There are many reasons why Portugal is one of the top destinations for city breaks, but its popularity is largely due to the fact it has plenty to offer ramblers, culture vultures and those who prefer to live life at a slower pace alike.
Seeing the country as part of an escorted tour is the greatest way to get an idea of Portugal’s rich history, varied cuisine and fantastic architecture, plus you’ll benefit from expert advice and the chance to mingle with like-minded people who share your passion for adventure and exploring other nations.
With Woman’s Weekly and Riviera Travel, you could have all this from just £899 per person for an eight-day trip around Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley, the most charismatic and vibrant parts of the country. The price will include three nights at a four-star hotel, three nights’ five-star accommodation and one night at the five-star Pousada Cascais, where you’ll also receive breakfast and dinner.
Want to know more about the sights and smells you can expect to experience during the tour? Read on to find out more.
As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is a hub of entertainment, media and arts, as well as being a forerunner in finance and international trade. It is a beautiful city and one that has lots to offer tourists of all ages and from all walks of life.
One of the first parts of the city that you’ll see during the tour is the Terreiro do Paco – also known as the Praça do Comércio. A stroll around this square will be followed by a tour of Portugal’s gorgeous boulevards, charming cobbled streets and 12th century cathedral.
You’ll likely get a feel of just how old Lisbon is when walking around it – indeed, it is the oldest city in Western Europe, having been around hundreds of years longer than places like Rome, London and Paris.
There is much to take in around Lisbon, including the marvellous Gulbenkian Foundation, where you will find art exhibits from Ancient Egypt and lots of amazing antiques. For shopping fanatics, there are lots of quaint and chic stores to fulfil your browsing needs.
Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and lots of tourists are attracted to its bustling atmosphere and industrial history.
It is also famous for the fantastic wines you can sample at Taylor’s Port Wine Lodge, which is naturally one of the stops on the Riviera Travel tour. You will be taken through the interesting connections between Portuguese and British wine and try some for yourself as you relax and take in breathtaking views across the Douro river.
The Praca de Ribeira square is another part of Oporto you’ll be paying a visit, as well as the Dom Luis Bridge, the city’s medieval quarter and Clerigos Tower. As with Lisbon, there is the opportunity to shop until you drop and pick up some stunning souvenirs for your loved ones, with Oporto home to a vast array of art, ceramics and antiques stores.
The Douro river is the third longest in the Iberian Peninsula, with the Ebro and Tagus just beating it. Portuguese towns situated by the riverside include Peso da Regua, Lamego and Vila Nova de Gaia, while a number of Spanish towns – such as Soria, Aranda de Duero and Tordesillas – are also dotted along it.
You’ll have the chance to explore some of these picturesque and welcoming towns, relish the warm and dry weather conditions, and taking in glorious views of the river and its valley sides. Peso da Regua in particular will make for an unforgettable experience as it remains one of the most spectacular and unspoilt valleys on the continent.
There’s so much more on offer for holidaymakers booking their city break with Riviera Travel and as the tours are taking place between the months of April and October, you’ll benefit from the best Portuguese weather. Remember that, at all times, you can ask for expert advice from our experienced tour manager and learn about all the best locations off the beaten track to make your holiday truly special.
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