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    in the foot steps of the World's greatest explorers

     

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    Authentic Andalucia

     

    journey through 3000 years of history

     

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    immerse yourself in the passion and intensity

     

Introduction

 

This romantic journey takes you effortlessly by train to the three main cities of Portugal to uncover the truth behind the age old Portuguese saying that “Lisbon shows off, whilst Porto works and Coimbra studies”.

 

 

From the fashionable streets of Lisbon where the great explores set sail to discover new lands; travel to medieval Coimbra, the oldest seat of learning in the country with its 18th Century Baroque library, Romanesque and Manueline churches. Finally you arrive to Porto to see the colourful patchwork houses and cruise along the river Douro to the majestic wine estates.

Client's Comment

 

Dr Holger Herwig, Canada

 

I want you to know that we love Lemon Valley! Every boutique hotel was a delight; well centered, brightly colored and with courteous staff. The city guides were informative and caring, willing to help in any way requested. ALL arrangements for trains and hotels were 100% perfect. We have NEVER had such a wonderful tour.

 



Julie Friedlander, UK

 

Hi Nicola Many thanks to you and your team for arranging such a wonderful holiday which ran like clockwork and we loved it. Worth every penny: you met and exceeded our expectations - very well done! With kind regards Julie and David Friedlander

 



Train tour of Portugal’s historical Capitals

7 nights

 

This holiday can start on any date you request with arrival to Lisbon or Porto

 

Day One - Arrive Lisbon and transfer to your hotel for 3 nights

Lisbon is one of the least visited of the ancient European capitals. A fascinating city which lays itself out like a map, tracing the indelible marks left by its colourful and diverse history and cultural influences. Much remains of this Golden Age with castles, monasteries, towers and palaces defining the skyline but the real joy of Lisbon is in soaking up its laid back feel, loosing yourself in the cobbled village-like streets, taking a ride on yellow trams and dining in a pretty shaded square.

 

Day Two - Morning walking tour of the Alfama quarter

This morning you will meet with a guide for a fascinating tour around the medieval Alfama quarter. Hear the tales and legends of the Visigoths, Romans, Moors, crusaders and Kings as you wander past whitewashed houses and Fado taverns in the narrow streets, stairways and viewpoints.

In the afternoon you will be free to explore deeper into the barrios or visit some of Lisbon’s new “niche museums” particularly the awe-inspiring collection at the Museu Gulbenkian.

 

Day Three - Day trip on the train to Sintra and the Estoril coast

Take a day trip on the train to the summer residence of the Portuguese Kings and Moorish sultans of Lisbon. Once popular with 18th Century British travelers; Byron wrote “to see the world and leave out Sintra is to go blind about”. One of the most romantic & mystical places in the world, the town loops around green wooded ravines, where fairy tale turreted palaces rise out of misty forests and the locals say that magical powers lurk in the hills and valleys.

 

Day Four - Take the train to Coimbra for 2 nights

Coimbra was the setting of the forbidden love of King Dom Pedro I, the first King of Brazil, and Dona Ines a lady of his court. Once the capital of Portugal in the Middle Ages, it was the Renaissance that transformed the city into a place of knowledge and the university library is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The city is a great place to lose yourself within the labyrinth of streets filled with flower filled balconies and hidden courtyards.

 

Day Five - A free day in Coimbra with an early evening Fado show

At the top of the old town stands the university and heading towards the iron entrance gate should be your first port of call today. The central courtyard dominated by the Baroque clock tower has sweeping views of the city and the river below. However, it is the library that pales all else before with its fantasy of marbled wood, gold leaf, frescoed ceilings, wooden shelves and ancient books.

 

For this evening you will have seats booked at a traditional Coimbra Fado show where the voices are accompanied by the Portuguese Viola. This intimate venue showcases the cities best talent who explain the significance and meaning of each piece to help your understanding of the traditional music. After the show each guest is treated to a glass of port.

 

Day Six - Transfer by train to Porto for 2 nights

 

A colourful and rambling dramatically situated city, Porto is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance with art galleries, fine restaurants and the refurbishment of much of the cities priceless architecture all breathing new life in to the “invincible city” of the north. The perfect place to wander and lose yourself in the labyrinth of cobbled streets, lined with brightly coloured, patchwork houses clinging to the riverbank.

 

Day Seven - Day trip through the Douro valley with lunch, wine tasting and a river cruise

Today you will explore the UNESCO listed Douro port producing region on a full day tour travelling through swathes of vineyards, clinging to the river banks. You will have lunch in Pinhao before visiting one of the award winning Port estates for a guided tour and tasting session and finish off the day with a river cruise aboard one of the traditional rabelo boats that were once used to transport the port from the growers to the bodegas and warehouses in Porto.

 

Day Eight - Depart Porto or transfer back to Lisbon and say farewell to Portugal!

 

Tips and Ideas ....

 

• Stay an extra night in Porto and visit the UNESCO town of Guimaraes – the place where the first King of Portugal founded the nation.


• Combine this tour with a few days of car hire to explore the medieval villages and stunning countryside of Northern Portugal

 

• Add on some more time to spend a few days relaxing and soaking up the sun in the Algarve

 

 

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What is included in the holiday

 

Accommodation

 

• 7 nights bed and breakfast in carefully selected hotels
• Breakfast is included in all hotels
• All rooms are en-suite and have air conditioning/heating

 

Activities

 

• Guided walking tour of Lisbon
• Fado show in Coimba
• Escorted day trip through the Douro valley, lunch, wine tasting and river cruise

 

Transport

 

• Pre-booked train journeys between Lisbon and Coimbra and Coimbra to Porto – your seats will be pre-booked and your actual tickets will be within your holiday guide pack

 

Plus

 

• A comprehensive guide pack for your trip including city maps, historical information, opening times for museums, art galleries and monuments plus recommended restaurants, pretty plazas, parks, view points and much more..
• Access to our 24 hour telephone helpline if you need any assistance whilst you are in Portugal
• A Portuguese Phrase book
• All your pre-holiday and arrival information will be sent to you by email and your complete holiday guide pack will be waiting for you at your first hotel

 



7 night tour : Prices for 2016 & 2017

 

from 1295.00 euros per person

 

* Price per person, based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room:

 

Please note these prices to not take in to consideration local and national holidays which may increase hotel rates for certain dates throughout the year, particularly Semana Santa (Holy Week) which in 2017 is from Sunday 9th April to Sunday 16th April

 

Please enquire for an exact quote for your required dates and particular room requirements

Information about flights and travel to Portugal

 

We do not include flights in our holidays as our clients arrive from all corners of the globe.

 

Arrival to Lisbon :

 

There are flights to Lisbon airport from all over Europe and the rest of the world - click here to search for the best deals from your preferred airport

 

There are also trains from Madrid and the north of Spain and a bus service from Seville

 

Arrival to Porto :

 

Porto has an airport with either direct flights from Europe or connecting flights via Madrid & Barcelona

 

Please contact us for detailed information about arriving to Lisbon or Porto to fit with your holiday plans and travel arrangements

 

 

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