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Cities, Palaces & Wine

From colourful Porto to dazzling Sintra
 
The fabulous cities of Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon, for which we provide notes for self-guided walking tours, will enthral you, as will the Douro valley, where you can taste the region's world-famous Port wine, and Sintra, with its magnificent palaces. Stay at hotels of character, travelling between them by rail.
Cities, Palaces & Wine. 10 nights
Cities, Palaces & Wine. 10 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in Portugal

The legacy of Portugal’s seafaring adventurers lives on today, particularly in the country’s iconic cities, where magnificent historical monuments and sumptuous palaces abound, and the cultural influences of Portugal’s former African and South American dominions are clear to see.
These cities deserve leisurely exploration, from wine-producing Porto’s colourful waterfront 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.
By combining all this with a journey upriver from Porto along the Rio Douro (‘river of gold’) to one of Europe’s most beautiful wine-producing regions, this journey allows you to appreciate much of the best that Portugal has to offer.
 
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Itinerary

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 Porto
    Night 1: at Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto (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 Porto
    Follow one of our self-guided walking tours through the city, picking your way through the maze of churches, museums and restaurants, before heading across the river to the famous Port lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia to learn about the history of Port and indulge in a tasting or two. 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.
  • Porto to Pinhão
    Leaving Porto, you take a trip upriver on what is widely considered one of Europe’s most scenic rail journeys into the heart of Port wine country. Alight at Pinhão and spend your next two nights at the Quinta de la Rosa, a working winery on the banks of the Douro.
  • Explore the Douro Valley from Pinhão
    Given that your hotel is effectively a ‘quinta  with rooms’, you could not be better placed to gain an understanding of viticulture and wine production in this fabulous vineyard region. We include a visit to the winery itself (up to 1hr 30mins; guided in English): Quinta de la Rosa is unique as its Port is made, matured and bottled on the quinta  and not in Vila Nova de Gaia as is the case with other shippers – so you get to understand the whole process, ‘from grape to glass’. Afterwards, we recommend that you stroll the short distance into Pinhão for lunch, then perhaps take a boat trip further upriver to see the picturesque vine terraces from the water.
  • Pinhão to Coimbra
    Return to Porto by rail and connect with a southbound train to Coimbra. Here you spend two nights at the Sapientia Boutique Hotel.
  • Explore Coimbra
    Coimbra, formerly the Portuguese capital, is a fascinating if little-known city – a redoubtable seat of learning that is home to the country’s oldest and most prestigious university. Baroque palaces and churches lord it over pastel-fronted houses which tumble down the hillside towards a wonderful Old Town – a maze of alleyways where elegant academic buildings are interspersed with a delightful jumble of flower-festooned balconies and hidden courtyards. Use our self-guided tour to discover the city’s many charms on foot; then enjoy the lively, fun atmosphere during the evenings – Coimbra’s thriving student population ensures an eclectic mix of bars, cafés and restaurants.
  • Coimbra to Lisbon
    Continue south by train to reach Lisbon, the country’s flamboyant, modern-day capital, where your hotel, the Solar do Castelo, is built into the castle walls.
  • Explore Lisbon
    In Lisbon, you really are spoiled for choice: take a ride on one of the iconic yellow trams that trundle slowly through the city; 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.
  • Lisbon to Sintra
    Journey by train the short distance to Sintra, the former summer retreat of Portuguese nobility. Here your last two nights are spent at the elegant Lawrence's Hotel whose former guests included Lord Byron, who wrote of “Cintra’s glorious Eden”.
  • Explore Sintra
    Once the summer retreat of kings and queens, Sintra presents you with a fabulous array of sights, and exploring them is a great way to spend your final day. The well-preserved National Palace and fantastical Quinta da Regaleira are just a few steps from your hotel, while the hills above the town host the imposing Moorish Castle and romantic Pena Palace, whose brightly painted turrets and onion-domed towers are pure fairy tale.
 

Accommodation

Your accommodation is as delightful as it is varied.

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 extra nights in Porto and Lisbon to explore these fascinating cities more fully; in Pinhão to make the most of the hotel facilities or enjoy a boat ride along the river; and in Sintra to visit more of the town's remarkable palaces.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 10 nights: 01 April - 31 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 18 April £1460 £895
    19 April - 14 June £1495 £945
    15 - 24 June £1460 £895
    25 June - 22 August £1390 £890
    23 - 31 August £1460 £895
    1 - 30 September £1495 £945
    1 - 21 October £1460 £895
    3rd & 4th person discount -£10
    Single traveller supplement £10

    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 Porto-Coimbra-Lisbon

    Pay locally for inexpensive rail Porto-Pinhão-Porto & Lisbon-Sintra-Lisbon

    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)

    Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto
    'Plaza': 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £14
    'Vintage' with river view: 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £45
    'Vintage' with river view: 01 May - 30 Jun 2019 £54
    'Vintage' with river view: 01 Jul - 30 Sep 2019 £50
    'Vintage' with river view: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £45
    'Vintage' with river view & balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £55
    'Vintage' with river view & balcony: 01 May - 30 Sep 2019 £64
    'Vintage' with river view & balcony: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £58
    Sapientia Boutique Hotel
    Apartment: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £42
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £15
    'Loft': 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £10
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £60
    Solar do Castelo
    Superior: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £28
    Superior: 01 Jul - 31 Aug 2019 £20
    Superior: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £28
    Lawrence's Hotel
    Suite: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £20

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

    Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 29 Apr 2019 £130 £250
    30 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £145 £281
    01 Jul - 30 Sep 2019 £148 £286
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £130 £252
    Quinta de la Rosa (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £140 £225
    Solar do Castelo (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £96 £176
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2019 £70 £132
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £100 £184
    Lawrence's Hotel (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £82 £140
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Porto (return from Lisbon)

    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 - Porto (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Aberdeen - Porto (via Paris CDG) Air France,  KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - Aberdeen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Porto Flybe,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Porto easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - Bristol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Porto Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - Edinburgh easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Porto Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - Liverpool easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Porto TAP Air Portugal 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - London City TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Porto British Airways,  easyJet,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - Gatwick Air Europa,  Azores Airlines (SATA),  easyJet,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Porto easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - Luton easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Porto Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - Stansted Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Porto easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Porto (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    Manchester - Porto (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Porto (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - Manchester easyJet,  Ryanair,  TAP Air Portugal 
    Lisbon- Manchester (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Porto (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Porto (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    Newcastle - Porto (via Paris CDG) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - Newcastle (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Porto (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Lisbon - 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.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Lisbon

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    own taxi/bus/metro Lisbon airport to Lisbon Oriente (0h05-0h15 pay locally), rail Lisbon Oriente to Porto Campanha (2h30), own taxi Porto Campanha to hotel (0h15, pay locally) £36 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk/own taxi hotel to Sintra station (0h15/0h05), rail Sintra to Lisbon Rossio (0h40) pay locally 1000
    taxi hotel to Lisbon airport (0h30) £22 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Porto

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    arrange own travel from the airport pay locally flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk/own taxi hotel to Sintra station (0h15/0h05, pay locally), rail Sintra to Lisbon Oriente (0h50, pay locally), rail Lisbon Oriente to Porto Campanha (2h30) £36 1430
What is included
  • 10 nights
  • 2 dinners
    10 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel Porto-Coimbra & Coimbra-Lisbon
  • winery visit & tasting
 
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FAQs

  • 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: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ 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 www.ehic.org.uk. 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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