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Overview

Portugal, a country with a rich history of seafaring and discovery, looks out from the Iberian Peninsula onto the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal's history has had a lasting impact on the culture of the country: Moorish and Oriental influences in architecture and the arts are prominent. Over the past 3 000 years, Portugal has witnessed a constant ebb and flow of civilizations. Phoenician, Greek, Celt, Carthaginian, Roman and Arabic cultures have all left their imprint. In the 15th century, Portugal's intrepid maritime explorers led by Vasco da Gama discovered new territories, leading to the accumulation of an overseas empire. At home, the University of Coimbra, established in 1290, is one of the oldest in Europe.
 
During the month of June, festivities dedicated to three saints known as Santos Populares (popular saints) take place all over Portugal. They are characterized by folk dance and music, particularly the traditional melancholy fado. Each region of Portugal has its traditional dishes made with various kinds of meat and seafood. In particular, the country is particularly well known for its one hundred ways of cooking cod.
 
The Portuguese countryside is very varied. In the north the land is mountainous, with a rainy climate and is characterized by vineyards and small farms. The mountainous terrain is lush and green with rivers, forests and deep valleys. Central Portugal, which includes the capital city Lisbon, is more varied. Along the coast the land is a mixture of pine forests and sand dunes with many people earning a living from fishing. Inland, in the region known as the Beira, farming predominates along with some light industry and mining. Much of Portuguese commerce and industry is concentrated in Lisbon and its suburbs. The Alentejo, in southern Portugal is an area of gentle hills and plains and is one of the driest areas in the country. It supports cattle grazing but not intensive agriculture. The Algarve in the extreme south of the country has a dry, warm climate and is an area of smallholdings and fishing. The coastline, which is typified by rocky bays and beaches carved by Atlantic waves, is very popular with tourists.
 
The Serra Da Estrela Mountains are the highest in continental Portugal. The range includes the highest point in the country at 1,993m. This point is the highest on a plateau rather than a distinct mountain peak. It is known as the Torre, or Tower in English, and can be reached by a paved road. There is a ski resort at the summit. The highest point in the republic is Mount Pico in the Azores which reaches an altitude of 2,351m. Portugal is one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations and tourism is an important part of the country's economy. The varied landscapes, good weather and lower prices than other European countries make it a popular choice with visitors.
 
The Algarve with its warm Mediterranean climate, golden beaches, Moorish history and renowned golf courses is particularly popular. In recent years Lisbon has been attracting more tourists than any other part of the country. The historical Belém region of the city is home to stunning architecture and two monuments that have received World Heritage Status: the Tower of Belém (Torre de Belém) and the Jerónimos Monastery (Mosterios de Jerónimos). The beaches of the greater Lisbon area are also very popular with tourists, with the Estoril coast being known as the "Portuguese Riviera".

Package Rates

TOTAL PRICE - AED 10,850 PER PERSON

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions
  • Return flights in economy class
  • Return airport transfers
  • 4 nights stay at Real Palacio Hotel Lisbon or similar
  • 4 nights stay at Salgados Dunas Hotel Albufeira or similar
  • 2 nights stay at Crowne Plaza Porto or similar
  • 3 nights stay at Tivoli Palacio De Seteais Sintra or similar
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Private transfer in/out in every cities
  • Full day guided seat in coach tour in Lisbon Monumental + Lisbon downtown
  • 24 Hours Hop On Hop Off - Lisbon
  • Fast train from Lisbon to Albufeira ticket
  • Fast Train from Albufeira to Porto ticket
  • River Cruise in Porto
  • Full day tour in Porto
  • Lello Library + Port Wine Caves visit - tickets included
  • Fast train from Porto to Lisbon ticket and then transfer to Sintra
  • Full day tour in Sintra / Cabo da Roca and Cascais
  • Pena Palace visit - tickets included
  • Full day tour to Óbidos / Nazaré and Batalha
  • City tax and fees
 
Exclusions
  • Visa expenses
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in inclusions

Terms & Conditions

Surcharge for peak dates applicable on certain dates
Rates valid till December 2018
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
Additional tours, attraction tickets, accommodation and room & meal plan upgrades can be requested and booked at an extra cost at the time of booking (subject to availability)
Prices and seats availability are subject to change prior to final confirmation
Bank charges are not included in the package rate
 
 
AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 
 
As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.
 
·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines
 
·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses
 
·         Package Holidays
 
·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire
 
·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers
 
·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation
 
·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions
 
·         Individual and Group Tours
 
·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)
 
·         Live Shows
 
·         Travel Insurance
 
·         UAE and International Visas
 
Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.
 
BOOKINGS
 
A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
 
It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.
 
We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.
 
A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.
 
PRICING
 
We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.
 
The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.
 
All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.
 
Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.
 
AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS
 
All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.
 
Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
 
We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.
 
GOVERNING LAW
 
Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.
 

 

Cancellation Policy

45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost
Surcharge for peak dates applicable on certain dates
Rates valid till December 2018
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
Additional tours, attraction tickets, accommodation and room & meal plan upgrades can be requested and booked at an extra cost at the time of booking (subject to availability)
Prices and seats availability are subject to change prior to final confirmation
Bank charges are not included in the package rate
 
 
AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 
 
As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.
 
·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines
 
·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses
 
·         Package Holidays
 
·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire
 
·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers
 
·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation
 
·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions
 
·         Individual and Group Tours
 
·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)
 
·         Live Shows
 
·         Travel Insurance
 
·         UAE and International Visas
 
Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.
 
BOOKINGS
 
A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
 
It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.
 
We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.
 
A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.
 
PRICING
 
We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.
 
The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.
 
All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.
 
Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.
 
AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS
 
All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.
 
Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
 
We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.
 
GOVERNING LAW
 
Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.
 

 

Inclusions
  • Return flights in economy class
  • Return airport transfers
  • 4 nights stay at Real Palacio Hotel Lisbon or similar
  • 4 nights stay at Salgados Dunas Hotel Albufeira or similar
  • 2 nights stay at Crowne Plaza Porto or similar
  • 3 nights stay at Tivoli Palacio De Seteais Sintra or similar
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Private transfer in/out in every cities
  • Full day guided seat in coach tour in Lisbon Monumental + Lisbon downtown
  • 24 Hours Hop On Hop Off - Lisbon
  • Fast train from Lisbon to Albufeira ticket
  • Fast Train from Albufeira to Porto ticket
  • River Cruise in Porto
  • Full day tour in Porto
  • Lello Library + Port Wine Caves visit - tickets included
  • Fast train from Porto to Lisbon ticket and then transfer to Sintra
  • Full day tour in Sintra / Cabo da Roca and Cascais
  • Pena Palace visit - tickets included
  • Full day tour to Óbidos / Nazaré and Batalha
  • City tax and fees
 
Exclusions
  • Visa expenses
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in inclusions
45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost