Pre & Post Conference Tours

All over Portugal you can taste our wonderful gastronomy, see beautiful landscapes, and enjoy our sun and warmth. Having doubts about what you should visit? Here’s some help.

In Alto Minho you can see the beautiful landscapes and taste our Vinho Verde, a distinct wine only produced in this region.
If you enjoy nature, you should visit the only National Park in Portugal, the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Enjoy some truly unique landscape and take the chance to dive into one of the clear water waterfalls.
Wander through Northern Portuguese cities, the region where all the origins of Portugal are, and where the streets are filled with History, Culture and Heritage. Braga, funded by the romans, and Guimarães, considered the birthplace of Portugal, are the two of the Minho region cities with more history and tradition to offer.
Take some time to visit the Douro Wine Valley! Fall in love with the man-made natural landscape, UNESCO World Heritage Site, learn all about the famous Port Wines, visiting the wineries and tasting some amazing wines.

Visit the Fátima Sanctuary, the most important religious sanctuary in the country, located in Central Portugal. During this same day, you can visit “Mosteiro da Batalha” (the Battle’s Monastery), a UNESCO World Heritage Site built during the 14th century.
Another place to visit is our capital, Lisbon, that sits on the side of the Tejo river and is a cosmopolitan, vibrant and modern city that still holds the memories of days gone by. It’s still the same old Lisbon, filled with history, monuments, Fado (portuguese traditional music), filled with it’s amazing light!

While you’re in Braga or Guimarães, just next to the Spanish region of Galiza, why not adventure yourself into Santiago de Compostela? Home for one the most important Cathedrals in Spain, and a major pilgrimage destination in the World, where every day you can witness the arrival of hundreds of people from around the planet.

Last, but certainly not the least, you can take some holidays in some of the most beautiful places in Europe – Algarve, with its renown beaches; Azores, with its majestic landscapes; and Madeira, “the Pearl of the Atlantic”. Each of these places deserves some days to enjoy our sun, gastronomy and beautiful landscapes.


How to book Pre & Post Conference Tours:

Please contact the Travel Agency Caravela, by email (tourscirp2016@caravela.pt), refer to the CIRP GA 2016 event, and send them the booking form for the tours you selected.

You will be invoiced from and you will pay directly to the tourist agency

Note: The organising committee does not assume any responsibility for reservation policies, service conditions, payments conditions and terms of service cancellation, insurance and for service quality, which are all under the responsibility of each one service provider in particular.

 

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Come and meet Porto, the Invicta – the undefeated – with its unique historical city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the city by passing its most emblematic architectural symbols: – the Cathedral, the Station of S. Bent, the Lello & Irmão bookshop, the Clérigos Tower, the Carmo Church, the Palácio da Bolsa and Stock Exchange Palace.Get carried away by the atmosphere and be transported by some of the most outstanding sights in the world during the boat ride in the Douro river. Taste the Port wine and get lost in the history-laden cellars.

 

Included: Douro River trip (about 50 minutes; Visit to the Port’s Wine Cellars and wine tasting; Free Wifi and bottled water; Pick up and drop off, Exclusive and specialized guide/driver; Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.

 

Not included: Lunch, the entrances inside of the buildings.

 

 

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Price per person (minimum of 2 participants): 122€
Pre-reserved until 23/06 a discount of 5%

Discover the origins of Port wine!Visit the Douro Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated region, founded in 1756 and region classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Having the great opportunity to taste the local wines. During this visit you will learn about the local wine production process. The day begins with the road trip into the heart of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro where we will dive into the fabulous scenery of this region. We drive all the way to Pinhão a small town on the north bank of the Douro river where we visit the marvelous railway station, a jewel decorated with beautiful Portuguese white and blue tiles showing scenes of life in the Douro.The day continues along the Douro river, with visits to two wine producers where you will have the chance to taste the wine and find out just why this is such an exceptional region.

 

Included: Free Wifi and bottled water; Visit to two wineries with wine tasting; Pick up and drop off; Exclusive and specialized guide/driver; Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.

 

Not included: Lunch.

 

  

 

Price per person (minimum of 2 participants): 168€
Pre-reserved until 23/06 a discount of 5%

Travel in the Alto Minho, see its landscape and customs. Discover Ponte de Lima, the most ancient vila in Portugal and a point of passage on the Caminho de Santiago (The Way of St. James); and Viana do Castelo, the jewel of the coast of Minho.Explore the traditions of Minho and visit a wine producer, its vineyards and taste the Vinho Verde wine.Most emblematic architectural symbols: Santa Luzia Sanctuary; Misericordia Church; Bridge over the Lima river Camões Square.

 

Included: Typical coffe and tradicional pastry; Visit a local producer with tastings of Vinho Verde wine; Pick up and drop off:Exclusive and specialized guide/driver; Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.

 

Not included: Lunch.

 

  

 

Price per person (minimum of 2 participants): 124€
Pre-reserved until 23/06 a discount of 5%

This day is dedicated to visiting one of the most charming and enchanted regions within the National Park of Peneda-Gerês, the only National Park in Portugal and a part of the Portuguese-Spanish border. In this dense forest and lush landscape, the wildlife is also part of the day, so don’t be surprised to see some squirrels, deers, boar, buck or even a golden eagle. From the Castle of Lindoso, one of the most important medieval military architecture monuments, that played an important role in the conflicts during the early stages of Portugal as a country with the then Kingdom of Castela (modern Spain), during the 13th century; we see the villages of Soajo, Parada and Lindoso. Wander around the three villages that keep the charm of ancient times, with its cobblestone streets and typical Alto Minho housing. This is also home to the highest concentration of “espigueiros” (typical corn drying storage units) in the country, that were and in fact still are used on an everyday basis by the population that lives here.Discover “Poço da Gola” waterfall, with its clear waters, still nowadays a secret unknow to most people. By lunchtime, enjoy the traditional “cachena” beef, from a local breed, considered one of the smallest in the world, traditional from high mountain lands.Before calling it a day we visit Lóbios, a spanish village, with its thermal hot springs with water at 70ºC, and pass by Vila do Gerês where we can get to see some traditional handcraft as well as products of local gastronomy, such as honey and cheese.

 

Included: Free Wifi and bottled water; Visit to two wineries with wine tastings; Pick up and drop off; Guided tour with local specialized tour guide; Transportation aboard luxury Mercedes Viano van.

 

Not included: Lunch.

 

  

 

Price per person (minimum of 2 participants): 106€
Pre-reserved until 23/06 a discount of 5%

Let us introduce you to Braga, its main sights and its flavours.The tour starts with a coffee and a traditional pastry (a rice cake or a pastel de nata) and proceeds inside the historic city centre, between the roman, the medieval and the baroque cities.It highlights the main buildings and points of interest: the ancient Castle’s Keep; the beautiful St. Barbara gardens; the Porta Nova Arch; the Cathedral, the oldest in Portugal. The morning ends with a Moscatel in one of the most traditional tascas of the town.The day goes with a visit to two of the most emblematic monuments in Braga’s environs: the Bom Jesus sanctuary – the apex of Portuguese Baroque. In the afternoon we will discover the city of Guimarães, with its unique historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001.Get to know the Castle, the Paço dos Duques of Bragança, the Santiago Square, the Largo da Oliveira and the historic centre of Guimarães, dating back to the 1500’s.Taste the local delicacies and enjoy the quality of the regional products.

 

Included: Typical coffe and tradicional pastry; Visit to Sé Catedral of Braga; Pick up and drop off; Exclusive and specialized guide/driver; Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.

 

Not included: Lunch.

 

  

 

Price per person (minimum of 2 participants): 112€
Pre-reserved until 23/06 a discount of 5%

This full day Lisbon tailor-made tour allows you to discover Lisbon, Portugal’s capital. Your senses will be awakened in this city!

 

For this Lisbon day tour, we suggest visits to: St. George’s Castle and typical neighbourhood alleys of Alfama , the birth place of ‘Fado’ (Portuguese traditional music, classified as World Heritage); visit to the Belém area, launching point for the Portuguese discoveries, dotted with significant historic monuments in a beautiful open riverside setting and calm atmosphere. Here we’ll taste the world-famous and unique ‘Pastéis de Belém’ (custard tarts, fresh from the oven); traditional trade area, with buildings from the 18th Century; Baixa, the heart of the city and rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake with beautiful cobbled streets, named after the artisans who traded in the area. Many architectural styles are represented, including a unique ‘Gustave Eiffel’ designed ‘elevator’, still in working order; Chiado, traditionally home to many of Lisbon’s intellectuals, artists and radicals and recently restored after a devastating fire. Perfect for a late afternoon coffee or shopping. Gateway to the Bairro Alto district, famed for its narrow streets filled with ‘Fado’ houses, bars and buzzing nightlife.

 

For this full day tour we also suggest a visit to other Lisbon’s highlights, or simply extra time for shopping: trip on one of the original 1920s city trams, still in daily use; Lisbon’s ‘Oceanarium’ the largest in Europe, with species from every corner of the world; Nations Park, site of ‘Expo-98’. A recreation area alongside the Tagus River, where you can have a nice walk, ride a bicycle, do some shopping, go to Lisbon’s Casino and many other relaxing activities; shopping at malls, in the biggest shopping centre in Europe or in traditional trade market areas of the city; ‘São Vicente de Fora’ Monastery, the largest church in Lisbon with its beautiful cloisters; Ajuda National Palace, ex-official residence of the Portuguese Royal Family; Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, one of the most famous museums in Portugal; National Museum of Ancient Art, for lovers of antiquities; Coach Museum, the best and most comprehensive collection of horse-drawn carrieages in the world; Tile Museum, showcasing the history of traditional Portuguese handmade tiles.

 

Includes: Pick up and drop off on the agreed spot (our local guide will pick you up at your hotel, airport or other meeting point in Lisbon), exclusive and specialized guide/driver; personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.

 

Included: Typical coffe and tradicional pastry; Visit to Sé Catedral of Braga; Pick up and drop off; Exclusive and specialized guide/driver; Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.

 

Not included: Lunch or the entrance in the monuments.

 

How can travellers get from Guimarães to Lisbon?
We suggest to go sleep one day before the tour in Lisbon, is more assured.
There is the choice of driving, train or bus. Useful links: www.cp.pt and www.rede-expressos.pt.

 

  

 

Price per person (minimum of 2 participants): 143€
Pre-reserved until 23/06 a discount of 5%

This Fátima day tour will give you an unforgettable experience while traveling to the unique atmosphere of the Shrine of Fátima and discovering the welcoming people, the typical crafts, the rich gastronomy, the traditions, the aromas and flavours that characterise this fine Western Region. Centuries of history and mountain/ocean landscapes are waiting for you! During the morning, we’ll visit the Shrine of Fátima. Here you can visit the Basilica, as well as the Chapel of Apparitions and the Church of ‘Santíssima Trindade’ – the heart of the Shrine – and the shepherd houses (Marto’s Family House and Lúcia’s House). Free lunch time in Fátima. We suggest a traditional local restaurant. Our western Portugal tour continues towards one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the day, Batalha Monastery, along a road with a magnificent landscape. Then we’ll go on towards Nazaré, Portugal’s most famous fishing village, now also becoming important as well in the surf world, because of the “big wave phenomenon”. A 30m wave at “Canhão da Nazaré” is the tallest wave ever recorded being surfed.

 

Included: Pick up and drop off; Exclusive and specialized guide/driver; personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.

 

Not included: Lunch or the entrance in the monuments.

 

  

 

Price per person (minimum of 2 participants): 212,50€
Pre-reserved until 23/06 a discount of 5%

The Santiago de Compostela tour include the sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the “Monte del Gozo” (the place from where pilgrims first get a view of Santiago), if you want, it’s possible to do a short walk along the “Camino”, as true pilgrims, visiting the outside of Ciudad de la Cultura (planed by american architect Peter Eisenman). Free time to see the historical city center including: The 4 Squares of the Cathedral, the main streets of the historical city center (Franco, Vilar, Nova, …), the Abastos Market, the Pilgrim’s Office and Alameda (the best sightseeing point in Santiago). Along this walking tour, there’s the possibility of visiting, from the outside, some of the main buildings in the city like: the Cathedral, Palácio de Rajoy (city hall), Palácio de San Xerome (Dean’s Office of the Santiago University), Hostal de los Reyes Católicos (oldest hotel in the world), Palácio de Fonseca (origin of the Santiago University), Palácio de Gelmírez, Medical School and Geography and History, Arco de Mazarelos (the last standing part of the medieval wall), Monasterio de San Martín Pinario (the largest monastery in Spain), Monasterio de San Pelayo de Antealtares, Monasterio de San Francisco, Casa de la Troia (old students residence). If you want, there’s also the possibility, at 12:00 (local time) to be part of the Pilgrim’s Mass, where the traditional Botafumeiro (the largest censer in the world) is held. The entry to the Cathedral, if it’s done privately id free. If you want the tour, with the local guide, there’s the need to book it in advance and pay for it, through the website of the Cathedral, it has the cost of 7,50€ per person (6€ of entry fee, and 1,50€ for the mandatory audio-guide).

 

Included: Pick up and drop off, exclusive and specialized guide/driver; personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.

 

Not included: Lunch or the entrance in the monuments.

 

  

 

Price per person (minimum of 2 participants): 167€
Pre-reserved until 23/06 a discount of 5%