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Essential Portugal: Lisbon and the North Country

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Total Duration: 11 days

This itinerary showcases some of the best that Portugal has to offer, at a relaxed pace. Start your journey exploring Lisbon, before heading north to discover hilltop towns, castles, and fishing villages. Burn off all the rustic food by hiking in the massive Serra da Estrela, and don't miss the port-making region before heading south again to Lisbon and back home.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife
Days 1-3
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1 Lisbon

Sophisticated City

  • Wander around the Baixa, popping into shops and admiring the architecture
  • Explore the fashionable Bairro Alto and Chiado districts
  • Some of Lisbon's grandest monuments and museums are clustered in Belém
  • Architecture
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife
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Days 4-5
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Jose Manuel-ITP

2 Óbidos

Thrills, Hills, and Castles

  • Walk along the circumference of the walled city of Óbidos, one of Portugal's prettiest hilltop towns
  • Alcobaça is famed for wine making and crystal and for its church
  • Explore the hilltop castle at Leiria, which is also home to a museum
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Food and Wine
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Days 6-8
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3 Coimbra

Everything Under the Sun

  • Explore the old town of Coimbra, with its lively cafés and bars
  • Hit the beach or explore a fishing village along the coast
  • Head to the Serra da Estrela, the region's highest mountain
  • Natural Beauty
  • History
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Days 9-11
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Jose Manuel-ITP

4 Porto

Raise a Glass

  • Wander through the narrow streets of Ribeira, Porto's most interesting area
  • Learn all about port at the Port Wine Institute
  • Visit a wine lodge at Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Food and Wine
  • History
  • Architecture
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