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Christmas in Porto & New Year on the Lisbon Coast

From £3,149
Duration 11 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
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From £3,149
Duration 11 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
Tour Overview

Beaches, palaces and historic hilltop towns - this festive tour to one of Portugal's most stunning regions has the lot. Take it all in as you celebrate Christmas and New Year in great company.

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  • meals included tour Half Board

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from London
  • 10 nights half-board in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 22 included meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 festive Christmas Day lunch, a New Year's Day lunch & 10 dinners including a New Year's Eve gala dinner
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Porto with a tasting of port wine
  • Celebrate Christmas Day with a traditional lunch
  • The city of Guimarães & the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança
  • Tour of Viana do Castelo
  • Coimbra & its ancient university
  • Discover Portugal's capital, Lisbon
  • Explore UNESCO-listed Sintra & Cabo da Roca Lighthouse
  • Visit the hilltop town of Obidos


Day 1 UK - Porto

Today, fly to Porto and where on arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel. After checking in, unpack and relax, then use your free time to explore the hotel or head into the town before meeting up with your travelling companions for a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Christmas Eve, Porto

It's famous for producing port wine, which is indeed delicious, but there's more to Porto than just a great drink! Today we'll tour its highlights, from the Baroque marvel that is Clérigos Church to the centuries-old Lello Bookstore, where books run all the way up to the carved ceiling. Take some free time to explore on your own or with your fellow travellers and enjoy lunch in one of the excellent local restaurants. Afterwards, we'll wander through the winding cobbled streets of historic Ribeira and admire the Neoclassical opulence of the 19th century Stock Exchange Palace. Tonight, a Festive dinner awaits.

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Christmas Day, Porto

Feliz Natal! Today is a day to spend in the way that makes you happiest. You'll have a joyful Christmas lunch with your fellow travellers at the hotel, as well as dinner at the hotel later on. Otherwise, choose your own activities at the hotel or around the surrounding areas

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Boxing Day, Viana do Castelo

Most of today will be spent on an excursion to Viana do Castelo. Prepare to be amazed by the beauty of this area, which has an abundance of all that makes the Costa Verde and Minho regions so special. In contrast with the verdant landscapes and sweeping coastline, the city itself buzzes with an industrial vitality that
comes from its long history of shipbuilding. Famous sights include the Pousada de Viana do Castelo, an elegant early 20th century building perched on leafy Monte de Santa Luzia.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Guimarães

The city of Guimarães is our next exciting destination. This is where the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, was born. Our visit today we will admire the scenic square of Largo da Oliveira and a host of historic buildings, including an atmospheric ruined castle, before exploring the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Porto - Coimbra - Cascais

Coimbra was the medieval capital of Portugal and the legacy of that important role is still very apparent, as we'll discover on our visit to the city today. Architectural highlights include the ancient University of Coimbra and the magnificent New Cathedral, which, despite its name, opened in the 17th century. Next we'll continue to the coastal town of Cascais, your base for the remainder of your festive holiday.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Lisbon

Something completely different today, as we make our way to Lisbon for a panoramic tour and change of pace. Admire a wealth of historic architecture in the Moorish Quarter, view the iconic Belém Tower and also the Jerónimos Monastery. We will take a visit to the National Tile Museum and also cross the 25th April bridge to the Statue of Christ the Redeemer to enjoy the fantastic views.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Sintra & Cabo da Roca Lighthouse

You're sure to fall in love with Sintra, a UNESCO-listed town jam-packed with breathtaking architecture, from the grand villas to the multiple palaces that dominate the skyline. We'll have a tour of Sintra National Palace, with its unmistakable twin chimneys and lavish painted interiors. We’ll also visit the Cabo da Roca Lighthouse - the westernmost point of continental Europe. Meals included: B,D

Day 9 New Year's Eve, Óbidos

Today we explore the hilltop town of Óbidos a compact town that is easy to explore on foot with it's narrow cobbled streets, lined with whitewashed buildings. With time to shop for local crafts. You could pick up some local specialties such as cherry liqueur or artisanal handicrafts during free time here. We'll be welcoming the new year with an all-out celebration at a wonderful gala dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 New Year's Day, Cascais

New Year's Day is usually slow-paced, so you'll have the day to yourself to relax or explore as you choose. After brunch at the hotel, you could explore the gorgeous beaches and gardens of Cascais, or stroll along Rua Direita, the main street. Perhaps you prefer to just unwind in your room or find your fellow travellers and spend time with them around the grounds of the hotel.
Back at the hotel this evening, we'll gather for a farewell dinner.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 11 Lisbon - UK

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included: B

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Grande Hotel Do Porto

In Porto you'll stay in the Grande Hotel Do Porto, a beautifully preserved 18th century building in the heart of the city. There are wonderful period features throughout and facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and free wi-fi. Guest rooms have private facilities, TV and mini-bar.

Hotel Vila Gale Cascais

Enjoying sea views and located just a few metres from the renowned Cascais Marina, the hotel is set amidst landscaped gardens and is within easy walking distance of the historic town centre. Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool (open subject to the season) and health club. The well- appointed guest rooms feature private facilities, TV, wi-fi, mini-bar, safe and hairdryer. Sea-view rooms are available at extra cost. Please ask our Holiday Advisors for details.

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