This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine and hospitable people make this an amazing destination of the highest quality.
Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.
Come and discover the charms of this country too.
PORTO – NORTH PORTUGAL
It was in the Porto and in the North regions that Portugal was founded in the 12th century and the Portuguese became a people and a nation.
Porto, a World Heritage city, is the gateway and departure point for a journey across the natural and cultural diversity of the region. It is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco, and modern buildings, such as Casa da Música and the Serralves Museum.
On the North of Portugal , with its mountains and natural parks, a visitor sees its heritage in its castles, such as the one in Guimarães, and the shrines and churches which are the stage for pilgrimages in the summer. A visitor will find the Baroque architecture of Northern Portugal in its stone and gilded carvings side by side with rural chapels. In its cities, which retain a human scale, such as Viana do Castelo, Braga, Lamego, Chaves and Vila Real, and in the manor houses and stately halls, you will find the genuine Portuguese people, who like to share their table, their customs and traditions. In Northern Portugal, the joy and gratitude for all we have and are is experienced in the most spontaneous way.
Porto is a wonderful city that has all of the right ingredients to provide the visitor with a memorable learning experience. The historic centre boasts outstanding cultural attractions and the its characterful districts, have a unique “character” . Modern Porto offers not only a vibrant culture, but also daring affordable cuisine and buzzing shopping streets.
Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plaza of the Trindade district. Porto is also ideally situated near historic towns, picturesque beaches and Portuguese heritage sites, making it a perfect destination for a truly unforgettable school trip.
On a brief visit to Porto, there are some places that cannot be missed. In the words of many visitors, this city has something mystical that is difficult to describe and which varies according to the place, time of day and light.
Whatever it is, it certainly has to do with its people, known to be generous and easy-going, as well as the River Douro and its heritage on both banks, with its bridges and monuments, the tiles, the flowering balconies and the shopping streets. The historic centre of Porto and the River Douro on the Gaia side, are classified as World Heritage.
Sample Programme Porto – North Portugal
- Day 1 – Arrival / Guided tour Historic Porto
- Day 2 – Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)/ 6 Bridges Douro River boat trip
- Day 3 – Espinho or Vila do Conde (beach day) or Day trip to Braga
- Day 4 – Visit the town of Guimarães and Camping trip to Adventure Park
- Day 5 – Day trip to Aveiro and Coimbra
- Day 6 – Departure
Total Programme cost starting from 525 euro/ student (excluding flight or coach fare to Porto or Lisbon)
Above price for a group of 15 students and 1 adult escort FREE.
The above sample itinerary includes:
- Full board accommodation, 2-3 persons per room;
- Airport transfers both ways;
- 24/7 support of local coordinator from schools-trips.com
It is a requirement that all students and accompanying adults obtain an international travel insurance before departing from home country.