Meet up with your fellow tourers and Club Tour Escorts on site near Porto. In the evening, experience a traditional Fado – Portuguese music and dancing with a three-course meal and drink in the onsite restaurant. 4 nights at campsite near Porto
A day coach excursion to Porto with a walking tour of the city visiting some of the most important monuments, such as the Bolsa Palace, Clérigos church and the cathedral. Lunch with drinks is included at a famous port lodge after a cellars tour and tasting of port.
Enjoy a day’s guided visit to the historic centre of Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will see the Duques Palace before having some free time for lunch. In the afternoon the coach will take you to Braga, a city dominated by baroque and renaissance architecture, and the hilltop Bom Jesus sanctuary with its impressive gardens, magnificent staircase and a funicular dating back from 1882, the first to be built in Iberia.
A day at leisure to relax on site or on the beach. Perhaps take a stroll in the local fishing village?
Drive to the Douro valley, near Vila Real (77 miles). 3 nights at campsite near Vila Real
A day coach excursion for a guided visit of the baroque Palace of Mateus and its magnificent gardens, famously depicted on bottles of Mateus rosé wine. You will then have free time for lunch at your leisure in Régua after a visit to the Douro Museum. In the afternoon you will board a replica of a traditional rabelo boat for a cruise on the Douro river, followed by a short visit of the village Pinhão, considered to be at the geographical centre of the Douro winemaking region. Surrounded by port wine estates vineyards, it is also of worthy attraction for its railway station, with an interior entirely lined with panels of azulejos (ceramic tile art).
A day at leisure to enjoy the natural surroundings of the campsite or to visit Chaves and see its beautiful Roman bridge and medieval centre.
Drive back towards the Atlantic coast to the next site near Coimbra (150 miles). Stop en route for more culture in the ancient city of Viseu. 4 nights at Figueira da Foz campsite
Today’s visits will combine fauna, flora and cultural heritage. Enjoy a guided walk through the gardens and forest at the Bussaco National Forest before a three-course lunch with drinks at the sumptuous palace restaurant. The visit will then continue on to Coimbra, including its university, one of the oldest in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Time for some wine tasting at a boutique producer in the Bairrada wine region, including lunch. The coach will then take you to Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal. Aveiro is surrounded by salt flats, beaches and lagoons with a central canal running through the town, a mixture of neat fishermen’s cottages and art nouveau mansions with a few historic buildings. The visit includes a cruise along the four canals in one of the colourful moliceiro boats that are traditionally used to collect seaweed.
Enjoy a day’s rest by the seaside.
Travel to the next campsite near Nazaré (47 miles). It’s a national holiday in Portugal today, so expect some shops and services to be closed along the way. 5 nights at campsite near Nazaré
A coach excursion for a guided tour of Fátima, an important Catholic pilgrimage centre. You will have free time for lunch before a visit to the UNESCO-listed Batalha monastery.
A coach excursion to Óbidos, a delightful walled town with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle, captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. Enjoy the cheerful ambience with a tasting of the famous Ginjinha liquor in a chocolate cup. Free time for lunch (payable locally) before returning to the campsite.
Enjoy more wine tasting at an estate in the Ribatejo region including a visit of the vineyards in a horse carriage and tasting followed by a traditional three-course lunch with wines. In the afternoon the coach will take you to Tomar for a guided visit to include its UNESCO World Heritage Site Convent of Christ and the remaining walls of the castle that was the headquarters of the Order of the Temple (Templar Knights) in Portugal.
A day at leisure to relax on site or explore some more.
Travel to the next campsite near Lisbon (88 miles). 4 nights at campsite near Lisbon
A day coach excursion to Lisbon including a guided visit to the riverside quarter of Belém, the Jerónimos monastery, and, after free time for lunch, the historical quarters of downtown Lisbon. Discover Alfama, one of the oldest quarters with an Arab structure and Bairro Alto, dating back to the 16th century, now one of the city’s most animated quarters. You will also see Bica, home to the Bica lift since 1892 passing between lines of houses, and the Baixa, characterized by its geometrical streets layout following its rebuilt after an earthquake in 1755.
A day coach excursion to UNESCO-listed Sintra, including a guided visit to its Villa Palace, the home of kings. Sintra’s beautiful surroundings of forested hills are the perfect setting for the town’s many elegant palaces, castles and museums, making it an all-time favourite of kings, nobles, poets and artists. After a three-course lunch with wine at a historic hotel visited by the famous Lord Byron, you will continue on to the Atlantic cosmopolitan resorts of Estoril and Cascais making up Portugal’s so called ‘Golden Triangle’. There will be a stop at the westernmost point on the European mainland, Cabo da Roca.
Enjoy a day at leisure, either by relaxing on site or returning to your favourite parts of Lisbon.
Drive to the last campsite situated in Évora (97miles). 5 nights at Évora campsite.
Today you will discover the Alentejo wine region with a coach excursion to visit Arraiolos and its famous carpets, followed by a visit and wine tasting at a nearby Alentejo wine producer. The visit will include a walk through the vineyards, a tour of the wine cellar and tasting of the wines from the estate accompanied by regional products as an appetizer before a buffet lunch with drinks.
In the morning you will take a guided walking tour of the historic center of Évora, the final UNESCO World Heritage Site on this tour. Explore its Roman and Arabian influences and visit the Bones Chapel. After the tour, you’ll have the option to return to the campsite by coach or stay in Évora for longer and walk back to the site at leisure.
A coach excursion to a cork factory and the white city Estremoz, featuring a castle with medieval walls and a former 13th century citadel. It became particularly famous for the quarrying and trading of its high-quality marble contributing to 90% of Portugal’s production as the second largest exporter of marble in the world. Enjoy free time for lunch and perhaps purchase some of the traditional red clay figures that can be found in the city’s craft shops? In the afternoon you will have a guided visit of the ducal palace of Vila Viçosa, former residence of the kings of Portugal from the beginning of the 16th century until 1910.
A day at leisure to relax onsite or explore the area further. In the evening a coach will pick you up for a three-course farewell meal with drinks in Évora.
End of tour arrangements. Your Tour Specialist can recommend and book other sites for your return journey or in the Algarve if you wish to travel further south and spend some time there.