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					                 Land of Tradition
A land of great tradition and famous for its warm hospitality, Portugal
shared a common history with Spain for centuries, however, its

regional individuality in culture and language, combined with a dogged
determination for self-rule, brought its nationhood to the fore as early
as the 12th century, when Afonso Henriques proclaimed himself

King of Portugal. Recapturing regions from the Moors was the first
priority and the fledgling nation would endure another four centuries
of wars and dynastic succession with the Kingdom of Castile. Portugal

like Spain, would develop and consolidate its vast empire, dividing
the known world between them into two spheres of dominance and

influence under the Treaty of Tordesillas, signed in 1494.
Always a great seafaring nation, Portugal provided a long and
distinguished line of explorers and navigators, with its ships first to

discover Brazil and the lucrative trade routes to Asia, Africa and India.
Names such as Vasco da Gama, Henry the Navigator, Ferdinand

Magellan and Pedro Alvares Cabral are now legendary, having made

great discoveries in the name of Portugal in the New World.
The Republic of Portugal today is a small, vibrant nation of around 11

million population, with a deep sense of its history and tradition, and          AZULEJO: WOMAN GRAPE PICKER - TRAIN STATION, PINHAO.


emerging as an important new member of the EU as a consequence
of a concerted policy of economic development over the last 15 years.

Together with its islands of          Madeira and the Azores, the country

offers an enormous variety of scenery, historical sites and monuments,

heritage accommodation and fine food and wines for the visitor to
enjoy. The pleasant and courteous nature of the Portuguese people is

a welcome bonus !




ARTIST UNKNOWN, STREET SCENE IN ZAMORA, C.1850.




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                            Lisboa
The capital of Portugal is settled on the northern bank of the estuary
of the River Tagus. Deriving its name from the Latin ‘Olissapona’
meaning ‘delightful little port’, the city was successively occupied by
Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors
until 1147CE, when finally conquered by Dom Afonso Henriques, the
nation’s first King. Owing to its prowess as a maritime power in the
15th century, Lisboa became an important seaport & trading centre for
all exotic goods from the newly found colonies.
Today, Lisboa is a bustling, international city with a charming old world
ambience, offering a rare combination of the old and new with its own
distinctive character.
The many sights include the Castle of São Jorge, set on one of the
seven hills, the lovely Alfama, old Moorish quarter and the whitewashed
streets of the Bairro Alto, home to the Fado, the traditional folksong
of Lisboa. The centre of the uniquely Portuguese ‘Manueline’ style of
architecture of the 16th century, the city and its surrounding towns
offer a feast to the eye of the visitor. Sintra, Queluz, Setúbal, Estoril,
Cascais, Mafra and Guincho to name a few.
                                                                                  ARTIST UNKNOWN, STREET IN GERONA, GERONA C 1901, (DETAIL)
HOTEL DOM CARLOS PARK 3*
Located next to Praça Marques de Pombal, one of Lisbon’s most                      LISBOA                                                 Rates are per person in AUD
prominent landmarks, the hotel is a short metro ride to the old centre                                                          PACKAGE                    EXTRA NIGHTS
of the city. Totally refurbished in 2005, the hotel has 76 modern rooms            HOTEL            CAT      SEASON       TWIN SINGLE TRIPLE         TWIN SINGLE TRIPLE
with internet access and in room safe and hotel facilities include                 DOM CARLOS        3* 01/01-15/03       262       421      227          73   120    66
laundry service and garage.                                                        PARK                   16/03-30/06     299       495      259          91   158    82
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HOTEL LISBOA PLAZA 4*
                                                                                                          01/07-31/08     292       474      251          87   147    78
Certainly one of the most charming, small hotels of the city, this family
                                                                                   LISBOA PLAZA      4* 01/01-03/01       412       715      349      148      268   127
owned residence has a lovely, classic character with decor to match.
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Ideally situated in a quiet street off central Av. Liberdade near the
                                                                                                          04/01-14/03     356       633      301      119      227   103
Botanic gardens. Traditional, friendly service & cosy, homely ambience.
                                                                                                          01/04-30/06     359       619      305      121      220   105
HOTEL BRITANIA 4*                                                                                         01/09-31/10
Located in the heart of Lisboa near the Praça Marques de Pombal, this                                     01/07-31/08     301       530      245          92   175    75
traditional hotel has just been refurbished enhancing its true classic             BRITANIA          4* 01/01-03/01       423       728      358      153      274   131
charm. Comfortable, warm ambience in Lounge and Bar areas with                                            15/03-31/03
attentive service.                                                                                        04/01-14/03     368       654      312      126      237   108
                                                                                                          01/04-30/06     368       629      310      126      225   107
HOTEL REAL PALACIO 5*
                                                                                                          01/09-31/10
Opened in May 2003, the Real Palácio is a modern hotel with a
                                                                                                          01/07-31/08     318       558      269      101      189    87
classically elegant interior, offering 147 rooms and suites, each fully
                                                                                   REAL PALACIO      5* 03/01-31/03       314       533      276          99   177    90
equipped with air-conditioning, central heating, direct-dial telephone,
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cable TV, mini-bar and safe-deposit box. Besides two restaurants and
                                                                                                          01/04-31/05     356       616      310      119      218   107
two bars, the hotel features a modern health club with a spa, sauna
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and gymnasium.
                                                                                   BARRIO ALTO       5* 01/01-28/02       500       910      503      192      365   204
HOTEL BARRIO ALTO 5*                                                                                      01/03-30/06     519       946      516      201      383   210
Located in the heart of the charming Bairro Alto area, in the centre                                      01/07-31/10     509       927      510      196      374   207
of Lisbon`s shopping and theatre district. Deluxe boutique hotel
offering 55 rooms and suites designed in classic Portuguese style
                                                                                   LISBOA                                         Rates per apartment per day in AUD
combined with the latest hi-tech features (wi-fi Internet acess, in-
                                                                                   APART HOTEL      CAT      SEASON                                STUDIO WITH BREAKFAST
room LCD–DVD). Hotel facilities include a street-access restaurant,
                                                                                   REAL              4* 01/01-31/03                                            156
trendy bar, mezzanine lounge, private boardroom, fitness centre with
                                                                                   RESIDENCIA             01/06-31/08
massage service and a panoramic terrace overlooking the Tagus river.               SUITE                  10/04-31/05                                          166
Underground car park, plus tram 28 and metro at the hotel door.                                           01/09-31/10
REAL RESIDENCIA SUITE HOTEL 4* (NO PACKAGE)
Located near Praça de Espanha, in one of the most important business                PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:

districts, the Real Residência Suite Hotel is also close to the Gulbenkian
museum and the Sao Sebastiao metro stop. Each of the 22 suites and
2 studios is totally soundproofed and fully-equipped with kitchenette,
air-conditioning, central heating, direct-dial telephone and personal
safe-deposit box. Has parking.                                                    Note: Higher weekend / Trade fair / Easter / Festival rates may apply




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Costa de Estoril                                                                     Sesimbra is at the foot of a southern slope of the Serra Da Arrabida and
                                                                                     is a pleasant seaside resort enjoying a magnificently sunny outlook. The
                                                                                     town lies in a pleasant setting, but the traditional features are only to be
Both these coastal resort towns are located along the Estoril Coast only             found now in the charming little steep streets and alleys.
some 20 mins from the capital Lisboa and were historically important                 HOTEL SANA SESIMBRA 4*
fishing villages. They were also the favourite resorts of successive                  Between the blue of the Sea and the lush green of the Mountains is
Portuguese monarchs, but today, they are thriving holiday resorts on                 the Sana Sesimbra hotel, boasting 97 rooms and 3 suites. Opposite
Lisboa’s doorstep, with many hotels, a lively night life, a casino and all           the lovely beach, the hotel has extensive facilities including swimming
types of water sports.                                                               pool, sauna, spa, restaurant, bar, tour desk and garage.

               - HOTEL VILA GALE ESTORIL 4*
Located close to the beach in the centre of Estoril and just 200 metres              To the south of Lisboa (39kms), on the bank of the Sado River you
from the famous Estoril Casino. This comfortable hotel has 126 fully                 find Setúbal, the third largest Portuguese port and centre for tourism.
air conditioned rooms, restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, gym,                  Setúbal is in a sense a southern gateway to the Algarve, the Alentejo
Jacuzzi and Turkish bath.                                                            and the Planicies regions as you leave Lisboa.
HOTEL PALACIO ESTORIL & GOLF 5*                                                      POUSADA DE SAO FILIPE
A traditional deluxe hotel in grand European style with an outstanding               Please refer to page 45 for prices.
reputation for service. The finest appointments make the hotel such                    COSTA DE ESTORIL                                Rates are per person in AUD
an attractive place to stay with its handsome high ceilinged lounges,                                                                         RATES
halls and bars, superb restaurant, attractive swimming pool with large                HOTEL            CAT          SEASON          TWIN      SINGLE    TRIPLE
garden area and the hotel’s own 18 hole golf course. Complete luxury!                ESTROIL
               - HOTEL VILA GALE VILLAGE CASCAIS 4*                                   VILA GALE         4*       01/01-31/03        51          86         -
Next to the Cascais marina and barely 5 minutes from the centre                       ESTORIL                    01/04-31/05        58          99         -
of Cascais, the hotel has a fabulous sea view. It has 233 large and                                              01/10-31/10
comfortable rooms with all modern amenities, a lovely swimming pool                                              01/06-30/06        74         126         -
with surrounding gardens, restaurant, bar and parking.                                                           01/07-31/07        86         145
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HOTEL ALBATROZ 5*
                                                                                                                 01/08-31/08        101        172         -
A fairytale hotel with the special appeal of traditional luxury. Built by
                                                                                      PALACIO           5*       01/01-30/04        166        291       143
the Portuguese Royal family in the 19th C, the hotel is renowned for
                                                                                      ESTORIL &                  01/05-30/06        228        416       198
its exceptional beauty and tranquillity. Restored with great imagination
                                                                                      GOLF                       01/09-31/10
and taste, the hotel has been enlarged and entirely refitted to suit the
                                                                                                                 01/07-31/08        206        370       178
latest requirements. A salt water swimming pool, a sunny terrace and a
                                                                                     CASCAIS
restaurant with panoramic views complete the picture.
                                                                                      VILA GALE         4*       01/01-31/03        58          99         -
                   - HOTEL FORTALEZA DO GUINCHO 5*                                    VILLAGE                    01/04-31/05        66         113         -
A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux chain, the Fortaleza                    CASCAIS                    01/10-31/10
is a fully restored 17th century fortress, with commanding sea views.                                            01/06-30/06        86         145         -
Located on the seafront in Guincho, 10 minutes from Cascais town,                                                01/07-31/07        98         165         -
the hotel has 27 rooms with classical and luxurious furnishings with air                                         01/09-30/09
conditioning, mini-bar, telephone, hairdryer, safe and internet access.                                          01/08-31/08        113        192         -
Hotel facilities include parking and 24hr room service, but the highlight             ALBATROZ          5*       01/01-31/03        156        239         -
here is the 1 Michelin star restaurant headed by executive chef Vincent                                          01/04-31/05        197        312         -
Farges, based on a menu created by 3 Michelin star chef, Antoine                                                 01/10-31/10
Westermann. 50m from the beach.                                                                                  01/06-30/09        208        333         -
                                                                                     GUINCHO
                                                                                      FORTALEZA DO      5*       02/01-31/03        109        198       105
Sintra is a regional town of great beauty set in an oasis of pine woods
                                                                                      GUINCHO                    01/04-21/04        140        260       126
and exotic gardens in a barren and rocky landscape with an altitude
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of some 500m above sea level. Lord Byron referred to Sintra as a
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‘glorious Eden’ and it was one of the favoured summer retreats of the
                                                                                                                 01/07-15/09        172        322       147
Portuguese monarchs, Sintra has a splendid palace (formerly a Royal
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residence), a castle which is of Moorish origin from the 8th century
                                                                                     SINTRA
and the Pena Palace with its surprising variety of architectural styles.
                                                                                      TIVOLI SINTRA     4*       01/01-31/03        83         145        76
HOTEL TIVOLI SINTRA 4*                                                                                           01/04-31/10        88         156        80
While this hotel has a large, modern exterior, the warmly decorated                   LAWRENCES         4*       04/01-20/03        120        164       106
interior is quite attractive. Ideally located in the city opposite the former         HOTEL                      21/03-31/10        137        196       120
Royal Summer Palace, this hotel offers all standard amenities and                    SESIMBRA
services for a pleasant stay in one of Portugal’s most treasured cities.              SANA              4*       01/01-31/03        62         104        62
Has its own restaurant, bar and garage.                                               SESIMBRA                   01/04-30/06        88         156        80
LAWRENCE’S HOTEL 4*                                                                                              01/09-31/10
In operation since 1764, this beautiful hotel has lodged many a famous                                           01/07-31/08        114        207        97
face, including the great Lord Byron. In the heart of Sintra centre                  SETUBAL
and just past the tourist office, this fine hotel offers a boutique and                P.S SAO            H               PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
authentic accommodation experience, with just 16 unique bedrooms.                    FILIPE
The decor is romantic and classical in style, with luxurious furnishings
and a great attention to detail. The hotel has sitting rooms, a small bar            Note: Higher weekend / Trade fair / Easter   PRICE INCLUDES:
                                                                                     Festival rates may apply
and a restaurant with terrace, serving traditional Portuguese dishes as
well as a wide international selection.



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                                                        Costa de Prata
This long stretch of coastline traverses the country from north to south,         MANOR HOUSE – VILA DUPARCHY B
beginning about 20kms north of Lisboa, taking in the Atlantic coast for           At Vila Duparchy, the Duarte family take special pride in making their
40kms inland and northward to about 10kms south of Oporto.                        spacious guest rooms as comfortable as possible along with splendid
This beautiful coastal band contains some of the most famous towns                antique furniture and many personal touches. The surrounding garden
and cities of the nation including; Obidos, Coimbra, Batalha, Alcobaça,           includes a swimming pool. The nearby forest of Bussaco and old
Peniche, Pombal, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Leiria and Caldas da Rainha.            Coimbra, make one’s stay in Luso both interesting and enjoyable.
The region is also home to some important historical sites such as: the           Parking. (6 bedrooms, 3 doubles & 3 twins).
Bussaco Forest with its exotic plants and trees and Conimbriga, the
impressive Roman ruins, both near the city of Coimbra.
                                                                                  Aveiro stands beside a huge lagoon extending north for 45km and west
We have chosen the following towns and cities as examples to see;                 for 10km beside the ocean. Its canals are plied by high-bow, punted
                                                                                  boats similar to Gondolas but serve instead as sea weed collectors.
An enchanting medieval fortified town dating right back to Celtic times,           Until the end of the 16th Century it thrived as a port for cod fishing. In
with successive occupations of Romans, Visigoths, Moors until the                 the 17th Century, however, a massive storm shut off Aveiro’s lagoon
12th C. In 1282 King Dinis and Queen Isabel spent their honeymoon in              from the sea so it quickly silted up. Today the city lives off fish, plentiful
the village, which had been given to them as a wedding gift; a tradition          salt from the huge lagoon and seaweed for fertiliser.
thereafter maintained by all Portuguese queens until 1834.                        HOTEL MOLICEIRO 4*
Entrance is gained via one of four gates in the wall, bringing the visitor        Charming family run hotel in the centre of town with all modern facilities
into a world of centuries past - tiny winding streets, whitewashed                and services. The decor is classical and the rooms are elegant, warm
houses with their typical ochre trimmings and flower boxes brimming                and stylish. The hotel has a bar and a small city garden. Valet parking.
with colour. There are delightful chapels & churches, a number of other
secular buildings of interest, and its historical castle, now a Pousada.
HOTEL ESTALAGEM DO CONVENTO 4*
A great little hotel with loads of ambience located outside the wall
itself. The character of the hotel evokes something of the history of its
surroundings. Comfortable and unpretentious, a homely feel about it.
MANOR HOUSE – CASA D’OBIDOS B
Located less than 1km from Obidos township, this house was built in the
19th C by one of the engineers of the Eiffel team, who was based there
to construct the local railway. Situated in a protected environmental
area, the house affords a relaxing, quiet and very comfortable stay with
easy access to historical Obidos itself. The house has its own gardens,
swimming pool & tennis court.
POUSADA DO CASTELO H
Please refer to page 45 for rates.
                                                                                           ARTIST UNKNOWN, STREET SCENE IN LERIDA, LERIDA C 1901 (DETAIL)

The old city of Coimbra was Portugal’s first true capital, the birthplace           COSTA DE PRATA                                      Rates are per person in AUD
of six kings and is where the nation’s first University was founded in                                                                            RATES
1290. Located on the banks of the Mondego river, the historical heart              HOTEL             CAT         SEASON              TWIN         SINGLE    TRIPLE
is found high above the river, where there are cathedrals, the university          OBIDOS
and a fine museum. A city of high tradition and culture. The roots of               ESTALAGEM DO       4*      01/01-31/03             59           104       67
nationhood lie buried beneath the streets of this fine old world city.              CONVENTO                   01/04-30/06             83           135       83
To the north of the city lies the impressive Bussaco Forest, a very                                           01/07-31/10             88           145       87
pleasant location being only 20kms north of Coimbra. The forest was                CASA              MH        01/01-31/10            69           115        -
the scene of one of the decisive battles of the Peninsula War, where               D’OBIDOS

Wellington defeated the French troops on Bussaco Ridge in 1810. It is              POUSADA DO         H           PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
also the location of the beautiful hotel Palace Do Bussaco. (see below)            CASTELO
HOTEL QUINTA DAS LAGRIMAS 4*                                                       COIMBRA
The setting of this remarkable hotel is a wooded, lake-strewn estate,              QUINTA DAS         4*      01/01-28/02            111           172       97
only 1km from the centre of old Coimbra. Comfortable accommodation                 LAGRIMAS                   01/03-31/10            126           210       109
is offered by this sturdy, former Palace converted and completely                  BUSSACO
renovated to modern standards, with 35 rooms and 4 suites, decorated               PALACE DO          5*      01/01-31/03             67           112       70
and furnished in period style. Enormous charm and ambience abound.                 BUSSACO                    01/04-31/10             83           145       82
                                                                                   LUSO
BUSSACO - HOTEL PALACE DO BUSSACO 5*
                                                                                   VILA              MH       01/01-31/10             69           115        -
Former hunting palace of the last Portuguese kings and today one of
                                                                                   DUPARCHY
the most beautiful historical hotels of the world. Located in a 250 acre,
                                                                                   AVEIRO
centuries old forest planted by Carmelite monks, with giant trees and
                                                                                   MOLICEIRO          4*      01/01-31/05             78           135       68
rare flora from all over the world, spas, chapels, belvederes, stations-
                                                                                                              01/06-31/10             86           156       81
of-the-Cross and a 17th C convent. The palace’s rich decoration in
neo-manueline style, historical ‘azulejos’ (decorative tilework) and fine           PRICE INCLUDES:
paintings create sumptuous surroundings. An elegant hotel with fine
cuisine and wine at its famous restaurant. Own parking.

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                                                 Ribatejo & Alentejo
                                                                                  POUSADA D.JOAO IV H
The Planicies region is comprised of two provinces: Ribatejo                      This large and most impressive Pousada is set in the former Convent of
and Alentejo. This vast region encompasses all the land that lies                 Chagas de Cristo in the historical village of Vila Viçosa. The buliding is
immediately east of Lisboa to the border with Spain, for some 60kms               full of character with intricate themed rooms, full of legends and tales.
north and about 90kms south to the Algarve. Within the region one can             The Pousada has kept intact the convent cells, the retreats and the
find a number of very attractive towns and cities including Santarem,              oratories built by the nuns. There are 36 rooms and suites to choose
Evora, Estremoz, Vila Viçosa, Marvao, Beja, Tomar, Portalegre and                 from, a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and parking.
many more. We direct our attention to the following towns and cities;
                                                                                  Beja was an important Roman Colony before falling into the hands of
Of Roman origin, the monumental city of Evora has been classified                  the Arabs for centuries. The town now lives principally on the trade of
a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The encircling walls hide within                 wheat and oil and is a flourishing agricultural market town. There are
their boundaries a medieval treasure trove of architecture, which attest          two sights which you must not miss while in Beja; the Old Convent of
to the grandeur of the 16th C court. A simple walk through Evora                  the Conception and its 13th Century Castle.
is a journey through history. Try not to miss Montemor-o-Novo and                 POUSADA SAO FRANCISCO
Arraiolos plus some of the interesting megalithic monuments and                   In the former 13th century Franciscan Convent located in the heart
tombs in the area.                                                                of the historical centre of Beja, we find this impressive Pousada.
                                                                                  Combining the charm of yesteryear with today’s creature comforts, the
HOTEL M’AR DE AR MURALHAS 4*                                                      Pousada offers an ideal place to relax and enjoy the Alentejo region.
The hotel is located in the historical centre of Évora - between the              Facilities include swimming pool, tennis court, parking and restaurant.
Alconchel and the Raimundo Gates. The hotel has 85 rooms over 2
floors, tastefully furnished and equipped with air conditioning, minibar,
safe and Wifi internet. The inhouse restaurant serves traditional
Portuguese cuisine and the outdoor pool is a treat in the summer
months. Has parking.
POUSADA DOS LOIOS H
A superb building from the Manueline period, (once the Convent of
St John the Evangelist), makes one’s stay in this historical city a joy to
remember. Situated in the town centre opposite the Temple of Diana.
Vaulted ceilings, marble staircases, frescoes and cloisters abound
creating an unparalleled atmosphere. All amenities, superb lounge,
bar and restaurant areas.


A key stronghold in the War of Restoration and then in the War of the
Two Brothers, Estremoz looks out from its hilltop over groves of gnarled
olive trees. The medieval upper town, set within stout ramparts, is
dominated by a 13th century marble keep, rising to 27 m. This is the
Torre das Tres Coroas, the Tower of the Three Crowns, recalling the
kings (Sancho II, Alfonso III and Dinis) in whose reigns it was built.
                                                                                                 ARTIST UNKNOWN, OLD GATEWAYS LERIDA, LERIDA C 1901. (DETAIL)
PATEO DOS SOLARES MH
                                                                                   RIBATEJO & ALENTEJO                                  Rates are per person in AUD
The Páteo dos Solares is a charming manorhouse located in the
                                                                                                                                                 RATES
picturesque Alentejan town of Estremoz. Each of its 40 individually-
                                                                                  HOTEL               CAT         SEASON              TWIN        SINGLE        TRIPLE
furnished guest-rooms is fully equipped with a wide range of modern
                                                                                   EVORA
conveniences such as direct-dial telephone, safe-deposit box, mini-
                                                                                   M’AR DE AR          4*     01/01-31/03              72          127             39
bar, TV, and some have a fireplace and hydro-massage. Set in beautiful
                                                                                   MURALHAS                   01/04-31/10              82          143             42
gardens, the house also offers various leisure facilities including a bar,
                                                                                   POUSADA             H           PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
outdoor swimming pool, private parking, ‘Alzulaich’ regional restaurant
                                                                                   ‘DOS LOIOS’
and conference theatre room.
                                                                                   ESTREMOZ
POUSADA RAINHA SANTA ISABEL H                                                      PATEO DOS           4*     01/01-31/03              99          177           85
The castle of Estremoz is the result of the restoration of the magnificent          SOLARES                    01/04-31/10             114          212           96
Palace that King D. Diniz built for his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. The              POUSADA
restoration has been complemented with fine décor and museum                        RAINHA SANTA        H           PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
pieces. From the private gardens and swimming pool surrounded by                   ISABEL
battlements, you have the most superb view over the city of Estremoz               VILA VICOSA
and the vast Alentejo plain.                                                       POUSADA D.          H           PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
                                                                                   JOAO IV
                                                                                   BEJA
Vila Viçosa, a little town of orchards, flowers and white-washed houses
                                                                                  POUSADA SAO.         H          PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
and which has a huge palace, plus a splendid convent, and a fortress.
                                                                                   FRANCISCO
Vila Viçosa was the seat of the Duke of Bragança, the most powerful
family in Portugal during the years of Spanish occupation. However,                 PRICE INCLUDES:
when the duke became king in 1640, he left Vila Viçosa for the capital,
which ended the period of vice-regal importance for the town.


                                                                                  Note: Higher weekend / Trade fair / Easter / Festival rates may apply



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                                                      The Algarve Coast
                                                                                     archaeological museum. Continue on to Lagos, known as the ‘Gold
Enclosed by ranges of hills to the north, the Algarve has a climate,                 Coast’ because of its distinctive yellow rocks. This port was the base
culture and scenery very different from the rest of Portugal. Its                    for many voyages by Portuguese entrepreneurs, including Henry the
stunning coastline and year-round mild weather, makes it one of the                  Navigator. He financed many expeditions and founded a school of
                                                                                     navigation. A relaxing lunch break before continuing to the most south-
most popular holiday destinations in southern Europe. The Algarve’s
                                                                                     westerly village on mainland Europe, Sagres. Finish at the rugged,
fertile soil and strategic headlands and rivers have attracted visitors
                                                                                     windswept Cabo San Vincente and retreat to a charming tea house for
since the time of the Phoenicians. Five centuries of Arab rule, from 711
                                                                                     delicious teas and coffee. Return to Portimao and Overnight.
CE, left a legacy that is still visible in the region’s architecture, lattice
chimneys, azulejos, orange groves and almond trees. In summer, the                   DAY 3    PORTIMAO
coast between Faro and Lagos attracts thousands of visitors; but even                Breakfast and departure to your next destination.
near the popular resorts such as Albufeira and Alvor it is possible to                 DISCOVER THE WESTERN ALGARVE
escape the crowds.                                                                     Price per person in AUD                                                Breakfast Only

                                                                                       DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS 02/01-31/03 01/04-31/05 01/06-15/07 16/07-31/08
POUSADA DO INFANTE N                                                                                                    01/10-31/10 01/09-30/09

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Pousada is located in the village                  TWIN SHARE                    395              435             505               600
of Sagres. This village has an important historical and maritime
                                                                                     Important Note: Weekend rates /Trade Fair wates may apply and will alter the final Price.
significance, from where, 500 years ago, Prince D. Henrique’s caravels                Special rates apply for Easter.
left to look for new countries. The Pousada offers 51 elegant rooms
with all modern facilities, an outdoor pool with views over the sea, a                  PRICE INCLUDES

tennis court and a gourmet restaurant serving seafood specialties.


HOTEL PESTANA ALVOR PRAIA 5*
This luxury hotel offers 194 rooms with a wide range of facilities
                                                                                      ALGARVE                                               Rates are per person in AUD
including, restaurant, bar, games room, indoor and outdoor pools, a
                                                                                                                                                    RATES
spa, health club, golf courses within 15km, tennis and meeting facilities.
                                                                                      HOTEL              CAT        SEASON             TWIN          SINGLE      TRIPLE
The hotel is located in Alvor, about 30 minutes from Faro International
                                                                                      SAGRES
Airport, 5 km from Portimão and just minutes to the beach, with many                  POUSADA DO                     PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
rooms offering sea view.                                                              INFANTE
                                                                                       ALVOR

HOTEL SHERATON ALGARVE AT PINE CLIFFS RESORT 5*                                       PESTANA ALVOR       5*     01/01-25/02             65           105          55
                                                                                      PRAIA                      26/02-01/04             72           120          62
Set on a spectacular cliff-top overlooks miles of unspoiled beaches,
                                                                                                                 02/04-29/04             82           141          71
which edge the clear blue sea. A fantastic location for the golf
                                                                                                                 08/10-31/10
enthusiast with an 18-hole PGA course and the hotels own 9-hole
                                                                                                                 30/04-03/06             98           171          84
course. Relax in the ambience and enjoy the health club, swimming
                                                                                                                 18/09-07/10
pools set in beautiful gardens, tennis courts, complete children’s
                                                                                                                 04/06-15/07            121           218         105
activity village and gourmet restaurant.
                                                                                                                 21/08-17/09
                                                                                                                 16/07-20/08            168           312         145
POUSADA CONVENTO DA GRAÇA H                                                           ALBUFEIRA
The Pousada de Tavira is a beautifully restored 16th century convent                  SHERATON            5*     01/01-15/04            111           194           -
in a traditional baroque style. The architecture blends elegantly with                ALGARVE AT PINE            16/09-31/10

the modern facilities and the Pousada is an ideal base to enjoy this                  CLIFFS RESORT              16/04-01/07            212           336           -
                                                                                                                 02/07-22/07            281           405           -
beautiful town, just 30km from Faro. Each of the 36 rooms is fully air
                                                                                                                 27/08-15/09
conditioned and equipped with minibar and internet access. Recharge
                                                                                                                 23/07-26/08            339           464           -
at the pool by day and enjoy a traditional regional dinner in the evening.
                                                                                      TAVIRA
                                                                                      POUSADA

 Discover The Western Algarve                                                         CONVENTO DA
                                                                                      GRACA
                                                                                                          H          PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES



                                                                                       PRICE INCLUDES:




DAY 1       PORTIMAO
Arrival in Portimao once occupied by Romans, the original fishing port                Note: Higher weekend / Trade fair / Easter / Festival rates may apply
of Portimao is a bustling present day city, ideal for market shopping,
just a stone’s throw away from the historical port of Lagos. Overnight.
DAY 2     PORTIMAO - SILVES - LAGOS - SAGRES - CABO DE SAO
          VINCENTE - PORTIMAO
Breakfast. Today you enjoy a full day private tour of western Algarve.
In the early 15th C, the Portuguese began to lay the foundations of
a powerful, maritime empire. This tour begins by exploring the old
Moorish capital, Silves. Here you will visit the cathedral, castle, and



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  Lisbon & Unesco Monasteries
                                                                                                  LISBON & MEDIEVAL OBIDOS
                                                                                                  Price per person in AUD                                               Breakfast Only
DAY 1      LISBON
                                                                                                  DEPARTS ANY DAY AT YOUR REQUEST - 2011             02/01-31/03          01/04-31/05
Arrival in Lisbon where you are met at the airport and transferred to                                                                                01/06-31/08          01/09-31/10
your accommodation for check in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
                                                                                                  TWIN SHARE                                              450                    470
Overnight Lisbon.
DAY 2      LISBON - TOMAR - ALCOBAÇA - BATALHA - LISBON                                         Important Note: Weekend rates /Trade Fair dates may apply and will alter the final Price.
Breakfast. Today you have a full day tour visiting some of the most                             Special rates apply for Easter.

important monasteries in Portugal. Your first stop is the pretty historical
town of Tomar, home to the Convento de Cristo, originally a Templar                                PRICE INCLUDES
stronghold from the 12th C. The convent displays an ensemble of
architectural styles including Romanesque art, Gothic and Manueline
styles and Renaissance and Baroque features. You travel on you will
reach the famous Cistercian Abbey, the Abadia de Alcobaça. Located
                                                                                                   NOT INCLUDED
in Alcobaça, the abbey houses two of the most beautiful examples of
14th C sepulchral architecture in the tombs of King Dom Pedro and
Doña Inês de Castro. Your final visit is to the great Gothic Monastery
of Batalha, built by King Joao I. The monastery was erected in
thanksgiving for his resounding victory over strong Spanish forces at
the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. Return to Lisbon and overnight.
                                                                                                             Savour The Alentejo
DAY 3      LISBON
Breakfast and check out of your hotel. You will then be transferred to
the airport for your departure.
                                                                                                DAY 1     EVORA
  LISBON & UNESCO MONASTERIES                                                                   Arrival in Evora where you will
  Price per person in AUD                                             Breakfast Only            spend the day at leisure. In 1986
  DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS                             02/01-31/03           01/04-31/05            UNESCO declared Evora a World
                                                   01/06-31/08           01/09-31/10            Heritage Site. Overnight.

  TWIN SHARE                                           510                  530                 DAY 2      EVORA - ESPORÃO -
                                                                                                EVORA
Important Note: Weekend rates /Trade Fair dates may apply and will alter the final Price.        Breakfast. Submerse yourself in
Special rates apply for Easter.                                                                 a sublime blend of Portuguese
                                                                                                culture,    history,   wine,   and
   PRICE INCLUDES
                                                                                                gastronomy on this tour of the
                                                                                                rustic Alentejo province. Explore
                                                                                                the Roman legacy at Évora, view
                                                                                                the incredible relics of one of the
                                                                                                best-preserved Roman temples;
   NOT INCLUDED                                                                                 capture images of the cathedral’s
                                                                                                                                                  MAN FROM ZAMORA, C 1900,
                                                                                                Romanesque and gothic turrets;                            ARTIST UNKNOWN
                                                                                                and venture into the Chapel of Bones—whose
                                                                                                gruesome walls and pillars are covered with

    Lisbon & Medieval Obidos                                                                    skulls and bones. After lunch you will have the opportunity to indulge
                                                                                                in wine tasting at quaint Esporão. Return to Evora and Overnight.
                                                                                                DAY 3    EVORA
                                                                                                Breakfast. Departure to your next destination.


                                                                                                  SAVOUR THE ALENTEJO
 DAY 1      LISBON                                                                                Price per person in AUD                                           Breakfast Only
 Arrival in Lisbon where you are met at the airport and transferred
                                                                                                  DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS              01/01-31/03                       01/04-31/10
 to your accommodation for check in. Spend the rest of the day at
 leisure. Overnight Lisbon.                                                                       TWIN SHARE                              430                              455
 DAY 2      LISBON - OBIDOS - LISBON
 Breakfast. Today you will enjoy a half day private tour to Obidos,                             Important Note: Weekend rates /Trade Fair dates may apply and will alter the final Price.
                                                                                                Special rates apply for Easter.
 very well preserved medieval town lying 100 km north of Lisbon. In
 the old centre, you can find narrow cobblestone streets lined with                                 PRICE INCLUDES
 whitewashed houses and different architectural features: Gothic,
 Renaissance and Baroque. Óbidos is without doubt one of Portugal’s
 most classic walled settlements and is a melting pot of historical
 traditions. Return to Lisbon and Overnight.
                                                                                                   NOT INCLUDED
 DAY 3      LISBON
 Breakfast and check out of your hotel. You will then be transferred
 to the airport for your departure.




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                                                              Costa Verde
This is the northernmost region of the country and together with the                This beautiful medieval town is the ‘historical heart’ of Portugal being
Montanhas region is one of the least known areas of the country. It                 the birthplace of Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques in 1109 and
occupies the northwest corner of Portugal including the remaining                   commonly referred to as the ‘cradle of Portuguese nationality’. The
stretch of the Atlantic coast to the Minho river which forms the northern           town’s historical centre is a veritable treasure trove of architectural
border with Spain. It is a proud land rich in history, folklore, crafts and
                                                                                    history with a fabulous collection of monuments, churches and noble
traditional festivities. Oporto is the gateway to the north, the Douro
                                                                                    houses. Many a pleasant stroll to be had in old Guimaraes!
river valley, the green and welcoming Minho area and the spectacular
Tras os Montes. The whole region is dotted with magnificent historical               MANOR HOUSE – PAÇO DE SAO CIPRIANO A
towns and villages outside of Oporto including, Guimaraes, Braga,                   This fine 15th C house maintains the spirit of medieval Portugal in
Amarante, Viana do Castelo, Espinho, Barcelos, Monçao, Ponte de                     its noble architecture. It is set in enchanting gardens, orchards and
Lima and Ponte de Barca, Penafiel to name just a few. The region’s                   vineyards, offering many an inviting stroll in the tranquillity of the
National Park of Peneda Geres is an impressive mountain sanctuary                   location and its surrounds. A swimming pool, a small library and lots of
for rare flora and fauna.                                                            great walks. The period furniture complemented by age-old hospitality.
                                                                                    POUSADA DE SANTA MARINHA H
Oporto, the nation’s second largest city and centre of the region named             Please refer to page 45 for rates.
‘Costa Verde’, is located on the mouth of the River Douro on the north-
west Atlantic coast. The old city of Oporto prospered under Roman rule               PORTO                                                Rates are per person in AUD
and was the birthplace of Henry the Navigator, the driving force behind                                                                            RATES
the great maritime discoveries of the 15th & 16th centuries. A trading               HOTEL             CAT          SEASON              TWIN        SINGLE   TRIPLE
agreement with England in 1703, heralded the wealth of the town and                  EUROSTARS DAS      4*      03/01-31/03              65          115      61
the birth of the prestigious port wine trade, from grapes produced on                ARTES                      01/04-20/04              83          143      73
the slopes of the Douro Valley in the many ‘quintas’ upstream. Once a                                           25/04-31/10
busy fishing port, now many of its riverside areas have been converted                                           21/04-24/04              95          158      81
into residential zones, sprinkled with open air cafes and palatial homes.            PESTANA PORTO      4*      01/01-31/03             101          187      88
Oporto is dotted with beautiful squares, classic, ornate churches and                                           01/04-31/07             113          210      98
a profusion of interesting monuments and museums; many buildings                                                01/09-31/10
decorated with impressive blue & white ceramic murals, which are a                                              01/08-31/08             125          234      108
typical feature of Portuguese architecture.                                          POUSADA            H            PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
HOTEL EUROSTARS DAS ARTES 4*                                                         PALACIO DO
Recently established, the Eurostars das Artes is a classic 4* hotel in the           FREIXO
centre of the city, close to the main art galleries. Each of its 82 doubles,         INFANTE DE         5*      03/01-31/03             113          204      98
4 singles and 3 junior suites is tastefully decorated and fully equipped             SAGRES                     01/07-31/07
with air-conditioning, heating, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe deposit box,                                          01/04-30/06             126          225      109
cable TV and WiFi internet. Hotel facilities include bar, garage and 3                                          01/08-31/10
meeting/conference rooms.                                                            GUIMARES
HOTEL PESTANA PORTO 4*                                                               M.H PACO DE       MH       01/01-30/04              96          138       -
Overlooking the famous Douro river, this beautiful hotel is situated in a            SAO CIPRIANO               01/05-31/10              84          138       -
quarter of the city famous for its 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings,            POUSADA DE         H            PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. This delightful heritage hotel                SANTA MARINHA
has 48 rooms, many with panoramic river views, fully equipped with air
conditioning, safe and minibar. Guests can sample the famous local
Port in the Heritage café or dine in the hotel’s Vintage restaurant.
POUSADA PALACIO DO FREIXO H
Designed by the architect Nasoni and built in the mid 18th century,
the Palácio do Freixo (Freixo Palace) is one of the most remarkable
examples of Portuguese civil architecture from the baroque period.
The Pousada has preserved the entire façade of the palace buildings,
which became a National Monument in 1910. The property consists
of two separate but interconnected buildings: the Palácio (or palace),
which houses the restaurant, bar, lounges and meeting rooms; and
the former Harmonia Flour Factory, where the rooms are to be found,
some of them boasting a magnificent view over the river.
HOTEL INFANTE SAGRES 5*
Originally a private mansion, this impressive hotel has pride of place
                                                                                    GENARO PEREZ DE VILLA AMIL, PLAZA DE LOS MOMOS, ZAMORA, C.1842
in the city’s heart. Furnished in classic 19th century Portuguese style,
the hotel has all the modern facilities one could desire, and all the                PRICE INCLUDES:

ambience one could wish for. Impeccable taste, magnificent period
features, superb lounge, bar & dining rooms.

                                                                                    Note: Higher weekend / Trade fair / Easter / Festival rates may apply




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                                                             Costa Verde
A delightful fortress town on the coast noted for its Renaissance                   MANOR HOUSE – CASA DAS TORRES DE OLIVEIRA A
and Manueline architecture. Viana also has a proud tradition in local               This is an example of a magnificent manor of the early 18th C and was
handicrafts and pottery including embroidery, jewellery and filigree                 built in a carefully selected area, which not only allowed it to head a
work.                                                                               vast farming estate producing port wine, but also enjoys a beautiful
MANOR HOUSE – CASA DO AMEAL B                                                       landscape, overlooking the Douro river as it winds slowly down
Built in the 16th C along the lines of the traditional Minho noble                  towards the sea. The splendour of the house captivates the visitor and
houses, this delightful residence offers the warmth and atmosphere of               its period furniture adds all the atmosphere and character one can
a country home, with all the grace and charm of a past era. Beautiful               manage. The property has its own small chapel and offers a swimming
gardens and entrance courtyard provide an ideal setting for an                      pool, great local walks and wonderful gardens to enjoy.
enjoyable stay. The house has its own small ethnic museum displaying                POUSADA SOLAR DA REDE H
regional costumes and artifacts. Only 5 mins drive to Viana township.               Located within a 27 hectare vineyard, this Pousada invites guests to
Swimming pool and Parking. Interesting local walks.                                 savour the delights of the region in style. Boasting breathtaking views
POUSADA – MONTE DE SANTA LUZIA CH                                                   of the Douro river, this 18th century building has been lovingly restored
The location of this Pousada is its principal asset, set high on the crest          into a very fine Pousada with traditional furniture, fabrics and local
of the mount that bears its name and offering vast and beautiful views              artworks. The restaurant serves local delicacies including sweet eggs
over the local landscape including the city of Viana do Castelo and the             and trout stuffed with smoked ham, all complimented by the wine and
Lima river. A peaceful retreat set in its own gardens and the woods of              port that makes this region unique!
the mount, here one can truly relax and enjoy both the ample facilities
of the Pousada and its impressive scenery. A magnificent swimming
pool provides the final touch!                                                       HOTEL RURAL QUINTA NOSSA SENHORA DO CARMO MH
                                                                                    Charming rural 18th century restored ‘Quinta’ (manor house) located
                                                                                    in the sub-region of Cima Corgo, in the beautiful Duoro Region.
A truly beautiful little village in the north on the banks of the River Lima        Hotel visitors are able to live the true spirit of the Douro Valley by
and proud of its Roman origins. So typical of the delightful rural towns            accompanying the Quinta’s farming activities, trying out the walking
of the north, Ponte de Lima offers not only a wonderful environment                 routes and discovering the Quinta’s historical spots. The Quinta
to explore in the town itself and its surroundings, it provides the visitor         offers 11 guest rooms,
with the ideal location for a relaxing break in the historical countryside.         all of which have a
MANOR HOUSE – PAÇO DE CALHEIROS A                                                   panoramic view onto
A most impressive house built by the Calheiros family in the 17th C and             the vineyards and onto
positioned high on a hill with a commanding view of the surrounding                 the river. The property
countryside. The Count of Calheiros is very proud of his family’s tradition         has its own 2 chapels,
and takes pride in showing his guests the magnificent gardens and                    olive press, restaurant,
rambling vineyards of the property. The house offers many activities to             wine bar, wine tourism,
enjoy including tennis, a swimming pool, horse riding, walking, fishing              swimming pool and a
and hunting. Located only 7kms from Ponte de Lima.                                  1764 winery.
                                                                                                                     ARTIST UNKNOWN, PONTE DE LIMA, CASA DAS TORRES.



Amarante is a picturesque small town, with 16th, 17th and 18th
                                                                                    COSTA VERDE                                           Rates are per person in AUD
Century houses, completed with wooden balconies and wrought iron
                                                                                                                                                   RATES
grilles. The town, well known for its pastries and its vinho verde comes
                                                                                    HOTEL                CAT        SEASON             TWIN         SINGLE   TRIPLE
alive each year on the first Saturday in June when it celebrates the
                                                                                    VIANA DO CASTELO
feast day of its patron saint, Gonsalo, the patron saint of marriage.
                                                                                    CASA DO AMEAL        MH     01/01-31/10              69          115       -
The Church of St Gonsalo was erected in 1540 and later modified in
                                                                                    POUSADA MONTE          H        PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
the 18th Century.
                                                                                    SANTA LUZIA
HOTEL CASA DA CALÇADA 4*
                                                                                    PONTE DE LIMA
A member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux group, this fine
                                                                                    PACO DE CALHEIROS MH        01/01-31/10              96          138       -
boutique hotel is a restored 16th C palace of the Counts of Redondo
                                                                                    AMARANTE
near the old bridge over the River Tamega. Fully renovated in 2001 in
                                                                                    CASA DA               4*    01/01-31/10             121          218      105
great style, this beautiful hotel has 30 individually-decorated rooms,
                                                                                    CALCADA
including three executive suites and a presidential suite, each with air-
                                                                                    MESAO FRIO
conditioning, direct-dial telephone, cable TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.
                                                                                    POUSADA SOLAR          H        PLEASE REFER TO PAGE 45 FOR RATES
Facilities include a bar, outdoor swimming pool and the upmarket
                                                                                    DA   REDE
Largo do Paço restaurant. Private carpark.
                                                                                    PINHAO
                                                                                    RURAL QUINTA          4*    01/01-30/04             131          228      105
The entire Douro river valley offers spectacular sightseeing as it winds            NOSSA SENHORA               01/05-31/10             152          272      122
its way inland from the river’s mouth in Oporto, cutting deep ravines               DO CARMO
with steep terraced vineyards all along the route before its entrance
from Spain and its distant source. The many large ‘quintas’ or wine                  PRICE INCLUDES:
estates populate the surrounding river slopes and a number of these
same properties provide marvellous lodgings in a wing of the historical
family house.
                                                                                    Note: Higher weekend / Trade fair / Easter / Festival rates may apply




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                                             Madeira and the Azores
          We offer a selection of properties in the nature lovers islands of Madeira and the Azores including Funchal and other towns.
                                                           Please ask us for a fact sheet!




                                               Car Travel in Portugal
                                                                                     A great way to get around the country assisted by one of our
                                                                                     individually created itineraries which provides you with a well thought
We are able to provide Private Car and Chauffeur itineraries for those               out plan and structure, designed to ensure that you get the maximum
who wish to travel in the comfort of their own vehicle with their own                out of your time on the ground. We produce this itinerary plan in close
dedicated Chauffeur (English Speaking).                                              consultation with you and your objectives.
This is the way to explore the country and given that we are specialists
in creating individual itineraries for the discerning traveller, combining                 *Please refer to our web page for self-drive itinerary ideas.
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classic hotels, your experience is enhanced to the maximum.
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                                           ARTIST UNKNOWN, A FEW OF THE GYPSIES AT MONTSERRAT, CATALUNYA C 1901. (DETAIL)



                                                                       PORTUGAL                                                        Rates per day
                                                                        CAR HIRE                                                          in AUD

  CAR HIRE RATES                                                                       01/04 - 14/04                15/04 - 25/04
  PORTUGAL MAINLAND                                           01/01 - 31/03            26/04 - 30/06                01/07 - 14/07          15/07 - 14/08
                                                                                       01/10 - 31/10                15/08 - 30/09
  CAT   CAR TYPE                                  3/6 DAYS          7 DAYS +      3/6 DAYS 7 DAYS +           3/6 DAYS      7 DAYS +     3/6 DAYS   7 DAYS +
  A     RENAULT CLIO (3 DOOR) OR SIMILAR                 32             28            51             45             69          59          85          71
  B     RENAULT CLIO (5 DOOR) OR SIMILAR                 34             30            57             49             75          65          91          77
  C     VW POLO A/C OR SIMILAR                           42             36            63             59             91          77         109          93
  E     SEAT LEON A/C OR SIMILAR                         54             46            57             75            117         111         142         121
  F     VW GOLF VARIANT SW A/C OR SIMILAR                68             58           105             93            146         124         174         150
  G     VOLVO V50 A/C OR SIMILAR                         82             70           128            113            176         152         212         180
  K     MERCEDES VITO A/C OR SIMILAR                   158             137           251            222            347         299         416         358
  L     VW GOLF AUTO A/C OR SIMILAR                      78             70           130            111            212         182         255         218
  N     VW GOLF A/C OR SIMILAR                           60             52           100             89            140         119         166         144
  O     SEAT IBIZA A/C OR SIMILAR                        48             40            75             67            103          91         124         109


  INCLUDED IN RATES:

  NOT INCLUDED IN RATES:

  Important Notes: An excess applies to all vehicles which can be reduced by taking out additional optional insurance. This can only be arranged
  at the time of collection of your vehicle from the local AVIS office. All vehicles are reserved according to Category only and not by type, make
  or model.




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  Porto, Minho & The Douro Valley                                                                                       Lisbon & Alentejo
07 DAY SELF DRIVE TOURING THROUGH PORTUGAL                                                       07 DAY SELF DRIVE TOURING THROUGH PORTUGAL
Departs any day on request                                                                       Departs any day on request
DAY 01 PORTO                                                                                     DAY 01 LISBON
Arrival at Porto airport and make you way to your hotel for check in.                            Arrival at Lisbon airport and make you way to your hotel for check in.
Overnight Porto.                                                                                 Overnight Lisbon.
DAY 02 PORTO – GUIMARÀES                                                                         DAY 02 LISBON
Breakfast. Today pick up your rental car. Your first day of travel                                Breakfast. A full day to explore Lisbon. Lisboa’s sights are best
takes you to the Minho region, a Portugal Northwestern province,                                 savoured on foot offering pleasures which extend beyond traditional
including historic Guimaraes. Framed by gently rising hills, the town                            sights. They include wandering through the lanes of the Alfama,
of Guimaraes is celebrated as the birthplace of the nation. Overnight                            strolling in the Baixa along its wide avenues and visiting the famous
Guimaraes.                                                                                       tower of Belem. Overnight Lisbon.
DAY 03 GUIMARÀES – BRAGA - GUIMARAES                                                             DAY 03 LISBON – ARRAIOLOS - ESTREMOZ – VILA VIÇOSA
Breakfast. Full day to explore. In the afternoon you may like to head                            Breakfast. Today pick up your rental car and head westward via
north to Braga for a visit. Verdant hills and a fertile valley always attract                    Vendas Novas and on to the ancient little town of Arraiolos for a brief
people to the region. Braga remains the most devout and conservative                             visit and optional lunch /coffee stop at the beautiful Pousada. Continue
city in Portugal, with churches on every corner. Visit the Cathedral                             to pretty Vila Viçosa. Overnight Vila Viçosa.
(Sé) and the sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga with its monumental                                 DAY 04 VILA VIÇOSA – ESTREMOZ – VILA VIÇOSA
Baroque staircase. Return to Guimaraes for overnight.                                            Breakfast. Morning free to sightsee Vila Viçosa, a little town of orchards,
DAY 04 GUIMARÀES – FELGUEIRAS - AMARANTE – MESAO FRIO                                            flowers and white-washed houses and which has a huge palace, plus a
Breakfast. Today travel north via Felgueiras to Amarante for a brief                             splendid convent, and a fortress. In the afternoon you may like to head
visit. Amarante is a picturesque small town, with 16th, 17th and 18th                            north to visit historic Estremoz, town that looks out from its hilltop over
Century houses, completed with wooden balconies and wrought iron                                 groves of gnarled olive trees. Return to Vila Viçosa. Overnight Vila Viçosa.
grilles. Continue to Mesao Frio for overnight.                                                   DAY 05     VILA VIÇOSA – REDONDO - REGUENGOS DE MONSARAZ
DAY 05 MESAO FRIO                                                                                           – EVORA
Breakfast. Full day to sightsee. Boasting the beauty of 18th Century                             Breakfast. Today journey south to medieval Redondo, the centre of
cloisters which house the local Town Hall and tourist office, the town                            one of the Alentejo’s wine regions, and also renowned for its pottery.
of Mesao Frio is a peaceful introduction to the flourishing port wine-                            Continue to Reguengos de Monsaraz for a visit. This most delightful
growing region. Overnight Mesao Frio.                                                            medieval village sits perched in a typically strategic position on a hill
                                                                                                 and its simple attractive streets smell of fresh bread, mint, olive groves
DAY 06 MESAO FRIO – PESO DA REGUA – LAMEGO – AVEIRO
                                                                                                 and oak woods. Proceed to monumental Evora, city of Roman origin
Breakfast. Head south via the beautiful town of Peso da Regua and
                                                                                                 and classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Overnight Evora.
on to Lamego for a brief visit of the town. An attractive town within
the demarcated port area, Lamego also produces wines, including                                  DAY 06 EVORA – SESIMBRA
Raposeira, Portugal’s premier sparkling wine. Continue through Viseu                             Breakfast. A full Morning to stroll around Evora before heading west
to reach Aveiro. Overnight Aveiro.                                                               via Pamela to reach the pleasant seaside resort of Sesimbra. The
                                                                                                 traditional features of the town are only to be found now in the charming
DAY 07 AVEIRO – PORTO
                                                                                                 little steep streets and alleys which go down towards the beach,
Breakfast. Morning to stroll round Aveiro, city of canals, known as
                                                                                                 lined with small shops and houses decorated with flowers where the
the “Portuguese Venice”, where you will see the graceful “moliceiros”
                                                                                                 washing, along with fish is put out to dry. Overnight Sesimbra.
boats and taste local sweet called “ovos moles”. Finally continue back
to Porto city /airport to drop off your rental car.                                              DAY 07 SESIMBRA – LISBON
                                                                                                 Breakfast. Today travel north back to Lisbon city /airport to drop off
  Price per person in AUD
                                                                                                 your rental car.
  DEPARTS ANY DAY AT YOUR          01/01 -31/03         01/04 -30/06         01/07 -30/09
  REQUEST - 2011                                        01/10 -31/10                               Price per person in AUD

                                                                                                   DEPARTS ANY DAY AT YOUR          01/01 -31/03         01/04 -30/06         01/07 -30/09
  MIN. 2 PEOPLE                          640                  730                 855
                                                                                                   REQUEST - 2011                                        01/10 -31/10

 PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:                                                                           MIN. 2 PEOPLE                         560                  715                   905


                                                                                                    PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:




***extra nights can be added to Porto as pre or post. Please ask us for prices.

  HOTEL SELECTION OR SIMILAR                                                                     ***extra nights can be added to Lisbon as pre or post. Please ask us for prices.

  PORTO                                HOTEL PESTANA PORTO 4*                                      HOTEL SELECTION OR SIMILAR

  GUIMARAES                            MANOR HOUSE PACO DE SAO CIPIRANO                            LISBON                                       HOTEL REAL PARQUE 4*

  MESAO FRIO                           POUSADA SOLAR DA REDE                                       VILA VICOSA                                  POUSADA D. JOAO IV

  AVEIRO                               HOTEL MOLICEIRO 4*                                          EVORA                                        POUSADA DOS LOIOS

                                                                                                   SESIMBRA                                     HOTEL SANA SESIMBRA 4*
IMPORTANT NOTE: Weekend rates / Trade Fair rates may apply and will alter the final price.
Special rates apply for Easter and must be requested.                                            IMPORTANT NOTE: Weekend rates / Trade Fair rates may apply and will alter the final price.
                                                                                                 Special rates apply for Easter and must be requested:
*These rates are estimates as your travel dates will determine the final price*
                                                                                                 *These rates are estimates as your travel dates will determine the final price*




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                                                                       Pousadas of Portugal
If you are looking for attractive and historical accommodation for your next holiday,
away from the bustle of the city, then consider the Pousadas of Portugal.
The Pousadas are located in pleasant rural settings, inside the walls of medieval
towns, near the seaside or in the mountainous regions of this ‘old world’ country.
There are around 45 Pousadas forming an impressive network of heritage hotels
run by the Portuguese State, many of them historical buildings, castles, palaces and
monasteries all lovingly restored and maintained. Special care has been taken to
reflect the history and cultural traditions of the region in which they are located, with
attention to folk crafts, period furniture, local cuisine and wines. Comfort, friendly
atmosphere and traditional Portuguese hospitality are the cornerstones of these
uniquely beautiful buildings.


                                                        Valença

                                       V. Nova de Cerveira                                            Bragança
                                                                   Gerés
                                                                  Caniçada
                                     Viana do Castelo
                                                         Braga


                                                      Guimaraes
                                                                                     Alijo

                                                     Porto        Marao
                                                                       Mesao                   Almeida
                                                                        Frio
                                                                                                                                 ARTIST UNKNOWN, ENTRANCE TO POBLET, CATALUNYA C 1901.
                                                  Murtosa
                                                  Torreira          Viseu

           ATLANTIC
                                                                               Manteigas
                                                                                       Belmonte                       Ibertours is an official collaborator for
                                                         Coimbra

           OCEAN                                                      Vila Pouca                                      Pousadas in Australia & NZ
                                                                       da Beira
                                                       Condeixa



                                              Batalha                       Proença-a-Nova
                                                         Ourem
                                                         Fatima                                                                                CREATIVE SELF-DRIVE ITINERARIES
                                                                                     Marvao
                                                                                                                                               Ask us to design a special SELF DRIVE
                                            Obidos
                                                                             Crato
                                                                                                                                               itinerary to suit your personal budget
                                                                                                                                               and travel requirements.
                                                                           Sousel               Elvas                                          This is our speciality!
                                                                  Arraiolos     Estremoz
                                       Queluz
                                                                                       Vila Viçosa
                                      Lisboa Palmela                          Evora
                                                          Setubal



                                                        Alcacer            Alvito
                                                        do Sal
                                                                  Torrao                                                                     CHARM (CH)

                                                                              Beja

                                                                                                                                             NATURE (N)
                                                        S. Clara-A-Velha
                                                                             S. Bras
                       Angra do                                             de Alportel
            Graciosa
                       Heroismo                                                              Tavira                                          HISTORICAL (H)
                                                Sagres
   Horta                Terceira                                                Faro
 Faial            Sao Jorge
           Pico
                        Sao Miguel                                                                                                           HISTORICAL DESIGN (HD)
                              Santa Maria




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                                           Pousadas of Portugal
                 LOCATION                      POUSADA                      LOW SEASON       HIGH SEASON       SPECIAL SEASON
                                                                           01 NOV -31 MAR   01 APR - 15 JUL,    16 JUL - 10 SEP,
                                                                                            11SEP - 31 OCT          EASTER
                                                                                                                  (21-24 APR)

               CHARM
               ALIJÓ                     BARÃO FORRESTER                       134.00            179.00              224.00
               BRAGA                     SÃO VICENTE                           134.00            179.00              179.00
               BRAGANÇA                  SÃO BARTOLOMEU                        134.00            179.00              179.00
               CONDEIXA-A-NOVA           SANTA CRISTINA                        134.00            179.00              179.00
               ELVAS                     SANTA LUZIA                           134.00            179.00              179.00
               GUIMARÃES                 NOSSA SENHORA OLIVEIRA                134.00            179.00              224.00
               HORTA (AÇORES / AZORES)   SANTA CRUZ                            134.00            209.00              254.00
               MARVÃO                    SANTA MARIA                           134.00            179.00              179.00
               VALENÇA MINHO             SÃO TEOTÓNIO                          134.00            179.00              224.00
               VIANA CASTELO             MONTE DE SANTA LUIZA                  164.00            209.00              254.00
               VISEU                     VISEU                                 134.00            179.00              179.00
               NATURE
               GERÊS – CANIÇADA          SÃO BENTO                             164.00            209.00              254.00
               MANTEIGAS                 SÃO LOURENÇO                          179.00            179.00              179.00
               MARÃO                     SÃO GONÇALO                           134.00            179.00              254.00
               MURTOSA-TORREIRA          RIA                                   134.00            179.00              254.00
               PROENÇA A NOVA            AMORAS                                134.00            179.00              179.00
               SAGRES                    INFANTE                               134.00            179.00              254.00
               STA.CLARA-A-VELHA         SANTA CLARA                           134.00            179.00              254.00
               TORRÃO                    VALE DO GAIO                          179.00            224.00              328.00
               HISTORIC
               ALVITO                    CASTELO DE ALVITO                     164.00            209.00              254.00
               BEJA                      SÃO FRANCISCO                         164.00            209.00              209.00
               BELMONTE                  CONVENTO DE BELMONTE                  194.00            224.00              328.00
               ESTREMOZ                  RAINHA SANTA ISABEL                   164.00            209.00              254.00
               ÉVORA                     LÓIOS                                 194.00            224.00              328.00
               GUIMARÃES                 SANTA MARINHA                         164.00            209.00              254.00
               MESÃO FRIO                SOLAR DA REDE                         164.00            209.00              254.00
               ÓBIDOS                    CASTELO                               239.00            313.00              373.00
               OURÉM-FÁTIMA              CONDE DE OURÉM                        164.00            209.00              254.00
               PALMELA                   CASTELO DE PALMELA                    164.00            209.00              254.00
               PORTO                     PALÁCIO DO FREIXO                     224.00            254.00              328.00
               QUELUZ – LISBOA           D. MARIA I                            164.00            209.00              209.00
               SETÚBAL                   SÃO FILIPE                            164.00            209.00              254.00
               TAVIRA                    CONVENTO DA GRAÇA                     194.00            224.00              328.00
               VILA POUCA DA BEIRA       CONVENTO DO DESAGRAVO                 164.00            209.00              254.00
               VILA VIÇOSA               D. JOÃO IV                            164.00            209.00              254.00
               HISTORIC DESIGN
               ALCÁCER DO SAL            D. AFONSO II                          164.00            224.00              284.00
               AMARES                    SANTA MARIA DO BOURO                  194.00            224.00              248.00
               ANGRA (AÇORES / AZORES)   SÃO SEBASTIÃO                         164.00            209.00              254.00
               ARRAIOLOS                 NOSSA SENHORA DA ASSUNÇÃO             164.00            209.00              254.00
               CRATO                     FLOR DA ROSA                          194.00            224.00              248.00
               ESTOI                     PALÁCIO DE ESTOI                      194.00            224.00              328.00



                                                   *Special rates apply for Saturdays.




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           ITINERARIES                                Based on twin share room with breakfast
  Ask us to design a special SELF                              Single = $25 discount
DRIVE itinerary to suit your personal                 Extra Bed = 30% of twin share room rate
requirements. This is our speciality!                      INCLUSIVE OF LOCAL TAXES




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                                                 First Class Portugal
Departs any day on request
DAY 1      LISBOA
Arrival in Lisboa where you are met at the airport and transferred to
your hotel. Overnight Lisboa.
DAY 2       LISBOA
Breakfast. A full day to explore the sights of the city at leisure,
including a walk through the historical Alfama district, the Rossio and
a visit to the famous tower of Belem. Tonight enjoy a Fado dinner and
show. Overnight Lisboa.
DAY 3      LISBOA – SINTRA – OBIDOS
Breakfast. This morning you will be met at your hotel by your
Private Chauffeur to commence your private tour of Portugal.
Your first day of travel takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage
listed city of Sintra for a sightseeing stop. The tall conical chimneys
of the Palacio Nacional de Sintra and the fabulous Palacio da Pena
are unmistakable landmarks. Continue on your journey north through
Mafra to reach Obidos, Portugal’s whitewashed town surrounding a
castle. Overnight at the beautiful castle, now a Pousada.
DAY 4     OBIDOS – ALCOBAÇA – BATALHA – FATIMA – COIMBRA
Breakfast. Today you head north to Alcobaça and Batalha for
panoramic tour of Batalha and on to the pilgrim’s city of Fatima. The
Neo-Baroque basilica, flanked by statues of saints, has a 65m tower
and an esplanade twice the size of St Peter’s square in Rome. Free
time to visit the sanctuary before returning to the road and heading
north to the university city of Coimbra. Portugal’s original university
was established in Coimbra in 1308. Overnight Coimbra.
DAY 5      COIMBRA – CONIMBRIGA – BUSSACO – COIMBRA
Breakfast. Morning visit of Coimbra. Coimbra, Portugal’s third largest
city, tumbles down a steep riverbank by the Mondego River. The
city offers a fine museum - Museu Machado de Castro and a regal
university quarter, plus mansions, monasteries and churches, including           A TEJADA LOS CHARROS DE SALAMANCA, DATE UNKOWN (DETAIL)

the most imposing Romanesque church in the country. An afternoon
                                                                                   Price per person in AUD                                       Breakfast Only
visit of nearby Conimbriga and into the vast Bussaco Forest with
                                                                                   DEPARTURE ANY DAY AT YOUR REQUEST - 2011                  ALL YEAR
optional lunch stop at the famous Palace Hotel do Bussaco. Return to
                                                                                   MIN. 2 PERSON                                             3,545
Coimbra for overnight.
                                                                                   MIN. 4 PERSON                                             2,415
DAY 6       COIMBRA – VISEO – LAMEGO – REGUA – PINHAO
                                                                                   MIN. 6 PERSON                                             2,075
            – MESAO FRIO
Breakfast. Head north through Viseu and into Lamego for a brief
                                                                                 * Weekend rates / Trade Fair dates may apply which will alter the total price.
visit of the town & Port wine tasting. An attractive town within the
demarcated port area, Lamego also produces wines, including                         CITY                               HOTEL
Raposeira, Portugal’s premier sparkling wine. Head to nearby Mesao                  LISBOA                             HOTEL REAL PARQUE 4*
Frio via the beautiful towns of Regua and historical Pinhao. Surrounded             OBIDOS                             POUSADA DO CASTELO
by vineyards, the town of Pinhao has many lodges and even the train                 COIMBRA                            HOTEL QUINTA DAS LAGRIMAS 4*
station has azulejos depicting the wine harvest. Arrival and free time.             MESAO FRIO                         POUSADA ‘SOLAR DA REDE’
Overnight at a lovely Pousada.                                                      PORTO                              HOTEL PESTANA PORTO 4*
DAY 7     MESAO FRIO – PORTO
Breakfast. Today you will travel along the Douro river to arrive in Porto
where you must farewell your chauffeur as you are dropped off at your               PRICE INCLUDES

hotel. The present city of Porto occupies the site of the Roman town
of Portus, sprawling down the long, steep north bank of the Douro,
6km from the sea. Afternoon
at leisure. We recommend you
cross over Dom Luis Bridge, over
the river for a local port tasting.
Overnight Porto.
DAY 8     PORTO
Breakfast. Farewell the city as you
are transferred to the airport for
your flight out of Porto.
…End of Itinerary.                                                                 *These rates are estimates as your travel dates will determine the
                                                                                                              final price




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                                                     Portuguese Passeio
DAY 01 LISBON
Arrival at the airport where you are met by a local representative to               DAY 09 VISEU – MARVAO - ESTREMOZ – EVORA
welcome you to Lisbon. Transfer by coach to your hotel for check-in.                A leisurely departure as you travel south along the border with Spain,
Dinner at the hotel and overnight. D                                                through Spa country. You will stop to visit pretty Marvao, to visit the
          LISBON                                                                    impressive hilltop Marvao castle. Some free time to wander the
A morning tour today to the suburb of Belem, where you will visit                   tiny winding streets of the town before continuing on to Estremoz,
the Torre de Belem, the Jeronimos Monastery and the Monument to                     Portugal’s largest producer of marble. The medieval upper town,
the Discoveries. A gourmet highlight today is a stop at the famous                  set within stout ramparts, is dominated by a 13th century marble keep,
“Casa Pasteis de Belem” to sample a delicious ‘pastel de nata’ or                   rising to 27 m. Free time for lunch before heading back on the road to
Portuguese custard tart. Afternoon/evening free. Overnight Lisbon. B                Evora. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight. B
DAY 03 LISBON – SINTRA – LISBON                                                     DAY 10 EVORA
Today you have a fascinating day trip to the UNESCO World                           A morning tour of Evora with a local guide. In the centre of town is
Heritage listed, Sintra. The tall conical chimneys of the Palacio                   the Cathedral and on its left side is the Museu de Evora. The Cathedral
Nacional de Sintra and the fabulous Palacio da Pena are unmistakable                which began construction in 1186 was completed in 1250. Further left
landmarks and both palaces are visited on your tour. Sintra’s tiny streets          one cannot help but notice the Roman Temple of Diana-in Corinthian
are a delight to stroll in and lunch is served today in the oldest hotel            style from the 2nd century. Free afternoon at leisure. Overnight. B
in the Iberian Peninsula, the Lawrence’s hotel, where Lord Byron                    DAY 11 EVORA – LISBON
stayed in 1809. Back to Lisbon for free afternoon. Overnight Lisbon.                A leisurely morning today as you return to Lisbon for a final night in
B, L                                                                                the capital. On arrival, a free afternoon for sightseeing or shopping.
                                                                                    Tonight, you will gather for a special final dinner and Fado show
Depart Lisbon and head north to Bussaco, stopping for some free                     at a traditional fado house. The fado is sung by men or women
time in the medieval whitewashed town of Obidos. Back on the road                   and accompanied by one
to the Bussaco Forest. In 1810, 66,000 French troops attacked the                   Portuguese guitar and one
Duke of Wellington and his army of British and Portuguese soldiers                  classic guitar, which in Portugal
during the unsuccessful Napoleonic invasion of Portugal. The forest                 is called viola. The essential
survived, and so did the Carmelite monastery within. Dinner at the                  element of fado music is
hotel. Overnight. B, D                                                              “saudade,”      a    Portuguese
                                                                                    word that translates roughly
DAY 05 BUSSACO – AVEIRO – PORTO
                                                                                    as longing, or nostalgia for
Travel to Porto, stopping for a break in Aveiro on the way, known as
                                                                                    unrealised dreams. Overnight.
the Venice of Portugal. The city is crossed by canals, plied by high-
                                                                                    B, D
bow, punted boats similar to Gondolas but serve instead as seaweed
collectors. Back on the road and travel on to Porto. Free time. Porto               DAY 12 DEPART LISBON
today presents the face of a 19th C commercial port-full of granite-                After breakfast, collect your
trimmed buildings, few more than three stories high. A special dinner               luggage and farewell the city
tonight at Dom Tonho. Overnight Porto. B, D                                         as you are transferred to the
                                                                                    airport for your onward flight. B
DAY 06 PORTO
                                                                                    ...End of Itinerary
Morning tour of the city with a local guide. The heart of the city is
the wide, grass-lined, Av dos Aliados, which runs five blocks inland
from the river. All of the sights lie south of this landmark. The cathedral,
                                                                                                                          LEONCIO TALAVERA, FISH HAWKER, 19TH CENTURY
with a fine altar, stands two blocks directly south; the church of San                                                     (DETAIL)

Francisco; southeast a block from the river beside the Palacio da
Bolsa. Free afternoon at leisure. Overnight Porto. B                                   PRICE INCLUDES

DAY 07 PORTO – GUIMARAES – PORTO
An excursion this morning to visit Guimaraes, birthplace of the
nation. On arrival, you will have a walking tour of the town, including
the Rua de Santa Maria and Castelo Sao Miguel. Free time to stroll the
historic streets at your leisure before lunch at the Pousada Nossa
Sra de Oliveira, in the heart of town. After lunch, return to Porto for a
free afternoon. Overnight Porto. B, L
DAY 08 PORTO – AMARANTE - DOURO VALLEY – VISEU
                                                                                    BOOKING CONDITIONS: A non refundable $350 deposit is required to make
A most interesting journey today as you follow the river into the Douro             a booking. Part payments may be required and indicated throughout the
Valley. The first demarcated wine region in the world, the steep hills               confirmation process.
of the valley are lined with vines and famous port wine estates. You
will first stop in historical Amarante, where you have some free time                 Price per person in AUD
to wander the old streets. Continue on to Peso da Regua, the official                 PRICE = BASED ON MINIMUM     4 PAX      8 PAX      12 PAX    15 PAX     20 PAX
centre of the port wine growing region, where you will enjoy lunch.                  GROUP NUMBERS                GROUP      GROUP      GROUP     GROUP      GROUP
                                                                                     TWIN SHARE                   4,550      3,190      2,680     2,495      2,270
After lunch, you head to Lamego to visit a beautiful family run port
                                                                                     SINGLE SUPPLEMENT            585        585        585       585        585
wine estate, for a tour of the property and a wine and port tasting.                 Prices are subject to
Travel on south to Viseu to the Pousada, a former hospital dating from               currency fluctuations

1842. Dinner and overnight. B, L, D                                                 * Prices are subject to currency fluctuations




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