Join us for the perfect combination of beach holiday and city break on this guided group tour to the coastal towns outside of Lisbon.
We’ll stay in the lovely resort towns of Cascais or Estoril, each located just half an hour away from the city. From there, we’ll embark on a guided day trip to Lisbon, where you’ll learn about Portugal’s remarkable maritime history at the Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoveries.
There will be plenty of free time to discover the Portuguese capital at your own pace; go shopping, explore the colourful streets of Alfama or try the famous and tasty Pastel de nata!
We’ll also enjoy excursions to the magical Sintra Castle; the medieval, cobblestone towns of Óbidos and Alcobaça; and the traditional fishing village of Nazaré.
This leisurely tour also includes plenty of free time for you to enjoy beautiful Portuguese beaches or explore on your own.
What You’ll Love
- Stay 7 nights in the beautiful resorts of Estoril or Cascais, just 30 minutes from Lisbon by train (4* Half Board)
- Enjoy a full-day excursion to Portugal’s Lisbon for a city tour that includes a guided visit to the Monument to the Discoveries
- Visit the fairy-tale town of Sintra in a guided trip to the summer home of the Portuguese Royal family
- Explore the towns of Óbidos, Alcobaça & Nazaré on a full-day excursion with lunch included
- Unwind with 3 free days to lounge at the beach or venture back to Lisbon for more time in the city
- Return flights and transfers included
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Day 1 – Travel to Lisbon Portugal
Upon arrival in Lisbon, we will be met by our local representative who will accompany us on the transfer to our hotel in your chosen resort of Estoril or Cascais.
Let’s unpack and relax after our journey and get to know our hotel and its surroundings.
Day 2 – Discover Sintra
We begin our sightseeing with a half day guided excursion to nearby Sintra. where we will uncover the history and treasures of Sintra National Palace, a beautiful 16th century palace that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains, this palace with a fairy-tale setting is where the Portuguese Royal Family formerly spent their summers.
Day 3 – Experience Lisbon
We discover more on a full day guided excursion to the capital city of Lisbon. Join us to explore the sights that represent Portugal’s remarkable historical power during the Age of Discovery, such as the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery (viewed from the outside), Rossio, Avenue of Liberdade and Marquês de Pombal Square. Following the tour, there will be time to enjoy some shopping and uncover the city at our own pace, before returning to our hotel.
Day 4 – Relax More in Estoril
Today is free for independent exploration and relaxing in this lovely coastal area. Our expert guide will be happy to provide advice and suggestions for the best local sights and activities.
Day 5 – Explore More in Estoril or Cascais
On another day at leisure, we can visit the nearby resort of Cascais. Once a Royal retreat, today it is a lively town with grand mansions, beaches and a busy fishing harbour. We can also take advantage of the local train service and pay a return visit to see more of the captivating city of Lisbon.
Day 6 – Excursion to Óbidos, Alcobaça & Nazaré
We’ll begin today’s excursion with a visit to the picturesque walled town of Óbidos where we will take a walking tour through its cobblestone streets, overlooked by a 12th-century castle. There will be some free time here before departing to Alcobaça, where we discover a magnificent Cistercian monastery founded in the 12th century. We then continue to Nazaré, a charming town with whitewashed cottages, cobbled lanes and magnificent sea views from its vast sandy beach. Lunch is included at a local restaurant in Nazaré.
Day 7 – At Leisure in Estoril
On this last day of leisure, let’s breathe in the fresh Atlantic air as we stroll the seafront between Estoril and Cascais, stopping for a beachside ice cream or coffee and browsing the shops for souvenirs to take home.
Day 8 – Return Home from Lisbon
Today, we bid farewell to Estoril and transfer from our hotel to Lisbon Airport for our homeward flight.