Trams and Trains of Portugal

Trams and Trains of Portugal overview

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Prices from: £1,640.00
Single supplement from: £438.00
Duration: 9 days
First available departure: 22 Jun 2018
Last available departure: 22 Jun 2018
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Trams and Trains of Portugal

Explore the fascinating trams and railway networks of Portugal. We ride on a steam hauled train through the Douro Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as heritage and modern trams. Explore the delightful Iberian cities of Lisbon and Porto and visit several railway museums.

Douro Valley - © Dario Silva
Lisbon bridge at night
Lisbon Old Town trams

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Flight  to Lisbon

We fly from London to Lisbon and continue by train to Porto for a 4-night stay.  On arrival we have a transfer to our hotel above the railway station.

Day 2 – The Douro Historic Train

This afternoon we take the train to Régua for the Douro historic train. Riding on this train is like travelling back in time. The route runs along the bank of the River Douro to Tua, with the historic carriages hauled by Steam Engine 0186, which was built in 1925 by Henschel & Son.  A unique trip back into the past through the beautiful Douro Valley, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Day 3 – Lousado Railway Museum

We take the train north this morning along the scenic coastal line towards the Spanish border. On the return journey we stop at Lousado to visit the railway museum.

Day 4 – Porto Trams

This morning we tour the “Museu do Carro Eléctrico”, the tram museum in Porto, which has exhibitions about the evolution of the tramcar network, a collection of trams and houses the machinery hall of the Massarelos Thermoelectric Power Plant. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city.

Day 5 – Coimbra Trolleybus

Morning train to Coimbra, the historic University City and former capital of Portugal, for a 1-night stay. A ride on the Elevador do Mercado will deliver wonderful views across the city, or take a trolley bus through the heart of the medieval sector.

Day 6 – Entroncamento Railway museum

We depart Coimbra late morning on the main line as far as the railway hub of Entroncamento, where we stop to visit the National Railway Museum.  We continue by train to Lisbon for a 3-night stay. The stunning capital of Portugal is famous for its trams, both modern and heritage.

Day 7 – Trams in Lisbon

We visit the Carris Museum, home to Lisbon’s public transportation history and memorabilia.  The remainder of the day is at leisure when you can use your Lisbon Card for unlimited travel on trams, buses, elevadores and the metro as well as access to several museums.

Day 8 – Sintra Tram

We make a day trip to Sintra to ride the narrow gauge tram as it slowly trundles down from the hills of the Serra de Sintra to the pretty coastal town of Praia das Maçãs.

Day 9 – Homeward Bound

A final morning to explore Lisbon before an afternoon flight back to London.

Price Includes

  • Flights in economy class by scheduled airline
  • All rail travel as stated in standard class
  • Public transport tickets for Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour