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Exploring Portugal's Highlights - W1923

Exploring Portugal's Highlights - W1923

From immersing yourself in the rich maritime history of Lisbon and exploring Oporto’s historic heart to savouring the seaside charm of picturesque Portimão, you’ll have chances to tick-off authentic experiences every step of the way on this all-encompassing exploration of Portugal on board Black Watch.

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From immersing yourself in the rich maritime history of Lisbon and exploring Oporto’s historic heart to savouring the seaside charm of picturesque Portimão, you’ll have chances to tick-off authentic experiences every step of the way on this all-encompassing exploration of Portugal on board Black Watch.

After a relaxing glide south from Dover, where better to begin four unforgettable days in Portugal than Lisbon, the pretty capital. The impressive Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge will be a sight to behold from your ship’s decks as you glide into port here; while ashore, a wealth of attractions await you, including a collection of enthralling museums and architectural wonders – such as the Jerónimos Monastery, Tower de Belem, Padrão dos Descobrimentos – which showcase Lisbon’s extensive maritime heritage. Explore on foot, via the tram or even in a Tuk Tuk during your overnight stay; whatever you choose to do, be sure to sample famous Pasteis de Belém pastries and catch a performance of traditional Fado music too. Further afield, you also have time to take a tour to the medieval town of Obidos, or visit UNESCO-listed Sintra.  You’ll have chances to tick-off authentic experiences every step of the way on this all-encompassing exploration of Portugal on board Black Watch.

 

Date

Destination

Arrive

Depart

Thu 03 Oct 2019

Liverpool, UK

 

PM

Fri 04 Oct 2019

Cruising

 

 

Sat 05 Oct 2019

Cruising

 

 

Sun 06 Oct 2019

Lisbon, Portugal

early PM

 

Mon 07 Oct 2019

Lisbon, Portugal

 

late PM

Tue 08 Oct 2019

Portaimo, Portugal

early AM

late night

Wed 09 Oct 2019

Oporto, Portugal

early PM

late night

Thu 10 Oct 2019

Cruising

 

 

Fri 11 Oct 2019

Cruising

 

 

Sat 12 Oct 2019

Liverpool, UK

AM

 



Thu 03 Oct 2019

Liverpool, UK
Make your way to Liverpool and board the ship in the early afternoon.

D, AI

Fri 04 Oct 2019

Cruising
Enjoy the facilities on-board the Black Watch whilst you cruise to Portugal

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Sat 05 Oct 2019

Cruising
Relax on board the Black Watch.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Sun 06 Oct 2019

Lisbon, Portugal
Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. Decimated by an earthquake in 1755, modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

The city’s bridges include the Ponte 25 de Abril similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts. Lisbon’s many fascinating museums, include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Mon 07 Oct 2019

Lisbon, Portugal
Another day to explore the Portugues capital. Lisbon is also a shopper’s paradise, with the Centro Commercial Colombo the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian peninsula and the elegant Avenidas Novas, full of upmarket shops. Alternatively, there bargains to be had in the local flea market, Campo de Santa Clara. Don't miss the chance to sample iconic egg tarts at Pasteis de Belém too.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Tue 08 Oct 2019

Portimao, Portugal
Portimão is a port city to the western end of the Algarve region of southern Portugal. The town is known for its excellent sandy beaches with plenty of warm, calm waters, which visitors find very alluring.

Portimão's long fishing tradition was developed between the 19th and 20th centuries and established a strong canning industry and a busy marina. Indeed, in its old quarter, Museu de Portimão is housed in a restored 19th century cannery, and has exhibits on local history.

The simply styled Chapel of São José de Alcalar is not to be missed, while the impressive Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception), built in the 15th century on top of a hill, stands out on the city’s skyline. The church was badly damaged by the 1755 earthquake, but retains its beautiful original Gothic portal and azulejo tiles.

To the south of the town Rocha Beach, backed by ochre cliffs, is worth a stroll and skirts the medieval Fort of Santa Catarina de Ribamar.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Wed 09 Oct 2019

Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal
A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony.

Oporto sits deep in the gorge of the River Douro and on the riverside dominated by the two-level Luis I bridge it’s possible to look up at the narrow old town streets climbing out of the valley. Pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs line the streets, mixed with neo-classical buildings and wonderful baroque churches. Dominating the centre of the city is the fortress-like Cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Thu 10 Oct 2019

Cruising
Relax on board whilst you sail back to the UK.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Fri 11 Oct 2019

Cruising
Enjoy your last day on board the ship.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Sat 12 Oct 2019

Liverpool
Disembark the ship after breakfast and make your way home.

EB

L=Lunch Included, D=Dinner Included, AI=All Inclusive, EB=English Breakfast, AT=Afternoon Tea

Prices:

Inside 2 berth cabin from           £1,227.00 per person

Outside 2 berth cabin from         £1,299.00 per person

 

Inside 1 berth cabin from           £1695.00 per person

 

Your Cruise Price includes:

  • Cabin Accommodation as chosen - cabin number will be advised upon confirmation

  • Hot & Cold Buffet Breakfast each morning

  • Lunch - Buffet or a la carte (on-board the ship)

  • Afternoon Tea (on-board the ship)

  • 5-Course à la Carte Dinner

  • Late Night Buffet

  • Self-Service Tea & Coffee

  • Varied Daytime Activities

  • Lectures & Talks

  • Swimming Pools

  • Jacuzzis & Gyms

  • Choice of Live Evening Entertainment

 

Greatdays Holidays Added Value - Included for you at no extra cost

  • All Inclusive Drinks-Package*

  • Gratuities

  • Port Parking at Liverpool or Eavesway Travel coach transer from designated pick-up points

 

*The All Inclusive Drinks Package includes selected beers, house wines by the glass, spirits and soft drinks plus tea and coffee in the restaurants and buffet areas.  Many premium drinks and cocktails will be available at a 50% discount. Drinks subject to availability, only 1 drink may be ordered at a time and are for the consumption of the those who have the drinks package included.

 

Drinks ordered on room service, (other than those listed in room); mini-bar; drinks bought ashore, Bookmark Cafe chocolates and beverages, all speciality coffees are excluded from the drinks package.

 

Additional Information

 

A 15% deposit per person is due on confirmaton.

Balance will be due 15 weeks prior to travel.

 

You can request either the early dinner sitting (18.15hrs) or late sitting (20.30hrs) at time of booking and we will endeavour to  book this with Fred Olsen but please be aware that the time is subject to availabilty and is not guaranteed.

 

Please note that we are unable to offer insurance on this cruise but please contact 247 Travel Insurance on the following number 02392 419 044 and quote reference GRE0578 for a personalized quotation.  Insurance must be purchased prior to travel in order for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to allow boarding, should you book your cruise and not be able to get insurance, deposits are none-refundable.

 

A variety of shore excursions are available in each port and are booked directly with Fred Olsen closer to departure.

 

Please select the number of passengers before proceeding.

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