Highlights

Includes
Excludes

Accommodation

Itinerary

Optional
Activities

7th to 16th July, 2018

Rs. 79,500 + 5% GST

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Description

Porto - Lagos - Lisbon

One of the most underrated countries of Europe, Portugal has sunny beaches, a rugged coastline, crazy partying and scrumptious food. From beautiful Porto in the north to beach bumming on Lagos beaches in the south, to Lisbon, one of the hipster capitals of Europe and obviously the NOS Alive Festival with Pearl Jam, it’s the best time for you to Pop ‘Through Portugal’!

Highlights

Picturesque Porto and Hipster Lisbon
Both, the biggest and second biggest cities, Lisbon and Porto are a paradise for all who love taking pictures. Located on the banks of the estuaries with steep hills on either side, both are famous for their culture, UNESCO Heritage sites, amazing graffiti street art and obviously their crazy nightlife.

NOS Alive
Welcome to NOS Alive, which is held on the riverside in Lisbon dubbed as Europe’s Best Summer Music Festival Experience. Be a part of the over 50,000 fans screaming to acts such as Pearl Jam, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Khalid, Future Islands, Two Door Cinema Club and many many more.  

Boat Trip to the Cliffs and Caves of Lagos
One of natural feature South Portugal has to offer. Take a boat trip and sip on some beers as you check out the yellow-golden cliff like rocks up to 20 meters riddled with caves and tunnels which stand in stark contrast to the turquoise blue waters below.

FIFA World Cup: Watching in public squares with locals
The FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event in Portugal and main squares across the country are shut down with massive LED Screens put up for the public watch the games. Whether you love football or don’t, you can sip on beers as you take in the experience and see the fans of winning sides, make these squares into their own party hubs when their team wins.

Includes

  • Airport pick up from Porto International Airport, to your hostel in Day 1.
    * Recommended flight – Air France / KLM (KL 2607) arriving at 2:15 PM.
  • Accommodation for all nights in in 4 bed dorms in centrally located, highly rated hostels
  • Intercity transfers:
    • Porto to Lagos: Train and Minivan.
    • Lagos to Lisbon: Bus
  • Activities:
    • Porto
      • Walking tour to the major sites the city has to offer (entry to the sites is not included)
    • Lagos
      • Boat trip with lunch and beer / wine to the rugged cliffs and its grottoes (caves)
    • Lisbon
      • 7 trip urban travel pass: For metros and buses.
      • Tickets to all 3 days at NOS Alive i.e on July 12, 13 and 14, 2018.
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast in Porto on Day 2
    • Lunch in Lagos on boat on Day 4
  • Airport drop from your Lisbon hostel to Lisbon International Airport.
    * Recommended flight – Air France / KLM (AF 1125) departing at 5:40 AM.

* Please contact us to know the rates for single supplement or private rooms (depending on availability).

Excludes

  • Return tickets to Europe (India – Porto | Lisbon - India), visa* and travel insurance.
    *Approval of visas is at the sole discretion of the concerned embassy
  • Transport within cities unless explicitly stated in the includes section.
  • All activities unless specifically stated in the includes section.
  • Entries to any of the sites.
  • Meals unless explicitly stated in the includes section.
  • Late / early pick up or drop to the airport.

Please note that trip participants must be over 18 years of age.

Accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Land at Porto International Airport, transfer and check into your hostel.
  • One of the coolest things in Porto is its famous street art. What was a graffiti war between the artist community and local government has now turned into a lively street art scene with walls around the city coming to life. Keep an eye out and your cameras ready as you walk about town:
    • Head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Palacio da Bolsa a.k.a The Stock Exchange Palace which can easily be mistake for a royal palace.
    • Right next to Palacio da Bolsa is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Church of São Francisco. It has three large naves which are all gold-plated. It’s estimated that more than 650 pounds of gold was used to in this gold plating.
  • Head to the waterfront, Cais da Ribeira. Lined with shops, cafes and restaurants, you can walk into any bar you chose cause everyone is going to be doing the same thing – watching the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018!
  • Move to a restaurant or café you fancy for dinner. We recommend sea food as its one of Porto’s specialties.
  • Tired ones can head to bed and party people can make use of the Saturday night in Porto. Be warned people hit the clubs in Porto only after 1:00 AM!

Day 2

  • Wake up with ease and eat breakfast.
  • Leave your hostel for a walking tour around Porto and check out some of its highlights. Remember Porto has a lot of hilly parts and hence some steep climbs:
    • Sao Bento Station: One of the pretties train stations in Europe, its walls are tiled with blue & white tiles painted with stories portraying Portugal’s history. Over 20,000 such tiles in just the station lobby.
    • Sé do Porto a.k.a Porto Cathedral: An architectural landmark of the city of Porto whose structure was built as early as the 12th century.
    • Dom Luís I Bridge: Right next to Sé do Porto is another icon of Porto, The metal arch bridge over River Douro stands at over 500 feet high and you can catch great views of Porto from atop.
    • Ribeira Quarter: Make your way to Porto’s oldest neighbourhoods and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through its winding streets and cobbled alleys and get taken back in time with some structures made as early as in the 14th century.
  • Once you’re done with the walking you can head back to your hostel and chill with the other travellers. Maybe head out for a drink with them.
  • Crash early cause you’re waking up at stupid o’ clock tomorrow, so try to get in enough sleep.

Day 3

  • Its early morning wake up today. Check out and make a dash to the station. Take your train and then minivan to Lagos.
  • Check into your hostel, put on your walking shoes and head out to walk about Old Town Lagos and check out its many sites:
    • The Lagos Fortress was built in the 17th century to protect Lagos from pirates and other attacks the fortress sits where the river Bensafrim enters the sea.
    • Head to Saint Anthony Church. The inside is lined with ornate, golden painted wood carvings that fill the walls, along with beautiful blue and white tiles. Its extravagant Baroque decoration is considered to be the most beautiful in Portugal.
    • Move towards Europe’s First Slave Market. Located in a 17th century building that’s a short walk from your hostel, this Museum traces the history of slavery and the terrible sufferings it brought upon slaves.
    • 16th century walls encircle Lagos and the best preserved section is Saint Gonçalo's gate. Head to the gate and take in the panoramic views of the city, the bay and the hills from atop the walls.
  • Head to one of the many many cafes and restaurants Lagos has to offer for dinner:
    • We recommend heading to The Garden. You’ll probably have to share a table with someone but will get to eat some of the best ribs in Portugal. And then this might become your daily dinner while in Lagos!

Day 4

  • Wake up with ease – you’ve earned it. Today is a chilled day.
  • Hang around at the hostel in the morning and by 11:00 AM head to the marina for your boat trip.
  • For the next few hours you are going to take a boat trip and check out the beautiful Ponta da Piedade that has made Lagos so popular will people of all ages:
    • Ponta da Piedade is the name of the rock formations that consist of yellow-golden cliff like rocks up to 20 meters which stand in stark contrast to the turquoise blue waters below.
    • Grottoes i.e. caves and tunnels have been chalked out into these cliffs by the waves of the sea. These are best seen from the sea so you can click away as you check them out.
    • When you feel like it (and in a place that’s safe) you can always jump off the boat into the crystal clear waters and swim for a bit. Be warned, the Altantic Ocean is freezing!
    • No boat trip is complete without some tasty food and some beer or wine. Eat your lunch on-board and down beers or wine as you take in the sights.
  • Head back to the hostel and hopefully take a shower and ready to head out at night
  • Make your way to a bar or the square with a big screen where everyone is watching the semi-final of FIFA WORLD Cup 2018.
  • Find some fans of the winning team and head out to party the night away with them.

Day 5

  • Wake up with ease as today is a super chilled day also known as a beach day.
  • Before you rush to the beach of your choice we recommend sampling some of the local culture by heading down to the local Fish Market.
    • This indoor fish market has about 33 vendors selling their fresh catch between 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday. The building also houses meat butchers, and stalls selling fruits, vegetables, herbs, regional cheeses
  • Lagos is surrounding by sandy beaches and great waters of the Atlantic Ocean. You are going to be literally spoiled for choice. Your options include:
    • Meia Praia Beach: About 1.5 km from the hostel to the closest point, this beach does get crowded in the summer but walking eastwards provides much quieter sections. There are multiple cafes, snack bars and small restaurants along the beach, all ideal for lunch or refreshments.
    • Praia da Batata Beach: Around 850 meters from the hostel, this beach can get very crowded in the summer months. A lot of young people come here after a night of going Lagos i.e. this is where the youngsters go for an after party or to enjoy their hang-overs in the sun.
    • Praia don Ana: A longer walk of about 2 km, this beach is connected by the mini-train and local bus services. There is a selection of shops and cafes at the top of the cliffs and a small restaurant on the beach. This beach is only accessed via a steep footpath and stairway.
    • Praia do Pinhão: The beach is just before Praia do Ana, about 1.5 km from your hostel and since the expansion of the Praia don Ana (sand was dredged up to increase the beach size), Praia do Pinhão is considered the prettiest beach of Lagos.
  • Get back to your hostel and freshen up.
  • Once again, make your way to a bar or square with a big screen where everyone is watching the second semi-final of FIFA WORLD Cup 2018.
  • Head out and party away your last night in Lagos or maybe take it easy cause tomorrow you head to Lisbon and the next 3 days you’re going to be at the NOS Alive music festival.

Day 6

  • Take the bus to Lisbon, get to your hostel and check in.
  • Head out and walk around – you’re staying right in the middle of all the action in Lisbon.
    • Bang next door to your hostel is Arco da Rua Augusta (Rua Augusta Arch). The arch contains several intricate marble sculptures and if you go up you can catch great views.
    • Baixa Pombalina is less than a 5 minute walk away. This area of Lisbon is famous for its majestic buildings and is a delight for those that love architecture. It’s also lines with shops and restaurants.
  • Head on over to Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon's main food market since 1892. The food court here, with its community tables will be a great option to catch a scrumptious meal.
  • Once you are done with the sightseeing and eating it’s time to make your way to the party – NOS Alive. One of the biggest festivals in all of Europe today is your first day. Groove the music till late into the night and join thousands of fans as they scream to music by acts such as Khalid, Friendly Fires, Wold Alice and many more.
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Day 7

  • Wake up with ease and get ready for your next day of wonder.
  • Get into something comfortable for you are going to be out all day.
    • First up we recommend Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Located where at the old harbour where most Portugese discoveries started, the structures resembles a ship from the front and a cross from the back
    • Little further along is UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jerónimos Monastery. This highly ornate and massive monastery was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s return from India and is where his tomb lies.
    • Across the road is another UNESCO World Hertiage Site and the famous Lisbon attraction of Torre de Belém (Belém Tower). The architectural gem is situated on the banks of the river and its stones shine with the sunlight reflection on the river waters.
  • Head on over to NOS Alive for your next day at the festival. Today is a big day with big acts to catch such as Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Queens of Stone Age, Two Door Cinema Club, Portugal. The Man and many more.
  • Tumble back to your hostel and crash for the night.

Day 8

  • Wake up and get ready to do one of the best things there is to in Lisbon – get lost in Alfama District
    • One of the oldest districts of Lisbon, Alfama has been inhabited from Moorish times. Its cobblestone winding streets with street slopes will take you back in time, away from a big city feel.
    • Make your way to Miradouro das Portas do Sol, a great viewpoint. Sit back and have a glass of beer or wine and take in the great views.
  • Not far from Alfama district is the Castle of St. George. Parts of this castle date back to over 2,000 years and for those who aren’t into old castles and ruins this is another place that offers great views over the rest of Lisbon.
  • Head on over to the last day of NOS ALIVE.
    • Today is the big day and expect to be enthralled. You are going to see the greatest acts live such as Pearl Jam, Franz Ferdinand and many many more.
  • Make it back to your hostel and crash – you have a lot of sleep to catch up on!

Day 9

  • Wake up with ease whenever you feel like cause today we recommend you not having anything planned and do as you feel.
  • For those who are more active you can look at the optional add on activity that is taking the day trip to the UNSECO World Heritage Site of Sintra.
    • Famous for its colourful Disney castle looking Pena Palace, Sintra is a fascinating hilly town in a national park that has steep hills and lush forests that lead down to the dramatic coastline. Highly recommended for those with energy to do it.
  • For those who are lazy, walk around town and maybe do some shopping – summer sales are on everywhere.
  • Whatever you chose to do make sure you are back by the evening and head to Praca do Comercio for the FIFA World Cup Finals.
    • Praca do Comercio is the largest and grandest of Lisbon’s squares and is by the riverside. Being a football crazy nation, a huge screen is put up in the square where the World Cup games will be screened for the public.
    • Go crazy with supporters of different countries as they come to square, sipping on beers and cheering the team they support.
  • Whoever wins, tonight is going to be a very big party night in Lisbon. Also it’s your last night of the holiday. We recommend getting wasted all night and sleeping it off on your long flight home.

Day 10

  • Wake up and check out.
  • All good things have come to an end. It’s time to go back home and get to work!

Optional Activities

Sintra: Day trip to Sintra by a Mini Bus with other travelers from your hostel in Lisbon. 

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