Lisbon Explorer

Cascais has rocketed from being a sleepy fishing village to a much-loved summertime playground of wave-frolicking Lisbonites ever since King Luís I went for a dip there in 1870. Its trio of golden bays attracts holidaymakers who come to splash in the Atlantic or simply relax and explore the town, with its winding lanes, small museums, cool gardens, shiny marina and pedestrianised old town.

Tina says…
“The high standards of comfort and service are clear as soon as you arrive at the Vila Galé, with its lush gardens, cliff top location and proximity to the historic and attractive resort centre which is perfect to explore on a day off. With the feel of a high end resort hotel, you may struggle to get your group to leave their wonderful relaxing base!”
Day 1 Portsmouth to Santander
We arrive in Plymouth/Portsmouth for a late afternoon departure to Santander with Brittany ferries.

Day 2 Santander - Palencia
We arrive in Santander late afternoon and travel to our overnight hotel in Palencia.

Day 3 Arrival in Cascais
Today we make our journey through Spain and Portugal to our home for the next 5 nights, Cascais. Enjoy the scenery en route to the Atlantic coast, arriving at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4 Lisbon
Today, we enjoy a full day step-on guided excursion to Lisbon. Set on seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon has been the capital of Portugal since the 13th century. It is a city famous for its majestic architecture, old wooden trams, Moorish features and more than twenty centuries of history. Following disastrous earthquakes in the 18th century, Lisbon was rebuilt by the Marquês de Pombal who created an elegant city with wide boulevards and a great riverfront and square, Praça do Comércio. Today there are distinct modern and ancient sections, combining great shopping areas with culture and sightseeing in the Old Town, built on the city’s terraced hillsides.

Day 5 Óbidos & Sintra
After breakfast our guide will meet us for a full day step-on guided tour, starting with a morning visit to Óbidos. As pristine as it is picturesque, Óbidos remains a perfectly photogenic jumble of cobblestone alleyways, whitewashed churches, colourful houses and dazzling tiles all embraced within the protective walls of a 12th century castle. In the afternoon we visit the charming town of Sintra. The whole town is a UNESCO World Heritage site on account of its 19th century romantic architecture. The town still retains much of its medieval layout, with labyrinthine streets, steps and arcades.

Day 6 Cascais Drivers Day off
Today is at leisure, providing us with the perfect opportunity to explore the winding lanes and local museums or relax on one of the three beaches.

Day 7 Queluz Palace & Gardens
This morning we visit Queluz Palace and Gardens, designated a National Monument in 1910. The National Palace of Queluz and its historical gardens are a remarkable example of the harmonious link between landscape and architecture. After our visit here we return to our hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8 Cascais - Salamanca
Today, we travel to our overnight hotel in Salamanca.

Day 9 - 10 Salamanca - UK
This morning, we enjoy a guided walking tour of Salamanca before we travel to Santander in the afternoon to catch our evening ferry to Plymouth/ Portsmouth.

Hotel Vila Galé Cascais

Cascais, Portugal
Beach/Marina Location
The Hotel Vila Galé Cascais is located a few metres from the renowned Cascais Marina and the historic town centre, and was fully renovated in 2009. All en-suite bedrooms are spacious The Vila Galé Hotel is set in a great location, just over the road from the sea and a short walk to the Cascais Marina. The hotel offers a restaurant, two bars and an outdoor swimming pool and gardens. There is also a health club offering treatments and a sauna. There are 233 spacious bedrooms with facilities including air conditioning, TV and hairdryer. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar Restaurant • Leisure facilities

Hotel Vila Galé Cascais

Cascais, Portugal
7 Nights Half Board
2 Nights Room Only (Overnight Ferry)
2020 Twin from £749pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £281
Selected Dates Only

• Return overnight crossing Brittany Ferries
1 Night Half Board at Europa Centro Hotel (Overnight)
• Set menu
• ¼ bottle of house wine with dinner
• Tea/coffee after dinner
5 Nights Half Board at Hotel Vila Galé Cascais
• Porterage
• Choice of menu
• Full day step-on guided excursion to Lisbon
• Full day step-on guided excursion to Óbidos & Sintra
• Entrance to Queluz Palace & Gardens
1 Night Half Board at Abba Hotel Fonseca (Overnight)
• Porterage
• Set menu
• ¼ bottle of wine with dinner
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Guided walking tour of Salamanca
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