Coasts, Cathedrals & Country Roads

from 

AU$12,539

per person
 
Duration: 24 Nights
Destination: Mediterranean
Region: 
Deal Code: PA1NDAI8

 

 

Description

Your fly, tour and cruise package includes:

  • $1500 air credit per person
  • 2 nights accommodation in Rome including breakfast
  • 12 night Mediterranean cruise onboard Silver Dawn, Rome to Lisbon
  • Includes gourmet restaurant dining, beverages in-suite and throughout the ship
  • Butler service, unlimited free wifi plus more
  • Port charges, prepaid gratuities onboard your cruise & airline taxes
  • 10 night Country Roads of Portugal guided holiday by Insight Vacations
  • Includes hand-picked accommodation & authentic dining
  • Unique experiences, top rated highlights & more
  • Private transfers throughout

***Rate based on twin share for travel 21 April to 15 May 2023.***


Mediterranean Cruise
23APR-05MAY23

Date

Destination

Arrive

Depart

23APR23

Rome, Italy

 

11pm

24APR23

Porto Santo Stefano, Italy

8am

6pm

25APR23

Menton, France

8am

11pm

26APR23

Toulon, France

8:30am

6pm

27 to 28APR23

Barcelona, Spain

8am

6pm

29APR23

Valencia, Spain

8am

7pm

30APR23

Palma De Mallorca, Spain

8am

7pm

01MAY23

Day At Sea

 

 

02MAY23

Malaga, Spain

8am

7pm

03 to 04MAY23

Cadiz, Spain

8am

1:30pm

05MAY23

Lisbon, Portugal

7am

 

 

Country Roads of Portugal
05MAY-15MAY23

Day 1: Welcome to Lisbon
Settle in and relax before joining your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers during a pleasant evening of good food and wine.
Accommodation: Altis Grand Hotel
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2: Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries
Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço. See the ancient Belem Tower and marvel at the Monument to the Discoveries. Explore Lisbon with Insight Choice. Choose to discover more of Belém Quarter as you enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same secret recipe for almost 200 years, and visit Jerónimos Monastery. Alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that actively supports the integration of refugees and immigrants into the local society. Explore the intricate staircases and hidden alleyways of the Mouraria quarter alongside a recent migrant, your Local Expert. With free time in the afternoon, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Royal Portuguese Riviera to explore the glamorous resort of Cascais, the wealthy playground of Estoril and visit one of the Royal summer palaces?
Accommodation: Altis Grand Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: The Algarve
Cross the River Tagus and head for the sun-drenched southern coast to reach Lagos, a fishing port nestled in the bay of Meia Praia. After free time to explore, continue to your resort hotel set within a magnificent 360-acre estate. Simplicity is in the soul of Algarve cuisine, along with seafood so fresh it still tastes of the sea. A short walk away specialised Portuguese seafood restaurants hug the coastline, overlooking the Atlantic.
Accommodation: Ria Park Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Everlasting Évora Relaxed Start
Journey to the medieval walled city of Évora where cathedrals, churches, aqueducts and ancient castle walls all serve to create the feeling that this beautiful city is a living, breathing museum to Portugal's rich past. Join your Local Expert to explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Roman Temple and visit the Capela dos Ossos, an extraordinary 17th century chapel comprising the skulls and bones of 5,000 bones. Visit the cathedral with its attractive mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. With the rest of the afternoon at leisure, you may wish to continue to stroll through Évora’s unique historical centre, or the serene city park, following the aqueduct inside the city walls?
Accommodation: M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Monsaraz and Évora Relaxed Start
Travel to the striking white village of Monsaraz, situated on an imposing hilltop, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. From the castle ruins, admire the spectacular views across to the dry Spanish plains, contrasting with the blue of Europe's largest artificial lake. Join a local boat captain for a leisurely cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Alqueva. Relax and enjoy calming waters, picturesque views and tales of river life. Sit down to a delicious Highlight Lunch at local restaurant Sem Fim, once an olive mill. Enjoy a wide range of tasty tapas dishes showcasing the local cuisine, and soak up the vibrant; cheerful atmosphere. Return to Évora where the evening is at your leisure to explore this beautifully preserved regional capital.
Accommodation: M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch with Wine

Day 6: Scenic drive to Tomar
Journey to Tomar and visit one of Portugal’s historical jewels, the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your Local Expert, explore the octagonal Templars' Rotunda in the cloister and glimpse the day-to-day life of a warrior monk in the domestic areas. Outside on the battlements, the Manueline Window is a national masterpiece. You also visit the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal, housing a small Jewish museum.
Accommodation: Hotel dos Templários
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner with Wine

Day 7: Coimbra, the Douro and Pinhão Relaxed Start
In Coimbra, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the Old Town, including the University of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit its impressive baroque university library, one of the finest in the world. Your journey continues past verdant hills and lush vineyards, along the tranquil waters of the Douro river. Enjoy a wonderful Farm-to-Table Dinner, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients at Quinta da Roêda, renowned as the “Jewel of the Douro”. Home to one of the most distinguished port houses, taste a variety of wines produced by the Croft family.
Accommodation: Vintage House Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner with Wine

Day 8: Guimarães and Porto Relaxed Start
Journey to Guimarães to admire the views from the ruined castle and explore the cobbled streets and cosy squares. Next, continue on to Porto, Portugal’s second city, a World Heritage town and where Portugal originates. Explore Porto with Insight Choice. Choose to join your Local Expert and visit the São Bento Railway Station, with a walk along the architecturally impressive Dom Luis I Bridge. Alternatively, explore the Clerigos Tower, Liberdade Square and the nearby Atlantic beaches, also led by a Local Expert. In the evening you are at leisure to enjoy your boutique, five-star hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, in the heart of Porto’s historic district. The decor is a mix of classic and contemporary and each room is individually decorated with original artwork. Alternatively, why not join an Optional Experience to see the pastel-painted houses in Porto's Ribeira district before cruising on a traditional Rabelo boat and finishing off the evening with a Portuguese dinner in the comfort of your riverside restaurant?
Accommodation: Pousado do Porto Rua Das Flores
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro Relaxed Start
With a full day free to enjoy at your own pace, why not take a stroll to admire the multi-coloured houses and churches covered in beautiful glazed tiles. Perhaps choose to visit medieval Braga? In the evening, bid adeus to your Travel Director and fellow travellers with a mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with wine, at an authentic Porto restaurant.
Accommodation: Pousado do Porto Rua Das Flores
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner with Wine

Day 10: Fátima, Óbidos and onto Lisbon
Continue to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned place of pilgrimage. See the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917.Pass cork oak forests and orchards as you journey to the fortified town of Óbidos. Walk inside its walls to explore the craft shops, art galleries and flower-laden houses that line the narrow, medieval streets.
Accommodation: Dom Pedro Lisboa
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Depart Lisbon
After breakfast, your departure transfer arrives at Lisbon International Airport at 07:00 or 09:30.
Meals: Breakfast

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Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on a vista suite cabin. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 05 May 2022 and can be withdrawn without notice.   Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Air credit is applicable on airline of choice, subject to availability and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. 241xtra pricing does not require a 241 certificate.