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 £469pp is available in the low season from November through to March. April to October prices start from £599pp. 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 private transfer to your hotel where you will spend 4 nights.
Lisbon: Why not start your sightseeing with what is arguably Lisbon’s most iconic landmark, the Belém Tower. Completed in 1515 to provide a strategic defensive point on the River Tagus, controlling the entrance to Lisbon’s harbour and indeed the city itself. Resembling a chess piece, the tower is perhaps one of the best examples of Manueline architectural style and a climb to the turrets provides a wonderful vantage point over the river and the city sprawling out beneath.
Lisbon: Lisbon’s oldest and most historic district, Alfama perches high above the city and is 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: One of the oldest buildings in the city, Lisbon’s Sé Cathedral was built in 1150 on the site of a former mosque soon after the city was retaken from the Moors, yet was badly damaged during the earthquake of 1755. A recognisable Lisbon landmark thanks to its two distinctive Romanesque towers, there’s some interesting interior items of note including a tranquil Gothic cloister and the treasury, containing statues, relics, silverware and manuscripts.
Make your own way to the railway station for the included journey by rail to Porto where you will spend 3 nights. The journey time is approximately 2hrs 45mins.
Porto: There is much to see in this historical city but a good starting point would be Porto's historical centre, the Ribeira district. The area is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and oozes atmosphere with its narrow alleyways, colourful houses and lively restaurants, bars and cafes. This part of town also offers a fabulous vantage point from which to see the Port Wine houses located across the Douro River in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Porto: During your stay in the city, you will no doubt have occasion to see the famous Ponte de Dom Luis I bridge. 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.
Join the private transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.
Our opinion… The Hotel Principe Lisboa is a practical choice, with well maintained rooms that are also quite spacious and represent real value for money.
Location… Avenida Duque De Avila, 201 Lisbon, 1050-082. Situated 15 minutes by metro from the city centre. The Hotel Principe Lisboa is within walking distance of Center for Modern Art and Gulbenkian Museum, plus Castle of Sao Jorge and Rossio Square. Guests can also walk to the centre through the picturesque Park Edward VII.
Accommodation… 70 air-conditioned rooms with minibars and safes. 32-inch LCD TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer showers, hair dryers and complimentary toiletries.
Facilities… Principe Lisboa offers a breakfast room and bar/lounge area.
Transport… Public transport links are super with both metro and train links just under 500m away.
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.