Departures from UK airports are available throughout the year. Flight schedules vary between airports and seasons so please contact us for details of flights operating from your local airport. The lead-in price from £599pp is available in the low season from November through to March. April to October prices start from £729pp. The price is based on two people sharing a twin/double room and may vary depending on choice of departure date and airport. All holidays are tailor-made with extra nights, single rooms and hotel upgrades available at a supplement.
Fly direct to Lisbon. On arrival join the transfer to your hotel where you will spend 3 nights.
Lisbon: Perched high above the city you will Lisbon's oldest and most historic district known as Alfama, a picturesque mix of steep, narrow, cobbled streets and historic buildings, influenced indelibly by the area’s Moorish origins. Home to a number of Lisbon’s main landmarks including the Cathedral, Castelo de São Jorge and Church of Santa Engracia, the Alfama is also renowned for its many Fado shows. Hop on and off the yellow Tram 28 to enjoy Alfama at its atmospheric best.
Lisbon: Considered one of Lisbon’s finest architectural gems and deservedly recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos was constructed in the 16th century and, alongside the Torre de Belém, is a stunning example of Manueline design. Inhabited by the monks of the Order of St Jerome until the 19th century, the Mosteiro has also served as a school and orphanage and is today the resting place of the celebrated Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama.
Make your own way to the railway station for the journey by rail to Coimbra where you will spend 2 nights. (Journey time approximately 1 hour.)
Coimbra: Divided into the Upper Town and Lower Town, the historic heart of the city is to be found high above the Mondego River on Alcacova hill, known as Ammonium in Roman times. Here, medieval convents, cathedrals, and some fine museums congregate around the old University.
Make your own way the railway station for the journey by rail to Aveiro where you will spend 2 nights. (Journey time approximately 1 hour.)
Aveiro: An absolute hidden gem, Aveiro is a lovely little place that is best explored on foot or by the network of canals that weave their way around the city.
Make your own way the railway station for the journey by rail to Porto where you will spend 3 nights. (Journey time approximately 30 mins.)
Porto: Regarded by many as the emblem of the city, the Ponte de Dom Luis I was designed by the engineer, Teófilo Seyrig, a student of Gustave Eiffel. Completed in 1886 and measuring just shy of 400 metres long, the bridge’s distinctive arch is still considered one of the world’s largest to be constructed of forged iron. Today it serves both pedestrians and the metro service, connecting Vila Nova de Gaia and the Garden of Morro with central Porto and its cathedral in particular.
Porto: Towering above the Ribeira district is Porto’s mighty cathedral, an austere, fortress-like edifice with its origins in the 12th century. Site of the baptism of Prince Henry the Navigator and the marriage of King John I and Princess Philippa of Lancaster in the 14th century, the cathedral has undergone many transformations in its considerable history, the Gothic rose window being the only remaining part of the original façade. Today it is famed for its distinctive blue-and-white tiled Gothic cloisters and its collection of sacred art contained in the chapterhouse.
Join the transfer to Porto airport for the return flight to the UK.
Our opinion…This hotel offers good facilities at a very affordable price. It is very popular due to its great location, walking distance to Marques de Pombal square and other main attractions.
Location... Set in a historical building facing the delightful park Eduardo VII, this city hotel is conveniently located just off Marquês de Pombal Square and close to Avenida da Liberdade with its elegant shops and boutiques
Accommodation… All the rooms are decorated in a classical style. Facilities include insulated windows, a working space and free Wi-Fi and are equipped with LCD TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe-box and hair dryer in the bath-room.
Facilities... The hotel bar offers a wide variety of sandwiches, soft drinks, wines and local beers.
Our opinion… An ideal base from which to explore Coimbra
Location… C. Abel Dias Urbano 12. The Hotel Dona Ines is located in the commercial heart of Coimbra, beside Rio Mondego. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the downtown area.
Accommodation… All rooms are ensuite and come with safety deposit Box, air conditioning, desk, hairdryer, telephone, radio, satellite channels, flat-screen TV and Minibar. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.
Facilities… The hotel has a bar, restaurant and outdoor pool.
Our opinion… This hotel enjoys a great location, it’s ideal for a weekend in the city, being close to the main monuments, restaurants and bars.
Location… Praca da Batalha, 127 - 130, Porto. Ideally located at one of the main squares in Porto, Praça da Batalha. The Quality Inn Porto hotel is just minutes from popular attractions like the University of Porto, the Crystal Palace Garden and Music Hall.
The Porto Wine Cellars are just 3 km away whilst the Douro River with the iconic D. Luís Bridge is 300 metres away.
Accommodation… 113 modern sound proofed, air conditioned rooms with tea and coffee-making facilities and satellite TV.
Facilities… Breakfast room and bar/lounge.
Transport… Quality Inn Porto is a 5-minute walk from São Bento Metro Station.