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Journeys in SlowMotion in Portugal

  • Slow Motion journeys in Portugal
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  • tranquil countryside & captivating coast
  • the fabulous cities of Porto, Coimbra & Lisbon
  • experience a soulful & rich cultural legacy
  • taste wines from the Douro; visit Sintra’s palaces
  • enjoy the timeless Alentejo, where life moves to a Slower beat

 

Ocean-facing Portugal has long been a nation of great seafaring adventurers, with explorers like Vasco da Gama bringing back untold riches during the 15th and 16th-century Golden Age. This legacy lives on in the form of magnificent historical monuments and sumptuous palaces, and in cultural influences from former African and South American dominions.

The origins of the mournful fado music are less clear, but this soulful lament perfectly encapsulates the national spirit of saudade – a nostalgic ‘longing’ for a past out of reach, and a sense of being a ‘land apart’. And although this is literally true, with Portugal’s position at the western edge of Europe meaning it’s not a place you might easily stumble upon, it is an incredibly rewarding country to visit.

From the immaculate vineyards that line the steep banks of the River Douro in the north, to the virgin beaches and dramatic cliffs of the Costa Vicentina in the south, via Sintra's sumptuous palaces, the fortified villages of the São Mamede borderland, and some great cities (captivating Lisbon, learned Coimbra, splendid Évora and the capital of the port-wine trade, Porto), there is much to discover.

 

To delve deeper and linger longer, we suggest:
On the Waterfront
1 Jun-24 Dec 2017 & 2 Jan-30 Apr 2018
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Journey in PortugalOn the Waterfront
Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto are very distinctive in character, making our self-guided city walking tours all the more fascinating.
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6 nights, from £680pp
1 Jun-24 Dec 2017 &
2 Jan-30 Apr 2018
An Alentejo Adventure
1 Mar-30 Jun & 1 Sep-31 Oct 2017
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Journey in PortugalAn Alentejo Adventure
From capital to coast, explore the heartland of Portugal by car, visiting unique cultural and historical sites along the way.
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11 nights, from £998pp
1 Mar-30 Jun &
1 Sep-31 Oct 2017
Cities, Palaces & Wines
15 March-31 October 2017
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Journey in PortugalCities, Palaces & Wines
Explore Portugal’s most iconic and distinctive cities on a classic rail journey, with self-guided walking tours through the ancient streets.
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10 nights, from £1165pp
15 March-31 October 2017