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On the Waterfront

Lisbon, Coimbra & Porto
Embark on a rail journey of discovery as you explore three of Portugal’s most celebrated cities, with cultural notes provided. Experience vibrant and cosmopolitan Lisbon, the ancient city of Coimbra and colourful Porto, staying at 4-star hotels.
On the Waterfront. 6 nights
On the Waterfront. 6 nights

Holiday information


A touring holiday from Lisbon to Porto by train

Land of intrepid explorers, famous fortified wines and lauded scholars, Portugal has a rich cultural heritage that demands further investigation and exploration. Embark upon our rail journey of discovery and you will soon come to appreciate the bravado, the hard work and the willingness to learn that epitomises the rich diversity of the people of this evocative country.

There’s an old Portuguese adage: ‘Coimbra studies whilst Lisbon shows off and Porto works’. They are certainly very distinctive, and to visit all three delightful cities will give you a taste of the many different faces of Portugal. 
Discover vibrant and cosmopolitan Lisbon, explore Porto’s colourful waterfront, and immerse yourself in the quiet dignity of Coimbra, the oldest seat of learning in the land and birthplace of kings. Our detailed notes will lead you from our hand-picked hotels on self-guided walking tours through both the famous and lesser-known quarters of the cities, sharing our insights and suggestions for a leisurely and enjoyable stay.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Lisbon
    Night 1: at Solar do Castelo (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Lisbon
    When it comes to things to see and do in Portugal’s endlessly absorbing capital, you really are spoiled for choice: take a ride on one of the iconic yellow trams that have been trundling slowly through the city since the 1930s; explore enthralling neighbourhoods like aristocratic Baixo and trendy Barrio Alto; or visit nearby Belém to marvel at the ornate Jerónimos Monastery and taste one of the mouthwatering pasteis de nata (egg custard tarts). Don’t forget to visit the castle, either – it’s right next door to your hotel!

    Please note that museums are usually closed on Mondays.
    Catching the old tram in Lisbon
  • Lisbon to Coimbra
    It’s only a short train ride from Lisbon to little-known but equally fascinating Coimbra, the country’s former capital and seat of its oldest and most prestigious university. Here you stay in the heart of the 'old town', in the elegant Sapientia Boutique Hotel. There is a rich variety of restaurants and bars just a few minutes' walk away.
  • Explore Coimbra
    Take your time to explore this studious city, where Baroque palaces and churches lord it over pastel-fronted houses that tumble down the hillside towards a wonderful Old Town. Pick your way through the maze of alleyways and admire the elegant academic buildings and delightful flower-festooned balconies, before soaking in the lively, fun atmosphere of the night – Coimbra’s thriving student population ensures an eclectic mix of bars, cafés and restaurants.
    Royal Palace and University Tower in Coimbra
  • Coimbra to Porto
    Today, you move on to the waterfront Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto in Porto. 
  • Explore Porto
    Explore Porto’s many churches, museums and monuments using our self-guided city walk, then head across the river to Vila Nova de Gaia to learn about the history of Port production – and indulge in a tasting or two – at one of the famous lodges. If you have time, we also highly recommend a ride on electrico no.1 (a vintage tram) out to the pretty suburb of Foz do Douro, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. Ultimately though, it is the lively café bars and excellent restaurants of the atmospheric waterfront that will entice you back at dusk. Relax and reflect on your journey through this timeless and charismatic land, savouring a glass of vintage Port wine (of course), as the last rays of the shimmering sun turn this grandest of waterways into a river of gold.
    Porto's waterfront


All three hotels are well located for exploring their respective cities. 

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Whichever hotels you stay at, we recommend adding an extra night in any or all three cities to give you more time to explore.  

Options to extend or shorten your stay

Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 01 July - 24 December 2019 & 02 January - 30 June 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 July - 28 August £850 £695
    29 August - 31 October £895 £695
    1 November - 18 December £675 £495
    2 January - 29 February £675 £495
    1 - 14 March £695 £530
    15 - 27 March £770 £580
    28 March - 26 April £925 £730
    27 April - 11 June £965 £775
    12 - 24 June £925 £730
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: rail Lisbon-Coimbra-Porto

    Pay locally for travel from/to the airport

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Solar do Castelo, Lisbon
    Superior 'Alfama': 01 Jul - 31 Aug 2019 £20
    Superior 'Alfama': 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £28
    Superior 'Alfama': 01 Nov - 24 Dec 2019 £20
    Superior 'Alfama': 02 Jan - 14 Mar 2020 £20
    Superior 'Alfama': 15 Mar - 30 Jun 2020 £28
    Sapientia Boutique Hotel, Coimbra
    Apartment: 01 Jul - 31 Oct 2019 £42
    Apartment: 01 Nov - 24 Dec 2019 £34
    Apartment: 02 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £34
    Apartment: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £42
    Junior suite: 01 Jul - 24 Dec 2019 £15
    Junior suite: 03 Jan - 30 Jun 2020 £15
    'Loft': 01 Jul - 24 Dec 2019 £10
    'Loft': 03 Jan - 30 Jun 2020 £10
    Superior: 01 Jul - 31 Oct 2019 £60
    Superior: 01 Nov - 24 Dec 2019 £54
    Superior: 02 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £54
    Superior: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £60
    Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto, Porto
    'Plaza': 01 Jul - 30 Sep 2019 £14
    'Plaza': 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £12
    'Plaza': 01 Nov - 31 Mar 2020 £10
    'Plaza': 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £12
    'Plaza': 01 May - 30 Jun 2020 £14
    'Vintage' with river view: 01 Jul - 30 Sep 2019 £50
    'Vintage' with river view: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £45
    'Vintage' with river view: 01 Nov - 31 Mar 2020 £34
    'Vintage' with river view: 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £45
    'Vintage' with river view: 01 May - 30 Jun 2020 £50
    'Vintage' with river view & balcony: 01 Jul - 30 Sep 2019 £64
    'Vintage' with river view & balcony: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £58
    'Vintage' with river view & balcony: 01 Nov - 31 Mar 2020 £42
    'Vintage' with river view & balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £58
    'Vintage' with river view & balcony: 01 May - 30 Jun 2020 £64

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Solar do Castelo, Lisbon (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2019 £70 £132
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £100 £184
    01 Nov - 24 Dec 2019 £68 £126
    02 Jan - 13 Mar 2020 £68 £126
    14 Mar - 30 Jun 2020 £95 £174
    Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto, Porto (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Jul - 30 Sep 2019 £148 £286
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £130 £252
    01 Nov - 30 Mar 2020 £98 £188
    31 Mar - 29 Apr 2020 £125 £240
    30 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £140 £272
    Lisbon (return from Porto)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Lisbon.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Lisbon (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Aberdeen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) Air France,  KLM 
    Porto - Aberdeen (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Lisbon easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Bristol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Lisbon easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Edinburgh Ryanair 
    Porto - Edinburgh (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Lisbon Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Lisbon easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Liverpool Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Lisbon TAP Air Portugal 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - London City TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Lisbon Air Europa,  Azores Airlines (SATA),  easyJet,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Gatwick British Airways,  easyJet,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Lisbon British Airways,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Heathrow (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Lisbon easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Luton easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Lisbon Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Stansted Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Lisbon easyJet,  Ryanair,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Manchester - Lisbon (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Manchester easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Porto - Manchester (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    Porto - Manchester (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Porto - Manchester (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Lisbon (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Newcastle (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Porto - Newcastle (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Lisbon (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Porto - Norwich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Lisbon.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel Lisbon-Coimbra-Porto

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  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Portugal, Madeira and the Azores, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is Portuguese. The currency is the Euro. Portuguese time is the same as GMT/UTC. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on the same time as BST.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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