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Six Senses Douro Valley

Lisbon, Porto & Douro Valley

8-day tailor-made holiday from £2,725 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A look behind Portugal’s finest destinations, complete with curated excursions

Highlights

  • An introduction to the best of Portugal, from Lisbon and Porto’s Manueline extravagance to the Douro Valley’s wineries and Sintra’s castellated beauty
  • Discover the country’s lesser-known charms in archaeological sites, fishing villages and medieval castle towns
  • Winery visits, palace stays, gourmet meals and river cruises bring it all to life

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Lisbon
  • 2 Nights Porto
  • 2 Nights Lamego
  • 1 Night Lisbon

About

Recommended for:
City | Food & wine | History & culture | Independent tour

This private guided drive is a perfect introduction to Portugal’s highlights, combining city heritage with rural charm. While you’ll take in the famous sights of Lisbon and Porto and the Douro Valley, you will discover off-the-beaten-track gems that dot the pretty Portuguese countryside. There’s everything from ancient Roman ruins and world-wonder monasteries to pretty fishing villages and hidden medieval towns. In between, there’s the likes of fairytale Sintra’s hilltop palaces and world-class vineyards. Staying in some of Portugal's finest luxury accommodation, you’ll take it all in on a range of excursions, including expert-led tours, wine tastings, and perhaps a river cruise.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Lisbon

Begin your trip by relaxing with your complimentary airport lounge access before your flight to Lisbon. On arrival, you’ll be met by a private driver who’ll bring you to your central accommodation. Located a short walk from Avenida da Liberdade, the most elegant avenue in Portugal. There is so much to see, from historic places to the most recent museums, from the classic to the contemporary, from listed monuments to new interactive exhibitions.

This afternoon your driver will take you on a private tour of Lisbon. Beginning in the historical Belém quarter with the 16th century Belém Tower and the unique Monument to the Discoveries, before continuing to the Gothic Jeronimos’ Monastery and Alfama with its winding and narrow streets, known to be the cradle of the Fado singing. Visit the typical quarters of Bairro Alto, Chiado and Rossio and drive along Avenida da Liberdade, the city’s "grand boulevard“, to Pombal´s Square and enjoy the view over Lisbon from “Parque Eduardo VII’.

Stay: Porto Bay Liberdade, Lisbon (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 2
Sintra & Cascais

After breakfast your guide will take you to discover the charming and picturesque town of Sintra. Take your pick of any of the majestic Palaces, like the National Palace of Sintra, the Moorish Castle or the Pena National Palace, an astonishing fairytale castle located in one of the highest peaks of Sintra.

In the afternoon travel to Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of Europe, and admire the unique scenery of the Atlantic Ocean, Guincho beach and ‘Boca to Inferno’ before continuing to Cascais set along a beautiful bay of sandy and calm beaches, pinewoods and dream houses. Historically, a fishing port, until the Portuguese nobility transformed the town into a summer retreat, filled with grand villas. Once the most popular places for European royalty to spend the bathing season. Travel through Estoril before returning to Lisbon and to your hotel.

Stay: Porto Bay Liberdade, Lisbon (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 3
Lisbon to Porto

After breakfast, meet your driver for a private transfer to Porto, perhaps taking the scenic route via the coast and stopping at off-the-beaten-track monasteries, or stopping at the medieval walled town of Óbidos, sample a ginja de Óbidos, a cherry liqueur served in a chocolate cup before continuing to Porto and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the charms of Portugal’s second city. In its medieval Ribeira district narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and riverside cafés; watch as locals gather in tabernas and seafood restaurants that spill out from street-level arcades.

Stay: Porto Bay Flores, Porto (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 4
Porto

After breakfast enjoy a guided tour to explore the charismatic and beautiful city of Porto. Walk through the historical centre, with narrow streets and squares and feel the magical of the old city and the warmth of its inhabitants Admire the iconic bridge of D Luís I, built by one of the disciples of Gustav Eiffel. See the Palacio da Bolsa stock exchange and the imposing Cathedral of Porto, one of the most enchanting buildings of the city. Visit the São Bento railway station and learn all about the blue and white tiles that tell the history of the North of Portugal. Admire the fabulous Livraria Lello one of the most emblematic bookshops in the world, carrying more than a century of heritage with its amazing interior architecture and the bookselling knowledge.

Visit Taylor’s wine cellars and learn about one of its oldest and most famous producer’s, the Douro Valley and the house of Taylor’s, one of the world’s most respected historic wine houses. Followed by one of Porto’s favourite restaurants Barão Fladgate Restaurant enjoying a spectacular location and atmospheric setting in the grounds with magnificent views across the Douro River to the old historic centre of Porto. With a contemporary interpretation of traditional cuisine where the accent is on fresh local ingredients and on showcasing the authentic flavours of Portugal. 

Named after John Fladgate the celebrated 19th century Port shipper and partner of Taylor’s who was awarded the title of Baron for his services to viticulture, the Barão Fladgate restaurant celebrates 20 years of inspiring fine cuisine and excellent service

Stay: Porto Bay Flores, Porto (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Days 5-6
Porto to Douro Valley

After breakfast, check out and meet your driver for a private tour to the to discover the charming and unique Douro Region. With Stops at the Romanesque town of Amarante on the Tâmega River where the locals battled Napoleon’s army in 1763. Continue to the Douro Valley, the birthplace of the well known Port wine, with stunning landscapes of green and golden slopes covered with vineyards. Visit the Catholic pilgrimage town of Lamego , and experience the astonishing baroque blue & white tiled staircase up to the Marian Shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Continue to Peso da Régua and visit the Douro Museum and learn about the culture and identity of the wine region. Peso da Régua played a fundamental role in the production and sale of Port wine, where from the barrels were transported in the special boats know as ‘ rabelos ’ to Vila Nova de Gaia. There the wine was left to age in the local wine lodges. Continue to Pinhão, with its beautiful and historical train station and visit a ‘Quinta’ and vineyard, for a tour and wine tasting before arriving at your stunning accommodation for the next two nights in the heart of the vineyards.

Stay: Six Senses Douro Valley (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 7
Douro Valley to Lisbon

After breakfast meet your driver for a private transfer to Lisbon where you will enjoy a final night farewell dinner and Fado show with drinks at one of Fado restaurants in Alfama or Bairro Alto quarters. Fado is the ‘musical expression of the Portuguese people’. Considered Lisbon’s version of the blues, marked by a heartfelt emotional voice and a Portuguese guitar.  

Stay: Porto Bay Liberdade, Lisbon (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Day 8
Return to UK

After breakfast, a private transfer will bring you to the airport in time for your flight home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

8-day tailor-made holiday from £2,725 pp incl. flights

Deluxe

Low Season

from £2,725 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,035 pp. incl. flights

Includes

  • Complimentary UK departure lounge access
  • Return flights from UK to Lisbon
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Accommodation for 7 nights on a BB basis (including 2 nights at the award winning Six Senses Douro Valley)
  • Full day Private guided Sintra & Cascais Tour
  • Half day Private guided Lisbon tour
  • Half day Private guided Porto tour & visit to a wine cellar with Port wine tasting at Taylor's Port cellars
  • Dinner at Barão Fladgate Restaurant at Taylor's Port cellars with panoramic views of Porto
  • Private transfer from Porto to Douro Valley region
  • Private transfer from Douro Valley region to Lisbon
  • Fado Dinner and drinks in Lisbon

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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