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Pousadas of Portugal

  • Route:
  • UK
  • Lisbon
  • Crato
  • Viseu
  • Amares
  • Porto
  • UK
11 DAYS from €1055pp

Tour Highlights

  • City tour of Lisbon, admire the Belem Tower and S. Jorge Castle
  • Visit the charming hilltop villages of Castelo de Vide and Marvao
  • Admire Viseu's famous Cathedral and old town
  • Marvel at the beauty of Geres National Park
  • Stay in beautiful Pousadas throughout your tour
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Pousadas of Portugal

Join us on this fascinating tour which takes you from the cobbled streets of Lisbon to the verdant Douro valley, admiring thundering waterfalls and charming medieval villages. Undoubtedly the biggest highlight of this tour is staying in the beautiful Pousadas, buildings of historic significance lovingly restored to luxurious hotels and for you to enjoy.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Lisbon

Depart London on your direct flight to Lisbon where you will be transferred to your Pousada uniquely located in the guardhouse of the baroque Queluz Palace.

  • Dinner

Day 2: Lisbon

Following breakfast, you will enjoy a tour of Lisbon, Portugal's capital and Europe's second oldest city. Admire the impressive Abril Bridge, a suspension bridge connecting Lisbon to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tagus River and one of Lisbon's most notable landmarks. Continue to the UNESCO listed Belem Tower, arguably one of Lisbon's most iconic symbols, the tower was built as a defensive fortress on the orders of King Manuel 1. The intricately carved stone of maritime motifs honours the navigators who departed from the waterfront to chart unknown lands some 500 years ago. Your tour concludes at the S. Jorge Castle, a Moorish castle which stands majestically on a hilltop above Lisbon. Climb the towers and meander along the ramparts for the most breathtaking views of the city or simply enjoy this oasis of calm and relax in the gardens with a chilled glass of wine.

  • Breakfast

Day 3: Lisbon

Today is at leisure in Queluz, wander around the National Palace admiring its historical gardens which are one of the most remarkable examples of the harmonious link between landscape and palatial architecture in Portugal. Alternatively, you can embark on the optional excursion to Arrabida National Park, a glorious protected area covered with pines offering stunning landscapes, golden beaches and chalk cliffs. Perched on the hills is a dazzling 16th-century Franciscan monastery surrounded by five hilltop monasteries once used for solitary meditation.

  • Breakfast

Day 4: Lisbon to Crato

Following breakfast this morning you begin your journey towards Crato. Stopping en route at the beautiful city of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will enjoy a guided city tour. Check in at your Pousada and the rest of your day is at leisure to unwind. Originally a 14th-century convent, Pousada do Crato has operated as a castle, a Palace, and is now a modern luxury hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Crato

Today's tour takes you to Cratos surrounding areas. Delight in the medieval charm of Castelo de Vide, walk the cobbled streets and admire the whitewashed houses whilst enjoying the tranquillity of the Jewish Quarter where time seems to have stood still. Continue to the 14th-century castle which affords incredible views of the town and neighbouring landscapes. Later today you will visit Marvao, a dramatic medieval hilltop walled village housing one of the best-preserved castles in Portugal dating back to the 13th century. The views from the castle are truly breath-taking incorporating the wild rocky landscape towards Spain and the Serra da Estrela mountains in Portugal

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Crato to Viseu

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before travelling through Portugal towards Viseu. On arrival in Viseu, check into your Pousada and relax for the rest of the day.

  • Breakfast

Day 7: Viseu

Today enjoy a full day excursion to explore charming Viseu. Start your day by admiring the famous 17th-century Cathedral built around a Romanic construction. A majestic facade delimitated by two tall bell towers welcomes you once you reach the churchyard. Continue to the old town of Viseu, meander through the traditional small streets, paved with granite flagstones, view the traditional classic houses, decorated with shields bearing coats of arms and admire the 3rd century Roman Wall of Viseu.

  • Breakfast

Day 8: Viseu to Amares

Following breakfast, you will travel north to Amares, stopping in beautiful Porto before you reach your destination - a true highlight of the tour. Here, explore the city sights on a guided tour before visiting a port wine house for a tour and tasting of the region's famed drink. Check in at your Pousada which is nestled between the historic city of Braga and the Peneda Geres National Park. Spend the remainder of your day enjoying the serenity of this mountainside retreat.

  • Breakfast

Day 9: Amares

Today is at leisure or alternatively enjoy an optional excursion on a picturesque river cruise towards Porto along the Douro River one of Europe's most scenic rivers.

  • Breakfast

Day 10: Amares

Explore the beauty of the Geres National Park, Portugal's only national park. A vast area which hugs the border between Portugal and Spain. Throughout your day you can admire thundering waterfalls, towering cliffs, deep ravines, traditional villages and castle remains.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11: Porto to London

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast
Your Meals
  • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
  • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

Important Information


You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 10 days cover£21£42£62

For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your TAP Air Portugal flight will depart from London Gatwick South Terminal. Baggage allowance is 23 kg. of hold baggage.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of passengers on your tour will be 15 and the maximum number of passengers will be 35. If in the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum passenger numbers, then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. English speaking guide for Arrival & Departure Transfers Excursion on the 2nd day, 5th day and 10th day

Currency Information

The currency in Portugal is the Euro. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Approximately (£300-£400) per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion; However we would recommend approximately (2-3 euros) per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged. As normal practice you may be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay. If you do not have a credit card, you may be asked for a cash deposit. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2018 Dates
08 Mar 201818 Mar 2018€1055pp
19 Apr 201829 Apr 2018€1165pp
17 May 201827 May 2018€1165pp
24 May 201803 Jun 2018€1165pp
07 Jun 201817 Jun 2018€1209pp
14 Jun 201824 Jun 2018€1319pp
06 Sep 201816 Sep 2018€1275pp
13 Sep 201823 Sep 2018€1275pp
11 Oct 201821 Oct 2018€1209pp
25 Oct 201804 Nov 2018€1165pp
08 Nov 201818 Nov 2018€1055pp

Itinerary Changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.

Tour Map

Pousadas of Portugal Route Map

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Hotels and Accommodation

Pousada de Queluz

Pousada de Queluz

Pousada Mosteiro do Crato

Pousada Mosteiro do Crato

Pousada de Viseu

Pousada de Viseu

Pousada Mosteiro de Amares

Pousada Mosteiro de Amares

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