size
Price
Departures in April - June 2019
April 20 Max 16 Guests $6,779
May 15 Max 16 Guests $6,779
June 7 Max 16 Guests $6,779
Departures in July-Sep 2019
Sep 9
Max 16 Guests $6,779
Sep 29
Max 16 Guests $6,779


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