Portugal

The Next Discerning Traveller’s Relaxed Tour of Portugal

This tour is designed for 14 relaxed senior travellers

The tour

Fifteen Days – 03 to 17 September 2017
Starts in Lisboa, and ends in Porto
Lisboa (4 nights), Alvito (3 nights), Vila Vicosa (3 nights), Porto (4 nights)
All transportation is provided by a luxury 30 seat coach

Accommodation

At each location, luxurious accommodation is provided in iconic structures, which have been acquired by the Portuguese Government, restored to their original splendour, and then awarded to the internationally renowned hospitality group, Pestana, to operate as hotels.

The superb restorations resulted in modernised and luxurious accommodations, but without losing any of the original and splendid architecture, art and ambience.

What is tantamount to privileged accommodation, is provided to this group by:

Pousada de Lisboa –  The 17C Ministry of the Interior
Pousada Castelo Alvito – A 15C Castle
Pousada Convento Vila Vicosa – A 15C Royal Convent
Pestana Vintage Porto  – A 16C World Heritage wharfside warehouse

Breakfasts

Superb Buffets: Cooked eggs, Mushrooms, Tomatoes etc; Smoked Salmon,
Cold Meats and Cheeses; Breads and Rolls; Cookies, Cakes and Pasteis de Nata. All fare inclusive.

Regional dinners

One regional speciality dinner & wines evening at each location, fare inclusive.

Guide Escorted Tours

On the first day at each location, a registered guide escorted tour, in a luxury coach, is fare inclusive. The Lisbon tour includes Belem and Sintra.

Free days

In Porto, Alvito and Vila Vicosa, a totally free day.
In Lisboa, two totally free days.

Visits en route

Lisboa to Alvito – lunch break at the riverside village of Alcacer do Sol.
Alvito to Vila Vicosa – tour of the Roman Ruins at Vidigueira.
Alvito to Vila Vicosa – lunch break at the mountain top village of Monsaraz.
Vila Vicosa to Porto  – lunch break at Fatima.

Special fare inclusive events

– Lisboa – Fado Club dinner & wine evening with Fado singing.
– Alvito – Tour of the Manueline doorways and the historic chapel.
– Alvito – Tour of the Castelo and Se at Viana de Alentejo.
– Alvito – The Village Chanting Choir, in the group’s castle courtyard.
– Vila Vicosa – Tour of the Marble Quarry, Cutting Works, and Museum.
– Vila Vicosa – Tour to Elvas, High Fashion Cork Products, Leather Goods.
– Porto – Short Douro River Cruise, ending at the Port House.
– Porto – Port House Tour and Tasting.
– Porto – Day excursion to Braga and Ponte de Lima

Tour Escorts

Designer Tours school groups are all escort-directed by the teachers in charge, operating to a closely defined guidance manual which we provide.

Our other three annual tours are escort-directed personally by the owner-partners of Designer Tours – Calvin Fabig and Wendy Moult.

These three personally escorted tours are:-
– The annual SA Protea Martial Arts World Championship Group
– The annual Discerning Aviator’s Oshkosh Group
– The annual Discerning Traveller’s Portugal Group

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