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Portugal’s World Heritage Sites Tour in 10 days

The World Heritage Sites were created in 1978 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in an effort to preserve the world’s cultural and natural heritage. On the Portugal’s World Heritage Sites Tour in 10 days you’ll discover 12 amazing sites of “outstanding universal value” and visit the most incredible monuments in Portugal!

Sightseeing tours Sightseeing private tour
Duration 10 days
Start and finish Starting and finishing in Lisbon
Number of people 2 or more people

Regional features

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Architectural treasures
  • Natural and urban landscapes
  • Traditional gastronomy
  • Excellent wines

About this tour

Private

Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).

Tailor-made

The tour highlights recommend some places to visit, however, there are others that may interest you, so we list some of them on ‘optional visits and experiences’. Our main goal is to provide you an unforgettable day therefore we have the flexibility to customize the itinerary according your preferences and tour length.
Our local guide will pick you up at your hotel, airport, cruise terminal or other meeting point.

Tour Length

Each day tour is designed to last approximately 8 hours (hotel-tour-hotel).

Accommodation not included

Please contact us for advice about our accommodation options. We have a list of hotels based in local 3*, 4* and 5* Bed & Breakfasts and Boutique hotels throughout Portugal. We will provide you with suggestions so you can choose what best suits your budget.

Our Premium Tours guarantee

Our guide/driver will drive you during your tour, sharing stories and curiosities about the places you’ll visit as well as its historic context. Since our guide is also the driver, and in order to provide you great tour, it’s possible that the guide won’t always join you on your visits to the inside of the monuments. Find out why.

Tour highlights

1st Day | Lisbon


Your tour guide will pick you up at the airport and take on a tour to the famous neighborhood of Belém where you can visit both heritage sites; The Jerónimos monastery and the Tower of Belém. You’ll also admire the Monument of the Discoveries and taste the unique custard tart of Portugal: ‘Pastel de Belém’.

Overnight in: Lisbon


2nd Day | Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais


Visit the charming village of Sintra, located in a Natural Park with castles and grand mansions used as summer houses for the Portuguese royalty. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and owing to its beauty is one of the most visited sites in Portugal.

Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

The Park holds more than 200 species of vertebrates: 33 mammal species, more than 160 bird species, 12 amphibian species, 20 reptilian species and 9 sweet water fish species.

Pena Palace

An astonishing fairytale 19th century Palace located on one of the highest peaks of Sintra’s mountain range.

Local products and handicrafts

Visit the historic centre and go inside small shops and bakeries, selling local products and handicrafts.

‘Cabo da Roca’

It’s located on a large cliff with more than 140 meters height. Considered the most western point of continental Europe has an amazing view to the Atlantic Ocean.

Guincho beach

Considered one of the most beautiful beach of the region of Lisbon was the place of a James Bond movie: ‘On her majesty’s Secret Service’.

Cascais

Cascais is a former fishing village which has been able to maintain its traditions through centuries by combining them with the aristocratic life.

‘Marginal’ road

Road along the Atlantic Ocean, with sand beaches and 17th century Forts.

Overnight in: Lisbon


3rd day | Óbidos, Nazaré and Aveiro


This Western Portugal day tour will offer you an unforgettable experience. Discover the typical crafts, the rich gastronomy, the traditions, the aromas and flavours in an unique atmosphere that characterizes this region.

Óbidos

A medieval town which is one of Portugal’s most interesting walled settlements. Here you can have a taste of the typical ‘Ginja’ while walking along its cobbled streets.

Nazaré

Nazaré is seaside resort with its own charm. It’s Portugal’s most famous fishing village because of the “big wave phenomenon” and it was where the American surfer Garrett McNamara set a new world record in 2011, surfing a 90ft wave.

Aveiro

Considered the Venice of Portugal, here you will take a boat trip through the city’s canals.

Overnight in: Porto


4th Day | Porto


During this Oporto city tour we will discover the history and charm of the city.

Dom Luis metal bridge

Designed by Théophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, the bridge was inaugurated in 1886 and connects Oporto to Vila Nova de Gaia, on the other side of the Douro River.

Port’s wine cellars

Port’s Wine is internationally acclaimed for its quality and although it is produced in the Douro Valley, the cellars are located in Oporto. Have a taste of this amazing and unique sweet Oporto’s wine.

Cruise at the Douro’s River

Enjoy the fantastic landscapes on board of a typical local boat called ‘Rabelo’.

São Bento train station

The railway station of Oporto built in the 20th century is the most beautiful in the country. It has a glass and iron structure and it’s decorated with twenty thousand tiles that illustrate the evolution of the transportation and important events of Portuguese history and life style.

Church and Tower of the Clerics

Considered to be the city’s symbol, this 18th century baroque church was designed by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni.

São Francisco church

The Church of St. Francis was classified as a National Monument and Unesco World Heritage because of its extraordinary decoration in gilt wood carvings.

Oporto’s Catedral

The Cathedral of the city of Porto, located in the heart of the historical center is one of the main and oldest monuments of Portugal.

Bolsa Palace

Located in central Oporto was built in 1834 in a neo classical style constructed by the Commerce Association of Oporto.

Overnight in: Porto


5th Day | Douro


Explore one of the most beautiful region of Portugal: The Douro Valley, is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Here you will find several vineyards planted on the mountains slops. Here will make a panoramic tour and see breathtaking landscapes, visit local wineries and taste the famous Douro wine.

Village of Pinhão

At Pinhão you will visit the railway station to see the famous 24 tile panels with landscapes of the Douro Region.

Overnight in: Porto


6th Day | Braga e Guimarães


Discover Braga and Guimarães, both classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Along the day you’ll have the opportunity to see more of the region of Minho by visiting other iconic landmarks between the two cities.

Cinquecentist Guimarães’ centre

Lose yourself in the streets, the colors and history of the this city.

Castle of Guimarães

Considered ‘The First of Portugal’, in which rests the very foundation of the Portuguese nationality.

Ducal Palace

This 18th century Palace is located in the historical center of Guimarães and is classified as a National Monument.

Bracara Augusta

Oldest city in Portugal that played a key role in the development of the Roman occupation in the region. Considered a very religious its history blends with the Catholic identity.

Braga’s Cathedral

The country’s oldest (1st Mass dated 1089), today still has the strength of this tradition.

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte

True jewel of the Portuguese Baroque architecture.

Overnight in: Porto


7th Day | Coimbra and Tomar


Discover two of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in Portugal: Coimbra and Tomar.

Coimbra

Known as the city of the students, offers centuries of culture and history. Here you can visit the oldest university of Europe and its world famous library and walk the downtown city centre.

Historic centre of Tomar

One of the historic centres of Portugal with the highest concentration of monuments. You’ll visit the churches of ‘São João Baptista’ and of ‘Santa Maria do Olival’ and the oldest Jewish synagogue in the country.

Convent of Christ

After the extinction of the Knights Templars in 1312, King Dinis creates a new religious militia the Military Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ, claiming the need to defend Portugal from Islam. The headquarters of the Order of Christ is set up in the former Knights Templars headquarters in 1357 where it will remain for centuries. Regarded as one of the greatest monastic complex in Europe was classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1983. Inside we can see the Charola, the Knights round temple, the unique western window designed in Portuguese late gothic style and the main cloister, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.

Overnight in: Tomar


8th Day | Marvão, Elvas e Vila viçosa

Marvão

Marvão is considered one of the most spectacular walled villages in the country. Set up on the very top of the Serra de São Mamede mountains, it offers splendid views of the region.

Elvas

A World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Elvas houses the World’s largest collection of bulwark fortifications and other military buildings as well as churches and monasteries of unique beauty.

Vila Viçosa

Surrounded by natural beauty, this hidden gem is full of history and cultural interest.

Overnight in: Évora


9th Day | Évora and Monsaraz


The Capital of Alto Alentejo (one of the Portuguese Regions) and classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1986.

San Francisco’s Church

The Convent of St. Francis in Évora, was the first house of the Franciscan Order in Portugal and was founded in the 12th century. The Church of the convent was remodeled at the end of the 15th century, between the years of 1480 and 1510, being an example of Gothic-Manueline architecture. It is related to the events that marked the period of maritime expansion and is one of the most beautiful churches in Portugal.

Bones Chapel

Built in the 17th century by the initiative of three Franciscan friars in order to convey the message of the transience and fragility of human life. At the entrance, the warning: “We bones here laid, for yours we wait”. The walls and the eight pillars of the church are covered with about 5,000 human skulls and countless bones from the city’s cemeteries.

Évora’s Roman Temple

The Roman Temple of Évora was built in the early 1st century and is located in the historic city center, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1986, is one of the most famous landmarks of the city and a symbol of the Roman presence in Portuguese territory.

Évora’s Cathedral

Better known as Sé de Évora, it’s the largest medieval cathedral in Portugal. Its construction began in 1186 and consecrated in 1204, was completed later on, in 1250. It is a fascinating monument in granite that marks the transition from the Romanesque style to the Gothic style.

Local vineyard and winery

Get to know more about the wine production with a guided tour in a local winery. You’ll learn more about the daily life of a winery and at the end have a wine tasting with local ‘tapas’ such as cheese, sausage, olives and bread.

Store and cork factory

Cork is a plant material, 100% natural, from the bark of the cork oak.
It can be extracted every 9 years and has several uses such as floor coverings, musical instruments, decoration and clothing. Considered the most important industry in Portugal, with an area of ​​730 thousand hectares of cork oak, it is responsible for more than 50% of the world cork production.

S. Pedro do Corval

It’s an Alentejo small village widely known for its handmade pottery. With about 35 pottery factories São Pedro do Corval is known as the Capital of Pottery (it’s the Portuguese largest pottery centre).

Monsaraz

Medieval village conquered by the Moors in the 12th century. It played, over the years, a very important role in monitoring the Guadiana River, after the border with Spain. The beauty and state of conservation of the village of Monsaraz are impressive, making it a museum village, unique in the region. From the top of the castle walls, built by D. Dinis in the 14th century and classified as National Monument, we can see the whole village with houses painted white and slate roofs and the Alqueva dam.

Overnight in: Lisbon


10th Day | Drop off at Lisbon's airport

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