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Cities, Palaces & Wines

From colourful Porto to dazzling Sintra
Holiday information
Nights: 10
Accommodation: three 4-star hotels; one manor house; one historic hotel
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Included extras: street plans and detailed notes for self-guided city walking tours included for cities; wine lodge visit & tasting
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This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided classic journey by rail with cultural notes
  • stay at hotels of character
  • experience vibrant Lisbon, ancient Coimbra, colourful Porto and exuberant Sintra
  • visit the unique cultural and historical sights
  • opportunities for wine-tasting
  • detailed notes for city walking tours

Once the home of great adventurers, Portugal's rich and distinctive cities deserve leisurely exploration, not only to see the architectural legacy that the great flowering of gold-financed culture brought, but also to experience some of its lesser-known corners; and the people, of course, who epitomise the rich diversity of this evocative country.

Nowhere offers a better opportunity to experience the true character of Portugal more than its most iconic cities, from wine-producing Porto’s colourful waterfront on the Rio Douro (‘river of gold’) and the quiet dignity of Coimbra, the oldest seat of learning in the land and birthplace of kings; to bustling Lisbon, the lively capital, and historic Sintra, where a succession of hilltops are capped by ornate summer palaces built by the old Portuguese aristocracy.

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Portugal
 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 14 14 16 18 20 23 25 25 24 21 17 14
mm 168 167 112 108 86 53 15 20 62 129 146 171

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.