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Lisbon

Lisbon 04/15/2022

Portugal's capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, two UNESCO World Heritage monuments stand proud, Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. The Alfama hillside is also worth visiting: known for its fado bars and its Moorish streets, this district is the oldest one of the city and one of the most typical. Not far from there, Chiado's elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of luxury shopping.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Lisbon: Artistic Half Day City Tour

Visit the Jeronimo’s Monastery of Manueline architecture, the Monument of Discoveries, the Belen Tower, Baixa quarter, the National tile museum and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao Velha,
 
4 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



The Jerónimos Monastery, masterpiece of the Manueline style and a tribute to the king that welcomed and protected the Jews that fled from Spain and then expelled them in 1496. The Monument to the Discoveries where you will have the opportunity to see the faces of Jewish men that participated actively in the Portuguese Golden Age of the Discoveries.
 
The Monument to the Discoveries celebrates the Portuguese who took part in the Age of Discovery. It is located on the estuary of the Tagus river. The monument consists of a 52 metre-high slab of concrete, carved into the shape of the prow of a caravel with its sails unfurled.
 
Belém Tower is a fortified tower located in the Belém district of Lisbon. It was built in the early 16th century in the Portuguese late gothic style, the manueline, and is one of the symbols of the city.
 
The Commerce Square with the beautiful façade of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao Velha. The Church’s greatest highlight is its Manueline Portal representing Our Lady of Mercy, which was part of the ancient Misericórdia Church, featuring a tympanum with the images of the king D. Manuel the 1st, the Queen D. Leonor (sister of King Manuel and founder of the Order of Mercy) and Pope Leo X, the Rossio square and the gothic revival elevator de Santa Justa. The heart of the city is the Baixa or city centre; this area is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
The Museu Nacional do Azulejo or National tile museum is renowned for not only for its Azulejo (tile) collection but also for its location. Azulejo is a cherished Portuguese tradition that has enjoyed uninterrupted production for five centuries. Azulejo is glazed, ceramic tilework that is usually blue. It is a major component of Portuguese architecture and is found throughout the country on ceilings, floors, walls of churches, palaces, and homes. This museum occupies the ancient Convent of Madre de Deus (Mother of God), built in 1509 by Queen D. Leonor, and adjoining buildings including Saint Antony’s Chapel and a church noted for its Baroque style.

Lisbon: Historical Half Day City Tour

Visit the Saint George’s Castle with a magnificent view over the city, the medieval and old Jewish quarter of Alfama, the Church of Sao Domingos, the Cathedral and the Shaaré Tikvá synagogue if available.

4 hours tour

Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



 
The castle of Sao George is located on one of the seven hills of Lisbon, to the east of the Baixa. In the context of the Christian Reconquista the castle and the city of Lisbon were retaken from the Moors by King Alfonso Henriques with the help of Northern European crusaders taking part on the Second Crusade. The castle was dedicated to Saint George in the late 14th century by King John I.
 
Lisbon's ancient cathedral was built by Portugal's first king on the site of an old mosque in 1150 for the city's first bishop, the English crusader Gilbert of Hastings. From outside (with two bell towers and a splendid rose window) it resembles a medieval fortress, while inside it appears predominantly Romanesque, with a Gothic choir and ambulatory.
 
Jewish people were the advisors of Kings and Queens, doctors and even some of the explorers, geographers and mathematicians. The tour will start with a general introduction to the Jewish presence of the city, followed by a nice walk in the city centre passing by the site of the 1506 Jewish Massacre near the Church of Sao Domingos and the most well preserved Alfama Jewish and medieval Quarter. Alfama is a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry, and caged birds. 
 
With the abolition of the Inquisition in 1821, families of Sephardic Jews decided to return to Portugal. Most of these Jews were merchants from Morocco and Gibraltar. These were people with a cultural level greatly above average. They could read, speak and write in liturgical Hebrew, Arabic, English and Hakitia, the Moroccan judeo-hispanic dialect.
 
We will continue our tour with a visit to the only Synagogue of Lisbon (Shaaré Tikvá), passing by the Commerce Square, the place where thousands of Jews were forced to be baptized in the 15th century.

Lisbon: Fado Show Evening

Driving through the streets of Lisbon by night, you may admire the illuminated fountains, monuments and
plazas. A delicious dinner will be enjoyed at a Fado restaurant including wines and coffee. Afterwards watch a typical Fado Show where a performance of portuguese folklore will thrill you.

3 hours tour
Evening tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour or with driver; Entrance Fees; Dinner.

Not Included: Any other services not specified

 

Fado (translated as destiny
or fate) is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but
probably with much earlier origins. It is characterized by mournful tunes and
lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. The music is usually linked
to the Portuguese word saudade, a word with no accurate English translation.
(It is a kind of longing, and conveys a complex mixture of mainly nostalgia,
but also sadness, pain, happiness and love). Some enthusiasts claim that Fado's
origins are a mixture of African slave rhythms with the traditional music of
Portuguese sailors and Arabic influence.

Lisbon: Full Day Excursion to Queluz, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

Visit the Royal Palace of Queluz and the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the
Portuguese Kings and aristocracy. Drive to Cabo da Roca, to the fishing village of Cascais and the famous cosmopolitan town of Estoril
.

8 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

The Queluz Palace was begun
in 1747 by the Infante Dom Pedro (later to become Dom Pedro III) on the basis
of a former country mansion of the Marquises of Castelo Rodrigo. The Palace
(classified as a National Monument at that time began to be adapted for use
as a summer seat of the Royal Family.

 

The main body of the Palace,
erected by 1758, with its low sinuous forms and harmonious intimist decoration,
was completed after the marriage of the Infante Dom Pedro to Dona Maria Francisca,
the future Dona Maria I (1760), at which time the opulent interior halls were
embellished, as were the luxurious Palace gardens, which were endowed with Baroque
fountains, statues and places for recreation.

 

Sintra is one of the most
delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green
bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering
stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed
"a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described
by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological
remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches
of personalised artistic value and characteristic villages.

 

Cascais was a small fishing
port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature's elements at
the mouth of the Rio Tejo. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the
17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon
became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed.
The Citadel or Fort of Cascais is a 16th century fortress built to protect the
Bay of Cascais. Today, Cascais now boasts smart new Marina with lovely yachts.

 

Just outside the town is
the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the
rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray thus creating its name
which in English means "mouth of hell".

 

Estoril town was really
created from the curious needs of the two World Wars. It became a prime location
for European royal exiles forced to leave their own countries. It has been the
residence of King Umberto II of Italy, Juan de Bourbon of Spain, Karl Hapsburg
of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and King Carol of Rumania. The many modest yet
architecturally interesting mansions still remain to indicate their royal owners.
At its height its visitors referred to Estoril as the "Portuguese Riviera".
A Casino with wide surrounding avenues and spacious gardens, a golf course,
all of which soon appeared and then flanked by large hotels and impressive private
homes.

Lisbon: Half Day Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

Visit the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the Portuguese Kings and aristocracy
with the National Palace and continue to the fishing village of Cascais and the famous cosmopolitan town of Estoril.

5 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

Sintra is one of the most
delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green
bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering
stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed
"a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described
by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological
remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches
of personalised artistic value and characteristic villages.

 

The National Palace is consisting
of various bodies built during the course of successive epochs on the so-called
"Chão da Oliva", the Paço da Vila de Sintra is one of the most important examples
of regal architecture in Portugal and for that reason is classified as a National
Monument. This gradual multiplication of buildings, with different styles, is
largely responsible for the enigmatic enchantment of this ancient palace, dominated
by great twin chimneys atop the kitchen that constitute as authentic ex-libris
of Sintra.

 

Cascais was a small fishing
port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature's elements at
the mouth of the Rio Tejo. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the
17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon
became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed.
The Citadel or Fort of Cascais is a 16th century fortress built to protect the
Bay of Cascais. Today, Cascais now boasts smart new Marina with lovely yachts.

 

Just outside the town is
the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the
rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray thus creating its name
which in English means "mouth of hell".

 

Estoril town was really
created from the curious needs of the two World Wars. It became a prime location
for European royal exiles forced to leave their own countries. It has been the
residence of King Umberto II of Italy, Juan de Bourbon of Spain, Karl Hapsburg
of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and King Carol of Rumania. The many modest yet
architecturally interesting mansions still remain to indicate their royal owners.
At its height its visitors referred to Estoril as the "Portuguese Riviera".
A Casino with wide surrounding avenues and spacious gardens, a golf course,
all of which soon appeared and then flanked by large hotels and impressive private
homes.

Lisbon: Full Day Excursion to Obidos, Nazare & Fatima

Drive through the medieval village of Obidos, the fishing village of Nazaré, continue to Alcobaça and to
the Shrine and city of Fatima.

8 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

In 1148 Dom Afonso Henriques
recaptured the town of Obidos from the Moors. Later in 1282, the King of Portugal
Dom Dinis made a wedding present of the town Obidos to his new wife Dona Isabel.
It is charming small and fortified town that has been carefully preserved. Impressive
18th Century blue tiles line the walls within the southern gate that is appropriately
known as Porta da Vila and acts as the main entrance.

 

Alcobaça is a town that
became notable in the 12th Century when it was the site for the important construction
of Portugal's largest church. In the month of March in 1147 the fledgling King,
Dom Afonso Henriques, defeated the Moors by capturing the town of Santarém.
As a suitable memory to this splendid victory he vowed to build a magnificent
home for the Order of Cistercians. In the church are the tombs of King Pedro
I and his murdered mistress, Inês de Castro and with this is the tragic story
of the liaison between Pedro and his ever-lasting love for Inês.

 

The well-known fishing
village of Nazaré is now a small town and a popular holiday resort with a boulevard,
bars and restaurants. The inhabitants have retained some of their past as can
be still seen in their own particular style of costume and women still wearing
the traditional dress, a black kerchief and the seven flannel skirts.

 

Located in the region of
Leiria, the small town and Basilica of Fatima is one of the most visited Marian
Shrines in the world. Begun in 1928 and consecrated on 7 October 1953, its 15
altars are dedicated to the 15 mysteries of the Rosary.

 

The painting above the high
altar depicts the Message of Our Lady to the little shepherds, prepared by the
Angel of Portugal, through their encounter with Christ in the Eucharist. Scenes
of the apparitions are represented in stained glass, as well as invocations
from the Litany of Our Lady.

 

The Perpetual Adoration
Chapel is situated at the end of the colonnade, on the eastern side, this chapel
for perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed, is a place of silent
prayer and adoration.

 

The Chapel of Apparitions
in the very heart of the Sanctuary. It was the first edifice constructed in
the Cova da Iria, at the place of Our Lady´s Apparitions. The exact spot is
marked by a marble pillar on which the Statue of Our Lady is placed.

Lisbon: Cultural Half Day City Tour
Visit the Royal Coach museum, the Sao Roque Church, the Chiado and Bairro Alto picturesque quarters, Do Carmo convent and the Fronteira Palace.

4 hour tour

Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified


 
Bairro Alto is a picturesque working class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city's bohemian haunt of artists and writers.  Its grid of streets is quiet during the day, but is transformed at night into the city's vibrant nightlife quarter. Behind colorful and graffiti-ridden façades, is a variety of traditional and international restaurants, tourist-packed Fado Houses, and a multitude of bars and alternative shops that stay open until late at night. Neighboring Chiado is an elegant, sophisticated district of theaters, bookshops, old-style cafes, art nouveau jewelry shops and luxurious international names.
 
The church of Sao Roque with the plainest façade in Lisbon has one of the city's richest interiors. Each of the chapels is a masterpiece of Baroque art but the showpiece is the fourth one on the left, the "world's most expensive chapel." 
 
Created through the efforts of Queen Amélia of Orleans and Bragança, wife of King Carlos I, the Royal Coach Museum, as it was then named, was inaugurated on May 23, 1905. The Museum is containing one of the largest collections of royal coaches in the world.
 
The Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira was built in 1671 as a hunting pavilion to Dom João de Mascarenhas, 1st Marquis of Fronteira, who received his title from King Alfonso VI of Portugal for his loyalty to the House of Braganza in the Portuguese Restoration War. The palace is still located in a very quiet area, near the Monsanto Forest Park. The house and the garden have glazed tiles representing different themes such as battles or monkeys playing trumpets.

The ruins of the Do Carmo Gothic convent &  church are evocative reminders of the devastation left by the 1755 earthquake. At the time of the earthquake it was the largest church in Lisbon, but today the roofless nave open to the sky is all that remains of the arches and rubble that caved in on the congregation as they were attending mass. 
Lisbon: Full Day to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Visit the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the Portuguese Kings and aristocracy with the beautiful Pena Palace, drive to Boca do Inferno, and continue to the fishing village of Cascais and the famous cosmopolitan town of Estoril.

8 hour tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Moderate physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified


Sintra is one of the most delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed "a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches of personalized artistic value and characteristic villages.

It will be time to visit to one of the highlights of the day: the Pena Palace. Driving around the mountain passing by amazing chalets and aristocratic residences you will reach the 19th century Pena Palace in the most incredible combination of architectural styles, colors and shapes that you will find in Portugal.

Cascais was a small fishing port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature’s elements at the mouth of the Rio Tejo. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the 17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed. The Citadel or Fort of Cascais is a 16th century fortress built to protect the Bay of Cascais. Today, Cascais now boasts smart new Marina with lovely yachts.
Just outside the town is the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray, thus creating its name which in English means "mouth of hell".

Estoril town was really created from the curious needs of the two World Wars. It became a prime location for European royal exiles forced to leave their own countries. It has been the residence of King Umberto II of Italy, Juan de Bourbon of Spain, Karl Hapsburg of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and King Carol of Rumania. The many modest yet architecturally interesting mansions still remain to indicate their royal owners. At its height its visitors referred to Estoril as the “Portuguese Riviera”. A Casino with wide surrounding avenues and spacious gardens, a golf course, all of which soon appeared and then flanked by large hotels and impressive private homes.
Lisbon: Half day excursion to Sintra & Colares Wine Cellar
Visit the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the Portuguese Kings and aristocracy with the National Palace and continue to Colares wine region to visit a wine cellar and taste the wine.

5 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees; wine taste & aperitifs.

Not Included: Any other services not specified



Sintra is one of the most delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed "a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches of personalized artistic value and characteristic villages.

The jewel of this region - The Colares Wine - had its origin not far away from the small convent. Beyond the adversities of plagues that have destroyed many of the original Portuguese vineyards, just one region, only one wine was able to fight this adversity and keep its original identity. And so, the Colares Wine Region persists, keeping one of the most ancient Portuguese wines, which awaits you to be tasted and understood, with its originality and simplicity.
Lisbon: Full day excursion to Evora
This tour invites you to explore Évora, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage City, due to its excellent preservation along the centuries. Visit the cathedral, the Church of St. Francis and the Chapel of the Bones, the University, the old town and the Giraldo Square.

8 hour tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified


After leaving Lisbon, we will drive to Évora by the countryside roads of Alentejo, for a beautiful sightseeing tour by car. In Évora, we will have enough time to walk in its historical center and "feel" the atmosphere of this town. A world of unexpected contrasts awaits you in the unique city of Evora. It has a history more than two thousand years old. You’ll see labyrinthine streets, squares flooded with light, Renaissance fountains, Moorish courtyards and Gothic doorways and turrets. After reaching the walled city our guide will invite you to visit the enigmatic church of St. Francis and its Chapel of the Bones.
 
The tour will continue up the narrow streets of the old town reaching the Giraldo Square where the Inquisition once had its headquarters. You will also have time to explore the millennium old Roman Temple and have a glimpse at the 12th century cathedral. The distant 16th century Évora thrived with culture and tradition in its university as much as it still does today. During a short visit to the century old university courtyard, you will understand why Évora was once the second most important city of Portugal. The Romans created the elegant temple, battlements and baths, and the Moorish “Yeborah” influenced the urban network of the Mouraria district. Conquered in the time of King Afonso Henriques, the city captured the imagination of the kings of Portugal. King João II chose it for the wedding of his successor to the daughter of the Catholic Monarchs. One of the most ostentatious celebrations ever seen in the late Middle Ages. King Manuel I established his court in Évora as did King João III.
 
Nobility accompanied the monarchs and built luxurious palaces, families such as the Counts of Basto and the Dukes of Cadaval settled here. It was at this time that the Royal Palace and large convents were built, such as the Convent of São Francisco. The Royal Palace is an unusual combination of the Gothic style with the decorative influence of Islam, whilst the Convent of São Francisco is one of the finest churches in Portugal. The 16th Century was a golden age for the city. Artists from Flanders, Italy and Spain flocked here to make their mark. Masters of humanities came from Salamanca and Paris to join the University, which was founded in 1553 and still functions today. Due to its historical significance, UNESCO has classified Évora as a World Heritage site.
Lisbon: Full day excursion to Sesimbra,Palmela & Azeitao wine cellar
This is an excursion to discover the country and seaside; including the Arrabida Natural Park, Cape Espichel, Palmela medieval castle, walks through the Setubal city center and Sesimbra fishing village, and visiting a wine cellar in Azeitao.
 
8 hour tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Moderate physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees; wine taste & aperitifs.

Not Included: Any other services not specified



This full-day tour is perfect to discover the genuine Portuguese country and seaside just one hour outside the metropolitan city of Lisbon. After the pick-up at your hotel in the morning, we will drive you to the town of Palmela just 40 minutes away from Lisbon where the adventure will begin. The 12th century castle of Palmela preserves the medieval atmosphere of the brave soldiers that once defended the Portuguese coast offering astonishing views over the city of Setúbal and its bay.

The tour will continue along the Portuguese countryside until you will reach the town of Azeitão where the art of wine-making awaits you in the wine cellars of José Maria da Fonseca. Famous for their Moscatel Wine production, they are also very proud to have bottled the first red wine in Portugal.

After the visit and the wine tasting, you will be more than ready to drive to the city of Setúbal. After a short walk in the town center, try the fresh catch of the day in one of the many fish restaurants overlooking the harbor.

After lunch it’s time to explore the marvellous scenery of the Nature Park of Arrábida. Home to unique species of fauna and flora, it also provides incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. At the end of this relaxing panoramic tour of the Park, our guide will take you to the Cape Espichel home to the Sanctuary with the same name where you can admire the impressive cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean. At the end of the day, you will still have time to have a look at the 12th century castle of Sesimbra and the nearby fishing village of the same name.
Lisbon: An Exploration of Lisbon - 8 Hours
Lying north of the River Tagus estuary and stretching over seven hills, Portugal's capital city has much to offer.  Receive a warm welcome at the port by your private guide and driver and from here commence your engaging tour of Lisbon.

Explore the Belem district with its magnificent Jerónimos Monastery, an extraordinary example of Portugal's 'Manueline' style of architecture. Once populated by monks, the UNESCO-listed monastery was commissioned by King Manuel I to celebrate Vasco da Gama's discovery of a sea route to India in 1498. Time permitting, visit Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), one of Lisbon's most iconic buildings and symbolic of Portugal's great Age of Expansion.

Next, it's time for a refreshment stop, where you may wish to sample the famous and scrumptious Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts). From here you return to you cruise ship.

Highlights:
  • Discover the beautiful Belem district with its magnificent Jeronimos Monastery
  • Behold the priceless treasures on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and try the exquisite pasteis de nata local pastries

Tour Duration: 8 Hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning / Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Private transport by luxury car or minivan
  • An expert local guide for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums
    All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
Lisbon: Queluz, Sintra and Estoril – 8 hours
Venture outside of Lisbon to explore Queluz, Sintra and Estoril during your private shore excursion. Take the short driver to the sumptuous 18th-century Queluz Palace, where you can admire the magnificent formal gardens and azulejo-lined canals.

Afterwards visit Sintra, the summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and Moorish emirs before them. Today, this town, nestling on the north side of the Sintra Mountain, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stroll through the town where charming streets are filled with fine handicraft shops. You then descend
to Guincho beach for a fabulous view of Cape Rock, the westernmost point of the European continent and continuing to the resort town of Estoril on the scenic coastal road with fantastic views, en route back to your cruise ship.



Highlights:
  • Explore Queluz Palace, the summer residence of the Portugese Royal Family
  • Take a short drive to Sintra, the summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and a UNESCO Word Heritage Site
Tour Duration: 8 Hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning / Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Private transport by luxury car or minivan
  • An expert local guide for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums
  • All taxes
     
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
Coimbra & Óbidos Medieval Village (6 - 8 Hours)
Imagem relacionadaMeet your private chauffeur at the dock and hit the road direction to Coimbra, one of Portugal's oldest cities and home to one of the world's first universities.
 
It was the capital of the country from 1139 to 1256 and its university was founded in 1290. Today this impressive university is still one of the world's most illustrious and the city's biggest attraction. Surrounding it in the old town are fine old churches and narrow streets standing on a hill overlooking the Modego River.
 
Enjoy a private visit to the Old University. Enter through the "Porta Férrea", dating from the 17th century, and continue towards a courtyard known as "Pátio das Escolas". On the north side lies the buildings of the Old University, the east observatory, and the west the small university church.
 
Most impressive of all is the baroque style library, Biblioteca Joanina, one of the world’s most resplendent. It was built in the early 18th century with rooms rich in gilt and exotic wood, and lined with 300,000 books. Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of the city, with a visit to the two cathedrals - the Old Cathedral (“Sé Velha") and the New Cathedral (“Sé Nova").
 
Lunch (not included) will be served in a restaurant that offers an informal atmosphere and sharing concept. Indulge in a "Market Kitchen", which uses the region's traditional products to create unique recipes, renewed four times a year, to the rhythm of the seasons.

After lunch, the journey continues direction towards the magnificent medieval city of Óbidos, Portugal’s most romantic medieval town.

 
The entire city of Óbidos was declared a National Monument. It is known as the "Weeding Gift" because it was a gift that D. Dinis gave to Queen Elizabeth on their wedding day in 1282. However, it is not only this fact that makes it such an extraordinarily romantic place - which makes it one of the most romantic medieval towns in Europe are its incredibly picturesque cobbled streets lined with colorful houses full of geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doors and windows, whitewashed churches, pots and glazed tiles all surrounded by the walls of a 12th century castle.
 
At the end of the day, your driver will take you to the dock in Lisbon.


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide – Half-Day at Disposal as per itinerary (3 - 4 horas); Entrance Fees at Joanina Library and Coimbra’s Cathedral (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Batalha and Alcobaça Majestic Monasteries, Fátima & Óbidos (10 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para batalha mosteiroMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. 
 
First stop will be at Batalha for an independent visit to the Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha, one of Europe's greatest Gothic masterpieces protected as a World Heritage monument, built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. 
 
Proceed to Alcobaça, and independent visit the Alcobaça Monastery, Europe's greatest Cistercian temple.  Founded in 1153 to commemorate a victory against the Moors, it was finally completed in 1223. It is now Portugal's largest church, and one of its outstanding architectural monuments. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and its excellent state of preservation makes it the finest example of Cistercian architecture in Europe.
 
Next stop will be Fátima, one of the largest Catholic shrines in the world since 1937.
 
Upon arrival, time for lunch in a "shrine" for regional food with a menu dedicated to quality Portuguese specialties, with the careful touch of home cooking.
 
After lunch, explore the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, a pilgrimage site world famous for the sightings reported by three local shepherds in 1917.
 
Drive continues towards the magnificent medieval walled town of Óbidos, the Wedding Present Town, Portugal's most romantic medieval village.
 
All of Óbidos has been declared a national monument. It is known as the "Wedding Present Town" because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282, but that alone is not what makes it such an extraordinarily romantic place - what make it one of Europe's most romantic medieval villages are its incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses filled with geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doorways and windows, whitewashed churches, flowerpots and dazzling tiles all encircled by the walls of a 12th century castle.
 
Drive back to the dock and drop-off.


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
 
Fátima & Óbidos Medieval Village (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para fátimaMeet your private chauffeur at the dock.
 
First stop will be at Fátima, one of the largest Catholic shrines in the world since 1937.
 
Upon arrival, time for lunch in a "shrine" for regional food with a menu dedicated to quality Portuguese specialties, with the careful touch of home cooking.
 
After lunch, explore the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, a pilgrimage site world famous for the sightings reported by three local shepherds in 1917.
 
Drive continues towards the magnificent medieval walled town of Óbidos, the Wedding Present Town, Portugal's most romantic medieval village.
 
All of Óbidos has been declared a national monument. It is known as the "Wedding Present Town" because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282, but that alone is not what makes it such an extraordinarily romantic place - what make it one of Europe's most romantic medieval villages are its incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses filled with geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doorways and windows, whitewashed churches, flowerpots and dazzling tiles all encircled by the walls of a 12th century castle.
 
Drive back to the dock and drop-off.


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Alcobaça Monastery, Nazaré and Óbidos Villages (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para nazaréMeet your private chauffeur at the dock.
 
First stop of the day will be at Alcobaça. Upon arrival enjoy an independent visit to Alcobaça Monastery, Europe's greatest Cistercian temple.  Founded in 1153 to commemorate a victory against the Moors, it was finally completed in 1223. It is now Portugal's largest church, and one of its outstanding architectural monuments. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and its excellent state of preservation makes it the finest example of Cistercian architecture in Europe.
 
Next stop will be Nazaré, a lovely, colorful and traditional fishing village.
 
Upon arrival, time for lunch (not included) at a very casual restaurant with excellent seafood.
 
After lunch, drive continues towards the magnificent medieval walled town of Óbidos, the Wedding Present Town, Portugal's most romantic medieval village.
 
All of Óbidos has been declared a national monument. It is known as the "Wedding Present Town" because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282, but that alone is not what makes it such an extraordinarily romantic place.
 
What make it one of Europe's most romantic medieval villages are its incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses filled with geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doorways and windows, whitewashed churches, flowerpots and dazzling tiles all encircled by the walls of a 12th century castle.
 
Drive back to your dock and drop-off.


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours)

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Alenquer for Wine Lovers & Óbidos (6 - 8 Hours)
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Today, meet your private chauffeur at the dock and hit the road towards Alenquer, for an exclusive treat at selected wine Estate, a wonderful and enchanting property for its buildings architecture and for its beautiful vineyards.
 
This wine estate is located in the surroundings of Aldeia Galega and it spreads over the sunny hills’ of Alenquer, a Delimited Region in the northwest of Lisboa. Its historical and excellent vineyards are known since the 16th century and have belonged to Diogo Duff, a brave Scottish man who received the "Tower and Sword" insignia, given by King João VI. Alice and Paulo Tavares da Silva bought the estate in the 1980s and made significant investments in its 45ha of vineyard. The introduction of new cultivation methods has allowed the family to consolidate the quality and reputation of their wines.
 
In an accompanied visit, you can get to know the wine making technology and methods used in the Quinta to produce their elegant wines, learning every step of the wine process. After understand how the wines are produced, see for yourself how they are stored during the ageing process that gives them some of their most typical characteristic. Follows a private and lectured wine tasting, lectured by the responsible for the oenology department, Sandra Tavares da Silva, the daughter of the owners, or by the resident oenologist, so you can confirm the high quality of their product. The family will invite you for lunch at their house.
 
Sandra is making wines in both Estremadura and the Douro, which necessitates travelling between the two regions three times a week. Since then her day job has been as winemaker for Christiano Van Zeller at Quinta do Vale D. Maria in the Douro. In 2000 she began making wines from her parents Estremadura estate, at the Quinta you will visit. With their depth of fruit and fine structure these have rapidly established a reputation as being among the best of the appellation.
 
After lunch, drive to the magnificent medieval walled town of Óbidos which has been declared a national monument. It is known as the "Wedding Present Town" because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282, but that alone is not what makes it such an extraordinarily romantic place - what make it one of Europe's most romantic medieval villages are its incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses filled with geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doorways and windows, whitewashed churches, flowerpots and dazzling tiles all encircled by the walls of a 12th century castle.
 
Drive back to the dock and drop-off.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Wine Estate Private Visit, Lectured Wine Tasting and Lunch (pre-set menu with wines).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Dressage Experience, Wine & Lunch with the Countess (6 - 8 Hours)


Your day begins when you are collected at the port by your chauffeured luxury vehicle. Drive direction to Muge in order to visit a magnificent Horse & Wine Estate.
 
This estate belongs to the Álvares Pereira de Melo family for almost four centuries. In this House lived during over a year the Queen Leonor, third wife of King Manuel I, sister of the Emperor D. Carlos V and mother of Infanta Dona Maria.
 
Upon arrival at the estate, you will be welcomed by the master rider at the Riding Hall and you will have the opportunity to ride a Lusitano Stallion for a classical dressage lesson.
 
After this unforgettable experience, you will have time to taste their wines from the different varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir) as well as selected blends such as Padre Pedro, Herdade de Muge and Marquees of Cadaval. The house oenologist will lecture you on the “secret” flavours while you taste.
 
Then, you will be invited by the owner (Countess Teresa Álvares Pereira Schönborn-Wiesentheid) of the Domain, to have lunch at the Palace. *Subject to availability
 
After lunch, a cart pulled by two noble studs, expects you to explore this very unique farm, going through the vineyards, natural reserve where you will meet the mares and foals. Your day at the farm is almost ending but, before leaving, tea will be served by the lake spotted with local birds,in magic scenery of tranquillity.
           
Drive towards Lisbon. Your chauffeur will drop you off at the ship.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Wine Estate Private Visit, Dressage experience, Lectured Wine Tasting and Lunch (pre-set menu with wines).


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Tomar & Óbidos Jewish Inheritance (6 - 8 Hours)
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Today, meet your private chauffeur at the dock and drive towards Tomar, a charming and historically outstanding town located in central Portugal. It is dominated by a 12th-century Templar castle containing one of the country most significant and impressive monuments, the Convent of Christ (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO).
 
Enjoy a private visit to the Templar Castle and a private visit to the Museu Luso-Hebraico Abraham Zacuto (Abraham Zacuto Portuguese-Jewish Museum). It is housed in the oldest synagogue in Portugal and it displays a variety of interesting artifacts from Tomar and around the world.
 
Next stop will be Óbidos, Portugal's most romantic medieval village.
 
All of Óbidos has been declared a national monument. It is known as the "Wedding Present Town" because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282, but that alone is not what makes it such an extraordinarily romantic place - what make it one of Europe's most romantic medieval villages are its incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses filled with geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doorways and windows, whitewashed churches, flowerpots and dazzling tiles all encircled by the walls of a 12th century castle.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at a charming restaurant embraced by the castle walls, offering a unique and charming atmosphere. Their cuisine is based on typical Portuguese gastronomy, receives a careful selection of worldwide influences, all combined in a creative and refined fashion.
 
Enjoy a walking tour inside the walls. This walled town, with its narrow streets spreading from the foot of the castle, still preserves all the atmosphere of a 16th century mediaeval town.
 
The Jewish quarter, an area was once inhabited by traders, artists and scientists, was in the centre of the town, close to the Rua Direita and the beautiful 16th century Renaissance church of Santa Maria, where it is possible to appreciate the paintings of Josefa d'Obidos, one of the most important 17th century Portuguese artists.
 
Since it was the property of the queens of Portugal, Obidos always enjoyed special protection from the royal court and at one time had a school of arts and sciences. The effects of all this culture are clearly evident in its artistic heritage, in particular the Manueline palace that was built inside the castle walls (now converted into the Obidos Pousada).
 
At the end of the day your driver will take you to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide – Full-Day at Disposal as per itinerary (6 - 8 horas); Entrance Fees at Templar Castle and Museu Luso-Hebraico Abraham Zacuto (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Lisbon History & Local Flavours (6 - 8 Hours) BEST SELLER
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Boasting springtime temperatures during the winter and cool summers freshened by a breeze blowing in from the Atlantic, Costa de Lisboa, on the southwestern coast, offers a rich and impressively integrated diversity. The capital of Portugal since its conquest from the Moors in 1147, Lisbon is a legendary city with over 20 centuries of History.
 
Start your journey at Alfama, the Lisbon’s heart during Moorish times. The Moors have moved on, but the neighborhood retains an exotic atmosphere.  You might stop at the St Georges Castle-formerly a Moorish citadel and at Tiles Museum.
 
You'll find yourself wandering through colorful XVIII century squares downtown and getting lost in the medieval maze of the Alfama district overlooked by an ancient castle.
 
For lunch (not included) we suggest a lovely restaurant facing Tagus River where the fresh fish served is among the best quality offered in the markets of Lisbon.
 
Enjoy a panoramic tour to Belem area with Discovery Monument and the XVI century Belem Tower.
 
You will take into a private visit to the XVI century Jeronimos Monastery, the incomparable monastery that exemplifies the Manueline style, a highly decorative form of architecture that emerged during the reign of Manuel I (1495-1521).
 
End your day at a local pastry store dated back from early 19th century. Nowadays it serves an average 10,000 Pasteis de Belém (custard tarts) a day, a specialty made with a secret centuries-old recipe. Indulge in a special gourmet treat on one of their rooms covered with 17th-century tiles.
 
Your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Private Transfer by Deluxe vehicle with English speaking chauffeur from Lisbon International Airport to Lisbon Hotel; Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (6 - 8 Hours); Entrance fees at St. Georges Castle, Tiles Museum and Jeronimos Monastery (Optional); Gourmet treat at local pastry store (Optional).
Not feasible: Mondays.


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Lisbon History with Alfama District (3 - 4 Hours)
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Boasting springtime temperatures during the winter and cool summers freshened by a breeze blowing in from the Atlantic, Costa de Lisboa, on the southwestern coast, offers a rich and impressively integrated diversity. The capital of Portugal since its conquest from the Moors in 1147, Lisbon is a legendary city with over 20 centuries of History.
 
Start your journey at Alfama, the Lisbon’s heart during Moorish times. The Moors have moved on, but the neighborhood retains an exotic atmosphere.  You might stop at the St Georges Castle-formerly a Moorish citadel and at Tiles Museum.
 
You'll find yourself wandering through colorful XVIII century squares downtown and getting lost in the medieval maze of the Alfama district overlooked by an ancient castle.
 
Your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Half-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (3 - 4 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Tiles Museum and St. George Castle (Optional).
Not feasible: Mondays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
 
Lisbon History with Belem Area (3 - 4 Hours)
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Boasting springtime temperatures during the winter and cool summers freshened by a breeze blowing in from the Atlantic, Costa de Lisboa, on the southwestern coast, offers a rich and impressively integrated diversity. The capital of Portugal since its conquest from the Moors in 1147, Lisbon is a legendary city with over 20 centuries of History.
 
Start your journey at Alfama, Lisbon’s heart during Moorish times. The neighborhood retains an exotic atmosphere.
 
You'll find yourself wandering through colorful XVIII century squares downtown and getting lost in the medieval maze of the Alfama district overlooked by an ancient castle.
 
Follows a panoramic tour to Belem area with Discovery Monument and the XVI century Belem Tower.
 
Enjoy a private visit to the XVI century Jeronimos Monastery, which exemplifies the Manueline style, a highly decorative form of architecture.

Follows a visit to a local pastry store dated back from early 19th century. Nowadays it serves an average 10,000 Pasteis de Belém (custard tarts) a day, a specialty made with a secret centuries-old recipe. Indulge in a special gourmet treat on one of their rooms covered with 17th-century tiles.

 
By the end of your journey, your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Half-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (3 - 4 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fee at Jeronimos Monastery (Optional).
Not feasible: Mondays and Sunday mornings.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
 
Lisbon Jewish Inheritance (6 - 8 Hours)
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Today, with the assistance of your guide, visit the Sha'are Tikva (Gates of Hope) Synagogue. In 1871 the Jews of Lisbon were granted permission to build a synagogue, a dream not fully realized until the dedication of the Shaare Tikva in 1904. The synagogue served as the centre of Jewish life in Lisbon thereafter; it was a sanctuary for the thousands of Jewish refugees who passed through Portugal during World War II.
 
For lunch (not included) we suggest an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
Passing the Rossio, the original headquarters of the Inquisition, reach the Largo da Graça, from where you can admire the magnificent city view, the Tagus River, and the “Seven Hills” of Lisbon. Continue to Porta do Sol, descending on foot through Alfama, Lisbon's oldest area.
 
The city's legendary seven hills will also seduce you into admiring characteristic mosaic pavements and dazzling tiled façades, and will reward you with strategically-placed viewpoints offering breathtaking panoramas over the city after a ride on a charming old tram.
 
Explore the Alfama district, the Lisbon heart during Moorish times. The Moors have moved on, but the neighborhood retains an exotic atmosphere. Visit to the St. Georges Castle formerly a Moorish citadel. The castle boasts panoramic views of the city.
 
You'll find yourself wandering through colorful XVIII century squares downtown and getting lost in the medieval maze of the Alfama district overlooked by an ancient castle. Jewish refugees from Spain settled here in the fifteenth century. The entrance to the neighborhood’s Jewish quarter, or Judiaría, was through the Arco de Rosario. 
 
Just inside the arch is a brick wall with a pair of decorative arched windows near the top - all that remains of what is believed to have been the quarter's synagogue. Up the winding stairway just inside the arch is the Rua da Judiaría, the central artery of the former Jewish quarter. The typical medieval houses have a narrow door that was the family entrance and a wider one that often housed the place of business, such as a shop or workshop.
 
At the end of the tor your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (8 Hours); Entrance fees at Lisbon Synagogue and St. George Castle (Optional).
Not Feasible: Fridays, Weekends, Jewish Holidays and Yom Tov

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Lisbon Family Travel (6 - 8 Hours)
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Boasting springtime temperatures during the winter and cool summers freshened by a breeze blowing in from the Atlantic, Costa de Lisboa, on the southwestern coast, offers a rich and impressively integrated diversity. The capital of Portugal since its conquest from the Moors in 1147, Lisbon is a legendary city with over 20 centuries of History.
 
Start your morning with a private guided visit to the Tiles Museum followed by tile paiting workshop.
 
Enjoy a private panoramic walking tour to new Lisbon on the waterfront. The Park of Nations is Lisbon at its most modern. On the east side of town, contemporary architecture now covers a vast area of urban regeneration. The most notable buildings are the awning of the Pavilhão de Portugal (Portugal Pavilion) and the Gare de Oriente (Oriente Train Station). The numerous small parks, many of them right on the river, and the famous cable car, make it a great place for a family outing. Indulge on a cable car panoramic tour (opcional).
 
Before lunch, enjoy a private visit to The Oceanário (Oceanarium), one of the world's largest aquariums. Designed by American architect Peter Chermeyeff, it rises from the river and is reached by a footbridge. It is a deep-sea diving experience without any of the risks, with about 25,000 fish, seabirds, and mammals in an enormous central tank that is the size of four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Visitors can look into it from different levels for close-ups of the various creatures, including different species of sharks.
 
Lunch (not included) at a lovely restaurant facing Tagus River where the fresh fish served is among the best quality offered in the markets of Lisbon.
 
Enjoy a panoramic tour to Belem area with Discovery Monument and the XVI century Belem Tower. You will take into a private visit to the XVI century Jeronimos Monastery, the incomparable monastery that exemplifies the Manueline style, a highly decorative form of architecture that emerged during the reign of Manuel I (1495-1521).
 
End your day at a local pastry store dated back from early 19th century. Nowadays it serves an average 10,000 Pasteis de Belém (custard tarts) a day, a specialty made with a secret centuries-old recipe. Indulge in a special gourmet treat on one of their rooms covered with 17th-century tiles.
 
At the end of the tour your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (8 Hours); Private Tile Workshop; Entrance fees at Tiles Museum, The Oceanário, Cable Car and Jeronimos Monastery (Optional); Gourmet treat at local pastry store (Optional).
Not feasible: Mondays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Mystic Sintra, Cascais Coastline & Lisbon (6 - 8 Hours) BEST SELLER
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today is a superb day of sightseeing in the quaint and aristocratic, World Heritage by Unesco, town of Sintra - where Lord Byron lived and considered it to be “Paradise in Earth”. You'll see castles, fortresses, forests, and beautiful scenery.
 
Sintra and its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have bewitched visitors for centuries. The Romans made it a place of cult moon worshiping and named it "Cynthia" after the goddess of the moon. They were followed by the Moors who also fell in love with the lush vegetation and built a hilltop castle, a palace, and several fountains around the town. Later it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and attracted a number of wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas.
 
Indulge on a private panoramic tour throughout Sintra remarkable monuments. You'll first visit the 19th century Pena Palace, one of Europe's most fantastic palaces. It includes a drawbridge, a conglomeration of turrets, ramparts, and domes, and a gargoyle above a Neo-Manueline arch, all washed in an array of pastel shades. The extravagant interior is decorated in late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings, rich ornaments, paintings, and priceless porcelain preserved just as the royal family left them.
 
Lunch (not included) in restaurant renowned for its exceptional fresh fish and seafood. The property resembles an old-style farmhouse, replete with a maritime themed interior. The comfortable and relaxing atmosphere makes this restaurant a favorite among locals.
 
After lunch, continue to Lisbon where you will enjoy a panoramic tour to Belem area with Discovery Monument and the XVI century Belem Tower. You will take into a private visit to the XVI century Jeronimos Monastery, the incomparable monastery that exemplifies the Manueline style, a highly decorative form of architecture that emerged during the reign of Manuel I (1495-1521).
 
End your day at a local pastry store dated back from early 19th century. Nowadays it serves an average 10,000 Pasteis de Belém (custard tarts) a day, a specialty made with a secret centuries-old recipe. Indulge in a special gourmet treat on one of their rooms covered with 17th-century tiles.
 
At the end of the tor your chauffeur will take you back to the dock hotel.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (8 Hours); Entrance fees at Pena Palace and Jeronimos Monastery (Optional); Gourmet treat at local pastry store (Optional).
Not feasible: Mondays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Mystic Sintra & Cascais & Estoril Coastline (6 - 8 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today is a superb day of sightseeing in the quaint and aristocratic, World Heritage by UNESCO, town of Sintra - where Lord Byron lived and considered it to be “Paradise in Earth”. You'll see castles, fortresses, forests, and beautiful scenery.
 
Sintra and its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have bewitched visitors for centuries. The Romans made it a place of cult moon worshiping and named it "Cynthia" after the goddess of the moon. They were followed by the Moors who also fell in love with the lush vegetation and built a hilltop castle, a palace, and several fountains around the town. Later it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and attracted a number of wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas.
 
Indulge on a private panoramic tour throughout Sintra remarkable monuments.
 
You'll first visit the 19th century Pena Palace, one of Europe's most fantastic palaces. It includes a drawbridge, a conglomeration of turrets, ramparts, and domes, and a gargoyle above a Neo-Manueline arch, all washed in an array of pastel shades. The extravagant interior is decorated in late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings, rich ornaments, paintings, and priceless porcelain preserved just as the royal family left them.
 
Drive towards Lisbon following the coastline. En-route stop at Cascais, a lovely fishermen village.
 
For lunch, we strongly suggest the enchanting selected fortress restaurant, by the sea. The views from your table will enhance their exquisite recipes…
 
After lunch venture on a relaxing walking tour to the Cascais center, enjoying the fresh sea breeze.
 
Your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Pena Palace (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
 
Sintra Unesco World Heritage (6 - 8 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today is a superb day of sightseeing in the quaint and aristocratic, World Heritage by UNESCO, town of Sintra - where Lord Byron lived and considered it to be “Paradise in Earth”. You'll see castles, fortresses, forests, and beautiful scenery.
 
Sintra and its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have bewitched visitors for centuries. The Romans made it a place of cult moon worshiping and named it "Cynthia" after the goddess of the moon. They were followed by the Moors who also fell in love with the lush vegetation and built a hilltop castle, a palace, and several fountains around the town. Later it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and attracted a number of wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas.
 
Indulge on a private panoramic tour throughout Sintra remarkable monuments.
 
You'll first visit the 19th century Pena Palace, one of Europe's most fantastic palaces. It includes a drawbridge, a conglomeration of turrets, ramparts, and domes, and a gargoyle above a Neo-Manueline arch, all washed in an array of pastel shades. The extravagant interior is decorated in late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings, rich ornaments, paintings, and priceless porcelain preserved just as the royal family left them.
 
Lunch (not included) at one of the most emblematic places of the historical center of the village of Sintra. With 18th-century palatial decoration, originally from the period of the building, the mirrored dining room with its gold-rimmed edges and the frescoes on the ceilings transform this space into a place of great refinement.
 
Follows a private guided visit to the remarkable Regaleira Estate and the exotic Monserrate Palace and its romantic subtropical gardens.
 
Your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (6 – 8 Hours); Entrance fees at Pena Palace, Regaleira Estate, Monserrate Palace (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
 
Sintra, Cascais Coastline & Queluz History (6 - 8 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock.
 
Today is a superb day of sightseeing in the quaint and aristocratic, World Heritage by UNESCO, town of Sintra - where Lord Byron lived and considered it to be “Paradise in Earth”. You'll see castles, fortresses, forests, and beautiful scenery.
 
Sintra and its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have bewitched visitors for centuries. The Romans made it a place of cult moon worshiping and named it "Cynthia" after the goddess of the moon. They were followed by the Moors who also fell in love with the lush vegetation and built a hilltop castle, a palace, and several fountains around the town. Later it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and attracted a number of wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas.
 
Indulge on a private panoramic tour throughout Sintra remarkable monuments.
 
You'll first visit the 19th century Pena Palace, one of Europe's most fantastic palaces. It includes a drawbridge, a conglomeration of turrets, ramparts, and domes, and a gargoyle above a Neo-Manueline arch, all washed in an array of pastel shades. The extravagant interior is decorated in late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings, rich ornaments, paintings, and priceless porcelain preserved just as the royal family left them.
 
Drive towards Lisbon following the coastline. En-route stop at Cascais, a lovely fishermen village.
 
For lunch, we strongly suggest the enchanting selected fortress restaurant, by the sea. The views from your table will enhance their exquisite recipes…
 
After lunch venture on a relaxing walking tour to the Cascais center, enjoying the fresh sea breeze.
 
En route to Lisbon enjoy a private visit to visit the beautiful XVIII century Queluz Palace, reminiscent of Versailles.
 
 
Ending the tour, you will be dropped off at the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-Day at Disposal as per itinerary (6 – 8 Hours); Entrance fees at Pena Palace and Queluz Palace (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Cooking Class & Sintra Unesco World Heritage (6 - 8 Hours) BEST SELLER
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock.

Start your day in Cascais, a charming fishing village. In the morning, enjoy a visit to the local market and, with the help of the Chef, purchase fresh ingredients for lunch preparation.
Follows, in a 19th century palatial, a cooking class overlooking the sea. Lunch will be served after class.
After lunch, drive towards, World Heritage by UNESCO, town of Sintra - where Lord Byron lived and considered it to be “Paradise in Earth”. You'll see castles, fortresses, forests, and beautiful scenery.
Sintra and its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have bewitched visitors for centuries. The Romans made it a place of cult moon worshiping and named it "Cynthia" after the goddess of the moon. They were followed by the Moors who also fell in love with the lush vegetation and built a hilltop castle, a palace, and several fountains around the town. Later it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and attracted a number of wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas.
Indulge on a private panoramic tour throughout Sintra remarkable monuments.
You'll first visit the 19th century Pena Palace, one of Europe's most fantastic palaces. It includes a drawbridge, a conglomeration of turrets, ramparts, and domes, and a gargoyle above a Neo-Manueline arch, all washed in an array of pastel shades. The extravagant interior is decorated in late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings, rich ornaments, paintings, and priceless porcelain preserved just as the royal family left them.

Ending the tour, you will be dropped off at the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 – 4 Hours); Private Cooking Workshop followed by Lunch (pre-set menu with wines); Entrance fees at Pena Palace (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Sintra Mountains Jeep Tour (4 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock.
 
Today is a superb day in the quaint and aristocratic, World Heritage by UNESCO, town of Sintra - where Lord Byron lived and considered it to be “Paradise in Earth”. You'll see castles, fortresses, forests, and beautiful scenery.
 
Sintra and its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have bewitched visitors for centuries. The Romans made it a place of cult moon worshiping and named it "Cynthia" after the goddess of the moon. They were followed by the Moors who also fell in love with the lush vegetation and built a hilltop castle, a palace, and several fountains around the town. Later it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and attracted a number of wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas.
 
Indulge in a half-day Jeep tour through the hills of Sintra, diving into a unique nature. Mandatory stops at the Peninha Sanctuary or the most western point of the Europe, the awe-inspiring viewpoint at Cabo da Roca.
 
Ending the tour, you will be dropped off at the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Half-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (3 - 4 Hours); Half-Day Jeep Tour (3 - 4 hours) with English Speaking Fluent Driver.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Alentejo & Local Tradition (6 - 8 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, your driver will take you to Alentejo Region, to get to know the city of Évora and taste the local flavors.
 
With the help from your expert guide, enjoy a panoramic tour through Évora historic centre. You will be lectured on the city highlights and local monuments history, like the Roman Temple, the Bones Chapel and the Medieval Cathedral. 
 
''Evora is the finest example of a city of the golden age of Portugal after the destruction of Lisbon by the earthquake of 1755” Inscription criteria on the List of the UNESCO World Heritage (1985). Due to part of the town which being enclosed by ancient walls preserved in its original state and, to its monuments dating from various historical periods, Évora is included in UNESCO's World Heritage list.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served in a small, cozy and friendly restaurant, where the regional cuisine is well prepared according to family recipes. The decoration is rustic, supported in the extensive wine cellar, brand image of this house.
 
Your journey continues towards Vila Viçosa, a Royal retreat of marble extravaganza. Upon arrival, explore the city on your own.
 
All around the peaceful wide streets of Vila Viçosa lined with orange and lemon trees seems to be made of marble. Benches, sidewalks, framing windows and doors are made of this brilliant "white gold", the local marble from the huge quarries outside the city.
 
The next stop will be Arraiolos, where you can enjoy the art of tapestry.
 
This town situated under the ruins of a Moorish castle actually dates back to Celtic times, but is mostly famous for its carpets that originated with the Moors and were later inspired by Persian and Indian designs during the Age of Discoveries. Many of them now cover the most famous houses and palaces in Portugal, and although they are sold all over the country, the biggest bargains are found in many of the shops in Arraiolos.
 
At the end of the day, your driver will take you to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 – 4); Entrance fees at Bones Chapel, S. Francisco Church and Medieval Cathedral (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Alentejo Wine & Olive Oil (10 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, your driver will take you to Alentejo Region, to get to know the city of Évora and taste the local flavors.
 
With the help from your expert guide, enjoy a panoramic tour through Évora historic centre. You will be lectured on the city highlights and local monuments history, like the Roman Temple, the Bones Chapel and the Medieval Cathedral. 
 
''Evora is the finest example of a city of the golden age of Portugal after the destruction of Lisbon by the earthquake of 1755” Inscription criteria on the List of the UNESCO World Heritage (1985). Due to part of the town which being enclosed by ancient walls preserved in its original state and, to its monuments dating from various historical periods, Évora is included in UNESCO's World Heritage list.
 
Your journey continues to Reguengos in order to visit a worldwide famous selected wine estate.
 
The origins of this estate and its winemaking activities, date back to the prehistoric times of the megalithic cultures and the Bronze Age. Already during the Roman occupation, the wines of the settlement were exported to the whole Empire. The boundaries of the estate were established in 1267 and have remained practically unaltered since then.
 
Enjoy a private visit to wine cellars, lectured wine tasting and lunch (not included). Afterwards, savor the local cuisine and the local olive oils and cheeses, paired with their best wines, in scenery of tranquility, spotted by the greenery of the cork-oaks and olive trees.
 
Besides producing a large quantity of top quality wines, its prominence on export markets over the last decade has raised the profile of the Alentejo as a quality wine region outside Portugal, and no doubt has encouraged other producers to follow its lead.
At the end of the day, your chauffer will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (10 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Private Visit to selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting; Entrance fees at Bones Chapel, S. Francisco Church and Medieval Cathedral (Optional).
Not feasible:  Sundays and Mondays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Alentejo, Local Tradition & Wine Estates (10 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock. Your driver will take you to Alentejo Region, to get to know the city of Évora and taste the local flavors.
 
Enjoy a panoramic tour through Évora historic centre and local monuments, like the Roman Temple, the Bones Chapel and the Medieval Cathedral. 
 
''Evora is the finest example of a city of the golden age of Portugal after the destruction of Lisbon by the earthquake of 1755” Inscription criteria on the List of the UNESCO World Heritage (1985).
 
Your journey continues to Monsaraz. Lunch will be served (not included) at a former olive oil factory converted in a local restaurant with industrial archeology. Even the olive oil presses reveal themselves as picture frames, one freshly finished while the next waits empty, until others come to paint them in, so that diners can glance over to find their senses aroused right up to the last mouthful.
 
Time to explore, on your own, the medieval town of Monsaraz village. It is a truly unique place where one can find all the peace and tranquility that have been forgotten by the modern era.
 
Stop at a local store dating back 1830 with the regional blankets and tapestry is highly recommended. It’s a small shop that sells colorful refined blankets and shawls woven according to local traditions and which are sold internationally at KENZO Home, after the company’s founder Kenzo Takada visited the 19th century factory himself.
 
Your journey continues to Reguengos in order to visit a worldwide famous selected wine estate.
 
The origins of this estate and its winemaking activities, date back to the prehistoric times of the megalithic cultures and the Bronze Age. Already during the Roman occupation, the wines of the settlement were exported to the whole Empire. The boundaries of the estate were established in 1267 and have remained practically unaltered since then.
 
Enjoy a private visit to wine cellars, lectured wine tasting and lunch (pre-set menu with wines). Afterwards, savor the local cuisine and the local olive oils and cheeses, paired with their best wines, in scenery of tranquility, spotted by the greenery of the cork-oaks and olive trees.
At the end of the day, your chauffer will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (10 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Private Visit to selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting and Lunch (not included); Entrance fees at Bones Chapel, S. Francisco Church and Medieval Cathedral (Optional).
Not feasible:  Sundays and Mondays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Alentejo & Wine Flavours (6 - 8 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, your driver will take you to the noble city of Estremoz, an utterly charming Alentejo town.
 
Estremoz has a rich cultural heritage, in which clearly the major feature is the castle with its medieval walls and the former thirteenth-century citadel, which now houses a Pousada.
 
Upon arrival, enjoy a private visit to an 18th century wine estate, nowadays considered a landmark, not only for its beauty but also for its history and quality of its wines, referred by Wine Spectator. This estate is one of the most beautiful country house in the region, preserving the original features of its "Baroque" and "Joanina" style architecture.
 
Pamper your taste with a private lectured wine tasting and lunch (pre-set Menu and drinks included).
 
Your journey continues towards Évora.
 
''Evora is the finest example of a city of the golden age of Portugal after the destruction of Lisbon by the earthquake of 1755” Inscription criteria on the List of the UNESCO World Heritage (1985).
 
Due to part of the town which being enclosed by ancient walls preserved in its original state and, to its monuments dating from various historical periods, Évora is included in UNESCO's World Heritage list.
 
With the help from your expert guide, enjoy a panoramic tour through Évora historic Centre. You will be lectured on the city highlights and local monuments history, like the Roman Temple, the Bones Chapel and the Medieval Cathedral
 
At the end of the day, your driver will take you to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Private Visit to selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting and Lunch (pre-set menu with wines); Entrance fees at Bones Chapel, S. Francisco Church and Medieval Cathedral (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Lisbon Sightseeing HD D&G (3 - 4 Hours)


Meet your private chauffeur and expert guide at the dock and start your tour with a panoramic tour to Alfama medievel district.

Follows a panoramic to
Belém area with panoramic to Discovery Monuments and Belém Tower and a private guided visit to Jerónimos Monastery.

End your tour with a stop at the 19th century factory converted into a pastry shop for a gourmet treat with Pastéis de Belém and a glass of Port (reservation not accepted).

Ending the tour, your chauffeur will drop you off at the dock.


Includes: Transportation - Half-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (3 - 4 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-Day at Disposal as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Gourmet treat with two traditional Portuguese custard tarts with one or two beverages amongst the following options (water, tea, coffee, orange juice, port wine); Entrance Fees at Jerónimos Monastery; Driver and Guide Gratuities Included.

Note: 
  • Not feasible on Mondays and Holidays;
  • According to restrictions related with Covid-19 implemented at the time of the booking, vehicle allocation may need revision.
Lisbon at Your Leisure HD D&G (3 - 4 Hours)


Suggested Tour:
Meet your private chauffeur and expert guide at the dock and start your tour with a panoramic tour to Alfama medievel district.

Follows a panoramic to 
Belém area with panoramic to Discovery Monuments and Belém Tower and we suggest a private guided visit to Jerónimos Monastery.

Suggested stop at the 19th century factory converted into a pastry shop for a gourmet treat with Pastéis de Belém and a glass of Port (reservation not accepted). 

Ending the tour, your chauffeur will drop you off at the dock. 

Includes: Transportation - Half-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (3 - 4 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-Day at Disposal as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Driver and Guide Gratuities Included.

Note: 
  • Not feasible on Mondays and Holidays;
  • According to restrictions related with Covid-19 implemented at the time of the booking, vehicle allocation may need revision.
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Oporto (Leixoes)

Oporto (Leixoes) 04/16/2022

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixões lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom Luís Bridge looming over its ancient houses, richly decorated Baroque churches, and Soares dos Reis National Museum. The São Bento Station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.,
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Porto

Porto 04/16/2022

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixões lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom Luís Bridge looming over its ancient houses, richly decorated Baroque churches, and Soares dos Reis National Museum. The São Bento Station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Porto: Cultural Porto Half Day City Tour

It is the second largest city in Portugal and a very important commercial and industrial area by the
Douro river. Visit to the Cathedral, city center, Doña María bridge, Stock Exchange Palace, San Bento station and a wine cellar to taste the famous Porto wine.

5 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees. Wine taste.

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

Porto is the country´s
second largest city. The cathedral was built in the 12th century, inside, it
is worth admiring the paintings by Nicolau Nasoni, the silver altarpiece of
the Holy Sacrament, the João Gordo ("Fat John") Chapel and the cloister.

 

San Bento Station built
on the site of an ancient convent, it was completed in 1916. Now, only regional
trains pass through here. Inside, the immense panels of tiles creted by Jorge
Colaço, reproducing historical scenes, add a rare artistic beauty to the station.

 

The Stock Exchange Palace
is a Baroque 18th century construction by Nicolau Nasoni. Worthy of notice are
the church's interior decorated with Baroque-rococo gilt carvings, the polychromatic
retable by Manuel Porto and the impressive 75.60-metres tower.

 

Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance
with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition
for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered
the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the
current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer
Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.

 

The genuine city is visible
at the quarter of Ribeira ("River-bank"), right by the river. Narrow and winding
streets, dark arcades, typical houses with colourful façades set in a place
which preserves the charm of sites marked by history, full of contrasts and
curious characteristics.

 

Right next to Porto is Vila
Nova de Gaia, the lodges where Port wine is blended and aged and where you can
taste the different varieties.

Porto: Full Day Excursion to Braga and Guimarães

Drive north Porto to the city of Braga with the Cathedral, Palace do Raio and the Archbishop Palace. Continue to the lovely town of Guimarães to visit the Castle, the medieval quarter, the church of Sao Francisco and the fomer Monastery of our Lady of Oliveira.

8 hours tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Braga is a very important trading centre since recorded times and was given the name "Bracara Augusta" by the Romans in c.296 BC. During the 5th Century it was the capital of Suevian Kingdom but in 456 it was captured by Theodore II who later converted to Catholicism. The Moors took possession in about 730 and then later in 1040 Fernando I of Castile eventually liberated the city from these occupiers. In the 12th Century, Braga gained importance during the reign of King Dom Afonso Henriques.

The 14th Century Torre de Menagem that stands in the City's square is all that remains of the original fortifications. The much altered and extended 12th Century Cathedral was built on the site of an older church destroyed in the 6th Century. Another building of note is the 16th Century Palácio dos Biscainhos that was originally an aristocratic lavish home with ornate interesting gardens. On display within the palace is a museum of Portuguese period furniture and many other ethnographic items. In one of the minor streets close to the 17th Century Baroque Church Santa Cruz is the ornate and blue tiled façade of the building known as Palácio do Raio.

On the overlooking forested slope to the east of the town is one of Portugal's most famous tourist attraction, Igreja de Bom Jesus de Monte. Construction of this building was in 1776 and it's impressive Baroque staircase is symbolic of the Fourteen Stations of the Cross that lead the many visitors upwards to the Church. Archbishop's Palace (14th-18th centuries): Gothic, mannerist and baroque wings. Houses the Library of the City.

Guimarães, King Alfonso de León in 840 convened a Council of Bishops and Counts in this town. Some 28 years later a nobleman named Vimara Peres established the town as a centre to be ruled as a Burgh in Germanic tradition. In the 10th Century this town was said to be ruled by a woman named Mumadona. She constructed a wooden castle from which she successfully defended her surrounding large estate. In the 11th Century a Monastery was founded and a castle was built.

Between 1095-96 Count Henry of Burgundy the father of the first King of Portugal maintained his court in this town. It follows that when Dom Afonso Henriques was first proclaimed King of Portugal in 1139 he chose this attractive town as his capital. The elegant castle that has since always featured on the Portuguese coat of arms is reputed to have been his actual birthplace and within the small Romanesque church within its grounds is the font in which he was supposedly baptized.

The Rua de Santa Maria in the old medieval quarter of the city declared World Heritage Site is still a tight narrow street with cobbles and lined with facades adorned with statues. The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança; the originally 14th Century church of São Francisco was reconstructed in the 18th Century and contains a chancel with impressive scenes from the life of "St Anthony". In the former monastery of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira there are excellent examples of religious artwork through the centuries. Other interesting exhibits are the battle tunic worn by Dom João I at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, and a 14th Century silver altarpiece said to be taken from the defeated Spanish King.

Porto: Historical Porto Half Day City Tour
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and a very important commercial and industrial area by the Douro river. Visit to the Cathedral, city center, Doña María bridge, Stock Exchange Palace and San Bento station.

4 hour tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals, Taxis or other services not specified



Porto is the country´s second largest city. The cathedral was built in the 12th century, inside, it is worth admiring the paintings by Nicolau Nasoni, the silver altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament, the João Gordo ("Fat John") Chapel and the cloister.

San Bento Station built on the site of an ancient convent, was completed in 1916. Now, only regional trains pass through here. Inside, the immense panels of tiles creted by Jorge Colaço, reproducing historical scenes, add a rare artistic beauty to the station.

The Stock Exchange Palace is a Baroque 18th century construction by Nicolau Nasoni. Worthy of notice are the church's interior decorated with Baroque-rococo gilt carvings, the polychromatic retable by Manuel Porto and the impressive 75.60-metres tower.

Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.

The genuine city is visible at the quarter of Ribeira ("River-bank"), right by the river. Narrow and winding streets, dark arcades, typical houses with colorful façades set in a place which preserves the charm of sites marked by history, full of contrasts and curious characteristics.
Porto: Full Day Excursion to Aveiro & Coimbra

Visit the charming town of Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal and its Art Nouveau buildings, then we drive to Coimbra, once the capital of the country and famous World Heritage Site campus University.

Tour Details:
8 hour tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Charming Aveiro is commonly known as the Portuguese Venice, that gained this denomination because of the canals generated by the Vouga River estuary, with its colorful gondolas, natural lagoons, elegant 19th century architecture and traditional cobblestone passageways. In this water-dominated labyrinth your local guide will be sure to highlight the Art Nouveau influence on the city’s architecture, as well as the importance of the traditional and fascinating blue and white tile work in the 16th century Renaissance church. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to peek into one of Aveiro's pastry shop and taste the famous Ovos Moles (traditional sweet) that you really cannot miss.
 
Once the capital of Portugal, Coimbra is now a major cultural center and home to the University of Coimbra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site campus, Founded in 1290 by King Dinis it now displays a tremendous amount of history and knowledge that has been accumulated within its walls, with its old quarter, Roman aqueduct and cathedral.
 
A must see is the University's library with an incredible collection of over 200.000 books stored in incredible carved and gilded bookshelves. The chapel of Saint Michael next door is also worth the visit as well as a nice walk within the old medieval streets of Coimbra's ancient historical centre and Santa Clara Monastery.

 
Porto History & Wine Lodges | Classic (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para churchill lodge portoMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit to the newest of the British-owned Port companies, founded in 1981 by Johnny Graham. You will be invited to a lectured wine tasting with some of their best wines.
 
As the name Graham would suggest, Johnny's family has a background in the Port trade: his family owned Graham, one of the most well-known of the Port houses which was sold to the Symingtons in 1970. Churchill's Port grew from John Graham's desire to continue his family's Port making tradition by setting up a company to produce his own, individual style of wine. It was his wife, Caroline Churchill, who provided the company with its name. Churchill's is today positioned in the industry as a high-quality boutique Port and Douro Wine Company, specializing in premium Port and Douro Wine categories.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, you will enjoy a tour of Porto escorted by an expert guide, including Stock Exchange Palace and the 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction of the São Francisco Church. You'll peek into the Lello bookshop, an exquisite landmark dating to the early 1900's.
 
At the end of your day, your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.
 

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Stock Exchange, Lello Library and São Francisco Church (Optional); Private Visit followed by Lectured Wine Tasting at selected Wine Lodge (Optional).


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto History & Wine Lodges | Superior & Premium (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para www.cockburnsMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit to the largest wooden Port cellar in the historical area of Vila Nova de Gaia.
 
As you walk into the Lodge you’ll be surrounded by rows of barrels of all shapes and sizes. This is the largest collection of oak barrels and wooden vats of any Port cellar in Porto. This is where they age all our Ports and in particular this is the home of our Special Reserve Port. Founded in the earliest 19th the Cockburn’s & Co family built themselves a remarkable reputation for fine Vintage Port. The records at the London auction houses show that in the early twentieth century, Cockburn’s Vintage Ports commanded the highest prices of any Port house.  There you will have the unique opportunity to assist the coopers working real life on the barrels. Indulge in a premium lectured wine tasting including t Cockburn’s Special Reserve, Cockburn’s 20 Years Old Tawny and Cockburn’s Vintage 2007.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, you will enjoy a tour of Porto escorted by an expert guide, including Stock Exchange Palace and the 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction of the São Francisco Church. You'll peek into the Lello bookshop, an exquisite landmark dating to the early 1900's.
 
At the end of your day, your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Stock Exchange, Lello Library and São Francisco Church (Optional); Private Visit followed by Lectured Wine Tasting at selected Wine Lodge (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto Wine Lodges (6 - 8 Hours)
Imagem relacionadaMeet your private chauffeur at the port. Today, discover the distinguished wine lodges of Porto.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit, followed by a lectured wine tasting, to the newest of the British-owned Port companies, founded in 1981 by Johnny Graham.
 
As the name Graham would suggest, Johnny's family has a background in the Port trade: his family owned Graham, one of the most well-known of the Port houses which was sold to the Symingtons in 1970. Churchill's Port grew from John Graham's desire to continue his family's Port making tradition by setting up a company to produce his own, individual style of wine. It was his wife, Caroline Churchill, who provided the company with its name. Churchill's is today positioned in the industry as a high-quality boutique Port and Douro Wine Company, specializing in premium Port and Douro Wine categories.
 
Next, enjoy a private visit and a lectured VIP wine tasting to the leading producer of quality Port company, which company was founded in 1820.
 
The impeccable pedigree of its superb Vintage Ports represents the pinnacle of fine winemaking. The supreme quality benchmark set by these wines is present throughout the entire Graham's range of Ports. The keynotes are exceptional concentration and power, opulent richness, great poise and elegance as well as remarkable longevity.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served in a highly recommended restaurant born out of a wish to reflect the specific terroir of our wines, combined with the international and cosmopolitan flavor of Portuguese cuisine.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private visit to the largest wooden Port cellar in the historical area of Vila Nova de Gaia.
 
As you walk into the Lodge you’ll be surrounded by rows of barrels of all shapes and sizes. This is the largest collection of oak barrels and wooden vats of any Port cellar in Porto. This is where they age all our Ports and in particular this is the home of our Special Reserve Port. Founded in the earliest 19th the Cockburn’s & Co family built themselves a remarkable reputation for fine Vintage Port. The records at the London auction houses show that in the early twentieth century, Cockburn’s Vintage Ports commanded the highest prices of any Port house.  There you will have the unique opportunity to assist the coopers working real life on the barrels. Indulge in a premium lectured wine tasting including t Cockburn’s Special Reserve, Cockburn’s 20 Years Old Tawny and Cockburn’s Vintage 2007.
 
At the end of your day, your chauffeur will take you back to your ship.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Private Visits followed by Lectured Wine Tastings at selected Wine Lodges (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays.


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Culture, Art & Architecture of Porto (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para casa da musica portoMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
Enjoy a tour of Porto escorted by an expert guide, including Stock Exchange Palace and the 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction of the São Francisco Church. You'll peek into the Lello bookshop, an exquisite landmark dating to the early 1900's.
 
Lunch (not included) at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private guided tour of Concert Hall (Casa da Música) and the Serralves Museum and walk through the gardens of its Foundation.
 
This world-class museum displays cutting-edge international contemporary art in a striking minimalist building by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alvaro Siza Vieira.
 
Like the Guggenheim, there is no collection permanently on display, with temporary exhibitions taking up the entire space, as well as that of the separate "Casa de Serralves," a pink Art Deco construction located in the surrounding formal gardens (which are magnificent and worth a visit in their own right).
 
At the end of your tour, your chauffeur will take you back to your dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (6 - 8 Hours); Entrance fees at Stock Exchange, Lello Library, São Francisco Church, Casa da Música and Serralves Fundation (Optional).


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto Jewish Inheritance & Wine Lodge | Classic (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para sinagoga portoMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit to the newest of the British-owned Port companies, founded in 1981 by Johnny Graham.
 
As the name Graham would suggest, Johnny's family has a background in the Port trade: his family owned Graham, one of the most well-known of the Port houses which was sold to the Symingtons in 1970. Churchill's Port grew from John Graham's desire to continue his family's Port making tradition by setting up a company to produce his own, individual style of wine. It was his wife, Caroline Churchill, who provided the company with its name. Churchill's is today positioned in the industry as a high-quality boutique Port and Douro Wine Company, specializing in premium Port and Douro Wine categories. You will be invited to a lectured wine tasting with some of their best wines.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private guided tour to Porto earliest known Jewish quarter, built inside the old city wall, in what is now Rua de Santa Ana, close to Rua Escura and Largo do Colegio. It is still possible today to appreciate the mediaeval layout of these streets, not very far from the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Follows a leisured walk at Ribeira Square, a private visit to Lello Library and Stock Exchange Palace.
 
At the end of your tour, your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Lello Library and Stock Exchange Palace (Optional); Private Visit followed by Lectured Wine Tasting at selected Wine Lodge (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto Jewish Inheritance & Wine Lodge | Superior & Premium (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para portoMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the city of Porto, second biggest metropolis of Portugal and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities.
 
During the morning, you'll indulge in a private visit to the largest wooden Port cellar in the historical area of Vila Nova de Gaia.
 
As you walk into the Lodge you’ll be surrounded by rows of barrels of all shapes and sizes. This is the largest collection of oak barrels and wooden vats of any Port cellar in Porto. This is where they age all our Ports and in particular this is the home of our Special Reserve Port. Founded in the earliest 19th the Cockburn’s & Co family built themselves a remarkable reputation for fine Vintage Port. The records at the London auction houses show that in the early twentieth century, Cockburn’s Vintage Ports commanded the highest prices of any Port house.  There you will have the unique opportunity to assist the coopers working real life on the barrels. Indulge in a premium lectured wine tasting including t Cockburn’s Special Reserve, Cockburn’s 20 Years Old Tawny and Cockburn’s Vintage 2007.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at an informal and cheerful restaurant whit natural blend of the traditional and the modern. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private guided tour to Porto earliest known Jewish quarter, built inside the old city wall, in what is now Rua de Santa Ana, close to Rua Escura and Largo do Colegio. It is still possible today to appreciate the mediaeval layout of these streets, not very far from the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Follows a leisured walk at Ribeira Square, a private visit to Lello Library and Stock Exchange Palace.
 
At the end of your tour, your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance fees at Lello Library and Stock Exchange Palace (Optional); Private Visit followed by Lectured Wine Tasting at selected Wine Lodge (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Ponte de Lima & Viana do Castelo (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para ponte de limaMeet your private chauffeur at the dock. Today, discover the cities of Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo.
 
Ponte de Lima is a market town on the south bank of the Lima River facing a magnificent Roman bridge with low arches. Its setting, together with a laid-back atmosphere makes it one of the loveliest small towns in Portugal.
 
Upon arrival at Ponte de Lima, enjoy a visit to the Roman Bridge, Mother Church of Ponte de Lima. Enjoy some leisure time to visit the historical center of the city.
 
Lunch (not included) at a local restaurant.
 
Departure to Viana do Castelo, overlooked by the Hill of Santa Luzia, enjoys a beautiful setting on the north bank of the Lima River estuary.
 
Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the city, including a walk-through Monte de Santa Luzia with a panoramic view of the Monument of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Zimbório, Citânia de Santa Luzia. Enjoy a cable car tour.
 
Departure towards Porto. Your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (6 - 8 Hours); Cable car tour (Optional).
Not feasible: Cable Car closed on Mondays during the months of January, February, November and December.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Green Wine Region & Amarante (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para amaranteMeet your private chauffeur at the port. Today, discover the cities surrounding Porto.
 
You will visit the Demarcated Region of Vinhos Verdes in the Northwest of Portugal. These wines are produced exclusively in the native varieties of the region, preserving their typical flavors and aromas, so different in the world.
 
Enjoy a private visit to a charming estate dating back to the 19th century. Aveleda is a family-owned Wine Estate that combines tradition and innovation since its foundation, in 1870. Its wine cellar specializes in the production of white wines from different regions, adapted to different occasions. Enjoy a private premium lectured wine tasting.
 
Follows a drive to Amarante, a pleasant and picturesque small town located on the banks of the Tâmega River.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at a one Michelin star restaurant within a Relais & Chateaux Hotel. A homely décor with style accompanies "fine dining" and a menu that compliments regional products and Portuguese cuisine.
 
Enjoy a leisure walk around the city center.
 
Drive direction to Guimarães where, with the assistance of your expert guide, you will enjoy a guided visit to the historical center classified as World Heritage by UNESCO with a private visit to Bragança Dukes Palace and Guimarães Castle.
 
At the end of your day, drive back to Porto.


Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance Fees at Bragança Dukes Palace and Guimarães Castle (Optional); Private Visit followed by Lectured Wine Tasting at selected Wine Lodge (Optional).
Not feasible: Weekends and National Holidays

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Braga Sanctuary & Guimarães Birthplace (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para bragaMeet your private chauffeur and your expert guide at the dock.
 
First stop will be Braga, the country's religious capital since the 11th century and one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal, with a number of impressive Baroque monuments, including one of the country's best-known sights, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary.
 
Upon arrival, enjoy a private guided tour to historical center with visit to Braga Cathedral, the oldest archdiocese in Portugal.
 
Follows a walking tour to Bom Jesus de Braga, a notable example of pilgrimage sanctuary with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 meters (381 feet). 
 
Next stop will be Guimarães, one of the country's most historic cities, and its World Heritage medieval streets with well-preserved monuments make it one of the most attractive places to visit in Portugal.
 
Upon arrival, time for lunch (not included) at a local restaurant, where you can savor the typical flavors of the Minho and Guimarães region.
 
The delicacies that can be savored are traditional of the region's cuisine, offering a personalized service characterized by its professionalism with the ability of giving their customers an unforgettable experience.
 
During the afternoon, with the assistance of your expert guide, visit to Bragança Dukes Palace and Guimarães Castle. Walking tour to Largo do Toural and Largo das Oliveiras.
 
At the end of your day, drive back to Porto and drop-off at the dock.


Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Full-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (6 - 8 Hours); Entrance Fees at Braga Cathedral, Bom Jesus de Braga, Bragança Dukes Palace and Guimarães Castle (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Santiago de Compostela (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para santiago de compostelaMeet your private chauffeur at the port.
 
Departure to Santiago de Compostela, World Heritage by UNESCO and remarkable site of pilgrimage, is one of the world's most important pilgrimage routes since the early Middle Ages.
 
Upon arrival, escorted by your expert guide, enjoy a guided visit to the historic center and the Cathedral.
 
We suggest lunch (not included) in local restaurant.
 
At the end of your day, drive back to Porto and drop-off.

Includes: Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-day at Disposal, as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance Fees: Guided visit to Cathedral's tribune and free visit to Museum of Santiago de Compostela (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Douro Valley Wine Estate & River Cruise - Classic (8 Hours) BEST SELLER
Resultado de imagem para douro valleyMeet your private chauffeur at the port. Today, venture into an exclusive epicurean experience through the pristine and charming port wine region, the Douro Valley.
 
The Region of Douro starts approximately one hundred kilometers east of Porto, to the border with Spain. It covers approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine. The Port vineyards are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face that created an impressive landscape of unequalled beauty where stifling hot, dry summers are followed by harsh, wet winters. It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought-after wines in the world, Port.
 
Your journey begins with a stop on a charming family-owned wine estate, one of the best-known properties in the Douro and also one of the first to bottle wines with its own brand
 
This Wine Estate is mentioned for the first time in a document dated April 1738, where it is referred to as "the Pacheca" because it was owned by D. Mariana Pacheco Pereira. However, it was only in 1903 that Dom José Freire de Serpa Pimentel decided to develop his interest in oenology, bought the property and began to devote to the winemaking business.
 
You will be warmly received by the owner of the estate. Enjoy a private tour through the cellars, followed by lectured wine tasting. Lunch (not included) will be served in the charming restaurant of the wine estate. The building, construction of the 18th century, is decorated in an authentic style, yet with modern conveniences, and offers a gourmet cuisine based on local products, with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private river cruise aboard a typical Rabelo boat.
 
Until the end of the 19th century, the Douro River was the main access route to the interior regions and the only means of importing foreign products. A difficult river and risky to navigate, there was only one type of boat that could overcome its natural obstacles, the Rabelo Boat.
 
While tasting the Port, and with the help of a local guide, discover the green vineyards, stratified culture and stunning natural beauty of the Douro Valley and marvel yourself with the beautiful slopes of the Douro Valley, heavily planted with vines, which offers breathtaking views of one of the most impressive man-shaped landscapes in the world.
 
Find your driver on the pier and enjoy a relaxed drive back to the port.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6-8 Hours); Private Visit to selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting; Private River Cruise aboard a Typical Rabelo Boat, with Wines and Regional Snacks, assisted by Local Guide.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Douro Valley Wine Estate & River Cruise | Premium (8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para vale do douroMeet your private chauffeur at the port. Today, venture into an exclusive epicurean experience through the pristine and charming port wine region, the Douro Valley.
 
The Region of Douro starts approximately one hundred kilometers east of Porto, to the border with Spain. It covers approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine. The Port vineyards are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face that created an impressive landscape of unequalled beauty where stifling hot, dry summers are followed by harsh, wet winters. It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought-after wines in the world, Port.
 
Drive towards one of the major historic Port houses, renowned for its great Vintage Ports, its fine old Tawnies and, since 2006, for its Douro wines.
 
Lunch (pre-set menu with wines), will be served at a private room with an intimate atmosphere.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private river cruise aboard a typical Rabelo boat.
 
Until the end of the 19th century, the Douro River was the main access route to the interior regions and the only means of importing foreign products. A difficult river and risky to navigate, there was only one type of boat that could overcome its natural obstacles, the Rabelo Boat. The robustness of the boat and the ability of the first crews made it possible to carry large barrels of wine above the river.
 
While tasting the Port, and with the help of a local guide, discover the green vineyards, stratified culture and stunning natural beauty of the Douro Valley.
 
Marvel at the beautiful slopes of the Douro Valley, heavily planted with vines, which offers breathtaking views of one of the most impressive man-shaped landscapes in the world.
 
Find your driver on the pier and enjoy a relaxed drive back to the ship.


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Private Visit to selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting and Lunch (pre-set menu with wines); Private River Cruise aboard a Typical Rabelo Boat, with Wines and Regional Snacks, assisted by Local Guide.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Douro Valley Wine Estate & River Cruise | Superior (8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para quinta do valladoMeet your private chauffeur at the port. Today, venture into an exclusive epicurean experience through the pristine and charming port wine region, the Douro Valley.
 
The Region of Douro starts approximately one hundred kilometers east of Porto, to the border with Spain. It covers approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine. The Port vineyards are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face that created an impressive landscape of unequalled beauty where stifling hot, dry summers are followed by harsh, wet winters. It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought-after wines in the world, Port.
 
Drive towards one of the oldest and most famous wineries of the Douro Valley, with a longstanding reputation for its high-quality wines, belonging to the Ferreira family since 1818. Learn more about this fascinating history and enjoy a visit to the wine cellars followed by lectured wine tasting.
 
Along the Douro River, the estate, created in 1717, came to prominence under the hand of Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, a notable and fundamental figure in the Portuguese wine business.
 
After lunch, enjoy a private river cruise aboard a typical Rabelo boat.
 
Until the end of the 19th century, the Douro River was the main access route to the interior regions and the only means of importing foreign products. A difficult river and risky to navigate, there was only one type of boat that could overcome its natural obstacles, the Rabelo Boat. The robustness of the boat and the ability of the first crews made it possible to carry large barrels of wine above the river.
 
While tasting the Port, and with the help of a local guide, discover the green vineyards, stratified culture and stunning natural beauty of the Douro Valley.
 
Marvel at the beautiful slopes of the Douro Valley, heavily planted with vines, which offers breathtaking views of one of the most impressive man-shaped landscapes in the world.
 
Find your driver on the pier and enjoy a relaxed drive back to the ship.


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Private Visit to selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting; Private River Cruise aboard a Typical Rabelo Boat, with Wines and Regional Snacks, assisted by Local Guide.

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Douro Valley Wines & Luxury Yacht Cruise (8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para douro valleyMeet your expert chauffeur at the port. Today venture into an exclusive epicurean experience through the pristine and charming port wine region, the Douro Valley.
 
The Region of Douro starts approximately one hundred kilometers east of Porto, to the border with Spain. It covers approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine. The Port vineyards are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face that created an impressive landscape of unequalled beauty where stifling hot, dry summers are followed by harsh, wet winters. It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought-after wines in the world, Port.

Stop at a charming, elegant and singular wine estate composed by 24 hectares with stunning vies over the Douro slopes. This property produces absolutely remarkable wines by treating its great terroir with the respect it deserves, and by the using the traditional methods updated in the light of the latest advances. Enjoy a private visit followed by a premium lectured wine tasting.  

Afterwards, your private chauffeur will take you to Pinhão dock where you will come aboard a vintage yatch where you will indulge an exclusive lunch (pre-set with wines). Lunch is served throughout the trip, on the deck, under the signature of remarkable Chef Rui Paula.

Find your driver on the pier then enjoy a relaxing drive back to the ship. 


Includes: Transportation - Full-Day by Deluxe Mercedes with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6-8 Hours); Private Visit to Selected Wine Estate followed by Lectured Wine Tasting; Private River Cruise aboard a vintage Yacht Boat, with Lunch on board (Pre-set Menu with Wines), assisted by specialized crew.


Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Coimbra & Conímbriga Ruins (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para coimbraMeet your private chauffeur at the dock and hit the road direction to Coimbra, one of Portugal's oldest cities and home to one of the world's first universities.
 
It was the capital of the country from 1139 to 1256 and its university was founded in 1290. Today this impressive university is still one of the world's most illustrious and the city's biggest attraction. Surrounding it in the old town are fine old churches and narrow streets standing on a hill overlooking the Modego River.
 
During the morning, enjoy an independent visit to Conimbriga, one of the great Roman archaeological finds in Europe and one of the best preserved in the Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the ruins of Conimbriga on your own.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served in a restaurant that offers an informal atmosphere and sharing concept. Indulge in a "Market Kitchen", which uses the region's traditional products to create unique recipes, renewed four times a year, to the rhythm of the seasons.
 
After lunch, the journey continues to the historic center of Coimbra. Upon arrival, meet your expert guide and enjoy a private visit to the Old University.
 
Enter through the "Porta Férrea", dating from the 17th century, and continue towards a courtyard known as "Pátio das Escolas".
 
On the north side lays the buildings of the Old University, the east observatory, and the west the small university church.
 
Most impressive of all is the baroque style library, Biblioteca Joanina, one of the world’s most resplendent. It was built in the early 18th century with rooms rich in gilt and exotic wood, and lined with 300,000 books.
 
Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of the city, with a visit to the two cathedrals - the Old Cathedral (“SéVelha") and the New Cathedral (“Sé Nova").
 
At the end of the day, your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide – Half-day at Disposal as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance Fees at Joanina Library and Coimbra’s Cathedral (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Coimbra University & Aveiro Fishermen's City (6 - 8 Hours)
Resultado de imagem para aveiroMeet your private chauffeur at the dock and hit the road direction to Coimbra, one of Portugal's oldest cities and home to one of the world's first universities.
 
It was the capital of the country from 1139 to 1256 and its university was founded in 1290. Today this impressive university is still one of the world's most illustrious and the city's biggest attraction. Surrounding it in the old town are fine old churches and narrow streets standing on a hill overlooking the Modego River.
 
Enjoy a private visit to the Old University.
 
Enter through the "Porta Férrea", dating from the 17th century, and continue towards a courtyard known as "Pátio das Escolas".
 
On the north side lays the buildings of the Old University, the east observatory, and the west the small university church.
 
Most impressive of all is the baroque style library, Biblioteca Joanina, one of the world’s most resplendent. It was built in the early 18th century with rooms rich in gilt and exotic wood, and lined with 300,000 books.
 
Continue driving towards Aveiro.
 
Lunch (not included) will be served at a local restaurant with excellent service and warm atmosphere.
 
After lunch, enjoy a visit on own to Vista Alegre Museum (not included), which includes entrance to the Factory's Manual Painting Atelier.
 
Enjoy a scenic drive along Costa Nova.
 
At the end of the day, your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours); Expert Guide – Half-day at Disposal as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Entrance Fees at Joanina Library and Coimbra’s Cathedral (Optional).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Porto at Your Leisure HD D&G (3 - 4 Hours)


Suggested Tour:
Meet your private chauffeur and expert guide at the dock and start your private guided tour to Porto historical center.

We suggest
private guided visits to Stock Exchange, Lello Library and St. Francisco Church and a leisured walk at Ribeira Square.

Ending the tour, your chauffeur will drop you off at the dock. 

Includes: Transportation - Half-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (3 - 4 Hours); Expert Guide - Half-Day at Disposal as per itinerary (3 - 4 Hours); Driver and Guide Gratuities Included.

Note: 
  • Not feasible on Holidays;
  • According to restrictions related with Covid-19 implemented at the time of the booking, vehicle allocation may need revision.
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Cee

Cee 04/17/2022

Cee is located at the end of a bay on the north-western Spanish coast. A stone's throw from the marina, the maritime promenade is a great place to stroll alongside one of the town's beaches or luxuriant gardens. The centre can be reached by a pleasant walk down quaint streets bordered by pines and palms. These streets lead you to the market square with its shops offering a profusion of all kinds of delicious food. You'll want to dally under the arcades and perhaps be tempted by a slice of bica gallega, a regional cake that's both moist and crunchy. Try it with a cortado or a machado, two delectable espresso drinks.,
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Santander

Santander 04/18/2022

Facing the Bay of Biscay, its backdrop a natural setting that combines sea and mountain, Santander rolls out along a huge bay on the northern coast of the peninsula. A city of maritime tradition, it has a century-old touristic vocation. It is home to two treasures that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: a part of the Way of Saint James and the Cave of Altamira. Its Prehistory and Archaeology Museum houses one of the most valuable Palaeolithic collections in Europe and the Maritime Museum of Cantabria is one of the most comprehensive museums in Spain dedicated to the sea. Its beaches with peaceful waters, protected from the wind, offer one of the most beautiful sea fronts with a succession of Belle Époque buildings.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Santander: Historical Half Day City Tour
Visit this aristocratic summer resort with the Cathedral & the crypt of El Cristo, the Magdalena Palace which houses the international Menéndez y Pelayo summer University and the Fine Arts museum with works of Goya, Miró, Rosales & Julio Romero de Torres.
 
3 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Santander is an elegant city which extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic quarter includes a group of majestic buildings which are situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains. During the XVIII and XIX centuries, the city became a key trading port for the maritime routes between Castile and the American colonies. From around the middle of the XIX century, Santander became one of the most exclusive summer tourist destinations on the northern coast of the Iberian peninsula.

The Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the capital, its earliest construction dating from the XIII c. Inside you can see the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, a work by the sculptor Victorio Macho. Under the main chapel is the crypt of El Cristo, a sombre vaulted chamber in which various traces of the Roman era were discovered.
The Town Hall, next to the popular market of la Esperanza, in the modernist style. Your visit has to continue through the Fine Arts Museum and the Menéndez Pelayo Stately Home, a building which has been declared an Historic-Artistic Site.

Between the historic quarter and El Sardinero is the peninsula on which the la Magdalena Park and the royal palace are sited, the latter being inaugurated in 1913 as the summer residence of King Alfonso XIII. The residence, which is English in style, has excellent stables and is surrounded by extensive gardens and wooded areas. This privileged area for relaxation becomes during the summer months the nerve centre for the famous summer courses of the International Menéndez Pelayo University, a forum which brings together both students and the most outstanding figures in the most varied fields of knowledge.
Santander: Full Day tour to Santillana de Mar, Comillas & Santander

Panoramic of the elegant city of Santander with the Magdalena Palace and Park, University, Town Hall and Sardinero beach. We drive to the historical and medieval town of Santillana de Mar and to the lovely village of Comillas.
 
8 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



Santander is an elegant city which extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic quarter includes a group of majestic buildings which are situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains. During the XVIII and XIX centuries, the city became a key trading port for the maritime routes between Castile and the American colonies. From around the middle of the XIX century, Santander became one of the most exclusive summer tourist destinations on the northern coast of the Iberian peninsula.
 
Santillana de Mar is situated on the northern route of the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela,  Santillana del Mar is a beautiful medieval town with various defence towers and Renaissance palaces make Santillana one of the most important historical areas of Cantabria.
The origin of the town goes back to the VIII century, when a medieval village began to be developed, which had as its centre the collegiate church of Santa Juliana, the building which would later give its name to the present day Santillana del Mar.
The centre of this village, declared a National Monument, continues to contain the collegiate church, considered one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Cantabria. Built on the site of a former hermitage in the XII century, you can admire its cloister with magnificent decorated capitals, as well as its interesting façade decorated with sculptures and Panthocrator (a representation of Christ framed in an almond shaped structure).
 
From medieval times there are the Merino (XIV c.) or Don Borja ( XV c.) towers, considered the oldest buildings in the town. You can also admire the Renaissance palaces, such as the Velarde palace, and baroque mansions, among which the Valdivieso, Villa or that of the archduchess of Austria are worth seeing.
As well as the Merino and Don Borja towers mentioned above, the main square in Santillana houses other buildings of geat historical value: the Casa del Águila and la Parra, the Town Hall and the palace of the Barreda-Bracho, built in the XVII century and now a Parador.
Only 2 kilometres from the town are the Altamira Caves, known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Paleolithic Age” and declared World Heritage. Together with the caves you can visit the Altamira Museum, a modern complex where you can admire the new cave, a true replica of the pictures which appear in the original cave.
Just 25 minutes drive from Santillana is the lovely village of Comillas that houses an outstanding selection of popular architecture, the old square and the parish church. Among its most important buildings are the Pontificia University and El Capricho, a work by the modernist architect, Antonio Gaudí, and the neogothic palace of Sobrellano, the former residence of the marquis of Comillas.

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At Sea

At Sea 04/19/2022

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the Ponant photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship's upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.,
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St. Malo

St. Malo 04/20/2022

The mere mention of Saint-Malo's name is enough to plunge us back into the richness of its past. The fortifications stand as testimony to the Malouins' determination to defend their citadel, fought over by France and Britain in turn. When we drop anchor here, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage: the time when privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories; the legendary yacht races the port city is still famous for, such as the Route du Rhum; and the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Saint Malo Shore Excursion - Brittany Coast and Saint Malo - 8 hours
Meet your private English speaking driver guide who will wait for you with a nominative board at the main exit of your ship and depart for a visit of  Saint Malo
 
HIGHLIGHTS

 
  • St Malo: Walled and built with the same grey granite stone as Mont St Michel, ST-MALO was originally in the Middle Ages a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. In later centuries it became notorious as the home of a fierce breed of pirate-mariners, who were never quite under anybody's control but their own; for four years from 1590, St-Malo even declared itself to be an independent republic. The corsaires of St-Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield. 
  • Britanny Coastal Road
  • End of the tour at your ship

Tour Duration: 8 hours
Wheelchair Accessible: NO
Physical Activity Level: Light

Package includes
-  Transportation: pick up/drop off at the Port
-  English speaking licensed driver guide with a deluxe car with AC at disposal 
- All entrance fees 
- All tax and Vat 

Does not include 
- Lunch 
- Gratuities 
- Travel insurance and personal expenses 

Departure dates : all day , all year  
May 1st - due to French law, cost double
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Caen-Ouistreham

Caen-Ouistreham 04/21/2022

Located in the heart of Normandy, Caen played an important role in the life of William the Conqueror. Caen Castle, one of the largest walled fortifications in Europe, as well as a Men's Abbey and a Women's Abbey — all were built in the late 11th century by William and his wife, Queen Matilda of Flanders, both of whom are buried here. Caen is also the site of the first successful action of Allied operations on D-Day, June 6, 1944, when British airborne forces secured two bridges between Caen and the English Channel. Though the city was badly damaged during WWII, it has now been restored and serves as a monument of French resilience.,
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At Sea

At Sea 04/22/2022

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the Ponant photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship's upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.,
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London

London 04/23/2022

The main residence of the British monarch, financial hub, and seat of the British government, London is the economic and cultural heart of the country. A city of contrasts, attached to its traditions while buzzing with modernity, the capital of the United Kingdom has countless historic districts and notable sites to explore. From Hyde Park to the City through Westminster and Trafalgar Square, get ready to take on London's frenetic tempo. In between a visit to the National Gallery, a stroll through Covent Garden, and a trip to Tower Bridge, you can take a quiet breather in one of London's many beautiful parks and gardens.,
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Ponant Cruises: Le Champlain

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line's hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

FREE Unlimited WiFi is available on board all Ponant ships.*

*Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or circumstances beyond Ponant's control.

Ship Statistics
Year Built
2018
Year Refurbished
Year Entered Present Fleet
Previous Name
Country of Registry
Tonnage (GRT)
10000
Guests (Lowers)
170
Total Guests
184
Passenger Decks
6
Number of Crew
100
Officers' Nationality
Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality
Total Rooms
85
Suites
13
Balconies
–
Ocean/River View
72
Interior
–
Accessible
–

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of July 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Balcony

Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL) $4,840
Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony
  • Category: DEL
  • Deck 3
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4) $5,020
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony
  • Category: PR4
  • Deck 4
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5) $5,140
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony
  • Category: PR5
  • Deck 5
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6) $5,280
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony
  • Category: PR6
  • Deck 6

Suite

Deluxe Suite (DS6) $6,670
Deluxe Suite
  • Category: DS6
  • Deck 6
Deluxe Suite (DS5) $6,670
Deluxe Suite
  • Category: DS5
  • Deck 5
Deluxe Suite (DS4) $6,670
Deluxe Suite
  • Category: DS4
  • Deck 4
Deluxe Suite (DS3) $6,670
Deluxe Suite
  • Category: DS3
  • Deck 3
Prestige Suite (PS5) $7,080
Prestige Suite
  • Category: PS5
  • Deck 5
Prestige Suite (PS6) $7,280
Prestige Suite
  • Category: PS6
  • Deck 6
Owner's Suite (SA) $7,430
Owner's Suite
  • Category: SA
  • Deck 6
Privilege Suite (PV6) $7,430
Privilege Suite
  • Category: PV6
  • Deck 6
Privilege Suite (PV5) $7,430
Privilege Suite
  • Category: PV5
  • Deck 5
Grand Deluxe Suite (GD6) $7,610
Grand Deluxe Suite
  • Category: GD6
  • Deck 6
Grand Deluxe Suite (GD5) $7,610
Grand Deluxe Suite
  • Category: GD5
  • Deck 5
Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Deck 7

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD6)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV5)
  • Prestige Suite (PS5)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS4)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS3)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
Deck 6

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD6)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV5)
  • Prestige Suite (PS5)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS4)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS3)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
Deck 5

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD6)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV5)
  • Prestige Suite (PS5)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS4)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS3)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
Deck 4

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD6)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV5)
  • Prestige Suite (PS5)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS4)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS3)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
Deck 3

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD6)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS6)
  • Privilege Suite (PV5)
  • Prestige Suite (PS5)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (GD5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS5)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS4)
  • Deluxe Suite (DS3)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)