Gardens & Palaces of Lisbon and Sintra

Discover grand mansions, extensive gardens and elaborate palaces built by the Portuguese elite

Code: EEGDT

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Coastal
  • Flora
  • History
From £1,199.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Explore the rich heritage of Portugal’s capital and the luxurious city of Sintra. On this holiday you will strike the balance between old and new as you discover an array of both modern gardens and classic Portuguese palaces.

Holiday highlights

  • Explore the mysterious gardens of Quinta de Regaleira
  • Discover hidden viewpoints in the romantic gardens of Palacio Nacional da Pena
  • Experience the harmony between the gardens and architecture of Palacio de Queluz
  • Enjoy the Monserrate Palace Gardens, planted with species from around the world

Price includes

  • Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • All transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality mini coach
  • All gardens admissions costs (please note this does not include entrance to private homes or castles, for which there is a separate admission fee)

 

Accommodation

Hotel Vila Gale Ericeria in Ericeria, Portugal

Located in a traditional village in an enviable sea front location, the historic 4-star Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira is a local landmark building, listed for its unique green tiling. Low tide exposes the rocks immediately in front of the hotel and a lovely sandy beach.


 

Your room

All the 202 en-suite bedrooms are spacious and offer a high standard of comfort. 

Each room has:
  • Air conditioning
  • WiFi
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Room safe
  • Minibar
Hotel Vila Gale Ericeria bedroom

Facilities

Hotel Vila Gale Ericeira lounge-bar Outside the hotel is a swimming pool overlooking the sea and attractive gardens.


Inside, there are several bars, main restaurant and a wellness centre with a sauna, Turkish bath, gym and Jacuzzi, which are free of use for guests of the hotel. A wide range of health and beauty treatments are also available for a small charge.

The hotel also offers a laundry service and free WiFi.

Dining

Our holidays at Ericeira are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast
There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet.

Evening meal
The evening meal is served in the open, airy restaurant, which offers a varied buffet catering for most diets, including vegetarians. If you have any special dietary requirements, please speak to the hotel staff on arrival.
Drinks
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)
You can buy ingredients for your picnic lunch in the nearby shops. On some days it may be possible to visit shops on the walk, or eat in a local café; your leaders will advise you of the options.
Hotel Vila Gale Ericeira dining-room

Your evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's walks. On most evenings you can enjoy the hotel's entertainment programme or take a walk on the beach. Alternatively relax in the bar with a drink and chat with your fellow guests or walk into Ereceira for an ice-cream or coffee in one of the many pavement cafés.  

One evening we have arranged for a speaker to come and talk to our groups about this very interesting region.

Itinerary

During your Gardens & Palaces Tour you'll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your HF Holidays Tour Manager may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

 Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your Tour Manager will help smooth the way.

Day 1: Arrival day

Once you arrive at Lisbon Airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel in Ericeira. There will be time to settle in and meet you Tour Manager and fellow guests before dinner.

Day 2: Sintra Royal Palace and Park & Palacio de Monserrate

Enjoy a day in Sintra visiting the Royal Palace, parts of which date back a thousand years. The heavy Moorish influence plays out in the details of this distinctive building. You’ll also be delighted by the Monserrate Palace – often overlooked as it lies just outside the historic centre of Sintra. This stunning ‘summer house’ is a blend of Indian, Gothic and Arabic styles. Its garden contains a variety species from around the world and is planted by geographical origin.

Day 3: Palace de Fronteira & Palacio de Queluz

We begin today with a visit to the beautiful gardens at the Palace de Fronteira, which were created in the 1660s, before continuing on to the Palacio de Queluz. This exquisite national palace was one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe and illustrates a beautiful link between the landscape and palatial architecture.

Day 4: Belém Jerónimos Monastery & Tropical Garden

Today we discover the incredible Jerónimos Monastery – one of the most decorative religious buildings in the country and historically associated with the early explorers. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the tomb of famed explorer, Vasco de Gama, and features a cool contrast of interiors with vast vaulted ceilings and fascinating tropical gardens nearby.

Day 5: Free day

Enjoy a free day at leisure exploring the area or relaxing at our seafront hotel with well-equipped spa and outdoor swimming pools.

Day 6: Lisbon Eduardo VII Park - Estufa Fria & Gulbenkian Foundation Gardens and Exhibition

The Eduardo VII Park is the largest public park in Lisbon and offers a stunning view of the city. You’ll also visit the Esufa Fria or ‘cold greenhouse’ which was built in the 1930s before we move on to Gulbenkian Foundation Gardens and Exhibition.

Day 7: Sintra Palacio Nacional de Pena & Quinta da Regaleira

A visit to the Pena Palace and Park makes for a stunning end to the week. Lush green forests encircle this romantic-style hilltop palace. Wander through the park to discover hidden pathways leading to breathtaking viewpoints. The gardens of the decorative 20th-century mansion of Quinta da Regaleira are a real treat! Uncover the maze of hidden tunnels and learn about the concealed symbolism and connections with ancient secret orders.

Day 8: Departure Day

In the Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Gardens & Palaces Tour continues into the evening. We’ll enjoy a leisurely meal and then you may like to listen to local musicians, relax with a book in a quiet lounge or enjoy a drink at the bar.

 

 

What to bring

Guests should bring stout, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens.

Local area

Ericeira

The beautiful town of Ericeira has its roots in the fishing industry, when it was only a small village. Today, the town has grown and is a popular surfing destination, with stunning beaches, and a variety of shops and cafes to explore. Surfing tuition is also available on the beachfront.

Lisbon

Lying at the mouth of the river Tagus, Lisbon is an ancient city, and one of the oldest in Europe. Its origins are believed to be when prehistoric tribes settled here and built funeral monuments and megaliths. The area has been settled by many people, from Phoenicians to Romans to Moors. It later became Capital of Portugal in the 13th Century. Nowadays, the city is a centre for economic trade, and became European Capital of Culture in 1994.

Take an express bus from Ericeira to Lisbon and use the city’s efficient Metro system to explore attractions such as St George’s Castle, the Cathedral, historic churches, the aquarium, fine shops and several world class museums including the Gulbenkian.  A ride on a vintage city tram is also good fun.

Mafra

Mafra is a small Portuguese town, in which there is a large, elaborate palace. The Mafra palace was traditionally used by the Portuguese monarchy as a second home, due to its proximity to royal hunting grounds. It is one of the largest palaces in Europe and contains a basilica and library. The town itself has a museum, churches and shops.

Sintra

Sintra is a small town, which historically attracted the nobility of Portugal, due to its mild climate. The town has several world heritage class buildings in this historic town with its former royal palaces, mansions and Moorish castle. The National Palace with its impressive state rooms and kitchens with their distinctive conical chimneys and the fairy-tale Pena Palace is well worth a visit. The town can be reached by bus or taxi from Ericeira.

Did you know?

Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of mainland Europe at 9° 30' west. Tearaght Island, Co Kerry is further west at 10° 39'

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

Travel by plane

Bus

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow or Manchester flights to Lisbon airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 45 minutes to the Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira.

 

 

Bus

Driving to us

‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Lisbon airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £18.00.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £70.00 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

Leaders

Jim Hart

Jim is a professional horticulturist with more than 35 years' experience working in local authority parks departments and commercial nurseries, in Britain and abroad. For more than 15 years he was a lecturer in plant production and landscape management. He has also run his own nursery and landscape design business. Jim combines visiting gardens and plant spotting with hiking and sightseeing in various countries. Jim leads Walking, Discovery and Garden Tours in Europe.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
13 Jun 2020 EEGDT - Garden tour Ericeira - Without Flights 7 £1,199.00 Book Now
13 Jun 2020 EEGDT - Garden Tour Ericeira
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

  • Depart: 13 Jun 2020, 10:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Jun 2020, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Lisbon Portela De Sacavem

Flight - Return

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

  • Depart: 20 Jun 2020, 2:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Jun 2020, 5:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Lisbon Portela De Sacavem
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,489.00 Book Now
13 Jun 2020 EEGDT - Garden Tour Ericeira
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

  • Depart: 13 Jun 2020, 12:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Jun 2020, 3:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Lisbon Portela De Sacavem

Flight - Return

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

  • Depart: 20 Jun 2020, 2:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Jun 2020, 5:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Lisbon Portela De Sacavem
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,429.00 Book Now
12 Sep 2020 EEGDT - Garden tour Ericeira - Without Flights 7 £1,199.00 Book Now
12 Sep 2020 EEGDT - Garden Tour Ericeira
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

  • Depart: 12 Sep 2020, 12:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Sep 2020, 3:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Lisbon Portela De Sacavem

Flight - Return

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

  • Depart: 19 Sep 2020, 2:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Sep 2020, 5:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Lisbon Portela De Sacavem
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,429.00 Book Now
12 Sep 2020 EEGDT - Garden Tour Ericeira
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

  • Depart: 12 Sep 2020, 10:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Sep 2020, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Lisbon Portela De Sacavem

Flight - Return

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

  • Depart: 19 Sep 2020, 2:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Sep 2020, 5:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Lisbon Portela De Sacavem
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,489.00 Book Now

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