A WEEK IN Por­tu­gal

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Por­tu­gal may be small but it’s big on the vibrant cul­ture, his­tory, and nat­u­ral beauty that in­vite in­ti­mate ex­plo­ration. Discover the sea­far­ing charms of the coast, the lush vine­yards of the Douro River Val­ley, the hill­top cas­tles and vil­lages in its alpine in­te­rior, and mon­u­ments to man-made achieve­ments dur­ing stays in gra­cious palace ho­tels and pou­sadas.

Spend two nights at the Freixo Palace Hotel, a re­stored 18th-cen­tury palace in the an­cient port city of Porto with guided vis­its to two UNESCO World Her­itage Sites, the Douro Val­ley and the his­toric centre of Oporto. In Monte Real, an overnight stay at a palace hotel fea­tures tours of the Univer­sity in Coim­bra and the Monastery of Al­cobaca, both UNESCO World Her­itage Sites, as well as an ex­clu­sive fado per­for­mance.

Your unique ac­com­mo­da­tion in Évora is a con­verted, 15th-cen­tury con­vent, set­ting the scene for guided ex­plo­ration of the Con­vent of the Or­der of Christ and the his­toric city, both UNESCO World Her­itage Sites. You will also en­joy wine and olive oil tast­ings at the Her­dade do Es­porão win­ery, which was es­tab­lished in 1267, and has a me­dieval tower and chapel, and some of the largest wine cel­lars in Por­tu­gal. In Lis­bon, a two-night stay in Por­tu­gal’s cap­i­tal city show­cases Jerón­i­mos Monastery on a city tour and in­cludes a hands-on visit to the Tile Mu­seum, a pri­vate din­ner at the Pala­cio de Queluz, and ex­cur­sions to sea­side Cas­cais and Sin­tra, a UNESCO World Her­itage Site.

High­lights of the tour in­clude vis­its to seven UNESCO World Her­itage Sites on guided vis­its with local ex­perts; a pri­vate tour and din­ner at the Na­tional Palace of Queluz (Pala­cio de Queluz) and its his­tor­i­cal gar­dens built in 1747, and a guided visit to the Tile Mu­seum for unique in­sights on the his­tory and crafts­man­ship of this revered Por­tuguese art of azule­jos. FUR­THER IN­FOR­MA­TION: The eight-day tours will op­er­ate from May to Oc­to­ber, 2018. To book con­tact your Travel Agent or Tauck Australia: tauck.com.au

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